Smells like oranges. I paid around ten dollars for this product and it removes my makeup almost if not just as well as my DHC cleansing oil. Doesn't irritate my skin, but I do have to follow up with another cleanser to prevent it from breaking me out :D This is the only cleanser that that doesn't irritate my skin that can remove my Shiseido sunblock.
Foundations -Unlisted Brand - Legere- bb creme white
lydiaxaidyl 1/28/2012 12:03:00 AM
Really wanted this to work out for me, the oil control is excellent, but the bb cream irritates my skin. I don't mind since my current favorite bb cream is the skin79 hot pink triple function bb cream, which costs around $9.
This is the only cleanser that prevents my cleansing oil from breaking me out. It's very drying though and does irritate my skin a little, but cleansers containing sodium laureth sulfate tends to irritate my skin.
This past summer I skimped out on sunblock during a gondola trip up into the Canadian mountains. As a result, my face was moderately wind burned and bright red. Luckily the sun burn developed many hours after the ride and well past dinner. My sister happened to pack a tub of aquaphor with her since she had recently gotten a tattoo and needed an occlusive and emollient substance to lock in the moisture in her skin. Although my skin is combination oily I was able to use this product without experiencing any breakouts. Within a day of the incident my redness subsided and there was no blotchiness on my skin to suggest that I even had a sunburn. During the winter in college my skin becomes very dry to the point where I develop dry skin flakes around my temples, between my brows, and around my mouth region. My skin is currently sensitive to almost any moisturizer I put on and this ointment is the only thing that doesn't irritate my skin. Will definitely keep repurchasing :D this doesn't make my skin look greasy at all! It absorbs well. Update: (2/9/2012): I can't use this too often or with gentle cleansers or else I will break out a little.
The product irritates my skin and leaves a film on it. I guess my skin just can't tolerate sls :( Also leaves my skin very dry.
Cleansers -Biore - Steam Activated Cleanser with SteamActiv Beads
lydiaxaidyl 12/5/2011 1:36:00 AM
Tried it once, made my face red and blotchy. Also left my skin dry and flakey. Luckily I didn't buy it.
I've spent so much money trying to find a proper cleanser that not only effectively removes all my Shiseido sunblock, but also doesn't irritate my skin. I recently came back from Sephora and Clinique with many samples of cleansing creams; however, I think even the Clinique comforting cream cleanser, which is geared towards people with sensitive skin, irritated my cheeks. My skin wasn't always sensitive by the way. I think it's because for the past year I've been switching my cleansers every two weeks or so. This differs from the cleansing cream's that I've tried in the past in that it really is water insoluble. I have to use a tissue to wipe off the product, which is troublesome, but for the price, I don't really mind :D I'm so glad I decided to buy this on a whim, now I don't have to shell out $20 on the Clinique cream cleanser. This cold cream thoroughly removes my makeup. Although it contains mineral oil, which tends to break me out occasionally, I just follow up with my Shiseido "Perfect Whip" cleanser. I haven't seen any breakouts so far, and I have combination skin. I know they sell the 6.1 ounce sizes for around $4.50 at Target, but don't quote me :] The cleanser smells like roses. I didn't completely wipe off the product yesterday night, but there didn't seem to be any signs of greasiness on my face, just suppleness. Definitely an HG product. YES, after spending hundreds of dollars on useless skincare products, I have finally perfected my skincare routine. ^_^ The total cost only adds up to $43 too! This keeps my pores clog-free :D Some people may use a washcloth to remove the cream; however, I find having to use a new washcloth everyday a bit of a nuisance. I tried using cotton pads to remove the cleanser, but I ended up spending a good ten minutes repeatedly wiping my face since I wasn't off all my sunblock. Yes, even though the product easily dissolves my sunblock and bb cream, after a few minutes, I find that the product itself as absorbed into my skin. Strangely, the Menard and Clinique cleansing creams don't absorb into my skin. In any case, I don't mind since I now just drench a paper towel in warm water, wring the excess water out, and proceed to wipe off the cleanser. edit (6/22/12): The cold cream makes my eyes look like they have dark circles underneath, idk if that makes sense. Anyways, I moved onto a different cleansing cream as this one didn't really work out for me.
Moisturizers -Unlisted Brand - Sense - Night Renewal
lydiaxaidyl 8/28/2011 3:16:00 AM
I only use this moisturizer when my mom buys it. It works so well, never makes my skin feel greasy and smells lovely. You don't need to apply too much product as a little goes a long way. OMG it's the best, that's all I have to say. I have pretty sensitive skin, and this has never irritated my skin nor has it broken me out.
Cleansers -Kanebo - naive facial cleansing foam - green tea
lydiaxaidyl 8/18/2011 2:52:00 AM
This review is for the Cleansing Foam, not the Deep Cleansing Foam. This cleanser leaves my face feeling very clean; however, my skin also feels very dry. My eyelids and forehead feel tight, which is not a sensation I enjoy. This product is highly fragranced too. I highly suggest buying the Shiseido Perfect Whip instead. It works so much better than this and doesn't leave your skin feeling parched :D
I paid around $6 for a 6.7 ounce bottle. I wouldn't say the scent is fresh. To some extent it reminds me of dishwashing detergent, then again, my dishwashing soap smells better. The fragrance in the cleanser doesn't seem to irritate my skin so i'm not bothered by it. As for its efficacy at removing makeup, this cleanser completely removes my bb cream and Shiseido SPF 55 sun cream. Those of us who have used Shiseido sunscreens know how difficult it is to remove them! I previously used the DHC cleansing oil, but found that it was the source of my breakouts even though it thoroughly removed my makeup and sunscreen. The DHC Cleansing Oil is priced at around $26 for a 6.7 ounce. I do find that it can be slightly drying when rubbed in for too long. Since this is readily available and is reasonably priced I definitely will be repurchasing through college :D This is the reason why I can continue wearing my Shiseido sunscreen :DDDDDD Update(8/13/2011): This might be irritating my skin. I think my skin turns a little pink every time I use this. Gahh. -____- It worked so well at removing my sunscreen too! Pros: -Completely removes bb cream and Shiseido sunscreen -Doesn't dry out my skin Cons: -Irritates skin, which is a shame because I actually thought this would be a gentle cleanser D: I'm still giving it a five star rating since it does what it claims to do and it's also very affordable.
The formula for this product is identical to that of Coppertone's Sensitive Skin Lotion SPF 50. I find that this leaves a slight white cast, which I don't mind since my skin is pretty fair. The sunscreen doesn't leave my skin completely matte and isn't too hard to wash off. I'd definitely repurchase this over the Shiseido SPF 55 sunscreen since I'm not too keen on purchasing a separate cleanser just to remove it. I paid around $10 for a 6 ounce bottle while I paid $35 for a 2 ounce tube of Shiseido's sunscreen. Well, both sunscreens are very effective, I just can't afford to shell out over fifty dollars every time I need a new sunscreen and cleansing oil in college :D
Moisturizers -Clinique - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
lydiaxaidyl 8/6/2011 12:36:00 AM
I switch off between the Olay Sensitive Hydrating Fluid and this moisturizer during the year, depending on the weather. This contains an excellent amount of anti-irritants, and the dimethicone keeps my skin nice and matte. My sunscreen can leave an oily finish on my skin occasionally so I top it off with this moisturizer to keep my skin from looking like a disco ball as the day progresses :D I like that it has no fragrance. I think my Olay moisturizer is being discontinued, though I don't know why they would do that -_____- I'm not interested in using the Sensitive moisturizers with SPF as my night time moisturizers. I suppose I'll switch to this in a few months. ^_^ Edit (6/22/12): This moisturizer actually makes my face break out in hives and doesn't really leave my face moisturized even though I have somewhat oily skin, which is disappointing because I really wanted it to work out for me.
I've tried many different types of sunscreens ranging from chemical to mineral based. This is similar to Shiseido's SPF 55 cream in that it contains a comparable amount of active ingredients. Shiseido's sunscreen contains around 16% zinc oxide while its Coppertone counterpart contains 14% percent. The Shiseido sunscreen keeps my face matte throughout the day, though that's contributed to the high concentration of dimethicone, which is extremely hard to wash off without a cleansing oil. The Coppertone sunscreen doesn't clog my pores or make my skin feel like it has a plastic film over it. It's easy to wash off. Any traces of greasiness are minimized to a slight sheen within a few minutes. I paid $9 for a 6 oz bottle, whereas I paid $35 for Shiseido's SPF 55 cream. With Shiseido's, I would of had to purchase a separate cleansing oil to remove it. My HG so far :D
Sunscreen -Neutrogena - Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 55
lydiaxaidyl 7/30/2011 9:26:00 PM
Although i'm more inclined towards mineral sunscreens, such as those sold by Shiseido since I find that they're more effective at preventing me from tanning, this sunscreen works quite well. Even though it has a thick texture and can be a little hard to rub in, it leaves my skin with a nice matte finish. It's not hard to wash off either, most likely since it does not contain a lot of dimethicone. I enjoy using the Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF 55, but find it very laborious to remove. I'm attending college this fall, and I can't really afford to spend $35 on one tube of sunscreen and toil away at washing it off every night. I have pretty sensitive skin and this product hasn't irritated my skin face or broken me out yet. I've only tried it for one day, but i'm pretty sure the results won't change. I paid around $9 for one tube at Target. My bb cream also applies smoothly over this sunscreen. As for the smell, it's pretty strong, but I honestly don't mind. I don't find that this leaves a white cast on my skin. Then again, I am pretty pale. Around NC20. Update (7/5/2011): I've been using this product for less than a week, but I've realized that it somewhat irritates my cheeks. The sunscreen leaves them slightly pink. Perhaps if I use it a little more my skin will adjust to the chemicals. I'm still giving this product a five star rating since I believe it is an indispensable product of a proper skincare routine. Rub in in fast and all the way so that your makeup will not pill. I'm going to use this on my hands and neck. It leaves my skin feeling very nice and matte. :D
Powder -Maybelline - Mineral Power Powder Foundation
lydiaxaidyl 7/11/2011 7:42:00 PM
I ended up having to buy this foundation in two shades since the foundation oxidizes after a few hours. The shade ended up a little more orange than I hoped it would be. Compared to my BE foundation I can definitely tell that there is less shimmer in the powder; however, the powder does leave my face a little chalky. I'd probably give the product a better rating, but I'm not quite sure where I placed it. I don't really have a lot of flaws on my skin, but the powder evens out my skin nicely. I'd say the coverage is about light to medium. edit (6/22/12): Got this in either the third or second shade. I'm around an nc 20-25. It's decent, not as smooth as the bare minerals.