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The good, bad, and fairly mediocre: Heather's recent trials

I often have products laying around here that I've tried but never got around to reviewing, or the product is so unremarkable that I am at a loss for what to say about it. Enter the good, bad and mediocre list. Your mileage may vary. This is my experience.

Better Botanicals Toning Mist, Rose Tulsi: lovely scent, refreshing, no alcohol, soothing

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel 2 oz: Can't say enough about this peel. I LOVE this product. When I run out, I zip right over to our new Sephora here in Portland and get another jar. Whenever I have a breakout, I slather this on, wait 20 minutes, rinse it off, and everything is noticeably calmed and exfoliated. The next day, everything is on its way to healing.

Clarins True Comfort Foundation: nice blend of moisture for dry skin but also not overly dewy, demi-matte finish, nice range of skintone shades

Tracie Martyn Amla Purifying Cleanser: spendy at $65 but the only foaming cleanser I can use twice daily on my dry skin; makes my skin look glowing and feel fresh and clean.

Dr. Weil for Origins Plantidote Mega-Mushroom Starter Kit: I had very high hopes for this set as I am a Dr. Weil fan, but after a month of using this set faithfully day in and day out, I saw absolutley no change in my skin. For the amount of promise in this kit, I expected to at least look more glowing or rosy or something.

Pixi Hydrotint Duo: cool idea but weird color choices for the foundation, too sheer, and hellooooo zits!

Stila Petal Infusions Moisturizer for dry skin: ho-hum, a completely average lotion that is not really rich enough for truly dry skin.

Jason Red Elements Calming Toner, Daily Moisturizing Creme, Hydrating Night Creme: red tea, copper, magnesium are supposed to be anti-aging and healing to the skin. After using these products for a couple of months, I see no difference or improvement whatsoever.

Farmaesthetics Fine Herbal Cleanser, Pure Complexion Tonic, Nourishing Lavender Milk: I want to like natural products, but these products are geared toward normal to oily skin, and I have dry skin. I like that everything has herbs and natural ingredients, so maybe a bigger selection for more skin types?

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Posted January 16, 2006

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