Product Reviews by HWL

Treatments (Face) - Garden of Wisdom - 8% Azelaic Serum (US)

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Nov/25/2018

I really like this new serum. I tried the ordinary one and hated the texture. This is thin white lotion. Sometimes separates. I use it thin in the mornings, and sometimes a bit more on nose and melasma. I use PC BHA 2% gel at night, as that exfoliates better. Just Azelaic helped redness over time but I had all this gunk underneath. I don't breakout but I get red from clogs and have melasma …Read more

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Toners - Etude House - SoonJung pH 5.5 Relief Toner

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Aug/07/2018

I have dry eczema prone skin and just I love this toner. I am on my second bottle. I got the extra large size as really like layer it and mist it. It feels and looks just like water. I was thought at first that it's not very hydrating and what is the point and then I realized how soothing it was. It has madecassoside and is great for redness, irritation and itchy skin. . It's so …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - Unlisted Brand - Holy Snails Shark Sauce

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Jul/09/2018

I have always liked this. I sometimes use Stratia Rewind though as it cheaper and I can use more. But this has elegance. I wanted to draw attention to the Sauce du Mois mothly versions that are a few dollars more. So $33 vis $28. I have the Honey Shark Sauce with manuka honey, propolis and royal jelly added to the regular formula. Shark sauce has niacinamide and licorice and N-Acetylglucosamine …Read more

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Toners - HADA LABO - Shirojyun Premium lotion

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fromHWL

Jul/09/2018

This a review of the Milk version. I will eventually replace it with the lotion and update this or move this. This quite new and I feel it's reasonable to but the reviews under the same heading.. This has Vit C (MAP) and tranexamic acid and vit E. Tranexamic acid has been compared to hydraquinone but with none of the irritation and problems. There is no irritation with it. It's just …Read more

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Primer/ Corrector - Deciem - The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer

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Feb/05/2018

I love this. I am dry and thought the speadability wouild work better, but I hated it. I like a dewy look and wear BB creams or dewy foundations. I wear sunscreens that can be greasy, as sunscreens for dry skin often are. My problem is getting base makeup to stay over put them and taking down the grease. I still want to look dewy. After 60, I don't think matte base looks good on me. …Read more

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Primer/ Corrector - Deciem - The Ordinary High Spreadability Fluid Primer

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fromHWL

Feb/05/2018

The price is great. I hate the bottle but transferred it to a pump bottle. I am dry and this should work and it doesn't. The one that I hate is that nothing spreads. Eventually an hour later my foundation might melded with it, and sort of stayed put. It's harder to get my makeup on with this. I tried it with fingers and with a beauty blender. I am not really a brush girl. I noramlly …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - Unlisted Brand - Stratia Rewind

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Jun/12/2017

I love this. I can not use vitamin C, but I do love niacinamide. When combined with licorice it really brightens skin and fades dark spots. I have seen real brightening snice I started. I was using Shark Sauce , which I also like very much, and has similar ingredinets. . This is less elegant but costs a good deal less. It feels like a light dry oil. It still goes in easily. It also has DMAE …Read more

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Moisturizers - Unlisted Brand - Stratia LIQUID GOLD

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fromHWL

Jun/12/2017

I love this. I don't use it as a sole moiturizer though. .It's more of a creamy whipped oil/ceramide treatment. Ceramides are lipids and a key part of the moisture barrier. The smooth the skin and keep water in. We lose lipids with age and you can damage your moisture barrier with over exfolliation. When your moisture barrier is damaged you get dehydrated. I have exzema prone …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - Paula's Choice - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Gel Exfoliant

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fromHWL

Jun/02/2017

Not a huge PC fan, but this is a great BHA. I used to use the 1% (they don't make it any more) and that is how I got started. I have dry skin. The liquid was just too drying for me and the lotion felt irritating. This sits on the skin and therefore feels less drying but it works. Really cleans my pores. Not torture to let it sink in. I follow with lots of moisture. I use it for SF and …Read more

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Lotions/ Creams - NIVEA - Creme

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fromHWL

Mar/26/2017

Get the German version (available on Amazon). It has paraffin instead of mineral oil and petroleum. This means it's less geasy. It's a very thick soothing cream but goes in quickly. I don't know of anything more moisturizing. I have tried a lot of dry skin products. The texture is a bit like cream cheese. It spreads well and goes in quickly It does have a strong grandmother …Read more

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