Sunscreen -Unlisted Brand - Ego QV Face Moisturising Cream SPF25
bobsy 2/17/2007 2:56:00 AM
I really like this company because they sent me a sample when I emailed and asked for one, after I couldn't find a tester anywhere. I know this is a great product for many, but I'm very sensitive to smells, so even though this is fragrance free, sadly it's not a winner as it does emit a strong 'chemical' smell. Other than that, it seems to be a goodun, but I can't wear it.
Sunscreen -Unlisted Brand - TriShave Moisturising Lotion SPF 30
bobsy 2/17/2007 2:52:00 AM
The packaging says TriShave 3in1 Moisturising Lotion SPF 30+. It's designed for men to use post-shaving. Here's what it says:
1. Post shave soothing lotion, helps prevent shaving rash.
2. Moisturiser: Light, non-greasy, vitamin enriched in an antioxidant base. Relieves skin dryness.
3. SPF30+, UVA & UVB filters sunscreen. Does not clog pores.
(After Olay left me high and dry by reformulating their fragrance-free Complete 15+, so that it was, well, whiffy, I was on the search for a replacement. I've tried so many in my search since and finally settled on this. My criteria were: non-irritating, fragrance-free, hydrating, nice texture, no white cast.)
TriShave is fantastic.
Pros: Truly fragrance free - just smells like a bland scent-free moisturiser and not all sunscreeny, surprisingly hydrating yet non-greasy, economical ($9 for 80 g), easily available (at my local Woolies), doesn't irritate my extremely sensitive skin which was already sensitive and is now even moreso now I use a retinoid, good under makeup, good texture, not tested on animals, money back guarantee.
Cons: It's marketed for men, so ladies are missing out on this little wonder!
Product link: http://www.trishave.com.au/dalyface.htm
Moisturizers -Olay - Complete Moisture Cream Sensitive SPF 15
bobsy 1/23/2007 11:02:00 PM
I'm updating my review. This 'unfragranced' product (according to the Olay website) now has a distinct scent. It's unfortunate, it's been a long-time fave of mine, but I can't use fragranced skincare. If you need to avoid fragrance, steer clear. I tested a tiny amount on my forearm, left it for a while, and over time, it developed a noticeable fragrance. I happened to be seeing the doctor that day, and he agreed with me that the test patch area definitely had a strong scent. I'm very disappointed in Olay.
Moisturizers -Kiehls - Creme D'Elegance Repairateur
bobsy 12/23/2006 8:42:00 PM
This is quite similar to Creme de Corps. It smells almost identical, I think it's the squalane. I would not repurchase because I was actually allergic to it, but I have very sensitive skin. It seems like a nice enough formulation for very dry skin, but only if you are NOT break-out prone.
I have extremely dry skin, and this is very effective as a body moisturiser for me. It's hydrating but absorbs well with no stickiness. Bit too expensive though, it loses a lippie for that fact alone.
If anyone finds a good replacement for this, please PM me. This is a belated review for a once-loved, now discontinued product. It had the highest MUA 'would repurchase' percentage of any PC moisturisers so it seems crazy they'd discontinue it. I'm very disappointed it's gone, that there was no warning so I couldn't to stock up and that the SA was very terse when I contacted PC to ask about it.
None of the other PC moisturisers for dry skin work for me. I'm allergic to the Hydrating Treatment Cream and the reformulated Skin Recovery, and the hydrating mask stuff breaks me out. PC has many products for those with oilier skin, I don't see why those of us with very dry skin are having products whittled away.
This just doesn't cut it for holding my brows in place - insufficient hold.
Moisturizers -Unlisted Brand - Ingredients To Die For - Hyaluronic Acid
bobsy 11/19/2006 10:16:00 PM
After using more expensive HA, from Diana Yvonne and from PSF (Pure Skin Formulations), I wanted to find a cheaper source. Even factoring in the hefty shipping fees to Australia, this is significantly cheaper, and the product itself seems identical to the others I've tried. It is delivered in large plastic bottles - I then transfer a small amount to a dropper bottle to use. I'm not sure if this is necessary, but I keep the 8 oz bottles in the fridge because I live in a hot climate. The product keeps well. There is a tiny amount of what looks like white sediment in the very bottom of the bottle. I think this is just undissolved HA powder. The sizes listed on the website seem to change according to what's currently in stock, if you don't want to order an enormous amount, wait a bit and there will be other sizes listed. I ordered 2 x 8 oz bottles. When I ordered there was a $25 minimum order. Worth investigating if you want to use HA in your routine or to formulate your own skincare products and not spend a fortune.
For my own use, I mix several drops in the palm of my hand with my oil of choice - usually Rose Hip Oil - and apply to my face. I have very dry skin so I then use a plain moisturiser over the top to seal it all in. I also sometimes add some to moisturiser in the palm of my hand before applying - it thins the moisturiser out slightly so this is good if you have one you find is too thick for you to use. Sometimes when my skin is badly behaved I get a small jar and put in some Cetaphil moisturiser, Rose Hip Oil and HA and mix up my own plain, non-irritating moisturiser to settle my skin down for a few days. There's a lot of hype about HA, for me, HA doesn't perform miracles but it is a humectant and definitely helps hydrate and I need all the hydration assistance I can get.
UPDATE 18/12/06: Had a couple of queries about this, so added a pic in case anyone wants to see what it looks like when it arrives:
Blush -Unlisted Brand - Jemma Cosmetics - Jemmatint
bobsy 11/19/2006 6:03:00 PM
JemmaTint in 'Flush' is my HG cheek product - it's a natural sheer reddish shade on me (I have fair NC15 skin with yellow undertones). I prefer JemmaTint to similar products by Clinique, Napoleon, Sugarbaby and Benefit. My personal criteria are: fragrance free, well pigmented, and long-lasting. This is a light gel. It has a good amount of pigment and is long-wearing and unscented. It's priced well at $AUD14.95, although I'd pay three times that much if I had to. I like the doe-foot applicator because it's easy to apply to lips, and worn with a sheer shimmery gloss on top it's gorgeous. Worn on apples of cheeks, it makes me look perky when I'm wan. I have very dry skin, so gels and creams suit me far more than powders - always good to avoid the powder blush accentuating fine lines thing. You can purchase this at various stockists (there are more than there used to be) and also direct online from the company website: http://www.jemmacosmetics.com/ - their customer service is really great if you email with questions etc. INGREDIENTS: aqua, glycerin, phenoxyethanol (and) methylparaben (and) ethylparaben (and) propylparaben (and) butylparaben (and) isobutylparaben, propylene glycol, carbomer, maltodextrin and aspartame, sodium PCA, aloe barbadensis leaf juice. May contain: CI 42090, CI 17200, CI 14700, CI 19140.
After going through a couple of bottles of Green Cream 3 I thought I'd try this. This is the mildest of three products in the Vivant line of retinoids. It was not the GC's fault, but due to medical reasons my skin became even more dry & sensitive than it already was & I wanted to try something milder and not containing alcohol for a while.
Pros: Fragrance is listed as an ingredient - but I can detect no scent, gentle and non-irritating. Goes on easily and absorbs fast. Lends itself to layering moisturiser over 30 mins later if you want. Dry skin will need something extra as this is not an emollient product in the slightest.
Cons: Very fluid texture, making it sometimes hard to deal with. It's in a pump, and when you depress the pump the product sort of splashes onto the palm of your hand and all over the place and I always lose a little. I transferred some into a dropper bottle instead.
I will be back to update after I've used for longer.
[The ingredients listed on the www.dianayvonne.com website where I initially purchased it are:
Ingredients: Purified Water, Glycereth-26, Vitamin A Propionate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Padimate O, Carbomer, Lactic Acid, Sodium PCA, Urea, BHT, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaen, Propylparaben, Diszolidinyl Urea, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance.]
There is also an official site which may contain updated ingredients lists & further product info:
Update Oct 07: I still like this product, however I wanted a more emollient retinoid so that I don't have to layer so many products at night - I used to really slather the moisturiser on after this and I worried I was decreasing its effectiveness by doing so, and perhaps inadvertently buffering it. I've now switched to Renova 0.025% and love it though I'm yet to review it.
Blush -Clinique - Soft-Pressed Powder Blusher in Honey Blush
bobsy 10/2/2006 3:13:00 AM
This is a review for the Soft-Pressed Powder Blusher in 02 Honey Blush, a lovely pink. It's not overly pigmented, which depending on your preferences, is either a good or a bad thing.
Pros: A lovely non-shimmery pink. This colour is fab on me. Fragrance free. I would repurchase except I don't go through blush that quickly so I don't envisage needing to for a long time.
Cons: Not extremely finely milled - doesn't fuss me hugely but may fuss others.
Bought this to use as a brow gel. Little white flakes appeared from nowhere as it dried. Even as a mascara, I can't imagine anybody wanting white flaky lashes. No good.
Polishes -Paula's Choice - Polished to Perfection Nail Lacquer in French Pink
bobsy 9/28/2006 7:48:00 AM
This is a very sheer, pale, cool pink. I was actually hoping for a warm pale pink, so was a bit disappointed, only because I don't do well with cooler shades. I used it on my toes - it required about 4 coats to get any depth of colour. Once I'd done that though, it looked quite nice, and I actually got a compliment - I can assure you I don't get many compliments on my toes! I'd give it more lippies if it had more pigment. It's OK.
Top/Base Coats -Paula's Choice - Longevity Base & Top Coat
bobsy 9/28/2006 7:44:00 AM
I have lots of weird allergies and it turns out I can't wear many nail products due to the formaldehyde and toluene. I turned to the PC products with some hesitation, as I've hated many of her cosmetic offerings. This stuff's a winner for me though, so it just goes to show, it pays to be open-minded sometimes. :-)
Lipstick -Paula's Choice - Constant Color Lip Paint
bobsy 9/28/2006 7:40:00 AM
Cons: Inability to see shades in person or return if wrong shade (in Australia), doesn't last too long, an uninspiring formulation, shade descriptions are misleading.
I bought Honey Rose, which turned out to be a strong orange-terracotta shade. Was not similar to the shade description listed on the PC website AT ALL. Looked awful.