Gels/Soaps -Dove - Moisturizing Body Wash - Sensitive Skin
DLux 5/10/2013 2:08:00 PM
This soap smells good at first, but the scent sticks with me and is too much after a while. Also, the moisturizing it provides is mediocre and after using it for a couple of weeks, I've developed acne on my back and chest.
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Dermarest Psoriasis Medicated Shampoo Plus Conditioner
DLux 10/5/2012 5:57:00 PM
This is a case of YMMV. I go through occasional bouts of what I think is seborrheic dermatitis: itching and serious flaking on my scalp, inside my ears, and under my eyebrows. After the most recent cycle, I tried this shampoo and did not have the same good results that most reviewers have had. My flaking got worse over the three times I used it. Also, it dried the holy heck out of my hair, to the point where it looked like straw despite using very moisturizing conditioner and at one point saturating my hair with Weleda's Rosemary Hair Oil overnight before washing the next morning. Now that I've switched to Nizoral, the flaking is much better after one wash, and the dryness isn't nearly as bad. If this doesn't work for you, try Nizoral--it may help.
Lotions/ Creams -Bliss Labs - Blood Orange + White Pepper Body Butter
DLux 12/30/2011 11:24:00 PM
This cream smells wonderful; I wish it moisturized as well as it smells. As others have described, it's a sophisticated, deep, spicy orange smell (that my boyfriend loves, by the way). The problem for me is that it just doesn't moisturize well enough. I have very dry skin in the winter and need the most moisturizing thing I can find, and Korres body butter has done a much better job for about the same price. I so wish that this one worked for me, or that Korres still made an orange-scented body butter. I would say that this works well in the summer, except I use Weleda's Sea Buckthorn Oil then--it's the perfect consistency and absorbs well, and smells similar to this Bliss body butter. So I would buy it again, but only if I couldn't get the Weleda oil.
I had my last pedicure done with this color, and I like it so much that I've been wearing it weeks after it started chipping. I have very fair, yellow-toned skin, and this wine color looks great on me. I agree that it's appropriate for a work environment and interesting enough to wear to something more exciting. I'll purchase some while it's still available on Amazon, as I see from other reviews that Essie has discontinued this color. My reason for not giving five stars: this polish hasn't lasted as long as most OPI colors I've tried. I can't compare it to other Essie colors, as I usually only use OPI.
Sunscreen -La Roche Posay - anthlios 60ultra-light with cell-ox (us version)
DLux 8/22/2010 2:57:00 PM
Like clove below, I experienced this sunscreen turning neon yellow on my skin after wearing it while running. I bought it instead of my time-tested LRP Dermo-Pediatrics SPF 60, which I will return to in the future. I ordered this ultra-light version because I needed sunscreen quickly before a backpacking trip, and it shipped overnight through Amazon. The finish is nice--not too shiny. However, the protection, in my opinion, is definitely not as good as the European formulas. I freckled/tanned slightly while using it over several days, and that has never happened to me with Dermo-Peds. I assume I got my share of unwanted UVA rays through it, as well. Next time, in a pinch, I'll spend less and get a Neutrogena formula. Update: This sunscreen stained my sports bra bright yellow! I have something of a Lady MacBeth obsession with stain removal, and I have been rewashing and soaking this garment maniacally, without luck. Even my beloved overnight Oxi-clean soak approach, always a silver bullet in the past, has made this atomic blemish worse! Makes me afraid to use up the rest of the sunscreen. Two thumbs down for LRP on this one!
Sunscreen -Aveeno - Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion Face SPF 70
DLux 7/30/2010 12:59:00 AM
I really wanted to like this product. I typically use european sunscreens, but bought this just in case I ran out between orders. I liked the scent immediately, unlike so many Neutrogena high-spf sunscreens, which often give me a headache. Also, it's not very greasy and I don't mind the texture. However, this balls up on me like crazy. It leaves white streaks that roll off me when I sweat. I started using it on my arms instead of my face, but the problem is only worse when my arms rub against anything. I look like I'm shedding white skin.
I don't own this, but rather have had both a manicure and pedicure with it on different occasions. Once for a french pedicure, and once for a plain manicure. I love the color; it's the perfect almost-nude-but-better for my nails and extremely pale skin. The pedicure has lasted about two weeks now, with no chipping, so I think the quality is very good, as with other OPI polishes. I'm not usually into manicures, so this is the perfect neutral shade. It's subtle enough that once it does start chipping, it's not terribly noticeable. It takes three coats to become opaque on me, but I like the sheerness of two coats as well.
I should say that I don't own this product, but my hairdresser used it on me. I love B&B products: I have a myriad of styling products in addition to shampoo and conditioner from this company. My hairdresser sprayed thickening spray throughout my shoulder-length, wavy layered hair, and then sprayed surf spray all over and let it dry under the dryer for about 15 min. When I was done, I looked like Medusa. Really, it just made my hair a big mess. I love what happens to my hair when it dries after a day at the beach, but this wasn't the same thing. As soon as I left the salon, I finger-combed out the mess as best I could, and it now looked like a frizzy, slightly more tame mess. My hair felt dry and dull. I think this might work for someone with fine, straight, limp hair. Not for me!
Tinted Moisturizer -Laura Mercier - Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20
DLux 1/30/2010 8:18:00 PM
I really wanted to like this. It gets fairly good reviews and a friend suggested it. It looks great on her, and she has similar coloring to me. I chose the porcelain color at Sephora, and got a large sample. It blended well on me, and didn't look cakey or fakey. However, after using it for a couple days, my skin developed this crusty, dry surface. I have very sensitive skin, and haven't been able to use mineral foundation because it gives my skin a similar reaction. This is the only new product I used during these couple days, so I'm sure it was this. Too bad--I'll have to try other tinted moisturizers to find the right one for me. Edit: I tried this again once my face cleared up. It's not very moisturizing for my very dry skin, but I decided that I really like how it evens my skin tone so subtly. A couple friends/acquaintances actually asked me if I was pregnant, saying I was glowing, and I'm a sucker for the compliments. I like that it doesn't look like makeup on me. I have to be careful about exfoliating really well so that flakes are accentuated when I wear this, and I use a moisturizer first. I wouldn't rely on the sunscreen in this, as it's not a good UVA filter; instead, I use a good sunscreen (LRP Anthelios Dermo-Peds) underneath. I've been existing on Sephora samples of this for quite a while, so today I splurged and bought an actual tube. The sales assistant gave me a sample of the primer, repeating several times that "it's what she's known for," insisting that this TM would look like I was wearing makeup w/o the primer. So I'm going to try it and see what I think, but I'm already pretty pleased.
I've used this deoderant in Calendula scent for years. It's nothing exciting, but has a nice, natural smell that used to mostly keep me odor-free. However, recently I started to notice that once I put it on, it has a kind of sour smell on me. I don't know if it's the particular stick I have, but it's really turned me off. I'm switching to Weleda spray deoderant now, which seems to work well and smells wonderful, but is more expensive.
I only use this occasionally, but my boyfriend wears it daily in the colder months (he switches to the citrus in the summer). I love the scent--herbal, natural, and kind of sexy (but that might also be due to the man wearing it :). It works well for him, and when I borrow it, it seems to control odor very well for me, too. I also like that it's a spray rather than a stick.
I lurv the smell of this body butter, and it works so well to moisturize my skin in the winter. I put it on after my shower before I towel off, and this way it goes further. It's a bit spendy for me at Sephora, but I'm addicted to the smell. It's earthy, not too fruity.
Styling Products -Bumble & Bumble - Curl Conscious Calming Creme
DLux 7/22/2009 12:17:00 AM
Like it. I didn't used to use hair product. Why? I hated the smell, the goopiness, the cruchiness, the hassle, the. . .why, why, why didn't I use hair product sooner? I'm just a stubborn low-maintenance type, but I'm realizing that there are some things that make you look better and are worth the 40 seconds they take to apply, if you can find the right one. This product is it for me. I have medium-textured, dry, wavy hair that is voluminous. Meaning that it gets a bit crazy-looking if I just let it go. I put a dime or nickel-sized dollop of this in my wet hair after the shower, comb it through, and let it air dry most of the time (when I'm in a hurry, I blow dry). It makes my hair smell good and look good, and helps control the frizz. It's hard for me to describe exactly what it does to make my hair look good; I think it makes it a bit shiny and makes it clump together in a good way. Best of all, it feels like I have nothing in my hair. While it leaves my hair with a faint, pleasant scent, it doesn't make my hair crunchy unless I use too much. I tend to comb my hair after it dries (I'm not trying to achieve a very curly look, just define the waves that I have). *By the way, this review is for the new formulation.
A very nice nail file. Tired of regularly buying emery boards, I splurged on this file today and am very happy with how smooth it has made my nails. It doesn't require much effort to use, and seems very durable.
I've used this product for about a year now, and am very pleased with it. I use Retin-A and it leaves my skin very dry. The consistency of this Korres cream is thick enough to moisturize my dry skin. I don't rely on the SPF to protect my skin even in the winter because it's only SPF 6, and not broad-spectrum. But as a moisturizing cream, I like the product a lot. The smell is also lovely.