I received a sample of this product along with the conditioner and LOVED it INITIALLY. I have naturally curly, color treated hair with a scalp that gets pretty oily/unbalanced at times. With the sample, my hair was soft, scalp felt super clean and I had big, soft, sausage curls. I had high hopes! Now, I really love Aveda's Rosemary Mint line, but I can only use it just before I'm ready to color. Thinking the Invati line would be the safe for color treated alternative, I splurged and bought the shampoo and conditioner. So far, I'm NOT loving the results. The smell - I can get used to it. It's the dryness, and the feel that my hair just doesn't seem to want to flow, or lay right. Like, it's parched, but it feels like somethings on it to make it straight, and make it feel stiff. Think Gene Simmons' hair. As far as hair loss, I am no better off now than I was before using this product. Still plenty of shedding. It's still early, so I may need to give it a chance. For now, this line has too many concerns against it for me to really recommend it to anyone.
Primer/ Corrector -RedPoint - Redpoint Age Minimizer Facial Line Filler
katiecat12 8/18/2007 3:04:00 PM
Best primer out there for breakout prone skin. Smashbox was my primer of choice, but after a while, I just got tired of smearing what is essentially grease on my breakout prone skin. Silicone is not a good friend to my face, so I am trying to avoid it, or at least lessen the amount of silicone product I am putting on my skin these days. I've seen a dramatic improvement to my skin as far as breakouts go since using this product. My skin is more balanced, and that has helped in making my makeup last all day. I'm able to go out to dinner after work and not feel like I should have gone home to reapply all of my makeup- A touch up here and there, and I'm good to go. Its great stuff - I'll most definitely buy again!
Primer/ Corrector -Perricone - Ceramic Skin Smoother Finishing Serum
katiecat12 8/18/2007 2:52:00 PM
Picked up a sample of this product at Sephora. With all of the hype and promotion, you'd think this was the greatest invention ever. Not the case for me at least. I had never used a Perricone product, and having applied it for the first time, I couldn't quite understand how I couldn't escape this very faint, fishy smell all day. Like, literally, I thought I had sopped up an invisible spill of my fiance's fish oil that morning before work, and had even IM'd him, asking if he'd spilled it somewhere. (I had one of those "Ohhh!! I get it! Perricone=Fish oil moments after washing my face later in the day, as the smell completely disappeared.) Ceramic Skin Smoother is a decent primer. It did help my makeup go on smoother. I've been using Redpoint primer to help lessen the breakouts I've been getting from Smashbox, and I have to say that Redpoint is superior to both the Ceramic and Smashbox in terms of makeup longevity wear and overall skin happiness. After just one day of using Ceramic Skin Smoother, my skin was horribly clogged. I had really peely skin the next day - A weird peelyness that was followed by one heck of a breakout. I've since recovered, but lets just say I couldn't get the sample I used into the trash quickly enough. I'm sure this is a good product for normal/dry non-reactive skin. If you have oily/breakout prone/sensitive skin, stay far far away from it!
This is the greatest leave in conditioner. It has made a HUGE difference in the health of my hair. Soft, manageable, and does not weigh my fine hair down.
God's gift to all women who suffer from adult acne. Highly effective and worth every penny.
By FAR the BEST products I have used on my acne prone, sensitive but oily skin. I haven't had skin this smooth and clear EVER. I didn't expect such great results, but at the age of 37, I keep asking where the heck this stuff has been all of my life? I wish I'd tried it sooner. Will most DEFINITELY purchase again.
I'm 37 with fine, naturally curly hair, that gets colored every month. My hair just seemed to be a lot less vibrant, so I decided to try this anti-aging line. I'm very impressed with this shampoo- It IS expensive, though I have noticed an instant change in the texture, feel and look of my hair. It feels healthier now than it has in a really long time. This product doesn't weigh hair down, but does calm the frizz and overall unhealthy out of control look I'd been experiencing. I'll definitely be buying it again, even if it takes a bite out of my budget!
Liquid -Chanel - Double Perfection Fluide [DISCONTINUED]
katiecat12 11/4/2006 3:32:00 PM
LOVE this foundation! I have oily/sensitive/breakout prone skin, and had been having troublesome breakouts for months. I couldn't quite figure out what was causing them, and thought it might be my Smashbox primer. Since I couldn't find another primer I liked, I decided to try switching foundations = What a HUGE difference this foundation has made. Goes on smooth- and not heavy- but covers really well. I can wear this foundation for 14 hours in humid Seattle, and only need to touch it up once! My only note of caution is that it IS a bit drying in spots, but its not anything that can't be remedied by good moisturizer. Another plus, is it doesn't clog pores at all- I haven't seen my pores this clear and uncongested in ages. GREAT STUFF!!
2/27 UPDATE - UGH - I'm really not happy with this stuff!! Using it anywhere around my eyes makes me look like I'm about 60 years old!! Super drying if it gets near the undereye area- To the point of irritation. The person at Revlon who thought this would be a good change should be fired. 2/21I have to agree with Straykitty - If it ain't broke don't fix it. Somewhat disappointed with the new formula- I used the original Colorstay for years, and was always happy with it= Especially the coverage. The new formula is tough to get out of the tiny new bottle they've put it in (nothing like less product for more money), and coverage wise= Not as good. Its not horrible, so I guess I'll continue to use it. I just wish Revlon would have thought to do a better coverage formula for those of us who liked the original.
Excellent scrub- I'm glad the Laura Mercier rep. at Nordstrom offered me a sample when she saw me looking at a different brand. I hate products that call themselves scrubs, when they're really just cleansing cream with a few crushed walnut/apricot pieces thrown in. This is worth your money, feels GREAT, and leaves skin feeling balanced and refreshed.
Great product! It does not sting my skin as noted in other reviews (my skin is oily but also sensitive)- My skin literally feels like its breathing better and my other products seem to work a lot better- Slightly drying- Good to use something like Decleor's Harmonie Jour to put back some of the moisture you may lose after using it. Good to use on face, chest and back.
Skincare - Face -MD Formulations - Illuminating Serum
katiecat12 8/26/2005 4:39:00 PM
I've been using Estee Lauder's Idealist at night for a long time now, but I was starting to feel like it was not as effective as it used to be. I tried this product as a sample and was very pleasantly surprised at how effective it is! My skin is oily/sensitive- It really does a great job of making my skin look and feel less congested and clearer. Slightly drying for me- but worth it!
Quite possibly one of the worst self tanners I've ever purchased. I felt like I was spraying a can of Aqua Net - The fumes lingered in the air so long after I'd used it I was choking. You can't see where you've sprayed very well, so it leaves you with streaks. Definitely will not purchase again.
Cleansers -MD Formulations - Facial Cleanser for Oily and Problem Skin
katiecat12 7/30/2005 4:22:00 AM
I love this stuff- My facialist recommended it as I have breakout prone skin, and the 12% glycolic really does a great job of keeping my pores clear. Best to use a makeup remover first, as it really works best in cleansing the pores.
I found this product to be good for brightening- especially under the eyes. It does help control shine a little better than if I had gone without. Overall, I did not like the way my makeup looked - The first day I tried it, I had a couple of people comment that my "face looked different"...and not in a good way. I did love the way my skin felt after I took my makeup off. I think some of the ingredients are genuinely good for the skin.