Friday, September 26, 2008

Jergens Skin Smoothing Cellular Renewal Moisturizer

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Maybe I've been spoiled as of late with higher end, rich and thick lovely lotions (thank you, Kate)because this is a thinner not amazing lotion. It smells sort of cheap and although it says it it gives the skin a subtle allure that captivates, I wasn't captivated. It claims to exfoliate and renew but I didn't see either happen. I'll say it's good if you're in a jam but otherwise, no thanks.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Exfoliating Body Wash

Olay Body Wash plus Spa Exfoliating Ribbons

I've never been one for body wash/shower gel. I don't even own a bath pouf. I like washcloths--you use them once & launder.
Warily tried this. It comes out faster than I expected & smells like Tide + Bounce.
Makes a nice lather.
Gently sloughs, leaves skin SMOOTH, not at all dry & ripped up like with some over zealous scrubs.
Left the shower with nice feeling skin, scent had dissolved, even made shaving legs less treacherous.
Kudos to Olay!


Glytone's Essential Mini Peel Gel is a light acid peel for home use.
Yes, it can burn--I had to work up to the full time. But it got rid of mild discoloration & my blackheads. I use once every other week so my skin doesn't get all irritated. STAY OUT OF THE SUN AFTERWARDS. They aren't kidding about this.
I used the Glytone Daily Lotion SPF 15 the day after peeling.
It's a nice, lightweight lotion that doesn't make skin mad the day after the peel, but it is NOT strong enough for more than being indoors. Then again, I have gotten a sun burn through a window. I will use this lotion in the evening, when there's enough sun where I worry about exposure, but it's setting & will be dark.

Avene: Anti-bad skin!


Ysthéal+ lotion

Oddly carrot colored lotion, more of a cream consistency.
No real smell.
My skin LOVES it!!!!!!!!!!
Holy moley.
I usually don't use anything that contains mineral oil, but I gave this a try--clear, smooth skin!
I just put this on at night & voila!
I wonder what else I've been missing out on...

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Garnier Fructis Shampoo & Conditioner

Hope from work (short, bleach-induced platinum hair) gave this a whirl. She said her hair has never felt so soft.
Her daughter (long, frizzy hair) tried it & got smooth, lovely hair.
Nice fruity smell, too!

Maybelline Mascara

XXL Curl Power Volume + Length Microfiber Mascara
This is a smart little two-in-one container, one side is a
base coat, the other a top coat + color.
The brushes are nice, there's little-to-no clumps. Good color, good staying power. Not terribly hard to take off with eye makeup remover.
I tried the very black, it is good & black.
The curl part... I have long & thick lashes (lucky me:) ) but they are stick straight. I can't get my hair that straight with product & irons. I've never had a curling mascara that made any discernible difference. This, too, failed to give me the promised 45-degree angle. Don't feel bad, Maybelline, I can't even get a curl with the lash curling wands.

Rahua Hair Care

I tested the Rahua Shampoo & Conditioner.
I may be in love. The shampoo really cleans, but there's no stripped-hair feeling. The conditioner is thick & creamy & leaves my hair soft! I have thick, yet oily, & often times frizzy hair. Finding products that really work is very rare. Both products have a light anise & nutty scent--kind of anise-liquor next to a bottle of amaretto. I highly recommend it!
As an added bonus, there's even a contest the company is running: the winner will receive a trip for two at Luna Runtun Adventure Spa in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest!
Order & enter the sweepstakes at

Body balm

Le Couvent Des Minimes
Skin Softening Body Balm: Honey & Shea
First, this smells so good!!!
A light honey scent, so tasty.
Not as thick as a body butter, but thicker than a lotion. Kind of the consistency of pancake batter.
Goes on nice & smooth, makes the skin soft. Even makes a difference on my chapped elbows!
So nice, I am a bit addicted.

Skin Milk Lotion + SPF

Skin Milk Hand Lotion with SPF 15
Quickly absorbed.
Not oddly scented, feels like it is relieving a bit of my perpetual hand chap.
I tend to like a thicker, more cream-like lotion, so this was thin/liquidy for me, but my dad, who likes liquidy hand lotion, seemed quite happy with it--he made off with it to keep in his car.

Skin Milk Cleanser & Lotion

Skin Milk
Foaming Face Wash
A nice, light face wash, not over-drying. Very creamy. Rinses well. Doesn't do any clever tricks, just cleans your face.
Facial Moisturizer
Smooth & creamy. Light, fresh scent that doesn't over-power. Keeps your face from drying out, makes skin feel nice. Not too heavy.
On a hunch, I had my friend's sister (Hi Nicki!) use it after getting sunburned. She said it was great. Makes sense--not menthol-ated like Noxema, but the milk proteins feel great on skin that has been overexposed to harsh conditions.
A great summer night lotion!

Another reason to go natural!

Okay, so we love Beautorium, the online natural and organic beauty marketplace.
Now we love them even more!
For the month of September, Beautorium will be donating 10% of all proceeds from online sales to Stand Up For A Cure.
Stand Up For A Cure in conjunction with the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating lung cancer through strategic partnerships with some of the finest medical institutions in the world. Stand Up for a Cure was founded to raise awareness and funding for lung cancer research, treatment and education through a series of benefit concerts.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Kinerase Ultimate Daily Moisturizer

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Must say I wasn't impressed with this at all. To me, it's just another moisturizer that does little for my dry, dry skin. Might be great for someone who has normal skin.