Moisturizers -Paula's Choice - moisture boost daily restoring complex spf 30
caradiangela 1/16/2013 5:17:00 AM
Great moisturizer! It comes out of the tube so thick and sticky, yet dries down beautyfully to a semi-matte, truely silky and totally non-greasy or shiny finish! Would have never expected that to happen, with my combination skin. It takes some minutes to sink in, but then you're totally fine and good to go. Also without any make-up over it, the finish is great. Seems to act like a primer; softens redness and imperfections. Spf 30 is also very good. Only gripe is, when in winter I have some flakey skin, this seems to emphasize it a little (makes the flakes white). Other than that, I think this is my favourite PC moisturizer.
Brush is too big, gaps are too wide, there goes too much product on the brush, the volume is just ok-ish. The only things I do like about it is the inky black color and the lash-friendly formula.. Also, it comes off really well with just water, which is something I like but others may not. EDIT: Am using it for a couple of months now and I've really started to like it a lot! Feels like the brush is working better now (less product on it). I've never had blacker lashes than with this one and I'm really liking that look. Maybe blackness does more to your (my) eyes than volume or length?
Tinted Moisturizer -TheBalm - BalmShelter Tinted Moisturizer
caradiangela 2/8/2012 10:51:00 AM
This is just great!! :) I have good skin (with freckles) that can look a bit pale and dull, so I really like the concept of a TM. But to find one that I like is a different story. The most ones I've tried I found to be too greasy/ masky/ chalky/ off-colored/ overly fragranced/.... Not this one. It goes on very smooth, looks very very natural and feels totally lightweight. Don't know about the moisturising qualities because my skin doesn't really need that. At least it's not drying. I would say the finish is a satin/dewy matte. The coverage is sheer, which I like because I want my freckles to not totally disappear. All in all a great product, try it you won't be disappointed! Note: IMO the color runs a bit darker than you'd expect. EDIT: Still in love! <3 Out of curiousity I've tried other ones (mainly BB creams), but keep coming back to this because there's just nothing better. I use the light in winter and the medium/light in summer when tanned.
I'd like to rate this a 4,5 if possible. I use it as a TM, without moisturizer or foundation, and I like a lot about it. Such as the fact that it's fragrance free, has spf 25 and doesn't feel greasy or make my face oily. I think in the summer, the color will be too light for my tanned skin, but for now it blends in quite nice. Evens out my skintone, hides minor imperfections (I have good skin to begin with) and leaves a dewy finish that I like. Also I think it's moisturizing and will maybe be too heavy in warmer weather. But as said, for now I really like it and recommend it! (But beware of the ghosty way you'll appear on picures ;)
Moisturizers -Neutrogena - Healthy Skin Anti Wrinkle SPF 15
caradiangela 1/29/2012 11:51:00 AM
Great daily moisturizer! I love the fact that is is fragrance free, has spf 15, the hygienic packaging and doesn't make my face oily. It seems to be creamy and quite thick when it comes out of the tube, but sinks in fast and feels very lightweight. Skinf feels and looks soft, healthy, hydrated. I love it. I don't know about the anti wrinkle-qualities because I don't have wrinkles yet myself. Without the retinol in it I would also use it. Recommended, also for the oilier skintypes.
I bought a set of one purse-spray and 2 refills without even trying it first, because of the insane low pricing. I figured something from the house of Prada must be good. And luckely, so was the case :) At first I had to get used to this, because my other fragrances are mostly warm musky vanillas. But at this moment, I'm really into it. It's very sophisticated, feminine and pretty. IMO it is perfect for everyday/office wear. It's a skinscent that's never sexy in a loud way, but to me still is somewhat sensual. I feel smart, cool and collected when having this on.
Sunscreen -Paula's Choice - Essential Non-Greasy Sunscreen spf 15
caradiangela 1/28/2012 9:31:00 AM
This stuff is pretty basic and is suitable for both face and body. For the very oily types this might be a little much for the face. I have combination skin and just try to use little product. It sinks in fast, leaves skin soft and healthy lookin and overall, I'm pleased with this product. It's a pretty big tube, also.
I'm so glad to read that more people experienced what I experienced with this moisturizer! So it's not just my skin being crazy, but something in the formulation of this product that really irritates skin...! When I put this on for the first time, I was pleased with the result, 'tough my face kept feeling a little tacky all day. At the end of the day, my face was red. The next morning, my face was VERY red (even before putting the lotion on again). I did not link this to the lotion, so kept on using it for 2 more days (stupid me). From red my face turned blotchy: covered in many small bumbs. And after that, that's after I quit using it, my face went very dry and peeled. It's been a week now and I'm still peeling and recovering from this very aggressive product. I don't know what have caused this reaction, I really don't have this regularly with other products! I will stay far away from this moisturizer from now on. Be aware!!
Great stuff! Like other reviewers say, this super-liquid oil-like sunscreen totally dissappears in your skin in no time. I also use it on my face, gives a nice glow there and I experience no breakouts or whatsoever. I am not totally sure about the protection against sunburn, because I've used it on very sunny summerdays ourdoors and had the feeling that some other spf 30-SS's had protected me slightly better. But for the normal sunny/cloudy outdoor-days, this is perfect. Would highly recommend it to everyone who despites regular SS. EDIT: I still love the consistency of this, but figured out it makes me break out slightly on my face every time I use it for a few days in a row. I don't like that. So one off.
I used to love spritzing this on occasoinally, mostly on cold days when I felt I could need a little comfort. This fall, I decided I actually wanted to own a bottle. Now I have one, I'm not that enthousiastic, 'though I still like it. You should just be careful you're not wearing too much of this edt, because than it tends to create an overly heavy, somewhat synthetic smell. Also, I don't quite like the opening notes. That being said, at times I can still feel comforted by this warm, soft, feminine fragrance. It will just never be my everyday choice.
Sunscreen -Paula's Choice - Extra Care Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF 45
caradiangela 6/6/2010 5:02:00 AM
Overall, this product is really effective and I love the consistency of it. It's quite milky and sinks in immediately. Imo, it does leave a slightly white cast 'tough. Another con is that for me it's not quite suitable to use on my cheeks. I don´t know why, maybe the product is too drying for my sensitive skin, but it causes my cheeks to flake. But I can still, and with very good results, use it on the rest of my face and my body. Doesnt sting, itch, break me out or feel tacky. I just feel very protected againts the sun. Therefore I give this 4 lippies.
Having a very cold and harsh winter, my skin needed a little extra I thought. On my cheeks are some (small) spider vains and it seemed like they were more noticable than usual. Reading the rave reviews for this product, and it being on sale, made me very much wanting to try it. Too bad, this is too heavy for me. It did tame my cheeks down a little and it feels nice putting on, but just never sinks in during the day. I thinks this might be great for a more dry skintype, for me it just feels too waxy. Also, I don't like that it contains parrafinum liquidum and hate jar packaging. So I will go back to my beloved and very mild, soft and light Louis Widmer fluide hydratant.
Given the ingredients and the idea behind this fragrance, I always thought I would like it. Now I have a sample which today I used for the first time, I know I don't. Imo, it's cloyingly sweet and really un-sophisticated. It smells cheap and for very young girls, also there's no change is the smell after hours of having it on. At this point, I'm even getting annoyed when my wrist comes close to my nose, so I think I'm going to wash it off.
I'm writing this review for the newer version, that says: firm and glow. Got a sample and was eager to try, because of the glow-promise and the pretty pump-packaging it comes in. But it was totally disappointing to me. First of all, the stuff balls up and rubs off just as you are applying it! You should be really careful applying, so it "stays in place". Isn't that the weirdest thing for a moisturizer? After this, it forms a kind of sticky and shiny layer over your skin. As if it's some sort of pull-off mask or something. This indeed delivers some sort of glow, 'though I would say a bit too much overdone together with the glittery particles it also contains. Face shining like a mirror. Last but not least: this irritated my skin and slight bumps occurred. All in all a total no-go.
Tinted Moisturizer -Biotherm - Biotherm Aquateinte
caradiangela 11/2/2009 12:05:00 PM
In my search for a sheer, natural-looking and feeling TM, with a decent spf but without fragrance, I finally found what I was looking for! This product has it all! I have this in 02, which matches my skintone perfectly. It makes me look as if I had a very good night's sleep and am feeling rested and happy. So it's perfect for those days I dind't actually had a good night of sleep! It really makes you glow, but in a very natural, pearly way: no glittery stuff at all. My only gripe is that it feels slightly tacky to the touch. But I can live with that, since I experienced this (and worse!) with every single TM I tried so far, and this particular one is so extraordinary.