Okay this isn't going to be much of a review since I only managed to wear it once, but I thought I should issue a warning about just how pink this BB cream is. And I mean PINK. I'm your typical pasty white English person with neutral undertones so I figured I could get away with this, but nope! It's just unbelievably pink. I tried mixing it with a very yellow tinted moisturiser, and then used it as a base for a yellow-toned powder foundation but still the pink prevailed, rendering it totally unwearable. This has the best coverage of any BB cream I've used and didn't seem to irritate my skin at all (though if you're sensitive to tea tree oil you'll want to steer clear) so it's a shame I couldn't find a way to make it work. If you're thinking of buying this be sure to order some samples from eBay before purchasing the full sized product, that way you can see if it works for your skin tone or not!
I've tried almost all of these masks over the years and every single one has either broken me out or caused some kind of irritation. I'm not sure what's in the chocolate one, but it caused some serious cystic bumps to brew under my skin so if you're acne-prone stay away from that one! They're so cheap and easily accessible that I get lured into buying them every time, but I'm now officially giving up on Montagne Jeunesse :(
Moisturizers -Philosophy - Hope in a Jar - for all skin types
hanmu 2/25/2013 9:57:00 AM
Wow this stuff is unbelievable awful. I've tried many, many moisturisers over the years and while none of them have worked that well for me this one just takes the cake. It smells like cheap plastic, feels greasy and uncomfortable on my skin, and broke me out in a rash. i think I've had more luck slathering diprobase all over my face!
Conditioner -LUSH - R&B Revive & Balance Hair Moisturizer
hanmu 2/21/2013 9:36:00 AM
This is my absolute favourite lush product. I have very long, thin, bleached hair and blowdry it every day so you can imagine what a state it's in! But if I smooth a little bit of this through damp hair before blasting it with hot air it actually stays smooth, moisturised and frizz-free. And since it's not filled with silicones there's no "crispy" effect or build-up. However, I have found that when my hair rests on my face after using this I break out in that area so if you're acne-prone make sure to keep it away from your hairline! Oh and like most Lush products it smells absolutely amazing.
Cleansers -Avene - Cold Cream Ultra-Rich Soap-Free Cleansing Bar
hanmu 11/27/2012 12:18:00 PM
I bought this to use through the cold weather and though it left my skin feeling very soft and supple it really clogged my pores.
I'm surprised by all of the good reviews for this product. I have somewhat dry skin and this barely moisturised it at all. I'm not too keen on the smell either, which is both sickly sweet and sour like fruit that's past its sell-by date. The only positive I can think of is the pump packaging which is very hygienic.
Moisturizers -Olay - Active Hydrating Beauty Fluid-Sensitive Skin
hanmu 10/19/2012 12:37:00 PM
This gave me pimples upon pimples upon pimples. However, it is the only moisturiser I've used which didn't cause my skin to feel itchy and tight. So if you have dry, sensitive skin which isn't acne-prone this is probably perfect for you.
I'm confused as to why this is marketed towards sensitive skin types when it's so heavily fragranced. I bought this to use in conjunction with Epiduo which has been drying my skin out, but this only seemed to make the dryness worse! After just a week's use my face feels flaky, tight and irritated. I also have a few cystic bumps lurking under the surface which only appear when I have an adverse reaction to a new product. It doesn't lather well enough to use as a body cleanser so I guess I'll use it up on my hands.
Styling Products -Redken - Smooth Down Heat Glide ] [DISCONTINUED]
hanmu 10/19/2012 9:50:00 AM
Urgh I do not like this stuff. Even the tiniest amount leaves my fine, damaged hair feeling both greasy and dry. I can usually load my hair up with oils without it feeling too heavy, so I suspect that the silicones were to blame.
I've been using this on and off for about a year, and I'm honestly still not sure what to make of it. It doesn't seem to break me out (though with my skin it's hard to tell) but I can't see any positive changes either. I won't repurchase this since I can't tell whether it's actually helping in any way and the jar packaging is very unhygienic. ETA: After writing this review I decided to give it once last go, and though it still didn't offer any improvements to the majority of my skin, with nightly use it totally cleared up the stubborn blackheads around my nose! Have bumped it up to a 4, accordingly.
Moisturizers -Clinique - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
hanmu 10/6/2012 2:44:00 PM
Every time I used this my face would instantly feel dry, rough and prickly. With prolonged use it actually seemed to make my skin both oily and dehydrated. It's gone straight in the bin.
This stuff is horrendous. When I was an oily-skinned teenager it clogged my pores, and now that I'm a dry-skinned adult it simply sits on my face making make-up application impossible. It's also surprisingly irritating for a product supposedly designed for sensitive skin.
This worked for roughly a week; it seemed to promote the healing of acne whilst balancing the oil on my skin which is really all I needed. However, after those initial few days of good skin, all hell broke loose! My face is a pimply mess right now with spots popping up in places I wouldn't usually find them. I suspect that the high glycerin content may have been the culprit here, since I've reacted similarly to other glycerin-based products in the past. It's a shame that it doesn't jive with my skin when it works so well for others, but considering Acne.org's exorbitant shipping costs to the UK it's almost a relief.
Cleansers -Unlisted Brand - NARUKO - Niaouli & Tea Tree Acne Clay Cleanser
hanmu 9/27/2012 7:53:00 AM
Works well for me as a spot treatment, but irritates my dry and sensitive skin when used as an all-over mask or daily cleanser. I gave it to a friend who has very oily skin and she loves it.
My absolute favourite lipstick. I've become pretty disillusioned with MAC's products lately after a string of allergic reactions, however, their lip colours are fantastic. The formula of this lipstick is lovely and creamy on my dry lips. It smells pleasant enough, keeps well, and looks fabulous on pale, neutral-toned skin. The glaze finish also gives it a nice sheen without being overpoweringly shiny. It does require a few touch-ups throughout the day but a little concealer or lip liner underneath helps it last longer. I just wish it was a bit cheaper!