I just had to write this review in case it helps one other person with their eczema. I consistently get a mild dermatitis rash on my love-handle region, and I'm always in search of a cream/salve that will help moisturize that area & clear my rash. When I saw that this product contains grape, cocoa, shea, avocado, macadamia, aloe, and chamomile I thought maybe it would help. Over time I have tried countless sensitive skin lotions and creams including Sudocrem, Cetaphil Restoraderm, Cerave moisturizing cream, Hempz lotion, Egyptian Magic, Vaseline Intensive Rescue, Wei East China Herbal The 8th Wonder Rescue Remedies salve, Kuumba Made Herbal Healing Salve, and many more!! None of those worked to provide much relief, and in fact some irritated my skin even more, but I never gave up hope in finding that miracle product. This is it for me! Within only a couple days of applying this generously twice daily, not only did it clear up a very aggravated rash at the time, but it has prevented any further irritation from coming back...my skin is behaving perfectly in my otherwise extremely sensitive area! I'm amazed. The only other product that has given me nice results aside from hydrocortisone cream is Smith's Rosebud Salve (original version) but that is very greasy on the skin, messy to spread, and it sticks to the back of my shirt. This one is weightless and literally glides on without any residue whatsoever. It feels cool & refreshing and I love how easy & effortless it is to apply 1, 2, 3 since it's packaged in a jumbo stick!! I'm so thrilled to have found this gem! I will forever purchase it to keep my rash at bay. For only $6 at Target, this is definitely worth a try if you have a sensitive area of dermatitis on your body like me. I hope it helps you the way it helped me!
Blush -Hard Candy - Blush Crush Baked Blush in Pin Up
longs4 6/28/2012 12:49:00 PM
I found pin up to be too frosty for me; it's as simple as that. It had an aging affect on my skin, which I avoid for obvious reason. :) Swapped this one away.
Tinted Moisturizer -Neutrogena - Healthy Skin Enhancer SPF 20
longs4 5/9/2012 9:43:00 AM
Absolutely loving this tm! It evens out my skintone with light coverage, looks like skin, is non-cakey, doesn't emphasize my fine lines, & leaves a silky smooth finish that isn't drying. My skin looks radiant, healthy, natural and the fact that this has the extra benefits of retinol, antioxidants, & spf....WOW! My nc25-30 skintone matches perfectly to the shade light-neutral 30.
Liquid -Neutrogena - Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup SPF 20 (2009 formulation)
longs4 5/9/2012 9:10:00 AM
For me this formulation, although smooth & blendable, was drying after it set. Because this lacked the moisture I needed, it emphasized my fine lines by mid day. The coverage & shade match was amazing however, so I wish this formulation worked for me. I matched the shade 60 natural beige which is a perfect yellow-undertoned shade for a mac nc25-nc30.
I had no problems with clogging, & I didn't mind the strong overwhelming fragrance this had. My issue is that the product didn't work for me. My hair didn't look any fresher, in fact it may have weighed it down even more. Not at all comparable to Batiste. I just wish I liked the fragrance of the Batiste (tried the original, blush, & tropical.)
After discovering this lipliner, it is my HG. Why? Lasting power. It's the best I've found. An added bonus is the retractable automatic tip so it never needs sharpening. My favorite shades are mauve, rose, & nude which are all 'my-lips-but-better' shades, and those 3 are all I need to match anything in my collection.
Highlighters -Femme Couture - Mineral Effects Baked Highlighter
longs4 2/2/2012 2:26:00 PM
This is an absolutely lovely, soft, & luxurious highlighting powder. I can hardly believe this was only $9.39 with my Sally Beauty Club card for 8g of product. With zero micro-glitter, this imparts a beautiful sheen & glow without looking frosty or aging. This is very similar in finish to my beloved nyx mosaic highlighting powder, however it doesn't show up on my skin nearly as well. If you tried the nyx but found it too stark (white-ish) for your skintone, then you may like this since it has a slightly warmer, more natural/subtle tone. The nyx remains my HG!!
This is the best long-wearing spot concealer I've found that stays put. I use a tiny amount on any small problem areas or discolorations. It covers them completely, and I don't have to worry about it fading away. My HG!!
Misc Beauty Tools -E.L.F. - Lip Liner & Blending Brush
longs4 11/5/2011 10:40:00 PM
I have this in natural, and it's an exact dupe for Urban Decay's Naked lip pencil at a fraction of the cost. I put them side by side on my hand & the shade was dead-on...I couldn't tell them apart! This liner is creamy, blendable, and the perfect color to compliment most lipsticks/glosses. Love!
I wish more reviewers would have mentioned the intense micro-glitter in this product, since it would have saved me from buying it. I was shocked at how glittery my face looked after I applied this. Not the look I'm going for.
LOVE this stunning, totally matte (not a speck of shimmer/glitter/sparkle) blush that makes my complexion glow & look radiantly healthy. It's extremely similar in shade to Hard Candy's "skinny dipping" fox in a box (peach side) but without all that micro-glitter.
Bronzers -Too Faced - Aqua Bunny Cream to Powder Splash-Proof Bronzer
longs4 6/16/2011 6:15:00 PM
I'm so excited about this cream bronzer! I am IN LOVE!! HG alert, HG alert! It is so beautiful & wakes up my complexion with golden radiance!! I read somewhere that it had shimmer to it, so I was worried that it would have tiny micro-glitter or a frosty finish, but it does not; it's perfection!... shimmer is the wrong word to describe this; it is simply infused with a glow! It smells divine as a bonus!
Eye Shadow -Wet 'n' Wild - Color Icon Single - #255B Penny [DISCONTINUED]
longs4 3/12/2011 4:07:00 PM
If this shade makes your eyes look tired or doesn't work for you as an eyeshadow, try it as a blusher instead! The golden undertones give a gorgeous glow to the cheeks (if you don't mind micro-glitter/shimmer on your face).
I'm not sure why the low reviews for this nail polish. I just love it! It applied very smooth & even...I could have gotten away with just 1 coat since it's quite opaque, but I did 2 coats for good measure. It dried fast as promised, & I had no problems with the wear time. It is the most NATURAL peachy nude with a hint of sparkle. I felt so incredibly CLEAN when I wore this....think of it as a nail perfector, since it gave me the most perfect 'mannequin hands' as another reviewer mentioned. I will continue to repurchase this for that SUPER FRESH nude nail look.
Lip Treatments -Carmex - Moisture Plus Ultra Hydrating Tinted Lip Balms
longs4 3/7/2011 1:43:00 PM
HG status! The sheer peach tinted lip balm is the most beautiful complexion lifting shade- so natural & fresh looking! It is hydrating & silky smooth on the lips (not sticky or waxy at all)...it applies like a dream since it has the skinny tube that fits the size of your lips. Peach tint is the prettiest pigmented corally pink shade that in fact shows up! It shows up shiny too, so no gloss is needed with this. If it doesn't get any better, it even has spf 15! PERFECTION! At only $3, you can't go wrong with this multi-functional product which moisturizes (lip treatment), protects (spf), & gives the color payoff of a sheer lipstick with the shine of a gloss- ALL IN 1 Product!! The only downside could be the smell/taste/slight tingle which is very reminiscent of original Carmex, but I happen to like that. I would say it definitely tingles less than the original & the smell is more subdued too, but it's definitey there if that's an issue for you. I bought several backups as I never want to be without this stuff.