I am so bummed out about this product! I got a little sample packet of this that came in their catalog and couldn't wait to try it! Once I did, on that first day, I absolutely LOVED it!! It went on smooth and just made my skin look overall really healthy. I still got a little shiny by the end of the day but really I was looking for a primer that would just keep my makeup in place and look good all day so that wasn't a big deal for me. Unfortunately within just a few days my skin broke out with several pimples like I haven't had in ages. This is the only thing I added to my skin so without a doubt it was this. I gave it a rating of 3 because the product itself works great, it's just a matter of if it will work with your skin or not, and for me it just didn't.
I had high hopes for this foundation, and while the formula itself isn't bad the color is. I am very fair skinned with red undertones so in general it's difficult for me to find foundations that work. I got 3 different samples of the fairest shades they have, No. 0 Porcelain, No. 1 Ivory and No. 1.5 Nude. When I first put on the No. 0 Porcelain it seemed to be blending nicely into my skin, until I finished up and saw an orange line of demarcation where the foundation ended and my natural skin started. Not just a line but straight up orange, I couldn't believe it! And of course the other 2 colors were too dark for my skin as well. I do have to say that the company itself is amazing!! I was given very generous samples of the foundation as well as their primer, all recommended to me based on my skin type. Because of this I'll definitely be looking into some of the other products they carry and hope to have better results with them!
Finacea is an amazing product!! I first started using it about 5 years ago, went off of it for a few years and just recently started using it again. When I first started using it I was looking for something to not only help with the occasional redness I was having but also acne. I used it every night and while I definitely noticed improvement with the redness it wasn't helping with my acne so I slowly went off of it and started using Proactiv. That worked for me until recently so I thought I would give Finacea another try. I did my research and a lot of people were saying that to truly see results with acne it had to be used twice a day, so twice a day is what I did. After just a few days I noticed my skins texture and tone was looking better and evening out. It's now been a month and my skin is clearing better than ever! I do have to say that I did have an initial breakout but I believe the Finacea was just bringing out what the Proactiv had just kept right under the surface. Those are clearing now and my skin just looks over all healthy and vibrant. Using it in the morning you definitely have to wear something on top as it can leave white streaks when it dries. All in all I am so happy I decided to give it another shot and definitely suggest using it twice a day as I believe that's when you'll see the best results!
Mascara -Unlisted Brand - Green People Organic Mascara
i9jadei9 1/18/2012 5:48:00 PM
This mascara is AMAZING!! I love that in putting on just a few swipes I get that natural look I've been longing for! It stays put all day, only once or twice have I found a little flake under my eyes, but it doesn't smudge at all! Even at the end of the day when I throw water on my face to wash it there is no running or smudging! It is a little on the pricier side but it's organic and one of the more natural mascaras out there that actually works so completely worth it to me! I ordered mine from feelunique.com because they offer free shipping with no minimum spent. I highly recommend this mascara if you're wanting a natural one that works!
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Eminence Organic Skin Care - Herbal Spot Serum
i9jadei9 9/6/2011 7:04:00 AM
This serum is amazing!! I have used Proactiv for years and all in all it has kept me relatively clear with just the monthly hormonal breakouts. I spoke back and forth with an Eminence skincare advisor that set up an entire regimen for me and then recommended www.naturalbeautygroup.com because it sold samples that I could try out first. Luckily I was able to swap for a bottle of this herbal spot first and it has worked wonders!! I first replaced the repairing lotion step with this and after the first month no more hormonal breakouts!! It actually cleared up a few I had within 2 days when I first started it!! Now I'm on to replace the face wash with the one that Eminence recommended and cannot wait! With just this serum my face is already looking more healthy and better than it has in years!! I highly recommend Eminence for not only their high quality products but excellent customer service as well!
Scrubs -Philosophy - The Big Skinny Exfoliating Scrub
i9jadei9 6/25/2011 12:05:00 PM
This comes in a rather large tub for the price and is very thick in consistency. I recently went to an Aveda salon where I had a scrub treatment done and picked up some wonderful tips! #1 is that you do not want to apply this to wet skin, it won't exfoliate as well and you'll need more product to cover an area. #2 is to use a body oil prior to the scrub. What you want to do is step into the shower without turning on the water. Then take any body oil and apply it all over where you'll be using the scrub. Really rub it in and give yourself a nice layer of oil. Then take the smallest amount of scrub, you really don't need much at all as the thickness of this scrub will really spread out as you work with it. Scrub it in into your skin with circular motions for as long as you like, afterwards just rinsing with warm water and a light body wash if you like. You will step out of the shower with silky smooth skin!
Misc Beauty Tools -Gillette - Fusion Power Phenom Vibrating Razor
i9jadei9 6/25/2011 11:55:00 AM
I know that this is a man's razor but it is by far the best razor out there!! Besides, we all know that men's razors are far superior to what they make for us women anyway! Why I'm not exactly sure. But anyway, on to my review. When you buy the razor it comes with the battery already in it and I have yet to change it after 6 months of continual use. It gives me the closest shave I've ever had and the head bends in such a way that I haven't cut myself once with it! I use it everywhere, including sensitive areas, without razor burn or any irritation! The razor head lasts for quite awhile so while refills are on the pricey side I've found that I need to change them much less than with others! This is a definite keep for me!!
Lipstick -Josie Maran Cosmetics - Magic Marker Lip and Cheek Stain
i9jadei9 6/21/2011 7:22:00 AM
Let me just say that this marker idea is phenomenal! It's super easy to apply to my lips (I haven't tried it on my cheeks and probably won't because the color is intense) and the color lasts and does not rub off! The only downside is that the color does fade away in a sort of odd uneven way. So what I do now is apply it at night, let it dry and put chapstick over the top. When I wake up in the morning my lips are a brighter version of my natural lip color! It's crazy but all throughout the day regardless of what lip gloss or balm I put on top, my lips just look perfect!!
Cleansers -Unlisted Brand - Niora - alpha clear cleanser
i9jadei9 6/29/2010 10:00:00 AM
I started using the Alpha Clear Adult Acne System to replace the benzoyl peroxide I've always used. I had never found anything that worked for me like it did until I tried this! It is amazing!!! I've been using it for 2 months now and and haven't had to use the benzoyl peroxide spot treatment at all!! Within a few days of using it one that had been sitting under the skin came up but actually went away a lot faster than mine usually do. I generally get acne around that time of the month and this past one I had no zits!! None! Not to mention that my skin looks amazing! The bottles are really big compared to most so they'll last a really long time! Plus they have a 60 day full refund policy so if it hadn't worked for me I could have sent it back! Awesome company with wonderful customer service!!
This tea is truly amazing!! I read about it here on the skincare board and figured anything is worth a try!! I've been drinking it every single day a little over a month and while I can't say if there's an improvement in my skin as of yet there is a huge difference in my periods! They're usually very painful with lots of cramping. That has since gone down by at least 90%!! That alone is enough of a reason to keep it up! I'll definitely update in a few more months time to let you know if I see an improvement in my skin as well!
Sunscreen -Coppertone - NutraShield Dual Defense 70+SPF
i9jadei9 8/22/2009 12:45:00 PM
I LOVE this sunscreen!! I have combo/acne prone skin and this doesn't break me out at all! Plus in some areas I'm really dry from the acne products I use on my face and this will moisturize it just enough that I don't need a separate moisturizer. I put it on top of my benzoyl peroxide in the morning and it blends right in! I can't even feel it on my face during the day! Without a doubt my hg sunscreen!!
This is an absolutely incredible way to deal with acne!! I get several huge cystic pimples around my mouth and haven't found anything that can help heal them...until now! Within just a few days of doing the salt mask every morning and night they are almost completely gone! I am blown away at how a simple everyday product could do such an amazing job!! Thanks to the wonderful MUA girls for getting this out there!
Self Tanners -Bobbi Brown - Sunless Tanning Gel for Face and Body
i9jadei9 7/22/2009 1:41:00 PM
With such great reviews I really wanted to like this product! I got the light/medium because I am so fair. I used it on my face and within a few hours I had the light hint of a beautiful tan...perfect so I thought! By morning my face had a terrible orange tinge to it. I've been scrubbing it since and will be returning it to the store! I guess it just didn't work with my skin tone.
Treatments (Eye) -Philosophy - Eye Hope Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream
i9jadei9 7/17/2009 4:28:00 PM
I had very high hopes for this eye cream but it didn't do much of anything for my under eyes. When first put on I can definitely feel it tighten but didn't see any visible results. My dark circles weren't diminished an neither were my fine lines. I've been using it for nearly 2 months now so have given up hope. It's not any better than the other eye creams they have...actually nearly identical to the others at a much higher price.
This product is amazing!! A beautiful color with some nice shine!! It doesn't last for hours and hours but definitely longer than any other lip gloss or lipstick around. Will definitely be buying more of these!