I've been using Oil of Olay on my face since I was 12. I saw my mom use it and thought it would be a good idea. In high school, I started playing tennis and switched to using Oil of Olay with SPF protection. And I had been doing good until lately... I'm starting to see freckles! I blame the sun. I've been seeing more of it lately, thanks to Mashimaru. :)
I did a little on-the-street research as well trying them myself and here are my favorites for keeping my face happy and fresh looking
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Shiseido Future Solution LX Eye and Lip Cream has won me over. It's a hefty pricetag, and since I'm not looking to correct visible wrinkles as of yet - the initial results took a little bit to see. My eyes do feel fresher and less poofy in the mornings. I still use Oil of Olay on the rest of my face and neck.
But here's my biggest convincer - I stopped using the cream for 5 days while I was battling a head cold. I wasn't going anywhere and the cold made me lazy. My lips became raw and chapped from blowing my nose constantly. Usually, even with slathering on my usual lip balm, my lips were still chapped and painful. This time I used the Shiseido Eye and Lip Cream and overnight my chapped lips were smooth as ever. Seriously. It's miracle lip balm.
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At most I would use eye liner, eye shadow, and a little mascara. A touch of lip color, maybe. But now that I have freckles (!!) I had to find something to even me out a bit. I have a combination of oily and dry skin and found that MAC Studio Tech can actually give me a light and consistant coverage. It even photographs well! I was able to find a shade that matched my natural skin tone. Nicholas says I look like the me that comes out of the shower kind of natural. Again, it's pricey, but I really like the coverage and the big bonus is it doesn't make me break out.
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I got this as a free sample so I thought why not... In my experience, all makeup removers are pretty much the same light oil based cleanser. Whether the pre-moistend wipes or little bottles, all the ones I've used gave the me same results. It takes a little effort, but I could skip it and just wash with a face wash.
With this one, the bottle says to place the moisten cotton pad on the eye and gently wipe off. I can tell you that with the gentlest swipe ever... anything on your eye that you weren't born with will come off*. It's a nice sensation to not have to rub the cleanser in. And it makes me feel less bad about constantly sporting the smokey eye look. It takes some vigorous shaking to get the product on to a cotton pad, but I noticed it's because you really don't even need that much for it to do the job. Amazing stuff.
*This does not include super glue, wierd piercings, or tattoo'd eye liner. I haven't tried, but I don't want needles on my eyeballs either.