I've had a lot of questions lately from readers regarding my favorite products. I was already thinking about updating my Everyday Favorites, but my cousin Ellery from Mom's Life Made Easy was the one whose email finally pushed me to do it. Anyways....
I've added a little button in the right column that will link to the latest Everyday Favorites post and I'm going to finally make an effort to update this list every few months. I feel compelled to create graphics for things. This one is a bit boring... Hmm....
Here are the products I've been reaching for in between product testings! If a product category isn't mentioned, that means I might not have a strong preference for one item over another. I've linked to my review or the product on-line whenever possible. Note that some of these products I may have received as a sample at some point, but these are things I've purchased myself when I've run out.
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Thursday, March 17, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
I mentioned it briefly in my hospital bag post, and shortly thereafter a full sized version of the Sensai Gentle Make-up Remover showed up on my door step to try out. It arrived pretty early in the morning, and let me tell you that I was gleeful. Really.
I skipped up to my vanity (well, as much as a 9 month pregnant person can skip, this was a month ago) and started plotting. I was going to trip up this eye makeup remover. I proceeded to put on everything that other removers (even Lancome's Bi-Facil) had struggled to removed. Stila's Stay all Day Waterproof Liquid Liner and MAC's Splashproof Lash and that was just for starters. For days I tried different combinations of products that had caused issues in the past, requiring me to scrub my eyes. Nothing stopped the Sensai. Literally, I would swipe my eye with the cotton round... and nothing would be left on my skin or on my lashes. One swipe.
Next I decided to try a comparison with the Lancome Bi-Facil. I continued my obsession with all things waterproof, and started removing with Bi-Facil on one eye before the Sensai. As before, I needed only one swipe to remove everything with the Sensai (though I admit I do 2-3 just to be sure). However, the Bi-Facil was struggling. I would need many swipes and more than one cotton round on occasion. I would then follow up by switching eyes and recleaning each. So, a cotton round of Sensai to the eye jut cleaned with Lancome, and vice versa. Nothing ever appeared on the cotton round as being left behind by Sensai, but the Lancome definitely seemed to have issues with some of the waterproof formulas, and I was able to easily remove the extra with Sensai.
Finally, I had to put the lippie removal to the test. When I swatch products on my arm for posts, I have big issues removing most of them from my arm despite trying many different makeup removers, soaps, etc. Scrubbing at all turns my arm red, and with my super pale skin my time swatching is very limited. So, having something that easily removes lippies from my arm (and hence minimizes scrubbing and redness) means I can swatch more!
Anyways, I found that Sensai is not quite as good at removing lippies. Which means it needs a few extra swipes to take care of the most stubborn lip sticks or sticky lip glosses. My arm definitely loved the Sensai, since I was able to swatch a huge number of lippies in one day (a quantity that should have taken several days) and never needed to scrub!
So, I would say that the Sensai is definitely the best product I've ever used at removing both eye and lip makeup. It has a light orange scent (OMG, so amazing) and it leaves only an extremely faint oily residue behind. It easily washes away with just a splash of water.
All of this means that I have a new Holy Grail Eye Make-Up Remover. Yes, it is even harder to get a hold of than the Lancome (and more expensive), but it seriously out performs everything else out there. I'll be keeping a bottle of this on-hand at all times!
Sensai Gentle Make-up Remover for Eye and Lip
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
In this container is a highly unusual (an moisturizing) lip treatment that you might want to check out if your lips are crying out for the winter to end.
Rather than being the typical petroleum based lip treatment, this one is much more like a cream. It is white and thick with minimal smell or taste. It is meant to be applied to the "O-Zone", meaning your lips and the surrounding areas. It sinks in immediately into the skin (just like a lotion) though it does stick around for about 10 minutes or so on your lips. Ultimately it does sink in however, unlike most lip balms/treatments.
Somehow when it goes into lips it really does seem to just infuse lips with moisture, and I swear when my lips were cracked and dry recently a few applications of Total Lip Treatment and I was good as new! I have taken to applying it at night and then following up with a petroleum based lip balm (my all time favorite, Kiehl's #1) to help seal it into my lips.
Sensai Cellular Performance Total Lip Treatment
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Obviously with a site name "15 Minute Beauty Fanatic" you know that I love beauty products that are fast. But, I want them to work and work well also. Not to mention that I want them to work even faster now that I'm a mom! My time alone is limited and precious, so you can bet that I'm multi-tasking and taking short cuts like never before!
One of my favorite new (and super fast) products is Sensai's Silk Peeling Mask. This product takes a whopping one minute to help gently exfoliate your skin while it hydrates. Really. It is a very thick cream (it smells like lotion to me), 2 to 3 pumps is all you need. Apply over wet skin, gently massaging to make it dissolve, forming a sheer white layer over skin. Let it sit for a minute, and then simply rinse off. It rinses off pretty easily, and when rinsing off I do rub gently because there is a little light grit in the formula.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
See that great little compact? It's the perfect item to take with you everywhere. You'll need at least 2 (1 for home and 1 for your purse), so budget accordingly!
The two concealers on the top level are amazing. The white one is not really white. It's a clear gel that melts with your fingers. Put it anywhere you want a smoother texture such as over pores, fine lines, etc. Surface irregularities are filled in, anything that goes over this concealer (which moves and contracts with your skin throughout the day, by the way) will not be able to settle in and make things more obvious. It works best with smaller imperfections (this is not going to work on giant, shar pei style wrinkles), but I found it to be great over some pore issues on my nose and the slight dryness I had in my nasolabial fold yesterday.
The second concealer is just a basic concealer. I liked that it did really react well to the heat of my fingers, melting and becoming much easier to blend than most caked/creamy concealers, but still offering the extra pigmentation of those forms. It works great alone, over the first concealer or over foundation. It was perfect for under my eyes and other trouble spots.
Finally, the bottom layer is an amazing pressed powder. This powder is different than other powders. According to Sensai, this is "Moistened Powder, a unique powder that has been pre-moistened with skin-hydrating oil so that each pigment particle hydrates the skin and don’t “soak up” skin’s natural oils as other drying powders do." (FYI, I didn't mention it, but the moisten powder also appears in concealer #2.) I found the powder to be very finely milled, easy to blend, and it is a perfect color match for the concealer. Which means you can apply more concealer over the powder without worrying about being splotchy. With my combination skin I did not need to reapply this powder throughout the day, it seemed to do a perfect job of keeping my skin semi-matte and flawless.
Sensai Triple Touch Compact