Cleansers -Paula's Choice - Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser
joannaB 6/23/2003 2:40:00 PM
a very good new cleanser from paula in a portable bottle. it's white and pearly and lathers like most other cleansers in the world. i haven't noticed any difference in the way my skin feels between this and my staple - the gel cleanser. my skin isn't stripped or dry either way. i do find that this one stings my eyes when i open them with the lather on my face, which is not something i've been used to with the extra-gentle gel. overall i can't say i'm nuts about the texture, the extraneous lathering or the stinging, so i intend to stick to my clean, gentle, perfect gel cleanser.
INGREDIENTS: Water, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (gentle detergent cleansing agent), Sodium Lauroamphoacetate (amphoteric surfactant*/mild foam booster), Stearic Acid (fatty acid thickener), Hexylene Glycol (slip agent), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (non-volatile plant oil), Glycol Stearate (thickener), Sodium Trideceth Sulfate (emulsifier), Acrylates Copolymer (film-forming agent), Sodium Chloride (stabilizer and pH-adjusting agent), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (water-binding agent), Cetearyl Alcohol (thickener), Laureth-4 (emulsifier), Citric Acid (stabilizer), Xanthan Gum (thickener), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol (all preservatives).
Moisturizers -MD Formulations - Moisture Defense Antioxidant Spray
joannaB 6/18/2003 8:29:00 AM
i've used it as a lightweight moisturizer for my combo/oily skin. stopped using it on my face when my skin got sensitive from retin-a - the surfactant would sting. now i use it on my body mainly, and occasionally on my face as a refresher. it leaves a nice sheen on chest and shoulders or moisturizes quickly and easily after a shower. i like it overall. lots of moisturizers, vitamins, antioxidants and such.
INGREDIENTS: Purified Water, Glycerin, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Sodium PCA, Superoxide Dismutase, Ceramide III, Cholesterol, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Tocopheryl, Millet (Panicum Miliaceum) Extract, Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis) Extract, Licorice (Glycyrrhiza Glabra) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Imidazolidinyl Urea
Why do Chanel's moisturizers all have to have a novella in two languages for a name? The name of this is just as long in French. Well, I don't know about how "precise" it is, or how it would delay age, fight time or rejuvenate. I do know that it's a $45 light, liquidy, slightly pink, fresh-smelling moisturizer with UVA/UVB protection. I was afraid of trying it after my run-in with that other novella-named lotion, Multi-Protection, for short. But I do like this. It isn't as matte as Px AYN+ Oil Absorbing and it can sting slightly more, but barely. The scent is pleasantly grapefruity and sticks around for a while. It goes on very light and emollient, almost greasy, but settles down to demi-matte dewiness. I like it for moisture on my Retin-A-crazed skin. Works great under Chanel's DPC and doesn't get any oilier midday than Px or my old cK. The dispenser is very cool, a hard, plastic square with a square push-down top that dispenses just enough. I doubt it'll displace my Neutrogena Dry-Touch, though.
ingredients: active - octyl methoxycinnamate 6% - oxybenzone 3% - avobenzone 2%
other - water, octyldodecyl neopentanoate - pentylene glycol - c12-15 alkyl benzoate - steareth-21 - steareth-2 - mannitol - cetyl alcohol - dimethicone - hdi/trimethylol hexyllactone crosspolymer - pvp/eicosene copolymer - glycerin - phenoxyethanol - apple fruit extract - silica - xanthan gum - fragrance - carrageenan - tromethamine - methylparaben - disodium edta - walnut seed - propylparaben - salicylic acid - yeast extract - tocopheryl acetate - bisabolol - butylparaben - ethylparaben - isobutylparaben - peg-8 - tocopherol - ascorbyl palmitate - citric acid - ascorbic acid - red 4 - yellow 5
Styling Products -Fresh - Hair Cream Extra definition
joannaB 3/29/2003 1:52:00 PM
Very happy with this cream. The texture is creamy, leave-in conditioner creamy, and not at all sticky. It stands up well to my habit of putting gobs of it in my hair and really takes many repeat applications to even approach looking greasy. Doesn't weigh my hair down, keeps it under control (even adds a little body). Not as good for pieciness and hold as Philip B. Creme of the Crop, but then PB has Vaseline in it. The hyper-lemon scent of this is potent and long-lasting at first but seems to have evaporated somewhat halfway through the tube. Thumbs up.
ingredients : rose flower water - stearyl alcohol & ceteareth 20 - phenyl trimethicone - cetyl alcohol - dicetyldimonium chloride - propylene glycol - centrimonium chloride - fragrance - acetamide MEA - jojoba seed oil - dimethicone copolyol - butylene glycol & sunflower extract - olive fruit oil - allantoin - panthenol - green tea leaf extract - gotu-kola extract - lichen extract - grape seed extract - sunflower seed oil - tocopheryl acetate - disodium EDTA - sodium benzoate - methylparaben - propylparaben - phenoxyethanol
this oil-absorbing lotion has displaced my beloved CK protective lotion. the greeish fluid goes on a little glue-like and opaque but dries completely matte and stays that way most of the day! wow. and it does not sting, not even around my eyes! double wow. my studiofix sits a little uneasily on top of it, but i've been rethinking foundation anyway.
ingredients: active - octyl methoxycinnamate, homosalate, avobenzone.
other - water - butylene glycol - cyclomethicone - dimethicone -polysilicone 11 - vinyl dimethicone/methicone silsesquioxane crosspolymer - peg-100 stearate - mytilus edulis byssus extract - saccharomyces/magnesium ferment extract - calcite - saccharomyces/calcium ferment extract - saccharomyces/zinc ferment extract - nordihydroguaiaretic acid - mulberry root extract - scutellaria baicalensis extract - laminaria saccharina extract - lady's thistle extract - glycine - phospholipids - cholesterol - birch extract - licorice extract - grape extract - sodium hyularonate - tocopheryl acetate - caffeine - yeast extract - saxifraga sarmentosa extract - acrylamide/sodium acryloyldimethyltaurate copolymer - saccharomyces lysate extract - palmitoyl pentapeptide-3 - hydrogenated lecithin - 7-dehydrocholesterol - sodium mannose phosphate - glyceryl distearate - carbomer - steareth-10 - polysorbate 20 - glyceryl stearate - isohexadecane - octocrylene - glycerin - polyethylene - sucrose - polysorbate 80 - polysorbate 40 - propylene glycol - silica - citrus grandis - lavandula angustifolia - clary sage - geranium - cypress - copaifera officinalis - sodium metabisulfite - sodium sulfite - disodium edta - sodium dehydroacetate - phenoxyethanol - methylparaben - butylparaben - isopropylparaben - isobutylparaben - blue 1 - yellow 5 - green 5 - red 4
Skincare - Face -Dermalogica - multi vitamin hand and nail treatment
joannaB 3/28/2003 11:06:00 AM
this little tube of SPF 15, titanium-dioxide-based hand cream is very happy sitting in my desk drawer at work. it's thick and lightly moisturizing, so don't rely on it for really chapped hands.
Very basic but effective. I only use it on lips, feet and occasionally on hair. Good to have around.
I'm not much of a shower gel person to begin with, but when I use them, I like them to lather. This one didn't last very long on me because I used up a third of the bottle in one shower. Interesting scent, though.
Good on lips and feet. Sometimes on hair, in an emergency. A generally good and useful all-around lube.
Eh. This is OK. It's orange and smells nondescript and comes in a metal tube that tends to ooze. It takes a lot to weigh hair down, but also to show any conditioning benefits. It gets sticky in high humidity (on me at least). Pick this up at CVS (almost always there, wonder why) and definitely not at a salon.
My favorite of these has always been Mushroom -- a lilacy grey. Px shadows are very, very silky with medium pigment, I'd say, and average wear. An old favorite that I somehow grew out of along the way.
Sunscreen -Shiseido - Ultra Light Sun Block Lotion SPF30
joannaB 3/17/2003 8:09:00 AM
I'm almost done with the bottle I bought in January and I like this stuff. It's slightly moisturizing, which means it doesn't hold up too well against oil and sweat in the summer heat, but works great in cooler months. The titanium dioxide white cast is invisible because this is a runny, white liquid that blends into the skin. If my skin is really dry it doesn't provide enough moisture and tends to highlight dry patches. Otherwise, it's effective and waterproof. The bottle is neat too.
Deodorants -Fresh - Roll-on Sugar, Deodorant and Antiperspirant
joannaB 3/14/2003 9:24:00 PM
I never thought I'd love a roll-on (or a deodorant for that matter) but this stuff rocks. After all the weird or boring scents from drugstore brands (Mystic Rain??), after all the white streaks and irritation, after end-of-day yuckiness, I've found something simple that works. It goes on easy and dries nice and quick, I haven't noticed any undue residue on my clothes (hardly any at all as a matter of fact), and it smells lemony and sugary. But best of all, at the end of the day, I'm dry and odor-free! I've always stayed away from "cosmetic" deodorants (like Clarins) because they usually lack an anti-perspirant and so leave me sticky and smelly halfway through the day. Fresh has it all. I even like the simple, white container.
Active Ingredients: Aluminum Chlorohydrate 15%
Inactive Ingredients: Water (Aqua), PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Steareth-2, Steareth-20, Hamamelis Virginiana Distillate (Witch Hazel), Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Fruit Extract (Bergamot), Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Cupressus Sempervirens Cone Extract, Avena Sativa Kernel Extract (Oat), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Fragrance (Parfum), Glyceryl Stearate, Propylene Glycol, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben
A staple before I found Almay clear gel, these have respectable protection and a very unique delivery system. The annoying thing about them is the white mess and the boring scents which tend to degrade to something really nasty at the end of the day. The white mess is considerably lessened with the new gel formulation, but the incredibly high alcohol content kind of turned me off to these. Switched to Fresh Roll-On Sugar and I love it so far.
Deodorants -Almay - Clear Gel Antiperspirant & Deodorant
joannaB 3/14/2003 9:06:00 PM
The unscented version of this was a staple for a while. Works as well as any gel deodorant and leaves no flakes, but, like all others, will leave a cloudy smear if you're not careful while getting dressed. I switched to Secret and finally to Fresh, because this would start smelling really weird and gross on me by the end of the day.