Tuesday, August 27, 2013

QV Gentle Cleanser


QV Gentle Cleanser

Price:13.29$ 250 ml bottle , 500ml pump pack
from Priceline, Chemist warehouse and selected Pharmacies.
qv face cleanser                                                     
QV is an Australian brand which produce skin care for sensitive skin. According to the QV website
 
"Added moisturisers, help to protect your skin against drying effects of cleansing or moisture loss during cleansing, while vitamin E provides antioxidant benefits. Maintains skins protective properties and does not strip away natural oils like soap can. pH-balanced, low-irritant formulation, free from fragrance, colour, lanolin and propylene glycol"
 
As I have dry sensitive skin and QV skin care are best for sensitive skin type, so I give it a try. The packing of 250ml cleanser is very nice, continent and travel friendly. The cleanser has opaque white creamy texture and it is fragrance free. A small amount is enough for entire face. It does not leather too much because it is a cream cleanser not foaming cleanser. It did it job very well. It cleaned my face with leaving it dry and dehydrated. It did not strip my skin, I felt soft and well hydrated skin after cleansing. I used it daily and enjoy having soft skin. It really delivers all that benefits which it claims. It did not remove my make up, but it also does not claim to do this. As cleansers, does not suppose to remove make up, there are make up removers for this purpose. Overall This is very good Cleanser, I used it on my 2 year old daughter and results were the same. She also has soft well hydrated skin after using it.  It is best suitable for normal to dry sensitive skin. I will not recommend it for oily skin as it can not help to control oil and shine . I am very satisfy with this cleanser. It contain sulphate, so it can not be listed as Sulphate free.  Here is the list of ingredients.
 
Aqua (water), petrolatum (soft white paraffin), sodium laureth sulfate, carthamus tinctorius (safflower oil), glycerin, lauryl betaine, xanthan gum, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, tocopherol, methylparaben, propylparaben, sodium polyacrylate, citric acid

My rating: 5/5
Purchased: Yes, from Chemist Warehouse for 10$
Will buy it again: Yes

Monday, August 19, 2013

Pure Therapy Daily Restore Face Moist 80ml

Pure Therapy Daily Restore Face Moist 80ml
Price: $16.95 online and selected stores





According to the pure therapy website
"Soothe and calm dry sensitive skin and skin prone to Eczema, Psoriasis and Contact Dermatitis with Pure Therapy Daily Restore Face Moist. Clinically proven to provide 24 hour moisture, this ingredient rich facial moisturiser feels beautiful on the skin, helping to ease irritated skin with technology unique to the Pure Therapy range."

I have a dry sensitive skin with occasional eczema flare up especially in winter. When I come through this moisturiser I really feel excited to try it. I bought it from Priceline only for 5$, yes, its a steal. This moisturiser has very good packing, it comes in a 80ml tube which is also convenient for travel. The Opaque tube keep the moisturiser safe from air, light and germs. It is almost fragrance free and has rich creamy texture. It has light oatmeal like smell(similar to Aveeno daily moisturising lotion). A very small amount is needed to moisturise face and neck, so this tube will long for last. I use it regularly in the morning and at night after washing my face. This moisturiser did wonder on my skin, I am really very impress with the result. After using only for 3 days, I felt  that it increased moisture level of my skin. My eczema was settled and my skin was soft and well hydrated. After few days of use, I switched back to my normal moisturiser as my skin was much better than before.  Now use it as night cream.

I was impressed with the result so I looked at its ingredients list. I have found that it has all the ingredient which are essential for moisturiser or anti aging cream according to Puala Begoun. (I am a big fan of her and spend so many time on her website). She says that moisturiser should contain a mix of antioxidants, skin-repairing, and cell-communicating ingredients. Pure therapy moisturiser is a mixture of  antioxidants, skin-repairing, and cell-communicating ingredients. It does not have any irritant and fragrance. It does have a ingredient Isostearyl isostearate which has potential to clog pores and it is second or third on the Ingredient list. But I didn't feel any pore clogging effects on my skin.

You might like this moisturiser if you have dry, mature, normal or sensitive skin prone to eczema or dermatitis and you are living in cool climate. You might not like it if you have oily skin prone to breakouts and you are living in hot climate. I will recommend it for every one having dry, normal sensitive skin prone to Eczema, Psoriasis and Contact Dermatitis. You can also use it as night cream because it has a lot of anti aging ingredients. It has ceramide, hyaluronic acid, vitamin B and anti oxidants.

Note: This product is no more available at Priceline as they discontinue stocking it. It is so sad to know that such a good brands are disappearing from Priceline while some bad quality products with sleek packing are still stocked there.

My rating: 5/5
Purchased: Yes
Will buy it again: Yes


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Australis Crème Colour

Australis Crème Colour

Price: 9.95 from Priceline, Kmart, big W,Target 
  
 Australis is an Australian cosmetic company. Ausralis crème colour is a cream blush. Acording to Australis
 "Soft crème colour for cheeks and lips creates a sheer, glossy finish for a subtle, candlelit glow. The rejuvenating and refreshing formula reduces dehydration and signs of fatigue"
  
As I have dry skin , I thought this would be the perfect blush for me. I bought it in Flirtatious Pink. The packing of the blush is strong round pot. I used finger to apply it because I think using brush will be a bit messy. The colour pay of  the blush was good. It has creamy oily texture with a very little amount of shimmer. This shade was fresh pink but I did not like its smell. It was strong lavender smell which is quite overpowering. I can smell it even after few minutes of application. On my pale complexion this blush looked so unnatural and give me clown like look.
The upper one is heavy swatch, second is heavy swatch after blending while last one is light swatch. It does not stay very long on my checks. 
Overall the products dose not work for my skin colour although it looks very beautiful in pot. I think it  is more suitable for fairer whitish skin girls.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Almay Truly Lasting Colour Foundation spf15

Almay Truly Lasting Colour Foundation spf15

Price: 31.95$ from Priceline


 


Almay is an American cosmetic company.According to their websit

"Tlc truly lasting color makeup with SPF 15 delivers up to 16 hours of flawless coverage that won't rub off - even in heat and humidity. Plus, it nourishes your skin with antioxidant green tea to protect, vitamin E to help smooth, and lemon extract to brighten...for all day, natural radiance. Now, that's tlc.
Hypoallergenic. Dermatologist tested."







After application, it looked so natural on my skin tone

 After some time it oxidized on my skin. You can see the colour changed on the right side of my hand. It is not so visible in photos but actually it is so prominent in real life
 
I have red so many good reviews about this foundation. Beautypedia also rate it as one of the best foundation. So I decided to try it because I really need a good foundation in hot summers of Australia. The shades of the foundation is limited, only 6 shades are available in Australia (do not know about USA) . I bought it in a Sand after the consultation of Priceline beauty consultant. Sand is the darkest shade, so girls with Pakistani or Indian skin tone can not find their match in this foundation. Almay Tlc foundation comes in a 30ml glass bottle with pump. The packing is easy to use, travel friendly but a little bit heavy due to strong glass bottle. It can not be break easily which is an other positive for the packing. The foundation is almost fragrance free and It has thick silky texture not runny.  A small amount is enough for entire face, I applied it with my finger but I noticed that it dried out so quickly so a little problematic to apply. This foundation gave me fresh, silky and flawless skin. It hided all the imperfections and I did not need to use concealer before it ( usually I do not need use concealer because luckily I do not have too much blemishes). It does not look chalky and un natural. I felt that this foundation offer medium to full coverage. Unfortunately, this foundation did oxidize on my face and It changed its colour after some time. The colour sand was perfect for my complexion but after oxidization it look too dark on my face. As the concept of beauty in Pakistan is quite different from Australia. Pakistani ladies want to have fair complexion while Australians love tan. This foundation made my face tan which I did not like. I just wanted to have a foundation which matches my skin tone, not lighter and not darker.  I wanted to love this foundation but due to oxidization it did not suit me. I tried to mix it with Maybelline smooth mouse foundation and then the colour was ok for me. This foundation is quite hydrating, I can  not tell you about its ability of oil controlling because I have dry skin. It did not emphasis dry patches and fine lines of my skin.
 
Overall, this is a very good foundation. The only problem is oxidization which will matter Pakistani girl. For Australian girls it is the ok, it can give them little bit darker complexion . If you want to buy perfect match for your skin, buy this foundation in a one shade lighter than your colour. This foundation is best for normal to dry and sensitive skin types. It is really truly lasting as it claim to be. I think it will also be suitable for mature skin.

My rating:4/5
Purchased: Yes
will buy t again: No

 

Friday, August 16, 2013

Almay TLC Pressed Powder

Almay tlc Pressed Powder

Price: 25$from Priceline

 Old Packing with puff
 
New packing with brush

Having dry skin is problematic when you search for face powder. I have red so many good reviews about this powder. Beautypedia also rate it as one of the best powder. Three shades are available in this powder, there is no shade for darker skin tone. The darkest is medium which is still light. I bought it in light/medium shade which is perfect for my skin tone.
 
The powder comes in sleek blue packing (its packing is now changed). It has separate compartment for puff and mirror underneath. The puff had very bad quality but now they replace it with brush.

 
Heavy Swatch and Light Swatch


The powder has soft texture but not finely miles (as compared to L'oreal infallible powder). I applied it with an other puff, I had to rub the puff on the powder to get the powder. It looked fine on my skin but a little bit chalky. It emphasised dry patches on my skin. It did not settle into my fine lines and pores. I used it with out foundation and it gave me flawless skin( I do not have too many blemishes). It has light to medium coverage. I also used it over my normal foundation and it did look better over foundation. I used it regularly and my skin did not react badly to this product. (As I have sensitive skin and so many product cause me reaction).The most important ting about this powder is its long lasting ability. It does long last up to 8 hours as it claim to be. I think it can also control oil on your face. I use this powder during summer when my skin is  not dehydrated but during winter it did not work for me.
 
You might like it if you have normal, combination or oily skin and you are living in hot climate. You might not like it if you have dry skin and living in cold dry weather.

My rating: 3/5
Purchased: Yes
Will buy it again: No




 

Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter

Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter

Price : 21.95$  from Priceline, chemist warehouse, selected pharmacies David jones and Myer




                                            Cherry tart                                                        Peach parfait




Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter has cute packing, convenient to use and stylish. I have red so many good review about it, so  I give it a try.

Its smell is very nice. It has creamy texture and which tend to be more creamy in extremely hot weather. Its glided smoothly on my lips. The two different shades have different colour payoff, Peach parfait has very sheer colour while cherry tarte is well pigmented. Peach parafit didn't show much pigments on my lips. Revlon lip butter keep my lips hydrated for more than 2 hours, as compared to Revlon lipstick it doesn't have long lasting colour( while it doesn't claim to be long lasting). I just use it as lip balm, It doesn't work as lipstick for girls having Indian(medium) skin tone. A positive aspect of this product is that it improves condition of my lips. I feel my lips soft and moisturised after using it.

 This product is highly recommended for girls with dry cracked lips. As a lipstick, I feel this product is more suitable for Caucasian girls who has naturally light lip colour. I will not recommend it to use as lipstick for Indian or medium skin tone girls. (The product may be melt in very hot weather so keep it in room temperature)

My rating:4/5
Purchased :Yes
Will buy it again: may be

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Sukin sensitive facial moisturiser

Price:9.95$ from Priceline, Chemist warehouse, selected pharmacies
Expiration date of product after opening: 6 months

 
  


 It quickly absorb into my skin without leaving greasy layer

I bought Sukin Sensitive facial moisturiser because I have sensitive skin. The packing of the moisturiser is impressive, it has dark 125ml bottle with pump as this packing keeps the ingredients stable. The moisturiser has creamy texture and thick lotion like consistency. It has pleasant vanilla smell which is not so overpowering. A pea size amount is fine for face and neck. It quickly absorbs as I apply it, and doe snot feel greasy. It hydrates skin very well and my skin do not react to this moisturiser (as mostly my sensitive skin reacts badly). I continue using it and realize that it is one of the best moisturisers I have ever used. After few days of use my skin was hydrated, redness on my skin disappear and even my complexion was radiant. I had such a lovely skin after using it. 


I am very happy with this moisturiser and I used it on my 2 year old daughter and results are the same. It also has anti-aging ingredients so it can also be used as Anti aging Cream. I use it as night cream and day cream. This is a very good moisturiser for people with sensitive skin and even for kids. It delivers more than it claims. 
I just have a look at the ingredient, All of the ingredients are organic. The moisturiser has mixture of anti oxidants, skin repairing ingredients and natural moisturising factors. It does not contain any irritant ingredient.


I will give it 5/5. It is a best moisturiser with affordable price. I will recommend it for everyone and people with all skin types.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

David Jones Deluxe Sampler Tote Spring 2013

David Jones Deluxe Sampler Tote Spring 2013

David Jones offers Deluxe sampler tote twice a year. In the month of August David Jones releases its beauty book with so many special offers. They also offer spring sampler bag valued over 105 $ for only19.95$ with any beauty purchase. This is first time I intended to buy this sampler bag.

To buy this sampler tote for only19.95$ I have to buy some beauty product. I asked from the sales girl about the spending amount, she said that it can be from 1$ to as much as you want, so even a very cheap product can count. 


(Image courtesy: David jones website)
I was more interested in sampler tote than a beauty purchase so I just searched a cheapest beauty product. I found the shelf of clearance items at David jones and finally I got Revlon lip balm. As it is not a full price beauty product but sales girl confirmed me that it can be counted as beauty purchase.

The Revlon limited edition super lustrous lip balm spf 15 cost me only 1.75$

Revlon limited edition super lustrous lip balm spf 15
The sampler tote and lip balm cost me only 21.70 $. The sampler tote contain 11 beauty products, 7 of them are same in all bags while you can chose 4 beauty products from 2 different sets
  
I have chosen the first option. Here is my sampler tote


 All bags contain these products

Option A contain these products

Products in my bag

  • David Jones Beauty Cleanser 30ml
  • David Jones Beauty Day Cream 30ml
  • Sk-II Facial treatment Essence 30ml
  • Molton Brown Bath & Shower Gel 30ml
  • Elixia body lotion 20ml
  • Roger & Gallet soap 2.5g
  • OPI nail lacquer mini 3.75ml

  • And 4 products from option A
    • Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter full size
    • Batiste dry shampoo 50ml
    • L'Occitane shea butter hand cream 10ml tube
    • Burts Bees Intense Hydration day lotion 7g( My bag contain day cream instead of cream cleanser)

    
    All products in my bag
    Facial care products
    Body care products
    Make up
    ( I love the colour of Revlon lip balm and OPI nail polish)
    Hair care product
    Dj bag
    Discount coupons

     Transparent PVC bag
    This is a complete beauty bag and contains all necessary items. It contains facial care product, body care product , makeup and hair. care products. After buying this bag I did a little analysis of the cost of these product. I thought that David jones is exaggerating its value, as they claim that it is valued over 105$ and they are selling it for only 20$
    I converted the price of full size product into the price of sample size product. For example SK-II facial treatment essence 75ml cost 100$ so 30ml will cost 40$
    Here is the analysis
    Sk-II  facial treatment essence    30ml=40$
    David jones day cream                 30 ml=6.5$
    David jones cleanser                    30ml=4$
    OPI nail Polish                          3.75ml=5$
    Melton Borwn shower gel           30ml= 4$
    Roger & Gallet soap                    25g=2.12$
    Elixia body lotion                       20ml=3$
    David Jones  bag                           unknown  
    PVC bag                                        unknown
    Option A
    Betiste dry shampoo                 50g=5$
    Burt bees cleanser                        20g=3$
    Loccutane hand cream               10ml=4$
    Revlon lipbutter                      full size= 22$
    The value of Option A     = 98.66$
    Option B
    Goat soap lip balm                  full size=5.95$
    Dermologica precleanse               30ml=10.2$
    Burt's bees day lotion                      7g=5.6$
    Circa home candle                         60g =6.6$
    the value of option B         = 93$
            
    So it is concluded that it really cost over 105$ as the price of both pvc bag and tote bags are unknown and not included. It is a very good beauty bargain and worth buying. I will recommend it buying at least once a year because you can try expensive luxury product at such a cheap price. All these product are also great to travel. Transparent PVC bag is very convenient to use as you can see what is inside.

    Sunday, August 11, 2013

    Clean & Clear Essentials Moisturiser

    Clean & Clear Essentials Moisturiser 100ml

    Price: 8 $ from pharmacies and supermarket
    Expiration date after opening: 12 months


    During summer, I feel that my skin is getting oiler and I also have some breakout. So I thought that I should use an oil free moisturiser. I found that  Clean and clear moisturiser is oil free. According to the clean and clear moisturiser bottle
     
    "The oil-free formula moisturises without greasiness and does not clog pores. Salicylic acid helps keep pores clear to prevent pimples and blackheads. Leaves your skin feeling clean and beautifully clear"
     
    The moisturiser has 100 ml bottle with flip cap on it. The packing is very good as ingredients remain stable in it. The moisturiser has lotion like consistency not runny not thick. I applied it on my face and it did not feel greasy. I felt that my skin is hydrated and soft. but unfortunately after apply it only for 1 day, my skin broke out. I had so many small pimples on my face. I just discontinued using it, then my breakout got better after few days. I have a very bad experience with this moisturiser. I thought clean and clear products are not for my type of skin.
     
    I just have a look at the ingredients
    Ingredients: Water, Propylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid, Stearic Acid, Propylene Glycol Isostearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate, Cyclohexasiloxane, PEG~100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylate, Carbomer, Acrylates C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTAm Sodium Hydroxide, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance. <2109-25/w

    It seems that it is full of chemicals, that is the reason it does not suit me.

    I give it 2/5. I will not recommend it for people with sensitive skin,  prone to break out.

    purchased: Yes 8$ from coles

    Will buy it again: No










    

    Sunday, August 4, 2013

    Garnier Skin Perfector BB Cream

    Price: 13.99 $ from pharmacies and supermarkets
     
     
    I bought it last year when BB cream hype was on its peak in Australia. In 2013,Cosmetic companies are introducing their  CC creams while I think next year there will be DD creams in the market. In my personal opinion BB creams are just tinted moisturiser, they hydrate and give light tint to your skin.  According to the Garnier
     
    "Garnier BB Cream delivers a hybrid formula that combines long-lasting 24hr hydrating care with a light touch of make-up for instantly flawless, healthy glowing skin. Its lightweight formula contains a unique mix of active ingredients including vitamin C for its anti-oxidant for its illuminating properties and mineral pigments to naturally unify your skin. The SPF 15 UV filter helps protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun"





     
                                Garnier BB cream                                     Ponds Age miracle BB cream
    Garnier BB cream comes in 40 ml tube packing with box. The light shade was perfect for me but it will be little bit dark for  Caucasian girls. It has creamy velvety texture.  I needed to squeeze more than pea size amount to cover entire face. It is highly fragranced, even I could smell its fragrance after its application. I gave me light coverage with illuminating effect. My skin felt hydrated, soft and fresh. I did not highlight dry areas of my skin and did not settle into my pore and fine lines.
     
    I used face powder over it to complete my look. Garnier BB cream and pressed power give me flawless natural look(as I always like natural look). It had decent staying power, on my face it last for 4-6 hours with compact powder. It did not cause break out and any other reaction. I was very satisfied with this product. I looked at the ingredients
     
    G790303 - AQUA / WATER, ISONONYL ISONONANOATE, ISOHEXADECANE, GLYCERIN, ALCOHOL DENAT,PEG-20 METHYL GLUCOSE SESQUISTEARATE, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, METHYL GLUCOSE SESQUISTEARATE, CETYL PALMITATE, NYLON-12, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, STEARYL ALCOHOL, ARGILLA / MAGNES I UM ALUMINUM S I L I CATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, LITHIUM MAGNESIUM SODIUM SILICATE, DISODIUM EDTA, LINALOOL, BENZYL SALICYLATE, LIMONENE, CAFFEINE, ASCORBYL GLUCOSIDE, BENZYL ALCOHOL, GERANIOL, CELLULOSE ACETATE BUTYRATE, POLYPHOSPHORYLCHOLINE GLYCOL ACRYLATE, CITRAL, AMMONIUM POLYACRYLDIMETHYLTAURAMIDE/ AMMONIUM POLYACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE, POLYVINYL ALCOHOL, SODIUM CHLORIDE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, SODIUM HYALURONATE. <+/- MAY CONTAIN CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI77499 / IRON OXIDES>.
     
    Long list of ingredients. It has Alcohol denat on top of its list which means Alcohol is one of the main ingredient. Alcohol denat is potential irritant and can be harmful. I was not impressed by the ingredients. I red its review on beautypedia and found that it also does not have sufficient UV protection.
     
    I was much happy with the this product only high concentration of Alcohol bothers me. I used made in Germany version. May be there are some other versions are available in Pakistan. Finally, Garnier BB cream is for those who has normal to dry skin and want medium coverage. This product is not for those who have oily or combination skin and want medium to full coverage with flaw less skin.


    My rating :3/5
    Purchesed: Yes
    Will buy it again: No



     

    Saturday, August 3, 2013

    Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturiser

    Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturiser 125.0 ml

    Price 9.99: from  Priceline, Chemist Warehouse, pharmacies and supermarkets big w

    Kind To Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser


     


     
    Simple is UK base company which claim to make products for sensitive skin. According to their website.
    "Our Replenishing Rich Moisturiser with UV filters is a perfect blend of ingredients to help keep your skin replenished and nourished all day long. Perfect for even sensitive skin. Our special blend of Simple moisturising goodness containing Pro-Vitamin B5, Glycerin, Bisabolol and Allantoin, helps to moisturise, soften and nourish the skin
     
    I bought this moisturiser in winter I read so many good review about it. As I have dry and sensitive skin so I thought that it will be perfect moisturiser for me but I was wrong.  It has 125 ml convenient bottle with flip cap on it. The packing is very good as the ingredient will remain stable in this kind of packing. The texture of the moisturiser is runny white lotion not rich as it claim to be. Its smell was ok not over powering. I applied it on my face and neck. I felt that it is not so rich while runny texture also did not absorb into my skin. Unfortunately, it does not have good moisturising ability. My skin felt tight and dry even after using it. The worst part of this moisturiser was that It broke me out. Usually I do not have acne but this moisturiser gave me so many little pimples. I was so upset with it, as it claim to be for sensitive skin but actually it is not. It did not settle dryness and did not cope with my sensitive skin. I just have a look on it ingrediants. According to the website it has:
     
     
    I found that ingredients are not state of the art and it seems that it is full of chemicals which is not suitable for sensitive skin.
     
    I will give it 2/5. I will not recommend it for girls with dry sensitive skin. May be it will be suitable for girls with normal skin not prone to sensitivity and breakout.
     
    Purchased: Yes , for 5.70$ from big w
     
    Will buy again: NO
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