Cleansers -Neutrogena - Oil-Free Acne Wash redness soothing cream cleanser
InvisibleFae 11/3/2011 1:53:00 AM
This is one of the few skin products I've ever bought that I am 99% sure made my skin worse. I still get acne, but only in small amounts, and mostly confined to my chin. After using this, I got giant, painful pimples in places I haven't gotten pimples since I was a young teenager (my temples, my cheeks, et cetera), with at least a couple popping up every day. I didn't make the connection at first, because I've been having a lot of health problems and am on multiple medications with various strange side effects. After a couple of months, however, something clicked, and I decided to try another cleanser. I noticed an improvement within a day and have only gotten a couple of small zits since. So now I'm almost certain it was this, not the medications.
Skincare - Face -Avon - Skin So Soft Facial Hair Removal Cream
InvisibleFae 8/1/2011 3:14:00 AM
I have fairly coarse, dark hair on my upper lip, and, until I found this product, I thought there was no good way to remove it (my skin is too sensitive for wax, and we all know the issues with shaving). I was afraid to try depilatory creams, having had a bad experience with Nair severely burning me once. This had enough good reviews that I decided to go out on a limb and try it. I started out leaving it on for two and a half minutes as suggested; it did absolutely nothing. I kept gradually increasing the time the next couple nights (I waited 24 hours each time to avoid burning myself) and saw a noticeable difference at about four minutes. However, certain spots on my lip are more stubborn than others, and the hair doesn't come off of those until I leave it on for six or seven minutes. I'm guessing this is something you just have to experiment with. I always make sure to spread it on thickly and evenly. There's a teensy bit of stubble in places, but it's not visible unless you look at it in a really high magnification mirror. It also makes my lip a bit red after use, so I only use it before bed (it's always better in the morning). My hair starts growing back quickly in some spots and not in others, so I have a habit of using this every three or four days. It's not exactly fun, but it's easily the most effective facial hair removal method I've found.
Fragrances -Bath and Body Works - Forever Sunshine
InvisibleFae 7/30/2011 12:30:00 AM
I've been lukewarm on a lot of the scents B&BW has come out with the past couple of years, but this is far and away one of the best. It's a sweet, summery take on your standard vanilla scent that avoids being too pungent or too cloying. I'm one who doesn't usually love anything that sells itself on being a "warm weather" fragrance, and yet I love this! While I admit my fragrance expertise is lacking, I can really pick out the apricot and praline in this one. I think they both add the needed warmth without being overpowering. If "warm but not overpowering" sounds like your kind of scent, I'd go check this one out straight away. Heck, the name of the fragrance itself does a good job of describing the scent, too.
Fragrances -Bath and Body Works - sea island cotton
InvisibleFae 7/26/2011 1:27:00 AM
I do like this scent, especially after it's calmed down a bit once I've had it on for a couple hours, but it's probably not something I'd buy again. I think I just like clean scents better as air fresheners or linen sprays than I do on my body. I was hoping this scent would win me over, but it hasn't. I also don't find this to be a very light scent. It's not heavy in a floral or musky way—it's simply very strong. If I put it on before I go to bed, my sheets reek of it for days. I also was hoping it would be something I could use on days when I get migraines and am sensitive to strong smells; unfortunately, it's too strong for that. (I should add, I have the cream, so that's the only product in the line I have experience with.)
This is a pretty boring scent. It just smells like lemon to me, with a bit of flowery stuff in the background (but nothing I can specifically pick out). I suppose I prefer scents with a lot more "oomph" to them; this is more like something I'd enjoy in an air freshener, not on my skin. I don't think it smells like cleaning products or anything, though, which is a big issue with lemony scents, so that's one plus. Still, I don't really enjoy the scent too much. The good news is, I got a little scent stacker on clearance at the semi-annual sale, so it didn't cost me too much, and it won't take long to use it up.
Fragrances -Bath and Body Works - Rice Flower and Shea
InvisibleFae 6/8/2011 4:03:00 PM
This is easily one of the best subtle scents BBW has. It reminds me of the old Warm Vanilla Sugar (before the formula change), but without the sugar. It's a soft scent that's not too sweet or too strong, and still manages to be far from boring. It's probably not the kind of scent you'd wear as perfume or anything, just as a pleasant everyday scent. Definitely one of my favorites out of the Classics line.
Fragrances -Bath and Body Works - Night Blooming Jasmine
InvisibleFae 6/8/2011 3:06:00 PM
This is a very pretty, sweet, and light floral fragrance. I think it would appeal to people who generally don't like florals, since it is nowhere near as strong and heavy as many of them. It's not a staple for me, but I definitely enjoy using it when I pick it up at the semi-annual sales. I would have rated it four stars, except for one thing: for some reason, this scent has a poor shelf life. If you happen to get a cream that's been around a while, it'll turn yellow and sour within a few months. I've never had this issue with any other BBW scent. Just watch out for this one; I don't buy more than one or two at a time.
Fragrances -Bath and Body Works - Sweet Pea Forever
InvisibleFae 6/8/2011 2:40:00 PM
Yuck. I never would have bought this in a million years if it hadn't been dirt cheap at last year's summer semi-annual sale. I figured I wouldn't love it, but I wouldn't mind using it up, either. Well, it's a year later, and I still have quite a bit left. It's pungently orange-y, slightly sweet but mostly tart, and, to me, that's it. There isn't a single note I can smell that I actually like. I'm so-so on the original Sweet Pea, because I find it super sweet in a generic sort of way; in this one, the orange scent is so strong it makes my sinuses burn. It's not so unpleasant it makes me want to throw up or anything (hence the two stars), but I definitely find using it up to be a chore. Plus, the cream itself is still good.
Lotions/ Creams -Bath and Body Works - Exotic Coconut
InvisibleFae 6/8/2011 2:14:00 AM
Exotic Coconut is one of my favorite scents ever...but I don't love the whole line of products. For some reason, the scent in the lotion is STRONG. Like, really super strong. I still enjoy the scent once it's calmed down a bit, but it's just too much in the lotion. I stick to the cream and body butter. Other than that, I love the toasted coconut scent—it has a touch of sweetness without being too sweet, and there aren't other scents overwhelming the coconut. Just a subtle, gorgeous toasted coconut scent. P.S. Weirdly enough, I hate the taste of coconut. I also hate the beach. But I love coconut scents. Who knows?