A Couple of Product Recommendations…

This post will hopefully prove that I haven’t gone completely “make everything homemade” CRAZY!  For instance, I have not resorted to making my own make up!  Yet. ;-)  I think I’ll leave that to the experts. Which brings me to my FIRST product review/recommendation:

Revlon Colorstay Aqua Mineral Makeup. (nope, I am not being compensated in any way, shape or form for my opinions here.  I wish I were!)  :-)

I actually happened upon this stuff by total accident. I was almost completely out of my foundation makeup which happened to be a combination of Loreal’s True Match compact make up and their True Match mineral make up. The reason I used both is that either one on their own just wasn’t cutting it for me. I liked the moisture and coverage of the compact, but I like the smoother finish of the mineral make up.

So, I went to buy some replacements today at my local purveyor of fine cosmetics, Smith’s Grocery Store, and for some reason I decided to try something new. I know, I get a little wild and crazy sometimes!  This product by Revlon caught my eye because I liked the color selection they had. To be honest, I didn’t even notice the “Aqua” in the name.  So I go to use it this morning and as I’m applying it with the very cool little brush it comes with…I think…how did my brush get wet??? I actually looked around the bathroom counter to see if I’d accidentally set it down in a little puddle of water…but there was nothing! Hmmm…very odd.  So I continue applying and continue to have the sensation of using a wet brush. Finally it dawned on me that is was the make up itself causing that “wet” feeling. It truly was the oddest, yet COOL (literally) sensation! As I type this I realize this is one of those things that is very hard to explain! lol!  I think you’re going to have to just try it yourself and see what you think.

This might help.  It’s from the Revlon website:  (they have a way with words when describing make up that I can’t ever hope to achieve!)

NEW Colorstay Aqua™ Mineral Makeup delivers a burst of hydrating coconut water and an instant cooling sensation upon application. The result: your skin looks luminous and its texture smoother. With a shine-free formula that’s made with water, not oil, this lightweight powder gives you a fresh, flawless finish that lasts all day.
Fragrance free and non-irritating.
Provides medium coverage in 8 beautiful shades, with SPF 13 protection.

Bottom line…I really, really like it!  The novelty of the wet/cooling sensation wore off fairly quickly…but I loved the way it went on and STAYED on too. The coverage was much better than the Loreal powder I’d been using.

It even makes that rather homely Halle Berry look good! ;-)

I THINK it cost about $12.00, but this will last me a LONG time. So I’m happy with that.

My NEXT (and final for today) “product review” is completely unrelated to cosmetics…but does come in pretty packaging!

It’s called Downy Unstopables In-wash Scent Booster and basically it’s little nuggets of scent you add to your wash to make it smell pretty!

Someone recently commented on my Homemade Laundry Soap post that she had been making her own laundry soap for awhile now but missed the nice scent that comes in those expensive bottles of brand name detergent!

Her post got me thinking about how I kind of missed the “frou-frou” smell of scented laundry soap as well.  Honestly, I have nothing against my homemade stuff.  It’s just a nice clean smell. Nothing fancy…but nothing offensive either. Just very basic.

So I decided to “splurge” and  grab a bottle at the store and try it.
First of all, it ain’t cheap! I paid $8.00 for my 13.2 ounce bottle…and just looking around online it’s even more expensive! But, from my first half a dozen loads of laundry with it…I can report it packs quite a scent punch...so you don’t have to use very much at all.  After about 6 loads I’ve hardly made a dent in the contents of the bottle. So that’s a good thing.

Second, I LOVE the smell it gives the laundry! Especially the bedding. Tonight I washed all the bedding of my 12 year old and my 16 year old sons. Teenage boys bedding. I don’t think I need to say more. I’ll just say that re-making their beds tonight was a pure pleasure! They smelled fantastic.  The boys even liked it! So that tells you it’s not too much. It’s really just right. I purchased the Fresh scent in the green and black bottle…but they also have a Lush scent, that I wouldn’t mind trying as well.

If Amy Sedaris likes it, it must be good huh? :-)  Gotta love celebrity endorsements! Hopefully she’s getting paid a lot more than I am….which I remind you is….NOTHING!  Darnit. :-)

Alright, my first ever “product reviews” on One Good Thing By Jillee are in the blog “books”.  I have to say…it was a lot of fun.  Hope you liked it too.

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  1. Claudette says

    Revlon Color Stay Aqua – Hey! I dried my makeup brush (like my fat brush better) with the hairdryer because I was SURE that I have dropped water on it while brushing my teeth! Amazing product. Love the cool feel.

  2. karen says

    We are all gonna die from something. At least my makeup will look good when I go. So thumbs up on the color stay. All the color stay line from Revlon works well for older women.

  3. Shal says

    I use the Downy green/black bottle also. We have well water and it makes our clothes smell amazing. I only use a palm ful..maybe 20 beads is all…Not too many at all and it works wonders!

  4. Miss Anonymous says

    Not sure if you are aware, but check out a website called http://www.ewg.org/skindeep
    It reviews and and breaks down cosmetics by ingredient and rates them on a toxicity level. It is both surprising and disappointing. But valuable information and cosmetics are not regulated and many have carcinogens and other harsh chemicals.

  5. Nancy says

    Ok, well I went on my lunch time and bought some of your Revlong Colorstay Aqua Mineral Make up!!! Put it on real fast in the car before I came back in the office, we shall see how it does lol….it was kinda weird feeling that the brush was wet! But it sure did feel that way!!

  6. Debbie Walker says

    I was just wondering about the effect on lungs of this new downy. I used to make my own fabreeze from fabric softners, water & fabric softner in spray bottle. But me & company got super sick from the spray. After looking up the dangers of fabric softners I was shocked at the warnings!http://www.naturallifemagazine.com/0608/softener.htm I like Jillee's homemade softner! very safe!

  7. Regina says

    I've used both brands and like the Purex Crystals the best. Fresh Spring Waters is my favorite sent. I agree with other posters, you don't need to use the recommended amount.

  8. Terrie Weeks says

    Since I know we're all trying to save money, Purex Crystals are about 1/2 the price of Downy Unstoppables and come in 3 scents. Like Karen Smith said about Unstoppables, you only need to use a very small amount of the Crystals for your laundry to have a nice, fresh scent.