Nothing compares to the glow of this ABH Sugar kit! I'm in love. Seriously, I tested it against other competing brands, but this kit is the only one getting a workout in my collection! The colors are blinding highlights, with subtle shifts toward whichever color you see. Starburst is *probably* my favorite, though it is HARD to love just one. These aren't great for most women of color with deeper, richer tones. They are PERFECT on pale, fair skin, and on medium skin with neutral or cool undertones. And people can see you in the next town. The staying power goes all day and all night, too. Ahhhhhh I'm beyond smitten!
After trying dozens of makeup removal products, I received this in a complimentary voxbox from Influenster. I used it to get off the Monsieur Big mascara and Cils Booster XL primer - the toughest-to-remove combo I own. It honestly worked better than any other brand of makeup remover I've ever tried (many of which got returned, like the overhyped brand in the pretty seafoam-looking bottle). I can't say it came off effortlessly, but much smoother than any other brand. It left no slick residue on my face (like the best-selling drugstore brand does). My skin felt soft and lovely. Nothing removes makeup better than oil (straight avocado, olive, or almond oil), this is my favorite official makeup remover I've tried.
I'm not a big cheerleader of mascara primer. I have yet to find one that gives extra length, despite companies' claims. Most don't help anything, except to lighten your wallet. I received the Cils Booster XL from Lancome in a complimentary voxbox, though, and tried it with Monsieur Big mascara. Again, the length was not improved, BUT the primer made Lancome's claim of it lasting 24 hours come true! Twenty-four hours into summer sweaty heat and life, my eyelashes looked just as stellar as when I applied the mascara! Holla! That's amazing!
Monsieur Big mascara is a great stay-all-day formula. What drew me to the product is the claims about length, but what intrigued me is Lancome's claim that it lasts 24 hours. After using the product, I can easily say that I do not recommend it for dramatic length compared to other products, but I more than recommend it for its staying power and flawless formula. While it is every bit as lengthening as my other favorite mascaras, it doesn't create any EXTRA length, in any capacity (not even with lash primer). None. Lancome's Hypnose is just as lengthening. I almost docked it a star for that... HOWEVER, I put the product to the test and wore it for 24 hours straight. Summer heat and sweat, dinner, laughing, sleeping, and brunch... 24 hours later, MY MASCARA LOOKED JUST AS GREAT AS WHEN I APPLIED IT - with absolutely ZERO flaking or smudges. Color me impressed! Application is easy, as Lancome makes great spoolies that lengthen and separate (without smudging onto your lid during application). The fact that it still creates beautiful, long lashes with dramatic black color - and looks amazing a whole day later - means this will be a mainstay in my bag for long nights and sizzling days. Thank you Influenster and Lancome for the complimentary mascara to review! Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara
This is my summer essential. I have rosacea and have to use products for sensitive skin... and sadly, even the competing major "reputable" brand is chock-full of crappy ingredients. "Sensitive skin" on the label isn't enough. Thank God for Aveeno and Alba for making great zinc-oxide SPF products that stand up to a day frolicking in the lake and hiking trails! My skin stays glowing without burning under the strong southern sun. They work better than other natural brands, and my rosacea never knows I used anything new on my skin. Happy me! Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sunblock Natural Protection Sport
This is my summer essential. I have rosacea and have to use products for sensitive skin... and sadly, even the competing major "reputable" brand is chock-full of crappy ingredients. "Sensitive skin" on the label isn't enough. Thank God for Aveeno and Alba for making great zinc-oxide SPF products that stand up to a day frolicking in the lake and hiking trails! My skin stays glowing without burning under the strong southern sun. They work better than other natural brands, and my rosacea never knows I used anything new on my skin. Happy me! Aveeno® Baby Continuous Protection Sensitive Skin Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Spf 50
I am very sad that I dislike this product so strongly. I bought it because it's mineral spf which I need for my rosacea, and it's translucent. Perfect for on-the-go days with makeup on... EXCEPT it ISN'T translucent. It's heavily orange pigmented, and mixed with sweat makes you look like an Oompah Loompa. Also, the brush is so scratchy. It's uncomfortable, at best. Nope. No thanks PTR. Lastly, the amount of Zinc Oxide in it is truly low, especially in comparison to how much you apply. It just falls short in every way.
I adore this. I have sensitive skin with redness and rosacea, and Clinique Redness Solutions made it way worse. I switched to this, and instantly, my face was clean without being stripped, clean without feeling waxy, and the redness calmed and Clinique-induced breakout disappeared within days. It smells a little like unscented foot cream, which is unfortunate, BUT that smells doesn't stay on your skin - it washes right off, too. Also, it's HUGELY important that those of us with rosacea or sensitive skin use products that have NO fragrance added. That's hard to find, because "pretty smelling" washes sell better than "foot cream smell". Guess what? Under the pretty smell that was added to other brands, which inflames your skin, the competitors' formulas smell blah in their natural state, too. FIVE STARS FOR FAB FIRST AID BEAUTY, WHO ACTUALLY HELPS HEAL SENSITIVE SKIN! HIP HIP HOORAH!
After the Benefit Remove All was a bust for me, the gal at ULTA sent me home with this Clinique Take the Day Off Milk cleanser, saying it washes off even waterproof mascara. Well, my NON-waterproof Maybelline Big Shot mascara just turned to a tarry mess under my eyes with this. I returned it and now use Sweet Almond Oil and micellar water to EASILY remove any makeup from my face. Bye Clinique.