For the past few months I've been using a mask every night made up of 5 crushed aspirin (I use the non coated type), and about a teaspoon of an aha lotion, 10% strength. I apply a thin layer of this all over my face with my fingers, and leave on for a few hours. This has helped my skin tremendously. Before I began using this, I had dozens of clogged pores on my cheeks that I couldn't get rid of. I couldn't pop them, and had no idea what to do. I tried exfoliating, using different kinds of masks, nothing worked. Frustrated, I went to the MUA skincare board, and posted pics of my skin asking for help. Some people suggested an aha product, others suggested a bha. I did a little research and saw one article that said combining an aha and bha would yield the best results. I have sensitive skin, but it has adapted well to this routine. It gets a little dry, but I moisturize afterwards. I HIGHLY recommend this, not only did it clear up my skin and make it smoother than it's been since prepuberty, but it's faded acne scarring and freckles considerably. I've always been very freckly, and nothing has worked to fade my hyper pigmentation besides this. It's also evened out my skintone, and my face seems brighter, and less ruddy. If anyone has any questions, or would like to see before/after pics, feel free to message me.
Conditioner -Head and Shoulders - Damage Rescue Pyrithione Zinc Conditioner
jacq1985 9/7/2012 7:20:00 PM
I bought this along with the damage rescue shampoo, and have nothing but good things to say. It's very moisturizing without leaving my hair greasy or heavy, seems to give my hair shine, and smells amazing. The smell is my favorite part because most shampoos and conditioners don't seem to have a scent that really stays. This has a strong, fresh scent. It's just very clean, and airy.
Shampoo -Head and Shoulders - Damage Rescue Pyrithione Zinc Shampoo
jacq1985 9/7/2012 7:12:00 PM
While on vacation, I used this shampoo and fell in love with the scent. It's so fresh and clean smelling, without the generic shampoo scent I'm so used to. The scent is very strong, and I can smell it all day. I work with children and they love it, and keep trying to smell my hair (and we all know how honest children can be). I have to admit that I don't have dandruff, I have had it in the past though. This product definitely removes buildup from my hair though, preventing any possible flakes due to overzealous use of hair glosses/heat protectant sprays. It makes my hair shiny, and doesn't seem to be stripping it.
Deodorants -Unlisted Brand - Degree Fine Fragrance Collection
jacq1985 9/7/2012 6:33:00 PM
I love this deodorant, I've never had a deodorant preference before this. No brand loyalty, nothing. I picked this up a few summers ago in sexy intrigue because I used to buy deodorant solely for the dramatic names I'd find. I got lucky with this one though, not only do I love the smell but the staying power lasts all day, even when I sweat. My pits never really feel damp either. I misplaced this a few weeks ago and used a different deodorant for the day and noticed I was less than fresh as the day progressed. Looking forward to trying this in other fragrances.
I've only worn this about a week, but love it. I used The original color stay before this, and applied it with a damp beauty blender type sponge. I wasted a lot of foundation this way, not realizing it at the time. The whipped creme makeup is great because i can apply it with my fingers (this seems to be the ideal way to apply this foundation) and it blends seamlessly, and melts into my skin. I've used foundations by chanel, mac, cover fx, and dior, and i prefer this. The coverage is great, and maybe it's just me, but I find the color i use (Buff) looks better than Buff in color stay liquid foundation. I don't mind the packaging, i scoop out little bit each time and don't touch any of the makeup other that what i scoop out. I always wash my hands before applying makeup, so I'm not that concerned about contamination, though I will see if the formula starts to look gross after a while. The only thing I'd change is a color shade lighter than Buff, but without the pink undertones that Ivory has. I'm NC-10/15, and it's extremely difficult for me to get a good match with my foundation.
I really like this concealer, I've bought it in 2 different shades (torrone and meringue) they both are warm/neutral, and are really good at covering any redness. I don't use this concealer under my eyes because it emphasizes fine lines. The concealer doesn't have great staying power unfortunately, so I find myself reapplying consistently, but you can't beat the color match.
Treatments (Eye) -Unlisted Brand - Robanda Eye Gel
jacq1985 6/24/2012 11:10:00 PM
The best eye gel I've ever used (and I've tried quite a few). This is great, it really tightens my eye area. It's pretty hydrating, I never notice any eye dryness/lines from dryness. It feels cooling, but doesn't sting, and really flattens out puffiness. I'm not sure how it does for darkness because I conceal my under eyes, but they do seem less purple when I apply the eye gel these days. I get this for either 5.99 or 7.99 at marshalls and tj maxx, such a steal. I wouldn't use this at night, I prefer something more hydrating, but during the day under my makeup and moisturizer, this does the trick.
I've used aha products on and off for the past few years, but only recently have I found the best way to use them on my skin. I've suffered from acne most of my life, ranging from moderate-severe in my adolescence, to mild but annoying in my adulthood. After taking antibiotics the past few months, my acne was clear, but I still had white bumps/clogged pores all over my cheeks that I could not for the life of me get rid of. You couldn't really see these bumps from a distance, but my cheeks felt bumpy to the touch, and the texture really bothered me. I wanted smooth skin. I couldn't pop the bumps, sulfur/benzoyl/ peroxide/ etc and exfoliation did nothing to help me. Finally I started using this product mixed with non coated aspirin as a masque each night for several hours. This sounds intense, I realize, but my bumps came to the surface and I finally was able to pop them. Then I'd sleep with just this cream on my face. I have sensitive acne prone skin, and immediately I saw results. Each night I'd pop the bumps that would come up (bad I know), and then apply the masque and cream. After a few weeks my cheeks are smoother than they've been since pre puberty. I have really fair skin, scars easily, but my redmarks and scars are almost non existent now, and I have no scarring from any of the white bumps/clogged pores I've popped. This aha is amazing, it doesn't make my break out, and it's finally given me smooth skin. I get it at marshalls for 7.99, the enhanced lotion is also good and cheaper and you get a lot more for the same price. However, I wouldn't use the lotion alone overnight because it can tend to break you out. Give this a few weeks to work.
I LOVE the color of this, very unique imo, but this dries with absolutely no shine, and immediately chips. I use a top coat on it to give it shine, but even with a top coat, this polish still chips.
I like this a lot, it looked really nice on my fair skin, I tend to use it on my toes. It is almost completely opague with one coat which is rare for essie polishes.
Very nice color. I'm fair, and NC-15, and tend to use peachy blushes, or light pinks like Illamasqua's Katie, and ELF's fuschia fusion. This was a nice change for me, it reminds me of snow white, or how my cheeks might look if I had rosecea. It's quite pigmented which I don't like because I have to be careful, but a very pretty color and looks great on fair skin.
Polishes -Essie - Turquoise & Caicos (Resort 2010)
jacq1985 4/23/2012 2:16:00 AM
I love this. Essie polishes are my favorites, despite the fact the brushes aren't the best, product always seems to drip down, and they tend to be streaky. This color looks great with fair skin imo, I need about 2-3 coats to make it opague. I love this color, and always get compliments.
This is a gorgeous blush, it really does make you look like a doll. I have this type of hard candy blush in honeymoon, and pinup. This one is my favorite. I'm NC-15, and wanted to love honeymoon, but honestly I think it's better for NW skintones, I'm just too yellow :( The pigmentation is good, it's not extreme but truthfully, I don't like it when blushes are too pigmented, I'd rather apply it in layers than worry about putting too much on. This was like $6 at walmart, it has a nice sheen, great for us pale girls.
This is a pretty nude pink with pretty blue/purple shimmer. Unfortunately, it's really sheer and you need to really layer it to get the effect. Three coats barely makes it work for me. Formula is pretty streaky. Still though, it's a pretty color for spring.
This is my absolute fave current blush. I have a few pricier blushes (nars, illamasqua, smashbox, mac), but this one is so pretty! It's a berry pink with tons of gold glitter, and moderately pigmented. The sparkles don't really transfer onto the cheeks that much, so it's not obnoxious. I'm NC-15, and this gives me a pretty girlish flush.