My first month of radar went very well!
I like having a group of products that I focus on specifically for a whole month. I can, of course try other products in between, but having a focus group means I can dedicate more time to them.
The Formula 10.05 So Totally Clean was the first surprise. I was worried about the ingredients, and didn’t go into my month trial with a very positive outlook. But 4 weeks on, and it’s still on my bathroom shelf. It is very strong, and you have to be careful not to go too close to your eyes, but it seriously cleans every last scrap of dirt or make-up off your skin! My skin is quite dry and a bit sensitive, and it didn’t dry-out my skin or make it breakout. So I think it’s a good buy for most skin types. You’ll find it at selected Clicks stores.
The Nioxin Hair System Kit for Normal to Thin Looking Hair was a bit of a mixed bag for me. I liked the shampoo and conditioner – they left my hair looking and feeling healthy. But the Scalp Treatment was a real fag for me. You have to apply it to your scalp while your hair is still damp. I was good for a week, and then just kept forgetting. I have enough to do with my mornings without having to remember to apply something to my scalp. Maybe if I were worried about my hair thinning, I would pay more attention… But I’m not convinced.
Elizabeth Arden’s Prevage Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum was a dud for me. I applied it twice (carefully following the instructions), and both times it made my eyes sting. So two days in, it was binned! I’m not happy to play around with my eyes – especially after the scare stories of people’s eye changing colour from using these types of products. I must note here that Arden has, on many occasions, promised us that their product has been extensively tested, and that it will not do this. I believe them, but am still not happy to use something that makes my eyes sore.
The Nailologie pills were fantastic. After a month of taking just 1 pill a day, my nails are longer and stronger than they ever have been! Two thumbs up!
I had high hopes for the Like Silk Make-Up Remover Pads. And although they did work fairly well at removing make-up, they didn’t even come close to removing waterproof mascara. I also found that they tore very easily. I think I would rather stick it wet wipes.
SkinCeuticals was an effort, but one that was worth it. The 3 steps in the morning took far too long – I like to get ready quickly, so having to wait for two serums to absorb before applying sunscreen was a little irritating. I saw great results on my skin, though. Having said this, I think that the Retinol 0.3 Refining Night Treatment was what made all the difference. I applied it every 3 nights (it contains 0.3% pure retinol, so can make the skin very sensitive). My pigmentation is now much lighter and my fine lines and wrinkles are vastly reduced. I’m going to carry on with the Retinol, but am going to claim my time back in the mornings.
Coverderm’s Maxydrat impressed me even more last month. I supplemented my SkinCeuticals routine with it, as my skin felt quite dry from the Retinol. It is a fabulous moisturiser that deeply hydrates the skin without leaving it greasy. This one’s a keeper!
The best of the bunch, however, was the GOSH Velvet Touch Foundation Primer. If you want your foundation to last all day, without creasing, you need to get hold of some of this! I’m obsessed with it – I have used it every single day. Even on days when I don’t want to wear foundation, I still put a thin layer of primer on to even-out my skin tone.
So that was my November. Some products were not so great, but most good on whole. Oh, and I still love that Little Mermaid perfume!
What products did you try and love last month?