THE BEST. Iíve been using this eyeliner for about 3 years now, and will never lose my favor for any other liquid liner. I use this in the color ĎNoirí and the color nicely pigmented. The color really does have lasting power, does not migrate or smudge, fade, and the best thing about it is the applicator. It is a fine tip sponge, not like the other ones you can by at the drugstores or the ones made by MAC. I tried using those for a really long time and for the reason if I applied too much, it started to crust off or peel off. The tips of those other eyeliners are way to stiff, thus causing irritation sometimes as well as crappy application. Itís rough stuff. I also hate all the ones that use a really thin paintbrush-type applicator Ė it takes more patience to acquire perfect precision every time. Basically, this stuff lasts and is very user friendly. Iíve been wearing black eyeliner for about 6 years, and thereís no better one than this.
I'm not giving this product a five because it's the ultimate pimple eraser, but it works really well on whiteheads, which is what I mostly deal with. I've been using this for more than a couple years, and it really does accelerate the process of a whitehead. I usually wait for a pimple to erupt above the surface, and then I use it until the pimple hardens (usually during the first to third use). If I didn't wear opaque full coverage foundation everyday, then I would not use this in the morning. Otherwise, this stuff hardens your whiteheads FAST, and within a day or two it flakes off when washing the face or exfoliating. But never, ever try to scrub it off by force.
Moisturizers -Aubrey Organics - Rosa Mosqueta Night Creme with ALA
iron_lion 10/8/2005 6:49:00 AM
The ingredient listing on the packaging label is what duped me into thinking that this could somehow be a miracle product. Iíve been doing all sorts of research on acne scars because recently I started getting frustrated by the urge to find a cure. My research reflected that both alpha lipoic acid and rose hip seed oil respond well to scars, so I thought Iíd give this cream a whirl because it happened to contain both those ingredients. Iíve been using this for about two weeks, and I really like how it makes my skin feel. I have combination skin, but I can break out from a combination of things. If I had normal skin, this cream would be awesome because it really gives your skin some vibrancy. If somehow I found the perfect skin regimen and the term Ďacneí were vanished from my vocabulary, then Iíd incorporate this cream into my routine because itís made from organic ingredients, smells very pure, and leaves your skin soft and smooth. Too bad I got these unheard of zits around my chin area Ė they usually donít stay for too long but unnaturally they persisted throughout the entire course of the use of this cream. Iím probably not going to use this often enough to see if it actually improves my scars. Iíll probably go out this product again when the weather gets really cold, maybe.
This sunscreen still makes your skin a little greasy throughout the day, but it didn't cause me to break out at all. I think most sunscreens are there to grease you out at the minimum level because of the active ingredients. Your face really feels smooth, but I didn't notice any improvement after going through two bottles of it. Yet this sunscreen does it's job of protecting your face, although it is no miracle product. The only reason why I'd buy this again is because I'm a foundation addict, and I'm always open to trying to foundations (for whatever reason). If I were to find one that had no SPF in it, then this would be the product I'd put underneath it. I think this sunscreen is best suited for people with normal skin - people who don't need much maintenance on their skin. I have some embarassing acne scars and I thought the AHAs and BHAs would give me skin a boost, but I was wrong. It succeeds in protecting, fails in "renewing."
Liquid -Shiseido - Sun Protection Liquid Foundation SPF 42 PA+++
iron_lion 10/4/2005 12:51:00 AM
This foundation is the one that I've been using longer than any other. The coverage is really good, and surprisingly SP60 fits my skin color almost perfectly. You only need a little less than a dime-sized amount of this product for your entire face. I shake the bottle, squirt it into my hand and just dip a couple fingers and pat it rapidly all over my face. This foundation has full coverage but is really thin in consistancy so don't worry that just a dime amount is too little. You'd be wasting extra foundation if you used any more. Just use it sparingly around your nose if it gets oily throughout the day. Be sure to set it with a loose powder and it really, really lasts all day long. I also get a really bad monthly breakout, and this visibly cancels out any redness that I don't even own concealer; nor did I ever really had the need to purchase one since buying this foundation. Always blot with a loose powder to set the foundation. Laura Mercier translucent loose powder is a good choice.
This is an amazing color; and almost universal. To be honest, I'm not saying that this is the best color, but overall MAC's formula for all their blushes are long lasting, and pigmented enough to last throughout most of the day without fading too drastically. The reason why I say this color is good is because it perfectly compliments my yellow skintone, and it goes along well with any lipstick color I use. This automatically brightens my entire face, especially if I give it a quick sweep along my jawline and over my nose. I think I will always use MAC blushes because they have a good selection of peachy colors that are matte, not fused with glimmer/shimmer to give me that artificial look.