May. 25th, 2017 07:44 am
elsewhence: (invent the universe)
side effect of combining hada labo premium and nivea cream: the usually thick and greasy cream practically liquifies on my skin. a lot like applying it to moist skin, but far less unpleasantly squidgy. i'm not complaining!

also, one thing that i think has made a real difference to my skin: mandelic acid. glycolic acid didn't help much, neither did salicylic acid, but mandelic acid, which shares some properties of both, seems to help. true to my usual approach, i bought a small bottle of 70% mandelic acid and diluted it down to 10% (far lower price per ml than if i'd bought 10%), which i use daily. i did wonder whether that seller was genuine, but the product i got tested fairly acidic, smelled like bitter almonds and my skin seems to respond to it well, so that's good enough for me.

May. 23rd, 2017 01:11 am
elsewhence: (guide text adventure)
i think my skin may just not like products with ceramides in them. as i said, i ran out of the meishoku ceracolla perfect gel, and my skin texture became more even. but a little while after that i started using a toner with the same featured ingredients (three ceramides + phytosphingosene + cholesterol, three forms of hyaluronic acid, collagen, also a bunch of amino acids) because these ingredients are considered so universally beneficial and i found it hard to believe that one of them could be the problem, but now i have slight uneven texture on my cheeks again...

i know it's not the hyaluronic acid because a whole bottle of hada labo gokujyun hyaluronic acid lotion (which also contains three forms of hyaluronic acid) caused no such issues, and because the reason i'm now suspicious is because i was lazy and used a minimal routine of foaming cleanser - hada labo gokujyun premium hyaluronic acid lotion (which contains five forms of hyaluronic acid) - nivea cream for the last couple of days, and my skin looks better now. the other possibilities would be that my skin doesn't like collagen (topically applied collagen only works as a humectant anyway - if i wanted to test for that, i could just test a different product with collagen but without ceramides).


May. 5th, 2017 06:26 am
elsewhence: (warning it's raining men)
product that may not have been so great after all: meishoku ceracolla perfect gel. the ingredients look great, i used up an entire jar and didn't immediately order another one because i wanted to see whether it was actually making a difference to my skin... and a few days after i stopped using it, the bumpy texture on my cheeks began to even out. i never would've suspected this product, i didn't see any negative effects when i first introduced it! the only explanation i can think of is that there may not have been enough healthy skin on my cheeks for me to actually see any difference, there were a lot of scabs left behind by pimples and for some reason scabs take fucking forever to disappear from my face. seriously, i'll see people talking about tricks to get a scab to fall off after 3 days instead of 5 and i'll be like, your scabs already fall off after less than one week and you think you have a problem?? try having them stick around for weeks and weeks with no apparent progress! i have no idea what's up with that, considering that wounds on other parts of my body heal at a normal rate.

Mar. 8th, 2017 09:55 pm
elsewhence: (guide text adventure)
look, claiming that your skin will become dependent on certain products to look good makes as much sense as claiming that diabetics' bodies will become dependent on insulin shots to keep their blood sugar at normal levels

Sep. 2nd, 2016 07:04 am
elsewhence: (arkanoid and vaus)
now let's just hope we don't actually have school until 3 PM today and they just didn't update the plan properly. we never have school until 3 PM on fridays! everyone's plans revolve around it ending at 1 PM! surely the teacher can't want to stay that long, either? maybe even if it's officially meant to be a long day, he'll just sort of forget about it?

totally different subject, right side of my face has actually cleared up for once, left side is still freaking out! stupid piece of shit. love your body my ass. would you tell an employee who keeps on colossally fucking up his single task "it's okay, you tried so hard! :)"? just because he somehow miraculously managed to be present at all? existing is not a feat that deserves major recognition!

i do like how i sleep on my right side and thereby defy all "helpful" tips about just changing your pillowcase more frequently. honestly at this point i'd actually just straight up punch anyone who tried to give me, personally, that kind of "simple" advice. because it'd be like, do you seriously think i'd still have skin problems at age 30 if getting rid of them was down to something that easy? do you honestly think i haven't already tried it all? nice job implying that i'm either stupid or lazy! thankfully nobody seems to.

Jun. 19th, 2016 12:13 pm
elsewhence: (common eye spider)
honestly, seeing these foaming dispensers work so well just makes me think of what a horrible waste regular pump dispensers actually are. i mean, i filled mine with one teaspoon (actual non-standardised teaspoon, not weird unit of measurement) of facial cleanser - which turns out to be precisely one pump - and nine teaspoons of water just to test it, and that works perfectly well and will easily last for at least a week, mornings and evenings. on the other hand, the smallest amount i'd be able to get out of the regular pump would be maybe 1/3 of a pump, and i'd use it all for a single washing. how pointless.

the only thing i'd worry about is potentially fucking up the preservative system by diluting it that much, but i can easily get around that by, you know, just not preparing too much at once. also i'm not convinced facial wash can go bad at all. i have shower gel that's several years old (for instance some from schlecker's store brand...) and still performs as expected. looks and smells like it should, cleanses properly, my skin doesn't react to it, why should i get rid of it. seems like facial wash should be basically the same.

Jun. 18th, 2016 08:57 pm
elsewhence: (jawa harmless)
brief skincare impressions.

- cerave foaming facial cleanser. i like this one quite well, though to be fair that mess of a neutrogena cleanser really lowered my expectations. how much can you even really get wrong with a cleanser?? a lot, apparently. "doesn't fuck your skin up" shouldn't need to be on the list of criteria. this one seems to do a pretty good job of calming it down instead, though. it's actually slightly pricey for me because it's imported, i paid 14€ for one bottle, but i've diluted it for use in a foaming dispenser, and it still works fine at a ratio of 1:9, which really mitigates the cost. nevermind that it's more fun to use. :D

... i am now incredibly tempted to put some diluted shiseido perfect whip into the other empty foaming dispenser i have around. i don't use the stuff anymore because it leaves my skin feeling pretty coarse, but looking at what crazy foam it can create just using your hands (though i never got it to do that), i just really want to see what would happen. i think it's a kind of trainwreck syndrome. and i could use it as a body wash if it works, the skin on my body isn't nearly as sensitive...

- mizon acence mark-x blemish after cream seems to do a pretty good job of helping pimple marks to fade, with the obvious caveat that i don't know how long it would take them to fade if i wasn't using it. i guess i would've had to leave some marks untreated for that, but the whole point is that i want to get rid of them! i only have the subjective impression that it takes less time than it did in the past. it's fine by me since it doesn't cost much, that amazon listing is actually expensive compared to some on ebay.

Jun. 8th, 2016 03:55 pm
elsewhence: (match)
skincare product i don't love: neutrogena visibly clear spot clearing facial wash. it gives me clogged pores, plus a bunch of those tiny poorly defined bumps. after only a few days of using it. that is the precise opposite of the point. encourages healthy skin my ass!

back to dermasence mousse for a couple of days. and then i've got two other cleansers lined up to test.

May. 29th, 2016 12:23 am
elsewhence: (Default)
skinfood's black sugar mask sure tastes disgusting for something that smells so delicious. >:(

May. 20th, 2016 07:59 pm
elsewhence: (r2-d2 surprised)
newly acquired but promising skincare: hada labo gokujyun hyaluronic acid lotion. suddenly i understand the concept of a hydrating toner preparing your skin to better absorb other products! it really seems to help draw in moisture from said other products. and i only need a few drops for my whole face, too. let's hope it will live up to my first impression.

May. 16th, 2016 06:13 pm
elsewhence: (puzzle pieces)
look, i do like emulsifying oil cleansers, but the idea that you need them because water doesn't mix with oil and therefore foaming cleansers can't remove fatty substances is just plain wrong. don't you have any idea what a surfectant is? if foaming cleansers could only remove water-soluble dirt like sweat they'd be completely useless, you could just use plain water instead! emulsifying oil cleansers are useful for substances that can only be dissolved by oil, but don't actually consist of it, like sunscreen or waterproof mascara. i mean, what, would you also argue that you can't effectively clean your hair with shampoo and that you need to smear an emulsifying oil into it instead?? that's so obviously not the way it works.

May. 6th, 2016 01:36 pm
elsewhence: (r2-d2 surprised)
skincare product i really like right now: mario badescu's buffering lotion. it's meant for treating cystic acne, and while i don't think my skin problems as a whole qualify as that, i do occasionally get one of these deep infected painful pimples that would just turn into a bloody mess if you attempted to extract them because they have no visible opening and that don't seem to change at all if you leave them alone. but dabbing this stuff on them for a couple of nights in a row actually makes them flatten and makes the infection go away! i'm a fan.

Apr. 8th, 2016 08:26 pm
elsewhence: (beauty)
new addition to list of good concealers: kevyn aucoin sensual skin enhancer. it's pretty costly, so i just have a sample for now, but that's going to last a while because you only need a tiny amount of it. i actually thought i had the wrong colour at first because of the way it stood out on my skin, but turns out that was because i'd applied too much, SX03 (fair with olive undertones) is actually perfect. very happy with it.

also with the way that my skin is improving. the glycolic acid is having an effect, i'm getting whiteheads in places that were just vague skin-coloured bumps before. which is precisely what's supposed to happen, the glycolic acid thins the skin over the stuff trapped underneath so it can get to the surface and disappear! which it does! magic.

Mar. 30th, 2016 10:14 pm
elsewhence: (jawa harmless)
pay some stupid amount for glycolic acid pads? nah, just buy some 70% glycolic acid, use distilled water to dilute it to 10% (because that's relatively much cheaper than buying 10%), soak some nail wipes in the result (because cotton pads would soak up far more product than is actually required for one application and therefore waste it) and store them in an airtight container. the result tingles but doesn't burn on my skin, so it's working! any ingredients that commercial products have beyond that are pointless anyway, i don't like it when products attempt to fill more than one purpose. an exfoliation product should exfoliate and nothing else. if i want to moisturise afterwards, that's what moisturiser is for...

Jul. 10th, 2013 01:13 pm
elsewhence: (beauty)
thank heavens for foundation that can turn this blotchy bumpy mess into something approximating human skin. or thank science actually, i guess. :3

seriously i don't know what i've done to upset my skin this much. my skincare seemed to be working so well! though i'm thinking that once i use up the current stuff i'll try going back to plain soap and nivea cream, see whether that works. i mean, it was fine for generations of people. i just don't actually like putting so much effort into this kind of thing.

Mar. 21st, 2013 07:54 pm
elsewhence: (r2-d2 fail)
anatomicals you need a blooming shower!, 2.99£ -> 6.95€. the increase may not seem as extreme at first glance because the overall price is lower, but the relative increase is really no different from the other brands i've already complained about. it's all so ridiculous.

Mar. 8th, 2013 12:30 pm
elsewhence: (warning it's raining men)
benefit porefessional, 30$ in the US, 32€ here. high beam, 26€ in the US, 27€ here. benetint, 30$ in the US, 32€ here. box o' powders, 28€ a piece in the US, 32€ here. are you trying to make fun of us or something? this is almost as bad as the way that when we switched to the euro in the first place, a lot of products just kept exactly the same prices even though the new currency was worth almost twice as much...

i hope that their sales are lower by precisely the amount that would be needed for them to lose whatever they gain by making the prices higher. >:| the fact that they're not easy to find probably helps. (same thing goes for soap&glory, actually, aren't they sold in drugstores in the UK? only perfumeries here, with the prices i've already complained about. i think a lot of brands try to turn themselves into high-end stuff here when they really aren't, in the hopes of taking advantage of peoples' cluelessness and/or laziness, with the effect on their image being precisely what you'd expect.)

Mar. 3rd, 2013 05:54 am
elsewhence: (alligator)
soap&glory no clogs allowed: RRP 11£ in great britain, 25€ here. no, come on, it's been a long time since the british pound was worth that much! the english-language page even says 11£/12.87€, what the hell. that's only about half as much money for the same amount of product.

i wish it didn't actually work so well.

the other products aren't quite as extreme, but the effect is still noticable. possibly i should investigate whether i can't just order directly from great britain, it'll probably wind up being cheaper even considering shipping. >:|

completely unrelatedly, playing with skirt patterns again and apparently the fullest part on mine needs to be the upper thighs, not the hips. because there's some pretty pronounced fat deposits on their outsides. no wonder drafts that assumed that the hip should be the fullest point never worked out. let's see if the newest one does.