Mascara -Maybelline - Volum' Express The Falsies Waterproof Mascara
jomia23 7/2/2012 2:21:00 AM
This stuff gets my lashes thicker and slightly longer with nice definition, so far, not clumpy or goopy. Doesn't flake or smudge on my oily skin...unless I go swimming. But I haven't been able to find any WP mascara that doesn't gimme raccoon eyes in the pool.
Love these for getting waterproof eye and face makeup off easily with no breakouts. I have sensitive, hormonal oily skin with a tendency to break out along the jawline. Also love how cheap therefore especially compared to oil cleansers.
I love the smell and feel of this product.
But it didn't seem to clear up my zits.
Than again, lately, not even high concentrations of BP or SA do either .
Yes, it's really gentle.
Yes, it doesn't break me out.
Man, in this economy, it helps when one can use drugstore products that cost under $10USD, and that actually work well. I dunno what went wrong for the other reviewers.....I got this in Black and it lines easily, is pigmented enough (gotta go over the thick lines twice), and it doesn't budge. Use it over my MAC Paint Pots and Eyeshadows, with no problem at all. It stays on for at least 4 hours, which is almost a miracle for me. Until I find my totally perfect HG of liquid liners (well-pigmented, good brush for thicker lines, long-lasting, non-flaking and under $15), I'll be using this one.
I've got hyperpigmented, freckly, large-pored, oily-yet-moisture-starved, acne-prone skin. I used La Roche Posay Fluide for a long time, but still noticed new freckles and darkening of pre-existing ones. Eventually, I figured out that the potency of my LRP sunscreen was deactivated by the use of mineral powder (Everday Minerals) on top of it. Man, after doing all that stinky research, only to find out that all these good for you products can't do squat when used together. I tried a bunch of non-mineral makeup, but my hormonal, sensitive skin hated them all. Lovely scars along my chin, jawline and cheeks as proof. So I discovered this non-chemical high SPF sunscreen and I"m in heaven. No new freckles, acts as a nice primer for my mineral powder foundation, and my face seems to love it so far. Maybe it's the zinc, which is supposed to be very healing right? Only drawback for me is that I gotta wait for the stuff to set a bit before applying my foundation, otherwise everything pills up. Small price for happy skin.
Liquid -Shiseido - Sun Protection Liquid Foundation SPF 42 PA+++
jomia23 8/1/2010 10:38:00 PM
I have very photo-sensitive skin. More than 2 hours in the sun with sunscreen and I'll still get a bunch of sun spots. I love the formulation of this makeup. It's opaque enough that I don't need concealer for my sunspots and blemishes. I'm NC3.5-40 and I use the darkest, most golden color (70-sumthin). Thing is, it breaks me out if I don't use Shiseido's Ultimate Cleansing Oil. I've tried other cleansing oils and none of those got this stuff off my face effectively. So overall, the cost of using this is really more like $55USD, instead of $35 for the foundation alone. ***UPDATE*** Its PPD factor is not even as high as La Roche Posay or Bioderma Photomax. Darn, just when I thought I had an awesome water resistant sunscreen + foundation in one. WHY OH WHY was there ever such a concept as perfect skin ....
As expensive as this stuff is, even on eBay, I can't find a better replacement for my skin. Alpha Hydrox was a longtime favorite until I found out the company tests its stuff on animals. Tried the Walgreens AHA cream, the Neutrogena, and whatever else was on the shelves. Plumps to smooth out the fine lines, clears up the horrible zits and cysts on my chin and leaves a glow the next morning.
Treatments -Neutrogena - Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Serum
jomia23 4/15/2010 2:51:00 AM
Needed a high dose OTC retinol product to help keep my cystic chin at bay while also treating fine lines on my forehead and around the eyes. Also, I love how retinol just makes the skin glow. Well, I realized after several nights of trying this that I had to put an insane amount of serum on my chin just to keep the acne under control. The rest of my face looks dewier, plumper, less lined and clarified. So... good product, but at almost $20 a bottle and for the amount I would need/spend per month, might as well get the Green Cream Level 6 or 9 thrice a year. Hmmm....
Had such high hopes for C E Ferulic. Used it for about a month. Didn't see any major improvement but I did start breaking out in a fine rash all over my browline. Again, this is after a month of using it, with no adverse reaction until then. The rash seems sort of common to some, reading the reviews here. So sad to have spent so much money only to be wasted.
Cleansers -AcneFree - 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide Cleanser
jomia23 3/6/2009 4:47:00 AM
Freakin love this stuff. Keeps the acne away and is cheap cheap cheap, whcih my money goes towards more fun, worthwhile things like trips to Jamaica! I use it once a day every other, alternating it with St. Ives Apricot scrub.
This cleanser foams nicely, takes off the makeup, doesn't irritate the eyes and leaves my face clean. I haven't had any breakouts since I started using this cleanser. Reading the other negative reviews, it must be pretty harsh, which makes sense to me as to why it cleans my face so well. I've usualy had to rely on some pretty strong (high AHA or BP content) and more expensive cleansers to keep my acne-prone, oily T-zone face clear. I use this cleanser to clear the makeup off, then every other day I use a 2.5% BP wash (Acne Free) and the other days I use St. Ives Apricot scrub. With this regime , I've had very few breakouts, whiteheads, blackheads, etc and fewer lotions/treaments which typically cost more over cleansers; just a vitamin C cream at night and Mexoryl high SPF lotion for day. My only complaint is I always have trouble releasing the pump when I start a new bottle UPDATE (6/14/09): Wow. Love this stuff. No need for BP cleanser any longer. Scrub maybe once or twice a week. Skin looks great with minimal breakouts. Nights follow with Vit C and Retinol serums. Days follow with Vit C serum and 2 sunscreens: one with zinc/titianium and the other Mexoryl. This stuff can get really goopy/thick and I have yet to have a major breakout. LOVE IT. And I finally figured out how to release the pump correctly. *duh*
I love the way this conditioner makes my hair feel, and it's all organic which makes it an even more desirable purchase. It has very thick and creamy texture which caused me to use too much at first, since I have super long hair. But, I've learned that I only need about 2 quarters-sized dollops to cover my hair from midshaft to tip. Despite it being creamy, it actually has a nice slip and leaves my hair soft. But I cannot stand the cloying smell it has and leaves in my hair for many hours after washing and drying. It actually gives me a headache. I'm so sad. I've finally found a successful product that has good for your hair ingredients and is not harmful to the environment...and it literally stinks for me! People at A.O., please change the frangrance somehow!
Bought this to dry out the zits. Found it on ebay and had it shipped for the UK. The ingredients (all the benzoyls) looked so promising. Well, I tried it for 2 weeks with no effect. My zits weren't shrinking, but they weren't getting worse either. I dunno...
Mascara -Maybelline - Lash Discovery Mini-Brush Waterproof
jomia23 1/7/2009 2:13:00 PM
This stuff is great for everyday. It holds the curl, darkens well, the brush get every single lash. But it does smudge, and the formula feels rather thick, especially when used over Shiseido The Mascara Base. And it doesn't lengthen or thicken, but I guess that's why I use i with the Shiseido base. Overall, not perfect but I really like this.