Like many others, I drink a lot of green tea. Every once and a while I'll put it on my skin. Particularly when my skin is pretty bad, aggravated, sore.... I find green tea really helps to soothe my skin greatly - After making a cup of tea and letting it steep , a take a small bowl and put the green tea bag in it. I squeeze out the liquid which for me is golden, slightly green in color. I just use the tea bag on my face, dipping occasionally in the extra tea. I don't break open the bag or anything. Just dab the tea on with the teabag. I do not rinse. I use organic BignLow green tea. Just the brand/flavor I like. Huge boxes can be found at places like BJs.
Man: Ma'am you have some cake on your face Woman: Oh, no it's just L'Oreal Visible Lift Age Reversing Powder! That about sums up my experience with this product. A cakey mess. Not very flattering. Not enough shades. The shade I normally used was far too light. Made me look sick. The next shade seemed better suited for a tan or olive complexion I do not have. Should L'Oreal roll out new shades I hope they review this product. Something does not seem right about the formula. Returned product.
Pressed Powders -Almay - TLC Truly Lasting Color Pressed Powder
indiebaby 12/31/2012 6:48:00 PM
I ended up buying this in a shade too light, but the next shade darker came off as too dark for my skin. Since I quit smoking my super fair skin has gained some substantial glow and now light powders make me look sick. - I use Almay clear complexion, and TLC said their light would blend perfectly if you used shade "buff" 200. It was way way too light for me. The powder itself was okay. I could see it looking a bit cakey if too much was applied. I didn't hate the powder, or love the powder. Seemed to me just a simple face powder. I did not see it lasting as long as the packaged claimed. Did leave a nice finish on the matte side. - The applicator it came with was a joke and I remove a lippie for that because for something on the go, it needs a good applicator. Plus it's not cheap either. There's no excuse the product should have such a sub-par application pad. The mirror that came with the compact was nice and large though.
Primer/ Corrector -L'Oreal - Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base
indiebaby 12/31/2012 1:42:00 AM
I loved loved loved this when I used it on a regular basis. You only need very little. I remember I would sometimes put my sunscreen on before, let that sink in then apply this primer. You only need so little, which is why the tub is so little. If you use too much it's going to feel gross on your skin and won't work how it's suppose to. Use a very small dollop, no more than you really need. Give it 10 minutes to set into your skin. Once it's set it helps your makeup stay on and look so, so silky smooth. The product barley lasted for me, because I loved using it too much. Really made my skin look that great. Never felt that it broke me out either. Works to help keep eyeshadow in place longer too. Only negative is there is a high potential to break some people out. There is A LOT of silicone in this product, and many other primers. Kind of pricy, so that's why I haven't repurchased in a long time.
Lip Gloss -Cover Girl - Wetslicks Fruit Spritzers - Cool Cocoa Mint Splash
indiebaby 12/23/2012 6:07:00 PM
I would buy it again, if it didn't get discontinued. Very, very disappointed as purple plum is NOT a replacement for brown. What I liked the most about cocoa mint splash was the fact it could be light, medium or dark colored depending upon how much you used. It also compliments many, many skin tones. Cover Girl, if you're reading "Cocoa" is a fruit and you need to bring back 555 in the same formula.
Does anyone know if this may be getting the ax? I saw it on clearance and I'm not too happy about it. Luckily I've loaded up but I really love this shampoo and conditioner... I have thick, wavy/can curl kinda hair. The dehumidifier really, horribly dries out my locks. I've found this shampoo is just be really great for my circumstances. It helps to give moisture and shine without being heavy at all. Plus, makes my hair super silky solk. I love this shampoo & conditioner. I really hope suave is not discontinuing it.
Liquid -Almay - Clear Complexion Blemish Healing Makeup
indiebaby 12/22/2012 12:20:00 AM
-One of the very few liquid foundations I have used a whole bottle and repurchased. My HG foundation for now. - -I'm not buying the "blemish healing" claim at all. Whatever makes those "blemishes heal" besides the salicylic acid Almay may want to make more concentrated. (maybe just my experience, didn't help me heal) - -The finish feels and looks natural, which is what I go for. Normally does not feel heavy, unless I use too much foundation or use extra that day. I sometimes mix the foundation with a bit of moisturizer. A little extra on trouble spots works well as concealer. - -I have pale, Irish skin with pink and rose undertones. Sometimes I have redness from acne. The foundation does a very good job of creating a more even look that hides most of the redness. I use shade 200 "Buff" that seems to suit my skin tone very nicely. - -I do not feel that this foundation causes me any additional acne which is why I actually just repurchased more maybe a week or so ago. - -Set with powder, the foundation lasts a reasonable amount of time.( about 3-5 hours without any primer) -
I love the overall idea of the product. It does deliver in getting dirt and grime off my skin when I don't feel like/too tired to go and wash my face before bed. Also helps with excess oil. So why only 2 lippies? I'm afraid it may be causing me excess oil as it strips so much oil off your skin, thus pimples. My skin doesn't look that much better. My pores don't seem to be doing any better which in my opinion, a good toner should help with. Yet pores particularly around the nose are the same as before I started using the product. It does help dry things out, but I feel like this may be contributing to some skin problems so I may use it up but will not repurchase. I have combination, sometimes oily, sometimes acne prone sensitive skin.
My big thing is how a moisturizer makes my skin feel. Based on that morning glow gets 4/5. I love the smoothness, it gives my skin a velvety like texture. I also very much like the smell. I find it light, fruity fresh but not overpowering or offensive. The smell also quickly dissipates after application within 3-4 minutes. It does actually give a slight glow too. It feels slightly heavy at first but not so much as a thick foundation you really feel. The feeling goes away as it settles into the skin leaving you very smooth. My complaint is a few ingredients in the product I don't care for, unsafe chemicals. I have an older bottle however so the more recent roll out may not have them any longer in it with the big push as of late to go healthy. If I go to buy again and still see these chemicals in the product I won't repurchase. The SPF 15 is a joke. The problem isn't just clean and clear but many facial moisturizers. Its a "better than nothing".. it's just half-way to put it politely sun protection. If it's not at the very minimum SPF 30 on your face it's not offering true protection. I would love to see this moisturizer and others like them offer different levels of SPF.
Moisturizers -Aveeno - Active Naturals Smart Essentials Nighttime Moisture Infusion
indiebaby 10/15/2012 6:32:00 PM
I tried this product about 6/8 months ago. It's okay. A regular moisturizer. Didn't do anything extraordinary. Quite thick and heavily scented. It was a nice fruity aroma but if your facial cream being scented bothers you this is one to skip. Overall, it did the job it was it was suppose to. Made my skin nice and moisturized, supple even in the morning. Does not help with fine lines that i could notice, at all. At it's price I expected a little more out the product. If too much is used, it would feel quite heavy on the skin. I will not repurchase.
I bought Bio Oil years ago in an attempt to heal scaring. Let's start with what's good about it. The smell. It really did have an addicting aroma. That's why it gets two lippies and not one. Beyond that, it did nothing it claimed. I used this twice a day, everyday and saw little to no change in my skin and scars. I used it for about 4 months, bought 2 or 3 bottles. Waste of money honestly. I DID find something that worked but it wasn't Bio-Oil. All nateral organic cocoa butter melted down and mixed with a skin nourishing oil like sweet almond or jojoba is what saved my skin. I saw 10x the improvement compared to using Bio-Oil verses my home made body butter in 4 months. As a bonus, I know everything going into the cream I'm putting on my skin and thus inside my body as our skin is so absorbent. --You can buy bulk cocoa butter and nourishing oils online. You can buy them in smaller sizes too. Look on e-bay. If someone wants any hints on working with these ingredients to make your own stretch mark, scar healing cream message me and i'll get back to you as soon as I can. Cocoa butter is amazing for scars too!! Not just stretch marks. Also, the ingredients in Bio-Oil really turned me off. They make it sound so wonderful but it's full of pore clogging mineral oil and other suspicious possibly cancer causing ingredients. At least it was 2, 3 years go when I gave it a shot. When it comes to stuff I'm going to religiously, twice a day put on my skin the ingredients matter a lot to me. Bio-Oil lost me as a customer because of their ingredients.
It's so cozy and warm. I have an older bottle I rediscovered a couple months ago. I assume the formula is around about the same. If this works with your body chemistry what a lucky woman you are. So it's not 60$ an oz. I'm okay with that. It's such a comfortable fragrance! I have to say out of quite a few perfumes I own I feel like this cheapie works the best with my body chemistry. A little alluring, but classic in and of itself. Sweet but not overbearingly so. This vanilla and musk formula just work together. Creamy, classic, warm, inviting, a delicate spicy musk touch. I just love Coty's Vanilla Musk.
Toners -Neutrogena - Rapid Clear 2-in-1 Fight & Fade Toner
indiebaby 5/9/2012 3:31:00 PM
I'm at a loss with this product. I'm not sure if it is good or bad. If you have acne prone skin this product is more of a pass. It seems to help fade some scars and good thing too because this product caused the scars in the first place! My biggest issue with the product is it "purges" the skin. Meaning(if you're not aware of that term) forces the acne out. So basically if you are acne prone, you never actually look like you have clear skin. There are always pimples because the product causes the pimples to surface. I've used the product over a month and the "purging" never seems to stop. I thought maybe when my skin got use to it it would. It does help as well but I'm not sure if it's a fair trade off. At least not for me. If you're not so acne prone this could still be a great product for you. Just, a fair warning.
It just doesn't live up to all this hype. I found that it smelled very cheap. I was expecting something floral and sophisticated. All I got was a boring sweet sort of note with nothing really going on. It's really sad how down-hill BBW has gone. Their packaging is better than the actual perfume. It use to be the other way around.
Fragrances -Bath and Body Works - Fine Fragrance Mist in Pink Chiffon
indiebaby 5/1/2012 7:04:00 PM
This was probably one of the only newer scents I liked. However It just doesn't seem fitting for spring or summer well.... at all. Much more of a fall/winter scent in my opinion. I sprayed the sample on my wrist. Very sweet, girly... but not too "over the top" sweet(however right at that thin line). With a small trial size in my hand questioning the purchase I sniffed my wrist some more. Then it hit me, it smells just like a twist on cotton candy. I didn't buy it. I can get a much bigger bottle of cotton candy perfume if I really wanted at Rite-Aid for the same price as BBW trial size bottle. It's not a bad perfume, it's just not that original either.