Product Reviews: Garnier, Lush, Neutrogena

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Hi everyone, today I have a few more reviews for you of skin care products.

I do try to keep these posts to a minimum since I realise they are not 'vintage' but since I have such sensitive and difficult skin, I feel like passing on my opinions of such products might help others who are in a similar position.

With that in mind, onwards to the reviews!

**Please note I am currently in the process of replacing some of the images in this post. In the meantime, you can view images of the products by clicking the links provided**

Garnier Simply Essentials 2-in-1 Make-up Remover

garnier simply essentials 2-in-1 makeup remover via lovebirds vintage


I bought this product in the hope that it would be a gentle and effective makeup remover. The idea is that you shake the bottle to mix the layers and then you get the dual effect of an oil-based makeup remover and a cleansing water. The product description claims that "your skin is perfectly cleansed with no residue" but although the reviews on the Boots website are largely positive, I haven't found that this product delivers as well as I would like. I have found that even after thoroughly cleansing my face with this product, there is still makeup coming away on the cotton wool when I use my toner afterwards. It does however seem to remove eye makeup much better than foundation, so perhaps the problem is the brand of foundation I use (Max Factor, in case anyone is wondering) rather than the cleanser). I find that it does also leave a slight residue although this is easily removed with your toner or just water. 

That being said, this product is definitely very gently and doesn't cause any stinging or itchiness when applied to the face or even the eyes. The price is really reasonable, and I have since repurchased this product.

Ingredients: Aqua/water, cyclopentasiloxane, isohexadecane, isopropyl palmitate, panthenol, rosa centifolia/ rosa centifolia flower water, dipotassium phosphate, poloxamer 184, polyaminopropyl biguanide, potassium phosphate, sodium chloride, CI 61565/ Green 6

Price: £3.25 for 200ml in Boots, I buy mine at a shop called Body Care for much less but they don't seem to have a website. 

Overall rating: 4/5

Garnier Body Intensive 7 Days Gel-Cream With Grape

This is a moisturising "gel-cream" product which provides a very light and easily absorbed formula intended for normal to dry skin. Despite this, I find it performs quite well even on very dry and damaged skin. This is the first time I have used a product with this gel-cream texture, but I like it. The texture is sort of like a very soft gel and it not sticky or greasy. It feels very cooling and soothing on the skin.

I really like the light fragrance of this product, and I have not found that it irritates my skin at all.

Ingredients: aqua/water, paraffinium liquidium / mineral oil, glycerin, elaeis guineensis oil / grape seed oil , peg-100 stearate, dimethicone, cetearyl alcohol, benzyl salicylate, bifida ferment lysate, carbomer, citral, linalool, methyparaben, phenoxyethanol, sodium hydroxide, xanthian gum, zinc gluconate, parfum / fragrance (fil b50083/1.) 

Price: £4.99 for 400ml in Boots

Overall rating: 4/5

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Deep moisture body lotion

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Deep Moisture Body Lotion


I have bought this product twice recently as I was very impressed with it the first time around, but as with many products on my skin it doesn't seem to be performing as well now that I've been using it for a while.

However, I have found the formula to be very moisturising and completely suitable for very dry and sensitive skin. It is fragrance free, so there are no perfumes to worry about. My skin feels very hydrated after using this product, and although I do keep it topped up throughout the day, I could probably get by with using it less frequently as the effects of it do seem to last well.

It is a little higher priced than some of the other moisturisers I frequently use, but it's not super expensive compared to some, and I do feel that the price is justified by the quality and highly moisturising effects of the product.

I have also recently tried the Norwegian Formula Intense Repair body lotion and I liked this one as well, but of the two I think I prefer the Deep Moisture lotion.

Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Paraffinium Liquidum, Isopropyl Palmitate, Stearyl Alcohol, Petrolatum, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben, Methylparaben.

Price: £7.65 for 400ml in Boots

Overall rating: 5/5

Lush Sympathy for the Skin


I absolutely love this product! It smells amazing and the texture is light yet still very moisturising. It is non-greasy and easily absorbed. I prefer it to Dream Cream, which I have also tried recently.

Unfortunately I found that I needed to use a lot of this product in order to get the desired effect on my skin, and as such I used up the entire pot in under two weeks. It seems from reading other reviews and from speaking to staff in the shop that you should only need a small amount of this product to moisturise your skin - however that was definitely not the case for me. I should mention though that my skin is in really bad condition at the moment and requires a large amount of any product to try and keep it hydrated.

For me, the price of this was just too high considering how long it lasted me, although it is probably more cost effective if you have normal or less damaged skin.

Ingredients: Vanilla Pod Infusion, Almond Oil, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fresh Organic Bananas, Stearic Acid, Glycerine, Triethanolamine, Sandalwood Oil, Lemon Oil, Labdanum Resinoid, Cetearyl Alcohol,*Limonene, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

*occurs naturally in essential oils
Price: £10.95 for 240g
Overall rating: 3/5 (points deducted for price!)

This product smells rather nice as long as you like lavendar, but personally I think it's more of a luxury or a treat than an everyday product. As a toner, it's useful for removing any left over traces of makeup from your skin after you've used your makeup remover/cleanser, but I didn't really notice any of the soothing/balancing/moisturising effects that it's supposed to have, although it does feel very silky and refreshing on the skin at the time of use. I'd buy this if I had some spare spending money and wanted to treat myself, but otherwise I probably wouldn't bother.

Ingredients: Lavender Water, Rose Water, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Methylparaben

*occurs naturally in essential oils
Price: £7.50 for 250g
Overall rating: 2/5

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, nor am I affiliated with any named companies.  All products were bought by myself with my own money with the exception of the Garnier Intensive 7 Days which was bought for my by my mum. All opinions are my own.


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  1. Keep them coming, dear gal!!! As a (immensely) sensitive skinned gal myself, too, I'm always highly curious to know what works, and wasn't doesn't, for my fellow vintage gals on this front. (Neutrogenia's sensitive products get top marks from me as well.)

    ♥ Jessica

  2. i agree with Jessica, its interesting to know what other sensitive skin gals use.
    Actually as of last fall, i've been getting more and more into using natural methods for my skin care. I have terribly sensitive, teenage acne prone skin like you would not believe and use organic coconut oil to remove makeup (even around eyes) and natural honey as a cleanser... and that's it. The honey leves my skin so moisturized i don't need anything else, though i have been experimenting with some oatmeal washes due to a flareup of rosacea.
    Can't wait to hear more!

    1. Someone else recommended coconut oil to me recently so I'm probably going to try that out soon. I've never heard of using honey as a cleanser though, doesn't it make you all sticky?


  3. Hi, thank you very much for help. I am going to test that in the near future. Cheers

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