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A couple of times a year there is a closet clean-out at the laydeez magazine where I work (all the time!) We get send an insane amount of shit from companies who all want us to write about them. I consider this one of the main perks of my job. Last week there was a cosmetics sale, and as I was surveying my hoard I thought it might be a good idea to share what I've learned from several years of being able to try out all this crap.

I have sensitive, combination skin: it is very dry, except around the nose, where it's greasy as all get out. I'm also middle aged. I go for products that are hypo-allergenic (scent is very important here), for dry skin (I just avoid putting stuff on my nose), gentle cleansing, and anti wrinkle or plumping.

The most important thing I learned is that the price or brand name does not say a single thing about the effectivity of any given product.

This is my my dressing table, these are all brands I have a lot of experience with:

1. This is Bath and Body body lotion with lavender and vanilla scent. It smells divine but it's a bit thin for every day use, so I only use it occasionally in summer. I now have the shower gel from this line, and LOVE it.

2. Dr Hauschka body lotion. Their products smell great and don't make me break out. Their facial products don't do very much else, but body lotion is something I use a lot.

3. La Roche-Posay is a hypo-allergenic brand that is sold only at apothecaries over here. This is good stuff for moisturising. Their anti-ageing stuff doesn't do squat.

4. Vichy is another brand that is sold as hypo-allergenic and only available at apothecaries, but it's heavily perfumed and makes me break out. This is body lotion, that won't be a problem, and since winter is coming I can use all the body-lotion I can lay my hands on. I do not get anything else from them (On edit: Not true. They have a cleanser that works like a charm to get make-up off, but looks and feels like water. I'd get that of I saw it at work again). They belong to L'Oreal.

5. Marbert anti-ageing Super Booster. Does not make me break out, I use it under a moisturiser, it helps plump my skin.

6. Givenchy skin targetters. It's a pore minimiser. Meh.

7. Ren restoring facial serum. This is sold as a high end, hypo-allergenic, green brand, but it breaks me out liek whoa.

8. Lancaster Suractif non stop lifting mask. I use this very rich cream mask as night cream in winter. It's heavily perfumed but does not make me break out, and works well.

9 and 10. Sothys. Both are pore minimisers. I put a little over moisturiser and it makes my skin look even and glowy. I like them a lot. Sothys also makes a "sculpting" body serum that is very nice as a body lotion in summer. You can't really buy this in stores, only at beauticians.

11. Ariane Inden primer. I use this the same way as the above, over moisturiser to make my skin look even. This brand has an anti-ageing serum that I like a lot (comes in capsules, oooh).

12. Dermalogica Ultracalming face serum. I actually bought this in a store once the tub I got from work ran out. It's my summer moisturiser.

13. Biodermal. This is an anti-scar cream which I use for the spots where some moles were removed a couple of months ago. The brand is generally good, great for moisturising and properly hypo-allergenic.

14. Roc anti wrinkle. I use it under my moisturiser and it works a bit. I'm a BIG fan of Roc in general. Is a Johnson & Johnson company.

15. Lush Celestial moisturiser. This is the stuff of the gods. I buy this in the store all the time. When my skin is being difficult I just use this for a while and all is well. Be warned: it smells like vanilla.

16. Biotherm skin energetic. Okay but can be a bit much. I use it occasionally because my skin gets overfed if I use it too much. And then I break out. Owned by L'Oreal.

17. Sisley Express Flower gel mask. I'm a huge fan of Sisley when I can get it at work, their store prices are not worth it. I use this as a night cream. It's very nice. Their products do work.

18 Shiseido Benefiance wrinkle lifting concentrate. Another brand sold as hypo-allergenic but is not. I can use it if my skin is good shape otherwise. It works somewhat.

19. Anna Sui Dreams perfume. I buy Anna Sui stuff because the packaging is awesome :)

Other brands I'm always pleasantly surprised about are Bodyshop, L'Occitane, and Kiehls. They have good stuff that can really work. I have bad experiences with Clinique, Clarins and Philosophy.

Date: 2011-10-29 03:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm really tempted to try the Lancaster and the Lush moisturiser. I'm really bad and don't moisturise regularly, but I'm in my thirties and my skin's getting drier, really should be using some moisturiser with the consistency of butter. O_o

Date: 2011-10-29 03:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Lol, the Lancaster stuff is a lot like butter :) It's supposed to be put on your skin thickly, left for 10 minutes and then removed, but in the dead of winter I just put a thin layer on my face and go to sleep with it ;p

I do believe that your skin gets used to getting moisturised, so if you don't do it much it might be better to just get a tub from Lush and use it if your skin feels dry. You can't go wrong with Celestial :)

Date: 2011-10-29 04:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Maybe you're right! Although I do need to do something about my skincare regime. My skin isn't very clear at the moment and I think I could do with cleansing and moisturing properly. And eating more fruit?

Date: 2011-10-29 04:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Eating more fruit/veggies, drinking water, all good for the skin. There is a genetic component, of course. I got some food supplements with collagen last week, I'm very curious to see if they do anything ;p

Date: 2011-10-29 04:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If you pop into your local Lush they will make you up a sample of it to try before you buy.

Date: 2011-10-29 04:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I just might!

Date: 2011-10-30 02:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ooh, I like product reviews. I went to a Lush store recently and it was sort of overwhelming but I always hear great things. I've also been thinking about makeup if I ever start working again. I am like... a complete dunce when it comes to what's good and what isn't. xD

Date: 2011-10-30 08:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You can smell Lush stores from a block away. It can be a bit much, but despite the smell their products are very mild.

I don't really do make-up, I feel incredibly dolled up if I wear mascara ;p

Date: 2011-10-30 06:47 am (UTC)
enemytosleep: Space man (Default)
From: [personal profile] enemytosleep
Do you use #11 for dark circles (or have an recs for something you would use)?

Date: 2011-10-31 09:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
11 is more a reflective sheen, that makes your skin look even but doesn't do any colouring. For camouflaging dark circles I use Touche Eclact (I don't have the original YSL one, mine is from Clarins and called Instant Light).

Date: 2011-10-31 10:39 pm (UTC)
enemytosleep: Space man (Default)
From: [personal profile] enemytosleep
*stores name for later* Thanks!

Date: 2011-10-31 09:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
OO this will be good for when I decide to get some face cream :D


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