Treatments (Eye) -Kiehls - Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado
dunibuni 1/13/2013 10:42:00 PM
Not my PERFECT eye cream, but still the best I've used. I'm very particular about my eye cream and have used a wide variety of 'em, from drugstore to high-end including Olay, Shiseido, Lancome, etc. etc... So far, this is probably the best I've used in really brightening up the area around my eye and dealing with wrinkles. I don't have a ton of wrinkles, but I do notice some fine lines forming towards the inner part of my eyes. After applying this at night, I notice my eyes are brighter the next morning and my wrinkles have shrunk. It's great for night-time use, but not necessarily for day-time use as it's quite creamy and can leave my eye area feeling a bit greasy. I'm already oily to begin with, and using this does not fare well with eye makeup. Regardless, it's still a good product. I'm still on the lookout for the BEST of the BEST though.
Moisturizers -Lancome - Bienfait Multi-Vital SPF 30
dunibuni 1/13/2013 10:22:00 PM
I was really confused at first as to whether it was a moisturizer or a sunscreen, but I use it as a moisturizer. I got a deluxe sample of this from Sephora and didn't have much expectations of it. However, it's a very nice moisturizer in that it doesn't break me out and hydrates my skin very well without causing it to be oily. I ended up buying a full size product. This is a great alternative for putting both a moisturizer and sunscreen everyday, which feels very heavy and causes my face to become oily very quickly. This feels very light on the skin. Love it!
Very good product, best toner I've used. Yes, it cost me an arm and a leg to get it, but definitely worth the money. I see definite improvements in my skin in that it seems to be a lot clearer and smoother. It's not stripping of my skin and actually acts as a bit of a moisturizer as well. Due to the price, I'm not sure if I would want to repurchase it again. And I seem to be using it up a lot quicker than I thought I would. It comes in a pretty big bottle, but I've already used up quite a bit of it within 2 months. I'm trying to use it as sparingly as possible. Anyway, overall the best toner I've used.
After using up my United State Balancing Toner from Origins, I went back to Sephora to try a new toner. One of the saleswoman recommended this one after I told her I have oily skin and have used Origins products before. This one is not as good as the United State Balancing Toner, although that one wasn't even that good. I continued to use it for a few more weeks, but still did not see much benefits from it. It's a bit stripping in my opinion and did not do anything for oil control. From then on, I used it just for the sake of using it because I didn't want to waste it, but never finished it. Will not be repurchasing anymore Origins products.
This is a pretty decent toner. It didn't do TOO much for my skin, but it did feel refreshed after applying. Nothiing too good about it, yet nothing bad about it. One bottle lasted me a while, so I guess it's a good deal for your money, but still I did not repurchase since I didn't see too many benefits from using it.
Very good cleanser. I had only been using drugstore acne cleansers until this one, and this one is significantly better. It has a slight minty feeling after rinsing which leaves my skin feeling very refreshed and clean. It's not stripping and pretty gentle. I use this with my clarisonic, and I love the combination. I also gave this to my sister who also has a lot of acne on her face, and I was able to see the difference. It's not a miracle worker as it doesn't clear up the face entirely, but still a major improvement. It's not as pricey as some of the other cleansers I've seen as you get quite a lot of product in one tube. I will definitely be repurchasing this.
I recently changed my entire skincare routine. I have suffered with adult acne for over 5 years, and it was time for a change. I decided to splurge on the "best" products I could find and make an investment on my skin, on my life! Visionnaire was one of the first products I started using during this massive transition of my skin. This product is good. Very good. Upon the first few times of using it, my skin texture significantly improved. My skin felt a lot smoother and a lot of the little bumps that I had on the sides of my face disappeared. And I know it's this product because this was the only product I added into my skincare at that particular time. My only gripe is the packaging: I cannot see how much product I have left and it seems like I won't be able to access the last few drops. Regardless, it's my holy grail, and totally worth the almost $100. Yes, my wallet hurts...but hey, it's worth the investment for good, painless skin.
Cleansers -Philosophy - Purity Made Simple (Real Purity Cleanser)
dunibuni 7/7/2011 7:15:00 PM
This is a great cleanser for me because it is very gentle yet does a thorough job of cleaning off my make-up. I don't use too much face make up (just bb cream and maybe blush), so I don't need an intense make-up remover. It is a bit on the pricey side, but if you buy the bigger bottles, it'll last a while for a decent price. However, I have noticed that the consistency of the cleanser in the bigger bottles is a bit runnier, but I could be wrong.
Absolutely LOVE this palette. It is QUITE pricey, but I purchased this from Ulta when they had their 20% off coupon, so I don't feel as guilty. I use this palette everyday when I want a neutral, natural look. I also use it when I want a more smokey, girls-night-out look. I ALSO take it with me when I travel since the packaging is very convenient. The eyeshadow quality is excellent, and I never have issues with fallouts. The colors are phenomenal and show up quite well on my eyelids. Staying power is okay, but my eyelids are oily so I'll have this problem with any eyeshadow. I will most likely not repurchase it since I feel it'll last me a long time, and even if I do end up using up an eyeshadow color, I don't think I would repurchase the entire palette for one color. That would be ridiculous!
Absolutely love this eyelash curler. I was using Shu Uemura's curler for several years only to find they no longer sold it in the U.S. This is a great replacement, better than Shu Uemura's in my opinion! It's great for my almong shaped eyes as it gets a good grip on ALL of my eyelashes and provides a great curl. LOVE IT!
Loose Powders -Make Up For Ever - HD High Definition Loose Powder
dunibuni 5/7/2011 11:24:00 PM
I recently picked up the travel size of this from Sephora for $15, which I thought was a good deal since I didn't want to buy the full size and end up hating it. This is very good for setting my BB cream each morning. It smoothes out my complexion and doesn't look a bit powdery or cakey. A little goes a LONG way. I usually pick up whatever is on the lid with my Elf complexion brush ($3 at Target and lovin' it!) and sweep it all over my face. I think this works better at controlling my oil than my MAC blot powder. So far, I am really liking this product and I think I will purchase the full size soon, although I think this little size will still last me a while!
Misc Beauty Tools -Tarte - Picture Perfect Eyelash Curler
dunibuni 5/7/2011 11:13:00 PM
I've been using the Shu Uemura lash curler and was crushed to hear they no longer sold it in the U.S. Looking for a new curler, the salesperson told me that this one was good for almond shaped eyes. NOPE! This barely reaches my roots and always pinches the sides of my eyes. It's also hard to grip and pretty bulky, hence it'll be difficult to carry around. This did NOT work for my eye shape.
Liquid -Almay - Clear Complexion Blemish Healing Makeup
dunibuni 9/17/2010 1:24:00 PM
This foundation is the only foundation that doesn't break me out and so far it's been great. I've used other ones, including Revlon and Mac, but they all irritated my skin or broke me out horribly. It has medium coverage and it looks very natural on my skin; doesn't look cakey or "fake". I used to apply it with a wet sponge, but now I just warm it between my fingers and apply it directly, which works the best for me. I don't get as oily throughout the day, and it seems to be long-lasting. Love it!
Moisturizers -Alpha Hydrox - Enhanced Lotion - 10% AHA
dunibuni 4/22/2010 1:41:00 PM
GREAT product! I first started using this on my back for my "bacne". I've suffered with back acne for most of my life, but after using this product, the acne has gone away completely. It's amazing! I'm on my third bottle now. I am now suffering with pretty severe adult acne on my face so I decided to try this on my face as well hoping for the same results. Upon first application, it stung my face like crazy, but this goes away after a few minutes. I only use it at night, and in the morning I notice my skin is considerably smoother and it really controls my acne. I don't think it prevents them, but then again I'd be asking for too much. Great product for the time being.
I'm in my mid twenties and I've suffered from severe adult acne for the past two years. I've tried EVERYTHING and nothing really worked. For the first month or two of using Proactiv, my skin really cleared up considerably. I was ecstatic and thought I had found my miracle product. Nonetheless, after two months, it stopped working and I started getting acne again. Also, it's pretty drying, so I had to use extra moisturizer. I'm using different products right now and my skin has calmed down quite a bit. Maybe in a few months, I'll try the remainder of my Proactiv and see if it works again.