This stuff is very gentle and moisturizing for my flakey, dry sensitive skin. I always forget that I have it though, and neglect to use it often. I like that it is mostly natural ingredients and that there are no harsh detergents in it.
I originally bought this as a styling product, as my hair is so dry and frizzy I needed something with some oil in it to tame it. Worked well enough to rid me of my frizz, but leaves a very fresh cut grass smell on my head. Just recently I tried to use this the way it was meant to be used (in the shower) and it was a bit disastrous. I do like it as a styling product though. Better than any pomade I've tried.
My favourite Lush conditioner. It's a fairly lightweight conditioner, but smells nice and citrusy and conditions well enough. I think using this with Cynthia Sylvia Stout lightened my hair color significantly due to all the lemon (I wasn't very pleased) but lighter haired people might appreciate this effect. Again, slightly overpriced, but I'd consider buying again.
I bought this as a lightweight conditioner to use when I went on vacation to Europe. It didn't detangle as well as I would have liked, but my hair was always up or in braids anyway so it wasn't a big deal. However, this contains Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, a detergent that is too drying for shampoos, let alone conditioners. Most likely it strips the hair and makes it dry if used on a daily basis. Smells yummy, but costs too much and probably isn't great for hair.
Smells like rotting melons. Conditions well enough, but is far too pricey for its unremarkable effects on my hair. The packaging is unimpressive and you have to shove your hand into the tub to scoop a gob of product out.
Despite the bottle's claim of adding weight and shine to fluffy hair, my hair was as fluffy as always after using it. A bit overpriced for an unspectacular detergent shampoo. I think all the lemon in the product actually lightened my hair too, which for some may be a good thing, but for me is not. Smells like booze, which is nice.
Despite the obvious dryness on my face, the Clinique salesgirl pushed this on me insisting it would blend well if I wore it over a moisturizer. It's definitely a product for normal to oily skin and not dry, as it applies slightly pasty even after moisturizing. I can't use it on my entire face, so I apply it to discolorations or blemishes. It works well enough to conceal these flaws. Next time I'll try Dewy Smooth or something.
A good tinted sunscreen with lots of antioxidants and a decent SPF. This stuff is definitely a summer-time treat for me, as my skin is too dry for it in the winter. It's packed with different vitamins and antioxidants and I've never burned while using it (impressive for my Scottish/Irish ghostly palor) It's my favorite staple facial sunscreen.
Shampoo -Yves Rocher - Phytum Hair Care Nutrition - Replenishing Shampoo
pinup_chick 2/1/2005 4:56:00 PM
An unspectacular standard drugstore-esque shampoo. It didn't dry out my hair, it didn't moisturize it. But my hair did come out clean, which is really all a shampoo can do. I wouldn't bother buying it again.
Okay, so after a disgruntled experience with Clinique's 3-step system, I decided to try their Mild Clarifying Lotion - alcohol free with aloe and gentle exfoliators sounded like the right ticket for my sensitive, dry skin. This stuff is like Clinique's dirty little secret. The salespeople are really reluctant to dish out this stuff, desperately trying to get me to buy the shrivelling #2 Clarifying Lotion instead. I persisted that I wanted the Mild, and when I first tried it, I was amazed at how great the stuff was. I haven't been nearly as dry and flakey as before, and this stuff is gentle and even a little moisturizing, yet still an effective exfoliator. It's the only part of the 3-step system I'd use again. In fact, it's become a staple in my skincare regime.
According to Clinique's age old skin typer, I'm between a 1 and 2, and thus merit a #2 Clarifying Lotion. Augh. This stuff was hell on my skin. I should have guessed by the terribly strong alcohol scent that I was doing a grave injustice to my skin, but I tried the stuff anyway. It burned upon application, stung for an hour afterwards, and stripped my skin not only of impurities, but of all moisture. I was a stinging flakey mess. I think Clinique needs to update their skin typer.
Extremely drying and standard detergent soap. My mom advised me to try Clinique's 3-Step system to cure my dry skin woes (she's been using it since she was my age and won't give up on ol' faithful) so I reluctantly agreed and tried her 3-step for dry skin. This soap stripped away what little moisture I had to begin with, and then the follow-up toner (Clinique claims I'm a #2...but anything with alcohol in it is a disaster on my skin) and mineral oil moisture lotion only makes things worse. Never again will I trust a solidified bar soap on my face. Flake city I tell ya!
Moisturizers -Clinique - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
pinup_chick 1/31/2005 10:22:00 AM
While I didn't actually pay for this product (I just transported all the tiny sample bottles my mom had stockpiled into one big bottle) I feel that I still got ripped off! Clinique always touts this as the cure-all for all skin types - from the dryest to oiliest. My skin is rather on the dry side, and considering this stuff is mostly mineral oil, I figured it would be adequately hydrating. Nope. I've tried this stuff several times throughout my life, starting in my tweens, then again in my teens, and finally once more in my twenties. Every time it fails horribly to meet my needs. My skin is flakey within a half hour of putting it on (even if it wasn't flakey beforehand!) and then in some places I get a zit the next day. It sucks. Yet for some reason I always want to give it a second chance. Not anymore! Bye bye dramatically crappy moisturizer.
Shampoo -The Body Shop - Manuka Scalp Care Shampoo
pinup_chick 1/24/2005 9:44:00 AM
This shampoo is a temporary quick fix for dandruff, but contains strong detergent cleansers that ultimately leave my scalp as dry as before shampooing. I don't mind the smell or the nice amount of lather, and paired with a moisturizing conditioner, the outcome is decent. I'd buy again because it's hard to find dandruff shampoos without harsh chemical medications in them.
Moisturizers -Marcelle - Hydractive Hydra-Replenishing Cream
pinup_chick 1/24/2005 9:40:00 AM
After my disappointment with Marcelle's Hydra-C ComplexE Gel-Cream, I was very reluctant to give this brand another chance. But because they are a Canadian company that doesn't test on animals and is readily found in drugstores, I swallowed my bitterness and purchased HydraActive. It's actually a decent moisturizer for my very dry skin. It might be a bit greasy for some, but it worked well enough for me. With other moisturizers, I have to re-apply several times daily to avoid flaking, but this product lasts pretty much all day. And my sometimes sensitive skin had no weird reactions. It's a bit pricey for a drugstore brand ($16.95) but the fact that it lasts makes it worth it.