Sammi W.'s (sammi) Beauty Product Reviews
i'm allergic to this :(
My friend let me try hers and I loved it!! Amazing coverage in a simple travel friendly pot. Sadly, when I picked up one of my own, I suspect that they changed the formulation because it made my face break out in rashes. It was a revolting mess, to say the least... but if you don't react to the formula, I'd say this product is worth it!
one-two-punch with murad active radiance serum ft. resilient-c complex
I started using this product when i started the murad active radiance serum, but I thought layering this AND the serum was a bit much for the morning/ daytime. So, even though it says to layer this, then your SPF, i save this product for night time... tone; renewal complex; moisturizer. It definitely has contributed to my skins happiness: even skin tone, brightness, and clarity.. but I think I'll probably try it on damp skin (as romee h. recommends!)
lightens freckles and evens skin tone
I really like this product! I've been using it every AM for the last 6 weeks, and can confidently say that my freckles are noticeably fainter, and my skin looks so radiant and happy!! I apply this right after toning my face -- and wait for a minute to sink in before layering my moisturizer and SPF. It's super light and also has a nice citrus scent.
Also, as Shade said below -- I snagged this in the beautylish bag... and still can't believe how many awesome products they were gifting at the beautysocial. Will definitely be attending the next event!!
like, not love
this moisturizer is average... and, as other beauties have commented, no SPF = not ideal for day. I actually use the little sample ones I get in my clinique bonuses on my knees and elbows, as well as occasionally my heels. It's great for softening and moisturizing, but i wouldn't buy this.
This tin is $$$40 but for everything you get, it's more like a $ cheapo product that is completely worth the money! I love using this everywhere and anywhere from my cuticles and hands to my knees, feet, even tips of my hair. It's sort of cumbersome to carry around so i have mini containers that i stuff this into and have it stashed away in different bags/ my car/ everywhere. Since it's pure shea butter, a little bit goes a long way (this thing can last for more than a year!); also, since it's shea butter, it's a bit oily and takes a teeny bit long to soak in -- but the hydrating benefits are worth it.
don't use this!
As much as I love this product, my dermatologist and every facial person I've had has told me not to use this any more -- the scrub is made up of unevenly sized exfoliants so it's actually making miniature tears in your skin... we're supposed to use evenly sized microbeads that exfoliate safely, or products with enzymes in them like kate sommervilles exfoliator. The price is awesome and the results are there, but ladies who are using this or thinking of buying... please do some homework and find out how damaging this product is =P
In Asia, these come in grapefruit scent with pink packaging... much cuter IMHO! I just lightly pat these on when I feel greasy and love how this doesn't have any powder on the sheets. After I use it, I always become disgusted by how oily the sheets get (but it's better on the sheet than on my face, right?) It also doesn't remove makeup and is drugstore price... a must have in every girl's makeup bag!
This makes my skin look so nice, smooth, and plump when I put on my foundation after -- and lasts forever. My friend gifted this to me and I didn't think a foundation primer made a difference... but it does! It also helps moisturize my skin and sinks in easily. I'd certainly buy this once it runs out (not that it will any time soon... it's huge and I only use it every now and again on those long days).
fat hair? not quite
there were a couple things that made sammi want to try samy's shampoo... vegan? thickening? FAT HAIR? on sale? okay! done deal!! get it home and it's really not very invigorating... i noticed no difference in bounce or fullness. It doesn't have a good scent, but it's not bad either... just sort of natural. If it were on sale again, I'd buy it, but it's not a must buy, by any means.