Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
abl5678 7/28/2005 12:06:00 PM
I know this is what everyone else said - but this product has single-handedly allowed me to wear eyeshadow. I'd completely given up, being oily-lidded and a humid-environment dweller. I put my makeup on at 7 AM, and when I go to bed (even if I've worked out), my eyeshadow is still on and looks great, even if it's a little faded. Absolute miracle.
I buy this again and again. My skin (combo/oily and sensitive) can only handle really mild, fragrance-free stuff. But I'm also oily enough and wear enough makeup to warrant a toner 1-2 times per day. This stuff absolutely calms my skin and has made my pores look better. It's not a miracle - it hasn't prevented occasional breakouts or made anything disappear in a matter of seconds - but it has really improved my skin and I'm not afraid to use it because it's so gentle.
Styling Products -Bumble & Bumble - Thickening Spray
abl5678 7/28/2005 11:58:00 AM
Since I'm now on my 3rd bottle, I figured I better review it. Yes, it has alcohol. Yes, it is a bit drying to my hair. Yes, it has a tendency to make my hair tangled and/or crunchy. But my hair is greasy at the roots and unbelievably fine, and I've found that by using a really lightweight leave-in conditioner on my ends and using a few spritzes of this at the roots before I blow dry, I can consistently get hair that doesn't make me cringe. And that alone has been worth the ridiculous price.
Cleansers -Cetaphil - Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar
abl5678 12/7/2004 4:19:00 PM
I got this as a free sample and thought I'd never use it, but when my combo, acne-prone skin started to freak out, I thought maybe it would be basic enough to calm things down. I was right! Great lather, gets rid of makeup, makes my skin feel clean but not dry, doesn't make me break out. Only problem - it is not fragrance free, and I'm slightly allergic to the fragrance - makes me sneeze and irritates my eyes. Still worth it, though.
$1.97 at WalMart??? It really doesn't get better than that. I switched to this after being annoyed that my Clinique Naturally Glossy kept drying out after a few weeks. Plus, more than 2 coats of N.G. kept leading to flaking disaster. This Rimmel mascara is great, actually lengthens better than the Naturally Glossy but still looks pretty natural. Excellent bargain!!
I have the Sandstorm and Violet Haze quads, and like others, have been completely surprised by how good this eyeshadow is for a drugstore brand. I love how the colors seem neutral enough for any skin color, and it lasts most of the day, even with my oily-ish lids. The best part - I don't feel guilty when I buy these - at under $6 each, such a bargain, and so worth it!
I really never had a major acne issue, but just enough (especially in summer humidity) to give this a try. The benzoyl peroxide is just way too harsh for my sensitive skin and I hated the cleanser, which was runny and gritty and never made my skin feel clean. But the toner is a keeper - alcohol free, not drying, made my blackheads go away - I buy it over and over again.
Gels/Soaps -Aveeno - Skin Relief Body Wash Fragrance Free
abl5678 4/30/2004 3:49:00 PM
This was recommended to me by an eczema-prone friend...I use it mainly in the winter to avoid that nasty itching - this stuff saves my skin if I forget to moisturize. Plus, stuff with no scent makes me really happy. But it is great that it is really gentle and non-filmy.
I started wearing this in college, but then phased it out during law school because I thought it didn't make me look "made up" enough - but after being disappointed with everything else I went back to the brown version of this. It is my absolute favorite, no clumps, comes off easily, stays on all day, doesn't irritate my contacts. Perfect. Two or three coats and I am plenty "made up."