Archives for category: Shiseido

Ingredients: Rose apple leaf extract, octinoxate and zinc oxide

Formulated without: PABA

Product Description: A highly nourishing sunscreen lotion for the face and body that defends against powerful UVA/UVB rays, which cause sunburn, cell damage, dryness, roughness and premature signs of aging such as fine lines.

My Experience: I’m fanatical about sun protection. If the sun is strong I find the nearest scrap of shade and plant myself there. I hate most sunscreens because they’re usually difficult to blend in, leave me looking like Casper, stain my clothes and are somehow both sticky and greasy. This year, fed up with these flaws, I went in search of something different. And I found it. Shiseido’s sunscreens have long been hailed as superior to many western products for their quality and broad spectrum protection. They also contain some ingredients that are beneficial for sensitive skin such as zinc oxide, which sits on top of the skin and is not absorbed by it, therefore less likely to irritate. This sunscreen is white and since it’s a lotion, quite runny in texture. It blends like butter and although it can leave a very slight white cast, it’s not nearly as bad as most sunscreens and I tend to wear tinted moisturizer or a beauty balm over it anyway. And makeup applies so easily over this sunscreen because my skin is left feeling softer and smoother. It also seems to calm down redness. There’s no stickiness or greasiness. Remember when I said there’s only one product of mine that my husband uses? I was wrong – this is another one. In his opinion it’s ‘pretty good’ (which is quite a compliment from him!) because it glides on and isn’t greasy. I haven’t noticed any staining of my clothes, either. It does everything I want a sunscreen to do. I just wish it was cheaper.

The Skinny: A great broad spectrum sunscreen that blends easily, leaves skin soft and smooth and isn’t sticky or greasy.

Cost:

UK: £27.50 from House of Fraser

USA: $34 for SPF38 fr0m Sephora

Rating: 4/5

Advertisements

Firstly, I have sensitive skin. I’m prone to random splotchy redness and blemishes stick around forever – if I dispose of them myself they will scar for weeks, if not months, so I tend to leave them and let them run their course. My skin texture is quite bumpy, so I need to exfoliate frequently. Now that I’m thirty-something I’ve noticed fine lines creeping in, as well as some loss of elasticity and darker circles under my eyes – mind you, I’m being quite critical; these are only minimal issues and are not things other people tend to notice, but I’m letting you know because they have an affect on the products I buy and the expectations I have. I’ve always had quite good skin, to be honest (not many breakouts and such), but my skin is a lot different to how it was when I was a teenager, which is only natural. Please be aware that my reviews are based on my own experiences, which may differ from yours. Please also note that the ingredients lists below are not complete; I am merely listing the ingredients as seen on the packaging, so for full information please visit the necessary websites. So, with skin profiling and other business out of the way…this is my current routine:

1. Caudalie Gentle Cleanser 200 ml – 6.7 fl oz

Ingredients: Grape-seed polyphenols, cornflower extract, oat extract, sweet almond and jojoba oils, shea butter.

0% parabens, phenoxythanol, artificial colorings, mineral oils…Against animal testing. Ophthalmologically tested.

Skin type: All

Cost:

UK: £13.50 from Feel Unique: http://www.feelunique.com/p/Caudalie_Gentle_Cleanser_200ml

USA: $26 from Sephora: http://www.sephora.com/gentle-cleanser-P6026

What it’s supposed to do: This smooth and velvety cleanser leaves the skin clean, soft and protected against free radicals.

My experience: I snapped this up from a Sephora during a recent trip to the USA. I was after a cleanser that was inexpensive, gentle and came in a decent size bottle with a pump. I did some preliminary research (because I’m obsessive like that) and decided that, per ounce, this cleanser was less expensive than some other high end brands and came in a larger size than most high end brands. And I’m currently loving it. I’ve been using it everyday for a month and I’ve used about a third of it. I use two pumps for my whole face, which is quite generous. The texture is indeed velvety and it washes away easily. I’ve used it on and around my eyes without any irritation (and my eyes are tres sensitive). The smell is light and it leaves my skin feeling fresh and comfortable. I love the packaging as well. It’s sleek, simple and sheer so you can see how much of the product you’ve used. I use this with my Clarisonic in the evenings.

The Skinny: Great packaging, gentle yet effective and leaves my skin feeling fresh and soft. I feel it’s neither cheap nor expensive for the quality. It does exactly what it says on the tin: what more can you ask for?

Rating: 5/5

2. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant 75 g – 2.6 oz

Ingredients: Green tea, ginkgo, colloidal oatmeal, grapefruit and licorice

Contains no artificial fragrance or color.

Skin Type: All

Cost:

UK: £30.40 from lookfantastic: http://www.lookfantastic.net/dermalogica-daily-microfoliant-75gm/10362640.html

USA: $50 from Dermalogica: http://www.dermalogica.com/us/html/products/daily-microfoliant-11.html

What it’s supposed to do: This unique rice-based powder formula activates upon contact with water, releasing papain, salicylic acid and rice enzymes that micro-foliate dead cells, instantly leaving skin smoother and brighter. Helps to balance uneven pigmentation and calm the skin, leaving it clear and refreshed.

Note: not recommended for users of medically-prescribed exfoliation products.

My experience: I use this everyday after my Caudalie cleanser, but only in the mornings. It’s not cheap – in fact, it’s quite dear. But it does work, and it is gentle enough to use everyday. A little does go a long way, so one bottle will probably last you months. I have used tons of grainy exfoliation products claiming they are gentle for every day use that have left my skin irritated and dry. I have no problems with this at all. You use a half teaspoon in wet hands to create a paste. I focus on applying it to my nose and forehead, where my skin most needs exfoliation, and then massage it outward. There are tiny particles but for the most part application is smooth. Once I rinse off my skin looks more even and the texture is definitely more smooth. It’s so easy to rinse off too – it’s not messy like some scrubs and you don’t have to rinse your face a million times because you’ve still got bits stuck in your hair. I’ve been using it every morning for a month without any irritation. The packaging is good: simple and durable.

The Skinny: Gentle enough for everyday use, improves skin texture and evens out discoloration. The only downside is it’s very pricey.

Rating: 4/5

3. Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Day Emulsion SPF15 75 ml – 2.5 fl oz

Ingredients: Octinoxate 4.9% and octocrylene 5.0%

Skin Type: No information provided

Cost:

UK: £60.50 from John Lewis: http://www.johnlewis.com/228019/Product.aspx

USA: $52 from Sephora: http://www.sephora.com/benefiance-wrinkleresist24-day-emulsion-spf-15-pa-P173614

What it’s supposed to do: There is not much information on the packaging other than it’s meant to help prevent sunburn, but this is basically an anti-aging moisturizer with sunscreen.

My experience: I really, really like this. I recently started using the Shiseido Extra Smooth Protection Lotion SPF30, which I like and will review later, so I was interested in trying another product from Shiseido. I did some research and found that this was one of Shiseido’s cheaper moisturizers and you get a good amount of product (75 ml – 2.5 fl oz). It also comes in a lovely chic bottle with a pump dispenser. The bottle is sheer so you can see how much you’ve used (in one month I’ve used one third). I use two pumps for my whole face, which is a generous amount. The texture is rather different for a moisturizer – it’s quite runny, like yogurt. It spreads very easily and absorbs quickly. After a few minutes my skin feels very soft and happy, like it’s been infused with moisture and goodness. The fragrance is light and subtle. I’ve only been using this for a month so I can’t speak for it’s wrinkle resistance, but it’s my new favorite moisturizer. I love the packaging, the feel of it and how my skin drinks it up, and it seems to calm down irritations and redness a bit. And I love that it contains SPF.

The Skinny: A great moisturizer that sinks in quickly, contains sunscreen and calms skin, leaving it feeling velvety soft. Pricey, but you get a decent amount and I think it’s worth it.

Rating: 5/5

4. Clarins Super Restorative Day Cream 30 ml – 1.06 oz

Ingredients: Pueraria lobata, pelvetia, dehydrated plant-based micro-pearls, pequi pulp, shea butter, selenium from tomato extract

Skin Type: All

Cost:

UK: £65 for 50 ml from Clarins UK http://www.clarins.co.uk/Super%20Restorative%20Day%20Cream/C010409001,en_GB,pd.html

USA: $114 from Sephora http://www.sephora.com/super-restorative-day-cream-spf-20-P95038

Note: The one sold at Sephora appears to be SPF20, although the version on the Clarins UK site contains no SPF.

What it’s supposed to do: Replenish the skin by restoring elasticity and reduce the appearance of dullness, age spots, deep lines and wrinkles.

My experience: Okay, first of all I’m reviewing the travel size version. This is a pricey cream, but you can snap up travel sizes on ebay for about £10, which is what I tend to do. It lasts me a couple weeks maybe more if used every day. Second, I’m currently using this at night even though it’s a day cream. Third, it’s technically for mature skin that has gone through hormonal changes. All that said, I think this is a great moisturizer. I’ve been using it off and on for a couple years now. I love the travel size because it’s great for traveling – durable and small with a little spout I can squeeze a very controlled amount of product from. It smells of flowers and spring and loveliness and it’s thick and rich. It feels wonderful to massage in and leaves the skin baby soft and plumper looking. I use the night version when I can, but recently was only able to get the day version from ebay and it works just as well at night. I wake up with skin looking bright and refreshed. I think the fine lines under my eyes have diminished slightly, but other than that I can’t speak for it’s anti-aging properties because I don’t really have wrinkles. It’s packed full of good ingredients and antioxidants that stimulate the production of collagen, restore cell cohesion and soften the skin. So who cares if it’s for mature skin if it’s a great moisturizer? I think anyone would benefit from this.

The Skinny: Wonderful moisturizer packed with good ingredients and antioxidants that makes skin feel very soft and pampered – just wish the full size was cheaper.

Rating: 4/5