Cleansers -Boots - No7 Quick Thinking 4 in 1 Wipes - All Skin Types
Karidinka 1/17/2011 1:44:00 AM
The only facial wipes that don't break me out. I don't use them on everyday basis, but I find them ideal for traveling. I even used them as intimate wipes and they worked fantastic, I felt fresh and clean. I get them at Target. The packaging is pretty and the lid really prevents the wipes from drying out, contrary to other wipes I've purchased.
Conditioner -Suave - Naturals Tropical Coconut Conditioner
Karidinka 1/16/2011 3:53:00 AM
This is my favorite of all Suave conditioners. I use it for co-washing. Great scent, great as a detangler, cleanses both hair and scalp. Leaves my hair soft and shiny. I've used up so many bottles I've stopped counting.
My favorite clarifying shampoo. It does what it claims to do and it's super cheap - what's not to love? I dilute it strongly before applying, as it's pretty harsh.
Lotions/ Creams -Jergens - Shea Butter Skin Enriching Moisturiser
Karidinka 1/16/2011 3:22:00 AM
I love this lotion. I've purchased tons of lotions during my lifetime and found myself always going back to this one. It works great and it's cheap. Leaves my skin moisturized and soooooo soft, and it smells excellent! I use it as a hand cream and for my feet as well.
I can't use antiperspirants or any commercial deodorants, especially the very fragrant ones. Not because I'm "so natural", but I happen to have extremely sensitive armpits, and most stuff applied irritates my skin. I tried many natural deodorants and none really worked, or worked for a short amount of time. The most annoying trait was that some worked wonders on my skin (no stink even after 12 hours), but the sweat that sank into my clothes reeked to high heaven :( The exception was baking soda applied to pits moistened with witch hazel, but this combination, although it was a true miracle worker as a deodorant, turned my armpits to raw meat after a week. The Kiss My Face Liquid Rock Deodorant is by far the only one that is a keeper. For some reason it also blocks some perspiration, at least for me. Not enough to be called an antiperspirant, but still... I use the unscented version only, the scented ones tend to get smelly on my skin after a couple of hours, especially the lavender one. Strange, since lavender itself has deodorizing properties. The packaging is ugly. But who cares? :)
Conditioner -Burt's Bees - Volumizing with Soy and Pomegranate
Karidinka 1/16/2011 2:34:00 AM
This is not moisturizing enough for my hair. It's great as a co-wash, but I refuse to pay almost 10 bucks for a co-wash conditioner - hence I consider it to be very expensive, even if it costs a fraction of what you would pay for high-end hair products.
Conditioner -Organix - Nourishing Coconut Milk Conditioner
Karidinka 1/16/2011 2:17:00 AM
This is the only cone product that I use for my hair. I co-wash with Suave and Vo5 conditioners (cone-free), but once in while I like to use a product that gives my locks some oomph - the Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Conditioner, while it certainly does NOTHING to nourish, transforms my wavy hair into lovely, shiny curls with a delicious smell :) I always clarify before using this conditioner, and after rinsing it out I additionally apply a quarter-sized amount of it to very wet (almost dripping wet) hair, finger comb my tresses and leave them to air dry. The result is spectacular, I've had strangers ask me what I use for my hair. Unfortunately, my hair despises cones, so this is a one-time action reserved for special occasions. When repeated, the mentioned above process leaves me with brittle straw on my head, and clarifying too often is not what I want for my hair. After years of trying literally every product available, I was forced to finally admit to myself that I belong to the cone-hater club. But for those extra special dates or parties, this is my condish to go. I've tried other conditioners from this line, and they don't work even half as good as the coconut one.
I love this conditioner! I do CO washes with Suave or Vo5, but I need clarifying every now and then and use AOHS after. It melts into hair and leaves it soft, shiny and manageable. To those complaining it left their hair dull, dry and tangled, I recommend clarifying before (I use Suave clarifying shampoo - cheap and effective). This conditioner doesn't work on hair with cone or waxy buildup. Some people aren't crazy about the smell, but I love it!
Broke me out after a few uses, but I'm very prone to breakouts when using most commercial facial products, so it may be just me. I'm giving it 3 lippies though, as it left my skin very soft, clean and without the overly dried feeling. If only it worked for me as I hoped...
This is the best facial scrub I've ever used. Can't say anything about clearing up acne, as I break out only when I use a "wrong" product, but this scrub leaves my skin clean and polished without drying it out. It lathers nicely, rinses off easily, and the smell is pleasant but not overwhelming. A keeper for me! I've stopped looking for other scrubs, this one is ideal.
Moisturizers -Earth Science - Apricot Intensive Night Creme
Karidinka 11/25/2010 11:31:00 AM
I've been using this cream for night and occasionally as a day cream for a little under 3 months. I'm impressed :) I have combination, acne-prone skin. No regular acne, but a one-time application of a product my face doesn't like can break me out dramatically and take weeks to clear up :( Anyway, there is not one thing I don't like about this cream. I love the consistency, the smell, the way it sinks in yet leaves my face smooth and supple. Price is nice too. Along with Weleda's Skin Food, this is by far my favorite facial cream.
Conditioner -Alberto Vo5 - Kiwi and Lime Squeeze Clarifying Conditioner
Karidinka 11/2/2010 4:02:00 AM
As a person lucky enough to have naturally light ash blond hair that is super healthy and shiny on it's own, I try not to use products that could damage my locks. Except for special occasions, when I want the slippery, super shiny look you see on hair product commercials, I avoid cones like the plague. They weigh down my hair, turn it into a greaseball the next day, and after a few uses leave me with dry, brittle straw on my head. I eliminated cone products from my hair care and quickly discovered that a gentle shampoo was all i needed. However, when I let my hair grow past my shoulders, even the most gentle shampoos left my ends screaming for moisture. The story of finding a good product for dry ends started, and I swear I tried everything from natural to super duper salon products. As soon as I found a product or method that worked relatively well, it turned out to be either too expensive, too time consuming or nearly impossible to find in regular stores. You guessed right - I'm lazy and I'm cheap ;) A friend recommended co-washing and now I'm hooked. I've been co-washing for almost two years and my hair has never looked better. I'm in love with Vo5 conditioners! Finally, a product that's available almost everywhere, dirt cheap, and I don't scare the hell out of my boyfriend upon arriving in bed with a plastic wrap on my head (although I must admit overnight oiling DOES work wonders for hair). I simply wet my head in the bathtub or shower, apply Vo5 conditioner for about 5 minutes, gently massage my scalp, rinse and... that's it! :) Sometimes I use a tiny bit of coconut oil on my ends afterward, but seriously, I don't really need it to make my hair happy. This product is no-cone, but I do experience some buildup after a few weeks. A clarifying wash is a must for me every once in a while, but it's hardly a burden considering the pros. There's a lot of info on co-washing out there. It may not be for you. We all have different hair and expectations. This product leaves my hair soft and manageable and doesn't kill my natural shine, but if you want cornsilk on your head, keep looking elsewhere than the Vo5 shelf. So why do I give this particular conditioner only 1 lippie if I claim to love Vo5 so much? Because this is the only Vo5 condish that I truly hate - for the smell. Honestly, it makes me want to vomit. Keep in mind this is purely subjective, many people (my BF included) consider it pleasant. Try, the most you have to lose is about a dollar.
Moisturizers -La Mer - Creme de la mer moisturizer
Karidinka 10/18/2010 1:54:00 AM
I received a sample of this from a friend who tried it once and had an allergic reaction to it. I must admit - it works! I used this at night, very sparingly, for about 3 weeks. My combination, sensitive and acne-prone skin looked great. This cream hydrates and evens out skin tone beautifully. Major con - the price. For this reason I would not buy it. 3 weeks of fantastic results is not enough IMO to justify spending a small fortune - I've already used creams that worked great in the beginning, then broke me out or irritated my skin after a few weeks. However, if smaller (cheaper) jars were available, I would purchase this cream in a heartbeat. EDIT I finally gave in and bought this to share with my friend - I scooped half of it into a sterilized leftover jar from a different cream. Ended up still pretty pricey, but considering the results I get, I don't give a damn ;) I try not to fall for the hype surrounding many crazy-priced "miracle" products, but this stuff is great and worth spending the extra bucks.
I've been using Skin Food for years as a night cream. I have combination, acne-prone skin, and this product has never caused me to break out. The consistency of the cream is pretty heavy though, and it's way to moisturizing for me to use on a daily basis. As soon as I feel my skin is "overfed" (I start waking up with a greasy face), I discontinue it for a week or two, and use a different, lighter moisturizer in the meantime. But I always go back to Skin Food :) This is also a great product for parched lips, cuticles, dry hands and feet. Use sparingly unless you're dealing with super dry skin, because it'll take forever to sink in. The smell is great! Natural and very fresh. A staple for me.
Treatments -Ponds - Clarant B3- Normal to Dry skin
Karidinka 10/18/2010 12:21:00 AM
Great moisturizer. Kept my face smooth and hydrated all day. However, after 2 days I broke out horribly :( If you're acne-prone - use this product with caution.