Misc Beauty Tools -Bobbi Brown - Blotting Papers Refill
TheRealMissButter 2/21/2011 1:47:00 PM
I've used many brands of facial blotting paper, and this is among my 3 favorites because of the (relatively) low price ($5) for a large number of papers per package, high-absorbency, durability -- these babies don't tear the way some blotting papers do -- and effective packaging that dispenses each paper completely without fail or difficulty. My other favorites, FYI, are (1) the absurdly-priced Shiseido blotting papers and (2) a kind I only found once: Andrea linen blotting papers, which were amazing.
Powder -Giorgio Armani - Lasting Silk UV Compact Foundation
TheRealMissButter 2/21/2011 1:05:00 PM
This is the best powder compact I've ever used. I usually use the included sponge to apply it, occasionally a brush. It's ultra-soft and silky, yet substantial, and it has amazing staying power on the skin. It's almost as though I'm applying a new layer of skin, one that has no pores! Huge bonuses for me: (1) I have extremely oily skin, and this stuff controls the oil and shine all day (I still have to blot with blotting papers, just not as often; if I didn't blot at all, the shine would be minimal), and (2) it has significant UV protection! It's ridiculously expensive, but I might have to concede that this stuff is worth the price.
I've owned and used a Baby Quasar since early 2009. I am a late 40s woman with oily skin that is prone to occasional breakouts. I had/have the beginnings of jowls and looseness under the chin, which was the main reason I got the Baby Quasar. I also had roughness and stretched, fine lines and enlarged pores in my cheeks. Having used the BQ for about two years now, it's clear to me that it is indeed effective in tightening skin and reducing the appearance of pore size. Indeed, I feel that the BQ is the single most effective intervention I do for my skin, apart from fillers and Botox that I get from a dermatologist. As a result of my two years of using the BQ, the roughness, fine lines and enlarged pores in my cheeks are gone completely, and my jowls are very significantly reduced and the skin between chin and neck noticeably much tighter. One of my tests of the BQ's effectiveness in tightening the chin-neck region is to lower my chin to my neck for a sense of how much skin is bunched and compressed under my lowered chin. When I started the BW two years ago, the "chin compression" test yielded a double chin. Now, while there is a bit of looseness in the upper jaw area that I'm still working on, there is nothing that could remotely be described as a double chin. I use my BQ faithfully, but differently from the routine prescribed by the company in the directions for using the product. I used the BQ exactly as directed for the first year or so. Now I use it less frequently (every 4 days, to be precise), but for a much longer time with each use. I concentrate on the jaw/chin/under-chin area, very slowly going over and over it and letting it linger on trouble spots for an hour or so. I spend less time on the rest of my face, but I still devote significant time to it -- maybe 1/2 an hour. I do this while watching TV; otherwise, I couldn't stay with such a lengthy routine. I plan to keep using the BQ indefinitely or until all trace of jowliness is gone. I am seriously considering buying the Quasar MD, which the company says is 3 times more effective than the BQ. Meanwhile, I am really delighted with my BQ, which, considering the cost of a facelift, has not only paid for itself but has saved me thousands. (I realize a facelift would have surpassed the BQ in deleting the jowls, but the BQ has brought my jowliness into the tolerable zone.)