I wanted to try this after seeing Sam from Pixiwoo use it in one of her "English Rose" tutorials. It's a very pretty light, warm pink, with slight shimmers throughout - dainty indeed! I wish it were slightly more pigmented, but it's not a big deal since I'm so pale to begin with, I like to apply it all over my face to give myself a slight, natural wash of colour. I've had it for about 5 months now, and as far I can tell I've hardly put a dent in it (and that's with near everyday use).
A beautiful sunscreen. Never thought I was would use the two words in the same sentence. I used to be a sunscreen-phobe. All the ones that I had tried in the past were oily, greasy, left a white cast, or broke me out. I've been using Retin A, and my skin has definitely become more sensitive to the sun, so my search for a daily sunscreen began. I was using Sofina for a while (which is also great, but the one I like was being discontinued) and I decided to order the Biore after watching a youtube review from Mr Dizzy Bubbles (great channel btw! she gives very honest feedback), and I'm so glad I did! As many have mentioned before, this works GREAT as a primer, as it really does control my oil. However, it does leave a slight white cast. But it's a small price to pay since I'm loving the SPF 50+ PA+++ (which I was told meant that it was more broader spectrum?). It stings a bit upon application (but I think that's more attributed to the Retin A), but it goes away quickly. I remove it at night with my Ponds Cold Cream.
This is a great BB cream for those with slightly oilier skin. I like to use this as a base to even out my skin tone, I find that it gives pretty natural coverage. It does start off grey, but after oxidizing it suits my NC25 face. It's one of the few products that doesn't aggravate my acne but I wish it were *slightly* more pigmented since I have a ton of acne scarring. But it's a little qualm, and I'll usually just apply MUFE full-cover concealer to the areas that need more coverage, and top everything off with MAC blot powder. The packaging is cute and I like the pump bottle idea, although it's a pain to travel with as it tends to leak out. What I like to do is decant some into an empty sample container (from MAC or sephora) and carry that with me, while leaving the pink bottle at home. I also wish there was some way to see within the chamber because I never know when I'm running out until it's near the very end (Since I order it online, it's pretty inconvenient since I have to wait a couple of weeks for it to arrive). On average it lasts me about 5 months of daily wear, and this is one of the few "foundations" that I've ever repurchased. I'll probably keep repurchasing until I can find something with slightly better coverage~
A great basic powder for keeping the oilies at bay. Wait, let me rephrase, since most powders are TERRIBLE at keeping the oilies at bay. The BEST powder for keeping my extremely oily skin somewhat matte. I am deathly pale and I have this in medium. From what I can see, it hardly deposits any pigment, so I use this strictly for its oil-controlling properties on top of my BB cream. I picked this up in the fall-time, so I can't say how well it would work in the warmer months, but so far so good! It's pricey, but after going through so many powders that end up looking cakey or chalky, or that just don't control oil, I feel as though it's worth it. Plus a little goes a long way. It's my tentative HG (until something better comes along ;)
At the risk of overhyping, this is honestly the best balm that has ever graced my lips. I had recently come back from Paris and at the suggestion of a friend, picked up a drugstore lip balm there (Le Petit Marseillais - fantastic stuff full of natural ingredients, smells lovely and feels like silky butter on the lips). It became a precious commodity, and I was cursing myself for not picking up another one when I had the chance. So I began searching for another balm to use as to conserve Le Petit Marseillais. However, since my lips had become very spoiled, just any ol' lip balm wouldn't do. Enter ROC Endryial: WOW!! Woweewow. Seriously. I live in Canada, and our winters are notoriously dry and cold, and to top it off, I'm a lip-skin-picker (gross habit that I'm working on getting rid of). It's a twist up lip-balm (similar to Nivea), translucent white, unscented, but let me tell you, this will make your lips cry out "Where have you been all my life??" Use it at night, and you will wake up with the smoothest lips in the morning. Use it during the day under lipstick, your lipstick will apply so much smoother. Also, I found that I don't need to re-apply as often because my lips have actually become more moisturized (as long as I haven't eaten or drunk anything, I can go many hours not even feeling the need to "touch-up"). And because my lips are definitely more moisturized, there is no peel-y skin to pick! Daresay, I even like it better than the lip balm that I had been trying to save, Le Petit Marseillais! It's not cheap at ~$7 per tube (at Shoppers Drug Mart) but it's totally worth it. Merci beaucoup, bien fait!
Toners -Unlisted Brand - Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar
lafytafy 12/17/2011 2:18:00 AM
I bought this after reading all of the fantastic reviews, and wanted to add my praises as well - this stuff works if used properly. I'm in my fifth month of using Retin A (for my extremely oily, acne prone skin) and was looking for some kind of exfoliant that would help battle the flakes without irritating my skin and also fade post-acne marks. I was originally using Dan's AHA+ (which is also worth checking out) but I found that after a while, I would wake up to a few cysts or pesky whiteheads, and I wasn't fond of the itchy, heavy lotion feeling it left on my skin. After using Bragg's for about 2 weeks, I can definitely say that it's been helping refine my skin, decreasing the flakes caused by Retin A, and taking care of stubborn clogged pores on my nose and cheeks - plus it's so easy to use! At the suggestion of another user, I swipe it on using a cotton pad diluted 50/50 with water, wait about 20 minutes, wash it off and continue on with my moisturizer (I haven't tried using it underneath Retin A yet). It also works fantastically as a mild exfoliating mask with oatmeal and honey and the results are almost immediate: pores appear reduced and skin feels smoother. DO NOT put apply it full strength - chances are you will burn your skin and your eyes will turn red. I picked mine up from my local health food store for $4.99 CAD
This is the ONLY thing that has worked for my acne (I've used many prescription brands that were WAY too expensive, and too many drugstore brands to count). And this is the best BP formulation out there - it's not as drying and gritty as other ones I've tried (trust me, I've tried many), it absorbs nicely into the skin, and you can put moisturizer on top no problem. I use it in conjunction with the AHA on the same site, and it has been a blessing for my skin! I've stopped wearing foundation since using both of these products, since it's been clearing so much of my little acne spots and scars. don't be hesitant, this stuff works~~
This stuff has worked amazingly well for me! I had crazy flaky skin (looked like I had pieces of icing from a doughnut all over my face) from using Benzoyl Peroxide 5%, and was starting to develop fine lines due to dryness. I had ordered this off of the website after they had said that it would get rid of the flakiness and scarring, and i'm so glad that I did. This stuff has completely gotten rid of my dry skin, and is making my skin feel more refined and "plump", just more healthy in general. I'm slightly worried about the increase in sensitive to the sun, so I've become very diligent with sunscreen and covering my face. this product has been a godsend though, and results are almost overnight. highly recommend! thanks Dan :)
Moisturizers -Garnier - Nutritioniste Skin Renew spf 15
lafytafy 3/3/2009 8:01:00 PM
oh wow, i just don't understand these reviews! I loooove this product. my skin is generally pretty oily in the T-zone, and i hate the sticky feel of lotions and cremes (i'm VERY picky), but this works great for me! it sinks into my skin, and i feel like it makes me less greasy (totally opposite from what most people seem to be experiencing it seems). I usually can't use sunscreens either, because they feel so greasy, and make me breakout, i have to wash them off, but i don't even feel like that at all with this day lotion (although, i do end up with a slight white cast, but i can't really complain). I really like the scent, it's very fresh to me, and love the pump bottle. my boyfriend even likes it! i guess it's hit or miss
Hair Color -Garnier - Nutrisse Permanent Creme Hair Color
lafytafy 3/3/2009 7:55:00 PM
This is the ONLY boxed hair colour that I will use. I have tried, L'oreal Nutrisse, L'oreal Feria, Clairol in the past... I don't know how their formulations are now though, since I've stuck to Garnier Nutrisse for the past three years. I have fine, asian hair, and people always seem to compliment my hair, after using this hair dye; it makes it really shiny, and deep in colour. I usually stick to reddish browns - the redness usually fades after a bit (i read somewhere that red is one of the hardest shades to try to make last though), but i'm left with a nice auburn shade. and it smells alright too!
Concealers -Everyday Minerals - Peach [DISCONTINUED]
lafytafy 2/9/2009 4:54:00 PM
I was looking for a "salmon" coloured concealer after watching some makeup tutorials, and came across this Peach corrector on the Everyday Minerals website. I looked up the reviews, and they were pretty good, so I decided to order some free samples (which is a great service to have - all you have to pay for is shipping). I anxiously awaited, and had really high expectations for this product. When I opened it up, the colour was pretty true to what was displayed on the website: Peach. I think someone below said not to get scared off by it, so I put some on my undereye anyways. It stayed PEACH, like totally PEACH, it didn't blend in or anything! my skin is a bit on the fairer side, and it did mention on the website that this is more for medium-darker skin tones, but i was still disappointed. I really wanted to love it, so i may try it again in the summer when i'm more tanned. otherise, it just looked like i had some weird orange circles under my eyes. I ended up ordering another set of samples (because I love their powder foundations and blush), and i found 'pick me up pink' to be a much better match for me. I have slight dark circles, so i found the trick for me was to mix some in with my tinted moisturizer, and apply it under my eyes, and it totally brightens it up (the powder alone is slightly drying). I may try the "Abott" corrector (if i remember correctly, it was a blend of "sunlight" and "peach"), to mix into my tinted moisturizer in the summer time
okay, so the thing about this product is that it DOES deliver slightly better looking skin overnight. i bought this about a year ago, used it for a bit, but recently came back to it, because i wanted to change up my skin care routine. my skin has gotten a lot clearer the past few months, just a little bit of acne (i've suffered with it since i was 13), and i think it's because i've finally been following a consistent skin care routine. however, i find that whenever i apply this stuff with a cotton pad, it become the grossest feeling, sticky, tacky toner i have EVER used, and i immediately want to wash my face. it makes my face look red and shiny and generally unpleasant to look at after applying, so i reserve it for nights where i plan to go to bed right away. maybe the batch that i had is faulty or something, because no one else seems to be complaining about this. i DO wake up to smoother skin though. doesn't seem to do much for acne though. then again, i haven't used it consistently enough to really tell.
This is nicely pigmented blush - i saw the reviews here, and figured since it was on sale at shoppers, i'd pick it up. slightly shimmery, gives a nice flush look to my asian skin - i threw away the brush it came with, and am using a fluffier blush brush. you have to be careful not to overdo it though
Eyeliner -L'Oreal - Line Intensifique Extreme Wear Liquid Liner
lafytafy 7/23/2005 8:19:00 PM
The best drugstore liquid eyeliner. The felt tip is very easy to control and doesn't "tug" on your lids, just glides over. Stays put for the whole day, and washes off easily at night. Easy to find and affordable (I picked mine up for around $7 CAD. Will definitely repurchase again, and again, and again.
Lip Gloss -Revlon - Sheer Lipglide - Sheerly Strawberry 090
lafytafy 6/19/2005 1:12:00 PM
sheerly strawberry is a very pinky red colour. the colour went on kind of unevenly and mine felt "gritty". The colour does not last long at all and it dried out my lips like crazy! at the end of the day, i had flaky, peeling, lips. will not repurchase.