I personally use the facial cotton to apply toner, and it works very nicely. They are very soft and as a major plus, they never leave behind any residual cotton pieces on my face. As other reviewers have noted, this *is* a bit pricey (hence one lippie off), but the the package does go a long way. I recommend cutting each piece of facial cotton in half, doubling your mileage you get with each package!
My personal preference is not to apply the mask plain (comprised only of aspirin & water). While it dries, the mask will flake off and if you're like me, the flakes will make you sneeze like crazy. I also find that my skin feels stripped of moisture afterward. To combat those issues, my personal recipe is for: - 4-5 aspirin - 4-5 drops of water - 2 pumps of Gentle Cetaphil (acts as binder, both for the paste and to adhere to the face) - 2-ish drops of honey (acts as moisturizing agent) With these modifications, the mask helps make my skin just so soft and smooth. Add in the fact that this is so inexpensive, this has become my favorite facial treatment.
Makeup Brushes -Bare Escentuals - Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush
monkeysrfunny 7/30/2008 12:41:00 AM
I received this brush in the BE Get Started kit, and it is by far the best brush in the set. Its bristles are firmly packed for great concealing coverage, but the brush manages to be very soft and non-irritating (unlike other BE brushes).
I previously swore by Cetaphil's Daily Facial Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin, but for whatever reason, my skin has recently tended toward the drier side. After trying the gentle formula (well, Rite Aid's version of gentle Cetaphil), I have not looked back. The cleanser performs very well -- my face is clean but I don't feel like the moisture has been sucked out of my skin. Furthermore, as it is non-comodegenic, I don't have to worry about breaking out from it. Unless my skin drastically changes, I don't see myself straying from this great product.
My experience for the Ecotools blush brush has been similar to my experience with the Ecotools powder brush -- amazing! You know how for some less expensive products, you hear "Well, it's good for its price"? Well, this won't be one of those times; this brush is good...period. The brush is an absolute joy to use, as its synthetic bristles are very soft. I actually look forward to applying my blush. As a plus, the brush is also environmentally friendly -- the handle is made of bamboo (a renewable resource) and the ferrule is made of recycled aluminum. I truthfully cannot believe how little I spent: less than $8 for two Ecotools brushes & some other items. (I bought this during a BOGOF deal, and I had coupons!) I would definitely buy again!
You know how for some less expensive products, you hear "Well, it's good for its price"? Well, this won't be one of those times; this brush is good...period. The brush is an absolute joy to use, as its synthetic bristles are very soft. I actually look forward to applying my finishing powder. As a plus, the brush is also environmentally friendly -- the handle is made of bamboo (a renewable resource) and the ferrule is made of recycled aluminum. I truthfully cannot believe that I spent less than $7 (w/ sales & coupons) for this brush. Would definitely buy again!
Skincare - Face -Mary Kay - Balancing Moisturizer Formula 2
monkeysrfunny 2/3/2008 11:16:00 PM
This is a great moisturizer for combination skin -- absorbs nicely & leaves skin super soft without the greasy feeling afterwards. As the moisturizer is non-comedogenic, I never have to worry about it breaking me out -- love it!
Swirling the five stripes together, this becomes a nice, warm peachy blush that is particularly flattering on my light to medium Asian skin tone. However, with that said, I don't think it deserves its $30 price tag -- while you get a lot of product (.3 oz), I'm sure there are plenty of great peachy blushes at a fraction of the cost.
Shampoo -Trader Joe's - Balanced Moisturizing Nourish Spa Shampoo
monkeysrfunny 1/12/2008 1:17:00 AM
I agree with other reviewers that the terms "balanced moisturizing" are slightly misleading, but it is a great shampoo regardless. Used in conjunction with the accompanying Nourish Spa conditioner, my hair has never been more soft and shiny. At $2.50 for a 16.9 oz bottle, this must be one of the most affordable SLS & cone free shampoos on the market!
Conditioner -Trader Joe's - Balanced Moisturizing Nourish Spa Conditioner
monkeysrfunny 12/30/2007 5:20:00 PM
Thanks to MUA reviews, I decided to check out this conditioner, and it has quickly become one of my favorites! Not only is it an awesome conditioner, I love the fact that there aren't any harsh chemicals or cones in it. My hair is soft, shiny, and without build-up...all at the cost of $2.50 for a16.9 oz (.5 L) bottle. You can't beat that!
Makeup Brushes -Flirt - Feather Dust-her (aka Skunk Brush)
monkeysrfunny 9/14/2007 12:36:00 AM
I checked out this brush after reading many reviews that spoke highly of it. For a price of $6, this brush is of good quality - it is very soft, it does not shed, and it applies blushes on the pigmented side more naturally. However, with that said, the brush would be better if it were denser; it just feels very flimsy to me. I definitely think the brush is good, but it's by no means amazing. I do not regret this purchase, but I would not go out and purchase it again.
This is my HG for a lip balm/treatment! It is very basic - it comes in a white tube w/ blue lettering, and it contains no color or fragrance. To dispense more product, simply twist the navy blue portion of the tube near the top. I will have to admit, this took some getting used to, as I was more familiar with the Chapstick dispensing style (where one twists at the other end of the tube). Even with that said, this lip balm is well worth it! It moisturizes very well, heals my chapped lips, and does not feel greasy. Most importantly, my lips do not get addicted to this. I am not punished for not wearing the Lip Moisturizer (as I know can happen with other brands), but rather, I am rewarded when I do. I just love this Lip Moisturizer, and I highly recommend it.
Makeup Brushes -Bare Escentuals - Flawless Application Face Brush
monkeysrfunny 9/13/2007 11:23:00 PM
I got this in my BE Starter Kit, and I have to say that I hate this brush. Though it did get the job done for buffing my makeup, the brush just irritated my skin with its scratchy bristles. Makeup application should not be itchy/painful, but with this brush, it absolutely feels that way. As an alternative for mineral makeup application, I highly recommend Flirt!'s Big Flirt Blush Brush. Unlike the Flawless Application Face Brush, Flirt!'s brush is much MUCH softer; it is also a much better value for your money.
Cleansers -Cetaphil - Daily Facial Cleanser (Normal to Oily Skin)
monkeysrfunny 9/13/2007 11:13:00 PM
This is a very basic, no-frills cleanser - it is clear with a light gel-like consistency, and it comes in a bottle that includes a pump for dispensing. It gets the job done: cleans my face, removes my makeup, all without over-drying my face or causing breakouts. I love knowing that if I get any breakouts, this neither causes them nor makes them worse.
This brush is quite a bargain at only $7, especially considering how wonderfully it performs! Its bristles are very soft, and it blends beautifully. Plus, it is dense enough for my mineral makeup application - I love this brush!