Product Reviews by keepitreal

Treatments (Face) - Paula's Choice - CLEAR Regular Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide

5.0
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Oct/08/2015

This has been very effective for me as a spot treatment on the inflamed zits I get from time to time. It will usually take them down by 80% after 2 applications whereas if I did nothing it would take days to see any kind of change. Also works to prevent full blown cysts from forming if I catch them early enough. I have sensitive skin and cannot use it all over...tried that once during a …Read more

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Sunscreen - EltaMD - UV Daily Facial Broad Spectrum SPF 40

5.0
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Apr/15/2015

I had some sample packets of this laying around and decided to give it a shot now that summer is coming and I will be starting a retinoid soon. I also have a mild sun allergy and burn very easily, so sun avoidance is pretty much my middle name.

I was really expecting this to be quite greasy judging by the ingredient list, but am glad to say that I was fooled. This is probably the …
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Loose Powders - Silk Naturals - Oil Control Blur - Untinted

4.0
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Apr/13/2015

I'm torn on whether I would buy this again, but it does seem to perform better than most other powders I've used. I have extremely oily, sensitive skin and this does appear to extend the amount of time before I need to blot. I'm very fair and it leaves no cast, but I only use a tiny amount to cover my entire face. I mainly rely on a true mattifying product (Bioderma Sebium Pore …Read more

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Moisturizers - No Brand (DIY or homemade) - Argan Oil

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Apr/12/2015

I purchased a sample of Argan oil from Garden of Wisdom. I have sensitive, oily/sometimes dehydrated skin that is prone to closed comedones. In the past I've had luck with multiple oils, my favorite being Passionfruit AKA Maracuja. Unfortunately Argan turned out to be a major no-go for me. First impression was that it felt calming, but a bit too greasy as it did not sink in as well as …Read more

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Moisturizers - Sebamed - Clear Face Care Gel

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Apr/09/2015

The good: did not cause irritation or breakouts/closed comedones.

The bad: did not completely sink in, felt filmy, did not moisturize yet made me oilier (probably the glycerin), a little overpriced.

Back to my trusty Clinique DDMG I go.

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Treatments (Face) - Paula's Choice - RESIST C15 Super Booster

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Apr/09/2015

This gave me one of the worst contact dermatitis reactions of my life. What's worse is I have no idea what the offender was, but I'm guessing either the Ascorbic or Ferulic acid as I had never used them before. I can use SAP and MAP without issue, so I suppose I will be sticking with them from now on.

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Treatments (Face) - Paula's Choice - RESIST Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA

4.0
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Apr/08/2015

This is pretty similar in texture to the Clear Regular Strength liquid, but has additional antioxidant ingredients. I hate the texture of her other BHA products, so I suppose this and the Clear are my winners. I mainly use BHA as a preventive measure as my main issue is closed comedones. It has not been effective by itself in clearing any existing clogs, but I wouldn't expect it to be. I …Read more

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Primer/ Corrector - BECCA - Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector

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Apr/08/2015

I've had the same tube of this stuff for about a year and there's a good reason behind that: it does absolutely nothing for me. It makes my skin feel somewhat tight for the first five minutes after application, but it does not mattify or control oil whatsoever. I've had MUCH better luck with Bioderma's Pore Refiner in all aspects. Glad that some people like this, but it was …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - Paula's Choice - Skin Perfecting 8% AHA (Glycolic Acid) Gel Exfoliator

5.0
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Mar/26/2015

I've been using this off and on for a few years now. I have very sensitive skin and cannot tolerate any of the higher % products on the market. These days I only use it once or twice a month in order to smooth things out as I can't tolerate physical scrubs. HG AHA for me since it gets the job done, I like the texture, and it contains none of my acne/irritation triggers.

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