I'm running out and buying some of this PRONTO. I sampled it today from a magazine sample. I tried "Neutral" which seems perfect for my medium/warm-toned skin. I might buy "Golden Neutral" instead just for a little more warmth. The main thing I love about this foundation is the coverage - medium to moderate. It covers sun spots and acne scars well and it's very buildable. Wears great over sunscreen. Isn't dry or greasy. In fact, usually by mid-day I have to blot my face and I haven't had to today. I've been wearing it for about 7 hours now and it looks just as good as when I put it on this morning. It is a little more expensive than other Clinique foundations and I can't comment on the "even better" results, but as far as coverage and wearability, It's wonderful!
Treatments (Eye) -Neutrogena - Healthy Skin Eye Cream
jentalkin2u 5/7/2009 2:23:00 PM
Maybe my eye area is just overly sensitive, but I've tried this about 3 different times (with a few weeks break in between) and every single time withouth fail it has irritated my undereye area. I will use it for 2-3 days and my eyes will start to get crepy, dry and scaly. I'm sure it's the BHA/AHA in this product - I personally don't think it's a good idea to put an exfoliant in an eye cream! My eyes go back to normal after stopping using this eye cream, but it takes about 3-4 days. So I will definitely NOT purchase this again.
Got this with a GWP. First time using it - usually they give High Impact in GWP's. I really like it so far. It's lenthening more than volumizing, but it doesn't take the curl out of my lashes and doesn't climp too much at all. I love how the brush is tapered at the end - great for the inner lashes. Didn't flake or smear all day and removed very easily with a gentle foaming cleanser. Will keep using it and update if anything changes.
This is a great under-eye concealer. Doesn't settle into fine lines too much and dries to a nice, matte finish. Very buildable. I have it in Medium Beige, which is perfect for my NC20'ish skin. It's got great yellow undertones and doesn't give that fake too-light look. I wear it under Almost Powder m/u in Light and they work very well together. I've used it to cover pimples, too, but I prefer the Acne Solutions concealing stick for that. Overall I would highly recommend this concealer! I like it better than Lancome Effacernes, which is what I was using before this.
Sunscreen -Unlisted Brand - Topix Glycolix Elite Sunscreen SPF 30
jentalkin2u 2/25/2009 6:42:00 AM
This is my favorite sunscreen ever. I need a 100% physical block sunscreen because chemicals irritate my skin and break me out. Plus, I have a tendency towards hyperpigmentation (melasma) and my Dr. said I must wear Zinc. It's chock full of antioxidants (Vit A, C, E and green tea), it's spreads beautifully over skin. I wear moisturizer underneath and it doesn't ball up or streak at all. I wear it over eye cream without a problem and it doesn't burn or irritate my eyes. As long as your skin is well-moisturized you won't notice a white cast except in the first few minutes. After that it sinks right in. I suppose oily skin gals could definitely use this alone and it would be moisturizing enough. What I also love about this is that, unlike most ZnO sunscreens, it doesn't exacerbate dry patches - it seems to moisturize them instead. It's also non-greasy. I really can't say enough good things about this product - the icing on the cake is the nice pump dispenser!
Eye Makeup Remover -Olay - Regenerist Eye Make-up Remover
jentalkin2u 1/25/2009 10:25:00 PM
I'm honesty surprised at the bad reviews on this product. I like it quite well so far. I was looking for a non-drying cleanser that is effective at removing makeup and won't irritate my skin. My face gets dehydrated easily - especially from foaming cleansers. I didn't have any problems with the pump dispenser - it's just a larger version of the Regenerist serum bottle and pump. One pump was perfect for my eyes and another pump for the rest of my face. I don't know why this is marketed as an eye makeup remover, though, becuase it's simply a cream cleanser. It has that characteristic Regenerist scent, which I find to be pleasant. I gently rubbed one pump on dry, makeup-laden eyes. After about 30 seconds I used another pump for my entire (DRY) face and wiped clean with a warm, damp washcloth. I was impressed that when I finally opened my eyes not ONE trace of makeup was left on my face - not even my eyes. Granted I don't wear waterproof mascara, so I can't speak for that, but it worked great for regular mascara. The skin on the rest of my face was left extremely clean, soft, smooth and not irritated in the least bit. I took off one lippie only because, as someone else stated, my eyes are left with a slight burn and film - I didn't rinse with water. Next time I'll splash my eyes with water at the end. I've had this problem with other makeup removers (namely Nivea and Clinique TTDO), but as long as I rinse well it doesn't seem to be a problem). I would recommend trying this product as an all-over creamy facial cleanser more than just an eye makeup remover (although it works well for that, too). EDIT: Unfortunately when I tried this again with a heavier face of makeup it didn't pass the toner test. :( I'll give it 3 lippies, though, because it's non-drying and non-irritating and would work well for light makeup removal.
Skincare - Face -Unlisted Brand - Pure 'n Gentle Baby Wipes
jentalkin2u 11/15/2008 11:35:00 AM
I have to rave about these baby wipes! First of all I bought them DIRT cheap at WalMart. I think they were just under $2 for 180 wipes. They come in a pop-up dispenser like a Clorox Wipes dispenser, so they're very easy to dispense and don't dry out. I use them to clean my face. I rub Albolene cleanser all over my face then use these baby wipes to wipe my skin clean. These contain aloe, glycerin and Vitamin E, so they are very good for your skin. They leave my skin clean, soft and smooth and in great condition. My face actually has a glow after using these. I don't even need moisturizer because it leaves my skin so soft, but I use one anyway. They're also great for the mornings. After showering, instead of using a foaming cleanser which dries out my skin, I just refresh my skin with one of these wipes instead. I highly recommend these for those of you whose skin tends to get tried out from too-harsh cleansers. Albolene is great as a makeup remover at night, but it has to be wiped off, so these are just perfect! Highly recommend!
This was a great find! It's super cheap and it works! Smells good (they have 2 different scents) and does the trick. I have blonde hair, so I don't notice a white powder, but you're supposed to brush afterwards. I don't. I brush really well with a boar bristle brush beforehand to distrubute oils then spray Batiste only where needed to sop up the greasies and rub into my scalp. I wait a few minutes, then roughen up my hair with my fingers and style. I don't feel the need to brush out, but maybe that's just me. Great stuff - you can't go wrong giving it a try because it's so cheap. It's at Sally's. My only gripe would be that the nozzle clogged on one of my cans and I had only used about 1/4 of the can. I suppose if I had taken it back to Sally's they would have replaced it for me, but I didn't. I couldn't fix it either, so I just threw it out. I've had a few cans, though, and that's the only time it happened, so it was probably just a fluke.
I don't feel like this product did anything at all to my hair. I was using Batiste before, but found a small can of this at Sephora and decided to see what all the hype was about. Well, the smell is gross (very smoky/woodsy - like incense). It wasn't horrible, I guess, but not how I want my hair to smell. It didn't remove the oilyness as well as Batiste did. With the amount I had to use to make my hair presentable I went thru the small can in a few weeks. I can't afford to keep buying new cans of this, but I don't want to anyway, because I didn't like it. I'm going back to Batiste.
I like this better than any other makeup remover I've tried. It's a lotion, not a liquid. It doesn't take much, so a tube will last a while. I rub it on dry eyes with my finger tips and remove with a cotton ball. It works really quickly. I rinse w/plain water afterwards just to make sure all residue is gone. It leaves my eye area super soft and moisturized, but not greasy. No film or stinging in the eyes. Great stuff. I hope it's not being discontinued, which is what I've heard. I haven't seen a product out there just like this one - anyone else know of one? I bought this at CVS - not sure if they still carry it. My only gripe would be the screw top.
This review is for the original gel/cream version - definitely my HG eye solution. I always go back to this. It's pretty expensive, which keeps me from repurchasing each time, but I always regret it when I don't. I've tried a lot of drug store eye creams and most are either too greasy, too drying, or irritate my delicate eye area. I love AAE because it is extremely gentle, reduces puffiness and dries to a nice, well-moisturized, but matte, finish. It really helps concealer and eye shadow "stick" and prevents creasing. I absolutely love this - I'm surprised there aren't more positive reviews on this product. It's not magical, nor does it get rid of dark circles, but I notice a huge difference in the way my eyes look in the morning - brighter with less puffiness - no matter how much salt I've eaten or how much crying I've done the night before!
Pressed Powders -Physicians Formula - Mineral Wear Mineral Face Powder
jentalkin2u 5/31/2008 8:04:00 AM
I bought this in "Buff Beige" and it was too dark/orangey for my warm light-to-medium skin. So I tried "Translucent," which isn't actually translucent, but it was a bit too light. So I mixed them together and they were perfect! I put the "Translucent" on first, then topped it with the "Buff Beige" and it came out a perfect light-to-medium warm tone. It looks good in all light, too, including my bedroom light were almost all foundations and powders look too pink or dark (Even though they looked fine in the bathroom). This powder covers nicely, leaves a fresh, matte finish and helps my skin to look flawless. Really, I just need some concealer under the eyes and on blemishes/dark spots and my skin looks great. It doesn't settle in fine lines or creases and doesn't look dry or chalky. Stays fresh. I prefer this over the loose powder, but they are both nice. I would definitely recommend this powder, but I took off one lippie for the limit of color choices. Really, anyone with warm skin tones with anything lighter than deep medium skin should go with one of the translucent choices or buy two and mix them like I did. EDIT: Now that summer is over and my skin is a shade lighter the Translucent is perfect alone.
I have highlighted/blonde hair and I bought the lightest color pencil they have - I think it's light blonde to blonde. It's a great eyebrow pencil. Goes on silky smooth with a continuous sharp tip. Didn't find a use for the comb on the end, but that's OK. My only gripe is that it lasted me less than a month, therefore I removed one lippie. I would have to turn it up more than once while using, which is probably why I ran out so fast. I don't use a whole lot, either. It just goes quickly. Other than that it's great. Perfect color match - wonderful application. I just wish there was more product for the price I paid (about $7). I will definitely repurchase, though.
Love, love, love Stila eye shadows!! They are amazingly long-lasting and so beautiful and shimmery. My eyelids look just as beautiful at the end of the day as they did in the morning. The shadows don't "spray" all over my cheeks while applying - they really stay put. I highly recommend these eye shadows. I have two shades (jezebel and wheat) and I bought the little pots, which keep the shadows securly in place. I love to layer the colors - it produces the most perfect shimmery neutral for daytime. In the evening I like to wear jezebel alone (it's a shimmery bronze/orange) or layer with a shimmery dark brown (i.e. MAC's satin taupe). I need to buy more shades - they're amazing!
This a great all-natural shampoo sold at CVS for around $7. It's sulfate-free, paraben-free and additive-free. It's extremely gentle on my scalp and hair, yet throughly cleansing. I've been using this for a few days and have noticed a huge difference! My color-treated, damaged hair is extremely soft and smooth and my scalp is no-longer irritated. I would recommend this shampoo for anyone who has dry or sensitive scalp. I've tried other sulfate-free shampoos and this is my favoritve by far. It has a nice, light citrus fragrence and lathers very well. You don't need much to cleanse. I'm pretty sure this is a CVS-exclusive product, but I'm not positive. Give it a try! Ingredients Water; Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate; Glycerin; Sodium Lauroamphoacetate; PEG-150 Distearate; Cocamidopropyl Betaine; Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate; Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine; Phenoxyethanol; Creatine; Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol; Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil; Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Oil; Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil; Ascorbic Acid; Polyquaternium-7; Polyquaternium-10; Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate; PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil; Citric Acid; Sodium Chloride; Tetrasodium EDTA