This month — actually, it took quite a lot longer than a month to finish any of these items — I finished:
Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF55 – I’ve used this sunscreen for years and I would definitely recommend it to others. It’s a great product that doesn’t leave a gross, greasy residue on my skin. I would definitely repurchase, however, right now I’d like to try something new.
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment – An HG product for me. I suffer from the occasional breakouts and this product really helps keep my skin and pores clear. My dry skin can’t handle acne treatments that contain benzoyl peroxide; they’re too harsh and drying for me. However, my skin really seems to deal well with salicylic acid products such as Neutrogena’s acne treatment. This product has a light cucumber scent and a gel texture that absorbs really quickly into the skin without leaving a residue. I will definitely continue to repurchase.
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle (Night) Cream – My favorite drugstore anti-wrinkle cream to date. I’ve tried ROC before but wasn’t impressed. The Neutrogena night cream doesn’t have much of a scent (unlike the ROC), feels creamy and moisturizing, and helps keep my skin clear and smooth. I really like it and would repurchase.
Olay Regenerist Microdermabrasion & Peel System – Love, love, love this product. I’ve used this product for three years and would definitely repurchase. In my opinion, it’s every bit as good as the $60+ Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion in a Jar but the Olay’s about a third of the price (or cheaper if you get it on sale). If you like really dense, superfine scrubs, this is the product for you. The only thing the Dr. Brandt has on the Olay is scent; the Dr. Brandt scrub seems like fresh lemon sorbet and the Olay smells like artificial sweet oranges. But, whatever, the actual products work equally well.
When I use this product I apply it on wet skin (contrary to the directions) in order to soften up the dry, flaky skin so it can be removed more easily. Using small circular motions with just my fingertips, I slowly work the product all over my damp face. The fine, small crystals in the scrub really get rid of all my dry, flaky skin.
One Olay kit usually lasts me a little over a year (I use it once, sometimes twice, a week) so even though it’s a bit pricey for the drugstore, it’s actually a good value since it lasts for so long. I already have a backup Olay kit on standby but I want to try some different scrubs next.
L’Oreal Youth Code Day/Night Cream – I would not repurchase this product. I didn’t find it sufficiently moisturizing for my dry skin and I don’t think it did anything in the way of anti-aging. I prefer the Neutrogena Anti-Wrinkle cream to this.
N.Y.C. Lip Sliders Tinted Lip Balm Sugar Kiss – This product’s okay as a glossy, sheer lip balm but I love it as an overnight lip treatment. It contains a bunch of moisturizing, natural oils and butters that help keep my lips soft. It’s too bad that they’ve discontinued this product but, luckily, I have several of these balms stockpiled and they should last me forever. If N.Y.C. still made these I would definitely repurchase.
Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Nude Lustre & Cherries in the Glow – I know lots of people love these but I’m not too wild about them. I just can’t get over the smell. Some people say the Revlon SL glosses don’t have any scent and other people say they do; I’m one of the latter. To me these glosses have a peppery, soapy scent that’s yucky. My sister loves the Super Lustrous glosses so I let her smell mine and she swears neither have a smell. It’s so weird. I like the colors and the smooth, non-sticky texture but I would not repurchase.