Treatments -Kiehls - Midnight Recovery Concentrate
franzvonstuck 9/9/2012 3:58:00 PM
I really wanted to love this, but it didnīt work out for me. So, I decided to rewrite my shorter original review, to be more precise about the product. I read the reviews and wrote to Kiehls germany for a sample. They were so kind and send me 2 samples. Being really exited, I tried it immediately the following evening. After I cleansed my face, I put the serum on my skin, went to bed. The serum is runny and has no colour and just a light smell, maybe from the oils. It didnīt really sink in my skin and was more like a film on top of my skin. When I woke up, I saw no difference. I tried it again the next night and I put even more serum on my face. Again, a weird film on my skin and no result. I felt like it was not nourishing enough for my skin and my skin felt drier and dehydrated after use. Which is strange, because it should be nourishing and hydrating. Miracle anyone? To be honest, it didnīt do any damage to my skin. No redness, itching, blotching or breakouts. But on the other side, no positive effects either. The effect of glowing and nice skin simply lacked totally. I simply hadnīt had any effect, that other reviewers raved about. No hydration, no supple skin, no glow, nothing. I was hughely disappointed and I will not buy the full size. Needless to say, that I figured out, that this was just not the right compostion of oils and essential oils for my skin. And I really know, how my skin looks like when an overnight treatment works, for example with Weleda wild rose oil capsules. I suggest to try and get a sample first, because the serum is not exactly cheap. Although there are many people, who love this serum and get fabulous results, I can truly say, that it didnīt work for my skin at all.
Iīve been using Big for a long time and had to rewrite my review because I realized, how great this shampoo works for my hair. And I mean MY hair because clearly, this is not the right shampoo for every type of hair. My hair is oily at the roots and I have to wash my hair every other day, but he ends are sometimes lacking moisture. I have a mass of shoulderlenght fine hair, that is not coloured and I use no styling tools. Big is a volumizing sea-salt shampoo in a true sense, because it contains whole grains of sea salt. You basically deal with a rice-pudding-like base formula with big sea salt particles in it. Algae and lime juice are other ingredients that should help to get big shiny hair. The smell is rather nice, at least in my opinion, a kind of beachy fresh scent with a hint of ocean breeze. The result of Big is really shiny hair, full of volume and a great texture. Big makes my hair look like a glamorous version of my fine and limp hair. And the most important thing for me: I only wash my hair with Big and blow-dry my hair. Thatīs all it takes for a great result. I get a much better results with Big than with other shampoos like Aveda or Tigi and you can see the difference. Big is outstanding, because this one actually delivers what the others just promise. The shampoo does a pretty awesome job. It leaves my hair voluminous, shining and smelling lovely. I got so used to having great looking hair, that I was shocked, when I recently ran out of it and within days faced my limp hair again, Thatīs when I decided never to be without this great shampoo. Even with my oily hair, I use this shampoo only once or twice a week. Why? Because itīs strong and maybe thatīs why so many people have problems with this shampoo. Either it is the wrong kind of shampoo for your hair type or you use it too often and then it dries out the hair. But use it only sometimes and it does the job. It is a very good cleaning shampoo too. The best argument for Lush-shampoos in general are the ingredients. No silicones, no coco-betaines, no parabenes, no sulfates. Just good ingredients without animal testing. Some people might dislike the sodium laureth sulfate in it. From other reviews I get the impression, that itīs either a hit or a miss, depending on your hair. Iīd recommend it to people with oily and fine hair, but in the end, you have to try it out. But I can definitely say, I love this shampoo.
Because autumn is coming and I re-discovered neutral taupe-brown-grey colours for my nails, I was looking for a cool nail polish. Chanel Particuliere is no option for me, because all Chanel nail polishes always chip and last only 12 hours on my nails (Iīm looking at you, Rouge Noir). But with mentioning Chanel Particuliere you know, what kind of colour I mean. Essie is normally my favourite, but unfortunately Mink Muffs has a runny, streaky consistency, which I hate. Searching in the drugstore, I found Catrice Beavis & Mud-Head. How cool is this name? I paid about 2 Euros for this, which is a very good deal. The colour is a cool brown-grey, no shimmer and a very creamy formula. To give you a hint: It is slightly more cool-toned and slightly more grey than Essie Mink Muffs. It also looks as it has less lavender undertones, but is more a mixture of pure grey and pure brown, if that makes sense. The differences are barely visible, because they are very similar. The colour suits my pale neutral skin (MAC NC 20) as it is cool enough for my skintone, but not to cool as some other colours I tried, which had too much grey or lavender undertones, that looked weird on my skintone. It looks different in the bottle, as if it had way more lavender undertones. The consistency is very creamy and it comes with a large brush, which makes it easy to apply. I use a base-coat and two coats of Beavis & Mud-Head, which is enough to make it completely opaque. Very glossy and nice finish, but I always put Essie Good to go on top to make it last longer and add extra shine. The colour looks very chic and grown-up. It makes you look cool in a sophisticated, urban and modern way. And itīs suitable for office and daytime, because it doesnīt look cheap or tacky. To me, this is the perfect autumn/winter colour for my nails as I like the more neutral and darker colours for these seasons. I clearly recommend it, because itīs not expensive, but makes you look like a million dollars.
I had to rewrite my review, although the last thing the Cetaphil cleanser needs is another review. I just wanted to share the info. For nearly 6 years, I used this cleanser and it was the only cleanser my skin tolerated. I was aware of the fact, that it contained SLS, but kept on using it, because I didnīt find something else. I basically tested tons of cleansers, but all failed miserably and some even ruined my skin. I grew sceptical recently, because my skin got drier and drier and so dehydrated, I felt like I could put tons of hydration serums, hydration boosters and oils on my skin and still there was no getting better. It felt like my skin was dying of thirst and no matter what moisturizer or treatment I used, it didnīt help. I searched fot the best hydrating mask, a richer moisturizer to soothe my skin, but nothing helped. In the end, I realized, that it was the Cetaphil or rather the SLS in it, that transformed my skin like that. Sad, but true, as I always thought of Cetaphil as my HG cleanser and refused to believe that it was the source of all this problems. After a long search, I finally found cleanses, that work for my skin and are SLS-free. Eucerin re-balance cleanser and Korres 3-in-1 milk proteins cleansing emulsion are tolerated by my skin and they literally re-transformed my skin. My skin was a combination skin originally, but years of Cetaphil pushed my skin into a dry and very dehydrated skin. Using these new cleansers, my skin goes back to being a combination skin again. I was actually surprised that after a few uses of the Eucerin cleanser, I donīt need that many masks, serums and oils anymore. Itīs amazing and I totally underestimated the influence and importance of the right cleanser for my skin. Iīm glad, I could stop using Cetaphil, although I initially really liked it and used it for a long time. I just wanted to let you know without condemning the Cetaphil cleanser, but I canīt recommend it anymore because of my personal experience.
In the search for a new cleanser, I was eyeing this Korres cleanser for a long time. Although I couldnīt tolerate the wild rose cream from Korres, my face just loves the yoghurt sunscreen. So, it was a risk to buy this cleanser, but I found it for 40 % off as it was going out of stock. I paid 14 Euros for it. My skin is super-hyper-sensitive and I need the most gentle cleansers available. I used Cetaphil for years and am now changing my cleanser, because the SLS dries out my skin. The Eucerin re-balance I recently discovered and fell in love with is good for washing the face in the morning, but in the evening, I would like to have oils in my cleanser to break down the sunscreen. The cleanser is a milky cleanser, white and semi-liquid. Mine didnīt smell like there was perfume in it. I normally wear sunscreen spf 50 and a light foundation. My usual routine is first getting most of the make-up off with thermal water and a cotton pad (my eyes are cleansed separately with Bioderma), then applying the cleanser on my face and massage it in. I rinse it with water, because I prefer it this way. It leaves my face supersoft, moisturized and protected, which might give the impression, that the skin is not clean. Anyone who likes squeaky-clean skin will not love this cleanser. But for my skin, I definitely love the clean and at the same time soft feeling. Having tried tons of cleansers for dry and sensitive skin from high-end and pharmay brands, this is one of the best I found over the years. The oils in it are not comedogenic, so donīt be afraid if you are acne-prone. I give this 4 lippies, for the Eucerin is even more gentle and more protecting, but I still recommend this for dry skin, sensitive skin or anyone who likes gentle cleansers, that donīt strip the skin.
I heard about this product in one of Lisa Eldridges videos and my first thought was "Weird, a moisturizer for my hair" and then I thought "I have to try that out". As I live near the french border, I can easily get this at any pharmacy and itīs not that expensive. I paid 13 Euros for a tube of 50 ml. My hair is straight with a slight wave, shoulderlenght and I have fine hair but a mass of hair. Any thing too heavy will weigh my hair down. I struggle with more greasy hair on top and drier ends. As my hair is not coloured and I donīt use styling tools, I needed more moisture for my hair, less oils. The Phyto 7 has a white gel-cream texture, that melts into a serum-like consistency when you warm it in your palms and spread it on your hair. Not greasy and you donīt have to be too careful how much you put in as your hair soaks it up. I tested the Phyto 7 both ways, on dry hair and on damp hair. Both ways, I get fantastic results. On damp hair, it makes my hair supersoft, shiny and healthy after blowdrying it. On dry hair, it prevents frizz and makes my ends look healthy and glossy. It didnīt weigh my hair down or took the volume out of my hair. I put it in my hair, whenever I feel that my hair needs a little pampering. I take it with me on my beach holiday to protect and moisturize my hair after a long day in the sun and I guess itīs gonna be great for that too. It really is a moisturizer for the hair, so the name is totally correct. I used to put Avedaīs light elements texturizing cream in my hair, but the Phyto 7 is way better and cheaper. And I donīt like to use products with silicones in my hair, so Phyto is a perfect cream with loads of plant extracts and oils in it to nourish and protect the hair. Love it and recommend it.
Omega is a light soft neutral brown, that MAC desribes as a soft muted beige-brown. Itīs a matte formula, so no shimmer here in this colour. Omega is one of the colours, which look very boring in the pan, but are incredibly versatile. My first idea to use this shadow was in the crease. Perfect for that, because itīs not too dark and gives the perfect daytime/office look. Second I used it as an eyeliner and it worked good for those days, when you donīt want harsh lines and dark colours in your eye make-up , but a soft and pretty look. Recently, I discovered it as an eyebrow colour. Iīm a MAC NC 20/BB sand with amber eyes, dark eyebrows and dark lashes. Quite dark eyebrows, like dark brown, that looks almost black. My eyebrows are much darker than my natural hair colour (light to middle brown), but this colours rocks for my eyebrows. I have thick eyebrows, but I have to fill in some gaps, because my natural brows donīt grow that perfect. I totally hate this look, when your eyebrows look like some too dark caterpillars on your face and the first thing you see in the face are these way too dark artificial eyebrows. It looks this way when I use a darker brown colour like MACs brun for my brows. Way too dark! I go for a rather natural brow, like my brows but better, so I use a Sigma E65 small angle brush and lightly fill my brows with small strokes. To finish, I use a brow gloss from the drugstore or some eight hour cream to give it a glossy and healthy look. My brows look more defined and groomed like they are naturally that good looking when I wake up (LOL) without harsh lines or a too dark colour Truly, I love this shadow for my eyebrows and besides that, it just works for all the other things too. If I go on vacation again, I will take a MAC pro pan with 4 eyeshadows with me and guess what: Omega would be the first I choose to take with me. So it is a multipurpose eyeshadow and very recommended.
Cleansers -Eucerin - Re-balance Soothing Cleansing Cream
franzvonstuck 8/19/2012 7:15:00 AM
I was trying to change my cleanser, which was for 6 years Cetaphil. But although Cetaphil was the only cleanser my super sensitive dehydrated skin tolerated over the years, I also felt that it contributed to further sensitizing and drying out my skin to the point, where I put more and more serums, boosters and moisturizing masks on my skin without any improvement. Desperately seeking another cleanser, I tried high-end brands (Clarins, Origins), pharmacy brands (Bioderma, La Roche Posay) and drugstore brands. Basically, I tested tons of cleansers, which were supposed to be for dry and sensitive skin. None of these cleansers worked and they dried out my skin, burned or left it flaky and reacting. The Euerin Re-balance is a cleanser my skin can tolerate and I almost cannot believe it. It has a white gel-cream consistency and no smell due to the fact, that is is free of many skin-irritants, such as perfume. I normally wear sunscreen with spf 50 and a light make-up on my face. Usually, I cleanse my face first with thermal water and a cotton pad to get the most of the make-up off. Then I apply it on my face and massage it all over my face and rinse it off with water. You can tissue it off too, but I prefer rinsing it with water. My skin is balanced, clean, super-soft and smooth. But more important is, what it NOT is: No dryness, no tightness, no red spots, no burning, no flaking. The cleanser doesnīt leave a real film on the skin, but you can feel, that your skin is protected by something. Itīs hard to explain. It has no SLS in it, which Iīm trying to avoid in a cleanser to test, if it was the SLS, which dried out my skin so much. I can see already an improvement and donīt need as much moisturizer or serum to make my skin feel comfortable. In fact, I donīt put as much oil or hydration booster in my cream as I feel it is too much!! When it was never enough in the past. I recommend this, if your skin is reactive, very dry, allergic, dehydrated and super sensitive.
Sunscreen -Korres - Sunscreen Face Cream Yoghurt SPF50
franzvonstuck 8/19/2012 4:37:00 AM
I bought this in a promo set together with the yoghurt body emulsion spf 50. I ordered it from Greece and the whole set costs me 12 Euros and I paid 10 Euros for the shipping. Itīs ridiculous how expensive this stuff is in the rest of the world, I mean come on, you pay about 40 !!! Euros (and that was the cheapest offer!!) for the same products in other countries. It was good luck for me, as I wanted to try the sunscreen for the face and the body out, because the Avene or La Roche Posay never performed that well on my skin, no matter which formula I choose. Especially the face cream was interesting, because normally I use the Kiehls daily uv defense under my make-up and this is expensive as hell with 39 Euros. Going on a beach vacation, I wanted a cheaper alternative for my face as I have to reapply it several times a day and in a very generous amount during a day on the beach. By the way, the ingredients are wrong, these are the ingredients from the yoghurt body sunscreen emulsion spf 50 for the body. The face cream has no coconut oil in it and I nearly didnīt buy the set because I thought, I couldnīt use the face cream as my pores clog like hell from coconut oil. So, donīt be afraid if you are acne-prone; if your skin can tolerate jojoba and sun flower oil, just give it a try. These are the ingredients from the Korres website: Aqua/Water/Eau, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Dibutyl Adipate, Tricaprylin, Glycerin, Distarch Phosphate, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Propylheptyl Caprylate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Simmondsia Chinensis(Jojoba) Seed Oil, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Titanium Dioxide, Alpha Tocopherol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Betaine, Caprylyl Glycol, Cellulose Gum, Cetyl Alcohol, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Honey, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Lecithin, Parfum, Pectin, Phenoxyethanol, Phenylpropanol, Sodium Carboxymethyl Beta-glucan, Sodium Gluceptate, Sodium Metabisulphite, Sodium Phytate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Stearic Acid, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Yogurt. Iīm used to more conventional sunscreens like Kiehlīs and La Roche Posay, so I didnīt know, how this would perform on my skin. It was a high risk for me as I canīt normally tolerate eco-bio-labels in my face and I couldnīt use the wild rose cream from Korres. But I got it for free in this set, so I tried it. And it works for my skin. The cream is a light beige cream with a milky sweet smell, that is not offensive. It is a richer cream, that totally pampers your skin. My dehydrated combo skin loved it. My skin felt well protected and moisturized throughout very sunny and warm days during a hot weather period at home. No white cast on my face and just a slightly dewy finish, so be aware, that itīs not a matte finish. But I admit, that underneath my make-up, I prefer the much lighter formula of Kiehlīs, although this would work too. Nevetheless, this is a fantastic alternative to the much more expensive Kiehls stuff! For weekends or holidays, when I wear no make-up, this is just perfect. And after a day in the sun, when you cleanse your face and wash the sunscreen off, you can feel, that your skin isnīt dry or dehydrated like with some other sunscreens, which protect the skin, but not offer enough hydration for the skin. This cream does a good job in protecting and hydrating your skin. Love it and recommend it. Maybe people with oily skin should test it first, because it might be too rich for oily skin.
Cleansers -Clarins - Extra-Comfort Cleansing Cream
franzvonstuck 8/17/2012 9:28:00 AM
On my search for a very mild cleanser, I tried this one. The cleanser is light-orange and has the consistency of a gel-cream. I thought, it was thicker and creamier. It smells - well like Clarins. I personally dislike the smell of Clarins products, a little like an old french ladies scent, but it was not that bad and the smell didnīt linger. Highly perfumed, which makes me shake my head. Why do they put so much fragrance in products for sensitive skin? I normally wear Kiehlīs daily uv defense with spf 50 and a light make-up on my face. I tested the cleanser with the Clarins suction method: You warm the cleanser in your palms, press the palms all over your face and draw the palms quickly back. The cleanser does get thicker while you do this and Clarins claims, that it removes all impurities and dirt. I washed it off with water, because I donīt like to tissue off my cleansers. Well, it did the job, but unfortunately, it stripped my skin away too. Dried my skin out like hell, my skin had dry patches on the forehead and the plant extracts burned even half an hour later on my skin. I had to wash my face a second time with my Cetaphil. Yes, I have ueber-sensitive, dehydrated reactive skin, that is basically combo, but going towards dry skin. Itīs no fun to look for a cleanser, but please: this cleanser claimed to be for dry skin, for fragilized skin. From the description, it seemed to be perfect, but delivered nothing of all the promises. A huge fail and the cherry on top of this desaster was the high price: I paid 32 Euros for 200 ml. I recommend to test this first (I wasnīt able to get samples), especially if you have sensitive skin. I returned it and at the same time, I turned my back on Clarins cleansers and moisturizers. None of them ever worked for me.
I didnīt like this cleanser at all. Iīm aware that my skin is ueber-sensitive and dehydrated, but this cleanser was promoted for dry and sensitive skin. It is a white creamy cleanser, that smells like herbs and essential oils, which are indeed ingredients of this cleanser. You can wash it off with water (which I did) or tissue it off. I applies the cleanser, massaged it in and rinsed it off with water. My skin was dry and tight and I saw dry patches on my cheeks and flaky skin on my forehead. And I felt like the plant extracts and essential oils were not really helping my sensitive skin, but making my skin feel uncomfortable and kind of reacting. I was disappointed, because why on earth would a cleanser for sensitive skin have irritating extracts like peppermint oil in it? I donīt feel, that this calms the skin, it rather upsets the skin. Needless to say that I returned it and I decided that Origins was not my brand for skincare as I already tested moistuizers, that didnīt work either. Too much essential oils and plant extracts as potential skin irritants in it. Please try to test it first, if you have sensitive skin. To be fair, this might work, if youīre not sensitive towards essential oils and plant extracts.
Canīt believe I havenīt reviewed this product yet as I have been using it for years! Initially, I bought it because when I was younger, I had very clogged pores and the following underlying impurities and pimples on my chin. I also still suffer from hormonal breakouts, when I get sometimes tiny whiteheads or big red pimples. Lovely. I somehow managed to calm down my skin with silver powder from mario badescu, but when Iīm experimenting with creams, I still get clogged pores sometimes. Enter pate grise. Not only saved the stuff my younger self from the bad red big pimples, that seem to last for weeks and leave a nasty scar. It also saves me now from the occasional spot. Yes, it smells like an old diesel truck and looks scary with the greyish muddy colour and thick consistency. But this stuff hasnīt survived for years on the market by not perfoming well. I donīt use any ! spot roll-ons or other stuff you can get at the drugstore since I had this. These other things didnīt help and dried out my skin. But with the pate grise, all healed up very well. It accelerates the opening and healing process of any impurities. And it takes away the nasty red inflammations. So you donīt have to suffer 3 weeks, but only for a few days. I usually put it on overnight and I am pleased with the results the following morning. Less redness, no more hurting and faster healing. HG for pimples.
As I grow older, my trustworthy Avene moisturizer just isnīt enough anymore although I add hydration booster and do regular hydrating masks. Iīm getting tired of that and besides it costs me a lot of money for hydration booster and masks. So I needed a new moisturizer. I hate to try new moisturizers, because my skin doesnīt like trying and testing new products. Therefore, I couldnīt test tons of moisturizers. But I searched the top picks to find a new moisturizer and it came down to this one or the Origins make a difference. Anyway, I hate this cream. I almost forgot, that some creams have a weird little effect on my skin: When I use them, I get tiny beads of moisture on my nose, as if my skin was sweating. I searched for the reason and found, that cetyl alcohol as ingredient can cause this reaction. Why some people react to it and others not, I donīt know. The cream felt silicony and like a film on my skin. Didnīt sink in, but my skin never reacted good towards silicones. The smell was o.k., not overpowering. Might have been moisturizing, but the side effects were too weird to tolerate this cream. A big no for me.
Moisturizers -Origins - Make A Difference Skin Rejuvenating Treatment
franzvonstuck 8/4/2012 4:09:00 PM
As I grow older, my trustworthy Avene moisturizer just isnīt enough anymore although I add hydration booster and do regular hydrating masks. Iīm getting tired of that and besides it costs me a lot of money for hydration booster and masks. So I needed a new moisturizer. I hate to try new moisturizers, because my skin doesnīt like trying and testing new products. Therefore, I couldnīt test tons of moisturizers. But I searched the top picks to find a new moisturizer and it came down to this one or the Clarins Hydra Quench. I have dehydrated, sensitive acne-prone combination skin. My first concern was that my skin wouldnīt tolerate any other moisturizer. At least this one didnīt make my skin freaking out and itching. I was nervous, because it has a lot of plant extracts as ingredients. At first application, nothing stung or burned. So far, so good. But I immediately noticed, that it was too light for my skin. I had to reapply a second layer and it still wasnīt enough. A sure sign that the moisturizer really is too light for me. Otherwise, I liked it. It sunk in and left my skin with a nice feeling, but just wasnīt rich enough for my skin. I try to get a sample of the richer version. Just not right for my skin.
Always struggeling with dehydrated skin, I keep looking for THE moisturizing mask. My skin is acne-prone, combination and sensitive. Finding a good mask is hard for me. We had a period of quite hot and humid weather here and I wanted a deeply moisturizing, yet lighter mask, because my usual masks became too heavy. After the raving reviews here, I gave this mask a try. The mask is white with a light gel-cream texture. Many people use this on long flights to replenish the moisture in the skin, because once you put it on, it is nearly invisible. The smell is lightly herbal, but not offensive. I could indeed feel a refreshing feeling when I put this mask on. I even left it on overnight to try the effect. And what can I say, itīs amazing. My dehydrated skin was lovely and plump in the morning and felt baby-smooth. Perfect for my sensitive skin and you can even use it in the eye area. Nuxe recommends this for face AND eyes. How cool is that? I put it on my eyelids and under my eyes and it was so refreshing and calming. No bad reactions, no milia, no break-outs. It worked a lotbetter than the special eye masks I tried before. The mask holds the balance between the big moisturizing and the small nourishing factor, that means giving a lot of moisture with just a little oil. That is important, because pure hydrating gel masks without oil (like Dermalogicas skin hydrating mask) made my skin feel uncomfortable. I honestly think, that it would be too light for my skin in wintertime, but it is the perfect mask for summertime. I keep it in the fridge in summertime, so itīs even more refreshing. And of course I agree with all the people, who us this on a long flight. I take it with me, when I go on a beach holiday in september, because I think, itīs a great mask to calm down, moisturize and refresh the skin after a long day in the sun. A truly multipurpose product. Especially for those who have a skin type like me and canīt tolerate oilfree masks and want a super-moisturizing mask, this is worth a try. Highly recommended.