Cleansers -Amore Pacific - Treatment Cleansing Oil
bren81 3/30/2009 12:04:00 AM
I have never used or even heard of cleansing oils until I went to Japan 5 years ago. My friend who is also a makeup junkie like myself introduced me to DHC cleansing oil which was very popular at the time. I was iffy about putting oil to remove my make up but after a couple use I discovered that it removes my makeup (including eye makeup) very well without over drying my skin. After that I've used cleansing oils from fancle, shu uemura, etude, etc. I was particularly happy with fancle but unfortunately I can't get it where I live (vancouver). I've been using other cleansing products from Amore Pacific so I gave this one a try and boy it was the right decision. It is light weight (altho it is an oil cleanser it is lighter than shu uemura cleansers), removes makeup and other impurities but leaves your skin moisturized. I do alternate between dior cleansing milk and this and do another wash with a foaming cleanser and sometimes use the cleansing water from avene. So far I haven't had any breakouts which is a miracle for me. I would repurchase and highly recommend this product (actually most of amore pacific products)
I am so frustrated that I can't post a review for Treatment Enzyme Peel because I actually like that product much better than this mask (if you haven't given it a try and if your skin needs regular exfoliation, go get a sample right now. It is the best scrub I have ever used... BEST). But I follow my scrub with this mask and had amazing results. I have oily T zone but also have dry areas and am sensitive to some products (major breakout after using clinique turn around, EL brown bottle essence, etc) and am acne prone. This mask keeps my breakouts under control and deep cleans my pores. I use this every week and leave it on while I'm taking a bath then wash it off in the shower. My skin doesn't get too dry but actually quite soft and clean. I would definitely repurchase.
Eyeliner -Clinique - Cream Shaper for Eyes-Egyptian
bren81 2/5/2009 3:12:00 PM
Love love love this eye liner. looks amazing with my erika shadow and lots and lots of black mascara
Cleansers -Avene - Cleansing and Make-Up Remover Micellar Lotion
bren81 2/5/2009 3:06:00 PM
I don't know if I am using this product right but so far I like the results. I use sunscreen, primer, foundation, concealer and powder every day so I make sure everything is off my face before I go to bed at night. I have acne prone skin so it's very important that I remove all my make up thoroughly although people tell me it's better to use gentle cleansing. I use lancome bifacil to remove my eye make up then use dior milk cleanser (the one in purple bottle). i wipe that off with a tissue and then put this water-like cleanser on cotton pads and wipe off my face again. It's amazing how much product it picks up from my face. Then I use either clarins gentle foaming cleanser or PTR AHA cleanser just to make sure I have everything off my face. It sounds like a lot and too much work but I'm used to it and I don't have any new breakouts ever since I started this routine. Except for occasional breakout before my periods, I'm good! Another product I recommend is Amore Pacific Enzyme Peel. Best scrub/exfoliator I've ever used!
Cleansers -Aveeno - Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser
bren81 2/5/2009 2:05:00 PM
I'm surprised to read reviews that people broke out after using this cleanser. I can't even remember how many bottles I've used so far and I have nothing but good things to say about this cleanser! I guess everyone is different and how their skin reacts to certain things. I am acne prone so I have to be careful what I put on my face. I gave this a try after my friend who has similar problems recommended it to me. It is very gentle and after you wash it off with warm water, it gave me soft and clean skin without drying. But it doesn't remove make up and I would recommend it for morning washes. It does run out rather fast and I'm guessing it's because the bottle shoots out foams (my clinique self-foaming wash did that too. it ran out in like... a month). Other than that I am really happy with this product!
Liquid -La Mer - Skincolor De La Mer The Treatment Fluid Foundation SPF 15
bren81 2/5/2009 1:59:00 PM
This foundation has been my HG for many years and last night the SP at la mer told me that it will be discontinued and he doesn't know when he will get the next shipment in. Naturally, I bought two bottles (the only stock left in the store). I've ventured out to different foundations as I have very oily T zone but dry patches here and there on my cheeks along with scars from my old acne and uneven skin tone. I can say it with conviction that I have the worst skin.... But with the help of this foundation and spot concealer from shu uemura and stick concealer from cle de peau and their powder, my skin looks flawless and healthy (it does require years of practise camouflaging though....). It doesn't get cakey when you pile it on (could be because I use beauty blender to apply) but covers beautifully and lasts all day long (doesn't require re-application mid day). I cringe every time I buy because it's sooo expensive but I figured it does last long since you don't need too much to cover the whole face and rather than wasting money on products that I will be disappointed with, I'd rather spend my money on something that I know I will love. That being said, they are discontinuing my HG foundation so I don't know what to do now T-T Hate it when they do that!
Sunscreen -Neutrogena - Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF45
bren81 1/9/2009 6:21:00 PM
i bought this at costco because of the price. plus i heard good things about it but it did not work on me at all. i don't know what ingredient in this caused it but it stung my eyes so much that my eyes teared up constantly and couldn't wear eye make up until i realized it was the sunscreen that was doing it. also after applying this sunscreen for about a week i started to break out really badly.... and i still have the scars... so sad :(
I've been using the oil absorbing lotion from la mer for morning and estee lauder perfectionist serum for night for ages. I have been so happy with the two products and thought I'd never have to be on that agonizing search for my HG moisturizers. That being said, I'm a make up junkie who likes to try out new things and when I saw Amore Pacific at Bergdorf, I bought this serum on an impulse. I used to have a combination of oily, sensitive, acne prone skin and since taking acne medication, was starting to get little dry patches on my cheeks.... drives me crazy! At first I was little iffy applying this moisturizer as it felt really watery and light but after two applications of this serum that stubborn dry patch disappeared for good! This serum melts right into your skin leaving it soft, smooth and well moisturized. I don't know how this happens because it's really watery and light at first contact. And the smell is also very nice! Compared to my la mer or estee lauder lotion it is in the same price range but I think there is more in the bottle. I might venture into other lines as I tend to get bored easily but definitely I will explore more of Amore Pacific lines.
I bought this powder along with the silky foundation and the make up base (for pores). The powder is very fine with pink sheen. It looks very pretty just by itself. I wear this on top of the foundation to settle it when I go to work but on my off days I just wear this on top of the make up base which gives very nature and sheer finish but looks very pretty. I was a bit appalled by the price but you really just need a little bit of this to finish the whole face and I think it will take me years to use this up. I've used lose powder by shu uemura, chanel, dior, anna sui, and shisheido but by far this one out-performs all of them (maybe not shu uemura which is also very fine and has excellent quality) but i like this one the most due to its pretty pink sheen and the finish. I have quite fair skin that is suddenly becoming dry (used to have oily skin but i guess that's what happens when you get old.. how sad) but this powder doesn't dry out my skin.
After months of using a combination of Dove, L'oreal, Victoria Secret and Wella shampoo (i'm a drug store junkie so I tend to buy different kinds of things when new stuff comes out), I was really not happy with the condition of my hair and scalp. The hair was all dry and massive split ends everywhere but the scalp was oily! I was searching for an alternative when my friends recommended Aveda. I bought a medium size bottle of Shampure, Balancing shampoo and Rosemary Mint shampoo. It costed me $56 for three bottles of shampoo but after just one wash I felt it was worth every cent of it. My hair was clean but not dry and brittle, it felt soft and smooth. I got my shine back not the greasy and oily on the crown of my head. I'm going back to the store to get the big bottle.
Highlighters -Clinique - Up-Lighting Liquid Illumintor
bren81 2/22/2008 12:16:00 AM
I received a sample of this when it first came out. It was "natural"and I wasn't too sure about this product at first. It had scary-looking large sparkly things and looked very orangy, not natural. So I mixed it up with my Kiehl's tinted moisturizer(I also got this for free when it came out! Love how Kiehl's give out full size products for free once in a while), and I really liked the results. It gave me a very subtle glow and enhanced my pasty white face (it's rainy and cold where I live for a long long time). When I went through my sample, which actually lasted a surprisingly long time, I wanted to purchase the full size product. However, "natural" shade was always sold out. I asked the SA to show me the other shades and finally settled with "Peach". It was even orangier than "natural" when I pumped it on the back of my hand but summer is coming so I didn't mind. The end result was very similar. Sheer and subtle glow and little bit of healthy colour. Overall, I like the price, end-results and the packaging but I like trying new products so I don't think I will buy this one again.
I love this lotion and I'm on my third bottle now. I've used about a million different products but nothing really worked on my oily but sensitive and acne-prone skin (the worst combination anyone can think of...). I've used SKII, Shisheido(even the ones that's solely sold in Asia), La Prairie, Sisley, Clinique, etc etc but it was just another disappointment after the other and what waste of money!!! Also mattifying primers always gave me break outs ugh...So when my mom recommended the La Mer products (she uses creme de la mer and she really loved it) I bought the oil absorbing lotion. It mattifies my skin without making it dry and stay non-greasy all day long. I don't even have to use my oil-absorbing sheets (the blue ones you know) any more and my make up stays put where it should be and not down to my neck! Generally I wish it was a bit cheaper but I'm not switching to anything else for a long while!