This lotion was too irritating for my sensitive skin. I used it for a few days, and while it hydrating nicely, it left my face red and irritated by the end of the second day. I don't know if it's the fragrance or what, but I couldn't tolerate it. I was hoping for find a cheap alternative for my $35 I spend every few months on Korres Yoghurt Cream, but alas... thats the one I always run back to when nothing else works.
Most mascaras I've used (I'm looking at you Maybelline!) cause my eyes to sting, burn and get puffy by the end of the day. If they don't burn my eyes, they flake or smudge or both. Naturally Glossy gives my fairly long, curly lashes just enough color and volume without giving me those weird black smudges on my lids where the tips of my lashes hit. Also, there's absolutely NO flaking or eye irritation! I have bought probably 4 tubes of this little gem!
I have been using this cleanser for well over a year and although it's not perfect, it meets almost all of my requirements for a cleanser. First of all, it doesn't dry out my skin or cause irritation. I have tried TOO many cleansers (HE & DS) that make me feel tight, dry and itchy. This cleanses well and is so mild. It doesn't remove all of my makeup on it's own (I just wear powder foundation and blush), but when I massage it gently into my damp skin for 1 minute and then remove with a wet cotton round it all comes off. This stuff is perfect for me!
Moisturizers -Korres - Yogurt Cream (Yoghurt Cream)
carabara84 3/21/2012 3:48:00 PM
I have probably bought 5 jars of this stuff! It's literally the only moisturizer that I've found that my skin will tolerate. It's even a bit soothing to my very sensitive, acne-prone skin. It gets a bit heavy in the summer, so I usually thin it out with some thermal water spray (spritz face, then dot moisturizer on and gently smooth & pat into skin). I tend to get very shiny with it, but I will sacrifice a matte complexion for nice, non-irritating moisture and hydration which equals less breakouts. Yay for this cream!
Lotions/ Creams -Korres - Yogurt cooling after sun face and body gel
carabara84 3/21/2012 12:27:00 PM
I didn't actually try this on my body, so I gave it a two just to be generous. One reason I wanted to try this is b/c Korres Yoghurt Cream is the only moisturizer that my skin can handle (and I've tried more than I care to recall). On my ultra sensitive facial skin, this gel was a mess! The "cooling" ingredient in this is Menthyl Lactate which is pretty high up on the list and a very irritating ingredient. I should not have even tried it due to that alone, but the great reviews swayed me. It burned and irritated my skin so it went straight back to Ulta. I was hoping it would soothe and calm, but it did the opposite.
Moisturizers -Clinique - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
carabara84 12/28/2011 6:57:00 PM
I've tried this on several occasions and each time it was great in the beginning, then my skin would get more and more irritated after a few consecutive uses. I guess it's because of all of the extracts, but my skin seems to be too sensitive these days for anything other than bland products.
I have used the Pink (hit pan) and Peach (currently using) for probably two years now. These shades are the perfect subtle hint of color for my very fair NC/NW15 skin tone, and the pans last forever. I don't believe it's ever contributed to any breakouts or acne. I guess I'll find out soon as I'm now trying my first new blush in quite a while (Chantecaille Cheek Shade in Emotion). I just wanted a bit more pop of pink. Overall, great product.
Tinted Moisturizer -Laura Mercier - Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 - Oil Free
carabara84 12/22/2011 2:49:00 PM
I tried a sample of this in the lightest shade, Porcelain. Once I applied a pearl-sized amount (w/fingers) all over my face, I had to immediately wash it off. It was a sticky, shiny mess! The formula is SO thick, it shouldn't be called a TM. Would not recommend for anyone that's remotely oily or sensitive.
I don't know quite why, but this made my face itch & burn pretty much immediately, especially in the creases of my nose and around my mouth. I didn't have time to wash it off so I just dealt with it for 8 hrs :-/ Too bad... The finish was nice and coverage was great! Sensitives proceed w/caution...
For the past few years (since having my first child and now two years post-preg), my skin has been sooooo finicky. I've been acne-prone for years, but never overly-sensitive. Well, I'm definitely in the realm of having very sensitive skin these days. Because of that, I've reseated my mom as "Return Queen"... nothing I try ever works. That was the case with makeup until I found this powder. Amazing... it has incredible coverage, doesn't irritate, and keeps me looking great for nearly 8 hours without blotting/retouching. I apply by patting my Ecotools retractable kabuki into the powder, then lightly pat it all over my face one section at a time (swiping more powder as needed). For blemishes and red spots, I apply a little more just on the spot w/ an old MAC eyeliner brush. I've hit pan and repurchased a few times which is unheard of for me! Good stuff! (I use the lightest shade offered) UPDATE 9/2011: Still love this! :-D Never causes irritation or issues. UPDATE 3/21/12: Still going strong with this little gem!
Concealers -Almay - Bright Eyes Eye Base + Concealer
carabara84 4/14/2011 10:40:00 PM
I used this for a few months, and while I never really loved it in the beginning, I didn't really not like it either so I kept using. I've noticed this past week that I look like I've aged 5+ years under my eyes. No no no. I've discontinued use of this and I'm on the search for something better, and [hopefully] still on the cheap. I'll be tossing this and won't be buying this again.
Moisturizers -Origins - Make A Difference Skin Rejuvenating Treatment
carabara84 1/27/2011 2:11:00 PM
I tried this product based on the good reviews here, but I should have known better. I was looking for a light moisturizer that wouldn't hydrate and soften, but not make my combo (+ irritable during this cold winter) skin oilier. Another issue I have it breakouts, so finding a moisturizer that does it's job without causing more issues is a difficult task.... still. I thought this would fit all of my specifications, but alas... After two mornings of use, when I removed my makeup after the second day, I had patches of red, irritated skin and red painful bumps in places I rarely break out (temples, cheeks, forehead & neck). I'm blaming either the essential oils or the silicones that were too much more my skin. Maybe both? Sensitive skin folks, proceed with great caution.
I tried this product not knowing that it was like a "one color fits all" type of tinted moisturizer. I was looking for a moisturizer for day (with SPF 15 or higher) and this lacked a lot of the silicones that avoid, so I thought I'd give it a try. This evened out my skintone somewhat, but I've got lots of post-acne marks that I either decide to ignore or give extra coverage with a separate concealer. It didn't cover everything for me, but it's not as sheer as some things I've tried before. It gave my skin a nice glow and made me about 3 shades darker than my NC15 skin usually is, so that's where we had to part. It was perfect in every other way, but I couldn't deny the fact that my neck/chest were still very white compared to my NW25 face that this gave me. Too bad... had to return it :(
I've been using this product for almost a year, & can now officially say that I LOVE it. It's really not that hard to use after the first few tries, & I love that I can custom make my shade (I use SC-1). Most mu companies' concealers are too pigmented for my very fair skin, & when you have blemishes to cover and have to apply in concentrated areas, the color difference is usually even more noticeable. I love that I NEVER have that problem with this. Beautiful product, hasn't caused breakouts, & I think I can honestly say... HG!
Other than my trusted VG V, I go to Twig for my everyday neutral looks. It's a soft brownish-pink and goes well with almost any eye you go with (accept for overly cool tones). I usually choose the Satin formulas for their high-pigment saturation. If I want to slather it on and get a darker color, it works! If I want to brush it on lightly w/my 318, it works! A very versatile lippie.... will repurchase :)