love that tarte is paraben-free. i use this concealer under my eyes (dark-circles) and it definitely makes me look more awake and def. brightens my eyes. don't like the way it comes out though, sometimes when i twist for more, either too much comes out or not enough so i end up wasting some. by the end of the day it does seem to settle into my creases, making fine lines more obvious.
Cleansers -Juice Beauty - JUICE BEAUTY CLEANSING MILK
michmy 10/24/2011 12:51:00 PM
love that this cleaner comes in a pump bottle. i have combo skin and this cleanser has helped clear out clogged pores over my t-zone. i use it with my clarisonic mia and has been working well. my face after cleansing is not dried out.
Lipstick -E.L.F. - Mineral Lipstick in Natural Nymph
michmy 10/24/2011 12:47:00 PM
the color looks so pretty itself but when I applied it on lips, it was very drying and all the lines and cracks on my lips became so obvious (and I had applied lip balm prior to putting this lipstick on). $5 wasted - should have used this $5 towards a drugstore lipstick instead.
Treatments -Burt's Bees - Doctor Burt's Res-Q Ointment
michmy 10/22/2009 1:18:00 PM
I've been meaning to write a review for this - this ointment is a god send! it works for zits, bites, burns, dry lips - i can't think of what i haven't used this for! it helps calm just about everything. i had one of those cystic pimples coming up a week before my wedding day - i applied this 3x a day for 4 days and it helped with the redness and eventually the zit disappeared! i'm a total fan of burt bee's - almost all my lotions, creams, haircare products are from burt bee's.
i've been using this as a facial soap - works great - i'm a fan of cream cleansers and this soap is moisturizing enough and unlike most bar soaps, doesn't dry out my face. it's free of SLS and parabens - I've discovered that using paraben-free products have done wonders to my skin.
Moisturizers -Olay - Complete Defense Daily UV Moisturizer SPF 30 - Sensitive Skin
michmy 10/2/2008 4:16:00 PM
i really like the texture of this ss. it's a physical sunscreen w/o avobenzone. it's not oily and doesn't clog my pores. it's rated 2 on skin deep but it has dmdm hydantoin plus some parabens. if this was preservative-free i would buy again. the pump bottle's great too
Lip Gloss -Nivea - Nivea Lipcare Caregloss and Shine
michmy 10/2/2008 4:10:00 PM
i really like this product - but it has parabens :(
i agree with the rest of the reviews - this cleanser is very drying. when i first used it, i thought it was great since my face felt so clean. but after using it for a while, it made my face really tight and dry which caused my face to produce more oil to compensate which gave me blackheads. i regret buying this as it was not cheap (~$30)
i love this, for some reason i had a hard time finding this but when i finally did see it, i immediately bought it. definitely helps with dry lips.
Sunscreen -DERMAdoctor - DERMAdoctor Body Guard Exquisitely Light SPF 30
michmy 9/28/2007 12:40:00 PM
this has done wonders for my face. it's helped me in combating milia. it isn't oily and definitely protects my skin from the sun. i don't really like the squeeze tube so i transfer a small amount into a tiny jar.
Moisturizers -Cetaphil - Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF15
michmy 9/28/2007 12:29:00 PM
this gave me milia. i realized this after using maybe about half the bottle and my skin was feeling bumpy. not sure which ingredient was the cause. my combination skin probably couldn't handle it. i should also have known earlier that SPF 30 is the minimum for people's skin. i am now using dermadoctor's bodyguard which is great.
i love this scent, but as others have said, it's not very long lasting. i got the mini version and i wish it was a spritz bottle (it's not - you pull off the tight cap and dab on).
at the end, my teeth did get whiter (my bf told me so) but i still felt my teeth could be even whiter. maybe i have too high expectations or my teeth were too yellow or resistant to the strips? so the strips did its purpose but i may try a different brand. the plastic box is weird - can it be recycled?
i used hope in a jar first, when i finally realized i should be using hope in a bottle instead. i'm so glad i made the switch. there's probably other moisturizers that contain salicyclic acid (which is what helps my skin) for a better price. i read about neutrogena's anti-blemish cream, which i might try when i'm finished with hope in a bottle.
Moisturizers -Philosophy - Hope in a Jar - for all skin types
michmy 9/28/2007 12:13:00 PM
initially i loved this moisturizer, i ended up going back to hope in a jar twice. then by the third jar, i felt my skin wasn't looking better. (i have acne prone skin and i felt my skin was getting more conjested). so i decided to try hope in a bottle. hope in a bottle was a better match for me. the salicyclic acid in hope in a bottle help exfoliate my skin.