My stylist convinced me to buy a bottle the last time I was in for a cut. I was told the shampoo was nothing to get excited over, but the conditioner was amazing. And amazing it is. I find the peppermint cool feeling on the scalp a tad bit extreme, but other than that, it's quite fantastic. I find that since I started using salon-grade shampoos and conditioners, there's really been no noticeable difference between products, especially since I'm a guy with quite short, un-colored hair. I noticed the difference this time. Instead of taking a few hours after showering to get enough oil to be smooth, rather than dry, I find now, as soon as I dry my hair after showering, it has enough oil to style any way I want and it looks silky and doesn't stick up. I don't use much product in my hair, usually just a very very light styling cream with no hold, just to weigh my hair down my hair and make it silky, which is all I need with this conditioner. I'm always skeptical paying $70 for shampoo and conditioner, but this has definitely renewed my faith.
Sunscreen -Neutrogena - Ultra Sheer Face Sunscreen SPF 60 with Helioplex
nik0 4/30/2011 11:38:00 AM
Until recently I've used nothing but Laroche-Posay Athelios for the past two years, and I've been quite happy with it. It's become almost ritualistic for me to go and pick up 3 tubes of it (at 29.99 each), which would last me just over a month. After comparing the ingredients and reviews with Neutrogena Ultra Sheer, I decided to give it a try, expecting to dislike it and give it away. I was dumbfounded from the moment I put it on. It has a dry feeling to it and takes quite a bit of effort to smooth into the skin, but about 30 seconds after you have it smoothed in and blend in the white lines, it just gives your face an even tone and eliminates any shine. I also have quite fair skin, so I was skeptical about switching to a cheaper product, but it definitely holds up. In short: works great, makes your skin even and smooth, costs about half the price of comparable products. As for the cons, don't apply without a mirror, or you'll look like an idiot - it takes a while to blend in and will leave white spots everywhere, and also, watch the eyebrows, it's thickness makes it prone to clumping in your eyebrows (or facial stubble as the case may be). As a guy, fragrance free, low-maintenance, completely deniable skin products are important to me, and this product definitely wins the pot in my mind. Not to mention by switching I managed to save a couple hundred dollars a year...