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Sunscreen -Paula's Choice -DEFENSE Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 30

on 11/11/2018 8:16:00 AM

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This is another fantastic mineral sunscreen from PC. I can only use mineral as chemical stings my eyes. If you are having problems with burning eyes with a sunscreen, check the ingredients,it could be the chemicals, and switch to a physical,far gentler all round. Back to defence essential glow. I love this, it does have a glow to it, not greasy, just the right amount of moisture for my combination skin,I use the required amount 1/4 teaspoon for face and same again for neck. You MUST use the recommended amount. I cringe when I see reviews for sunscreens with people saying " a little goes a long way " This does not apply to sunscreens, if you do not apply enough you are not adequately protected.This does not leave a white cast at all. It is more of a beige cream rather than white.It's a job trying to get a mineral sunscreen that does not leave a white cast but this dosen't,on me anyway, I'm NW15-20 for reference.This wears well under make up, although I must admit I prefer the Calm mineral for normal /oily skin under make up,the defence is more moisturising,but if you're dry the defence would be a better option.I've used calm mineral for years,it used to be hydralight.It's a great mineral sunscreen as well, goes on more white than defence but still does not leave a white cast.PC are the only mineral sunscreens I've found that do not leave a white cast.I keep trying to find something cheaper as I'm in UK and PC is expensive here. She just charges US prices with a £ sign in front,but what can we do, if we want it we have to pay and to be honest I love PC sunscreens so much I'd probably pay more(don't tell Paula!!)I recently tried the Avene au thermal mineral in my quest for a sunscreen I could go into Boots in UK and buy. I looked like a ghost! Enough said!Another thing I love about defence and calm , they both contain zinc oxide as well as titanium dioxide. Zinc oxide is an excellent UVA blocker,whereas titaniun dioxide only partly blocks UVA. I always make sure any mineral sunscreen I try has zinc oxide in it,as you probalbly all know the spf of a product only applies to UVB rays. It's vitall to be protected against both .Anyway to sum up. if you're looking for a great mineral, sunscreen,rich in antioxidants,leaves no white cast, no burning eyes, a good moisturiser as well as spf, has no drying alcohols or fragrance, another must for me,look no further,Really I've tried for years and I can't find any better than defence or calm mineral Experiment to see which is best for you, I love them both,

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Treatments (Eye) -Paula's Choice -Resist Anti-Aging Eye Gel

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First got this in the trial size and then full size. It is worth it! I apply this 2 x daily and have seen above all else - a brighter eye area. Upper eyelids especially have always been more sallow looking then the rest of my face (due to all the AHA's and brightening products I use there that can't be used around eye area) however this has worked well at brightening them. I don't often suffer from puffy eyes but on the one occasion I did (last weekend) this did seem to help reduce the puffiness. I don't know if it was the cooling action of the applicator - which I swept over each under-eye area for a few minutes, or the product itself, but it did help.
Also seems to be working well as a primer, none of that piling that happens with other eye products. My only slight gripe is the presence of silicones as in most PC products but despite that not seen any negative reaction. Like nearly all PC products the ingredients listing is mighty impressive and that alone sold it to me more than anything else.

Selena x



~ My HG list ~

(As I've sampled many 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, I thought it might be useful to share my top 10 must-have products, subject to change if and when I come across something more effective. I love constantly trying out new stuff - usually sample sizes via e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora)


1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: 'Nuxe' - Reve De Miel Lip Balm
3. Pigmentation + Anti-Ageing Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Paula's Choice' - Skin Balancing Cleanser
5. Concealer: ‘Mac’ - Studio Finish Concealer
6. Lash Growth Serum: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Divinelash
7. Foundation/SPF: ‘Juice Beauty’ - Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)
8. Face Scrub: ‘Sisley' - Botanical Gentle Buffing Cream
9. Moisturizer: ‘Antipodes' - Rejoice Light Day Cream
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment

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Cleansers -Paula's Choice -DEFENSE Hydrating Gel-to-Cream Cleanser

on 11/10/2018 10:58:00 AM

I have been using this cleanser for one month and a few weeks since end of September. At first it was really nice, cleansed my skin really well, skin was smoother/brighter a bit, not drying etc. However after last week, my skin couldn't handle it anymore. After each wash my skin was feeling dry/tight/dehydrated which made my skin turn red since it was irritated. I had to switch to a gentler cleanser to fix that. I think this work best for people with thick skin/oily skin type/not the sensitive kind. It would work best during the summer time when it's humid. However for winter time/cold weather, I wouldn't recommend, because it is strong. My skin always feels really clean after one wash with this cleanser.

Ingredients: Water, Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate (cleansing agent), Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine (cleansing agent), Sodium Lauroamphoacetate (cleansing agent), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (cleansing/lather agent), Glycerin (skin-replenishing), Sorbeth-230 Tetraoleate (texture enhancer/emulsifier), Decyl Glucoside (cleansing agent), Pentylene Glycol (hydration), Sodium Chloride (stabilizer/texture enhancer), Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate (cleansing agent), Lauric Acid (cleansing agent), Lactic Acid (hydration), Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids (skin-soothing), Sorbitan Laurate (cleansing agent/emulsifier), Coconut Acid (cleansing agent), Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate (cleansing agent), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (hydration), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (skin-replenishing), Cocoyl Proline (hydration), Sodium Citrate (pH adjuster), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (skin-soothing), Sodium PCA (skin-replenishing), Sodium Lactate (hydration), Arginine (amino acid/hydration), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols (antioxidant/hydration), Linoleic Acid (skin-restoring), Phospholipids (skin-restoring), Aspartic Acid, PCA, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine (amino acids/hydration), Potassium Citrate (chelating agent), Lactoperoxidase (hydration), Histidine, Phenylalanine (amino acids/hydration), Glucose Oxidase (hydration), Citric Acid (pH adjuster), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate (preservatives).

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Skincare - Face -Paula's Choice -All Skincare

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The company is now similar to a drugstore brand. It has lost its slightly elevated status.

I recently read on their website on their marketing page that they would always tell the truth even though it would made them unpopular. That couldn't be farther from the truth.

They're unpopular these days because:
*They manipulate reviews - unfavourable reviews don't get published on their new products; they'll wait for 5-star reviews before publishing.
*They criticize other products like The Ordinary Lactic Acid for being one-note but in reality, it has Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, which Paula's team conveniently ignored.
*If I were to follow their standard, many of Paula's Choice products are one-note inlcuding their C25 Booster and Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid, which is basically salicylic acid.
*Paula said she's against facial scrubs but she just came out with a new one.
*Paula was so focused on her salicylic acid that she slammed scrubs in the past but now to expand to a larger market, she's selling it but said she formulated it well.
*This mean that other companies have very poor formulation and the only person on earth who could create decent scrub is Paula Begoun - I've never seen someone so conceited.
*Paula Begeoun is no longer credible because she does not do what she say.

It would have been fine if she comes out all with whatever products she likes but what's not fine are the things that she said in the past like telling people the products they don't need and yet she has them now and wants to earn money from it.

What's not fine is slamming other companies and yet doing the exact same thing.

There should be Real truth in beauty.

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Moisturizers -Paula's Choice -CLEAR Oil-Free Moisturizer

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A letdown from failed promises.

I bought this product because it promised to have light hydration and will never clog pores. In reality, my face would get so oily few hours after using it and I would wake up with clogged pores.

Paula's Choice marketed this product for acne prone skin and yet on their product page, it says that it's for all skin types. There can be no such thing. Most people with acne prone skin have oily skin and the preferred moisturizer would those that are truly light.

They've wanted to cater to a wider range of users that's why they made it more emollient than it should be. They need to have a focus on their products.

The most disturbing thing is that it clogged my pores and worsen my sebaceous hyperplasia. How can this be when Paula's Choice said it wouldn't clog pores? I guess it's just another marketing ploy.

Also, the insignificant amount of antioxidants made this product not much better than a drugstore brand - which a lot of their newer products seem to be like these days.

I wish Makeupalley would monitor reviewers better because many who are either employees of Paula's Choice or followers seem to be marking simple, direct and truthful but low-rated reviews as unhelpful.

I just don't want to see Makeupalley become a place for companies to manipulate their products and Paula's Choice already doing that with their Beautypedia and on their main website.

Many unfavourable reviews don't get publish there especially if it's for a new product like this. They'll wait until they get enough positive reviews before showing it on their product page.

Makeupalley is not a pawn for these companies and us reviewers shouldn't be under their control. Let's provide truthful reviews.

The Real Truth in Beauty is when we're honest.

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Treatments (Face) -Paula's Choice -DEFENSE Antioxidant Pore Purifier

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I am so disappointment that people gave high ratings for a product that they will not repurchase or thought that it didn't work for them or that it was gimmicky.

We should be honest in giving ratings. It seems that these reviewers gave up their power to be slaves to companies for which they will not benefit from unless they're paid.

I will echo many of the negative reviews that this product will not do anything even after prolonged use. All the major ingredients are in tiny amounts.

And if you're already using a BHA treatment, adding some more like with this product will only cause irritation. Many dermatologists don't recommend daily exfoliation, especially strong chemical ones.

Guess who recommends it? People who sell them like Paula's Choice. Paula Begoun is not a dermatologist, she's a business person.

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Moisturizers -Paula's Choice -CLEAR Oil-Free Moisturizer

on 11/7/2018 9:01:00 AM

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Unfortunately the new Paula's Choice CLEAR Oil Free Moisturizer is a pretty bland product. This does provide subtle hydration, which might be enough for those with very oily skin, but isn't hydrating enough for normal-dry skin. This is okay since I like to use lots of layers. This does contain some antioxidants but definitely is not enough for those looking to have a well rounded skincare routine. For what you get with this I think it is a little pricey since this doesn't contain any real actives. If you have oily skin but still want some beneficial or anti-aging ingredients you will most certainly need to use at least a couple more products for a well rounded routine. I guess I am a little confused as to where in people's routine this product really fits, especially since Paula's Choice seems to be releasing a new product every other week. I will use the rest of this product on my neck and decollete since it is decent and fragrance free but I would not repurchase it. My video review can be seen here:



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Treatments (Face) -Paula's Choice -DEFENSE Antioxidant Pore Purifier

on 11/5/2018 10:16:00 AM

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NOTE: Be wary of the one star reviews on this product. I'm suspicious of them because a lot of the people giving one star reviews are brand new to Makeupalley and only have one or two reviews up with one star (one of which is for this product) Just saying. It seems odd. Did they create a Makeupalley account to bash this product? Did they even buy it. It's not even available in some of their countries for crying out loud!

Review: I saw Paula pushing this product on her Instagram page and website and then I saw Wayne Goss do a review on it on his Youtube channel and so I bought it. I like it. It's light and sinks in. I'm surprised about the claims, but one thing about this brand is that I never have to worry about ingredients, or whether or not my skin will be getting what it needs. Since using Paula's Choice my skin went from super dry to just normal. When I finish this serum, however, I will not repurchase. I like her Calm serum a lot better and I like using her Super Oxidant serum at night.

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Moisturizers -Paula's Choice -Moisture Boost Daily Restoring Complex SPF 30

on 11/4/2018 12:00:00 PM

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Grrr, it's back but now PC have stopped delivering to Switzerland and none of the European sites have it because they discontinued it. PC in the USA were unable to help although I practically begged them to let me buy some.

It's back, it's back, it's back! Am beyond pleased Paula's Choice bought this range back. I went through a whole cycle of trying PC samples etc and finally settled on this terrific moisturizer, then a few months later it was discontinued! I managed to buy about 4 tubes on various sites that are just running out now, so was not looking forward to finding a replacement.

Perfect for my normal, verging on dry skin, that doesn't like a heavy moisturizer - I found the Resist line a bit too greasy and the lighter SPF creams weren't moisturizing enough. Sinks in beautifully and you can use a lot to get the full benefit of the SPF with no pilling. Great under makeup too. Am a happy bunny.

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Sunscreen -Paula's Choice -DEFENSE Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 30

on 10/31/2018 9:17:00 PM

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Too oily for my skin which is now leaning to dryish with the weather change to Fall. And has a white cast. Doesn't smell good either. Tried it for a good week's time and couldn't make myself like it. On me it was not glowy; it looked oily. I like the Calm SPFs better.

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Moisturizers -Paula's Choice -CLEAR Oil-Free Moisturizer

on 10/31/2018 12:09:00 AM

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I bought this product after reading some good description on its product page:
*Light hydration
*Niacinamide to minimize pores
*Ceramides to calm redness
*Antioxidants to sooth skin

After using the product, I reached out to customer service to ask some more questions about its anti-aging properties. I can't believe what their customer service told me:
*This is just a basic moisturizer.
*If I want antioxidants, I should get their other lines.
*This product is for teenagers.

What a joke! They promoted their products to contain all these anti-aging ingredients but when you talk to an actual person, they will deny that it'll do more than just a moisturizer. I'm so tired of false marketing.

It seems that I just bought a glorified moisturizer that costs a lot of money. I wished I just bought one from the drugstore and saved some cash or bought one from The Ordinary.

It seems that they have given up on creating quality products. Now, they just produce products to make money and throw in some famous ingredients in tiny amounts that won't do anything but only to lure in buyers.

Also, another important note, Paula Begoun cannot stop talking about the fallacy that mature skin is a skin type and she said it doesn't matter what age you are, all skin products should work the same BUT their customer service said this product is for teenagers.

I'm a teenager, so what? I should only use basic moisturizer? How stupid is this?

It seems some genius at Paula's Choice think they'll have a bigger market share if they promote some of their products to cater to my age bracket. What an insult that teenagers should only use a basic moisturizer.

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Treatments (Eye) -Paula's Choice -Resist Anti-Aging Eye Gel

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The only noticeable benefit of this eye gel is this: After a long day, when my eyes feel droopy from too much computer usage, this wakes them up.
I put it on in the morning under sunscreen and I'm not sure what it does in that sense.
I'll try a different brand eye cream.


Treatments (Face) -Paula's Choice -DEFENSE Antioxidant Pore Purifier

on 10/29/2018 4:23:00 PM

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A poorly developed product that doesn't really do anything.

This serum has a light texture but can feel slightly tacky after application. Aside from the negligible moisture, I haven't noticed any changes on my skin after using it for a while.

Paula's Choice has strayed from its core philosophy of providing quality products and they're now focusing on marketing nonsense such as this serum that is supposed to fight pollution and protection against blue light with salicylic acid.

But aren't all their products with antioxidants supposed to fight pollution? And don't they have a ton of salicylic acid products with higher percentage that can fight blue light better? What then is this serum really supposed to do? NOTHING!

Remember that people decades ago liked Paula because her products come in high concentration of actives but now, to optimize profits, they just have a sprinkling of these actives. Look at the ingredients list - they have 0.5% salicylic acid and the rest of the actives comes after that ingredient. That's how much you're getting.

And it's NOT using the real azelaic acid, it's a derivative. Take note that with their 10% Azelaic Acid, it's already debatable whether it's going to work or not compared to prescription ones; but this serum not only has a derivative form, it also comes in a super tiny amount.

People and company do change with time especially when profit becomes the foremost goal and banking on Paula's name that made sense decades ago, they're creating nonsense products now that just aren't on par with other quality products out there but they charge you with a hefty price.

To the people reading reviews, please use your judgement. There are reviewers who gave very high rating on this product BUT said that it didn't really do anything or that they won't be buying them again. Many reviewers have their own agenda when writing a feedback and many are blinded by the hope that the company and founder that they like a long time ago still exists in the present day.

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Moisturizers -Paula's Choice -CLEAR Oil-Free Moisturizer

on 10/25/2018 8:25:00 PM

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Edit 10/29/18 Nope, there is some ingredient(s) that causes itchy rash-like breakouts, for me usually one of the botanicals. I miss the original PC formulas so much and have had very little luck with anything in past 10 years or so (but can use 1% Retinol Booster, 4%BHA and eye gel ok). This is Paula's Choice newest moisturizer, just released in October 2018. I bought 2 sample sizes to test and have used for 1 night - so far so good! It does leave my skin smooth and hydrated feeling and with no immediate irritation but I don't know how dry skinned people would like it? It has ingredients to not only moisturize oily skin but to calm and reduce redness and that's really why I am giving it a chance (other "calming" products never work well for me at all). At $29 for 2 oz it's not a terrible price so hopefully it will continue to work out well!


Shampoo -Paula's Choice -All Over Hair & Body Shampoo

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Quite surprised by this. Despite the SLS and ALS ingredients I didn't find this harsh or stripping on hair, scalp or body. As a shampoo I only need to use once, no rinse and repeat needed unless I've used a scalp oil/s in which case two uses is sufficient. No dryness or lank hair so to speak. My scalp tolerates it well without becoming irritated, and as a body wash it washes adequately - well enough for someone like me who lives in a year-round warm and humid climate. If you're prone to sweating a lot this might not be strong enough, bear in mind.
One criticism I have is the packaging. It would be much better suited to a pump dispenser packaging for ease of use. Trying to pry open the flip cap is no fun when you have long nails!
As with all PC products I love that you can get this in sample sizes too. I often purchase these alongside the full size just to take with me on travels instead of carrying the heavy full size bottle around in my luggage.


Selena x


~ My HG list ~

(As I've sampled many 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, I thought it might be useful to share my top 10 must-have products, subject to change if and when I come across something more effective. I love constantly trying out new stuff - usually sample sizes via e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora)


1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: 'Nuxe' - Reve De Miel Lip Balm
3. Pigmentation + Anti-Ageing Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Paula's Choice' - Skin Balancing Cleanser
5. Concealer: ‘Mac’ - Studio Finish Concealer
6. Lash Growth Serum: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Divinelash
7. Foundation/SPF: ‘Juice Beauty’ - Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)
8. Face Scrub: ‘Sisley' - Botanical Gentle Buffing Cream
9. Moisturizer: ‘Antipodes' - Rejoice Light Day Cream
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment

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