April 10, 2012

March Empties

Marcelle Hydra-C 24H Moisturizing Gel-cream for Dry Skin This was my first experience with a Marcelle skin care product and I'm pretty happy with it. At first, I was skeptical that a gel-cream would cure my dry skin, but if it didn't heal it completely, it definitely helped it a lot.

At first sight, I would have though this moisturizer would be best for use in the summer because of its light texture, but don't underestimate it as it's very moisturizing - yes, it really helped my dry and irritated skin through the harsh winter weather. The only thing I found odd about this cream is that when you rub or scratch your skin, little gel residues fall off so you have to be careful when you apply foundation or retouch your makeup through the day. Oh, also, it's beyond me that some companies still choose not to formulate their day cream with SPF, but oh well, I guess you can't have it all. See my super old and horrible review here.
Repurchase? Yes
What I'm currently using to replace it: Zorah Biocosmétiques Xia Ultramoisturizing Facial Cream

Burt's Bees Beeswax & Banana Hand Creme (sample size) This is similar to Burt's Bees Beeswax & Almond Milk Hand Creme which I have used up in January and did not like. Because my job involves submerging my hands in the water and manipulating harsh chemicals a lot, I need to keep my eczema-prone hands moisturized so I keep sample-size hand creams in the pocket of my uniform. I really hate the texture of this hand cream, it's really thick and hard to spread on my hands, I guess it's because of the beeswax. It might be OK for night time but it tends to make my hands sticky during the day and that's annoying! This smells better than the Beeswax & Almond Milk one but it's very strong (which doesn't annoy me personally).
Repurchase? No
What I'm currently using to replace it: George's Special Dry Skin Cream (travel size)

Pharma Science pms-DESONIDE Cream 0.05% Another cream for my eczema which did not really work. At least it did not discolored my skin like some stronger ones did.
Repurchase? I hope I won't have to!
What I'm currently using to replace it: other eczema treatments

LUSH Lil LUSH Pud Bath Bomb This was the very first LUSH bath bomb I tried and I was very disappointed with it. There is nothing exciting to say about this bath bomb: it turns the water an ugly greenish-brown (reminds me of poop!), it didn't fiz for a long time, and it didn't moisturize my skin or anything. Also, in my opinion, it smells more of gingerbread than pudding, but the scent quickly dies down once this bath bomb has stopped fizzing. See my review here.
Repurchase?  No

Alberto VO5 Hot Oil Hair Treatment These have been around for such a long time and it seems everybody and their mother (and grand-mothers!) swear by them but it just didn't work for me. I didn't notice any difference in my hair, but at least I'm glad it was not left all greasy like some oil do.

Repurchase? No

Cottonelle Fresh Flushable Moist Wipes I received a coupon for a free box of this some times ago and even though Cottonelle Fresh Flushable Moist Wipes are designed "To feel cleaner and fresher than toilet paper alone", after reading the ingredients, I decided to use them on my face for a quick clean in the morning when I'm in a rush before school or work.

It worked well and my skin was not irritated at all - if I remember well, these wipes contain aloes. The only thing I did not like is that the wipes did not stay wet for long and I had to spritz them with toner but oh well, they were free after all! I also like that they come with an "EasyReach hanger" so that you can simply scotch it to a wall which makes it very handy.

Repurchase? No, I would rather use $1 baby wipes from the dollar store.
What I'm currently using to replace it: Cottonelle Fresh Flushable Moist Wipes

Passion Savon Oatmeal & Banana These were OK I guess although I have tried better handmade soaps that smell better and don't melt as quickly, such as the ones from LUSH and MJ's Soap Shop. See my review here.

Repurchase? No

Passion Savon Chestnut & Chocolate Torte These were OK I guess although I have tried better handmade soaps that smell better and don't melt as quickly, such as the ones from LUSH and MJ's Soap Shop. See my review here.

Repurchase? No


  1. For your eczema, use a Vitamin E cream... if the region affected by the eczema is severely affected, apply the Vitamin E cream and apply gauze to protect the region...

    Had a great doctor that was more into giving natural cures than pills to solve health problems and her trick works! :) Hope it'll help you as much as it helped my daughter...

    Besides that, I have to say that the very best way to cure it it's to let it go on it's own... My brother-in-law told me one day that eczema is basically a manifestation of toxins that are trying to leave the body...

    The Vitamin E helped my daughter a lot... He eczema was so severe that when it would crack, she would bleed and it would get infected, too... It was bad and the only doctor with a solution that actually helped a lot was that Vitamin E doctor...

    When her hand got way better, we stopped the cream and allowed the toxins to leave her body... it took a while but eventually it did... and believe it or not, the eczema never came back :)

    Good Luck! :)

  2. Je me demande tellement comment tu fais pour finir autant de produit! Je pense que moi je ne devrais arrêter d'en acheter et finir. eux que j'a déja! xD :)

  3. @SuperstitiousBlackCat : Thank you for your kind advices but I have been dealing with eczema since I was a little kid and trust me, I have tried everything, even those pills they won't give you except in last resort! Vitamin E did not work for me at all, I'm so frustrated and helpless ):

  4. Hi Superstitious Black Cat and Gaby! I just developed eczema in 2007 and usually mometasone furoate (steroid cream) helps breakouts go away more quickly, but I can't use it since I'm trying to have a baby. Thank you for the advice - I'm eager to try the Vitamin E cream!

  5. I was wondering about the Marcelle gel cream, I always eye it when I'm looking at their products. I hate when it kinda peels off your face though, it's strange but I know what you mean!
    I remember those vo5 oil treatments from when I was really young but I don't think they did much either...