L'Oreal Skin Genesis Daily Treatment

L'Oreal Skin Genesis Daily Treatment

I love what L’Oreal has done with color cosmetics, but had never used any of their skincare before. In the end, I was very impressed with this serum. I put it on before I put on my moisturizer and makeup in the morning and it made my skin feel like silk! It also allowed my makeup to go on more smoothly and kept the drier parts of my skin nice and moist. I dare say it almost gave me an airbrushed look once my makeup was on. I can breakout occasionally in my t-zone, but this product didn’t cause any irritation or oily patches. It’s a pricier drug store item, but definitely worth it (for a very good product) with the added advantage that a little (just two pumps or so) was needed for my entire face and neck, so a little goes a long way. As the weeks went on, I found that this gave me a smoother and clearer complexion. The serum goes on nicely, sinks right in. It does have a slight floral smell to me, but it didn’t last long. It absorbed quickly without a greasy or heavy feel. My skin looked "fresher" when I used this. I also liked the pump bottle that it comes in. It made it easy to pump out just the right amount, and was small enough for a travel bag. Note: When I didn’t have any hand cream handy I rubbed a little of the serum on my hands and after about five minutes, my skin was super baby soft!

  • I love a great story behind the development of a scent. Fresh Citron de Vigne has as lovely a story as I've ever heard. The scent was inspired by Veuve Clicquot's Grande Dame Champagne (one of my all time favorite Veuve's!). Al... I love a great story behind the development of a scent. Fresh Citron de Vigne has as lovely a story as I've ever heard. The scent was inspired by Veuve Clicquot's Grande Dame Champagne (one of my all time favorite Veuve's!). Alina Roytberg, co-founder of Fresh, was invited to Reims, France for a tour of the grounds. It was there where she fell in love with the aroma of the grapes, and vines in the vineyards themselves. When she returned, she and partner Lev Glazman captured her memories in this fragrance. This is a scent that actually uses some of the elements of champgne in it's mix. The heart is a pinot noir accord, which is mixed with neroli, bitter orange, pink grapefruit, sandalwood, jasmine tea leaves, lemongrass, pachouli and amber. Upon my first spray, my nose was "prickeled" with this this bold, piercing blend of citrus notes - grapefruit and lemongrass, mixed with the neroli and orange. This opening combination did, in fact, give me a distinct impression of "fresh grapes" which are a little woody, a little green, and sometimes a little tart (as opposed to a "wine" scent). The remainder of the scent was just as lovely. The pinot noir heart was lovely mingling with the sandalwood, amber and patchouli. This is a perfect scent for spring/summer and could just as easily be unisex, which is another bonus. The staying power I would describe as medium, meaning that after about 3-4 hours this will wear a little thin, but it's so lovely I didn't mind reapplying. Fragrance Notes: Neroli, Bitter Orange, Pink Grapefruit, Pinot Noir Accord, Jasmine Tea Leaves, Lemongrass, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Amber.

  • When I think of Neutrogena, I admit that mascara is not the first thing that comes to mind, which is why I've probably never tried one from this line before. But in a quest to find more and more drugstore, budget-friendly products... When I think of Neutrogena, I admit that mascara is not the first thing that comes to mind, which is why I've probably never tried one from this line before. But in a quest to find more and more drugstore, budget-friendly products (that work really well!), I was excited when I was asked to give this a go. I have to say this mascara not only met my expectations but exceeded them for nice volume and a pretty, every day effect. The packaging is unique, with a separate tube for the mascara and the brush placed separately. When I opened the package, I unscrewed the mascara tube then placed the brush inside of it. The brush on the mascara wand is VERY large, and the mascara formula itself is a "drier" one. With the larger brush, I found that it did an excellent job of coating each lash. I got a fairly dramatic increase in volume without any clumps, and it really opened up my eyes. I was able to control the brush well and could sculpt my lashes easily. The mascara defined and separated my lashes very nicely and there was no flaking during the day. My lashes don't feel all dry/hard or "crunchy" (which I hate!) once the mascara dried. I also loved the fact this formula has olive oil and nutrients to condition my lashes. At night the mascara came off easily (I used the waterproof version, but they also have a regular version). All in all, this is a perfect mascara for those of you looking for a nice, healthy, lush everyday lash look. This is easily one of the best drugstore mascaras out there right now.

  • LOVE, bracing, energizing scents in the morning - Grapefruit/Lemon/Citrus notes are what I reach for time and time again. Now I've discovered a great drugstore product that gives me all of that AND a bargain that can reach for... LOVE, bracing, energizing scents in the morning - Grapefruit/Lemon/Citrus notes are what I reach for time and time again. Now I've discovered a great drugstore product that gives me all of that AND a bargain that can reach for all the time! Dove go fresh Body Mist, Energizing Grapefruit & Lemongrass Scent is a great, clean fragrance that was not too strong or overpowering - but still bright, clear and noticeable on my skin. I found that the trick to getting this body spray to really have staying power (remember: body mists are really not meant to be long lasting fragrances), is to apply body lotion first, right out of the shower, so skin is very moisturized, then I sprayed two rounds of the mist on my pulse points (wrist, inside elbows, backs of knees). Note: Dove also makes a line of products in this scent which you can also use to layer - body wash, bar soap and deodorant. This is a spot on multi-citrus scent that refreshes and energizes - perfect for spring/summer and also post work out or plane travel. Since it's fairly small it's also easy to put in your purse if you want to refresh at the end of the day - the scent is that lovely that you really will want to -- like I did almost every day!

  • If you are a real scrub junkie like I am, then you know that you can certainly be wowed by a luxurious scrub from a high end brand. However, when I can also be wowed by a drugstore gem like this one from St. Ives, it really puts a... If you are a real scrub junkie like I am, then you know that you can certainly be wowed by a luxurious scrub from a high end brand. However, when I can also be wowed by a drugstore gem like this one from St. Ives, it really puts a smile on my face. The texture of this scrub is so different from what I usually experience with drugstore scrubs. It's not a creamy, grainy scrub. Instead it's a very thick (almost solid) creamy-white base with the exfoliating grains weaved within it. It reminded me a little of taking packed sand and adding water to make sculptures. I scooped a handful and began scrubbing my tough areas and it didn't melt immediately (you can add more/less water depending on how grainy you want the scrub). It retained some of it's solid nature throughout most of my shower. (This means it didn't end up all over the shower floor!). After rinsing I had soft, glowing skin with no residue or greasy feeling. After using 3x week for a few weeks, my skin looked much better and it took less and less product to keep up the results. Other nice features: It smelled wonderful, a light oceanic/green smell and because it was so concentrated, it lasted a long time. My skin is not super dry, but this definitely gave me a nice layer of moisture and didn't dry it out or make it raw while I was scrubbing. This should be in your shower caddy ASAP!

  • Olay has made incredible strides with the creation of this product. It is a tinted moisturizer, which many of you love to use, but since this is an Olay product, there are some additional benefits and product innovations which I ... Olay has made incredible strides with the creation of this product. It is a tinted moisturizer, which many of you love to use, but since this is an Olay product, there are some additional benefits and product innovations which I was impressed with. The see-through tube reveals a color “swirl” which is the tinted moisturizer shade + the moisturizer (like a “cosmetic” soft ice cream cone!). I really liked this effect. I pumped just once to release the mixed product in my hand, blended it together and applied to my face with my fingers. (Note: I also had great results using a slightly damp blender sponge like Sonia Kashuk’s. As this is a “tint” the color blended in very nicely with my skin tone (I used light/medium). Think of using a “wash” as opposed to a “paint” to color your walls. I let it sink in for a few minutes to set. It felt light on my skin and really made my skin look luminous immediately. When I was ready to begin applying the rest of makeup my skin was moisturized with no oily spots. I found that a bit of concealer, then blotting with a sheet and finished with some powder gave me the best results to really look polished. On the weekends I sometimes skipped the power if I was just running around. The finish without powder is dewy (not oily) which was very nice and just what I wanted. I loved how my skin looked when I wore this and found that each and every time it went on evenly and effortlessly. Please note that since this is a tint, you should have a fairly good skin tone to begin with. This will not cover up major skin discolorations, hyperpigmentation, freckles, etc, but it does contain ingredients that with time do help improve the overall tone of the skin. I found that a few very light blemish marks did fade after several weeks of using the product as well. My skin felt plump, moisturized and little fine lines were much less noticeable. The product also has a sunscreen which is on the lower end (15), but fine for daily short term sun exposure. This is a “higher end” drugstore product that is certainly worth every penny. Note: This will work best for normal to dry skins, as it may make oily skin appear more shiny/oily. Also, even though this is a tint, women that are darker than a Whitney Houston shade for example, should use the medium/dark shade for best results.

  • This is a delightful fragrance that will not be for every one. Let me explain. Missoni has created a unique scent that lends itself to a “watery” sugary sweetness, which is fresh, but somehow still unfamiliar (Melon & Grapef... This is a delightful fragrance that will not be for every one. Let me explain. Missoni has created a unique scent that lends itself to a “watery” sugary sweetness, which is fresh, but somehow still unfamiliar (Melon & Grapefruit notes). It’s a bright blast off of a fragrance from the beginning, and then settles into a still unusual mix of flowers, (such as freesia and iris). It’s fresh, light and tropical, but because of those opening fruity notes, it may not appeal to those who lean more towards the lighter citrus or oceanic fragrances. The staying power is nice, and as the day went on, I also picked up the bergamot and the muguet. I felt refreshed all day, especially on very hot days. The bottle is simply divine and very much in keeping with the style of the house of Missoni. All in all, this is a fragrance that will stand out, and may push your nose into some new territory – which is always a good thing to me! Note: The body lotion is fabulous as well, and fantastic to layer with. Fragrance notes: Grapefruit, Bergamot, Melon, Narcisse, Muguet, Violet, Blue Freesia, Peony, Tuscan Iris, Petal Jasmine, Sole.

  • This was my first time using a Murad product and I was very pleased. This sunblock has a light lemony scent, which I liked. It was not greasy, and didn’t flake or ball up in the heat. I also found it very moisturizing for my dr... This was my first time using a Murad product and I was very pleased. This sunblock has a light lemony scent, which I liked. It was not greasy, and didn’t flake or ball up in the heat. I also found it very moisturizing for my drier areas of my face and small lines around my eyes, and even my legs and elbows. The tone and texture of my skin was fantastic after using this daily! I used this successfully on both my face and my body and I did not experience any irritation or break outs. For the face, it does leave a sheen however, so if you want a more matte look, then it will be necessary to blot it and then apply a little pressed or loose powder over it. I usually wore this during a recent vacation without much other makeup and didn’t mind the sheen. I also liked that the Sunblock didn’t leave a sticky or grayish cast to my skin (which I hate!). It was definitely water resistant, but after going in and out of the water several times I did reapply as most experts say is necessary. However, when I was home and used it for everyday wear I found that even through very hot days it stayed put and was effective. A little goes a long way with this product which also makes it a great buy.

  • This is a great hair treatment (not a traditional conditioner). There are a few things that should be noted however for best results. The texture of this product is greasy and thick, which made it ideal for my thick hair. It i... This is a great hair treatment (not a traditional conditioner). There are a few things that should be noted however for best results. The texture of this product is greasy and thick, which made it ideal for my thick hair. It is a pre-shampoo treatment - meant to be applied BEFORE you shampoo and condition your hair. I loved using this every week or so to give my hair a rest from blow drying, when I let my hair dry naturally. I applied about 1 1/2 inches (it comes out of the tube like toothpaste) to my damp hair, combed it through with a wide tooth comb (sometimes I then twisted it into a low bun), and then let it dry naturally. When it was dried I was very happy with my frizz free waves which were not sticky, oily or weighed down. My hair was shiny, soft and felt really conditioned and healthy. I also love that it’s 99% natural. This also worked well for me as a leave-in styling aid. I only used a nickel-size amount on my dry hair and the results were fantastic (more than that and it did feel a little greasy). At first it didn't seem like my hair was absorbing it very well and it felt a little greasy. After a few minutes though, my hair felt really soft and was much less poofy and frizzy and remained that way all day. Editor’s Note: This is not for use with thin or oily hair.

  • I have always been a slave to the liquid cleanser/water combination to wash my face, but I have to say that I ended up adoring these! These were perfect for travel or just a few late nights when I had absolutely NO energy to was... I have always been a slave to the liquid cleanser/water combination to wash my face, but I have to say that I ended up adoring these! These were perfect for travel or just a few late nights when I had absolutely NO energy to wash my makeup off. I tend to wear the whole range of makeup on any given day – primer, tinted moisturizer or foundation, blush, eye pencil, eye shadow, mascara and bronzer. These wipes did a great job removing everything – including my eyeliner and mascara which was impressive (Note: – I did have to rub a little harder when I wore waterproof versions of eyeliner and mascara to really remove it). What really surprised me about these cleansing wipes was how soft and smooth they left my skin after using them. They didn’t leave any gummy or sticky residue and my skin felt fresh and pleasantly oil-free. Since using my skin has remained clear and soft and the overall tone is fantastic. Also, I experienced no bumps, breakouts, or irritation from these cloths. All in all, these are a big winner in my book, and worth every penny. I am definitely going to keep a few packs of these around for travel and gym and my bathroom as well. My only issue is a slight packaging one - the dispensing hole at the top of the pack should be a little wider so that you don’t have to dig into it so much with your fingers to pull out the wipe.

  • I found this to be a great, non-greasy eye makeup remover. It completely erased all types of mascara and eye liner that I wore (regular, long wearing and waterproof) as well as foundation and lip products. The bottle looked small;... I found this to be a great, non-greasy eye makeup remover. It completely erased all types of mascara and eye liner that I wore (regular, long wearing and waterproof) as well as foundation and lip products. The bottle looked small; however it lasted forever because I only needed just a tiny amount on a q-tip to remove my makeup. I used it every day (sometime 2x day if I reapplied makeup after the gym) and after a month I still had a 90% full bottle. It’s a very mild formula that was soothing on my eyelids, and didn’t irritate my eyes (I wear contact lenses). This is by far one of the BEST eye makeup removers I have used. It’s worth every penny and I won’t be without it now!

  • From the moment I flipped the top open my senses were blown away with this amazing grapefruit-based scent. The scent is fresh and bright and not too cloying or sweet. I always looked forward to using this in the mornings as it re... From the moment I flipped the top open my senses were blown away with this amazing grapefruit-based scent. The scent is fresh and bright and not too cloying or sweet. I always looked forward to using this in the mornings as it really was a lovely way to start the day. The texture of the shower gel is silky with a medium weight and very concentrated to a little goes a long way. It made a nice lather with divine fragrance when the water hit it as well. The formula was also moisturizing for my body, so I didn’t feel stripped after I rinsed, but there was also not a “coating” or film left on my body, which I personally prefer. I love Ted’s elegant packaging with the beautiful flower motif on the bottle as well. Great new product from this line!

  • This is a citrus lover’s dream product! I have dry skin and am sometimes wary of using perfumed body lotions because they can dry out my skin more at times it seems. However, Ted’s Transformation Body did not do this at all. Th... This is a citrus lover’s dream product! I have dry skin and am sometimes wary of using perfumed body lotions because they can dry out my skin more at times it seems. However, Ted’s Transformation Body did not do this at all. The texture of the lotion was almost that of a hair “conditioner” not exactly a lotion, but almost like a light mousse texture that is silky smooth and spreads on the body like a dream. The fragrance was so amazing that many days I skipped any other fragrance to just continue smelling this grapefruit based scent (It’s still not super strong or aggressive). This is perfect because I liked layering other citrus based fragrances on top of this after applying and found they works unbelievably well together. The lotion kept my skin soft and supple and even worked on my stubborn parts like my elbows and knees. I can’t wait to try the other fragrances.

  • This is my new secret beauty weapon! I have never used a product that smoothed down all the rough, dry, flaky parts on my heels and left my feet soft and pretty in just a few days! I applied a generous amount the thick and smoot... This is my new secret beauty weapon! I have never used a product that smoothed down all the rough, dry, flaky parts on my heels and left my feet soft and pretty in just a few days! I applied a generous amount the thick and smooth (but not greasy) cream to my feet and heels after my shower in the evening. It took a few minutes to sink in, (which is why I think it’s great for night time use). The next morning I simply could not believe how great my feet looked. Even better, after just applying a bit more on my heels that morning, my feel were smooth and moisturized the entire day and into the evening when I took my next shower. This is a product that actually does what it says it's going to do! I got the best results by then applying it every other day after my shower in the evening and continued to have unbelievably amazing looking feet – soft, smooth supple with no flakes! This is also a must have product for the summer or if you live in a city where you are wearing a lot of sandals/flip-flops all the time. With it’s soft tube and flip top cap it’s perfect for travel and the gym too! I will never be without this gem now. Note: This also makes a great hand cream!

  • I used this mask from Japanese brand Sekkisei at least once a week, and was very happy with the results. This is a “peel off” mask which did an excellent job at clearing out blackheads in the t-zone area once it dried. I got the... I used this mask from Japanese brand Sekkisei at least once a week, and was very happy with the results. This is a “peel off” mask which did an excellent job at clearing out blackheads in the t-zone area once it dried. I got the best results using this after a shower or steaming my face, so that my pores were open. The mask griped firmly onto my skin, (so this may not be a good choice for those of you with sensitive skin). Also very unique to this mask is the color – it goes on black. This product delivered visible results. It cleaned my skin very well, and my face is certainly more clear and softer after using this mask on a regular basis.

  • This is an excellent moisturizer at a fantastic price. After using this for several weeks, my skin, which had previously looked a little dull and had some creases and fine-lines, all but disappeared. In particular I saw a signifi... This is an excellent moisturizer at a fantastic price. After using this for several weeks, my skin, which had previously looked a little dull and had some creases and fine-lines, all but disappeared. In particular I saw a significant decrease in the lines around my mouth and eyes. The other benefits of using the Skin Genesis were much more even-toned and soft skin. The texture is smooth, light and silky and the smell is very pleasant. I also love that I got SPF protection without any sticky or filmy feel, which can sometimes happen in products with SPF in them. My skin was moisturized all day and I didn’t experience any breakouts. I would love to have this lotion for use in the summer months with a much higher SPF – perhaps it’s in the works!” G.L. Note: This moisturizer worked best with normal to dry skins. Those of you with VERY dry skin may not get enough moisture with this product.

  • If you love lemon cookies (and all things lemony in general) then this is the lip product for you! This lip treatment is incredibly yummy, and yes does taste like lemon drop cookies. I found that this is best for morning use as ... If you love lemon cookies (and all things lemony in general) then this is the lip product for you! This lip treatment is incredibly yummy, and yes does taste like lemon drop cookies. I found that this is best for morning use as a base for lip color to keep lips hydrated (those of you with very dry lips will need to apply to more frequently however—which is not necessarily a bad thing since it’s so heavenly tasting!). In addition it has a neat metal shape(it’s a bit hefty in weight) and that means it was easy to find in my bag. I love that the heavy duty twist on cap prevents debris or dust from collecting around the cap. It coated my lips with a protective layer that made them perfectly soft AND it has the SPF, which is a must! This is a lip moisturizer for when you want to treat yourself and smile every time you take it out of your bag. Note: For a great weekly lip treatment I would exfoliate with a washcloth and then apply a thick layer of the treatment before bed for super soft and luscious lips in the AM!

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  • I have good skin, and this I am grateful for…but perfect, well no. So I am always magnetically drawn to products which promise flawless skin. So you can imagine how happy I was when I discovered that per-fekt skin perfection g... I have good skin, and this I am grateful for…but perfect, well no. So I am always magnetically drawn to products which promise flawless skin. So you can imagine how happy I was when I discovered that per-fekt skin perfection gel is a primer, foundation and magical air-brusher all in one that delivers a refined finish without feeling mask-like. I loved the silky, mousse-y texture of the gel (just a few pumps covered my entire face) which instantly mattified my skin yet provided hydration all day. On most days I wore it under my makeup (I also added some concealer under my eyes when going to work), but I also found that on more casual weekend’s I could wear it alone. Also impressive: it didn’t budge because it's sweat proof and water-resistant. There are little reflective particles in it which are very flattering and the color match was also great. I found Rich could be used on a fair range of brown skin tones (There are also several colors available which are lighter and one darker, Decadent, than this one, which would be better for those of you around a Serena Williams complexion). Once I put it on in the morning I was primed and ready to go! I just love this and can’t wait to try the body per-fektor next Note: This is for those of you who don’t need heavy coverage as it is not a foundation.

  • This is a great basic toner for my combination (oily t zone, dry cheeks) skin. Since it has moisturizing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, on warmer days I didn't have to use extra moisturizer. One spray was generally enough for m... This is a great basic toner for my combination (oily t zone, dry cheeks) skin. Since it has moisturizing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, on warmer days I didn't have to use extra moisturizer. One spray was generally enough for my whole face too! I did find that it was a little sticky right after spraying, but it absorbed quickly and left my face smooth. I love a lemony fragrance, but even for those of you who are not huge fans of fragrance in your products, it really was not too strong, and the scent faded quickly. It also didn't break me out, and it made my skin feel soft and refreshed. It is preservative free and 78% organic. I really felt that this completed my cleansing process and prepped my skin for moisturizer. It contains lots of wonderful ingredients such as floral water of lemon balm and ginger, herbal infusion of grapefruit, orange, and white tea; and aloe vera. It’s perfect for travel and the gym due to the size and shape of the bottle as well. Lovely product!