Eye Makeup Remover -Avene - Gentle Eye Makeup Remover
sweetlilsky 7/3/2012 12:54:00 AM
The first time I tried using this, it didn't irritate my eye, neither on the lid or in my eyes, but I was still annoyed with it because I didn't find it effective at removing my eye makeup. I didn't use it for a while and then came back to it. The next time I thought the cotton pad was too dry and so tried adding more product and drenched it. That worked. Basically, it works well and is gentle when you use a fair amount of it. Each bottle is not that expensive, but the cost may add up of you need to use it every day. For me it's worth it because I have sensitive skin and a lot of removers sting my eyes.
Cleansers -Avene - Antirougeurs Anti-Redness Dermo-Cleansing Fluid
sweetlilsky 7/3/2012 12:40:00 AM
This cleans off my tinted moisturizer quite nicely and, in combination with Avene thermal water and this moisturizer from another brand that I like and have been using for a while (ultra repair cream from Sephora), it really helps keep redness at bay and makes my skin less reactive. I use it in the morning in the shower and at night to remove my tinted moisturizer.
Cleansers -Avene - Cold cream ultra-rich cleansing gel
sweetlilsky 7/3/2012 12:33:00 AM
I got this to product for free as a bonus for buying another Avene product. I generally wear makeup only on my eyes and tried to use this as a remover since I would not have had any other use for a cold cream and read it could be used as a remover. Anyways, it really stung my eyes, so I promptly gave it Away.
This is a great little product and much cheaper when you buy it in France, as you can imagine. It helps keep my skin reaction free and cools you when you spritz it on. It also makes my moisturizer go a lot further. I wait until my skin is almost dry and then apply moisturizer.
I have had dark circles since childhood and in my mid-20s they started getting even darker (I had a horrible schedule with shiftwork). This had some really great reviews, so I decided to try it. The bottle lasted me about nine months, though I forgot to apply it sometimes. In any case, it was still fairly effective. I had a baby baby wrinkle, which is now nowhere in sight and it did brighten my eye area a little bit. I can't comment about puffiness, as that wasn't an issue for me. My dark circles aren't completely gone, but, considering the nice and noticeable difference between the skin on my eye area and the rest of my face, I would say this is a really good product overall, just not 100% effective for my dark circles. I am going to try another couple of products, just to see if there is anything that can almost completely eradicate my dark circles, but I will definitely be coming back to this. I took one point off for packaging because you can't tell how much is left. However, it is really easy to find in my area, so I suppose it is not a big deal. This is on the cheaper side of the eye creams I'm looking at too. Not dirt cheap, but I think it cost around $30, which, considering how long it lasted, isn't so bad. The only thing I would warn you about is to make sure you wash off all of your eye makeup remover. I use Dior and sometimes it would sting, if I had any left on.
Mascara -Physicians Formula - Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Mascara Duo
sweetlilsky 1/23/2011 2:21:00 PM
I am surprised to see that this mascara has had so many positive reviews. I got the version for Hazel Eyes. I had a really hard time getting the coloured wand to impart any colour onto my lashes after I applied the black. I also find that the black either comes off too easily or takes an extremely long time to dry (I am not sure which is the case). I often wear glasses and I get black lines on them when I use this mascara. I also find it can go on somewhat clumpily, at least at the tip, where a lot of the product likes to gulp together. I don't usually buy waterproof mascara but have never had an issue with it coming off before. Even though I waited two hours before going outside (thinking that maybe I wasn't letting it dry enough) on a snowy day (and let's face it, how hard is it for a tiny bit of snow to wash things off?), by the time I got back inside (I was out for maybe 20 minutes), I had mascara all over my lids and just under my eyes as well. On top of that, I don't find this mascara to be particularly thickening or lengthening. Sure my eyelashes are more visible with it than without, but this is pretty mediocre.
Mascara -Bourjois - Volume Glamour Ultra Care mascara
sweetlilsky 11/11/2010 12:00:00 PM
I'm a big fan of this mascara. It doesn't bother my contacts or break out my sensitive skin. It also doesn't make my top and bottom eyelashes stick together, which some mascaras do. It does its job: thickens the lashes. They look great.
Liquid -Ecco Bella - Ecco Bello Flowercolor Natural Foundation
sweetlilsky 7/25/2010 1:29:00 AM
I bought several products from this brand all at once, excited at the prospect of using makeup that wouldn't irritate my skin as much as most makeup and that appeared "natural." However, the only thing I could stand was the lipstick. The foundation broke my skin out in a strange way. I had tiny little bumps all over my face. I am sensitive to a lot of makeup, in all fairness, but this is the worst reaction I have ever had from a foundation bar none.
I don't wear it often but I really like this product, which doesn't irritate my very sensitive skin. It covers my dark circles well, as the name implies ("erase dark circles" in French). I wore it in Mexico in the hot July heat and it didn't melt or smudge off. I didn't try using it in the water, but, considering it didn't budge from sweat, I'd bet it would stay on if you swam with it.
Eyeliner -Physicians Formula - Eye Definer- Automatic Eye Pencil
sweetlilsky 7/24/2010 7:25:00 PM
I can't stand to wear some eyeliners. I used Clinique Quickliner for Eyes for a couple of years as a teen until I noticed my eyelids were swelling because of it! I used to always rub off the eyeshadow from my itchy eyelids and stuck with just eyeliner for some colour because it didn't rub off as easily. It wasn't until a few swelling episodes that I realized I shouldn't handle eye makeup. I tried a few other brands and my eyelids would still itch. The other problem is the hard pencil type hurts as you apply it. I tried the Physician's Formula Eye Definer in Ultra Black as the line claims to be for sensitive skin. I find it cheaper and just as easy to apply (read pain free) as the Clinique Quickliner. My eyelids do get itchy, but only after wearing it for a number of hours (even if I've just opened the package -- plus I replace it every few months even if I've barely used it -- so no this has nothing to do with it going bad). It's still not perfect because I can't wear it all day long, but at least I can stand it on days I want to use some eyeliner. I also like about how this product can smudge if you want it to and you don't have sharpen it.
Moisturizers -First Aid Beauty - Ultra Repair Cream
sweetlilsky 7/24/2010 5:59:00 PM
I had been testing all sorts of different moisturizers on my face for a few years by the time I got to the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. I even had to stop using any moisturizers whatsoever for a few months because all of them would break me out or irritate my skin, which is very sensitive, so, by the time I tried this product out, my skin was superdry. It isn't naturally dry, just a problem I've had these last few years, possibly from the shampoos I've been using, but I can't change shampoos because most irritate my skin. This moisturizer works very well and does not irritate my skin at all. It even seemed to improve it and reduce redness when I tested it on only half of my face for the first few days. I also like how it doesn't use parabens or harsh chemicals. I only had to use this moisturizer for a few weeks before my skin was free of any dryness (it was completely parched before then). Now I only need to use it every few days because that is all I need. I wish it came in a different type of packaging because you have to stick your fingers into the jar, which isn't the most hygienic, but that is really my only complaint.
I bought a Got 2 Be conditioner last year. I am not absolutely sure it is this exact one, but it's the most likely one. If you have sensitive skin: BEWARE. I have never had such a horrible reaction to a conditioner ever before. I have had a hard time finding one that didn't irritate the skin on my face, which is very sensitive, as it is nearly impossible to prevent any product I wash out of my hair from getting onto my face and there is something about conditioners that rubs my skin the wrong way. In this case, it wasn't just the face on my skin that reacted -- it was my entire body. I wonder if they use grass or something that I am allergic to because I was itchy from head to toe. It took me a few days to figure out why my itchiness was getting worse, even though I stopped using the conditioner. It turns out, I did not properly rinse out my hair, so some of the conditioner got onto my towel, which I used to dry myself off! It was horrible. I had to use anti-itch cream for days. I didn't want to believe it was the conditioner that caused such a strong reaction, so I dared to try it again a few weeks later. Following that, I can guarantee that I will never buy anything from this brand again. EDIT I completely forgot to mention the effect on my hair. It made my hair very soft, moisturized and fly-away free. If you don't have sensitive skin at all, then maybe it will do wonders for your hair without any side-effects.
Moisturizers -Bioderma - sensibio light soothing cream
sweetlilsky 4/28/2010 1:18:00 AM
I have very sensitive skin and this "moisturizer" irritated it, though less so than the toner or cleansing gel. My skin improved a bit after I stopped using the cleanser altogether and just used the moisturizer on its own for a short while. Sensibio light "moisturizer" it did help in some respect (I did an experiment and used it on one cheek and a different moisturizer on the other before I started applying it to my whole face -- I noticed that, if I ate something I was allergic to, I got the tell-tale rash, but it was less severe on the Sensibio side), but it didn't actually moisturize as my skin was very dry and I believe even the moisturizer caused some irritation.
This product did nothing for me. I used the whole line, which dried out my skin and irritated it. It did the exact opposite of what it was meant to do. In all fairness, I have very sensitive skin so maybe you can give it a try if yours isn't.
I decided to give this product two lippies because it can be used as a makeup remover, but it's ability to make skin less reactive gets it an overall bad score. I have very sensitive skin and this irritated it. It does say on the bottle that you don't need to wash the product off... I realized my skin improved a bit after a did wash it off every time and it got much better when I stopped using it altogether. I continued using the Sensibio "moisturizer" for a while after and it did help in some respect (I did an experiment and used it on one cheek and a different moisturizer on the other -- if I ate something I was allergic to, I got the tell-tale rash, but it was less severe on the Sensibio side), but it didn't actually moisturize as my skin was very dry and I believe even the moisturizer caused some irritation. Thumbs down.