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NEUTROGENA! CLINICAL LIFTING TREATMENT!

NEUTROGENA! CLINICAL LIFTING TREATMENT!

neutrogenaclinicalStacy B here! It is true that with age comes wisdom. I’m not that old or that wise just yet, but I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve. One good thing about growing up (‘growing up’ sounds a lot better than ‘getting older’ so I’m going to stick with that) is that your perspective changes. I like how I can look back at things I used to think and decisions I used to make and know why it was a good thing or a bad thing. I feel while I continue to ‘grow up’, my decisions are more sound, I am more confident in them and I feel like I have a good knowledge base to back me up.
 
Ask me in 10 years what I think and I’ll probably tell you that some decisions I made in my early 30s weren’t that great, but that’s the beauty of life. You keep growing, learning and changing every day.
 
When I first started using make up and skin care products, I bought was my Mom had, or what my friends got. Then later I started buying what I heard about on TV. Usher in the age of the internet and I started buying what got good reviews and what people with hair, skin and nails like me liked. I am much happier in my choices now because Mom’s makeup, or a friend’s shampoo might not have been the best for me, but I didn’t know that at the time.
 
I used to be very drawn to big companies with big advertising budgets. And why wouldn’t I be? It was what I saw, read and heard about. Marketing executives don’t make the big bucks for nothing. They have a huge part in influencing what the public buys whether it’s good for you or not. Which is why all you ladies out there need to be willing to take that extra step and educate yourselves. Don’t buy it because a celebrity tells you to, buy it because it works for you.
 
I found out the hard way (and wasted a lot of money) that not all big name products are the best. Take a look back at some of my reviews. I tried several Garnier products that I really didn’t like and they advertise like crazy. Their presence makes you to think everyone loves their stuff and it works perfectly. On the other hand, take my most recent reviews about the Giovanni line. Hardly any advertising from them, they aren’t as well known as a Garnier, or a Revlon but they are by far my favorite skin care line to date. So as you ‘grow up’, pay more attention to what YOU like and need, not what Big Shot Marketing Guy tells you (and yes, sadly, many are men).
 
This week I tried a very well known and heavily marketed brand: Neutrogena Clinical Lifting Wrinkle Treatment system. You can barely watch anything without seeing a Neutrogena commercial, it’s all over the place. This is a three part product series and by all the ads on TV, the fancy packaging, and the flashy celebs, you’re lead to believe this is the most amazing product ever.
 
It’s not. I hated it.
 
Harsh, but true. And you’ll never hear that from a marketing guy. But here’s why Meg’s Megsmakeup.com is amazing. I’m going to tell you why I didn’t like it, tell you about my skin, and let YOU make your own decision. Most likely, you’re skin is different than mine so you might love this. You may totally disagree with everything I’m about to say and that’s fine with me.  
 
I have normal skin that can get oily at times. Stress, traveling and PMS can cause oil, dry, harsh winters can cause dry skin. My trouble spots are delicate eye skin that’s sensitive and larger pores around my nose. I have lines on my forehead, but none around my eyes. I don’t burn very easily and am not sensitive or allergic to anything.
 
This came with three products: a gel serum for step one, an SPF 30 activating cream for step two and an eye cream. First, the bottles are tiny. And the packaging is huge. I don’t like excessive packaging. It’s a waste and not very ‘green’ at all. I felt like I had bought a travel size, or a trial package or something.
 
The serum went on smooth but dried out my skin almost immediately. It felt like it was dissolving in my fingers before I even got it on. It was hard to apply evenly. The activating cream went on really smooth and easy and seemed to counteract the drying that the serum had done. But I kind of felt like it was a waste of time to use two products just to feel ‘normal’. Step three is where I ran into trouble. The eye cream.
 
I used this for about four days. On day 5, I woke up with red, itchy dry skin over one eye lid and under one eye. It was warm that night so the A/C was cranked so I figured it was just the dry air. That night, I used the eye cream again. Next morning: puffy, scaly, painful, peeling dry skin on my eyelid and under my eye! On both eyes! It was awful! I stopped this line immediately and had to spend the next few days with straight petroleum jelly smeared over both eyelids, desperately trying to reclaim some moisture in my skin.
 
Needless to say, I have not used this again, and won’t.
 
I read some online reviews and found that it was a love/hate thing. The reviews are either 5 stars and glowing, or no stars at all. If your skin sounds like mine, this might not work for you. I’d be interested to hear from people who liked this and what your skin is normally like!

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