Moisturizers -Clinique - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
behindhersmile 4/22/2012 3:48:00 AM
I bought this moisturizer in the travel size because I heard absolutely zero bad things about it. I've always wanted to try Clinique and I figured that maybe with their products being gentle, that this moisturizer could finally be the one for me. I used it for about five days and within those five days, I've had the absolute WORST acne I have ever had in my life! My face is in so much pain that I'm tempted to slather aloe vera all over just to relieve it - it truly hurts that much! I'm even breaking out in areas I never break out in. I wanted to stick through using it because I know in the 3-step system, they usually say their products bring the gunk to the surface the first week and then it's gone by the next but... I'm not sure a moisturizer would have the capabilities of bringing the dirt in my pores to the surface...? Along with the extreme breakouts, another con to the moisturizer was it didn't moisturize enough for me - the first few days it was perfect but after the breakouts that continued to surface on my face, it just wasn't doing the job for them. Overall, I can't understand people's raves about this. This by far the WORST moisturizer I've EVER tried and I hate saying this because I wanted it to be the one. However, for all the people who love this, I have a question: Did it break you out at first, but then get better? I want to know if I should continue on for another week or if this really is just a product that isn't for me.
Moisturizers -Aveeno - Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer spf15
behindhersmile 4/9/2012 1:01:00 AM
I've been having really bad acne lately and what I've found is it usually gets worse when using a moisturizer. However, with all my acne products I use, I know I can't go without one. This was one of the ones I had tried out and unfortunately, it didn't work for my acne prone/combination/sensitive skin. I had wanted a moisturizer that would simply moisturize, not break me out, and have SPF. So I had picked this up due to a recommendation. It moisturized my skin well, but unfortunately, I broke out from it pretty badly. Along with breaking out, after I would apply the moisturizer, my eyes would tear up SO BAD... I'd be crying because the product burned my eyes SO much and the funny thing is : I never put it on my eyes - EVER! I always avoid my eye area with moisturizers, yet this product stung my eyes so badly. All-in-all, it wasn't bad but it didn't work for two out of the three problems I have with my skin. I wouldn't recommend this to people with sensitive & acne prone skin.
I tried this product on a wim. I have combination skin and my skin is typically very sensitive to products I put on my face. So I figured the foundation wouldn't do me any help just like the rest of them. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The foundation is light to medium coverage (however it is easily buildable) and having minimal acne, it covered it quite well. It did control the oil in my t-zone and I had no reason to touch up with powder because it stayed in place for as long as I needed. However, I would get a slight glow by the end of the day so I'm not sure how well this would work on very oily skin types. I found it was easier to apply this foundation with my dense flat top brush since it buffed the foundation in well and gave me plenty of coverage. It also concealed my large pores on my nose and cheeks & didn't sink into them like most foundations do for me. But what I loved most about it was is it didn't break me out like all the other foundations I have tried in the past (and trust me, I've tried plenty)! It actually kept most of my acne at bay and it didn't irritate my sensitive skin what-so-ever. However, the foundation does have it's cons but they are cons that can easily be put aside for me. The foundation does not contain a pump so you constantly have to pour it out on your hand and while it usually is no hassle for me, I found that the product was slightly too thick to glide out of the bottle and what's even more of a hassle is when you get down to your last droplets, you can't get them out without keeping the foundation upside down, which results in a large amount of it gathering up in the cap. So a pump added to this foundation would be much more convenient and sanitary. Also, they have a poor color selection. I was unable to find a perfect match for me because they do not have any yellow undertones in their selection, which is the case with most foundations but I found it much more irritating since I actually rather enjoyed this foundation. I had actually ended up getting the shade Medium Light, however, it was much too pink and much too dark on my skintone making me look uneven and icky. All-in-all, I would recommend this foundation to sensitive skin, combination skin, and acne-prone skin as well ~ but it would probably be better suited for those who have pink undertones who won't have a problem finding their shade. PROS: ~Controls oil ~Buildable coverage ~Suitable for sensitive skin ~Stays put w/o primer ~Doesn't irritate acne ~Doesn't sink into pores or accentuate them CONS: ~Small color selection ~No yellow undertones ~You have to pour the foundation out (no pump)
Concealers -Neutrogena - 3-in-1 Concealer for Eyes
behindhersmile 11/29/2010 3:13:00 AM
I bought this product because I was needing a new under eye concealer to cover my dark circles. The product is more liquid than it is creamy, almost a mixture of the two though. I applied it under my eyes and had felt moisturizing and it didn't do anything for my dark circles but cover them ever so slightly. Being disappointed, I figured I'd try it out on my blemishes. I patted it into my skin, and still, hardly enough coverage to cover the redness. It actually felt very drying, like it was sucking the moisture from my skin. It also looked very dry, and I don't have dry skin. It also settled into fine lines that I have never had concealer settle into (I'm seventeen!). Now, this is where it gets the one star rating. The spots where I had place concealer, began to feel cakey and itchy! I don't know if I'm allergic to an ingredient in this concealer (never been diagnosed as being allergic to anything), but it was absolutely irritating -- not enough to not survive through the rest of the day, so I just ignored it. After a couple of hours, the concealer had completely creased under my eyes and was no longer concealing my dark circles. My blemishes were completely unconcealed and looked very dried out. Overall, I highly do NOT recommend this concealer to anyone who has sensitive skin, dry skin, or combination skin, is looking for a long-lasting concealer, or someone who is looking for a concealer that does indeed conceal under eye circles or blemishes. I will be returning this concealer as it has no use for me, was too expensive for a terrible for product, and will only collect dust in my makeup collection. PROS: + Convienent packaging + SPF 20 CONS: - No color variety - Does not conceal - Very drying - May cause allergic reaction and/or itching - Pricey for a drugstore concealer - Not natural looking Side Note: Removed my makeup from my skin with my usual makeup wipes and the places that I put my concealer began to burn and became a very inflamed red. I ended up having to put Neosporin on the burning areas, which soothed it. I thought I would mention this because I figured it could help warn others who might be debating on trying this.