I agree with other commenters...I love the colour of this blush, it is so pretty. I'm an NC25 at MAC, light yellow undertones and I love bright "doll pink" type blush colours. I find them really flattering. My two biggest problems with this particular blush are that 1) I dislike CG packaging, it's such a small little strip of colour that doesn't allow for good collection of colour on your brush, and 2) it's not very pigmented. I have to put on TONS to be able to get it bright enough. I'll probably be taking this with me to MAC to see if I can find a decent match. For now, though...love the colour, I do use it every day...
Pressed Powders -Physicians Formula - Mineral Wear Mineral Face Powder
just_imagine 6/6/2009 7:01:00 PM
I've used this for about a week now, and I'm pretty content. I was looking for something to replace my MAC StudioFix powder and wanted something lighter and healthier for my skin. This is easy to blend, nice coverage and it has better staying power than MAC for me (less creasing in fine lines). I don't think it has caused any new breakouts. The shade selection, however, is horrible, the first one (Beige, maybe) was WAY too dark, then I tried Buff Beige (I'm a MAC NC25 usually), that was still too dark, so I exchanged for Translucent Light and it's better. It is still maybe touch "off", though. Finding something at the drugstore for my pale golden skin is always tough.
Concealers -Maybelline - Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Concealer
just_imagine 10/28/2008 1:51:00 PM
This concealer is actually pretty decent...I wasn't expecting much, but I needed a new wand concealer and wanted to try something with minerals. I have sensitive, VERY acne-prone skin so I'm always scared of a product making my skin freak out. I find this stuff doesn't cause me any problems...it dries quickly, so blend fast or adding a touch of moisturizer helps. The finish is so nice, but I think the colours in this line run light....I bought one that looked like it would match (Light 2-3, Ivory I believe), but it is waaay too fair! So I got that really wrong and need to re-buy. Darn.
I'm coming up to my 14th week using 0.025% cream (of the generic, mind you) and I have mixed feelings. I'm 26, have suffered from various degrees of acne since I was 11, so that was my main reason for wanting to try this, along with the premature aging benefits. My skin broke out horribly for the first 8 weeks, so bad that I even cried a couple of times wondering, why am I using this stuff? What am I doing to my skin? I didn't experience the redness, peeling or irritation others report, just an explosion of breakouts everywhere. It was hard to get through, but I'm finally noticing that I break out much less now than I did then. I hope this is the beginning of an improvement. It's a long and slow road and I try to be very patient. I still have areas around my chin, mouth and cheeks that are bumpy (clogged pores, blackheads) and I continue to get a couple whiteheads on my chin per month. My nose has always been filled with blackheads and that hasn't changed at all yet. My skin is not where I hoped it'd be by now, but the areas that are clear are VERY smooth and soft...as if I've done a major exfoliation, when all I've been doing is using this cream at night. I know it must be doing *something* then. I have a lot of marks from old breakouts, too, and I can't say that I find this product is fading them any faster than normal. I'm planning on seeing my doctor soon and perhaps asking for a stronger prescription (as I never really did experience irritation or much dryness with this), and maybe a gel formula instead of the cream. I will continue to update! UPDATE: It has now been almost 6 months of regular use, now I'm up to the highest strength (0.1%) and I'm still getting breakouts, along with marks that never fade. I don't know why this isn't working as well for me as it has for others. I'm going to continue to use it, as I was just prescribed the .1% two weeks ago and I think I'm going through another purge because of it. I'll give it time...but it's been a long time already. I wish I knew why this seems to work so fast for some people and not so fast for me :(
I use the crayon version of "Steely Gaze" and I love it. The smokey silvery-gray colour is perfect and it's so easy to apply, pretty much the most fool-proof darker eyeliner I've ever used. That being said though, I totally agree with the complaints about the pencil breaking and sharpening being near impossible. I've had the blue, light green, pink and white colours (forget the names, sorry!) and every single one ended in the colour falling out of the wooden pencil. Argh!
Blush -New York Color - Color Wheel Mosaic Powder Pink Cheek Glow
just_imagine 6/12/2007 2:41:00 PM
I think this blush is great! It's cheap, the colour is super pretty and it is long-wearing considering the price. I own other blushes that are higher end (MAC, etc) and I like this one just as much. The colour is very baby-doll pink, which I think looks great in the winter against pale skin (for a "just came in from the cold" look) or against a tan in the summer, for a sexy pretty glow. It works either way, in my opinion! I'm an NC25 at MAC.
I actually like these quite a bit. I love the taste of all of them, but especially the orange. I find they last FOREVER on my lips, so I find it funny that people are saying otherwise! I've gone through multiple cups of coffee, bottles of water, eaten my lunch, and then hours later I lick my lips and I still taste this lip balm. I've had moments of "huh?" before, wondering if I'd eaten candy recently and then I remember, oh, must be the lip balm... I agree they're waxy, though. My all-time favourite Blistex is the medicated mint one, it has a nicer texture, but these are a nice change.
Concealers -Prescriptives - Flawless Skin Total Protection Concealer
just_imagine 12/3/2006 2:14:00 AM
I've experimented with a lot of concealers in my day, and this one is definitely the best I've ever used. Is there a better one out there? Maybe, but I have yet to find it. The consistency and coverage are great, just make sure to set it with a loose powder for the best staying power. I wasn't using one at first and it would crease under my eyes, like all concealers inevitably do, but once I began dusting a loose powder over my face to finish my makeup, I noticed a huge difference. I have this in Level 2 Warm and it's good for under my eyes, but I think for the rest of my face (acne scars, blemishes) I need a shade darker.
Moisturizers -Olay - Moisture Therapy Cream- Sensitive Skin [DISCONTINUED]
just_imagine 11/26/2006 1:00:00 AM
I've worn moisturizer every day for years, and I love the Olay line...usually I use Total Effects, but I thought I'd switch it up since I tried the lotion version of this one before and liked it, but I felt like I could use my moisture despite my acne-prone, combo skin problems. My skin has been drier lately and I'm concerned about premature aging due to the topical acne medicine I use. After ONE application of this cream, my boyfriend randomly touched my face that night and said, "your cheek is really soft!". I was amazed! I'm almost through my first tub and I have nothing but good things to say. It doesn't give me breakouts, my skin is softer and more supple, makeup looks great under it (fresh and dewy, but not shiny). I can apply it all over my eyes with zero irritation. I love Olay, my skin loves Olay.
I recently had a pedicure done with this polish and LOVED it, so much that I'm going to hunt down this colour and I swore I'd never actually buy an OPI polish! They are pricey and I usually don't use nail polish often enough to justify getting an expensive brand over any other drugstore variety...but I just so impressed with this one that I am seriously considering it. As with all colours, some will suit your skin tone and some won't. This looked great on my toes! I'm fair and warm toned, MAC NC25
Treatments (Eye) -Dermalogica - intensive eye repair
just_imagine 11/19/2006 2:01:00 AM
I got a sample of this from the spa recently and didn't like it. The cream itself seemed fine, but my eyes stung REALLY bad within a few seconds of applying it. For that reason alone I wouldn't buy it of course, but it wasn't anything to write home about anyways. My Olay Sensitive Therapy cream feels the same around my eye area, doesn't sting and is a fraction of the price.
I've tried to stay away from Pantene my whole life because of it's awful reputation. I'm always hearing horror stories and supposed warnings from hair stylists, but I'm currently a regular user of both the Daily Moisture Renewal shampoo and conditioner. Why? Because nothing makes my hair look as good as these two products do. That's really all there is to it. I've wasted money on so many salon products and none have worked half as well as Pantene does. Maybe I'll regret this one day, but for now, my hair is softer, shinier and more manageable than ever.
Polishes -Sally Hansen - Hard as Nails with Nylon nail polish
just_imagine 7/26/2006 1:41:00 AM
I buy this polish in Nude (clear) over and over again...it gives me long, strong, healthy nails. I love the Sally Hansen line for polish and I've tried all the variations of thickening, strengthening, no break, etcetera and I find this one with Nylon hardens my nails the best. I keep a couple of coats on at all times and my nails hardly ever break at work. Dries fast, too! I also saw a reviewer comment that she swears this polish makes her white tips look whiter - I also find that! I thought it was just me! By far my favourite clear polish.
I really like this product, but it is NOT to be confused with a bronzer. The packaging of this is really decieving; it'd make more sense to be marketed as a "highlighter" or something along those lines. I'm fair and this gives hardly any colour. What it does give is a beautiful, peachy glow to wherever applied. I use my regular blush or bronzer on my cheeks, and then layer this over top and it is gorgeous. It just makes me look so much more awake, bright and glowy. It somehow achieves a sun-kissed look without the colour. I am addicted to this stuff, I use it every single day now!
Shampoo -Clairol - Herbal Essence Purifying shampoo
just_imagine 5/28/2006 1:27:00 AM
I love this shampoo. It leaves my hair really clean and soft. It's simple, cheap, smells great and does exactly what it's supposed to. I know I can rely on it no matter what. It gets rid of build-up without drying my hair, which is a rarity - I can even wash frequently without problems. I'd definitely repurchase. Most of Herbal Essences hair products work really well for me...I also like their Rainforest Flowers line. They all smell amazing!