This is just a nice, simple moisturiser to calm my skin. I think this cream is meant for simple daily moisturising which is just what I wanted after irritating my skin with too many strong products. It leaves my skin moisturised, soft and non-oily for the whole day. I was pleasantly surprised as this was my first experience with a vichy product. Will definitely buy again :)
Sunscreen -Shiseido - Anessa - town use sunscreen SPF30
sweetlily79 11/21/2009 11:52:00 PM
After seeing all the fabulous reviews for this product, I decided to give it a try. Firstly, I have sensitive skin which seems to react with physical sunblocks. I know this is strange because most evidence seems to suggest people with sensitive skins use physical sunblocks, but I found any product with high amounts with Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide dry out my skin and block my pores. So I tried this for 4 days straight knowing that I do react with physical sunblocks. I kept it up for 4 days, just thought my skin needed some time to get used to it (BTW, I also used Shiseido cleansing oil to remove it at night). After 4 days, I broke out in the worst acne I have had in years. the sides of my nose, my chin and my forehead broke out so badly, I took a day off work to go to the dermatologist. Only now, 2 weeks later is my skin looking semi-decent. I will never use this product on my face again! (I am now back to using my lancome sunscreen and not having any problems)
I don't think this product did anything for my acne but it's a fairly pleasant cleanser and for that point alone I might buy it. It is a clear gel foaming cleanser. The first thing you will notice is the strong tea tree oil smell as it takes a little getting used to. It lathers well, and leaves the skin feeling clean but not dry and stripped of moisture. I don't think it is a very effective anti-acne product but I will use it as a general cleanser after my cleansing oil.
Though I gave this product a rating of 4, I don't think I will buy it again, as there are other cleansing oils out there that work better for a cheaper price. Like most cleansing oils, you apply this to your dry face. Using a circular motion, keep rubbing and massaging until the makeup has been loosened then add water. Keep massaging and the oil will turn in to a milky cleanser and wash off clean. This product has a pleasant aromatherapy type smell probably from all the natural oils and ingredients. However, it stings my eyes so I can't use it to remove any residual eye makeup (after I have used eye makeup remover). As far as oil cleansers go, it is quite good but expensive and the bottle is very user unfriendly. The oil drips down the side of the bottle and it would be far better in a pump bottle. I think DHC's cleansing oil and Fancl's cleansing oils are far better - cheaper and don't sting the eyes!
Powder -Chanel - poudre universelle libre(natural finish loose powder)
sweetlily79 1/25/2009 5:20:00 AM
I used to use Shiseido's loose powder until on a whim I bought this chanel one at the airport at a duty free shop. And I'm so glad I did as this powder is truly amazing. Firstly, it is so fine and gives the skin a beautiful finish. I can use it on its own or over foundation and either way it looks so fresh and natural. I bought color 20 Clair - translucent 1 which is actually a little pale for me. Next time I'll buy a slightly darker colour. Also, I use a large face brush rather than the powder puff as I find it gives a more finer and natural finish.
Eye Makeup Remover -Neutrogena - Oil Free eye makeup remover
sweetlily79 1/25/2009 5:16:00 AM
I switched to this after using the Lancome Bi-facil eye makeup remover and I was so happy with it. It removed all my waterproof mascara and eyeliner so easily and quickly without any irritation to my eyes. You have to shake the bottle really well like most eye makeup removers and if you want to put on new eye makeup straight after, you'll have to wash your eyes with water and cleanser to remove the oily film but I don't mind as this product is extremely gentle and works fabulously
Eye Makeup Remover -Lancome - Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Make-up Remover
sweetlily79 1/25/2009 5:12:00 AM
Even though its supposed to remove waterproof makeup, I found that it didn't remove it so well and I had to hold the cotton against my eyes for a very long time and then run and pull to get the makeup off. So I wasn't very impressed with it. I'll be sticking to my neutrogena eye makeup remover which works far better on waterproof eye makeup and for a cheaper price too.
There is so much hype about mineral makeup I thought I would buy this one as a "test" to see how my skin reacts rather than buying a more expensive department store brand. Firstly the packaging is very clumsy. after using the brush to pick up the powder, there is nowhere to "shake" the brush to remove excess powder as the container is so small. Also, I'm not sure what material the brush is made of but it is very rough on the skin. Despite experimenting many times, its difficult to get even coverage. The powder kept "clumping" onto my skin in little patches - i think it is sticking to my moisturiser. and If you have some fine hair growing on your face, it sticks to the hair mand makes it more obvious. The worst part was, it made my skin very very itchy especially when I sweat (after doing some google searches, I found this is a common reaction to mineral makeup products). It also dried out my skin so much so that afterwards, I had to put on a moisture mask just to make my skin feel comfortable again. I will not be buying this product again.
Liquid -Becca - Luminous Skin Color sheer foundation
sweetlily79 1/25/2009 5:00:00 AM
I would only recommend this foundation for those with perfect skin as it doesn't provide much coverage at all! Its almost like a sheer tint, not a foundation so I think anyone who is used to using more medium coverage foundation would be a little disappointed with it. Also the pump is not very good. I have the dior foundation and the pump on that lets me control how much to pump out, but for this becca product, the pump only lets you press all the way down so you are forced to pump out a lot of product each time. Also, if I don't shake the bottle thoroughly before using, the colour when it comes out is is not even, it looks like some oil streaks through it like it hasn't been mixed well. Some pros are that it has spf 20 and there is a huge colour range to choose from. I think it's also filling a gap in the market for those who have perfect skin and only want a slight tint.
This foundation is a medium coverage foundation which is easily adjustable as the texture is quite thick and almost gel like. it really does fill in the lines very well. It comes with a pump and just a little bit is enough for the face. It is quite moisturising so I would not recommend it for oily skin types. It also has spf20 PA+++ which is a bonus. I use colour 020, which actually is a little light for my skin and 030 is too dark for my skin so I mix the two together to get a nice colour.
Moisturizers -Dermalogica - Intensive Moisture Balance
sweetlily79 1/25/2009 4:36:00 AM
This is my favourite HG moisturiser. I use it as my night cream and sometimes during the day as well when I need some more moisture. Don't be put off when it says its for "drier or permature aging skin" because when I first saw that I thought it might not be suitable for someone in their 20s but it works beautifully to hydrate the skin. Just let it absorb for about 10 minutes if you are applying makeup afterwards as it can look a little shny on the skin straight after application.
I was attracted to this product as it contains 5% benzoyl peroxide, tea tree oil and zinc all of which is supposed to be great for clearing acne. It has a slight medical smell and a light texture not so different from other benzoyl peroxide creams. I can feel little lumps in the cream almost as if the benzoyl peroxide or zinc powder hasn't been ground finely enough. It left my skin a little dry and I found it wasn't any more or any less effective than other drugstore benzoyl peroxide creams. I've now reverted back to a drugstore brand 2.5% BP cream which is far less irritating but works just as well. I think this is one product where a drugstore equivalent works just as well.
I have tried so many sunscreens in search for the perfect one but I always keep coming back to my Lancome Neuroshield spf 50 PA +++. I have dry sensitive skin and this sunblock is perfect for everyday wear and extreme conditions. Firslty it is the only sunscreen I have used which doesn't dry out my skin. I can go from being outside in hot humid weather, to walking into a strongly airconditioned building and my skin stays moist and comfortable unlike most other sunscreens which irritate me and makes my skin feel itchy when I switch from a humid environment to a dry one. The colour is white and it has a light to medium consistency but it doesn't leave a white cast on the skin like many other sunscreens. It does leave the skin a little shiny afterwards so powder or makeup after is a must. I have tried the equivalent L'oreal UV spf 50 but it just doesn't have the same feel to it. It feels more heavy on the skin and leaves it far more shiny than the Lancome one. So I think it's worth it to spend extra for the Lancome one. My review is for the new UV Expert Neuroshield spf 50 pa +++. The older version is the "DNA Shield" and the texture is not as nice as the newer "Neuroshield". **** Update 22 Nov 2009: I have now switched to the "UV Expert Neuroshield SPF30 PA++". The reason I switched is because I'm starting to get concerned about using SPF50 every day and what all those chemicals are doing to my skin. So, considering I don't go outside much I think spf30 is fine for me for daily use. The texture is a little lighter.
Sunscreen -Dermalogica - Super Sensitive Faceblock SPF30
sweetlily79 1/25/2009 4:00:00 AM
I have dry sensitive skin so I thought this product would be perfect for me. How wrong I was! Some good points - its very a very light texture so it's very easy to spread onto the skin. Bad points - when I was outside in the humid summer heat, my face felt fine, but when I tried to wear it during the week under my makeup to the airconditioned office, it totally dried out my face! My skin became very very dry (I think from the powdery titanium dioxide and zinc) and then started to get very very itchy. The next day, I woke up with some red spots on my skin - some sort of allergic reaction. I thought maybe i didn't put enough moisturiser, so I put on my heavy duty night cream then this sunblock, with not much makeup - and again the same result.! dry, itchy skin with red dots the following morning. So now, I use this on my body when I go swimming at the beach (such a waste of money!)
I generally love dermalogica products and I only bought the smoothing cream on a whim after my favourite product (the intensive moisture balance) was sold out at the store. I love everything about this except that it contains octyl methoxycinamate - the sunscreen ingredient so now I am scared to use it at night. I don't think its good for the skin to use sunscreen ingredients during the night. The texture is quite thick, the smell is pleasant and it absorbs very nicely into the skin.