Absolute favorite razor!! iv'e tried a few others and this one is great. super close shave, usually no bumps. I get the blade cartridges at Costco where they are WAY cheaper than the drugstore:) Only complaint is that they can get clogged often with whatever gunk comes off your legs when you shave, but thats all.
As well as disinfecting blisters and cuts, as well as curing athlete's foot (I'm a ballerina, so pointe shoes wreak havoc on my feet) it's also a good spot treatment for popped pimples, big and small. If left on the pimple overnight, it dries it out and by morning it's usually flattened. It also takes away the pain of those bigger acne bumps, but doesn't do much for redness. It's great if its all you've got in your medicine cabinet. Very cheap too. Hope this helps!
Lemon juice and coconut oil CLEARED 99% OF MY ACNE. I get whiteheads galore on my forehead, chin, and just to the left and right of my nose (above the cheeks and below my eyes). I have combo skin, but my nose is extremely oily. I've tried so many spot treatments and cleansers, its not even funny. recently i was researching ways to treat acne, and found the best regimen for my skin, like EVER. so morning and night i cleanse with neutrogena scrub. then i use lemon juice on a cotton ball all over my face. and yes, it stung, but only the first or second time i used it. I wait for it to dry. Then, if its morning, i use sukin moisturizer. If its night, i rub coconut oil all over my face and go to bed. I dont use coconut oil in the morning because its not the best make up base. It took about a week, but it cleared a HUGE breakout of pimples all over my face. After doing this for about 3 weeks, i only have two or three very small pimples in the under-eye-upper-cheek area and one of my forehead. Yay!!!
Cleansers -Unlisted Brand - Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
heyitschloe98 3/17/2013 9:18:00 PM
let me just say that THIS HAS CLEARED 99% OF MY ACNE!!! I have moderate acne and oily skin on my Tzone. I break out every week or so. I've pretty much tried every over the counter acne treatment out there. From neutrogena wash, to clean and clear, and at least 15 different spot treatments. They all seemed to work decently at first, but after a while, they just didn't do anything to my pimples. So i researched some natural ways to treat acne, and I came up with a new (and very very cheap!) regimen: At night, I use neutrogena acne stress control scrub. I mix in a dab of coconut oil with the scrub, which leaves my face moisturized even after I rinse. Then, I use plain old lemon juice as a toner/astringent all over my face, applied with a cotton ball. Lastly, I smooth on a layer of coconut oil and go to bed. In the morning, I do the same thing but instead of putting the coconut oil all over my face after the lemon, I use Sukin moisturizer (its in MUA top picks!!) because its a better makeup base than oil. Hope this helps!
THIS IS MY HG MOISTURIZER! I used to use neutrogena spf 15 moisturizer, which was watery and made my oily T-zone even shinier. In my search to find a new one, I checked MUA top picks and found this. I love it so much, its my favorite skincare item I own. Which is saying something. I love it because it's all natural and doesn't have anything artificial. It doesn't clog pores. Also has a little mattifying effect... which is great for my oily skin. Great makeup base. Light orange-creamy smell. Moisturizes without getting greasy. Leaves skin feeling super soft. Cheap too, only $12 on amazon, but I was lucky enough to find one lonely bottle on a shelf at my local TJMax for $9. my ONLY concern/con is that it's not some super intense moisturizer... its definitely better for oily/normal/combo skin. I just don't think its moisturizing enough for all over dryness, but it does fix the occasional dry patch. Doesn't have spf, but my foundation does so I don't really care. Anyway, its a great buy!!
Lotions/ Creams -Unlisted Brand - EXTRA VIRGIN Coconut Oil (All brands)
heyitschloe98 2/27/2013 11:41:00 AM
I am completely obsessed with coconut oil!!! Its cheap, effective, and easy to use, no matter what brand. Coconut oil has natural antibacterial properties too, so its great for any type of blemish or infection. A little goes a long way! I first borrowed some from my mom for my hair, but later I found out about its endless uses and bought a jar for myself. Here are some of those uses: -Hair conditioner (leave in for 30 minutes for deeper effect) -Lotion -Hand/ foot cream -cuticle treatment -acne treatment -facial moisturizer -burn treatment -eczema treatment -shaving cream (my favorite use, makes your legs incredibly silky smooth) -body scrub (2.5 parts sugar, 1 part coconut oil) -body wash -treatment for minor cuts -massage oil -evens facial skin tone (sleep with it on your entire face to reduce redness and moisturize) -toothpaste (with baking soda) -makeup remover -lip balm -frizzy hair treatment (use a TINY bit on your hands and run them through hair) -sunscreen SPF4 (its not much, but still helps) -speeds healing of sunburn -helps heal mosquito bites, poison oak, and poison ivy -tanning oil -homemade vapor rub (add other natural oils such as rosemary or peppermint) -body balm (whipped up with Shea butter) -cold sore treatment -antibacterial/anti-aging skin cream -on eyelids near the lash line for healthier eyelashes overnight (great for avid mascara wearers) -intensive elbow moisturizer -split ends treatment -face wash Coconut oil also has tons of not-beauty-related uses: -blended into smoothies -taken as a supplement for increased energy, allergy tolerance, mental alertness, and better digestion -vegetable oil alternative -blended with hot tea to sooth a sore throat, speed cold recovery, and reduce nausea -to season cast-iron skillets Hope this helps!!
I absolutely love this product and hate it as well. Here is why: Pros: -pretty flawless coverage, especially if you wear a little concealer on any pimples underneath -eliminates redness well -lasts all day (I don't know about the 24 hours it claims to last, but who cares, no one sleeps in foundation) -didn't break out my acne prone skin -packaging is very elegant, like its from a makeup brand counter at Macy's -a little goes a long way -looks fairly natural, easily blendable, creamy consistency Cons: -needs time to set (see below for details on that) -packaging is an optical illusion. From the outside of the glass, it looks like the entire diameter of the container is filled, but once you take off the cap, you see that the cavity where the makeup is stored is smaller than it first appears -a little expensive for rite aid, around $13 -packaging is also unsanitary, you have to stick your fingers in it - I accidentally dropped my hairbrush and the handle landed in this container while the cap was off. that was a mess to clean up, plus i lost a ton of product :( but that was my fault So, about setting this foundation. When i first put it on, I hated it. It was cakey and uneaven and just looked gross. But i decided to leave it on to see what happened. And in an hour, my face looked flawless! Since this epiphany, I have been putting it on just after i get up at 6:00 am. Then by the time I leave for school, its perfect. And because of my oily skin, i use neutrogena's shine control powder to set it. I guess it just takes a while for the stuff to set in and for everything to balance out. Since it looks so nice, I think its totally worth the wait. Also, it tends to look better as the day goes on, which I think is better than the opposite. It looks more natural after 4 or 5 hours. I just re-aply powder to keep shine away and I'm all good. I definitely recomend it, and probably will buy again:)
Treatments -Neutrogena - On the Spot Acne Treatment Vanishing Formula
heyitschloe98 1/30/2013 1:25:00 PM
I really disliked this product. I have combo skin, oily T zone, usually normal or occasional dryness everywhere else. I normally have pimples in the t zone (forehead, inner cheeks, chin) so I put a dab of this stuff on the 4 or 5 whiteheads I had, then went to bed. In the morning, they looked, to my disappointment, about the same. I kept using this to give it a chance, and eventually i saw improvement, but it took at least a week. Then, miraculously, my skin got really clear and all my blemishes were gone for about a month, which I'm guessing is because of my change in diet (less sugar, drinking more water). Then i got a little pimple on my forehead, so i tried this again. when i woke up, there was a dark, discolored, dried-out circle on my forehead surrounding the pimple! ahhhhhh! after a few days it faded and went back to it's normal oily state when it was there, it was so dark, it was difficult to cover with makeup! ugh, so annoying. now i'm looking for a new spot treatment, maybe clean and clear? and i will start drinking more water and eating less sugar again. Teens, thats your best bet if you have moderate acne. not buying this again.
So I tried this mascara hoping it would give me a nice daytime casual look for school, and I have to say, it delivered! I have very long lashes so volume is really my main concern. At first, this stuff did separate very nicely and did give some extra volume and length. I was impressed, at first anyway. But after about a month, the label printed on the bottle had completely worrn off, it became clumpy and dry, and the bottle began to just fall apart in general. Now I have to use an eyelash comb on my lashes after a coast to separate and de-clump. Kind of a pain now, but when it was new, it was great!
Moisturizers -Neutrogena - Oil Free Moisture - SPF 15
heyitschloe98 1/2/2013 3:05:00 PM
As a sunscreen? Awesome! As a daily moisturizer? Not so great. As a sunscreen, it has plenty of SPF and keeps your face glowing and moisturized in the summer sun and dryness. But this is not my favorite daily moisturizer. first of all, 1 pump is waaayyyy too much. you only need about half a pump or less for your entire face and neck. its pretty watery and doesn't absorb well. i have an oily T zone and normal everywhere else and my ENTIRE FACE is an oil slick in minutes. i guess if your a fan of a "dewy shine" it would be great, but I'm partial to the matte look. It does have great packaging though, the nozzle locks for easy travel. Kinda disappointed in this one, Neutrogena. but i will continue to use it as a sunscreen in the summer. maybe i should try their oil-free combination skin moisturizer.
Top/Base Coats -Unlisted Brand - INM - Out the Door Top Coat
heyitschloe98 1/2/2013 4:18:00 AM
I get this stuff all the time! Hands down, the best quick-dry top coat there is out there. Top coat dries in about 1 minute, all layers dry in 5. Sally Beauty Supply swears by it:)
A pretty good quick-dry topcoat, dries all layers of even the thickest lacquer in 10 minutes. Nice packaging, doesn't smell. Fair price for the quality.
Pressed Powders -Neutrogena - Shine Control Pressed Powder
heyitschloe98 1/2/2013 4:06:00 AM
I was pleasantly surprised with this powder! It has recently become apart of my everyday makeup routine. It's perfect for setting pretty much any kind of makeup; from just a few spots of concealer, to layering full-coverage foundation. And it absorbs all my T-zone oil in seconds. My only concern is that this powder only comes in an ivory color. I have olive-tan skin and its fine for me because its so sheer but i don't know, maybe if you have really dark skin it might be a problem. One other thing, the stupid puff. it looks like a tiny stale pancake and its nearly impossible to pick up, let alone dab on your face. so get rid of it and use a fluffy powder brush. other than that, its awesome:D
Foundations -Maybelline - Dream Nude Airfoam Foundation
heyitschloe98 1/2/2013 3:07:00 AM
Sorry to say, my expectations for this were not met. Over the summer I saw several ads proclaiming the greatness of "mousse" or "foam" foundation. Wanting something with light/medium coverage (I'm in high school, and i don't want, or have time for, anything too heavy) I totally bought into the idea. I was originally going to get the Revlon version of this, but i found this first. Sadly the first thing I noticed was that you have to shake it, a lot. I mean you have to actually take at least a minute to shake up the canister (you can hear the little metal ball rattling around in there like its spray paint) otherwise it comes out as a whitish-orangy mess. But anyway, at first I really liked the light feeling of this on my face, it felt like i wasn't wearing anything. Nice coverage too. But after a few weeks of wearing it every other day or so, my skin got extremely dry, which was abnormal for my oily T zone and normal-everywhere-else combination skin. I got dry patches here and there, which were flakey and peeling especially when i tried to cover them up. Nice concept on Maybelline's part, but definitely not buying this again.
Lotions/ Creams -St. Ives - Oatmeal and Shea butter
heyitschloe98 1/2/2013 12:13:00 AM
IT'S A MIRACLE! Hands down, the best lotion I have EVER used. it absorbes in about a minute, which is great because with other lotions, you have to wait a while for it to soak in. it smells like heaven, but not overpoweringly. it's also pretty cheap! I have a countless number of full lotion bottles from brands like PINK and Bath and Body Works that I have abandoned for this stuff! It's pretty pure and natural too, no yucky chemicals. Even the other more natural brands like Aveno can't compare to this! And by the way, all St. Ives products are outstanding, especially their facial scrubs:) Woohooo!