Thursday
Jul202006

Hated It.

I really hate to bad mouth a product, but I have to let you know what a mess my face was after only changing one thing over the weekend.

You see, I was out of town, and the cleanser I brought with me spilled all out of the tube.Crying. On a small island, I had no other choice to go to the only store where they stocked only Olay beauty products. The only cleanser-type product were the Olay Daily Facials Express Wet Cleansing Cloths.

olay_facials.jpgBasically, the cloths look and feel like a baby wipe - wet.  And two cloths seem to come out at once - every time. So I took this as a cue to use two at a time. One for the inital wash, and the second to use for what was left behind - which was always mascara. After two cleansings with the cloths, most seemed to have come off.

Ok, they smelled sort of pretty, and without too much effort, they removed my makeup and traces of dirt from my face.  

The next morning, my face felt tight. More tight then even in the dead of winter. I thought it could be de-hyrated from traveling, so I tried to be careful to use extra moisturizer and drink extra water to re-hydrate my skin. To no avail, my face almost hurt by the end of the day.

I used the cloths again that night, and the next. By the third day, I was practically panicing, as my face felt like sandpaper, and I had a few small pimples forming on my forehead and chin. I have never had a problem with pimples or acne - and I cannot believe that these cloths alone could be doing this to me. I was so dry, and that is usually never a cause for a breakout. I thought it could be the water, but hey, I was not having the problem anywhere else - only on my face. And I have not tried anything else new.

I immediately stopped using the cloths, and used my shower gel to wash my face. I know the shower gel is too harsh for facial skin, but I had no choice.  In less than 12 hours, my face wasn't feeling as tight, and my red spots were going away.

I have never been so upset about a product before, and like I said, I hate to talk so negatively about something, but it is my experience, and it was just so bad, that it had to be shared.

I am looking into the ingredients, or the make up of the cloth itself as to what could be the culprit. I will let you know my results.

Wednesday
Jul192006

Have You Met Carol's Daughter?

Founded in a small kitchen in Brooklyn, New York, Lisa Price, a.k.a. Carol's Daughter is making a name for herself with her homemade beauty products - now available at Sephora.com

First there was Jada Pinket Smith, then Mary J. Blige - now moi!

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OMG! The Almond Cookie scented products are divine! Almond, sandalwood, and vanilla make this scent combination so warm and sweet.  

The Body Cleansing Gel & Salt Scrub are in my shower this week. They are so rich - yet gentle, and smell - delicious!

I plan on trying a few or her goodies in the Ocean and Melon Melange scents next.

And if you are African-American, her hair products are rumored to be the best - secretly loved by some of the best in the biz! If you have tried any, please do let us know.

Tuesday
Jul182006

The Power of One Woman: Oprah.

Power. Success. Oprah.

They are pretty much one in the same when it comes to endorsements.

According to Christina Carlino, Philosophy brand creator, Oprah put Philosophy on the map. By selecting Hope in a Jar as one of her favorites for her "Favorite Things' shows in 1999, the brand, founded in 1996, has become a household name. Oprah subsequently has put Hope in a Jar on her list again in 2005, and included these other philosophy products as well: The Gingerbread Man Salt Scrub (in 2004) and an Amazing Grace Basket (in 2005) filled with all of the Amazing Grace products.

With no advertising whatsoever, some of Philosophy's products are number one sellers at Sephora, Nordstrom, and QVC. 

The power of Oprah, ladies - the power of Oprah!