Eye Makeup Remover -Neutrogena - Oil Free eye makeup remover
beeparoo 4/19/2009 8:37:00 PM
I was in a drugstore last week and while I was searching for the unmistakable bottle of Neutrogena Eye Make Up Remover, something caught my eye. There was another bottle that looked strikingly similar on the "Clean & Clear" shelf, except this bottle of eye make up remover had a clear plastic green shell and white cap (instead of clear plastic purple with a gold cap). Knowing that Clean & Clear and Neutrogena belong to the same parent company, Johnson & Johnson, I picked up both bottles and compared the ingredients list side-by-side. EXACTLY THE SAME INGREDIENTS!!! Special note: Two or three ingredients are placed higher or lower in the hierarchy of ingredients. Otherwise, no differences in the identity of ingredients. For instance, the Clean & Clear product still contains aloe and cucumber like its predecessor, but in a different priorty-order. The Clean & Clear product is slightly cheaper by $2 or $3. For those who are slightly more budget conscious, or prefer a "less oily" feel (I am sure that J & J re-ordered the ingredients to target the oily/acne-prone market), Clean & Clear's remover may be a great alternative to the Neutrogena brand. +++++ As for a proper review of the Neutrogena product, here's what I have to say: This is a staple item for me. I have used Lancome's Bi-Facil removers too, but they're ourtageously priced for the basic function that I need it to do. That is, removing 100% of MAC's Fluidline (Blacktrack) and mascara. I don't understand why some people would actually pooh-pooh this product... Not only does it *work*, it works very well. What more do you want it to do? Babysit? Wash your floors?
This mascara was so dry and flaky when I bought it (I didn't know much about mascaras then) that I thought ALL mascaras were dry and flaky. In fact, because of this crap experience, I stayed away from mascaras altogether, thinking, "Meh... I don't have great lashes. I guess that's just my fate in life!" Whoa. How wrong was I! As chance would have it, I scored a free sample of another mascara brand at some promotional event (if you're curious, it was a free tube of Cover Girl's Lash Blast). The new mascara blew me away and I promptly threw out the L'Oreal Panor--what? Hello new lashes I didn't even know I owned! Where you been hiding, girls?
Melts off the lids so quickly, I wonder why I even bother with it. What a major rip-off! I read other the other posts/complaints that expressed lots of smudge. While I agree with the smudging, I have to say that what's worse is the fading. Now I just use the brownish-grey shade, "Thunder", for filling in my brows. Let me tell you, even on the brow, it fades. Pfft. Crap.
Moisturizers -Neutrogena - Healthy Skin Facial Lotion
beeparoo 3/28/2009 3:40:00 PM
All around effective chemical exfoliant (it's an AHA product) that also contains other wonderful anti-oxidants like: - Vitamin E, listed an tocopheryl acetate - Vitamin A, listed as retinyl palmitate - Vitamin C, listed as ascorbic acid Vitamin A and C are highly susceptible to degradation after exposure to air and sunlight, so the squirt-pump packaging is appropriate for the important ingredients inside. Ladies, stay away from packages where you have to unscrew a lid, expose the product to air, and then dip your fingers into it! Not only is it gross, but it totally destroys the efficacy of the product after a week or so. Personally, I'm really impressed with the effect that this lotion has left on my skin. Prior, I could actually feel the 'roughness' on the surface of my face, especially when I applied foundation on the cheeks (close to my nose). This area was 'thick' with scaly skin that would cause my foundation to get 'stuck' in the cracks. Ugh. This exfoliant pretty much breaks up all the crusty dead skin cells to leave a smoother surface behind. When I apply foundation, it goes on very smoothly and blends with no problems. W00t! I also recommend a good suncreen if you're using this product. AHAs have a tendency to scrape off all the dead skin, expose new skin to sunlight, and thus leave you more vulnerable to skin damage. Yikes! I'd like to keep my smooth skin well into my 30s, 40s, and 50s, thank you very much!