Beauty products that actually work

Discussion in 'threads and dreads' started by Ms T, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. ElizabethofYork

    ElizabethofYork Witchsmeller Pursuivant

    Could anyone recommend a good (gentle but effective) eye makeup remover?
  2. xsunnysuex

    xsunnysuex Life is a horizontal fall.

    If anyone has problems with their hair. I'd recommend trying Aussie Repair Miracle Shampoo for Damaged Hair.
    It was recommended to me because my hair has been awful the last few months. I don't know if it's because of the menopause. But my hair has become very thin. And really really brittle.
    Only been using this stuff for a few weeks. But I'm shocked at how better my hair is. Hasn't dealt with the thin hair problem, obviously. But my hair is really silky smooth now. Where before it was like straw, and broke as soon as I touched it.
    The thinning hair though is a bigger problem. :(
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  3. Red Cat

    Red Cat Well-Known Member

    I use that. It's about the only thing I manage to use fairly regularly. Not keen on moisturiser, makes me want to wash it off, though not as much as hand cream.
  4. trashpony

    trashpony Ovaries and tings

    That's good to know. Will try it out. I went through a phase where I lost a lot of hair - it felt like handfuls were coming out every time I washed it. But it seems to have stopped now thankfully, only lasted a few months and my hairdresser said she could see new growth last time I went for a cut. Hopefully will be the same for you :)
  5. xsunnysuex

    xsunnysuex Life is a horizontal fall.

    It's been a problem for me for a while now. Near the front of my head and the fringe. It doesn't look too bad when my hair is dry. But when it's wet it really shows.
    I need to call my mobile hairdresser to come cut it. But I've been putting off cause I'm too embarrassed.
    I wasn't feeling well. So I went to my gp. Was sent for blood tests that came back severely deficient in vitamin D. I was put on high doses to build it up. My gp said hair lost is a symptom.
    I've been taking vitamin D 1000g capsules for a good few months now. It hasn't had any effect yet. So don't know if it's that or not. :(:(
  6. trashpony

    trashpony Ovaries and tings

    Maybe that will help? Are you on HRT?
  7. xsunnysuex

    xsunnysuex Life is a horizontal fall.

    No. Not taking anything. Hasn't really been a problem up till now. Apart from hot flushes every now and then.
  8. oryx

    oryx Sitting on the bock of the day

    Nivea Double Effect Daily Essentials Eye Make Up Remover.

    I used to use Clinique Take The Day Off, until I discovered this which IMHO is just as good and less than half the price. It will take off waterproof mascara easily.
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  9. izz

    izz Madam, to you. :-P.

    Body Shop do one, i think it's chamomile - but I use a balm cleanser which takes everything off in one go, including anything waterproof
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  10. izz

    izz Madam, to you. :-P.

    Hairloss is a symptonm of B12 deficiency also xsunnysuex, but hopefully they tested you for all deficiencies at the same time.
  11. xsunnysuex

    xsunnysuex Life is a horizontal fall.

    Yes I would have thought they would have tested for that. My daughter has to have B12 injections every three month.
  12. Looby

    Looby Well-Known Member

    This is good to know as I like Take The Day Off but I’m too skint!
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  13. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    Clarins is the bomb, but costs it. I use a Nivea one when I am not feeling flush- it sort of separates in the bottle but works brilliantly. Body shop one isn't bad either
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  14. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    Ha! Beaten to it by izz and oryx

    At least you know recommendations are good when they come from a few people ;)
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  15. Plumdaff

    Plumdaff joy in people

    I have dry skin and I still don't use night cream - I find it a bit heavy. I do love the Rosehip Oil felixthecat mentioned above. If you really wanted to splurge I'd buy a really lovely facial oil or something crazy expensive like Vintner's Daughter.

    felixthecat I don't use the glycolic, but I use the AHA/BHA peel weekly. Just follow the instructions, take it gently, don't use any other actives with it (I use the Rosehip afterwards, nothing else) and definitely make sure you use SPF.
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  16. Lupa

    Lupa It's all about the butter

    I've used Moroccan oil to remove make up for years. Including eye makeup. I only wear mascara and a little eyeshadow though...the occasional swipe of eyeliner.
    It takes it off and keeps the skin around my eyes from drying out too much. I'm not able for anything harsh on my skin. So Moroccan oil is a skinsaver for me.
  17. ElizabethofYork

    ElizabethofYork Witchsmeller Pursuivant

    Thanks PippinTook . I just googled Moroccan oil and it came up as Argon oil. Is that correct?
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  18. Lupa

    Lupa It's all about the butter

    Yes..its the same. So long as it's pure. It can be expensive but you don't use much. I've a bottle that's over a year old and will probably last me another 6 months.
  19. ShiftyBagLady

    ShiftyBagLady Thinks she is a flower to be looked at

    The ordinary do argan oil and it's much cheaper than lots of argan oils on the market. It's cold pressed too which is a good indicator of quality.
    I use it to do facial massage and then hold a hot cloth over my face for a nice treatment, haven't tried tbas a makeup remover though, that's a good tip
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  20. Lupa

    Lupa It's all about the butter

    It's the only thing I use now...for makeup removal and skin moisturiser. Been using it for years. I rub it all over my eye (closed lol) and then use cotton wool to wipe off.
  21. felixthecat

    felixthecat are we there yet?

    I actually ordered this last night! Good to hear a personal recomendation though:cool:
  22. polly

    polly Well-Known Member

    I find that rosehip oil really irritates my skin after a while, so be warned. I get loads of little red spots.

    My skin is absolutely fucked at the moment :mad: So dry, nothing seems to help. I am hoping that the warmer weather will help because I look like a raisin.
  23. Looby

    Looby Well-Known Member

    FYI, this is half price in Superdrug at the moment and I got another 10% student discount.
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  24. pengaleng

    pengaleng Lil' J Pengele PhD. The Angel of Sesh

    for the hair loss get a DHT blocking shampoo, take biotin, topically use jamaican black castor oil on your scalp

    for the fucked up skins that nothing will work on refer to my previous post directed at moose iirc

    managed to spot ordinary moisturiser 100mls last night came back in stock so got me a load, has all gone now tho

    not started retinoids yet, waiting for weather to stop having dehydrating conditions

    re: the ordinary peel solution if your skin is used to acids every day then use it, but dont do the full 10 suggested minutes the first time leave it on for 1-2 then increase it every next time or lower it if you react strongly - as it's such a high concentration of a mixture of different acids I would look into how to make a neutralising solution - not sure if different acids need different ones but glycolic is usually neutralised with a mix of water and bicarbonate of soda iirc, I would also google the contraindications for acid peels before doing it and also watch a few dermatologist videos of peels cus you really cant fuck about with things this strong, tbh I'm surprised they are allowed to sell it retail because it's practically medical grade, a lot can go wrong.

    if you never used exfoliating acids then go for the 7% toner cus more aint always better, wait 20 mins after cleansing at night cus you need to use acids on dry skin and at night, saturate a cotton pad and starting at the forehead do a single sweep - so i do mine top of my forehead, across forehead above eyebrows, middle of brows upwards, sides of brows downward, down bridge of nose, down sides of nose onto cheeks up to the ear and down the jawline, middle of cheeks down to jawline and chin, then under the jawline - then you should feel tingling, if the irritation gets to around a 4/10 on yer personal threshold and keeps increasing then wet a cotton pad and gently pat it onto the skin water is between ph7-8 sometimes higher so will adjust the acidity, leave skin for 20 mins before applying anything else - you might see some light peeling the next day dont pick at it, if you flake excessively and it lasts for more than a couple of days it's more likely to be an inflammatory reaction so scale back the usage or neutralise with water if you dont or use it on dry skin if you used it on damp - ALWAYS USE SUNCREAM WITH ACIDS.

    just a few things ive learned about chemicals

    I have been trying out the korean 7 skin method, basically layering toner 7 times pressing it into the skin with yer hands, skin is the word for toner in south korea, it's all about hydrating the skin without the need for moisturiser, you would still need to put an occlusive on top like suncream, oil, squalane, etc so you dont get TEWL - the toners gotta be hydrating with no alcohol etc so i just been using the rosewater and it actually works really good. also been applying products in ph order and getting better results and botox in a bottle is my new best friend
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  25. felixthecat

    felixthecat are we there yet?

    I love the AHA/BHA peel. Even if I do look like Carrie just after she's become Prom Queen which I've got it on:eek: God forbid I ever had to answer the door whilst its doing its stuff...

    Its a bit stingy when its on but nothing that makes me think I need to get this off NOW. And it really does make a difference to my skin - I admit to be very pleasantly suprised:cool:
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  26. Mogden

    Mogden I like tea

    Does this fit in this section? Is there a presumption that women don't do anything revolutionary with their hair? I want some set it hard hair wax or clay or something and all of them seem to be in the men's grooming section on sites like Superdrug and Boots. I'm using the VO5 stuff at the moment which is fine but it's still got a bit of play in it and given I'm currently shaved on one side of my head, I'd quite like it to stay put for the day rather than going all combover looking by lunchtime. And I'm not saying it has to be vegan but I'd rather like to not damage bunnies in the pursuit of dream hair, especially as most wax has an element of bee in it.
  27. pengaleng

    pengaleng Lil' J Pengele PhD. The Angel of Sesh

    why cant you use wax from the 'mens' section? the mind boggles.
  28. Vintage Paw

    Vintage Paw dead stare and computer glare

    Spotted some of peng's posts about micellar water on here, haven't really read them all but when I was looking online to reorder my usual cleanser I saw the same brand does a micellar water, so I had a bit of a read up about it. Ended up getting one from another brand in the end (Bioderma Sensibio). Only used it the once. Was amazed how my moisturiser didn't evaporate into nothing when I applied it after (I used my usual toner in between - Lush's Eu Roma Water).

    My skin feels nice. Feels kind of... normal. How it should feel. Soft and moisturised but not greasy. It feels like good skin, rather than skin that's being made to feel good with product, iyswim? But the outer corner of my eyes are a bit sore, so I'm guessing I've got the same sensitivity others have mentioned? I did wipe over my eyes with my toner after, but next time I'll try an additional step of wiping gently with water (just around my eyes) too.
  29. 8115

    8115 sitting down is bad for you

    I think Toni and Guy (boots) do some more waxy type products for laydees.

    I'm obsessed with their sea salt spray and have been for a while now. The serum from the same range is also great. It's one of the few areas of skincare where I haven't gone additive etc free.
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  30. moonsi til

    moonsi til worked it out now!

    I might have posted on here before about bubble masks? If so apologies but they are a fab laugh. Have just received 2 more to give as gifts.

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