I love this color! It has just enough shimmer to really stand out in the evening, without being heavily pigmented and looking odd on my eyelids. Yet, it still looks subtle enough for day. On me, it's a very light sandy color -- kind of a tan, but with shimmer, and a bit of a whitish cast. I use it as a highlighter and it makes a nice background for strong eyeliner or a subtle smudge eye (I don't look right in heavy eye make up). I am a FFF with green eyes and brown/blonde hair. I do agree with the other reviewer that if you have darker skin or prefer a more strongly defined eye look, this shade is probably not for you. I think this is a limited edition item.
This is a nice, basic brown. I use it for everyday as a smudge eyeshadow, or for evening as an eyeliner. It has kind of a cool cast to it, not too bronze like some browns, but still shimmery. I'm a FFF with green eyes and brown/blonde hair, so this is a nice shade for me but it isn't a knockout. I like the quality but not entirely sure I will repurchase, given the price.
Liquid -Cover Girl - Clean Makeup Fragrance Free [DISCONTINUED]
turtletrbl 6/7/2006 9:50:00 PM
This is a very nice foundation, especially at the price. It doesn't break me out (super-sensitive to additives here as well), and it blends so nicely on my combination skin that I can use it only in the areas I need foundation rather than doing the all over mask look. It covers up what needs to be covered, but the coverage is definitely light to medium. I also think it has helped to shrink or purge my breakouts from other products. I wear the Ivory shade, which is a teeny tiny bit pink (not the garish pink we all recall from our teen years, but a very faint hint of beigy pink). However, I have ruddy skin and the pink looks more natural on me than a neutral foundation would. I'm FFF with green eyes and brown/blonde hair and sensitive skin. Definitely give this foundation a try! For the price, it's so worth it. My ony beef with the packaging is that the glass bottle is heavy and the plastic top is a bit flimsy feeling in combination with the glass. I haven't had any problems yet though (knock on wood).
Cleansers -Clean & Clear - Foaming Facial Cleanser - Sensitive Skin
turtletrbl 6/7/2006 9:29:00 PM
I have oily, sensitive skin that is prone to whiteheads and blackheads. This cleanser failed me on 3 counts. First, it is very, very slick and difficult to rinse off. I had to use a washcloth and even then, it took several tries to get all the soap off. Second, I broke out in horrible cystic acne from this product -- most likely an allergic reaction to goodness knows what is in it. I don't normally get cystic type acne but I broke out with 4 new cysts within 3 days of starting this product (and I was only using it at night). Third, I developed severe eye irritation and would wake up every morning with my left eye swollen almost shut. So, three days on this product and it managed to wreck my skin and my vision for a good deal longer than that. It may work for some people, but if you have sensitive skin or eyes at all, I'd stay away.
I bought this product on the recommendations of others here at MUA; well, I wish I had read the ingredients first because one of the main ingredients is salicylic acid! It's fine for many skins, but I am allergic to salicylates and I broke out in horrible cystic acne from using this product. I also found that my blackheads got worse, not better. On the plus side, it did make my skin in the non-sensitive areas soft and smooth. I plan on using it only on the occasions when I'm wearing skimpy dresses since it works okay for occasional use on my chest. I do think the price is a bit high -- I paid almost $7 for a box of 24. I would only use them at night, but that's still quite a bit of money for this product.
Foundations -L'Oreal - Visible Lift Line Minimizing Makeup
turtletrbl 10/28/2005 4:32:00 PM
I think I've found it -- my HG foundation! Nice coverage without being cakey, doesn't settle into lines, doesn't highlight flakes or imperfections, wears well.....just the thing for my sensitive, combination skin! I also love the sunscreen, and my face looks even better after I wash the stuff off at night. I don't know what it is doing to improve my skin, but it is doing something. I have this in Nude Beige and it blends nicely on my fair but yellow skin. My one beef, after the price -- Visible Lift is probably one of the most expensive drug store foundations, I paid around $11 USD -- is the packaging. This is a very creamy foundation and it's hard to get it out of the bottle, plus the bottle is very heavy glass with a flimsy plastic top. I haven't had any accidents yet but it's an accident waiting to happen, and I imagine getting the last little bits out will involve Q-tips or some such. Even so, I'm willing to put up with those minor inconveniences for this lovely foundation.
Treatments -Olay - Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum
turtletrbl 10/7/2005 1:10:00 AM
I really wanted to like this product. When I first started using it, it seemed to miraculously improve my fine lines and zits. Lo and behold, after a couple of months, I started breaking out with cystic acne. My eyes also developed a strong sensitivity, which I knew right away was the Olay stuff because it only happened when I used the cream. After I developed several infections in one eye, I had to stop using the Regenerist serum -- and right away, my skin cleared up. The eye problems went away, too. I tried to use the serum on other parts of my body, and even after washing my hands with soap and water, the eye irritation came back. I also noticed that my skin briefly looked worse when I stopped using the serum then PRESTO, started looking much, much better after several weeks on its own. So I suspect that this serum works in part by irritating the skin to plump it up. That's a fast recipe for aged skin! I should add that I tried the fragrance-free version as well, and it performed exactly the same. Avoid, avoid!
I bought this in Nude and it is very orange. I live in an area with a lot of sun and most lip glosses with SPF dry out my lips. This one doesn't, but the color is very dark on me and it has no staying power whatsoever -- most lip tints stain my lips at least a little bit, since I'm kind of fair, but this one doesn't at all. It also has a kind of tacky feel on my lips. I don't like the packaging or the price either -- I think I paid $6 USD for one Lip Tint! I won't repurchase this product.
Tinted Moisturizer -Neutrogena - Healthy Skin Enhancer SPF 20
turtletrbl 9/16/2005 8:28:00 PM
I love this product -- this is currently my everyday foundation, because I live in a sunny climate and run around with kids, so I can't have fussy make-up! Having said that, there are a few things I would like to point out. First, I normally wear Softest Gold in Neutrogena foundations and on this one I had to go with their lightest shade, Ivory to Fair. So this is definitely not a good option for very fair people. Also, there is a bit of a powdery finish so you do have to blend to avoid lines -- this isn't a sunscreeny, slap-it on product. The coverage is nice but someone with heavy undereye circles or blemishes will want concealer. The powder finish may sink into fine lines or cake over zits as the day goes on -- I don't have a lot of lines yet, so I don't find it problematic. I do think that it wears off a bit throughout the day (I have combination to oily skin) but it neutralizes my ruddiness so the fading is not too obvious. I was battling a breakout recently and it seems to have faded/diminished the pimples, so I'm pleased with that. Overall, a fairly good product but better for younger, medium to tan and normal to combination skin. I do wish it came in a tube rather than a pump, because the pump is somewhat wasteful and makes the price for this product comparable to a low-end department store foundation. Edited to add, I had to stop using this because it caused my face to break out in cystic acne. It also irritated my eyes. Too bad, because it really is a lovely foundation....