I'm reviewing Aveeno Active Naturals Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 with soy. I bought it at Shoppers in Canada, slightly different than the name listed here although packaging looks the same. Everything breaks me out- and this DOESN'T, that automatically makes it a winner. It initially looks greasy on but sinks in quickly. I sometimes mix my powder mineral makeup into it for a DIY tinted moisturiser and it works well. It works well as a moisturiser. I have acne prone, combo skin, quite shiny in the t-zone.
Pros: This stays PUT. I put it on top and bottom lashes and it lasts until I take it off. It lasts through my lunch time spin classes on a work day. Does a good job lengthening. Cons: the clumps and lumps. My lashes clump together for the spider look. I have to pick out clumps before it dries. Once I deal with the clumps, I am kinda happy with the look this gives me. However I'm bordering on spider eyes and for the cost, there must be something better out there.
HG!!! I have a sensitive scalp and medium length, FINE shoulder length hair. I stopped using sulfates after reading they could contribute to my scalp dermatitis. I picked this up at Winners for $13 for 1 Litre, a great price for a sulfate free shampoo. It lathers well, rinses well and I love the scent. However here is the magic. I recently went 4 months without a trim while growing my hair out for a wedding I was in. Usually I trim every 6-8 weeks. After 4 months I had MINIMAL split ends. Although my Aphogee Green Tea spray does help, this was the only new addition to my routine. I'd buy this just for the rich lather and scent alone though, its great. Look for the large bottles with the pumps, some have them, some don't.
Cleansers -Unlisted Brand - Oil Cleansing Method OCM
geekinpink 9/12/2012 5:14:00 PM
I tried the OCM about 5 years ago with 50/50 castor oil and EVOO. It worked well but I was a student and it was a hassle when you're sharing a bathroom. My skin breaks out to almost everything. I've almost found the right balance of products but wanted to try OCM again since I'm starting to see wrinkles on my face. After reading about oils for acne prone skin, I went with a mix of 50/50 castor oil and jojoba. I was recovering from 2 bad cysts from trying a new powder. I stuck with the OCM for a week hoping that my skin was purging but I continued to get severe, deep and painful cysts. I did try adding more jojoba to the mix but it made no difference. After reading warnings from others, I've decided to give up. As soon as I stopped the OCM, the cysts stopped appearing. My routine had been: OCM in the evening followed by a nice hot wash cloth a few times on my face to steam the oil off. It felt lovely. IN the morning I washed with my Olay brush and my usual creamy baby wash as a face wash. I'll admit that the OCM helped remove those gritty plugs that some people talk about. I wish it worked for me as its natural and has such potential.
I bought creamy baby wash on a whim. I have oily skin that dries out very easily with cleaners. I end up with an oily face that is tight and painful. I continue to have mild acne. This stuff is amazing and the price is great too! If it came in a fancy frosted bottle and was sold at a department store, I guarantee people would be raving about it. It takes my makeup and mascara off. It rinses well and has a light scent that faces quickly. No tightness afterwards. It does not cause breakouts. Its the perfect creamy yet light cleanser with the right amount of suds. It also works great with my Olay cleanser brush. I've purchased both the Dove brand and the Wal-Mart generic versions and slightly prefer the scent of the Wal-Mart one.
Eye Primer -Too Faced - Shadow Insurance, Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer
geekinpink 3/28/2012 5:21:00 PM
I have a major problem with oily eyelids and eye shadow creasing, even if I use foundation or powder beforehand. I only use MAC eye shadows due to sensitive eyes. I LOVE this stuff. It works beautifully and my shadow lasts from early morning until evening. My only complaint is that it takes a little more blending to apply eye shadow. I tend to wear matte shadows though, which are already less forgiving then shimmery shadows.
Conditioner -Pantene - Nature Fusion Smooth Vitality Conditioner
geekinpink 3/18/2012 10:12:00 AM
If I could rate this product lower, I would. It literally did nothing for my fine, shoulder length non-colored hair. It was the only thing I changed in my hair care routine. I use a sulfate free shampoo, Aphogee Green Tea and Keratin protector and a silicone gel. My hair was so full of static and fly-away that I was actually better off using no conditioner then using this- that is not an exaggeration. Will not repurchase. I am surprised that the ratings are as high as they are for this.
Tinted Moisturizer -MAC - Studio Moisture Tint SPF15
geekinpink 1/21/2012 10:01:00 AM
I have fairly pale skin but the artist at the MAC store recommended the medium, and I'd say it matches fairly well. Everything makes me break-out but this product seems to react well with my skin. When I say everything makes me break out, I mean that I currently only put 4 products on my skin- scrub, baby wash to cleanse, MAC powder and this Moisture Tint. It provides just enough moisture for my combination skin. I find the coverage to be very good and really borders on foundation coverage.
Treatments -Aphogee - Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer
geekinpink 7/31/2011 8:55:00 AM
I have fine, shoulder length hair. I wash, dry and flat iron daily, which results in a lot of split ends. At the recommendation of MUA I purchased this at Sally (Canada). I've been washing with a SLS-free shampoo and then using this as a leave-in conditioner, skipping a rinse out conditioner. I use a silicone-based smoothing product on damp hair after spraying the Aphogee in. I love it! It doesn't leave hair super-shiny, hence the silicone based product so be warned about that. It HAS been preventing split ends, stops static, detangles and gives thicker hair with lasting body. What more could you want?
Hair Color -Wella - Color Charm Demi-Permanent Hair Color
geekinpink 7/16/2011 9:33:00 AM
Thanks MUA! After noticing a few gray hairs I decided to try and color my hair to cover the grays only. I did not want to change my color. Prior to using this my hair color was all natural. In the past I have had my hair highlighted professionally and also colored my hair at home using boxed color. After checing MUA I followed everyone's advice, thank GOD. I have medium to dark brown hair. I purchased a full 2 shades lighter and got Natural Light Brown. The next lightest color was a blonde! I also purchased the Wella Color Activator. I didn't measure the color and activator but did somewhere between a 1:2 and 1:1 of color to activator. I applied and left it on for 15 minutes. It was easy to rinse. My hair was slightly darker than normal when I dried it. Obviously after my first shampoo, 24 hours later, this lightened just enough to match my natural hair color perfectly or may be just a smidge darker than normal. I didn't notice any color actually go down the drain after the first shampoo. My hair tends to pull the red from hair color (which I don't like) but this color did not seem to have any red. I purchased it at Sally in Canada. The activator and color came to $15 all together and I still have enough color for at least one more use. FOLLOW THE MUA ADVICE AND BUY 2 SHADES LIGHTER THAN DESIRED!
Foundations -Cover Girl - Natureluxe Liquid Silk Foundation
geekinpink 1/13/2011 5:41:00 PM
Overall this is a great product. I am 27 years old with oily t-zone and mild acne. I have been using Lise Watier Teint Idole for about 3 years now (a department store foundation for oily skin). This is a great replacement at 1/3 the cost. I chose the second lightest option, 310 and it was perfect, with no pink or orange.It contains SPF 10 which I see as a disadvantage. I already wear a cream with SPF 15. The additional SPF makes my skin a little bit oiler. Pros: great coverage, blends well, long lasting Cons: strong but pleasant scent that fades quickly, does not control oil well. I paid about $14.00 Canadian at WalMart. Edit**: Products rarely make me break out. However after a few weeks of breakouts and then discontinuing use, I realized it is the culprit.
Treatments -Neutrogena - Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Serum
geekinpink 1/9/2011 3:15:00 PM
After turning 27, I felt I needed to add something to my skincare routine for wrinkles. I liked everything about this serum- I saw an improvement in the clarity and firmness of my skin. I must have had a bad batch because the smell was horrible, exactly like teryaki sauce. It was so bad I refuse to repurchase, despite this being a good product. I am from Canada so either the Canadian formulation is different or I had a bad bottle, seeing as no one else has commented on the smell.
Primer/ Corrector -Boots - Mattifying Make-up Base
geekinpink 7/27/2008 1:37:00 PM
I find this product is best used for a day when you'll be running around or attending a special event when you want to look great for pictures. I have found that the trick is to apply it with a damp make-up sponge. When applied dry, it leaves white streaks that are hard to get off. When applied damp and let dry, it makes pores appear smaller and helps my make-up wear longer. Keeps oil away and make-up goes on a little smoother. I usually do a couple of "damp" layers and use a fair amount of product, far more than when I apply it dry.
Tinted Moisturizer -Aveda - Aveda Inner-Light Mineral Tinted Moisture SPF15
geekinpink 5/31/2008 1:40:00 PM
I received this product from my sister who no longer liked it. She was disappointed that it had heavier coverage than she was looking for. I really like this foundation because it has medium coverage, covers well and is not matte or dewy, kind of in between. It is definately heavier than most tinted moisturizers. I have combo skin, oily in T-zone and I do not get shiny or clogged pores from this product. Of course it has that Aveda scent, but I like it. Sometimes a use an oil abosrbing moisturizer under it but I find I don't always need it. I apply it with a sponge or my foundation brush, it goes on well both ways.
Shampoo -Vichy - Dercos Anti-pelliculaire (anti-dandruff)
geekinpink 11/24/2007 9:02:00 PM
I have medium length, fine brown hair that is quite oily. I have only colour treated within the last couple of years. I have always had scalp issues and as an 8-9 year old remember going to the doctor to get shampoo for my scalp eczema. Now that I am 24 I do not have the same eczema but my scalp is very itchy all over and I develop sores.I have tried EVERYTHING (Selsun, various Head and Shoulders, Nizerol...) except T-Gel because the smell is too much for me. I tried a bottle of Dercos as instructed and was not impressed at the time. I stopped using it and now, about two months later I realize how well it worked! It works very slowly which probably explains my lack of appreciation. Now that my scalp is back to the "before" I realize that this product is amazing. It got rid off almost all my sores and itchiness. I highly recommend it. I paid 16$ for 200 mL at Shoppers Drug Mart. After the inital treatment period, using it twice weekly is enough for me. It leaves my hair soft, shiny and doesn't seem to harm my colour.