I'm really surprised by the reviews from people with sensitive skin here, because I have extremely sensitive skin and am on topical acne medication right now, and this is the only cleanser that DOESN'T bring up more red splotches and make my face feel like it's on fire. My skin doesn't feel as tight or dry after using it as it has after every other product. It removes eye makeup really well, too, which was unexpected but nice. My only complaint is that it's hard to get the plastic wrapper off the bar.
This was prescribed when regular Retin A cream just wasn't working very well. At first it gave my skin a beautiful pink glow and smooth surface texture, but then over the course of a few months (well PAST the adjustment period where it's supposed to look worse) my skin broke out worse than ever, and peeled so much that I couldn't even keep makeup on my face. People---ADULTS, who should know better---were stopping me and asking me what the heck was going on with my face. It was bad. I'm very fair with very sensitive skin, so I think the product was just too harsh and the irritation caused my acne to flare up again. Probably not a great product for those of you with already sensitive skin.
This moisturizer is the devil. It STINGS when I apply it, and my skin actually looks greasy a few hours after application. I have very sensitive skin, so perhaps it's more suited for people with normal skin types.
This conceals really well, but tends to look whitish so this is best worn under a foundation or tinted moisturizer-I'm giving it a 3 because I like when I can walk out of the house with nothing on my skin but concealer, but this is great for those really awkward red bumps that nothing else can disguise. Also covers bruises pretty well because of the thick consistency.. A tiny bit goes a long way, so be sure to blend. Doesn't irritate my acne, which is a big plus.
My friend bought this for me for my birthday, because we'd been reading Janet Evanovich and wanted to know what the character Ranger smelled like! I dislike most cloying women's fragrances and really love the clean, peppery scent of this cologne. It's a little heavy at first, so a little dab will work great and last all day. I also love the thick cap on the bottle...I lose caps left and right and this is a little more substantial and doesn't go spinning off my counter.
This shampoo isn't bad for the price. It's not great for long term use, though, so don't waste your money on the big bottle. I think it probably tends to build up a little in the hair and halfway through my giant pump-dispenser bottle I was noticing that my hair was starting to look a little weird when it dried naturally and ended up buying a bottle of something else.
I had the good fortune to use this product both before and during acne treatment, so I was able to experience exactly what this covers. First, a little goes a loooooong way. A little smear about the size of my pinky nail is enough to cover under each eye. This is great for undereye circles, or purpley looking tired eyelids, or any sort of unevenness. If you apply it correctly, it settles in and looks pretty natural. It works really well on unblemished skin that has a few acne scars, freckles, circles, discoloration...anything FLAT. Unfortunately, this seemed to slide off my acne. I had to first apply it to the blemished area, blot with powder, and then apply concealer over it on my worst acne. It also tended to stick to the flakier skin. One pro for acne prone skin was that it didn't make me break out more. I'll continue using this on my clear skin days, but will need to use something else when I'm broken out.
Treatments -Sally Hansen - Sally Hansen Sugar Wax Hair Remover
AFStepho 6/8/2009 10:18:00 PM
This is a great product for fine, downy hair. It's great for facial hair of all sorts, and for arm hair. I get wonderful results on my own eyebrows doing a little bit at a time, and I can even remove all of my arm hair in one sitting without cursing TOO badly! One tub has lasted me about two years. When I ran out of cloth strips, I started using cotton rags (old pillowcases cut, etc.) and found that I could wash the sugaring solution out in the washer and re-use the rags. I attempted to grow out my leg hair for waxing (ick!) and it didn't work very well on that, but I'm really not about to grow my leg hair out for six weeks again just so that I don't have to shave for two. I only wish it came in pre-formed strips for use on the upper lip and eyebrow areas, since one time I got a little impatient, dabbed on too much and accidentally ripped off the outer half of one of my eyebrows. Whoops! I blame myself for that one, not the product.
This is the best facial cleanser ever. I have acne prone skin, but for some reason the cold cream is so gentle that it doesn't break me out and even softens some of the scabby skin left behind from the breakouts. I like to apply it and let it sit while I do chores or watch tv. and then I wet a washcloth in the hottest water I can tolerate and wipe it all off. The cloth exfoliates, and afterwards my skin is soft but not greasy. I don't apply a moisturizer when I use this at night. If you have dry hands or feet, this is good under socks or gloves overnight. It's better than vaseline because it absorbs a little better and washes off much easier. I will always have this in my medicine cabinet.
Moisturizers -Biore - Nourish Moisture Lotion SPF 15
AFStepho 6/8/2009 9:56:00 PM
I had great luck with this product for the first week. It absorbed well and didn't give me the shinies an hour later. Unfortunately, after day seven my skin broke out like crazy, so I had to toss this. Even with the painful cystic acne I felt bad tossing the bottle because it was kind of expensive for something I picked up at the grocery story! If you're acne prone, I would steer clear of this stuff.
Moisturizers -Cetaphil - Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF15
AFStepho 6/8/2009 9:50:00 PM
This product made my skin extremely shiny and didn't absorb into my skin. It made me break out a little, too, although not as badly as most sunblock/moisturizer combos would. While probably effective as a sunscreen, it was terrible as an actual moisturizer.
This worked well for the first two weeks, but then I immediately started to break out more than ever! My skin had never looked so bad. Everything from bumps, cystic acne to a red rash on my cheeks. I went to my dermatologist and asked what he thought about it, and he said that Pro Activ relies most heavily on benzol peroxide and that people either love it or hate it. Now, in the past I haven't had much success with OTC B.P. products, therefore this was not the product for me. If you've had luck with benzol peroxide in other forms, this will probably work really well for you. If not, you will want to go to a dermatologist and ask for a product with a different ingredient.
Liquid -L'Oreal - True Match Super-Blendable Makeup SPF 17
AFStepho 6/8/2009 12:20:00 PM
This covered pretty well and didn't clog my pores. A little seemed to go a long way. It blended uneven areas well, however, if you have serious acne you will need to use a separate concealer on those spots. I wasn't a fan of the packaging, and noticed that the liquid tended to cake around the top. The biggest con is that this seems to remove any and all eye makeup! No matter what I was wearing, from simple waterproof mascara to full eye makeup, I could count on it ending up UNDER my eyes by the end of the day.
Moisturizers -Clean & Clear - SOFT Oil-Free Moisturzer - Day ] [DISCONTINUED]
AFStepho 1/18/2009 2:41:00 PM
I initially liked the consistency and the dispenser for this product. It absorbed into my skin immediately, but after about fifteen minutes or so I noticed that my face was getting shiny and that my pores seemed slightly bigger. After a full day of it on my face I washed it off to discover new acne. Surprise! In the interest of fairness and experimentation I tried it on a few other occasions and under different conditions, such as without makeup, under mineral makeup or cornstarch based powder, but nothing seems to control the oiliness and it ALWAYS breaks me out, so I know it is the product and not just my awful skin. It's a shame, too. Of all products, I did not expect an oil free moisturizer to break me out and make me oily. Clean & Clear, thy name is irony.
Conditioner -L'Oreal - VIVE Pro Style Infusing Conditioner
AFStepho 3/22/2008 5:03:00 PM
This product is horrible. I bought it hoping that it would add more moisture to my thick, crazy hair. It made my hair greasy, and now my hair is crazier than ever! I look like an 80s country singer gone berzerk. I'm not even going to finish the bottle. I look better with unwashed hair than I did after using this shampoo.