Lotions/ Creams -Unlisted Brand - Miracle of Aloe - Miracle Hand Repair
djsaphira 5/31/2009 3:48:00 PM
My HG hand cream. This cream got me through harsh Canadian winters of chapped, cracked skin and split, bleeding cuticles. It's hard to find in Canada, so I buy on-line or in the US when I'm over there. Have repurchase and will continue to do so. Also works as a body cream for dry patches anywhere.
Lotions/ Creams -Gold Bond - Ultimate Healing Skin Therapy Lotion
djsaphira 5/31/2009 3:44:00 PM
Have been using this as an intensive hand cream since New Years, and I quite like it. It has superior moisturising ability, it's mildly scented (doesn't clash with any of the perfumes I wear), and the price is reasonable for the amount, a little dab will go a long way. However, I will not repurchase because despite everything, it's still not as good as Miracle of Aloe, the best hand cream ever imo.
Lip Treatments -Smith's Rosebud Salve - Smith's Rosebud Salve
djsaphira 5/31/2009 3:28:00 PM
Average lip moisturiser. I bought it ages ago but never actually gave a review. This is not HG material for me for two reasons. I dislike the oily, petroleum jelly-like coating it leaves on my lips, and I find it wears off very quickly. I need to reapply it at least a couple of times per hour and the tin, though cute, makes it a pain in the bum to swipe and apple multiple times. I would not buy this again and I doubt I will finish the current tin I have anytime soon. On a side note: I kind of like the mildly rosy scent.
I was previously using the Musk eau de toilette, but I have found the oil to be vastly superior in complexity and wearability. Whereas the EDT is kind of "up your nose with a rubber hose", the oil is smooth, very well blended. All the notes are harmonious together and make a very believable musk accord. Lacking the acrid-ness of the EDT, it makes for a very wearable, personal space kind of fragrance. This is no a scent that needs a lot of sillage, imo. Rather, its beauty comes from the honey-ed musk all the notes produce together, and the closeness one needs to appreciate it. On a side note: I wanted to comment on the new roller-ball vial it's currently being packaged in. I like the functionality, but feel that the vial is a bit on the thin side. I'd be afraid to drop this on a hard surface because I personally feel it would definitely shatter.
Bought this in the Cherry Blossom-Almond scent. I used it as a body wash and a shaving creme and it worked well for both purposes. Nice rich lather too. Not sure I would buy it again (I'm more of a bar soap girl), but if I did I would like the packaging to be different. The oil makes it very slippery and the upside down bottle can squeeze out too much. This really should be in a pump bottle, it's not that thick.
Treatments -Clean & Clear - Persagel 5% Benzoyl Peroxide
djsaphira 4/20/2009 11:14:00 AM
Been alternating this with the Persagel 10 for the last 9 years. This is my ultimate HG product. As for the drying effect- put it under your moisturiser (preferably a good night cream) and there shouldn't been a problem with dried out patches.
For the most part Neutrogena products are just okay for my skin, but I really hit the jackpot with this cleanser/mask combo. My sister first gave me this when I visited her over winter-break and I;ve been using it since on a once weekly basis in the shower. I let it sit on my skin for about a minute or two when I work in the conditioner, and then I massage off- so it's like I'm using it as a mask and then as a cleanser. I notice a more even skin tone and much lower clogged pores, which is great. Right now I'm living overseas, so I wouldn't be so stingy with application if it wasn't my only tube. Definitely a staple when I get back home.
05/29/2009: Updating my rating from a 3 to a 5. I actually have come to love this moisturiser! Since I bought it in March it has had no negative effect on my skin. No breakouts and no irritation, so I am willing to overlook the lack of mattifying effect for those reasons alone and give this a 5/5. I will be repurchasing when my bottle runs out, which happens to be soon. Hate to rain on the good ratings parade, but this moisturiser is just so-so for me. I love that it's light-weight, and it keeps me breakout and clogged-pore free, but unfortunately it leaves my face incredibly shiny and sticky after about 10 minutes. So sticky I cannot even use my C&C blotting sheets to take off the shine. So this is good for the light moisture, but not the mattifying effect I really need for the coming summer.
Toners -Avene - Cleanance - Anti-Shine Purifying Lotion
djsaphira 4/20/2009 10:47:00 AM
This did nothing to control my oily nose and forehead, and on top of that broke out my forehead and gave both my cheeks tremendous blocked pores. The only plus was the packaging. I loved the twist top- it should be used by more companies for their packaging. Never again.
I just finished the 100 ml bottle nearly a year after I bought it, so this review is long overdue. The fragrance is definitely a burst of sweet lemon with the verbena almost indetectable. I've been using this in lieu of my 4711, but I find this just too lemony for my taste (I prefer a more complex citrus). Good for a pick-me-up in the winter, after-workout splash, or for those living in superhot climates with lots of mugginess that need a fresh, clean-feeling scent to counter the humidity. I used it for all these reasons and it never failed me. The only let down was that the scent is very short lasting, so multiple spritzes throughtout the day are required. Like it very much, but it isn't something I can't live without. Nice to have used it, but will not be repurchasing.
I started with Evian but I found that by the time I finished the canister it began to irritate my skin after misting, so I went to Avene for its skin soothing properties. I like this better than the Evian, but it is more expensive. However, for the lask of irritation I'd still buy. It's a must for my skin post-workout, as a toner replacement, and out in the really hot summer weather. Kept in the fridge for an hour before going out makes this a real cooling treat.
Skincare - Body -Gold Bond - Medicated Body Powder
djsaphira 3/19/2009 5:56:00 AM
I tend to suffer from heat rash and chafing during the summer months and sometimes from working out, so this powder is a godsend for me. I like using body powder but some are overly perfumed and cornstarch in large quantities gives me breakouts so I actually like body powders with talc. Certainly a repurchase if I ever run out.
I haven't had much experience with eye creams, but I think this one is okay. Consistency wise it's a cream-gel, and it's totally hypoallergenic (no fragrance what-so-ever). I wear contacts and my eyes are very sensitve and this gives me no itching, watering, blurriness etc.. Very nice, not heavy, but not extremely moisturizing. More like a step up from eye gel imho, which is why I wouldn't buy it again. I've been using it for about 2 months now, and haven't seen any different in my eye area. I suffer from a slightly dark undereye and dryness, but I've never had puffiness in my eyes ever. This is okay for light moisture but does absolutely nothing else.
Eye Makeup Remover -Clinique - Take The Day Off Eye Makeup Remover
djsaphira 3/19/2009 5:09:00 AM
I've never really been a fan of Clinique products, but recently I got a travel set as a gift and this was included as part of the 5 piece set. I really find this to be one of the better (if not best) eye make-up removers I've ever used. Primarily because it does take off everything, waterproof does not stand a chance and neither does super sparkly eyeshadow. I was using Klorane's with cornflower before this for the lack of oily residue it leaves, but as long as I use this before cleansing I really don't mind the oilyness that much. The best part about this product though is the packaging. I love the ultra-secure cap. I've had bad leaks in luggage or in my make-up kit in the past but now I can go worry free with Clinique. A bit pricey but a definite repurchase.
Lotions/ Creams -J. R. Watkins - Lemon Hand and Cuticle Salve
djsaphira 11/22/2008 1:08:00 AM
I like this, but not sure if I would repurchase. I got the sample size in the sample kit offered by Watkins, and so far I'm on the fence still. This is quite like my favourite Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme, but this is oilier and maybe just a tad easier to rub into my cuticles (however not as emollient as the BB's). My largest beef is with the packaging. It's not very secure and I have found the lower part containing the balm to be coming loose from the upper part of the tin very easily, so not great for my purse. Right now not a repurchase.