Finally, we have Mary Kay TimeWise Microdermabrasion Set. Out of all of these products, this one is my favorite. It was the first product of it’s kind that I ever tried and I fell in love with it instantly. At $55 US, I am aware this is expensive you can buy step 1 on it’s own. I ditched the 2nd step soon after getting this and wished I would have saved my money. The 2nd step is a serum with they say contains vitamins and antioxidants but any good moisturizer with SPF in it will do the job. The strength in this product is amazing, just be careful to not over do it. The only reason I’ve tried other products, is that I hate waiting for stuff until I can get more of this. I can’t go to the Mary Kay counter and pick this up, you know?
What’s unique about Bobbi Brown Buffing Grains is that this product does not come in a cream. As you can see from the picture, these are literally grains. Instead of having to settle for the cream that comes along with the product, you can add this product to your favorite cleanser. This factor makes this product extremely versatile. Lately, I’ve been using Biotherm’s Purifying Pore Refining Crystal Gel as a cleanser and I love that I add this to my cleanser and skip a step. This was genius on Bobbi Brown’s part. Although loose grains can make this a little tricky to use at times, I think this product more than makes up for that. In addition, this product’s strength could show MAC’s a thing or two. I feel like I’m getting the job done with I use this.
MAC Microfine Refinisher is the next product on the micro-dermabrasion ladder. While I am usually a MAC evangelist, this is one product that I’m a little iffy about… that and the fact that I couldn’t find a picture with a white background. While this product does have some definite oomph to it, it looses it’s effectiveness if your skin is damp. Using this product wet amounts to using the Pond’s product on a dry face. If I had to classify this product, I would label it as light micro-dermabrasion. Sorry MAC, but I need more than this, actually I expected more from you. Even though I got this product at a great discount, I don’t think I would buy it again. I can put my money to better use with a different product.
Today’s topic is microdermabrasion and let me say that I am a microdermabrasion fiend. I prefer stronger products, the ones that make me feel like I’m sand-blasting on my face (not literally, you know what I mean, right?). Before you tell me too much is bad for my skin, I’m completely aware of this. I do this about once a week, twice if I want to feel really pretty. My desire to try new micro-dermabrasion products is endless, unfortunately my funds are not. Wouldn’t it be great if they weren’t? I have managed to gather a few different options at different price ranges to share with you though.
Pond’s Purely Polished Micro-Dermabrasion Anti-Aging Kit is the least expensive option out of the four products I tried. When I saw it’s applicator, I was pretty excited about using this product. I was hoping for the best due to it’s price alone but when I started using this, it seemed more suitable as an exfoliant than micro-dermabrasion. Sure, it does do a little something but it lacks the oomph I was looking for. The texture of this product seemed really week and I was really disappointed with this. I guess you get what you pay for though. Instead of using this as it was intended to be used, I put in my shower to use as an exfoliant. At least this way I get some use out of it.
Meet NYX Cosmetics. This line of cosmetics is amazing. Their eyeshadows are just as pigmented as major department store lines and their color selection is just as great. I found them while hunting for an eyeshadow I had read was a dead ringer for MAC’s Lucky Green, a limited edition eyeshadow. This is a like a drugstore version of my beloved MAC, maybe that’s why I like it so much. It has Loose Pearl Eyeshadow, great blush, fabulous glosses that taste like cherry (and I looove cherries) and even some brushes.
I’m slowly buying more and more of this stuff. Everyone should definitely try this stuff.
Since I’m a bit of a makeup snob, I haven’t faithfully used drugstore brand cosmetics for a long time. My biggest issue with drugstore makeup is eyeshadow quality, it doesn’t seem to be pigmented enough for my taste. Since I like eyeshadow with a strong color payoff, this was a problem… until now. I’ve been experimenting with different lines and I’ve found some great stuff recently in drugstores.
Milani Cosmetics has some really great stuff. Everything I’ve tried is super pigmented, from the eyeshadows to the lipsticks. Their eyeshadows are wonderful too. Fans of MAC’s Electric Eel eyeshadow can save their money, Milani’s Atlantis is exactly like this shade. As a bonus, you can depot them and they’ll fit in MAC and Stila pan palettes. They also have some great loose power eyeshadows exactly like Bourjois does… do they look familiar? Hmm… I’m starting to wonder if Milani and Bourjois has more in common that just this.
Next we’ll look at NYX Cosmetics…
I love podcasts, I especially love Lost related podcasts. When I found out there were podcasts about beauty products, I immediately subscribed to them. Here’s what I found:
Lipstick and Laptops: a podcast about cosmetics from two ladies in Vancouver, BC (I l-l-love it there!). There has been some great topics so far; mascara, lip gloss, perfume and facial hair. This is a great show.
Home Spa Goddess: a podcast about bath and beauty products. This podcast has actually been podcasting since June 2005. I wish I had found it sooner!
In some site news, there are going to be some changes around here. I will be working on refining the design of this site. I’ve started the process but I do a bit more tweaking. Also, Product Girl has a new RSS feed URL that you can use:
Also, this weblog has also been mentioned in New York Times! This actually happened on March 23rd, so I know I’m a bit late and I’m sorry about that. It was very exciting to see this site mentioned. You can see a screenshot of the actual article at Scentzilla and I took a screenshot of the article on the website:
I have to be honest, I was thinking about throwing in the towel on this weblog but now I really want to keep going. I’ve recruited a few other product addicts to post on the weblog so we’ll be rockin in no time. If you’re interested in contributing, don’t hesitate to leave a comment.