I would really like this product more if it didn't have that awful old lady smell to it and didn't sting my eyes. It does a good job of removing waterproof mascara but I just couldn't continue. I'm surprised Ponds hasn't come out with a fragrance free formula. I was hoping this would not pull out eyelashes but I had to wipe and wipe and wipe to get all of it off and ended up with the same amount of eyelash loss as with a liquid eye make up remover.
Eye Makeup Remover -Neutrogena - Eye Makeup Remover Lotion
jenniferjanson 6/17/2010 10:29:00 AM
I think this new lotion works as well as Neutrogena's liquid eye makeup remover, no better, no worse. I wear waterproof mascara (Maybelline) and frankly, neither Neutrogena product completely removes the stuff unless you use a lot of it., but it will eventually do the trick. The best part is, this lotion is great for TRAVELING! You don't have to worry about spillage and cotton pads aren't strictly necessary. Plus it can double as a face wash, so that's one less product to put in your bag. For these reasons, I'll continue to buy.
Self Tanners -St.Tropez - Tinted Self-Tanning Lotion
jenniferjanson 6/14/2010 3:59:00 PM
I've used this St. Tropez lotion on half of my body and the St. Tropez mousse on the other side. The lotion gives results absolutely identical to the mousse. With one exception: the lotion is thicker than the mousse and can be extremely difficult to rub in evenly if you're wearing gloves. If you're not wearing gloves (God help your poor little palms), you'll love this product. If you wear gloves, use the mousse instead.
Lip Treatments -Burt's Bees - Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil
jenniferjanson 5/26/2010 3:22:00 PM
Voice of dissent here. I wanted to like this product but it's so waxy and it seems to make my lips feel drier as it wears off. I do like the pomegranate scent and the light color it gives but the texture is a turn off for me.
This review is for the brand new Sheer Touch SPF 30 lotion (comes in a pinkish/beige bottle that dispenses from the bottom and has a hibiscus flower). I have totally fallen in love with this stuff. The scent is heavenly (even better than Bath and Body Works Tahiti Sweetie lotion), long lasting and not too sweet. The texture is not greasy but softly moisturizes all day (again, better than Tahiti Sweetie) and rubs in easily with no white streaks. It does not make me break out (although I wouldn't recommend it for the face). I can't think of a single thing not to love about it. HGHGHG.
I bought this online (CVS.com) because I couldn't find it in any local drugstore. Here are the pros and cons, IMO: Pros: Pretty good color, not too orange. Dries in 20 minutes. Simple to use. Does not dry out skin. Smell fades to nothing after a few hours. Useful for covering the upper back. Can be sprayed upside down. No rubbing, ergo no stained palms, no gloves needed. Classy looking bottle. Very little stickiness, no mess, (although I advise applying it outdoors because you don't want to spray this stuff all over your bathroom). Great way to tan the backs of hands. Long lasting color. Cons: Takes 24 hours to develop. Because the mist is invisible it's very difficult to know where you've covered and where you haven't. This always lead to weird bare patches. Also, if you spray too closely or too heavily, tanner trickles down in a thin stream, which you won't know until it's too late. This is especially a problem on the legs. (I even had it applied on me by someone else, figuring they'd be able to cover me better, but the results were just as bad.) A lot of product is wasted from being sprayed into the air when directing it at narrow targets like arms and legs. You have to build the color over several applications - sez so right on the bottle. You only get a few tans per $10 bottle. Bottle is small. This is an expensive way to get a lousy result. Conclusion: I really like the idea of a spray for my torso, back and the back of hands but will continue to use conventional rub-on tanners with instant color (like St. Tropez mousse) for arms and legs because it's less wasteful, therefore less expensive. And I'm really not amused by how impossible it is to get an even tan with this stuff. I've used two bottles and I'm fed up. I'm going to try Sephora's Bronzing Mist next. If you decide to buy it, remember you're looking for the metallic bronze bottle NOT the yellow/orange bottle. I think some of the reviews are actually for the yellow/orange bottle, which seems to be universally loathed.
I've got BLACKHEADS, I've always had friggin' blackheads; inherited for life, no matter what I do. So I was truly, honestly, absolutely shocked to see such a difference in my appearance after just 1 mask. I've used oil absorbing masks all my life and I've never had such results as with the yogurt for blackheads. This is what I did: in the evening, on a lark, I smeared on 2 TBS of Stonyfield plain organic "creamy top" yogurt (just because that's what I happen to eat) and laid down for 10 minutes (with cucumber slices on the eyes, ooh la la) and pretended to meditate. Washed it off with cleanser to make sure it all came off (because there is bacteria in the yogurt, after all). The next morning I exfoliated with St. Ives "Invigorating" Apricot Scrub because I wasn't keen on the filmy layer still left on the skin from the yogurt. Then I looked in the mirror for the first time. Holy cow. The usual dozens of black dots are greatly, greatly reduced. Now, here's the thing. The gunk in the pores was still there (did habitual OCD extractions to find out) but the blackheads' surface was much diminished both in size and color. This is friggin' amazing to me. I didn't expect much results but between the reduced appearance of the blackheads and the exta smooth skin, I am very impressed. In fact, I didn't know how smooth my skin could be before this - and without causing redness the way acidic peel masks do. I really think the key is to use a scrub the next morning. That's the next step. The lactic acid from the yogurt does it's magic and then you buff off the loosened junk. I'm going to follow other girls' advice and only use this once a week. I can't wait to do it again. I haven't been this excited over a beauty treatment in years! P.S. Paula Begoun says yogurt has not been proven to improve skin and may even cause acne. Use with caution, I guess, but personally I have to differ.
Dissolving aspirin in a little water and then putting it on your face for 10 minutes is a fantastic way to sooth freaked out skin as well as make it smoother. I use it after I've extracted blackheads, if I've got a tiny staff infection on my (thin) skin or if I've got a mild sunburn. However, I would NEVER use honey as a binder as others have suggested because it will clog pores! Honey is thick, thick, thick (although it apparently doesn't attract bacteria, as a fellow reviewer informed me). Just mix with water to avoid problems!
I tried this after InStyle magazine gave it a great review. The scent is beautiful, like fresh apricots, no chemical smell at all. Lathers nicely. Little bubbles everywhere. Refreshing shower time fun. Lightly moisturizing but not as much as a Dove Cream Oil product, which is what my parched skin demands. Best for oily/normal skin bods.
Lotions/ Creams -Boots - Amazon Forest Body Butter in Mango and Babassu
jenniferjanson 5/19/2010 2:22:00 PM
I can't get enough of this dreamy product. This body butter is slippery, unlike some that can feel waxy, so it's easy to spread. The scent is heavenly, very tropical so it's great for summer, and moisturizes the way it a thick cream should. I hoard these. If you can't find it at your local Target it's probably because I bought them all!
Pros: Instant color for instant gratification. This also means you can clearly see where you're putting it and that's super helpful. Very realistic color - with an olive undertone instead of an orange one - absolutely rare in the self tanning world. No one will think you've got on self tanner. No smell - also very rare. Dries fast. Also looks natural on the backs of hands which is a problem area. Big bottle - for $40 it better be big. Cons: You can't just put it on and that's it. You have to take the extra step of washing the residue off later. Plus 50% of the color goes down the flippin' drain when you shower (whether you leave it on for 4 hours or overnight and whether you use a moderate amount or apply half the bottle). As such, it's impossible to get more than a medium/light tan. Stains your hands really badly (St. Tropez's special pump soap does not get it off - although it works great with other tanners) - so you must use gloves. Somewhat drippy, watery application. Not recommended for the face. Expensive. So, as you can see, there are some real trade-offs for getting this convincing tan but... until I get sick of it... I'll continue to buy it. My other self tanner will continue to be Bobbi Brown's for the face.
This would be the most perfect concealer in the world if it wasn't so &*^$@! yellow-based. I have fair, blue toned skin and need a slightly peach or pink undertone. At least a neutral undertone. While I love and totally applaud the packaging, the consistency, the opaqueness, the way it doesn't settle into wrinkles, etc., I can't use it! Yellow undertones make me look sickly. And although this product doesn't look so in the package, especially compared to Cover Girl's, for example, it totally is. Aaargh! Five stars for those with "normal" skin tones, zip for us blue bloods.
Concealers -L'Oreal - True Match Super-Blendable Concealer
jenniferjanson 3/16/2010 11:37:00 AM
I'd be very happy with this concealer for hiding under eye circles except the lightest tone (C 1-2-3) is still too dark for my white skin with blue undertones. However, when I get a little fake tan going in the summer, it's perfect. Doesn't accentuate fine lines, has a medium consistency, isn't drying, decent staying powder. Good product at a good price.
Concealers -Neutrogena - Skin Soothing Undereye Corrector
jenniferjanson 3/14/2010 11:43:00 PM
What strikes me the most about this pen-like concealer is that it is way over-priced. It's $10 for .05 ounces. But you don't really figure this out until you use it for the first time. There's exactly Half the amount of product the tube Could contain. You think you're getting a lot more than you are. By comparison, you can pay $10 for .17 ounces of L'Oreal's True Match concealer. Besides that, you get to waste even more because you have to clean the tip when it gets gunked up, about once a week. Also, the tingling is very distracting and the formula is very drying. I had to stop using this product immediately because of the irritation, and I'm not a sensitive skin gal.
Moisturizers -Neutrogena - Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Intensive Night Cream
jenniferjanson 12/8/2009 11:18:00 AM
This is the missing link for those women who find prescription strength Retin-A too harsh or are allergic to strong Vitamin A or AHA acids, like me. After one week of applying this product once a day, my dull skin has a pretty pink glow to it and was much smoother. I've been using it now for about four months with no adverse reactions. In fact, I've increased the dosage to twice a day because after a while my skin began to get too used to the cream and seemed to slow down it's progress. Unlike most moisturizers that just hydrate skin, this stuff actually makes a noticeable difference and makes me look fresher and younger. And it's not expensive. I still exfoliate with a granular scrub once a week, and between the two regimes I'm thrilled. Finally, some results I can see! P.S. I wouldn't use this along with self tanner because the whole point of the product is to remove dead skin.