Thursday, June 10, 2010

Blot Award

My very own, first Blot Award! This award will go, as often as needed, to the products that, sometimes despite their claims, use cheap and damaging ingredients.
So, the first Blot Award goes to....
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

I bought this cream because it was only $15 @ Sephora, but shame on me, I didn't check the ingredients. After using it for a few days, my skin began to feel and look dry. For me it means itchy skin and tight feeling especially on my neck (ravages of ages). So I flip the bottle over and read the ingredients list.
First one listed is water. Second, mineral oil.
Mineral oil is a byproduct of crude oil, also known as petroleum. It is cheap and masquerades as an excellent hydrator. But in reality it blocks the skin and tricks it into thinking it does not need to produce any oil on its own. It becomes dysfunctional, the creme causing the exact problem it promises to solve.
On their website Clinique say this about their Dramatically Different Moisturizing lotion: Gives every skin the "drink" it needs after cleansing and exfoliating.
Shame on them and congratulations on their very first Blot Award!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Let's get Fresh

Here is a couple of products I tried and loved,surprisingly (to me anyway, because I prefer all-natural products). These two little darlings are from the exquisite brand Fresh. Started in 1991 by Glazman and Roytberg team with a little soap, the brand has taken on a cult status using many natural products. I have always loved their fragrances, but have stayed away from the the skin products, because often they have additional ingredients I am not a fan of. But I caved and bought their Soy Face Cream and Fresh Sugar Blossom Hand Cream.

The face cream has a great creamy texture, pink tinge and a subtle fragrance. It immediately moisturizes, and over time firms and restores. My skin is going woot! It's hydrated and smooth. The price point is around $40.00.

The hand cream is a dream. It smells fabulous! At first I didn't like the smell, I thought it was too strong, and I was suspicious that it's hype might be in the scent alone. But after using it for several days I noticed the skin on my hands was smoother, firmer and more even toned. It's only drawback is the price. The smaller tube (I think it's one ounce) goes for around $25 @ Sephora and the larger size (about 3 ounces) is $50. I thought it was convenient to have the smaller size, but the cream goes fast and I find I have to buy again in two to three weeks. But that maybe its addictive quality--you will find yourself reapplying often just for the heavenly smell and great afterfeel.

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