Polishes -Max Factor - Max Effect Mini Nail Polish 26 Cappuccino
go_onyagoodthing 4/12/2013 10:15:00 AM
This is a great colour, a grey/brown/purple, and looks nice on-classy but not too flash. The bottle is about half the average size but I dont mind that as I dont wear nail varnish very often. Its about a fiver in Irish Boots stores. Have only just applied it so cant comment on longevity.
I've been using coconut oil for about 6 weeks now & wanted to add my experience and thoughts to the debate. I started off using it as a makeup remover and facial moisturizer. My skin looked amazing for the first few days-plumper and more even. However, after a few days I broke out really badly. Having heard that this often happens, as its meant to be detoxifying the pores, I persisted. My breakup did clear up & I found that spots in general were healing faster than usual. However, I have had a systemic candida infection in the past & when I get a resurgence of it, my skin breaks out dreadfully-I mean the worst, most severe, swollen for days, horrendous spots ever!!! Based on the idea that coconut oil (due to its antifungal and antibacterial properties) draws toxins out through the skin, I have a theory that people with underlying candida imbalances might suffer continued breakouts with coconut oil (-as the candida is giving off toxins, which are partly expressed through the skin). And if you treat the underlying candida infection, then you can use coconut oil on your skin as you are treating the underlying cause of the breakouts. Anyway, thats just a theory! So my experience so far (which has been influenced heavily by a resurgence of my candida imbalance) is that: -when I had really horrendous cysts on my face due to the candida, they healed to a tolerable level within 3-5 days with continued use of coconut oil(and combined internal treatment for candida)-in the past they would stay on my face as a lump for a week+ without coming to a head. Using the coconut oil (and internal anti fungals, probiotics and toxin cleansers) they came to a head in much less time. -my skin is generally in better condition-plumper, more vibrant & I need to wear less makeup -I found using it as a cleanser required copious amounts of hot water & repeated cleansings to get my makeup properly off, so now I use mostly as a night time moisturiser. It absorbs well into my skin & smells great. -Im using organic cold pressed coconut oil. In case anyones interested, Im taking caprylic acid (a derivative of coconut), probiotics, grapefruit seed extract and cutting out sugar & wine to treat my candida infection. Im taking milk thistle & drinking nettle and rosehip tea to aid in cleansing of toxins from candida/die off. Hope this helps!
This is definitely the most cosmetically elegant facial sunscreen I have ever used. I have been using it for a week now & am very impressed. Previously I have used LRP Dermo paediatrics SPF40, Sofina Lucent SPF50, Clinique superdefense SPF 25 & loads of others-so far this stays the most matte throughout the day for me. I like the Sofina but I do find that my makeup does not last well enough over it & I get somewhat oily during the day while using it. I did prefer it to LRP though. The super defense is OK but again its cosmetic elegance doesn't last the day for me, unlike the much cheaper Nivea. I have combo skin, oily t-zone, dry-ish cheeks.This is quite moisturising, much more so than sofina but doesnt turn into an oil slick during the day.It is much more of a thicker s/s than others I have used but it absorbs well and has a nice finish. Its scary how thick it is when it comes out-its the exact opposite to the water-y sofina. It also feels very comfortable on. My makeup always lasts better without s/s under it, but when I use this, my makeup lasts almost as well as it does usually. I can relax knowing that my makeup is not sliding down my face which I never could with other s/s. The only downside is I have to wait about 10 or 15mins post application before applying makeup or it will melt off. do a gentle pat of my skin with a tissue before applying my m/up. Currently (March 2010) This is about €16 in Ireland & is currently BOGOF in Boots. Other posts have commented that it runs out pretty quickly-it does come in a smallish tube with a pump top-I have only been using it a week so don't know how long it will last. I'll be using it as my daily moisturiser. So far no breakouts, my skin seems to like it-Please Nivea keep making this & dont ever discontinue it!!! Other HG products for me include: LUSH Imperialis moisturiser, Clarins cleansing cream for combo skin, Armani foundation, Clarins beauty flash balm.
Moisturizers -Clinique - Superdefense SPF 25 Age Defense Moisturizer
go_onyagoodthing 3/10/2009 7:24:00 AM
I have combination skin with a moderately oily T zone & the rest of my face is normal, not dry or oily. In the past I have used and liked UV Lucent (from bobodave.com) and LRP, spf 40, dermopeds. However, i find these other sunscreens are a little heavy and too much hassle in the winter months.With the UV Lucent I have to leave t it to 'set' and just dont have time for that when its still dark going to work.The LRP is still a little too greasy on me & my makeup doesnt last as well when Im wearing it. I got a sample of this, the Oily to oily combination type and really liked it. Its just like a moisturiser with a slight ss smell. It smoothes right in with no greasy residue, almost immediatley so no waiting around. Also it doesnt leave a matte mask like the UV lucent. Makeup goes over it great & lasts well. i usually have to blot once during the day-and its not even that bad. I priced it at €52 in ireland, refused to pay that rip-off price, and got my friend to pick it up in a UK airport for the equivalent of €30. If you've tried the others and they are good but not your HG then try this-get a sample first though. Also I feel that I need to do a moisturising mask more regularly when I am wearing this-maybe I should try the other combination type next time.
This is my HG concealer. Other brands I have tried and liked include: Lancome effarcenes (this is what I buy when I cant get the Prescriptives one), Shu Uemera pro palette (excellent coverage for large spots and good staying power but I need a creamier concealer for lighter blemishes) and Maybelline duo(nice but coverage not as good as any of the others, I love the highlighter end though). First of all this product is a perfect match to my skintone, Im blue/red light & it looks so natural on, yet it still covers the majority of blemishes. I use it for broken cappilleries, uneven skintone and blemishes and it covers really well. It lasts quite well too. I think I really like it because the coverage is really good but it still looks so natural. The cons are its very expensive (€27 in Ireland) and the tube is small. Other than that its perfect!. I have combo skin with an oily t-zone BTW!
Moisturizers -Lancome - Bienfait Multi-Vital SPF 30
go_onyagoodthing 12/14/2007 10:30:00 AM
I have just been using this for 2 days now. Previous sunscreens I have used are LRP DP SPF 40, Oil free faces (SPF 30 I think), Cetaphil spf 15 and Olay complete spf 15. I like the LRP but it is too heavy for every day in the winter,all of the others made my skin way too greasy and my face looked terrible after about an hour or two. This has a weird chemically smell, but sinks in easily and make up goes on nicely. If you leave it for 10 minutes or more before applying makeup, it lasts better throughout the day. The first day i wore it it stung my face a little, this hasn't happened today. My makeup has lasted pretty ok over it, I have had to reapply concealer once and powder twice over 8 hours. I find it doesn't make my face oily, but it does make it shinier around the t-zone, however pressed powder sorts this out ok. So far its the best for every day that I've used, but its very expensive. Next i will try sofina and maybe shiseido.
This is a really good cleanser for taking off makeup. I use it after nights out and generally use a lighter cleanser for everyday. As this is quite waxy, you would need a hot washcloth to get it all off. My skin feels very soft & clean afterwards. Im a huge fan of LUSH & this is their best selling cleanser. I have combo skin & find this doesnt break me out or leave my skin greasy.
I tried the lavender scented aveeno body cream that comes in a bottle which is the same shape as the St Ives apricot scrub bottle. I love this cream! Usually Im too lazy to put body cream on as it takes ages to sink in so I just don't bother. This lotion sinks in very quickly, within one minute & leaves my skin really, really soft. It was still soft all the next day after putting it on the night before. The packaging is handy as you just squeeze out the amount you want. The only bad thing about it is the scent, which isnt lavendery at all & is kinda like swwet talcum powder or something. Im not crazy about the smell but it ticks all my other boxes. The price is ok too at 4.99 euro in Ireland for 200 ml. Definitely give this a try if you're not impressed by most other body lotions taking ages to dry!
Concealers -Rimmel - Hydrasense Flawless Concealer
go_onyagoodthing 4/12/2005 5:46:00 PM
I use this to cover small blemishes & uneven skin tone when I want to look natural during the day. Its quite good and lasts reasonably well. I have combo skin but it doesnt melt off straight away. Its a good colour match for me too (LLL). It doesnt cover big spots(for want of a better phrase!) so I use Shu uemera pro palette for those. The cons are: it smells chemically, it hasnt got a good selection of shades,it wont cover dark/big blemishes. Its pros are: Its great for everyday blemishes, it looks very natural, it lasts reasonably well, its very cheap!
For me, this covers very little & comes off quite easily. Its also quite yellowish & doesnt blend as well as other concealors Ive tried.The only pro is its cheap & if you were really desperate it would do the job. I really dont like this!
Lotions/ Creams -Nivea - Nivea Soft Moisturizing Creme
go_onyagoodthing 4/2/2005 5:09:00 PM
I have combo skin (an oily t-zone & dryish cheeks). I use this at night after using the aspirin toner (which tends to leave my skin a little dry). This smells nice, moisturises well, doesnt break me out, comes in a great tube, is extremely cheap & doesnt make my face greasy. I only use it at night though as its a bit too moisturising for under m/up. I think it contains jojoba oil too.
Lip Gloss -Revlon - Super Lustrous Lip Gloss (general)
go_onyagoodthing 4/2/2005 5:03:00 PM
I have this in glossy rose & everytime I wear it I get compliments. Its quite natural but does draw attention to your lips. its got a medium shine, not too flashy. You could wear this to balance out very dramatic eyes. It lasts relatively well & is not too sticky. I'd definitelty recommend it & the price is ok too. Its not very moisturising though so put some lipbalm on first!BTW, Im a LLL with pale skin, blue eyes & light brown hair.
This review is about the blue coloured, original Nivea lip-balm that comes in a twisty tube. Its a great lip balm, it softens, moisturises, prevents flakiness & is a good base for lip glosses etc. And its really cheap. I really like this product!I prefer it to chapstick, labello, carmex & even Kiehls lip balm.
This is a very good coverage foundation that does stay put for ages.I have combo skin & usually find that foundations slide off very easily. This doesnt but it does have cons(doesnt everything!).Its very difficult to blend, as it dries really fast.If I just use my fingers, I miss bits and have big streaks that wont blend. I use a damp sponge plus my fingers and this way I get a better result. However, it looks a bit chalkey & its totally noticeable that you're wearing foundation. Whenever I wear it my BF always teases me that Im wearing loads of m/up! It looks great in photos though and will see you through all nighters! Oh another con is that I cant apply my concealer over it(even though you dont need much as its full coverage)with a brush as it just rubs off the foundation, so be careful as a couple of times Ive had to wash it all off and put it all back on again!
Liquid -L'Oreal - True Match Super-Blendable Makeup SPF 17
go_onyagoodthing 1/25/2005 9:07:00 AM
I have combo pale skin and usually have a problem with foundations slipping off after a few hours. I quite like this foundation though. The pros are: >gives decent coverage yet still looks natural(I would say it gives medium coverage, not full). >It lasts well and doesnt slide off my face. >Its reasonably priced at just under 12 euro in Ireland. >The bottle has a really nice pump design which is hygenic and useful as you can control the amount it gives out. The Cons are: >It could give a bit more coverage >It doesnt stay absolutely perfect all day >Even though its a colour match product I dont think it performs effectively at this as Im usually easy enough to match but this didnt fully match my skin colour. All-in-all a good product. Not totally perfect but almost.Some people found it broke them out. Im not prone to products breaking me out & havent noticed any more spots than normal!