Liquid -Christian Dior - Diorskin Nude Hydrating Makeup SPF 10 [DISCONTINUED]
mellowlove 1/12/2013 4:09:00 PM
The original formula was one of my favorites, but this new one is my HG everyday foundation. One pump provides sheer coverage and a second layer will give light to medium coverage. My combo skin gets oily in about 4 hours, which is fairly normal. It glides on smoothly, blends in 30 seconds and looks incredibly natural. 21 linen is comparable to NC20. I've been using it almost daily for the last 2 months and no issues with breakouts on my sensitive skin. It brightens and evens out my complexion. The best part is that it does not emphasize flaking I sometimes get from a blemish that's healing which happens with a lot of foundations. Love it!!!!
Masks -Unlisted Brand - Booth's Deep Cleansing Volcanic Mud Mask
mellowlove 9/1/2012 2:59:00 PM
This was an unplanned purchase while shopping at Ulta. Works fine to tighten pores and my skin does feel softer afterwards, but it seems more of a hassle to use than others. For one, it applies green-black so it stains washcloths and if you get it too close to your eyes, they sting. I will continue looking for a good mask!
Masks -Alba Botanica - Hawaiian Papaya Enzyme Facial Mask
mellowlove 3/29/2012 7:49:00 PM
Wow, I'm really shocked at the great reviews. Used it for the first (and last) time last night. My skin started stinging and turning bright red within a minute. It was so horrifying I had to wash it off right away. Not sure if I was allergic to something in there or if this was a bad/expired lot, so too scared to try this again.
Foundations -Urban Decay - Surreal Skin Mineral Makeup
mellowlove 1/21/2012 9:20:00 PM
This foundation is extremely finely milled which I love. Coverage is sheer to medium. Yes, it will not cover acne scars but I can get away with dabbing some concealer on those areas. Perfect for wearing everything since I much prefer doing this than wearing a heavy feeling, high coverage foundation. My sensitive skin does not break out or get irritated from using this and I'm 95% finished with my bottle. My only complaint is the sponge top - I didn't even bother trying to figure how to use it. I find it worked best when I tap some onto the cap, swirl and blend with a powder or kabuki brush. About NC20 right now and using the lighest shade, Illusion so those who are fair may not find a good match.
I've tried most of the "purifying" and "detoxing" masks out there because of my combo areas easily get clogged. While this mask feels comfortable on and after removal, I don't really notice a dramatic difference in my skin. Pores do feel tighter, but that's about it. I feel that it may be just too gentle. Just finished the tube today and would probably not repurchase.
This is on my list of skincare must-haves for combination skin. Lately, I've been experiencing more issues enlarged/clogged pores and this mask helped me clear them up tremendously. When used in conjunction with pore strips on my nose, my skin feels so clean and clear without stripping moisture. Redness is calmed and skin is left glowly like after a facial. Love this!
I ordered this online after hearing and reading good reviews. Unfortunately, the foundation was somewhat of a dissappointment. I used with a powder brush and still ended up looking cakey. Coverage is medium, but doesn't look natural to me. Only used twice and didn't notice any adverse reactions, but there is mica high in the ingredients so it's not for sensitive skin. Shade 21 matches NC20.
Treatments -Yes To Carrots - Yes To Tomatoes Acne Treatment Spot Stick
mellowlove 8/2/2011 11:04:00 PM
Normally salicylic acid really works for my occasional acne so when I saw 2% in this formula, I didn't hesitate picking this up even though it was an impulse buy. The rollerball stick packaging is innovative, compact and spill proof and feels nice when you roll it on your skin. However, I've been using it the last 3 days and noticed no difference in my skin. The only positive is that I do no find it harsh or drying at all. Maybe it is too gentle to be effective. I may just continue using it on my nose to see if it would prevent blackheads, but will not pick up again.
This mask does wonders for my oily skin. I didn't look up reviews and thought it was a paste mask so I had no idea what to do after I realized it was powder. This was expensive already and I didn't want to invest in the Facial Steam Bath recommended in the directions but I read some reviews and saw that you can a few drops of water or toner. I've been using it 3x a week (it's summertime), and my oily skin actually feels normal! I'm not sure on how well it's cleaning the pores, but I love that it balances out my oilyness without drying out skin, calms down redness and makes my skin feels soft and clean. I'm very impressed!
Gorgeous foundation! It smooths out my skin, looks very natural, but offers medium coverage and has a slightly glowy finish. I have minor acne scars that I just need to dab a little concealer on afterwards I'm NC20 and use 10, which is a light neutral color. The next shade 15 is yellow tone, but runs a little darker. Shade 10 appears slightly pink when you swatch it but blends into my skin well. I have oily/combination skin, and do get shiny by mid-day, but this one is not too bad (have experienced worst). The foundation stays fresh looking through the whole day. The only things I don't like is no pump and price. SUQQU revamped their packaging in 2010 and Foundation Aqua has been replaced by an ever pricier foundation, Fix Frame. The price was already expensive but now it's really astronomical compared to department store foundations (over twice the price). For now, I"m shopping around for a replacement but it's going to be hard!
Moisturizers -TheFACEShop - Su Hyang Snow Maximizing Gel Cream
mellowlove 5/3/2011 9:52:00 PM
The Su Hyang Snow line for oily-combo skin and was recommended to me by the sales associate at my local TFS. The light gel texture feels nice and cool, perfect for warm weather as it absorbs quickly and feels non-greasy. It is probably not enough for the winter. It seems to work fine when I have "normal" skin, but I've had an array of issues and this does work when my skin feels sensitive and dry. There is definitely a lot of fragrance. The SA also said there are herbal ingredients to improve skin clarify (thus the reference to "snow") but I used up the entire container and have not noticed a difference. The cream comes in a tub that has some weight to it so it doesn't feel cheap, but I prefer a more sanitary tube. Overall, nothing extraordinary.
I'm not sure what this moisturizer is suppose to do because it is not moisturizing at all. The texture is light, gel-like and absorbs quickly on skin. When you put it on, your skin tingles for a while because there is menthol in it. So maybe this may work in hot, humid weather for the cooling effect or soothing sensation after a sunburn, but it doesn't do anything for me. Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Larrea Divaricata Extract, Angelica Archangelica Root Water, Glycerin, Sodium Polyacrylate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Menthone Glycerin Acetal, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Myristyl Lactate, Myristyl Alcohol, Trideceth-6, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Panthenol, Parfum (Fragrance), Buddleja Davidii Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Perfluorodecalin, BHT, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Lilial, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Lecithin, Linoleic Acid, Benzyl Benzoate, Alpha-Linolenic Acid, Copper Sulfate, Glycosphingolipids, Oleic Acid, Linalool, Spiraea Ulmaria Extract, Calcium Carbonate, Magnesium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Gold, Silver, Lyral, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, PEG-75 Shea Butter Glycerides, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Rubus Chamaemorus Seed Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Xanthan Gum, Tocotrienols, Carotenoids.
This foundation is the longest wearing foundation I have ever tried. The finish is matte and coverage is light to medium. Texture can be best described as light and fluid but not watery which makes it easy to spread with your fingers. My only issue with it is finding a color match. The lightest shade available in the US is 02 Beige Clair and the intensity is OK but there is an orangy tone (looks like oxidation but it's just the foundation shade). It seems like it will suit someone who is light, but slightly tanned. There is a very fragrance that you can smell that lingers for a while after its applied, which I don't care for, but overall it doesn't bother me too much. I'm considering ordering 01 or 32 overseas but am afraid 01 might be too light or 32 might be too dark. The gold bottle looks very luxe and pretty. However, it may not be the most practical because you can't see how much is left. Hope this helps someone. Any reviews on shades 01 or 32 would be appreciated! ***EDIT*** I had the chance to swatch 01 and 32 when I was in Asia. 01 is very pale, best for NC15. 32 is the best match for NC20.
This hand cream works well. However, like other reviewers I only wish there was a different scent. The texture is thick but I put a generous amount on whenever my hands feel dry and they absorb it within a minute. Even after washing hands, they still feel soft and moisturized. It also doesn't irritate my sensitive skin (I've had many products make me itch). This one is good, but not HG. I've just finished the tube and will be moving on to try new products.
This texture of this is a light gel and it does seem to make my skin soft and moisturized well (enough for flaky winter skin) but I broke out on a lot of places the next day and I suspect it was from this. Definitely try a trial size before shelling out the money for the full size.