Clarisonic Mia (Vs. Pretika) PROS Operation is much much quieter than the Pretika. Brush head is slightly softer (probably better for super sensitive skin). Varying brush heads (sensitive, normal). Handle is easier to hold and more comfortable. Smaller brush head so easier to get places around the nose. CONS Did not help clear up my face at all which the Pretika did (this is very important since that is the purpose of this tool for me). I actually broke out worse after using the Clarisonic (using the same cleaners as I did with the Pretika). No timer. Cost. The initial cost of the Mia is substantially higher (Pretika is $50, and cheaper if you find it at Marshall's and the like). The long term cost is also very expensive with brushes running around $20 a piece where as you can get 4 Pretika brushes for the same price. CONCLUSION The Clarisonic is good if you have really sensitive skin because it doesn't really do much (but that also means it's a big waste of money, I think massaging with your finger tips gives you about the same result). The Pretika actually works for me and helps clear up my skin and the price is right. It's not as well put together as the Clarisonic, it's much louder, more plastic-y, not as comfortable to hold-- but ultimately it does a better job which is what's important!!!
This polish is really neat!!! I love that it just peels right off when I'm sick of it! It was super easy to peel off too, it all came off as one big hunk, I though I would have to sit there and peel it off piece by piece but that wasn't the case at all! Mine went on very smoothly and evenly, it did take quite a while to dry completely though. I got a pack of three small polishes at Ulta on sale for $5 (originally $13) so they were super cheap, I'm not sure if I would pay full price. I really do love how easily it comes off though, I hate having to bring out the stinky polish remover and spend forever scrubbing at them with a cotton ball...
I love this lipstick, it's very moisturizing and goes on smoothly! This is the best nude color lippie I've found. It's not a pale or pink nude but more of a brownish nude (which I like b/c it doesn't give me that death look and makes my teeth appear a bit whiter).
Toners -Unlisted Brand - Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar
birdiecat 6/11/2010 4:01:00 PM
I mix about a tablespoon of purified water with a tablespoon of this ACV in a shot glass every night and apply it with a cotton ball as a toner after washing my face. It really STINKS but it also works! It has definitely helped clear up my skin quite a bit. It's hard for me to use it every single night because I detest the smell but I try and use it at least every other night.
I have the Strawberry Lip Glaze and I love it! It's a very pretty pink. It's way more pigmented than I thought it would be, I was expecting more of a tinted balm but it's definitely more like a lipstick IMO. It's very moisturizing, goes on smoothly and stays put!
I am a cheek tint convert b/c of 100% Pure lol! I used to only wear powder blushes and thought them to be far superior until I tried these tints! I have the strawberry one and it gives me a perfect flushed look and it also looks dewy (in a good way). It looks so much more natural than powder blush, totally amazing! I have 2 of the lip/cheek tints but I like this gel tube better, it's way easier to apply since you can just dab it on your finger and then dab it on your face and rub in. The stick ones are hard b/c you have to rub them on your face and the color doesn't go on easily or evenly. I do like that the stick ones double as a light lip gloss though!
Bronzers -100 Percent Pure - Cocoa Pigmented Bronzer
birdiecat 5/15/2010 10:56:00 PM
Great bronzer or contouring powder! It's not shimmery which I love (I use it to contour). I have the honey and the brown sugar and I love them both! The honey has more of a yellowish tone to it. The tin that these come in is great, it has a mirror on the inside of the lid! I also love that it's pressed, it's hard to find a good natural bronzer that isn't loose powder!
This a great gel liner! It stays put all day, even on my waterline. It seems to me to be pretty waterproof too! I was a little hesitant to buy this liner b/c I have the creamstick liner and it really bothered my eyes but this one didn't irritate them at all, yay!!! This is definitely the best liquid or gel liner I have ever tried! I was also worried that this was going to be hard to apply (I don't have a very steady hand or much patience) but it went on so smoothly and it was easy to get a straight line (I used their liner brush).
Blush -100 Percent Pure - Fruit Pigment Lip & Cheek Stain
birdiecat 3/18/2010 10:54:00 PM
I really love these, they give a more natural look than powder blush! It took a while for me to figure out how to apply these so that they actually looked good lol! You definitely have to use your finger or a sponge to blend them in.
Sunscreen -Unlisted Brand - Devita Daily Solar Protective Moisturizer spf 30
birdiecat 3/18/2010 10:48:00 PM
This is the best facial sunscreen that I've come across!!! I love that it's not super greasy nor white. My mineral MU goes on really well over it (some sunscreens change the color of my MMU). I haven't tried it out on a really sunny outing yet. I took one lippie off because it isn't SPF rated... It just says 30 so that doesn't really mean much... Also would be nice if this came in a tube, not a jar.
Lotions/ Creams -Alba Botanica - Un-petroleum Multi-Purpose Jelly
birdiecat 2/25/2010 10:42:00 PM
Love this stuff!!! Works wonderfully on extremely dry patches of skin that I get on my hands and feet! Way better than vaseline IMO!
Grapeseed oil is definitely a staple for me! I use it to cleanse my face and I use it as a moisturizer for my hands. I get really dry skin/eczema on my hands and this is the only thing that helps it!
Overall I'm really not that impressed with BE, way overpriced for what it is! They add irritating fillers and that "glow" that it gives you actually just makes you look like an oil slick... There are so many better mineral mu companies out there that are way more reasonably priced! Sure BE does have some nice colors, but so do a lot of other companies! Their stuff just isn't worth the hype, period! P.S. BE I would love if you could label your jars on top so I don't have to sit there and flip everything over to find what I want...
Makeup Brushes -100 Percent Pure - CRUELTY FREE EYE SHADOW BRUSH
birdiecat 2/11/2010 10:49:00 PM
This brush is very soft and applies well. I like that it's white so I can tell when it needs a washing!
Makeup Brushes -100 Percent Pure - CRUELTY FREE BLUSH BRUSH
birdiecat 2/11/2010 10:24:00 PM
This brush is very soft, I like it a lot! I love that it's white so I can see when it's starting to pick up a lot of MU and needs to be washed, plus I know when it's clean when I wash it! I still like my Ecotools a little bit better, but that's also probably because I have a whole set with a variation of shapes sizes. I wish the tip wasn't so flat and a little more rounded.