I am almost finished with the 28-day routine Dr.Hauschka recommends with this (nothing else but this on your skin for 28 nights in a row) and so far I'm very pleased. I am also using their Cleansing Cream, toner and serum for mature skin. No irritation, no breakouts, and my skin looks and feels good... fresh, if I had to describe it in one word. The first few evenings were a bit uncomfortable due to the dry feeling (my skin is used to getting a serum and a night cream on it in the evenings, usually blended with rose hip oil or similar), but this went away pretty fast. Every single morning I've woken up with a supple, well moisturized skin. Strange! But I like it, and have no worries continuing with just the serum as a night treatment (as they recommend) after finishing the 28-night cycle with the ampoules. A stubborn vertical line on my upper lip is almost gone (note: I almost got rid of this a year ago when I first tried Dr.Hauschka - see my review of the Revitalizing Mask. Due to stubborn breakouts I stopped using this line, but now I haven't had any problems.). And the beginnings of some naso-labial lines I had before look more like dimples again (as they used to few years ago:)... so nothing to complain here, either;) I firmly believe the secret of the good results is in the whole idea of Dr.Hauschka; putting only high quality bio dynamic or organic ingredients on your skin, and not forgetting to treat your skin from the inside too; we are what we eat so pure, organic and natural ingredients on your plate as well :) Not to mention the inner balance on soul level, but that's another story. :) They do talk about this too, so it's worth checking out their website and the philosophy etc. As I mentioned above, I tried this line a year ago with good (lines diminishing, pores smaller etc) and bad (breakouts that would not go away) results. I think the culprit was both beeswax which seems to cause me breakouts, AND a detox reaction.. I was going through some significant changes in my diet (more organic, raw, green, superfoods etc) and have continued that ever since. And now, no breakouts and I'm thinking it's because the biggest cleansing process in my body has been done already. The only reason i'm not giving this product 5 lippies is because I think this doesn't do the trick alone - you have to follow the philosophy. For Dr.Hauschka in general, I give 5 lippies. :) UPDATE: just to be accurate, this review was for the ampoules "N".
I've been using Dr.H's cleansers, toner and moisturizers for a couple of months and my skin has been breaking up a bit, small white bumps on my forehead and cheeks. Met a Dr.H sales representative a while ago and she said my skin looks like having a normal reaction for a new Dr.H user.. all the "gunk" coming out (hope that's the right word, my mother language not being English:). She recommended this product for me, basically to use one or two tube "cure" as a moisturizer, to help my skin clear up. (She said that all Dr.H creamy masks can be used as a moisturizer, too). So I've been doing that, soon for a couple of weeks now. At first I thought it left my skin too matte, but kept on going, hoping for the blemishes to go away. They are, slowly (but surely, I hope!), but looks like this is doing something else, too. First of all my pores look smaller (I have large ones on my cheeks and forehead) and second of all, my facial lines are fading! I sure hope this effect will stay!! I'm 40 and don't have many, but enough that I can say I have some.. Today I took a close look at the biggest one in broad daylight and it's hardly there anymore compared to what it was before! Amazing. Also have to mention the overall appearance of my skin after using Dr.H; it's more fresh, youthful, firmer looking. Highly recommend, if you can tolerate the possible clearing-up-phase with the bumps..(I have combination skin). Have to mention though that I am also doing the Eva Fraser facial workout regularly, and my diet contains no refined sugar or wheat and is low on carbs and quite high on raw food. I believe the results are a combined effect of all these, but I have to say I'm very happy :)
Ouch, this hurt my lips real bad. It made them bright red (an effect I was NOT looking for), irritated and sore. If you know what happens to your lips if you lick them too much while being outside in freezing winter weather, I got the same thing with the Lip Venom. I just had to wash if off after a few minutes. Maybe I was allergic to something in it, don't know.. I'm not even that sensitive and very rarely get any reactions from fragrances, essential oils etc. The only good thing was the cute, small package.
Lips -Biotherm - Aquasource Lèvres Moisutrizing Balm Protective Lip Care
HannaH70 5/9/2009 8:49:00 AM
Omg I hated this. Tried to use it up since I it was quite expensive and it has a not good but decent spf, but I just couldn't. For the first 10 mins after application it was ok, gave my lips a nice shiny look, but after that it was all gone and my lips felt sooo dry and looked like it too..dry and bad and somehow shrunk..! don't have any better words to describe it, but this worked as an opposite to a lip maximiser/plumper for me! I had a "bad lips day" every time I used this. Will never repurchase.
Absolute HQ. I am so hooked. The plumping effect is not major but it's there and it's achieved by all natural ingredients - a huge plus for me. Excellent moisturizer as well, with a nice, subtle scent and taste; sort of a mixture of vanilla and lime. This is my secret weapon for sexy, plump, beautiful kissable lips :)
Wonderful, wonderful product. My english is not good enough to praise this as much as it deserves. I use this as a once-a-week intensive care for my body, after exfoliating, and it's pure luxury. Makes my skin soft, smooth, healthy looking, firm and moisturized. It also gives my skin a nice healthy tone (the oil is yellow). I only wish Weleda would make this in a bigger bottle and with a pump dispenser. I always feel clumsy pouring the oil from a glass bottle.. haven't dropped it yet but I'm always afraid I will.. *knocks on wood*
Foundations -Helena Rubinstein - Prodigy foundation
HannaH70 5/9/2009 8:10:00 AM
This is great. Blends soo easily, leaves a great, natural looking glowing finish while performing great coverage at the same time. My HQ evening foundation, or whenever I want to look my best. The only downside qualitywise is that it contains silicone which clogs my pores = I can't use this every day. But it's ok since the price is unbelievably high (90something euros here in Finland) so I wouldn't even want to use this on a daily basis.
Mascara -Maybelline - Sky High Curves Extreme Length and Curl [DISCONTINUED]
HannaH70 5/9/2009 7:58:00 AM
Very impressed by this mascara. Does what it promises: lengthens and curves. No clumps either! The bristles on the brush could be a bit better quality which makes me knock off one lippie but otherwise absolutely no complaints. Will definitely repurchase. In fact I feel my long-term search for an HQ mascara has ended here. I'm sure there could be better ones out there, but I'm happy enough with this one not to care:)
I have straight, fairly short and thick and pretty dark lashes (compared to my fair skintone), and I'm maybe the laziest person in the world when it comes to using a lash curler, so I need a lengthening AND curving mascara. No volume effect needed - that just makes my lashes clumpy no matter what I do. I had high hopes for this mascara but unfortunately it let me down big time. Made my lashes clumpy, the curving effect was minimal, the brush was uncomfortably scratchy and the mascara dried way too fast both during application and in general. Lousy value for money, simply. Maybelline's Sky High Curves does the job ten times better and I get three of those for the price of this one.
Styling Products -John Masters - Sweet Orange & Silk Protein Styling Gel
HannaH70 5/9/2009 7:06:00 AM
I've learned to love this. At first I thought it dries my hair out way too much, but after a few more trials it started working just perfect. My hair is shiny, bouncy, flexible, full of body..what more can I ask. I also love the natural ingredients and the fact that a little bit goes a long way - good value for money.