Skincare - Face -Unlisted Brand - Nadinola - Fade Cream
littlebirdy27 9/23/2012 4:23:00 PM
Let me start off with my own skin issues: I have a light, olive complexion and brown hair. I am a male. I have melasma on my upper lip and neck from laser hair removal that didn't go very well about four years ago. Otherwise, my skin is pretty normal (not too oily or too dry) and I rarely get breakouts anymore (I'm 24 currently). I also take pretty great care of my skin (and have my whole life) and have an extremely consistent routine. I use a nightly AHA 10% cream, moisturize with a high SPF lotion with soy every day (whether or not I'm in the sun), and occasionally do glycolic peels. (I've also used retinol products in the past, but it just wasn't for me.) I don't mean to toot my own horn, but my skin is pretty flawless aside from the melasma discoloration (which I occasionally cover up with some Almay concealer). Needless to say, I finally got super fed up with the melasma marks (which have only gotten worse with shaving) and decided to hunt down something that works. I was afraid I was going to need an expensive cream, but (thanks to some reviews on here) I got Nadinola for super cheap on Amazon. It is a bit oily, so I only use it at night, which I've been doing for two weeks now, just on my upper lip and neck zones. The difference I've experienced has been more than any other product I've used over the past four years. It is amazing. While my marks are not completely gone (I haven't experience that miracle yet), they are significantly lightened, making my skin appear more even. For the first time in years, the discoloration is not the first thing my eyes go to when I look in the mirror. I haven't experienced any acne or breakouts due to this product, either, although I could see how someone with more sensitive skin might. I simply put it on about an hour before bed (on top of my other cream), and I'm done. People annoyed at the smell: I feel you need to get over it. Really, it's not that bad at all. I do agree that the packaging looks like a clown from the 80s threw up all over it, but it's fine. Who cares as long as it works and is cheap? The glass is a nice touch, as well. Those of you upset that it's in an "unsanitary" tub, are you, like, rubbing your hands around in dirt before applying beauty supplies anyway? Your hands should already be clean. If it still upsets you, use a Q-tip and get over it. Welcome to the world of beauty products. I only knocked off one lippie because the super-oily feeling it leaves me with can make it a little uncomfortable to sleep in, although I'm not sure anything could be done about this anyway. And also, a warning that you should look up all the information you can about a hydroquinone product before deciding whether or not it is right for you. I will try to update in another couple weeks when I've been using the product for a full month. I'm pretty sure this tub will last a long time, as it only takes a small amount of cream every night. Also, I feel the need to note that this is a product that takes TIME to work. Do not expect an overnight miracle. (You shouldn't with anything, honestly.) But I feel that patience can really pay off with this product.
I tan very very easily. But not really all over. The underside of my arms where my wrists are all the way up to my armpits are almost never exposed to the sun and are usually white. Even if I don't try to tan the top of my arms, they tan even from limited sun exposure. I was looking for something to put on the other side of my arms to even out the tone. This stuff works perfect. I just spray it where I want it and it blends naturally into my other tan. The color looks completely natural and it blends beautifully. In the winter I use it all over. And I'm very careless about it and have never gotten any streaks. It does get a little misty in the room if you are doing your whole body. Definately do it in a ventilated area. It can also make the floor sticky. It has never stained my clothes and I usually spray it in the morning and leave it on all day. And we even have a white couch. The smell isn't strong at all or offensive, which is a plus compared to all other products I've used. Unless you just enjoy sticking your nose on your skin and sniffing, you probably won't notice it. Get the dark version. You'll need more coats of the light version. I don't know what people are talking about when they tell you to rub it in. They must be holding the can WAY too close to their skin. It should never be runny at all. If it is, you are holding it too close. Take it back a notch.
I really really like this moisturizer. My usual is Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture spf-15, and it always burned my face and left it looking oily. I bought the Olay because I needed something new with an spf that didn't burn me and irritate my skin. I found it at walmart, for 12 or 13 dollars, which I thought was kinda expensive for 2.5 oz of moisturizer, but I needed something new. I've only used it two days but I love it so much. My skin is usually pretty dry and this moisturizes it lightly. I also bought the fragrance free kind and it pretty much has no scent at all. As for the "natural light enhancers"...I love them! It's not glittery at all, which is what I was afraid of. It just makes you look radiant without looking oily, like those gorgeous people on the commercials. It helps make my skin look overall more even. Will purchase again!