OMG I can't believe I haven't reviewed this product yet!!!! I have been using this little gem for years!! I always have one in my makeup case, one for backup, one in my car, a shade for winter, spring and summer LOL. Okay for starters, I am around a NC20 but leaning much more neutral than yellow. In the dead of winter I wear 10 Ivory. Spring/Summer 20 Buff is fabulous, and in mid summer when I'm the most tan I wear 30 Nude. I am extremely lucky the shades work well for me because the shade selection sucks! 5 or 6 colors is ridiculous IMO. But if you can find a match, you won't be disappointed. I have extremely clog-prone skin and this product has NEVER EVER caused a clog or breakout. I wear this over revlon colorstay liquid and the finish is just amazing. Soft, refined, even, not too matte, just gorgeous. My skin is normal/dry and it never accentuates any flakes or dryness I may encounter. I am not sure I would recommend this to oily ladies. I used this when I was younger with oily skin and I remember it didn't control oil breakthrough very well but I still wore it because the finish is just so lovely. Another thing, you can reapply this throughout the day and it doesn't get cakey! Excellent, quality drugstore product. Woo-hoo!!!
SUPERIOR product!!! Wow, I am really impressed. To be honest, I didn't expect much from this as I haven't had much luck with L'oreal skincare products in the past. The only other "toner" I ever use is my beloved Dickinson's Witch Hazel. I love that stuff, however it doesn't have any exfoliating qualities which is what led me to this product. Hydrafresh contains Beta-Hydroxy which very gently cleanses my skin of dead cells and leaves my skin feeling soft, moist, supple, and refreshed. It is everything I ever thought a toner could be! I don't even use a moisturizer after this because my skin feels so supple. It's just a wonderful product. I highly, highly recommend!
Cleansers -Olay - Sensitive Skin Foaming Face Wash
marmiran23 9/14/2012 8:02:00 PM
I try to wait at least a couple of months before reviewing a product. I've been using this cleanser every night for 3 months, so I feel compelled to give my review. This cleanser is AWESOME!!! It gently and easily removes all my makeup. I don't feel the need to pre-cleanse...this product is truly a one-step makeup remover and cleanser. My extremely clog-prone/sensitive skin is left clean with absolutely NO DRYNESS! Woo-hoo! That's a total score in my book! Absolutely no breakouts or clogs. Yes, yes, and yes ladies! Such a nice product!
Moisturizers -Garnier - Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream
marmiran23 8/25/2012 12:29:00 PM
This has got to be the worst "moisturizer" I have ever used. I don't even understand how this product made it to the shelves. It should be called a "dehydrator" because it made my skin a dry flakey mess. It does contain alcohol, like the 1st or 2nd ingredient, and boy oh boy do you feel it. I am truly puzzled by all the great reviews for this. Please don't waste your money.
Cleansers -mark - That's Deep Purifying Gel Cleanser
marmiran23 7/8/2012 5:27:00 PM
Oh my gosh I have so many good things to say about this cleanser!! I think it's genius!!! My skin is so problematic: I have struggled with clogged pores and redness almost half of my life. My newest struggle has been facial eczema. I have tried everything to combat these issues and low and behold the answer was in a little $9 face wash. My skincare routine which used to consist of 40 different cleansers, toners, exfoliants and treatments has been reduced to practically nothing! AM: wash with this cleanser and apply SPF. PM: wash with this cleanser and apply CeraVe moisturizing cream. All my skin sensitivities have vanished and I am left with smooth supple clear skin. THANK YOU MARK!!! **EDIT** Unfortunately this product ended up drying out my skin. Probably the worst dryness I've ever experienced from a cleanser. Very sad :-(
Cleansers -Burt's Bees - Deep Cleansing Cream with Soap Bark and Chamomile
marmiran23 8/19/2011 1:39:00 PM
Wow..I'm surprised of all the negative reviews! I've been using this cleanser for about 2 yrs now and it is just wonderful!!! I have normal/dry very acne/clog prone skin. This cleanser feels like a spa/facial treatment, which can be attributed to the menthol this contains. Many people don't care for menthol but I happen to love the fresh tingling sensation..However, more importantly I love that this product helps keep my skin clear! Every night when I take my shower, I put this on and wait until I'm almost done with the shower (I shampoo/condish, shave, etc first) and then I take a microfiber cloth and remove the cleanser while gently massaging the skin. The result is clear, fresh, balanced skin..love this stuff!! P.S. my hubby loves this stuff too! He says he likes the way it feels :-)
Lotions/ Creams -Cetaphil - Restoraderm skin restoring moisturizer
marmiran23 8/19/2011 1:24:00 PM
This is my HG facial moisturizer!!! I have normal/dry, very clog/acne prone skin and this product is PERFECTION. i have NEVER once had a breakout or clog...it is extremely soothing and gives my skin the perfect amount of moisture. Also this is not greasy. I just can't say enough good things about it! The only downfall is the price. It is expensive for a drugstore product but you do get a decent amount. I will repurchace this forever!
Lipstick -Maybelline - Color Sensational-Coral Crush
marmiran23 3/4/2011 1:07:00 PM
omg HG HG HG!!! I'm NC20 with light brown hair and hazel eyes and this lippie is PERFECTION!!! I was a little apprehensive to purchase b/c in the tube it looks obnoxiously bright and the color itself scared me (i tend to buy pink lippies with no orange tones) but girls, let me tell you, once applied the color is soo beautiful! it makes me look alive, fresh, awake, happy! i could go on with a list of adjectives to describe this but i will stop here and URGE you to try this! you won't be disappointed! oh and a tip: it is VERY pigmented so i just use a light layer and sheer it out with clear gloss on top. now go out and try it my fellow NC20 girls!!
umm..hate to taint the good reviews here but this stuff is YUCK. first of all the color in the tube looks gorgeous--a soft pink with almost mauvey tones--but it is basically CLEAR gloss when applied! umm no thanks! i'm not going to spend a fortune on gloss that has zero pigmentation when i can get better color payoff from wet n wild glosses! seriously! i can't believe how overpriced this product is! and don't get me started on the fragrance! ewww! it smells and tastes awful!
Liquid -Boots - Lifting & Firming Foundation SPF 15 [DISCONTINUED]
marmiran23 12/15/2010 4:38:00 PM
UPDATE: hugeeee bummer!!! this fdtn is breaking me out :-( i'm so sad..guess it was too good to be true..i wear full bangs so i don't use any fdtn on my forehead..sure enough my forehead is clear and every place i put this fdtn is totally clogged..blackhead central!! boo!! WOW..this is def a keeper!! To begin, I am about a NC20, in Colorstay i'm Buff, in MUFE F&B i'm Ivory, in MUFE HD i'm 117/118. In this lovely fdtn i'm New Ivory and it is a PERFECT match!!! even better than colorstay buff which i didn't think was possible to get a closer match than buff. okay, so i absolutely love the finish of MUFE F&B. slightly dewy, medium coverage..unfortunately the color match wasn't as perfect as i like, and it just doesn't stay on no matter what finishing powder i use. and then there's colorstay: the color buff is gorgeous and overall i do really like this fdtn but it is just TOO heavy for everyday use imo..*enter this little gem* lifting and firming is EVERYTHING i look for in a fdtn!! Perfect color match, perfect dewy, youthful finish, perfect medium coverage, AND (yes there is an and) it LASTS!!! i don't even use a powder to set b/c i don't want to ruin the PERFECT finish and even still, it LASTS ALL DAY!! in order to reach HG status it has to not cause any clogs or breakouts and i've only been using it for a week, so i promise to update if it wrecks havoc on my skin. but for now, i'm in LOVE.
okay here we go! i FINALLY broke down and bought this foundation..for years i refused b/c i thought it would irritate my combo/acne prone very clog prone skin..the reason for thinking this: the scent. i just could never bring myself to buy a product for my face with such a strong alcohol smell. i've read all the reviews on mua and heard all the raves for this foundation but still i put my foot down and refused. until 2 wks ago after discovering my mufe f&b fdtn (which i adore) just wouldn't last all day no matter what tactic i tried. soo..i've used colorstay the combo/oily version in buff everyday now for 2 wks and here is my review: 1. does NOT irritate, aggravate my skin in any way whatsoever 2. the smell disappears quickly after application 3. absolutely NO clogged pores (i make sure to remove this mu ENTIRELY before bed) 4. absolutely NO acne 5. lasts ALL DAY LONG and looks EXACTLY the same as it did upon first application in the am 6. Gives the most perfect finish..i can't believe how perfect my complexion looks with this..not too matte, just like i have really nice skin. i LOVE this foundation! to all you ladies like me who are hesitant to try this product, let me tell u i wish i would have given in and tried it YEARS ago! HG HG HG for me! woo-hoo!!
Skincare - Face -Unlisted Brand - Dickinson's Witch Hazel
marmiran23 11/7/2009 12:05:00 AM
oh girls this is THE toner of ALL toners! it's just wonderful, i love everything about it except for the god awful smell but honestly i don't even notice it anymore. this does what a toner is SUPPOSED to do: bring the skin back to it's natural PH level after cleansing. but what's best is that it also removes left over makeup and really SOOTHES any type of irritation. i've also noticed that since using it, my acne is GONE. i don't know if i've FINALLY grown out of my acne (i'm 27, it's about time) or if its this product. it's cheap, so there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn't go buy it! so go get it girlfriends! you will LOVE it, i promise.
Bronzers -Physicians Formula - Talc-Free Mineral Face Powder - Light Bronzer
marmiran23 4/26/2009 11:45:00 PM
i love PF products and this bronzer is no exception! what first intrigued me about the PF line was that many of their products don't contain talc and i've found that by just eliminating talc from the ingredients i use on my face, my skin is SO MUCH HAPPIER! talc seriously dries out my skin and leaves it looking tight, wrinkled and severly dehydrated. soooo as we get closer to summer i wanted a bronzer that was talc-free and this one is wonderful. i usually hate bronzers b/c they're too orange or "dirty" looking on my very fair yellow-toned skin...this bronzer looks VERY natural and sets my foundation nicely. i will def buy again and again!!
Tinted Moisturizer -Wet 'n' Wild - Ultimate Sheer Tinted Moisturizer in Nude
marmiran23 2/5/2009 12:36:00 AM
excellent tinted moisturizer! excellent color--i was afraid it would be too orange but it is extremely neutral and blends in perfectly w/ my very fair warm toned complexion. excellent coverage as well! i LOVE this stuff!
i absolutely ADORE this product! initially i fell in love w/ the pressed powder (hands down the best powder ever) so when i saw this foundation i was very excited! this week rite aid has BOGO for all maybelline products so I bought this fdtn and the powder. let me tell you it goes on like a dream, so soft and weightless, blends easily and beautifully. i find this fdtn to be very matte, and I don't usually like matte foundations but this looks so soft and natural..i just love it! even better, it feels like you have NOTHING on your skin but the coverage is FANTASTIC!! other reviewers say this fdtn is light coverage, but I disagree. for me this goes on as medium but it's easily buildable and can become full coverage w/out looking cakey. I promise to update if i breakout, but so far this is possibly my HG! ***UPDATE: sadly i stopped wearing this b/c i noticed it was clogging my pores..booo! i love everything about it but not at the sacrifice of my skin.