Moisturizers -Desert Essence - Daily Essential Moisturizer
cpring 10/20/2011 10:34:00 AM
Consider me part of the fanclub. I use this as a night moisturizer after my retinoid pads. Doesn't break me out and keeps me skin soft till morning. Love the price and the ingredients. Keeps my skin more moisturized than many other much more expensive brands. HG product. I wish it wasn't in tub form, but that is only a minor complaint compared with the benefits.
Toners -Alba Botanica - Acnedote Deep Cleaning Astringent
cpring 10/20/2011 10:29:00 AM
Love this stuff. My skin has been much clearer since using. Has a bit of an alcohol smell to it, but it doesn't bother me too much. Have noticed reduced blackheads and whiteheads and my skin seems less oily thoughout the day.
Mascara -Tarte - Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara
cpring 10/20/2011 10:26:00 AM
I'm shocked by the positive reviews of this product. I was excited at the prospect of a new vegan mascara to try out. Unfortunately, it didn't work nearly as good as my go to: Zuzu Luxe. After I put it on, it looked rather glossy, which seemed promising. However, it quickly smudged and gave me raccoon eyes before I even finished my commute to work. After a few more tries, the same thing happened. It stays on a bit better after putting on UD's lash primer potion, but I certainly won't be buying again.
Moisturizers -100 Percent Pure - Organic Pomegranate Antioxidant Hydration SPF15
cpring 4/24/2010 5:56:00 PM
I really wanted to like this. However, it consistantly has balled up and flaked off if I want to put ANYTHING else on my face. It also makes my undereye concealor look terrible. It is important to me to have spf under my eyes, and I simply can't use this for that purpose. If you are only going to wash, tone, and apply this, then you should be fine. However, if you are going to use other skincare treatments or use foundation, concealor, or powder, you might have the same balling up and flaking off issues that I've had. Also, the website did not list beeswax as an ingredient, but when it came in the mail, the bottle lists beeswax. I didn't realize this until yesterday. As a vegan, that really ticks me off. I just got Josie Maran 40+ spf from sephora, and am not having the balling up issue. Its got a couple more chemicals, but it is mostly natural, with more spf (all mineral).
Treatments -Jason Natural Cosmetics - Oil Free Gel AHA 12 1/2
cpring 4/20/2010 2:00:00 PM
I really wanted to love this product, but I'm pretty sure that its breaking me out. Also, it doesn't seem like it is smoothing out my skin. It is a gel consistancy that doesn't really seem to absorb well. I haven't been using this consistancy, only about one night a week, so it might be some sort of purging situation, but I'm not going to push through.
I would buy this again because of its ingredients and because my usual cleanser (Natural Body Sea Cleanse) is so expensive. However, I really feel like it strips my dehydrated/oily acne prone skin. And even though my skin feels stripped, it doesn't take off all of the makeup. However, my husband uses it with no problems.
Primer/ Corrector -Unlisted Brand - Milk of Magnesia
cpring 4/20/2010 1:47:00 PM
This keeps oil at bay all night. I mix it with some water and then use a wedge to spread over my t-zone. Then I apply my foundation over it. It really is amazing to not have "shiny face" at the end of a wedding or some other night activity. I don't use this daily, just for special events weirdly enough. Just make sure to mix it with enough water or you'll get a white cast.
Deodorants -Aubrey Organics - Calendula blossom Natural Deodorant Spray
cpring 4/20/2010 1:41:00 PM
I've used Alvera's Almond and Aloe deodorant for the past 10 years, but I started becoming a little concerned about one of its ingredients, so I wanted to try a new natural deodorant. With this, I need to reapply a couple of times a day, which I never had to with the Alvera. Also, it just smells bad. It has calamine powder in it, which is supposed to absorb some wetness and have a cooling effect. Well, it REALLY smells like calamine lotion. You know, the pink stuff when you get poison ivy. I really wanted to like it, but I'm not a fan.
Liquid -Revlon - ColorStay Makeup with SoftFlex SPF 6 for Combination/Oily Skin
cpring 4/20/2010 1:27:00 PM
this foundation is ok. Not a miracle product. It disguises my large pores and acne scars better than MMU, but it still doesn't make my skin look great. It tends to emphasize dry patches and make new ones. I also don't find this to be particularly long lasting. It does transfer on clothing. I took the pump from a Maybelline foundation and it fit on top of this product so that way I wasn't wasting a lot of foundation. I wish that it came with a pump itself.
I try to only use natural products. I have this in black, and it is a nicely pigmented and wet look. However, it doesn't hold curl, and it DOES smudge. It doesn't smudge terribly, but it does happen every time. Fortunately, it doesn't really flake. I don't put it on my lower eyelashes. I will buy it again because of its great natural ingredients and because their aren't a lot of alternatives for a good natural mascara.
Concealers -100 Percent Pure - Peach Pigmented Natural Concealer with SPF 20
cpring 4/20/2010 12:24:00 PM
This concealer is just ok as far as use goes. The color is very good. I have white peach, and it looks just right on me. However, it creases it bit and isn't super easy to apply under eyes. It doesn't apply very smoothly and isn't very long lasting. Also, the cap isn't closing properly. I've had better luck with this product on blemishes and spots. I will buy it again because of the natural ingredients and because of the spf.
I got the berry tint. I love the look of this blush. I previously used benetint, but then I realized its main ingredient was powdered bugs. The berry tint is probably the closest to benetint. It is a gel consistancy. A little bit goes a loooong way. I like the tube that it comes in, but it comes out very fast, so I squeeze it slowly. I would say it lasts about 6 hours or so. While I like the berry color, I think I am going to try the apple color. I think the berry is a little too plumy for my pale skin tone.
I have pretty pale skin, and I wanted something to make me look less washed out w/ my highlighted hair. I have pretty acne prone skin, so I was excited to find something that was oil-free. I really liked the color that it gave me. It was really subtle and not orange-y. I used the light formula, but I am going to try the medium in the summer. My only complaint is that it doesn't have any sunscreen in it, so you need to use another sunscreen if you're going outside, and don't want to defeat the purpose of a self-tanner. Here is a tip: if you are going for a more natural look and don't want to wear a lot of makeup, putting the natural glow on your eyelids (don't get it in your eyes!!) will give you more eye definition w/o eyeshadow.