Sunday, 13 March 2016

Requested reviews


Just a quick one. Thank you so much for all of your suggestions. I've closed the comments on the original post as we were nearing 400, and I think that's enough to be getting on with! :) 
I've seen some products listed that I won't review for numerous reasons but I'll put 'why' under your requests as I sit and go through them over the next fortnight or so.


Thanks All! 

59 comments:

  1. So excited to see if you're going to review mine!!!
    www.katieAsnyder.com

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  2. What do you think of Filorga? Have you tried anything from their range?

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    1. Thank you for replying! Your blog changed my whole routine and my skin. All videos watched twice, some of them more:)

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  3. Hi Caroline,
    Thanks for taking our request. Mine is not beauty related, but about children. If you feel like sharing, how did you handle more than one kid? when does it feel "normal" again? I have a three year old and just had a baby a month ago, and I feel like I'm drowning here. I read and re-read your post on pregnancy and post-delivery, and it was a lifesaver those first nights home. I would love to hear your experience! Thanks and love you as always!

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    1. Oh love you're only a month in. Give yourself time. It's absolutely exhausting. Even more so if you're feeding yourself. Nothing more tiring. I'm sure you'll be fine. Breathe! And sleep whenever you can. Keep me posted. And Congratulations! X

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    2. Mine are 18 months apart. The first year is the toughest. Just aim to get through each day and please reach out and ask for help. Good luck to you all! Time flies and mine are now 4 and nearly 6! I wish I could go back in time and freeze frame. Xx

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    3. I have a 6 month old baby and this is a great question. And I'm still feeding myself... Is this the link to the pregnancy post? http://www.carolinehirons.com/2014/06/pregnancy-breasts-dummies-and.html
      Thank you very much Caroline!

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  4. Hi Caroline, I meant to post asking if you could do a post or cheat sheet on how to layer products without getting 'rolling'. I had a feeling you had mentioned this already somewhere but after searching through posts couldn't find anything. If you have already done something on layering and how to avoid 'rolling' please can you point me in the right direction? If not please could you enlighten us :) Thanks!

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    1. It's on here somewhere. Try and avoid too many layers of silicones - that's all that causes it. Xx

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    2. http://www.carolinehirons.com/2015/04/cheat-sheet-when-to-use-natural-when-to.html

      Caroline mentions rolling here. I used her search with the word "rolling"

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  5. Hi Caroline.
    Plz review the Dermalogica Age Smart Overnight Retinol Repair cream. Any reason why you don't review or use Dermalogica products?

    I look forward to your blogs and vlogs every week!

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    1. To be honest I've just always found them to be average. They've never blown me away. I'll check it out though. :)

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  6. I just read every single comment on the original Requested Reviews Post and you haven't replied to anyone with either a yes or no? Miss the days when your blog used to be really engaging and we could actually interact with you.

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    1. Give us a chance! Bloody hell.

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    2. Ha ha! You're doing us a massive favour Caroline! For free! Chill your boots peeps! :)

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    3. #ChillYourTits. I would imagine Caroline is SUPER busy. She takes time out of her busy schedule to reply here.

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    4. As well as raising kids, running a home, working full time and travelling for work and still doing the blog for free! Not to mention getting heavy with the Dettol and baking!

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    5. Where are your manners Dina?! Good grief!!

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    6. Wow... What a strong sense of entitlement you have. Caroline probably did have more time to interact when this blog was less well known. Personally I love the fact that she shares her experience with us for free.
      Nice that you had time to read them all though Drina.

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  7. Hi Caroline, some advice? I've had a really bad flu and my skin took it hard. What is a good cream/oil to help restore my skin?

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    1. Really decent oils and moisturisers layered. You'll bounce back, but it takes time :) xx

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  8. Came here to ask you about Dermalogica and saw a previous comment on the same brand. :) although o would like to know about the brand as a whole and do you relate to their skincare philosophy.. Because they use plant oils for eg and that doesn't go well with many established review sites and still their success ration is high..! So what do you think?
    AND! Love your blog! Your video with pixiwoo on skincare is still ky fav and i watch it again n again whenever i need to refocus ����
    Take care!

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    1. I love plant oils, I'm not overly obsessed with Dermalogica. Sorry. They're just a little 'average' to me. X

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    2. Thank you so much! Fighting with post pregnancy hormonal acne. My baby is a month old now.. And as i am breast feeding cannot take any medication and couldn't visit a dermatologist as of yet.. :( any advice my situation would mean a lot..

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    3. I'm clearly not Caroline or an expert but I love Kypris Moonlight Catalyst! Might help with the acne and safe to use while breastfeeding

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    4. Thanks! Will surely look into it! xo

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  9. Hey Caroline, as I'm nearing 29, I've tried my first retinol cream, i got it off Amazon, it is the
    Poppy Austin® Best Retinol Cream for Day and Night. An Exquisite, Anti Aging Face Moisturiser. Vitamin E, Green Tea, Shea Butter and 2.5% Retinol. Voted 2015 Best Wrinkle Cream. Huge 100ml Bottle

    Any knowledge if this is a decent brand or even worth bothering with? It seems nice, i haven't had any skin issues.
    I am a student, and wondered have you ever done a university/ save a students face guide to skincare survival ;P
    Love you loads,
    Dan <3

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  10. Dear Caroline,
    You are just a marvel. End of. How you find the time to do all this, answering our endless questions and requests, not to mention being single handily responsible for saving many a face (mine included) I will never know.
    Thank you. Just a huge thank you.
    Kx

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  11. Ditto. Hope you're feeling the love!

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  12. just bought the nip+fab glycolic fix extreme pads, loved the FAB facial radiance im so excited to use these!

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  13. Hi Caroline,
    I bought I few glycol acid products - pixi glow to start with, then liquid gold...I didn't use them on the same day but they have badly broke me out on my forehead and jaw. I've read about 'purging' - is that a real thing? This has been going on a month now and I'm going to have to retire them. I've never had acne before. I'm 38 and have combination skin. I'd appreciate any advice. Thanks

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    1. Here you go, a link to Caroline's Beauty Myth re: Purging. http://www.carolinehirons.com/2013/10/beauty-myths-no-2-skin-purging.html

      You might have started using things too aggressively, so when your skin settles down you could consider trying every other day and working up to a more regular usage. (And start with the Pixi, it's more every day use and might be gentler for you.) Or you might have a problem with that acid and might want to look at her Zelens posts about their pads, which use a different acid.

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    2. Thanks so much Robbin. I really appreciate your help! Will look into the Zelens...

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  14. just bought the nip+fab glycolic fix extreme pads, loved the FAB facial radiance im so excited to use these!

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  15. Hi Caroline,

    Maybe not most appropriate topic but still..

    I have a question regarding essences like Tata Harper-Concentrated Brightening Essence, Omorovicza-Omoressence. This is new to me and I am not sure how to use it (if at all).

    On websites they suggest to appply it "after cleansing, before applying serum".

    Is that after exfoliating toner...??

    Is it worth it at all??

    Thank you!

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    1. Cleanse - exfoliating toner - spritz - serum - moisturiser

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    2. Ehm, yes I know that, thank you.

      When is ESSENCE stage? It is not exfoliating toner or spritz.

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    3. Oh, I think I've seen the post where Caroline uses the La Mer treatment lotion (essentially an essence) as a stage 2 toner. Ie after exfoliating toner, instead of a spritz.

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    4. I'm not Caroline, but I do have some experience with essences. In my opinion essence is definitely an "extra". I do cleanse/tone/essence/serum/moisturize. It's more of a booster/additional hydrating step. It just makes your skin super soft, dewy and glowy.

      I'm currently on my 3rd bottle, I think? Just my opinion, but if you want to try an essence, Asian skincare is the way to go. SK II is obvs a cult product (haven't tried it so can't comment on how it is). But there are tons of affordable alternatives. Missha FTE is a good dupe (although it was reformulated and it doesn't contain licorice root extract anymore).

      Cosrx have a lovely essence that is super affordable (3 main ingredients are Galactomyces ferment filtrate, Niacinamide and Sodium Hyaluronate). It's around $17-ish. I love that one, makes your skin as soft as a baby's bum.

      Goodal waterest essence is also lovely - it's made from fermented lotus and it has Saccharomyces ferment and Niacinamide. Smells kinda Aveda-ish. Again around $17ish.

      Nature Republic is more expensive ($27ish) and it has Saccharomyces ferment and ton of plant extracts. Like that one too.

      Superdrug also have their version of an essence, got it while I was in the UK last week for a whopping Ł3.50 I think? Haven't had the chance to try it out just yet.

      I checked Tata Harper essence and the ingredient list looks nice, but frankly Omorovicza one is ridiculously expensive given the ingredients list.

      Again this is just from my experience, everyone's skin is different.

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    5. Thank you Bertas!

      Maybe I'll give it a go.

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  17. Another Kate here - I also wanted to take time to just say thank you. Your advise, wisdom and humor has made a big impact on my life, my skin and my wallet. My first stop on the web every morning is to see if there is a new blog post since I checked the night before. It is always a great start to my day to find new pearls of wisdom from Lady Hirons!

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  18. Love your posts!!! Thank you thank you thank you for Ur time and effort. Would love to see your thoughts on Mary Kay new skin care line, Time wise Repair.

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  19. Hi Caroline, I know you interviewed Dr Sam Bunting awhile ago and your approach to skincare seems very different. For example, you're into double cleansing, balm cleansers which she considers a huge NO for acne prone skin. You also are not a fan of microneedling whereas she recommends using a home device to help with product penetration. I'm just confused on what approach to take, hers seems more affordable and consistent. While you seem to be always using new products etc. I also noticed you were trying a prescription retinoid in your Sali Hughes video. How did that go? :)

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    1. Hi Josh, I'm always trying new products because it's my job. I think some people get confused and think that if it wasn't my job, I would still use this many products on rotation every day! I wouldn't. I would use the usual cleanse/tone/spritz/serums/eyes/moisturisers but I would use them all up. Sam is very 'derm', as she should be, she IS one. :)
      I'm not a fan of soapy based cleansers and tools, whereas she is, and I don't like micro-needling, whereas she does. It's ok though - we're still mates. ;)

      Cx

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  20. OK so as soon as I read the comments had closed I wanted to add :) I'd like to second/third the request for MV Organics, also I know you had a bad experience with Grown Alchemist but what are your thoughts on the rest of the range? Last one is Carita, I tried a sample of a serum from them and it was amazing, any reviews? Love your blog, love your videos xx Ps any chance of a side-by-side comparison of the Jouer Luminising Tinted Moisturiser and the Chantecaille Just Skin, I've used both and I'm kind of loving the Jouer xx

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  21. Hi Caroline, love your posts! I would like to see what you think of Glossier's range of products (it seems too simple and easy to be true). Also what you think of Avène's cleanance gel cleanser as a 2nd cleanse etc.
    Would love to hear what you have to say!!!

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    1. Obviously not Caroline, but I've been using some Glossier stuff for about three months. It's my own, totally anecdotal opinion that Glossier is a really great brand. The Balm Dot Com is mineral-oil-based so I doubt it would be Caroline-approved, and while I know some people love it, to me it's the least interesting product as it's basically jacked-up Vaseline. I haven't tried the Skin Tint.

      I HAVE used the Milky Jelly Cleanser, Toning Mist, Priming Moisturizer, and Boy Brow, and the new concealer and lipstick are on their way. Boy Brow is fantastic. It's what other brands like Benefit have based their brow pomades upon (in the little mascara-like tubes). I love it. The Toning Mist is a really basic rosewater mist. It does burn my eyes if I leave them open while spritzing, but since most things do, I don't consider this an issue. It's a great mist for hydration if you're not expecting serum-level action.

      The Priming Moisturizer is my second favorite product. I have fairly normal skin, but it's very congestion-prone, and this moisturizer doesn't break me out or irritate. I do need to layer it over Hydraluron though, or it's not quite enough in the winter. I think it will be fine on its own in the summer. It's a got great texture and "spreadability."

      Now, for the Milky Jelly Cleanser...holy salmon cakes Batman. With complete honesty, it's the best cleanser I've ever used. I know some people have said it's glorified Cetaphil Hydrating Cleanser, or similar to La Roche Posay physiological cleansing gel, but I find it to be far superior as it really, really cleans without any adverse cleanser effects. I do double cleanse when I wear makeup/sunscreen (moringa balm or ole henrickson), but this one does take off makeup really nicely. It feels so comforting and effective, and I can't rave about it enough.

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  22. Hi Caroline,

    just a bit of clarification -- you will review some requested products as separate entries in the blog, and will explain why you are not reviewing others in the original review request blog?

    Thanks so much for this site! It is life-changing!

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  24. Please don't use Lady Hirons' blog to promote your wares. Be professional and contact her through the address and email for her business. You have already alienated a number of her devoted fans including me.

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  25. Hi Caroline - Just wondering if you would be able to recommend something to help with my skin. I work outside and need something to help protect my face from the wind and rain (as the north of the UK refuses to be sunny for more than one day a year). Thanks for your help, absolutely love your blog!

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  26. Apologies if someone has already requested this, but I'd love to hear your thoughts on Diptyque skincare. In particular, I know they have a cleansing balm, clay mask, and moisturizer. I couldn't find a full ingredient list online, but it looks like, at least for the cleansing balm, that it's mostly plant based.

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  27. I actually can't use Pixi Glow, but Luquid Gold is no problem, so I know it can't be the glycolic acid.
    I think it's the witch hazel in Pixi that makes me irritated and 'bumpy'. Have you ever noticed a reaction to that as an ingredient before? It's a pain of a reaction to have as so many products for combo skin have witch hazel in their inci.

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  28. Could you do a serum top ten list? and an oil top ten list?

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  29. Have you ever reviewed beautycounter products? If so, could you direct me as to where to find it? If not, I'd love to see what you think. You are brilliant😘

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