Treatments -Jason Natural Cosmetics - Oil Free Gel AHA 12 1/2
kaldkald 5/9/2013 2:51:00 PM
When this product was around I liked it very much. It seemed to make my skin clearer and smoother, and didn't break me out. When it was discontinued, I did a good deal of looking around to find something similar. I ended up landing on GLYDERM LOTION LITE. It's a thin-consistency moisturizing lotion with a high percentage of glycolic acid and not too may additives, and it's fragrance free. Comparable price-wise, too.
Gels/Soaps -Aubrey Organics - Natural Spa Sea Wonders Body Wash
kaldkald 4/25/2013 4:47:00 PM
Wonderful soap. In the jar it has something of a thick gel consistency. When water is added it lathers up beautifully, rich and creamy, so much so that it may be used for shaving. I don't use a wash-cloth with it. I just scoop up a little in my fingers, add plenty of water, and lather it. It leaves skin feeling completely clean, without residue or slipperiness, yet does not strip away moisture. I am prone to breaking out in some places, and it does not break me out. The scent is vaguely minty, but not piercing. Natural and fresh. Does not linger. One jar lasts me three or four months, and I use it liberally every time I shower. Plus the company has an outstanding history and philosophy.
There are sunscreens that are safer, ingredient-wise. And this does leave a white cast, and it takes real scrubbing in the shower to get all traces off your skin. But it works. I am very fair-skinned, and my chest burns very easily, and this does the job of protecting the area for a long time. Also, it has not broken me out. But I would not use it on my face, as it's thick, and because it really stays put.
It's nice that this has a good score on the Skin Deep database, but the somehwat greasy formula really broke out my chest (which is, granted, very prone to break-outs). Also, it did not protect that area 100% from sunburn. With a couple of hours of direct summer sun exposure, I got some color.
Moisturizers -Olay - Complete Moisture Cream Sensitive SPF 15
kaldkald 7/21/2012 4:52:00 PM
I have been using the Target (Up & Up) knock-off of this for about three years. My skin is very prone to break-outs, and this has not broken me out. Make-up applies smoothly over it. And it does moisturize; it does protect the skin from burns. Light formula that absorbs quickly.
Moisturizers -Unlisted Brand - Now-100% Vegetable Glycerine
kaldkald 7/21/2012 4:33:00 PM
I use this as an all-over body moisturizer: 1 part glycerin to 6 parts water, shaken in a small bottle. It took some trial and error to get the proportion right for my skin, so that the formula was effective without being sticky. Probably everyone is different. My skin does not tolerate oils, so I haven't added an oil as recommended, yet this still moisturizes nicely. Another brand is Heritage Store, available at Whole Foods.
Treatments (Eye) -Unlisted Brand - Robanda Eye Gel
kaldkald 7/21/2012 4:20:00 PM
I have been using this for two or three years. Morning and night. The times I've run out, I've noticed an immediate difference in the area around my eyes: dryness, fine lines, muddiness. And when I've started using the eye gel again, the area has been quickly brought back to a nice moisturized state. It is non-greasy and non-sticky, with a light clean scent that barely lingers. My skin is prone to break outs, and this has not broken me out. Concealer applies smoothly over it. Recommended.
Cleansers -California Baby - Super Sensitive Shampoo & Bodywash
kaldkald 7/18/2012 2:53:00 PM
This turned out to be too harsh for my hair, which is wavy, very fine, and thinning. It cleaned more throughly than any shampoo I've used, but dried out my hair after a week or so of use. Also, although it's sulfate-free, I think it was making me lose more hair during the shower because so much scrubbing was necessary with the thin shampoo consistency. I can see it being great for many people, but for very fine hair and a delicate scalp, it may cleanse too well.
This concealer goes on more smoothly that any other stick-type concealer I've tried (granted, only drugstore brands). The "Fair" color is also paler than similar colors by other brands I've tried; it has less pink and yellow in it, it seems, which is good for my pale skin. It's less greasy than my former stand-by Cover Girl concealer, and cakes less easily. It's not a flawless finish; it does cake a bit, and doesn't do so well on dry skin. But it's a good concealer for a decent price.
I switched about a year ago from a liquid foundation to this Simply Powder Foundation over concealer where necessary. What a difference. My skin looks more natural, feels lighter and healthier. I suppose you have to be lucky with the product and find a good color to match your skin. It does happen to me that it can appear too mask-like when first applied; this effect tones down after twenty minutes or so. Also, sometimes if I've applied too much I blend it a bit with my fingers to even out the powdery look. It's important to thoroughly wash the sponge with soap and water every now and then to keep the make-up clean and the look fresh.
This product did not work for me. All gung-ho just after I bought it, I applied a good deal after a night shower and had the most greasy, disgusting hair the next day. I tried, after that, applying less, but there was no change in my scalp's condition. I stuck it out with this and applied it in different amounts, at different times of day, but never saw any results. I finally returned it, as twenty-four dollars is a fortune for a tiny bottle of something that doesn't work.
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - BioInfusion Hydrating Conditioning Balm
kaldkald 5/12/2008 2:43:00 PM
This product is a rip-off. I was wanting something intensive for dry winter hair, and decided to splurge on a fancy conditioner. I fell for the Walgreens marketing, thought this was a high-end balm for a great price, and wasted ten dollars on a conditioner that doesn't work as well as the Suave I'd been using. This balm just coats my hair when I apply it, making it feel slick, and leaves it dry and frizzy once it's styled.
Moisturizers -Olay - Total Effects Night Firming Cream
kaldkald 5/12/2008 2:38:00 PM
This cream is absolutely non-greasy, yet very moisturizing. Its finish is matte, no matter how thick a layer I apply. It has never irritated my sensitive skin or made me break out. It's lovely to wake up in the morning with soft skin that's not oily. The scent seemed strong to me at first--it's a floral scent--but I've gotten used to it, and now like it.
This is the one product I couldn't do without. I always had very dry, also oily, break-out-prone skin with scarring, a real disaster. This cleanser has introduced equilibrium to my skin. It leaves it smooth and calm-feeling. I've been using it twice a day for about three years. Each bottle lasts six months or more, but I buy a bottle whenever I see it on sale, to be sure I always have some. It's hard to be sure how large a role this cleanser has had in my general skin condition, as I've used a number of products over the years, but my skin keeps looking healthier and healthier. The texture gets more and more even. If nothing else, the cleanser is a safeguard against irritation. This makes for an excellent base state for all other products. In fact, at times when I've tried products or treatments that irritate or overdry my skin, I cleanse with this and I'm back to normal. The trick for getting it to lather is to wet your hands and face thoroughly before pumping it, to use more than a small bead--maybe a a dollop the size of a dime--, and to mix it with plenty of water as you lather it up. And to get it to completely wash away make-up and oils, you have to massage it over your face thoroughly. It's not a splash-on, splash-off cleanser. I generally massage it over my face slowly and systematically at night, and do a lighter, gentler cleanse in the morning.