Treatments -Unlisted Brand - De La Cruz 10% Sulfur Ointment
blondiegoodlooks 2/24/2013 1:10:00 PM
Not a miracle worker, but definitely "no worse" than any other MUA top-rated blemish treatment I've tried (including Persagel 10%, Clean & Clear Popped Pimple, Bye Bye Blemish, Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion, and Origins Spot Remover). Origins and Persagel, for example, work, but they also redden and dry your skin, thus often neutralizing whatever positive cosmetic results they offer. I feel that De La Cruz works with few adverse effects. It's very difficult to find, including in NYC and Miami (where there is no shortage of ethnic markets), so I would recommend ordering it online.
Conditioner -Neutrogena - triple moisture deep recovery hair mask
blondiegoodlooks 10/18/2012 1:45:00 PM
Overall, I thought it was just OK. There are definitely some positives to it, but I would not purchase again. I bought it based on the reviews here and am only reviewing it after trying it about 10 times. + Very nice fragrance, good consistency/texture, some natural products (oils) - It really did nothing strongly positive for my hair, and I would leave it in for a full 5 minutes. It made my hair a bit softer, but did nothing to detangle, and perhaps made the tangles worse, to be honest. A tiny bit of coconut oil is cheaper, smells just as good, and works better in some ways.
Scrubs -Neutrogena - Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Power-Clear Scrub
blondiegoodlooks 10/4/2011 4:49:00 PM
I have been using this for a few days now, and while I like it, I'm not sure I would buy it again. PROs -1- I do love that it has glycolic acid in it (i just wish it had a bit more!) in addition to SA -2- I feel that it does do a good overall job of cleansing the skin CONs -1- I really hate the scrubbing beads. First of all, there are very few of them. In other words, they need to add MORE beads to it. However, the beads they do have are very abrasive (too hard). If you rub the product aggressively into the skin, the feeling is all but pleasant. They should develop a softer bead but have a greater concentration of them in the product. -2- I was buying it to help with acne, and I kind of wish it was a bit more powerful. I leave it on for a good minute or so (even though you're supposed to rinse it off immediately) and there is no stinging etc like you might expect from a potent product. In short, if you can live with the cons above, I'd recommend it, but I don't think I'd repurchase just yet.
For now...I would recommend it, but I'll update my review if anything changes. I've used it for about 10 days. I definitely think it is helping and seem to notice improvement overnight, but i have one large cyst that is still quite palpable after 5 nights of use. The product has a weird milky consistency that owes part of its effectiveness, I'm sure, to its high alcohol content. In short, it works but is not a HG (nor is any spot treatment for me right now, to be honest). Thanks for reading! ;)
Believe it or not, I bought this to use as a body sunscreen, given the ingredients (at least on paper) are excellent with 3% avobenzone and 7% octocrylene, which means it offers very good UVA protection, coupled with antioxidants. I also thought it smelled nice and went on nicely. The problem was.... it appeared to irritate my sensitive skin, and I only used it on my arms. Seems no one else has had that problem, tho. I will update my review if something changes. If you can use it without it irritating you, this is a good sunscreen.
Treatments -Clearasil - Rapid Action Treatment Cream
blondiegoodlooks 6/13/2011 6:35:00 PM
Shockingly, despite how powerful the packaging claims the product is, I feel this does almost nothing for me. If you apply it a few times a day for a couple days, it will eventually dry the he!! out of your skin and leave it crusty, but in terms of actually calming inflammation and getting rid of a pimple, it is not effective. I was pleasantly surprised to see so many other reviewers felt the same way and would not recommend you buy this.
Sunscreen -Unlisted Brand - Topix Glycolix Elite Sunscreen SPF 30
blondiegoodlooks 12/12/2010 7:13:00 PM
This is one of the best sunscreens money can buy. I do not know of any other product on the market that has both high levels of non-nano zinc combined with antioxidants. The small downside is that it is whitening. I am very fair skin, and even I have to use some bronzer with it. I usually use 6 pumps of the Glycolix with 2 pumps of the Dr. Hauschka translucent bronzing concentrate, mix well in my hands, and my face, neck, and ears are ready to go.
Treatments -Stridex - Naturally Clear Acne Medication Pads
blondiegoodlooks 11/20/2010 8:17:00 PM
OMG, am I an idiot for not reading the reviews here first. I highly, highly recommend you NOT buy this product. Did Stridex actually test these on human beings before releasing them? I used them once and my face has been bright red for the past two hours. Horrible.
It's not like you need another review, but I'll give one anyway! ;-). Compared with my organic (which I'm proud of) cotton balls from CVS, these are amazing. Not perfect, but still far better than anything else I've tried. What I would prefer is something with a bit more grab/exfoliation to it, because I feel the Shiseido simply smooth/glide over your face. They are very soft and excellent at applying liquid products, but if I wanted something specifically to remove make-up, I'm not sure these are the way to go. Any recs, please PM me! =o) Regardless, I recommend you buy some.
Cleansers -Unlisted Brand - Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
blondiegoodlooks 11/9/2009 12:49:00 AM
I have very sensitive, breakout-prone skin. I now have only mild acne, but it tends to be more of the cystic variety. Anywho, I gave this a go as my cleanser for a month. I used this pretty much exclusively, applying it heavily, leaving it on for a minute, and then rubbing it off with a towel (I think that part is critical as it will assist with the cleansing process, and maybe slightly exfoliate as well). Sometimes I would remove with a gentle soap or with an exfoliating scrub (Bindi cleanser). The smell is unbelievable. Simply amazing. It is also very cheap. My skin hasn't really changed since I started using the extra virgin coconut oil about a month ago. (Not sure if that's a good or bad thing.) Most ppl should give this a go as either a pre-cleanser/make-up remover, or a good standalone cleanser if you're not that acne-prone. Also, as an FYI to anyone scared to use an oil cleanse because they don't want to end up greasy/slimy, once you blot/wipe with a towel, ur face is not greasy at all.
Treatments -Burt's Bees - Natural Acne Solutions - Targeted Spot Treatment
blondiegoodlooks 10/26/2009 1:52:00 AM
I will update my review if my experience changes, but so far, I would not recommend this product. First, it smells horrible. An ultra-potent black licorice. Second, the packaging sux, and u really have to use Q-Tips to apply it, or ur fingers, and u waste a lot of product (and cotton swabs) doing so. Third, at $10 for 0.26oz, it's basically $40/oz, which is not exactly inexpensive. I'd be willing to overlook those three things if this product really worked, but it is no better than most spot treatments. I haven't had much success on a cystic pimple to which I have probably applied this stuff 10 times over a three-day period. It may be somewhat effective, but it is no HG spot treatment and lacks the efficacy to want me to deal with the smell, application issues, and price.
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Adult Acnomel tinted cream
blondiegoodlooks 10/17/2009 5:46:00 PM
I am sort of on the fence about this stuff, but will recommend it, just to give it the benefit of the doubt. I was (and still am) on the hunt for the miracle spot treatment. Other products that appear to work similarly well are Bye Bye Blemish and Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action. I wish this stuff had 10% sulfur instead of 8%. It works fairly well, but I need to apply it a few times over a couple days to see a major improvement in an inflamed pimple. It's pigmented (unnecessary iron oxides, etc.) and appears dark on me, so I can't really wear it other than just before bedtime. ** Updating: I have had a couple instances in which I wear Acnomel overnight, and the next morning it is all but impossible to remove. This morning, I used Albolene, and then soap, and then Albolene again, and -- no joke -- the Acnomel is still there covering a large pimple. For that reason, and others mentioned above, I am no longer recommending this.
Sunscreen -Coppertone - NutraShield Dual Defense 70+SPF
blondiegoodlooks 7/7/2009 8:38:00 PM
Hi, all. I test-drove this last weekend as my body sunscreen. It's PPD 9, I think, and also has 3% avobenzone (the legal limit), which is more than many sunscreens out there (it's not all about the PPD!). Anyhow, it also has antioxidants in it, and looks and feels good on the skin (moisturizing, but not too shiny; not at all whitening; and rubs in easily). I am not happy about the oxybenzone, nor the other useless UVB blockers in it, but American consumers love hearing about how high the SPF is, so it looks like we're stuck for now. Also, pretty much every manufacturer out there is marching to the same beat (Aveeno, Banana Boat, Neutrogena, etc.) That aside, the price is quite nice, too. So...for the time being, it's gonna be Glycolix Elite on the face, and this on the body. HTH!
Cleansers -Juice Beauty - JUICE BEAUTY CLEANSING MILK
blondiegoodlooks 5/18/2009 1:55:00 PM
I really wanted to like this product because, in theory, it would be perfect: a thick, all-natural, oil-rich cleanser that should leave your skin moist. While that description is true, there is something about this product that is irritating my skin. I'm not sure which ingredient(s) are the culprits, but after about 10-12 uses I can say it for sure. I rinse it off, and there is a subtle stinging to my face a few seconds later. I was really hoping to find a less-expensive alternative to my Dr. H Cleansing Milk, but it looks like that won't happen. While I prefer the consistency of the Juice Beauty product, I much favor the scent of the Dr. H, and the Dr. H has never irritated my skin. Would recommend this for dry skin, but not sensitive.
This stuff is excellent. I give it a 4 instead of 5, because I'm not really into vanilla as a fragrance (even tho it's subtle), and the product is pricey unless you shop around (I think I paid $5.25-$5.50). Regardless, the texture is just amazing: very thick and waxy -- not greasy, gooey, runny. You can absolutely tell it's moisturizing your lips, unlike many products out there. In all, if you are looking for a top-quality, all-natural lip balm, you definitely should try this.