The only other oil cleanser I've used is the DHC brand, and it is just okay. I never considered adding an oil cleanser to my routine, but had to try the Neutrogena after reading reviews. Also, it is not available in the U.S. so this just increased my desire to try it. I mentioned it to my sister who lives in Shanghai, and she surprised me with two bottles when she visited. Sweet! The first thing she said, "you better use it because this ish wasn't cheap". Oh the pressure! Routine: Apply the cleanser to dry skin and massage it in with circular motions. Add water and the cleanser becomes a milky consistency. Rinse off with warm water. Verdict: My face feels clean and slightly dry. I thought it would be more moisturizing. The scent that it has is more plastic than citrus to me. Others have mentioned a citrus scent in their reviews. After about a week I had an acne outbreak. I may give it another try in a couple of months. Bottom line: I'm glad I was able to try this but will not continue to use since it caused a breakout. Also, I didn't like that it had an expiration date. Too much pressure with all the products I want to try.
Cleansers -Dove - Gentle Exfoliating Daily Facial Cleanser
Cinnabuns 2/25/2012 12:04:00 AM
The first few days of using this cleanser were great. I loved the fine scrubbing particles and the foamy consistency. My skin did not feel overly dry and tight which is always a plus. Fast forward a week and I began to break out with little bumps in different areas of my face. After discontinuing use, my face cleared up completely. Oh well. At lleast I gave it a try.
I have used this product for about 3 months. After shampooing and conditioning, I apply it to towel dried hair before blow drying. It's very lightwieght and makes blow drying with the comb attachment a breeze. Target had a buy one, get one free sale, and I was excited to give this a try. Great investment!
Treatments -Anastasia Of Beverly Hills - Line Erasing Serum
Cinnabuns 6/23/2011 12:32:00 PM
This serum leaves the skin feeling sticky and coated. I prefer products that leave the skin with a smooth even feel. It contains many anti-oxidants. One being what they call Instalift Goji (Tibetan Goji Berry). Sorry, but fancy names can not save this product.
I am still a sucker for Philosophy shower gels, and Belgian Waffles does not disappoint. The scent of warm buttery waffles dripping with syrup is intoxicating. Love it! I was expecting this one to smell similar to Philosophy's Waffle Cone, but they pull off two distinct scents. Wish they lasted longer once out of the shower. Sadly, this scent has been discontinued.
I haven't used a bar soap on my face in years, but I heard good things about the Ambi bar. I've used it for two months without any adverse reactions. After rinsing with warm water, my skin is left with a clean and refreshing feeling. Since it's a bar soap, it can leave the skin with a slightly tight, dry feeling. It also has a light, fresh scent. Update: I started using this again in the fall and my skin is having breakouts now. Not sure if it's this soap or something else. I'm going to try Dove soap since I hear it's gentle and moisturizing.
This mascara gives lashes a nicely defined look. My lashes looked naturally long without being overly dramatic. It's great for a daytime look. If you are looking for a mascara that gives the lush, plump, dramatic look, this ones not for you. I received this as a GWP but I would not purchase it.
Lotions/ Creams -Unlisted Brand - EXTRA VIRGIN Coconut Oil (All brands)
Cinnabuns 3/2/2011 10:24:00 AM
I am so psyched to have "discovered" this gem on a hair care forum. I pre-shampoo with it overnight or with heat for 20 minutes. Sometimes, I add amla oil, olive oil, almond oil, honey, grapeseed or jojoba oils to the pre-poo. I mix a little with my conditioner for deep conditioning after shampooing. For two weeks I've used it as a facial moisturizer on all areas below my eyes. I didn't use it on my forehead so if I had breakouts I could attribute it to the coconut oil. My skin has never been softer, and no breakouts so I use it all over now. Next up: using it as a cooking oil.
Skincare - Body -Carol's Daughter - Sugar Dipped Vanilla
Cinnabuns 3/2/2011 9:40:00 AM
This rating is a 3.5. I love the vanilla scent that lasts for hours. This line of products gives the illusion of being very hydrating, but after about an hour my skin feels "normal" again. The body cream goes on thick and it takes a while to absorb so I think this is where the illusion comes in. Overall, a great smelling line, but the body cream is an average moisturizer.
Cleansers -Lumene - Radiant Touch Moisturizing Cream Cleanser
Cinnabuns 2/18/2011 10:04:00 AM
Since I live in Michigan, I decided to try this creamy cleanser for the winter months. Mistake! After using only 3 times, I had a pimple on my forehead and one on my cheek. Argh! They're gone now, but they left behind brown spots in their place. Double Argh!! This is the first Lumene product I've tried and I am disappointed. At least it was on clearance at Target for only $7.
I love the fruity coconut scent. It creates a nice lather, and the scent lingers on your skin after showering. I know when my husband has used this because the guava scent wafts throughout the house ( a definite plus). This is one of the great natural products.
I know this is guava, but it definitely has a fruity coconut scent. It goes on very creamy, but as you rub it in, it quickly turns slick with an almost watery feel. It's not highly moisturizing like you'd expect a body butter to be. Overall, it's a nicely average moisturizing product.
Gels/Soaps -Unlisted Brand - Dylan's Candy Bar Coconut Bon Bon Soda Pop Shower Gel
Cinnabuns 1/24/2011 10:32:00 AM
This is the third Dylan's Candy Bar shower gel I've tried, and it's the most natural scent of them all. This shower gel lathers nicely and gives a sweet fragrance to your shower. The coconut scent is heavenly and doesn't smell artificial at all. Too bad the scent doesn't last any longer. The screw cap is a hassle in the shower.
Moisturizers -Unlisted Brand - Lirene Aqua Intensely Moisturizing Day Cream
Cinnabuns 1/24/2011 10:06:00 AM
The cream is very light but it's effective against the dryness I sometimes feel after cleansing. My skin felt softer and smoother. This is attributed to the blue algae in the cream. "Blue Algae - stabilizes proper level of moisturization making skin smooth and velvety to touch." This moisturizer also claims to prevent water loss and works 24 hours. I have no problem with the claim, but I'll never test out the 24 hour part since I wash my face at least twice a day. I wouldn't purchase again because I prefer a thicker moisturizer even in a day cream.
Scrubs -Unlisted Brand - Sundae Afternoons Coconutty Lime Twist
Cinnabuns 1/5/2011 12:34:00 PM
I love this neon lime green colored scrub. It's an exfoliating sugar sherbet scrub. When you scoop it out of the tub, it's dense and heavy feeling. The scrub is heavy duty, but it's soft and gentle on the skin. Not scratchy and coarse like some other scrubs. It definitely smells like coconut and lime in an island cocktail. Just stir the scrub and apply to wet skin, and you're on your way to silky, moisturized skin. Pier One was having a clearance sale. Instead of $20 I paid $4. Score! Sadly, I have never seen this product anywhere else. I can't even find it online.