Treatments -Alpha Hydrox - AHA Souffle 12 percent Glycolic AHA
krbates 3/19/2008 5:36:00 PM
I have become a big fan of AH products. I use the 12% Souffle daily in the morning (along with the Foaming Face Wash) and at night I use the Retinol Night ResQ. I have acne prone skin and have noticed big improvements since I started using this line a couple of months ago. I did experience a "purging" period which was no fun but I stuck with it and am so glad I did. My skin is much smoother, old acne scars are less noticeable and the best part is a drastic reduction in break-outs. The only thing I dislike about the souffle is the jar it comes in. I would much prefer a tube, however, the product itself works great!
Gels/Soaps -Alpha Hydrox - Moisturizing Body Wash, Sea Mist
krbates 3/19/2008 5:23:00 PM
Yet another winner from the AH line!! I bought this body wash on-line because of the reviews on this site. I can NOT believe how well this stuff works. I use it with my body gloves in the shower and my skin has never been smoother. I agree with another reviewer who mentioned that it takes away the tiny little bumps on the back of your arms. No matter what I did, I could never get rid of them...thanks to this product I don't have to worry about them anymore and my skin has never looked better. The smell is just ok (not bad but not great) however, for how well this product works I can easily overlook it.
Absolutely gorgeous fragrance!!! I admit, I only tried this because of the hype surrounding it because I am not into gardenia scents (I always thought that they were too "old lady-ish"). I ordered a sample and anxiously awaited its arrival. When it finally came, I dabbed a little on my body and waited. At first, it was very strong but not in a bad way. It was a rush of gardenia, however, it smelled like an actual gardenia flower...not the fake, old lady, perfumey kind of gardenia. Not only did it smell just like a real gardenia bloom but I could smell a lot of green dewey/leafy/stem-like freshness which is what made me fall in love with it. If you have ever been to Hawaii, Kai is an exact replica of what you smell while strolling along the beach in the morning. Fresh, clean, lightly perfumed air from the white tropical flowers. After wearing it for about 2 hours it smelled like I had bathed in petals. The best part is, when my husband came home he said "Wow, YOU smell SO good". He is a die-hard fan of my HG perfume (Trish McEvoy #3) so I haven't tried anything else in 8 years. Kai is definitely something I will wear and love just as much as my Trish. Just a note: for some strange reason, the oil does not last as long as the EDP on me. The oil stays very close to the skin while the EDP spray allows others to enjoy Kai on you. I prefer to spray perfume on my hair and clothes so that the scent lasts longer so the EDP is perfect for me.
I don't write reviews unless I absolutely love a product (or completely hate it). I started using Alpha Hydrox products about 2 months ago to help with my acne-prone skin, starting with the Foaming Face Wash and the 12% Souffle. While those 2 products made big improvements in my skin (note: there was a 2-3 week "purge" period that went away with continued use), it wasn't until I added the Retinol Night ResQ that I started noticing HUGE improvements. I have been using the Night ResQ for about 2 weeks now and am amazed at how good my skin looks in the morning, almost as if I have foundation on. What's amazing about it is that any tiny blemishes I had disappeared almost overnight, my previous acne marks are fading fast (again, they have faded so much that it looks like I have foundation on when I don't) and I have not gotten one new blemish since I started using this product. (Using just the face wash and the souffle, I would still get a small blemish from time to time.) My rountine: Wash in the a.m. with the Foaming Face Wash (every other day I use a buff-puff for extra exfoliation) follwed by the 12% souffle. After the souffle I use a small amount of Cetaphil moisturizer and kind of "tap" it into my skin. At night, I use the Foaming Face Wash again (gets rid of all traces of make-up and mascara), pat my skin dry and apply the Retinol Night ResQ. I don't follow the Night ResQ with the Cetaphil, but I do put the Cetaphil on areas that are usually dry (around my eyes and mouth). That's it! I wake up with skin I haven't had for 15 years and it is absolutely due to the Retinol Night ResQ. I found that this product does not sting (the 12% souffle did until I got used to it) and it seems to smooth out the texture of my skin as well. For around $15 you can't beat it. I have never tried a retinol product before but after reading the reviews I am so glad I gave it a shot. I am 30 years old and have finally found my HG skincare product!
Fragrances -Trish McEvoy - #3 Snowdrop and Crystal Flowers
krbates 11/6/2007 5:02:00 PM
My absolute favorite perfume! Every time I wear this, someone stops to ask what I'm wearing, especially men. It doesn't last very long, but I spray it on my hair and on my clothes and it seems to stick around longer than when I spray it directly on my skin. It's clean, slightly sweet and there is absolutely nothing like it. Definitely my signature fragrance.
Bronzers -Bare Escentuals - Faux Tan all-over face color
krbates 11/6/2007 4:55:00 PM
I love this product! I used to use Estee Lauder's Bronze Goddess religiously, however, after trying this I will never go back. It gives you a true bronze color without looking orange. Also, a little goes a long way so this will last a long time.