As with my list of ‘cone-free foundations, this is simply what I have found so far! If you can suggest something to add to this list, please do let me know in the comments :)
Tinted moisturizers, products with an SPF of less than ten, discontinued products, products with price points of over $100, products marketed as sunscreens, and products not available in North America have not been included.
Wow! Is this list ever getting long, or what? Part two will be going up tomorrow, but in the meantime… have you tried any of these? What did you think?
Snitched the following photo from a friend…
…and put some work into it.
Tu me manques, Alison! ♥
What it is: Marcelle‘s AC Solution Toner
The bad: After using this for about a month, and then giving it to my sister to try out for another month, I think we can solidly say one thing — this doesn’t help with our acne. It also doesn’t smell great, though it is bearable for both of us, and the scent fades quickly. And I’m not a fan of the packaging; in fact, I affixed a pump-bottle top to this to make things easier for myself! It just felt a little too clunky, flipping it upside down all the time.
The good: Dont’ panic; this toner certainly redeems itself! While it’s not the most fun to put on, and it doesn’t make the skies open up and shine down on you, it helps a ton with midday oiliness. After using it for a week or two, both Ri and I noticed our t-zones didn’t get as slick as they normally do. It didn’t dry us out or “patchify” our skin in the process, so I was pretty happy with it!
Patchify: verb: to dry out some areas of the epidermis, but leave others shiny and oily.
AQUA/WATER/EAU, ALCOHOL DENAT., BUTYLENE GLYCOL, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, GLYCERETH-18 ETHYLHEXANOATE, GLYCOLIC ACID, ISOCETETH-20, CITRIC ACID, SALICYLIC ACID, ZINC GLUCONATE, ROSA CENTIFOLIA FLOWER WATER, ARGININE, ALLANTOIN, BISABOLOL, DMDM HYDANTOIN, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, DISODIUM EDTA, ENANTIA CHLORANTHA BARK EXTRACT, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT, ALCOHOL, OLEANOLIC ACID, HAMAMELIS VIRGINIANA (WITCH HAZEL) WATER
The verdict? We liked (and are still liking) this toner, and I’d recommend it to someone with normal to very slightly oily skin! However, if you have very oily or very acne-prone skin and you’re looking for miracles… I don’t think you’ll find them here. It’s a very solid skincare staple item in my books, but it’s not the be-all-end-all.
Annabelle‘s Toxic Garden, the second out of four shadows from this spring/summer’s Painted Love collection.
It certainly is… toxic-looking, at least in the pan. I’m still undecided about this one; it can look quite different once applied, and there are days when I love it and days when I hate it. It certainly isn’t as incredibly pigmented at Nymphet once foiled, but it is pretty decent, especially for a drugstore shadow.
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Super-sleek packaging? Yes, please!
Just a few quick swatches of Sephora‘s Pink Caress Glamour lipstick for you ladies today. This was one of my sister’s purchases, which had to be returned due to its “lispstick”-y scent. (I hate strong smells, but they go a step farther for her and she ends up with massive headaches, the poor thing!) I had photographed and swatched it first, though, so I figured I may as well share the photographs.
I personally didn’t like the formula to this lippie; while the colour was cute, and the opacity quite buildable, it felt quite drying to my already-dry lips. Hers, however, were just fine with the formula!