Pressed Powders -L'Oreal - Bare Naturale Pressed Powder
barbiedollcurves 12/17/2009 11:58:00 PM
I recently went to my local Walgreens to buy another bottle of my favorite Colorstay and saw this. I've realized I've got sensitive skin and it's got to be treated right. I heard that L'Oreal's Bare Naturale line is really good. The powder specifically said "gentle" so I instantly picked it up. I'm a NC30-NC25 and I got Creamy Natural. It's a little too light but it's not very noticeable. I have extremely acne-prone and sensitive skin and this hasnt irritated it whatsoever. The powder glides on and when I stipple it, the coverage is AMAZING. It isnt drying but it definitely isnt hydrating. It gives a matte finish. The packaging is very weird. The brush is attatched the lid in this "secret case". The brush isnt the best but when I stipple with it, i get GREAT coverage! On the bottom of the product, there is a HUGE mirror, very convenient. Overall, great powder :)
Alright so Proactiv is one of those products I went to when I had thought my acne was completely out of control. I have tried everything from pills, to tazorac, differin, benzaclin, Murad Acne Complex, Clean & Clear, Neutrogena, etc. I was getting the worst breakout of my life and it wasnt going away. I had pimples up and down my cheeks, all over my forehead, some on my chin and none on my nose. I was constantly wearing so much makeup to cover it all up. It was also extremely red and irritated.
Then I bought Proactiv. I started using it and it worked okay. It didnt really dry me out because my skin is quite strong against acne medications. The results were slow but steady. I had a dermatologist appointment a few days later and I got Epiduo and some Tetracycline to take with my Proactiv. With proactiv, it is ridiculously expensive, the results arent instant, but I feel that the ingredients are unique (not the main ingredient) and thats what sets it apart from everything else. Yes the repairing lotion is harsh but its definitely the first acne product I can put UNDER my makeup without making my makeup separate, or peel. Im almost completely clear. I think that Proactiv helps alot with scarring so I'm excited to see what else this product can do. I really really dont want to have to buy more, but its been about 3 weeks, I think I can last another 3, possibly 2. This stuff is so expensive ): Overall, if you want results, your gonna have to wait, but it might be worth it.
I've tried both verisons of this concealer (stick and cream) and I'm going to write a comparing review. The stick verison is sadly discontinued for some reason and has been replaced with the cream. FORMULA: Both have the salicylic acid (2.0%) in them which makes them "acne fighting". No where on the package does it say moisturizing or anything along those lines, so don't think this product will moisturize. It does have a weird smell, and dries very quickly, so blend properly with the cream. The stick was much easier and you didn't have to blend. I have noticed that it keeps my pores small, the whole day, and keeps my pimples down (usually when i go through my day, my pimples have increased in size due to irritation, touching, whatever.). It hasn't cleared everything though. I notice if a pimple is too far along the SA will just bring it to a head (popable). It definitely works with cystic acne, and pimples that are just red and irritated like pimples around the eyebrows from waxing, or cheek pimples that are irritated. The formula doesn't make my gentle skin itch, it does feel a little drying. COLORING: There are only 4? Maybe 3 shades of the clearing concealer. I'm a NC30 and I chose Shade 03. Its a little too dark, but its so subtle no one can tell. None of the colors have pink undertones, most are neutral or yellow. BEST USE: I've tried to use this in 3 different ways and have found the best. I've tried to put this stuff on my cleaned face before moisturizer and let it dry then add my moisturizer... but that does NOTHING and the product just comes off. I've tried to mix it with my foundation, but I never saw results either. Today I tried it first let it drying on my cleaned skin, then just dabbing foundation in all places needed. No moisturizer. Now I know not everyone has oily skin like I do, but my skin is very tolerant and rarely peels. This method has worked amazingly! It doesn't become cakey. I wish I could wear the concealer alone, but alas it is too dark. PRICING ETC: it was $13.50 at Sephora. Its a .34oz tube. Its quite small, but its a norm. squeeze tube. I hope this review has convinced you to buy the product (:
Liquid -Maybelline - SuperStay Makeup - New Version
barbiedollcurves 9/30/2009 5:15:00 PM
I love all Maybelline foundations. I've tried SuperStay Silky, Mineral Power, Dream Matte Mousse, fresh makeup, etc. None ever break me out and most are medium/full coverage. SuperStay 24HR makeup is veryvery good. I got Pure Beige and its WAAAAAAAAAY too dark, so I'm pissed at the shade ranges, so i have to mix it with colorstay. I knew Classic Beige was my color -___- GRR. Anyway, it isn't orange, it glides on my skin evenly, doesn't feel thick, smoothes over my pores, and leaves a simple matte/dewy finish. Because I have to mix it with Colorstay, the foundation gets thicker and stickier so that stinks ): It stayed on my face the WHOLE DAY AT DISNEYLAND. Through Space Mountain lines, Splash Mountain, all the heat. It was ther by the end of the day. I'm oily on the Tzone, so my makeup didn't look fresh, but it wasn't dry looking or gross and cakey! I was so proud and happy. For once a makeup that does it all. It doesn't cover stubborn pimples but I don't have to go over pimple areas with a concealer brush and cover powder anymore like I used to. It doesn't feel heavy and doesn't get me too shiney. No breakouts whatsoever! Props to Maybelline(:
Cleansers -Neutrogena - Oil-Free Redness Soothing Facial Wash gel
barbiedollcurves 9/30/2009 12:49:00 PM
Well, well, well. Neutrogena has always given all these claims about how good their brand is, and how its dermatologist reccommended. I've never really had success with their products. The packaging is way cute and very nice looking, that's the best part. And I've tried their Pink Grapefruit line and it smells very nice. But lets talk about this product.
I have sensetive, acneprone, dry/oily/combo skin. It is the worst skin to deal with ever. I have horrible redness, dry patches, pimples, whiteheads you name it, I've had it/got it. This product seemed really good, and the hype was ridiculous. I needed a new cleanser, one with less acne fighting ingredients because I was getting so dried out. I bought the gel cleanser and it came with a small 0.5 Redness cream cleanser to try as well. The gel smells very bad, almost like a bitter aloe. But its not horrible. There is no tingly feeling, and it does foam up but not very much. After I wash my face, it does feel dry still. I agree, it hasn't helped my acne much, which I'm not impressed with, but my redness has been reduced and its only been 4 days! So I'm enjoying this. I'm sticking with it because its not breaking me out so, why not? Like all SA 2.0% products, your pimple's "scab" will be dry when you wake up, so you'll need to exfloiate in the morning after you wash. Overall, its a good cleanser with a great packaging, and redness reducing power! Not so much acne.
This lipstick is VERY PIGMENTED. But I will say if you want a "just bitten" look, this is the way to go. I remember seeing someone post something on Livejournal about this Fashion Ad, and how apparently it was "Cherries in the Snow". It was not the lipstick color, but I became intrigued (what a CUTE name btw). I bought it in a whim. I must say this is not a cherry at ALL. it's a mix of fuchsia and red. theres ALOT of pink tones in it. i dont know what tone i am (i'm pretty sure its warm though, i don't have cool colored skin AT ALL) i think its warm. my cool skinned friend looks WAY better in it then me, but I still love this lipstick very much. It lasts, moisturizing, and if you want a stain, it's your best friend :) PICTURE ---->
Foundations -Make Up For Ever - HD High Definition Foundation
barbiedollcurves 9/22/2009 8:57:00 PM
So at first when I read the reviews, I was intrigued. Half of you guys thought this foundation was amazing! The other half was having problems, with blending, caking, breaking out, etc. I went to Sephora about 4 days ago and purchased this in shade 128. Its a little on the dark side, but we'll deal with that later.
FORMULA: I noticed immediately how oily it was. Yes it glided on, yes it has coverage, but I knew it wouldn't last long and I was right, it didn't even withstand a day at school. My makeup was ALL gone by the end of the day... it was embarrassing. Its quite thin to the touch, and blends VERY nicely, no caking at all. I've used my fingers and a sponge. I have gotten NO breakouts, which makes me super happy!
MY METHOD OF WEAR: Since this stuff slid right off my face and was a HINT too dark (damn those Sephora lights) and my almost-HG Revlon Colorstay is a smudge too light, I mix the two together (one part MUFE HD and two parts Colorstay) and add some Clinique Acne Solutions concealer (meh I don't want pimples, I like preventing) only a small amount and mix together on the back of my hand. The Colorstay helps the MUFE stick and give more coverage, less stick, it also helps keep me matte longer. Its a PERFECT mix. I leave my house, poreless, and by the end of the day, no caking, just shine, and no dryness, it looks EVEN and not freshly (like powder fresh) applied, but my skin but better!
PACKAGING: I love the pump, lovelovelove it. It only takes me about two pumps. But I don't like the fact the bottle doesn't let you see how much you have left. and that you can't unscrew the cap. Thankfully, the cap has a lock! So you just twist, and it won't push down or squirt any foundation out! What a life saver for those sleepover nights.
REPURCHASE: I don't know if I would. I like having the primer, because it keeps my makeup longer, the formula works SOOO WELL with Colorstay for someone like me with horrible scars, acne, large pores, redness, and uneven skintone. It fixes all my problems, all day. But it does make me quite oily which i don't like AT ALL. Hmm.. anyway, that's all. If you have a drier skin, I'd go for it (oily in apples of my cheeks, anywhere around my nose, tzone pretty much) way more than oily, because it will slide off when you go to blot. hope to help!
EDIT SEPT 30TH: Just too oily, and too thin. And I have so much makeup left... ugh. ): I have turned to SuperStay 24 HR makeup by Maybelline.
For now, I'm giving it a pretty good review. I saw this in my Sephora catalog awhile back and thought, hey I should try this! BE was great on my skin, it looked beautiful but it gave me horrible acne that took forever to get rid of. So lets break down the points!
PACKAGING: Nice! The sifter easily turns to make it more manageable. All it takes is a simple turn. Although I will say, the product will still pour out if shaken or upside down even when the sifter is closed. You'll notice when you turn it, the powder is all clumped there.
FORMULA: I don't really know what made me breakout from BE but whatever it was, I don't think its breaking me out this time. And let me say that EVERYTHING breaks me out. I love the formula of BE because it helps keep my skin looking nice, and also is thick enough to cover my pores. I noticed that alot of other mineral makeups (ahem... Everyday Minerals Matte) gave me good coverage, but I had huge pores! It was no help. I've used this foundation for exactly 2 days to see if any breakouts had occured and nothing had happened, so hopefully it stays that way. It does feel a bit drying due to its "matte properties" so a good moisturizer would be useful.
MATTENESS: the test is tomorrow when I go to school. Most of my makeup cakes up INSTANTLY. So the test is tomorrow.
LESS COVERAGE?: Alot of people had mentioned the "less coverage" thing, and I didn't seem to notice anything about that at all. I used the flawless face brush and did a nice swirl and tap and buff, and it came out fine (i have to use more than one layer anyway, so maybe you can't compare) .
REACTIONS to PRODUCT: I didn't get any itchyness or dryness at all. I had no red spots (like some people claim to get) and I have very sensetive skin. So I was much surprised because I noticed that the original BE had.
BE < BEM! The matte one doesn't make my skin irritated, or break out!
EDIT SEPT 30TH: I did break out from this. Whatever it is, my sensetive skin hates it. I'm now having to deal with horrible cheek acne... its slowly going away but I've switched.
Tinted Moisturizer -Clearasil - Adult Care Tinted Cream
barbiedollcurves 9/8/2009 2:06:00 AM
I recently ran out of Tazorac cream and I was freaking out. No more retinol? What the heck am I going to do? Instead I decided a new routine. I remember before no acne creams would use sulfur and only BP or SA. BP works, but bleaches EVERYTHING, and SA just makes my skin peel so badly. I've used sulfur before when I used Murad's Acne Complex (btw didn't work ugh). This product does have a slight tint, but it isn't some concealer or anything. The smell is pretty bad, but I tolerate. It works very well on any type of pimple, mainly whiteheads and cystic acne. I was so impressed! I still use it occasionally. I only used it at night though, because the smell was too distracting.
I recently broke out horribly from using Revlon's Colorstay Combo/Oily formula. I had the worst skin I've had in months. I had acne bumps everywhere, horribly uneven skintone, and an oily mess. I heard about the aspirin mask when it was back at around 200 reviews and before anyone did a video on it. In my house, we don't have aspirin whatsoever, and i see why, its dangerous somewhat when ingested. It is 100% acidic! I read tons of reviews before using it, and it took me almost 6 months to discover the power of this mask. I've never tried it with honey, because honey has never really done much to my skin. I have ezema (sp) on my hands, and once it touches the dissolved aspirin, you seriously feel how DRYING this stuff is. my skin usually cracks if i don't moisturize my hands after. but my FACE is the exact opposite. It absorbs the aspirin and it doesn't give me any irritation, or dries me out. I remember the first time, the results were.... amazing. My skin looked so much better, my pimples shrunk and were barely there, my skin was so soft and also so even! It was a miracle... I haven't had skin like this since before I got horrible acne 2 years ago. I'm wearing less makeup everyday, looking more and more poreless everyday. I know people say not to use it more then three times a week, so I'm trying to do that. If I have a big event, I'll do it two days in advance. I always do it at night and never during the day, because i feel it works better at night. Method: Two aspirin (CVS has a bottle for 99cents and you get 120 uncoated tablets.. the coated ones are really hard to work with) and a regular spoon, i turn the sink on and get one huge drop, wait about 3 seconds and then pour the water out carefully making sure the tablets stay. They don't need anymore water then that, and i don't understand why you'd need more then 2 tablets, 2 is enough to cover my whole face and it doesn't turn into flakes. Don't use too many. After I use my clyndamicine and my clean&clear persagel on areas that still have pimples. THANK YOU MUA FOR THIS INCREDIBLE MASK.
Overall Colorstay foundation is amazing. I know I am a "fair-medium" but I'm more medium now and my shade was Warm Golden Beige. I loved this foundation so much. I have horrible acne marks, scars, discoloration, you name it and I have it. I found this foundation is full coverage but looks completely natural on me after millions of hours. The only problem with the combination one is that it broke me out. I thought it would have better oil control than the Dry skin formula, but it was exactly the same. If you want natural non cakey full coverage, try this! I use a sponge and i never get cakey.
Masks -Unlisted Brand - Best Bath Store - Dead Sea Mud Mask
barbiedollcurves 6/27/2009 4:26:00 PM
I just put this mask on, and I'm already loving it! I got the sample kit because this stuff is considerably expensive! It's about 20$ and I got mine for free because its a sample, and its a VERY generous sample. I was surprised. I barely had to use any and I felt it working. It smells like any mud mask but these ingredients are all natural which makes it even better! I washed my face with the Acne bar and then after I rinse this off I'm going to apply the Acne Treatment Gel! I felt the mask drawing out all the nasty stuff out of my pores, and felt them tighten! It's exactly what I've been needing (I've been needing a mask for AGES) . It feels awesome, I'm so excited for tonight too, because its my first date night and I gotta look spectacular! I'll tell you how it goes (: Otherwise, this mask is amazing, all natural, and perfect for large pores and acne.
Moisturizers -AMBI - Even Clear Skincare Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30
barbiedollcurves 6/27/2009 4:22:00 PM
I am very picky when it comes to moisturizers because anything and everything with a hint of glycerin, I have to avoid. Glycerin broke me out so badly and it took me a YEAR to repair all the damages. The only moisturizer that's been able to combat this are Aveeno and Ambi. I bought this at Target for around 15$. I noticed it had SPF 30 (while my Aveeno had SPF15). I also liked the benefits of having an even complexion because i have a ton of uneven-ness. Day 1: Instantly I noticed the smell wasn't very good, because of the high sunscreen content. I didn't appreciate that at all. I also noticed it was much lighter and less moisturizing as my Aveeno was. I didn't like that either. Day 3: I was breaking out from this and becoming peely from it. I quit it from my routine. It was giving me horrible cheek pimples that I could not deal with at all.
Foundations -Urban Decay - Surreal Skin Mineral Makeup
barbiedollcurves 2/16/2009 10:51:00 PM
Well for now, lets give the lowdown. I've been hiding out at home just using my regular everyday minerals and i haven't tried any products that have wowed me yet. I quit using liquid makeup and I noticed everyday minerals doesn't do the job anymore. It lacks smoothness, and pores no more! Here comes this review. Everytime I'm at Sephora I always use two products, Urban Decay Surreal Skin in Illusion and NARS Powder Blush in Desire. These products never let me down. Urban Decay gives flawless coverage and lots of it too! it keep me poreless for hours and i LOVE IT. I'm yet to use it alone, i usually just top it over my mineral makeup for a more pulled together look. I don't like that its so ridiculously expensive, so for now I'm just going to put it on top of my everyday minerals (which is UBER cheap btw) and get that flawless look. No breakouts so far and I have SUPERSUPER sensetive skin. It hates everything except what i use now and this stuff, so pray it works! i would advise this, seriously. it doesn't seem to accentuate my dryness, keeps me shine free, and covers beautifully.
okay in general, bare minerals is so overrated. but i'm going to try to make this review appeal to everyone that reads this. first, i advise you buy a starter kit. it's seriously way easier then buying the full size. you get the brushes too, and you get more things then you did when I bought MY starter kit. second, the colors are hard to choose, so maybe if you want to be sure, visit a BARE ESCENTUALS store. they're way more helpful then sephora, and it's a much nicer place, and there isn't horrible lighting, and if you want anything mineral, it's easiest to get it, test it, etc there. okay my review, i used to not understand the buff, swirl, tap concept, and i still don't use it because i've got things to cover and i can't do layers and layers, so instead of using a teeny tiny bit, i use more, the key to using more is to TAP OFF THE DAMN EXCESS. i swear if you don't things get gross and cakey and powdery, and flakey and it looks utterly horrible! tapping the excess off helps make the finish blend into your skin. another thing, when i use bare minerals, i ALWAYS wear a liquid foundation underneath, because i need more coverage then powder can give me. plus it helps the bare minerals stick to my skin, and not rub off immediately on anything. plus it gives me the coverage i want, and helps me 'prime' my skin for powder, because i use alot of acne medications and i constantly need to have moisture, and non-oil free makeup helps. it gives me what i want and it helps get rid of flakes that comes with bare minerals. and it reassures me that my whole skin is covered. it also helps me use less bare minerals. i'm an NC25, NC30 and my color is Light. I can use Mediums but i can only use Medium Beige. Medium is too pink for my skintone. Light is somewhat too light, so I have to add on some bronzer. If you think Bare Minerals is too shiney, then maybe you should consider using some MoM or liquid foundation that is really good at controlling oil. Bare Minerals is dewy, but i change that, by using CoverGirl's oil-controlling clean makeup. it works really well and doesn't show ANY flakes. i love that foundation. but i'd rather my foundation be dewy then flakey, because flakey can't just be fixed. i have combination skin and if i don't moisturize properly then my skin becomes dry and bare minerals doesn't work. you may think i'm insane for trying to find so many ways to wear this stuff, but i like it, it gives good coverage and looks pretty natural, it won't give a full MAC face type of coverage, but it will look nice and natural for school and other things. personally i like it very much, and i have a full size, but i use quite a bit. i don't use the flawless face brush, because it gave me a cakey look, i use this kabuki from ulta called studio tools? something like that. it gives good coverage. if your thinking of purchasing, i hope this helped. but know that i'm a combination skintone. all my best friends use this, and my one friend is oily, the other two are completely dry. this works great for all of them.