My HG leave-in product! Makes hair soft, healthy, and manageable. It really seems to help rebuild and strengthen my hair. I stopped using for a few washes just to test if the results were my imagination, and it wasn't. This product did wonders.
Styling Products -Frederic Fekkai - Coiff Controle Ironless Straightening Balm
nllawn 7/22/2010 7:54:00 PM
I echo the "meh" comments. I have a lot of thin, wavy-ish hair, and while this made it hang a small bit more straight, it didn't eliminate the need for a straightener, and it made my hair almost crunchy. It had a very "stiff-straight" look that I wasn't a fan of, and my hair felt more dry & brittle to the touch. Tried about 3-5 times, but no luck any time. While I don't like it, enough people seem to swear by it, so while it's worth a try, don't be too disappointed if it's not a miracle product.
It's not so much that this product does anything wrong; it's more that it doesn't do anything at all. I got a deluxe sample from Sephora, and I was excited to try because I go several days in between washings. While this refreshes hair with a strongly perfumed scent, I didn't find it actually did anything to benefit my hair. So, nothing wrong, but no need to repurchase.
Powder -Cargo - Cargo Blu-Ray High Definition Powder Makeup
nllawn 7/21/2010 12:16:00 PM
This products works wonderfully for me. The colors work well with my lighter, yellow-toned skin, and the coverage is the best I've seen out of a powder. I find the coverage looks a bit different in different lighting, but it always looks good. I lasts throughout the day for me (but doesn't look as good if I reapply/touch up later in the day). Didn't cause any breakouts, and looks great paired with the blush from the same line. This is my HG powder foundation if I don't need SPF (glominerals is my HP powder foundation when I need SPF).
Cleansers -Jan Marini - Bioglycolic Facial Cleanser
nllawn 4/4/2008 4:30:00 PM
Am liking this product so far, and it's been a month. It seems to leave my face more polished, refined, and clearer overall. The advice on this site about putting product on dry skin and washing off after 1-2 minutes is very key; otherwise, the product is not as effective. Worth a shot! Beware - - this will sting any open pores/cuts/zits, but I take that to mean it's working. :)
I wish I would have liked this more than I did, but the initial purging period went on...and on...and on. It got to the point where it wasn't purging - it was just making me break out. To its credit, it did quickly clear up the pimples it caused. :) I'd still recommend others try this, as most people have great results and I'm in the minority. Advice if you do try it - - do NOT pick your face while using this product! The brown, slpotchy marks the arise as a result aren't worth it!
Treatments -Skinceuticals - Refining Night Cream With .5% Pure Retinol
nllawn 4/4/2008 4:24:00 PM
Started using this instead of Proactiv Repairing Lotion, and I prefer it much more not only for it's anti-acne properties, but also for it's anti-aging benefits. Wish there were a way to see how much is left in the bottle but love the product other than that. Worth a try for those with sensitive skin - - this isn't the retinol of years past - this isn't harsh, and it's actually moisturizing.
I truly love the wear of this product - it lasts all day, has SPF, and is hearling to the skin. I found this @ the dermatologist, and when a S/A put it on my face to wear throughout the day, I was skeptical until I saw how beautifully it wore througout the day. If you put this on and you have a blemish, it even helps the blemish heal quickly. This doesn't settle into my pores like BE and Jane Iredale - both those wore terribly on my skin. Glo Minerals is highly recommended. I also wear the liquid foundation in summer - I mix it w/ moisturizer for more sheer coverage.
That this brush is of amazing quality is one thing. That this brush is under $17 is entirely another - - amazing!! Works well with my pressed MMU.
I looked down at my nails while I was reading the reviews, and I realized they'd grown very long and hadn't broken like they usually do 2 weeks after a manicure. Then, I looked over to my vitamins and realized I'd been taking fish oil pills for about 2 months. Huh! Update: I think this is clearing up my eczema!
Skincare - Face -Revive - Moisturizing Renewal Cream
nllawn 8/22/2007 9:11:00 AM
This has greatly improved the clarity and texture of my skin. I was afraid to try it because my skin is sooo sensitive, but I'm glad I did! After about 9 days, my skin glows, and I've had far fewer breakouts. I plan to buy a .5 sample size on ebay while I save up $ for the big 2oz. purchase, but I intend to keep using this. It's completely worth it!
This is surprisingly gentle on sensitive skin, like mine. I was terrified to use anything that was at al grainy, but this didn't harm my skin at all, and the results were nice - slightly smoother, more polished skin. I didn't get the super-glow I was hoping for, but that's my fault for wanting a miracle.
Although this is a bit thick and takes a few seconds to rub in, and it may have made my forehead breakout a bit - - it works, and it works better than many other facial sunscreens. It washes cleanly off, and is great for the neck area, too.
Primer/ Corrector -Perricone - Ceramic Skin Smoother Finishing Serum
nllawn 7/14/2007 10:28:00 PM
I have to agree with the other 3 comments on this page. I don't understand how it works, but this somehow perfects and smooths skin, making foundation an option instead of a necesity. I used a free Sephora sample for a week before forking over the cash, and I'm confident my purchase is worth it. I did notice small clogged pores the first 3 days I used this, but it seems to have gone away (and I have very sensitive skin, so anything new is bound to do this). If you're worried about the $$$, get a free sample or two - that will give you over a week of product to figure out if it's for you.
My HG curler! Wish I didn't have to replace it every 6 mos (well, I probably don't have to, but for some reason I listen to the advice of the Sephora girl who first sold this to me). Lashes stay curled alllllll day!