Mascara -Maybelline - Volum' Express The Mega Plush
shazzar 4/12/2013 11:04:00 PM
Happily used this for 3 months, it wasn't great but not terrible either. Ready to move on to something else though.
The first Jo Malone fragrance I have encountered that I would actually consider purchasing. Surprisingly non-sweet and fresh.
Terrible. Does not cover grays, does not cover anything at all really. Left my hair dry, coarse, flat and frizzy.
Cleansers -Bioderma - Sensibio H2O (aka Crealine H20 Solution micellaire)
shazzar 1/10/2013 4:57:00 PM
Just finished a sample sized bottle of this and I'm moving on to the Sebium version of it next. This is a great makeup remover, removes every last trace of foundation/powder. However, it does not perform as well with eye makeup. It does leave a very slight residue so I always wash with another cleanser afterwards. I would definitely consider purchasing a full size bottle, depending on how I like the Sebium version.
Moisturizers -Derma E - Pycnogenol Moisturizing Gel
shazzar 12/18/2012 10:43:00 PM
Purchased this as part of my seemingly never-ending quest to find a moisturizer that will provides adequate moisture while not clogging. This certainly fit the non-clogging bill but provided zero moisture, in fact it made my skin dehydrated and oilier than ever.
Got a large sample sized bottle of this from Sephora. I got about 30 wears out of it. I like it, it's very refreshing and casual. I prefer a little more elegance in my perfume so will not be purchasing a full size.
Eye Makeup Remover -Lancome - Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Make-up Remover
shazzar 11/16/2012 5:18:00 PM
I'm about halfway through a sample sized bottle of this. I'm planning to finish it but won't be repurchasing. It doesn't leave an oily residue as long as you give it a 2nd wipe with a clean cotton ball. It's very effective at removing eye makeup, but not as effective as my HG Neutrogena. It has also stung and made my eyes red a couple of times.
Toners -Alba Botanica - Acnedote Deep Cleaning Astringent
shazzar 11/3/2012 9:28:00 AM
Used this for 2 weeks and have to give it up. The first week I used it on my face and It caused dryness and irritation and made my clogged pores worse. The second week I used it on my chest only and still no results. It does contain alcohol which is not typically an issue for me, particularly on my chest, but I suspect that's what to blame for the irritation here.
Mascara -Cover Girl - Professional Super Thick Lash Mascara
shazzar 10/13/2012 9:54:00 PM
Love this! As I've gotten older I've found I need a mascara that offers volume, as opposed to the length I sought in younger years. This is perfect, it gives volume that still looks natural and non-clumpy.
I'm really pleased with this cleanser, it's gentle yet very effectively removes makeup. Zero irritation or breakouts. A little goes a long away. Will definitely repurchase.
Cleansers -Shiseido - The Skincare Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam
shazzar 10/6/2012 7:21:00 PM
Interesting interpretation of "gentle". This cleanser very effectively removes makeup but completely strips skin at the same time. It leaves a weird "squeaky" residue too. Awful.
This goes on lovely, "your skin but better etc etc". But it quickly oxides to a darker/more orange version of itself. It also makes me super oily within hours. I like the fragrance and ease of application but ultimately the oxidation is a dealbreaker.
I had been looking forward to trying this after reading so many positive reviews. I wasn't expecting it to be so thick, it is classified as a toner after all. It wasn't the easiest to apply, as someone else mentioned it gets absorbed by your cotton ball really quickly so I had to keep going back to the bottle. I only used it one time and the next day my face was red and felt itchy and irritated. I'm not gonna bother giving it a second shot, I'll be returning it.
I love the packaging, the jar is so much bigger than what mineral powder usually comes in. The big lid is great for tapping out the powder for application. This applies so easily, it has an almost creamy finish and has good coverage. However, this makes me so shiny after a few hours. Not oily, just straight up shiny. I'm guessing that's the the bismuth at work. I'll probably just reuse the jar for my Alima minerals.
Treatments -Jan Marini - Benzoyl Peroxide Wash 2.5%
shazzar 9/9/2012 6:17:00 PM
I have used this twice, 2 days apart and it gave me a rash. I'm disappointed because it seemed gentle and non-drying. The rash appeared after the second use. I'm still giving it a 4, as I obviously have a sensitivity to BP. I think this would work great for people who tolerate BP well.