Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

on 5/26/2018 8:37:00 PM


I really love this product BUT when it comes to The Ordinary, nothing is a one-size-fits-all kind of product. I have combination skin, t-zone is oily with visible pores and pre-menstrual acne flares, outer parts of face get a little dry and I am prone to seborrhoeic dermatitis and flaking around my nose, mouth and chin. Yes I know, sounds beautiful LOL

Anyway, as I have issues with oiliness and excess sebum production, pre-menstrual inflammatory acne lesions, and when SD appears in the summer there are hyperpigmentation issues to boot. Niacinamide, also called nicotinamide, is a variant of vitamin B3, niacin (or nicotinic acid). Applied topically in concentrations of 4% daily for 4 weeks, studies in Japanese women found consistently reduced rates of sebum production, decreased number of inflammatory acne lesions, and improvement in pigmentation issues. It's great stuff, and has certainly helped my skin look less oily and blotchy while reducing both the number of spots and the length of time they stay red and angry on my face. Best of all, it's quite cheap - I like TO's one since it's £5 for 30mls at 10% strength, whereas the Freederm gel is £5 for 10g of 4% strength. But still, it won't break the bank if you were to buy that one instead. I use this one just because I get the most for cheapest, and I like the little pipette design so I can mix a few drops into my moisturiser. I'm not convinced the addition of zinc does much but it is known to have antibacterial properties so maybe it is some help, who knows.

Most people will tolerate niacinamide well, but some people are sensitive to the niacin/nicotinic acid forms and this can cause flushing and irritation on the skin of some people. Niacinamide can be partially converted into niacin on the skin if it comes into contact with acids, like vitamin C treatments - or even naturally occurring ones in the skin's acid mantle. It's only a tiny amount but for people sensitive to it, it can cause the unpleasant symptoms noted above, and is why niacinamide doesn't agree with everyone.

So yes, some people will want to give niacinamide a miss. At least it is fairly cheap so you won't be left too out of pocket if it doesn't agree with you. Worth trying if you have issues with oily skin, inflammatory acne, or pigmentation issues and want to see if it helps!

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Sunscreen -Drunk Elephant -Umbra Sheer Physical Defense SPF 30

on 5/26/2018 8:32:00 PM


I just bought this about 2 weeks ago. I have dry skin and I like how this does seem to moisturize a bit. All other sunscreens I've tried dried my skin out so this is a nice change. I have not experience pilling with other products but I know I don't use a full 1/4 teaspoon either. I am wondering if this is contributing to some breakouts but I also switched to Cerave cream so it could be that or just lovely hormones.

I can see why people don't like this. It can feel a bit goopy and it does take some time for it to dry down. My routine allows for that as I shower, do my skincare, then go make my coffee in the morning. So by the time I'm ready to start my makeup 10 + minutes later, my skin is ready. However I'm on the fence with this. For the price, I expected a more elegant formula. Also, for the price, it's not really wowing me. I like that it's organic and I will use this up. I plan on trying the Farmacy one next.

I use this to give protection during the work week. If I am going to be out in my yard working, etc. I use a neutrogena one so I do not know how this stands up to heat, etc. It is not waterproof or sweat proof so I imagine it would run. I would not use this sunscreen for being out in the sun for extended periods of time because if you sweat, it's just going to run off.

Scrubs -Boscia -Tsubaki Oil-Infused Exfoliating Powder

on 5/26/2018 8:32:00 PM


I’ve been hanging onto a sample packet of this for months that came with a Sephora order and I finally had an opportunity to try it. After a day of sun and swimming I thought a good exfoliator was in order to remove my sunscreen and this did work really well in that regard. My skin felt smoother and very clean without feeling dry or tight. I don’t think it was “brightening” as it claims but it was still a nice way to gently exfoliate my skin. I don’t see this listed on Sephora’s website so I’m not sure this is even available anymore.

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Makeup Brushes -Becca -The One Perfecting Brush

on 5/26/2018 8:27:00 PM


I don’t casually use brushes for make up, but ever since I have this, I loveee putting my foundation with it. It saves up my make up time in the morning, quicker than using my fingertips! My foundation blends really evenly on the skin, I can even use it to blend my concealer seamlessly. And the best thing, it’s sooo easy to clean! However the bristle kinda falls off easily so it’s a bit turn off for me. I like the brush as long as it works.

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Primer/ Corrector -Too Faced -Hangover Rx Replenishing Face Primer


I don't understand the hype around this one. I've used it with two different foundations and with both my tried and true foundations got cakey and patchy. It did not fill my pores either and it smells like a plastic coconut. It feels nice when you first apply it but after all it didn't really feel hydrating either. There are some really good primers out there from every price range and this is not one of them.

Masks -Garnier -Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask

on 5/26/2018 8:15:00 PM


Awful product. Absurdly expensive, considering it is a single-use solitary sheet mask. Can't recall exactly what was listed in the ingredients but it burned on contact with my skin, worsened existing dry and flaky areas, and did absolutely none of the beneficial things it claimed to do. How badly do you have to mess up a "hydrating" formula so that it can't even moisturise effectively even when kept on your skin by a soaked mask sheet?

Avoid at all costs - there are cheaper and better sheet mask products out there. I've been seriously disappointed with Garnier skincare products in recent years, this one very much included.

Concealers -Lord & Berry -Conceal-It Concealer

on 5/26/2018 8:02:00 PM

Wasn't expecting much from this, but I'm so glad I bought it!

It's a twist up stick concealer with a blending sponge on the other end (haven't used the sponge yet, but useful to have). I bought Ivory and it works well on my fairly pale skin & covers redness quite well. I mainly use this on spots, scars etc. Haven't tried it undereye. Very easy to blend. Nice chunky stick.

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Cleansers -Garnier -Pure 3 in 1 Wash-Scrub-Mask

on 5/26/2018 8:00:00 PM


Really dislike this product. I could tolerate this (or its equivalent) better as a teenager as my skin was oilier and more acne prone while puberty hormones went haywire on my face, and my younger skin was quicker to heal from irritation and dryness. Even then, it wasn't particularly helpful.
Salicylic acid, zinc compounds, and clay do have measurable effects on acne, but this product has a host of irritants in it like eucalyptus and menthol. The microbead scrub aspect is terrible for your skin, creating tiny scratches and breaches in the skin that are potential entry points for pathogens that can cause an infection.

Thankfully, there is a wide range of multi-tasking products out there in the world these days. Avoid those containing little plastic beads or fragmented apricot kernels, instead going for gentler chemical exfoliants or using cotton muslin cloths as a more gentle physical exfoliant. Acne-prone skin is already more likely to be irritable and inflamed, harsh scrubs will only make it worse.

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Polishes -Essie -Wild Nude

on 5/26/2018 7:29:00 PM

Essie describes this polish color as "light tan with a wash of white." As other reviewers mentioned, it has strong lavender undertones on the nail even though it looks more tan in the bottle. The subtle lavender doesn't suit my NC20/25 skin tone at all, although true lavender shades do. Neutral colors like Essie's Sand Tropez or Butter London's Yummy Mummy look far better on my yellow-toned skin. If OPI's My Very First Knockwurst looks like a band-aid on you as it does on me, you probably won't like this shade either. I think the color would look better on someone with either cool-toned or darker skin.

The formula applies smoothly and is opaque in two coats. If you're interested in trying Essie's Wild Nudes collection and you have warm-toned pale skin, I'd suggest trying Without a Stitch, a cool-toned grey. This shade does pull lavender but is surprisingly gorgeous on me.

+3 stars for a great formula; -2 stars for an inaccurate shade description that suggests a universally flattering neutral shade

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Cleansers -La Roche-Posay -Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser

on 5/26/2018 7:17:00 PM


My skin is 'kind of' sensitive but not that badly. Some products make my skin burn or give me small red bumps around the eyes after a few days of use, but on the other hand I can use most drugstore products, even the cheapest brands, without any problem.

This expensive product is meant to be suitable for 'hypersensitive skin' but I have never had any cleanser burn as bad on my skin and in my eyes as this one, even from the very first wipe. And it doesn't even remove make up that well either. It does give me red eyes though, even though I'm not even that sensitive. What a disaster!

Lotions/ Creams -Eau Thermal Avene -Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream

on 5/26/2018 7:13:00 PM


One of the cheapest products in Avene's skincare range, but one of the best - usually goes for around £7-£9 per tube.
It's a little heavy as a daily moisturiser, but when skin is irritated and flaking this stuff is amazing. The formula isn't anything radical - mineral oil, zinc and copper compounds as antibacterial agents, and micronised sucralfate, an older treatment for stomach ulcers. But this water-in-oil formula is moisturising while acting to speed up repair of the skin's natural barrier function - the suspension of sucralfate particles helps create a mild scaffolding-type layer to help wounded skin heal. When I've been over-zealous with retinoid or AHA/BHA treatments, this is the best thing to put on my skin while it heals. I also like using it when I've attacked any spots or blackheads - which I shouldn't do, I know - and it encourages faster re-epithelialisation so it's easier to cover with make-up.
It does look shiny on the face, but hasn't worsened or caused new acne breakouts on my skin. It's not ideal as a daily moisturiser as it is so heavy but is invaluable in soothing and softening irritated, broken skin. Works well overnight when used as a sealing, protecting final step in skincare.

The packaging is nothing spectacular, has the same white background and peach coloured Avene logo. However, the tube for this cream is actually made of metal foil, rather than plastic, with a screw-cap lid. This protects the cream inside, and makes it easier to get full use out of this cream as it can be coiled and compressed like a toothpaste tube to get every last scrap out.

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Mascara -L'Oreal -Voluminous Waterproof

on 5/26/2018 7:11:00 PM


Really not waterproof. I like the look it gives of fuller lashes, and it's definitely carbon black, but with or without the primer (Which is great btw) it is not waterproof. I look like a wannabe emo rocker, or maybe cosplay Bucky Barnes from Captain America the Winter Soldier. big fail. the search continues.

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Treatments (Face) -Unlisted Brand -KAVI 25% Salicylic Acid Skin Exfoliation Mask

I have had many SA peels before, and this was absolutely the worst. The base is very high in alcohol and extremely drying. I had it on my face for no more than 3 minutes, and my skin peeled in sheets for two days, something that has not happened with any other SA peel. It was as if I had used TCA or something. I do not recommend.

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Foundations -Marc Jacobs -Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate

on 5/26/2018 6:39:00 PM


Full coverage amazing consistency. Lasts all day and glides on well. Doesn't feel heavy or Cakey. I have oily skin don't need to powder much throughout day. Only downside is lack of colour range/shades. Prefer this to the shameless one which isn't very ideal for oily skin.

Lotions/ Creams -DHC -CoQ10 Neck Cream

on 5/26/2018 6:38:00 PM

I really like this neck cream. I don't find it greasy at all. The texture is not too thick or thin. My neck can be sensitive and this doesn't irritate it at all. I also rely on a neck cream to protect my neck from the serums/creams that I put on my face that some how creep onto my neck. This protects my neck. I like that it comes in a tube rather than a jar. For the past couple of years, I've been using another brand and just realized that cream doesn't have retinol in it. This one does. It also costs less per ounce than my previous neck cream.

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