I have purchased this product numerous times. We have a tube in every shower in our house. My teenage kids use it as do my husband and I. I love this for its exfoliating properties and gentleness to the skin. While I think it helps somewhat with breakouts, I wouldn't rely on this solely to combat moderate Acne. I think it is best used in conjunction with other acne fighting products. I have used this as a mask on my face for a few minutes and then massage in and rinse. Leaves my skin looking fresh and clean and the salicylic acid helps with cell turnover. This is definitely worth a try for anyone who would like a mild exfoliation and acne help. I dont usually repeat buy products but this one is a must!!!
Styling Products -Unlisted Brand - As I Am - Smoothing Gel
simi531 4/23/2013 8:28:00 AM
Finally found this line at a Sally's in south Carolina while visiting family. I could not find it anywhere by me in Connecticut! At the advice of lotusfairy, I decided I had to have this stuff. Well, what a great choice! Thanks for the great advice. This is the perfect gel for my crazy curly wavy cowlick laden hair! I use it whether I am leaving it natural or blow drying straight. It smooths and gives control without greasiness or poofiness. U don't need a lot of it and there is no offensive smell or stickiness. I also had been using the gel soufflé from Shea moisture (see review) but like this a lot better! I will still use the Shea moisture curl enhancing smoothie and gel in the summer when i leave my hair completely natural bc I feel like it may be more moisturizing. BUT I will use it with this stuff. The Shea moisture can get sticky if I use too much yet I feel like I have to use a lot for control so it can be a little finicky. Once I finish up the Shea I don't know if I will repurchase bc I love this gel so much. I have so many gels and products and I finally think I have found the one for my hair! Yay!!! Thx again for the reviews.
I am hoarding the last few drops of the containers of this that I have left. Why discontinue?!! Please bring this back. This foundation is the perfect medium coverage and would give a healthy glow to my skin. No breakouts (miracle) and so easy to apply. No brushes or special techniques. So much better than tinted moisturizers yet not as heavy as full coverage. I don't like the new foundation they replaced this with!! So heavy and does not give the same glow as this did. Oh well. Down to a few drops in each container. Still have yet to find a replacement....
Masks -Alba Botanica - Hawaiian Papaya Enzyme Facial Mask
simi531 4/14/2013 10:11:00 AM
You know when you repeatedly buy a certain product but can't figure out why? This is something that I just keep coming back to. It is gentle yet effective at tightening and shrinking my pores with no side effects like burning or redness. Makes my skin glow and helps shrink breakouts. Loving the wipes that they have just come out with under the same name. Worth the price. Lasts a long time and has great ingredients.
Treatments -L'Oreal - Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm
simi531 4/4/2013 12:30:00 PM
Bought this when I was away for the weekend a few months ago. My hair felt very dry and I had not brought any sort of intensive conditioners. Off to the pharmacy! I have tried so many masks and some are good and some ok. Some seem to do nothing. I picked this up bc it was new and hadn't tried it before and loreal has some pretty good hair stuff. I didn't even look at the price at first but I figured it would b at least 15 dollars. I think I paid 6.99?! Ok great. This wAy if it was horrible I could leave it in the hotel room and not bother bringing it back home. Well, this stuff WORKS!!! I have used it quite a few times leaving it in for a few hours or less. It seriously softens my hair like nothing has in a really long time that I can remember. The smell is a little strong but fine. The top of the tub is a pain to open and close. Usually I don't even care about that kind of thing but this is REALLY a pain. Just FYI in shower with slippery hands. Definite repurchase for me and I am always jumping around from product to product. UPDATE: really still loving this stuff. I am an organic/natural hair product junkie for the most part so it is surprising that I still love this stuff. I am going to buy another tub bc this has consistently made my hair soft and shiny. If I use it too many days in a row then it can get a little staticky so I have to just use it about once a week. It just is sooo much better than any other deep conditioner than I have ever used. U can read all of my other mask and conditioner reviews to c how many I have actually tried! This is a great one and I cannot imagine it NOT at least somewhat helping even the most damaged hair (mine is slightly damaged from highlights and dye right now).
Treatments -Trilogy - Age Proof CoQ10 Booster Serum
simi531 3/22/2013 7:22:00 AM
Even though this does soften skin the reason why I don't love it is because it is called a serum but is really an oil. I make plenty of my own oil concoctions at home and really thought this would be more serum like. I guess the added coq10 is something that I don't have in mine but I think my homemade stuff does just as good as a job. That being said this is a very good nutrient oil for the face. It will give u moisture and leave ur skin in great shape. I just felt like the name was misleading.
Ok, so I drank the Kool aid! Haha. So many great reviews and some not so good. The people that love this stuff really love it! I am now one of the people that LOVE this. It is light, easy to blend, looks natural and has enough color selection to find one that works. I got nude and it may be a tad too light as we move into spring and summer as I get more color on my face. I am relatively fair but tan well. I use a foundation brush by Eco tools and it is a quick makeup process. I was using dermablend foundation which I love but can be too heavy for everyday makeup. This revlon foundation is perfect for everyday use but can be built up for night time also. So surprised to find something this good by revlon at the drugstore.
Treatments -Trilogy - Age Proof Nutrient Plus Firming Serum
simi531 3/6/2013 10:26:00 AM
I was lucky enough to find this at Marshall's. lt is working great! Just ordered another one from beautorium bc they were having a sale in trilogy and u get a free gift. It is one of those products that u don't realize how well it works until u stop using it.! Definitely brightens skin tone. I was afraid that finding it at Marshall's would mean that it was old but it smelled fine and is working well. Will update when I start using the new one just in case there is any difference. Update: There was no difference with the one from Marshall's and the one I ordered online. Love this stuff. I go thru it pretty quickly though. I probably use too much but it makes my skin feel so good.
I have been using this for a little over a month and really like it! It is moisturizing but not greasy and I love the pump. I hope they do not discontinue bc I found it on clearance at Walgreens. It has not broken me out and even though it is not a thick cream it is very moisturizing. I have not gotten any redness from it and only balanced skin. I am really going to try to stick to this bc it is working well and I want to stop jumping around from product to product! If something like this can continue to benefit my skin the way it has been I will continue to use it.
Bronzers -Physicians Formula - Mineral wear talc free CORRECTING BRONZER
simi531 2/25/2013 3:55:00 PM
I had to add this product bc it seems to be new and really is great. I just got back from a vacation and my face got tan. None of my concealers looked right-- even the darker ones. You know when u want to look tan but still need to cover imperfections? I didn't want to use full coverage foundation bc then what is the point of getting tan? Also, I just feel like many foundations can make any dark spots look darker when I have gotten color on my face. I Found this stuff by accident. Was browsing cvs and saw this. I got it in medium. I probably could use the light as my tan fades. This really does even out my skin tone yet still makes me look like I have been away in the sun! I love it! All of my other bronzers were making me look ruddy on their own and when mixed with concealer were making me look blotchy. This took care of all that. It is a little messy to use bc the powder is very light and goes everywhere. It also could look a little orange if u overdo it. Use a light hand to start. So happy I found this stuff. Will be perfect for the summer. It was around 15 dollars. Totally worth it
Hair -Unlisted Brand - Renpure organics: my lifeless hair needs lift MOUSSE
simi531 2/11/2013 8:15:00 PM
Anyone else loving this stuff?! I found it at bed bath beyond for half off. What a great find! I am just rediscovering mousse as a hair styler and this is up there with the best. Way better than all the others in my cabinet. Not crunchy but lots of hold and control. Love it!!!
My hair is curly and highlighted and heavily layered. My ends are dry and my roots can lay flat - pretty huh?! Anyway, I have closets and drawers full of products - you can tell by all of my reviews. I only just purchased this last week bc it was on clearance at bed bath beyond in their pharmacy section. I don't think I would have tried it with the full price tag. the reviews seem to be mostly love or hate and I have to say that so far I love it! The other reviews are very helpful on how to use this. When I used it by itself my hair had hold, but felt a little stiff. I now use a leave in conditioner first and then put this in my hair. A Nickel size amount and I even use some on my roots for a little lift. At first I thought that it would make them greasy, but if used sparingly it does not. I then will use some kind of moisturizing product like fekkai crème or dermorganic oil on the ends to soften them up a bit. My curls are looking good without any mousse or gel stiffness. The nice thing is that it does not cause my hair to lay flat on top. It seems like all the other styling products I have are either too volumizing (so it dries out my hair) or too moisturizing (making it look greasy). This seems to work both ways. Even on its own it was fine, but waaayy better when used in conjunction with other products. The best part is that I can just rewet my hair the next day and the curls are great again. Sometimes I don't even have to do that bc it holds the curl so well. It is going to kill me to have to buy another bottle at full price but I think I am going to have to!!
Wow - just goes to show you how different experiences can be. I have been purchasing from beauty.com and drugstore.com for years! I love that I earn drugstore.com dollars to use and can order beauty items and food and household items at once and get them delivered to my door quickly. i have only ONCE had a problem with something leaking and they quickly sent me a free replacement. I have found that even at my neighborhood cvs drugstore that many items no longer have that silver inner seal like they used to, so I dont think that it is just an issue with drugstore.com. I havent noticed any difference in any of my beauty or houshold items when ordering from this site. And i am quite the product junkie! I am actually surprised that there are even any negative reviews because it is probably this site that has given me the best and most consistent customer service. And they have so many great products! ALSO: I always get my packages within 2 days. Even with hurricane sandy, my order still got to my house in a week to 10 days. (I had placed an order the day before the storm).
Conditioner -John Masters - Citrus & Neroli Detangler
simi531 10/19/2012 1:28:00 PM
I have bought this on and off through the years, but always come back to it! I have heavily highlighted blonde hair and use a lot of different products to bring back moisture. i use this only as a leave in because it is not moisturizing enough to use as a regular conditioner. I only use it on the midshaft down and it is great to detangle my dry hair without feeling like it is all snapping off. I have wavy to curly hair and like the way it defrizzes and it also works well with other products (all of my silicone laden ones!). I definitely feel that it is worth a try and I dont find it heavy at all probably because my hair is dry. If you have very fine hair I would definitely try it as a rinse out first. I feel like this serves as a detangling product and styling product in one. I still use other defrizzers and gel, but really dont have to!
I agree with the other reviewer who said this makes your hair feel sticky. BUT it makes it look good! Any time that my roots are really flat or if I overdo conditioning, I reach for this. It will bring volume right back, but I do hate the way it feels! you only need very little and I sprinkle it directly on my roots. Definitely good to have around for special occasions but would not use regularly.