Moisturizers -Elizabeth Arden - Extreme conditioning cream spf 15
yvettecanada 2/19/2010 1:37:00 PM
I have acne prone, combination skin. This product hasn't broken me out and does a great job with protecting my skin. In the harsh winter this surprisingly does a good job at hydrating and protecting, and also does the job in the summer. So it does live up to its name of "Extreme Conditioning". It's not thick and will seem oily at first, but does settle in. I don't get shine from this. It is far too scented for me (I don't like scented creams) but I'm use to it now. It's pricey for what you get (about $56), but I'm willing to pay since it does work well for me. I prefer the tube to the former pump packaging. Can slip into my purse and not have to worry about spillage or breaking the bottle.
I'm a product junkie. I have tried every brand out there, from cheap to expensive. I use this moisturiser at night, and although it is rich, I surprisingly don't break out from this (and I have combination/acne prone in some areas). My skin has a glow in the mornings from using this. My skin regime is this: Cleanser: Merle Norman's Luxivia for normal/dry skin AM moisturiser: Elizabeth Arden's Extreme Conditioning with SPF 15 PM moisturiser: Olay Replenishing Night Creme The less products you use, the better your skin will be. Too many products, too much manipulation, the more havoc you do to the balance of your skin.
Pressed Powders -MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish Natural - Medium Dark
yvettecanada 1/13/2009 4:48:00 AM
Unfortunately when the product oxidizes, it turns darker. So when I apply at first, it evens out my skin tone and leaves a nice finish. However, a few hours later my face looks darker and slightly orange. I'm going to have to return this. Unfortunately, I do find that some of the MAC products do turn darker as it oxidizes. I found this to happen with Studio Fix, Studio Stick and the pressed powder as well.
Pressed Powders -Revlon - New Complexion Oil Free Pressed Powder
yvettecanada 11/18/2007 5:13:00 AM
I've used Studio Fix for 10 years, but decided that it probably was the reason why my skin was acting up since it wasn't allowed to "breathe" from such heaviness. So, now I use a stick foundation (Benefits Playsticks, decent, can't comment since it's only been a week) on problem spots and then a pressed powder all over my face. Revlon in general has a great selection of color with their face palate. I use to be a Toast, and now I'm a Natural Tan (more sun where I live). This pressed powder is quite good for the price you pay. It's a basic pressed powder, feels light on the face and gives medium coverage. Best part of this product is that it's OIL-FREE. Yes, MAC pressed powder and MAC blot is probably a better product - but it's $10 more, and not oil-free. If I have a function to go to, I will use the stick foundation all over my face, then apply the pressed powder on top to set my makeup and shine. Really, how much should you expect from pressed powders anyway? If you have clear, perfect skin, you don't need foundation and this pressed powder will even out your tone and shine. In my opinion, this is a great drugstore product.
Moisturizers -Clarins - Moisture Quenching Hydra-Balance Lotion SPF 15
yvettecanada 11/5/2007 2:43:00 AM
I'm starting to get into Clarins products, after seeing evidence of my boyfriend's flawless, supple skin. He uses Clarins men, and swears by it. So I decided to try Clarins balm for men, that is truly a great product for those who have really dry, parched skin like mine. Anyway, after that bottle was done, I bought the Moisutre Quenching Hydra-Balance Lotion with SPF 15. Absolutely a HG day moisturiser for me. I have sensitive, dry, skin with some patches of eczema. It doesn't irritate it, which is surprising since most fragranced products do. I didn't think this would moisturise my skin very much, since it's quite thin and runny. But this does and it's great for me, and great base for applying makeup as well. I use two-three pumps for my entire face. Quite pricey, as most Clarins products are. However, I will stick to this.
Cleansers -Merle Norman - Luxiva Foaming Cleanser-Normal/Dry
yvettecanada 10/29/2007 3:46:00 AM
After reading the reviews on this product, I had to try it. Honestly, this cleanser is one of the best that I have ever used. I have dry, sensitive (as well as some eczema on my face) skin, and I haven't reacted to this. Not only that, this cleanser doesn't leave my face dry and tight. That's the first time in my experience, that a cleanser doesn't leave my face dry and tight! The cleanser is concentrated, so it will last quite a while. The smell is quite strong (there is perfume it it, like a lot of Merle Norman cosmetics), but not unbearable. Even if it is, hold your breath and deal with it-this is a good cleanser, it will do it's job. I've been using this for two months, and so far, so good. It's a big pricey $30, for a cleanser, but I may keep buying this in the long run. I've never used Merle Norman cosmetics before, and may start trying other products out. In my opinon, Merle Norman needs to completely re-vamp their image. When I think of Merle Norman, I think of gaudy, old-lady, 80's style. Probably the reason why people are hesitant to try their products, when they have some truly amazing stuff! UPDATE: After trying out Shiseido's "The Skincare Line" (just cause I was bored, wanted to try something new and a friend uses Shiseido), I'm now back to this cleanser. Cleans my face thoroughly, without drying it out. I won't be using anything else anymore. Lesson learned!
Moisturizers -The Body Shop - Grapeseed extra rich night cream
yvettecanada 10/29/2007 1:08:00 AM
I've been using this product as my "in between" time, while searching for the HG moisturiser. I usually end up with this. Drugstore price, when I can't find or can't afford to splurge on something else. Lancome use to have a product line called Vinefit, with grapeseed oil. My skin was radiant, and I literally had many women compliment my skin. My girlfriend who introduced me to Vinefit, previously had deep acne scars, which then cleared up after using Vinefit for a good 6 months. So, unfortunately Lancome's Vinefit is discontinued, and this is the only moisturiser I can find that contains a good amount of grapeseed oil. I don't get that "radiance" like the Vinefit gave me, but my skin is hydrated. If you have dry, sensitive (I have eczema on certain areas of my face), flaky, red skin, this could work for you. I have not reacted. It is a bit "waxy", but I find that my skin works well with it. I recommend this product, as well as Body Shop's Hemp Moisturiser. Again, for dry sensitive skin only. NOT recommended for oily skin. UPDATE: I tried Shiseido's "The Skincare" line, cleanser, toner, moisturiser and all. Although the moisturiser from Shisiedo was hydrating, it left me with a lot of whiteheads and made my skin oiler. I am now back to the grapeseed oil moisturiser, and already my skin is far, far better. This moisturiser if far cheaper, and effective. This is my HG.