Blush -Milani - Powder Blush - Pink Craze [DISCONTINUED]
manford 12/10/2006 10:41:00 AM
goes on smoothly, leaves my PPP warm skin looking like i just stepped in from the cold. couldn't ask for a better blush at this price. my favorite look is pink cheeks. in my opinion, this is a lighter version than LORAC's "pink." i have very sensitive skin, and the only blushes that don't break me out are milani and LORAC. i use luminous for a more peachy look, and if i want to add a little shimmer to my pink cheek, i add LORAC's "desire." only problem i have with this blush? too damn hard to find. i'm buying more than one next time. again, i am paaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaale. this might not show up on a lot of people.
i realize mascara is a each-person-is-different kind of thing, so for those who are in my same boat: i have long, dark eyelashes that need a little thickening. up until this point, i used maybelline sky high curves, which i still love, but for that WOW effect, i use carbon black voluminous. this stuff can be intimidating, because sometimes you get a really gloopy brush, and you have to wipe some of it off on a tissue. that being said, this makes a dramatic difference on my eyes. i even put a little on my lower lashes, and it does not smudge. again, each case is different. my lashes are not straight to begin with. if you don't have dark features (i'm pale but i have dark hair and dark eyebrows), i wouldn't use carbon black, maybe just black. give it a shot if you sound like me, though. i think it's fantastic.
i have tons of these little pots. lorac's cd #2 has been the only palette i've ever used up. these shadows are fantastic--highly pigmented, soft, and last forever. i've gone through the shade "innocence" twice. i do love the little pots, but sometimes i wish you could create palettes, because these are my favorite shadows, and i'd like to be able to..."condense" my collection. i love MAC and stila, but i think the quality of LORAC is better! (i base this on the fact that i don't always need a primer with them!)
Shampoo -Clairol - Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturizing Shampoo
manford 12/10/2006 10:25:00 AM
my HG every day shampoo! i used to be the girl who went cheap on everything but her shampoo, because i have super thick, straight hair that gets weighed down easily. i've been through all the HE brands. with this shampoo, i don't need conditioner, which is fantastic, because conditioner tends to break me out. it smells fantastic and costs like 4 dollars. now i have more money for makeup. it smells like coconuts, too. love. it.
Moisturizers -Unlisted Brand - Complex 15 Therapeutic Face Lotion
manford 12/10/2006 10:21:00 AM
i have the most sensitive breakout prone skin! this stuff is exactly what i need. no, it is not a miracle worker. i don't think i'll ever be able to use "serums" or fancy anti-aging products, because just thinking about them makes my skin itch. i think i'm just going to have to age with the help of healthy eating and exercise. this moisturizer relieves my dry skin without any greasiness. it's not thick, so i don't think it'd be appropriate for those who live in super dry climates that have a lot of cold weather. i live in houston, so it's very humid and mostly warm. sometimes i have dry skin because i use RAM, and this is absolutely perfect for me. it works well under my Px virtual skin foundation. if i'm particularly dry, i will apply a few layers of it after i wash my face at night, and the next morning i'm able to carefully exfoliate the dry skin off in the shower. it's an all around no frills product that does not break me out and has no smell. my HG.
I think I've finally found my HG foundation, and it's HG through summer AND winter--but that isn't too much of a surprise, since i'm in houston, and it's pretty much humid and summery 360 days a year. I have generally clear skin that gets oily in the t-zone. in the summer, i just use virtual skin on bare skin. when it's dry and cold, i put moisturizer on first. when i want to do more of a "full" face for special occasions, i apply with a brush and do two layers. sometimes i think it's a little too matte right after i put it on, but because my skin is a little oily, it gets the right "glowy" look after an hour or so. this foundation does NOT break me out, and i am one of those ridiculously sensitive people (to the point where everything i use has to be 100% fragrance and dye-free). i usually follow up with a powder to set it, i think it works better that way (i use Px anywear). i've tried countless foundations up until this one. i wore a Px foundation when i first started wearing makeup, and i don't know why i ever strayed. this company just matches my skin tone perfectly. i am a warm PPP, RAM has made me pretty pale, but i definitely have yellow undertones. for reference, my other main foundations: LM warm ivory (which i like but hate the time it takes to apply) GA MSF #4 (love love love but breaks me out because of the silicones) i wear "real vellum" in this. ok, i thought of something that bothers me. Prescriptives. please put pumps on your bottles. i hate dipping a q-tip in every day. i'm OCD about germs. :)
Cleansers -Alba Botanica - Hawaiian Pineapple Enzyme Facial Cleanser
manford 1/4/2005 12:40:00 PM
it smells great, it gets my eye makeup off (a HUGE PLUS), and it doesn't make me break out. i've been using it for about two weeks now, and my skin usually reacts to stuff it doesn't like in about three days. i use it mostly just at night--it definitely makes my face smooth. i am a huge fan. oh, i have combo skin, so this probably isn't for those with dry. edit: this stuff destroyed my skin. dried it out, broke it out, yow. went back to trusty purpose cleaner. fruit extracts are not for me.