What products have you tried that actually make a noticeable difference?

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Scarletohello Sun 22-Sep-13 22:37:49

I have been using Bodyshop Rainforest shampoo for a few weeks now and I can really see the difference in my hair! My hair is dry, wavy/ curly and prone to frizz. It's now much softer, shinier and less frizzy. Yay! ( thinks its cos its sulphate free)

I read about it on another thread here and wanted not only to pass it on but also to see what other gems Mumsnetters have...?

MangoTiramisu Mon 23-Sep-13 05:09:26

Things that have made a massive difference to my hair/ skin include:

La Roche Posay Toleraine
Moroccan Oil for hair and Moroccan Oil Shampoo
Having a keratin treatment
Having a regular mani/pedi (makes a big diff to nails and state of feet)

conquita Mon 23-Sep-13 06:42:01

Sunday Riley:
Good Genes
Juno face oil
Ceramic Slip face cleanser

AMAZING stuff, expensive, but my skin has never looked better smile

FoxyHarlow123 Mon 23-Sep-13 06:50:03

Soap n Glory foot file.
Babyliss big hair.
Clinique even better foundation.

ihatethecold Mon 23-Sep-13 07:02:41

Clinique eye cream.
I've used it for years and wouldn't be without it.
Clarins perfume.
Hot cloth cleanser. Usually liz Earle.
Biolage shampoo and conditioner.

Colgate sensitive toothpaste wink

sadsong Mon 23-Sep-13 07:17:53

Dermalogica eye brightener, total eye care. I've always suffered from dark circles even as a child. You could think id got permanent black eyes.

Karbea Mon 23-Sep-13 07:24:01

Clarins exfoliating brightening toner - it's amazing.

MrsMaryCooper Mon 23-Sep-13 07:25:00

Tresemme Keratin Shampoo & Conditioner etc makes a big difference to the texture of my coarse hair. Much more than any of the expensive stuff I have tried.
Aveeno moisturiser

JemimaPuddle Mon 23-Sep-13 08:58:19

Alpha H Liquid Gold
Alpha H night cream
Decleor Balm Essential
Superdrug Radiance Cleanser
Flexitol nail & cuticle cream
Argan oil

closetcat Mon 23-Sep-13 09:36:20

Alpha H Liquid Gold
Lulu Time Bomb handcream
Benefit They're Real mascara
Bobbi Brown Compact foundation
Real Techniques make-up brushes
Champneys citrus blush dry body oil
L'Occitane Almond shower oil

JustBecauseICan Mon 23-Sep-13 09:38:09

30% GA peel
Neal's Yard Frankincense
Hyaluronic acid serum

PoshPaula Mon 23-Sep-13 09:40:53

Shampoo and conditioner with no chemical stuff in (Sulphates?) does definately make a difference. My hair looks and feels better. I think it's called Avalon, it's lemony.

Taking vitamin supplements helps my skin and nails.

frankietwospots Mon 23-Sep-13 09:47:45

Interesting thread!

ihatethecold - which Clinique eye cream do you use?

MissDD1971 Mon 23-Sep-13 09:58:35

Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean cleanser.

Clinique airflash/brush illuminating for under eyes.

A good blusher - currently using MAC cremeblush in something special.

also surprisingly enough eyeliner - Body Shop Navy apparently makes your eyes look less tired and purple does this too I think. And I like Bare Minerals Big and Bright Eyeliner in espresso.

Also love Bobbi Brown Hydrating Creme.

TallulahBetty Mon 23-Sep-13 10:02:25

Rapidlash. I can definitely tell a difference - my eyelashes are longer and eyebrows thicker.

aftereight Mon 23-Sep-13 10:09:22

Moroccan Oil
L'Oreal Revitalift laser renew serum
Nivea in shower body conditioner
Clarins facial oil
Aussie shampoo and conditioner

And I say this as someone who has tried all sorts of higher end stuff over the years

ihatethecold Mon 23-Sep-13 11:17:15

The Clinique eye cream is called all about eyes. It's in a pot.

VestaCurry Mon 23-Sep-13 11:39:13

Japanese dry body brush

Lottapianos Mon 23-Sep-13 12:55:10

Astral or Nivea for face cream
Soap and Glory Hand Food - best hand cream I've tried
OPI Avoplex cuticle remover gel
Tresemme Naturals shampoo and conditioner
Boots pink curl creme

YellowbelliedSapsucker Mon 23-Sep-13 12:57:04

Coconut oil hair mask
Cuticle cutters - can't believe it took me so long to discover these!
Body Shop Aloe Vera night cream - got rid of flakey winter cheeks.

YellowbelliedSapsucker Mon 23-Sep-13 12:58:50

Also just rediscovered YSL Touch Eclat for under eyes...used it religiously when I was early 20s until I realised I didn't actually need it. Now I'm in my 30s I do need it and it makes a big difference.

TheGerontocracy Mon 23-Sep-13 13:01:02

Neal's Yard Rose Facial Oil
Body brushing - especially on arms
thisworks Perfect Legs Skin Miracle
yy to cuticle trimmers

TheGerontocracy Mon 23-Sep-13 13:03:09

Oh, and Weleda shampoos have transformed my hair - the lemon balm and orange blossom shampoo & conditioner have got my hair in such good nick I've been able to grow it to shoulder length for the first time in years without it looking all straggly grin

coffeeinbed Mon 23-Sep-13 13:03:59

Dr Hauschka nail oil
clarins blue orchid oil
Lancôme Genifique
Decleor Baume essentielle
Clarins body oils - tonic and anti-eau

JedwardScissorhands Mon 23-Sep-13 13:06:36

- Soap and glory foot file
-Double cleansing (I use Superfacialist oil cleanser then La Roche Posay toleraine)
-Body brushing every morning
-Revlon baby stick cream blushed

PoppyAmex Mon 23-Sep-13 13:06:48

Solid coconut oil

Origins Vitazing (tinted moisturiser/bb/cc cream)

Hot cloth cleanser (use Liz Earle but think it doesn't matter as long as you use the cloth method)

Micelar French waters - brilliant as make up removers before cleanser. I use Roche Posay.

YellowbelliedSapsucker Mon 23-Sep-13 13:09:42

VestaCurry What's a Japanese dry body brush? I think I need one.

Sophiedotty Mon 23-Sep-13 13:20:57

Revitalash. About 6 weeks ago my lashes were short & stubby after lash extension removal. They are now back to normal. They feel thicker, longer & the corners are starting to curl. I'm very impressed.

wiltingfast Mon 23-Sep-13 17:07:43

Trilogy rose hip oil.

Fantastic stuff for my dry sensitive skin. Also eased redness in cheeks and reduced pores. Got rid of flaky patches and those tiny bumps on my forehead. My desert island product definitely!

Also avene hand cream best I've ever used. That's the French brand in white and peach packaging (ie not aveeno).

wiltingfast Mon 23-Sep-13 17:09:01

poppy what do you do with the coconut oil? Have noticed it appearing on shelves but not sure what it is for?

GeorginaWorsley Mon 23-Sep-13 17:13:40

Ever Sleek shampoo/conditioner,sulphate free.
Rimmel primer.
YSL Touche Éclat foundation makes my skin look wonderful,as does Benefit Oxygen Wow foundation.Both require primer though to make them last.
Babyliss big hair,smaller barrel .My hair bra strap length but prefer this one.

PoppyAmex Mon 23-Sep-13 17:37:27

wilting it's in solid form and melts immediately in your hands.

I read on MN you're meant to use Organic, Raw coconut, not entirely sure why, but it's very good value for money so I bought this massive tub

I use it after the shower as a moisturiser, as a hair mask once a week or fortnight, as a frizz tamer when the hair is dry, in the toddler's bath once a month (I can't tell you how ridiculously soft her skin and hair are for days after). It's brilliant for toddlers, because it's edible so quite safe.

I have the driest skin and hair in the world and even rich oils like Elemis or REN Moroccan Rose would disappear without a trace of moisture after a few hours; but this has worked wonders for me.

wiltingfast Mon 23-Sep-13 17:46:15

Hmmm, I have shocking dry skin too, really bad on calves and upper arms, chicken type skin iykwim, bleurgh. Must try the coconut oil.

Am searching for a dry skin facial moisturiser, what are you using poppy? I'm using trilogy ultra cream at mo which is not bad but not fantastic. Budget an issue alas or I'd totally try creme de la mer!

JemimaPuddle Mon 23-Sep-13 18:13:25

Poppy do you just put a scoop in the bath water?

PoppyAmex Mon 23-Sep-13 18:51:10

wilting I'm sad to report that creme de la mer didn't work for me - it made my skin strangely greasy (for the first time ever) but with dry patches confused

And I have no allergies/eczema, just very dry skin!

I tend to use oil or serums under moisturiser; at the moment I'm using this one and this, which is cheap as chips

With Triology, do you feel your face is still moisturised by the end of the day?

Jemima yes, just a little scoop under water while the bath runs. I tried it twice a week but it was making DD's hair a bit greasy, so we switched to once a month.

Vintagebeads Mon 23-Sep-13 19:49:28

La Roche Posay(purchased on the advice of this board) every time, my dry sensitive skin is reborn.

It feels soft and looks better and not expensive.

JemimaPuddle Mon 23-Sep-13 22:15:34

Thanks Poppy will give it a try.

MrsDeVere Mon 23-Sep-13 22:19:10

Soap and Glory Wish Upon a Jar. Its bloody brilliant.
My skin felt really bleugh and congested. I used it and it really made a difference.

I need to get some more as soon as there is a special on.

Anja1Cam Mon 23-Sep-13 22:28:35

Arm & Hammer sensitive toothpaste. you just need to get used to the odd taste though!

Body Shop Hemp hand cream (and I have tried loads), and also hemp face protector cream - or any cycling in wind/winter makes me look like I've got sunburn

Lazysuzanne Mon 23-Sep-13 22:35:52

Babyliss big hair is pretty good but I cant think of anything else which has surprised or wowed me.
I like coconut oil for skin but dont find it any better than olive oil.
I've tried expensive moisturisers but my fave is Lush skin drink

wiltingfast Mon 23-Sep-13 22:45:56

Not really poppy, especially during the winter. Hence the search for a new moituriser! I'm looking at the Caudalie stuff maybe but not sure. MakeUpAlley seems to give the brand a thumbs up.

I know la roche posay vintage but trying to pick a product from their endless white boxes with french titles drives me a bit batty! Which one do you use? Sorry to be so nosey!

Sockywockydoodah Mon 23-Sep-13 23:02:07

<scribbling Christmas list>

I'm really liking the L'Oreal Eversleek range. And their Skin Perfection Micellar water is cheap as chips in boots at the moment.

I'm also using Pixi Glow Tonic and Timeless Treat serum and liking them.

Oh, and another vote for Clinique All About Eyes.

<<watches thread with interest>>

I'll add

Aveeno hand cream
Le Petit Marseilles stuff - all lovely.
This Works Sleep range - Iknow not strictly S&B - but it's effective, iyswim?


Quelle horreur.


Kiehls Ultimate Strength Hand Salve (buy large tube as double the smaller one but for only £5 more)

Driclor (more of a practical product but does the job)

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo on spots, however I only use topically and at night under a facial oil as I find it can be way too harsh on my sensitive skin. Get rid of any breakouts fast.

La Roche Posay Hydraphase UV Riche. My favourite ever day cream, no mineral oil, stops any dryness and offers UVA and UVB sun protection.

Essie Fill The Gap base coat/treatment has really improved condition of my nails after they were weak and splitting from years of gels.

Burts Bees Coconut Foot Creme

Clarins gentle exfoliator brightening toner

Will think of more.

VestaCurry Tue 24-Sep-13 01:12:57

Can't do links from this phone Yellow, but if you literally google the phrase and if you're in the UK, add that, I examples of them should come up. I'm not sure what natural material they're made of but they are the colour of straw and are really easy to use. Mine sort of looks like a big hairbrush. I dry body brush every other day, always in the direction towards the heart is the technique I was told. Backs of arms, elbows, knees, backs of legs, buttocks really benefit and it feels great! Been using one for 10 years now and my skin is so soft, basically because it removes dead skin cells. I try to moisturise after, but if I don't have time, I'll do that later, but it's not critical.
I don't go in for fake tanning but anyone who does will find this kind of exfoliation really good before getting the tan done.
It wakes me up in the morning but is relaxing if I do it at night - weird!!

MrsKoala Tue 24-Sep-13 01:27:30

I bought some Forever Flawless products and the Vitamin c face serum is lovely (smells gorgeous) and the eye serum is pretty good too.

I need some new stuff so reading this with interest. Can anyone recommend hair products for post pregnancy flat/thin/fine hair? It's really limp and lank atm sad

FoxyHarlow123 Tue 24-Sep-13 07:31:03

Mrskoala, try spatone liquid iron supplements to nourish from the inside first. Pantene age defy products are getting good reviews but haven't tried them myself yet. Bastise xl dry shampoo gives huge volume (it makes yr hair feel like straw but washes out, so only temporary effect).

Birdies Tue 24-Sep-13 07:40:57

Same as someone above - Clinique all about eyes. I notice a difference whenever I try to use a cheaper product. Always end up going back to this.

And the new Pantene 7-something or other shampoo, conditioner and esp intensive conditioner. Seems to make my hair really shiny.

MrsDeVere Tue 24-Sep-13 08:19:33

I have just started using Johnson's Baby Oil Spray.
I hate moisturising because I am lazy and this is super quick and easy to spray on after a shower.

You don't have to rub it in too much and it is very cheap in comparison to the dry oil sprays.

15thnamechange Tue 24-Sep-13 10:36:02

Clarisonic. Wish I had bought this years ago (thank you India knight)
Crest white strips. Huge difference to coffee stained enamel, zero issues with sensitivity (thank you MN!)
Vaseline. On heels, better and cheaper than flexitol ime
La Roche posay, various over the years (MN credit again...), currently love their bb cream, suits my skin tone
Lancôme dreamtone. Only used since released end of August but am convinced. Eve only, has faded hyper pigmentation.

And decent running trainers....feel fitter, feel better.

HaveAGoodDay Tue 24-Sep-13 12:48:41

Berroca - Have been taking this daily for around 11 weeks now and I'm about 98% sure my hair & nails are growing at a faster rate...as for energy levels, still waiting for cartwheels...

mintgreenchilli Tue 24-Sep-13 12:57:02

Clarins moisture quench - it's taken 6 weeks but this along with possibly quite a bit of sun this year has got rid of those annoying little bumps on my forehead, FINALLY!

Arm & Hammer whitening toothpaste - usually on offer in a supermarket somewhere

P20/40 suncream - my tan is lasting because it's not peeling for once grin

ILoveMakeUp Tue 24-Sep-13 13:42:35

Aviva spray tan. Gorgeous, natural golden tan. I loved the product so much I trained in how to apply it, bought a spray gun, then taught my husband how to do it. I now get a spray tan for free every week grin

ILoveMakeUp Tue 24-Sep-13 13:43:25

Vics Vapo Rub. Got rid of a long-standing (20 years plus) fungal nail infection.

MerrilyMoo Tue 24-Sep-13 16:14:26

My dry, sensitive, slightly rosacea-ish skin has thanked me for using:

Elemis Melting Cleansing Gel.

Trilogy Rosehip Oil - a few small drops under moisturiser morning and night.

Coconoil virgin coconut oil - use it as hair masque once a month and to slather on after the bath at night. lovely.

MangoTiramisu Wed 25-Sep-13 00:55:56

I second vics. I got rid of fungal nails with that too.

Lazysuzanne Wed 25-Sep-13 10:47:08

Vics vapo rub gets rid of fungal nail infection?
Please give me more info...do I just put it on the infected nails a couple of times a day

MangoTiramisu Wed 25-Sep-13 11:17:05

Hi lazy
I can't post a link now as I'm out and about. I'll have a look later. Basically I had a big toe nail that was hideous, half fungalled up. I cut the nail as low as it would go and then filed down the top layer of my nail on the fungal side. Then I applied Vic's twice a day for a few weeks. The nail few back perfect.

Lazysuzanne Wed 25-Sep-13 11:45:03

Mango, brilliant thanksgrin
I will try it, I already file them down, I'll get some vic's and give it a go!

I'd be ever so pleased to have normal toe nails againgrin

ShreddedHoops Wed 25-Sep-13 12:16:36

Anything with salycilic acid in - currently Nutrogena Pink Grapefruit cleanser
Anything with hyaluronic acid in - currently Shu Uemura moisturizing lotion

And olive oil on my hair as a prewash treatment.
And Kerastase Masquintense - seems to magically rebuild my fine, bleach damaged hair.

MangoTiramisu Wed 25-Sep-13 12:21:05


It really does work! Good Luck.

Lazysuzanne Wed 25-Sep-13 12:25:13

Thanks for the link!

WeleaseWodger Wed 25-Sep-13 12:26:33

Eve lom cleanser.

They have an extra rich moisturising creme that my mother begs me to send her by buckets. She says it's the best face cream for her dry skin she's ever come across in 50 yrs.

Baby oil after a shower, while skin still wet. Much better than body lotion after you dry. Also no extra perfume smells to clash with actual perfume you wear after.

CareerGirl01 Wed 25-Sep-13 12:50:48

Asics trainers!
Good genes (my 87 year old grandmother died and still had not gone completely grey!)
Dermalogica gentle exfoliating cream
Any serum - they all seem to work - currently using Boots intense P&P - just as good as Estée Lauder's night repair (latest one£
Yoga - gentle kind to compliment the running
Cutting out coffee - seems to make my hair grow faster and stronger
I'm going to try Botox when I've stopped breastfeeding 20 week old DD2 and am using Loreal's ever sleek sulphate free shampoo and conditioner to see if that helps.
I'm 43 and was told recently (consultant midwife when I was 7 months pregnant) I looked 29!
I think not being skinny also helps - I'm carrying half a stone more than I did before I got pregnant and I look much better for it.

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