I love EcoTools brushes. Environmentally responsible, so soft, and affordable. I got this to keep in my purse for mid day touch ups since I have very oily skin. The bristles are so soft, they don't fall out, and apply product evenly. My only complaint is with the packaging. Sometimes its hard to get all of the bristles under the cap, and the cap doesn't close tightly....however, for the price it's worth it.
Picked this up because I wanted to find a "cleaner" mascara, not loaded to the brim with chemicals I can't pronounce. While this is far from natural, it's much cleaner than most mascaras. The brush is great and provides decent volume with little to no clumping. Not water resistant but decent staying power, no major traveling or smudging. Only complaint is that it's a little pricey and the brush make clump over time, but that's expected with all mascaras
Cleansers -Paula's Choice - Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser
yankeesweetie35 5/26/2011 8:15:00 PM
Nice basic cleanser for oily/combo types. Fragrance free and cruelty free. A little pricey but the bottle lasts pretty long. It cleans my oily but sensitive skin well, without leaving me feel tight. Removes most makeup. I can't say it does anything to "balance" my skin though. I still get really oily within a couple hours. If I weren't switching to organic products, I'd consider buying this again.
Concealer junkie and recently adopted a "green" lifestyle. This was my first more natural concealer......and *sigh*, I'm afraid my hunt for an under eye concealer just got even harder. This was very pricey for the small amount. The color selection is very nice and it has great ingredients but this did nothing for my under eye circles. It brightened them a little bit but it didn't last, and it looked like cakey powder under my eyes.
I tried this because I have very oily skin, but I must say that I had much better luck with the original formula. First of all, the shades seem really off compared to the original formula. I've used Fairly Light in the past, which matched me well (NW20). However in the matte it was a lot more yellow. I also didn't like the feeling on my skin. It almost felt kind of itchy and I found it didn't cover as well as the original formula. Since using Bare Minerals, I found an ever better option: Silk Naturals. Better ingredients, better performance, and cheaper! But if you're a BM devotee than stick with the original formula.
Quick facts: Early 20's, fair sensitive skin, lifelong sufferer of blackheads and oilyness I've been on RAM for about 3 years now. My pores are still very clogged but I no longer get as many raised blackheads or pimples. Basically, up close my pores are still dark and large, but from a normal distance my skin is quite smooth and clear. It hasn't done anything to control my oil. However, as long as my insurance covers it I'll probably continue to use it because my skin looks better when I use it. Also, it helps prevents wrinkles! haha Oh and shockingly, I never had any major irritation on my sensitive skin. In the dead of winter, my skin got slightly dry and red but I cut down to using every other night and it was fine. Bottom Line: For me, RAM is not incredible, not bad, just decent. It's definitely worth trying if your insurance covers it.
This doesn't cover dark circles completely, but it does brighten them quite a bit. I was actually surprised by how it concealed for a powder. It's a great color and finish. Unfortunately, for my prominent dark circles this is not enough coverage. For those with mild to moderate dark circles, I would definitely recommend this! I actually use this on the days I wear my glasses and don't need as much coverage.
LOVE SN! I use the all purpose version for my oily but sensitive skin. PROS: 1) safer ingredients than most mineral products 2) VERY affordable! 3) very customizable (color and coverage wise) 4) decent coverage CONS: 1) Great for light to moderate coverage, but might not be enough for intense covering (SN does offer heavy coverage options though, which I haven't tried) 2) Can be frustrating trying to mix your perfect match but the SN forums are extremely helpful, and in the end its totally worth it!
Quick facts: early 20's, NW20, sensitive to sun & some fragrance, but very oily and clog prone I wanted a light "green" moisturizer with spf for everyday use. This has great ingredients and does not clog my pores. For everyday sun exposure, it protects. Only problem is that during the summer months when the humidity goes up, my skin gets too oily with this. I then use a traditional ss instead. Also a little pricey. However, this is my go to everyday moisturizer from fall through spring.
Loose Powders -Silk Naturals - Oil Control Blur - Untinted
yankeesweetie35 5/26/2011 7:41:00 PM
INCREDIBLE! Silk Naturals is my new obsession. I have sensitive skin that can get insanely oily. This powder is great for setting makeup or to use on bare skin to help stay matte. It does not bother my skin and significantly cuts down my shininess. I still get a little oily later in the day but I have very oily skin, especially in the humid summer months. I can say this is an exact dupe of MUFE HD Microfinish Powder....except it's more natural and 1/2 the price!!! Only complaint is that it's a little messy when applying, but that's to be expected with any loose powder.
I'm a concealer junkie and have tried TONS of brands. This may be the worst concealer I have ever used. It gave me a little brightness for the under eye but it didn't last more than 10 minutes and covered nothing. When applied to the redness around my nose, all it did was sink right into my pores! So bottom line: It covered nothing and exaggerated my pores....and it's kind of pricey. I only gave this 2 lippies because I generally like the brand and for the all natural ingredients.
Sunscreen -Unlisted Brand - BurnOut - Clean and Clear Zinc Oxide Sunblock
yankeesweetie35 5/26/2011 7:27:00 PM
(If I could I'd give this 4.5 lippies) This maybe my first ever HG! I've had issues with sunscreens for years. I have fair/light skin that's sensitive but also very oily and clog prone on the face. PROS: 1) very safe: no chemical sunscreens-only physical. It's biodegradable, free of petroleum, PABA, and parabens. It's also loaded with antioxidants and oil-free. 2) no fragrance 3) sweat/water resistant 4) does not clog pores 5) primer-like effect for oily skin 6) protects! CONS (all very minor): 1) VERY SLIGHT white tint at first but disappears after another 15 minutes & feels a little tacky to the touch but nothing crazy 2) drier skin may need to moisturize before this 3) Hard to find in stores and a little pricey Despite a few minor complaints, this is an AMAZING sunscreen. Better than ANY I've ever tried.
Great for neutralizing dark circles. I use the light bisque. Looks best with a thin layer of yellow or skin color concealer on top to blend it in more. Only complaints are light to moderate creasing and "meh" for lasting power. It's not HG but in a world of never ending amounts of crappy under eye concealers, this is definitely worth a try.
Terrible! I got the the "sensitive version". I was looking for a cheap, basic light/medium coverage foundation for special occasions when I want to even out my skin tone. It was a decent color match and it didn't aggravate my skin, but it is just down right horrible. It covered nothing, and had a sheer yet noticeable, bumpy,unnatural texture.
Lip Gloss -Clinique - Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss in Currant
yankeesweetie35 2/11/2010 4:16:00 PM
LOVE this. Very thick but not sticky, with no weird smell or taste. A nice little hint of color that complements my fair skin. Lasting quality isn't great but not bad either. Took off one lippie mainly for the price.