I'm a long-time fan of Trilogy and recently bought this lip treatment after years of curiosity. Initially I quite liked it: it felt nice on my lips, lasted a decent amount of time and wasn't too sticky. Unfortunately, over the next few days it caused my lips to become increasingly dry and tight, eventually developing small cracks and a coating of peeling, flaky skin. I persisted with this product for several weeks, placing the blame on environmental factors, but the pain and distraction finally became unbearable and I switched the Trilogy for an old Nivea balm I had lying around the house. The condition of my lips improved immediately upon ceasing use of this product. All of the previous reviews are positive, so it's possible that I am unusually sensitive to an ingredient. Perhaps it is the peppermint oil, which contains menthol, an alcohol which can irritate or dry sensitive mucous membranes such as lips.
Like many others, I used the Heavanilli massage bar as moisturiser rather than for massage. I glide it over my body and it sort of melts and transfers upon contact. It's easier and a bit more fun to apply than regular moisturiser. The bar (and your skin, after application!) smells REALLY good. I'm a vanilla fan, and this is a particularly nice vanilla. Lots of people seem to appreciate and comment on the scent, and it does stick around for many hours after application. It has also made my skin significantly softer- something that very, very few moisturisers have been able to achieve. Perhaps this is due to the coconut oil, an ingredient I've heard a lot of great stuff about but never used before. This product doesn't simply sink into the skin- well, it was never designed to! I actually prefer my skin slightly oily but avoiding this does require a bit of work to rub it in properly. The first time I wore this around my boyfriend he immediately said that I felt greasy... bah. However, this was on a hot day in the middle of summer, and I hadn't bothered to rub it in at all before leaving home. All-in-all, I really love Heavanilli. I layer it with Vanilla in the Mist soap, Vanilla Puff Powder and sometimes a vanilla perfume, and I smell just the way I want to :)
Treatments -Sukin - Botanical Protein Hair Treatment
streetsofyourtown 1/16/2010 7:04:00 AM
I've been pinching dabs of this from my sister's pot every-now-and-then since she bought it a few weeks ago. It smells really nice (interestingly, somewhat like lemon meringue pie) which is something that's of huge importance to me in a hair product. I use it as a leave-in to make my hair soft, smell good, and hopefully repair it a little. This product is very well-priced and I get great results from a tiny amount of product, so I plan to buy my own pot soon :)
This was one of those products that you really, really want to like but despite exaggerating the benefits and trying to overlook the negatives, you really, really do not like it. Quite simply, this dries out my lips. I suspect that this is the doing of the peppermint oil, which I have always found to be drying in lip products. Beeswax has never done much good for me, either. Perhaps people who have had previous success with these ingredients would like this balm :) But I find it totally unusable. So, although it is cute, produced by Burt's Bees (<3) and many of the ingredients are theoretically lovely, I do not like this and won't buy it again.
Gels/Soaps -Burt's Bees - Citrus & Ginger Root Body Wash
streetsofyourtown 1/6/2010 11:50:00 PM
Hey, impressive! I've just gotten out of the shower after using this for the first time. I used it with one of those fluffy body scrubbers made of netting, and found that it lathered up a lot. Although the product was runny and watery in the bottle, the suds were thick and really creamy. It was an effective cleanser without causing my skin to feel dry afterwards. It has a very unusual but pleasing smell. I received this item in a sample size as part of Burt's Bees "Essential Body Kit". I'm not entirely sure if I'll purchase the full size bottle due to the price- to me, body washes generally don't differ all that much, and I could get the same effects at a much lower cost. That said, this is my favourite I've used yet, and perhaps after a few more washes I won't be able to give it up. And if a product is so nice that I feel compelled to review it directly after trying it out, that says a lot!
Conditioner -Burt's Bees - Volumizing with Soy and Pomegranate
streetsofyourtown 12/10/2009 8:05:00 AM
This stuff does amazing things to my hair, moisturising it beautifully and leaving it soft with a nice amount of volume. It's a really lovely conditioner, and based purely upon performance, deserves 5/5. But it smells DISGUSTING: reviewer sparkly_sarah described it as "gassy" which is spot-on. It lingers, too, making its presence noticable days after use. Strangely enough, it actually smells quite nice in the bottle, which is one of the reasons why I initially chose it; it's how it smells on dry hair post-washing that is so terrible. What a pity. I will keep using it (when there is no chance I'll be in close contact with anyone whose opinion of my scent is important to me) but will not repurchase.
This product seemed pretty useless to me for a few weeks after purchasing. I bought it based upon reviews and how much everyone- and their partners- seemed to love the scent, but did nothing for my skin and the scent wore off within a few minutes. I was terribly disappointed and annoyed at myself for having wasted money. Then, the weather warmed up and Candy Fluff suddenly made sense. The scent lasted for a lot longer, being detectable several hours after application, and freshened up my skin nicely (although it does not made it feel any silkier or smoother, as other reviewers have mentioned). The best use I have found for this product, however, is as a dry shampoo. My hair is wavy and gets greasy pretty quickly, especially when I straighten it. After straightening, I use Candy Fluff to prevent greasiness and maintain the straightness for longer. It works really, really well- better than any product marketed as a dry shampoo that I have tried. It gives fantastic volume, makes it easier to "shape" and keeps my cowlick under control. Even when I was caught in the rain after styling my hair and applying Candy Fluff, my hair retained its style when it dried out, whereas it usually becomes curly and unpleasant at the first sign of humidity. I was amazed by this! Another plus is that lots of people have commented on the nice smell of my hair :) The sparkles ARE a bit of a pain. They're not too obvious, but tend to congregate in creepy places like belly buttons, and transfer to other people via hugging. It's a little off-putting to talk to someone and unwillingly fixate on a piece of glitter on their cheek, knowing that it came from my body. All-in-all, though, I really love Candy Fluff. It feels very fun and indulgent to use and I definitely plan on repurchasing it, or Lush's sparkle-free vanilla scented dusting powder.
This is a very nice foundation, it is quick and easy to apply and feels comfortable on my dry skin. It covers blemishes (I have even found it suitable for use as a concealer) and evens my skintone whilst retaining a natural look, and "airbrushed" is actually a pretty accurate description...! The packaging is also pretty cool, despite glass bottles freaking me out a bit. Good stuff, good stuff! I'm not sure if I will repurchase, as the lightest shade (which I should mention has a nice brownish tone- as opposed to yellow or pink) is a little too dark for my skin, which is pale white with no undertones. However, it is the perfect match for my sister- she loves it and plans to buy a bottle for herself. Her skin is very dry with flaky and sore patches, and this foundation makes it look great.
I have used this several times. It has a really good effect on my hair, leaving it very shiny, clarified and detangled. After shampooing, I rubbed it into my hair and rinsed, using no other conditioner- this has the added benefit of allowing me to wash my hair less frequently, as it in no way coats the hair or causes it to become "greasy". It certainly has the potential to dry out hair, so be sure to adequately dilute with water (I did not dilute it the first time I used it, and the damaged ends of my hair felt pretty straw-like for a while). Overall, this product is super-cheap and effective, I plan to use it regularly and have been recommending it to friends!
Conditioner -Organix - Tahitian Vanilla Silk Conditioner
streetsofyourtown 11/12/2009 10:07:00 PM
So I was silly and bought this product because it smelt nice, before reading any reviews. I have found it totally unusable as a regular conditioner as it makes my hair very tangled and dry- much worse than it is when I don't use conditioner at all. It's truly awful, and something I have never experienced in a conditioner before. To avoid rendering this product a total waste of money, I have been using it every-now-and-then before shampooing, on the mid-lengths of my hair, hoping it will provide some nourishment. I then shampoo and condition my hair with another conditioner. Another thing I should note is that the scent does not linger after the hair has been rinsed. I will not repurchase.
This product cares for my lips better than any I have come across. I have used a wide variety, moving from Vaseline and Lucas Pawpaw to Lipsmackers, Nivea balms, Palmer's lip butter, Blistex, Carmex, Chapstick and a range of "natural" balms (Yes to Carrots, Suvana etc). These worked to varying degrees of efficiency but I was far from satisfied with any. Since I began using Lansinoh many months ago, my lips have cracked perhaps twice, and not at all seriously. This is a vast improvement from before! They feel softer, smoother and are, surprisingly, definitely plumper and pinker. I'm not sure how this is possible, but I assume it's just the result of my lips being adequately moisturised (although it could be a slight allergic reaction). I should note that my lips sometimes feel dry, slightly burny and uncomfortable underneath this product, despite not actually drying out. This is quite annoying so I sometimes apply a drop of oil (olive, jojoba or macadamia) before the Lansinoh. Lansinoh IS sticky, and wearing it on a windy day does cause my hair- and goodness knows what else- to stick to my lips, but I have otherwise grown used to it. I also use Lansinoh to help heal sores/pimples without flaking. I have repurchased several times, buying three 7g tubes ($6 each) before committing to a 56g tube ($20). For convenient (and potentially less embarrassing!) transport I transfer product from this tube into a small MAC tester jar, which is perfect.
Scrubs -Biore - Pore Perfect Pore Unclogging Scrub
streetsofyourtown 4/12/2009 9:05:00 AM
Wow, this product has a lot of poor reviews, but I like it a lot. My sister bought it recently, I have used it a couple of times, and I now plan to buy my own tube. The scrub really nice to use and doesn't feel at all harsh or irritating, in fact, I find it very smooth and creamy. The consistency is definitely unusual but it's very pleasant indeed. It has a fresh scent- cucumber? It effectively removes makeup, dirt and excess oil from my skin leaving it clean and revitalised without overdrying it. I find I get the best results after washing my face using the 'oil cleansing method' (I use a mixture of olive and castor oil)- after massaging with the oil for a couple of minutes I give my face a thorough scrub; I think that the oil helps it get right into my pores, as well as loosening any dead skin cells, allowing them to be sloughed off more easily. However it works, my face feels SO soft afterwards. I love it. Obviously, this product isn't right for everyone, but I have gotten very good results from it. My skin is normal type, unsensitive, with slight congestion and occasional pimples, needing to be exfoliated regularly to stop it from flaking. If that sounds similar to your skin, I really recommend you give this scrub a go.
I am a huge fan of Trilogy but this product just wasn't right for me. It simply doesn't remove makeup or daily grime from my face adequately, even if I use a large amount. I wear a bit of light foundation, concealer and highlighter daily, and my skin is neither oily nor dry, but it definitely needs something more heavy duty than this. I've had great success with the "oil cleansing method" which I will continue, and I won't be repurchasing this. It is a good quality product, however, and would be well suited to people with dry skin who don't wear foundation often.
Good stuff! I have never been too keen on exfoliants, as they have never seemed to achieve better results than simply scrubbing my face with a wash cloth does. But this is something else. It removes all flaking and roughness from my face, leaving behind perfectly smooth, fresh, healthy skin. In the past I have exfoliated my face daily but using this daily would be far too often. It's not harsh, but it is certainly effective, and I imagine that using it too often would just irritate the skin (as well as being plain unnecessary). All in all, this product makes skin clearer and radiant, as well as a better "canvas" for makeup. I wear foundation most days and any rough, flaking or peeling patches are very obvious. This has been a fantastic product for me and I would not hesitate to recommend it to others.
This is easily the best moisturiser I have tried. It makes my skin look plump, glowing and healthy, and feel nice and soft. Using this, I am confident that my skin is truly being cared for. I apply it after using a few drops of Trilogy's beautiful rosehip oil. It seems to have a natural affinity with my skin, absorbing quickly and leaving no residue behind like many moisturisers do. It's packed full of nourishing oils and other goodies, is suitable as both a day and night cream, and makes a great base for makeup- my foundation goes on much more smoothly and evenly after using this I've been using this for a few weeks so far, and it has never caused my skin to break out or become congested. I will repurchase.