Cleansers -Neutrogena - Naturals - Purifying Facial Cleanser
mistywarden 8/7/2012 4:52:00 PM
I'm almost finished with this bottle (not out of love, just wanting to use it up) and for my combination/oily skin this isn't the best cleanser but it didn't cause any breakouts or irritation, which raised it from 2 to 3 lippies for me. My chin does feel a tiny bit tight after washing but no flakes or redness. Because there seems to be some confusion, I'll say this part loud: THIS PRODUCT DOES NOT CLAIM TO REMOVE MAKEUP, so I didn't rate it based on its ability to do so. I have a separate makeup remover for that purpose (part of why this is only a meh cleanser for me. My HG Liz Earle does both). I also would strongly recommend not getting it in your eyes. The fact that the label lists the origins of the ingredients was cool for me, though it lists Fragrance and explains the inclusion of this and several other "non-natural" ingredients as "essential to blending the product" 0.o The scent isn't nasty, but if you're sensitive to scents I'd advise against this product. The packaging is fine, though I wish all pump bottles would get ALL of the product out but the thought that it's made with partially recycled plastic is nice. Long story short: I didn't hate it, but I'm glad I'm done with it and will not repurchase this.
Lip Treatments -eos - Lip Balm Sphere - Sweet Mint
mistywarden 6/22/2012 2:34:00 AM
This balm beat out Burt's Bees as my favorite of all time. It actually heals the chapping on my lips, making them soft and smooth enough for even dark red lipstick with no flaking or feathering. Same tingle, same taste/scent, I AM IN LOVE. The only con is the packaging: when you get down to the bottom you have to put it on with your fingers, which I really hate.
I absolutely love the minty tingle from this balm, however it does not heal the chapping on my lips, it just covers it up so it doesn't get worse. I save this for when I have a cold to use on my nose and the mint clears my sinuses a bit when it's freshly applied, similar to Carmex but with less mess since I don't have to dip my fingers in a pot. Reasonably priced and I like twist-up balms, but I wish it would really sink in and heal my lips.
NARS Orgasm is my HG blush, totally worth the extra cost. I was worried about the glitter factor, however I have not had any issues with fallout or looking like a disco ball at all, just a nice glow in a beautiful shade for my extremely fair skin. I originally ordered this to replace my L'Oreal Blush Delice in Strawberry Tart, which was discontinued.
This was the last in my black, waterproof mascara phase. I'd heard raves about the Carbon Black formula and thought I'd get both and compare. This one fell short by a lot. The wand is pretty generic, I have to either wipe it gently with a tissue or scrape it against the edge of the tube to get the excess off before applying to not get huge clumps. This formula is more of a soft black and doesn't smell as strongly as the Carbon Black, however nothing short of scraping and pulling my eyelashes nearly out will remove this junk from my face. NOT cool at all. Cold cream, Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup remover, Vaseline, this stuff gets softer with washing but still doesn't come off completely for way longer than I find acceptable. If you're swimming in a photo shoot or going to be stranded on a deserted island and need to have perfect mascara when you get rescued the next week, this is for you. Everyone else, leave it on the shelf.
After years of struggling with disappointing drugstore concealers and caking on extra foundation over blemishes I have seen the (lighter than) light! LOVE this concealer more than I can describe. Under my eyes this is amazing, just tap it on with my finger, rubbing seems to not work as well, either over or under foundation depending on my mood. Very creamy, light scent of something I can't quite put my finger on but can't smell unless my nose is in the pot so it doesn't bother me. Side note: who wears any kind of makeup to bed?! This is not a night cream no matter what the fine print on the back of the pot says. Be smart, guys. I don't know what the drama is about the cheap packaging, honestly you have to dip your finger or brush or whatever into any cream concealer since even Bobbi Brown, MAC, and Laura Mercier come in a pot that's just heavier plastic. I make sure to wash my hands and face before applying makeup and I only use it on myself and spray the top periodically with alcohol anyway. It does start to look rather oily on the surface after a few uses but does not separate like some tube liquid concealers I've had before.
This is my least favorite of all Physicians Formula products ever. I wanted to use this as a finishing powder to set my cream foundation (PanStik) and it did not work out. The brush was very coarse and tended to streak my foundation because it was just rubbing dry on my skin rather than buffing. I had the same problem with packaging as besobeso: the powder did not come out through the brush as designed and I was never able to get this powder applied in a way that was functional (as in not all over my bathroom and shirt)
Bronzers -Physicians Formula - Healthy Glow Bronze Organics
mistywarden 5/31/2012 11:35:00 PM
I got this in a set for light skin with two other products I didn't really like, however I love this brand, just disappointed with these products. The pigmentation does nothing for me, and I'm very pale. Brush that comes with it, contouring brush, kabuki brush, fluffy powder brush, Nada. I can't see a thing. Swatching with my finger it's totally matte and a light brown that I think would be perfect for my skin tone. Sigh. I can't smell it unless I'm sticking my nose pretty much in the container, but it does have a strange scent like wet cardboard. I can't figure out if this is the powder or the container though. I like the mirror in the back and the magnetic closure on both sides. I'm still using this thinking maybe as a rough up the surface my brushes will be able to pick up more product and it's part of my 10Pan to finish before I can break out my NARS Laguna.
I'm incredibly pale and can use this in #121 Nude Ivory except in the depths of winter. The only reason I would not repurchase is because I live in the US (not crazy about ordering online and paying shipping) and have 4 backups (bought when they were discontinued and on sale) and a Pan Cake in a similar shade (Natural No.1). Even though this is my HG foundation, we have a love-hate relationship. Mostly because I couldn't give up on my flat, drugstore foundation brush for the longest time, which did NOT apply this creamy foundation well, even wet. I finally started tearing a wedge sponge in half and using the textured edge to press it into my skin and then set with a powder puff. If this product feels cakey on your skin, you're using too much (or have super oily skin, which this product is not really good for since the first ingredient is mineral oil!) or need a different application method. It does definitely have a smell which not everyone likes, however I think it's just a bit like a powder you might find in your great-aunt's dressing table.