This is way too dry and matte for under-eye circles, but I like it okay for my acne. However, it doesn't last long at all.
Cleansers -Burt's Bees - Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser
fragiles0ng 12/16/2012 9:44:00 PM
Ugh, I'm so conflicted! I'm on Retin-A Micro and my skin is definitely going through its peeling and purging stage. As a formerly super-oily girl, I don't have many cleansers that cater to my now sahara-dry skin. I picked this up the other day, since I was drawn to the "intense hydration" it promised, and Burt's Bees generally doesn't let me down. Pros: *my skin does feel "intensely hydrated" after using. The cleanser is a nice consistency, doesn't really suds up (due to the welcoming absence of sodium laurel sulfate), but gives a nice clean and rinses well. Cons: *THE SMELL. The "clary sage" ingredient responsible for the hydration properties has such a strong smell. Parfum/fragrance is near the top of the ingredients list, ranking 9th out of 41 ingredients. If it were fainter, I might find it pleasant, but it's a really overwhelming sickenly-sweet smell that I just can't stand. I have to breathe through my mouth when I use it. So there's the conflict. I love how it makes my skin feel, but I don't know if I can make it through the entire tube due to its assault on my olfactory senses. I guess time will tell.
The product is too thick and clogs the needlenose opening. It won't spread or blend at all, and dries down way too fast. It makes my dryness look even more exaggerated than it does naturally, something I didn't think possible. It separates in the tube, but is too thick to mix by shaking, so I get nasty foundation-water the first squeeze and a thick blob the next. It's awful. Will not repurchase.
Lip Treatments -Maybelline - Baby Lips in Peach Kiss
fragiles0ng 12/16/2012 7:26:00 PM
I like the smell, color, and taste, and how it feels after immediately applying it. However, my lips feel much dryer after this wears off than they did before application. It's like the product drains moisture from my lips, the opposite of what I'm going for.
Since I'm on Retin-A, I need something to cover my redness but not show flakes. I find that I get the right med-full coverage I want by warming the creme in my fingers and patting... No rubbing, no brushes, just patting. The silicone helps smooth the foundation out, too. Took off one lippie for packaging.
Cleansers -Biore - Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser
fragiles0ng 12/8/2012 7:59:00 PM
I'm almost finished with my bottle of this. I find one pump to be enough to cleanse my face and neck, and it foams up nicely after mixing it with some water. The smell is pleasant, but I can see it being overwhelming to some. It hasn't dried out my dry areas or made my oily areas more oily. I don't feel my skin is necessarily balanced, but it didn't make my problems worse. It does contain some parabens (methylparaben, propylparaben, etc), which freak my skin out too much now that I'm on Retin-A Micro 0.04%. I have maybe 5-10 washes left in the bottle and I'll finish it, but I won't repurchase.
Cleansers -Neutrogena - Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Anti-Blemish Cleanser
fragiles0ng 12/2/2012 11:39:00 PM
I liked this cleanser. It didn't wow me or really clear breakouts, but it didn't make me break out more. Since I'm taking Retin-A now, I find this to be too harsh for my skin, so I'm no longer using it.
Eye Makeup Remover -Sephora - Express Waterproof Eye Make-up Remover w/ vitamin E
fragiles0ng 12/2/2012 10:02:00 PM
Not a fan. I was looking for an alternative to Lancome's Bi-Facial, and a Sephora SA recommended this to me. I bought a smaller bottle so I could try it. It is awful! The opening is too small to stick a q-tip through, and the liquid comes out very slowly. The bottle's plastic is too hard to squeeze, and shaking doesn't work. After I finally got some product out, it wouldn't take off even 50% of my eye makeup without having to almost scrub. It's not worth the eye irritation or the package frustration. I guess you get what you pay for.
I'm pretty happy with mine. The eyeshadows are pigmented and blend well, and are a combo of matte and shimmer shades. I experienced a bit of fall-out with the last shade (the forest green), but its other qualities made up for it. The reason I'm giving it a 4 instead of a 5 is the lipglosses aren't pigmented at all and don't last. Other than that, this little gem from Sephora is awesome, and only $15!
I wouldn't say this ranks on-level with UDPP, but for $1 it does well. I have oily lids, and I find I start to crease after 4-6 hours with this primer, as opposed to 1-2 with no primer and 8+ with UDPP. Since I don't find myself in makeup much longer than 6h often, the longevity is fine for me.
Liquid -MAC - Mineralize Satinfinish SPF 15 Foundation [DISCONTINUED]
fragiles0ng 11/17/2012 10:48:00 PM
LIKES: The pump is nice. DISLIKES: Broke me out horribly. There's no NW15 but the NW20 is a close enough match at first, then oxidizes in random spots. It showcased my dry spots, but looked really shiny and oily (how does that work?). It doesn't last. It wouldn't blend well. It sat on my face and stayed sticky/tacky for over three hours. Will not buy again. I wish I hadn't traded my Matchmaster in for this. I don't blame MAC for discontinuing it.
Lipstick -Revlon - ColorBurst Lip Butter - Raspberry Pie
fragiles0ng 10/29/2012 8:02:00 PM
I really wanted to love this, but it gave me blackheads around my lip line. The pigmentation and feel was excellent, though, which is why I'm giving it three stars. I'm hesitant to try other shades :(
I really wanted to love this. The shade I bought, Raspberry Pie, gave me blackheads around my lip line, so I'm reluctant to try others. The pigmentation and feel was excellent, though, which is why I'm giving it three stars.
*crosses fingers* I think I've found a MAC foundation that works for me. After trying Select SPF and Studio Sculpt (both broke me out) and Studio Fix Fluid (couldn't find a great match -- the normal NW15 didn't work out for me), Matchmaster is working out great. The shade 1.0 seems really light and yellow when it goes on my skin, but once it blends in and sets, it's a perfect match. The coverage is buildable, too, which I like. One pump gives a nice, sheer coverage, enough to even out my redness when I'm having a pretty good skin day. Two pumps provides a more medium coverage, and three pumps I find is a bit too much. It also hasn't broken me out! Yay!
It gets a bit orange on my NW15 skin. I like it, but I don't love it like I do NYC's or even Benefit Hoola.