Treatments (Eye) -Garnier - Nutritionist Regenerating Eye cream
hutchlynne 11/5/2007 4:05:00 PM
Ack! My favorite eye cream was discontinued and I thought I'd give this a shot. Big mistake. When WILL cosmetic companies give up the light-reflecting particles idea? Every product I've ever tried that does that is a complete bust -- like having glitter all over your face. This one was so glittery that is shimmered THROUGH my very heavy concealer, which barely stayed on because this eye cream made it pill and flake off. I only used it 2-3 times, then tossed in a drawer.
Treatments (Eye) -Kiss My Face - Eye Witness Eye Cream
hutchlynne 11/5/2007 2:59:00 PM
Rats! I had high hopes about this eye cream after reading the reviews. Went out of my way to Wild Oates to buy. Good points: reasonable price, hygenic packaging, and yummy scent (all natural herbal smell -- sort of pepperment and lemon). Bad points: Did not help AT ALL with my dry, crepey eyes. I'm 43 and REALLY starting to age (just this year), with lots of little wrinkles, bagging, dark circles, and dry texture. This actually made my skin DRYER, caked with concealer over it, made my eye shadow crease, and WORSENED my lid texture/appearance. I'm keeping to use on my neck, as I love the scent, but NOT on eyes! NOT recommended.
Conditioner -Neutrogena - triple moisture deep recovery hair mask
hutchlynne 8/8/2007 3:42:00 PM
The best conditioner out there, and I've tried them ALL! I have long (mid-back) hair that is color treated. I was tired of having to schelp to the Aveda salon for conditioner all the time, so tried this (as I like Neutrogena in general). GREAT smell, and is super moisturizing/softening without making hair greasy -- a real trick, in my book! Only quibble is packaging, which is hard to open in the shower. I use this every day, even thought it's supposed to be intensive treatment. Great results and still no greasies!
Conditioner -L'Oreal - Feria Color Moisturizing Treatment.
hutchlynne 8/17/2006 12:47:00 PM
I have long, fine, colored, highlighted hair with oily roots and dry ends that generally is impossible to deal with. Needless to say, I've tried just about every conditioner out there -- inlcuding most of the $$$ salon ones. I tried this about 2 years ago after reading MUA reviews. I've been using it ever since. It kinda bugs me that it's so good and cheap, as I love to use fancy hair products with yummy scents and pretty bottles (a hair product snob?). But Feria truly works better than anything I've tired. I makes hair super soft, combs glide through, and it really protects and corrects damage. After coloring, it socks the moisture to your hair and locks it in. It also dosen't make hair greasy or flat. My experience with conditioners is 1 of 2 things: They make you greasy or they don't work at all. Feria is the exception. I didn't give it a 5 just because of the smell (kinda generic), bottle (ugly), and annoyance of having to go to Sally's to get it. But that's just me! (Some enterprising marketing person needs to pop a great smell to this product, put it in a stylish bottle, and charge more. It's worth it!)
Moisturizers -Olay - Age Defying Intensive Nourishing Night Cream
hutchlynne 8/16/2006 1:26:00 PM
I bought this in desperation over the increasing wrinkles, brown spots, and ashy tone/texture of my skin (I'm 42). I read good reviews on MUA, and the prices is cheap, so why not? It's now my HG moisturizer. It's not just a nightcream. I use it during the day as well, mixed with Neutrogena Dry Touch sunscreen in 55 SPF (THE best sunscreen). It lightens the texture of the Dry Touch and keeps it from aggravating my perioral dermatitis (little red spots like zits around corners of my mouth). In fact, since using this, my dermatitis is gone. It has beta hydroxy acid, which helps with brown spots, overall tone, and (presumably) wrinkles (I haven't had more since Ive been using this). It has a very light, almost not there smell (I HATE fragrance), feels terrific, is NOT greasy, and absorbes immediately. I even mix Renova in it at about 1:2 and it really brightens/smooths my skin without the wretched peeling from the Renova. Highly recommended.
Concealers -Maybelline - Instant Age Rewind Concealer [DISCONTINUED]
hutchlynne 8/16/2006 1:19:00 PM
OK, all of you with racoon-dark circles under your eyes, listen up. This is the BEST concealer for undereye circles I've ever tried. I look like I've been slugged without concealer (I mean REALLY dark, blueish circles/bags) and have tried everything. I even went to MAC's flagship store in Manhatten and had one of their top artists work on me. (I don't remember what they gave me -- I don't use it any more!). For awhile I was using my foundation as an undereye concealer. Then I realized, with the help of a shocked salewoman, that I was using MATTE foundation under my eyes. NO wonder I was getting lines! In desperation and on a complete whim, I bought the Age Rewind concealer in Fair while grocery shopping. It was so cheap I figured I had nothing to lose. Well, let me tell you, I've finally found something that covers my circles. It's a liquid in a tube and smoothes on easily (no tugging, like with MAC pot concealer, and no need for an annoying little brush). It matches my PPP complexion, cancels out the blue undertones of the circles and really covers them. It does settle into the fine lines under my eyes, but I smooth that with a makeup sponge, and lines gone. I truly had given up on ever finding anything that works, but this does. Try it!
Powder -L'Oreal - Bare Naturale Powdered Mineral Foundation
hutchlynne 8/16/2006 1:11:00 PM
My sister raved about this foundation and even let me try hers (at night, after a few drinks -- shoulda been a clue). I love MATTE coverage and this seemed to offer it. I ran out and got the lightest color the next day (same Sis uses). Application is annoying -- the powder kept spilling on my counter, it wouldn't cover the large pores on my nose (had to use my regular foundation on nose, then cover with the mineral powder, which looked cakey), and it seemed to go from almost not there to THICK in a heartbeat. At work, I noticed I had a sort of strange, gray-olive, shimmery texture to my skin. The color is a terrific match, but has the weird undertone. It did seem to hold up better than my usual foundation, Prescriptives Virtual Matte. It didn't break me out and was easy to remove. After almost a week, though, I gave it to Sis. It just looked to dry and powdery, and really sank into fine lines. I never could get the coverage even, etither. I'm back to Prescriptives and much happier. Sorry, Sis!
Skincare - Face -Philosophy - Hope in a Jar Eye & Lip Cream
hutchlynne 2/1/2006 1:18:00 PM
I got this in a kit for Christmas. At first I was put off by the texture -- kind of sticky and not easy to glide around the eye -- BUT I've been plagued with horrible wrinkles around my eyes in the last 6 months. Have tried EVERY drugstore brand with no success. Some were neutral, some actually made the lines worse. After using the Philosophy I noticed the deep lines going away. Makeup doesn't migrate into what light lines remained, and the horrible hatch-mark type wrinkles were completely gone. I became a TRUE believer when I used up the sample and went back to a drugstore brand. The wrinkles came back big time! I dove onto Sephora's web site and ordered this, and the lines are gone again. This stuff REALLY works! (Although it kills me to pay $30 for a .5 oz. tube, this is worth it.) Note to everyone who says it's too greasy & doesn't sink in: I put it on immediately out of the shower, then let it sink in while I get dressed. Right before I put on makeup, I LIGHTLY press a Kleenex over my eyes. This absorbs any excess, leaving behind the skin of a 20-year-old (I'm 41). Bonus: eye makeup doesn't run as much. I truly thought I'd be stuck with wrinkles forever, but how if have HOPE!
Moisturizers -Neutrogena - Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Intensive Night Cream
hutchlynne 10/31/2005 2:13:00 PM
This is a nearly perfect product for smoothing fine lines and brightening the complexion. Since using it (about 2 weeks), my skin is younger-looking and more even toned. Fewer breakouts, too. I would like to to be more moisturizing, though, since winter is here!
Treatments (Eye) -Nivea - Q10 Plus Wrinkle Control Eye Cream
hutchlynne 10/14/2005 10:11:00 AM
I used to use this and liked it quite a bit. But they reformulated it about 1 year ago. Became much heavier consistency and does NOT sink into my rapidly-getting-deeper lines. I actually think it's making me look older, so regretfully, I'm back on the hunt for something that works.
The ULTIMATE HG of conditioner! I foolishly colored AND highlighted my hair and it fried. After reading the MUAers reviews of Curessence, I gave it a shot (I'm an Aveda junkie anyway). This is their best conditioner and the best I've ever tried of any brand. My frizzled hair calmed immediately, is bouncy, easy to come, shiny, soft -- all the good stuff! I have long hair (brastrap lenght)prone to go flat at the least provocation, and Curessence doesn't flatten it at all. The only con is an odd (for Aveda) scent. Sort of like the chemical they use to clean state park bathrooms!! But mercifully it fades fast and I'm used to it by now. For me, worth every penny!
Foundations -L'Oreal - Quickstick Foundation [DISCONTINUED]
hutchlynne 5/25/2004 1:16:00 PM
I used this foundation for a year or so. Loved the convenience, coverage, and color (the 3 Cs!). BUT it was HARD to wash off, and made me break out around the mouth, which the dermatologist said was perioral dermatitis (basically, irritated skin around the mouth). She said to quit with ANYTHING oily. I stopped using the L'Oreal and 95% of the problem went away. Sad, because I liked it otherwise.
Conditioner -Aveda - Elixir daily leave-in conditioner [DISCONTINUED]
hutchlynne 4/7/2004 3:14:00 PM
My stylist gave me Elixer after a highlighting disaster. Love the smell. My former hippie husband says it's just like a headshop and jumps on me every time I use it! Anyway, NOTHING hides split ends and generally fried hair like this. My hair is long, color treated, and once a year I higlight -- always a disaster. I use a dime-sized drop of Elixier on the ends and fried spots only and you'd swear my hair is silk. Be careful on portion size, as too much can leave a tacky feel. Also, it seems to work better if hair air dries. For some reason blow drying makes it tacky, too. My stylist recommended coating the ends/mid-lengths with this, loosely braiding the hair, then sleeping on it (wash out in a.m.). Haven't tired but imagine it would be great.
Treatments (Eye) -L'Oreal - Dermo Expertise RevitaLift Eye
hutchlynne 4/6/2004 3:14:00 PM
Ack! This eye cream made my wrinkles worse! I guess the whole "lifting" thing is supposed to tighten the skin -- well it did, and in the process increased my wrinkles! Not moisturizing at all, and stung slightly with a weird scent. I gave to my sister, who'll use anything. This might work for teen or 20s, but at 40, I need something to minimize, not maximize, lines!
Treatments (Eye) -Nivea - Q10 Plus Wrinkle Control Eye Cream
hutchlynne 4/6/2004 3:12:00 PM
I keep trying others, but always come back to this. I'm 40 and just recently have started to get the crepe-y eye thing going on. After reading MUA recommendations, I tried L'Oreal Revitalift -- bad mistake. Made my eyes dryer and crepe-ier. I guess it's supposed to firm, but just increased my wrinkles. Anyway, back to Nivea, which is soothing, very moisturizing, no nasty scent, easy to use. Maybe not HG, but will do 'til that miracle occurs.