Lotions/ Creams -Bath and Body Works - Orange Ginger Hydrating Body Cream
Hawko 9/1/2012 11:41:00 AM
Bought this totally out of chance, absolutely love the scent, which is from essential oil. It encourages me to inhale deeply and the good thing is, the scent stays around 5 minutes or so, which is ideal for me, otherwise I will be hyper-ventilating, lol. The Orange Ginger is under the Energy series, while the orange scent is being enriched with Vetiver for a kind of earthy vibe (and to cut down using too much orange essential oil), the scent is truly unisex. The texture is thick but not greasy, and does not leave the skin looking shiny either, based on the price, I believe the body cream ($15) is richer than the hand cream ($10). The store has a promote, buy 2 get 1 free, so I got 3 for 30, will definitely look into other scent.
Eye Makeup Remover -Rimmel - Gentle Eye Make Up Remover
Hawko 8/31/2012 10:13:00 PM
There were hardly any zombies at the Walmart cosmetics section (zombies because they just stood there, make the decision, pay & get out) & saw these cleanser, without hesitation I picked 4, they are Can$ 5 each. For a quickie, I use it to cleanse all over the face & neck & then splash some water to take the cleanser off, then moisturizer. Definitely will seek out some more next time.
I still remember some 20 years ago when BB started to sell her wares in the dept. store, I was so excited that she claimed her fdn shades are yellow based. So when I was in Florida for holiday I dropped by the dept. store to check things out. The SA recommended this stick ...... its like putting butter on, I was much younger then and my skin was oilier, yet there is no coverage. Imagine my disappointment.
This expensive shower gel smells synthetic, it doesn't smells like grass to me at all. I did smell that in the store and hope that the steam and water in the shower will be somewhat different. It was a total disappointment for me. All Lush products are way over priced.
I put this fdn the same category as Armani's Face Fabric and Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind Eraser Fdn. They are all silicone/water based. The Naked Skin is superior to the 2 mentioned, because I find it can be layered (build-up) for extra coverage, on my dry skin, I just put some more on the liver spots and don't even have to blend, just have a cup of tea and voila, the skin absorbed the extra moisture and it acts as a concealer. Of course moisturzer/sunscreen on underneath, but I can skip the silicone primer with this fdn. I am currently in my summer skin of NW30 or NC 35, I picked 4.0 and 5.5. I have find that my skin can darkened to almost 2 shades between winter and summer, even with the use of spf 45. Another praise is the colour system, whole number = yellow 0.5 = red, just like the NC and NW in Mac. I just wish others will follow this scheme. 1 lippie off for the phoney package, it is a beigey opaque colour painted on the inside which fools shoppers to think there are lots of product inside.
I was obsessed to try this fdn out when I saw the previous review. It is not easy to get Helena Rubinstein products in Canada but I managed to get it from an oversea's website. It was April, my skin was about NW 25, I ordered Biscuit, it is the third colour from the lightest. It does not match, I looked like I have a fake tan on, and I don't even like to have a natural tan. Fast forwad to July/Aug. I have darkened somewhat, about NW30 or NC 35, and now Biscuit suits me. First, I have slightly oily T zone and the rest is dry dry, (please dont't say you have combo skin, it doesn't tell people anything) I put one drop on each side of the pre-moistened face, it doesn't even require any effort to blend, just smoosh it on, but wait about 5 minutes and watch the miracle happened. The skin turned to an undetectable glowy flawless finish. I apply a powder fdn on the t-zone. It comes in a heavy duty golden glass jar with a dropper for dispension, abolutely love it. I may have to switch to other fdn once my skin turns lighter.
Moisturizers -Yves Rocher - Riche Creme Wrinkle-Smoothing Night Cream
Hawko 8/20/2012 12:30:00 PM
This is an overal review including the night cream, day cream, and the new edition called Intense Regenerating Care; honestly I don't find much difference between all 3s. After some "procedures" from the Derm, both sides of my face are so dry (note: dry skin is dry, it should not be "flaky", flaky is a skin ailment, could be mild case of psoriasis or others) This product takes care of the problem, it may take 20 minutes or so to let it full absorbed. The moisturizing effect does lasts.
I got the set (Cleanser, serum, cream) from the Shopping Channel on TV. The set has the description "Polyphenol" but on the jar's label, it only says Nourishing Moisturizer. Polyphenol is just a fancy word, a lot of food has polyphenol, coffee, tea, orange, strawbery, a ring-structure molecule usually indicate it has an aroma. The word Hypoallergenic on the label, which means nothing, there is no government control on using that word. And as for the "nourishing" part, no topical product can "nourish" the skin, skin is nourished by our blood system. It is an effective moisturizer (2 oz) for dry skin while the serum is nothing more than a moisture enhancer; it costs $125 for the set. This product uses squalene (an olive fat) as the buzz ingredient. Not at this price, they are going back.
Liquid -By Terry - Cover Expert Perfecting Fluid Foundation
Hawko 7/29/2012 7:29:00 PM
Absolutely one of the best foundation I have, I put this side by side with Sheer Expert. This have more coverage obviously, than Sheer Expert; I can use this as a concealer over SE or sheer it down with some silicone primer. For my summer NC 30-35 skin, I picked #9 Honey Beige, truly skin tone, no yellow, no orange, no pink. If so desire, one can always add blush for further enhancement. Totally worth the $75. I ordered it thru a US website since By Terry is no longer at Holt-Renfrew anymore.
Truly one of the best foundation I've used and I must have over 60 in my stash. The consistency is watery, but it covers, naturally, both in texture and in colour/tone. And the colour is truly skin colour, no funny undertone, a thin layer covers pores & unevenness yet the skin showed through. By Terry is no longer purchasable in Canada, I had to order thru a US website. NC 30-35 in summer, I picked #9 Honey Beige, I also have #8 Intense Beige when Fall/Winter comes. If I can only keep one foundation, I will pick this one.
Treatments -Perricone - Vitamin C Amine Complex Face Lift
Hawko 7/27/2012 10:32:00 AM
I use this under moisturizer during daytime, after almost finishing the entire bottle (30 ml.), no improvement, also I didn't notice any significant of 'lift" immediately after application. Total waste of money.
I am into my second jar, definitely I don't buy into this Artic Rose snake oil story, but it is a good moisturizer that "seals" the skin, thus prevent further moisture loss. When I have the time, I applied a lighter or a heavier dose of whatever serum, wait 10 minutes & "press" this cream on to seal. Will buy again, until something even better comes up.
Sunscreen -Unlisted Brand - Hada Labo UV Moist Emulsion SPF 50+ PA+++
Hawko 7/6/2012 3:49:00 PM
Thanks to the previous reviewer that prompted me to this product. Absolutely worthy 8 lippies, 10 times better than my ex-favourite Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Water- Light SPF 60. This has absolutely no white or shiny cast left on the skin, it does, however, silicone in it, which does not bother me. If you wait for the correct time, right before the product completely dried (absorbed) into the skin, you can skip the silicone primer before liquid foundation, which is a big plus since I can skip one process in the summer heat. It also blurs the pores and make the skin appeared more procelain like, I know some day cream that does that, but a high SPF sunscreen, I would sell me mother in law for half a bottle of this. Depending on the weather, sometime I warmed up some heavier moisturizer on my palm & press it on my dry cheek afterwards for addition moisture (my cheeks are super dry) The only con is the expiration date, it is in code, mine reads 2B2. It costs me US$14 from an oversea website.
Primer/ Corrector -Shu Uemura - UV Underbase Mousse SPF 30+
Hawko 7/4/2012 10:24:00 AM
Mine is the UV Under Base BB Mousse SPF 30, this was an impulse purchase, without research. What a mistake !! Under the warm lighting in the store, everything looks good on the skin, of all 3 mousse, the BB mousse matches my skin colour the best. I really don't find any pros in this product; here are the cons: - despite of moisturizer underneath, it makes my skin looks & feel dry - no colour selection, all these BB stuff carries a greyish cast, on my warm skintone NW 25 - 30, it just look so ridiculous. - as with all these mousse foundation, it sits as liquid in a compressed container (can), addition propellent has to be added, in this case, there is propane in the list, in order to reject the product through an aerated nozzle to turn it into a soft cuddley mousse. This is immediately blended, turning it back into a liquid ...... isn't that ridiculous.
Liquid -Guerlain - 'Lingerie de Peau' Invisible Skin-Fusion Foundation
Hawko 7/1/2012 9:04:00 PM
Thanks to the fat injection & photofacial laser, my skin took a dramatic change, for the better. I used to be NC 30-37, now I am NW 25, which means I need some new foundation. I passed by a Guerlain boutique and just couldn't resist it, so I got this fdn, in 03 Beige Natural. Not a bad foundation, light to slightly medium coverage, spreads easily, no problem with staying power on my dry skin (always moisture before fdn, ever since I was 17). Natural, satin matte finish, but that's all. A lot of my other fnd. at a fraction of price does the same job, eg. Avon's Ideal Flawless Invisible Coverage fdn, funny how both bottles looks like fraternal twins. For that price, I will not re-purchase.