Yeah I have German in me so I'm just going to go ahead and say I have kinda dark body hair in some spots (arms, below belly button) and this stuff really works in lightening it. As far as appearance and how long the results last (about a month), I give it a 3. Better apperance on these areas than shaving. Also no adverse effects or anything after I wash it off, no irritation or redness. Doesn't seem to be effective on those "stubborn super-dark hairs" as much, but still lightens. Also points off for packaging because I find it messy. But really, the reason its getting 2 lippies off is because OMG IS IT ITCHY. Works within 8 minutes and I can wash it off, but those 8 minutes seem like an hour as I'm struggling not to scratch the areas I put it on with a Brillo pad. Very uncomfortable....but worth it?
Scrubs -Burt's Bees - Natural Acne Solutions - Pore Refining Scrub
yeahokay 2/8/2011 8:35:00 AM
This is the first burt's bees product I have bought for my skin anywhere other than my lips, and I have to say I'm pretty impressed. I have oily/combo skin and I have to point out that as a *scrub and an *acne treatment it doesnt really do anything too special, I still have to use an exfoliating pad, so not an HG for me but please read on: It does have some really good benefits though. It does leave a "waxy" film on your face when you go to rinse it off. Because I do have oily skin, this worried me a good bit the first time I used it, but just left it without re-washing my face with something else and have not been using a toner. The waxy feeling went away once I dried my skin. My face gets actually much less oily throughout the day, makeup glides on better, too. Also, with the combo skin and the harsh winter air, my skin was constantly irritated, overproducing oil, breaking out and getting really dry all at the same time. From the first time I used this it was really soothing, got rid of the irritations. Anything makes my face break out, but this surprisingly didnt make my acne any worse at all, maybe even helped calm my skin and help heal some of it. This is the only thing with Salicylic Acid that I have ever used that did not make me feel like I was putting something harsh/bad on myself. I dont know how it will be for the summer time, but so far for winter I will use it and its done enough good to be something I would keep/repurchase. I have been using it every day but it's made Burt's Bees grab my attention enough to try other skincare products by them to maybe treat the acne a little better.
Moisturizers -Eucerin - Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Sensitive Skin Creme
yeahokay 5/22/2010 7:47:00 AM
I noticed some fine lines around my eyes and forehead start too show up last year (I am totally horrified because of my age) and between acne, large pores, scars...and now this I am just really down about my skin. I know I am a pretty girl, but my skin problems make me feel horrible. I searched on here for a decent rating on an anti-wrinkle cream that was affordable and found this. Unfortunately, reading the reviews, many talk about the moisturizer and not about whether or not it is any good at zapping fine lines like it claims. I have been using this for a few days, morning and night. I have true combo skin where I get really greasy, yet dry skin at the same time. So far I have found that it did really pick up the hydration issue and seems to be really good at moisturizing at the problem, not just masking the dryness. I find it is pretty greasy, though. It makes my foundation go on really nice, but soon enough I have a shiny face. No extra breakouts so far though, pre-existing bumps seem to be calming a bit actually. As for the anti-wrinkle benefits, I cant comment yet, but I will after the suggested 5-weeks until results. The claims on the box are good and it feels like I am using something good, even though the moisture is a bit overkill for summer time, so I really hope I see a difference in my skin.
I gave this a 4 because as far as any other "glow" lotion I have tried, this one is the best. What I like: I find it's not orange at all. It covers nice and even, and it shows up quickly and nicely. I have naturally fair skin, and I actually use the one for medium skin with no problems(the one for fair doesnt do much for color). The initial smell it kind of nice. Does what it claims(another reason I gave it a 4). Moisturizes well. Lasts pretty good for a stain tan. I actually like that it has little tiny glitter flecks in it, I feel like it adds to the glow in a good way. What I dont like: By the end of the day, I guess it has mixed with sweat or something but I find that its giving off this wierd odor. I dont think my skin likes it at all. It looks pretty gross in the fading process though, when you stop using it. It has settled into every pore and patch of dry skin that I didnt know I had, so while its coming off it kind of looks like a blotchy mess. The tube also doesnt last long for the price, seeing as its meant to be used on your whole body daily. But hey, if I need to get an even, lightly tanned skin to go out or something, then it works just fine.
I had used this product a couple years ago as a teen when I was on the Proactiv plan. I remember that this and the green tea eye serum were the only two things out of the kit that I liked. I recently purchased it on Ebay since you cant just buy things out of Proactiv's catalog without them billing you every month for a kit(unless things have changed.) My normal green tea moisturizer had ran out and I figured I'd pay the ridiculous price for this (at least $15 for a 1oz tube.) I dont know if they changed the formula, or if my skin has changed that much in 3 years, but I am not happy with it anymore. The fragrance that they put it in (why?) burns my skin, it doesnt nothing for my acne, scars or any improvement whatsoever. But most of all I find it is a terrible moisturizer. Way too lightweight, even for summer time. Any dry patches are the same, with or without using this. It also kind of causes my primer to ball up. Most other moisturizers I've been using are better than this, and they cost a lot less. Not worth the money to me.
Scrubs -Olay - Regenerist Microdermabrasion and Peel Kit
yeahokay 4/11/2010 10:39:00 PM
It's an awesome exfoliator. I have an oily, mildly acne-cursed face and I have to be really careful with products I use or my skin will go crazy. What I like about this product is that it's a quick-fix. I use it every once in a while now, to demolish as many blackheads as possible at one time and remove dull, dry spots. Immediately after using, and for a couple of days after my face feels incredibly smooth and toned. Foundation goes on better. It also doesn't seem to break my face out at all. Problem is, that even when using this product as directed for a few weeks in the beginning, the effects don't last long. Also, my over-all complexion hasn't changed at all and it hasn't helped a thing that I worry about with my skin such as; large pores, pimples, scars, premature (light) wrinkles, pigmentation. It hasn't helped any of that which is disappointing. I still gave it a higher rating because of how good of an exfoliator it is, though. I gave it a 5 for price because I mostly shop for beauty products at the drugstore, and this is on the higher end of price as far as that goes, especially for a product that doesn't do as much as it claims. Although even though the containers are small, it does last a good while if you don't use more than you really need.
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Hask Henna n' Placenta Conditioning Treatment
yeahokay 3/4/2010 11:47:00 AM
I love this stuff. I have thin hair that I sometimes over-process with coloring and this conditioning mask really helps to save it. It strengthens my hair back up and helps heal my scalp so that I don't get as much breakage at the roots from dyeing. Though damaged hair cannot be "fully fixed", this has come damn near close for me. It doesn't work as well if you don't follow the instructions and use a blowdryer to heat it up after you applied it. Following the instructions to have this work right is important, I've found. I also still use my conditioner after I rinse this out and have had no problems with tangles or dryness after doing so. I asked my hairdresser about that issue and she said high-nutrient conditioners and treatments on some hair types (such as this or Main n' Tail), though good for your hair and scalp, can cause all that to happen. I use it every couple of weeks or so. Will always repurchase. It's not expensive, but considering the drugstore charges over 2 dollars for a little one-time-use packet is a little ridiculous, but it's worth it. As for the packaging, it's fine for one use but I would like to see a big bottle of it at the drugstore that I can just keep in the shower. I don't know if they don't do that because it loses it's potency when opened or something? Or maybe they sell it like that online, I'll look...
I re-discovered this sitting in the back of my bathroom closet. I am really impressed with it and cant imagine why I stopped using it. I have really been struggling with mild-moderate acne for years, and recently have had the signs of that taking it's toll on my face such as scars, large pores and blotchy pigment. Though I am still getting some acne, my over-all skin issues seem to have improved significantly after using it again. I thought my skin was looking pretty dull and "old" but it seems to be slowly restoring to it's youthful look after letting this sit on my skin for a couple minutes to remove makeup at night. I have probably spent thousands of dollars on acne remedies, and creams for the after-effects of acne and this product, though not perfect, far surpasses most of them. The stuff my mother has always used, a product concept that has been around for thousands of years is better than the new fancy products, who'da thought?
Gels/Soaps -Dove - Cool Moisture Cucumber & Green Tea, 4.25 oz Bars
yeahokay 2/19/2010 8:24:00 AM
First off, I have weird combination skin. Dry, sensitive, yet very oily, and acne prone. I switched from bar soap to body washes a couple years ago because in all the acne research that I've done supposedly bar soaps are too harsh and can cause you to breakout more or something. I had tried several body washes from mild to moisturizing and I decided to just pick up a bar soap this time because they last much longer for the price. I have only been using this for a week, and I'm starting to think bar soap is much better. My skin seems to be getting smoother, and I even have been using it on my face, hyper pigmentation from the acne seems to be calming up a little, too. I am thinking maybe the body washes were causing problems to my skin? I'm not sure yet. That said, I still get that skin-stripped squeaky feeling after using this soap that I've found with most bar soaps. As for moisturizing, it seems to leave a little, but it's winter time and I still cant skip lotion before I go out or I still get itchy. But I found that the only true moisturizing soaps are the ones that have heavy oils or creams in them and they make me greasy and break out, so much for being lazy and skipping the lotion process. All in all it seems to be doing good for me though, I'll re-update after a while if I have any bad reactions.
Moisturizers -St. Ives - Collagen-Elastin Essential Moisturizer
yeahokay 1/27/2010 8:38:00 AM
I do like most St. Ives products, but this one just didn't do anything for me. For this huge jar of lotion, the price was incredibly low. Unfortunately, I was pretty disappointed with the product. I have been using it for about 7 months because I just didn't get around to getting another facial moisturizer, and it still has done nothing for me. It hasn't changed my skin texture, or reduced fine lines like it claims at all. Everything is the same. I actually find that my blotchyness and all that has gotten worse, but I have problem skin so I wont blame this product, could be anything else too. As a lotion, I don't find that it is thick enough. It feels thick at first, but no matter how much I tried to glob this stuff on this winter, my skin was still pretty dry after it soaked in. I even have really oily skin and it wasn't enough. I'm glad others have had a better experience with it though.
I went into a Sephora store and eyed up the shimmery black mono one(It looked so pretty in the packaging, reminded me of fresh pavement!), and applied from the sample one they had out (phew!), and thank goodness I got to try before I buy on this product. The sample one they had out was new, hadnt been dug into yet. The first thing I noticed was that most of the glitter was only on top of the shadow, and as soon as I swiped some up with a brush, there was just basically matte black shadow underneath(trickery, much?). I can confidently say that I am very good at applying makeup, and went ahead and applied some to my lids. It looked okay for about a half an hour (went walking around the mall for other stuff), and I was not happy when I got the chance to look into a mirror again. It hadnt even been an hour and the shadow was already wearing off and settling into the creases of my eyelids. Gross. And to think I was about to pay like $25 for that little eyeshadow compact. Maybe with a primer, it might stay better. I am not going to knock Sephora totally because I do have kind of oily skin, but I have yet to buy anything from that store because of that. I'm sure they have other good products, but for the price I would expect way better and dont want to risk it. My drugstore brands are working better for me, so I'll stick with them.
I was a little weary when I first squeezed the product out of the tube because of the grainy texture things (It looked like a scrub for your face!), but it works great! I have thin, fine hair that is incredibly damaged due to my impulsive coloring (I ended up at the determining factor, and my hair started to fall out) problem, and it's been hard to find something that will help make it look better. This stuff works very well, but I found that leaving it in for much longer (at least 15 minutes) makes my hair look and feel much more silky than just leaving it in for the 3 minutes. HOWEVER: It doesn't seem to be a permanent fix. Overall my hair has improved a little, but if I skip this stuff for a day or two and use regular conditioner (GF Length & Strength), my hair feels just about as dry as it was before. The mask does seem to have made my hair a little bit stronger, though. I'm going to use it to mask the dryness and keep getting trims, I don't think my hair will get much better until the damage ends up getting all trimmed off. But this is a good temporary fix. It's cheap compared to the salon brands, so I'm not going to complain. It would be better if it came from a jar, the packaging is fine until you start to run out, then it's hard to get enough out of the tube, I'll have to end up cutting the tube for the last treatment or two.
Liquid -Revlon - ColorStay Makeup with SoftFlex SPF 6 for Combination/Oily Skin
yeahokay 8/28/2009 3:49:00 PM
I really love this foundation. It's better than any other that I have ever used (which is many). It was really easy to find a good match to my skin because it has so many colors and tones. I have really oily skin and even though it doesnt keep the shine at bay, it doesnt come off and get all wierd and nasty looking later in the day like most foundations tend to do, which is awesome. I can even blot my face with tissues and it'll stay. Unfortunately, I have acne and it seems to make it worse. I came to that conclusion because if I dont use it for a few days, my skin starts to clear up, and then when I use it again I can feel new bumps by the end of the day. Very discouraging because this foundation is so good. I found that the foundations that look the best and stay on well are the ones that are the worst for acne prone skin. So Imake sure to wash my face twice a day and NEVER fall asleep with this stuff on (along with using a strong B. Peroxide acne medication) and it seems to keep the acne caused by this foundation at bay. PS: Some people have been saying that they hate this product because its cakey. Try only using a little tiny bit of it to even out your skin,and a little bit of sheer loose powder overtop , it is very thick, so yeah, if you apply it like you would a "normal" foundation you are going to look plastic.
I am impressed with this stuff. It pretty much gets rid of most of my acne within a week. Though after a while I still break out sometimes. The only problem is that it's hard to use consistently, especially in harsh weather. Its very drying, so in the winter it can cause flaking, and in the summer it makes my face burn, especially when I sweat. I say use a good facial moisturizer either way, but the product seems to work better by itself. Wouldnt use it anymore than once a day. The price is kinda steep, so last time I bought the generic drugstore "version" that was sitting next to the real Clearasil one because it seemed to be exactly the same. Bad idea, the generic version sucks, so dont opt for it. Doesnt work anywhere near as good, and the texture is really gritty. Get the real deal on this product.
I tried this because the Clearasil Ultra Cream was working well for me. Problem is, I didnt consider the fact that this scrub has the S. Acid, while the cream has B. Peroxide. I have learned that one chemical usually works well on some people and not for others. But not both. S. Acid hasnt been too nice to my skin in the past, so I dont know what posessed me to try this scrub. But I did, and it made me breakout worse. I'm glad it worked for so many other people though. But I wish they would have made a B.Peroxide scrub with this line too...