I've used Cetaphil since I started using Retin-A in high school. I typically use it in the mornings, when I don't really have much to wash off my face. When my face is oily from a hot summer night and I wash my face with Cetaphil, it doesn't remove the oil at all. In fact, it almost feels as though my face is coated with something more on top. So, in conclusion, I think Cetaphil is great when your skin is very dry and irritated (bad Retin-A days for me), but not when its oily because it's not going to make you feel very clean. I think I like Purpose better.
I LOVE this scent. Clean, fresh, feminine yet not too floral. Before I received it as a Christmas gift from my parents, I went to the mall dozens of times with different people to spray it on myself and to get a general consensus on the scent. Everyone's consent? It smells like something their grandmother would wear. But for some reason, I love it. I love everything about it, from its powdery finish and how subtle it is. When it comes to perfume, I believe a little goes a long way and I love the lingering scent that remains at the end of the day. I know it's not too strong, but it's perfect for me!
Eye Makeup Remover -Neutrogena - Oil Free eye makeup remover
mizjune 3/3/2009 1:37:00 PM
This is a staple in my bathroom cabinet. I don't like paying $20 for eye make up remover, and this dual formula gets off my makeup pretty easily. I wear a lot of eye makeup, so it takes a few swipes but I have always been pleased with this product. I can't complain about the price, but like other readers, I wish that it had some sort of filter on the top because much to my dismay, I have spilled it before in the past.
I know many MUA users hate this product for how abrasive and drying it is, but it has been a staple for my VERY oily, acne-prone skin since I was in high school and started breaking out then. I only use it at night nowadays, to remove my makeup because it gets my face squeaky clean and I wear a decent amount of face products and I use Cetaphil or Purpose in the mornings, since there isn't much to wash off at that point other than my moisturizer/Retin-A. I've tried other products, but they seem to make me break out more and I always come back to this product. I like the scent because I associate it with a clean face (MY clean face heehee) so it doesn't bother me at all. I do wish that it came in some sort of flip-top version so that I could take it with me when travelling.
WHAT a stark contrast from my crappy Laura Mercier kabuki brush. This brush is so wonderfully soft and I love how the hairs are synthetic. It is a little pricey, but I don't plan on buying another one for a really long time. Some items are worth the money you pay for them because of how much use you will get out of them. I definitely feel as though I got my money's worth with this brush, even though I was a little apprehensive when I realized it cost $39. I used it for the first time this morning, and absolutely NO shedding on my face. I was amazed. AMAZED!! I love this brush, and the little cash it comes in is useful for when I am travelling and throw all of my brushes into my makeup bag.
Makeup Brushes -Laura Mercier - Mineral Primer Brush
mizjune 3/3/2009 1:15:00 PM
Terrible brush. I love Laura Mercier's makeup, but not her brushes. I have purchased two, and the quality of both brushes is reprehensible. It's terrible quality, I find significantly higher quality brushes in Sonia Kashuk's line at Target! I have been enduring the kabuki brush like a moron for about a year now, as punishment for being fool enough for buying it without checking the reviews here first. It has shed like CRAZY since the beginning and I always have to pluck 5-10 hairs off my face every morning after applying my makeup. Like the other reviewers, I find this brush rather scratchy and sometimes it hurts when I am applying my mineral foundation when my skin is tender from using Retin-A. NEVER AGAIN!! I will trust Laura Mercier for her makeup products, but I will NEVER buy a brush again from this brand.