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Vitamin Research Products - Blast Off Caps (90 Caps)
CHI Enviro Smoothing Masque 12 oz
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on 1/30/2009 10:28:00 PM
More reviews by Mojie
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
I bought this from Aromaleigh, but there are a handful of stores online that sell this skincare line. In the future I'll probably be buying it straight from the manufacturer (Action C Skincare/Dermasoft) since it's cheaper (even more so when you factor in the discount you receive for buying multiple jars).I've been toying with new skincare items for about a year now, trying to find just the right combination that will make my skin happy and balanced. I've got trouble-making skin. I don't get much acne, but I do have large pores on my nose and forehead and plenty of redness and irritation. It's sensitive and finicky. Lots of things have helped a little and a few have helped a lot, but I'm still looking for that pot of gold at the end of the skincare rainbow.This stuff isn't perfect, but it's getting me a lot closer to where I want to be. My main reasons for trying this particular mask (other than the fact that I love peel off masks and find them very entertaining) were the promises of fading discolorations (my skin's decided to scar easily lately and I've got a handful of hyperpigmented spots where I had blemishes or small injuries) and lift off dead skin cells. I use the Clarisonic daily, but my skin still looks dull during the winter when the air's dry.Basically, this is a transluscent orange liquid mask that comes with a tiny spatula (to stir) and a nasty, scratchy, whisk-broom-looking goat hair fan brush (to apply it with). I immediately ditched the free brush and used an old MAC foundation brush. There's no way my skin would have tolerated that brush, plus it just looked painful. The jar makes it look like there's a lot more inside than there is (the packaging says it has a net weight of 1.5 oz, but it doesn't look like much at all) thanks to the very, very thick glass. The actual area where the mask is is a small cylindrical space that holds about half of what I expected it to hold.The instructions say to apply a thin layer all over the face and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. I apply a thicker layer (since I've had problems with "peel off" masks not peeling if they weren't thick enough before), avoiding my eyebrows and hair, and wait 40 minutes to give it plenty of time to dry. As it dries, you can feel it tightening up and pulling on the skin, but it's not uncomfortable. Once the 40 minutes are up, I peel it off and gently wash off any mask that's still clinging to my face.Right after application, my face is red and slightly blotchy looking (probably because I have sensitive skin), but there's no irritation or pain. It generally looks about the same as usual for the rest of the night (slightly red, a little uneven in tone) but when I wake up the next morning, I have fresh, dewy, glowing skin. No more dullness or flakes. While I'd love the instant gratification that other people seem to get with this mask, I can settle for next morning gratification.All in all, I really like this mask. It doesn't irritate my skin (a big plus) and gives good results in a short time. My only complaints are the amount in the jar (which seems to go quickly with me) and the smell (which reminds me of rubbing alcohol mixed with orange juice). There's also no expiration date that I can find on the box or jar, which worries me considering that the ingredients in this really should be fresh to work right (not to mention I don't want to be spreading rancid orange juice on my face). The price is a bit much for what you get ($26.50 from the manufacturer, $28 from Aromaleigh), but since I haven't found anything cheaper that gives the same results, I'll keep buying it.PROS: (1) quick results; (2) doesn't irritate my sensitive skin; (3) leaves me with dewy, glowing skin; (4) fun to peel off.CONS: (1) small amount in a very thick glass jar; (2) smells a bit strange; (3) no expiration date that I've found; (4) somewhat expensive for what you get.
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