This is the only toner (besides Nivea soft) that I've repurchased. I bought this over the Nivea because of the added 'clarifying' ingredients. I love that it's alcohol free, and I feel that it helps me totally cleanse the skin of extra cleansers or dry flakes after exfoliating. It never stings, has no apparent scent, and is very inexpensive. The packaging could be improved, because it is just a wide-mouthed opening and you could spill a bit if you weren't careful!
Sunscreen -Alba Botanica - Green Tea Spf 30 Sunscreen
Tuhreesuh 9/26/2008 2:34:00 PM
I think I've found my favorite basic sunscreen. I just moved to a dry climate from a humid one, and it works wonderfully to moisturize a bit and help my flakies disappear in the morning. It is fairly thick, but spreads very easily. I usually end up overestimating the quantity and have to rub a lot in, but it disappears and doesn't feel greasy on my skin after a minute or two. If I still lived in Alabama, I probably could not use this product. This doesn't sting, and has a pleasant scent - and I usually hate scent in my skincare products.
I sometimes use honey every night, every other night, or every third night depending on my skin is doing. I try to use a thin, even layer and leave it on for at least 15 minutes. Lately, my skin has been pretty temperamental - peeling dry nose, breaking out on right side of forehead, and around nose and mouth. This past week after using just honey alone, my forehead as cleared up tremendously. Plus my skin is very soft and other acne has lessened. I use this in rotation with aztec healing mask (clay), lush ocean salt (scrub), and juice beauty apple peeling mask (chemical exfoliating mask). I also use differin .1%, and lately, olive oil and ylang ylang for moisturizing in the evening. (I've used the honey with aspirin but I prefer it by itself).
Scrubs -Neutrogena - Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Power-Clear Scrub
Tuhreesuh 10/19/2007 12:05:00 AM
I've just about finished a tube. I've been battling adult on-set acne for the past year (previously my skin was quite clear). My skin isn't particularly sensitive, and I didn't feel that this scrub helped get rid of any flakies. Sometimes the menthol was a bit too much, but it did leave my skin soft, but not flake-free. I prefer scrubbier scrubs, so this really just wasn't for me. Also now that I'm at the last of the tube, it's been really difficult getting the last bit out.
Lately I've been trying to reduce my waste and buy products that will last for a few years. So, I bought this epilator to use in place of razors and gels. After turning it on the first time, I was very surprised by the sound and the speed of the rotating head! It took me quite a few minutes to muster up the nerve to actually use it, and once I did, the plucking sensation was a little painful (6.5/10) on the lower legs, 7.5/10 on the knees, 8 on the upper legs, 6 on my arms, and 9 on my underarms. I have thick, black, coarse hair that has visible roots even if I'm shaved smooth. Halfway through my underarms I had to stop, but the next day I took two ibuprofen and finished them and it wasn't half as bad. I've had it for about a week now and have used it three times. I can tell it will take a couple of times before I'm totally smooth because the hair grows in at different times, but I think it is very effective and I love that it'll pay itself off in a few months! I'm waiting to see how it will do on the underarms - I'm cursed with 'shadows' under my arms no matter how close I shave, and I hope they go away with use. they are VERY smooth under there though, and stay that way much longer than if I shaved, which is awesome. I got it off amazon and got it within a few days. I also luckily had $50 GC so I only paid about $10 for mine. added 11/14/07 - I'm still pretty sensitive to the pain, though it's not nearly as bad, probably around a 4, and I expect it will stay that way. The underarms are SO MUCH more tolerable after doing it the first time, though it's not as 'clean' as the arms/legs - I'm not sure if it's in the technique or what. Also, I find that I have to epilate almost just as much as shaving - my hair grows REALLY fast I guess. I've been doing it 2-3 and sometimes even 4/5 days a week. i wouldn't say it gets me any smoother than shaving, but, I will stick with it because it's not as wasteful, and maybe with time the regrowth will lessen, but as of now, I epilate just as much as I shaved. **updated 9/26/08**** I still use the epilator, but I am getting ingrown hairs even though I am using exfoliating gloves when I shower. I'm not sure if there's anything I can do to eliminate this. I find also that I get smoother results if the hair has grown a little longer than just epilating daily or even every other day. However, it means that it hurts more! My underarms are still painful. Regrowth is about the same. So I would really say the only pros for me on this product are the cost and waste reduction. Instead, I get pain and ingrown hairs. hooray! I will continue to use this product for the rest of my life though :)
I'm kind of torn. I think this is the most effective scrub I've used, but it sometimes is too harsh for me. After mixing the tub, I apply a good quarter size amount to dry skin and let it sit for a little bit while I warm my shower. In the shower, I lightly wet my hands and massage the scrub into my skin - the water will dissolve it pretty quickly, so don't use too much. Then you rinse, and your skin is so soft! But for the price, and the harshness, I like to think I'd be able to find something better, but I really do like it. I use it about once or week or whenever I feel like my skin is suffering.
Conditioner -L'Oreal - Nutri Gloss for medium to long hair thats damaged
Tuhreesuh 10/11/2007 9:01:00 PM
I have almost bra-length hair, that's been dyed who knows how many times (black, straight, asian). I liked the result of this conditioner - nice slip, smell, but I had to use SO much conditioner to make any type of difference. It just wasn't thick enough for me. I like Tresseme's smoothing conditioner (also cheaper)
Cleansers -Lumene - Moisture Dream Revitalizing Cream Cleanser
Tuhreesuh 10/11/2007 8:54:00 PM
It wasn't drying, and it cleaned off light makeup and sunscreen, but it was a little difficult to spread and rinse. If I was wearing a full face of makeup, I would have to use a large amount on a slightly damp face, then rub, rub, rub. Then wet it a little more and rub, rub, rub. Too much work for me. The fragrance was a bit off-putting, almost like plastic. Also, once you get to the end of the tube, it is very difficult to get the last bit out. I much prefer a cleansing oil (DHC or MAC) to this particular cream cleanser. I am trying Olay's Hydrate and Cleanse Night Cream Cleanser next.
Well, I hate to be the one to knock off the perfect rating, but I applied this to my face hoping it would help me reduce my acne scars, but the next morning and for the following week I had really rough skin and hundreds of tiny bumps. My skin texture is usually very smooth and this is the only new thing I'd added to my routine. After a week of gentle cleansing and moisturizing I'm back to normal, but that week was really the worst skin week I've ever had. I give it a three though because I'm assuming it works on other body parts, which I haven't used yet, but I'm disappointed because I thought it would help me with these scars I've been battling. Please proceed with caution, as I typically don't react badly to things like this so it really took me by surprise.
I'm pretty impressed. My skin is oily on the surface, but dry/flaky underneath. I didn't have any skin problems until I started on Alesse birth control pills, and ever since then, my skin has been breaking out very badly and i have a lot of dark acne scars. I also just moved to indianapolis from alabama and my skin has dried out in the new climate. i was a little worried cetaphil would a) break me out and b) make my skin appear oily/greasy. it has done neither, and I'm so thrilled! i think the bumps/acne i have are typical ones i would have, and my skin does not look or feel greasy. i think in the summer it would be too heavy, but with the weather (40 degrees F) here it's been fabulous. However, I don't think it's a 5 because a) i feel that it's not moisturizing enough (shocking!) - it's fine on my cheeks, forehead, and areas that don't need intense moisture, but on my chin and around my lips i find it's not as moisturizing as i would like. i'm exfoliating pretty regularly, which helps a little. maybe it just needs time. and b) it's in a tub. i imagine it can get unsanitary - it reminds me a lard. i got the CVS version of this, and i think it works just fine (i've never used the name brand). it was $10, and i imagine it will last forever! i like it on my hands and other dry spots as well. i will buy it again if it helps with the dry patches! best of luck to you, and i hope this helped someone!
Scrubs -Olay - Regenerist Microdermabrasion and Peel Kit
Tuhreesuh 8/17/2006 10:33:00 PM
I'm about done with the activator serum, so I thought this would be a good time to post this review. i have acne prone, oily skin (though it hasn't always been this way). this product didn't aggravate my acne, but I don't feel that it is much more than a glorified facial scrub. The two-step process is a bit cumbersome, and when I'm tired at night, it's not my favorite thing to do. I don't feel that I gained anything from this kit that I wouldn't have had otherwise using a simple facial scrub. (for the same scrubby feel, with less mess and probably less money, I like MAC microfine refinisher.)
I love this stuff. The texture of it reminds me American Beauty's Body polish, which I also love dearly. With this, a little goes a very, very, very long way. I use maybe 1/16 of a tablespoon of this scrub for my entire face. It is fragrance free as far as I can tell - it is a little 'harsh' to me, but I and my skin love it! Edit: taking it down a few - I don't think I'll buy this again, it's not a miracle, and using an aspirin mask does the same thing... and more for me! I just don't think it's worth it for the price. If it were $10, maybe. I'd like to try Pond's scrub next.
I have previously tried the DHC cleansing oil and Aloette's cleansing oil. Out of the three, MAC and DHC rinse fairly clean with water, while with Aloette you definitely need another cleanser. I felt the DHC left me a little dry. The Aloette did a fabulous job of removing all of my makeup, and it did not sting my eyes. MAC removes all of my eye makeup (but not neccessarily all of my foundation, (ss+primer+shiseido 42)) but it can sometimes irritate my eyes. I can't remember how the DHC performed in this area. I will repurchase the MAC because a) it smells pretty good b) i can get it easily and c) it doesn't seem to irritate my skin at all. besides the eye irritation, I did not give this a 5 because the packaging sort of sucks - it does "lock" but i don't feel it is secure enough to air travel.
Skincare - Face -L'Oreal - AcneResponse Intensive Adult Acne Peel
Tuhreesuh 8/17/2006 10:21:00 PM
I am on the fence about this product. I bought it with the daily cleansing kit, after suffering for about six months with a sudden onslaught of acne I've never previously dealt with. I used this every other night, using the other acneresponse kit on nights I did not use this. As a result of the acne I mentioned before, I've been left with a lot of marks on my face that will not go away. Previously if I had a pimple, the area would be red but go away relatively quickly. This time around, every time a pimple appears on my face, it either does not leave, or leaves a spot. this peel did not actually clear anything up (i've used it for about two months now), but I did feel that it left my skin smoother and a little brighter. However, because it's not what I bought the kit for, I will not repurchase.
Cleansers -L'Oreal - AcneResponse Daily Adult Acne Regimen
Tuhreesuh 8/17/2006 10:17:00 PM
I have had mostly clear skin until about six months ago when I broke out in large red bumps that would produce bruise-colored scars. I'm not sure why i've suddenly run into this problem, but I wanted to get rid of it very quickly! I purchased this after I realized my acne was simply not going to go away with time. I have used this product for about two months, in conjunction with the acne peel. It has been my sole cleanser accompanied only with MAC cleanse off oil when I wear makeup. The cleanser in this kit is average, I feel that it is not on your skin long enough to do any sort of repair. It foams nicely and has a little bit of a scrub feel. The toner is a basic toner to me, with the added glycolic acid I feel I'm getting some treatment, but probably not enough. The lotion was pretty awful. I stuck with it for a week or two, but ditched it because I couldn't stand having it on my face. When you first apply it, it smooths nicely, but after about three seconds it turns into this gunky elmer's glue like texture. unpleasant, to say the least. I know only use the cleanser and toner because I feel I should use them up to justify paying $24 for the kit. I can not say whether it made my skin any worse, but it's definitely not any better.