Friday Things: Product Reviews

TGIF Friends!  Today I wanted to stop in and follow up on some items I've mentioned to you all over the past few weeks.  I love hearing first hand reviews from people so I hope these help.

1. Schmidt's Deodorant-   I mentioned in this post that I'm trying to incorporate more natural products into my life and this deodorant came highly recommended from a friend.  I am here to report that it works! It actually works.  I've tried quite a few natural deodorants over the years and none of them worked for me.  I've only been using this for two weeks but it's been hot here, like 90s hot and it's held up to my sweat.   If you're looking to go natural I highly recommend these.  I went with the lavender and sage and I think it smells good.

2. Frownies-  I don't love these but I also don't have the patience for them.  I used them for about a week and I felt like my forehead wrinkles looked good for about a hour after I woke up and then they were completely back to normal.  I should note that I have pretty bad wrinkles, so if yours aren't as bad as mine these might work better.   Basically you have to wet the little sheets of paper and stick them to your face.  I found that it took forever to wet them, then my hands would get sticky, then I wouldn't be able to get the frownie in the right place.  It was very frustrating when I'm already exhausted and just wanted to get to bed.   I think if I had more time these might not be too bad.   They are also a brown color and every morning Miller would ask why I had paper stuck to my face.  So I decided I would give Smoothies a try.   Most of the Smoothies reviews come from people who had tried Frownies with no luck, so I will keep you posted on how these work.

3. Rodan + Fields Reverse-  I had wanted to try Rodan+Fields for months since all the before and after pictures are so good.  In April I finally let a friend of mine who sells it convince me to give it a try.  The first two-three weeks were actually really good and I liked what I saw.  After week three I started getting the worst breakouts all over my face.  They were the gross big under the skin ones, I looked awful, I felt like I was 15 again.  I went to see my dermatologist for another issue and was chatting with her about my acne problems and she told me to immediately stop using the R+F and put me on a daily acne treatment.  She said that most likely the exfoliating facial scrub mixed with the retinol was just too much for my face to handle and it wasn't getting enough time to rest and rejuvenate.  She also said I really shouldn't be using the retinol in the summer months because it makes you sensitive to sun and I have fair skin.  I don't want to completely give up on R+F yet.  I am taking the summer off and might try a new regimen in the fall.  I haven't decided which one, but if you have sensitive skin you might just want to be careful if you use reverse.  

4. Dolce Vita Lola Sandals-  I posted these sandals last week and when I was in Nordstrom on Friday I tried them on. They are even cuter in person but the white just didn't look good with my skin tone.  I think if I was really tan they would look better but I thought the white with the brown just looked awful on me.  I was so bummed.   The heel is the perfect height though, I would love to hear how other people like them if you've bought them.  I'm hoping to try the Havana ones that I posted on Wednesday, thinking maybe just the brown will look good on me.  

I will be back next week with more kitchen details, the rest of our Rosemary beach recap, and thoughts on double strollers.   Hope you all have a great weekend friends!

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  1. LOVE the Shmidt's deodorant, thanks to your earlier recommendation. I'd been getting an itchy rash from my former deodorant, and wanted to go natural. Shmidt's is great! I find the scent a bit strong, so now that I know it works on covering odor, I might try their unscented. As for your skincare issues, I can't say enough about Beautycounter. Their products make an effort at being very natural (scoring very high on EWG's rating system). Since they are so much more natural, and less chemicaly, they are super gentle. I've never had a breakout, and I even use the anti-aging line. www.beautycounter.com/nancydavis I'd love to send you samples if you're curious to try it out!

  2. Thanks for sharing all of these great finds and your honest feedback. I've had the worst luck with natural deodorants but I'm always for giving another a try. I will definitely look into Schmidt's. I need something for my frown lines like yesterday so keep us posted on how you like these! I also gave into R&F from a friend and I'm waiting for my first bottle of the eye cream. Hoping I don't have a reaction to it because I have sensitive skin too. After having my 2nd I feel like it's gotten worse :( Beautifully Candid

  3. I had a break out after I tried one of the R+F products too. The girl who sent me the sample said that she hadn't heard of that happening before. But my skin was clear before I used it, and cleared up after I stopped, so I'm guessing it was that. I WILL say that their sunless tanner is the most amazing tanner I've used! I'e gotten so many compliments on my tan in the past week or so since I started using it

  4. I just started using Reverse. I'm on week 3. But I'm so fair and have pretty sensitive skin too. I'm still using it just once a day and I'm afraid to bump it up to twice a day thinking it could be too harsh for my skin. I feel like you too, and are super aware of the lines under my eyes! I think I've aged 10 years in the last 5!

  5. Same thing happened to me after trying RF.. Big "undergrounders" as I call them.. Never had them before and they went away as soon as I stopped.. Too bad bc the before and after pics ppl have are awesome! I'll stick with neutrogena though! I want that made well blue and white dress! Do you think it runs big? I'm kind of between sizes post-baby #2


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