Mascara -Maybelline - Volum Express The Falsies Flared
Berty 5/3/2013 8:18:00 AM
This isn't bad but it's not great either. Just ok. It keeps the curl but doesn't volumise or add much impact, and I find the brush too big and awkward. I wouldn't buy it again.
I tried this on the strength of the reviews, but a total no-go for me. It wasn't particularly drying, but broke me out really badly after a few days. I really wish it had worked for me, as it's so cheap compared to my usual Clarins cleanser.
Horrible stuff! The worst thing is the smell: it has an awful, awful fragrance that you can still smell hours later. That in itself makes it a no from me. As for the product, it's ok but not great. I quite like the brush - it's small, so I can get right into the corners (my eyes aren't huge, and my lashes are short and straight). It curls a little, but is a strange consistency. Wet and clumpy at the same time, if that makes sense. It's also really hard to remove. I'll probably use this up because I got it free, but would NOT repurchase. Back to trusty Maybelline. EDIT: after a couple of weeks the smell faded and it got a little drier, and I've come to love this. The best thing, IMO, is the small brush, which enables you to apply easily if you don't have huge eyes or lang lashes. It's quicker to apply than a lot of other mascaras, holds the curl really well, and looks good. Have repurchased.
Moisturizers -Neutrogena - Moisture Defense Lotion SPF 15
Berty 1/14/2013 11:39:00 AM
I notice that the reviews are all a few years old, but I'm writing this for the version that's out currently. I'm so pleasantly surprised by this. I've been searching for a new SPF moisturiser after my old one was discontinued (as usual), and have tried lots unsuccessfully. I have sensitive skin and everything breaks me out. This hasn't, which is a miracle. I also have skin which gets v oily from most moisturisers and foundations, but this really doesn't make me too oily at all. It's definitely about as good as you'll get for oily skin, so it's a fab find. Loving the pump bottle, which is also transparent so you can see through. Great for travel, as it's plastic and light. I only use a pea-size amount, as it spreads v easily, so it'll last for ages. The only thing I don't like is the fragrance, but it doesn't linger for v long. A really great find at a good price.
I tried the Normal/Oily version, and it just didn't work for me. The two things I look for in a day moisturiser are whether it makes me oily and whether it breaks me out or not. On the oily side, it's actually fine, which was a big surprise (most things make me really oily). But, as usual with my annoyingly sensitive skin, it broke me out.... Sigh. I would recommend it for someone with normal, combo, or even oily skin. But not for sensitive skin. It also has a really strong fragrance which I didn't like. Note: I've tried the Sensitive version of this and that also broke me out... I just can't do Olay.
Moisturizers -Olay - Complete All Day UV Moisture Lotion Sensitive Skin SPF15
Berty 11/29/2012 4:43:00 AM
This was just about ok oil-wise for my oily skin. It would have been ok in winter, anyway, although perhaps too oily for summer. But it broke me out. Sigh. Not as quickly or as badly as some other products, but enough not to be able to use it. So I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who breaks out easily when trying new products, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone with very oily skin. Shame, as I wanted to like it, especially for the price.
Moisturizers -Olay - Complete Moisture Cream Sensitive SPF 15
Berty 11/29/2012 4:40:00 AM
This was too heavy for my oily skin... I wouldn't recommend it for anyone who has oily skin. It probably would have broken me out too, since my skin is really sensitive, but I only tried it for one day so I don't know.
Cleansers -Clarins - Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Shea Butter for Dry or Sensitive Skin
Berty 11/16/2012 5:00:00 AM
I've had been using this for several years, and have just come back to it after having tried a few drugstore cleansers. None of them were half as good as this, so I've given in and paid the high price for another tube (about £17, compared to around £3 for drugstore brands). My skin is very sensitive to products, and is quite oily whilst also dry, and this is the only cleanser I've found so far that doesn't cause me problems. I like a rinse-off cleanser, and this is one of the only ones I've found that doesn't strip your skin or leave it too tight and dry (it does a little, but I think that's the same with any rinse-off cleansers). The scent really isn't noticeable at all, and you only need a pea-sized amount, so it lasts for ages. It's more gentle than a lot of wash-type cleansers. It doesn't foam, in spite of the name, which doesn't bother me, personally. I would highly recommend this to anyone with sensitive skin, be it dry or combination.
This seemed to be a fairly good, drugstore-brand cleanser. It foams just enough, is an average cleanser, and doesn't leave your skin as dry as some other rinse-off cleansers. However, after three days of use it broke me out. I know it was this, as I only ever change one thing in my skincare routine at any one time. So I won't be using this, and wouldn't recommend it to others with sensitive skin. Back to my expensive Clarins cleanser, even though my budget can't really stretch to it...
Cleansers -Garnier - Clean & Fresh Refreshing Gel Wash
Berty 11/12/2012 6:04:00 AM
I tried this once, and it was like using washing-up liquid of my face. Way too foaming, too thin, and it left me skin immediately tight and dry. Going to try and take it back.
Moisturizers -Peter Thomas Roth - Clini-Matte All Day Oil-Control SPF 20
Berty 8/15/2012 3:13:00 AM
I tried this after my usual favourite (Coppertone Dual Defense SPF30) was discontinued. It made me oily quickly AND broke me out quite badly after a few days. Very disappointed. Back to the search....
Skincare - Face -Liz Earle - Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish
Berty 5/25/2011 6:30:00 PM
I wanted to love this because of the rave reviews and because my mum and sister swear by it, but it broke me out (especially on the cheeks). If it hadn't, I would definitely have liked it (apart from it being unrealistic to wash the cloth every couple of uses as recommended). I would say it's not very suitable for oily, sensitive skin like mine. Back to my faithful old Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser (which I use a cloth with sometimes anyway).
Treatments (Eye) -The Body Shop - Wise Woman Eye Cream
Berty 8/30/2010 12:05:00 AM
I've been using this for a few weeks now (at night) and really like it. I agree with the positive reviews below. It's a bit pricey for a Body Shop product (almost as much as some high-end eye creams), but it does last for ages as you only need a very small amount. The pump bottle is easy to use and you can dispense as little or as much as you like. It's easily absorbed, not at all greasy, and I do feel that my lines are plumped up at bit in the morning. I do also believe it's made my bad dark circles better, which I've never found with any other eye cream... Not sure if it's just my imagination, as I never thought an eye cream could really do that, but they really do seem to be better! I would repurchase.
Well, I love Essie nail polishes - the best I've found, in my opinion. They're on the thin side and not gloopy or sticky at all and glide on so easily - no lines or streaks. And with a top coat on, they're really long-lasting. The China Doll colour is a pretty pinky purple. I only use one or two coats on my toes, and that's enough.
Sunscreen -Coppertone - NutraShield Sunscreen Lotion 30 SPF
Berty 8/22/2010 3:31:00 AM
I thought I'd try this after reading reviews on here, and so far I'm very impressed. I'm always searching for an SPF moisturiser that doesn't make me super-oily - a near impossible task. This is actually better at keeping oil in check than a lot of the high-end oil-free moisturisers I've tried, aswell as being a higher SPF than many. Amazingly, it hasn't broken me out. And a big bottle at a very reasonable drug-store price. I like the discontinued Biore Pore-minimising SPF 15 (actually still available on Amazon) for summer when it's hot and humid (and haven't tried the Coppertone in the summer yet), but this is fab in winter so far. UPDATE (2012): This seems to have been discontinued... Boo. Now on the hunt for a non-oily SPF moisturiser which doesn't break me out. Big boo.