This is my first liquid foundation that I've tried and the first 2-3 times I tried it, I have to admit that I absolutely hated it; I have clogged, noticeable pores on my nose and it just served to highlight it. But otherwise, I loved how it evened out my skin tone; I didn't even realize how discolored my skin is until I put it on and I don't even recognize myself anymore! I looked like a perfect doll! However, to my surprise, I tried it again recently and it did not look bad at all; although it still highlighted my pores, it was much better. I cannot speak to oil-control until next time, but shade-wise, I think I found my true love!
I don't think that I would actually be saying this, but I've found my HG!! So happy! I bought this to mainly use as a sunscreen on top of my Clinique Moisturizer (Gel ver) not expecting much b/c I've bought into the whole BB Cream thing (actual Korean BB Creams) and was in for a letdown. It's one of those rare products (if not the only I've come across) that ACTUALLY DOES AS IT'S SUPPOSED TO: I'm able to get my shine control, sun protection, and makeup primer all in one!! I can't believe it, but it's true! This actually works so much better than my $30 Laura Mercier Foundation Primer! And it has SPF in it! I was scared that it would make me break out since it wasn't labeled as 'oil-free' or anything, but so far, so good! In fact, I can go all day without even thinking about my oil blotting sheets that I previously couldn't survive without....whoa. I was also a bit hesitant to buy it b/c of the price per oz. (it's 4x more expensive than Neutrogena sunscreens!), but this is totally worth it for the benefits & b/c a dime-size goes an incredibly long way/ I'm a life-time buyer. The only drawback is that it's not moisturizing enough to use as a stand-alone moisturizer... but I am not gonna let go of this bottle for a long time. I am, however, going to try out the Neutrogena Healthy Defense Liquid Moisturizer (SPF 50), which sounds very similar except it doesn't have the shine control factor to it; but it's supposed to be more moisturizing... let's see how it goes!
I have quite oily hair and I've tried more than a few dry shampoos (Got2Be, Pssst!, Grafix Salon...) and this is one of the good ones. I admit that I think that they're all about the same, but I really would not recommend Grafix if you have black hair and to stay away from Got2Be (terrible overall, esp. the smell). I really like the amount of gas in it (weird, I know). Compared to others, I noticed that the burst/application is a lot stronger (if that makes sense). Every time, you know that you're getting good coverage without spraying too much on, something that tends to happen w. other dry shampoos. A lot of people complain about the scent, but it's not that bad. And it goes away after a short while.
Primer/ Corrector -Laura Mercier - Foundation Primer Oil -Free
fongyukyuu 5/2/2012 9:16:00 PM
Skin-Type: (Very) Oily/Acne-Prone I bought this even though it had pretty meh ratings on MUA b/c of all the beauty editor recommendations. It's my first primer, so I don't know how a primer is supposed to feel on the skin, but I can no doubt say that it's pretty heavy. When you put it on, you can most defiantly feel a difference. I have extremely oily skin & it's impossible for me to last the entire day without blotting; however, I will admit that I can go up to a good few hours without shine (I don't know if it's this primer doing it's job, or my mattifying foundation though...) and it's never made me break out.
I'm an NC35/40 with oily/acne-prone skin, and this foundation matches pretty well with my skin tone. This was my first foundation and I would say that it's not a major failure. It doesn't make me break out, but the oil control isn't as good as I would like; halfway through day, I need to blot. The one big reason why I would not repurchase this is the staying power; I have allergies & by the time I'm done sneezing, half of my makeup ends up on the tissue.
I have both acne-prone & oily skin and I'm an NC35/40. I got this concealer with my BE starter kit and I'm not a huge fan of it & a bit dubious after learning more about concealers/color correctors since this is a general concealer. Acne: I've used it on my acne & it neutralizes the redness very nicely; however, the one thing I don't like about it is the coverage, which is too sheer for me. On the plus side, it does not make me break out. Under-eye: I've also tried using it as an under-eye concealer, but after several applications, I've given up; the lack of pigment is disappointing.
Makeup Brushes -Bare Escentuals - Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush
fongyukyuu 4/25/2012 8:14:00 PM
This is the ONLY concealer brush I've ever used, but I would say that it's pretty darn good. I use it for both cream/powder concealer, and it works beautifully without one bristle falling out during application or when I clean it. It's very soft and an overall great brush.
Lotions/ Creams -Nivea - Body Smooth Sensation Daily Lotion for Dry Skin
fongyukyuu 4/14/2012 1:45:00 AM
The worst lotion I've used by far, compared to: Jergens, Lubriderm, and Curel. You put it on one minute, and the next, you reach for it again. Useless. And the packaging also has some problems... the pump gets stuck a little when trying to get a pump. However, it is fairy easy to lock for traveling.
Lotions/ Creams -Curel - Ultra Healing Daily Moisture Therapy Lotion
fongyukyuu 4/14/2012 1:40:00 AM
I used to be very meh towards body lotions, like "they're all the same!" but really, they aren't. after using this and going back to nivea, i can tell a very visible difference. i've used: nivea, curel, jergens, and lubriderm. this is THE BEST BY FAR. Nivea is a thin cream-based lotion while this is more petroleum jelly-like, but not as greasy. Love-love.
Sunscreen -Neutrogena - Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 30
fongyukyuu 4/14/2012 1:31:00 AM
Overall very average sunscreen; it's been a while since I used it, but nothing memorable. I don't remember it being extra heavy or light. It did nothing to help my super-oily skin. The sunscreen did separate into an oil and cream base, but no big deal. I just wish that it lasted longer the expiration date comes way too soon; there's no way I can use the entire bottle (face only) by the time summer ends. True to the bottle description, the formula did not make me break out.
Skin Type: both oily + acne-prone Skin Tone: NC35 Concealing Acne: 2/5 Concealing Under-Eye Circles: 2/5 Staying/Lasting Power: 4/5 I went out and bought the #1 Corrector Kit after reading so many great reviews on this product (deciding between Makeup Forever HD or this; decided on this for its color mixing abilities). It's my second concealer I've ever tried (Bare Minerals Summer Bisque was my first; meh. Didn't match my skin tone). It conceals my acne perfectly, but it in turn makes it break out much more worse. My under-eye circles still peek through the concealer, it looks horribly cakey no matter how much I apply and blend, & it melts off within hours, so I have to put on primer + powder if I want it to last. I was really intimidated by the range of colors and the application, but it's not that difficult to use; not my HG (holy grail) product and I will most defiantly not buy again. *edit: although the concealing pigments are very nice for redness, it made my acne worse & I find that the concealer comes off VERY easily...I do have extremely oily skin, but a bit disappointed nonetheless.
Moisturizers -Clinique - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
fongyukyuu 3/13/2012 8:08:00 PM
I've been using this for years now, and it's an okay moisturizer. It's won 24 (i think?) Allure Beauty Awards. However, I do have an issue w. it & an improvement that would completely win me over: Issue: it doesn't give me enough moisture sometimes (esp. in the winter), which leaves me with dry, flaky, unsightly spots on my face. Ugh. Improvement: add SPF. It's one of my biggest reasons for considering moving onto a different moisturizer. It's not very valued in American society, but it's very important to me.
Misc Beauty Tools -Unlisted Brand - CVS Oil Absorbing Sheets
fongyukyuu 3/13/2012 7:45:00 PM
Compared to the Clean & Clear ones, this is practically the same. It has the same ingredients, sheet count, does what it's supposed to, etc. The only difference? It's cheaper. Which makes it better. However, it does have the same absorbancy problem Clean and Clear does: it doesn't absorb enough oil. I soak right through the sheet & sometimes use 2, which means I need to constantly check it after each swipe to make sure that I'm using an area that still absorbs oil, which turns out to be a hassle.
I've used Blistex, Carmex, Chap Stick, and Burt's Bee's. All of them are okay, so I went into the store and saw this chap stick on discount w. SPF 15. It's organic and doesn't test on animals, so I bought it. Big mistake. I bought it because I have chapped lips (duh), and this doesn't help at all. Sure, it keeps it from chapping, but doesn't do any of the conditioning or reversal of chapping like normal chap sticks. What it does is this: flake and sit on top of my chapped lips, so it looks like smears of white. Ugh! So what I have to do is stand in front of a mirror and work it into my lips to make sure there are no stray white marks, which is completely inconvenient; I want to swipe and be done! Not swipe, worry about white stuff sitting on my lips, and check in the mirror. Horrible buy. I would have never guessed that chap stick can be this bad, but it is.
Misc Beauty Tools -Clean & Clear - Oil Absorbing Sheets
fongyukyuu 3/13/2012 7:32:00 PM
It's a great product over-all (not that I have anything to compare it to), but it does what it claims--absorb oil. However, I do have 2 issues with it: 1. It's so expensive! Sure, it's cheap compared to department store brands, but come on! The prices went up to $7 for a pack of 50 while the store brands are just as good. 2. Absorbancy. I sometimes end up using two sheets and other times, the oil soaks through the sheet and I need to awkwardly reposition it so it continues to absorb oil, which is a bit of a hassle; I want to swipe once and know that the job is done. No need to check the sheet to make sure I didn't soak it all the way through.