Lotions/ Creams -Unlisted Brand - EXTRA VIRGIN Coconut Oil (All brands)
enfantmignon 11/22/2009 5:39:00 PM
Yes, I would buy this again but I'm not sure I'll need to! I've had my jar for over a year and I've barely put a dent into it. Coconut oil is a fantastic multitasker. My favorite use for it is as a hand moisturizer. There are plenty of okay hand lotions out there that protect you from chapping but in my experience don't really moisturize. Coconut oil is perfect for my hands. I usually swipe them through the ends of my hair after rubbing it in (be careful! it's, you know, oil). You can cook with it as well. It gets a bit messy in the summertime since coconut oil melts at around 75 degrees, but pop it in the fridge and everything should be fine. I haven't tried it on my face because jojoba oil was such a disaster for me and I'm prone to milia, but for those with more tolerant skin I'm sure it would make a nice eye cream.
Sunscreen -Neutrogena - Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 45 with Helioplex
enfantmignon 11/22/2009 5:19:00 PM
My dermatologist gave me samples of this when I asked her to recommend something with a higher SPF. I've used Olay Complete for Sensitive Skin for years, but lately it's been leaving me really shiny. Not necessarily greasy, but weirdly reflective. When I first put on this Neutrogena lotion it sure looks like I've rubbed Crisco all over my face. But almost magically it fades in a few minutes and stays that way all day. I've only used it in the colder months but right now it seems to be exactly what I need. For reference: I'm very acne-prone though my skin, especially my nose, gets dry in the winter from the cold and all my Rx products. I still use the Olay lotion at night because the Neutrogena lotion can sting, though it hasn't broken me out thus far.
I hate this formula. I hate the brush. I hate everything about this mascara. I thought maybe I could use a different brush, but no. Maybe I could use it just on the lower lashes, where it's less likely to clump? NO. Probably one of the worst makeup purchases I've ever made. If you want to make your eyelashes look like angry spiders, this is the mascara for you.
Lipstick -Clinique - Almost Lipstick - Black Honey
enfantmignon 11/16/2009 10:28:00 PM
Everyone loves this, but I'm just not that gung ho. Yes, I tried it on in Sephora and thought it looked nice and purchased it. But I think I've only worn it once or twice. I used to like berry shades a lot more, and for sure this is a nice, natural one. It's just too cool a tone for most of the makeup I wear these days. The formula is also a bit too slippery and OMG that top will not stay on the tube.
Liquid -L'Oreal - True Match Super-Blendable Makeup SPF 17
enfantmignon 11/16/2009 10:22:00 PM
I've been using this for years and years and years, though I rarely use it as a full on foundation. I mix this with my Olay Complete face lotion for something more like a tinted moisturizer. Okay, this sounds a bit gross but eventually the foundation gets caked in the bottle's cap--this is what I use for concealer. Weird, gross--but effective. And efficient! It doesn't seem to aggravate my acne-prone skin, but I don't wear makeup every day. I wear N1 in the winter and N2 in the summer. Both shades work well for me but if I cake it on it gets orangey--not pretty.
Loose Powders -Make Up For Ever - Super Matte Loose Powder
enfantmignon 11/16/2009 10:13:00 PM
Nine months out of the year, this is the loose powder I use to set my makeup. It isn't particularly fantastic at blurring imperfections, but it's great for fighting shine. I've tried using a brush to get coverage that's more sheer but it doesn't look nearly as good as it does if I use the velour puff included. So that's what I do. I'm extremely acne-prone and this gives me no trouble, though in the winter I switch to something else because it can be drying.
This is my winter powder. It's by no means perfect, but when my skin is drier than usual this won't dry it out even more. What it does do well is fill my pores. Unfortunately, if I get oily or sweaty this effect is totally ruined, but that's why it's my winter powder. I've found it really does work best with the BE powder brush. Also, be careful: this stuff gets EVERYWHERE.
Lip Treatments -Revlon - Beyond Natural Liptint SPF 15 ] [DISCONTINUED]
enfantmignon 11/16/2009 10:02:00 PM
I really like these. I originally bought the peach shade, which oddly has a bit of shimmer to it. It also was the first peach lip color I've tried that didn't look straight up orange on me, so I'm pleased. The other shades I have don't show this opalescence. Natural Pink is a good MLBB shade for me. Rosy is a tad pinker than that. I also have Deep Berry, which is probably the hardest one for me to pull off since I'm pale but it's a nice, sheer take on the burgundy lip color that's getting so popular. I agree that the price is a bit high for a drugstore tinted balm, but I've bought mine when there's a 2 for 1 promotion going on. Also, I don't own 4 shades from the same line of any company, so this is huge for me! The shades may be a bit muddy for some, but with my pale skin and dark hair it's a great complement. Lucky for me--but unlucky for the drugstore--someone had already opened up one of each color so I was able to get a better idea of the shades. I think Spice is the only one that wasn't up my alley.
I'm more of a lip balm than lip gloss girl and I positively hate shimmer. "Matte gloss" sounded like just the product for me since I'm not too big on lipstick either. Poppy King's brand has garnered a lot of hype, too. Unfortunately, the Honest Politician shade that everyone recommended made my lips look muddy and is quite drying. I do, however, use this as a cream blush that's nice when I want a dewy face. Used too often it will break me out. For the price, I would certainly look elsewhere for cream. Will not repurchase.
Treatments -Nelson's Homeopathic Products - Acne Gel
enfantmignon 8/21/2009 9:18:00 AM
This stuff is my saviour. I'm on a fairly heavy duty anti-acne regimen that includes Clindagel and Retin-A Micro. All of this leaves my skin quite sensitive so traditional spot treatmens often burn and make me peel. The Nelson's dries it up gently and soothes so well--must be the tea tree oil. Pure tea trea oil does little for me, but combined with the sulfur and calendula (not sure what the St. John's Wort does) it's magical. Don't apply gobs of it; it spreads really well. You can apply several times a day, though. Really good addition to your regimen if you get little forehead bumps from sweating in the summer. Be careful with the metal tube because you can puncture it.
I use Retin-A Micro and my dermatologist recommended using a creamy cleanser at night before its application. My skin seems to tolerate the ingredients in this cleanser far better than anything else I've tried. I attempted switching back to the Good Skin cleanser she gave me when I first started the regimen, and boy did that backfire. The first time I used this I couldn't believe how soft my skin felt! I think it's a great cleanser for dehydrated skin, be it dry in nature or dried out because of anti-acne medication. If you wear eye makeup or heavy duty foundation you will likely need a separate makeup remover--I use a bit of Dr. Bronner's, which I think could remove a tattoo it's so strong. If you like your skin squeaky clean, this probably isn't for you either. But really, your skin shouldn't be squeaky! Leave it some oils. I only use a quarter sized amount so the bottle lasts for months.
This is the only product I've found to stop me from being a such a sweaty monster. Do take care and follow directions. It will irritate your skin if you use it even a few hours out of the shower or if you apply too much. But they really mean it about the 72-hour protection. I apply it at most every other night. The rollerball does drip sometimes, but that is a very minor issue. Incredibly effective. UPDATE: Mind-blowing. Since I've been using this over year I only need to apply once a week or so. And it's August. It's that good.
Lotions/ Creams -Vaseline - Healthy Body Complexion Moisturizing Lotion
enfantmignon 7/30/2007 11:02:00 PM
I've been using this lotion to help with the ingrown hairs (and scarring from ingrown hairs) on my shins, and I'm terribly impressed. It's cheap, gets the job done, and if it really has been discontinued I will be incredibly disappointed. Why has Vaseline been doing this with their more popular products? My friend was devoted to their shave-less formula (can't recall the name), and we had to go scouring drugstores to stock her up when that happened. The AHAs in this formula are pretty powerful, so definitely do a spot check before applying all over. Also, read the directions! You really, really need to wear sunscreen if you use this product (and you should really wear sunscreen even if you don't). The smell leaves something to be desired and it takes about a minute to fully absorb, but at $3.50 for 6.8 oz it's quite a deal.
Lotions/ Creams -Aveeno - Daily Moisturizing Lotion
enfantmignon 7/30/2007 10:45:00 PM
Before I began using this lotion my eczema was unmanageable: either my skin was dry and itchy, or moist and itchy. I very nearly scratched myself to death! I went through many different brands of lotions and a slew of topical steroids to no avail. This keeps it all under control. I gently pat my skin dry when I get out of the tub/shower and immediately apply this to my legs, neck, and arms (the trouble spots). It absorbs quickly without any greasy or tacky feel. I've been loyal to this for years and highly recommend it, especially to those with eczema. I've even tried out the famous Kiehl's Creme de Corps, which is nice, but still irritates my skin if applied directly out of the shower, which is when I need the moisture anyway. I only use the basic version regularly, though the lavender version for babies is nice and the mentholated version is good for treating any rashes I may get when I don't follow my regimen (rare--I know better). Had a terrible reaction to Positively Smooth, though. I don't recommend that one for sensitive skin, but know people who quite like it.
Moisturizers -Desert Essence - Jojoba Oil - 100% pure
enfantmignon 7/30/2007 10:28:00 PM
While I love the idea of a multi-use product, I have found no success with jojoba oil. When I first began using this on my face, which is breakout-prone, I got pimples in places I'd never gotten them before--my forehead, for instance. Those on my forehead faded away, but while my acne is generally localized to my jawline, it is now all over my cheeks two months later. No matter how little I used I ended up with greasy-looking hair. Maybe this will work as a cuticle oil--I've really run out of ideas of what to do with it. If you do try it, I would highly recommend transferring this product to a bottle with an eye dropper, as it's the only way to consistently measure out a small amount (all or more than you need). You also need 10-20 minutes for this to absorb before applying makeup--a total hassle. For someone with normal skin, this may be brilliant. Not for me, though.