I've been using this product for about a month now and absolutely love it! I went through a pretty stressful patch this summer and started breaking out because of it. I've always had acne prone skin, but if I get a good regimen down, I can usually keep it under control. Well usually my retin-A does the trick, but when I start breaking out for whatever reason, it is very difficult to get it back under control. I was getting big, cystic pimples every day and I did what I always do when I break out: panic and buy every product I can get my hands on. My most expensive splurge was the Tanda. It cost me about $300 dollars and didn't do anything, as far as I can tell. I'm still using it because I'm scared that if I stop, I'll break out again :/ Anyway, 3 months on from my initial break out nothing had changed and I was starting to get desperate. I saw an infomercial for MaxClarity on tv. I'm a very gullible person and I always fall for advertising ploys, so of course I ordered it. I can honestly say that this has worked wonders. I haven't gotten a single pimple since I started using it, and when I run my hand over my chin, it feels completely smooth (except for one small, deep pimple that's taking months to go away). Even when my skin was clear from Retin-A, I could still feel some tiny bumps lying in wait. I should make a note here, that I am also on antibiotics, which are probably helping as well. However, I noticed a dramatic improvement as soon as I started using MaxClarity which makes me think it played the biggest role in clearing my skin. A lot of people complain of dryness with this, and after about 4 consecutive days using it, I do have to take a night off. I just slather on some lotion and Botanics moisture mask, leave it on for the night, and in the morning, I'm good as new. My skin is super oily though, so dry-skinned people may have more of a problem with this. I've actually found that Max Clarity helps control my oil a bit as well. Of course nothing can solve the problem completely, but I'm no longer a grease pool 2 hours after I've applied my makeup. Anyway, to sum up: Max Clarity is awesome and I will definitely buy it again and recommend it to everyone I know.
I set out to get the new Neutrogena Wave but couldn't find it anywhere. I found this one instead and figured it can't be all that different since it vibrates and everything just like the Wave does. It comes with 6 pads that are infused with Dove's own soap which I'm not that fond of because it's a bit drying and because I like my Mary Kay deep cleanser just fine. My solution to this is to rinse the pad they give you out until their soap is gone. I then squeeze my own cleanser onto it and then follow the normal directions. It works great! My skin feels super soft and exfoliated afterwards. It also feels like it's getting out a lot more gunk than the usual hand washing. For only $11 bucks it's definitely worth it. The only reason I wouldn't buy this product again is because you only need to buy it once and then purchase new cleansing pads.
I wanted to like this so much. I read wonderful reviews on MUA and ran out to buy Desert Essence Jojoba Oil at Trader Joe's. A couple of days after using it, my skin started breaking out terribly and only stopped when I stopped using the product. I thought that perhaps it was a coincidence and gave it another shot a few months later. The same thing happened again. This is one of the only products that has ever made me break out--usually my skin can tolerate most things. Since then I've talked to a lot of people that have said their skin reacted really badly to the oil. I guess it's a hit or miss thing.
Masks -DDF - Sulfur Therapeutic Mask [DISCONTINUED]
moocowmoo 1/20/2008 11:20:00 PM
I have to rave about this mask because it is currently saving my skin. For the past couple of months my skin has been acting up like no other. All of a sudden I was getting huge cystic pimples all over my forehead. I don't usually have the cystic kind of acne but I kept getting a new giant red zit every day. I'm very pale and they stood out and looked awful. I went perusing on MUA to see if there was anything that could help and found that a lot of people recommended this sulfur mask. My skin has responded well to sulfur masks (like the Proactiv one) in the past, so I gave it a shot. It was pretty pricey but not as bad as some of the products at Sephora and worth every penny for what it's done for my skin. I started using it about 5 days ago and since then I haven't got a single new pimple. It's also helped to clear the existing pimples and, while I still have a couple of small bumps and red marks, it's really done wonders in such a short amount of time. At this rate, my skin should be almost completely clear in about a week. The Proactiv mask is good, but not this good. Definitely worth a try!
I was very impressed with this powder and I'm on my second compact. I have the oiliest skin ever, and nothing kept it at bay except for Clinac O.C. gel, which only worked for a couple of hours. I've found that when I pair this pressed powder with the Clinac O.C., I can go 4-5 hours without having to blot which is amazing for me. I will definitely continue to repurchase this. I gave it 4 lippies instead of 5 because there isn't all that much powder in a compact, and at $20 a pop, it can get a bit pricey to keep repurchasing.
Love love love! Aspirin is wonderful. It's so cheap and it really works to help clear up skin. I'll mix it with honey for a moisturizing mask, or with Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque when I want to dry out pimples. My favorite use is it keep some aspirin on a pimple with a small bandaid overnight as a spot treatment (If I have no bandaids, sometimes I'll mix it with QHMJM to make it stick). I've had more than one pimple completely disappear this way. UPDATE: Still using it. Still loving it. HG.
Misc Beauty Tools -Clean & Clear - Oil Absorbing Sheets
moocowmoo 11/25/2006 3:42:00 PM
I don't know what I would do without these little blotting sheets. I have been using them religiously for 7 years. They suck up all the oil without touching your makeup, and it's a lifesaver for those with incredibly oily skin. The only down side is, if you're very oily like me, you're constantly buying new packs and they're around $6-7 each. I usually buy mine at Walmart where they are $4-5. UPDATE: I have switched to the Equate brand version since they are identical and about half the price. You can find them at CVS.
STEP AWAY FROM THE BOX OF FERIA! This has been a nightmare for me. First I tried dark blond to prep myself for dying it brown. The dark blond was more of a grey-pink, but I was going to dye over it anyway, so I just ignored it and stupidly picked up the Feria box in medium brown. The box showed a girl with beautiful dark chocolate-y waves. What I got was a greyish dishwater colored brown. It looked AWFUL! I had to bleach out my hair, which turned it bright yellow, then dye over it TWICE with Garnier hair dye. Thank the lord it is now a normal color, but I think I've destroyed my hair in the process.
I've been using this for about 2 weeks now and I'm really enjoying this so far. I just feel better going to bed with this on my face. I feel like whatever pimple my pop up, this will take care of it. I bought this in light. I love the fact that I can go to bed wearing make-up basically and looking good, but still have it be good for my skin. I've noticed that pimples heal a lot faster now and I'm getting less of them. My skin also just looks clearer. I washed off my makeup today and was so surprised. Usually I'm red and blotchy, but now I'm not red at all and my skintone looks more even. Definitely try this! At least get a sample, it lasts for quite a long time.