I'm a huge fan of dry shampoos (and use them often), but not of this product. Dry shampoo is suppose to take away the appearance of oil in your hair when you are between showers. Though this product does a decent job of removing oil, it leaves behind gunky buildup at your roots, so it still looks dirty. I have a feeling this is the work of the useless, and necessary, clay that is inside. Frankly, straight baby powder or corn starch is better than this product. There are many other dry shampoos out on the market that will be more effective than this is. Bottom line: don't waste your money here.
I try to preface my reviews with the fact that I'm no make up mavin, though I'm not completely inept either. I bought this product because I wanted to try green concealer for my blemishes, and you couldn't beat the price. I don't know why, but this concealer just did not work for me. As in, it literally would not stay on my skin. This was my first time using powder concealer, though I usually use powder foundation. Apparently there is a trick to applying powder concealer to get it to stay on. I gave it a three because I'm not sure if this is a bad product or if I simply was not skilled enough to apply it.
Cleansers -L'Oreal - Go 360 Anti-Breakout Facial Cleanser
newsongchick 8/10/2011 2:46:00 AM
I bought this on sale for the scrublet, but gave the cleanser a few whirls. It was a little drying for me, so I would suggest this for those with more oil prone skin. I like the fact that it smells like a man's colonge, but if you don't like that idea, don't worry - the smell quickly fades after you dry your face. It had a very moist consistency and lathers VERY well, especially when you use the scrublet. The main drawback for me is that I didn't see any impact on my acne when using it. Though it didn't cause new breakouts, it didn't do much to clear old ones either. Verdict = so-so cleanser, but the scrublet is worth it, I just use it with my Neutrogena cleanser instead ;)
Cleansers -St. Ives - St.Ives foaming Apricot cleanser
newsongchick 8/10/2011 2:35:00 AM
I accidentally bought this instead of the scrub while I was in a hurry one day. I didn't realize my mistake until I had got some out of the tube to use it, so I tried it. I was very disappointed since I've used the scrub for years and LOVED it. This somehow manged to suck the moisture and oil out of my face while not exfoliating. I was left with a very dry and tight feeling face. I used it several times before counting it as a lost cause. I will say that I do have especially sensitive skin, so perhaps it was a particular ingredient that my face had a problem with. Either way, I'm not buying it again, or even finishing my current tube.
Price = got mine on clearance so it was super cheap Smell = mild grapeseed, does not linger Texture = creamy with small bits of nutshell (I think) Function = It was a bit drying on my combo/sensitive skin, but then again most products are. Though it has bits of nutshell in it, they are few and far between so the result is a mild exfoliation. If you are looking for a deep clean, look elsewhere. Though I would not buy this product again, I don't think it is a bad one, just not a good fit for my skin type.
I gave Pro Activ a chance (like I have with just about every acne product on the market) and was not impressed. I had previously been using BP, so that was not new to me. In fairness, it did work a bit, just not any better than I was getting from over the counter products that cost half as much and can be purchased at the store. In fact, my skin felt more dried out than before. The moisturizer is a joke and has no SPF. I have known people who find Pro Activ to be a miracle worker, but sadly, I did not become one of them. The best part of the system is the mask which I do still use. That is the only thing I would recommend by them. I just don't see the value for the money and hassle of ordering online.
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Bye-Bye Blemish - Drying Lotion
newsongchick 4/11/2008 2:17:00 AM
This works, but beware. First of all, this should not be used daily. It dries out the patch of skin like crazy and leaves you flaky. Because of this, I recommend only using it on large pimples or cystic acne. It really does reduce the size of a pimple by a great deal overnight. If you put on too little it wonít do much. If you but on too much, it turns into one solid cake and will just fall off. So try to find the middle ground. It will leave pink dust on your pillow cases if you sleep on your side, so you might want to sleep on a towel or something. But like I said, it really does reduce the swelling of a pimple a great deal overnight, just be careful how much you use it and keep your moisturizer handy. If you have cystic acne, TRY THIS!
Deodorants -Dove - Ultimate Clear Cool Essentials Anti-perspirant Deodorant
newsongchick 4/11/2008 2:12:00 AM
I've used this deodorant for a while and have mixed feelings about it. I think it smells great and does a fantastic job of controlling odor and wetness. I only use it every other day when I get out of the shower and I never have a problem with it wearing off. Then again, I really don't sweat that much. It does tend to leave a white film behind, unless you use the littlest bit. It hasnít gotten rid of my under arm bumps, but I donít think it has made them worse either. No product is perfect, so I use this one despite itís flaws. I still think itís worth a try if you are on the market for a new deodorant.
I bought this because it didnít have alcohol and I wanted to be nice to my skin. I HATED this stuff! I really wish there was a 0 lippy category. First of all, it has a very overpowering scent. But I got over that. Than I put the stuff on my face. I didnít know toner could be heavy until I tried this. It was very irritating and left my skin itchy and feeling like it was suffocating. It also leaves this uncomfortable film behind that feels like it needs to be washed off. This is by far the worst toner I have ever tried. Please do not use this! You are better off with just about anything else.
Styling Products -TRESemme - Thermal Creations Curl Activator
newsongchick 4/11/2008 1:59:00 AM
This stuff is amazing. My hair isn't naturally curly AT ALL and barely has any wave to it, but by blow drying this (and a touch of spray gel) my hair has a beachy wave to it. It's really powerful in creating movement. I can't imagine how well this would work for someone with naturally curly hair. If you are looking for something to help give you defined curls or waves, definitely check this out. And at around $5, how can you not give it a shot?
Styling Products -TRESemme - Instant Heat Tamer Spray
newsongchick 4/11/2008 1:54:00 AM
I like this product. It is so important to protect your hair from the heat of styling tools, but many of us canít afford expensive products. This is a great alternative to the expensive salon heat protectants. The bottle delivers a very fine mist so it doesn't build up in one area. It doesnít smell horrible like many other products on the market either. I can feel it coat my hair enough to protect it, but it doesnít leave it feeling weird or crunchy, and washing it out is no problem at all. I live with several other girls who use it as well and they love it. We all have different lengths and textures to our hair and it works for all of us. I appreciate the clip that comes with it to keep the bottom from spraying inside my drawer or suitcase. I highly recommend this product for those wanting to protect their hair from heat while on a budget.
I LOVE this stuff. It does a great jobn to leave your hair soft and moisturized, and smelling like coconut (which I also love). I have less split ends since using it. Also, it is dirt cheap so I don't feel bad about globbing it on. Yes, it is thick and won't come out sometimes. But when this happens, just give the bottom one solid shake, and it will all condense into the bottom of the bottle, no biggie.
I didn't like this stuff. I used it several times, with different degrees of wet hair, and no luck. This stuff is very sticky and leaves your hands and bathroom floor sticky until washed. You have to use a ton to make sure that is gets through your hair or else just the outside layer turns into a sticky mess. Plus, you have to keep "sprunching" your hair almost constantly after you put it in until it dries in order for it to do anything. I didn't see any results that made me want to keep the product, so I chucked it. I obviously won't be buying it again.
Shave Products -Unlisted Brand - Pure Silk Shaving Cream by Barbasol
newsongchick 4/9/2008 6:54:00 PM
I'd never thought I'd switch from Skintimate shave gel, but I just did! I bought this cream because it was much cheaper and I was on a budget. I actually get a closer shave and I don't have that film left behind by shave gels. I'll be buying shave cream from now on.
I LOVE this! I'm allergic to most soaps and lotion, but this is my standard. It's pretty much the only lotion I use. I have used it every day for years and it is still going strong. It leaves my skin soft all day with absolutely no irritation. I will agree that if you have super dry skin in the winter, you may need something a little stronger. But this is good for everything else. And I still love the cherry-almond scent.