Product comparison actually
began many years ago for me. I used to compare the different soaps,
shampoos and lotions that my mom or grandmother bought. I would cleanse
one arm with a soap or cleanser and the other arm with another; I'd rinse and
dry and compare the softness, smell, moisturization and appearance of my skin
afterwards. I think it all started after viewing those Irish Spring or
Ivory soap commercials when they'd do the same to show water beading and
softness. Something in my head clicked, I guess. And I have been
doing it ever since. How neurotic is that??
I would be typing for
days and this page would never get
published if I were to name every possible product and procedure available on the market
today. However, I can add new products as I try them. There are several categories of skin
care: Natural, Drugstore, Department store or Boutique, Specialty
and Prescription or dermatologist supplied.
I don't tend to lean towards the
'natural' options and concoctions you can make at home or buy. The skin has allergic
reactions to a lot of 'natural' ingredients, mostly witch hazel (astringent qualities),
peppermint, eucalyptus, nut oils and many others. It solely depends upon the person. In
laboratory environments, products are tested repeatedly for
allergic reactions and sterility.
Now, drugstore finds aren't bad. I have used a lot of products from pharmacies and
what not and they are just fine. Nowadays, the selection is broad and many items are now
available without prescription or department store prices. As a matter of fact I use a few
right now. The plus with buying department store brands is being able to try before you
buy, little bonus gifts, plentitude and the fact that you can return it if you don't like
it. The downside to purchasing specialty products is waiting for it to arrive plus having
to order it from the representative. I am not going to preach the use of a certain product
line because it really is individual. In fact, many individuals mix and match different
products from the different lines.
The worst thing is when you finally think you know your skin, a
season changes or your get a little older and your skin care needs change.
Go figure. So,
always be on the look out for new products as your skin changes. I can't stress enough the
importance of cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing your skin! You may think that you
are too busy to settle into a skin regimen. Well, once you get used to applying your
products and after you start seeing results you won't think it so difficult after all.
But, definitely...Take care of your skin. Please.
from A-Z & 1-2-3...
these are my opinions on these particular products and this is the way they react on MY
skin. The results may be completely different on your own. I will update this site as soon
as I get some extra time to even think.
A | B
| C | D | E |
F | G | H
| I | J | K | L
| M | N |
O | P | Q | R
S | T
U | V | W
X | Y | Z
*click a letter for the products
beginning with that letter*
Almay: 1 coat gel eye pencil in charcoal: great for that
smoky-look & blends superbly.
Oil Free Cleanser: "a light oil-free cleanser which meets the unique
needs of oily and oily combination skin types. Rapidly dissolves dirt and
oil with no need for a second cleansing". Believe it. It works! I once
thought that foaming cleansers were IT. I was wrong. This cleanser removed
my make-up and facial oils without over-drying.
Gentle Exfoliant: "Refined delicate, moisturizing exfoliant, with
the exclusive Bio-Hydria® Complex. Gently removes dead skin cells to
cleanse without drying". This exfoliant was the only product which I
felt that fell short. It contains small beads of an unknown origin probably
for looks because the percentage of the physical exfoliant to carrier is
quite small. The jojoba in it helps moisturize. Bottom line - I didn't like
it for me. Although It did NOT aggravate my skin, I would recommend it to sensitive
skin - NOT FOR ACNE prone skin.
Toner: LOVE IT! It contains peppermint (small amount), lemon, plantain
and witch hazel to clean and constrict pores. Comfrey, rosemary and papaya
extracts soothe the skin. This stuff is awesome!
Naturesomes: Enriched serum works to rehydrate, retexturize, strengthen
and firm the upper cell layers, while diminishing fine lines and wrinkles
and the visible effects of environmental strain." I think this stuff is
what helped the texture of my skin. It is very concentrated so the sample
lasted me a long time.
Night Serum with Bio-Hydria®: "Helps your skin look firmer,
younger and healthier. Bio-Hydria® Complex, a proprietary blend of
beneficial plant extracts and Alpha and Beta Acid Complex, visibly
conditions and soothes dry, dehydrated skin. Enriched with Vitamins A, C and
E". This stuff is pretty sweet too. I liked the texture.
Night Cream with Bio-Hydria®: "Works overnight to increase
moisturization and cellular repair while you sleep. Revolutionary,
plant-derived skin protectants add elasticity, , softness and smoothness.
Minimizes water loss and aids skin metabolism. Enriched with vitamins A, C
Oil Free Moisture For day SPF8: "A light, botanically based oil
free day moisturizer for oily and oily combination skin types. Designed to
act as an under make-up preparation and sebum regulator." I like it! It
is light and airy, hence its description. I think at least an SPF of
15 should be used though, not a measly 8.
Eye cream: "A remarkable eye cream helps to revitalize the delicate
eye area. helps to soften and smooth fine lines and wrinkles and aids in
reducing under eye darkness and puffiness." Personally, I don't know
how it could help in reducing under eye circles and the stuff is highly
concentrated although I am not sure I would buy the eye cream for myself.
so far I've only used Aveda oil for my
hair, but I hear great things about the other products.
Babor: My Esthetician uses mostly Babor products. I will gather more info.
On these later, although they are pretty "old school".
Bath & Body Works: I have found the ULTIMATE LIPSTICK!!! (okay, actually my cousin
turned me on to it) It is their Feel Good Lipstick (two-sided!!) in Shimmering Chardonnay.
The colors are a bronzish-purplish color on one side and an icy pink on the other. You can
mix and match to make it more pink or more purple, lighter or darker. It is very
moisturizing and doesn't dry your lips out afterward. Also, it has real staying-power! I
wore this lipstick skiing and it stayed on all day with only two applications. Stop by and
- Regeneration Gold
for Eyes: I have been using this product for quite awhile, it seems to work pretty
well. The lines around my eyes have diminished.
- Skin Solutions Acne Wash: This is a great
product for those of you whose skin does not mind Salicylic acid.
Although, it does not remove my make up well (I use Clinique Foaming cleanser for
that) it does keep the excess oil at bay.
- Perfecting Wet/Dry Finish Foundation in CL nude 6069:
silky, neat compact with separate sponge container. It has an awful "make up
- Spectaculash Thickening Mask in black: basic, not any
thicker - a dud.
- Extra Help Concealer in light: covers okay
but does not stay if not heavily powdered - which then looks cakey. However,
it works great for making yourself look "dead" for Halloween.
- Lip Shaping Pencil in Berry 6473 & Mauve 6467: pretty
good, nothing special, although the colors I was sent are kind of bright for my taste.
- Eye Defining Pencil in espresso 6467: I like this color
even though it is a little hard to blend. It's a keeper.
- Beauticontrol Lipsticks: I don't think I have ever seen
such a horrible selection of lipsticks in my life. I have a plethora of blister pack
samples of orange, brown and pink lipsticks that my Grandmother wouldn't even wear. Plus
the color stickers barely resemble the actual color of the product.
- Unbelievable Blush in Plumberry 6100 & Chic Rose 6098:
These "smell" like make-up, a little rough but they blend okay.
- Sensuous Shadows in Amethyst (really bold &
80's)/Frosted Rose/Taupe: pretty smooth, nothing spectacular. Same product in
Fawn/Vanilla/Wisteria: I like the names and I like the colors but you really have to blend
A company which has been self-described as "cool & up beat" created by the Ford
twins. Their products have catchy, clever names. My personal favorites are: Roadkill,
Vixen, Shell Shocked, Frou Frou and Espionage. They have a wide selection of products.
Hats off to the Ford twins! Although I hear their products are prety mediocre. I
have only tried a few of them
Biore Cleanser is
pretty much average. And that's all I have to say about that.
Biore Self-Heating Mask
is pretty *groovy* in the fact that it self heats. I wish it would stay hot longer though.
This is the only feature I like about the whole product. My skin feels clogged and oily
after I use it.
Pore Strips: All
this does for me is hurt and irritate my skin when it is pulled off. What did you expect?
After all, it IS an expensive form of Duct tape.
Bobbi Brown: I find Bobby Brown Cosmetics too yellow/orange for my
skin. Sorry, Bobbi.
Body Shop: This place has tons of neat stuff! I am a bath-freak! So, any
product having to do with this, I must have. I once got a friend of mine a HUGE
gift-basket of items from this store. Well, I almost kept it for myself. I love the
essential oils, the salts, the potpourri, bath soaps, bubble bath, you name it!!! You
can't go wrong with the Body Shop. The quality is high and the variety is substantial.
Branden Kosmetiks of Germany: Lipliner in 17 Dusty Mauve: pretty cool color. Smooth. Doesn't
feather or smudge - inexpensive.
Borghese: Do you like to indulge in facials but can't afford to get one
often? This counter has it all. Lots of pretty (if mud can be
called "pretty") jars of different colored products, all for the taking. The
salespersons are often eager to slather their products on you.
Expensive but worth it.
Cellex-C: I have been using this product recently and have noticed nothing. I
of course stopped the Kinerase to see if the
working. Well, all I gained was my skin drying out and looking old because I stopped using
my Kinerase. It may work for you, but it doesn't for me. Some people have
written me and say they swear by it
Cetaphil: I just recently starting using this as my skin is exploding. I
think I have Adult Acne and I absolutely HATE it!!! Is was suggested to me to try Cetaphil
for Oily skin. It is "made for dermatologists" - what ever that is supposed to
mean, is hypo-allergenic, non-comedogenic etc etc and it about $4.50 USD from the corner
drug store. I have only been using it for about 4 days and notice no difference so far,
still breaking out - it must be hormones.
Clinique: Okay! With this line, I have tried practically all of it....
- Facial bar soap: Cool
container, but it gets either gooey and ruined if you keep it in the shower or dried to a
crisp if you take it out. I don't think it foams or cleanses well enough.
- Foaming cleanser: Yeah! This is a wonderful product, leaves your skin feeling
clean without over-drying it.
- Clinique clarifying lotion (toner):
This stuff is a bit harsh. Really burns, and
my skin isn't sensitive. Sensitive skins: BEWARE!
- Stop Signs Anti-aging serum:
Not worth your time; besides the fact that it doesn't
work, your skin breaks out when you use it. When I returned it the salesperson said
"oh, it will happen at first, give it a bit" No. It will still clog your pores
because it is a dud product. Myth #1 people! If it makes your skin break out, there's a
- Daily Eye Saver gel: this stuff feels good and that is the extent of it. You can
roll it off your face after it dries it is so thick.
- All About Eyes: It is a mediocre eye moisturizer, but other than that it doesn't
DO anything. You should get an all in one product that moisturizes and has AHAs or Vitamin
C (which, by the way, has not been proven to actually absorb into the skin).
By the way, Marc likes it. He can have mine.
- All About Lips: Good lip plumper and exfoliator but don't overuse it. It will dry
your lips out. Trust me on this one.
- Clinique Facial or Body scrubs: Mediocre, kind of oily. Good idea though and
their exfoliating beads are spherical silicone which is better than jagged
crushed up bits of shell or peach pits.
- Turn Around Cream: This is a good one. Loaded with Salicylic acid, this cream,
when applied nightly has great results. Great for average, slightly dry, slightly oily
skins. This products evened out my skin tone, keeps blemishes at bay and when combined
with regular exfoliation will relieve your skin of its dry patches. But, it dries my skin
out too much in the winter. I mostly use it for my chest,
shoulders, hands and feet.
- Anti Acne Spot Treatment: THIS BURNS. It will drive you
nuts until it finally eats through the top layers of your skin. It only makes your boo-boo
worse! It makes any blemishes super red which are even harder to get rid of. Oh, sure the
pustule (gross!) is gone but now you have a big red spot that lasts for weeks.
- Lip Block with SPF15: It's okay. Like chapstick with a
little sunblock. My boyfriend swears by it, but he IS a b-o-y.
- Emergency Clay Mask: Hey, this works pretty good. Don't use
it too often or it may dry out your skin but it is good for black heads if you exfoliate
pretty well after.
- Moisture Surge: This stuff feels good if your skin is
parched and dry, but beware it is thick and "rolls off" as well.
- Moisture On-call: Pretty cool, light and great as a facial
"pick me up" on a long flight.
- Moisture On-line: My favorite when it comes to needing a
little extra moisture on those dry days or when your skin is betraying you.
- Soft-pressed powder blusher in 21 Plum-Gorgeous: at first I
got this as a sample and thought it was just a telescoping makeup brush. Upon further
inspection - alas! there was blush! Well, in this applicator it is difficult to tell how
much pressure you are exerting to get the pressed blusher on the brush. Hence, it comes
out chunky or piecey and not at all smooth. Cute idea but no cigar - plus the color I was
given has rich brown undertones. Eek.
Covergirl: (Noxema) brow & eye makeup pencil/crayon in Midnight Brown:
comes two to a pack, a little dark for me, but a good basic product. Smudges easily
DEstee Lauder eyeshadows:
high quality, nice color
selection. Their moisturizers are a bit too heavy for me, But, I'd recommend it for mature
Blush All Day in Raspberry 02: too brown for me but very
silky to the touch, blends well and comes in a neat compact with a little mirror.
2 in 1 eyeshadow wet/dry formula in 06 Storm duo (grays):
blends well, nice shades, very silky.
anti-wrinkle cream - Learn it, live it, love it. It works. period. I
once used it on my
forehead EVERY night. Smells good, too!
Glyderm: (buy from a dermatologist or web-site)
- Glyderm Gentle
It's okay. My friend in Denmark swears by it. It isn't "foamy"
enough for me.
- Glyderm Cream: a gentle exfoliating cream for nightly use
on dry skin. /Lotion: a gentle exfoliating lotion for nightly use on normal skin.
- Glyderm Lotion Lite:
exfoliating lotion without
moisturizers for normal to oily skin. Sensitive skins, beware.
Update: 9/29/00: I
have been using the Glyderm Lotion Lite for the last two weeks and have
noticed a significant change in my skin's texture as well as any hyperpigmentation
are seeming to fade quite rapidly. Thank goodness because I have some past
blemishes that stubbornly scarred my skin a little and I am now reaping the
benefits of Glyderm. Also, I have been having fewer breakouts.
- Glyderm Body Lotion (with
Glyco-Citrates which means
nothing to me): A mildly keratolytic, lightweight formula, absorbed quickly into the skin
to alleviate dryness. I like this stuff, expensive to use on entire body though.
- Glyderm Vernix Lotion: A special blend of ingredients
(don't ask, they didn't tell me either) to moisturize dry, chapped skin. Works great!
- Glyderm Hydrotone: A low pH moisturizer for dry or mature
- Glyderm Hydrotone
Lite: A low pH moisturizer for normal to
Jane: Eye Zing in "in the
buff" & "plum perfect": I love their eyeshadows! They have really cool
colors, come in little convenient pots and don't "cost an arm and a leg".
Kinerase: (N6-furfuryladenine) 0.1% Cream. This is a
GREAT product. I used to have a little acne damage
and a few red spots from past blemishes that would not go away!!! But, I received some
samples from my Surgeon's office and after a few weeks I saw serious results. I think it
keeps me from breaking out, as well. I have started a few people on this product myself
and they are happy with it. Also, my Danish friend uses it and she loves it!
LI have finally found a great foundation that matches my skin,
lasts all day and doesn't make me break out. Their Teint Idole in beige III (and
beige dorie) is wonderful. The saleslady at Nordstrom let me have a rather large sample
and told me to come back on such and such date (free gift week!) if I liked it. Well, I
love it and use it to this day.
I use a self tanner
by Lancome that works well. It produces even color and has vitamin E in it. It doesn't
produce an ugly orange color like most self tanners. If you don't mind the smell, this one
should work well for you.
- My boyfriend recently discovered a great new product by L'oreal
called "Line Eraser with Pure Retinol" and I love it! If you have spots
or unevenly textured or toned skin, go out and buy this. You can get it at the pharmacy or
select grocery stores. This works - fast! And it doesn't overdry your skin like 'some'
products we know.
- L'oreal Crayon Petite automatic lip liners in Roses/Mauves:
These are great lip liners. You can line and fill your lips in with these colors, there's
a good selection and can be used for that "stained" look. The color lasts a long
time and you never have to sharpen!
I was sent some samples of the Mary Kay Time wise
Collection by representitive, Deb Johnson and here is my opinion.
- Timeswise 3-in-1 cleanser
It says it is safe for sensitive
skin, clinically tested for skin irritancy and allergy free, fragrance-free and
non-comedogenic. I thought at first that it was going to be really heavy for my oily skin.
It felt like a clay mask and looked like one as well with a few turquoise beads mixed in here
and there. The beads are supposed to be for exfoliation but they are too few and far
between to make any difference. After I dried my skin, it did not leave it tight and dry
nor did it leave it greasy. It felt well-balanced. Although, I was told it could
remove make-up, I found this not to be so for me. I still had residue after using a toner
to test this factor. The 3-in-1 cleanser is supposed to be a cleanser, a scrub and a
toner. It is a cleanser, at best - but mediocre. I would bet that it would be beneficial
with prior make-up removal. Note: Fragrance-free doesn't mean it doesn't smell like
anything. It mean that irritating perfumes are not present, but some people are allergic
to the additives that remove fragrances. I thought it smelled great and had a wonderful
- Mary Kay Triple-Action eye enhancer 100% fragrance free,
non-comedogenic and tested for non-allergenic. I am not sure what this is supposed
to do. It was supposed to give the illusion of lessened lines. I don't know if it is
supposed to diffuse light like the other light diffusing products on the market. I thought
it did nothing for me.
- Timewise Eye cream
100% fragrance free, non-comedogenic and non-allergic. It was mediocre. I liked the smell
and texture and it did seem to puff out my lines but I did not use it for long enough
(only one sample) to see added benefits as promised by the product. Even prescription
products take a few weeks to show results so perhaps this product really works.
Maybelline products are too pinkish for my skin tone. At least their foundations are. I have found a few good
eyeshadows but for the most part, it isn't my cup of tea. However, it is a good line if
you are on a budget.
- Shinefree pressed powder in #3 light beige: it has a very rough feel to it,
"cakey" in fact & rubs off on clothing and others.
- True Illusion oil-free Make-up SPF10 in true fawn: Neat texture at first then you
start noticing that any of the tiniest facial hairs (come on, we ARE mammals, people!), the smallest pores and the minutest of
flaws actually look phosphorescent. It settles into the crevices or anything in your skin
and almost looks as if it contained Mother of Pearl. Weird.
- COOL EFFECT cooling cream eyecolor
in pretty cool (pinkish) lilac breeze, steely
gaze (gray steel): a water based formula, very pretty colors but they do kinda smudge
though, but they are sweet. They have shadow eyeliner pencil but I haven't tried that yet.
Max Factor: High Definition Kohliner in ebony:
very "map-pencil" like, doesn't blend very well; more of a pronounced line
resulting in an 80's look. Ha!
Murad: Complete analysis of
one woman's Murad
Regime - coming soon. It's positive, ladies!!!
Nat Robbins: This line has some cool products. One thing
I learned from experience is that the cream eyeshadows make a great lipstick.
Seriously, and it doesn't dry your lips out and stays on for a while.
Neutrogena: This entire line dries out my skin. I
don't even like the foundations. The cleansers are harsh. They may be good for a teenager
but I'll pass, thank you.
Pore Refining Lotion: It did NOTHING. My boyfriend used it as well for a lot longer than I
did and he didn't care for it either. Sorry. *Tip: Use either a clay mask (white clay) and
let dry then scrub your pores with a soft brush (like a soft nail brush) OR use salt (dead
sea salts or Epsom salts). This will clean your pores, reducing the appearance by
unclogging the blackheads from their treacherous hold.
Nivea Tinted Moisturizer with
SPF 4 in medium to dark and fair to light creme. First off, SPF 4? Why
bother? You at least need SPF 15. I thought these tinted moisturizers were too
greasy. Even their lotion is too greasy for me. The colors, om the other hand, were
quite frankly orangey. They did not match my skin tone and when I did blend it in
properly, they completely disappeared and gave no color, coverage or beneficial properties
whatsoever other than clogging my pores needlessly.
Oil of Olay:
I remember my grandmother using their lotion back in the day. Now, I think the cleansing
lotion is too heavy for my oilier skin, but would be great for mature skins.
All Day Moisture Foundation
for normal to dry skin in 82 Deep Honey: First off,
this does not match my skin. They are supposed to have olive skin tones along with tones
for people of color and very-pale-never-go-out-of-the-house tones. But. the drugstores
NEVER have more than a few shades. It doesn't blend all that well anyway; it's pretty
Orgins: What I wouldn't do to win a shopping spree
in this store! Bath products galore! Lovely, wonderful, smell good, expensive and
beneficial products, oh my!
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THEIR LASH DARKENER!!! I
received a free sample called, The Supernatural Lash Darkener. It isn't your
every day run of the mill mascara. It does NOT clump and is a gorgeous black. Washes off
Physician's Formula: Great stuff for what it is. Originally created for scar cover up.
More natural shades. I use their Fineline Brow pencil in beige-brown. More of a lt.
brown/dark blond color. I swear by this and apply it everyday to fill in my struggling
They have quite a few great products
including and not limited to:
- I LOVE their eyelining pencil in 'Iron Grey'.
Well I adore the color but I think the pencil cakes a lot :(
- Eyeshadows: Prophet (bronzish), Tea leaves (greenish) & Golden (speaks for itself).
- They will mix a foundation to match your skin tone on the spot. However, again the tones
are too yellow for me.
- Their eyeshadows are a little expensive for what you get, I mean come on, it's
eyeshadow. You buy the container initially with the eyeshadows and buy the refill (the
size of a quarter) shades thereafter.
Pond's: They have a great night/day moisturizer in
a neat little bottle called "Prevent/Correct". Two sided and filled with
a wonderful concoction of AHAs and moisturizer. This product is light and airy and doesn't
make me break out. Pond's also carries a Cleansing Towel product that is great for
quick cosmetic or grime removal. I could deal without the scent but oh well. It is great
for travel and works wonderfully if you have no access to water and cleanser.
I use a few products by this company
- their concealer, which is great!
- Their New Complexion Powder in medium beige is silky, light to medium coverage
but rubs off on everything.
- New Complexion Oil-free make-up
with SPF4 in natural tan (more like
"orange-sunless-tanning-lotion-tan"): What's the point in having an SPF4? I have
used a few drops of this mixed with the same product in sand beige to match my ever
changing skin tone. It is rather smooth to apply and I really liked this product but it
turned orangey by mid-day, I suspect from excess oil in the T-zone. Plus it really didn't
match my skin tone. :(
RoC: They have a good Retinol anti wrinkle
product called "RoC Actif-Pur with Retinol". It effectively removes
texture or color irregularities but dries the skin out if you're not careful.
Convertible Color cream blush in
Rose & Mauve: smooth, blends well and doesn't clog your pores. I like the Rose color
best. It looks really natural.
I love their Pear spray, candles and bubble bath. (I don't fit into their
The cosmetics are pretty good and they let you try before you buy...
I like Silkwear Java #49 eyeshadow. So, if you're ever in the neighborhood, drop
on in and sample the goods.
Draw Me A Line
lip pencil in 21 Foxy Brown: too soft, never retains a point, very
smudgy and too brown. Need I say more? I'll pass.
Yves St. Laurent:
3 Custom Color Specialists: Jungle-icious lip gloss: I signed
up and I got a GREAT zebra print cosmetic bag with products including this lip gloss - all
for free! Great color, not too sticky & has staying power!
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