Moisturizers -Dermalogica -UltraCalming Barrier Repair

on 4/23/2019 8:22:00 AM

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Why, oh why is this product so flipping expensive?! I totally have to disagree here with some of the other people that say this does not actually repair your barrier when it is compromised. To me, when I have over exfoliated or gone in too hard with my retin a or vitamin C or any other actives that may be harsh on my skin, and all else burns, this not only is extremely soothing on my skin and does provide a soothing barrier, after using it for a few days in vast quantities at night and a thin layer am under makeup, it DOES heal me. How do I know? Cuz I’m an idiot who doesn’t slow down on the actives and this is kinda the only change I make. YMMV obvi. I have bought this so many times & the packaging is so great because it is keeping the product air safe and light safe. It is NOT only a glorified make up primer filled with silicone’s like Monistat chafing gel or Smashbox because there are soothing oats extracts and all this other malarkey in it. However it IS silicone based. NO water. It is anhydrous. Very interesting gem of a product for people that go commando on the actives must have. Cicapair, etc got nada on this. That, cerave, chemical spf etc burn when this doesn’t. It allows me to carry on my psycho regime and as long as I remove alcohol and go lighter w chemical spf I’m good. Again... everyone is different. My skin can take a beating to find the fountain of youth! I would never waste this though on a daily basis when my skin is doing fine. I only bust this out when it is needed. Therefore, I am not wasting a 1 ounce, $50 moisturizer!!

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Treatments (Face) -Dermalogica -Age Smart BioLumin-C Serum

on 4/21/2019 4:44:00 PM

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Not that great of a vitamin C serum. And for the price, it needs to be HG. Dermalogica's Biolumin-C has the stickiest texture. It doesn't feel pleasant on the skin at all. And the results are only meh. I prefer Kiehl's or Ole Henriksen's serums, they both deliver brightness and glow. This Dermalogica serum, not so much.

There are better options out there and I would not purchase this again.

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Lotions/ Creams -Dermalogica -Body Hydrating Cream

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If you've ever walked past or into an Aromatherapy shop then you'll know exactly what this smells like! Demeter could literally bottle this scent as a 'Aromatherapy shop PMU' no kidding. It's so many different essential oil notes it just hits you! The cream itself is actually a lotion...I have no idea why it's labelled as a cream. The consistency is quite runny and absorbs in without a trace of residue which is pretty good going. Having said that I doubt this would be moisturizing enough for drier skin types. I used this on my lower legs which are the driest areas of my body and barely noticed a difference (but keeping in mind almost nothing works on them), but on my arms it was just the right amount of moisture. The instructions state to use on damp skin but I used on dry skin as I'm really not a fan of applying anything to my skin when it's damp, simply becomes too messy.

There are AHA's in here as the description pointedly makes you aware but don't be expecting any kind of tingle, this cream is definitely no Amlactin! The Lactic acid in here is quite weak, as are the AHA's derived from apple and sugar cane in it. Combined they are barely noticeable and lord knows I've tried many AHA products! What I like best about this is the ingredients - tons of essential oils, many of which also have great brightening properties...so if you have any minor or shallow pigmentation on your body or just want it to look more even and glowing I would suggest trying this (the combination of brightening oils and mild AHA's is a good one). Although my trial of it was limited to just a few sachets, a close and trusted friend of mine has gone through several bottles of these over the years and I've seen a difference in her skin tone. This is the only body product she's used and she swears by it. For moderate to more pronounced pigmentation this probably wouldn't do much, if anything at all, best to go for an actual lightening body lotion.

Hard to believe this product has been around for nearly 20 years and I've only just discovered it! I love how fast absorbing and non-tacky it is and also the fragrance...cannot stop sniffing my arm!


Selena x


~ My HG list ~

(As I've sampled 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, I thought it might be useful to share my top 10 must-have products, subject to change if and when I come across something more effective. I love constantly trying out new stuff - usually sample sizes via e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora)


1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: 'Nuxe' - Reve De Miel Lip Balm
3. Pigmentation + Anti-Ageing Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Paula's Choice' - Skin Balancing Cleanser
5. Concealer: ‘Mac’ - Studio Finish Concealer
6. Athletes Foot Treatment: 'Margaret Dabbs' - Foot Hygiene Cream
7. Foundation/SPF: ‘Juice Beauty’ - Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)
8. Foot File/Callus/Heel Treatment - 'Microplane' - Colossal Pedicure Rasp Foot File
9. Ingrown Hair Treatment - 'Priva Shave' - Post Hair Removal Treatment
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment


Treatments (Face) -Dermalogica -Gentle Cream Exfoliant

on 3/30/2019 8:08:00 AM

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I bought this product after a year of no chemical exfoliation because I had totally stripped my skin using chemical exfoliants. I took little heed of warnings to use glycolic products infrequently / lightly and ended up totally compromising my skin barrier and still have pretty dry skin as a result. (My skin isn’t even particularly sensitive).

Anyway, upon first getting this it seems I had not learned my lesson - I left it on too long (20 mins) and my face was red, irritated, stinging for about an hour after use.

Now I use it once a week and leave it on for about 8 minutes and the results are fantastic! It leaves my skin smooth, glowing and bright with no tightness or dryness or irritation.

So, great product when used wisely!

One tube lasted me 9-12 months used once every 1-2 weeks so the value works out pretty good.


Treatments (Eye) -Dermalogica -Stress Positive Eye Lift

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Relief in a tube (or sachet in my case). Got this online with a whole bunch of Dermalogica samples and this sachet sample has lasted for 4 uses. It's a slightly cooling herbal/minty-smelling gel which you apply generously around the eye area. Despite the essential oils in this and overall 'mintiness' I didn't experience any irritation or stinging. Initially I didn't find much use for it as on normal days it doesn't do a great deal and my eye makeup balls up when applying over this, however used on a morning when my eyes were slightly puffy, it did help soothe the area and make my skin feel more 'awake'. Also noticed a very slight difference on the puffiness itself, although nothing major. Rather than tissue off as the instructions state I decided to rinse off with cool water to prevent issues with makeup and found it still worked as well. For reference I left on for 10 minutes before rinsing. Without rinsing the only way I could use this is on a night...but the eye area issues I have are confined to the odd mornings so it would defeat the whole purpose applying on a night.
A nice treat for occasional use, I still have a sachet of this spare and will keep in the refrigerator to cool it down and hopefully make the cooling effect even better (works with everything else so why not). Like most Dermalogica products I do find it slightly overpriced and would probably only purchase if on sale. For a fraction of the price I'm much happier purchasing the handy trial sachets on e-bay or elsewhere online, as and when required rather than worrying about trying to use up a whole tube before it expires.

Selena x


~ My HG list ~

(As I've sampled 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, I thought it might be useful to share my top 10 must-have products, subject to change if and when I come across something more effective. I love constantly trying out new stuff - usually sample sizes via e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora)


1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: 'Nuxe' - Reve De Miel Lip Balm
3. Pigmentation + Anti-Ageing Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Paula's Choice' - Skin Balancing Cleanser
5. Concealer: ‘Mac’ - Studio Finish Concealer
6. Athletes Foot Treatment: 'Margaret Dabbs' - Foot Hygiene Cream
7. Foundation/SPF: ‘Juice Beauty’ - Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)
8. Foot File/Callus/Heel Treatment - 'Microplane' - Colossal Pedicure Rasp Foot File
9. Ingrown Hair Treatment - 'Priva Shave' - Post Hair Removal Treatment
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment

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Lip Treatments -Dermalogica -Age Smart Nightly Lip Treatment

on 3/27/2019 4:49:00 PM

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This is basically a lotion for your lips, and that's a very weird texture for a lip product. I didn't like using it, and the results weren't that impressive. Not worth the price tag at all. I very much prefer Dermalogica's Age Smart Renewal Lip Complex.

I wouldn't buy this again.


Lip Treatments -Dermalogica -Age Smart Nightly Lip Treatment

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I love Dermalogica's Renewing Lip Treatment and couldn't wait to give this one a try as it's part of the 'Age Smart' range which has so far been a good investment (lip treatment and the eye cream). However I'm not sure if this is doing anything for me. It's surprisingly like a face moisturizer/cream, not your typical lip balm consistency. It goes on strange, not really sinking in nor spreading, just the same way any facial moisturizer would if you applied it to your lips. By the morning (I'm on morning No.4 now) I can't say I notice any difference to my lips, they are not plumper, more moisturized or less chapped. It doesn't seem to do anything at all.
It is very silicone-based so I'm guessing if you have lip lines immediately above your upper lip then it's probably going to temporarily help 'fill up' those due to the silicones, much the same way a primer helps fill in open pores. For that reason this might suit someone more mature or those who have lip lines due to smoking etc. For your average person in their 20's-30s you wouldn't need it for that purpose, only for applying to the lips themselves, and in that department this doesn't seem to do anything, at least not for me. The applicator is great as is the packaging, but at $49 for just 0.34 oz it's pretty expensive for what it is and does.

Selena x


~ My HG list ~

(As I've sampled 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, I thought it might be useful to share my top 10 must-have products, subject to change if and when I come across something more effective. I love constantly trying out new stuff - usually sample sizes via e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora)


1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: 'Nuxe' - Reve De Miel Lip Balm
3. Pigmentation + Anti-Ageing Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Paula's Choice' - Skin Balancing Cleanser
5. Concealer: ‘Mac’ - Studio Finish Concealer
6. Athletes Foot Treatment: 'Margaret Dabbs' - Foot Hygiene Cream
7. Foundation/SPF: ‘Juice Beauty’ - Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)
8. Foot File/Callus/Heel Treatment - 'Microplane' - Colossal Pedicure Rasp Foot File
9. Ingrown Hair Treatment - 'Priva Shave' - Post Hair Removal Treatment
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment

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Scrubs -Dermalogica -Daily Microfoliant

on 3/25/2019 10:51:00 AM

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I really like this scrub. It's a dry powder that you sprinkle into your hand and mix with water. I find it works best if I mix it with water in my hand, and put water on my face. I use this product about twice per week, even though it states you can use it every day.

I have combination skin, mostly very oily on my t-zone. I find that this has helped refine my pores and leave my skin smoother. I avoid using this on my nose, because I have capillaries there, and I was told that physical exfoliants can make capillaries worse over time.

It is very messy to use, and because it's a charcoal-based exfoliant, I have to wash out my sink after using it. I also find that it can be a bit tricky to mix, as the water tends to bead off the exfoliant before I mix it. I find that it turns my skin a bit red and can sting a little, but it does leave it feeling very polished and smooth. I use this before applying my makeup, and I find my makeup does glide on much nicer. My skin feels smooth and soft.

It can be a bit drying which is why I don't use it every day. It's also a touch expensive, but the bottle is large and lasts a long time.

I will probably purchase this again once I'm out, but it won't be for a long time. Usually with twice-weekly use, the bottle lasts me about three or four months.

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Treatments (Eye) -Dermalogica -Age Reversal Eye Complex

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Started using this on the 13th around my left eye area and the Ultrasmoothing eye serum on my right to be able to compare the difference - both were sachet sizes and both lasted me roughly the same amount of time. Whilst I didn't like the Ultrasmoothing for various reasons (please see my seperate review for it), I did notice better results using the Age Reversal one. The biggest difference was how much brighter my eye area looked on the left side, compared to the right. The ingredients list is almost twice as long and includes good stuff like Retinol - possibly the only ingredient that can actually reduce fine lines. Did I see any reduction in fine lines? Not at all! It would take several months of daily use to see that kind of effect, especially as the concentration of Retinol in here is not that high as it is in face serums (for obvious reasons). Add to that ceramides, peptides and other good things and you have a winner! My only slight dislike is that I found it a bit greasy. It took at least 15 minutes for the oily layer to sink in and that's keeping in mind I only used the smallest amount each time. I do have oily lids, so I reckon if you have a dry eye area, your skin will probably drink this straight up and you won't even notice the texture. Overall a nice eye cream but I will probably keep searching for my HG.


Selena x


~ My HG list ~

(As I've sampled 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, I thought it might be useful to share my top 10 must-have products, subject to change if and when I come across something more effective. I love constantly trying out new stuff - usually sample sizes via e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora) 


1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: 'Nuxe' - Reve De Miel Lip Balm
3. Pigmentation + Anti-Ageing Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Paula's Choice' - Skin Balancing Cleanser
5. Concealer: ‘Mac’ - Studio Finish Concealer
6. Lash Growth Serum: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Divinelash
7. Foundation/SPF: ‘Juice Beauty’ - Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)
8. Foot File/Callus/Heel Treatment - 'Microplane' - Colossal Pedicure Rasp Foot File
9. Ingrown Hair Treatment - 'Priva Shave' - Post Hair Removal Treatment
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment

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Treatments (Eye) -Dermalogica -Ultra Smoothing Eye Serum

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This past week I've been applying this around my right eye, whilst using the 'Age Smart - Age Reversal Eye Complex' around left eye area to be able to compare the difference. I'll write up about that one seperately but first I'd like to share my thoughts on this one...
I started using on the 13th of this month and just got to the last drop in the sample sachet this morning. The very first thing that hits me when using this is the smell - it's a very medicinal herbal smell that borders on alcohol. Had to check the ingredients list...turns out it's Eucalyptus oil! For a eye serum designed specifically for sensitive eyes I cannot figure out for the life of me why such an irritating essential oil would be added!? And it's not a small amount - the serum practically reeks of it!
Then comes the texture... by far the stickiest eye product I've ever used, this one doesn't absorb well and leaves a tacky, shiny layer around my eye. Despite the Vit C and Licorice (both fantastic for brightening) my eye area didn't look any more radiant or 'awake' than it did when I first started using it. Normally brightening ingredients have a pretty instant visible effect on my skin and eye area, but that's not been the case with this one.

Happy to report I didn't get any milia or negative reaction whilst using this, but at the same time I saw zero benefits. Granted a sample is not going to yield any discernible results on fine lines or other eye area concerns (that would take months of use and treating the area), but you can always get an idea just by how your skin responds to a product. In this case I can't say there was anything about this product or initial results that would entice me to invest $55 for the 0.5 oz full size serum. However the Age Smart eye complex seems to be working somewhat better...will write up on that seperately once I have worked my way through to the end of the sample.


Selena x


~ My HG list ~

(As I've sampled 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, I thought it might be useful to share my top 10 must-have products, subject to change if and when I come across something more effective. I love constantly trying out new stuff - usually sample sizes via e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora) 


1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: 'Nuxe' - Reve De Miel Lip Balm
3. Pigmentation + Anti-Ageing Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Paula's Choice' - Skin Balancing Cleanser
5. Concealer: ‘Mac’ - Studio Finish Concealer
6. Lash Growth Serum: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Divinelash
7. Foundation/SPF: ‘Juice Beauty’ - Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)
8. Foot File/Callus/Heel Treatment - 'Microplane' - Colossal Pedicure Rasp Foot File
9. Ingrown Hair Treatment - 'Priva Shave' - Post Hair Removal Treatment
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment


Lip Treatments -Dermalogica -Age Smart Renewal Lip Complex

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For about a month I've had a tiny sachet of this that's good for about 4 or 5 uses and not got round to using so I decided to use it all up this weekend. First of all...this stuff is mega concentrated! Each time I've squeezed the teeniest amount out of the perforated top of the sachet and literally a dot size has done the trick, it really is one of those cases of 'a little goes a long way'...which means I don't find it expensive at all considering how long a full size tube would last. If anything I'd probably be worried about the product expiring before I can use it all up!
There's no nasties in this as far as I can tell and there is an 'aroma/flavor' added to this which gives it that sweet slightly fruity fragrance, however the ingredients listing doesn't specify exactly what it is. Also no SPF in this, although there is Vit E pretty high up in here which is a strong antioxidant - perfect for use under a SPF!

The product itself is surprisingly effective. My lips have been moisturized and remained supple ever since I started using this late on Friday. Normally I apply a lip balm or lip mask and forget it's on, but not this one, I can't stop pressing my lips together to feel how soft and silky they are. I seriously half expected a sticky mess with this having Castor oil so high up the ingredients listing, followed by Avocado oil, but no this is anything other than sticky! It does wear off gradually when drinking throughout the day but despite that I haven't had to reapply more than once - usually by about 3pm in the afternoon, after that just one application right before bed and I'm all set for waking up to smoother, softer and unchapped lips in the morning.

Will I repurchase? Absolutely! At the very least I'm going to stock up on a bunch of these in sachet size (easily available on e-bay) as they are perfect for weekends away, one sachet lasts more or less exactly a weekend, no trying to re-pack and getting home to find it's leaked over other cosmetics, simply use it up and dispose of it.


Selena x


~ My HG list ~

(As I've sampled 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, I thought it might be useful to share my top 10 must-have products, subject to change if and when I come across something more effective. I love constantly trying out new stuff - usually sample sizes via e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora) 


1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: 'Nuxe' - Reve De Miel Lip Balm
3. Pigmentation + Anti-Ageing Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Paula's Choice' - Skin Balancing Cleanser
5. Concealer: ‘Mac’ - Studio Finish Concealer
6. Lash Growth Serum: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Divinelash
7. Foundation/SPF: ‘Juice Beauty’ - Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)
8. Foot File/Callus/Heel Treatment - 'Microplane' - Colossal Pedicure Rasp Foot File
9. Ingrown Hair Treatment - 'Priva Shave' - Post Hair Removal Treatment
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment


Cleansers -Dermalogica -Precleanse Balm

on 3/2/2019 7:26:00 PM

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I love this better than the oil version, I love the massage action since its a little stiffer so needs a bit more work. Gets rid of all make up and love the plant based oils. Only thing is that it is so expensive and there are so many other options out there now, so whilst I loved every minute of this, I will not repurchase since there is no value for money. Hence 3 lippies. If the price was more reasonable, I would repurchase and recommend. If you are willing to splurge, you will not be disappointed.

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Treatments (Face) -Dermalogica -Skin Hydrating Booster

on 2/27/2019 12:00:00 PM

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I like this product but don't love it. I'm always looking for products to add moisture to my dry, oily skin, without causing breakouts. This product mostly does the trick, but I wish it was a little more moisturizing. I mix it in with my facial moisturizer, both day and night, to give a little extra moisture boost, which I think it does. Occasionally, I apply it directly to flaky, dry patches, and while it seems to help in the very short term I find those spots quickly become flaky again. I think my skin is slightly better for using it, so I continue to buy it, but if you're really needing a strong moisture boost this product may not be enough.


Moisturizers -Dermalogica -Intensive Moisture Balance

on 2/22/2019 7:24:00 PM

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I just had a small sample of this that provided about 3 applications. I just used it in the morning.
This is a great moisturiser. I mixed it with the solar defence booster and applied generously. It feels like whipped silk going on but still has a rich creaminess about it. My skin loved it. I will consider buying the full size pack if it's not too expensive.

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Cleansers -Dermalogica -Ultra Calming Cleanser

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I really wanted to love this cleanser. Everything, including "sensitive skin" products, irritates my face. This cleanser delivered on its promise to calm my skin, however, my face started to turn bright red after a few uses. It wasn't due to irritation, it was an intense flush reminiscent of sunburn. That's when I looked more closely at the ingredients and noticed that someone weirdly decided ginger would be an excellent addition to a product designed for the most sensitive of skin. Ginger increases blood flow, exactly what a fair-skinned gal with reactive skin doesn't need. Now I'm left feeling like I've been trolled by Dermalogica.

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