Conditioner -Wen by Chaz Dean - Lavender Cleansing Conditioner
scopingforyou 12/27/2009 5:07:00 PM
PROS: My very damaged and fine hair did well with this AT FIRST (I left one pump in for leave-in conditioner.) CONS: Have to follow their long, long instructions. Smell is not so good. Price. *******EDIT: Breaks me out along my hairline and my neck and back. Worked great for about a week. Then it was weighed down and had a coating on my hair. ALTERNATES: I personally prefer for shampoo: Weightless Conditioning Shampoo by Motions (found in the African American hair section of my Walmart)....and for conditioner: Garnier 3-Minute Undo Dryness Reversal with olive oil or Weightless Conditioner Detangler by Motions.
Skincare - Face -Olay - Professional Pro-X Anti-Aging Starter Protocol
scopingforyou 12/27/2009 4:51:00 PM
PROS: Does moisturize. CONS: Used it all and saw little effect on wrinkles, etc. ALTERNATES: . I also like Dr. Lewinn by Kinerase (at Walmart). My new love is Derma e's hyaluronic acid line.
Treatments (Eye) -Olay - Professional Pro-X Eye Restoration Complex
scopingforyou 12/27/2009 4:46:00 PM
PROS: Pretty good at moisturizing. CONS: Saw no difference in lines, etc. Bothered my eyes too. ALTERNATES: For moisturizing is L'oreal "Age Perfect" with calcium or L'oreal Revitalift eye cream for moisturizing/wrinkles. For moisturizing, Devita Revitalizing Eye Lift Creme by Polypeptides.
Treatments -Olay - Professional Pro-X Wrinkle Smoothing Cream
scopingforyou 12/27/2009 4:44:00 PM
PROS: Feels good on skin. CONS: I don't see results. Used the whole jar. Some won't like that it comes in a jar because of contamination by their fingers. The smell is much better than most Olay's. ALTERNATES: I have been enjoying the following three creams: Devita's Evening Rich Moisturizer, Dr. Lewinn by Kinerase's Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream and L'oreal's Age Perfect Night Cream in the blue jar (most moisturizing of the three.)
Sunscreen -Olay - Professional Pro-X Age Repair Lotion w/SPF 30
scopingforyou 12/27/2009 4:43:00 PM
PROS: I guess it's not the thickest spf30 I've put on my face. Better scent than most Olay's CONS: This was no real help for wrinkles, etc. It felt thick and a bit goopy on the skin. ALTERNATES: For a cheaper choice, Trader Joe's "Enrich lotion" SPF15 for a satin finish. I personally love Replenix Antioxidant Moisturizer SPF 50 (in silver tube) for great moisture and spf protection that doesn't bother my sensitive skin.
Moisturizers -Olay - Regenerist Night Recovery Moisturizing Treatment
scopingforyou 12/27/2009 4:30:00 PM
PROS: Feels okay on skin. CONS: I used the whole jar and didn't see much result as far as anti-aging goes. The smell is so perfumey that I hated to use it before bed. Kinda pricey. Some won't like that it comes in a jar because of contamination with fingers. ALTERNATES: My new love is Derma e's Hyaluronic Acid night cream.
PROS: Definitely doesn't dry out the skin. Very gentle; not too harsh. Inexpensive. CONS: It doesn't clean quite deep enough for my congested skin. APPLICATION TIPS: Says it works with or without water. It's a much better cleanser with water. But it's good to keep by the bed with a box of tissues for the nights you're too tired to wash your face. At least it's some amount of cleansing. ALTERNATES: Of course, the closest alternate and much cheaper dupe is Equate's version of this "Skin Cleanser - Gentle Formula" found at Walmart. There's also Johnson & Johnson's Vanilla Oatmeal or Honey Apple Baby Bath. For my congested pores, I use Aveeno's Baby Wash and Shampoo (or Equate's version of that.)
PROS: Definitely brightens my skin tone. CONS: The sales associate said it would help the look of pores or at least help with unclogging of pores, but I didn't see any difference with that at all. .
PROS: First the sales associate used the crystals to exfoliate (which for once, Philosophy, smells wonderful!) and then she put on the gel to activate the vitamin c. My skin looked smoother and even a bit tighter right afterward. CONS: They shouldn't call this a peel. It's nothing like one. And it doesn't deliver results like a peel. My large pores were irritated and looked even bigger. The crystals must be too large. ALTERNATES: I'd just stick with regular exfoliating like St. Ives Microdermabrasion scrub or even better Dermalogica's Daily Resurfacer (doesn't bother my rosacea at all.)
Cleansers -Philosophy - the microdelivery exfoliating wash
scopingforyou 12/27/2009 3:55:00 PM
PROS: It is an okay exfoliator. CONS: It didn't clean my skin well enough on its own. ALTERNATES: Am happy to have found my HG exfoliator...St. Ives microdermabrasion scrub (with a very light touch) or Aveeno's baby Wash and Shampoo used with the Clarisonic.
Cleansers -Philosophy - Purity Made Simple (Real Purity Cleanser)
scopingforyou 12/27/2009 3:52:00 PM
PROS: Some swear by it. CONS: Had a mini, and I'm glad I didn't spend any money on it. My combination skin gets too tight and slightly red from this. The smell isn't so great. Burns eyes. ALTERNATES: My cleanser now is Olay's for sensitive skin wash. My acne prone teens do great with Alba Botanica's Acne Dote cleanser.
PROS: Has the added oily texture to help those who really dry out with retinol. CONS: This is no where near strong enough for me. According to someone else posting, help me only has a .15% retinol percentage. Tube is hard to get the last of it out too. Left me quite oily and congested. ALTERNATES: Most people here like "Save Me" better. I think Philosophy's Miracle Worker Retinol is better. Less oily and an actual difference in my pores and lines.
PROS: I personally love both this and Unconditional Love. It is a fragrance that is not overpowering, subtle and soft, very woodsy with a hint of berry. DOES NOT BOTHER MY HUSBAND'S ALLERGIES. He is usually bothered by most fragrances. CONS: Well, not everyone loves this one. Some think it smells a little odd. ("Unconditional Love" is a more universally liked scent.) It doesn't last very long on the skin. APPLICATION TIPS: The roller-ball perfume oil version of this lasts longer than the spray bottle versions. ALTERNATES: Trish McEvoy's Blackberry & Vanilla Musk lasts longer, but this is less expensive. And Bath and Body Works has a nice black raspberry/vanilla line that is even less expensive than this.
Skincare - Face -Philosophy - When Hope Is Not Enough - Serum
scopingforyou 12/27/2009 3:33:00 PM
PROS: The firming properties seemed to be real. You don't need much at all. I think it did help with fine lines a bit. CONS: Smell is typical Phil; bad. Don't expect this to moisturize at all. Left me tight, so I had to moisturize almost right away.
PROS: spf. Probably good for very, very dry skin. CONS: This was really oily afterward. The smell was bad, like wet dog. It separated easily (maybe because it was from the tester jar and had been messed with a lot?). Some won't like that it comes in a jar because of contamination by fingers, but my hands are clean when I apply, so I don't mind. ALTERNATES: Philosophy's "When Hope is not Enough spf" (which is a little more moisturizing than this one). I personally love Replenix Antioxidant Moisturizer SPF 50 (in silver tube) for great moisture and spf protection that doesn't bother my sensitive skin.