The packaging is quite unhygienic. Also, the combination of SPF actually has been shown in scientific research *NOT* to be good. The combination is oxinoxate with avobenzone. This degrades faster than other sunscreen combinations. Meaning that it is not as effective as a sunscreen. This was published in a scientific journal as the article title, "Unexpected Photolysis of the Sunscreen Octinoxate in the Presence of the Sunscreen Avobenzone." Anyway, if you just use it as a lip balm, it should be fine. But my quest for the perfect sunscreen lip balm continues...
I have been a faithful user of this eyeshadow for some years now. It is easy to apply, and enhances natural beauty without looking like I'm wearing "too much." I often just apply with my fingertips. It also lasts quite a long time (although you should throw out eyeshadow after ~3-4 months, for sanitary reasons). It creases a bit, but that's because I tend to have oily eyelids and I don't apply your standard kind of "primer" underneath. I love this eyeshadow the most because it is natural and non-irritating to my eyes. I could wear my contacts everyday with no irritation from this lovely eyeshadow. I hope they stick with their formula and don't change it.
Moisturizers -Josie Maran Cosmetics - Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 40
roseb202 1/2/2013 3:28:00 PM
I have sensitive skin and like this product. It does not cause tingling or burning like some other products do. I like that it has physical sunscreens instead of chemical sunscreens. It has a nice pump dispenser. The consistency is not thick, which I like. It is pretty liquidy which allows me to spread it easily over my face. I lightly rub it into my face, doing portions at a time. It takes a minute or so to fully absorb. Then I apply a tinted foundation overtop. The result is very nice. It wears well throughout the day, although I am not exposed to a lot of sunlight given that it's wintertime here where I am, and I stay indoors mostly. The only thing I don't like about it is the slightly flowery smell, which reminds me very much of the air freshener on planes. I could get used to it over time, though. Wish they would make it totally unfragranced.
Liquid -Kanebo - Lunasol Modeling Water Liquid Foundation
roseb202 12/31/2012 4:12:00 PM
This goes on smoothly on my face, easy to blend, becomes matte pretty quickly. Hides my undereye circles very well as well as pimple scars. Absorbs very well. Actually has SPF as well (SPF17/PA++, I think). It is VERY mattifying which you may like if you have oily skin. I imagine people with oily skin would really like this. I have combination sensitive skin and my skin was just fine with it. No gross cystic acne, and my skin is prone to acne. I get hormonal acne once a month, though, but that can't really be attributed to this product. I wear a pretty moisturizing physical sunscreen underneath, and wear this on top. That way it doesn't look too mattifying. I am almost done with my 1st bottle and purchased 2 extra bottles and plan to use those. Just wish the SPF (for UVB rays) and PA rating (for UVA rays) was higher protection. Also, if it had more moisture in it, too, that would be great. Because it can tend to make your skin appear a bit "dry." But the matte effect is relatively nice. Otherwise you should wear a (rich/thick) moisturizer underneath if you have dry skin. Price: It's pretty expensive at ~$50-$65. It lasted about 4 months for me with everyday use. But I will probably repurchase, especially if they offer higher SPF protection in a newer version. Packaging: Frosted matte glass bottle with rose gold colored cap. Pump-style dispenser. Some at the very bottom gets wasted because it's hard to get every last drop out.
Tinted Moisturizer -Cover Girl - CG Smoothers Tinted Moisturizer Fair to Light
roseb202 10/10/2010 7:33:00 AM
This really makes my skin look flawless, dewy, and healthy; not matte. It's very light-weight texture that spreads easily and smoothly. It's also a great price and matches my skin tone PERFECTLY (I'm very fair/light-skinned and many products end up being too pink or too orange on me). It really sinks into my skin (combination, sensitive skin type) without flaking off. It doesn't give great coverage, but helps to even skin tone a lot! However, I get breakouts of acne after I use it! Maybe I am sensitive to some of the ingredients? IF this is reformulated to be less comedogenic/acne-genic, I definitely want to buy it again!
So far, I really like this product. My lips seem to always be chapped, crackly and dry, and I have to re-apply balm a lot. However, this is different from other lip balms in that it actually seems to *treat* my lips. In other words, it's not just a silicone layer that temporarily protects my lips from the wind and harsh environmental elements. It seems to heal my lips with all of the wonderful organic moisturizing ingredients. I went out biking in the cold fall night and when I got back (after ~30 minutes), my lips were STILL MOISTURIZED! This is amazing to me. Even after I can no longer really "feel" the lip balm on my lips (initial shininess gone), it's like my lips have actually absorbed the moisture and STILL do not appear cracked or dry, hours later! Love it. I've tried other brands, but this definitely seems to top the list. The tube is definitely larger than others (about an inch in diameter! and about 3 inches long) so it's not as expensive as it seems, and would seem to last longer and be easier to find in a clutter of stuff (i.e. purse!) Sweetsation appears to be a line that's geared towards mainly mothers and babies (safety for pregnant women) but I suppose anyone can use them who concerns about safety in their cosmetics products & opts for organic choices!
This seems too thick for my skin to use as a foundation or tinted moisturizer all over my already combination oily face, so I use it as a concealer for my under-eyes and pimples, which it's very effective and good for. It has dimethicone so I can't use it every day (seems that I'm sensitive to dimethicone and tends to clog me up?), but it helps conceal and provide very good SPF protection for pimples or scars to help prevent residual scarring. It sinks into my skin and helps to even my skin tone. I purchased it directly from Japan, but I think there are other websites that offer it. It seems a good and decent price for the quality and good ingredients. Apparently Japan has more stricter cosmetics regulations than other places, which can be a good thing.
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Credentials - RosaCalm Skin Serum
roseb202 10/5/2010 7:20:00 AM
In summary, YES, this product DOES seem to work-- I used it for about 2 weeks. But for my acne-prone skin, it did seem to cause some pimples due to the dimethicone (?) perhaps, and I stopped using it because I'm wary about some of the ingredients like the Diazolidinyl Urea. I still need to do some more research on how much of that they actually use, before deciding to buy again. I marked as "Yes" would buy again, but still not sure. In longer words, to hear the whole story of *why* I came to buy Rosacalm, it started from when my face was messed up and I was searching for a repair. Basically, before I bought Rosacalm, I over-exfoliated my face and it was in need of serious repair. It had red patches and papules and pustules on my cheeks, basically was a mess. By the way, if you have rosacea or mild rosacea, or sensitive skin, do NOT use alpha-hydroxy cleanser (i.e. fruit acid based) on a daily basis-- limit yourself to once a week, or opt for just a lactic acid based cleanser (like with milk). I have sensitive acne-prone skin with mild rosacea (on and off) so I did some research and found out about this product. I can't really use creams because they're too thick for my already sort of oily face, so I like that this is a serum. It glides on really smoothly and I used it for about 2 weeks. I used it after cleansing my face in the evenings, mostly. I saw a huge difference in my red marks. My face tone was more even, texture became smoother, more healed. This is packed with mostly great ingredients. Awesome ingredients actually.... like copper, glycosaminoglycans, etc. However, I think the dimethicone (a silicone type ingredient) clogged my pores and broke me out in small pimples here and there. They went away after I stopped using it. If you aren't sensitive to dimethicone (which is present in many products, I just can't tolerate it acne-wise), and if you have rosacea or skin that just needs healing, I would try this out. I also stopped using it because it has small amounts of Diazolidinyl Urea which is approved in cosmetics but it still releases formaldehyde when in contact with water, and I've just gotten to be very picky about what I put on my skin. I wish it didn't have the dimethicone and the Diazolidinyl Urea, otherwise I really like this product a lot. It's packed with a lot of awesome ingredients! **UPDATE** I found out the Diaz. Urea is below the maximum limit, so according to the FDA it is safe to use. So, it must just be one or some of the ingredients that I'm sensitive to. If you tolerate plant extracts well, and are OK with dimethicone, give this product a try, it certainly seemed to help with my skin tone and texture!
On its own, this product doesn't work too great. It doesn't feel like it really gets absorbed. However, when I layer it on top of the Pangea balancing oil, it sinks in so well and gets rid of my dark circles and lines SO MUCH! The only caveat is that I start to get small pimples sometimes around my eyes-- I was not cool about that, so I am on the look out for something that can give the same awesome effect, without causing pimples. I also like that Pangea products are all natural, but they seriously need to consider at least adding some kind of natural preservative besides Vitamin E.
I have combination oily, sensitive acne-prone skin with slight rosacea. This was too harsh for my skin, although it left it with a very clean, minty feeling. It may be OK for use once a week as a mask perhaps, but I think I am sensitive to the sodium laureth (?) sulfate which is contained in it. I think this is an ingredient that many sensitive skin people should avoid.
This is a really beautiful color and I'm happier with the ingredients than the other brands. It comes out as a slightly burnt brassy color with a nice sheen, not too sparkly though. I like the texture. If I layer too much on, it tends to crease, but maybe with the use of an eyelid primer, it may not do this. I just wish it came with a little space to put an eyeshadow applicator-- the eyeshadow is basically just a flip-top eyeshadow square container, with the pressed shadow in a shallow tin. But it's quite portable.
Tinted Moisturizer -Christian Dior - hydra life pro-youth skin tint
roseb202 10/5/2010 7:05:00 AM
Unfortunately the lightest shade was too orange and dark for my skin tone. I am usually the lightest porcelain shade. It may work well for others. It blends very well, though, and didn't seem to make me break out. It adds a nice glow and sheen to the face. It definitely does make the face look more "hydrated" but I wouldn't suggest it for more oily-skinned women, especially in the summer. Perhaps this would be a good product for people with dry skin, or in the winter time, and definitely try it on before buying, since the lightest shade is darker than normal. If they made this in a lighter shade than the current lightest available, I would consider buying it again!
Conditioner -Jason Natural Cosmetics - Thin To Thick Conditioner
roseb202 10/5/2010 7:02:00 AM
I don't know about it making my hair more thick, but I like that the ingredients are more skin-friendly than other conditioners, and seemingly more healthy. My hair looks and feels healthy after using this, without making my scalp itchy or feel too over moisturized or too dry.
Lip Treatments -Alba Botanica - Coconut Cream Lip Balm
roseb202 10/5/2010 7:00:00 AM
I've bought so many of these over the past few years, I've lost count! Most lip balms dry out my lips over a few hours, but this one is the best from what I've found so far. It moisturizes my lips very well without making them too sticky, too goopy, or too shiny. They give a nice plump moisture to the lips. Plus, it's very organic and natural, which is important to me, particularly if I'm putting it on my lips and could ingest it! The only reason I don't give 5 stars is because sometimes it gets grainy after a while-- I think this happens when I put it in my pocket and it gets too hot, and starts to dissociate. I think it's best to store it in a purse or place away from too much heat.
This helped moisturize my face and I believe it may have helped old scars to fade away. However, I highly recommend to keep it in the fridge because it may have gone rancid after a few months and then I started to get deep pimples. Not sure if this was hormonal, but I believe it may have been linked. I already have a quite oily T-zone so wearing this during the day made my face look very oily. It's something I could only really use at night. Also, the dispenser was very annoying. It would literally squirt out the oil in unpredictable directions, with too much force-- it was hard to control the amount dispensed. This was true for 2 bottles that I purchased.