bareMinerals Matte Foundation Review

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Pros:

Fantastic coverage

Cons:

When you apply it with a brush you can get some residue on your clothes and surrounding (not good when you are wearing black.)

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I have always been sceptic to loose powder and foundation, thinking that if something is “loose” – it can easily disappear aka won‘t stay on for too long. But this powder has really been revolutionising for my oily, acne prone skin – this foundation covers up great – I have tried a shitton of foundations in my life time and this one is the only one which has covered up my pimples well, and stays on for long (not gone with the wind as I first thought). It is so easy to apply this foundation – its not sticky, its hygienic since one is using a brush. And it gets absorbed very easily. Not all stuff from bareMinerals is magic, read this review.

Overall:starstarstarstarstar

Value for money: starstarstarstarstar

Does what it promises: starstarstarstarstar

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Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup Review

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Pros:

The package lasts for loooong.

Cons:

Is‘t absorbed on naturally oily skin.

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I‘m the beauty fairy with the problem oily acne prone skin (read some of my previous reviews here and here – describing my journey looking for the best make-up for my pain in the a… skin). This foundation is supposed to be oil controlling and absorb shine, saying that is “wears beautifully all day”.  First and foremost it is not light-weighted (as promised) – but rather thick in its texture. Secondary it is not absorbed but rather travels my face on top of my natural oil – those of you who have oily skin you get this – for the rest of you lucky people: my make-up is moved around because this foundation does not absorb the oil at all. Thirdly if you use a powder on top of this foundation you look like horrible like the most unnatural one can look with make-up on ever. Not recommended unless its Halloween. This foundation together with the anti-blemish solutions make-up – are the two products Clinique make for problem prone skin – and honestly none of these two are good in my opinion. But I prefer the anti-blemish foundation to this one since it feels lighter on my skin and doesn‘t move around my face as much during the day.

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Clinique Foundation Anti-Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup Review

Pros:

A bottle lasts me for 7 months.

Cons:

Does not reduce outbreaks or blemishes at all.

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This foundation is a part of the Clinique series for us poor people suffering from pimples and oily skin. The foundation not only promises to cover all that sh…t up but also controls oily skin and treats blemishes. It should also help prevents future break-outs (its basically a make-up version of your mum which tells you to stop eating unhealthy and get some sleep and tadaaaa the outbreaks are gone and you are the prom queen). My verdict: the foundation is pretty heavy, which doesn‘t really give a natural look. Especially since I use a powder on top, which basically gives my skin a grey color when I‘m done caused by this heavy make-up overdose. It covers up my pimples though. I have unfortunately been using it for a few years (its an abusive relationship, I can‘t see the point and I can‘t get out), and it has not at all prevented any outbreaks or diminished my blemishing tendencies. A bottle lasts about 7 months, and I use it daily. Reading my own review I realise it is time to move on.

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bareMinerals Touch Up Veil Finishing Powder Review

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Pros:

The package is nice and has a big mirror.

Cons:

It is like applying dust to my face.

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After the hysteria surrounding the fantastic foundation from bareMinerals, I got curious. Being provided a discount from my local beauty supplier, I dashed for the powder, full of hope. So what happened? I got robbed and tricked, and now I‘m sad.

I really don‘t know where to begin: first and foremost, the sponge that comes with it is useless, a brush really does‘t work either – cause when yo apply It, it really feels like you are applying dust to your face. I almost started coughing when I first used it. It seriously feels like applying dramatic 1800th century white make-up in your face.  Everything you wear after applying this powder has to go to the washing machine straight away- since it too, looks all dusty afterwards..Most importantly: it really dries it my skin, which normally is super oily. I even got small dry cracks on my skin after I started using this powder (being very greedy and poor I didn‘t stop after I saw the poor effect but kept putting my skin through this). Also it doesn‘t look natural on at all.

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Review of Vichy Dermablend Total Body Corrective Foundation

Pros:

Really covers up well and still manages to look natural.

Cons:

Slightly drying and patchy.

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This is a thick highly pigmented foundation for body and face. Having suffered from acne which has left its scars, I found this foundation a true life-saver. Buying a nice top, which showed my cleavage and then breaking out on the day of the party where I planned on wearing it, but being able to still wear it since the foundation works so well – was a great confidence booster.

The foundation is fairly natural looking, though being very thick and can be used on both body and face. The price is reasonable and it covers up everything, from pimples, to eczema and varicose veins.  It is very long lasting, and only smudges when you sweat. Overall I truly love this foundation, since it really helped me out when I wanted to cover some of my teenage past up. Since this is a critical blog, I will of course list its minuses: it is slightly drying, exists in few shades, and due to its thickness it can be patchy. Also, if you are very fair skinned, even the “lightest” of the shades available can look orange on you. So please dear Vichy, make more shades so that more girls can dare wearing clothes without feeling self-conscious about skin irregularities ! I really believe that we should all embrace out inner beauty but having been through some acne hell of my own, I really appreciate that there is make-up out there which can help one to feel more confident.

Overall: starstarstarstarstar

Value for money: starstarstarstarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarstarstar

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Murad: Exfoliating Blemish Treatment Gel

 

Pros:

Reduces blemishes dramatically

Cons:

Does not work on severe acne. Can be “harsh” on your skin.

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The Murad Blemish Control series is “clinically proven to rapidly clear breakouts and restore smooth skin without dryness or irritation.” (Source: Murad). The Exfoliating Blemish Treatment Gel is “step two” in Murad’s series of four products that consist of a Clarifying Cleanser (check out the  review of the Clarifying Wipes), the Exfoliating Blemish Treatment Gel, the Blemish Spot Treatment and the Skin Perfecting Lotion.

I don’t suffer from acne or breakout often so I don’t use all four products listed above, but I do get a pimple once in a while. When I do, I am ready for it with this gel. I simply apply it to the pimple before bedtime and the next day the pimple is remarkably reduced. The gel lasts for ages when used that way and I know that I have a way to fight pimples when they pop up from nowhere.

I have heard that the four step system is great if you suffer from blemishes and outbreaks on a more regular basis, but I have not tried it myself. If you have severe acne, this Murad treatment will probably not work, as you need something that can really kill the Acne bacterias (and not only on the outside). However, it might help reduce it a little.

My skin is very sensitive and my cosmetologist told me not to use this Blemish Treatment Gel on my entire face, but only on outbreaks as it can be very harsh on sensitive skin.

Overall, the Mural Exfoliating Blemish Treatment Gel is great for reducing blemishes when they appear once in a while, and I can also recommend it if you have blemish-prone skin and suffer from outbreaks regularly. However, for treating severe acne you should probably go to a professional Dermatologist (and not just a cosmetologist) to make sure you’re getting the right guidance and throwing your money after the right treatment for you.

 

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Is Dermaroller Really a Miracle Maker? (Part 1)

For the past months I have been looking into the Dermaroller treatment. I have some scars and red spots on my cheeks that I would like to get rid of once and for all. I have researched for a long time on the best and least damaging treatments, and I came across the Dermaroller treatment.

My stupid scars

The scars and red spots on my cheeks has been annoying me since I got them (from a sudden, bad acne outbreak when I was around 20). Even though the scars I have are not that big and noticeable with makeup on, they’re still there. And I’m very conscious about them. Fx. I mostly have my hair down (and not so much in pony tail or bun) to cover the scars and red dots on my cheeks. I would just love if I could make them go away without any treatments that might cause scars (like laser). If this treatment lives up to its promises, it would help me minimise – or perhaps even get rid of – these scars.

Dermaroller results

Dermaroller is supposed to be good for treating acne, minimising scars, pores, sun damages (pigmentation), wrinkles and in general rejuvenating skin.

There’s both a Dermaroller home kit and a clinical treatment. Both are expensive, but if they really provide the results that they claim, I would way it’s worth it.

Here’s some of the results (before/after pics) that I found online:

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How does the Dermaroller work?

The Dermaroller is like a small fakir roll: It has a lot of small needles that you roll over your skin. The needles make thousands of very small wholes that cause a degradation of your skin, which then actives re-generation of new skin, that in the end result in rejuvenated skin (source). In short you “damage”/irritate your skin by making a lot of small wholes with the needles on the Dermaroller. This will stimulate your skin and make it heal and re-generate new skin: “The skin is lightly punctured creating a “perceived” injury, and the body responds by producing new skin cells to heal the surface.” (Read more about the science behind the Dermaroller here)

I’m always sceptical/critical to what I read online, and I’m a firm believer in scientific research (I have an academic background after all) and testing things out myself before I’m convinced. 

Therefore, I’m going to give the Dermaroller treatment a try and tell you guys my experience. 100% honesty.

Which type of Dermaroller should I use?

It seems that there’s a lot of different Dermarollers out there, from cheap ones on Amazon to really expensive ones. When it comes to making thousands of wholes in my skin whit small needles, I don’t want to take any chances. Therefore, I did my research before even thinking about fakir-rolling on my face: I’ve googled around, browsed 30+ websites, asked dermatologists and doctors, and stopped by a couple of treatment clinics, where they offer scar-treatments, to ask for their advice.

My conclusion is that I want to use the Dermaroller 8 with Serum 8. The majority of beauty clinics in Denmark offer the Dermaroller 8 treatment, and the company seems very professional. The skin will need a lot of hydration after the treatment and the Serum 8 seems to provide a lot of benefits, while hydrating and helping the skin to regenerate itself.

This is what you get with the Dermaroller 8 home kit:

It comes in a nice looking box that also includes a small black travel bag, so that you can take the kit with you when needed.

I’m going to try the Dermaroller Serum8 homekit and have clinical Dermaroller treatments done because some of my scars are deep and will not go away by using the homekit only. The treatment will take several months. I will use the Dermaroller Serum8 home kit several times a week and then “supply” with clinical treatment to get the best results.

 

In the next post I will describe my first encounter with the Dermaroller and post my before pictures (this will take some courage)…

 

Sources:

http://www.serum8.com/the-method.html

http://plasticsurgery.about.com/b/2010/01/26/is-micro-needling-too-good-to-be-true.htm

http://www.carolinebjerring.dk/brands/dermaroller-8

http://www.realself.com/derma-rollers-microneedling

http://www.globalcaremarket.com/us/product-wiki-faq-pages/what-is-microneedle-derma-roller-therapy-system/

http://dermarollerguide.net/

 

Murad Clarifying Wipes for blemish-prone skin Review

 

Pros:

Easy peasy to use

Cons:

Avoid eye-contact = Does not remove eye makeup.

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I got these Murad clarifying wipes, but they were packaged separately (and not in one package as on picture above). The separate packaging makes them perfect for travelling! It should be possible to buy them that way – it’s SO freaking nice.

The wipe removes my makeup (except eyes, see below) and leaves my skin with a fresh feeling without drying it out. The freshness feels somewhat like when adding Mentholatum (the lip balm) – or at least that’s the closest I get to describing it. The feeling is very fresh, clean, and like the blemishes are on their way out of there. On the other hand, it’s a tiny bit too much – The freshness.

I only used these wipes when travelling, hence, not enough to conclude whether it will “regulate excess sebum production” or “reduce shine and refresh oily skin”.

When it comes to the eye makeup removal, i.e. removal of mascara, the packaging tells you to “Avoid contact with eyes” . I can’t really use that for anything – the wipes should, no, correct that, NEED to be for EVERYTHING, including eyes. I was a crime rider and used them for removing mascara anyways – I had no other choice in the hotel room. My eyes felt very fresh and stung a little, but nothing mayor. I would do it again without hesitation.

Overall: starstarstarstarnostar

Value for money: starstarstarnostarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarnostarnostar

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Garnier Pure Active Make-up Remover Gel Review

 

Pros:

Doesn’t contain perfume. Removes long lasting make-up.

Cons:

Totally dries out my skin. I’ve never experienced anything like this. Can’t be good for the skin!

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I’ve had my trouble with oily skin and imperfections. When you’re at that phase of life (read: teenager) where your face is invaded by several huge, red zits that take over your normal appearance, you’ll do anything – seriously ANYTHING – to get rid of the red craters in your face. Therefore, I’ve tried my share of anti acne/oily skin/imperfections products. I have used tons of money to find the product that would magically cure the breakouts and make my skin even in colour and surface.

I’m now in my twenties and past those years (thank God), but I still experience some breakouts from time to time. When I stumbled upon Garnier’s Pure Active, I thought: Why not try it out?
The section: “Is Garnier Pure Active Purifying Make Up Remover Gel right for me?” confirmed that this product would be OK for my skin even though my skin also has other “characteristics”.
I decided that I would use it for cleansing skin when I experienced breakouts now and then.

The Purifying Make-Up Remover Gel claims to be a “2 in 1” because it both removes make-up and cleanses. It claims to:

  • Rinse in depth
  • Target imperfections
  • Effectively unclog pores
  • Helps to clear shine and impurities
  • Helps protect against the appearance of imperfections
  • Remove all traces of make-up, even waterproof

Now, to the conclusions:
The Garnier Pure Active make-up remover gel dried out my skin like nothing before. My face felt stiff and totally stripped from healthy natural oils. I rushed to my most moisturising facial cream to restore the balance, and I threw the product away immediately. I’ve never tried anything like that. Without being a dermatologist, but having researched the topic, I don’t believe that this remover gel is good for anyone – even if your skin is very oily and filled with imperfections. I’m sure that there’s some products out there that will help regulate the skin and minimise imperfections, but this is not it.

Yes it’s cheap, and yes it removes make-up, but that’s about it.

I DO NOT recommend this product to anyone!

 

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