Sorry for my extremely long disappearance guys, real life has been kicking my ass up and down the court the last few months. I have a lot of backlogged drafts to get through, but I thought I would start off with an easy no-photo hits-and-misses post from last winter! I tried a few different kinds of products – a scalp pack, a vitamin C serum, a bubble mask, and a foot peeling mask! All of these were new product categories to me, and I was mostly evaluating if these new types of products were useful for me and if so, would I want to try other versions to compare.
DHC Scalp Massage Pack
DHC Lip Cream can cure the common cold.
The last time I was at the mall, I manage to get quite a few Philosophy product samples. Apparently, I am the only woman in North American who hasn’t tried this brand, so the samples were quite welcome. The reviews of each sample are below:
- Hope in a Jar (original formula moisturizer)
This is their flagship product, and it isn’t bad…but I didn’t think it was that great either. It has a sort of sharp citrus-floral scent, and it absorbs fairly quickly into the skin. I just didn’t find it very moisturizing.
- Hope in a Jar Night (intense retexturizing moisturizer)
This is actually pretty good…as a chemical exfoliant, that is. I mean that seriously: the morning after I applied this for the first time, I was amazed at how smooth my skin felt! Sadly, I thought it failed as a straight up moisturizer – it was absorbed into my skin faster than my day cream, and I felt dry the rest of the night. The oil overproduction issue came back the next morning. The next two nights I used this, my skin was very flushed and irritated; I really can’t imagine using this every night. Additionally, it has a very unpleasant chemical odor, and it lingers.
This is a vitamin C treatment for eyes. I was planning to try it out…but then my mother, who had bought the full size, got contact dermatitis from using it! No way I’m putting this near my precious eyes, I can only imagine the horror…
This wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t mindblowing, either. It’s basically a cleansing gel, and it does what it’s supposed to do. However…I don’t really like cleansing gels all that much. Another strike against it is the fact that it can’t take my eye make-up off. Not going to buy the full-sized when I can think of a half-dozen better cleansers and make-up removers off the top of my head.
The texture was average for an oil cleanser. It took everything off pretty quickly, but unlike my Shu Uemura oil cleanser, my face also started itching terribly! Definitely not going to buy the full-sized product, it was very uncomfortable.
This is a day cream. It’s colored blue-grey, has the texture of a light cream, and smells unpleasantly of spf. However, it did absorb fairly quickly, and felt very pleasant on my skin. It also broke me out within 12 hours of using it. 😦
This is a buttery, unscented overnight cream. Unlike some thicker textured creams, it absorbs fairly well. Sadly, I am reactive to something in the ingredient list, so I will not purchase the full size. The first time I used it, my face ended up burning – when I woke up the next morning, the skin on my face was very red and raw, and I was VERY unhappy. I tried it once more, but I immediately cleaned my face as soon as my skin starting prickling after application.
Basically: I hated everything. Why is this brand so popular, again?