Styling Products -Living Proof - Full Thickening Mousse
sleaf 11/11/2012 8:36:00 PM
I have fine, straight hair that tends to lie really flat without help. This mousse did help but I didn't think that it was the wonder product it has been for some. It left a weird, almost waxy residue in my hair, but I discovered that using less and drying my hair immediately after applying helped minimize that. Also, using this, I absolutely could not let my hair airdry and there was no second-day hair -- my hair felt dirtier than usual so I really had to shampoo the next day. But having said all that, it did give me great, touchable bounce and volume, and I did quite gladly use up a full bottle of this.
I really like Oscar Blandi dry shampoos but this one is my favorite. The lemon smell is gorgeous. I have very fine, blonde straight hair, but a lot of it, and I like to use dry shampoo as a refresher between washes. I usually spray it in my hair by sections, flip my head upside down and rough it through with my fingers, and I'm ready to go. It performs exactly as I need it to: gives me volume and eats up some of the oil, keeping it at bay throughout the day. Note that I think this works better than Blandi's Invisible Dry Shampoo (in the brown bottle), and I prefer the spray over the bottle, because I always make a mess with loose hair powders. My only gripe is the price, so I tend to rotate between this, Psssssst and Batiste.
Styling Products -TRESemme - Fresh Start Dry Shampoo for Oily/Straight to Normal Hair
sleaf 11/11/2012 8:10:00 PM
I have straight and fine hair but I have a lot of it. I regularly use dry shampoo as a refresher between washes, and this has been the only one of many dry shampoos that I have thrown away and not finished. The smell wasn't offensive to me, but the sticky residue and heavy feel of it was. It left my hair seemingly dirtier, far from refreshed. If you're looking for a good, affordable dry shampoo, look elsewhere (like Psssssst or Batiste).
I've never had a product hurt my eyes so much, it stung so badly that I gave it away after one use.
Moisturizers -Murad - hydro dynamic ultimate moisturizer
sleaf 11/3/2012 7:50:00 AM
I have sensitive combo skin and it was feeling really dry so I used up my sample of this. It was only a small sample but I was not a fan. It is not horrible by any means and it is hydrating but felt heavy and was really slow to absorb, leaving an unpleasant film on my skin. It also flared up the redness in my cheeks.
Tinted Moisturizer -NARS - Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer
sleaf 10/24/2012 1:26:00 AM
I am fairer than most and Finland, the lightest shade, is too yellow and dark for me. The yellow doesn't bother me as it neutralized the redness in my face, but the shade is a full shade darker than Siberia which is a decent match. The coverage was sheer enough that I was able to use this for a subjectively "bronzed" look during the warmer months when I'm more "tan." The color is such a shame because I loved it otherwise. It applies nicely and the finish is gorgeous. My weird sensitive combo skin was fine with it and I loved the smell. I just wish they made a lighter shade in line with Siberia for my ghostly white skin.
Cleansers -Bioderma - Sensibio H2O (aka Crealine H20 Solution micellaire)
sleaf 10/24/2012 12:52:00 AM
I use Crealine H20 and TS H20 and stock up whenever in Europe to avoid the US markup. It get along nicely with my sensitive skin, milia-prone eye area and contact-lens-wearing eyes and removes makeup beautifully without stinging or leaving an oily film. For eyes the key for me has been to soak the makeup off by holding a Bioderma dampened cotton round on the eye for a longer time than you'd think is necessary and then wiping. I've only found one waterproof mascara (L'Oreal Define-A-Lash) that won't come off with this and requires something stronger (and oilier, like Bi-Facil).
Moisturizers -Avene - Light Protective Hydrating Cream (Hydrance Optimale SPF 20)
sleaf 10/24/2012 12:26:00 AM
I have sensitive combo skin - this is perfect for the little sun I catch on a regular fall/winter day. It is very light, disappears into my skin, sits beautifully under makeup. It doesn't break me out but is moisturizing enough. (I have the European version)
I have sensitive combo skin that sometimes gets very irritated and red with dry patches and/or breakouts. This is my trusty backup cleanser for when my skin is annoyed and irritated. It doesn't remove my makeup very well but is a great sensitive cleanser for when I need something that is as gentle as water, but better.
Lotions/ Creams -Eucerin - Aquaphor Healing Ointment
sleaf 10/23/2012 11:54:00 PM
Great for irritated or severely dry skin. I use this around my nose when I have the flu, on my lips when I have a cold sore, on my cuticles if they're awful, on dry flaky patches on my cheeks, etc. I only use it for skin emergencies so I usually buy the tiny little tubes and have them littered everywhere where I keep bandaids from my bag to my office. Someone called this dermatological duct tape and I think that's perfect.
Lip Treatments -Nuxe - Reve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm with Honey and Precious Oils
sleaf 10/23/2012 11:39:00 PM
Love! I use this at night by tapping and then smoothing it onto my lips because it is so thick. It smells lovely and really is still there in the morning and my lips feel soft and moisturized. It's not a daytime lipbalm for me (that's usually Jouer) unless my lips are badly chapped and I need a heavyweight. Note that it's much cheaper in Europe so stock up if you can.
I have lots and lots of fine straight hair. It is naturally very silky but flat so I use products to add volume and texture. This gives great, non-sticky grip to my hair and I've used it when my hair has been halfway down my back and when it's been a short bob. Because it doesn't really excel in volume, I stray, but keep coming back to this.
Sunscreen -Josie Maran Cosmetics - Argan Protect SPF 40+ Natural Daily Sun Protection
sleaf 10/22/2012 5:03:00 AM
I have been looking for a high-SPF moisturizer that would get along with my sensitive combination skin. This isn't it. I received a mini in a kit and have tried to make it work. On top of anything or under makeup, this rolls off. I can wear it on its own but it leaves me looking shiny and feeling greasy, and it even balls up on my hands as I apply it. The scent is annoying but tolerable. Onto the next one.
I have pretty sensitive combination skin. Within a week, this actually dried out my cheeks even more, leaving awful flaky patches and my friends asking what was happening with my face. Luckily I hadn't spent any money as I got the little half ounce bottle as a present. Moral of this story: try before you buy!
Cleansers -Philosophy - the microdelivery exfoliating wash
sleaf 10/22/2012 4:31:00 AM
I have weird, sensitive combination skin that can get bad breakouts on the t-zone, very dry on the cheeks and redness and irritated all over. This has been a great exfoliator, non-irritating but tough enough for my t-zone. It is gentle but does sometimes leave my skin (especially cheeks) feeling tighter than I like. The bottle lasts a loooong time, but does get clogged up sometimes.