I love this cream. I have been a smashbox primer fan for six months and wanted to try this too. In my opinion, this is very lightweight and fairly liquid. The only thing I noticed is that this is a primer, not a foundation and you will not get full coverage. I tried to put more on and it looked yucky. Yesterday I put it on before my cleaning job of 5 hrs. When I looked in the mirror on the way home, my face was still matte!! I had sweated all around my hairline, but my face was shine-free! That is amazing. It's pricey, but one tube will last a long long long time.
Treatments -Makeup Artist's Choice (MUAC) - TCA Peel
shiningstar2 4/13/2011 9:44:00 AM
I have been using Obagi Nu-Derm facial wash, toner, Clear and Exfoliating cream for over a year and my skin looks better than it ever ever has. But - of course, I still have lots of acne scarring that just won't go away. I had been checking out Obagi's Blue Peel but who wants to turn BLUE for even a few days AND spend HUNDREDS of dollars to do it??!! I went surfing for alternatives andI found MUAC's site. When I read that the TCA peel has the same ingredients as Obagi's peel, I was ready to check it out. I ordered the 18% TCA and was happily surprised when it arrived w/in 3 days of my order. This company rocks!! Yesterday, I did my peel. Within a minute of applying the solution to my skin, I started to see slight frosting. But - the directions were fabulous and I simply dabbed the neutralizer (ordered w/ peel) on those areas which cooled them right down. I left the rest of the solution on for the 5 minutes, removed all traces with the neutralizer solution and then washed w/ the green tea soap they provide with your peel. My skin looked pink and fresh and felt taut and smooth. I am glowing! ** Today is the next day and my skin looks rosy like I have a little sunburn. I've been putting on Cortaid cream and my skin feels great! Just slightly taut. I'm waiting to see if I'll have any peeling, and I plan to do another one in 3 weeks and will report back. I highly recommended this right now and feel this peel is one of the BEST deals on the internet today. The Blue Peel is $600-$700 per peel and just like this one, you need to do 2 or 3 for the best results. The TCA peel solution and neutralizer cost less than $30 and I've got enough solution to do at least 10 more peels....
If you have clogged pores and breakouts - BUY THIS! It is the most impressive thing I've ever used on my skin and I've been breaking out for 30 years on and off. It has a 20 sec timer to do each area of your face evenly. Your skin feels taut and your pores appear smaller. I found it at QVC for about $40, which is worth it. I guess if money were no object, I'd spring for the Clarisonic, but this does a terrific job!
Treatments -Skinceuticals - Refining Night Cream With 1 % Pure Retinol
shiningstar2 1/17/2009 8:33:00 AM
I love this. I've had acne for 30 years and this cream is wonderful at clearing my skin. Even though I'm fair-skinned, I have had no trouble with too much drying - my skin looks great in the morning after using it. Because it's almost $50 for the little bottle, I don't use it every day, probably 3x/wk. But - I believe this is the best bargain out there as far as pure retinols go. If your skin is toughened by years of acne, scarring, etc., I highly recommend using this - you will see a difference.
I love this! Finally, a mask that really works. Yes, it's messy, but I don't keep it on that long. I use generic aspirin which is identical to any other aspirin, but others may have a coating that make them virtually indestructible (read - unable to crush!) I just crush 'em on my counter with my toothbrush for convenience and wet my fingers to get it to stick and apply to my wet face. When I wash it off, it makes a great exfloliant if you just add a little water and rub gently. I use it after I've had to de-clog my face (that is, pick zits ugh) and it seems to really help remove the redness by the time I wake up the next morning. Thanks to everyone who suggested this!
Treatments -Paula's Choice - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion Exfoliant
shiningstar2 10/29/2008 9:04:00 AM
I'm 47 with problem skin for YEARS! This is a fabulous product to use day or night. I don't understand the other's complaints about stickiness. Yes, it's sticky initially, but if you wait a few mins., I can then use my mineral makeup right over it, no problem! I forgo the mineral primer when I use this. I think regular use of this 2% BHA is very helpful in keeping your skin clear. My bottle is lasting months and I am getting ready to repurchase. I only wish Paula would do a 3%. BTW, I alternate using this nightly with a 10% benzo perox. gel to keep things under control.