Skin: very sensitive, dry, prone to irritation, slightly oily T-zone. I use a 99% pure aloe vera gel with very few ingredients. I'm thinking of buying the juice version next time (no thickening agent). Can't recommend this treatment highly enough. The gel was effective and quick at reducing some of my skin concerns: 1/ Pigmentation - from foundation use I noticed my skin is slightly darker around the lips and chin. Since using this gel this difference is less noticeable. I'm quite sure it has evened out my skin tone. 2/ Redness/peeling around the nose - I tried everything from mild AHAs to diluted tea tree oil to honey. Nothing worked! But aloe did. 3/ Drying out acne due to anti inflammatory properties - I tried it yesterday on small cystic breakout on my chin together with a salicylic acid toner and amazingly the pimple is all calmed down/dried out and easily concealed 48hours later. , 4/ Anti-septic properties/ skin regeneration - good also for insect bites, small wounds and burns. 5/ Collegen production/ skin turnover - I don't have wrinkles so I can't comment on that but this gel does make my skin feel just as plump as when I use Estee Lauder ANR/other hyaluronic acid serums. Nighttime application: After gentle cleansing and toning (I use a soy milk based toner from Sana, absolute HG product), I apply aloe gel all over my face and neck, let dry and go back over problem areas. Follow with moisturiser. I alternate gel (1 day) with my normal serum (2-3 days). Other uses: Quite good as a scalp treatment to prevent hair loss and promote growth. I'm also trying this as an underarm deodorant due to its anti-bacterial properties. "Trying"... that may or may not work out. lol The bad: Not moisturising, don't get it into you eyes because it will irritate due to its pH. Hope that's helpful.
Treatments -L'Oreal - ELVIVE Re-Nutrition Night Elixir
saskiayu 10/13/2012 3:28:00 AM
I'm actually leaving a review for Elvive Total Repair 5 Restoring Night Elixir Leave-In, in a similar cylindrical bottle with a pump dispenser but instead of the orange, it has red accents. .... My hair was quite damaged and dry from colouring/perming and a trip overseas when I didn't care for it properly so I was looking for a product that would make it look healthy again. I tried a few products, including high end stuff that worked well, but they were too expensive to use regularly. This is very reasonably priced for the same result, I'm very happy! I apply it to damp or dry hair (damp shows better results) and it leaves my hair soft, untangled and showing sheen. No residue, my hair feels light and bouncy. The dispenser is very good. HG leave in.
Sunscreen -Shiseido - Anessa - town use sunscreen SPF30
saskiayu 10/12/2012 6:03:00 AM
Reviewing this in SPF 32 PA+++. Skin: sensitive, dry. ... After trying many many facial suncreens and disliking them all for their smell, greasiness or whitecast I've finally found my HG sunscreen! I have two boxes of this, hopefully they will last me through the harsh summer (the tube is rather small) before I reorder. I'm also keen to try Anessa UV Perfect in the gold bottle to see how that compares. ... PROS: My skin is fairly dry and a little shiny on my T/nose bridge and I found this gives me a lovely dewy glow without any stickiness. The thin liquid soaks in straight away with no white cast and it does not clog either. It is also rather hydrating due to the Sodium Hyaluronate/Hyaluronic acid content although I like to apply some day cream under as well (you could skip this step). Mildly fragranced but does not irritate. ... CONS: Only available in Asia, although this matters very little because it's widely available online. I recommend shopping around for a good price, I nabbed mine on special at $30AUD each. Noticed some online stores retailing this for $50AUD, what a huge markup.
Treatments -Estee Lauder - Advanced Night Repair (Serum)
saskiayu 10/9/2012 7:46:00 AM
Skin: very sensitive, dry, prone to irritation I'm rating this a 5, and selecting 'yes' to repurchase, but I will try other cheaper Hyaluronic Acid serums first (JuJu Aquamoist is first in line). I really like this product and it 100% works for me but no doubt there is a lot of price markup. I was given my first 100mL bottle of this around a year ago, using it everyday/every second day ever since - really generously on my face and neck - still have 1/2 a bottle left. PROS: I get no tingling/irritation or breakouts and my skin is very sensitive. When I use this after my 12% glycolic cleaser it's soothing. Lovely, soft hydrated skin overnight. CONS: Price. Ingredients check: does not mix well with UV exposure. In case anyone gets a little greedy and wants to use this twice a day! :)
Skin: Sensitive, dry, prone to (allergic) irritation. Note, I don't have much acne. My skin is stripped dry very easily by harsh cleansers, but I also have blackheads on my nose which my usual 12% glycolic acid cleanser can't do anything about it since it's only soluble in water. I use this to cleanse the oily middle of my face, it works very well! I use a serum and hydrating cream right after. ... PROS: My blackheads are gone after a few uses (product has 1% salicylic acid. It also contains >1% citric Acid which is good for surface exfoliation)/ Mild physical exfoliation with the small silca particles, Very cheap, no parabens or phthalates ... CONS: Contains Menthyl lactate (Less irritating than Menthol but I'd rather not have the *refreshed feeling* at all).
I know this works wonderfully for some people. But pollen-senstitive people should be very wary, despite the good rating this does not work for everyone. I regret not reading the one lippie reviews carefully before trialling the product, I hope nobody would have a repeat experience like mine. ... I used this religiously for four whole months before I finally realised it was causing my skin to grow progressively spotty and uneven that refused to go away. At first the oil gave me a lovely dewy glow so I didn't suspect it, instead trying everything from changing my diet to switching out my other products etc. When I discontinued it everything went back to normal after a week. I never used to have problematic skin so this was definitely it. ... I wanted to love this and I did enjoy using it but it caused me so much trouble. For all Trilogy's good work, I wish they would put a patch test warning onto their products like some other natural product companies do.
Skin: sensitive, dry I bought this in the tube for hygiene reasons. Cetaphil has a few moisturisers on shelf - I got the one for dry and sensitive skin. I have tried quite a few products since my skin has turned sensitive - from high end to mid range. This was the cheapest thing I tried but the only one that rescued my red, dry and irritated skin in only a couple of days. It seems like what my skin needed was a really solid protective barrier and this was it. You may want to avoid it on the oily t-zones/parts of your face because you may get a little shiny in those areas during the day. I use some sunscreen and powder over the top so it's not a big issue for me.
Mascara -Estee Lauder - Double Wear Zero Smudge Lengthening Mascara
saskiayu 9/29/2012 9:04:00 AM
This is a fabulous mascara. I have pretty sparse shortish lashes and it does a good job of lengthening and volumising without unsightly clumps. Lasts all day, doesn't smudge. I like the thin applicator too, easy to wiggle on bottom lashes.
Treatments (Eye) -The Body Shop - Nutriganics Smoothing Eye Cream
saskiayu 9/29/2012 8:54:00 AM
I like this. It's light, non-irritating, sinks well into skin and does not clog pores. Not particularly hydrating but great for sensitive areas.
I have this in coral. It's perfect on my pale skin - it gives a completely natural flush. It lasts thorough most of the day. I reapply if I need to go out in the evening. Very economical as well.
I love the no makeup-makeup look and this is the best everyday lipstick formulation/shade I've tried. Probably not dramatic enough for evening but it is very naturally flattering during the day.