My ratings *might* seem harsh and like I don't like the product. I do like it however! The color, I feel, is awesome. And pretty long lasting. But there are a couple of quirks for me. Sometimes I end up with an uneven look from cheek to cheek (probably a user error). I'd recommend really rubbing it in as soon as you brush the product onto your face, because otherwise it may stain in a blotchy way. The other thing I don't like (and this is odd) is that when I'm using the nail-polish-like-wand for my lips,it tickles my lips to no end!! It's not a good feeling for me! I wonder if others get that reaction. It's a bit pricey, so I'd only get it again if I had another deal going on.
I love this product!!! Okay, time for some TMI reviewing: I shave. You know where. And for the first like, 9 years of doing so, I lived with the bumps. I figured it was part of life. I tried to combat them with tea tree oil, witch hazel, and aloe. I tried to prevent them with fancier razors and even going so far as to try a self-Brazilian once (I almost passed out.) So, I pretty much came to terms that I was always going to have an ugly red razor bump or two on my most sensitive area (I am thankfully not a victim of razor brutality on my legs or underarms). But, ever the fighter, I was always interested in finding new products to eradicate this issue. I picked up a bottle of this a month ago for $13.00. I was like, damn, for 13 bucks, this $%&* better be good. A month later, I aim on buying this stuff for the rest of my life. It's changed my shaving life! Like I said, I used to get big ugly razor bumps. Not no more. I apply this (quite liberally, but that's my personality) after shaving and 5-10 mins later, I am *beautiful* down there. (Told you this would be a TMI review). It also has helped me get a closer shave because now I'm now trying to dodge irritated spots or prevent future bumps- I've got my prevention bottled, and it's name is Tendskin! <3 Sorry to all of those whom I've offended with this review :-P P.S.-Like I said, I bought this bottle a month ago, it's about 2/3 gone. So $13.00 every couple of months isn't bad.
Cleansers -Derma E - very clear problem skin cleanser
doll815 8/2/2012 8:25:00 PM
I love this cleanser. I tend to go overboard with tea tree oil if I'm trying to get rid of a breakout, and end up over-drying my skin (plus the oil is way expensive compared to this). I bought this to get the benefits of tea tree, but in a more...diluted way? Haha. I also believe the other ingredients must be helpful- this cleanser never irritates, it just feels awesome and really does keep my sensitive/problem skin clear. It's affordable too, sometimes find it for 9.99 at certain places. I love Derma E's products, the natural ingredients are the bomb.
BB Cream -Garnier - BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector - Light/Medium
doll815 8/2/2012 8:17:00 PM
I've been using this product every day for a few months now, and it works for me! Now, it's no "miracle" nor is it a "perfector" but I'm just looking for something affordable, light, and non-irritating for my skin. I thought this would irritate, but I've been really clear since using it. At first when I squeezed it into my hand I laughed. It looked so orange...But upon application and smoothing it over my face, it really just gives my pale skin a nice healthy glow, nothing fake looking at all. I do give my nose, chin, and sometimes forehead a dusting of Airspun Coty powder after application to lessen the shiny look, but I leave my cheeks alone to look more natural. It's not something that will hide any heavy-duty skin discolorations- sometimes I'll see a dark spot still visible. However, to me it's worth it to not have a heavy foundation on. I'm currently on my second tube of this stuff. Oh, and I buy the lighter shade- Fair/Medium, I think? Overall I would recommend this product to anyone looking for easy, breezy, light/medium coverage without foundation hassles. Oh, and by the way- I'd say my skin tends to be more on the dry side- perhaps that's why I'm not experiencing the "oil slick" feel of this product that some others mention.
I had a strange unfamiliar breakout on my forehead (which also is an unfamiliar spot for me to breakout). It wasn't going away or even coming to a head so I sought out tea tree oil, having heard of it's benefits as a spot treatment. I got a small bottle of the Tisserand brand at Ulta for 11 dollars. All the instructions warned me against apply it directly, told me to mix with almond oil, etc. Well I didn't feel like spending another 11 dollars on oil so I just went for it. Haha. I just used a Qtip to apply to oil directly to my pimples. It is definitely a "drying oil", which is what I needed. My boyfriend hated the smell (it lingered in my room) but I don't mind it at all. And, the best news is: it cleared that weird breakout up completely. I still got a few new pimples after, but after I hit em with some tea tree oil, they are vanquished hahaha. Unfortunately I ran out, and instead of buying another bottle of the tea tree oil, I decided to buy a cleanser with tea tree oil as an ingredient (Derma E's Very Clear Problem Skin Cleanser). My thought is that instead of using the oil as a spot treatment, hopefully I'll be preventing pimples with the cleanser. Will write review for the cleanser in a few weeks. :) I'd recommend the tea tree oil itself, though. Even applying it directly to my breakout once a day didn't dry me out (I moisturized after)
Throwing in my two cents: I love vaseline! My main uses are as a daily and nightly lip protectant/healer and eye makeup remover It's seriously the only substance that actually heals my lips when they're chapped- probably because there's no fragrance or harsh ingredients. I've also used it on my rough calloused feet, and dry areas near my cuticles. It's so classic, versatile, and inexpensive. Every bathroom shelf needs a tub of Vaseline!
Conditioner -L'Oreal - EverPure Moisture Conditioner
doll815 1/30/2012 1:23:00 AM
This is my go-to line, for conditioner and shampoo, really. They don't strip my hair color, the price is right (especially since there's coupons almost every week in the Sunday inserts) and I LOVE the rosemary mint scent! I'm reading other reviews and laughing because it's so funny how senses of smell can differ so greatly from one person to another. I love the fact that the scent lingers for like 24 hours on my hair, even after blowdrying. It smells good, people. Also, the packaging is a pretty purple color :-)
Primer/ Corrector -Palladio - Herbal Liquid Foundation Primer
doll815 1/30/2012 1:18:00 AM
This primer is very comparable to Smashbox Photo Finish, but much more affordable- what's not to like? It does everything I want a primer to do, and I'll be re-purchasing.
I enjoyed this product because it extended the life of my foundation and smoothed out the surface of my skin, readying it for makeup. A little went a long way, and even the sample size I had lasted a while.One would think putting something like this on their face would mean an instant breakout- but I read that silicones are actually non-comedogenic since they don't actually enter your pores but rather stay on top of them. And I never experience a breakout from this. But unfortunately, it's a little pricey for me, and I found a less expensive option (Palladio Herbal Foundation Primer does the trick)
Highlighters -Revlon - Age Defying Spa Illuminator Pink Light
doll815 1/30/2012 1:02:00 AM
If I can only put one thing on before I leave the house, I will choose this. Okay, and maybe some mascara...But seriously, I love this stuff. I wear it day and night, over foundation or on bare skin, work or play. Like others mentioned, I pulled the brush part off (Didn't even require the use of pliers I'm so strong) and it's just a lot better to use that way. I take a pea sized dollop and use it to highlight my cheeks. I'll sometimes dab it right under my brows, subtly, or wherever I feel like highlighting! I disagree with other reviewers about it's "glitteriness"- I hate glitter, and would not put glitter on my face. This is shimmer, sheen, illuminating wonderfulness! I've only tried the pink light thus far, and I love the dewy pink glow it gives my cheeks. I get complimented on it a lot and people ask me "What are you using!? You look awesome!" (-Not to boast. I give all credit to the product.) When I apply it, I get a cooling sensation for some reason, and it doesn't cause any sort of breakout for me. I'm just worried- it's been discontinued at a lot of places, clearanced out, but I did find it at one local grocery store (At full price, figures.) I bought two tubes because I'm afraid I won't be able to find it anymore :/ Anyways, two thumbs up, and if you don't like this product, please send it to me!! Haha.
Pressed Powders -L'Oreal - True Match Super-Blendable Powder
doll815 1/30/2012 12:45:00 AM
I like this powder solely because it comes in Alabaster (C1). This strange shade is perfect for me if I want to match my skin, with its pinkish almost red undertones. According to others, I'm "ghostly" pale, and I have pink undertones. With pretty much every other drugstore line of foundations/powders, even the lightest shade available looks orange-y on me- I can always tell I'm wearing makeup when I put the others on. With the Alabaster shade available in this product line, I don't feel like I'm changing my skin color. I was using the liquid foundation, but have since switched to a mousse from a different brand. But, I still keep the Alabaster pressed powder around to finish my face with when necessary. I'll continue to buy it because it's affordable and proven to work with my coloring.
So, I debated buying Skin Food for a couple days (Hey for me that's a long time, lol) and finally went for it. After purchasing, it still took me a whole day to try it out on my face. I was nervous about it's thick/greasy nature wreaking havoc on my skin. Also, the scent was sort of odd to me, and I try to use fragrance-free products. But I like that this is all natural ingredients, and eventually I tried it out on my face. Wow! The first couple days were awesome. I was in love. It really moisturized well, and took care of redness in my some areas of my face as well as eradicating a weird blemish I had on my cheek. Then, I got quite a few pimples on my forehead and on my cheek, near my nose. Strange pimples...not whiteheads, like I'm more familiar with. I got sad, and wondered if I should keep using Skin Food as my nightly moisturizer. As of now, I'm glad I did, because Skin Food worked it's magic again and I could tell it was getting rid of those pimples as well! I think the forehead breakout was actually caused by an external factor, because my skin is clear again. I think the alcohol that is present in Skin Food may aid in drying up any pimples you may have. I've grown accustomed to the scent and I even like it now. And like I said, the redness I sometimes experience on and around my nose is taken care of by Skin Food. The 2.5oz tube I purchased was $18, but it seems to be lasting a while. It's only been about two weeks since I started using it so maybe I'll update my review after I use the tube up.
Moisturizers -Bare Escentuals - Purely Nourishing Cream Dry Skin
doll815 1/30/2012 12:13:00 AM
I love this cream! My skin requires a rich moisturizer year-round, and this one is perfect. I love the texture, it just feels right. There's no fragrance (which is important to me) and it definitely does not break me out. It actually ensures that I will have beautiful, soft, supple, glowing skin after I use it :) Okay maybe I'm painting a picture of perfection but I seriously love this cream that much. It's only flaw is it's price, for a poor person like me. Unfortunately I'm out of it right now, and have been using Weleda Skin Food in it's place (which has been...interesting) But I will definitely re-purchase this again and again.
This is one of the few truly fragrance-free cleansers I've tried (at least in my price range) and I'm so grateful for that! I have such sensitive skin and I hate using cleansers with fragrance in them. This one does a good job of keeping my skin clear (especially when I use it religiously) and I love the soft, smooth feeling I get after washing with it. Also, just like it claims, I use it to remove eye makeup with ease. I'm really not sure what the Active Soil Complex is or what it does, but it definitely doesn't hurt lol. I should mention my skin is on the drier side, and this cleanser is not overly-drying at all. I wish it were less expensive however.
Moisturizers -Philosophy - Hope in a Jar - for all skin types
doll815 1/29/2012 11:53:00 PM
How does this product sell, at all? I got a sample of this (I think through Ulta) and one day decided to use it instead of my normal moisturizer. Immediately I noticed the God-awful gross smell. Not pleasant at all. For some reason, I went ahead and put it on my face. Ow! Burning, stinging, especially around my eyes (I didn't even use it on my eye area though- I think it was literally the scent of the product that was burning my eyes). After about 20 minutes of letting it remain on my skin, just trying to see how it worked, I just couldn't take it anymore- the persistent stinging, the smell, etc. I washed it off. Lo and behold, the next day I had a couple of pimples...! Coincidence? I can't say for certain, of course, but holy hell, this stuff is awful.