I bought this product for $200CDN at Holt Renfrew in Toronto. It was their last bottle, which goes to show you how popular it is, despite the price. I wanted to like this product, nay, to love it, but I guess that was not meant to be. First off, the smell is beyond anything I have to date smelled in a skin care product. One reviewer likened it to salmon, and she was dead on. It is like rubbing fish oil all over your face. Secondly, when I opened it, the color was already pretty dark. Skinceuticals claims that this is fine, and the product will remain effective even if the product changes color, but I'm skeptical. From what I know of Vitamin C, once it has changed color, it has oxidized, and is no longer effective as an antioxidant. The fact that you have to pull the dropper out of the bottle every time to use it only speeds up the oxidation. Last, but hardly least, is the fact that, despite having paid $200 plus dollars, I couldn't finish the bottle. I had to force myself to use the bulk of it, and the last third I threw out. The more I used the product, the more it stung, and the more sensitive my face became, and I definitely did not notice any improvements. Overall, I would not recommend this product. If you really want to try a Vit C serum, save yourself some money and try the La Roche Posay version, or a Paulas Choice product, which won't sensitize your skin.
Treatments -Olay - Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum
sophiedee 12/27/2011 8:44:00 PM
I have used several bottles of this product over the years, and would recommend it to others. It is a good serum over all, and the fragrance free version is the best for sensitive skin. It's a bit pricey, but I think compared to department store products, it's still affordable. The only downside is the pump; it doesn't reach the last third of the product. I have to remove the pump to try and get the last of the product out, which is messy and annoying. It might be worth mentioning that the star ingredient, 'niacinamide', does not degrade when exposed to air or light, unlike other cell communicating ingredients, so I'm still getting the benefits when I open up the bottle.
I cannot for the life of me understand what makes this product so popular. I keep seeing it in magazines and 'best of' lists, so finally I tried it. The results were horrendous; my hair was stringy, flat, and oily. And frizzy to boot. When I put the product on (wet hair), it made my hair sticky and impossible to untangle. I tried varying the amount, but no matter how much or little I used, the results were the same. It was like putting body lotion on your hair. The product is heavy and sticky, and has no ingredients that detangle hair. In conclusion, it makes your hair neither silky nor soft, and I would not buy or recommend this product. To anyone. Ever.
This product should have been great; I loved it when I originally purchased, but it turns out I wasn't using enough to really protect my face from the sun. When I started using a bit more, it started to ball up and come off once the product started drying. Given that it's important to use enough product to actually give you effective sun protection (and I wasn't actually using all that much anyway), this product makes it impossible to use enough to protect your skin. The first time it happened, I thought that maybe it was just the tube. So I bought another one, but same problem. I also got another one free with store points, and same issue, so it's obviously not some anomaly. I have been able to use up most of the product by mixing it 1:1 with a thicker foundation, but it's a hassle and super messy. I won't be buying this product again.
Lip Treatments -Smith's Rosebud Salve - Smith's Rosebud Salve
sophiedee 12/27/2011 7:28:00 PM
I have been using this product for a few years, and will probably continue to buy it. I love the packaging, and the smell is nice. It moisturizes effectively, with the primary ingredient being vaseline. Although some people don't like vaseline because they see it as cheap and common, it's actually a very effective and gentle moisturizer, and its the reason this product is so effective.
This is a good product for someone with sensitive and/or dry skin. I would have given it a 5 if it removed dirt/oil/makeup better, but this is really for someone looking for a gentle cleansing experience. Cetaphil makes another cleanser that is stronger, for those with normal or oily skin. No fragrance and no color, and good price.