I bought this because I wanted a natural alternative to Shu Uemura's oil, which is all mineral oil. It smells lovely, like ylang ylang, and roves most makeup (I have to really work at it to remove mascara). And it doesn't make my face feel tight like the Shu oil did. Two issues I have are: 1. The price. $52 is a lot to pay for vegetable oil, but until I can figure out how to make oil turn milky when mixed with water, I'll continue to buy it. My second issue is the pump. It broke the second day of use. Now I have to take it out and pour the oil in my hand, so I'm using more than I need. For $52, the packaging should be better. Overall, my skin feels softer and my acne is improving, so until someone makes a cheaper, completely all-natural cleansing oil, I'll bite the bullet and would repurchase.
I tried this when a Kiehl's SA at Nordstrom's gave me a facial. He told me to let him know if I felt I was having a reaction to anything, and as soon as he applied this toner to my face I felt a stinging sensation. I told the SA that it stung, and he told me my face was turning red. And this toner is supposed to be alcohol-free. I purchased the Calendula toner instead because it's definitely alcohol-free and I had no reaction to it. This toner just wasn't right for my combination, sensitive skin.
Moisturizers -Origins - Constant Comfort Moisturizer Cream
Nowheregirl 11/27/2009 12:18:00 PM
This was my favorite Origins moisturizer. It was soothing and provided enough moisture without being too heavy. Unfortunately, Origins discontinued this and the Comforting Solutions toner for sensitive skin. Now Origins us recommending the Dr. Weil line for sensitive skin, but the Dr. Weil face cream costs $60, almost twice the price of Constant Comforter. It seems Origins always discontinues their original, tried and true products and introduces a comparable replacement that costs a lot more. It's my main gripe with Origins.
I get compliments from both men and women when I wear this. I especially love wearing it during the Christmas season, which is now, because it reminds me of when Ginger Essence was first introduced as the Ginger Float limited-edition holiday bath soufflé. It's an uplifting, happy fragrance.
Moisturizers -Origins - Make A Difference Skin Rejuvenating Treatment
Nowheregirl 11/27/2009 11:38:00 AM
I wasn't sure exactly what this product is supposed to do, but it gives my skin an amazing glow. It just makes my complexion look better. I would repurchase.
Steamcream is made by the people who make Lush fresh handmade cosmetics. It's a multiple-purpose cream meant for the face, hands, and body. It's made using unrefined steam to bind the ingredients together, which results in a looser emulsion that better penetrates the skin. With oatmeal infusion, orange flower water, almond oil and cocoa butter, it looks, feels, and smells like any other Lush moisturizer. But at $18.95, it's a better value than Lush creams, which run the gamut between $24 and $90 and keep going up in price by a full dollar or so every year (one of my main gripes with Lush). But the tins are what make Steamcream so much fun. The company comes out with limited edition designs. Once a design is sold out, it will no longer be produced. This makes collecting Steamcream tins so much fun. I got mine at beautyhabit.com, but the official American Steamcream website is coming soon. Overall, I don't think Steamcream penetrates the skin more than regular Lush creams, though it does a nice job of moisturizing the skin.
Pressed Powders -Estee Lauder - Lucidity Translucent Pressed Powder
Nowheregirl 11/11/2009 12:15:00 PM
I first bought this powder about 19 years ago. I keep switching makeup lines, and when all the niche lines started coming out in the mid-90s, I abandoned the classic companies like Lauder for the funkier ones. I came back to the Lucidity powder recently because I really did like it when I first used it. But I was surprised to see just how much the size of the compact shrunk since the early 90s. It used to be what seemed to me a giant blue compact. Now it's more of a regular size, but it sill comes in a gigantic box so I thought the compact was still very large. But what really disappointed me was the powder inside. The pan is smaller, and the compact has a wide inner ring of plastic, so the pan of powder no longer extends all the way out to the edge of the compact, again making the packaging from the outside look like the product inside is bigger than it actually is. How disappointing, but I guess all the cosmetic companies are doing this now (Origins, another Lauder company, is the worst offender). I really like this powder so I gave it 4 stars, but I gave it a 2 for packaging. I would probably repurchase for the quality of the powder, but I would do so grudgingly because of the downsizing of the product.
I was disappointed with this one. I ordered it by mail since my local Lush shop hadn't gotten their Christmas items in yet. I should have waited so I could smell it first. It's not bad, but I thought it would be a real Christmas-type fragrance. Instead, it is a light floral fragrance that reminds me of lilacs. I wouldn't repurchase.
Skincare - Face -Aveeno - Positively Ageless Rejuvenating Serum [DISCONTINUED]
Nowheregirl 10/22/2009 10:24:00 PM
A nice serum for under $20. This gives my skin a nice glow and is lightweight. And it hasn't broken me out. I can't attest to any anti-ageing/wrinkle-reducing benefits, but it does seem to improve the overall appearance of my complexion.
Of all the cleansing bars I've tried, this is my favorite. It truly is gentle and doesn't dry my face out. I tried this years ago and remember it didn't lather very well, but Aveeno must have reformulated it because now it lathers nicely. My skin feels smooth after I use it. I like the fragrance because it smells like plain oatmeal, which means there are no added fragrances ( I wish they wouldn't add fragrances to their moisturizers either). And it costs less than $3 at Target or WalMart. A bargain and much better for the skin than high-priced department store soaps. Everyone should try this.
Moisturizers -Aveeno - Positively Ageless Night Cream
Nowheregirl 10/22/2009 10:12:00 PM
I bought this instead of the Lifting and Firmin. Night cream because I bought the Lifting and Firming Day Cream and it's too overly fragranced. The regular Positively Ageless night cream still has added fragrance, but isn't as obnoxious and doesn't sting my eyes. But for a night cream, I wish it was richer. I'll use this up but I may try the ultra-calming night cream next and hope it doesn't have as heavy a fragrance. But this hadn't broken me out and my face looks good when I wake up in the morning, so I think it's helping.
Moisturizers -Aveeno - Positively Ageless Lifting & Firming Daily Moisturiser - SPF30
Nowheregirl 10/22/2009 10:06:00 PM
Pros: High SPF, goes on smoothly, nice whipped texture, moisturizes. Cons: pump sometimes takes several pumps to dispense product, overly fragranced, stung my eyes. I don't know if I would repurchase. I like how my skin looks and feels, but I can't stand the fragrance, and it stung my face the first few times I used it, though it stopped as my skin became accustomed to it. I'll use up the bottle before I decide whether to repurchase, but I might switch to the ultra-calming moisturizer next.
Cleansers -Philosophy - when hope is not enough creamy cleanser
Nowheregirl 10/18/2009 11:34:00 AM
This is actually called Hydrating Cleansing Balm. In the tube it's a thick gelee with the consistency of petroleum jelly, but don't let this scare you. Upon contact with water it melts into a creamy cleanser that spreads easily on a wet face and rinses off easily. I've used the Purity cleanser, but WHINE is more moisturizing for the winter months. My face doesn't feel tight after using it. My only complaint is that it comes in a tube. I know it's more hygenic, and Philosophy seems to have put all their cleansers that used to come in jars into tubes, but this cleanser is so thick that I really have to squeeze it to get the product out. Other than that, this is a great winter cleanser.
I love licorice so I like the way this smells. It's fun to use and my face feels soft afterwards. My only complaint is that it leaves black residue in my pores, so I have to remove this cleanser with a washcloth. But after using at night and following it with Eau Roma Water toner and Celestial moisturizer, my skin felt amazing.
Another winner from Farmaesthetics. This review is for the exfoliate with dried lavender buds. This is a scrub of finely ground cornmeal mixed with powdered milk (the lactic acid provides chemical exfoliation) and dried lavender buds. You mix it with the Fine Herbal Cleanser and appy to a wet face. This scrub makes a light lather. I use it in the evenings on days when I wear makeup and it does a great job of removing makeup, even mascara. And my face looks glowing when I rinse it off. Like all Farmaesthetics products, this scrub is completely all-natural. Could Farmaesthetics be the answer to my decades-long search for my HG skincare line?