I've been using an aspirin scrub every other day for several years and my skin is more youthful appearing now than when I started. I have very dry skin, especially in the winter, and have not had issues with dry/flaky skin since I started using it. I'm not one for long, lenghty processes, so I've made it a very simple part of my routine. I put 8-12 uncoated aspirin in a small cup that I take with me in the shower. I get my face wet while I'm shampooing to soften any dead skin cells, then once I've rinsed my hair, I add a few drops of water to the cup, and apply to my face in with small, circular motions, rubbing very gently. I leave it on for the rest of the shower, and rinse it off when I rinse out my conditioner. It probably only stays on for 5-10 minutes, tops, but it's still very effective. In fact, I ran out two weeks ago and am starting to get dry and flaky again. If you're worried about wrinkles, I'd suggest a moisturizer with Retinol, I use RoC Multi-Correxion Night Treatment. Before I started using an aspirin scrub, I wasn't able to use a Retinol product, but the combination of the two has made my skin glow. I have historically had very sensitive skin, but it seems less so since using the aspirin scrub (this sounds backward to me, but it's true.) If you purchase bulk aspirin (1000 ct, uncoated is around $10 at CVS for me, sometimes they have BOGOF) you don't have to worry about grinding them up. Just add water a few drops at a time and it forms a paste. It's not necessary to add anything else to the paste, unless you want to. I find it too cumbersome to use anything but water/aspirin, and it still works great.
Liquid -L'Oreal - Cashmere Perfect Foundation [DISCONTINUED]
a237916 5/13/2008 4:29:00 AM
Even though I have dry skin, I still love this product. I only wear it in the summer, though, when my skin is prone to flakiness. It can be tricky to blend at first, but I found blending it in little areas at a time before moving on helps. Also, if you have dry skin, it's important to moisturize before applying to get better slip. I noticed that it seems to make my pores look larger if not blended very well, and I have small pores, so a primer may be beneficial to those with larger pores. I have yellow undertons and this foundation matches it perfectly. It's one of the few foundations I've found that I can take a photo in and not see any 'make up' lines because of the color or shine. I was disappointed to hear that they are discontinuing it and may stock up.
Moisturizers -Estee Lauder - Resilience Lift Extreme Ultra Firming Creme SPF 15
a237916 5/13/2008 4:19:00 AM
This stuff stinks like my grandmother's old makeup/face creams from the 70's. I have only used it a few times because I ran out of moisturizer and had this gwp lying around. It's very emolient, almost to the point of being greasy. This is going right into the trash as soon as I get some more moisturizer. The smell is horrid.
Eye Shadow -Physicians Formula - Matte Collection Quad Eyeshadow in Classic Nudes
a237916 5/13/2008 4:15:00 AM
I have been looking forever for a nice matte set of shadows that didn't cost a fortune and these really fit the bill. Pros: These are really MATTE! No shimmer, not shine, just color. Texture is silky smooth and they are surprisingly blendable. I have a yellow undertone and they compliment it well. Price is very reasonable too, even for a drugstore brand. At first, I thought they were going to be extreemly sheer, but they layer well if you're looking for more color, and with no cakiness either. I have not noticed any creasing as the wears on, but I have dry skin so that's rarely a problem for me. Cons: They tend to become a bit more sheer as the day wears on, so I use Merle Norman's Automatic Shadow primer underneath and that solves that. A light colored concealer may work just as well for you if you find it fading. There's also not as much difference between the medium and 'dark' shades in this collection as I'd like. The darkest color could be a bit deeper, in my opinion, but it still looks quite nice the way it is. Product packaging is also on the cheap side. I agree about the useless mirror someone pointed out below. They might as well just left if off altogether. Overall, the positives significantly outweigh the negatives for this set. I'm looking forward to trying more from this series. Recommended!
I use this everytime I want to look good all day. I know that if I apply it under my eye shadow in the morning, it will look the same before I take it off late that night. It's really good for eyeshadows that tend to flake off or go on too sheer too, as you can layer it more heavily without it caking or creasing. I have dry to normal skin and use the Automatic Shadow Base in the the case. I apply it lightly with a fingertip, then blend any lines away with a sponge before applying eyeshadow. Lasts forever since you need so little. I'm sure you could get a similar effect with a concealer, but I've never found one with the same texture or staying power as the shadow base.