I'm also reviewing the body one that is not actually for sensitive skin. i bought mine at Rite Aid for about $10, which is cheap. As others have mentioned, you have to heat this for longer than the recommended 2 minutes. I actually find that the hotter it is, the better (as long as it's not enough to burn you), because when it's a really thin consistency, you waste less and you can actually see the hair you're covering through the wax because it's thinner, and it's easier to control. Just make sure you use caution and test it on your finger first, but I think a thinner, runnier consistency instead of the "thick, creamy honey" consistency is much better in that regard. It really does smell awful, and I don't even like to use the microwave for food for a few days afterwards, because I feel like the fumes are still there, but it is really pretty good for an at-home wax. I bought craft sticks like others recommended (100 for $1), which is critical. So far I used the wax twice on my legs from the knees down, and I think I'll still be able to use it one more time, so 3 uses for $10 is pretty good.
Lotions/ Creams -Johnson & Johnson - Soothing Naturals Soothe and Protect Balm
JennyPotos 5/21/2008 6:48:00 PM
I like this as a lip balm, and I have put it on my hands when they were extra dry, but it deforms the nice rectangular shape so I like to use it only on my lips. I do think it is a bit pricy for a lip balm-type product, but I love the scent, and it really is light (though sometimes unpleasantly slippery) and useful. I've also tried it around my nose when I have a bad cold and constantly blowing it makes my nose very dry. This solved the problem of dry, inflamed skin around the nose, and all I did was take a bit of unscented floss to slice off the top portion that touched my nose, just so I don't use it on my lips after I've used it on my nose. As for moisturizing elsewhere, I did try moisturizing my legs (the shin area) but it just seems to sit on top of my skin. I didn't feel like there was any absorption, really. I like the tube with the twist-button at the bottom, too. One bad thing is that it tends to melt easily, which is one reason I stopped carrying it around. Maybe it's just good for colder months.
I have like 3 of these that i just got for free because my boyfriend used to work at a baby store. At first I thought the packaging was cute, and the product itself was very moisturizing, especially in the winter with harsh winds. But, as other people have already mentioned, it leaves a gross white film on your lips that is just not very attractive. Also, it seems to pick up a lot of lint from my bag, which is absolutely disgusting. I have to wipe it clean on a tissue before I put it on my lips because of all the lint that just seems to be drawn to it. Also, even though I got these for free, I know they cost about $9, which is really highway robbery for a lip balm. If it is the only thing that works for you, I say $9 isn't much, but if not, opt for something cheaper.
I actually like the design because of the facets, so that it doesn't just roll away when you set it down for a second. But, I do agree that my tube became messy after only a few uses. This mascara holds a curl very well, and I have it in black brown and it looks very nice, with minimal clumping. It comes off fairly easily with an oil-based remover, and recently I discovered that it comes off completely with Aveeno's Clear Complexion cleanser (bar form), so that saves a step. Plus, I bought mine on a whim for $1.75 or $2.75 at a local CVS that often has 50% and 75% clearance sales. I think I've also seen it at close-out type stores for around $2-$3, which I think is a good price. But, I don't think I would pay full price for it, though I'm biased because I hate to pay full price for anything.
I bought like 5 bottles of this the first time I read about it in Self magazine, because it said it would get rid of the red bumps that some women have on the backs of their arms (I have these). The first three bottles or so I saw major improvement, but after that it kind of just plateaued. Plus, as everyone has mentioned, the packaging sucked. It somehow always leaks a bit as you pour some onto a cottonball, forcing you to waste some of its $17/bottle contents. Not only that, the actual product would rise (on its own) and crust up at the top. It was very weird. AND, since I've just tried using tea tree oil on my arms instead, I'm never going to be buying this again. I got the tea tree oil super cheap, and I got 5 bottles again (this seems to be a bad habit of mine). But, as far as I know, there isn't any increased sun-sensitivity with use of tea tree oil, and it's working better, with less frequent use. Though I do agree that when you see the brown on the cotton ball, it is incredibly satisfying in a gross way. ***I almost forgot, I think the cheapest price I ever found for this was at skinstore.org, and I always looked for coupon codes for them. Just a tip for anyone who wants to continue buying.
First off, my comments may be skewed since I got two jars of this absolutely free at Rite-Aid with the single check rebate deal. I got one, and my boyfriend stood on the line too to get another one. Anyway, I only checked this site after I got them, since it was free anyway it was sort of an impulse-buy, if you can even call it that. With that in mind, I gave this product a 3 for the price, because after having used it, I still think it's a fair price for $6, which is what the Rite-Aid I went to was selling it for. For the actual product itself, I agree with many comments that the packaging is stupid, but all you have to do is rip the sponge off, which comes off "like a sock" like I read on some other site. Just be sure you have your own kabuki brush handy to use it with. And for $6, you can't honestly expect a great powder plus a great brush. Also, as for the smell, I don't really notice it. It actually has a very light scent, maybe, but it's a pleasant one if anything. I may update if I change my mind about anything, i.e. if it begins to smell bad later on, or the color changes, or it fades too fast, etc., as I've only just tried it on now. I think the coverage is very good. I've tried Almay's Pure Blends mineral makeup, which also comes with a stupid brush attached, and I've also tried Everyday Minerals, but I think this was the best in covering my cheeks, which are red from (I think) rosacea. It really looks like I used a green concealer on first, when I really didn't. Plus, it left my skin feeling really silky and smooth, just like the packaging said it would. One definite con though, is that it does accentuate any visible pores you have, so maybe use a primer or concealer beforehand. Overall, I think this is a great product. Definitely keep your eyes peeled for those single check rebate deals, or even BOGO free deals, if you're wary, so that even if you end up hating it, it's not too much of a pain. Note: Do not buy "Colorless" thinking it really will be colorless. I think it's a thing with Jane, but a lot of their supposedly colorless powders are not colorless at all. Edit: The powder is somewhat orange looking, though not on my skin. It did turn me off a little when I saw it on the white hairs of my brush, so I will lower my rating.