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I had a monster breakout recently, an event I’ve not experienced since high school. I mean it was scary. Desperate, I used Murad’s Exfoliating Acne Treatment Gel, since they’re such a reputable brand in skincare that has served me well in the past. But the worst was yet to come.
Let me get right to the point. The gel has a very intense burning/tingling sensation, and even my normally hard-as-nails skin started itching & stinging. Many Murad acolytes claim using it repeatedly eliminates the itching sensation, but I’ve done it, and no. No, it does not. Each and every time, it has irritated my skin so badly that I had a compulsive need to remove it after application. Of course, being as loyal and hardworking for you guys as I am, I didn’t – I had research to do. Gel piled on giant zits, I spent 2 itchy, frustrating nights letting this stuff work its magic, carefully avoiding touching my skin for fear of transferring oil or rubbing this stuff off.
I love the idea of not having to ever wear foundation (even if it’s Chanel), so I’m naturally attracted to using a tinted moisturizer as a base for everyday. I’d tried Clinique City Block before and loved it, so I thought I might be able to cheat and nab the drugstore version. I bought it in Beige, and it worked great – felt silky to apply and looked matte, refreshing since my City Block’s very shimmery. However…the other shoe had yet to drop.
Here’s the negative stuff: unfortunately, after only having it for a couple of weeks, the tinted moisturizer started to congeal and get crumbly. Eww!! Worse, it began looking streaky and the color changed to a slightly darker shade. Ugh. Maybe it was an older product that the drugstore should have taken off the shelves, but I’m not impressed with any product that gets old and gross that quickly.
The verdict:Â 4/10– sure, it started out fine, but the negatives outweighed the positives on this one.
Milani Tinted Moisturizer sells at Amazon for $4.43, if you want to chance it.
Do you ever think some advertisements should be illegal? I don’t think it’s very fair that I walk into the mall and see a glistening, svelte Heidi Klum half-naked next to a bra on sale. It’s misleading, since I definitely won’t look like Heidi Klum after squeezing myself into some clearance lingerie.
I felt the same way at the drugstore looking at the photo next to Revlon’s Limited Edition Sugar Sugar Lip Topping. These Laetitia Casta-like lips stared back at me, frosted and shimmering with a delightful light pink, and I had the cogent thought: “That is absolutely not what this will look like.” Still, 50% off lured me in (another clue it’s probably not that great) and I grabbed this in both Snowflake (white) and Pixie Plum (pink).
Smoky eyes are a big hit right now, and everyone wants to know how to get the sexy effect without looking like you slept in your makeup. Enter this limited edition product from Revlon, one of my drugstore purchases this weekend. (See how much money I spend on helping you guys out? I’m so awesome.) All I could think about the whole time was:Â “You’re thinkin’ up your white lies, and puttin’ on your bedroom eyes”…ah, REO Speedwagon. You touch my life in so many ways.
I often ignore the directions, but the packaging gave a helpful tip: “Tap applicator to remove excess.” Â Why do I never listen?