Treatments -Garnier - Sleek and Shine Moroccan Sleek Oil Treatment
poreblaster2000 12/27/2012 7:08:00 PM
HG for me. This has transformed my hair physically as well as my emotional messed up relationship with it. I have a bit of an OCD issue and am constantly trying to smooth every single strand. It's actually a real problem, like a freakin' drug addiction. Anyways, my hair is fine and very thin due to all the tugging, pulling and smoothing that I've done since birth (grabbing at my mom's hair until I grew my own). Amazingly tho, using this hair oil softens and smooths my hair so much that I don't feel the need to do it manually... not as much anyways. It's a big step for me and my hair looks so much better and healthier! It's dirt cheap too. I haven't had an issue with using too much and looking like a grease ball which is usually the case with all other serums and oils I've tried. This stuff is perfect.
HG for me as well. I've been using for years and it's simply the best conditioner I've ever used. I've strayed from time to time and nothing ever beats this stuff. The smell is a bit odd but it doesn't linger and is easily masked with my styling products. I have fine, thin hair and use it sparingly from ears down mostly (I use all over on the weekends). It can weigh fine hair down if you use too much, leave on too long and use on roots too often. But I find it a great everyday conditioner and when left on for 10 min (or longer), an amazing deep conditioner as well. The 16.9 oz bottle is $30 but it lasts me almost 6 months - I think that's VERY reasonable.
I love this cleanser. I use it with my Mia Clarisonic. It cleans well but doesn't leave my skin tight or overly dry feeling. And I've had clear skin since using it. It feels very gentle and makes a modest lather. It is rather expensive tho so I'm trying a different brand's enzyme cleanser and hope it's just as good, if not, I'll be dishing out the dough for this cuz it is great and might be my HG.
Just bought this so I can't review it for it's long term effects yet, but my first impression is, "meh". As I applied for the first time it starting balling up - yuck. Maybe I was over-rubbing it into my skin? I also felt it didn't sink quickly and felt just a bit greasy (shea butter?). And finally, I do not like the smell at all, it's way too strong and weird. I'll give it some time and see if I fall in love tho. If not, I'm going back to Sephora's Instant Moisturizer.
Treatments -Clinique - Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector
poreblaster2000 11/4/2012 5:25:00 PM
Waste of money and time. I went thru 2 tubes of this stuff (6 months) and saw ZERO change in my skin/spots. I even bought the "even better" liquid foundation to use in conjunction and nothin'. Such a disappointment.
I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of lather this shampoo produces with just a small quarter size amount in my palm. Sulfate free shampoos I've tried in the past have barely lathered or required too much product to do so. It feels very moisturizing and gentle too which I love. It smells fine, not strong and doesn't linger. I'm excited to see how and if my hair will improve by going sulfate free. It's an expensive product but since a little goes a long way it doesn't seem that bad to me.
I thought this would make doing wings, cat eyes, whatever, much easier, but no, it's still hard for me. This is probably more my fault as I'm still trying to master this look, but this eyeliner is not the magic bullet either. A few things that bug me: It's not dark enough - goes on with transparency almost like a wash instead of an opaque ink. The edges bled/feathered on my skin, maybe my skin was too moist tho??? Will apply primer on next attempt. And it didn't dry fast enough - I blinked after applying and it smudged in the corner. I will say that once it dries it does stay put ALL day which is amazing. As for the lash boosting serum, it's probably just marketing hype. I seriously doubt that I will see any improvement there, but it's too soon to report. Update: tried it with eyelid primer and it stayed put much better while inside, but then I was outside in the heat for a happy hour, got a bit sweaty and it started to smudge and transfer to my upper lid & crease. Ugh.
My derm recommended 6 drops/night mixed with Epiduo to help fade sun spots and old acne scars. It was way too much (a marketing ploy I assume) so I tried 4 drops, then 3, then 2, then 1 and now NONE. It was thick, oily and sticky and was the cause of my most recent breakouts. Now that I've stopped using it my skin is clearing up. Super disappointing given the cost ($150). What a waste. Obviously will not repurchase. Oh yeah, and it smelled awful!
Self Tanners -Jergens - Jergens Natural Glow Firming
poreblaster2000 5/26/2012 2:21:00 PM
I used this years ago when it first came out (the regular, non-firming) in light/medium with fantastic results. I bought it again recently with the additional "firming" because I thought, what the hell, it probably won't work but it couldn't hurt - I was more interested in the tanning than the firming. So after two weeks of using everyday on my legs and butt I'm completely disappointed. My lower body looks EXACTLY the same color as my upper body. WTF! Not even a subtle barely there tan. And of course the total lack of firming was no surprise. I don't know if I got a bum batch or what but I may try the next color, medium/dark. Luckily, this stuff is cheap so I can experiment or trash it if it continues to not deliver.
This is pretty good but I only gave it 4 lippies because it's expensive and just a teensy bit greasy. Not nearly as bad as most sunscreens but not totally matte like Shiseido. I'll probably go back to Shiseido, but this is a great runner-up for oily skin types. Things I like: 1. No irritation - no stingy/burning sensation at all. 2. Does not get into eyes and burn even if you put this on your eyelids! 3. High SPF. 4. Rave reviews from my derm, magazines and amazon. 5. Does not clog my pores or break me out. 6. Sinks in pretty quick. 7. No white cast. 8. Stays put, very water resistant and great for being active outdoors. Things I don't like: 1. Sinks in 99% but leaves me just slightly tacky. 2. Price.
Shampoo -Suave - Professionals Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo
poreblaster2000 4/20/2012 4:48:00 PM
LOVE IT! It's cheap, smells decent, has a powerful spray so I know it's getting to the roots and scalp. It adds a bit of volume, leaves my hair refreshed and way less greasy. HG for me!
Primer/ Corrector -NARS - Pro-Prime Multi-Protect Primer SPF 30 PA+++
poreblaster2000 4/20/2012 4:44:00 PM
This would be PERFECT if only I believed I was really getting enough SPF coverage. I use such a small amount because 1) you don't need that much primer on your face and 2) it's such a tiny bottle and it's expensive. I feel like I should be using a lot more to get adequate sun protection. Aside from that it has been great: no breakouts, no greasy feeling, smooth skin and makeup lasts.
Got the trial pack (shampoo, condidtioner & mask). My hair: fine, frizzy, dry and brittle. I actually LOVE the shampoo - a little goes a long way making the price not seem so bad and it is really moisturizing and gentle. It feels great when it gets all sudsy. As for the conditioner and mask - not impressed. Didn't really notice anything different about my hair and it certainly didn't make it feellike "virgin" hair as it claims. So I'll probably get the full size shampoo but that's it.
Cleansers -Ponds - Evening Soothe Cleansing Towelettes
poreblaster2000 8/22/2011 10:34:00 PM
I love love love the way these smell - so soothing and lovely! They're plenty moist and get bubbly with no additional water. Feels fine on my face, not rough at all. Gets all my makeup off easily except for mascara. I can get most of the mascara off with 3-5 swipes but there's always some residual leftover no matter how much I swipe and scrub. Not a deal breaker for me tho - honestly the smell alone will keep me coming back.
It's not a good exfoliator, the salt melts too quickly. It smells almost okay but it's a bit too complicated of a fragrance. It's a citrusy scent aiming to be fresh and invigorating but just comes out clinical and harsh. I HATE the jar, wish it was in a bottle - it's too runny for a jar. Won't buy again.