Toners -Biotherm - Biosource Softening Toner Alcohol Free
kdeichsel 8/14/2007 11:11:00 PM
I purchased nivea visage moisturizing toner for $6.00 (6.8 fl ounces) I purchased biotherm biosource softening toner for $22.00 (6.8 fl ou) They both reacted the EXACT same way - removed the last traces of makeup, somewhat soothed the skin - however, for $22.00, i'm able to purchase almost 4 bottles of the nivea toner for 1 bottle of the biotherm. Expensive ALWAYS means BETTER - better marketting, better advertisements, better spokesmodels... and that's exactly why i'm buying a product, right? For the image? Um... i'm going to stick with the nivea and get more bang for my buck.
Mua'ers, after reading my review... if you have any information on what i'm doing wrong, please contact me. PC's 1% Lotion: I have extremely dry, eczema proned, sensitive skin and the CSR suggested that I buy the 1% Lotion BHA option. I've been using for it a month, diligently, after cleansing my skin, and before my moisturizer at night. Unfortunately I havent noticed a big difference in my skin - it wasn't terribly bad to start off - however, the one issue i was hoping to address - the blackheads - are still there, mocking me relentless in my nose and chin. When will this product work? Perhaps i need the 2% lotion, or even the liquid. I have to use a moisturizer post-BHA, otherwise my skin feels too tight, dry, and uncomfortable... I'm using Jaimeson Vit E 30,000 IUs which has NEVER made me break out, nor have i noticed more blackheads from using this product. Any ideas? I just want those awful little black dots GONE! At least a dozen Mua'ers suggested PC BHA but it just doesnt seem to be working. And, regardless if $16.00 doesnt sound like a lot of money to you... $16.00 + shipping + canadian customs... sorry paula, but i don't find your products any more price savvy than the other lines i've been using, most notably jamieson, st. ives, and marcelle. Suggestions?
If this bottle cost $15 CAN and no more, I would very happily give it a 5 however, at the cost of around $28 CAN, i simply cannot give it full marks. that being said - the product is amazing. A cleansing oil for my face! REALLY? i was skeptical at first but this little bottle is like the little train that could, cutting through my waterproof mascara, sucking the sunscreen off my face, and cleansing. No, i'm serious, it really cleanses. And, after massaging it onto my dry face for about 2 minutes, i add water and VOILA - it washes clean off my skin. I still cant believe it. I don't even need a sudsy cleanser post oil because NO film is left over on my skin. For all of you ladies who are looking for an excellent oil cleanser, I happily recommend it. Also, as a sucker for everything cute, this little green bottle almost looks more like a toy than a product. However, until i become a wealthy woman, i think i'll stick with jojoba oil. Cheaper and multipurposed - so i can buy in bulk and use as SS remover, skin moisturizer, hair glosser, carrier base for my essential oils, the list is endless.
Sunscreen -Ombrelle - SPF 60 Face Cream with Mexoryl XL
kdeichsel 7/31/2007 6:44:00 PM
Frame of Reference - $13.00 CAN for 75ml at walmart My skin: extremely fair, freckled, sensitive, super dry, eczema (irritant or allergic dermatitus) proned. Was using (and still using/loving) sofina lucent spf 50+ however it does tend to dry my skin out a bit (alcohol in product) which, in my opinion, over my moisturizer and during the summer is not a problem. However, i can see this being hell during the winter. I've applied the ombrelle 6 times (summer) over my face but changed my routine slightly to try and get the best results. What works for me: - wash my face (gentle water-soluable cleanser - Cetaphil usually) - manual scrub (usually raw sugar in my cleanser) - LIGHT moisturizing lotion (Cetaphil lotion, not cream) - then apply this product and rub in but not enough so it starts balling. Yes, there's a whitish cast, and yes, it can be tacky/sticky, and yes, rubbing it a lot does cause it to ball, HOWEVER, as someone who uses a very fine dusting of powder (translucent mineral veil), the shine is gone and I've noticed that the powder sits nicely ON TOP of my skin, rather than falling into my pores like it does when i'm wearing the sofina lucent. Also, with an spf 60 and a ppd of 15 (from what i can tell), this is an excellent emolient sunscreen for sensitive, fair, dry, minimal sun exposure people who use very little facial products (foundations/powders). Everybody else, i can see this stuff being hell. But for me, i think this will be an excellent winter spf and, compared to the sofina ($35CAN/60ml) or LRP Anthelios Fluide 50 ($39/50ml), this product is well worth the price tag and I'm more willing to apply the right amount rather than worrying about "wasting" the product because of the ludicrous price tag. Good luck!
I'm on the "hate the smell" camp. For $4.49 CAN at shoppers drug mart, this lip balm did very little to make that price worthwhile. I didnt feel that it moisturizer, it feel thick, and too waxy, and didn't glide over my lips easily, nor were my lips more moisturized - they stayed as flaky, and returned to their dry state within 10 minute. I'm NONE too impressed with you, MR. Burt's Bees! I think i'll stick with lobello moisture therapy (blue tube) - for around $1.50 CAN at walmart, this non scented, easy to apply, moisturizing lip balm clearly puts BB's honey balm to shame. Well - off to the garbage for you... (ok ok, not the garbage per say - just my sister's room - aka the new home for all of my tried and hated products).
I currently use the sofina lucent 50 (translucent in colour when absorbed)... (i have extremely fair, dry, sensitive, eczema proned skin) What did i ever do before i knew about MUA? I purchased simply based on the amazing reviews of the always helpful, super knowledgeable MUAer 'centerfuse' - thanks! How can i describe this? think - 2% milk consistency, whitish in colour, that absorbs literally within 2 minutes, with NO whitish cast, and NO balling of the product, and NO oily residue. To get the 1/4 tsp recommended, i put two 'layers' of this product - put some on my first, let it sink in for 2 minutes, put some more on. It actually mattified my moisturizer and created a silk smooth base for my make up. Truly amazing... my only problem - i have noticed that it does tend to dry my face out a little, so i have to diligently apply moisturizer first and let that sink in for about 10 minutes - a little bit of a time waster - but you know.. in my opinion, totally worth it. It has great UVB protection, and good UVA protection of 8+ (i really dont go outside all that much). Definitely a great alternative to the umbrelle face spf 60 i was wearing before (and still love for winter months when my skin is drier). Enjoy! buy from either ebay or www.bobodave.com
Conditioner -Queen Helene - Cholesterol Hair Conditioning Cream
kdeichsel 7/24/2007 9:04:00 PM
At my walmart, Queen helene is shelved along side the black/african women's hair products so, as I dont have that kinkiness to my hair, I was worried that this product would be too heavy or too moisturizing, which would make my hair look oily and flat.... nope. none of that.... just smooth, hydrated, touchably soft hair. I very generously applied this to my ends and sparingly near the roots and waited under cap for 20 minutes in my shower - washed it out - and was disappointed. My hair felt dry and stringy, so i was all confused.. but, when my hair fully dried, the hair was soft, shiny, manageable - i dont know why, but somehow the emolients or slip agents in the product clung to my hair, making the strands seem softer and more uniform, and my hair was LESS FRIZZY and CURLIER! For a pittance of $5.00 CAN for 15 ounces, i will definitely buy this product again... and, while purchasing queen helene, i also picked up pink lotion by lusters which works GREAT on my dry hair as a frizz eliminator/hair shiner (but don't add too much - specifically to fine, thin, limp, caucasian hair - i accidentally put in too much and it looked really oily - play with the amount until you figure out what's right..). And this product was only $6.00 CAN for I believe 300 ml. Amazing! Why have I been throwing my money away on aveda, redken, biolage, kerastase, and farouk? NO MORE! Today i take the pledge - "i swear that I will no longer allow hair stylists to sell me over prized, over hyped "miracle" products that cannot repair hair because it is dead and will NOT magically become alive again, nor will i be swayed by the glitz of marketting - a $5.00 product is as good as a $30.00 product!"
Treatments -Elizabeth Arden - Ceramide Plump Perfect -Targeted Line Concentrate
kdeichsel 7/23/2007 3:54:00 PM
YOWZA this irritates my skin. I've applied this product three times, just to give a solid review, and all three times, my skin feels irritated and overly sensitive. Also, my tiny (probably simply dehydrated) lines on my forehead don't appear smoother or less visible after applying this. Received as a gwp - 5ml - and it definitely found it's way into my garbage bin. For reference: early 20 something, eczema proned, dry, sensitive, fair skin.
Cleansers -Clarins - Water Comfort One Step Cleanser
kdeichsel 7/22/2007 1:22:00 PM
Reference: received this as a gwp, 50 ml sample bottle. First off, this isnt a cleanser, this is a toner. The other option, the oily one with orange, I'm more inclined to believe that it's a cleanser because, AT LEAST, the oily substance can cut through makeup and sunscreen. I tried this twice over mascara and had to leave it sitting on my eye area for a good 20 seconds, then rub, then add more to the pad, repeat - atleast twice per eye to remove my mascara - i dont even wear that much makeup. I found this "cleanser" absolutely pointless and ridiculous - from what i can tell, there isnt any effective water-soluable detergent based ingredients in this product, which, as a i repeat, does not make this a cleanser. (please, if i'm wrong, someone correct me). now, on to the smell - it smells like artificial, overly sweet, rotting peaches with a tang of something I just cant put my finger on. It actually makes me feel ill. Maybe i'm just sensitive to the fragrance, but i cannot tolerate it. Well, how is it as a toner? great - refreshing, doesnt dehydrate my skin - but the smell offends me, and the price pisses me off. For generic, average, common ingredient list, clarins is willing to charge that kind of price? Really? I'm sticking with my homemade toners or those that cost less than $7.00 CAN.
I totally agree with the reviewer below - received as a GWP and they gave me 1 ounce as a "sample" - amazingly large sample, thanks Clarins. Anyhow, i think i might be the blacksheep of this group because i found that this product really irritating my skin. The grains are smaller than most scrubs i've tried and it seems that the smaller the grain, the more irritated my skin gets - is that weird? If anyone can tell me why, i'd love to hear it. So, sadly, i have to rate this product quite low because it was painful to use - although, after using it, putting a cool/cold wash cloth over my face, and moisturizing - my skin was glowing. Was the pain worth it? Not for me, but i also have eczema proned skin, so i'm extra sensitive. For all you non-sensitive skin ladies - i fully recommended this exfoliator - and see, maybe, just maybe, the wonderful clarins people might give you a sample to try out.
i should probably stop stealing my sister's and buying my own... What skin cream did i recently buy? biotherm hydra detox, $48 CAN for 1.7 ounces no. 7 (boots line) advanced hydration, $20 CAN for 1.7 ou jamieson 30,000 IU Vit. E cream for x. dry skin, $13 CAN for 4 ou why the grocery list? the biotherm was great, but i would use the jar in about a month, the no.7 didn't advance hydrate anything, the jamieson is amazing but WAY too thick for day, so i'm left with cetaphil for my daily moisturizer. Amazing! It's smooths, absorbs into the skin nicely, leaves an amazing canvas for makeup, and costs approximately $12.00 CAN for 400 ml (maybe a little off? - the larger bottle with the pump). I have eczema, and am a self proclaimed dry skin sufferer who loves the combination of cetaphil/day and jamieson/night. When will i learn that catchy names, unique packaging, and expensive products are not always, if NOT EVER the best option?
As consumer whores, we are slaves to the glitz of marketting. Unfortunately, because cetaphil doesnt use advertisements, catchy slogans, or esthetically pleasing bottles, very few women actually use these products which, in my opinion, is a shame... but then again, i suppose i'm a hypocrite who sporadically returns to cetaphil but always end up bored with the packaging. Sad, isnt it? When did bottle become more important than effect? My review: This product doesnt lather, because i'm so used to that sudsy, drying feeling from washing my face, i'm always convinced that this product isnt working... however, that being said, after using this cleanser I NEVER feel tight or uncomfortable like i usually do with the other cleansers. Comes in a huge bottle for a great price, always available, and, most importantly, reliable for us sensitive skin ladies. I have fairly brutal eczema that literally begs for me to use cetaphil - i don't always listen unfortunately, and end up throwing money in the garbage by buying all the other overhyped crap out there. if only i could somehow convince myself that this product is like the 'little skin care line that could' - nobody believed in it at first, but in the end, miracles happened.
Skincare - Body -Yves Rocher - Arnica Hand and Nail Cream
kdeichsel 7/14/2007 6:51:00 PM
I received this as a free gift with purchase - i've been an YVES ROCHER addict for years, predominently using their Bio-Calmille Line and going to get facials (excellent estheticians at a great price)... but i've always hated their bath and body products. HATED THEM... the scents are always so over powering. This hand cream is no different - in my box, i received my face cream/eye gel/face wash and received this handcream and a body wash (desire de nature) and, i kid you not, the smell eminating from these two products was so overwhelming that it made me dizzy, nauseated, and dilated my pupils - as thought i were high, but definitely not in a good way. A pity- all the free products they sent me are now going to some unsuspecting sap because i just cannot tolerate the smell. I dont even care if the hand cream works... throwing up in public isnt an option i'm willing to risk.
Would i buy this again? A big fat NO. It's actually having a reverse effect on me - drying my lips out, not penetrating, leaving a whitish cast unless i really work it in, and for that price? Um... body shop, you duped me again. I'll stick with blistex and lobello - a quarter of the cost, but a million times better. However, that being said, i really like their (brazillian i think) nut body butter, however, i started purchasing the alternative LIFE BRAND from shoppers - NUT and HONEY butter - and it's fabulous, and also at a fraction of the price. Life brand keeps surprising me...
Moisturizers -Lancome - High Resolution Intense Recovery Anti-Wrinkle Cream
kdeichsel 7/13/2007 1:41:00 AM
I'm in my early 20s... perhaps i should leave this review in 15 years when i start seriously using anti-wrinkle everything (botox/restalyne (sp?) here i come!) that being said, i purchased a lancome lot from ebay - for about $100 US, i received 60 GWP, 6 of which were this product (15 ml each so 90ml in total). My skin is still firm, plump, and relatively healthy... so i cant provide you with any of those miracle stories about how this product magically transformed me for a 50 year old to an early 20 something... what i can say is that this product is extremely moisturizing. I was quite surprised. I've been using it with the anti-wrinkle intense serum and together, before bed, these two products leave my skin soft, with beautiful texture, and a glow. would i buy again? maybe on ebay where i'll receive a bunch of different products to test out... but i wouldnt go to the store and buy this for god only knows how much. I'll stick something i know - yves rocher (i'm using the preventative anti-aging line for women in their 20s and will continue buying from them. THeir prices are great, you always get free gifts, and i'm simply in love with the bio-calmille gel cleanser and toner - at $5.oo each, how can you go wrong?