Product Reviews by gandiko

Cleansers - KOSE - Softymo - White Cleansing Oil

3.0
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Sep/06/2014

I have used a couple of Japanese DS cleansing oils, and really like the normal orange version of this, so when I saw the white version I figured I'd give it a try. I don't enjoy this as much as the orange though.

-This is very runny and I feel it's slightly less effective taking makeup + SS off. The texture just isn't the same and I prefer Kanebo Naive (green …
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Moisturizers - Chagrin Valley - Facial Oil Sesame Rosehips

5.0
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Sep/05/2014

I bought this oil because it was recommended for dry/dehydrated skin, but I actually find it a bit less moisturising than the Pomegranite Argan Tamanu one which is for normal skin. Weird.

Either way, I enjoy this facial oil. I actually wear CV oils during the day, and use the whipped squalene or the salves at night. I mist my face with rosewater and the oils absorb immediately, which I …
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Skincare - Face - Chagrin Valley - Cucumber Lime Yogurt Soap

3.0
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Sep/04/2014

This soap sounded ideal for me, but it's chuck-full of citric oils and they strip my face and make it sting. :( It hurt the tops of my cheeks and the skin around my nose and lips.

I think people with oilier/more robust skin would enjoy the soap. It just really wasn't for me.

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Gels/ Soaps - Chagrin Valley - Sea Salt & Seaweed Spa Soap

3.0
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Sep/04/2014

Ouch. This was not for my sensitive skin. Aside form the highly abrasive salt, it has lemongrass, peppermint and spearmint EOs, which don't agree with my skin. CV claims the soap is moisturising on top of polishing your body, but I don't think it lives up to that claim. Salt actually dehydrates. My lips felt chapped after using this and I didn't even lather them (obviously). I also …Read more

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Cleansers - Chagrin Valley - Chagrin Valley Seabuckthorn and Tea Tree Soap

5.0
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Sep/04/2014

This is a great treatment soap if you have skin conditions like acne or psoriasis, or most any inflammations.

My skin really likes seabuckthorn so I'm incredibly grateful to CV for introducing me to it. My skin is also very sensitive and dry though, so this soap is a bit much for me personally. I use this, along with the Neem and Tree Trea soap, as a treatment for when my skin …
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Gels/ Soaps - Chagrin Valley - Neem & Tea Tree

5.0
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Sep/04/2014

I use this CV shampoo bar as medicated facial soap, so this review reflects that. My water here in NorCal is too damn hard for me to even bother using the shampoo bars on my hair, ACV rinses or not. :(

I have sensitive, highly reactive acneic skin, which is also dry. I usually use the superfatted complexion soaps on my face because they're gentle and actually moisturise.
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Gels/ Soaps - Chagrin Valley - Castile and Calendula

5.0
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Sep/04/2014

I like the soap. It has a nice subtle scent that's really comforting for some reason, and it's gentle on the skin. I have dry skin though, and prefer the superfatted complexion soaps for my face. I think this would be perfect to use in the summer, or for people with normal/combo skin. It might even allow you to skip the moisturiser after if you're on the oilier side.

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Gels/ Soaps - Chagrin Valley - Goat Milk Oatmeal & Honey Soap

5.0
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Sep/04/2014

I ordered a sample of this a few years back and I remember the big chunks of raw oatmeal scratching my face when the bar started wearing down. There were other soaps I MUCH prefered for my face, which is super dry (namely the Olive & Shea, Honey Butter and the carrot one!), so I didn't repurchase.

However, a few months ago I bought a 1lbs soap scrap bag of this intending to …
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Treatments (Face) - Chagrin Valley - Whipped Squalane Face & Eye Mousse

5.0
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Sep/04/2014

Yeah, this might just be "a plain old moisturiser," but if you have sensitive skin and other moisturisers either break you out or sting your face, this is a godsend.

I have finicky skin and it gets irritated/breaks out/stings/looks like crap if I use the wrong thing. I don't even know what I'm reacting to most of the time. What I love about this cream is that I can …
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Eyeliner - wet n wild - Mega Eyes Creme Eyeliner - Black [DISCONTINUED]

4.0
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Sep/04/2014

Full disclosure: I'm a klutz when it comes to eyeliner, and I also don't wear eye make up on a regular basis.

That said, I think this is a very good gel liner. As pointed out by the reviewer below, if you're shaky or messy, make sure you go slow and use baby strokes when applying because correcting the f*cker is damn near impossible, and not something you want to deal …
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