I loved this for the first 4 or 5 days. Seemed like it was really improving my skin's feel and appearance. I have Sundown 70,000 iu. btw. It's a very thick, sticky oil, but I had just started to perfect the method of applying it (patting it on first, then very lightly - almost a wispy motion, of rubbing it around with fingertips) that made it sink into my skin easily... and then today it started making my face itch. I also noticed my face was reddish more than usual today after I applied it. I don't want to risk the irritation, and there are "safer" oils I can use, such as coconut oil.
Treatments -Neutrogena - Rapid Wrinkle Repair night moisturizer
oasdus 12/5/2012 4:07:00 PM
I am reviewing this after only 12 nights of use since it claims to give noticeable benefits in one week, such as smoothing fine lines. I did see results in one week (not on fine lines though). I read where the skin of some people got used to it and it didn't work anymore. I'm hoping I'll avoid it by taking a night off from the product now and then. The consistency of the product is very nice, a luxurious pearlescent lotion that's easy to rub in. It does have a fragrance, but it doesn't bother me. As I mentioned above, the faint lines have not diminished yet. (I only see the lines under my eyes when I smile or get right up close to the mirror.) I plan to keep using the product and I'll update my review if it helps the lines. This has made other improvements in my skin though, and they were noticeable right away. I still have to wear foundation, but my skin looks so much nicer with my mineral foundation now. I have more of a healthy, luminous glow. Some red marks from acne have faded away while others are looking less obvious. Skin has a more even appearance, and the texture seems more refined. I don't have to use as much concealer. I still have some clogged pores, but it could be the time of the month, so I'll see how it goes over time. There has been some redness and itching on my neck the morning after using this product there, so besides moisturizing with Nivea, I've started skipping a night here and there with the product on my neck, and that has reduced the irritation. I even put this on my hands at night when I remember, again applying Nivea creme right after. The main reason I gave this 5 stars is because of what it has done for my chest. I had some discoloration develop from a bad sunburn in 2009. The damage/discoloration bothered me a lot because the area used to be perfectly smooth and clear. In about a week, this product has made a HUGE improvement in the skin there. I am really impressed, happy, and relieved about this. Even if it never returns to pre-burn condition, I'm just thrilled it's looking this good. It's almost as nice looking now as it was before the burn, and I'm not self-conscious about wearing certain tops anymore. I plan to keep using this, perhaps buying the Rapid Tone Repair next time just to see what effect it has with the vitamin C, and maybe I'll alternate the two products. UPDATE: 3/21/13..I stopped using about a month ago, as I felt it had done all it could do for me. I did not see any improvement in fine lines around eyes, and almost felt like they had worsened a tiny bit. There was some mild flaking above my eyes toward the end of using this. Even though I didn't feel irritation, I guess this product is just too strong for my eye area. There is a separate eye product though and it might be milder, but I never tried it. I also saw no further improvement on facial discoloration. The improvements it seemed to make in skin texture were temporary as well. Anyway, I wanted to go to more natural products which was another reason I discontinued the product. With all that said, the discoloration it helped remove on my chest has NOT come back, so it was great for that purpose even if I only used it temporarily. BTW, I used the other version too (Tone Repair), alternating them at times and couldn't tell much difference between the two products.
I'm glad I didn't read the reviews beforehand this time, or I would have passed this haircolor up. I've been coloring my hair at home for years, and I think this is the easiest product I've used. The foam was easier to work with than the thick gel-stuff like in most hair color. It smelled like stale beer, but at least it wasn't a horribly STRONG odor like the other hair colorants I've used. All the rest, I have barely been able to breathe and had to ventilate the fumes so my lungs and eyes won't sting. This product wasn't anywhere near that strong. I only wish these companies would start including a shower cap so we could stuff our hair into it while we're waiting for the color to be done. I usually clip mine up, but the cap would be better. Anyway, with this product, my greys are covered better than what I got at the salon last time, and the color looks like my natural color (medium ash brown). Will update if there is anything else.
Lotions/ Creams -Unlisted Brand - EXTRA VIRGIN Coconut Oil (All brands)
oasdus 8/24/2011 2:11:00 PM
I started using Nutiva brand about three weeks ago. I take a tablespoon internally most days, but the main thing I use it for is skin and hair care. I mix it with extra virgin olive oil in a dark spray bottle and use this while my skin is still wet after showers. I put this same mixture in the ends of my hair and lightly work it through the rest. I use it while my hands are still damp after every hand washing. I also use a dab of this mix on my face, morning and night after cleansing, while skin is still slightly damp. The reasons I like it are because it keeps my skin moist and glowy, it has a nice, light smell, and it's all natural with no chemicals being absorbed into my body. I'd been using evoo alone for the last year, but it was after I added the virgin coconut oil that I noticed my eyebrows filling in more, specifically the right one where I'd overplucked the outside corner in my early 30s. I had no hope of ever getting it to grow back after no growth at all for five years. (I'm 37 as of this writing). But over the last few weeks that I added coconut oil to my evoo mix, that the hairless side of my eyebrow is filling back in. Another thing I like about this oil is that I can sit out in the sun for a few minutes to get my vitamin D and I seem to get a nice, light tan rather quickly.
Shampoo -Organix - Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil shampoo
oasdus 8/24/2011 1:29:00 PM
I didn't search for reviews here on this shampoo before I bought it, and that was my mistake. I had high hopes for this shampoo, but it let me down. The smell is OK, I neither loved it nor hated it. It took several applications of the shampoo to get it through my thick, coarse, long hair. I was surprised after I rinsed it out to feel that my hair was stripped - very dry and coarse and kind of stuck together. I used the matching conditioner and liked it OK. I will use up the conditioner, but I'm not using the shampoo anymore. The worst thing is, the shampoo seems to have stripped a lot of the color out of my hair that I had put in at the salon last week!
Eyeliner -Wet 'n' Wild - Magalast Retractable Eyeliner
oasdus 8/17/2011 3:33:00 PM
I bought this retractable eyeliner in Charcoal, for some reason thinking it would be black, but it's a deep grey color like the plastic applicator it comes in. Though I wanted black, the grey would be fine as long as it showed up on me, and it did. I ran it over the back of my hand first to "get it started/warm up the product" so it would flow on my eyelids, and had no problem making the line without tugging anymore than any other eyeliner I have. It does migrate and wear off slightly as the hours roll by the same as pretty much all eyeliners do on me. Ironically, it's hard for me to remove at night.
Mascara -New York Color - High Definition Volumizing Mascara
oasdus 8/17/2011 3:25:00 PM
I needed a fresh mascara, and picked this up at Rite Aid. I am pleased with how it lengthens and adds a little volume. UPDATE: Had to downgrade this. I noticed the formula started clumping on the applicator and then on my lashes. It's annoying having glops of mascara making your lashes stick together, and I won't purchase this one again.
I started using it as a mask one month ago, applying nightly or at least every couple nights. It has done wonders for my skin, but I'm sure this has been amplified because I started taking it internally too. (Note that this is just my experience, and you should consult a doctor before taking anything since it could react negatively with other medications or your system.) As others have said, turmeric powder will stain everything, so it must be used with care. I just mix it with enough water to make a paste, apply it to my skin, let sit for at least 30 min, and rinse off the granules with water. A yellow stain is left behind so I use Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Pore Scrub, massaging it around to get off the residue. If any slight tint is left, I either let it go for the night and cleanse again in the a.m. or go ahead and do a second cleansing right then. I follow up with a drop or two of extra virgin olive oil patted over my skin. I've been battling with hormonal acne lately, but it has improved since I started walking and losing a few pounds, and turmeric used internally and externally. My red marks from previous acne and face-picking were many years old, but they are looking better after a month of turmeric. The real difference right now is that my skin's texture and pores look more refined and my skin looks calmer and smoother. There is a "glowiness". I have seen improvement each week that I've used turmeric as a mask and supplement over the last month. I feel lucky that I stumbled onto using it. I used to get these hard, round deposits deep within a pore, but now they are no longer solid, instead they are easy to remove. There was a terrible cyst near my eye that became a hard ball deep under the skin and I thought I was going to have to go to a dermatologist to get it cut out. About a month after starting turmeric, it changed to where I was actually able to drain it without much effort. I also know my skin's improvement is not due to other supplements I take, though I'm sure they help, but I was taking them long before I started turmeric. I've improved my diet lately, but it wasn't that bad before either. Turmeric was just $3 at the grocery store (probably cheaper at different stores).
I've been using the same bottle since October 2009, but sometimes I just use it 1 x week. My bottle cost around $30 from the salon. The stylist always uses this on me whether I'm going for straight or wavy. My hair is naturally on the wavy side, and I got lazy about straightening it a while back, so I just work with the curl now. The less I have to do to my hair, the better. My hair is very coarse, and it's past my shoulders. On to the product: I've had trouble with the lid not wanting to screw on well, and sometimes I worried I'd drop the thick glass bottle on my tile floor, but so far so good. I use about a nickel size amount in towel-dried hair. I think it makes my hair dry faster, helps with smoothing, softening, and detangling. What else can I really say about it? I love the smell. To me, it smells just like a drugstore perfume I used to wear and love when I was a teen, called Verve, the pink one. Man I loved that stuff, and this is the first time I've smelled that scent again in all these years. Wish they would sell just the scent of Moroccanoil and I would buy that for sure :) Anyway, I probably won't repurchase once I finally use this up. Maybe if I were into straightening my hair, but now I rarely do that. Instead, I can just use a little evoo or other oil through my hair and am happy with the results.
Moisturizers -Unlisted Brand - Extra Virgin Olive Oil
oasdus 11/10/2010 4:43:00 PM
This is the only thing I have used on my face and body for moisturizer for five months now. I put it in a tinted spray bottle to keep out the light. It's very handy this way for travel or to keep at the sink. It's important to spray it on each area while your skin is still wet from the shower (I don't towel dry at all, just spray and rub in, *then* dry off). If you towel yourself and then use the oil, you will be an oily mess. I use this on my face morning and night after cleansing. I use it after every hand washing. My hands look great, no spots or anything. Olive oil is easy to find, cheap compared to most products, natural and simple, yet full of antioxidants. Some researchers showed it helped skin after sun exposure too, and that's what prompted me to start using it last June in the first place. I am hooked. I don't mind the slight smell, but at any rate, it disappears quickly enough. I pass up all the lotions and creams in the stores because I don't need them, and I'm not adding chemicals to my skin with evoo. I just use a brand from the grocery store, such as Colavita. I use this on my lips before bed every night too. *** UPDATE: About a year now, and I'm still using and loving it, only I started mixing it 50/50 with virgin coconut oil after reading about the great benefits of it as well. I use this on my hair, body, face, lips, everything!
Liquid -Maybelline - Instant Age Rewind Eraser Treatment Makeup
oasdus 11/10/2010 4:14:00 PM
I saw an ad for this in Prevention and I knew I had to try it. I bought it at Walmart, and I thought it was going to be around $12 but it was under $10, so I felt good about it from the start. They only had one bottle in a light shade left, Classic Ivory, but it looked like the right tone, so I went for it. (If I match foundation *exactly* to my neck, it's not a pretty sight. I'm not one of those lovely pale shades, more of a sickly-looking pale shade, so I'm happy if my foundation is slightly warmer toned, like this Classic Ivory because it still manages to work with my neck... Anyway, after many clicks, I got the product to come up and I dotted it on. It takes very little, but it was easy to get the hang of how much to use. Sometimes I blended the edges out with my fingers, other times the applicator was just the right touch. I can stop looking for foundation for the rest of my life. I have spend countless $ on foundation since I was in jr. high, tried everything, and just now at 37 I have found the holy grail. I wish I hadn't just spent $32 on foundation at a dept. store a few weeks ago because this Maybelline stuff is perfect. It's just the right shade to give my pale skin a touch of warmth, it doesn't change colors on me, it makes my skin *flawless* (no need for concealer, I just dab the applicator over a spot until it's gone and it blends right in). For the first time in seven years, I feel great about how my face looks. The acne scars are covered, everything looks glowy. My other makeup (blush, eye shadow, etc.) looks so much better on clear, unblemished-looking skin. I know to some people it sounds odd to rave over a foundation, but others will understand what it means to be able to face the world confidently and know your skin looks good when you are not used to it looking good. If I were to change anything about this makeup, I would take out the spf because it's octinoxate and just another chemical that it could do without. But, it's just that good of a foundation, so I will overlook it. I believe those with normal to dry skin will appreciate this foundation the most. I can see oily or acne-prone skins not doing well with it. I am pleased beyond measure knowing I can look this good and feel confident and beautiful, and look younger with it. I think if my skin looks good, then the rest of my features can "shine" without anything to detract from them.
I have this in Girl Talk, and love it. I get a tiny dab on my finger and then smoosh my fingers together, then lightly pat and smooth it on my cheeks. It lasts all day and just takes a little to do the job. There isn't as much product in the container as I thought there would be, but this is lasting me a long time anyway.
I needed a new mascara and was attracted to this by the packaging. At first try, I thought I wouldn't like it because the shape of the brush was so different - it's fatter, so I was worried about the bristles going into my eyes. Well, once I got the hang of it, it's probably my favorite mascara now. It lengthens, separates and curls. I don't have to wipe off the brush or use a lash comb. I wiggle it from base of lashes to tip to get good separation. Once it dries, I get no smears or flakes. Very happy with it and will purchase again. **UPDATE: It's going on 2 years from my review and this is still the only mascara I use.
I have been a bottle redhead for over a year now, and love it, but I felt like I wanted to go back to my "roots" for a while. I don't have the money for salon upkeep, and my hair was starting to look funny with odd highlights and dark roots, red glow, etc. So, I went looking for something else last night, and saw Clairol Nice N Easy Perfect Ten Hair Color, Medium Ash Brown #5A. This claimed to remove or prevent red tones, so that sounded perfect. It was also very close to my natural color. I hate waiting for my hair to color at home, so this only taking 10 minutes sounded great to me. A little over an hour ago, I used it. It has the usual strong odor of hair coloring while you're using it, but no worse than most I've used. I liked the comb applicator. It helped me get right down to the roots and the tricky places around my hairline and ears. After using it, I applied the rest with my fingers making sure to work it all through. I did get some drips on the floor. I usually don't have any problem with dripping. The product also stings your skin if it gets on it, and my scalp is still a little sting-y even though I rinsed very thoroughly. Another gripe is, there was barely enough product in the bottle to cover my shoulder length hair. Finally, it was a little more money than I usually spend for home coloring. Those reasons are why I took off a point. But otherwise, I'm satisfied. After 10 minutes, I rinsed it out well, and used the conditioner, which is like all the other after-color conditioners I've used. I then towel dried and applied a styling product, and blow dried most of the way. Well, the color is just gorgeous! This is my natural color, and it looks just like the picture on the box. There is no red tint at all. I don't smell that strong after color smell either. My DH thought this color was beautiful. My hair doesn't feel dry. So, I will see how it does in the coming weeks. But for now, I can say I'm happy with the results.
Hair Color -Garnier - Color Breaks Dimensional Lightener
oasdus 10/14/2008 2:19:00 PM
This saved me a ton of money and looks as good as what I get from the salon. It's easy. Just mix the cream and powder together and apply to hair strands with applicator. Done in 20 min. I color my hair red (am naturally med. brown). I chose the dark blonde to light brown shade because I was afraid the others might look orangey on me. I got a little overzealous and didn't apply it in thin strips. I used the applicator, but after a while, just started smoothing it on with my gloved fingers. It looks good though and probably saved me $40 if I had gotten foils.