Concealers -Cover Girl - Advanced Radiance Concealer [DISCONTINUED]
lobsterh4h 2/17/2007 2:18:00 AM
I'm totally wild about this product!! This obviously isn't designed as an undereye concealer due to its consistency, but for slight discoloration and/or blemishes, it's a little miracle, and I use this instead of foundation. Most brands tend to look heavy under indoor light and like a mask in daylight, but this covers well while also being so light that I'm not even aware it's on my skin. I tend to layer it as needed, and then a light dusting of powder in my T-zone keeps it in place. It also lasts longer than any pot or twist-up tube type that I've tried in the past. The only drawback is how little you get, but at least this is a brand that constantly goes on sale, and with Ulta's coupons, the price ends up being quite reasonable. Oh, and if you're a fan of the thicker concealers (Benefit, Becca, Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier for ex.), you probably won't like this one at all. For those who need just a little bit of help and don't need or want the heavy stuff, this may work very well.
Treatments -Neutrogena - Advanced Solutions Facial Peel [DISCONTINUED]
lobsterh4h 10/27/2004 6:28:00 PM
My skin is very oily, acne prone when I eat carbs, and my cell turnover is as sluggish as it gets. I've long been a fan of Zia's Papaya and Victoria Principal's Enzyme masks for doing an excellent job of exfoliating, but a 1 oz. jar just doesn't last very long, and they can cost a great deal. Now there's a product that will give you the same results, takes less than half the time, and like the others, the results can be seen immediately. The first time I got much smoother skin, and after the second application, I can see that I've found my new HG peel. Since Neutrogena does go on sale, and some places like Ulta have coupons, this will be a much cheaper alternative. I wish it were under $20 to start with, but I'll get it anyway. ; )
I was specifically looking for a CHEAP replacement for Cle de Peau, and I stumbled across this one. What a find! It looks so natural, it works better and has better color choices than L'Oreal's Air Wear, and it covers beautifully. This is quite possibly my new HG of concealers.
This is a beautiful shimmery and light shade that can appear the tiniest bit pink or peach depending on the light, and it goes on so well. I've listed this as a 3 price wise because it's nearly half the price of Lancome polishes and look like a bargain in comparison. Good quality, gorgeous color, wears well, nice packaging, and I'll definitely buy again.
While OPI's Nail Envy is my HG basecoat, when it comes to polish, I almost say "OPI who?" Orly gives you more, the formula is beautiful, the packaging and brush are superb, the color choices are fabulous, and the price is reasonable. OPI should be slapped for that 25% increase they had last year. Anyway, this is a wonderful brand that I'll repurchase over and over again. No chips too!
Top/Base Coats -Orly - Orly Won't Chip- Polish Shield
lobsterh4h 6/21/2004 10:40:00 PM
After messing with so many topcoats that dry a little too soft and lose their shine, or just don't do the job in general, I took a gamble on this when I saw it at CVS. The bottle, brush and handle are perfectly designed so it's easy to use, it goes on well, and it lasts. My nails aren't chipping, they're shiny, and my manicures are lasting longer. I'm going to pick up another bottle while it's $2.99 at Sally's.
Lipstick -L'Oreal - Volume Perfect - Defining Mica 600
lobsterh4h 6/16/2004 10:25:00 PM
On the good side, this is a beautiful shade for a PPP like me, and I've already purchased a second tube during a BOGOF offer at CVS. On the bad, I don't use the base side at all since I prefer my usual balm with SPF, and the tube is a bit long. Then there's the price given the fact that you only get .05 oz of lipstick. That's about 1/3 of the usual department or drugstore lipstick, and if you don't get this on sale, it can be about as costly as Chanel.
Treatments (Eye) -Lancome - Resolution Eye D-Contraxol
lobsterh4h 6/11/2004 1:16:00 AM
I saw an episode of "Stripped" and was so fascinated by this product that I ran off to see if I could get a sample. The SA from another line took some out of the jar, and off I went into the land of the HGs. This is NOT an eye cream that's meant for hydration, and Lancome doesn't present it as such. It really is a "treatment." The only problem I wanted addressed was some crepiness at one point under each eye, and this has pretty much taken care of that. I apply Kiehl's Light, Nourishing or Lumene's Skin Supporter e/c on top, and my eyes look wonderful whether I'm wearing makeup or not. I SO love this product that before I was even 1/4 of the way through the first jar, I went out and got a second just to have this little miracle worker on hand. I do have one word of warning, but it applies to any e/c that's full of bells and whistles, and that's to make sure it doesn't get IN the eye. It's not the worst burning sensation I've ever felt, but it's not pleasant, and it has me reaching for the eye drops. If this doesn't show up as 5 stars, it must be because I feel the packaging should be an airtight pump, and I've written Lancome to say so.
Moisturizers -Eucerin - Daily Control & Care Moisturizer
lobsterh4h 6/11/2004 1:10:00 AM
First off, I have VERY oily and acne-prone skin, and I live in the South so it's hot and humid for many months of the year. Given those conditions, this is an amazing moisturizer, and I'm on my third tube with three more coming from an online drugstore. I won't be using it in the winter when Complex 15 Body Lotion (same as face but less $$), St. Ives Oil Free or Moisturel will provide the heavier hydration I need, but for the summer, and when I'm not wearing makeup, this is sheer perfection. It moisturizes just enough, and the only drawback is that it doesn't provide enough slip for use under makeup. If it's under a sunscreen, that's fine.
I'm wondering too if this is the right area to post this in, but I will anyway. I have this in Lingering, and I'm WILD about it!!! Goes on well, sticks around, and the slim twist-up design means no sharpening. I get a very natural look with very little effort. In fact, when I was at the counter, the SA asked me whether I wanted the pencil or powder, and when I asked what the difference was, she said "work." The powder was more of a hassle, and this is super easy. I'll definitely purchase this again.
To me this is a product that's comparable to scrubs by Remede and Astara, but it costs less. It's a very gentle formula, and the density of the particles is high enough that it actually does the job. If you want something that doesn't foam, and isn't creamy/oily, this is a very good physical exfoliator to try. I haven't tried this as a mask so I can't comment on that front.
Gels/Soaps -St. Ives - Energizing Citrus Moisturizing body wash
lobsterh4h 3/28/2004 5:19:00 PM
Great scent, laters well, and it's CHEAP. For something that literally gets washed down the drain and doesn't stick around on the skin to do anything, that's a requirement for me. St. Ives proves that you can produce an all-around fabulous product and not charge an arm and a leg based on nothing more than marketing.
This is one of my two HGs of face masks (the other being Victoria Principal's Enzyme). It doesn't irritate my skin, break me out, and it WORKS. A little secret I found is to wash my face with my usual sponge because that exfoliates even further.
This is a decent lip balm with photostable ingredients, but I found out that I needed something heavier so I'm now using Shiseido's. You can't beat the price, and the texture is really nice. If I can't get myself to buy the more expensive item, I know I'll definitely come back to this one.
As much as I love the L'Oreal Concealer Brush, this one is just a bit smaller and better suits my needs. I was floored when I saw the price of $3.99, and well, I'm in love.