Treatments -Peter Thomas Roth - AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel
kathryn0604 11/9/2002 1:53:00 PM
This stuff absolutely rocks. I've been using Peter Thomas Roth products for over 2 months now, and the results are really remarkable. The AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel truly works. I've been using it for 2 days now, and I've noticed improvement already! Any "hurty" pimples are less swollen and noticeable, and certainly hurt less, overnight. I really recommend this to anyone suffering with problem skin. My only warning is: if you have sensitive skin, pass on this. This stuff is a little strong and contains alcohol, so I think it would irritate sensitive skin. But if your skin is a little tougher, I will tell you to go out and buy this stuff.
I have one of these in a color called "Blossom," which is a very light icy pink (great for those days when you want to look like a chick out of the 60s). Goes on smooth, nice coverage, and has pretty good staying power. My only complaint is that it can get a wee bit cakey sometimes, when I have dry lips. Then I get that clumpy look...real sexy...
As someone with very acne-prone skin and large pores, I love any cleanser that cleans, has salicylic acid, and doesn't leave my face with that dull, unpolished look. For around $6, this cleanser is reasonably priced, offers quite a bit of product, and mostly lives up to its name. Now, if you have stubborn acne, like me, don't depend on this stuff to clear you up. The salicylic acid is great, no doubt, but won't perform miracles if you have moderate to severe acne. However, if you do have acne, this will cleanse off your makeup and leave you with nice, clean, tightened-up skin. I hate when I use cleansers that leave my skin feeling like I just used regular bar soap on it (like Clean & Clear...sorry if anyone's a fan, but that stuff was terrible). I don't know if I'd recommend this if you have sensitive or dry skin. The salicylic acid will probably be too harsh for ya.
Love this stuff. My hairstylist was spreading this on my head and I had to ask what it was. It straightens out any wavyness in my short thick hair and makes my hair easier to manage and style. It can make your hands a wee bit sticky, but the smell isn't offensive, and one bottle goes a long way for around $10. Ideal if you want controlled styling and less flyaways. I use this in combination with the ARTec Texture Shine, and I manage to reproduce that "just left the salon" look.
This stuff is great for my hair. Now, I would only recommend this if you have short hair that needs sculpting and shine. Honestly, if you have long or fine hair, don't even bother. This stuff is for short do's---if you want to make your hair piecey or slick down bangs, this is for you. It really adds shine while offering all-day control. And if you go to a discount beauty store, it's yours for about 10 to 12 bucks.
The only thing I'm not when I smell this stuff is Happy. Ech! Talk about sweet and sickening. Just my humble opinion, but I would suggest you lay light on this perfume unless you want to smell overpowering, like the Yankee Candle Company (speaking of which, boy do I feel sick whenever I pass that place in the mall...I instantly hold my breath...cinnamon & spice overkill!)
I love Red Door. Yes, it's a more "classic scent" and I've been told older women wear it, but I really don't care. I just love the scent of this. Perhaps because my mother used to wear it, and I find that the scent feels mature and has an "I'm a real woman" kick to it. I think most perfumes can give people headaches, especially the sinus-sensitive. It's all a matter of personal preference, but I think Red Door is one of those perfumes that will be around for a long time.
I have to say that I completely disagree with the previous reviewer. I LOVE White Diamonds. And I'm in my early 20's. I get compliments on the scent all the time. It's sexy, yet not too strong, and it has nice staying power throughout the day. White Diamonds will always be one of my top 2 perfumes. If only Liz herself could have as much class as her perfume (her outfits lately at awards shows & such have been downright scary!)
I have tried out many brands of haircolor, within the same color family (brown/auburn), and Feria just stinks. It fades within 2 weeks and doesn't have a whole lot of pizazz. I was really not impressed. The only good thing is that they give you a lot of product, which is good if you have longer hair, as I once did. I would definitely recommend other L'Oreal hair color, but not Feria.
Loose Powders -Revlon - Skinlights Face Illuminator [DISCONTINUED]
kathryn0604 11/5/2002 2:31:00 PM
I have this in Bare Light. A nice lightweight powder that gives you a subtle glow, especially if you find that after putting your powder foundation on, you look too "made up." The way the package dispenses the powder is nice, too. It's hard to overdo it with this stuff. It does offer some coverage for any shadows, darkness, or redness, and the scent doesn't bother me, though there is a scent to it. One warning: this powder, as you apply it, the excess has a tendency to fluff into the air and settle on every surface in the area. I just recently noticed that in the place where I apply my makeup every day, a fine layer of this powder has settled on top of my furniture and curtains. No biggie, because it's light and brushes off easily, but do be warned that after applying this, you may have to brush little flecks of powder off your shoulders and chest. Goes with the territory, I guess.
Foundations -Physicians Formula - Multi-Colored Corrector Yellow
kathryn0604 11/5/2002 2:03:00 PM
This product, like some of the other Physician's Formula foundations/highlighters/bronzers has a palette of colors so you get a range of coverage and correction. The yellow corrector has the lightest yellow and white mixed with a peach color and beige tones. Great for toning down darkness or redness and evening out the appearance of your skin tone. It's light and easy to use, and if you overdo it, you can always blush over it. Hard to mess up when using this though. I recommend it if you have redness from blemishes or have dark undereye circles or shadows. Good packaging too...sturdy little compact with a mirror and brush compartment (toss the brush though and use your own...their brush is too thin and small, in my opinion). Plus, all Physician's Formula products let you get a good look at the color, which is clearly shown on a sticker on the outside of this compact, and the box it comes in lets you open it and take a look. Great line of products.
Bronzers -Physicians Formula - Multi-Colored Bronzer
kathryn0604 11/5/2002 1:50:00 PM
I love this bronzer. There are different tones of brown and gold and maroon that blend when you brush over them, and it gives you an overall natural bronzing effect that you don't get with one-color bronzers. Toss out the brush that comes with it and use your own big brush, though. Nice compact with a mirror on the underside of the inner compartment. A little pricey at $10.00+, but worth it. Use with a light touch, though. It's easy to go nuts and end up looking like you used a bad self-tanner.
Concealers -Physicians Formula - Beauty Spiral Cream Concealers Lime
kathryn0604 11/5/2002 1:45:00 PM
I am a fan of the Physician's Formula line, and I purchased the lime concealer in the little round compact disc (not the liquid with the wand applicator). The concealer in the little compact is almost like a paste, and you dab it on with your finger after you swirl it through the stuff. This is great for covering up red blemishes and old acne scars. Believe me, I've done everything to try and hide the imperfections, and this product hides them well. I would recommend dotting it on over the red marks, blending the green lightly into the surrounding skin, then use a foundation (liquid preferably) over the lime. Don't use the lime concealer with a heavy hand, because it is a tad thick and you can end up with blotches of lighter-looking skin if you don't blend it in. It stays put though, all day, and if you have large pores or marks from acne, this will fill them in nicely so your skin looks even. Definitely worth a try if you're desperate to hide red marks.
Another fan of Almay One Coat right here. I was ashamed of myself for sticking to one lipstick day after day, and about a year ago decided to go buy some other colors (I had been using L'Oreal in a color called Fresca at $8 a pop for far too long). I purchased Rosewood, a nice rosey brown color with lots of staying power. I've since gone back to the discount makeup store to buy it again, and it's one of my favorite lipsticks. It doesn't make your lips feel sticky, but has just enough moisturizing to keep them from drying out. The color itself is very versatile...I've been able to wear it in the summer and fall/winter. Definitely a loyal user of Almay One Coat.
Treatments -Peter Thomas Roth - Glycolic Acid 10% Clarifying Gel
kathryn0604 11/5/2002 1:12:00 PM
This product is great! Especially if you have oily or acne-prone skin (like I do). I used this to try to repair/clear up some redness from acne scars and even out my skin tone. I couldn't believe how well it worked! I smear this stuff on at night, preferably, though the package instructions tell you you can use it all day after 2 weeks of once-a-day applications, and wake up to smoother, less red, evened out skin. The gel is not a heavy liquid, and it smells nice too. The pump applicator is great, doesn't dispense too much. When I first began using it, I did experience a little stinging (the glycolic acid in the 10% concentration is the step below a salon-strength chemical peel), but it wasn't uncomfortable, and the results were worth it. I recommend that people who haven't tried it before start with a weaker concentration (5%), then move up to 10%. I've had chemical peels before, so my skin is pretty tough and can take the 10%. But this is honestly a great product. A little pricey, but when you see results like this, you'll pay anything. I have some stubborn blemishes and this stuff almost clears them up overnight. Use with caution, though, and I wouldn't recommend it all for sensitive skin.