Every moisturizer I've tested for my skin other than Annemarie Gianni facial oil (which made my face oily) has made it red and burn at the first application. Origins moisturizer makes it burn slightly less than others and it doesn't break me out that much. I actually like the grapefruit smell.
This is not a good eye makeup remover. It does not soak into a pad or cotton ball enough and does not move enough eye makeup without a fight. Olive oil is better for me in a pinch.
I have carefully introduced this cleanser in my regimen. It does clean makeup off and not aggravate the acne, even possibly dull it but not remove the red marks. It leaves my skin a little tight, but not as much as Dessert Essence. I'm afraid to use it on a constant basis because it has a lot of artificial ingredients. It is definitely my favorite cleanser in the Neutrogena line, surprisingly good for them.
Eye Makeup Remover -Unlisted Brand - Extra Virgin Olive Oil
drivesl 1/16/2013 3:03:00 AM
Olive oil has been great for removing eye makeup when in a pinch, but I've been using a rough tissue that gets creases under my eyes. I've slowly been incorporating it into removing makeup from my whole face, but it is a comedogenic oil so I wash it off and am just experimenting with that.
There is no cleanser that leaves my skin drier and more stripped than this, but it is oddly kind in that my acne is slowly fading on it and no other cleanser that's gentle (like Annemarie Gianni aloe herb cleanser, You Can't Zit Here, simple cleanser, and the many I've tried.) I don't like that it has drying soap of Castile and the very comedogenic Coconut Oil as its top two ingredients. I do like that it's organic and has jojoba oil. I am getting small bumps on my forehead and a blackhead where I don't usually get it, I partly blame this cleanser and partly bee yummy skin food which seems to break everybody out.
Sunscreen -Coppertone - Sensitive Skin Faces SPF 50
drivesl 5/8/2012 11:09:00 PM
I wanted to try this as a non-avobenzone/oxybenzone containing sunscreen because of its good rating on the EWG and because it contains zinc oxide. There is unfortunately evidence now that zinc oxide poses a possible skin cancer risk so I don't know what to do http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120507131951.htm
Moisturizers -Aveeno - Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer spf15
drivesl 5/8/2012 11:06:00 PM
My dermatologist gave me this when I asked him to recommend me a moisturizer and whether I needed sunscreen. (He responded by saying I don't have to unless I'm exposed more than an hour and came out modeling his nice safari hat, he's a funny guy.) Unfortunately, the soy ingredient makes my skin tone even, evenly red. My whole face is red after using this and it's not worth the non-photostable avobenzone/oxybenzone sunscreen ingredient that according to the EWG, penetrates the skin. Now I found out zinc oxide can be carcinogenic so back to the drawing board as far as sunscreen.
The Sabon Mud Mask has been really good for me for clearing and minimizing my pores and occasionally removing blackheads completely on my nose area. While I can still see some blackheads if I use just the mud mask. I find it more effective to use the mud mask after exfoliating and using the Biore pore strips.. I don't use it on my pimples because it has typically dried them, but they don't get diminished as much as when I use other stuff. Cons: has methylparaben and a couple of comedogenic ingredients.
I have two Sephora eyeshadow palettes and both are matte and do not have that much concentration of color and fade more quickly than my MAC brown eyeshadow pot. The more sparkly color in my palette is also not particularly apparent. They also have a fairly brittle texture. I would prefer to use a higher end matte eyeshadow that might have better concentration and stay on longer.