Toners -Makeup Artist's Choice (MUAC) - Acne Pore Minimizer w/Sepicontrol A5
abujnowski 9/28/2009 7:49:00 AM
I bought a sample of this when it first came out, but waited to use it as I had just changed my skin regimen and didn't want to rock the boat. After seeing reviews turn up here, I decided to give it a try. I'm really impressed! I use it as a spot treatment and find it works well for healing whiteheads that have ruptured (you know, from washing your face, etc). I've also been putting it on hormonal bumps that I get on my chin-- I don't know what type of acne it is, but they're painless bumps deep beneath the surface that after weeks eventually grow into ugly whiteheads (lovely, I know). The toner seems to be minimizing the size of these, and over all, my chin (my only real problem area lately) is smoother, has smaller pores and no flaking. Great product!
Iíve only been using this product for two weeks (I generally like to trial things for a month before deciding if it works for me or not), but I felt I had to post since I've already seen a difference. I ordered only a sample of this because my skin is fairly new to copper peptides, but as my skin seemed to tolerate SkinBio's CP serum and then Super CP Serum well (another HG product for me), I thought I could introduce this as a spot treatment. I use it on any stray blemishes that appear (mainly on my forehead, the rest of my face has cleared up dramatically) and it seems to keep them from erupting into anything ugly. I'm convinced my skin heals slowly in general, so the blemishes still take a few days to go away. Now, aside from an acne spot treatment, I've been using this to spot treat a strange dot on my nose. It's on the side of my nostril and has been there since the 8th grade (over 10 years ago) when I got a whopper of a pimple there and probably picked and picked until what remained was this raised red dot. People have mistaken it for a nose ring scar (how embarrassed they are when I say I never had my nose pierced), novice estheticians have tried to pop it, and doctors generally ignore it saying itís nothing to worry about. Well, since applying a thin layer of SuperCop to it every day, morning and night, it is beginning to disappear! It's size has diminished and it looks less red and more just flesh-toned. I donít know if it will completely disappear, but Iíll update my results in a month or so. Overall, Iím totally blown away by the efficacy of copper peptidesÖ Iím so glad I did my research on MUA (thank you reviewers!) and found these products.
Moisturizers -Makeup Artist's Choice (MUAC) - Hyaluronic Acid Serum
abujnowski 6/2/2009 12:11:00 PM
Starting using this in conjunction with MUAC's gly-luronic serum and ended up removing this from my routine. I didn't really notice a difference in moisture or plumpness of skin and it seemed to dry out my lips more than anything. I'm very happy with their gly-luronic acid though (one of my HGs).
Treatments -Makeup Artist's Choice (MUAC) - Gly-Luronic Acid Serum
abujnowski 6/2/2009 12:08:00 PM
I love this product-- definitely my HG for keeping my skin clear. I have to say I was a bit hesistant at first since I'd read somewhere else on this board about hyaluronic acid being like "sugar" for pimples, but no product has cleared my skin more quickly and dramatically improved tone like this. I apply it in the morning after cleansing and exfoliating, then wait 30 minutes before applying CP serum (skinbio). For the first week or two, my skin would feel very tight after application and I was worried it would be too drying for my skin (which for me means more pimples int the end), but since then my skin seems to have adjusted well and is generally very hydrated. Definitely go slowly if this is your first trial with acids-- I applied it a bit to liberally once and some must have collected around that crease where your nostril meets your face (hard to describe!) and the next day it was a red, burning patch. Heeled quickly with Aquafil, but an important lesson in using acids.
Lip Treatments -Sally Hansen - Overnight Lip Recovery
abujnowski 4/21/2009 11:32:00 AM
I bought this on a whim at CVS during a particularly bad streak of chapped, flakey lips. I generally stick to natural oils for lip and skin moisture, and needless to say, I was a little put off by the "Made in China" label and long list of strange ingredients. After one application though, I was totally wowed. I've never had a lip balm repair my lips so quickly, and to such a smooth, healthy condition. After a week of use, my lips are still smooth and flake-free. Even though I don't use lipstick much, I'm starting to experiment with color since my lips are finally smooth enough to wear it.
To start, my cellulite is pretty minimal-- but there's enough that when the light hits my legs the wrong way, I notice every single lump. I bought this at the beginning of last summer and ended up using it the entire season. It definitely made the unevenness less noticible, and on top of that, it deeply moisturized my skin. Like someone else said, all those little dry skin bumps I'd get on my thighs and around my knees are totally gone. I use it now on my entire body, just because it is so moisturizing. For an oil, I feel as though it really penetrates my skin. Other body oils I've tried just seem to sit on top. I really love the smell too-- it's a bit woodsy, sort of a mix between pine/balsam and lime. I do think part of the effectiveness of this product IS the dry-brushing. I'm not a big dry-brusher (I don't have the patience to do it as thoroughly as they say), but before putting this stuff on, I give my legs and butt a good rub down and then vigorously massage the oil in. The only downside is the price, which I noticed climbed from $16 to $21 in the last year. I try to stock up online when I see a good price, and I only use this in the summer and if I go on vacation. It's cheaper in Europe too.