I have VERY ACNE PRONE skin, that is also very dry (because of the acne prevention products I have to use) and I bought this hoping it would be a littlee more moisturizing than my current daily moisturizer (spectro for dry skin). I used this for one week. My skin felt raw and dry and tight no matter how much I applied of this. My wrinkles became more apparent as my skin got more and more dry, but I wanted to give the CeraVe a fair trial. It also made my foundation hard to blend and eye makeup hard to apply, aand I started breaking out in little tiny pimples on my cheeks and forehead after a few days, when I had FINALLY been clear for a little while :( The morning I gave up and used my spectro again my skin felt much better right away. Bottom line - Cerave wasn't moisturising enough for my skin, and it probably is what broke me out (nothing else changed in my skincare/makeup routine.) And it cost me almost 25 dollars !!!! So sad :(
Deodorants -Unlisted Brand - Drysol - Dab-on Antiperspirant
bluebelleyes 12/5/2012 1:40:00 AM
I've had hyperhydrosis - overactive sweat glands - for around seven years (since grade 8).I suffered through it for two years trying every deodorant out there, including the clinical strength etc. My under-arms and feet are the worst. Constant 24/7 sweating that left wet footprints (even wearing thick wool socks) and huge sweat marks in my tops. I made makeshift absorbing pads for the underarm area of my tops and sewed them into all my shirts. There was a LOT of clothing that I couldn't wear because it would show the sweat too much. Hyperhydrosis is a hugeeee confidence killer, and can really hurt you socially. Finally in grade 10 I went to the doctor and was diagnosed. That night I used drysol on her reccomendation. The next day I was COMPLETELY DRY THE ENTIRE DAY. :) I spent the day with my boyfriend and I was absolutely shocked when I got home and hadn't sweat a drop the entire day. After that my life literally was changed. My confidence came back, along with the wardrobe I'd been missing out on. I joined the cheerleading team, and eventually became cheer captain. I used it initially every night before bed for one week. I gradually decreased my usage, now, years later I use it once every two weeks or so to maintain dryness. Warning: IT BURNS AND STINGS AND ITCHES LIKE NOTHING ELSE ON THE FREAKING PLANET I've seriously burned my skin several times, but usually it doesn't cause an actual burn, it just itches like nothing else. If you ice it; use a hairdryer after application, or sleep with a comb beside your bed to gently itch the area in the night then it can help lessen the itch; but seriously. This stuff burns. And might keep you awake. But it changed my life, sooooo I'll keep using it forever!!
I've used around 20 or so different self tanners, and the color from this one is just wonderful !! I've been using it for over a year now. It's so much better than any other self tanner tint that I've ever tried. It's an olive brown, not orange whatsoever. It goes on tinted so you can see where you're applying it. It comes with gloves because it stains skin quickly, and if you apply with your bare hands they'll be dyed very dark brown once you're finished. It's a bit harder to get an even application with the gloves on, but the resulting color is worth it. :) I use it year round, apply it two to three nights in a row to build a rich tan that lasts for a week or two, that I get complimented on ALL the time. I apply it right before bed, and wash it off in the shower in the morning. The scent is pretty typical for a self tanner, but I really don't mind it.
Skincare - Face -Hard Candy - Take It Off - Makeup Remover
bluebelleyes 10/15/2012 9:43:00 PM
I use a blend of maybelline superstay 24hr and Colorstay 16hr as my foundation. Which is a wonderful combination for lasting power, but is REALLY hard to remove. I tried the cream version of Take it Off twice. If I massage it in, and then wipe (yuck, I hate that word....wipe....)a warm, damp facecloth over my face it will take off most of my makeup, but still leave a residue. I had to repeat two more times to remove it all, which isn't really a big deal, it just makes me nervous that it's still missing some foundation hidden in my pores that will make me breakout. Other makeup removers - like Clean and Clear oil free makeup dissolving stuff - worked better for me.
Dewy, glowing finish, sheer coverage, the easiest to blend foundation I have ever used (and I've used sooooooososososo many.) On it's own, it's not enough coverage, and it clogs my pores. But it you mix a little in with a longwear foundation, or any foundation that could use a little extra glow or blendability, this is excellent !!
This foundation is much less opaque than other long lasting foundations I've tried. The coverage is poor, and it feels heavy on my skin. I love the dewy, soft finish, and I think a thin layer on blemish-free skin would look lovely, but the final strike was when, after wearing it for two days, (changing nothing else in my skin routine) tiny little white bumps appeared covering my cheeks, chin and forehead. After switching back to my usual foundation, these bumps subsided. Due to the sheer coverage, heavy feel, and clogged pores, I will not be using this foundation again.
Pressed Powders -Maybelline - Dream Matte Pressed Powder
bluebelleyes 10/15/2012 9:14:00 PM
I have combination oily skin, that has been covered (literally, covered) in acne for three years. I have tried every setting powder I could get my hands on to control the oil, until finally I discovered this powder. It was love at first sight. :D Because of the acne, I use a very heavy coverage of foundation, which feels awful, and looks awful UNTIL I apply this powder. :) Even after using it for a year and a half now, I'm always amazed at the difference it makes. Shrinks pores, sets makeup flawlessly, makes acne appear smaller and flattened, looks natural, and non-powdery, doesn't accentuate the fine hairs on the face, has a wonderful lasting powder, doesn't cake up, has lovely packaging that has never malfunctioned, doesn't increase my breakouts, the mirror stays clean because it's twist out, it's just amazing ! I use the lightest on my T-zone, and the medium shade on my cheekbones and temples. As I reapply during the day, it gradually contours my face, which is lovely, because I haven't been able to use bronzer, blush, or highlighter in a long time since it just accentuates the acne on my cheeks...anyway, here's the best part of the whole thing...I CAN FINALLY SAY I HAVE AN HG PRODUCT!! :):):) I recommend it to all my friends, and it has become their HG powders as well. :) The only downside is that it's often hard in the lightest color because it's sold out. Because it's so awesome, everyone buys it. It's around 13$ here, but if you think that's a little high, wait till you try it. It's worth it. It's just great. Go try it. That's all.
I've been using this product for almost two years. I had chronic dry, chapped lips my whole life, and frequent breakouts of angular cheilitis. My dentist noticed my condition during a checkup, and reccomended this. :) Since using this product my lips are soft, full, smooth, and I can go hours without reapplying, when before I would have to apply lip balm religiously, every half hour or more frequently. I have had no issues with the angular cheilitis since using this, thankfully ! It can be used as a hand cream, on cuticles, feet, etc. I only gave it four lippies just because lanolin is notorious for clogging pores. When I forget and kiss my boyfriend with this on, and then he kisses my face or shoulders I breakout.:( Also sleeping, it can smudge onto your face from your pillow, so be cautious if you're acne prone!
Liquid -Maybelline - SuperStay Makeup - New Version
bluebelleyes 10/10/2012 5:23:00 PM
I've been using this foundation religiously for over a year. I have severe acne, and after trying countless foundations, this is the longest lasting on my oily skin. I use over colorstay photoready primer, and under Maybelline dream matte powder. It's nearly full coverage, and although I have severe scarring and active breakouts, a thick layer of this usually suffices to cover my blemishes without concealer. It does stay on very well, through rain, kissing, etc. It does not crease easily at all. However...it has it's downfalls aswell. The final texture of this foundation is very, very matte. It doesn't make my skin appear youthful, or allow any natural glow to shine through. It does not build well. Once it dries, trying to add another layer (without very careful, time consuming blending effort) usually results in the bottom layer clumping together. It accentuates the fine hairs on my face. It dries my skin out (which is good or bad, depending on your skin type.) It clogs my pores (although less than many other foundations). I combat some of this by often mixing in some of a thinner, more luminous foundation or brightener, which helps. The bottom line is: this foundation stays, gives full coverage, and matches my skin tone perfectly (no pinkish-orange tints thankfully) , looks dry, clogs my pores and ages my skin.
I used this foundation for over a year. It's very creamy, and goes on smoothly. I've applied using brushes, sponges, and my hands, and all techniques have worked well with this foundation. It gives medium coverage, and the lasting power is alright. However, I have combination skin and I've found that I need a lot of powder with this foundation to avoid feeling oily during the day. I have switched to other foundations in the past few months, and have seen a significant improvement in my skin blemishes, and have needed to use less powder to set my make-up. For oily skin, or blemish prone skin I would suggest a lighter foundation that's oil-free.
I got 'naked lunch' as a christmas present. Odd name, but the color is beautiful, long lasting, and shimmery. I did find the product very difficult to pick up with a brush though, I had to use a very stiff brush to 'scrape' the eyeshadow from the pot.
Who would have guessed? I had clear skin until I left home for university. Suddenly my skin exploded with acne (deep cystic acne, pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, millia, you name it.) Every section of my face forehead to chin, cheek to cheek, under my jaw and around my eyes, was absolutely covered in painful lumps. Prescription antibiotics and topical treatments didn't work for me. I was cheer captain and a social butterfly before.....after the acne it was a rough time. SO :) This is what I did. I started a diet of no grains, fruit, potatoes, corn, sugar, or anything that spikes insulin levels. (insulin is a 'fuel' for acne) I use a baking soda mask every night. I mix benzoyle peroxide with my moisterizer. I cleanse with gentle cleaners, and avoid letting my face touch anything (including pillowcases, clothing, hands) In two weeks I went from literally hundreds of acne marks to two pimples. As one of my main acne fighting tools, I would highly recommend baking soda to anyone looking for clear skin. Extremely cheap. Extremely easy :)