Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Product Review: Bioderma Sensibio H2O & Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion

A little bit about my skin situation

I have normal to oily skin; I had acne in my teenage years and still struggle with breakouts {especially when I eat chocolate or drink fizzy drinks}; I have been on Roaccutane 3 times; I have lost track of how many facials I went for; I have used Benczac peroxide based face products & expensive Babour products.

After my third course of Roaccutane {18-19 years old}, I stopped using the expensive products because my skin was clear {AND because it was about R300, if not more, per product - gasp!}. So I started using Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion and Nutraderm Lotion. Then I asked my mom to buy me some more Cetaphil, and got the one for oily skin by accident. But I found that the Cetaphil Cleanser for oily skin removed my make-up better, so I continued to use this face wash.

After a few years of using it, I find it {Cetaphil for oily skin} isn't gentle enough on my skin. So I wanted to got back to using Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion, BUT then how do I remove my make-up properly. I asked Roxy {a fellow blogger of citygirlsearching - check her awesome blog out for more product reviews} for her advice and she suggested I tried Bioderma Sensibio H2O.

I am happy to say that I have found the perfect skin cleansing combination! I recently purchased Bioderma Sensibio H2O 250ml from Dischem for R149 and Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion 400ml from Dischem for R150.

What do I think of the product?

My observations after using Sensibio H2O on a cotton pad to remove my make-up:
  • It removes my make-up {incl. waterproof eyeliner} effortlessly
  • My face felt clean and residue free
  • My face felt moisturised
You don't need to wash your face after using Sensibio H2O, it is a waterless cleanser. I would be happy to stop here with my skin cleansing regime and just apply a moisturiser. However, I feel weird not using water and a cleanser to wash my face {strange I know}. So after removing my make-up I wash my face with the Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion.

On days when I don't wear make-up, I don't use the Sensibio H2O, I only wash with the Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion.

The final verdict

I will definitely buy this product again.

I hope this review helps you!


Product Review: Lee Stafford POKeR STRAiGHT SHiNE SERUM

Lee Stafford's poker straight shine serum promises 

"weightless, non greasy, serum with vitamins E and A... your hair will glow with health and sparkle like diamonds"

A little bit about my hair situation

I have long, normal to thick hair; I get blonde highlights on only the top half of my head every 3 months or so {the rest of my hair is naturally a mousey brown}; I used to straighten my hair {after it had air dried} at least twice a week {I always use tresemme heat protect spray}; my hair is naturally wavy and it looks a little frizzy without a bit of taming.

I decided to start blow-drying my hair instead of straightening it because the straightening just made my hair look flat, and it only looked good for a few hours - I wanted to wash my hair the next day. I find blow-drying my hair looks way nicer, and it stays 'fresh' for a few days without getting manky.

So I did some research to find out which serum I could use to make my blow-dry more *special*. I specifically looked at Lee Stafford products because a few months ago I purchased his "Bleach Blondes Shampoo {purple}" and I was really happy with the quality and price, and I LOVE the way it smells! {it smells expensive}. All of the reviews I read said that they were happy and would re-purchase the product. So I bought this product from Clicks for R95.

What do I think of the product?

My observations after using the product {2 pumps of the serum} on wet hair {just washed} and then blow-drying:
  • It is definitely light weight, non sticky & non greasy
  • My hair felt like silk
  • My hair had a healthy glow/shine to it without looking greasy
  • It smells amazing!
I even put another pump {one squeeze/pre-measured by the product dispenser} on the length and tips of my hair after blow-drying it to stray fly-aways.

The final verdict

I will definitely buy this product again. It's going on my "hair-products-must-haves" list!

I hope this review helps you!