It's a decent moisturizer for blemish prone skin. I love the 2% salicylic acid. The scent is a little off but not a deal breaker. I didn't notice any overall skin improvement so won't be repurchasing.
Cleansers -Philosophy - the microdelivery exfoliating wash
NotoriousCharity 9/16/2010 12:39:00 AM
It's a gentle morning cleanser pros: ultra fine scrubbing beads and 2% salicylic acid plus no heavy fragrance. Overall my skin definitely felt smoother after using but it didn't prevent blemishes from occurring.
Cleansers -Oxy - Oxy 10 Balance Maximum Strength Acne Wash
NotoriousCharity 8/18/2010 2:21:00 PM
My boyfriend picked this up and since I was in between cleansers I started using Oxy. It really cleared up a severe breakout I was having. It's now my HG night cleanser. The texture is a bit runny and the 10% BP does burn but the effect goes away after washing it off. I'll be buying loads of this in the future.
Moisturizers -Olay - Active Hydrating Cream - Original
NotoriousCharity 8/17/2010 7:27:00 PM
I use this in the morning and it's a nice hydrating cream. It leaves my skin matte so there's no oily or greasy look before putting on makeup. And it provides continous moisture throughout the day so I don't feel like I need to reapply moisturizer. My only beef would be the scent is a little too strong reminds me of baby powder but I can live with that.
Misc Beauty Tools -Clarisonic - Pro Skincare Brush
NotoriousCharity 8/11/2010 1:45:00 PM
It's pricey and the brush heads aren't cheap to replace but it does work pretty well. It allows my cleanser to penetrate my pores better. And the exfoliation is very nice. I find it a pain to charge though. My breakouts remain the same so no difference there.
Moisturizers -Clinique - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
NotoriousCharity 8/11/2010 1:34:00 PM
I got this needing a oil free moisturizer to alleviate the effects of dryness from acne products. While DDM is a nice light moisturizing gel. The moisturizing effect didn't seem to last. After 3 or 4 hours my skin would feel dry again. This would probably be better suited for those who have oilier skin.
Definitely gets the job done. I use this on huge swollen zits and two days later their almost gone. I don't recommend using this everyday though since the 10% benzoyl peroxide is really strong. It will cause redness, dryness and flaking skin. So only use it if you have too. I was cheap one time and used a knockoff and regretted it. They don't work as well get the original.
This used to be my HG acne cleanser 4 years in college and it was pretty good. I liked the tingling feeling after washing and the 3.5% BP didn't overly dry out my skin. I also used it as a mask when I wanted a deeper clean.
Scrubs -Queen Helene - Pomegranate and Raspberry Natural Facial Scrub
NotoriousCharity 7/14/2010 7:36:00 PM
I decided to try out this scrub after spotting it at my local dollar store. The raspberry scent is nice but a little overpowering. The grains were very fine and gentle so no harsh microtears there. Overall a decentscrub that could be used everyday.
Awful just awful left me with a burning itching rash when I washed it off and brought out more blemishes right after I used it. I thought maybe it was a fluke and tried it 2 more times same reaction. I've never had that kind of reaction to a product before and my skin can handle anything else I throw on it. I'm guessing it's the triple distilled peppermint oil that's to blame. Skip this and get the Mint Julep mask which won't leave you with a rash.
Cleansers -St. Ives - Apricot Cleanser-Blemish Fighting
NotoriousCharity 7/14/2010 5:35:00 PM
I accidentally picked this up after mistaking it for the apricot scrub. There's some fishy way off labeling on these tubes that I can only blame St Ives for hoping people would mistake the cleanser for the scrub. If you look at the new labels for the apricot scrub and apricot cleanser. They're almost identical with identical smears of product. A peachy color with orange beads. The cleanser however is bright white. I was upset I got the wrong thing but figured what the heck I'll use it anyway. Like another reviewer said the cleanser is very runny and the beads don't do anything unlike the scrub. The overly heavy fragrance was sickening as well. I like my cleanser to smell nice but not that overpowering.
Cleansers -Clean & Clear - Advantage 3-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser
NotoriousCharity 7/7/2010 12:34:00 AM
I got this cleanser after hearing neutrogena was discontinuing their Clear Pore cleanser mask. So sad since that was my HG cleanser. This cleanser had 5% benzyl peroxide and I thought would do a even better job. Unfortunately I didn't like it as much as Neutrogena's clear pore cleanser mask. I noticed mineral oil and petrolatum listed in the ingredients and felt an oily film left on my clairsonic after using.
Cleansers -Aveeno - Positively Radiant Makeup Removing Cleanser
NotoriousCharity 6/16/2010 3:36:00 PM
Hmm...it's a very light and airy cleanser. I don't feel like it gives me a squeaky clean feeling though and I still found some traces of foundation left on my face. However, it does foam up very well and like other reviewers stated won't make your skin feel dry.
Scrubs -Cosmedicine - Medi-morphosis Self Adjusting Exfoliator
NotoriousCharity 5/15/2010 5:53:00 PM
It's a decent exfoliator the tiny beads are too gentle though not abrasive enough for me. I feel like there's a film left on my face afterwards so not getting a deep clean there. I also disliked the chemical smell and the screw top cap. I didn't see any improvement so won't repurchase.
I used this hoping it'll help clear up my acne but didn't notice any improvement. Scooping it out with my fingers in the small plastic tub they gave me was super annoying. The texture was pretty grainy and wasn't pleasant to smooth over my face. Plus for the small amount I got and how pricey it is a little did not go a long way. I didn't like the weird herbal scent either.