Cleansers -Philosophy - Purity Made Simple (Real Purity Cleanser)
milquetoast 10/23/2005 7:32:00 AM
I used this religiously until I was no longer able to afford it. Love the pump bottle, not so fond of the fact that you can't lock the pump mechanism for travelling. I adore the subtle lavender-y, sandalwood-y scent. Doesn't lather up much, so don't expect lots of foam. Takes off all makeup. Gentle enough to use during the winter, and leaves my normal skin feeling soooooooo soft.
If you are looking for "squeaky-clean," this is what you need. I swear, there must be an ingredient in there that specializes in the "squeak." Foams up a helluva frenzy, so use just a pea-size blob. Leaves skin feeling clean, sometimes a little taut. Will get makeup off, with the exception of waterproof sunscreens and foundations. I like to use this after cleansing oil or cleansing milk because it really takes all the residue off. Very good for oily skin. Lovely fresh Origins scent as well.
Lotions/ Creams -L'Occitane - CREME MAINS Hand Cream
milquetoast 10/23/2005 6:51:00 AM
This is a classic, and for good reason too. I have converted everyone I know to the best handcream in the world. Turns dry skin into velvet, no grease, no wax, just velvet matte softness. The fragrance is not my most favourite scent in the world, but for some reason it smells better as the day goes on. You need only a tiny bit, and it withstands water and soap pretty well (my mother uses it as a hand protectant before doing the dishes - she's not a Marigold person!). Seriously amazing stuff. Still using it after 10 years.
(Note: this product refers to the lathering face wash (not self-foaming, but not a cleansing lotion) that is named Creamy Cleanser and can be found in Australia. I have used the same product in the US but can't remember the exact name of the product. It might have beeen disontinued.) I'm a real sucker for Dove's affordable skincare line and streamlined, feminine packaging. Have repurchased this twice. It has that trademark Dove fragrance, which I love. Lathers up quite nicely, though not too much, rinses easily and leaves skin clean and soft, but not stripped. No irritation, no breakouts, very gentle. Texture-wise, it's a pearly white cream and feels like Olay's foaming face wash, but Olay's leaves more of a glycerin residue and doesn't clean as well. I wouldn't rely on this to get off all makeup, especially sunscreen and foundation, but will use it after cleansing oil. I have normal - combo skin and this has worked well in virtually all climates, even in harsh winters.
Treatments (Eye) -Kiehls - Light Nourishing Eye Cream
milquetoast 10/23/2005 6:31:00 AM
Very very basic, unscented cream. Nice packaging. Does nothing for the skin around my eyes. Ended up using it on my face instead, just to use it up. Not worth the money.
This is a gentle foaming scrub/cleanser product. Not scrubby like St Ives, because the grains are tiny, so you could probably use this everyday. Lovely subtle orange flower scent. I think there are discrepancies between the Asian and American versions of the product, because I really liked the American one. It had more "scrub" to it and less stickiness. The Asian version leaves stubborn microbeads on my skin after I rinse! Not good.
Treatments -Olay - Age Defying Daily Renewal Cream
milquetoast 10/23/2005 6:22:00 AM
I have gone back for this product again and again for the past 7 years. Don't let the "cream" description fool you, it's actually very light and fluffy, and works great as a makeup base. I have used it in both hot/humid and cold/dry climates with ease, though I wouldn't recommend it for harsh dry winters - you'll need something more heavyweight than this. Love the subtle scent, love the soft feel upon application, and always brightens up my skin the next day. The BHA doesn't sting upon application, but I can definitely see a difference in my skin over time. Wonderful under foundation or sunscreen because it's so light and absorbs quickly. When other moisturizers fail me, this is what I go back to. Always.
This is a liquidy, sheer foundation that's not particularly rich in moisture. I have normal/combination skin and this is semi-matte on me. I guess I have been spoilt by MAC's face and body foundation's sheer, light texture and excellent blendability, because no matter what I use, fingers or foundation brush, I cannot get the coverage I want unless I pat the foundation into my skin, and even then, it can't cover the way MAC's can. Colour-wise, I had hoped for something more yellow, but Sand was a little too "orange" and peachy for what I expected from Bobbi Brown. I would prefer a little more olive undertones like the Sand foundation stick. There is also that hospital scent that does fade over the day, but you still get a good whiff of that when you're applying it to your face! It's a nice sheer foundation if you're looking to even things out a little, but for the price, I don't think I will repurchase.
Moisturizers -L'Oreal - Hydrafresh Moisturizer (normal/dry) with spf 15
milquetoast 10/23/2005 6:02:00 AM
This review is for the pink Hydrafresh "moisture gel" without SPF, for normal to dry skin. Although it claims to be a "gel," it is really a smooth, buttery skin cream. I can't get Dove skincare around here, so I thought this would be a good substitute for Dove's night cream with shea butter, because shea butter and apricot kernel oil are listed at the top of the ingredients list. My normal skin gets shiny in the T-zone because I live in a hot, humid climate. However, thanks to spending all day in an air-conditioned office, it gets pretty dehydrated too. The Hydrafresh will primarily be used as a night cream, as it has a texture that doesn't absorb quickly enough to use under foundation. The cream imparts a dewy, moist look, but not in a silicone-y, greasy sort of way. Just healthy and dewy, like the way my skin looks after an aromatherapy facial. There is definitely a very dominant, lingering fragrance, so sensitive skins beware. My skin can take quite a pummeling so the scent is not an issue for me. Price-wise, I don't think this is a good deal at all. Definitely priced higher than I think it's worth. Also, I am not a fan of the heavy glass jar with screw top. Dove's is cheaper and has less clunky packaging.
Pressed Powders -MAC - Select Sheer Pressed Powder
milquetoast 6/2/2005 6:29:00 AM
NC25 gal buys NC15 pressed powder. Will not purchase again. * Turned my face orange. So now it looks like I used NC35 powder on my face. This has also been a problem with the regular loose powders (not Select Sheer), so now I know to stay well away from their powders, except for Blot Powder which I must have with me. *Sits on top of skin, and I can even feel it on my face despite dusting lightly with powder brush. * Puff is pathetic * Can look a bit chalky Does a good job at the matte look, but doesn't absorb oil as well as Blot Powder, as it's not really designed to do what BP does.
Concealers -Revlon - Skinlights Illusion Wand [DISCONTINUED]
milquetoast 5/29/2005 7:17:00 AM
The pinkish hue scared me initially - I like my base to be as yellow as jaundice, really - but good thing I got over that, because it really is a miracle product. I only use it on the undereye area, and sometimes on the area between the brows. Don't think my nose or chin could handle that colour. Like MAC face and body foundation, it really softens whatever lines, creases, or funky discolourations you have under your eyes. Super blendable and can be used with fingers and even a brush. Light light texture. Enjoyable packaging, with the clicking and painting. Dispenses only what you need. I make sure I always have backups.
As a sheer foundation type of gal, I'd never have though I'd pick this up. Colorstay surprised me. I bought Buff, which is quite yellow-based for a drugstore foundation (!!!) Very intruiging. It ended up being a pretty darn good match for my NC25/C3/Stila c complex. Knowing how potentially disastrous the full coverage can be on me, I use very, very sparingly, like runny concealer, and layer. Superb finish. Powder not even necessary. Doesn't cling to the flaky bit as I thought it would. Will be interesting to see if it works well mixed with a light moisturizer. I shall report back to see if it turns orange on me. Price is nice. I'm satisfied.
Pressed Powders -LORAC - Translucent Touch Up Powder-TL 1
milquetoast 5/29/2005 7:08:00 AM
Bought this in TL 2. My skin: Normal/combination, MAC NC25, Stila c. Colour was a little too ashy, but not too noticeable. I would've liked something more yellow, but that's down to personal preference at the end of the day. Not that finely milled. Dislike the cheap-looking plastic boring packaging. I keep it at home and dust on with a brush. Definitely cannot keep up with MAC Blot powder, which has better shade selection, equally bad packaging, and a better finish, all at a lower price.
Have gone through countless repurchases of this compact. Never looks chalky or fake, just a natural, polished and refined finish. Wonderful as a setting powder. Goes on very sheer, which means it can accomodate slight skin changes throughout the year. Good at controlling oil, but probably not if you're extremely oily. Bring blotting papers. I never ever go without this product.
Foundations -MAC - Studio Stick SPF 15 ] [DISCONTINUED]
milquetoast 5/29/2005 6:59:00 AM
One of the nicer stick foundations out there. Very blendable. Creamy upon application, dries to a velvety, powdery finish, but not drying. Nice selection of colours. Sexy looking packaging (matte black and silver). My NC25 is just slightly too peach for my liking, but I'm just being picky, because it looks fine on me. Doesn't last as long as I would like, but after a couple of hours, the product "settles" and actually looks better. Might emphasize pores. My skin: normal/combination, occasional blemish, slightly flaky, slight discolouration.