Don't know about the pore-shrinking qualities of this stuff... I was really consistent about using it but then I slacked off.. I'm back to being consistent now and we'll see how that goes. In any case, it DEFINITELY worked for me as far as making me look more matte. I have combination skin and on days I used this stuff in my T-zone I was considerably less shiny than days I didn't. In fact, I would venture to say that I wasn't shiny/oily at all on days this product was in use. For those purposes: awesome. I don't really break out much any more, so I can't say whether it helps in that area. But as long as it keeps on keeping the shine down, I'll continue to use it. We'll see if my pores magically shrink over time as a result. ;)
Ugh. I second the emotion on everyone who hated the smell of this stuff. I usually really like earthy/tobacco smells, too. To me, this smelled like the house of an old woman who's been smoking since the age of 18. Stale perfume. Stale cigarettes. I recently got highlights so I thought I'd give it a shot and got a sample from beauty.com. I can't tell if it's made my hair remarkably softer or anything, but the smell is just too awful to make me come back, even if it was a miracle worker. I washed my hair twice so that I wouldn't smell like I'd spent the night in a bar cuddled up with a smoker.
Styling Products -Davines - Universal Polishing Coat
unipine 1/31/2007 10:31:00 PM
My hairdresser started using this on me about a year ago and I LOVE it. It took me a couple cuts but eventually I sacked up and spent the $25 to buy my own tub. It's basically just a shine/define product, but the key is that it smells like heaven. Really. It's almost like.. floral cake batter. It's really subtle, not overpowering at all, if you wear perfume or anything. But I almost wish it were a little stronger; the smell is so good. I forgot to bring mine with me the last time I was visiting my sister and just as she was getting ready to ask me about it, I gave her some for Christmas. Yeah. Christmas-present worthy hair product. I have short hair, she has long hair, we both love it.
I got these as a gift from my parents... the whole set (yeah, my parents are awesome). I use them every day and I think they're great. Super super soft, no shedding, great shapes, cruelty free... good times. Best I can tell I have all of flax sticks brushes available. I wash them every three months or so and they've been through two washings, no problem. Every now and then the hair on the largest brush gets a little smushy so I comb it out. That's probably weird.. but it helps a lot and it basically takes no time. Anyway. Love them. Highly recommend.
I have a fairly tempermental scalp so I try to stay clear of laurel/laureth sulfates and this definitely fits the bill. I also appreciate the tingly/minty feeling and it seems to clear me up when my scalp feels like it's starting to freak out (for whatever mysterious reason)... A little on the pricey side, even for an organic shampoo, but worth it. I only use it when I feel like I need some extra scalp clarification.
Shampoo -Burt's Bees - Super Shiny Grapefruit and Sugar Beet Shampoo
unipine 5/25/2006 10:57:00 PM
This stuff is great. I've been on a (seemingly) never-ending search for a laurel/laureth sulfate-free daily shampoo and I think this is it. I can understand where the reviewer who ended up with a giant handful of knots is coming from... you DEFINITELY need a conditioner of some kind. I don't use the companion conditioner (I'm willing to drop $8 on the shampoo because the SLS-free-ness is important to me, but I'm ok with using cheap-o conditioner) but you have to use something. The smell is definitely strong grapefruit, not sweet, sugary, faux "pink grapefruit" like you might get with bath and body works or something, so that does take some getting used to... but I don't find it to be unpleasant.
Moisturizers -Neutrogena - Healthy Skin Anti Wrinkle Anti Blemish Cream
unipine 5/25/2006 10:52:00 PM
This is my go-to night moisturizer. I have oily skin so I need something to keep the production under control... but there isn't a soul who isn't worried about wrinkles so I want something that will address that as well. Whatever it is, this is the perfect combination. I know it's just a matter of finding the right product for your personal chemistry, but at $10-$11 it's worth the shot.
I love this stuff. I was also on a quest to find a daily face sunscreen... but I'm super oily so I wanted something that wouldn't make my skin turn into a giant grease slick. This is the one. I'm also not a huge fan of the smell, but it dissipates after a few minutes, so no big deal. Also, I know this is trivial compared to the product itself and all, but I totally totally love the pump dispenser. It puts out just the right amount and it has one of those twist to dispense, twist to close things so it doesn't leak all over the place when I travel. I even re-use the old containers for regular lotion when I'm going on trips. Good stuff.
All of these great reviews... I totally wanted to love this but alas... My hair is wavy and can be coaxed into ringlets with the right product, but this was definitely not it. No hold, too slippery/greasy/heavy. Smells nice though? :(
Yummy. I wore this a lot last spring and finally put it on again when April came back around and remembered how great it is... On me, this is a really fresh, green scent laced with sweet pea. Lovely. And totally perfect for spring!
Shampoo -Neutrogena - T/Gel anti-dandruff for normal to dry hair
unipine 5/8/2006 11:07:00 PM
Smells like @ss. Works like magic. I have no idea who came up with the idea of smearing coal tar on dandruff, but wow. And fortunately I find I only have to use it once or twice a week so the smell is only a major problem at those times.
Lip Treatments -Perfumeria Gal - Red Currant Lip Balm
unipine 2/12/2006 11:08:00 PM
These lip balms are amazing. This is just sort of a general comment on all of them (I have six: Red Currant, Grapefruit, Violet, Spearmint, Peach, and Apple)... The fragrances are great and the tins are super cute. I've purchased them as little stocking-stuffer type gifts for just about everyone I know. The best thing about them, though, is definitely the texture. I find vaseline and Rosebud to be a little too thin or something.
Styling Products -Clairol - Herbal Essences pomade
unipine 2/6/2006 10:50:00 PM
This stuff is A-mazing. I second everything the first poster said... Decent holding power, great shine, lovely fragrance, etc. etc. I do sort of have a hard time with it sometimes getting a little tooooo built up in my hair, but that's partially just my bad because I suck at hair products. I have chin length sort of curly hair and it does a great job of maintaining the curl but maintaining some movement too.
Love the packaging. A friend of mine had it for a few weeks and I was so intrigued by the silver roller ball thing that I had to try it out for myself (for $1.99, why not?). I like the smell -- a little vanilla-y, a little medicinal (Blistex, of course) -- but the product itself is kind of meh. I agree with all of the reviews that say this is too watery and wears off too easily to be good. It is more glossy than balm-y and I think that's part of the problem. Makes me wonder if the nifty packaging would be possible with something less watery though...
This stuff is awesome. The chick who sold it to me told me to use the brush to warm it up and blend it in my palm before I apply... which I do... and it seriously takes me like three hand washings to get it off. It's not going anywhere. Stays on and looks pretty great on my face, too. I basically only use it to cover up blemishes as they heal and what not, but still. Love it.