Product Review Category: SKINCARE

Medicine Mama’s Sweet Bee Magic

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I feel the same way about Medicine Mama’s as I do about Egyptian Magic. (See my Egyptian Magic review here). Mama’s is about $10 cheaper and has a verrrry minor smell to it (not bad, just there.) It’s also organic.

Egyptian Magic

This amazing cream can be slathered anywhere and everywhere, and has only six all-natural ingredients: Honey, Beeswax, Olive Oil, Royal Jelly, Bee Pollen and Bee Propolis. No additives, preservatives, fragrances, chemicals or parabens. Don’t just goop it on. Rub it between your hands for a sec first, then shmear. Heals scars, stretch marks, and great for moisturizing practically every inch of your body.

Brow Set (M.A.C.)

I’m not sure how I feel about brow grooming products. It’s a balance, right? The wrong product is just waiting to take you from brow anorexia to Mommie Dearest on drag night in seconds flat. So what’s a gal to do? My brow issue isn’t a biggie- a couple of sparse spots, but a good overall shape, I just need some general fixin’ and filling in. Cue MAC’s Brow Set- a gel with a mascara like applicator that’s easy to use and not messy or overdone. Perfect- now let someone else do the Faye impersonation. 😉

Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation (MAC)

It creased on me. Do I really need to say more? Just kidding, I will 😀 Although I’m much more of a dewy gal, there are occasions I’m feeling the matte. What is not cute, is the powder-settling-into-lines look. While MAC’s Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation provided nice, full coverage, it was a little too “I might become a mummy later today, care to follow me to my tomb?” for me. Returned, I’m not so sad to say. :/

Mineralize Concealer (MAC)

MAC’s Mineralize Concealer goes firmly in my “meh” list of concealers that have failed to tackle the challenge of bringing down my dark circles. First of all, H-A-T-E the applicator brush. Why, MAC, why?? When I haven’t had an ounce of caffeine yet, how on earth would you expect me to maneuver a .00000132425 inch brush in the corners of my eyes??? If that wasn’t enough, the coverage was just lame-o, and not equal to their other concealers I’ve entrusted with this monstrous feat of coverage. We (the dark circles and I) will be moving on.

Pro Longwear Foundation (MAC)

I haven’t had a “Goldilocks” moment with a MAC foundation, and their Pro Longwear Foundation was no exception. One is too cakey, not the right color, makes me itchy… just never quite right. I bought this because I was having one of those “is BB enough??” moments, but it made my skin look dull, kinda orange, and unfortunately, a blemish the size of a small pet appeared to take residence on my cheek the next morning. Therefore, I marched my cakey, orange, and blemished butt back to MAC the next day to exchange it for my beloved Blot Powder (which I highly recommend to PWs, near and far). Crisis (somewhat) averted!

Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief (Clinique)

I wish I could bathe in Moisture Surge from Clinique. A pledge to all of my dry-skinned sisters out there- you will not find a better product out there for this price to soothe and moisturize parched skin. Shall we all have our significant others draw the bath and dive in?? 😉

Line Smoothing Concealer

I’m sorry to say… Meh, Clinique, meh: Your Line Smoothing Concealer both failed to conceal (my dark circles) nor smooth my lines. What it DID do was feel uber heavy and look thick and mask-like under my eyes. Back to the drawing board for my most coveted product ever: the perfect concealer for dark circles. Do you have suggestions for me, PWs??

Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup

I think I’m one of those Product Whore Unicorns who actually WANTS oil in their makeup. I desire that dewy, glowy look at all times, even in the summer. That said, there are times you’d like your makeup to look incredibly pristine and budge-proof, and Clinique’s Stay Matte Oil Free Makeup is definitely good for that. The shade selection is vast, and it definitely stayed put for the day. Alas, I had to pile on the moisturizer to keep my skin from becoming parchment paper… I’ll just always be a dewy girl at heart, Clinique. 🙂

9 to 5 (Lush)

Don’t judge, gals. There was a period of time where my face didn’t see water for a good 30 days. Call it being “busy” if you will, or call it what it was- “Extreme Laziness”. Anyhoo- during that time, I kept a bottle of Lush’s 9 to 5 cleansing lotion by my bedside with some swisspers (and a bag of red Swedish Fish, but I digress…) and this was how I cleansed my skin each night before bed. It took all of 2 minutes, my skin was super soft (but not oily) and I experienced nary a blemish, despite these admittedly bad habits. (Still love the 9 to 5, tossed the Swedish Fish- much to my dentist’s delight…:)