Lotions/ Creams -She Australia - Milk and Honey Body Souffle
angelaangel 11/17/2012 3:27:00 PM
This is wonderful body cream - very lightly scented and a smooth, rich (but not too rich) texture that absorbs well into the skin. SHE has a number of different scented body creams - this one and Frangipani (slightly honeysucklish scent) are body "souffles" - a whipped slightly lighter body butter. The out and out body butters - violet, geranium, mango orange - are pretty similar in texture, just a bit denser. I hate strong lingering scents- these are a delight.
Toners -Thayers - Rose Petal Alcohol Free Witch Hazel
angelaangel 11/17/2012 12:29:00 PM
A honey of a product! I have not used a toner in years - found it unnecessary and sometimes drying. However this is a different matter altogether! It's cleansing, and lightly moisturizing. It moisturizes as much as it cleanses and clarifies. Seems to slightly brighten skin, and refine pores. I use in the morning; and at the end of the day (in preference to a night cream most nights, as I find night creams can be too rich and softening and seem to sometimes encourage skin creasing.) Might be too moisturizing for an oily/inclined to acne skin. I have a slightly sensitive skin, not oily and not dry. I don't like strong scents. Some people find this item too "scenty," but personally I don't find it so at all. A great item. I use it 2 or 3 times day, just on my face, and a bottle looks to last between 2 and 3 months. PS RE whether they expire: Thayers says: "Our witch hazels are all natural. They do not expire. The only one that has an expiration date is our medicated." Not entirely sure what that means - "natural" products can go off too, but there you are.
I really enjoy using this product. I use it mostly at the end of the day to remove sunscreen and make up - slather a bit on, and tissue off. I have slightly sensitive skin, and have had no problem with it. It cleans effectively and gently. The price is unbeatable. I had been using Ponds but their price went up. Now I slightly favor the Jergens any way - not just cost. A terrific bargain find that delivers!
I have been using the old MAC cremeblush in Ladyblush and Lilicent - but now that they have changed to a different formula, I thought I would try the NYX option - a lot cheaper and MA gave good ratings. I would not have thought of NYX without the ratings here - think of the NYX line as somehow younger and more glam than I go for. On me (fair skin - I use Makeupforever Lift Foundation in color number 1), the NYX Natural gives a pink-peach blush, a "pinch your cheeks" look, almost like a hand-tinted photo. Closer to MAC Ladyblush than to Lilicent. Very pigmented, good staying power. On a fair skin, a little goes a long way, and take care to blend properly. The case may be bit fragile over time (lightweight plastic), but true of MAC too. I just tap a fingertip onto the blush, and blend into my face. Definitely worth the $$$ - around $6 a pot.
I was using cetaphil as daily cleanser and still do like it - but I noticed a lot of MAalleyers writing that cetaphil is not an ultra effective makeup remover (sunscreen blush foundation lipstick) - and that Ponds is. And they were right! I slather a bit on, let it sit a moment, then tissue off. It is a bit rich - so esp in hot weather, I then follow with a bit of cetaphil. It cleans the skin without stripping it dry, and my face feels refreshed. I have normal, slightly sensitive skin and have enjoyed using this product - cheap, effective, pleasant to use. .
Let the lamentations begin - Sephora is discontinuing this product both online and in the shops. I used 01, about as light as I would go, a light, luminous coverage, and wanted to get another - but Sephora is not selling it anymore. From Sephora: ""Make Up For Ever Liquid Lift Foundation has been discontinued on our website as well as our stores. We greatly apologize for the inconvenience. The Make Up For Ever HD Foundation has a similar texture which is slightly thicker but not heavy in texture. The HD Foundation does offer more coverage, and while it does help to minimize imperfections such as lines and pores, the HD Foundation does a better job of soaking up excess oil, but yet is still hydrating and does not sink into lines. Here are some of the key ingredients of this foundation, which is designed to photograph flawlessly and look like skin in all lighting conditions. -Relipidium: Moisturizes the skin (+46% after 4 hours). -Fucogel: Forms a microfilm that prevents dehydration and protects against external aggression. -Sericite: Enables rays of light to spread more widely, intensifying the radiance of the complexion. This is their most cutting edge formula, so you may find that you enjoy this even more than the Liquid Lift Foundation."" MUFE HD foundation is the newer one. I'm trying it out: the palest one (110) was too pale on me (Nicole Kidman Kabuki shade) ; 115, (pink undertone) or 117 (yellow undertone) were closer. Lots of colors on the HD - I'd suggest trying it in the shop with sample before buying. Revision as of Nov 2012 : Sephora does seem to have relisted this as a "new" product! Let the rejoicing begin!
Lotions/ Creams -Trader Joe's - A Midsummer Night's Cream-Unscented
angelaangel 7/6/2008 7:14:00 PM
bought both the TJ's Midsummer Nights Cream Lotion (green top), and the slightly heavier cream (pink top), both unscented. Terrific after-bath cream/lotions, (and terrific value- around $3 for 16 ozs.) Absorbs quickly. I keep one of each open, and mix a shot each, half-and-half, or whatever, depending on what my skin needs
Skincare - Body -Trader Joe's - moisturizing cream
angelaangel 7/6/2008 7:12:00 PM
I bought both the TJ's Midsummer Nights Cream Lotion (green top), and the slightly heavier cream (pink top), both unscented. Terrific after-bath cream/lotions, (and terrific value- around $3 for 16 ozs.) Absorbs quickly. I keep one of each open, and mix a shot each, half-and-half, or whatever, depending on what my skin needs.
Skincare - Body -The Body Shop - Exfoliating Gloves
angelaangel 7/6/2008 7:05:00 PM
This is great product, that I heard about here. You can use any soap, gel etc - much more effective than exfoliating creams that mess up the tub and clog the plumbing - and a lot cheaper too. I found them gentle but effective on my sometimes sensitive skin. Then I use a light moisterizer (Trader Joes Midsummer Night Cream). The gloves seem to make the lotion more effective at its job too. The Body Shop gloves have the advantage of a loop, so you can rinse them and hang them to dry from the shower curtain hooks. The pink ones were half price at my local Body Shop, $4 as opposed to $8 - either way they are worth it! EDIT: The gloves are good - but the salux bath towels are better - more textured.