Other -Aura Cacia - 100% Essential Oils (All Plants)
garstrieper 6/12/2013 3:26:00 PM
I have this oil in lavender, and I'm actually a bit disappointed with it. It smells lovely, and is very relaxing and all, BUT it wears off in under 10 minutes, on me anyway. So I use to with regular epsom salts to create my own lavender bath soak, and it works wonders in that way. I put some on my wrists at night, but, as I sad, it wears off well before I can fall asleep.
Treatments -MD Skincare by Dr. Dennis Gross - Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel
garstrieper 6/12/2013 3:12:00 PM
This is a fantastic product. It seems to make my skin purge for a couple of days, then clears up blackheads and whiteheads and reduces the size of any breakouts that I get. I don't use this everyday, it makes my skin quite dry, and I always wear sunscreen the day after using this, because it makes your skin ultra sensitive to the sun. If you have the $$, this is a wise investment, it really keeps your skin in good condition.
This is a staple in my bathroom. It moisturizers like nobody's business, and it's brilliant for taking off your eye makeup. Love.
Mascara -Cover Girl - Lash Blast Clump Crusher mascara
garstrieper 6/5/2013 12:01:00 PM
This mascara is fantastic! It is second only to my beloved Chanel Le Volum, and, in a lot of ways, is a better choice for me. It makes my lashes oh so long and seperated, not all dark and thick and glossily mysterious like Chanel does. It's very girl-next-door, if the girl next door had subtle lash extensions. Will repurchase for a long time! I wish the brush were straight though. It's hard for me to wiggle it into my lashline with a curved brush. Buy this now!
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
garstrieper 6/5/2013 11:56:00 AM
This works pretty well, but it's not the end all be all of primers. I'm sure something less pricey could work just as well, although I did sleep in my eye makeup last night and it still looks decent today. I hate how my mascara flakes into this and then stays there forever. So, yeah, I guess it works.
Lips -Revlon - Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain- Darling
garstrieper 6/5/2013 11:54:00 AM
This is a lovely, lovely product, but it's just not what I wanted/expected. I want light lilac lips, dammit! And this shows up fuscia on me. Very pretty though. I'd probably try it in another color.
Eye Makeup Remover -Neutrogena - Oil Free eye makeup remover
garstrieper 6/5/2013 11:52:00 AM
Just by Bi Facil. I've tried to use this stuff so many times and it's always disappointing. I wish it HAD oil in it, maybe it'd work better.
Sunscreen -Neutrogena - Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF45
garstrieper 6/5/2013 11:44:00 AM
This is beyond decent for my face, although I prefer the liquid spf 70 version, but I bought this to use on my arms, which get more sun than any other part of my body. Unfortunately, this, like all sunscreens, sticks to my long arm hairs, and separates after some time. Boo! Would repurchase for use on the face though.
Lip Gloss -Physicians Formula - Plump Potion Clear
garstrieper 6/5/2013 11:31:00 AM
This is a fantastic plumping gloss. I have used several other plumpers, from Lip Venom to Lip Fusion, and this works just as well, if not better. It makes my lips feel slightly tingly and "numb" and so full, and they do look fuller, but the plump look is more from the fact that it's a gloss. They feel, however, extremely plush and smooth. Will repurchase. Update 6/12/13 This still works fantastically. My lips aren't really bigger, although they definitely appear that way when I use this under lip liner, but they are much softer and more supple. Go get you some!
Lips -Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics - Lip Tar - Divine
garstrieper 5/29/2013 3:29:00 PM
I was so excited to get my hands on this and was sorely disappointed by the product. To be fair, I did not use the clear, as I'm not shelling out another $20 for one lip look. I tried this several ways; patted on with my finger tips, applied with the brush, only with the tiniest amount and it just never sat right on my lips. It was...liquidy and it pilled badly and the color was just not what I thought it would be. I will be returning this.
I got a generous sample of this at Sephora, and I am in love! When I put this one, my skin gradually transforms until it looks utterly dewy and perfect, and my makeup stays on forever when applied over this. Will repurchase as long as they keep making it.
Moisturizers -Mario Badescu - Collagen Moisturizer w/ SPF 15
garstrieper 5/15/2013 11:25:00 AM
I love how gentle this feels, how soft it makes my skin. It has a lovely texture, I just wish it had a higher spf.
Moisturizers -Eucerin - Redness Relief Perfecting Lotion with spf 15
garstrieper 5/1/2013 2:25:00 PM
I am the reddest...and this didn't work a bit for me. It smelled weird, and definitely did not improve my redness. So, thanks, but no thanks. ) :
Lotions/ Creams -Unlisted Brand - EXTRA VIRGIN Coconut Oil (All brands)
garstrieper 5/1/2013 2:24:00 PM
I got this on the cheap at World Market, and I am so happy I did. This stuff is ACE! I mixed some sugar and honey in a bowl with a scoop of this, I emulsified the mixture and applied it pre-bath and boy howdy! I was the softest lady in the land. I only wish this smelled like coconut...because when I made the mixture, it took on a buttery smell that wasn't very pleasant, but didn't stick around either. I can't wait to use this for other things!
Misc Beauty Tools -Unlisted Brand - Nature's Bounty-Hair, Skin & Nails
garstrieper 5/1/2013 2:21:00 PM
Would I repurchase?? Maybe. I definitely think these work, and fast, but they make me super bloated and sick to my stomach. I tried taking them for a whole week and had to stop because it was very uncomfortable. I may try again soon, but I don't know if I'll ever get used to them.