I'm in my 40's with slightly oily skin and this product left my skin feeling dirty and greasy. I also hate the texture which, frankly, reminds me of snot. Within 5 days of using it I had a lovely crop of blackheads.
I'm in my 40's with slightly oily skin and open pore, and unfortunately this gives me blackheads. I've tried it probably 5 times over the years, and the result has always been the sames - blackheads within 5 days of use. On the other hand my mum has been using it for 3 years, and it's fantastic for her skin, however she has fairly fine pores, that may be the difference. Edit - a friend who keeps insisting that Dove is perfection keeps giving me bars of the damned stuff. So I tried it yet again. Within three days of using it I was once again covered in blackheads and small pimples.
Skincare - Body -Unlisted Brand - Pears - The Original Transparent Soap
luckylouie 8/30/2007 7:53:00 AM
I am in my 40's with normal, slightly oily skin. I use a cream cleanser at night to remove my zinc oxide based sunblock and Pears in the morning to very gently cleanse my skin. This keeps my large pores from getting blocked but never strips my skin raw. I have tried many products over the years, but always go back to this. Foaming cleansers are far too harsh, particularly in the morning, and cleansing creams are overkill. I don't want to remove the protective layer of sebum that has built up on my skin overnight, but do need to remove any excess oil so my pores don't explode into total craters. I know soap gets a bad rap, but I feel that many modern soaps are gentle enough to use, particularly if you use tepid water and splash really well to get rid of any residue, and this goes for any cleanser that you use.
Three nights a week I apply pure lemon juice to my face before moisturising. I have tried various vitamin c serums and glycolic acid peels in the past, but nothing has brightened my skin like plain lemon juice. After washing your face, just squeeze some lemon juice into the palm of your hand and rub it onto the face, neck and back of hands, then follow up with moisturiser. Do this three nights in a row and leave for the rest of the week. More can be too irritating. I am in my early 40's with slightly oily skin, a few broken capillaries, but fairly normal skin. If you have dry or sensitive skin, this may not be for you. Alternatively you could try mixing the lemon juice with aloe vera gel, glycerin or rosewater to make it more gentle. Test patch first. I use this right up to my eyes, and yes it does sting slightly, so avoid using on broken skin. This has evened my complexion, lightened a couple of age spots that nothing else had, and made my pores look smaller. I have not found that it makes my skin dry, however I have only been using it for three months, and it is winter here, may be a different story in summer.
Foundations -Unlisted Brand - Ego Sunsense Daily Face Matte Formula
luckylouie 8/30/2007 6:58:00 AM
Have to agree with the other two reviewers. This is a fantastic product and relatively low in chemical sunscreen ingredients. It doesn't just omit the PABA it also omits the dreaded cinnimates, which unfortunately I am allergic to. A mix of chemical and mineral sunscreen ingredients for full sun protection and a tint that suprisingly seems to suit all skin tones and is undetectable once on. Two thumbs up.
Lipstick -Revlon - Super Lustrous Lipstick in Deep Nude [DISCONTINUED]
luckylouie 8/29/2007 5:27:00 AM
This is such a pretty colour. On me it is a deep pinky shimmery bronze and perfect for summer wear. I always have several of these on hand so that there is one in my handbag at all times. It's just such a versatile colour. My only complaint is that I must use a lipliner with this as it does tend to bleed. I have no idea why - the other superlustrous lippies don't. For others who find that it tends to bleed, try using a neutral lipliner all over the lips before applying. This works for me. I hope this shade never gets discontinued.
This is a review for an australian brand called Face of Australia. They make a powder blush in three very natural shades and the texture is super blendable. The downside is small amount of product, no brush comes with it and such a small choice of colours. A good choice at around $8 but there are many other products out there that do just as good a job for the price. The best thing about this product is how easy it is to blend, a really find powder.
This is a review for an australian brand called Australis. I am reviewing their various foundations. Stayput Foundation - This does a good job of staying put throughout the day, and the colours remain true. Medium coverage. There are six colours to choose from and they're all pretty decent - no screaming pinks. This will keep you pretty matt throughout the day but people with dry skin will find this makes their skin tight. All Australis foundations contain SPF 15. Around $14AU. Moisturetint - a tinted foundation available in two shades. Does a good job but possibly not moisturising enough for many people. Use a light moisturiser first. The two shades are pretty decent and the coverage is just enough to even out skin tone without making you look like you're wearing makeup. Around $14AU. Fresh and Flawless Makeup - For oily skin, it contains ingredients that help fight blemishes and comes in six really good colours. Medium coverage which is probably enough for most blemishes but won't give you that movie star complexion. Around $13AU. Powder cream makeup - A cream to powder. Four shades only and tends to be quite cakey. Anyone with oily skin should steer clear of this. People with dry skin may find it suitable, but blend quickly or it will go on streaky. Around $14AU. Stick Foundation - Medium to full coverage and once again only available in 4 colours, which is a pity because this is an excellent choice for people with normal or dry skin. People with oily skin would find it suitable for cooler weather along with a dusting of translucent powder to keep the shine at bay. Around $13AU. Mousse Makeup - This is a fairly pointless foundation. Difficult to apply evenly and tends to make most skin types look ashy. A very matt finish and not brilliant colour choice. At $15AU there are much better mousse type foundations around to choose from. Australis Concealer - Three colours to choose from, none of which are particularly good. An easy to use lipstick like twist up container is the best thing about it. Really you'd be better off using the stick foundation as a concealer (particularly if you have normal or dry skin), considering that the concealer costs $10AU and the stick foundation is only $3 more. All in all the Stayput and Fresh and Flawless are the best, and Stick Foundation would be a definite winner if it had more colour choice. The moisturetint is good but Face of Australia's tinted moisturiser beats the pants off it.
This is a review for an australian brand called Australis. I am reviewing their stayput eyeliner, but will also review their eye pencil and liquid eyeliner. Stayput Eyeliner - An excellent product. Retractable, neat tip for precise lines and it really does stay put. Available in 5 colours for $10AU. Liquid Eyeliner - This is an okay product. Two colours, black and steel (grey). It dries quickly and is fairly easy to apply, but you really need two coats to get a jet black look. Don't expect it to last through the night. Priced at $10AU. Eye Pencil - A good quality product with fairly decent staying power. Available in eight colours for $8AU. All of these products are easy to remove at the end of the day and do a good job for the price.
Eyeliner -Unlisted Brand - Face of Australia Eye Definer
luckylouie 8/29/2007 4:53:00 AM
This is a review for an australian brand called Face of Australia. I am reviewing their Eye Definer. This is a creamy long wearing eye pencil that comes in a range of seven really pretty colours. The standard colours - black, brown, charcoal and navy - are matt in texture whilst the others - taupe, jade, white gold - have a slight shimmer. I personally have found these are easy to apply, easy to blend and smudge, and wear well through hot weather and long sweaty all night dance parties. The only thing that stops them from being perfect is that they aren't self sharpening. Excellent value at around $6AU.
Eyeliner -Unlisted Brand - Face of Australia Liquid Eyeliner
luckylouie 8/29/2007 4:26:00 AM
This is a review for an australian brand called Face of Australia. Their liquid eyeliner is easy to use, quick drying, stays on all day and is reasonably priced. One coat gives you a good intense colour, as opposed to some other liquid eyeliners that need two coats. It's a decent product that will last through most things except crying or all night dancing. Available in black, brown, charcoal and navy for under $10au.
Tinted Moisturizer -Unlisted Brand - Face of Australia
luckylouie 8/29/2007 4:18:00 AM
This is a review for an australian brand called Face of Australia. Their tinted moisturiser is perfect for australian conditions as it contains an spf 25 and comes in three shades. It's light, non greasy and doesn't get shiny as the day wears on. If you have oily skin you will have to blot half way through the day, but you will have to with any foundation or tinted moisturiser. It does everything you want a tinted moisturiser to do at a very reasonable price.
Foundations -Unlisted Brand - Face of Australia Stick Foundation
luckylouie 8/29/2007 4:14:00 AM
This is a review for an australian brand called Face of Australia. I am reviewing their stick foundation but will also cover their other foundations. Stick Foundation is an excellent, easy to use product that can be used as a concealer as well. Just add an extra dot of foundation to areas that need a little bit of help. This is oil free with moisturisers and spf and is heavy enough to even out skin and cover blemishes. Poeple with oily skin will find it too heavy, and people with combination skin will find it too greasy in summer, but for those with normal or dry skin this is an excellent choice. The downside is there are only 4 colours to choose from. The good side is the colours are pretty good, fairly neutral, nothing too pink. At around $10AU this is a good choice for a stick foundation. Powder Perfect Foundation - a liquid to powder finish foundation with spf also only available in 4 shades, and they're not as versatile as the stick foundation colours. This product dries quickly so unless you blend really well it can be streaky, also it is really only suitable for oily skin as it is quite drying. Definitely not the best choice for many people. Lasting Looks Foundation - If it weren't for the limited range of colours this would be a really good foundation. It is long wearing and yet not drying or hard to get off at the end of the day. Once again it contains an spf 15+. If you can find the colour that suits you perfectly then go for it. Easy to use squeeze tube and under $10AU. All in all these are really good quality and value for money if you can find a shade that suits your skin tone.
This is a review for an australian brand called Satin Cosmetics. I am reviewing their powder blush which comes in only two colours - Rose and Chestnut. The rose is a lovely pale creamy pink, perfect for lighter skin tones. I have light olive skin, but wear this sometimes in winter when I'm feeling romantic. Chestnut is a light neutral reddish brown which works well with most skin tones. Apply with a good brush for best effects, I'ev tried applying it with a sponge and for some odd reason, despite the fineness of the powder, it seems to catch on the skin rather than blend. At $5AU this is a decent buy if one of the only two colours suits you.
Bronzers -Unlisted Brand - Satin Cosmetics Bronzer
luckylouie 8/29/2007 3:46:00 AM
This is a review for an australian brand called Satin Cosmetics. I am reviewing their bronzer. This comes in two shades, both of them a clownish orange. The powder is fine and easy to apply but both colours are hideous and I can't imagine them looking good on anyone, except possibly someone with a very deep tan. At $7AU this is bad value, but given the colours it would be bad value at even $1.