I hate this. It looks and feels like beige-coloured chalk soaked in water, and in no way like any sort of moisturiser. After application, it looks cakey and not at all natural, and it has next to zero coverage. My bare skin looks better.
I didn't finish this product but threw it away. It felt extremely greasy and made me look like a grease ball. And I had dry skin! It felt so yucky.
I was so excited about this product because the flavour sounded so yummy. But it smelt like plasticine and felt waxy on my lips and I couldn't bring myself to use it at all after two tries. Complete waste of money.
Liquid -Jane - Stay Calm Foundation [DISCONTINUED]
reverie 5/6/2008 12:33:00 AM
This is not available in my country, and I bought it off an auction. Amazingly, I got the right colour (Buffy). It looks really natural on me. A very basic foundation, no fancy 'functions', but very good for its price. A pity that this is discontinued.
I think I might be in love with this product. The first thing I checked out at the store was its texture (watery, and easily absorbed) and its smell (almost non-existent). I use this product twice a day, using 3-4 drops each time. I only used it for less than a week, when I saw that my skintone looks very much evened out and smooth. Maybe even... *gasps* radiant? My skintone didn't get any fairer (I'm already fair though), but it definitely got brighter. The dark marks left behind my zits are very much still there, though they may have been lightened somewhat. But the most noticeable difference is that my face looks like it's been gaussian-blurred slightly - it looks THAT smooth. A week on, and my bf commented on the difference. So I'm pretty convinced that it's not just my imagination. He hardly ever notices anything (can't tell a pair of criss-cross fake eyelashes from a pair of spiky ones). He remarked that there is less of a difference between my made-up face and my bare face than before, because my skintone looked so even, like I had foundation on. This is very bad news for my pocket. One thing I really hated (besides the price) is the packaging. I bought the 10ml one with the dropper, and I could not cap the bottle tightly. At first I thought it was due to my own carelessness. But subsequently I tried twisting the cap very tight, and it always untwists slightly on its own. A little nudge and the cap unscrews completely. That means that I can't bring it anywhere, and that pisses me off. What if I need to travel? I called up HABA and their staff told me that it's normal for the 10ml bottle, and a lot of customers commented about the cap. She also mentioned that the quality won't be compromised, though I have no idea whether that is true. According to her, a lot of customers have brought the faulty bottles back for exchange, and the newly exchanged bottle has the same problem most of the time. This is a seriously bad admission because it means that they know of this defect and they have no qualms selling defective products to their customers. It's not as if I bought the product at 50 cents and should expect this sort of quality. It's a shame HABA, a brand that deems it fit to price its products at a premium, is unable to produce bottles that perform their basic function. Will update on the effects of this product after I have finished the entire 10ml. Edit: I have finished my first 10ml and it took longer than I expected. About 1.5 months. Overall, I feel more confident about going out without makeup because this has evened my complexion by a lot. Many of my scars have faded till they are very faint. Whether it's because of this product or not, I'm not really sure. I found it very hard to get the last few drops of the product out. I really think the packaging can and should be improved. I bought another 10ml and it has the same annoying problem with the cap again. Despite the sales person assuring me that the cap problems have been fixed, I had to exchange it. Even after exchange, the cap is still rather loose.
I know this is technically supposed to be more mature skins, but my skin is on the dry side, so I wanted a foundation that would provide a dewy finish. It was definitely not moisturising at all. A bit chalky, in fact. And it emphasised the fine lines under my eyes horribly. And I don't even have other wrinkles or lines (yet), so I don't want to imagine how bad it will look on mature skins. The colour was also quite orangey and didn't suit me at all. I can't figure out if I got a dud or what, since most people are complaining about its greasiness instead.
It did visibly lengthen my lashes, and I like how I can choose the mascara I want to use with this, instead of having it packaged together with the mascara. It's inexpensive, works well, and the packaging is slim and portable.
Treatments (Eye) -Unlisted Brand - Andrea Eye Q's Undereye Circle Complex
reverie 5/4/2008 9:46:00 PM
Utterly useless. I saw no improvements on my undereye circles at all, and I applied this really consistently.
Moisturizers -Unlisted Brand - Simple - Hydrating Light Moisturiser
reverie 5/4/2008 1:09:00 PM
This is a decent moisturiser, and is really really affordable. I just wish I liked it more. I would've saved a ton of money. It moisturises fine though it feels a little greasy. I usually don't complain about products being greasy because I have normal to dry skin, but the smell just reeked of a certain oiliness that probably made me think it's even greasier than it actually is. It smelt cheap and unpleasant. My usual moisturiser, Cetaphil moisturising cream, is unfragranced as well and doesn't smell as bad.
Every now and then, I see a couple too many blackheads on my nose and I buy this in the hopes that it'll clear at least half of it. And it doesn't. Mostly, it just pulls out a lot of fine hairs on my nose, and my blackheads stayed where they were. I also hate how I can't use this on other parts of the face, so it's really inflexible in that way. The clogs this removes are very minimal, but I gave it a 3 cos I saw an incredible amount when used on my brother (but then he had a more incredible amount to start with as well). My verdict: Doesn't really work on my blackheads. But I can't find anything that really does either.
This product hydrates fine, but didn't provide any benefits that a good moisturiser wouldn't. I didn't see any brightening or softening of my skin. It is too expensive for such mediocre and temporary results.
Masks -St. Ives - Peel-Off Hydroxy Masque [DISCONTINUED]
reverie 5/4/2008 6:33:00 AM
This product stings my face and makes my eyes water. The alcohol smell is really overpowering and the results are definitely not worth the assault on my senses everytime I use this. The product oozes out all over the cap when I store it upright. It is very messy to use, takes forever to dry, and is difficult to peel off. It seemed to come out in bits and pieces and I had to rub the remainder off my face. (Perhaps I wasn't using enough, I give them that.) My skin did feel a tad smoother after peeling off (as it should with any mask), but other than that there were no visible results whatsoever. This product must be made up almost entirely of alcohol. I just don't see how a product that can irritate my skin, my eyes, and my nose all at once can be beneficial in any way.
I loved this in a tub. It was so easy to scoop out and use. It leaves my skin silky smooth. I like a scrubby feeling when I'm exfoliating, and the granules in this are big enough, but don't feel abrasive or scratchy. Minus one lippie for being expensive. But I still go back to it after trying a few different scrubs. I dislike the tube packaging though. It is troublesome to get the product out. It's probably alright for a face product, because you don't need that much, but for a body product, you keep having to repeatedly squeeze out more!
This is way too harsh on the face. The granules are very big and rough. It smells bad. I used it on my body, but it was very abrasive as well.
This moisturises pretty effectively, but I didn't see any radiance or glow that the others seem to have. The fragrance seems a tad strong, and it seems to contain a lot of silicon. Its whitening effects are average. I do not know if it has actually whitened, since you can only get as fair as your original skin colour and I'm already very fair. But the dark marks left behind by my evil zits didn't fade very much faster with this. There are cheaper moisturisers that can do the same job, maybe even better.