Thursday, May 30, 2013


Before applying foundation or any sort of make up product, it is very important to have a well primed base and to help allow your foundation to glide on seamlessly and avoid looking cakey then starting off with a great face moisturiser is key! Now I can go through all sorts of moisturisers and the types but I'll be here forever, so I'll briefly run through my skin type and the two moisturiser's that I am currently using.

My skin type:
- Oily t-zone
- Combination skin
- During the winter I develop some dry spots
- A few blemishes
- Under eye dark circles
- Not acne prone

I consider myself lucky because I only suffer from pimples when it's that "time of the month" and I only get the one pimple that usually likes to grow right in the centre of my face! But that's only once a month, which is awesome. Other than that, I think my skin isn't too, the only problem I have is uneven skin tone, which I think everyone has. So when I look for a moisturiser, these are the things I look for:

- Oil control
- Moisturising (duhh!!!)
- Softens my skin
- Does not have that sticky feeling after application
- Settles into my skin quickly
- Fragrant free
- Thin in consistency

Now the first face moisturizer that I have using for the last couple of years and which I consider to be one of my holy grail products is the Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturiser for Combination skin. 
Love that it has a pump for easy control

I love this moisturiser and the reason why it is one of my HG products is because it does exactly what I want it to do. It moisturises my dry areas yet controls my oil in my t-zone. This moisturiser absorbs really quickly into my skin and according to Neutrogena it does not clog pores (which obviously is a plus). 

Neutrogena states:
- allergy tested
- fragrance free
- alcohol free

I give this product a 5/5!!!!

The next product, which is a recent discovery is the Cetaphil moisturising lotion. I've heard a lot about the Cetaphil face products on youtube and thought I'd give it a go since their prices were quite reasonable. Now, doing my research, I've realised this product is definitely up there in people's Holy Grail list, however, it still hasn't won me over just yet. I've only used it for a couple of days so I guess I can't really say much. 
Squeeze bottle for ease of control
The reason why this moisturiser has not won me over just yet is because of how thick it feels on my skin. Once applied it takes a while for the product to sink into my skin and when touched, it feels quite sticky. Therefore, I've been using this product at night after I wash my face and before I go to bed. It feels quite heavy when I wear it under my make up during the day. However it does control my oil quite well. 

Cetaphil states:
- a non greasy formula
- contains emollients and humectants (proven to bind water to the skin to prevent moisture loss)
- ideal for total body moisturisation
- ideal for all skin types

I rate this moisturiser so far a 2.5/5 (just not winning me over just yet)

*I forgot how much these moisturisers cost but from the top of my head the Neutrogena one was about AUS$12-13 and the Cetaphil about $10* Both very affordable . . .

So, what are you holy grail face moisturisers? Any suggestions for my combination/oily skin?

disclaimer: all photos are my own

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