October 20, 2010
Unfortunately, not all products recommended by Kahani and Syen work for me and vice versa due to our different skin needs. Kahani has mad oily skin, Syen's skin combo-oily while mine is oily-dry. The cleanser which broke Syen out works great for me but I won't touch Kahani's HG acne treatment with a 10 feet pole. Clinique's DDM gel works for Kahani and Syen but not for me.
There was that one product which all of us agreed on disliking albeit for different reasons; Syen hated the scent, Kahani got breakouts while it gave me rashes AND made me sneeze.
Here's my take on some previously reviewed products:
ZA 2-way foundation powder
It took me several tries to get this one right but the shades which suits me on most days is #23 and #24. Great stuff, especially for travelling, but with some drawbacks: (1) it sometimes makes my skin look dry, old and lined, (2) it can come off as quite cakey when applied with a sponge and (3) it doesn’t perform very well in the oil control department.
The last bit might be due to my weird skin though as most oil control products tend to make me oilier – weird but true.
Verdict: Nice budget item which I don’t have much problems using.
Read Syen's review here.
The Aspirin Mask
A great favourite amongst the acne-prone community, I used this for a year and loved it. My skin was smooth and clear. My pores were finer. Unfortunately, the crushed aspirin was irritating my nasal passageway so badly, I started having nosebleeds each time I used this mask.
Verdict: HG-worthy but approach with caution.
Read Kahani's review here.
Cellnique Pro-Sebum Gel
I received this from Cellnique to review and had such high hopes for it seeing how well it worked for everyone. Even my best friend swears by this stuff. Sadly, this dried my skin and broke me out quite badly, it took my face ages to recover. I was hoping that it was the result of a “purging effect” or another product but the minute I tried it out again, the same thing happened.
Verdict: Oily-dry skin types, beware and stay far, far away.
Kahani wrote about it here.
H2O+ Face Oasis Gel
When I found out that this worked well for Kahani’s oily skin and Connie’s dry skin, I swooned. Could this be the saviour of my oily-dry skin?
I got it, used it and ending up sitting on the fence for the longest time. It did what it was supposed to but otherwise, I wasn’t impressed. Then, I brought it with me travelling on a whim.
Several applications later, I stepped off the plane with glowy, bouncy skin. Fantastic stuff for travel, this is. I might have to revise my earlier opinions about H2O+ Face Oasis. The cool, jelly-like texture makes it a joy to use on hot days and you need so little, it’s alarmingly easy to go overboard.
Verdict: Worth the hype and worth a go if you have the moolah to spare.
Read Kahani's take here.
MUFE Super-Mat Loose Powder in No. 12
Remember what I said earlier about oil-control products making me oilier? That is exactly what happened with this product. It soaked up the oil so well, my skin went into overdrive trying to compensate for the drop in oil levels. Once the powder hit saturation point, the $hit hit the fan and all hell broke loose after that.
Verdict: My loss is my sister;'s gain. Oily-dry skin types, do not touch with a 10 foot pole.
Kahani's original review is here.
Is there anything you have tried which worked for us but not for you?