I'm going to give this a 4star rating for now, sometimes things work great in the beginning and wear off shortly thereafter. For now, I think it's working pretty nicely. I was a bit skeptical of it because my face is just weird. I would classify it as "combination" but it's weird combination. I have super oily T-zone. So I have clogged pores on my nose, and chin, sometimes on the side of my face. And at the SAME time, I will have super flaky skin in those areas indicating dryness? Yeah, my face makes no sense to me either. Anyway, for my whole life I've had to use super harsh, rough scrubbing pads to get the dead skin off my nose and chin. Also, if I didn't exfoliate several times weekly, the sebum production in my nose and chin would go through the roof and I'd have super clogs all over the place. Because of my horrible skin, this cleanser which has neither scrubbing particles, nor does it foam and "wash" didn't really seem like something that would work for me. Never the less, it has amazing reviews on here, and many people say this is amazing for combination skin, so I gave it a try. I've had it for about a week now, and because of how "hardy" my skin is, I've used it twice a day. I know this may be too much for some people due to it stinging, or drying the skin out, but it actually has regulated the dryness that was on my nose and chin. I've even skipped moisturizer after using this and I haven't had the persistent flaky skin that I normally have. I will use this on clean dry skin. I use MAC cleansing oil to remove makeup first. Then I take out a glob with my finger tips and I massage into my face for a good 3-4 minutes and then I let it sit for 15-20 minutes. It feels cool/tingly for the first minute or so but it dissipates quickly and doesn't burn the eyes. After it sits on my face I run a wash cloth under hot, hot water, wring it out and then apply in onto my face like a steamy mask. I gently rub and wipe away the Noxema. I do this a good three times just to make sure I get all the product off my face. I'll then use a toner, and night moisturizer. My face after a week seems more even toned. It definitely seems to have drawn the clogs, and infected pores (pus) to the surface, in which they are then easily extracted. It has evened out the dryness on my nose and chin which is amazing. I also am prone to having infected pores---where the sebum gets stuck in my skin and creates an acne which is unable to be extracted. When it finally does become extractable (1-2 weeks later) it leaves a very noticeable deep hole in my face which then doesn't heal for another 2-3 weeks. I had one of these on my cheek and I've become good with not touching them and within a couple days, the hole has virtually healed! It's closed up, and not as deep as it would have been, and I don't see this one scarring and leaving a crater mark behind. The only thing I've done differently has been using this Noxema so this has to be what has helped.
Can't believe the negative reviews! My parents went to London and brought me back this perfume. It is hands down my favorite perfume I own. It does not smell like something a teenager would wear, nor does it smell like chemicals. It has a very distinct smell, sweet, flowery, just... wonderful. I'm not really that great at describing perfume smells, but it's beautiful. It also has great lasting power. I'll spray a little on my arm and neck and I will be smelling it all day long. I was sad because I could not find this perfume in the US, but I just found it on a website and will be buying the large bottle.
I love this soap. This really evens out my skin tone, keeps acne away, smooths my face so makeup looks flawless, clears out pores, and brightens my face. This is fairly expensive, $50 for the tube but I'm going to be completely candid here... I've had this SAME tube, for over three years. -___- No seriously. I remember the day I bought this, I was still with my ex boyfriend, I ran to Bergdorf Goodman and bought it. I've since ended with him, and have been dating my current boyfriend for the past two years and 10 months... and there's literally still half the tube left. The reason for this is the way it lathers. On the Kanebo website it says the "recommended" amount to use is roughly the size of a dime. STOP!!! Anything more than the size of the pea is going to completely blow you away. This lathers like nothing I've ever seen before, and because I use this only once a day and at night, the tube has lasted literally forever. I love the smell of it, I wet my face, take a teeeeeeeeeny amount and moisturize like it was a cream, and then the magic begins and my whole face is covered in thick suds, thick, creamy lather. I then use a facial buffer to really clean. It's been three years and the product is still effective. It hasn't gone bad in any way shape or form, so honestly $50 for something that will last you years and years? Insanity. If you have dry skin, this product is probably not for you. If you check out the Kanebo website it lists all the products and it specifically states the best products for your skin type. This creamy soap is for those with normal-combination skin. It's leaning more towards those with oilier skin.
I have been experimenting with BB creams for a little while and the first one I got was the Skin79. It was a wonderful BB cream but unfortunately for me it broke me out something horrible. I have oily, overactive pores and if you're acne prone, that is not the BB cream for you. After a few days i wound up with cystic acne all along my jaw-line on both sides, and completely errupted in cystic acne on one cheek. I immediately stopped using Skin79 and purchased a sample of Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream No. 23. The consistency of Missha is more watery than Skin79. It's easily blendable, and it does cover nicely, although if you're looking to cover severe acne spots, or deep red marks, this really won't do much for you, you'll have to follow up with a powder foundation or some other sort of cover. I've been using Missha for over a week now and have not had any breakouts so I can say that this BB cream is extremely suitable for those who have acne prone skin. I'm really not sure if I can see it healing my skin just yet, but I notice that I can wear this the whole day, not do any touch ups and still look nice by the end of the work day. Sometimes my face gets weird and splotchy with uneven tone, this seems to keep it under control. I also have flakey dry skin and this does not accentuate it, I think it's actually helped keep it at bay. I use this BB cream and then follow up with a finishing powder and it leaves me with a very smooth, even, flawless and natural finish. It's also really not expensive if you buy it off Amazon.
I'm really not understanding the hype. Am I applying it wrong? I bought this foundation because everyone RAVES about it. On here, on any makeup board, ever blog, reveiew, everywhere! So I went out and got a bottle. First off, the bottle. Annoying that there is no pump. Secondly I washed my face, applied moisturizer and then this foundation and used my setting powder on top. The amount of transfer I had with this foundation was HORRENDOUS. Apparently this is for oily skin? which I have. I have combination but large pores on my cheeks and oilyness in my T-zone. I used my phone and it was COVERED in makeup. I scrached my face? My finger was coated in makeup. I didn't even use a lot either. I don't like cakeface, or a heavy face, so I watch what I use, but this was just the most annoying makeup. It never set, it melted off my face and got on anything my face touched (clothes, phone, hand). If I'm applying it wrong someone tell me, but I would never recommend this to anyone.
Masks -Borghese - Fango Active Mud for Face and Body
Katzie105 4/15/2012 10:02:00 AM
I love this mask. This is the only face mask that I've seen any results with. The smell is minty, it's a thick mud that stings/feels cold when you apply it to the skin. It's not an unbearable sting but you will feel it. I don't wash it off after 2 minutes either, I wait until it completely dries, sometimes I sit with it on for a good 15-20 minutes. This product has never dried out my skin, however when I rinse it off my skin has a bit of redness to it. No pain but left with a slightly "irritated" look. I use this mask at night so the redness isn't a problem and by the time I wake up my skin is fine. It tightens pores, shrinks acne spots, and leaves your skin smooth for makeup application. It's fairly expensive, I picked up the 17oz size at Bloomingdales for about $70+ tax and my wallet wasn't too happy, however I've had this since Christmas '11 and it's now April (so roughly 3.5-4 months) and it's BARELY dented. I use it frequently as well... at least once a week. 95% of the jar is still full. I didn't need to pick up a new jar at all but I just saw a great deal on the "Buy Me Beauty" website for the grande version of this product (32oz) for $49, (orig. $151). So I obviously had to buy it! Will be going into the stock pile. I like the packaging, I like that it's in a classy glass jar, and I love the rubber stopper on top to prevent it from drying out. The only thing I don't like is the metal latch that you have to unhinge when you want to use it. I've snapped the bones on my fingers on more than one occasion. It pops off harshly because of the rubber stopper and how tight it's sealed.
****Update 5/1/2012**** I'm going to leave this product as a 5 star product because I feel it is quality, and I feel a lot of people will really enjoy this. However, for acne-prone skin, this isn't great. After about 4 days of using this every single day I wound up with large cystic acne along my jaw-line, and on one cheek. I am very upset because the finish of this product and how it makes your skin look and feel is absolutely wonderful. I'm really sad it made me break out. I have since switched to another BB cream, Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream. I've used it for a week now, and I have written a review. ******** I really like this. I picked it up at a NYC Korean cosmetic store yesterday and I just tried it out for the first time this morning. It matches my skin perfectly. When I left the house this morning my mother even commented how good my skin looked. Usually with foundations I can never get the shade right and I always have a blending issue or an "orangier" face than my neck. Not with this! It literally blended into my skin, melted, and matched my neck perfectly. It covered my dark pigment spots from past acne, covered some redness, glided right over my pores, I've never seen my face look so dewey and beautiful. I did follow up with a bit of powder, but I'll try without it one day. It's past mid-day and I'm not greasy like I normally would be, my face doesn't feel like it has anything on it, there is no scent to this product, and I'm glad I can find it on Amazon. I paid way more than what it's worth ($40) for this bottle but it's been an experience, and I love it!
BB Cream -Garnier - BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector - Light/Medium
Katzie105 4/11/2012 10:18:00 AM
Just needed to add my comments here. BB cream, high end snob? Not really. Skin79 costs $10!!!!! Less than Garnier!!! It's really obnoxious that american companies call something WHAT IT IS NOT. This does not make me a "snob" it makes me knowledgable about products. And clearly the person who said "Go to Asia and buy a BB cream 2 or 3x as much" CLEARLY did not read this review. I know it may be LENGHTY to some, but some people are actually on here looking for honest, comprehensive and informative reviews. A bit into the review I say "It costs virtually the same. And you can buy it on Amazon. So A) You do not have to go to Asia, and B) why NOT have the real thing if the cost is literally quarters difference? There wouldn't be so many "snobs" here if Garnier would just be honest and upfront with this product. It is NOT BB CREAM. So why even pretend that it is? Or market it as such? Yansa, it seems you are a bit unaware of what a BB cream actually is as well. I did not say because you use moisturizer it makes Garnier a fake BB cream. I'm saying Garnier is NOT BB Cream because of the ingredients within the actual product. At the end of the day this is a tinted moisturizer. Nothing more, nothing less. What annoys me is people falling into the scam of flashy marketing and Garnier using and tainting the name "BB cream" just because they want to have a higher bottom dollar. Chemicals are NEVER good on your skin. Just do the research and compare the two. One heals, one is garbage. Even if you think it works well. I wish Garnier would get off the Korean bandwagon and just call this product what it is. A heavily fragranced tinted "moisturizer." This is NOT a true BB cream and I hate that western companies are preying on the uneducated folk who don't know the real from the fake. What you buy here in the west, whether it be Garnier, Too Faced, or any other producted labeled, "BB cream," is NOT real BB cream. A true BB cream is meant to heal, it's meant to protect, it's meant to enhance skin, it was created by dermatologists in Asia to aid those who had gone through facial procedures. A true BB cream does not turn your face into an oil slick. A true BB cream does not make your skin worse. A true BB cream does not sit on your face and FEEL like makeup. Garnier= SPF 15 Skin79= SPF 25 SPF 15 is not nearly enough protection for your face. Not to mention, the Skin79 has an SPF25 AND PA++. It protects against UVA and UVB rays. All you have to do is compare the ingredients in Garnier, to the ingredients in Skin79 to know that there is a very real difference in the healing properties between the two. Garnier throws in a bunch of chemicals along with some caffeine and calls itself a BB cream? I'm going to touch on a few of the ingredients in Garnier, certainly not all as it will take all day, but this is something to know: Limonene: is a colourless liquid hydrocarbon. It possesses a strong smell of oranges. It is used as a renewably-based solvent in cleaning products. Citral: Should be avoided by people who have perfume allergies. Used in perfumery for it's citrus smell. Insoluble in water. Skin is 70% water. Linalool: Linalool is used as a scent in 60–80% of perfumed hygiene products and cleaning agents including soaps, detergents, shampoos, and lotions. In addition, linalool is used by pest professionals as a flea and cockroach insecticide. Geraniol: Again, insoluble in water. It has a rose-like odor and is commonly used in perfumes. Skin79 Beblesh Balm Healing Ingredients: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Portulaca Oleracea Extract (purslane- green leafy vegetable, antimicrobial and antifungal effects), Piper Methysticum Leaf/Root/Stem Extract (plant, conditioning agent), Citrus Unshiu Fruit Oil (like an orange/mandarin), Cerimide 3 (anti-aging), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (green tea extract), Madecassoside (gota kola- green leafy veggie, anti-inflammatory, wound healing and collagen stimulating effects), Aloe Leaf Juice, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Water, Caviar Extract, Lycium Chinense Fruit Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Cornus Officinalis Fruit Extract, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Extract, Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract, and Gold. I think the ingredient list between the two speaks volumes. I received a small sample of the Garnier and I tried it out, it sank into my facial lines, accentuating them, it also gave a chalky appearance to my skin. It felt like makeup. When I applied Skin79, it literally sank in and melted into my skin, covering imperfections while leaving a dewy flawless finish. I'm not cakey, oily, or overly made up. It costs virtually the same too. If you check out Amazon you can buy the Skin79 Super+ VIP Gold Beblesh Balm for a little over $10 with $5 shipping. I'd rather buy what's been proven real, and effective, rather than some US knock off product full of chemicals. The other thing I find amusing here is that people are saying how wonderful this "BB cream" is meanwhile in the same sentence saying how they also have to use concealer, setting powder, etc etc. A TRUE BB cream works as EVERYTHING. This means, you have a clean face, you apply the BB cream, and you're DONE. It works as a foundation, moisturizer, brightener, and leaves a healthy finish. Also, with a true BB cream, there is no "awareness" or feeling of makeup. It feels like your face is bare. Right now I feel absolutely nothing on my face. I'm also wearing a white sweater, and a high collared black jacket (which had makeup transfer on the collar from previous foundations... along with my white sweater which would get some tint on the neck line ..ew.) There is nothing on the sweater, nor the coat. Also, if I put my finger on my face, which I do on a normal basis (an itch, or whatever) there is nothing on my finger. No residue, no transfer, no gross stuff whatsoever
Gels/Soaps -Dr. Bronner's - lavender castile bar soap
Katzie105 4/5/2012 10:10:00 AM
I've struggled my entire life with acne on my upper back, along with whiteheads on my shoulders and tops of my arms. I've used body washes from all over. From Olay, to LUSH, to Aveeno for sensitive skin... NOTHING would clear up the acne. I was always self conscious to wear tank tops, shirts which had low backs, bathing suits, or sometimes even short sleeves because I would have spots everywhere. I always thought the problem was ME, until I tried Dr. Bronner's castile bar soaps. I actually have avoided looking at my back and shoulders in the mirror after showering because I'm always horrified at what I see, and I pretty much always know what to expect. Acne. And it always threw me into a worse depression. So I started using this soap with a buffing shower sponge and after a couple weeks using it, I went to wring out my hair in the sink and I accidentally caught a glimpse of my back. I automatically went to cringe, when I actually did a double-take... there was NO acne. Anywhere. My skin was even toned, clear, no scarring, no red spots, no acne, no whitehaeds on my shoulders. It was perfectly clean, smooth and beautiful. That day I wore a low-back shirt and brought my hair in front so it draped over my left shoulder. That's how confident I felt and how happy i was that I could show off my back without feeling embarrassment. It's an all-natural soap. I personally love the Lavender, and the Peppermint one the best. I don't break out at all anymore. Harsh, drug store washes are basically detergent. I'm realizing now that THESE are the products which would aggravate my skin. It was the harsh washes full of chemicals that would destroy my skin. I wish I had known about Dr. Bronner's years ago when I was a teenager, but I'm very glad I know about it now. I no longer use anything else. I find the Peppermint wash can be slightly drying, so I follow up with moisturizer, but the Lavender one doesn't do this. Will continue to buy again and again. <3
Polishes -Sally Hansen - Color Quick Fast Dry Nail Color Pen
Katzie105 3/22/2012 11:00:00 AM
Meh... it's a cool concept, and when I first used it, I thought it was fantastic. Super easy to use, it took one coat, dried super quickly, it was a neat job, no polish all over my cuticles and fingers. I loved it! But I woke up this morning and something happened... my nails look super streaky? It's chipped all over the place, and it honestly looks like I took a permanent marker and colored my nails in. I'm glad I picked this up for $1.00 at my local Big Lots. I would have been pissed if I paid anything more for it.
Foundations -Hard Candy - Just Face It - One Step Foundation
Katzie105 3/21/2012 9:40:00 AM
I've only used this for one day, so I can't comment as to whether it clogs my pores or breaks me out, but coverage wise I'm really liking it. I heard really good things about Glamoflauge so when I went to Walmart I picked up a tube of that, and some of this foundation. I absolutely love that it has a pump top, and honestly a full push of the button is MORE than enough foundation to cover your face. Even half a pump of the top is sufficient. It's thick, not watery, but not overly cakey. It's like the perfect consistency. I purchased it in Light. I used the Glamoflauge to cover up my spots and then used this foundation all over my face. Some foundations leave me looking flaky (have dry skin) and others are just so thick that it's super obvious I have a face full of makeup. I like the coverage, and how it sits on my skin. My skin is dewey/glowing, it's not cakey, I look "natural" and if I didn't have this sudden horrible breakout, I'd say my skin would look flawless. Barely any transfer of makeup when I used my cell phone, and super cheap. I'm kind of loving this right now.
Hair Styling Tools -Sedu - Ionic Ceramic Professional Flat Iron (Original)
Katzie105 3/12/2012 9:49:00 AM
-------------- Update: So my original review was on 3/12... it's now 4/5. I'm still as impressed with this iron as I was on day one. Flat iron time has been significantly reduced, I can blow out and then do a flat iron job in a FLASH. The only disadvantage to this iron is how hot the plates get in coorelation to the plastic that surrounds the plates. The outside of the iron gets very hot. It's easy to keep your hands off it, but if you want to rest this iron down, please BEWARE. You can very easily burn the finish off of a wood countertop, or just set something on fire if you accidentally leave it on and go out for the day. Make sure you're using a heat mat, and don't leave it in the same spot for any long period of time. Don't turn it on and let it sit for an hour while you shower. -------------- Original Review: OK, I've had this flat iron for one day, but I'm no novice when it comes to flat irons. I've been using flat irons for 12 years now and I'm pretty spoiled. I've used brands such as Hot Tools, CHI, Solia, Solano, Hana Elite (most recent before the Sedu purchase), and now the Sedu. I was very impressed with the Hana Elite ($239 :X) but after i accidentally shattered the plates I was forced to buy a new one and they absolutely changed the material of the plates. It no longer works the way it used to. Anyway, back to the Sedu, I purchased it at ULTA. People, I would advise against Folica. I've used them in the past for a CHI and for a Solia and BOTH times the product was defective, and they fell apart in mere months. I'm highly convinced that's how they get the prices so low. You're buying defective products. If you're going to buy this iron, get it from a reputable store. I washed and blew out my hair like normal. For reference I have extremely long, extremely thick, half curly, half wavy, coarse, frizzy, dry hair. (My hairdresser has compared it to being exactly like a horse's tail. Nice.) Pretty much the worst kind of hair you could be working with. With my Hana Elite, flat iron time would be 15-20 minutes, and even longer if I wanted to ensure the top of my head had no bumps. I would often leave the house and feel parts of hair that the iron just didn't straighten. I used this iron this morning, and flat iron time took 10 minutes. Not even kidding. I set it at 410* since my hair was used to 450* anyway. The iron itself is super light, and it glides so effortlessly through the hair. I was doing quick passes, 2-3 passes over the same section of hair. I have NO bumps at the top of my head. I have stubborn wavy sections and this iron dominated the waves like it was nothing. I was pretty much ironing my hair with my jaw on the floor. That's how impressed I was with performance. Normally after a fresh hair wash, no matter how much I blow out and flat iron, there's still a bit of puff since it's so clean. Not today. There is no frizz. It is flat. There isn't hairs sticking up at the top of my head like normal. And the texture and feel!!! Don't even get me started, I haven't been able to stop touching it! It's SUPER SOFT and my fingers are just gliding through it. I'm pretty much amazed, and honestly the price is not TERRIBLE for an amazing iron. $139 is much nicer on the walet than the $239+shipping I was paying previously. I'm so glad I ran out to get this iron, and I'm SO glad about the performance. Highly, highly, highly recommend. ** Oh quick edit, I was reading the other reviews here and I noticed someone who said the iron no longer works unless the swivel cord is positioned a certain way. Did they revamp the model? Because that's / that was my one gripe with this iron. The cord DOES NOT swivel. At least not on mine. I had to play with it a bit to lay correctly on my dresser. The cord kept making it tip over. But if now the wiring problem is corrected, I don't mind a little finagling. ** One more edit, for the woman below me who is complaining about build up on the iron. The problem isn't your iron, it's the product you're using for your hair. If you're getting that much build up on the iron, please know that you're hair is severely weighed down and coated with that same gunk. I was having this problem with my last iron and a specific brand of argan oil. The build up was insane. I would actually take a cotton round and wipe off the gunk when it was still hot/warm so it slid off easily. But honestly, your best bet is to dump the products you're using. Build up is no good on the hair!
Lip Treatments -Nuance by Salma Hayek - Hydrating Balm Rose Petal
Katzie105 11/19/2011 3:22:00 PM
I really wanted to like this because I like a few of the products from Salma Hayek's line. However this just does not live up to what it claims to do. My lips are always a bit dry and I'm a self-proclaimed chapstick/gloss junkie. When I heard about this balm I was excited because I'm always looking for the next best skin soother, and I love the scent of roses. When I first picked up the box, I noticed how light it was. I thought it may have been a defective box with no product in it. I had to tear the plastic seal just to make sure there was a jar inside the box. I bought it for just over $8 at CVS. For a gloss, this is pretty expensive. I opened it and immediately noticed a "lock" mechanism on the lid. I'm personally not a fan of it. I find it hard to open, or close it in the lock position, especially after I use this after applying moisturizing lotion. I can never get a good grip. The smell is nice, it reminds me exactly like Rosebud Salve. It's a bit thicker and tackier than Rosebud Slave though. It does remain on the lips longer than that salve. I also enjoy the taste of this gloss. What I don't like is how small the jar is for the price. I also don't like that you have to constantly dip your fingers in. It's unsanitary. Also, the product just DOESN'T work. It sits on my lips. My skin does not absorb it. Once this has been on my lips for a while, just every day activities such as lip licking, kissing, or eating removes it, and my lips are actually drier than before I put it on. I haven't noticed any moisturization on my lips whatsoever. Still cracked, rough, etc. Huge disappointment with this balm.
I'm going to try something a little different with this review. I'm going to start off by explaining what I initially think about it, and then I'm going to come here week by week, to note any changes. A little about me, I normally don't use body moisturizer. There really is no need for me as I don't get dry. What I do need help with, is back acne. AHA is apparently wonderful for light to moderate cases of back acne. I'm using this product for that sole purpose. For face, and back acne. I just purchased AmLactin this afternoon. I just washed my face as normal, toned with Thayer's Rose Witch Hazel and then slathered this on my upper back, tops of shoulders, and a pea sized amount on my face. Initially I didn't think this product smelled too bad. I sniffed it from the bottle and it basically smelled like a slightly medicated lotion. I'm used to those smells. However when you put it on your body, the smell changes DRASTICALLY. I REEK of ammonia. I actually smell like a hair salon when they're dyeing someone's hair. It's a heavy ammonia smell coming off of my skin. It's been 10 minutes and I don't notice it fading. I also feel extremely sticky and tacky. I'm really not enjoying how this lotion feels. I do notice it starting to sink in, but the initial few minutes made me feel really gross. On my face I have a few acne, some which are open. This STINGS on broken skin... badly. Fortunately it faded fast, but it absolutely woke me up. I'm going to use this lotion every day for the next week. I will be back on November 16th with an update. ***I know I said I'd be back in a week, but the results are so drastic after 8 hours of sleeping that I had to post. I had extreme flaking on my face due to harsh facial washes I was using. All flakes are gone. The acne break out I had along my jaw line, although still there, is noticeably cleared and much smaller. My cheeks are glowing, my pores appear smaller, my skin is even toned, smooth. I don't want to jinx it. But it's phenomenal so far. Also, it did not cause an irritation outbreak on my shoulders or back. That says something b/c EVERYTHING breaks out my shoulders and back. ***** OK so It's been a week and one day and I can say that I really like this cream. I'm still not a fan of the scent, I slather it all over my shoulders and back and face at night and in the morning I use it on my face under makeup. My face has been 100% flake free since using this. I had a horrendous outbreak on my back, after a week, it's gone. I'm left with some slight scarring but eventually it will fade. This cream has not broken my face or body out at all. If anything it's healed my face and has made it extremely smooth, even toned, and looks flawless with makeup on. I'm convinced it's keeping my back outbreaks at bay, and I love that my skin isn't reacting to it. Will continue to rebuy.
Gels/Soaps -Dr. Bronner's - Peppermint Castille Soap
Katzie105 10/31/2011 7:51:00 AM
I'm going to review both the liquid soap and the bar soap here. I have wanted to try something natural since my skin is so sensitive and acne prone. I break out horribly on my shoulders and back with harsh, chemical-filled body washes. I went to Vitamin Shoppe and picked up the liquid and bar in peppermint. The smell is wonderful, and fresh. I immediately went home and showered with the liquid. I didnt dilute it, i was skeptical as to how great it would lather since its not a thick liquid by any means. So i squeezed a bit onto my loofah and went at it. Immediately the peppermint oil started to tingle on my skin. I felt like I was standing outside, naked during a blizzard! Boy, will this stuff wake you up! I love how clean it rinsed off, left no residue. For once I truly felt clean and not coated in chemicals. The smell it leaves on your skin is light, and delicious. My boyfriend couldnt stop telling me how good I smelled. The next day however I woke up with a gigantic, infected, red, painful acne on my shoulder. It absolutely had to have been the wash b/c I used nothing else and I don't get large acne, rather clusters of small whiteheads. It was probably due to the extreme concentration. The next few showers I took, i used the bar. There is no need to dilute with the bar. I lathered up my loofah and had a party in the shower. Absolutely amazing. Luxurious, thick rich lather, cooling peppermint tingle, left my skin smooth, and soft. I kept lathering the loofah when it rinsed clean because I didnt want to get out! Have used this on my face as well. I had three acne on my chin and the one monster on my shoulder. After 2 days all 4 are noticeably smaller, flat, dried out. I know this bar will be miraculous for my sensitive shoulders and back. I'm so excited! Its so cheap too. Im going to go back and eventually try the almond and tea tree and lavender. ***EDIT*** I'm taking a lippy off because after a week and a half of using the peppermint bar for facial soap, it dried my skin out HORRIBLY. It's still a great product for body wash, I've had no problems there, but it's just far too stripping for the face. I have flakes and peeling EVERYWHERE. My face is so tight. I actually slept with Extra Virgin Coconut Oil slathered on my face last night to give it a deep down moisturizing treatment. I was using the bar and then following up with moisturizer but the bar is stronger than any lotion. Perhaps this is OK if you only use it once a week or so for a deep clean, but for everyday use? Absolutely not.