Treatments -MyChelle - Ultra Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum
gesiting 12/7/2008 1:32:00 PM
I used to love this serum but they took out the expensive (effective) ingredients. Now it's mostly water and glycerin. Look at the label. I asked them why the change in formulation and no response. What a pity; they would have had a customer for life with the old formulation.
Ice cubes are the only thing I know of that will actually help with a zit that is already forming. I use them as part of Face Reality's excellent regimen. Of course, I can't leave well enough alone. I put a little apple cider vinegar in the water before freezing it, and apply it with a cheap microfiber cloth morning and night. Haven't broken out in months. Very happy!
Scrubs -Unlisted Brand - Unlisted Brand_Olive Oil and Sugar scrub
gesiting 9/10/2008 11:17:00 AM
I use Lipton Green Tea Iced Tea mix for the sugar, then some of any kind of oil I have, maybe a little shower gel added 'til it reaches a scrubbable consistency. It works wonderfully, so soft. Why do prepared body scrubs cost a million dollars? Don't waste your money and feel like Cleopatra anyway.
I just wanted to add that in addition to fine sugar, you can use Lipton's powdered green tea mixed with the oil of your choice for a body rub. It's mostly sugar, I think, but has a very fine texture and spa-like green tea smell. Costs very little but feels like a million dollars! And you can feel free to really slather it on, often.
Misc Beauty Tools -Unlisted Brand - Caruso Steam Hairsetter
gesiting 4/5/2008 7:13:00 PM
Are you kidding? This is the best thing ever. I will never use anything else on my chin-length, dry, fine hair. Gives you a nice bend without that damaged, fried, feeling that a curling iron gives. I put the rollers at different angles for a tousled effect (to the extent that I ever achieve any sort of "effect").
Shampoo -Aubrey Organics - Swimmers Normalizing Shampoo for Active Lifestyles
gesiting 3/1/2008 12:51:00 AM
This is a wonderful shampoo. I got it on the rationale that 1) I have fairly dry, thin hair and 2) there are a lot of minerals, including chlorine, in my tap water. And my scalp doesn't tolerate SLFs or other harsh cleaning agents. This leaves my hair full, shiny, and soft. The conditioner is great too. It would take a lot for me to try anything else in the near future.
Skincare - Face -Jason Natural Cosmetics - Vitamin E Pure Beauty Oil
gesiting 4/14/2007 2:37:00 PM
Puts an oil slick on your face for ten minutes before it sinks in (I only use it under my eyes, lips, and neck), but so worth it. Amazing at getting rid of dryness and wrinkly appearance. Wonderful. I also mix it with my Alima foundation powder, put it on, and let it think about itself for a few minutes while I brush my teeth or whatever. A little blending, and you have wonderful light dewey coverage. HG for me. Update: allergic reaction! Turned out to be the vitamin E. Not the product's fault, so I won't change the rating.
This mask powder is great to mix with other ingredients (apple cider vinegar, aspirin, etc) for a mask, but I am writing because it makes a fantastic acne makeup. If you take a small brush and dap a little (dry) on red spots, the green counteracts the red and makes it disappear. Then you can get on with the rest of your routine. Plus, I like to think it is treating the zit all day.
I like this brush---it is fairly soft and works well with my mineral foundation. My main comment is that it smells exactly like a billy goat. I have washed it once and the smell has lessened. I don't think they all do; probably depends on the (ahem) state of whatever musky animal it was made from. So even if you look funny, open it up in the store and give a good sniff so you can get a non-stinky one! Edit: had this brush for a while and it's still shedding hairs. Annoying!