Treatments (Eye) -Burt's Bees - Naturally Ageless Eye Cream
vwterry 10/24/2008 10:20:00 AM
This product leaves a slightly tacky feel, but is still fine under makeup. I used to buy a Clinique product (I think it was called Daily Eye Benefits), and I'd still like to find something with a similar consistency, but I'm trying to use paraben-free cosmetics whenever possible. This product is good enough that I'm not tempted to buy Clinique. The major negative of this product is its scent. One of the ingredients is the magnolia bark extract, and I'm guessing that's the component of the scent that I dislike. I took off one lippie because I don't like the smell. Edited to one lippie. Had to throw it out because I couldn't stand the smell.
I am commenting on the old Potion 9 in the plastic tube. That packaging was terrible, but it now comes in a pump bottle. I detest the incredible crunch this product gives my hair. (I had to laugh at the potato chip comment by another poster--so true!) Other products might leave a bit of crunchiness that can be improved by scrunching with my fingers, but Potion 9-induced crunch will not die until my hair is shampooed again. It also leaves my hair looking and feeling drier and frizzier than before I shampooed, That's quite an accomplishment. Not many products make my hair look worse than it did before I stepped into the shower. The other undesirable quality of this product is that it makes my hair three times its normal size. It might actually be a good product for someone who needs more volume, but that's the last thing my hair needs. I was suckered into buying this product by the fact that a stylist used it (mixed with something else) and somehow managed to make my hair look good. I have absolutely no skill at blow drying my own hair, but somehow I thought this product would work some kind of magic. I realize now that the magic was a professional stylist who was able to blow dry my hair straight. Luckily, I was able to sell this back to the salon that sold it to me. This was a terrible product for me, but it might be good for someone who wants more volume/body and is good with a blow dryer. For curlies who want a product to smooth and reduce volume, I'd recommend Matrix Sleek Look styling creme.
Treatments -Alpha Hydrox - AHA Souffle 12 percent Glycolic AHA
vwterry 4/10/2008 3:10:00 PM
I bought this product about four weeks ago and I'm on the verge of tossing it. I was scared it would sting and/or make my skin red, so I started out slowly, using it once a day on my forehead only. When I didn't get any reaction, I started using it on the rest of my face. I experienced very minor stinging some of the time (when I used a little more product). After another week or so, I started using it twice a day. I see no improvement in the wrinkles around my eyes, but it does seem to have some effect on the uneven pigmentation on my cheeks. After two more weeks, I now have an ugly crop of cystic acne on one cheek. Before using AHA Souffle, I had been breaking out a little on my lower cheeks and jawline, but it has become MUCH worse over the last week or so. This is the worst my face has looked since I was in my early 20s and seeing a dermatologist to treat my acne. Paper bag for my head, anyone? I am torn between trying to tough it out, hoping that this is the purging phase other posters have mentioned and that my skin will soon improve, and wanting to toss this stuff in the trash. Update: I was sick of getting at least one new pimple every day, so I quit using this product. My face immediately began to clear up, so I attributed the improvement to discontinuing use of AHA Souffle. A few weeks later, I have another ugly breakout. I think I just have whacked-out perimenopausal hormones, and my earlier breakout probably had nothing to do with AHA Souffle. On the other hand, I can't bring myself to use this product again.
Moisturizers -Aveeno - Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer spf15
vwterry 4/4/2008 10:31:00 AM
This is one of the few oil-free moisturizers I've ever found that doesn't feel sticky, and the only one that also has SPF. It sinks right into my skin and is an excellent base for foundation. It's reasonably priced and packaged well. On the other hand, I agree with other reviewers that it does nothing to even out skin tone. The only reason I give this product less than five lippies is that it, like almost all major brands of cosmetics, contains parabens.
Treatments (Eye) -Juice Beauty - Smoothing Eye Concentrate
vwterry 4/4/2008 10:10:00 AM
Good undereye moisturizer that is not too heavy or greasy. Wears well under makeup. I'm trying to switch to paraben-free cosmetics whenever possible, and this has been a good substitute for my previous favorite by Clinique. (I'm not sure they make it anymore; I think it was called Daily Eye Benefits.) The packaging is good in that you don't have to stick your fingers into the cream (actually, the consistency is more like a lotion), but the pump does make for some wasted product. I give it 4 lippies because of the packaging (I hate to waste product at this price) and the fact that it is only available on the internet.
Moisturizers -Alba Botanica - Hawaiian Aloe & Green Tea Oil Free Moisturizer
vwterry 4/4/2008 10:02:00 AM
This is a nice, lightly and pleasantly scented moisturizer. I really like that it is not at all sticky, the way oil-free moisturizers and lotions tend to be. I agree with other reviewers that the packaging could be better. The open-top jar is just not all that sanitary. Even though I'm in my 40s, I still have breakout issues, but I noticed no effect from this product. My lower cheeks and jawline tend to break out no matter what I put on my skin. Probably won't repurchase for myself, but only because it has no SPF.
Makeup Brushes -Everyday Minerals - Baby Kabuki Brush
vwterry 5/7/2007 11:04:00 PM
Works well for applying EM foundation, but sheds like crazy! It is so annoying to have to pick little brush hairs off my face after applying makeup.