Cleansers -Yes To Carrots - Yes to Tomatoes Trouble-Free Facial Wash
mommy2ingrid 7/3/2010 12:22:00 AM
I had high hopes for this, given the ingredients, but after only two uses, I'm tossing and going back to Philosophy's Purity... 1) the smell is overwhelmingly perfumey, surprising given the "fresh" type ingredients. 2) my skin feels SO tight immediately after washing 3) it is very hard to rinse off. granted, I live in a location with very hard water, however, I used a very small amount, and it lathered up significantly and took about 10 or 11 splashes to rinse off. I wish I could return. It's awful.
Just bought this in "Bonfire", which is described as "burnished tawny red with a gold shimmer". In the tube it looks like golden taupe-pink. I applied 3 hours ago; the color is gone but my lips are still sticky (??) and there are gold flecks on my lips. It is quite sticky, and to me, has no smell or taste at all. I was hoping this was a replacement for my much-loved Philosophy Supernatural Lip Gloss in mauve (discontinued for the new, lightweight and SPF formula with which I haven't fallen in love). It isn't horrible, and the price wasn't bad (I paid $11.25 at a military BX). I will not be repurchasing, and will probably just go back to the Philosophy new formula lip gloss.
Eye Shadow -Philosophy - The Color of Grace Amazing Grace Eyelighting Shadow Duo
mommy2ingrid 3/23/2010 12:34:00 PM
I'm always on the hunt for a good neutral eyeshadow. I don't wear bright eye color...it's brown, cream, coffee, sand (well you get the idea) for me. The compact is quite heavy. Upon opening there is a very useful mirror in the hinged lid, and the colors are in a split pan (no separation between the colors -- one pan, two colors butted up to each other). The shimmering brown and shimmering creme are definitely neutral -- they would work on any eye, I would think. I can see how they would work well with pink (as this whole line is marketed as "the color of Grace" - centered around pink). There is no applicator included with the product (hence the 4 out of 5) but I have a nice Trish McEvoy shadow brush that I use. I wear Sillhouette style rimless glasses, and this makes my eyes pop beautifully. I think the price is a bit high (as are all Philosophy color/makeup line prices), but for a nice, creamy, long-wearing eyeshadow, I don't think it's completely outrageous.
I've never used a highlighting face powder before, and I was a bit hesitant to purchase. My skin has been looking a bit dull lately due to my acne treatment (but it's almost clear now! Yay! Thanks acne.org), so I thought that I'd try it out. I'm VERY glad that I purchased. Now here's the thing: I have VERY fair skin -- pinkish porcelain. I wear the lightest foundation in any line that is offered, and sometimes they have been too dark. I say this because on me, this pinkish shimmering powder looks lovely. I kind of wonder what it would look like on someone with olive or brown-toned skin. It might be strange or even garish. I would suggest that you try before you buy if you are anything but fair-skinned with a pinkish undertone. The product glides on beautifully. The scent is VERY subtle, and not even noticeable after about 30 seconds -- more of a gentle waft while you are putting it on, which is nice. It's not like putting perfume on your face, although it is marketed almost as an AG layer. The packaging is very pretty. There is a generous amount of product, and it does not flake off when you swipe your brush over the pan. There is a very useful mirror inside. However, it does NOT come with any sort of applicator or mini brush. I use my flat-bottomed Trish McEvoy blush brush to apply, which is perfect. I put it on the apples of my cheeks (over blush), my forehead and sometimes the bridge of my nose or chin. If I'm not wearing any foundation I put it all over my face, with a VERY light hand. The shimmer is definitely noticeable, but is subtle and pretty. This is very nice for Springtime.
Love the formula, hate the brush. I tried for two weeks to get used to the round brush, but perhaps I'm just not coordinated enough in my old age :)- I was so afraid I'd hit myself in the eye that I just tossed it. I'm usually not one to do that, but I just gave up.
This melts off of my lashes. Yesterday, I walked from church to the car in a light mist (I wear glasses, no less). I looked at myself in the mirror and I looked like I'd been weeping during church! (I hadn't - LOL!) There were two black smudges under my eyes similar to those deals that football players' wear to prevent sunlight glare. On the positive side, it washes off very, very easily. The brush works very well, and the formula does not clump. Overall, not a good purchase.
I have been having a pretty bad bout with stubborn acne for about 6 months now. I narrowed it down to Philosophy's Hope in a Jar. As soon as I stopped using it, and started the acne.org regimen I saw instant improvement...almost within 24 hours. Well, I've been using the acne.org AHA (glycolic acid/alpha hydroxy acid) which ROCKS but does cause some sensitivity and definitely requires a strong sunblock. (I can't stand to use it at night as all I can think of is the stinging and then I can't fall asleep...so I use it in the morning which REALLY requires that I use a good sunblock.) So, I picked up this Neutrogena product. While I really like the fact that it has a 45 SPF, it stings terribly. The area around my eyes looked red and strange...almost like I had been in an accident or something. Perhaps the combination of AHA usage and something in this product caused it to react. I will be discontinuing immediately. On the other hand, my skin was very soft and moisturized all day :)- So, if you aren't using AHA, I would probably suggest this product. As stated in other reviews, the packaging is very nice. I wish more companies would ditch jars and go with tube dispensing.
Lip Gloss -Pixi - Vitamin Lip Silk in No. 4 / HERO
mommy2ingrid 1/18/2010 12:39:00 AM
The reddish tint of this lip gloss turns a strange pink color on my lips. The texture is a bit sticky, and for some reason, the applicator just doesn't pick up much product, so I have to re-insert and apply 2 or 3 times to get enough on my lips to really feel anything. It is not terribly moisturizing, but doesn't dry out my lips like some supposedly moisturizing lipglosses have, either. When I can get a great lip gloss in a beautiful color for the same price from Philosophy, I can't see a reason to buy this.
Moisturizers -Philosophy - Hope in a Jar - for all skin types
mommy2ingrid 1/18/2010 12:33:00 AM
Oh how I want to love HIAJ. I am a Philosophy girl through and through. I really love the whipped texture of HIAJ. The herbal aroma is refreshing. But the stuff just makes me break out! Sad thing is, I have used this for a year and a half without recognizing it. I ran out last weekend and couldn't get to one of the few places in town that sells Philosophy, so I picked up a jar of a Clinique moisturizer that I used to use (Moisture Surge). My cystic acne and whiteheads started to heal and disappear within two days. Wow. I've ceased using it for a week now, and my acne is almost cleared up...after a year of awful breakouts that I thought were purely hormonal.
I purchased this foundation about 3 weeks ago while in a "I can't get to a department store to buy Philosophy Supernatural" crisis. I have used Pixi products before, and I was near Target so I thought I'd try it. I'm so glad that I did. I am very fair, but even the Fair is very light on me (the only reason I deducted 1 lippie). The texture is lovely: not cakey at all. While very light, it looks luminous and pretty. Once I get my blush and eye-makeup on, the lightness does subside and looks just fresh. I have been having quite a bad acne breakout of late due to stress and hormone issues (TMI, I know), but this did not worsen it. I should say that it didn't lessen the problem either, but as I'm 99% sure the acne is not a makeup-related issue, I think it's non-issue. I like the application mode (a small square dense sponge is included). I have used both the included sponge and my Philosophy flat-bristle brush with very good results, finishing any lines with my fingertips. The sponge appears durable, and is washable. The compact has a little drawer for the sponge under the pan, and a nice round mirror in the flip-top lid. There is a locking mechanism that doesn't feel flimsy...it might even last as long as the makeup.
Lotions/ Creams -Philosophy - Baby Grace - Body Lotion
mommy2ingrid 9/1/2009 9:18:00 PM
I adore this scent! I've always been a Pure Grace girl, but I think I may have found a new fave. Sounds odd, but it reminds me of the smell (not the taste) of candy necklaces...cooling, sweet, but pretty. I use this every night before I go to bed. Very calming. My DH loves the way it smells on me, too.
How I love this product. I have acne-prone skin, and the Philosophy.com website recommended using this to "de-congest" it. Well, I was skeptical, but it seems to be working! The active breakouts have shrank (I've been using once or even twice a day for a week now) and nothing new has popped up. Here's another method, because it seems like everyone has their favorite way: I apply the paste onto my skin, let it sit for a while (I've gone as long as 10 minutes) then use my Neutrogena Wave to wash it off (using the Wave exfoliation pad). Sometimes I pre-wash the Wave pad to get the Neutrogena soap out and use Philosophy's Purity Made Simple, my favorite facial wash. Other times I just wash off with Purity. My skin is definitely softer, clearer and smoother.
Treatments (Eye) -Lumene - Skin Supporter Firming Eye Cream
mommy2ingrid 10/25/2008 2:54:00 AM
Just purchased at CVS, unfortunately not on sale :( Buuuut, I really really like it. I'm kind of a Lumene moisturizer convert. I've tried so many brands: cheap, expensive, drugstore, department store, and Lumene just *works* for me! So I thought I'd try this eye treatment as I've started to recently see some circles and general lack of tone around my eyes. The tube is great -- so much more hygenic than a jar. THe drops are quite soothing, and do not grease-up your eyes, so are useful under makeup. At nighttime they are so soothing. I'll definitely buy again. I haven't noticed reductionin puffiness (yet) but I've only been using a couple of days.
Lips -L'Oreal - Colourjuice Stick - Watermelon Ice
mommy2ingrid 10/25/2008 2:40:00 AM
I have two of these: watermelon ice and berry spritzer. First of all, the colors are pretty. The claim that you can choose the color intensity is true. One swipe and it is sheer, more heightens the color. That's not the issue for me. What I don't like about these: they go on beautifully and my lips look very pretty -- for about five minutes. Then the effect disappears: they dry up and leave my lips looking just stained with color-bleed. The scent is nice: typical fruity L'Oreal. The packaging is similarly typical for L'Oreal, very pretty with a nice silvery metal tube with a dark pink colorband (which does not match the shade color...that would be nice, though). I won't buy again. Like I have said in other recent lip color/gloss reviews, why not just pay $5 more and get a great tube of Philosophy's Supernatural lip gloss, especially in mauve. Perfect!
Lip Gloss -L'Oreal - Bare Naturale Gentle Lip Conditioner
mommy2ingrid 10/25/2008 2:21:00 AM
I'm not reviewing color, just packaging and quality. IThe packaging is gimmicky. The strange twist-up thing has a delayed reaction. You twist, twist, and twist and nothing comes out. Then you twist just once more and a huge blob oozes out of the hole onto the applicator area. The gloss itself is goopy. Both colors (2 for 1 at Fry's aka Kroger) are non-colors. I say it is expensive, because regular price is $9.50 at the Fry's (I would never normally buy makeup at Fry's/Kroger, but it was 2 for 1). I never checked how much it was at, for example, Target, so I don't know if that is a regular price or an inflated one. So why not just spend $5 more and buy Philosophy's Supernatural lip gloss which is phenomenal? And I would actually USE it. These are both going either in the "why did I buy this junk?" makeup pile or the garbage.