I love Etude House's nail polish. They're dirt cheap in Korea (less than $1) but is such a quality product and come in really fresh colors. The brush is the perfect size for me and goes on smoothly. The formula is opaque enough that one coat usually does the trick. I love that because I use a base and top coat so it sort of gets thick on its own. I'm always grateful for one less layer. It dries quickly too! Quite honestly, I prefer this over OPI/China Glaze, Essie, etc. as those formulas are so runny and dry a lot slower, in my opinion.
Cleansers -Neutrogena - Deep Clean Relaxing Nightly Cleanser
ogtofu 5/1/2011 1:48:00 PM
A pretty good cleanser. I use it with my rubber scrubber and it has kept my blackheads away. My face feels a lot smoother, but I can't say it really has cleared my breakouts. I usually wash my face twice with this. First, a quick wash and then a second time with a scrubber just to make sure all the makeup is off. I think it works pretty well if followed by a good moisturizer. I think next up I will try the scrub version of this!
A very quality product that comes in a sturdy tiny pot. It is easily applied with a concealer brush and provides smooth, good coverage without drying up. It's creamy and blendable. I would purchase again, but my acne scars are dark so I prefer the Cle de Peau's coverage over this.
HG CONCEALER, hands down. It's creamy, not dry like you would expect from a stick concealer. It is easy to apply and has good coverage. Beige matches my skin perfectly! I use it under my eyes and on my face. It has pretty good oil control as well. It is quite pricey though; it's only a tad bit bigger than lipstick. Definitely give it a try if you have the money to spend!
This is probably my HG toner (at the moment). I have really sensitive, acne-prone skin and this has cleared it up significantly. It doesn't irritate my skin at all and doesn't leave it red, I just get a cool sensation on my face. I've been applying it morning and night for the past 3 weeks (?) and I have seen an improvement in my skin.
this is quite pricey, but really is as amazing as they say. it looks so natural because it just melts onto your skin, it is so lightweight! it evens out my skintone and overall texture. the color matches perfectly as well! the only problem i have with it is the smell. i can't really describe it, but i would have to say it's like a perfume my mother would wear x10. it really is overwhelming, but just ignore it because this product is great!
Moisturizers -The Body Shop - Tea Tree Oil Blemish Fade Night Lotion
ogtofu 5/22/2010 7:24:00 PM
i find this to be ineffective if you have active acne at the moment. it really doesn't do anything. i noticed the first couple of days i woke up with a noticeable improvement in my skin, but seeing how i still have active acne, it could only do so much for now. i will try using it again after my acne is under better control. it's a good product to try out if you no longer have acne and are looking for a bit of a glow.
this works great on popped pimples or ones that require healing. i don't think it does so much for cysts or any other acne. the smell is overwhelming if you are not used to tea tree oil. personally, i think it smells alright!
Toners -The Body Shop - Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner
ogtofu 5/22/2010 7:16:00 PM
i love this toner! although it hasn't cleared my acne, it feels very refreshing when applied and dries quickly so i don't have to wait to apply my makeup. although it has alcohol, it has been gentle on my skin. i don't get any burning sensations as you would expect from toners containing alcohol.
this makes a great gentle, daily cleanser. i can't say it does a whole lot for my acne, but i like the refreshing sensation and it makes my face feel clean.
it's an "okay" cleanser. i like that it goes on easily and washes off quickly without feeling filmy, but i don't feel like my face is completely clean. i will give it some more time.
Primer/ Corrector -Laura Mercier - Foundation Primer Oil -Free
ogtofu 5/22/2010 6:54:00 PM
i've been using this for about two months and i have to say i really dislike this primer. at first, i thought i'd give it a chance as with most things. however, it turned out to be so thick, almost as though you're spreading hand lotion onto your face. i feel like it just sits on your face and you have to wait for it to dry a bit or you get all this residue. how attractive. also, it doesn't even help keep my makeup in place--what a primer should do. after maybe four hours, my makeup clumps up and becomes a disaster! i would not recommend this.
it did nothing and is difficult to apply because it has a thick consistency so you have to keep rubbing at it until the white cream disappears. a waste of money.
With everyone raving about this product, I thought I'd give it a shot. It's not all that it's cracked up to be. The coverage is pretty good, almost completely masking acne, acne scars, and other blemishes. However, it did break me out and the shades are very limited and dull. I tried to like this product and was in denial that this was what caused my acne, but I've realized that there are bumps and cystic acne on parts of my face that has never broken out before. If you are acne-prone like me, I would not recommend this.
Eyeliner -L'Oreal - Carbon Black Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner
ogtofu 12/16/2009 6:18:00 AM
it's really easy to apply, long-lasting, and dries quickly. however, not quickly enough. apparently i applied a bit too much because it was still wet and got pretty messy. anyway, it does its job and works well for its price.