Highlighters -L'Oreal - Bare Naturale Mineral Glow
teabox 9/12/2007 4:58:00 PM
If by GLOW they meant "big sparkly glitters" it's certainly got it. It is way too glittery for day time use, and much more suitable for a fun night out about the town. With this product you won't GLOW with a SHEEN but you'd SPARKLE like a GLITTERY TIARA. Just so you know.
The actual quality of the powder is very good. It's a finely milled powder that applies smoothly. A very good quality drugstore product, IF you can find a suitable color for you, that is. The brush/cap that comes with the package is pretty decent as well (although it is kind of awkward combination). I bought the blush shade in "Sugar Plum" and it's a pretty neutral mauve/pink for my NC25 complexion. I also bought the 'glow' shade in "Rose Glow" which was a mistake, as it is way to glittery for everyday use. Do not get the 'GLOW' versions if you're just looking for a blush.
Cleansers -Aubrey Organics - vegecol with organic aloe skin cleansing lotion
teabox 12/27/2006 3:18:00 AM
My skin is more dry than sensitive, so this actually works really well. I find the after feel nice but not greasy. It also takes off the waterproof makeup (bobbi brown gel eyeliner) I use so I love it.
Very good. The mousse spreads very thin and settles into a powdery finish, so I suppose the idea is that it's a foundation/powder combo. Too matte but that's what Maybelline advertises. Provides good coverage, even for undereye. Used it for few months already and the pot does not dry out. Some people have break out problems with the silicon mousse formula, but I don't share that frustration. Does not last long without a good primer.
Blush -Maybelline - Dream Mousse Blush in Peach Satin ] ] [DISCONTINUED]
teabox 12/27/2006 2:56:00 AM
I have the East Asian skin tone and the color works very well. The mousse is very pigmented, but since it can spread very thin, the effect is very subtle but visible, making it look like the face is slightly flushed from within. The shimmer doesn't bother me as much, as I like a highlighted look, but I can see how it could be a problem for some people. Overall it's a great drugstore buy.
I was recommended to use a thin slanted but stiff brush to apply the gel-creme eyeliner. The gel-creme texture is superb, as is the lasting power. I have the one in Granite Ink and it can be made to look edgy and dramatic or pencil soft. It's very controllable and takes very little time to apply. Doesn't smudge like pencil and doesn't flake and fall like conventional liquid eyeliner. Comes off very easy with a standard creamy lotion cleanser.
Lotions/ Creams -L'Occitane - 100% Pure Shea Butter
teabox 11/21/2004 5:14:00 AM
Overrated and overly expensive. Pure shea butter is cheap if you buy from a organic items retailer like mountainroseherbs.com, a pound is only 9 dollars. I like L'Occitane products in general... but truthfully their products are all overpriced and unimpressive.
It's alrite. Nothing too bad about it... and nothing too impressive about it either. A very standard moisturizer, for skin with no problems.
Doesn't work to lighten up the skin significantly. I still love it because the glycolic and azelaic acids clear up my acne and makes me free of breakouts. DDF should really just advertise this as an acne treatment...
Styling Products -Murray's - Murray's Superior Hair Dressing Pomade
teabox 11/15/2004 5:07:00 AM
The trick is knowing how to use it. If you know what you're doing with this dry pomade you can put volume into limp hair or weight down poofy hair with too much volume. Not for novice hair manipulators. TO CREATE VOLUME: You swab some with your finger tips (you will only be able to pick up a small amount of mass but that's the point), rub between your finger tips, and grab a chunk of your hair from underside and run it to the tip, you don't want it at the root, but where you want to have the 'poof'. The goal is to have some strands WITH WAX, and some without, so that those few strands stiffened by the dry pomade will 'support' the rest without. End result: volumous hair without stiff hair-sprayed look. TO CREATE DEFINITION: Swab a bit with onto your finger and rub it between your fingertips to distribute evenly to prevent having a chunk of gunk on ur hair. Grab rub a few chunks of your hair at the very tip. I guess the point is... you really only need A LITTLE BIT to achieve any look other than the helmut one. Extremely GREAT PRODUCT. I can't completely wash it off my finger tips after I apply it to my hair either, but given it LITERALLY is just petrolatum and mineral oil... it's not any worse than having vaseline and baby oil on ur hand.
Treatments -L'Oreal - Line Eraser Pure Retinol Concentrate
teabox 11/15/2004 4:43:00 AM
Got this on sale because it was cheap, but turned out to be a good moisturizer. I have combination skin, prone to white/blackheads, but this in general created no problem for me. It FEELS thick, binds to your skin, but is not at all greasy and oily. The cream itself look pretty opaque when you squeeze it out of the metal tube, so there's probably some titanium dioxide or the likes in the formula, which would also explain the matte-ness. Not a moisturizer for those looking to salvage dried out skin... I'd recommend Dr Hauschka's Rose Cream for that. Line Eraser IS a very good moisturizer though... I've used two tubes already and thinking about... just 'settling down' with it.
Gels/Soaps -Dr. Bronner's - Peppermint Castille Soap
teabox 9/5/2004 11:28:00 PM
I love it because it is an environmentally friendly and socially responsible company. The cleansing power is superb. It really gets everything off, but it is not for those looking for a moisturizing bar that would melt in the shower stall. I have pretty normal skin, and I find it essential to use body lotion after this soap. I love it basically, and I'm going to get the liquid soap next.
TOTALLY NOT WORTH THE MONEY. Very fluid and sticky consistency with bad coconut smell, which is tolerable, but its holding power is WEAK. People save your money from being wasted on this expensive crap and get Murray's Pomade instead (a super duper manipulative dry pomade that will do anything you want regardless of hair type at pittance of a price).
Toners -L'Oreal - Dermo Expertise Visibly Clean Skin Renewing Toner
teabox 12/16/2003 5:54:00 AM
In term of texture and consistency, this gel-liquid toner is identical to the same company's Lancome Vitabolic toner/gel. The labeling doesn't include as much marketing gimmick (the lancome one is supposed to have gingko biloba extract/vitamin this and that/etc)but it gives the skin the same velvety smooth afterfeel. The process of applying the toner with cotton is as if dampening the cotton pad with a light gel lotion and wiping the face with it. By itself the toner is not hydrating enough to replace the need for a moisturizer, so not likely to clog pores. It makes the skin feel plump after application. So far the use has been good and enjoyable, I have combination skin prone to break out.
Great product. Fades away discoloration leftover from break out. Not all 2% hydroquinone product created the same, this one really works. The azelaic acid and glycolic acid in this serum gel also helps a great deal with acne.