Lip Treatments -Lacura - Milk and Honey Gentle Lip Care
Blueeyes248 10/13/2010 10:30:00 PM
I'm going to review both this product and the lip balm for sensitive skin. They both work and I like their moisturizing properties. The milk and honey scent is nice, it doesn't bother me although it's sort of an odd scent to be used in a lip balm. I'd buy this product again (both of them) but my sister and I both have one problem with it - the lip balm leaves a gross, bitter after taste in your mouth. It's not like we're licking the lip balm itself or our lips excessively, in fact I made a point not to lick my lips at all, but the after taste was still there. I can't get past the weird taste, so I wouldn't buy this product again, which is a shame.
Moisturizers -Alba Botanica - Hawaiian Aloe & Green Tea Oil Free Moisturizer
Blueeyes248 3/26/2010 10:49:00 AM
I bought this, first of all, because it doesn't test on animals, and buying cosmetics that aren't tested on animals is something I've become interested in lately. This stuff works pretty well. A little bit goes a long way for me, but that could be because I have combination skin and only use a small amount on my t-zone and more on my neck/cheeks. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of the scent, but it's not unpleasant. Kind of a tropical smell I guess, but I'm not into tropical smelling things. It's not overbearing though. I haven't had any breakouts or clogged pores from this stuff so I'm going to keep using it. It also hasn't irritated my skin at all, which is awesome. It leaves my skin really soft and smooth, which I love.
I've used a ton of self tanners and this one is definitely my favorite, I'm on my second bottle and I almost NEVER re-purchase the same product twice of anything. I was freaked out because of the color guide being so dark and muddy looking - I thought that that was how my tan was going to look so I was pretty apprehensive in the morning to shower off and see how it looked. The color guide is just that - a guide. Don't freak out and over-rub it into your skin, there's no need, I promise. You're going to look muddy and blotchy with it on so just use it at night and sleep on an old sheet like I do. The smell isn't that bad...nothing I would like to go out smelling like, but there has been worse. It dries relatively quickly, so I like that too. I'm pretty pale but this never made me look orange in the least, it's very natural looking which I love. If I have a date or something that I want to look tanned for, I put it on 3 nights in a row and I'm more than happy with how it looks by day 3. I don't usually put this on my face but when I did it didn't make me break out. Some advice - make sure that you exfoliate and moisturize before you put this stuff on - put extra lotion on your elbows, knees, feet, and heels. Also, make sure you use rubber gloves when you put it on so that it doesn't stain your hands, because trust me, it will stain your hands very quickly if you don't.
Treatments -Clean & Clear - Advantage Acne Spot Treatment
Blueeyes248 8/14/2007 10:36:00 AM
I like this stuff, especially because I can wear this during the day and no one will know (versus my Bye Bye Blemish pink stuff.) I've been using this in conjunction with the Clean & Clear Advantage oil free lotion and together these two work really well on my skin. It's not a miracle product, but I'd say after about 2 days of using it you'll definitely see a difference.
Alright girls, please READ THIS!: I know that some of you are saying that Pro Activ doesn't work, and I agreed for the most part until I was on acne.org and discovered this technique: Wash your face with the Pro Activ face wash (I don't know if it is absolutely necessary that you use Pro Activ's, but I do). Skip the toner and wait 5-10 min. After that time, take the repair lotion and use a pointer finger length's amount of it (use a pretty thick line of it while you're at it.) Rub it all into wherever you're breaking out and allow it to absorb for 5-10 min. Follow up with an oil free moisturizer (I like Neutrogena's Oil Free Moisturizer for sensitive skin.) It'll burn the first week or two of you putting on that much of the repair lotion, and your face might turn a bit red and dry out, so be sure you have a good moisturizer around. Trust me, this technique definitely works. Although I think you could use just about any 2.5% benzoyl peroxide treatment in this technique, I just used Pro Activ's cause I had a ton lying around the house since in the directions they tell you to apply a small amount on. I don't know why globbing so much on your skin works, but it's DEFINITELY cleared up my skin, which seems to be prone to really painful, long lasting pimples. So give it a shot
Skincare - Face -Oxy - Oxy Maximum Daily Cleansing Pads
Blueeyes248 6/22/2007 2:50:00 PM
I bought these a few days ago and used them on my t-zone cause I SERIOUSLY broke (that time of the month is a bitch.) Anyways, this stuff was cheap, which was awesome. And it dried out my acne, which I loved. The only problem is it severely dried out my eyelids even though I wouldn't even consider using them near my eyes...like my eyes are so dried out right now they looked like a middle aged woman's eyes (I'm 19!) so I have Rosebud Salve on them. I'm sad cause these definitely work, but unfortunately my eyelids are telling me to stop using these so I guess I have to :( If you have really oily skin then go for these, but if you have combination or dry/sensitive skin, stay away!
I used this stuff for awhile in I think medium-deep. I don't really know how to describe the consistency of it...it was a tinted sort of lotion/gel/oil thing. I guess you'd have to see it for yourself. Anyways, this stuff smells a bit stronger than some of the other sunless tanners I've used (I couldn't count how many that is) and it took FOREVER to dry. As in, I'd sit in front of a room fan set on high for 45 min. naked to speed up the drying process. I only used it on my body but it made my skin kind of sticky, even after sitting in front of the fan which grossed me out. The color came out nice in the morning though, but there are plenty of sunless tanners that dry quickly and give you the same sort of coloring without needing to get hypothermia in front of a fan. I def. wouldn't buy this again.
Self Tanners -Neutrogena - Neutrogena Self Tanning Foam
Blueeyes248 6/22/2007 2:34:00 PM
This is the best sunless tanner I've used since Bain de Soleil stopped making their sunless tanning foam. I have pretty pale skin but I use the Deep version - it gives me a natural looking dark tan and dries faster than any of the other brands I've used. I don't know why people try to put this on and then put nice clothes on and go out wearing it...while it's not overpowering, it's got that distinctive "sunless tanner" smell that you can't really describe. I've said it a million times - put it on AT NIGHT, wait for it to dry, then go to sleep and shower it off in the morning. I don't know if this is really a good product for beginners though - there isn't a tint to it so you dont know for sure if you've missed some spots. Make sure you're very thorough about getting it everywhere and rubbing it in well, and you won't have any problems with it.
I only started using this stuff yesterday so I can't really say what my opinion of the product is, but for all of you who are breaking out (I got a few pimples overnight) I was on the Alpha Hydrox FAQ page and they said that when you add AHAs to your skincare routine, breaking out was normal because "as the bond holding the surface dead skin is broken and impurities in the pores begin to be released." I don't know if that line is for shit or not, but I'm going to give it a month or two and then decide. Oh, and I knew that the smell reminded me of something - it smells almost exactly like the Neutrogena Acne Mark Fading Peel. **** Edit: This stuff has definitely helped to clear up any acne that it initially caused, but unfortunately it's made my skin too oily and a little sticky (which is weird cause I was kinda worried it would dry me out), so I'm going to give the 10% Oil-Free Formula (gel) a shot. I hope it has the same benefits that the creme has. Anyone with drier skin I think will benefit from this more than those with oily skin, at least in my opinion.
I started using apple cider vinegar (not the Bragg's kind, just the generic stuff) cause I was having acne problems and my t-zone get was getting pretty oily. I used an empty plastic waterbottle and filled it half with water and half with the apple cider vinegar (ACV.) I've been using it since Thursday (it's Monday now) and so far so good. I haven't really noticed a change in the macules on my skin yet (macules are the red spots left over after a pimple was there, they're not scars) but supposedly ACV helps fade them. It definitely seems to dry out my existing acne though and really helps with the oil problem (maybe a little too much - I might consider diluting the ACV with more water next time, it seems a little too drying for my skin.) I'll update in a few weeks about how it's improved overall, but I'd definitely give this a shot if I were you, just remember to dilute according to how oily/dry your skin is!
Self Tanners -Banana Boat - Sunless Tanning Mousse in Deep Dark
Blueeyes248 5/9/2007 3:54:00 PM
I'm reviewing Banana Boat Summer Color foam in Deep Dark. Since I hate baking in the sun or in tanning booths, I have to find some way to avoid looking albino, especially now that warmer weather is here. Now I know I probably shouldn't have grabbed Deep Dark since my skin tone is relatively fair, but whatever...this stuff doesn't turn my skin a fake orange color despite the fact that I'm probably not using the right color for myself, so I'm sure if you buy it according to your skin tone you'll have nothing to worry about. As for the smell, let's face it, all sunless tanners have that distinct smell. It's not that bad though, no worse than anything else I've tried, and I put it on at night and shower in the morning anyways...I probably wouldn't recommend putting this on and then going to the mall or shopping or anything because people can definitely smell when you're wearing it. The foam is easy to spread, just make sure you rub it in thoroughly. I give it 4 stars/lippies only because I hate waiting for it to dry before bedtime (I sit around for about 30-40 mins. naked) but if you can, I'd recommend sitting in front of a room fan and having it blow directly on you to speed up drying time (blow dryers don't work, it seems to only make the stuff feel more damp for whatever reason.) I haven't tried this on my face because I had an incident last year where I used another tanner and it caused me to have a really bad reaction, so I apply it from my feet up to my chin - if you can imagine that, I have a pale face and a really tan body. I'm like a sideshow before I put on bronzer. But anyways, give it a shot you'll like the results.
Cleansers -Noxzema - Triple Clean Anti-Bacterial Cleanser
Blueeyes248 4/19/2007 4:05:00 PM
I'm in love with this stuff. I have combination skin, oily t-zone and regular or a little dry cheeks/eyelids...I had been using Oxy, which completely dried out my skin to the point where I was putting aquaphor on my eyelids as a moisturizer. I was still getting probably 3 or 4 pimples a month (and not just normal pimples...I mean the ones that are huge, scar no matter what you do, and hurt if you touch them. I was reading reviews on this and decided to try it, along with Noxzema's Triple Clean Anti-blemish Pads. THANK GOD it worked! I had a huge pimple and it definitely reduced the size within probably two days, whereas it would probably take about two weeks or so for my pimple to start disappearing otherwise. This stuff foams up pretty well, I like the smell, and it makes my skin feel sooo clean without drying it out. It's also a hell of a lot cheaper than the Proactiv I'd been using before. If you have pimples, definitely give this a shot, and be sure to use the triple clean antiblemish pads along with them
Concealers -Dermablend - Smooth Indulgence Concealer
Blueeyes248 4/3/2007 11:53:00 PM
I looove this stuff. While it might be too heavy for people who only want light coverage, Dermablend is amazing when it comes to covering up underye circles, acne scars, pimples, and anything else you can imagine that could happen to your face...I get compliments on my skin a lot when I wear this, not because I'm genetically blessed, but because it has awesome coverage that doesn't look cakey. While the tube isn't very big for the price (which really isn't that bad anyways considering how awesomely this works), you really don't need a lot of it at a time so it will last you for awhile. My only problem (which isn't really a big deal) is that my t-zone (I have combo skin) gets shiny in the middle of the day/towards the evening, so if you have oily skin maybe proceed with caution. Then again it's easily fixed with some blotting papers (or toilet paper if those aren't handy) so I can overlook that. It also doesn't make me break out, but I'm religious about washing my face every night so I can't say what will happen if you leave it on overnight repeatedly.
I have combo skin that wouldn't normally need moisturizing on my t-zone but could use some extra moisture on my cheeks and eye area. I bought this stuff because I use a strong face wash that tends to dry out my skin (but fights my acne pretty well so I'm willing to moisturize in exchange.) This stuff has a pretty strong scent, although I like the smell so it doesn't bother me. It moisturizes well, although not enough for my eyelids (I use heavy duty Aquaphor for that.) It doesn't sink in immediately but after that it leaves my skin feeling really soft and doesn't cause me to break out like I was afraid it would, so it works for me. Still looking for my HG moisturizer though.
Cleansers -Oxy - Oxy 10 Balance Maximum Strength Acne Wash
Blueeyes248 3/8/2007 1:37:00 PM
After trying to do a little bit of experimenting with my choice of acne treatment, I wound up breaking out really bad and decided to try a new face wash. This stuff has worked great so far drying up my pimples. Like everyone's been saying, it isn't for sensitive skin. I have kind of oily skin on my t-zone and my cheeks/eye lids are more on the try side. I only use this stuff on my t-zone, but somehow it seems to be really drying out my eye area even though I don't directly apply the wash to my eyes, which is why I gave it four lippies instead of five. It has been a little drying on my t-zone too believe it or not. If you have really oily skin this stuff is great. If you don't, use with caution...or face really dry or irritated skin!!!