Skincare - Face -Mary Kay - TimeWise Even Complexion Essence
laurelsage 8/31/2010 4:25:00 PM
I was hesitant to try this...to be honest, I have not been impressed with any of the Mary Kay Kay Timewise line. I am so glad I tried it! I have a quarter sized hyperpigmentation on my cheek beneath my right eye. This is the one and only time in my life I have had any issues and it would have to be front and center! I recently had a surgical procedure that sent my hormones into a tailspin and I am pretty sure that is the cause. I have noticed a HUGE difference since using this serum. Now, it could be that the hormones are starting to settle down since it's been over a month since my procedure, but I can't help thinking that this has helped. This was a DARK quarter sized spot and I could not cover it with concealer or foundation. My skin tone is very light and this damn spot was DARK! Now it is barely noticeable at all. This is the one and only MK product I will continue to buy!
Primer/ Corrector -Mally Beauty - Perfect Prep Poreless Primer
laurelsage 8/24/2010 2:59:00 PM
This is one of the best primers I have tried. This primer is silky soft and creamy, my foundation glides on and seems to last longer. I use BE foundation and Dior liquid depending on my mood and this primer works great with both. The packaging is inconvenient, instead of the jar how about a squeeze tube???? I will buy this primer again and again, whether or not they change the packaging!
I would say my opinion of this BE product is "Meh...". I am still looking for my HG finishing powder. Mineral veil is fine for finishing off my BE foundation, but I am shining after just a few hours.
Hair -Philosophy - Shear Splendor Restorative Hair Marinade
laurelsage 6/27/2010 6:34:00 PM
This product does exactly what it claims to do. I put it on, then throw on a shower cap and leave it on for most of the day. The longer I leave it on the softer my hair is after shampooing. The scent is OK, not one of my favorites, but the oil does a great job conditioning and softening my hair. This is being discontinued by Philosophy, but I caught the 8 oz. bottle on their website last week and bought two. It is rather pricey at $30 for 8 oz., but the results are worth it. I wish it came in a pump bottle, the pour bottle is messy!
Hair -Wen by Chaz Dean - Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner
laurelsage 6/27/2010 6:26:00 PM
Wow, this cleanser is amazing. I will admit the first time I tried it, I didn't read the directions carefully, and it dried my hair out. Once I read the directions carefully, I realized that you have to use plenty of product and leave it on at least 5 minutes. After rinsing, I use another 1/2 pump as a leave in conditioner. My hair has never been so soft and thick. Thankfully my hair is above my shoulders, or I would go broke buying this! It is very expensive, and after reading reviews here on MUA I bought a bottle of Hair One from SBS last week and I'll let you know if it works as well as the Wen. I love how this product makes my hair so soft, and the mint leaves a cool tingling sensation on my scalp. The scent is wonderful!
I used a small amount applied with a cotton swab to my upper and lower lash lines every night for a week. KAPOW! I am not kidding, my lashes are very noticably longer, stronger and darker. I even put a bit on an area of my brows that I had over plucked, and it has filled in! I would highly recommend that you try this, it is dirt cheap and it really produced amazing results for me. ***** UPDATE ***** I have had to decrease my usage of the castor oil to twice weekly...my lashes were getting to be ANNOYING. I am not kidding, I wear reading glasses and they were hitting the glasses! I read about the oil cleansing, and I would not even think of trying that judging by how my lashes and brows grew! I would have to wax my face every other day! For some reason this product worked miracles for my lashes and brows. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to thicken and lengthen brows and lashes without spending a fortune.
Treatments -Clairol - Clairol Nice'n Easy ColorSeal Conditioning Gloss
laurelsage 3/16/2010 9:40:00 PM
This is truly a glossing conditioner, it makes my hair silky soft and shiny. I use 2/3 x's per week instead of my usual conditioner and my hair has unbelievable body and shine. My hair is naturally curly, very curly, but sometimes I want a change and blow it out and attack it with the flat iron. No matter how I wear my hair or how much heat I use to style it, it keeps the shine and body! This is one of my HG hair products!
I actually use this radiance as a bronzer/cheek color and it works great with my skin color. Easy to apply, blends effortlessly. Highly recommend!
Foundations -Bare Escentuals - bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation
laurelsage 3/16/2010 2:41:00 PM
I finally found my foundation HG after 36 years! I have been using BE foundations for 4 years now, and I still get compliments on my skin. My coworkers swear that I don't wear foundation! My skin is sensitive, tends to be oily in some places and dry in others, with some mild rosacea. This foundation not only buffs away the rosacea, it has actually helped to improve it. I have fallen asleep with this foundation in place, and NO BREAKOUTS! I have worked out and gone swimming with this foundation ~ it stays put! This along with the mineral produces flawless skin for me...even after a 12 hour ER shift!
Skincare - Face -Avon - Anew Clinical Advanced Retexturizing Peel
laurelsage 3/16/2010 2:31:00 PM
I have been using these for 5 years now, and they are an integral part of my skincare routine. If you have not tried the Anew skincare line by Avon you are missing out! I am not fond of their cosmetics or fragrances, but this retexturizer and the microexfoliant ROCK!
Skincare - Face -Avon - Anew Clinical Micro-Exfoliant
laurelsage 3/16/2010 2:28:00 PM
This microexfoliant is wonderful! I use it twice weekly and my skin loves it. I am not too keen on Avon cosmetics or fragrances, but their Anew skincare line is fantastic. You must try this microexfoliant and the retexturizing pads...trust me on this!