Reviews of Beauty Products for women over 40

Forty-something.com brings you a series of reviews following our own experience with beauty products we believe suitable for women in their 40s.  These are based on first hand experiences of women who - like  you - are looking for the best products in the market to enhance their assets!


Striking Skin Care System

September 16, 2009

Information from the manufacturer

Whether you've diligently cared for your skin all along or have ignored it until now, Striking Skin Care with SmartPeptides can help nurture, protect and revitalize your complexion. This simple yet effective group of products is the result of years of scientific research in developing peptides so precise they target anti-aging concerns, such as fine lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness and signs of hormonal aging.

Our reviewer's experience:

I tested the four products from the Striking Skin Care System for a period of almost two weeks and followed the directions of use provided by washing my face every morning and evening with the Striking Multi-Vitamin Cleanser.

I then continued to apply the Striking Multi-Peptide Serum and finished with the Striking Rejuvenating Eye Cream and the Striking Restorative Moisture Cream.


My first thought when I saw the products was that their packaging is not exactly striking. The containers are made of white plastic with very simple labels. Not dire, but considering their price you would probably expect something fancier.

My skin is rather dry and I suffer from environmental allergies which can affect my face, so I need to be careful not to use products that make this condition worse. Also, I live in a very humid and hot place, which is good for my skin, but also makes it imperative that I use products with sunscreen all year round.

What I really loved about all four products is that they have no odor, they have a great texture and absorb wonderfully well. They did not leave my face feeling oily or crumbly.

The system is designed to be followed in four steps, and to be applied day and night. I am not really into investing so much time looking after my face, so I usually prefer more practical products, but in this case I think that following the four-step process is really worth it.

The products have been developed to treat the skin of menopausal women who are experiencing hormonal changes, and although I have not reached menopause yet, they did wonders on my two key problem areas: hydrating my skin and fighting crow's feet.

In the weeks that I used them, I noticed an improvement on the firmness of my skin, and the area around my eyes is in superb condition.

My least favorite of the four products was the cleansing cream, which is the first step of the system. I like removing make-up from my eyes and face with the same product, and since the cleansing cream is not for the eyes, I was forced to use two different products to complete the task. Therefore, at some point I started using the cleansing cream only at night and, probably due to this, the skin on my cheeks felt a little "tense." But I am sure that the product would be absolutely perfect for women with skin that is not as dry as mine.

The serum is very refreshing, feels great, is easily absorbed and does not need much quantity to do its job.

The eye cream was my favorite, and I used it generously. It did wonders on my delicate skin and also helped minimize puffiness and dark circles.

The face and neck cream is a great moisturizer, did not leave my skin feeling oily and allowed me to apply makeup with ease. The only drawback is that it does not contain sunscreen, so I had to apply one separately.

I definitely recommend these products to all women over forty. The SmartPeptides in them certainly do a great job on the skin of women our age.

Where to buy it online:
www.strikingskincare.com

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Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief 50ml

February 3, 2009
Information from the manufacturer:
New and improved formula offers longer hydration for up to 12 hours. With new micro-molecules Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief allows quicker and more efficient moisturisation.

Our reviewer's experience:
When the weather starts to get cold, my skin starts to play tricks on me.  I have seriously oily skin but in the winter I suffer from dry patches around my nose and lips, so when I wear foundation it just makes the dry patches look worse.  I was desperate ...
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MD Skincare Hydra Pure Oil Free Moisture 30ml

January 9, 2009

Information from the manufacturer:
This product is a breakthrough, lightweight moisturiser, combining the latest in scientific research and advanced technology that will change the face of skincare, now in an oil-free formula. The Hydra-Pure Chelating Complex removes harmful impurities left on the skin by tap water and increases the penetration of active ingredients. Heavy metals such as Iron, Copper, Magnesium, Lead and Zinc are neutralised and pulled off the surface of the skin reducing irri...
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Christian Dior Diorshow Mascara

January 9, 2009

Information from the manufacturer:
A mascara that leaves lashes ultra thick, long, and curled. Diorshow Mascara is Dior's original, must-have mascara that delivers ultra-glam, catwalk-length lashes. Makeup artists all over the world use this product to create the longest, thickest, curviest lashes ever.

Our reviewer's experience:
I have large almond-shaped eyes, which I believe to be one of my biggest assets.  But, unfortunately my lashes are straight, fair in color and very scarce - and have be...
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This Works Turbo Balm 10g

December 27, 2008

Information from the manufacturer:

This Works is an award-winning natural bath, body & skincare line from ex VOGUE Beauty Director, Kathy Phillips. This Works is serious about Aromatherapy. No compromises are made in choice or cost of essential oils. Turbo Balm is a nourishing blend of Tahitian Manoi, Cocoa Butter, Rose and Coconut that's hydrating, soothing and deeply moisturising. Ideal for dry heels, elbows, lips, cuticles or anywhere where skin feels dry and rough. Turbo balm contains no m...

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Molton Brown Heavenly Gingerlily Moisture Bath & Shower 300ml

December 27, 2008


Information from the manufacturer:
Transport yourself to steamy faraway shores with this highly exotic new bathing therapy. This is one of Molton Brown's most indulgent, skin pampering formulas ever.  Benefits: moisturises the skin, excellent for muscle pains, leaves skin exotically fragrant.

Our reviewer's experience:
I have very dry skin and need to heavily moisturise after I take a bath or shower; so the concept of a shower gel that would leave my skin without the need of a body lotion was ...


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Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel 50ml

December 22, 2008

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel 50mlInformation from the manufacturer:
Natural fruit enzymes of exfoliating papaya and calming pineapple smooth and clarify the complexion. This rinse-off exfoliating cream contains nourishing milk protein, anti-oxidant rich Vitamin E and marine algae to moisturise, repair and protect skin. Perfect for complexions which are sensitive or mature.

Our reviewer's experience:
I have very sensitive but oily skin, which means that I have to be very careful with the choice of exfoliator I use.  I have to av...
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