This is a strange product! I wanted to try more natural products with less ingredients and less of the usual essential oils. Living Nature seemed like a good idea although some of the ingredients they use are rare and there aren't a lot of info about them. As I'm super sensitive I was cautious. I also know really well that natural doesn't always equate good for your skin. Well, this toner didn't cause a reaction but didn't do much either. The smell of the Living Nature products, like their body lotion is overwhelming to me but this one didn't have a heavy smell although it was still fragrant/ floral. At first I thought it helped my dehydrated sensitive skin but within a few days it became obvious that it didn't do much. So, I wouldn't buy it again. Not recommended.
Treatments -Caudalie - Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum
ninjalips 2/6/2013 6:46:00 PM
It's a good serum. I bought it twice and sampled before I purchased which I always recommend especially for super sensitive skin. It doesn't irritate me. It actually soothed and calmed my skin down after a particularly bad reaction to LPR Cicaplast. I used it in conjuction with Caudalie's moisturising cream mask which is a great product, to heal my skin. Being very sensitive to perfumed products, I was surprised that the fragrance in this serum didn't cause me any trouble. It does get the hydration level of your skin up within a few days. I typically use it in the morning as I don't like to put on a lot of stuff at night. If you are really dry you may want to put an emollient cream on top, maybe on your dry areas like the cheeks. I sometimes use Allergenics cream for that purpose but once your moisture levels are up, you may not need it. I usually use it on its own. Pressing it on your skin seems to yield better results rather than rubbing it in. It's not cheap but as you need only little it's economical. Caudalie had a recent revamp of their line of products and although I'm not impressed with the change of formulation in some of their products, some good stuff also came out from their renewed line like this serum. Recommended especially for ppl with sensitive, dehydrated skin who dislike heavy products. Pump bottle is a plus.
Terrible packaging. Bad quality cocoa butter. The lid doesn't fit properly. Pushing the product up from the bottom of the stick is a very messy process. Yes, it's cheap but that's about the only thing good about it! I buy 100% cocoa butter from Akoma, an online retailer in the UK. I like their ethics and the purity of their products. However cheap Cococare is, it's still too much for what you get!
Great product! It does what it says on the box! I use it to seal my eyebrows. It has minimal ingredients which is good news for me as I'm super sensitive to anything I put on my skin. I use it with Clarins eyebrow pencil and it stays put all day even in the rain and where I'm at the moment we have a lot of rain! I've just bought my third tube. I strongly recommend it.
Cleansers -Burt's Bees - Orange Essence Facial Cleanser
ninjalips 2/6/2013 4:32:00 PM
It sounded like a great idea at first. Natural, lovely orange smell, all natural, no parabens, petrochemicals, no added fragrance etc. until I tried it. Bad reaction, red skin, itching, rash that went on for several days. Way too harsh for super sensitive skin like mine. Too irritating maybe due to orange oil. Once more, I reminded myself that because something is all natural, doesn't make it automatically good! Live and learn. Additionally, it left an unpleasant film on my skin after washing it off and felt really greasy. Sensitive skin types , please be cautious.
Cleansers -Unlisted Brand - AKAMUTI African Black Soap
ninjalips 2/6/2013 4:17:00 PM
This African Black Soap from Akamuti is a nice product for the body but for my super sensitive face it was a no go! It made my face red and dried it out excessively. Although I didn't have my usual reactions to it right away, it gradually made my face red, irritated and sensitised it to other products I was using and dried me out completely. After I stopped using it, it took me a while to get my moisture levels back up. I think African Soap is too harsh for my already fragile acid mantle! I haven't tried many different siaps of this kind but Akoma African Black Soap caused more or less the same. I gave given it 3 lippies as it's a good body cleanser. I tried the liquid versions as well and like the solid soap better and more economical. If you want to try it, I'd recommend you go easy using it on your face especially of you are super sensitive like me and always add sufficient moisture afterwards. Other plus points for me is Akamuti's ethics and their cute presentation. I wrote a more detailed account of my views on Akamuti products in general which is under body butters, petroleum free jelly. As I found a great all natural olive oil soap for body care at the moment, I wouldn't buy this again.
Lip Treatments -Caudalie - Grapeseed Lip Conditioner
ninjalips 2/6/2013 4:02:00 PM
A big YES from me for this lip conditioner. I've been buying this little gem for years and as long as they don't change the formulation or discontinue it I'll always have this. It's matte which I like and has a light vanilla scent. It makes lipstick last longer if you put it on, leave it for ten mins or so then blot it a little before you apply lipstick on. I don't use much gloss so I don't know how it behaves under glossy products but I think it would be ok as it's light and stays on where you put it. This is also the only lip balm my husband doesn't make a fuss using! It sells around £5 in the UK and lasts a few months with multiple daily applications. If you have very dry lips you may want to supplement at night with a thicker balm. I sometimes add coconut oil on top of it as a night treatment which also works well. Dr. Hauschka lip balm in the pot and this Caudalie conditioner are my staples for years.
Skincare - Body -Unlisted Brand - AKAMUTI BODY BUTTERS
ninjalips 2/6/2013 3:52:00 PM
This review is for Akamuti organic petroleum free jelly. I've been trying a few products from Akamuti lately and it's a hit and miss for most of the stuff I've tried. Plus points; I like their ethics and the fact that they use minimal ingredients and not a lot of essential oils. They have 'unscented' products without any essential oils which is very important for me. Ordering process is simple, their packages arrive quick. Their presentation of the products is generally very nice. Minus points; A lot of what they do is too heavy to be used by ppl with combo or even normal skin types. I find their formulations thick and very limited in their usage. Although they're not expensive as such I find that Akoma sells better quality oils for cheaper prices. With Akamuti you get better looking jars and bottles which is cute and all but for me that matters less than the quality and the usage of the product. Although what I've written above is more of a general comment on Akamuti, this particular product, petroleum free jelly is no different. Too thick, too greasy, too limited in its usage. I couldn't even use it on my legs as it takes a long time to be absorbed and always leaves a residue. I tried it on my face and although I didn't have an allergic reaction to it, it was way too greasy and uncomfortable for me even though in winter I have all over dryness. It smells very shea buttery which I don't like a lot but it's not an unusual smell for a natural, organic type of product like this one. It's in a glass jar, cute packaging, good price, arrived within a few days of ordering but due to all the minus points I wouldn't buy it again. As it's really thick and you only need a tiny amount it's crazy economical. I'm trying to get to the bottom of the jar by using it as a night-time-hand-cream! Maybe by next year, it finishes! Ingredients; organic macadamia oil, organic extra virgin olive oil, organic beeswax, wild crafted virgin shea butter
Masks -Caudalie - Vinoperfect Radiance Revealing Mask
ninjalips 2/6/2013 3:30:00 PM
I like and use many products from Caudalie for years. Their lip conditioner and purifying oil( I think it's called balancing oil treatment now but the formulation didn't change) being my favourite. My regular Caudalie retailer gave me tons of samples, radiance mask being one of them. It was the first sample I tried and boy, did I regret it! It burned, reddened, peeled and gave me rash that lasted for days. There were some products from this range that I reacted to but nothing this severe. This mask is a new addition to the Caudalie range and I should say I'm not impressed with their recent revamp of the line as they also changed some of the formulations and seem to be using less natural sources and more fragrance in their products. Needless to say, a big NO from me, the search goes on for a gentle, reviving mask!
I usually don't have luck with LPR products even though their Toleraine series seems like an ideal choice for me; super sensitive with particularly bad reactions to fragrance. Nevertheless, I wanted to try Cicaplast having read good reviews about it and having used a similar product (Avene Cicalfate). I washed with a gentle soap-free, fragrance-free cleanser and waited 30 minutes as I usually do in order to avoid over sensitising my skin. The moment Cicaplast touched my skin it started to burn. At first it didn't get red so I waited, big mistake. Within ten minutes my face felt on fire with red blothes all over it, even on my neck and started itching. My throat, which is also hyper sensitive started feeling dry and raw. I have a lot of skin reactions in my time but this was one of the worst I ever had. It was scary, actually! After washing it off, it continued to burn for a few hours and the following day I had red pieces of skin peeling off my face and the general rash and raw redness continued for a week. I do recommend that super sensitive ppl like me to certainly do a patch test before putting it on their face, maybe behind their ear to avoid what I had. I wish I did. LPR Cicaplast gets a big NO from me. For my skin Avene in general and in particular Cicalfate seem to be a far better choice. This experience warned me to be very cautious regarding LPR as I don't think they're as gentle as they claim to be.
It' simple. Good for sensitive lips and for people like me who may have allergies and sensitivities to lip products casusing dry throat and mouth. Does what it says. Looks cute. Works well as a heavy night treatment. Works well-after blotting- during day time as a primer for lipstick. Recommended. Ingredients; olive oil, beeswax, castor oil, rosemary.
Klorane eye make-up remover is a favourite product of mine . I've been buying it for years. It's great for sensitive eyes, cleanses well and extremely gentle. I think it conditions my eyelashes as well. I have very long eyelashes that can get dry and brittle if I use harsh products but since I started usinf Klorane I noticed my eyelashes look shinier and better. I'm not sure how it would clean heavy eye-make up as I only use a tiny bit of eyeliner/pencil around my eyes and concealer. Still even if you need to use a heavier MU remover around your eyes, I think this product would be a great last step to take away any left over residue and condition your lashes. The price is ok as it lasts a long while and worth it for me as it is such a gentle and effective cleanser. If you are removing heavy mascara, it's best to saturate cotton buds with the product and apply on the lashes with a downward motion for better cleaning effect instead of rubbing your eyes with cotton balls. Ingredients; water, butylene glycol, centaurea cyanus flower water, poloxamer 184, hexylene glycol, PEG-6caprylic/capric glycerides, acid blue 3, phenethyl alcohol, sodium chloride, trisodium EDTA.
This is a light serum which can be used inconjuction with other, thicker creams. I find that it hydrates but not enough for winter for ppl with dry/ sensitive skin like mine. Positives for me are that it doesn't cause a reaction for my super sensitive skin, it moisturises me and it can be layered underneath other products. The hydrating effects for me was cumulative, it took a few weeks until I was convinced that it does the job! I'm on my third bottle and although I don't think it's the perfect product, I'll use it until/if I find a better replacement. It's expensive but as you only need a few drops each time, it lasts. I use my around 6-7 weeks and apply on damp skin. It has phenoxyethanol, an alcohol derivative so I would recommend sensitive ppl to test it before purchase. A combination of B5 and Jurlique Wrinkle Softener helped the lines around my eyes and brows to soften for sure.
Skincare - Face -Jurlique - Wrinkle Softener Beauty Cream
ninjalips 12/16/2011 2:46:00 PM
Wrinkle Softener is one of my favourite products of Jurlique. Although expensive, it lasts a long while as it's quite thick and you only need a small amount. For referance I have super sensitive skin with especially bad reactions to heavily perfumed products. This cream has natural/aromatherapy based fragrance but it didn't cause me any trouble. I mainly use it around my eyes and between the brows to soften the lines I started to develop and really noticed the difference. Even my dark circles got a bit better after using it. I stopped using my regular eye cream(Ren) after seeing the great results with Wrinkle Softener. I find that it' s best to use it on slightly damp skin by pressing gently into the areas you want to treat. It works well along with other natural serums or more dermatologically formulated ones like SkinCeuticals. While using it partially, dispense a small amount of product in your palm and take little amounts to press into your areas of concern so that you don't waste any of it! It's well worth the price for me and I'll continue using it. It lasts me around six months with once sometimes twice a day application. Strongly recommend it for sensitive ski types with anti-aging concerns.
It's a decent product. Although I wasn't expecting it, it lightened my dark circles a little. I'm 39 years old with super sensitive skin and I began noticing tiny lines forming around my eyes as I also am a very animated person and use my mimics a lot! This eye cream definitely helped those lines as I don't notice them anymore. I use it at night and put on my Ren in the morning but I think it can easily be used twice a day and wouldn't ruin MU as it's a light and easily absorbed. Recommended.