I'm in love with this stuff. To be honest, when I ordered it from Saffron Rouge, I was kind of expecting to return it, because I really didn't believe it would do what it was supposed to. I've never used any form of powder that kept shine away from my complexion for more than an hour... yep, I have really oily skin. But the Jurlique citrus powder only needed to be reapplied twice in one day... that's a really small number for me! It doesn't create a flat, matte complexion. It creates a soft focus finish at first, and then later it creates a glow. Key word glow, not slick nasty shine. And this stuff smells incredible. I agree with the poster who mentioned that this stuff applies better if you use a brush. I use a long handled kabuki. As for the price, it's true I've never paid so much for a powder in my life. But just take a look at the ingredients list... it's packed with lots of organic flower and herbal extracts that, in my opinion, justify the price. Plus, it works. And the packaging is so attractive and functional - you don't get more product dispensed than you need. All in all, I'm a fan and would certainly buy again, but not for a long time. Judging by the small amount that I've gone through, it's going to take awhile to finish this container.
Dr. Alkaitis features an unusual assortment of skincare products that are not quite meant to be used the same way you would other skincare lines. The Soothing Gel is indicated for inflamed conditions of the skin, from acne, rosacea and eczema to post-depilatory processes. It has antibacterial properties that not only work wonders for my facial acne, but also for my body acne. I tried everything to get rid of my bacne, from benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid to regular dermatologist appointments. Nothing worked until I tried Dr. Alkaitis Soothing Gel. Now I only have a few spots left on my back, and none of the large cystic zits I used to have. It feels very refreshing, but it took awhile for me to get used to the smell. It IS fragrant, but not in the sense that I'm accustomed to smelling on skincare products, even organic ones. It doesn't smell like perfume or flowers... it smells like herbal plants, very earthy. I like it very much now, but I don't know if others would. I like that it is organic/biodynamic and completely edible... I never used to be one to pay more for a product simply because it has an organic label on it, but if a product works as well as this one, what else can I do? It is expensive, the whole Dr. Alkaitis line is expensive. But it is a very good line.
Concealers -Sukí - SukiColor - Liquid Formula Concealer
lotusindigo 8/10/2008 5:07:00 PM
I use this concealer as well as the tinted moisturizer from the same line. One of my complaints about the tinted moisturizer was the fact that it was too pink for my asian skin. A Suki representative suggested that I use the concealer in Linen and dilute it with one of Suki's other moisturizers. This makes a good alternative to the use of the tinted moisturizer. This concealer simply melts into my skin, and into my skin tone. First applied, it looks a bit light, but as you blend it in, in disappears along with whatever imperfection you happen to be trying to hide. Unlike the pump bottle for the tinted moisturizer, the dispenser for the Suki concealer will actually allow for a small amount of product to be released, so you don't end up with more product than you actually need. The best thing about this product is its effect on any existing acne you might happen to have. It's not only a concealer, but a rather effective spot treatment. It's an added bonus, although with the use of the Suki skincare products as well as other organic lines, I have not had much on my skin to conceal.
Tinted Moisturizer -Sukí - SukiColor - Tinted Active Moisturizer
lotusindigo 8/10/2008 4:37:00 PM
I am a big fan of this tinted moisturizer, and all the Suki products in general. It smells wonderful, goes on smoothly, evens out skin tone and, as an added bonus, seems to do a lot to keep acne from popping up during the day between morning/evening skincare routines. I will say that there is a learning curve, however. I am asian with medium skin, yellow/olive undertones. The tinted moisturizer in Natural was recommended for my skintone. To begin with, I tried it by itself and it turned out looking too dark and too pink on me. To be sure, I couldn't imagine that this was supposed to work for skintones fair to medium if it was too dark for my medium toned skin! I tried mixing it in with the velvet facial cream also from Suki, and it looked better, but still too dark/pink. I mixed in even MORE of the facial cream with the tinted moisturizer, and it finally came out looking right... looking VERY right! My skin looked luminous and flawless. My issue is, I can't imagine that the spf 15 would still be effective if I had to dilute the tinted moisturizer with so much of another moisturizer to get the right shade. I suppose that could be fixed by mixing with a moisturizer that contains spf as well. Also, because it's diluted so much, I think the concealing effects of the suki tinted moisturizer are lessened by mixing. This isn't such an issue for me because I usually don't have much to conceal... others might find that this is a problem, however. I also had an issue with the pump bottle. It dispenses way too much product with one pump. I especially end up with a lot to use because I mix it in with a moisturizer. I usually use the excess on my neck, which is fine... but I would have preferred to be able to save money by using a smaller amount of product, and the dispenser does not allow for that, no matter how gently I try to push on the pump. Altogether, it's a great product, however... and I will buy again. Hopefully not too soon, because it's the most that I've ever spent on a foundation, but it's worth it if you know how to use it.
Samples -Everyday Minerals - Free Sample Makeup Kit [DISCONTINUED/REPLACED]
lotusindigo 10/5/2007 1:47:00 AM
They say they give you enough for 3-6 applications, but honestly I think it's a lot more than that, especially for those of us who don't need to hide much. It's exactly what you need to determine which shades are right for you. I gave it a four for packaging, simply because the samples are a little difficult to open, but seeing as they don't charge you for the packaging (they only charge S&H) I'm not complaining much.
Skincare - Body -Johnson & Johnson - Head to Toe baby wash
lotusindigo 8/29/2007 3:01:00 AM
Time and time again, I always become tempted to buy cleansers that are actually marketed as skincare. Time and time again, none of them have ever kept my acne away as well as this baby wash. I do also use a benzoyl peroxide wash in alternation, but if I use any other cleanser with it, I will always break out. This is the one cleanser that won't do that to my skin.
This product did nothing for my body acne at all. My dermatologist says that salicylic acid is pretty useless for bacne, anyway. The exfoliation is helpful, but this body scrub didn't seem to have strong enough exfoliation. If only I could find the receipt...
It smells and tastes so yummy, and it creates a nice cooling feeling as well as keeping my lips moisturized. I used it with the accompanying moisture lipsheers, but I prefer this gloss without it.
Scrubs -Lucky Chick - Mandarin White Orchid Sugar Body Scrub
lotusindigo 8/29/2007 2:39:00 AM
I loved the smell of this scrub, and I don't mind the strong exfoliation. My only problem with the scrub was that it didn't seem to soften my skin like other scrubs do. Perhaps I just prefer the sugar scrubs that have more moisturizing oils.
This actually smells similar to Terra Nova's Sakura and Green Tea perfume. But there are deeper, muskier notes in Water Petals, without becoming heavy. I would consider it an evening fragrance. It does illicit a sort of meditative feeling.
This was the first lip plumping product I ever tried. I have to admit, it did seem to plump my lips a little. I even took before and after pictures. I liked the color as as well. But after awhile, the cooling feeling didn't happen anymore when I applied the lipstick... and so did the plumping. So much for a good product.
Lip Gloss -Maybelline - Shine Seduction [DISCONTINUED]
lotusindigo 8/29/2007 2:30:00 AM
I hate the applicator. How are we supposed to spread anything on our lips using a slanted plastic surface with holes? The color was not that impressive and it was very sticky. Not a good buy.
Mascara -L'Oreal - Volume Shocking Mascara [DISCONTINUED]
lotusindigo 8/29/2007 1:09:00 AM
What absolute crap. I can tell you this... the white stuff didn't even coat properly, so I'm not sure what it's actually supposed to do... and the first sweep of the mascara comb will be enough to clump the first lashes they touch. Back to Wal-Mart it went.
I liked the control that the felt tip gives me over the shape of the line. But as the others said, it is a bit too hard and scratchy. It also has a tendency to tear off in little pieces. I do like the liner itself, though. It is easy to wash off and yet does not smear or deposit pigment throughout the day, and it does last all day.
It made my lashes longer, all right. It also made them clump together, smear, and it deposited dark stains in my under-eye area and on the tops of my cheeks. Maybe I just don't understand how to work the product, but even if I did, I still think it would smear too much.