Lotions/ Creams -Burt's Bees - Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream
xcheck 11/20/2012 3:27:00 PM
The cream comes in a tube. It goes on very greasy and takes about 5 minutes to absorb. The cream seems to separate into a solid and liquid when you are trying to rub it in. Very odd. I don't find I get more than minimal softness to my hands after using it, even it used on a daily basis. I need a more moisturizing cream.
Treatments -Kate Somerville - Anti Bac Clearing Lotion
xcheck 11/11/2012 3:32:00 PM
This works amazingly fast. Best product I've found so far.
Wonderful mask for sensitive, rosacea prone skin. I've used this twice or even three times a week when I want to brighten my complexion. It does gently remove flaking skin and doesn't leave any redness. My skin reacts to many products but I was happy to say this doesn't bother my skin at all. A great find. My only complaint is the packaging. It should be in a tube because the packet has enough for several applications and I hate having the half used packet around once opened. If you have rosacea or sensitive skin this is worth a try. Since I've been using exfoliating masks regularly, my pores are much smaller. I think it's key to keep up with the masks to get results. This mask is the "replacement" for the Murad fruit enzyme mask, which came in a tube. I LOVED that mask but it is no longer available. I thought this new mask would be too harsh for rosacea but I was thrilled to find it worked just fine for me. Still missing the fruit enzyme mask though.
Moisturizers -La Roche Posay - Toleriane Riche Soothing Protective Cream
xcheck 5/4/2012 9:16:00 AM
This did not bother my sensitive skin at all. It goes on thick and is rich but I didn't think it felt greasy or oily. I would probably find this too rich for summer though. I would purchase again since it doesn't leave any redness and I think it does offer some protection against cold weather and wind. A little goes a long way with this cream. It is taking forever for me to use it up.
I use this mask in the morning 2x per week. Great for sensitive skin because it does not leave any redness. It is so gentle I wonder if I am really getting a benefit from it. It isn't going to knock your socks off with a day and night difference but I think it does very gently exfoliate and you won't get the "purge" effect that some products give you if you stick to 1-2 times per week. I like that you can leave it on for 5 min and rinse off - perfect for using in the morning as a quick exfoliation. This is a very good alternative to Murad's old fruit enzyme exfoliation mask which has been discontinued.
This sunscreen works. However.....I made the terrible mistake of using this on my face - a big NO NO. It goes on leaving a white tinge (which fades away) but it left my skin an oily mess. It felt like it kept melting the whole time I wore it while I was outside. The next day I had a huge breakout. Good product for the body but you're taking a chance if you use it on your face.
Eye Makeup Remover -Estee Lauder - Gentle Eye Makeup Remover
xcheck 3/25/2012 5:06:00 PM
Didn't remove my makeup easily. I prefer Neutrogena which did a much better job.
Lip Treatments -Peter Thomas Roth - Un-Wrinkle Lip Balm SPF 15 set
xcheck 3/11/2012 11:45:00 AM
I have only used this a handful of times so far but my lips are feeling more conditioned. This is so flattering...the color is amazing. I was looking for a lighter lip color for when I do my eye makeup darker and this color is so perfect. If you have ever seen Kathie Lee Gifford's makeup on the Today Show - she usually has darker eyes and a light lip color, this product is spot on in my opinion and I am thrilled I found it. A little goes a long way. It has spf in it as a bonus. It has some staying power as well; you won't be reapplying every hour. Highly recommend this gem of a lip balm.
I wanted volume but didn't think this shampoo did a good enough job for me. It's not a bad shampoo, it lathers and cleans well but I expected more volume than I got.
I don't mind the light fragrance of this soap at all. It lathers well and leaves my skin feeling soft. I haven't used this on my face and prefer to use another cleanser for that but this is a nice soap for everyday use, especially on winter skin. It is a softer soap so you need to keep it from sitting in water and dissolving. UPDATE: I had to stop using this soap because I believe I developed a rash from it.
Masks -Ole Henriksen - Blue/Black Berry Enzyme Mask
xcheck 3/7/2012 11:13:00 AM
My skin is looking brighter ever since I started using this mask. Easy to apply, just wash off with warm or cool water. It leaves my skin hydrated and exfoliated. I try to use this once or twice a week. Was recommended to me as a good mask for sensitive and dry skin. I purchased from Sephora.
Moisturizers -Elizabeth Arden - Millenium NIght Renewal Cream
xcheck 3/7/2012 11:04:00 AM
This product really moisturizes. I use it overnight on dry skin and it leaves my skin softer by morning. My skin must drink this up because when I put it on at night my face is very dewey. By morning, everything is absorbed. Highly recommend for those with dry skin.
Masks -The Body Shop - Wise Woman Intensive Firming Mask
xcheck 3/6/2012 6:44:00 PM
I've used this many times on my sensitive skin and I had no issues with residual redness. The mask is in a tube (squeeze out) and is easy to apply. I rinse it off, it's too difficult to try to wipe off and would leave a greasy film. The mask is moisturizing but I'm not really seeing noticeable firming. If you want firming you might want to try a different mask as this one fell short.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this product. I have sensitive, redness prone skin with dryness in the winter. This foundation gives perfect coverage without looking like you have a foundation on. I tap it on and somehow it doesn't really sink into my pores like most foundations out there. I am a big user of mineral makeup and this creamy foundation gives me the same natural look. If you have any redness, you MUST try this foundation. I use warm sand. Honestly, this foundation is perfection in my eyes. I feel like my complexion is flawless with it on. I dust on a tiny amount of mineral powder after applying.
I've used this as an eye makeup remover for yearsand it is excellent for that. However, after reading the review below regarding two types of Nivea - one made in Mexico and one from Europe, I will only purchase the one made in Europe if I buy it again. Mine says "made in Mexico" and I never realized mineral oil was in it. Not good. Also, I'm not thrilled with benzyl benzoate in it and possible effects on the endocrine system. I may be looking for other alternatives.