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  • PMD Personal Microderm
    10.0

    PMD Personal Microderm

    Happy- it's as powerful as salon treatments!

    Several years ago I had microdermabrasion treatments done at a fine salon, and I really liked the way in which it smoothed my skin and got it as close to flawless as possible. I'm 54, & while my skin looks better than that of many of my peers (which I, frankly, chalk up to genetics, as my mom is 91 and looks 70 (LOL), and I have spent literally decades living and working in the sun), I do have a number of aggravating issues that microdermabrasion can successfully tackle, such as forehead and “11” lines between my brows, fine , “laugh” lines, and sun damage/discoloration. (I don’t think it will tackle gravity or weight gain, however… LOL) As there is no spa anywhere near when I live now in rural West Virginia, I was Very happy to find the PMD, although I truly didn't think it would be as powerful as it is, as I have never had an “at home” product or treatment be anywhere near as effective as its spa or salon counterpart! But the PMD definitely IS a powerful little machine, and you really MUST follow the directions! Like many others, I usually don’t take the time to read instructions, but this time I actually took the few minutes to watch the enclosed CD and read the instruction booklet VERY carefully, and I also went on the PMD website and looked at everything there, and I’m glad I did. Microdermabrasion is just that: abrasion. It’s super-duper exfoliation, and you need to be careful that you don’t over-abrade your face. You are, essentially, lightly damaging the skin so new skin and collagen can form, and you need to do this evenly and carefully. The first thing you do is clean your skin, and then make sure it’s totally dry before using the PMD, so you don’t want to use a greasy or oily cleanser. The PMD is easy to hold, and it comes with interchangeable exfoliating discs: a small one for the face and a slightly larger one for the body. The discs are covered with aluminum oxide crystals, which essentially “sandpaper” your skin, and the device’s suction pulls off the dead skin cells. The facial tip is truly tiny, so you have to use the machine to make “stripes” that cover your face and neck, and while you want to make sure you cover all of your face and neck, you also want to be careful not to go over the same place more than twice. I learned to use the machine by starting, as instructed, with the white “training” disc (which does almost no abrasion), and did my first treatments with the “sensitive” blue disc. Also included with the machine are “medium” green discs, which you can use after your skin becomes accustomed to the blue discs. I have used the PMD twice so far, over my entire face, neck, and upper chest, and got the hang of it by the end of my first treatment, so it’s truly not hard to master. It took me a few minutes to figure out how best to hold it to make sure it was sucking smoothly and evenly as I used it, and while the guide says to use it with upward strokes, I found it easier to do using a downward motion. You’ll hear the happy suction noise when it’s making correct contact and sucking off the dead skin, and the trick is to stretch your skin with your other hand to keep that suction and keep the PMD moving smoothly over your face- you do not want it to hover on any one place or you can get an abrasion. I found that on the rounded parts of my face- especially my nose- it was impossible to do a successfully sucking “stripe” with the machine, so I wound up doing lots of little suction “bursts” to cover the area, which worked fine. A few minutes after I finished my treatments I found my face a bit pink in spots, but I knew that was to be expected, and as it wasn't painful, I knew I hadn't overdone it, and I wasn't worried. The toner I put on immediately following the treatment stung a bit for a second or two, which was to be expected, and I followed it immediately with moisturizer, as is recommended, which was soothing. The machine is easy to use and the tips are easy to switch out. To date I have used the PMD twice- once a week, as instructed- with the blue “sensitive” discs, and it definitely does leave my skin smoother. (And because it does, one is tempted to use it more frequently than is recommended, but for once I am being a good girl, following the directions, and NOT doing that!) While I haven’t seen any dramatic transformation yet (I still look 54 LOL), my skin IS smoother, and I am definitely going to continue using it weekly, something I could never do when microdermabrasion meant going to a salon. While I started out using a facial cleanser and anti-aging moisturizer I had on hand, I decided to order the PMD Starter Kit, which includes their Cleanser, Toner, and Moisturizer, as well as a set of blue replacement discs (each disc is supposedly only good for two treatments, but I think I’ll be able to eke more use from them that), as I want to give this great little machine a real shot at transforming my skin, and I also want to start using it on my hands. And as I understand that serums, masks, and moisturizers are much more readily absorbed following microdermabrasion, I’m also planning on slathering my face with a mask of manukah honey with bee venom after my next treatment!

    January 27, 2014

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  • Revlon Nail Enamel
    10.0

    Revlon Nail Enamel

    Te best of the Walmart products!

    This is the best nail enamel I've found for when I need a specific color NOW & have to run to get something at WalMart! "Strawberry Electric" 190 is a great summer hot pink that goes with pretty much everything (hot pink being "the new beige"!), and that old standly, Revlon Red 680 is THE classic red for fall-winter. My fave neutral is "Blushed" 140, a pearlized pinky-beige. They cover with one or two coats max, they don't chip immediately, and they're always available...

    April 29, 2013

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  • Ouidad Duckbill Clips
    10.0

    Ouidad Duckbill Clips

    Amazing- SO simple, but they really work for "lift"!

    I recently started using the Ouidad products, and got 5 of these clips with the first "kit" of products I ordered, Amazing, as they are SO simple, but they really work to give lift to my curly hair, and they are so EASY! Love them. And all I personally need for my hair is 5! I also finally went and had a cut (and color) at a Ouidad certified Salon (with Ana at Tivon Salon in Blacksburg VA). Not cheap, but very good, and she taught me how and when to use each product for my specific hair and styling issues, and how to use the clips so they don't get tangled in my hair. The trick: you slide them in (on their side), and then lift the end UP. :-) You want to get as much lift as possible out of them, so your hair doesn't fall flat against your scalp. I use them with the Climate Control, Botanical Boost, and/or Play Curl Foam, and I do get waves, curls and height! This is the first time I've ever done anything specifically to enhance my wavy/curly, fine (& often frizzy) hair and so far I like it a lot. I'm not totally "there" yet, still experimenting with a number of their products and ways to style my hair (and using the diffuser makes a BIG difference for me), but I really like the Ouidad products so far, and they seem to be working for me. Although you often use a Lot of product, my hair is never stiff from them, always soft and bouncy and shiny, and the styling techniques the stylist taught me are "doable" at home & easy- and I'm a big fan of "low maintenance" hair styling!

    June 24, 2011

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  • Ouidad Clear & Gentle Shampoo
    9.0

    Ouidad Clear & Gentle Shampoo

    Great shampoo used with Ouidad system

    I recently started using the Ouidad products, and this is one of the 2 shampoos I got, and the one I use the most. It is working, together with the other Ouidad products, to turn my fine frizz into waves and curls, and so far I'm very happy. (I also finally went and had a cut (and color) at a Ouidad certified Salon (with Ana at Tivon Salon in Blacksburg VA). Not cheap, but very good, and she taught me how and when to use each products for my specific hair and styling issues). One of the things she impressed up on me is that I should NOT be washing my hair every day- 3 times a week max. I think that makes a big difference in the "frizz" department... This is the first time I've ever done anything specifically to enhance my wavy/curly, fine (& often frizzy) hair and so far I like it a lot. I'm not totally "there" yet, still experimenting with a number of their products and ways to style my hair (and using the diffuser makes a BIG difference for me), but I really like the Ouidad products so far, and they seem to be working for me. My hair remains soft and bouncy and shiny, and the styling techniques the stylist taught me are "doable" at home & easy- and I'm a big fan of "low maintenance" hair styling!

    June 24, 2011

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  • Ouidad Botanical Boost
    9.0

    Ouidad Botanical Boost

    Really works to stop frizz & boost curls

    I recently started using the Ouidad products, and I use Botanical Boost together with Climate Control, daily, and they really do stop the frizz dead in it's tracks! (I also finally went and had a cut (and color) at a Ouidad certified Salon (with Ana at Tivon Salon in Blacksburg VA). Not cheap, but very good, and she taught me how and when to use each products for my specific hair and styling issues). This is the first time I've ever done anything specifically to enhance my wavy/curly, fine (& often frizzy) hair and so far I like it a lot. I'm not totally "there" yet, still experimenting with a number of their products and ways to style my hair (and using the diffuser makes a BIG difference for me), but I really like the Ouidad products so far, and they seem to be working for me. Although you often use a Lot of product, my hair is never stiff from them, always soft and bouncy and shiny, and the styling techniques the stylist taught me are "doable" at home & easy- and I'm a big fan of "low maintenance" hair styling! (I like the smell of all the Ouidad products I've used, and have never found anything unpleasant about them).

    June 24, 2011

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  • Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel
    9.0

    Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel

    It really works & stops the frizz!

    I recently started using the Ouidad products, including Climate Control, and I like it a lot and use it daily. I ue it together with Botanical Boost, and it does stop the frizz dead in it's tracks! (I also finally went and had a cut (and color) at a Ouidad certified Salon (with Ana at Tivon Salon in Blacksburg VA). Not cheap, but very good, and she taught me how and when to use each products for my specific hair and styling issues). This is the first time I've ever done anything specifically to enhance my wavy/curly, fine (& often frizzy) hair and so far I like it a lot. I'm not totally "there" yet, still experimenting with a number of their products and ways to style my hair (and using the diffuser makes a BIG difference for me), but I really like the Ouidad products so far, and they seem to be working for me. Although you often use a Lot of product, my hair is never stiff from them, always soft and bouncy and shiny, and the styling techniques the stylist taught me are "doable" at home & easy- and I'm a big fan of "low maintenance" hair styling!

    June 24, 2011

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • iS Clinical Firming Complex
    8.0

    iS Clinical Firming Complex

    Using with IS Clinical Serums & the results are pretty great...

    IS Clinical products were recommended to me by a beauty mag editor when I asked her to PLEASE help me figure out which of the gazillion anti-aging products out there I should try! I'm 51 & like to think I don't look it (!), but I'm always looking for the "miracle" lotion or potion to get rid of lines and fight gravity! I am using this in conjunction with the Active and Pro Heal Serums & eye cream, but so far I think the real results have been more from the serums than this (I also reviewed the 2 serums and gave them top ratings for literally disappearing my forehead & between-the-eyebrow grooves). I will continue using it, especially on my neck & jawline... can't hurt! :-)

    October 15, 2010

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  • IS Clinical Eye Complex
    7.0

    IS Clinical Eye Complex

    Nice eye cream, but so far no visible results...

    IS Clinical products were recommended to me by a beauty mag editor when I asked her to PLEASE help me figure out which of the gazillion anti-aging products out there I should try! I'm 51 & like to think I don't look it (!), but I'm always looking for the "miracle" lotion or potion to get rid of lines and fight gravity! I am using this in conjunction with the Active and Pro Heal Serums, but I saw more results from the serums than this ( I also reviewed the 2 serums and gave them top ratings for literally disappearing my forehead & between-the-eyebrow grooves). I wanted something for my under-eye area to make it firm again and defy gravity (!), but I haven't seen visible results (yet) with this, so the jury is still out & I'm still looking!

    October 15, 2010

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  • IS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum
    10.0

    IS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum

    Truly works- I've lost 4 big "grooves"- so I'm sold on this product!

    I use this alternately with the IS Clinical Advanced Serum (which I also reviewed). IS Clinical Serums were recommended to me by a beauty mag editor when I asked her to PLEASE help me figure out which of the gazillion anti-aging products out there I should try! I'm 51 & like to think I don't look it (!), but I'm always looking for the "miracle" lotion or potion to get rid of lines and fight gravity! In a couple of months, using both the Advanced Serum and this, my 3 big forehead lines and the big double groove between my eyebrows are literally gone, so I'm sold! Like the Active Serum, this tingles (not stings) and makes my skin feel a bit 'taut', and I use it in the morning and at night on my face & neck, and now I've started using it on the back of my hands, too. Can't hurt! No, IS Clinical serums aren't cheap, but they actually work- amazingly!

    October 15, 2010

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Good Skin TRI-AKTILINE Instant Deep Wrinkle Filler
    10.0

    Good Skin TRI-AKTILINE Instant Deep Wrinkle Filler

    I LOVE this- it really works! Fills in wrinkles & makes them vanish!

    Amazing as it sounds this really DOES fill in lines & make them disappear! I'm 50; I use it mostly on my forehead in those 2 horizontal lines, and in the 2 furrows between my eyebrows! AMAZING stuff! It took me a while to figure out how to best use it, but now that I've got the hang out of it I definitely don't want to be without it. The key is a light touch- you need very little product, and applicator tip lets you draw a fine line of product into each wrinkle crease. Gently pat the product into the crease until it fills it and the product almost disappears (it's white, but it pretty much vanishes and leaves a matt finish), and let it set before puttin on makeup. has a very faint, pleasant scent. I try to remember to use it every morning after serum/moisturizer, and when I'm just working in my office (no guests) I don't even wear makeup! It's supposed to have cumulative effects which I hope is true, but I'm Very happy w/the cosmetic results.

    November 7, 2009

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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