Monday, March 28, 2011

Burt's Bees Radiance Eye Creme

Burt's Bees Radiance Eye Creme

I really like the Burt's Bees radiance creme line. I reviewed the Burt's Bees Radiance Day Creme also. I have never used eye cream before this, so I don't have any other eye cream to compare it to. Even without a comparison I really like this stuff! Here is a Blurb from Burt's Bees website*

*Royal Jelly, one of nature's most nourishing substances, and bee pollen naturally replenish and renew your skin's essential nutrients, restoring a smooth, youthful appearance. This highly-concentrated formula also contains chamomile, cucumber and rosehip extracts, which are known to promote skin renewal and reduce puffiness and swelling. Natural mica diffuses light to minimize the look of fine lines.*

This is definitely good if the skin around your eyes is dry. This really makes your eyelids and surrounding eye area feel moisturized and soothed without feeling heavy or like you have cream on your eyelids. It absorbs pretty quickly, and works perfectly under eye makeup. It seems to work well as a primer for eye makeup, making the makeup go on smoother and more even. I don't know how it works for puffiness, because my eyes aren't excessively puffy. The only fine lines I have are two little lines directly under my lash line, that usually only appear when the skin under my lashes is dry. When I use this eye cream they usually disappear or are barely noticeable. My two favorite things about this eye cream are: the smell and the mica light diffusing effect. For whatever reason this eye cream has a good smell, it doesn't really smell like the Radiance Day Creme but has a more perfume-y type smell. The mica light diffusing effect is by far the best thing about this creme. It makes dark circles look so much less noticeable. Your eyes look brighter and more awake when you use this, and the difference is quite noticeable. While this is not a permanent effect, (the creme washes off and along with it the mica goes) it doesn't really matter if you apply the cream after you wash your face. While the price is a bit high for a drugstore type brand the jar lasts a really long time. A very little of this eye cream goes a long way. The half ounce jar I have been using twice a day for months doesn't even look like its been used at all.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for a good eye cream.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Burt's Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream

Burt's Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream

This is one of my favorite cream cleansers. Like I have been saying in other posts I have dry sensitive skin, and lots of cleansers irritate my skin. This cleanser is very gentle and non-irritating. I am also prone to blackheads/whiteheads and the occasional blemish. This cleanser is very good at getting rid of blackheads and whiteheads and tightening up pores. It isn't oil free, however I didn't have any problems with it clogging my pores. It also has menthol in it so it has a cooling refreshing tingle. The menthol has never irritated my face either. It might take a little getting use to using a wash with menthol if you never have before. I wouldn't recommend using this as a makeup remover, for me regardless of what kind of makeup I wear it didn't effectively remove it. I usually remove makeup before I wash my face so this didn't bother me. I would also recommend keeping this cleanser away from your eyes, because it has menthol I wouldn't recommend you use this to remove eye makeup. I would recommend this cream wash if you have normal skin, or if you only have occasional blemishes, because this doesn't have any salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide in it.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Burt's Bees Rosewater and Glycerin Toner

Burt's Bees Rosewater and Glycerin Toner

Of the few different toners I have tried this is by far my favorite. Like I said in my last post, I have dry, sometimes sensitive skin, and most toners are very drying and irritating.  Especially, toners that have high levels of alcohol seem to irritate my skin. I have used toners that make my skin feel like its burning, and  leave my skin red and dry. Needless to say I wasn't really seeing the benefit of toners and had eliminated them from my skin care regimen, until I found this Rosewater and Glycerin toner. When I tried this toner I was pretty shocked at how good it works. Firstly, it didn't even remotely burn or irritate my skin. Instead it made my skin feel calmed and soothed. It also didn't dry out my skin, instead it helped moisturize my skin. After using this product for a while my skin tone evened out and my pores got much smaller, although I'm not sure if I would contribute the results to this toner alone because when I started using this toner I also started a whole new skin care regimen. This toner definitely did help though, even if it was in conjunction with other products.  I would definitely recommend this toner if you want a toner that does all the things a toner should do and none of the things it shouldn't do.

Burt's Bees Radiance Day Creme

Burt's Bees Radiance Day Creme

Blurb from Burt's Bees website*

*This quick-absorbing formula is light to the touch, but heavy in nutrients. Royal Jelly, one of nature’s most nourishing substances, is packed with 134 nutrients, including 17 amino acids, and vitamins A, C, D and K, as well as multiple B-vitamins, helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and renew your skin. Bee pollen in the formula helps skin maintain its essential moisture and restore its natural radiance.*

I have tried lots of low-end creams. Being someone with dry skin, I want a cream that is moisturizing without being heavy and greasy. I also want a cream that will help the tone and texture of my skin as well. While on the hunt for a good face cream, I decided to try Burt's Bees Radiance Day Creme and I'm glad I did. I really like this cream, and it seems to have helped my complexion.  It makes my complexion look brighter and more "radiant" it also smooths out the texture of my skin and overall makes my face look more even toned. It's also 98.2% natural, which I also like because my face is sensitive to the harsh chemicals that are found in some face cosmetics. Although it is not oil free and has both sesame seed oil and castor oil, it has Not made my skin breakout. I read in some reviews that people didn't like the smell. I personally don't think it smells bad, it smells, light, fresh, clean, nature-y,and earthy.  So if you are used to perfumes, this might take getting use to. If you hate chemical perfumes, you will probably really like the smell of this. The cream comes in a 2oz jar that lasts a long time. I have been using it for a few months now and it isn't even half way done yet. All in all I would definitely recommend this cream if you have dry skin and want to improve your complexion. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sally Hansen Complete Care 4-in-1 Treatment

This blog is going to be about all sorts of random consumer reviews, however I'm going to start the blog off by reviewing some beauty stuff!

Sally Hansen Complete Care 4-in-1 Treatment 

Here is the description from the back of the box *

*Improve the future of your nails!
Sally Hansen has redefined the science of nail care. Advanced technology and high performance ingredients are combined to deliver the benefits of four nail treatments in one revolutionary formula!

1) Smoothing Base Coat
Ridges and imperfections are instantly smoothed. Patented Okoume extract makes nails grow out smoother and less ridged.

2) Bio-Strengthener
Sea Minerals, Natural Plant Extracts and Vitamins help restore strength. Weak, fragile nails are protected and reinforced to resist breaks, splits, chips and cracks.

3) Growth Treatment
Triple Protein Complex and Active Botanicals nourish and revitalize nails. Short, problem nails grow longer and stronger.

4) Mega Gloss Top Coat
State-of-the-Art Micro Technology creates an incredibly durable, scratch-resistant shield of chip-proof protection with breathtaking, high-gloss shine!

Proven Results
() Dramatically stronger, healthy nails in 3 days
() Visibly longer, smoother nails-- 30% longer nails in 5 days
() Incredibly shiny, protected manicure-- 100% pure shine for up to 10 days*

Price- about $12-13.50

So here is my opinion: This nail treatment is pretty expensive , but since it is a big bottle I figured if it worked it would be worth it. So does it work? It does work, but it does have some drawbacks.

As a base coat it definitely smooths out ridges and imperfections and makes nails smooth and glass-like. However I didn't notice a big difference in new nail growth being free of ridges. If you expect to use this for a few weeks and no longer have ridges, I don't think it will work for you, at least it didn't work for me that way. I think there may have been slight improvement in the ridges but that is probably just my wishful thinking. It does however work very well as a base coat both by itself and with nail polish on top.

 As a bio-strengthener I think it works good also. It definitely makes my nails stronger, and harder and more resistant to breaks.

 As a growth treatment, I would say it works moderately well. My nails grow pretty fast on their own, but this seemed to make new layers of nail grow in so my nails seemed a bit thicker.

 As a top coat I only use it by itself and not with nail polish underneath, because it takes forever to dry, and after a while it still isn't fully dry(when used with nail polish). It does make nails very shiny and glossy. 

All in all it does do what it says it will, however it takes a long time to dry, and didn't seem to fully dry as a topcoat over nail polish, also the results are moderate, unless you really want all four treatments, I would suggest using a specific treatment for whatever problem you have. For example the Sally Hansen maximum nail growth formula works much better than this for nail growth, so if you wanted your nails to grow I would skip this 4-in-1 and go for the maximum nail growth. If used as a base coat it does help to increase the longevity of your nail polish and without nail polish it lasts even longer. I would say it lasts 10 days, as long as you do touch ups to the treatment or to the nail color if you use it as a top coat. Whether or not I'll repurchase when the bottle runs out? I'll most likely try another nail treatment or topcoat before I decide whether this is worth the money.