Foundations -Smashbox - Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30
goodtiger 5/24/2013 8:42:00 PM
Yes! This is The ONE! Best color (Im ~NC20 ish now and wear "Light" which is a yellow shade), best consistency (spreads like pure silk), best finish (Id say its satin/natural), and decent sun protection. Doesnt feel sticky or greasy or heavy in summer heat. After trying all the BB creams I found this one!
Love this for winter pedi's. I layer on about 4 coats to really build up the sparkle and apply top coat every 3 days to keep the shine going. After all that it takes pure acetone soaks to get it off or a Dremel!
Sunscreen -Unlisted Brand - Uriage Bariéderm Tinted Sunscreen spf50+
goodtiger 5/18/2013 1:48:00 PM
This SS was recommended to me by a friend in Cyprus where the sun is brutal. It contains Tinosorb M which is not FDA approved in USA (but less stable chemicals are ... *headscratch*) + avobenzone which is stabilized by the Tinosorb M and a bit of Titanium Dioxide. Protects well and does not sweat off but reapplication every 2 hours while outside is key. I havent gotten any redness or tanning while using this sunscreen yet this year. This beige tinted creamy lotion goes on smoothly and leaves a slightly tanned glow to the skin without any white zinc oxide cast or dryness. Appearance is like a tinted moisturizer but not as oily looking - this dries down to a semi-matte/satin finish which looks v natural. Definitely easier to use than the zinc oxide SSs in USA, and more stable than the chemical ones sold in drugstores here. It doesnt turn the face into a greaseball in humidity. Lovely light fragrance - not the ubiquitous coconut smell of most all USA SSs. One caveat: it is tinted so keep it off any area that will touch light colored clothing: it rubs off onto the fabric. Use BarieSun Childrens Milk spf for the body and save Dore for your face!
Mascara -Tarina Tarantino - Fleur De Lash in Black Opal
goodtiger 5/16/2013 6:45:00 PM
Im on my 2nd tube of this. My lashes are pale and short and str8 but this makes them look a mile long when applied over Lancome Cils Boost Lash Primer. I like that it doesnt have fibers to get into my eyes and under my contacts. Doesnt have a noxious smell. The color is shiny black. I like that the tube clicks when it closes so that I know its not going to dry out. Lasts forever.
Ive used other "natural" soap and keep coming back to this simple bar. Its ugly and lumpy and doesnt foam well in city water but it cleans and smells great (mostly like lavender to me)! Ingredients: Saponified oils of sunflower, coconut, organic palm, olive, virgin shea butter, castor bean; water; Dead Sea mineral mud; Dead Sea Clay; sea kelp; essential oils of lime, litsea cubeba, lavender, rosemary, orange, eucalyptus; organic cornstarch; rosemary oil extract 7oz bar/$7.80 Its a hard soap and lasts a couple weeks in the shower if I keep it dry and cut it in half. Each half lasts 2 weeks. Check out their website on Fridays at noon EST for specials on 1 lb bags of soap ends for $8+ shipping.
Shampoo -Unlisted Brand - Adama Clay Minerals Shampoo
goodtiger 5/16/2013 6:34:00 PM
Found this at my local health food store. My hair is short, fine, hilited and limp and anything "moisturizing" or "volumizing" makes it flat, or greasy looking. This shampoo, used without any conditioner even, makes it soft, well-conditioned and fluffy. Sulfate and paraben free. Ingredients are: Purified water, certified organic aloe vera gel, sodium C12-14 olefin sulfonate (derivative of coconuts), cocamidopropyl betaine (derivative of coconut), soyamidopropylkonium chloride (soy based), polyquatemium-10 (cellulose gum), Kanwa Desert minerals, panthenol (plant based vitamin B), glycerin, mineral water, Dead Sea salt, Dead Sea minerals, hydrolyzed oat protein, hydrolyzed wheat protein, soy protein, certified organic jojoba oil, certified organic sunflower oil, sodium benzoate (plant based), potassium sorbate, ethyl hexyl glycerin, natural fragrance. Doesnt really have a fragrance and leaves hair smelling fresh. My scalp itches if I use any other shampoo, not with this. Dont be skeered by the "clay", it rinses cleanly and leaves my hair shiny. A simple and effective and cheap product that I use every day without buildup. 16oz plastic bottle/$12
I needed a mineral foundation for travel to a humid climate and reviews of this were favorable. However ... colors are hard to choose online and I have no distributor nearby. Dermstore was it. Their color chart on my monitor is horrid! I picked Honey Light based on the description + color appearance. Bad! It made my NC~25 skin look muddy, DARK oompaloompa and some pigmented areas actually showed up GREY!. EW. Back it goes to try Golden Light.
The formula itself seems pretty heavy-duty coverage even applied with a kabuki. Applied over my SunTegrity face sunscreen, the color and powder GRAB. I dont want to use a separate primer in hot humid weather and this is my favorite sunscreen. I know Japanese SSs with silicone make a nice primer but they are not effective at screening the UV rays.
Plus it itches like the debbil! Hope this will settle down, and sometimes this is just a reaction to the kabuki brush for me. Will update when I find a better color match and test drive it in humid weather.
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Homemade Vitamin C Serum
goodtiger 5/14/2013 2:24:00 PM
Ive moved on from L-ascorbic acid which loses potency fast. It oxides in light, water, heat. Sure, the skin can recycle LAA but why make it work so hard?
I use Ascorbic Acid 2-glucoside, a stabilized form of LAA that doesnt oxidize immediately, so its more potent in your skin. It doesnt need the ultra-acidic pH of LAA so its better tolerated. Easy to work with, it dissolves instantly. You need to rework your formula, since only 2% of AA2G is needed instead of 10-15% of LAA.
I put my serum into an airless pump bottle and store in the dark cool closet.
I get mine here:
Mascara -Christian Dior - Diorshow Iconic High Definition Lash Curler Mascara
goodtiger 6/8/2010 10:43:00 PM
=) this stuff does it all for me! I thought I would hate the hard plastic comb/brush but it does a great job of applying the mascara evenly and combing out any clumps. It doesn't clump, run, flake, smear or crumble off onto my cheeks like a million other mascaras I've tried. Doesn't irritate my eyes or pull out my lashes removing it. I use Aveeno Makeup Removing CLeanser to get the non-waterproof formula off.
Blush -Chanel - Joues Contraste - In Love (US version)
goodtiger 6/1/2010 1:26:00 PM
Lovely coral/peach/rose shade with golden shimmer that shows up nicely on my ~NC20 skin and stays true to shade. I am so happy Chanel changed this to JC instead of Irrelle!! Much easier to apply and the color is less "red". Lovely rose fragrance that fades quickly. Along with Orchid Rose this is my HG.
Styling Products -Living Proof - Full Thickening Cream
goodtiger 5/9/2010 5:54:00 PM
I have to agree with pocky below....this is just the Emperor's New Clothes for me. It didn't do anything at all no matter how I used it. Aveda's Pure Abundance Potion works much better.
Gels/Soaps -Philosophy - Unconditional Love 3-in-1
goodtiger 4/20/2010 8:50:00 PM
Sandalwood is the underlying note here IMO. I like using this as shampoo - cleans well and leaves my hair full and fluffy!
Tinted Moisturizer -Sukí - SukiColor - Tinted Active Moisturizer
goodtiger 4/15/2010 4:05:00 PM
The color Natural is just NOT natural for me - very red/orange and dark. - and somewhere around NC35-40 it appears. Very chalky finish and doesn't cover any small post acne spots or veins at all. The pump smooshes out way too much at a time. Back to Dermstore you go!
Cleansers -Aveeno - Positively Radiant Makeup Removing Cleanser
goodtiger 4/7/2010 7:05:00 PM
For $6.49 + tax I figured what could I lose trying it? It's turned out to be my HG cleanser and I've used them all. All price ranges. This takes off my SS, makeup and whatever else the day has thrown at my skin... effortlessly without scrubbing and without stripping. Leaves my skin clean and soft. I am prone to breakouts if I don't get all the SS off - this works beautifully so that I don't have to resort to greasy oily cleansers. It comes in a pump bottle that creates a foam. Ingredients: Water, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Glycerin, Disodium Lauroamphodiacetate, Polysorbate 20, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Hexylene Glycol, PEG-6 Caprylic Capric Glycerides, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Phenoxyehanol, Isoceteth-20, Fragrance, Tetrasodium EDTA, Xanthum Gum, PEG-16 Soy Sterol, Methylisothiazolinone
Polishes -Rescue Beauty Lounge - Look Rich, Be Cheap
goodtiger 3/27/2010 4:59:00 PM
This polish has sparkles of gold (prodominantly), silver and purple, suspended in clear lacquer. Really sparkly and fun!! It really does make your nails look like jewelry. Great pedi color for sandal weather. My observation however is that the same effect can be had by using 2 coats of Sally Hansen #310 Gilty Pleasure and then 2 coats of Cover Girl Boundless Color #415 Gold Rush. Same effect, but cheaper!