Wonderful product! Since switching from Diorskin to Futurist a year ago I've had female colleagues in their early 30s ask what moisturiser/skin care products do I use - my 50 year old skin looks that good when I'm wearing this 'second skin' foundation. Not too dewy, not too matte - and with SPF15 protection - Futurist is worth every cent. As for the skincare regime, they are stunned when I tell them I use pomegranate oil with a couple of drops of myrrh - that's it!
Google 'pomegranate' and you'll discover the amazing benefits of this beautiful fruit: no wonder the ancients associated it with fertility and eternal life. As for Weleda's Pomegranate Oil: what can I say, this stuff smells utterly divine and my skin loves it. However the best effect is one I never expected - as a result of massaging this stuff into my hands and arms, my nails are much stronger - and this happened in less than a week! I also massage Pomegranate Oil into my scalp the night before I wash my hair: again with phenomenal results. For mature skin, hair and nails I can't endorse this product highly enough. And no, I don't work for the company, this was my first Weleda purchase!
Dare I say it, but after using this supermarket product for a fortnight I think this product rates with dry hair salon products. This is a superb product: it really, really works - my coloured and foiled hair is softer, shinier, lusher and smells divine. And soooo cheap - I saw it on special last week in Coles Australia for $5.00!!!! Stock up girls, this is a recessionista's delight!
Cleansers -RoC - Microdermabrasion Exfoliating Disc [DISCONTINUED]
eurydice 9/27/2008 9:24:00 PM
In a nutshell, a superb product. I'm 47 now - pushing 48 - the age at which skin care promises had better deliver or one moves on fast. After first use I blown away - my skin was glowing - almost plastic smooth to touch - and there was absolutely no irritation. As a Retin-A user I'm not sure I would use these every day, but certainly every second or third. A keeper, love them! Edit: And then, of course, they have to go and discontinue the product ... Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy? Damn, these little babies were so bloody good - why why why do companies jettison fantastic products this way? Am so fromaged off with ROC for discontinuing this fantastic product - may even brush up on my French just to write their marketing people a cranky letter.
Hair Color -L'Oreal - Couleur Experte -hair dye / highlight
eurydice 8/3/2008 2:24:00 AM
For me, Coleur Experte was a false economy. The base was overly dark, and no matter how much I tried to convince myself the highlights were copper, they were just plain ol' orange. As Jennstar rightly observes, the magic ingredient when your highlights are done professionally is the final stage - ie the toner application (my hairdresser leaves the toner on for ten minutes and constantly checks progress). While Coleur Experte didn't damage my hair, I was back at the salon a fortnight after application. You get what you pay for, and for AUD$150 I now sit here with a beautiful head of caramel highlights meticulously blended into a light brown base. Had dinner with The Bloke last night, who remarked on how 'pretty' my hair looked. Say no more!
Treatments -Schwarzkopf - Liquid Silk Leave in Treatment
eurydice 6/19/2008 6:35:00 AM
I've been using this for years. Cheap as chips and does the job - ie: softens the hair. I spritz my hair with this in the morning before I style. A keeper.
Fragrances -L'Occitane - Honey & Lemon (Miel et Citron) [DISCONTINUED]
eurydice 3/19/2008 4:59:00 AM
Heaven. Simply heaven.
Cleansers -Estee Lauder - Soft Clean Moisture Rich Foaming Cleanser
eurydice 9/27/2007 2:03:00 AM
Well, I'm going to break from the crowd on this one. I loved it - and I am usually pretty sceptical of most things by Estee Lauder (apart from Idealist, which I still adore). Ordinarily I would never have bought Soft Clean, I received it as a GWP when I purchased Idealist about a month ago. Left it in the bathroom cupboard while I finished off L'Occitane's lovely (but a tad drying) Immortelle Brightening Cleanser. When I finally finished that (talk about generous GWP), I thought I'd give this a go. Based on MUA reviews, my expectations were low, but I was more than pleasantly surprised. My skin loves this cleanser. I don't find the scent offensive or overpowering at all - and scent is such an issue for me. The only thing that annoyed me was the packaging - the flip top snapped off the first time I used it, and I have to squeeze so bloody hard to get the cream out (but maybe that's because I am old and decrepit lol). But hey, foam it up and it works beautifully and leaves my skin feeling beautifully soft. And at my age - old and decrepit - that's what cleansing is all about. I am so impressed I have it on watch on Ebay, and will definitely re-purchase. Hopefully the flip-top issue was a one-off. For anyone over 40 with dry skin issues I'd give this a go.
Lotions/ Creams -The Body Shop - Hemp Hand Protector
eurydice 8/24/2007 7:50:00 AM
I thought I'd do anything in the pursuit of a handcream that works ... but I draw the line at smelling like The Hippie Cousin From Cootamundra who came to stay in 1973 but got kicked out after Dad Caught Her Smoking Pot. And no, I'm not talking about a hemp scent here ... it's the Patchouli. The Hippie Cousin From Cootamundra reeked of it and I cannot abide the scent. To me, and I am going to be blunt, Patchouli always comes across as a failed attempt to camouflage seriously bad body odour. I bolted up the stairs when I got home (sampled it at the Body Shop) and scrubbed for five minutes to remove the hideous, horrible, awful, offensive smell. What on earth is the Body Shop thinking? It's so ... unsubtle. Oh, The Hippie Cousin From Cootamundra is in her early 50s now and Ylang Ylang is her signature scent. I almost passed out at my grandmother's funeral in February when she hugged me.
Tinted Moisturizer -Vichy - Lumineuse - Tinted Moisturizer
eurydice 8/23/2007 3:16:00 AM
Exquisite texture and luminous effect - what more can you ask? This is a superb tinted moisturiser, hands down the best I've ever used. Difficult if not impossible to purchase OTC in Australia, I buy mine through Ebay.
For me, Fish Oil (I use salmon oil) is indispensible. Healthwise, it keeps asthma (which I've had since early childhood) and headaches in check. Beauty-wise the benefits are pretty impressive: stronger, longer, shinier nails, stronger, longer, shinier hair (yep, my hair literally leaps out of its roots when I take this stuff) and my skin glows (feels stronger and more elastic). My Dad used to say that fish is the food of champions and he was right, when I slack off on eating fish or taking my salmon oil tabs, I really notice the difference. My son, who is almost 17, takes them too, and we notice that his skin is much calmer for it.
Treatments (Eye) -L'Occitane - Immortelle Eye Balm
eurydice 8/18/2007 7:11:00 AM
I'm going to have to stray from the crowd on this one: I think this is great! I splurged at the L'Occitane shop here in Canberra a couple of weeks ago (guess who got their tax return? hehe!), and this was included in the very substantial GWP(s). So the last two weeks I've been alternating between this and Avon's Clinical Eye Lift - which I love but find a bit drying. I have to say, based on the MUA reviews, I had zero expectations, but ... it works for me. Beautifully light and non-heavy, I use this under my eyes and on the lid. I love how It keeps the eyelid area soft without leading to puffiness, and I am sure it gives Eye Lift an added boost. Overall I am pretty impressed with a product I would have overlooked if not for the GWP. Perhaps this is one for the over-45s because I notice the younger girls don't think much of it.
Cleansers -L'Occitane - Immortelle Brightening Cleansing Foam
eurydice 8/17/2007 10:45:00 PM
Received this as GWP recently. It's a tad drying, but for those who travel regularly I think this is a winner in terms of convenience factor (no leaky pump etc). I'll grab another one of these next month for when The Bloke and I trek north (sub-tropical Eastern Australia: Byron Bay area for those familiar with the region) for our beach holiday. I suspect this will work a treat in humid conditions - very different to Canberra, which is like living on the bloody tundra at the moment.
Moisturizers -L'Occitane - Immortelle Very Precious Cream
eurydice 8/12/2007 1:29:00 AM
VPC is good ... very good. But for me, not quite as good as La Mer. That said, here in SE Australia we are enduring a horror winter, and only La Mer is getting me through it. I may return to VPC in summer, wait and see I guess. But be assured, for anyone over 40 with dry skin issues, this high-quality product delivers
My father bought this for my mother every anniversary. They were passionately in love with each other. To me, this is the scent of soulmates who stick it out through thick and thin ... I do wish Lanvin would bring back My Sin.