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Medi-Matte Oil Control Lotion by Cosmedicine Review | Moisturizing Facial Tint with SPF 20

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Cosmedicine Medi-Matte Face TintCosmedicine have devised a matte facial tint that also controls excess oil production. It should mattify and eliminate shine for up to 8 hours, according to Cosmedicine.

This does sound like a very appealing product as it has an SPF 20, which I know is a very important factor for a lot of people. In turn the sun protection will help reduce skin moisture loss.

The face tint is also formulated to hydrate the skin, therefor leaving it smoother and more even. All these factors including the tint, will give the face a natural hint of color for a flawless complexion, says Cosmedicine.

Medi-Matte Face Tint and Oil Control Lotion is suitable for all skin types, even the more sensitive ones. The lotion is recommended by Cosmedicine for people with excess oil and enlarged pores.

Users Conclusions

Below I have summarizes users opinions about Cosmedicine's oil control facial tint from reviews on


  • Great for oily skin
  • SPF 20
  • Hydrates
  • Reduces pore size
  • Leaves skin with a matte look ( some found it only helped for a few hours)


  • Doesn't last more than a couple of hours (some users had these results)
  • Clogs pores causing breakouts ( a couple of users found this was typical)


Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Purified Water, Glycerin, C12-14 Pareth-12, Butylene Glycol, Punica Granatum Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Root Extract, Sorbitol, Squalane, Yeast Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Glucosamine HCl, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Polysorbate 60, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

To Sum Up

While most users with oily skin found the lotion worked well for mattifying their skin, some said it only worked for a couple of hours before their skin became shiny again.

There are a couple of patrons that said it seemed to block their pores coursing a acne out break.

As every ones skin is different there will never be a product that is perfect for all of us. Fortunately this oil control lotion seems to work for most though.

At $42 for a 1.35oz bottle it is a little extravagant but if you can fit it into your budget it might be worth a try.

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Creme de La Mer Face Cream by La Mer Review | “Miracle Broth” Daily Moisturizer To Firm Skin

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

La Mer Creme de La MerLa Mer Creme de la Mer is a face cream designed to make skin firmer, softer and even out the driest of complexions.

Some users of La Mer's cream have described it as a "Miracle broth". Others say they saw dramatic results in the reduction of dark circles and a increase in skin elasticity.

The accident that would lead to La Mer "Miracle broth"

About forty years ago, a aerospace physicist called Dr. Max Huber suffered a horrific accident when a routine experiment exploded in his face, leaving him with severe chemical burns.

Neither science nor medicine could offer sufficient promise for help, so Dr. Huber decided to help himself. Twelve years and thousands of experiments later- "La Mer was born."

Here are some negative opinions from La Mer users:

  • It's too heavy
  • Sticky on the skin
  • Difficulty with the directions of using the "Miracle Broth"

Directions for use

There are some that use La Mer Creme da le Mer who have had difficulties in using the cream. It has specific instructions on how to use it so it will work effectively.

So this is how it's done- place an amount (about the size of 1-2 peas) into the center of your palm then very vigorously rub your hands together.

The cream will liquify, becoming a clear liquid, then it is ready to spread onto the face. Customers who haven't done this will not see the same effects as those who have, says La Mer.


Here are just some of the ingredients used in La Mer Creme de la Mer face cream:

Seaweed (Algae) Extract, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum),Petrolatum: occlusive, Glycerin: humectant, Isohexadecane: thickening agent and emulsifier, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Extract,Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina): thickening agent, Lanolin Alcohol: emollient, very closely resembles your skin's natural oils, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil: emolllient, can be irritating to those with very sensitive skin, Eucalyptus Globules (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil: thought to have anti-bacterial or anti-viral properties on the skin, Magnesium Sulfate, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seeds: Sesame oil is anemolllient, can be irritating to those with very sensitive skin, Alcohol Denat: Denaturized alcohol, Fragrance.

Personally I would expect miracles from this cream as it retails from $130(1oz)-$230(2oz).

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Arcona Magic White Ice Moisturizing Gel Review | Naturally Hydrates & Tones All Skin Types

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Arcona Magic White IceArcona Magic White Ice is a natural anti-microbial hydrating gel suitable for all skin types. White Ice is formulated to moisturize, tone and help stimulate cell renewal.

Arcona is proud of the fact that it only uses natural ingredients in all its skin care lines. It doesn't use chemical stabilizers, petro-chemicals or fillers.

Acona says that White Ice should be used within 6 months of opening, as it is made with natural ingredients so they won't last as long as other products.

Users Conclusions

Listed below is a summary of what users have been saying in online reviews:


  • Very light
  • Absorbs into the skin
  • Provides just enough moisture
  • Cleans pores
  • Great for oily skin


  • Strong scent (very few didn't like the smell but most people like it)
  • Could be irritating to sensitive skin, although most people had no noticeable irritation
  • Not enough moisture for dry skin


I think the best way to apply this as with most moisturizing gels, is to apply a small amount to the palms, add a couple of drops of water, then apply a thin layer to the skin.


Agua (Distilled Water), Hamamelis Virginiana Extract (Witch Hazel), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin, Vaccinium Macrocarpon Fruit Extract (Cranberry), Camellia Sinensis Extract (White Tea), Totara Extract, Pyrus Malus Fruit Extract (Apple), Allantoin, Beta Carotene (Vitamin A), Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Ascorbic Acid Ester (Vitamin C), Tocotrienols (Vitamin E), Grapefruit Seed Extract (Citrus Grandis).

To Sum Up

Arcona Magic White Ice Hydrating Gel is expensive at $38 for a 30ml bottle.

However, for those oily complexion it could be worth the extra as many have reported it doesn't cause out breaks compared to other moisturizers.

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Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Review | Cream To Even Skin Tones & Give A Glowing Complexion

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Laura Mercier Tinted MoisturizerLaura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer is designed to work as a moisturizer and foundation in one. This makes applying your morning makeup before work a lot faster giving you a few extra minutes in bed.

Laura Mercier says that it is a lightweight formula will leave your skin with a natural finish and a glowing complexion.

It also contains a SPF 20 which is a sweet bonus. This will help prevent the signs of aging as unprotected sun exposure can cause photo-aging and dry skin. In result can lead to: wrinkles, liver spots, dilation of capillaries.

Good Points

Reviews on Amazon are mostly positive about this tinted moisturizer. Most users have said it is:

  • Light and sheer
  • Hydrating
  • Long lasting
  • Very natural looking

However, some users have found it to be a bit watery and so not effective at covering red spots or other blemishes.

Laura Mercier has priced this tinted moisturizer quite high at $42.00 a tube, but the majority of users think that it "deserves it's price tag". They consistently say that good things don't come cheap and that this tinted moisturizer/foundation definitely isn't cheap.

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Philosphy Daily Facial Moisturizer Review | ‘Hope in a Jar’ Face Cream to Smooth Skin

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Philosphy's Hope in a JarPhilosphy's Hope in a Jar appears to be aptly named given the mixed reviews of this product. Some adore and others loath it, so it seems you just have to try this product and hope for the best.

It is a daily facial moisturizer and Philosophy say it is suitable for all skin types, although numerous individuals have experienced some side effects such as flaky skin. However, for everyone that has a side effect, there's someone else singing its praises.

Philosphy claims the cream will reduce wrinkles, smooth and hydrate skin in days. Whereas some ladies using it found that it can take a few weeks for the smoothing effects to kick in, possibly as your skin adjusts to the moisturizer.

It is available with SPF which I would recommend as this prevents sun damage and you can also get it for dry sensitive skin too.

Some have described it as being a bit too heavy for oily skin so may block pores, and their are mixed opinions over whether the product feels greasy or not.

Chemically Smooth

This moisturizer is not a good choice for fans of natural ingredients as it is packed with a variety of synthetic chemicals. Chemically enhanced moisturizers are very common, so this doesn't necessarily scream danger, but it has resulted in adverse reactions in some people.

Check the ingredient list to ensure you aren't allergic to any of the chemicals, and if you are unsure it may be worth trying the product on your neck for a few days to see how your skin reacts. Every girl is different, and what works for one skin type won't work for another.

Bad Smell?

The smell of this product has caused some complaints. While some don't seem to notice or even like the smell, others have described it as a 'rancid citrus fruit smell' so be warned. Typically it is described as a medicinal smell, likely as a result of the many synthetic chemical ingredients.


Lauryl Lactate,Behenic Acid, Behenoxy Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Glycerin, Behenyl Alcohol, Cyclomethicone,Pentaerythrityl Tetracaprylate/Tetracaprate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Benzyl Alcohol, Retinyl Palmitate, Stearic Acid, Panthenol, Betaglucan, Lavender Oil, Diazolidinyl Urea.

Worth a Try?

The 'Hope in a Jar' moisturizer can lean on the more expensive side of the fence depending on where you get it. However, it is an Amazon bestseller with many people singing its praises. Despite that there's just as many people disappointed with the product. It is just one of those try it and see kind of products.

It is available in 4oz, 2oz and 0.5oz and ranges in price from $20 - $60 depending on where you buy it.

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Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel Review | Oil-Free Face Moisturizer to Hydrate Skin

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel is a lightweight daily facial moisturizer. Amazon customers have praised the moisturizer for being an excellent gel to control those unsightly breakouts we all hate.

Clinique has labeled it for use on all skin types but everyone's skin is different. Some users with dry skin said that it wasn't moisturizing enough for them and in some cases dried their skin out. It does contain alcohol which can cause a drying affect.

This moisturizing gel is oil free, that's one reason why it is a good choice for skin prone to break-outs. More oil will just block pores and encourage pimples and black heads.

Some of you will be glad to hear that it is fragrance free. It also has a delightful pump dispenser which stops the build up of bacteria.

The down side is that Clinique has not added an SPF to this gel, so it won't provide any sun protection.

Several users have said that the gel is light, non-sticky and absorbs quickly, that's good because I hate it when you have that sticky feeling after applying moisturizer. Also a little goes a long way so gentle pumping ladies!

This product contains a lot of synthetic chemical ingredients, so not ideal for those who are eco-friendly or drawn towards natural products.

It comes in at a very reasonable $14.50-$28 (1.7oz/4.2oz) a pop, so it won't break the bank.

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