I bought this and hardly used it because it looked so cheap. The packaging is so plain, and the product itself is runny. Then eventually, I ended up giving it to a friend. She raved about it, and I hadn't seen her since I gave it to her and when I saw her next, which was about 3 months later, I was amazed at how good her eyes looked. She has some puffiness, but nothing too dramatic, and the same goes for me, but when I have puffiness, I want something that will take it away now, not something I have to use for 3 wks before I start to see results. After seeing how good my friends eyes looked, I went and repurchased it, and noticed a big difference after just one application. Who cares if it looks cheezy, I guess it's better than being expensive and ineffective!
I wasn't going to try this at first, but decided to after reading several comments about it. I crushed up 10 aspirin, then used a heavy meat tenderizer utensil to get the aspirin "pulverized" the tricky park is adding the water because the slightest bit too much and it won't blend well. I then warmed up a tablespoon of honey and dumped that it there. When you warm the honey it becomes very watery, so I pored a smidgin of thick honey then applied the mixture to my face in a circular motion. This feels like an exfoliating scrub rather than a mask. I can't stand the way the honey feels on my face, i've always hated anything sticky like syrup and honey to touch my skin, but I had to try this, so I tolerated it. After I rinsed it off, I was surprised to see that this one little white bump I have embedded under my skin in the chin area and no matter how hard I squeeze, it won't come out, but after using this stuff, i can literally see the head of it poking thru the tip/surface of my skin! So I know it's doing something, like driving out the impurities/toxins!
Masks -Yes To Carrots - Yes to Cucumbers-Calm Care Smoothing Facial Mask
jinajamm 2/1/2011 2:06:00 PM
My review is on yes to tomatoes facial mask, I couldn't find it listed so I put it here. This mask is awesome! My skin literally glows after I use it. I like it so much I use it more often than the directions say to, but my skin just looks so radiant afterwords I can't help it! I definitely recommend this product and will definitely buy it again.
Lip Treatments -Peter Thomas Roth - Un-Wrinkle Lip
jinajamm 1/11/2011 5:25:00 AM
I agree with everything the previous poster said, except the sloughing action leaves a bit of a white film build up that I have to keep wiping off, but as long as it's removing the dead skin, i'll deal with it. I have a god awful habit of licking my lips and biting my lower lip, it's a nervous habit i can't seem to stop and my lips pay the price. What's messed up about it, is that I have natural, full, pouty lips that people pay to get with injections and here I am deliberately destroying my beautiful lips with this bad habit i have! I've been doing it most of my adult life as far as I can remember but when i was younger, it didn't have any affect on them, but now that i'm in my early 40's i'm paying the consequences, because when i bit on my lower lip, my teeth leave impression marks along my bottom lip which looks like one long wrinkle line going across it, if i catch myself and stop myself from doing it, it goes away, but as soon as I start in again, there it is and it hangs around for a few hours, it looks horrible! I wish I could stop but sometimes by the time I realize I am doing it, the damage is already done, and i have to wait for the skin to eventually spring back, but with my age the bounce back affect takes a bit longer due to the loss of collagen and elasticity. Also, when i lick my lips and then the air hits them, they get very, very dry and the dead skin builds up, from a distance my bottom lip looks all crinkled up! It's awful, but the minute I apply this stuff to them, they spring back and that indention line from my teeth fill ups up and goes away. Then the skin is sloughed off but I have that white film on my lips that builds up first. I really wish I knew how to stop myself from biting and licking my lips because I'm sure as time goes on it will have long term permanent damage to my bottom lip and I don't know how effective this product will remain, hopefully it will keep taking care of the issue, but if it doesn't i'm going to be very mad at myself for destroying my once perfect beautiful lips! I will definitely keep buying this product for as long as it continues to work for me.
Foundations -Stila - one step makeup [DISCONTINUED]
jinajamm 9/11/2010 12:31:00 PM
First of all... you SHOULD NOT apply this foundation with a brush or a sponge! I repeat you "SHOULD NOT" use a brush or a sponge when applying this foundation. For those who said it looked dry or cakey, if you used a brush or a sponge, that is probably why. The directions are on the packaging and it specifically states, "begin application at the center of your face and blend outward with fingertips" and that's exactly how this foundation should be applied in order for it to do what it says. Just for the heck of it, I wanted to see how it would look if I applied it with a brush or a sponge (although I already knew how it looked with a brush application because the SA at Sephora put it on me in the store using a brush, but I wanted to see how it looked when I did it myself, to see if it was just her, or the brush, and it was the brush!) I tried applying it with both sponge and brush and both times the foundation looked completely different than how it looked when I used my fingertips. It looked nothing like the flawless airbrushed look I achieved when I applied it with my fingers, so for those who think it looks bad, try it again using your fingers, it's a dramatic difference! As I mentioned, the SA at Sephora applied it (I went in with no makeup on) using a brush and when I turned and looked in the mirror I about jumped when I saw how awful it looked! I looked SCARY! ~ I looked like "whatever happened to baby Jane" like I was 70 years old trying to look like a teenager! I asked her, "why does it look like that? I can see brush stroke marks in the foundation, the brush made it streak" The SA insisted that she couldn't see it and swore that a brush was the proper way to apply it! then I picked up the box and started reading it and saw where it specifically instructed to use the fingertips to apply it. So I said to the SA, "really? then how come the instructions on the box say to use your fingertips? if a brush was the proper way to apply it in order to achieve the best results, wouldn't they have recommended using a brush and not the fingers?" she didn't really have an answer, and so I asked her/told her, "I'm gonna just see how it looks if I blend it with my fingers ok?" she said sure, go ahead and so i took my fingers and began blending what she had applied on my face and immediately the foundation blended right into my skin and the streak marks left by the brush vanished! My skin looked awesome! I was gonna use a little more to just even it out and go over what she had done but I didn't even need to, it looked perfect when I touched it up with my fingers! I couldn't believe it and even the SA was impressed with how much better it looked, even though she denied seeing anything wrong with the brush application. I think they try to upsale by pushing those foundation brushes are part of their pitch, but I didn't buy it! figuratively and literally! This foundation does everything it says if you apply it correctly. Even though I didn't really need to, I set it with Tarte's smooth operator setting powder just because I am used to using a powder and I felt kinda naked without, like I was missing something, and it just added a subtle finishing touch. I could've easily skipped that step and still looked just as good, but like I said, it was more of a preference and not really a necessity. I also like that the pump doesn't just glob a bunch onto your finger when you press down on it, it seems like it is measured to dispense just the right amount, and it always dispenses the same amount each time, just enough to cover half of my face, and 2 pumps covers my entire face. The consistency is quite similar to a mousse and is not thick or tug on your skin when blending. It glides across my skin with ease and isn't cakey or greasy feeling. It blends so well with my skin and covers exactly how I desire my foundation to do. I don't know if it's buildable because I don't apply more than the 2 pumps worth, and that amount sufficiently covers what I want to be covered (a few little freckles on my nose and a couple of little light brown sun spots under my ear/jawline) I agree it is high priced, but if I went out and bought all 4 products; a concealer, a primer, foundation and powder , it would cost well over forty four bucks I spent on this foundation, so when I look at it that way, I don't have a problem forking out that kind of money, to me it is well worth it, so I will definitely buy this foundation again when I run out!!
Sunscreen -Peter Thomas Roth - Instant Mineral SPF 30
jinajamm 9/7/2010 2:46:00 AM
This is my very first review here at MUA! I just bought this today at Sephora and the only beneficial thing about it, in my opinion, is how well it absorbs oil and keeps my nose from looking all shiny. The matte finish it gives me face makes it worth the price, but other than that I think it's a little high priced for how cheap of quality everything else on the product is. The brush is awful. It's prickly feeling on the face. Also, don't twist the bottom of it or you'll have the powder all over the place. It is designed to self-dispense, there is no need to mess with trying to get the powder to dispense onto the brush when you go to use it. The very first time you use it is the only time you need to dispense it yourself. After you use it for the first time, pull down on the bottom and the brush retracts back and into the tube...now put the lid back on and then push the bottom back up. When you push the bottom back up, it dispenses powder onto brush (which kinda puffs out like a cloud up into the cap) so there is no need to re-dispense when you go to use it again, it's already on the tip of the brush for your next use. This eliminates getting the powder all over the place by trying to dispense it again, so that is the proper way to dispense it without wasting any. The packaging makes the product look more like a pharmaceutical product than a health and beauty one, IMO. The only reason I will by this again is for it's superb mattifying properties and it's ability to keep my nose oil and shine free. I have yet to find a product that can do that and this one does... hence, my reason for giving it 4 lippies.