I love the finish of this and it's super light and fluffy. However, whatever makes it smooth and pore-perfecting also makes it a little greasy-feeling. (Silicone?) I use this on occasion but it's not my holy grail.
This cleanser wreaked havoc on my skin in three short days. My face went from feeling soft and normal to dried out and coarse. The skin around my mouth and nose is peeling and my foundation looks cakey everywhere else; red and itchy is not a good look for me. :( This might be okay to use occasionally, like once a week, but as a daily cleanser, it's way too harsh.
Lip Treatments -New York Color - Lip Sliders Tinted Lip Balm ] ] [DISCONTINUED]
steenface 7/1/2009 10:25:00 PM
A great budget lip balm! It comes in a cute little tin with a sliding lid, which is handy so you're not fumbling around with a lid. (Although the lid will slide right off if you push it all the way!) The texture is thicker, slicker, and very moisturizing; I like that, even though it's a bit heavier, it's not sticky. The flavor is a mix of vanilla and sugar and the tint is a great touch!
Primer/ Corrector -Make Up For Ever - HD Microperfecting Primer in 1 Green
steenface 2/17/2009 12:32:00 PM
My holy grail! The primer goes on smooth and doesn't feel too oily. Throughout the day, it keeps any redness and flushing at bay without making me greasy. The price tag is a bit hefty but, for me, a little goes a long way and it's totally worth it!
Top/Base Coats -Sally Hansen - Double Duty Base & Top Coat
steenface 2/17/2009 12:30:00 PM
I appear to be in the minority but I hated it as a base coat. Even after letting it completely dry, my nail polish didn't go on very smoothly. It was streaky and if I ran the brush over the same spot twice, it would pull the first layer of nail polish in a clump. It did the same thing as a top coat --- again, even after waiting for my nails to completely dry. The only saving grace is that the top coat seems pretty sturdy and helps prevent chips. (I have short nails so chipping isn't as much of an issue anyway.)
Primer/ Corrector -Rimmel - Fix and Perfect Foundation Primer
steenface 11/8/2008 7:58:00 PM
I'm an NW25/NC30 in MAC foundation and the primer disappeared on my skin. It's not super oily like Smashbox's and it made my skin flawless! I put it on after I washed my face, applied my foundation, and set it with my philosophy the supernatural airbrushed canvas powder and it was BEAUTIFUL. I spent all day at a football game and, while it didn't stay perfectly matte, it didn't turn me into an oil slick either. (It turned more into a dewy glow) I'm in love! It's more effective and way cheaper than my $29 MAC primer. I will definitely be using this!
At first, I was really put off by this; I'd been using the Oil of Olay night cream and was used to a more lotion-like application. The pearlescent color was a little surprising. The smell is pretty strong --- it smells kind of like cardboard to me --- and it feels a little sticky and tacky on your face at first but, once it dries, it's not too bad. (All the more encouragement to not touch your face, I suppose!) The trick is finding the right amount to use; too little it gets REALLY stick. Too much and I wake up really oily and greasy. However, I'm happy with the effects! My skin is soft in the morning and still has a bit of the sheen to it. It hasn't caused any breakouts for me.
My skin FREAKS out at the thought of salicylic acid but benzoyl peroxide works just fine. I can't use the PersaGel every night or else my skin gets really dry and flaky but every other night or every few days seems to be working out just fine. I put it on at night, after I wash my face, wait a few minutes for it to dry completely and then add my night-time moisturizer; otherwise, it feels really dry and cakey. I wake up the next morning to better skin! I really only use it when I start to notice some problems and, after a few uses, they go away.
I love this toner! It's refreshing, not too drying, and leaves a satiny matte finish.
I use this mask sparingly because my skin is sensitive to regular use of salicylic acid and it definitely helps reduce any flare ups. The smell is really obnoxious though!
While I like the tingly frothy nature of this cleanser, it doesn't seem to remove all of my makeup and it leaves my skin feeling a little tight. It DOES give you that squeaky clean feeling afterwards though and I haven't had any problems with breakouts.
The mascara does okay on its own but when I add it over a coat of LashBlast, my lashes stand out! I love the effect and the packaging is way cute.
One of the best felt-tip liners I've tried! It's super easy to use and the applicator hasn't deformed or frayed or anything.
It's super smooth and glides on easily, almost jelly-like. The smell / taste is a little citrusy, a little sugary, a little plasticky; I'm not quite sure how to describe it. I don't think it's terrible though. It gives my lips a little bit of a shiny tint and, if I leave it on overnight, I wake up to softer lips!
Hair Styling Tools -Unlisted Brand - Jilbere de Paris Titanium Tools
steenface 8/28/2008 12:46:00 PM
*This review is for the Titanium Tools Flat Iron* I love this flat iron! It heats up quickly and the frictionless plates glide over my hair. I can curl or straighten, depending on my mood. I can straighten my hair in a few minutes and not worry about frizz.