Tinted Moisturizer -Hourglass - Illusion Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free SPF 15
Yve_von 3/13/2011 3:05:00 AM
After using MD Skincare's tinted moisturiser for so long I was looking for a change and for something with a bit more coverage. I was recommended this product by an SA as having coverage more consistent with a foundation. The SA applied some to my face and gave me a generous sample along with my purchase in case I broke out as I was hesitant to return a used product. After wearing this for two days, I think this product has its good and bad points. The coverage is medium to heavy. However, when applied with the Hourglass number 7 brush, it gives an airbrushed glow that is beautiful. It covers a lot of minor blemishes so not as much concealer was required. The negatives were the sparkly bits in it that I didn't notice until I looked in the car mirror under natural light (the ultimate foundation test for me!). It is very noticeably sparkly, which looks lovely indoors but very obvious in sunlight. Also, I couldn't find a good match for my yellow-based skin. I used sand, which looked fine on my face but there was a definite differentiation of colour tone between the face and neck. There is also a strong sunscreen smell which didn't bother me too much but could be a problem for someone who is more sensitive to scent. I did notice a few clogged pores after using it but that could have been due to the toner and primer the SA used beforehand. Finally, the reason I exchanged the product for another is that I noticed it contained ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate which I almost always break out from.
This is meant to be a gentle-for-the-eye makeup remover. However, it stings my eyes and doesn't remove my non-waterproof mascara and eye liner. Also, not sure whether it is due to lack of preservatives but my product turned from a creamy consistency to more watery within a few months.
This is a thick product better suited for drier skins, but it still keeps my acne-prone combination skin nicely hydrated without breakouts. A tiny amount of product is all that is required. As it is thick, the product will need to be rubbed between the hands and patted onto the face. As with a few other CosMedix products, it comes in a hygienic pump that conveniently dispenses just the right amount. I have recently ordered Phytoclear moisturiser and will try that as a lighter moisturiser next, but would consider repurchasing this for winter.
Cleansers -Unlisted Brand - Cosmedix Benefit Clean
Yve_von 11/20/2010 5:45:00 AM
Fantastic gentle cleanser that leaves skin very soft and clean yet not feeling stripped. Packaging is a hygienic pump that dispenses a small amount. I use one pump into wet hands then emulsify the product and rub it over my face - this is enough to take off my tinted moisturiser, powder and blush. I would definitely repurchase and highly recommend this product. CosMedix is very expensive in Australia so I purchase mine from Essential Day Spa or Strawberrynet.
I started on the Jan Marini line after suffering a bout of bad skin, which I seem to experience every couple of years. This was the 2nd product I began using after the Bioglycolic cleanser, and I really think it has helped keep my skin reasonably clear and luminous. Not a miracle product, but my skin has improved over time and I would definitely repurchase.
I am very impressed with the Jan Marini line and have been slowly adding new products to my skincare regime. I was recommended the Transformation cream by a couple of the facialists at the salon I visit. Unfortunately it was too rich for my combination skin and would make my T-zone much oiler than my previous Pevonia combination cream. I now use the Transformation serum and love it as T-zone oiliness has dramatically improved.
I bought this a couple of years ago and was so disappointed. It was runny, greasy and had a strong smell of sunscreen. Plus, Kiehl's is expensive and overpriced in Australia. It was unpleasant to use so I never finished the product.
Treatments -MD Skincare by Dr. Dennis Gross - Correct & Perfect Spot Treatment
Yve_von 12/8/2008 3:49:00 AM
I thought I would be using Dermalogica's Medicated Clearing Gel forever, but my skin has changed and the breakouts I get do not respond as well with Dermalogica. I still use it depending on the type of pimple, but Correct & Perfect is often what I reach for now. It flattens pimples if you get to them early enough, but may take a few nights usage to get rid of them completely. My tube has lasted me more than a year so while it is expensive for the amount, in the end it is good value.
Cleansers -MD Skincare by Dr. Dennis Gross - All-In-One Cleansing Foam
Yve_von 12/8/2008 3:39:00 AM
Great cleanser that takes off all my makeup in one go. It is light and foamy with an inoffensive fresh smell, and leaves my skin feeling clean but not stripped. Downsides are price for quantity, and packaging leaked a little when I took it on travels.
Lip Treatments -MD Skincare by Dr. Dennis Gross - Serious Lip Treatment
Yve_von 12/8/2008 3:27:00 AM
Luckily I picked this up online for only ~AUD35, because it is expensive full-price! The first step seemed to dry out the lips, while the second step replaced the moisture. I saw minimal plumping and did not manage to finish the product before it went off - probably my fault; I hardly ever used it because it was annoying having to wait for each step to dry, before finally being able to put on my lip gloss.
Powder -Prescriptives - AnyWear Multi-finish compact foundation
Yve_von 2/18/2007 1:49:00 AM
I purchased this along with MD Tinted Moisturiser as a change from normal liquid foundation. As I can breakout easily I was a bit nervous about the talc ingredient, but apart from some occansional itchiness it has been fine. I started using it with a powder brush, but have found that a flocked sponge gives a nicer and smoother, albeit heavier finish. I have to agree that the compact, although it has a good design with keeping the sponge separate from the powder, still feels a bit cheap and flimsy. Edit: Unfortunately it ended up breaking me out. Pity, as I am still looking for a compact that my skin will tolerate.
Treatments (Eye) -Kiehls - Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado
Yve_von 2/18/2007 1:42:00 AM
This is a nice moisturising eye cream that must be patted around the eye area. I alternate this with other creams as it can be a bit rich at times. Probably best used at night as it can take a bit of time to be absorbed. It was a favourite of mine for a long time, but I have since started trying out many others that I received as gifts.
Treatments -Pevonia Botanica - Propolis Concentrate
Yve_von 2/18/2007 1:36:00 AM
I bought this when I was going through a bad patch with breakouts and was told this was healing and would help to prevent pimples and de-sensitise the skin. Unfortunately this is the second Pevonia product that I've used (apart from Enzymo Spherides mask) that kept giving me lots of small pimples. I use the Sensitive Moisturiser and Toner with no problems and believe these other treatment-type products are too active for my skin. Lucky I was able to give this to my mother to use up as it is very pricey.
Masks -Pevonia Botanica - Pevonia Enzymo-Spherides Peeling Cream
Yve_von 2/18/2007 1:27:00 AM
I had high hopes with this mask as I had been using Pevonia Sensitive Moisturiser and Toner and found them to be good, but unfortunately my skin did not seem to tolerate this mask. Even though it gave me a nice glow, I would also get a few little pimples after every use. I can see why this product gets good reviews as in addition to the glow, it is a nice product to use and has a lovely fruity scent. Unfortunately it just wasn't suited to my skin.
I have always had trouble with any product containing sunscreen as my skin would break out from it. Recently I had noticed that my foundation was too orange and dark for my face, and wanted something more natural and lighter. It was with some apprehension that I started on this tinted moisturiser, constantly checking my face to see if any acne bumps had come up. I have to say that a month later I am now in love with this product. I was lucky to have a great colour match (light medium), and am happy I finally get to incorporate sun protection into my daily routine (especially important for Aus). I also have to add that if it wasn't for the fantastic Alpha Beta Daily peels, I would never have even thought about wearing anything but full foundation as my skin was uneven and breakout prone beforehand.