Like rkrug, I just didn't see anything special in this one. I have normal/oily combo skin--but I have been traveling quite a bit over the last year, which has left my skin quite dehydrated in spots. I found this cream too thick for my liking; while it didn't break me out, it definitely did clog my pores. I also found that my skin just didn't absorb it well. Again, it didn't cause any irritation, it just didn't do anything to alleviate it. I do like some products in the Jurlique range, but the Calendula C Cream is one I'll pass on next time.
Cleansers -Philosophy - Purity Made Simple (Real Purity Cleanser)
tokyorose 5/29/2003 1:43:00 PM
I also received this as part of the Here Comes the Bride gift set. While it does remove every bit of makeup, it left my combo (normal/oily) skin feeling quite dry and tight afterwards. I used it for about a week, during which time I noticed my skin getting progessively blotchier with some quite pronounced red patches. I put it away for a while and then recently took it out again; the same thing happened. I can see this product working well for someone with thicker, oily skin, particularly someone in their teens or twenties; but this one just didn't agree with my somewhat senstive thirty-something skin.
This is one of the best products I have used on my fine, thin curly hair. Fudge Hair Putty is the second step in my hair care routine--first I apply mousse to my hair while it's still soaking wet. Then I apply a dab of the Hair Putty to my palm, rub my hands together, and lightly coat my hair with it. Finally, I leave my hair to airdry--the combination of products results in nice, chunky, defined ringlets. I have repurchased this product many many times--it's a definite staple for me.
Moisturizers -Guerlain - Guerlain Hydramythic fluid SPF15
tokyorose 5/20/2003 5:21:00 AM
I purchased this in duty-free several months ago, when I realized that I had forgotten to bring SPF with me on a trip abroad. It felt deceptively light when I tested it in the store, but I find that it makes me incredibly oily just hours after application, and it makes my makeup slide off. It is also very strongly fragranced--I'm not against fragrance in skincare products, but this particular scent is too overwhelming and perfume-y for me. This might work for somebody with dry skin, but it was just too greasy for me.
Treatments (Eye) -La Prairie - Age Management Eye Repair
tokyorose 11/11/2002 6:14:00 PM
I received two deluxe-size samples of this product, which lasted me for about a month. It is a pleasant, fragrance-free cream that absorbs quickly and moisturizes nicely. After a month of use, however, I didn't really see any improvement in my (admittedly very dry) undereye area. Overall, it's a nice eye cream, but for the price I think there are better products out there.
A true five-star product. I have incredibly dry skin around my eyes--this is one of the few eye creams I have ever used that actually hydrates throughout the night, so that my skin still feels moist upon waking. The cream also plumps the delicate skin around my eyes, visibly decreasing the appearance of fine lines. This edges out Shiseido's Benefiance (my other favorite eye cream) for its lighter texture and skin-plumping qualities. A keeper.
Lotions/ Creams -Santa Maria Novella - Almond Hand Cream
tokyorose 11/6/2002 2:23:00 AM
In a word--remarkable. This is without question the best hand cream that I've ever used. This luxurious pale brown paste absorbs instantly, leaving my hands so silky-smooth that I can't stop touching them. It also leaves behind no greasy residue, just the barest hint of a delicious almond fragrance. To my mind, this cream is far superior to the L'Occitane Shea Butter hand cream, which I have been using until now. It's very expensive--retails for $35 on eLuxury--but this would make a chic and indulgent gift for someone near and dear to you. The next time I go back to Italy, I intend to buy a case.
Cleansers -Ole Henriksen - Apricot Cleansing Lotion
tokyorose 5/3/2002 2:13:00 PM
Ole's Apricot Cleansing Lotion is the cleanser I reach for when my skin is dry, irritated or flaky. This non-foaming, lightly-scented, peach-colored lotion cleanses and hydrates through a combination of sunflower, avocado, sesame, wheatgerm and apricot oils. I find that to really remove foundation, I need to wash and rinse twice; however, it rinses cleanly and leaves my skin soft, smooth and well-hydrated. This cleanser is definitely too heavy for daily use on my normal/oily combo skin (and would not be appropriate for those with oily skin); but it makes a nice addition to my rotation of cleansers for those days when my skin needs a little extra hydration. EDIT: I've stopped using this product. I much prefer Neal's Yard Chamomile Cleanser for times when my skin is feeling dry. See my review under Neal's Yard.
Moisturizers -Kiehls - Sodium PCA Oil Free Moisturizer
tokyorose 3/7/2002 2:19:00 PM
The first thing to note about Kiehl's "Oil-Free" Moisturizer: it's not. Ladies, take those quotation marks seriously! The label recommends this moisturizer as ideal for oily or acne-prone skin types--precisely the people that should be avoiding this cream like the plague. The label indicates that it contains isopropyl isostearate and vegetable oil, both ingredients that I have found to be highly comedogenic. Unfortunately, I purchased this moisturizer in the days before I actively perused ingredient listings. I found that just half an hour after application, it made my combination acne-prone skin incredibly oily; despite this warning sign, I continued using it for a few days, and it made me break out badly. Furthermore, when I tried to use up my jar on my neck and chest, it made me break out there as well (and I NEVER break out on my body). Drier skin types might find this a suitable moisturizer, but oiler acne-prone skin types should definitely avoid this product. Trust me on this one.
Conditioner -Charles Worthington - Results Superconditioner
tokyorose 3/7/2002 12:54:00 PM
I practically buy this stuff by the case. This is a terrific conditioner that does exactly what it claims: adds shine, hydration and volume. It also adds just enough weight to my fine curly hair to prevent frizzies, yet doesn't feel overly "heavy." I'm always searching for new hair care products, but this is one I return to again and again.
Styling Products -Charles Worthington - BIG Hair products
tokyorose 3/7/2002 12:34:00 PM
I bought the volumising mousse when my local Walgreens was having a special (buy a shampoo/conditioner, get a styling product free). While I love the Results line, this product did nothing for me. It left my fine, thin, curly hair crunchy, stiff, and frizzy. Furthermore, as other reviewers have noted, it smells bad. Will definitely NOT repurchase.