Treatments -Estee Lauder - Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex
Becky2009 2/17/2012 2:01:00 PM
I like this, and will keep using it. But I haven't had the amazing experience that other reviewers have had re clearing up acne, which is a shame! Honestly this doesn't do much re preventing acne for me, although it does seem to speed up the healing process a bit with existing acne, and helps with scar healing (which is very important to me). I have very few wrinkles at the moment (just the standard fine lines around the eyes) as I'm only 30, but I'm hoping that this product is doing some prevention work for me and I'll be pleased I started using it. It's lovely to apply. I only use a small amount each time so it lasts a while, which is lucky because it is really very expensive! the most expensive component of my skincare regime in fact. But I think it's worth it.
Lip Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Lucas' Papaw Ointment
Becky2009 2/17/2012 1:47:00 PM
I use this, and will keep buying it, but I can't say I think it's quite as amazing as everyone else seem to! It is very like vaseline, as a number of people have pointed out. I think it does have something extra, hence why I don't just use vaseline, but it's not THAT much better. It's pretty cheap here in New Zealand (possibly the one product that is actually cheaper here!) so it's worth it for the price. I use this mainly as a lip balm and to rub into very dry skin, like on my feet. Also I sometimes get dry and irritated skin around my eyes (just under the brow) in cold weather - I find it really helps to dab this on. I know you wouldn't normally use something this thick as an eye cream, but I just use a little bit and it doesn't seem to do any harm. My younger brother was on serious acne medication for a while and found this Lucas Paw Paw the most useful thing for putting on his super dry skin. Not just lips, but whole face.
I don't know if there's much point in adding to the range of existing glowing reviews, but I guess I may as well add mine too! This is a great lipstick colour - a pretty pinky coral that really brightens up my face without screaming "hi I'm lipstick!!" I mean, I actually love super bright colours, but they're not necessarily right for every outfit every day. I don't have to think about what I'm wearing with this colour - I just put it on and it's great.
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Eryacne topical antibiotic (Erythromycin)
Becky2009 2/17/2012 2:53:00 AM
This is an effective product for clearing up pimples. It basically just blitzes them with its antibiotic power. I definitely find this very effective. The only thing is though you can't really use it under makeup, because it makes the finish of foundation very obvious and "makeuppy". When people can see me, I'd rather conceal my bad skin than heal it, so I end up going with makeup rather than Eryacne. It doesn't do much for preventing new pimples, sadly. I guess that is what other products are for. But it works well at healing existing ones and making small ones stay that way, rather than turn into crazy monsters.
I like this - I'm normally a bit snobbish about celebrity scents (although they all come from the same places now so that position doesn't stand up much scrutiny), but I heard that this was a bit like Narciso Rodriguez For Her. I love the NR scent, so I tried Lovely and really liked it. It really is quite a bit like NR, but not as full on. That is actually perfect for me - I feel like the NR is a bit much for normal life activities like work. It's more for going out at night. But Lovely I can wear anywhere, and unlike other "wear anywhere" scents, it's not boring. I probably won't buy it again though, to be honest. There are so many great perfumes out there that I can never repeat purchase!
I find this perfume very ordinary. To me it's a pretty basic fruity floral and even though I wear it all the time (trying to use up a bottle!) I doubt if I'd actually recognise it on someone else. I love the bottle, but that can only take you so far!
Moisturizers -Trilogy - Age Proof Daily Defense Moisturizer SPF 15
Becky2009 12/10/2011 11:25:00 PM
I really tried to like this, but I just can't. I usually like Trilogy products, but this moisturiser is really not good. It is sooo hard to spread! Sure, it spreads more easily if you add some rosehip oil, but who wants to have to add oil just to get their moisturiser to cover their face? The lack of any kind of "slip" makes it really difficult to put makeup on over the top. Even mineral makeup for some reason goes on patchy with this moisturiser. I'm going to try to palm off the tube on my husband (he often gets my less successful products) or use it just on my chest perhaps.
Foundations -Garnier - BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector Daily All-In-One
Becky2009 12/10/2011 11:21:00 PM
Honestly, this is just a light tinted moisturiser. I like the texture and it is dead easy to apply, but I really don't understand what's meant to be so special about it. It looks very natural, which is nice, but doesn't cover much. Unless you have really good skin you'd want something else. I use this at the weekends if my skin is looking good, and I guess I'd probably buy it again because it is pretty cheap and works well enough. I can really only give it a 3 though because I just don't think it's that special.
I think that in general my skin is better with this product than without. I have acne prone skin, and I think this product helps a little bit. It doesn't seem to prevent pimples, but it does seem to make them less severe when they arrive, I think? But overall I don't think this is doing particularly much for me. So I guess I'm not so amazingly impressed as other reviewers, and probably won't buy it again. I don't think this is bad per se, I just think it doesn't really address my particular acne issues.
Powder -Maybelline - Mineral Power Powder Foundation
Becky2009 10/21/2011 7:12:00 PM
I think this is pretty decent. During the week and in winter I tend to use a liquid foundation (Armani Luminous Silk or Face Fabric), but in the weekends I often wear nothing or this mineral powder. I like a lot of things about mineral powders in general, eg the natural spf, the fact that it sits on top of your skin so it doesn't feel like your skin is absorbing it, and how they're pretty easy to apply. I suppose the fact that I wear a different foundation when I really want to look nice suggests that I find the finish sub-optimal, which I guess is true. But for a casual day it's fine. This is the only mineral foundation I've owned. I know what people mean about it looking orange, but for some reason it tends to look ok and pretty natural on my skin. I really don't think my skin is orange though. I have a bit of acne from time to time, and some acne scars, and this does a good job of covering them. I don't use concealer at the same time. One thing I really like about a powder foundation is that you can put on some kind of pimple cream underneath as long as you let it dry before applying the foundation. You can't really do that with liquid foundation. I would like to try other mineral foundations to see if I can get a better finish, but for now I'm pretty happy with Maybelline. Yes the little brush that comes with it is awful, but come on that is true of any brush that has ever come free with any makeup, high or low. You've got to just completely ignore it. I use a bigger, fluffier brush. Other than that the packaging is fine. Mineral foundation is always a challenge, presumably.
Treatments -Living Nature - Manuka Honey Rescue Gel
Becky2009 9/19/2011 3:52:00 AM
This product is now my go-to whenever I get a pimple (which I actually think is less often since I started using this!) Manuka honey and oil are both antibacterial and have good healing properties, so I was very pleased to find them combined on one product. Usually it's one or the other. I dab a thin layer of this over a pimple and usually find that it doesn't get any bigger. Great if you get in early! The gel doesn't sink in really, it more forms a protective film over the blemish. It's hard to describe and I wouldn't really have expected it to be effective, bit it is. I use only a very small amount at a time - I dab it on with an old lip brush. As well as preventing pimples from getting bigger, I think this helps the scars fade faster. This is a big issue for me as I get older and find that my skin doesn't have the same healing capacity it used to. The only downside is the smell - it is quite strong. But if you use it very sparingly it's not so bad.
I use jojoba oil as a cleanser and makeup remover. I use it in the shower - I just tip some onto my hand, slap it onto my face, give it a rub, then get it off with a face cloth. It gets off all my makeup except occasionally the really stubborn eyeliner. It makes my skin feel wonderfully soft and I think it has helped heal acne scars. Certainly since I've been using it I've noticed a reduction in old pigmentation. I think part of what helps is having to rub it in - doing that breaks up the scar tissue. The main reason I'm giving it a 5 though is that it's just such a great cleanser. It is lovely and mild on your skin - you don't feel like you're stripping it of all its oils, as you can with other cleansers. And boy is it good at getting makeup off! I recently invested in a Clarisonic, which I use after the jojoba oil for a second cleanse with cetaphil. I have never seen any remaining makeup on the Clarisonic brush after doing my jojoba thing. It makes me wonder if the Clarisonic was a bit of a waste actually as clearly I was already getting all my makeup off! I have occasionally used jojoba as a moisturiser as well, and it is great at that too. But I love products too much to be satisfied with basically just using one thing for both cleansing and moisturising (although the idea has an appealing simplicity to it).
Moisturizers -Avene - Light hydrating cream, for normal to combo sensitive skin
Becky2009 9/19/2011 3:32:00 AM
This is my night moisturiser. I use a lot of oils, plus a serum, so for a moisturiser I just wanted something simple. And this is perfect! Smells nice, good packaging, and seems to suit my skin well. If I ever have any kind of irritated redness I just use this moisturiser and it calms things right down.
Skincare - Face -Unlisted Brand - Duac Topical Gel
Becky2009 9/18/2011 7:05:00 AM
So, this pretty much works I guess, especially at the start before the antibiotics expire. After that it's just BP so works as well as any BP brand. But I'm only giving this a 2 because I've come to the realisation that BP is really bad for your skin. I know the interwebs have been saying this for years, but until recently I was like "yeah yeah, but if it clears up my acne I don't care about the long term". But lately I've really been noticing how crepey it makes my skin, and how much longer my scars take to fade when I use it. Also, my acne seems to recur in the EXACT same place when I use this. I think it is really doing quite a lot of damage. Maybe if you are really young it's fine, but I am starting to think seriously about aging now and I really don't want to be using anything that is so obviously bad for my skin. So I've just been using natural treatment products for the last couple of months and my skin looks overall much better.
Lush markets this as a cleanser but it is really an exfoliant - you wouldn't use it every day. But I use it twice a week or so and really like it. It's kind of messy so I only ever use it in the shower, but I actually love the blackness! I feel like it's really good for my skin, although that could just be my mind. It's a pretty rough exfoliant, although the grains are small, so your skin gets a really good rubbing. I try to remember not to use this at the same time as any kind of chemical exfoliant because I think it's just too much for anyone's skin, but as long as I remember that I'm really happy with it. I like to use it before my cosmetic warrior mask. I never use this if my skin is broken out, so it's kind of my "good skin" exfoliant. I'm not sure that this has any particular acne-fighting qualities, but I'm sure it does something. It certainly gives me a good glow post-use. Great value - one pottle lasts ages because you only use a tiny bit at a time.