Deodorants -Vichy - Deodorant for very sensitive or depilated skin*cream
marnie2 11/8/2011 6:21:00 AM
First I wanted to say that this is not an anti-perspirant but a deodorant so it will do nothing for wetness. For me this works well (I don´t know if for 24 hours though) but I don´t sweat much. This has no smell and goes on clear. I will buy again until I find something that works just as well but is cheaper. It is expensive but there are not many deodorants for sensitive skin without any fragrance. In fact the only one I can think of is Mitchum and it is also an anti-perspirant. Vichy also makes a fragrance-free roll-on that is deodorant and anti-perspirant: Vichy 48 hours deodorant for very sensitive skin. This is what Vichy says: "Deodorant stick for sensitive or shaved skin. Effective for 24 hours. Aluminum-free, paraben-free and fragrance-free formula. Ingredient Innovation: With zinc gluconate to naturally fight odors by capturing and neutralizing odor-causing substances. Enriched with skin conditioners to moisturize and soothe the skin. Invisible solid for streak-free, clear application. Results: Effective for 24 hours, yet gentle enough to be used even after shaving. Invisible finish leaves no residue. Dermatological Standards: Allergy tested. Tested on sensitive skin under dermatological control." Price: about €7.00 for a 40 ml stick ($16.00) Ingredients: PROPYLENE GLYCOL • AQUA / WATER • GLYCERIN • SODIUM STEARATE • STEARETH-100 • BEHENIC ACID • EDTA • NYMPHAEA ALBA EXTRACT / NYMPHAEA ALBA FLOWER EXTRACT • SODIUM HYDROXIDE • SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE • SODIUM PALMITOYL PROLINE • SODIUM STYRENE/ACRYLATES COPOLYMER • ZINC GLUCONATE
Lip Treatments -First Aid Beauty - Ultra Repair Lip Therapy
marnie2 10/22/2011 5:30:00 AM
I have been wanting to try this since I saw it and I am not disappointed. It has a slanted tip applicator and it smells and tastes like peppermint gum. It is expensive though. This is what First Aid Beauty claims: "Intensely hydrating & nourishing lip treatment. Delivers long-lasting hydration and protection with no greasy petroleum. It brings the healing power of FAB’s Ultra Repair Cream to moisturize, nourish, and protect your lips. This long-lasting, petroleum free formula will prevent dryness due to the elements and heal parched lips. On its own, it has a subtle, semi-matte finish. Use it to keep lips hydrated, smooth and soft. FAB Ultra Lip Therapy is for anyone with dry, chapped lips. Use daily to protect your lips from the elements. Repair dry chapped lips. Nourish, hydrate and protect. Stay on formula. Petroleum free. No parabens, harsh chemicals or colorants. Safe for sensitive skin." I agree that it is not greasy and it is long lasting. It is not like the Ultra Repair Cream. The texture is not a cream, it is very similar to Aquaphor, Vaseline Lip Therapy Advanced Formula or Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm. Everything else it claims you can achieve with almost any lip balm. Note: this does not contain sunscreen so it is not suitable for day. Price: £9.00 for a 14.8 ml (0.5 fl oz) cute squeeze tube at Boots ($12.00 at Sephora) Ingredients: Diisostearyl Malate, Microcrystalline Wax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Glyceryl Diisostearate, Dimethicone, Flavor (Aroma), Glycerin, Triisostearin, Colloidal Oat Flour, Tocopherol, Squalane, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Water, Allantoin, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Hyaluronic Acid.
I use this around my eyes and on drier parts of my face and it works very well. No more flaky eyelids! This lotion has no smell and it has a plastic-like texture but it is not greasy. It also has ingredients that help repair the skin barrier (ceramides & hyaluronic acid). I will keep using this for as long as possible because it is much cheaper and less irritating than most eye creams. This is what Cerave claims: "Cerave Moisturizing Cream increases the skin’s ability to attract, hold and distribute moisture. It penetrates deeply into the layers of the stratum corneum (the skin barrier) to restore the balance of lipids that are essential for an effective skin barrier. It also forms a protective layer over the skin’s surface to help prevent moisture loss. Cerave Moisturizing Cream offers the benefits of unique, patented MVE® delivery technology, which provides a controlled release of essential ceramides and other skin-nurturing and protective ingredients slowly over time. It penetrates deeply into the skin to moisturize and nourish skin throughout the day while “locking in” precious moisture. The unique ingredients in Cerave Moisturizing Cream help restore and maintain the natural protective function of the skin barrier, help restore damaged skin, and help keep skin heal. It spreads easily and smoothly, absorbs rapidly, and never feels greasy. Cerave Moisturizing Cream is noncomedogenic, non-irritating, and fragrance-free." I agree with all of it. Price: $10.99 for two 56.7 g (2 oz) tubes or one 453 g (16 oz) jar Ingredients: water purified, glycerin, ceteareth-20, capric/caprylic stearic triglyceride, behentrimonium methosulfate/cetearyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol, ceramide 3, ceramide 6-II, ceramide 1, hyaluronic acid, cholesterol, petrolatum, dimethicone, potassium phosphate, dipotassium phosphate, sodium lauroyl lactylate, disodium EDTA, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, propylparaben, phytosphingosine, carbomer, xanthan gum.
Lotions/ Creams -Vaseline - Vaseline Intensive Rescue Moisture Locking Lotion
marnie2 1/16/2011 1:15:00 PM
This is a good basic lotion for slightly dry skin. It is light, doesn't leave a greasy film and absorbs quickly. It's unfragranced (no fragrance added) but it has a light plastic smell I find unpleasant even though it fades when absorbed. This is what Vaseline claims: "Vaseline Intensive Rescue Moisture Locking Body Lotion increases moisture reserves in your skin instantly, then fills in the gaps found in dry, damaged skin to lock moisture in all day, promoting the proper environment dry skin needs to repair itself." I'm sure it increases moisture (don't know about instantly though) and locks in moisture. It doesn't really claim to do anything any moisturizer can do. Price: £5.10 for 400 ml bottle at Boots Ingredients: aqua, glycerin, petrolatum, stearic acid, glycol stearate, isopropyl isostearate, dimethicone, tapioca starch, glyceryl stearate, stearamide AMP, cetyl alcohol, triethanolamine, magnesium aluminum silicate, carbomer, disodium EDTA, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, propylparaben, CI 77891.
Lotions/ Creams -Aveeno - Intense Relief Hand Cream
marnie2 1/13/2011 2:31:00 PM
This is a great hand cream but I see no reason to buy it again. This is basically Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion in a tube instead of a pump and at a higher price (Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion is £7.14 for a 300 ml pump at Boots). This is what Aveeno says: "Absorbs quickly and leaves skin soft. Formulated with naturally active Colloidal Oatmeal. Moisturises dry skin up to 24 hours and forms a “protective glove” which lasts through hand washing. Absorbs quickly and leaves dry hands looking soft, smooth and healthy." I agree with everything: it is very moisturizing, it absorbs quickly and lasts through hand washing. Price: £4.99 for a 75 ml tube at Boots Ingredients: aqua, glycerin, distearyldimonium chloride, isopropyl palmitate, paraffinum liquidum, cetyl alcohol, aluminum starch, octenylsuccinate, dimethicone, Avena sativa kernel flour, paraffin, cera microcristallina, stearyl alcohol, myristyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, benzyl alcohol, sodium chloride.
Sunscreen -NIA 24 - Sun Damage Prevention 100% Mineral Sunscreen
marnie2 1/11/2011 1:44:00 PM
The first thing I noticed with this sunscreen was that it made my face burn and sting. It also left a bluish white cast. After I washed it off because the stinging and burning did not go away I noticed how red my face was. The redness lasted a few hours. I am surprised because other NIA 24 products do not make my face redder so it's not the niacin. I won't be using this again. I do like the creamy, easy to spread texture and the smell is the same in all the NIA 24 products (from nutmeg and methyldihydrojasmonate). This is what NIA 24 says: "This is an SPF 30 oil-free, mineral sunscreen treatment. The weightless lotion absorbs instantly leaving no white residue. Physical sunscreens titanium dioxide and zinc oxide offer broad-spectrum protection. Pro-niacin repairs past damage and promotes skin health. Improves tone, brightens and offers SPF 30 UVA/UVB protection". Price: £38.00 for 75 ml from Space NK Active ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (9.45%), Zinc Oxide (3.6%). Other ingredients: Cyclomethicone, Water, Octyldodecyl, Neopentanoate, Myristyl Nicotinate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Stearic Acid, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Kernel Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Methicone, Benzotriazolyl Dodecyl p-Cresol, Cetyl Alcohol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Bisabolol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, 1,5,5,9-Tetramethyl-13-Oxatricyclotridecane, Maltol, Pentadecalactone, Dimethiconol, Polysilicone-11, Methyldihydrojasmonate, Phenoxyethanol, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, Limoene, Linalool.
Cleansers -The Body Shop - Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser
marnie2 11/29/2010 1:46:00 PM
This is a thick non-foaming cream that rinses clean easily. It does have a strange rancid smell though. This is a great cleanser for sensitive skin. It is cheap and cleanses well. I will definitely use this again. This is what The Body Shop says: "If everyday cleansers leave your skin feeling tight and dry, this is the product you've been waiting for. It dissolves impurities while soothing and refreshing skin." Price: £6.50 for a 200 ml hard plastic flip-top bottle that is hard to squeeze so I leave it upside-down. Ingredients: water (solvent/diluent), Aloe barbadensis gel (skin soothing agent), pentylene glycol (solvent), caprylic/capric triglyceride (emollient), Elaeis guineensis (skin-conditioning agent), butylene glycol (humectant), cyclomethicone (emollient), glycerin (humectant), glyceryl stearate citrate (skin-conditioning agent), cetearyl alcohol (emulsifier), sorbitol (humectant), glyceryl stearate (emulsifier), Orbignya oleifera oil (emollient), acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer (stabiliser/viscosity modifier), xanthan gum (viscosity modifier), disodium phosphate (pH buffer).
Moisturizers -Vichy - Aqualia Thermal UV hydrating treatment SPF15/PPD18
marnie2 11/26/2010 1:22:00 PM
This is a great sunscreen that is good for everyday use. It has very high UVA protection (PPD is 18). The octocrylene stabilizes the avobenzone and the Mexoryl XL & SX are photostable. It has a light gel-cream texture with a slight rancid smell. It does not leave a white cast or a greasy film but it is irritating if it gets in my eyes. I've been using a little bit more than one pump every day for 6 months and I will keep using it. The only problem is it is expensive. If using the correct amount (1.25 ml) the bottle only lasts 40 days. This is what Vichy says: "AQUALIA THERMAL UV soothes, protects, and fortifies skin's barrier function. It also helps protect the skin from the long-term and short-term effects of the sun. Cellular hydra-mist of mineral-rich Vichy Thermal Spa Water soothe, protect and reinforce skin's barrier function. The wide spectrum protection SPF 15 + PPD 18 ensures an optimal defense against daily misdeeds of both UVA and UVB." Price: £16.00 for a 50 ml opaque pump bottle with a lid Ingredients: water, dimethicone, glycerin, octocrylene (7%), Butyrospermum parkii butter, butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane (Avobenzone) (3.5%), drometrizole trisiloxane (Mexoryl XL) (3%), hexyldecanol, hexyldecyl laurate, terephthalylidene dicamphor sulfonic acid (Mexoryl SX) (1.5 %), sucrose stearate, silica, poly C10-30 alkyl acrylate, CI 77891 (titanium dioxide), stearic acid, mica, triethenolamine, dimethiconol, methylparaben, sodium polyacrylate, sodium hydroxide, sodium chloride, sodium hyaluronate, cellulose acetate butyrate, aluminium starch octenylsuccinate, phenoxyethanol, tocopheryl acetate, disodium EDTA, ammonium polyacryldimethyltauramide/ ammonium polyacryloyldimethyl taurate, propylparaben, caprylyl glycol, xanthan gum, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, butylparaben, polyphosphorylcholine glycol acrylate, polyvinyl alcohol, butylene glycol, fragrance.
The first time I used this on my face it stung so I put it away because I didn't think my sensitive skin needed more irritation. Anyway, after reading many reviews & being desperate to find something to soothe my eczema I tried it again. It stung but I decided to give it 1 week because I read that stinging could indicate a damaged skin barrier. The stinging was gone in a few days & now, after 3 weeks, I am finally seeing improvement. I can't believe it is working so well. I've also incorporated the cleanser recently & I am very pleased with it. I will keep using these for as long as possible. Easier said than done because I live in the UK, but thanks to my Mom & some lovely swappers it might be possible. I would love to use this on my body but it is so hard for me to buy that for now I won't. This lotion has no smell and it has a plastic-like texture but it is not greasy. It also has ingredients that help repair the skin barrier (ceramides & hyaluronic acid). Price: $12.99 for a 355 ml pump bottle Ingredients: Ingredients: purified water, glycerin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, behentrimonium methosulfate, cetearyl alcohol, ceteareth-20, cetearyl alcohol, ceramide 3, ceramide 6-II, ceramide 1, hyaluronic acid, cholesterol, dimethicone, polysorbate 20, polyglyceryl 3 diisostearate, potassium phosphate, dipotassium phosphate, sodium lauroyl lactylate, cetyl alcohol, disodium EDTA, phytosphingosine, methylparaben, propylparaben, carbomer, xanthan gum.
I've been using a sample of this for about a week but I'm going to stop using it because it makes my eyes water (I would like to know what ingredient does this). It didn't sting though. This cream is thick, more like a balm and has a light oily smell. Even if it didn't bother my eyes I think I would eventually have to stop using it because it is not moisturizing enough. I think there are many better ( and cheaper!) eye creams out there. This is what Clinique says: " For very dry to dry combination skin types, this moisture-rich formula diminishes the look of undereye circles, shadows, puffs and fine lines—immediately and over time. Helps boost natural collagen production. De-puffs with calming botanicals. Even strengthens skin's moisture barrier against common irritants." Price: £22.00 for a 15 ml glass jar Ingredients: water - shea butter - cetearyl alcohol - hydrogenated polyisobutene - phenyl trimethicone - dipropylene glycol - polyglyceryl-3 beeswax- polybutene - sucrose- cetyl esters - polymethyl methacrylate - isostearyl neopentanoate - glycerin - glyceryl stearate - cetearyl glucoside - butylene glycol - tocopheryl acetate - euphrasia extract - wheat germ extract - barley extract - st. paul's wort extract - PEG-100 stearate - Coleus barbatus extract - birch extract - polysilicone-11 - methyl glucose sesquistearate- green tea leaf extract -sage leaf - glyceryl polymethacrylate - yeast extract - gentian root extract - stearic acid - milk protein - lysine - acetyl glucosamine - palmitoyl oligopeptide - guanidine carbonate - squalane - glycosaminoglycans - magnesium ascorbyl phosphate - cholesterol - caffeine - PEG-8 - phytosphingosine - arginine - acrylates/c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer - aminomethyl propanol - glycine - dimethicone - ascorbic acid - isomerized linoleic acid - linoleic acid - sodium hyaluronate - 1,2 hexanediol - maltodextrin - decarboxy carnosine HCl - potassium sulfate - caprylyl glycol - disodium EDTA - sodium dehydroacetate - phenoxyethanol - yellow 5 (CI 19140) - iron oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499) - mica - titanium dioxide (CI 77891).
Masks -Paula's Choice - skin recovery hydrating treatment mask
marnie2 1/24/2009 12:20:00 PM
This is a great moisturizing mask that can be used as a mask or left on as an intensive moisturizer. It's a thick cream with no smell that is good during the winter and on plane trips (leave on and rinse off after arrival). It absorbs fairly quickly and is very similar to the Avene Instant Soothing Mask but I prefer Paula's because the ingredients are excellent. The only thing is that around my eyes it can be irritating. I've been using this for a year and I will keep using it. This is what Paula says: "Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask drenches normal to very dry skin with a creamy blend of enriching emollients, soothing plant oils, beneficial antioxidants, and skin-friendly water-binding agents. Ideal for an occasional indulgence or for times when skin feels dry and dehydrated. Your skin is left feeling wonderfully soft, moist, and supple." Price: €14.95 for a 118 ml tube (cheaper in the US) from paulaschoice-eu.com Ingredients: Water, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate (emollient), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin (water-binding agents), Sorbitan Stearate (emulsifier), Propylene Glycol Laurate (emollient), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (emollient thickener), Ethyl Macadamiate (macadamia nut oil/emollient), Cyclopentasiloxane (silicone/water-binding agent), Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate (emollients/thickeners), Cyclohexasiloxane (silicone/water-binding agent), Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil (all non-irritating antioxidant plant oils), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (stabilized vitamin C/antioxidant), Linoleic Acid (emollient), Phospholipids (cell-communicating ingredient), Sodium Hyaluronate (water-binding agent), Propylene Glycol Isostearate (emulsifier), Carbomer (thickener), Ethylcellulose (film-forming agent), Aminomethyl Propanol (pH adjuster), Xanthan Gum (thickener), Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol (all preservatives).
I wanted to try this cleanser for a long time and when I finally tried a sample of this I was disappointed. It is gentle, non-foaming and has a light herbal smell but it doesn't rinse off very easily or cleanly (using a washcloth to remove it is too irritating for me) and it's very expensive. I think there are similar or even better cleansers that are much cheaper. This is what Trilogy says: "Containing over 1/2 a bottle of Trilogy's certified organic rosehip oil and other nutritious goodies such as evening primrose oil, jojoba, almond and carrot oil it softens and cares for skin whilst cleansing. Formulated without harsh sulfates (they use orange blossom instead), it's the perfect preparation for your skin, morning and night." Price: £20.50 for a 200 ml glass pump bottle Ingredients: water, glycerin (vegetable), Rosa canina (rosehip) oil, Oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil, Buxus chinensis (jojoba) oil, Prunus dulcis (almond) oil, Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera), wheat straw glycosides, cetearyl alcohol, Daucus carota sativa (carrot) oil, Aurantium dulcis (orange) flower oil, Pelargonium roseum (rose geranium) oil, Boswelia carterii (frankincense) oil, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, citral, di-limonene, citronellol, geraniol, linalool, phenoxyethanol, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate.
Cleansers -La Roche Posay - Physiological Cleansing Milk
marnie2 1/4/2009 11:47:00 AM
I did not like this cleanser at all and I won't buy it again. It reminds me of the Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser but with a strong smell. It doesn't rinse off cleanly or easily. Even though it says that no rinsing is necessary I always rinse off cleansers, I don't feel clean otherwise. This is what La Roche-Posay says: "Physiological Cleansing Milk gently cleanses dry to very dry sensitive skin. Cleansing agents selected for an optimal tolerance, high make-up removal power, hydrating and soothing active ingredients, with La Roche-Posay thermal spring water. Physiological pH, soap-free, alcohol free, colorant free." Price: about €15 for a 200 ml pump bottle Ingredients: water, ethylhexyl palmitate, isohexadecane, paraffinum liquidum/mineral oil, glycerin, ceteareth-25, cetearyl alcohol, sodium hydroxide, poloxamer 184, disodium cocoamphodiacetate, disodium EDTA, polysorbate 80, acrylamide/sodium acryloyldimethyltaurate copolymer, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, sorbitan oleate, sodium chloride, sodium diglycolate, sodium glycolate, methylparaben, myrtrimonium bromide, fragrance.
I used a sample of this cleanser but I won't buy it. This is gel with a light pineapple smell. It foams and it's slightly drying after a few uses. It is expensive but it lasts a long time. It won't leave your skin poreless as it claims though! This is what Arcona says: "Antioxidant facial cleanser purifies as it tones leaving skin pore less and refreshed. Neutralize free radicals, calm and protect skin with antioxidant rich white and green teas. Nourish, clarify, and strengthen skin with cranberry enzymes. Helps maintain skins natural ph balance with soothing yucca, vitamin E, and aloe extracts." Price: $42 for a 110 ml pump bottle Ingredients: water, Butyrospermum parkii (10%) (shea butter), aloe saponins, glycerin, decyl glucoside, Yucca schidigera leaf extract, Camellia sinensis leaf extract (white tea), Rubus idaeus fruit extract (raspberry), Vaccinium macrocarpon fruit extract (cranberry), Rubus idaeus seed oil (raspberry), D-alpha tocopherol acetate, sodium chloride, Citrus grandis peel oil (grapefruit), Citrus medica limonum peel oil (lemon), Citrus aurantifolia oil (lime), Ananas sativus fruit extract (pineapple), Mangifera indica seed oil (mango).
The only problem with this is cleanser is that it is too expensive. Everything else about it is perfect. It has very few ingredients, light smell, rinses off cleanly and easily and doesn't leave face feeling dry or greasy. I don't understand why more companies don't make cleansers like this. This is exactly what cleansers should be like. Even the packaging is great, it's a plastic flip-top bottle. This is what Mir says: "A deliciously cool, soothing, non-foaming gel for face and eyes containing organic rosewater and extracts of aloe vera, green tea and wild chamomile. Specially formulated to rinse off totally and very, very quickly with cool to lukewarm water - the most beneficial temperature for the skin. Leaves no residue or dryness. Helps to calm irritation and redness and to balance oily and dry areas whilst respecting the acid mantle, the skin's first line of defence against moisture loss and blemishes" and I agree with it all. Price: £19.50 for 200 ml (that lasts about 4 months) and you have to buy online at www.mirskincare.com Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Sucrose Cocoate, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Glycerin, Disodium EDTA, Carbomer, Benzophenone-4, Triethanolamine, Sodium Benzoate, Sorbic Acid, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben.