Misc Beauty Tools -Unlisted Brand - Salux Nylon Japanese Bath Towel
hanmu 6/19/2012 5:39:00 PM
This thing is amazing for preventing ingrown hairs and getting rid of dry skin. It's also really helped with the little flesh-coloured bumps I get with KP (though it tends to make the red ones worse). I'm currently using it in conjunction with a salicylic acid-based cleanser for my body acne too, which seems to be going pretty well! I order my cloths online for £4 each including P&P which isn't too costly considering how well they work. They're certainly more effective than anything I've found in Boots and make exfoliating that much easier. Thanks for the recommendation, makeupalley!
The absolute best for my sensitive scalp. It's the only shampoo I've tried which effectively removes dandruff, keeps my hair oil-free (for up to 3 days!) and doesn't irritate my skin. Thankfully, it's also the cheapest one I've used. Of course that means it's full of baddies like SLS, alcohol and mineral oil, but when it works this well I just can't bring myself to care. The only reason I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 is due to its colour-stripping powers - my dyed hair fades very quickly when using this :(
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Naruko Magnolia Brightening and firming serum
hanmu 3/14/2012 9:10:00 AM
I've been using this on my neck for about a week now and though I haven't seen any brightening effects yet the skin there does feel a lot smoother and more firm. I've also applied it to my eye area a couple of times and while it did a fantastic job of hydrating and tightening I did feel a slight stinging sensation after a while so I wouldn't recommend using it in place of an eye cream. I probably won't use this for its intended purpose since my face is extremely acne-prone and I'm already recovering from a massive breakout of cysts brought on by a different serum, but I imagine for someone with less sensitive, congested skin this could be fantastic. The smell is quite strong, but pleasant, and the texture is wonderfully silky. For £12 this is the cheapest, most effective serum I've tried! I'll definitely be giving other Naruko products a try.
Toners -Unlisted Brand - Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid
hanmu 3/5/2012 9:26:00 PM
I've used the light version of this for oily skin and it broke me out terribly. I also didn't experience any of this "bouncy" effect and the moisturising abilities when used under my regular lotion were sub par at best. I'm planning to try the original formula soon and will update when I've given it a fair go.
The only moisturiser my skin can tolerate right now. It keeps the shine away and doesn't exacerbate my acne situation. It's also very affordable. The only con I can think of is that it leaves my skin feeling quite dry during the winter, but that's still preferable to the oil slick I'm usually dealing with. Definite HG material. Update: My skin now starts to feel prickly and hot whenever I apply this. I have yet to find a moisturiser that I don't react to in some way :( Downgraded to a 3.
Moisturizers -Unlisted Brand - Oilatum Natural Face Repair Cream
hanmu 3/5/2012 8:38:00 AM
Not suitable for my oily, acne-prone skin AT ALL. After just two uses I broke out in tons of little pimples. I passed it onto my mum who has eczema and she loved it.
Moisturizers -Unlisted Brand - Extra Virgin Olive Oil
hanmu 3/5/2012 8:35:00 AM
I love using this as a pre-shampoo treatment. It keeps my hair very strong and shiny, and really helps turn around the damage I've done through bleaching. I also experimented with using this on my face, but it did not end well.,,
Honestly I have no idea whether this does anything good for my skin, but it doesn't seem to cause any harm which is a miracle in itself. I use it mixed with water as a toner, but it can be quite drying during the colder months so I may switch it out for a more gentle alternative until summer rolls round. As for the scent, after using it for over a year I've almost become quite fond of it! ETA: This seems to have been the culprit of my recent breakouts. The second I cut it out of my routine my skin started clearing up again! I guess it's just too harsh for me.
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Dr Nick Lowe spot gel
hanmu 3/5/2012 8:24:00 AM
Does absolutely nothing for my spots. Just sits on the skin looking flaky and obvious.
Inexplicably breaks me out. Feels soothing on sunburns and freshly-shaved legs, but I wouldn't repurchase for that purpose.
Feels lovely and soothing on my face and immediately after washing it off my skin looks glowing and supple. HOWEVER, a couple hours later my skin will rebel with little red bumps all over my forehead and cheeks. I can't tell whether I have a sensitivity to yoghurt (I also break out if I eat it) or if they're just clogged pores but either way I'll have to give it a miss.
Horrible, slimy concoction. The only time this didn't break me out was during Accutane treatment, but even then it left a greasy film on my face. Didn't work for my mum's dry skin either.
As an occasional treatment or component in face masks this is wonderful. It really helps to even out my skin tone and heal any sore spots or dry skin. As for acne, it works well on the cystic type, but not so much on regular pimples. In fact, when I tried using it as a daily face wash in a bid to go more natural it actually clogged my pores and caused even more acne! I think I'll stick to using it once or twice a week.
Treatments -Garden of Wisdom - Skin Buffet Oxygen Rich Anti-oxidant Gel
hanmu 2/27/2012 6:00:00 AM
Unfortunately this didn't work for me as a preventative or as a spot treatment. In fact, when applied to existing spots it actually seemed to make them much worse unlike benzoyl peroxide which dries them up overnight. My quest for a gentle acne treatment continues...
I bought this a couple of years ago along with the conditioner and had the most horrendous reaction to it! I ended up with a red, swollen face and a painful rash across my back and shoulders. I'm still not sure which ingredient caused it, but I haven't experienced anything like it since. Very peculiar.