Naahhh...I wanted to like this based on all the youtube hype, but I found it made my oily skin feel like I applied a stick of butter to it. It's true that a little goes a long way- I applied a very small amount and after blending found it felt extremely heavy and I felt almost like my skin was suffocating. I checked the ingredient list, and dimethicone was the FIRST one listed. It's been said that the 'cones form a barrier on top of the skin (like sealing it with plastic wrap) essentially trapping the oil in the skin (which can lead to breakouts, blackheads, etc.) I prefer a foundation that lets my skin "breathe", and allows the oil come to the surface to be absorbed, rather than trapped inside.
Pricey for a drugstore brand, but well worth it! I use this for body only (my face has oily skin, and I only use products formulated specifically for the face!) This cream contains both glycerin and hyaluronic acid - 2 powerful ingredients that draw moisture into the skin's layers. My legs become terribly itchy from being so dry in the winter, and my sides become dry and flaky. This moisturizer has helped unlike any other (even Aveeno, which I had used for years). CeraVe is well worth the price!
The first week I used this brush for my liquid foundation and I really enjoyed it. I thought it was easy to use, and blended my makeup very nicely. (I wash all my brushes with shampoo once per week). After one or two washes, I found that this brush still had foundation clumped in it. No matter what soap I used, or how I tried, I can't manage to get the brush clean (strange and gross!) Obviously, I do not use anymore. Maybe better for powder foundations.
Masks -Formula 10.0.6 - Deep Down Detox Ultra-Cleansing Mud Mask
cosmic007 9/30/2012 10:37:00 PM
This mud mask had a pleasant smell (orange), but that's about the only positive point I have on it. I have oily skin, so I figured it would clean out my pores and help keep oil at bay for at least a day or so. What I found was that the mask was so darn drying, that my skin was extra-oily after using (in an attempt to over-compensate for sucking it dry). With oily skin, I've leaned that gentle cleansers, and even a few drop of jojoba oil at night have done wonders for my skin. Product like this one only irritate and cause more oil production by performing far too aggressively.
Moisturizers -The Body Shop - Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion
cosmic007 9/30/2012 10:28:00 PM
I had high hopes for this product, as I have oily skin, but I was sorely disappointed. Not only was it ineffective at controlling shine, but the 4th ingredient listed (out of many) is ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE. According to various sources, it is a chemical that is toxic to the human nervous system and is a suspected developmental neurotoxin. The aluminum compounds are also suspected respiratory hazards. Please ladies, let's be smart about what we put on our skin. Cancer is far too common these days. For safety's sake, stay away from this product!
Please be advised - MICA and TALC are the first 2 ingredients listed for the product. Mineral makeup is a big trend. Made from minerals such as mica, which are used for industrial purposes as well, these tiny particles are a thousand times smaller than predecessors from even 10 years ago. Their small size makes for a smoother, more flawless look, but it has one serious unintended consequence. The particles are so tiny they fall quickly through the air and can be inhaled easily into your lungs. When construction workers use mica in products such as spackle, they wear masks to protect their lungs from scarring over time. Though there are no studies showing damage from makeup use to date, experts say the long-term use and inhalation of minerals in makeup can lead to inflammation, irritation and lung disease in women and girls.
Concealers -Bare Escentuals - Correcting Concealer
cosmic007 9/22/2012 10:31:00 PM
I recently purchased this concealer after reading a lot of good things about it online. I used it under my eyes for one day...nothing spectacular. Later that evening, I took a close look at the ingredients, and the FIRST item listed was Alumina. According to various websites, it's a neurotoxin at high doses. This concerned me greatly and I returned the product. I prefer something less hazardous when it comes to what I put on my skin. Knowledge is power, ladies. Cancer is far too common these days.
I received a sample (pushed on me) by a Sephora rep. She thought it would be great for my oily skin. While I can say that the shade matched, and when I first put it on it looked nice, it was all downhill from there. My skin was extra-oily by 10AM. This may work nicely for normal skin types, but NOT recommended for those w/ oily skin like me. (Primer didn't help the problem, either.)
This is a very good concealer, but the packaging stinks. The user has to squeeze the tube to get the product to come up through the brush. The concept seems convenient, but I often found that squeezing (even gently) made the product spurt out and wind up on my mirror and counter. The actual product works well, but the packaging leaves much to be desired.
Moisturizers -Cetaphil - Cetaphil Derma Control Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30
cosmic007 7/6/2012 11:24:00 PM
I purchased this product the other day with high hopes that it would live up to its claim of controlling oil. It failed miserably. After carefully reading through the ingredient list, I noticed that the 4th ingredient listed is Dimethicone. According to Dr. Oz, 'cones are not healthy, as they cause the skin to suffocate, and essentially form a barrier on skin's surface so that no oil can escape. Yes, it's still being produced, it's just trapped under the surface. Even if you're not a fan of Dr. Oz, when you consider what 'cones do, it makes perfect sense that this "oil control" product left my skin even more oily than my regular moisturizer did. I respect the Cetaphil name, as it's been passed around my dermatologist's office for years, but this is one product I feel that people should strongly avoid. Even if you don't have oily skin, please don't suffocate your skin. It will be healthier and better behaved if it's treated well :)
I think this is a great product. Used about 2/3 times per week, I found this conditioner leaves my dry, color-damaged hair feeling soft, and healthy. It does not weigh hair down. The proce is a bit steep, but it truly work on repairing the hair.
Conditioner -L'Oreal - EverPure Moisture Conditioner
cosmic007 5/11/2012 8:55:00 PM
Excellent conditioner! Feels lightweight, but works wonderfully on my dry, damaged hair. It never leaves a residue behind, and I can actually run a comb through it when it's wet after using the shampoo & conditioner from this line. So many products to choose from out there, but these are reasonably priced, safe for color-treated hair, and work wonder to restore moisture and leave hair looking healthy :)
This is a wonderful shampoo. I use it in combination with the conditioner in the same line. These products leave my dry, damaged hair feeling healthy after using. (no residue, no heavy feeling) I can actually run a comb through my hair. It feel clean, soft, and healthy. There are many higher priced items that don't work nearly as well as these. I highly recommend!! :)
I was excited to try this product, given so many rave reviews about it. I have colour-treated, dry, damaged hair, and was under the impression this product would add moisture and help heal my hair. It did absolutely nothing of the sort. In fact, I couldn't wait to wash it out. I felt like I had some kind of film on my hair, and it didn't feel soft, smooth, or healthy at all. (I applied about a dime-sized amount to damp my hair.) Don't know what all the hype is about. This product is ridiculously over-priced and does nothing beneficial for hair at all.
Conditioner -Neutrogena - Triple Mositure Silk Touch Leave-in Cream
cosmic007 5/3/2012 11:19:00 AM
Sad to say, this product just wasn't for me. I have dry, damaged hair, and I use the daily conditioner, which I love. This product, however, left my hair feeling a bit dirty, and I couldn't wait to wash it out. Also, when I used it on a rainy day, may hair looked absolutely awful. Everyone's hair is different, and although the majority here seem to reap great benefits from this, I didn't like it at all.