Welcome to Review Thursday! As a diligent consumer in the traditional American fashion, I am an avid buyer of things. The week is almost over! And as you prepare to indulge in this favorite American pastime, allow me to shower you with some advice concerning certain products I’ve encountered.
This week features mostly food and hygiene products, since I’ve been introduced to so many new selections out of necessity since coming here.
Neutrogena Deep Clean Invigorating Foaming Scrub
Summary: I have to admit, I didn’t really have high hopes for this one. I was drawn in by the lovely ocean color, but the only face washes I’ve ever found useful are those of a paste consistency rather than gel. While this product gets rid of the surface oil, it has done nothing for pore cleansing. My pores are more clogged than ever and I have developed several whiteheads while using this product. On the upside, the microbeads do leave a cool, invigorating, tingling sensation.
Softsoap Body Butter Strawberry Smoother
Summary: There’s not really all that much to be said about this product—it does its job. My skin does feel smoother as a result of the microbeads and less dry thanks to the thick formula. However, it doesn’t do anything for blemishes on the skin, and also has a rather strong strawberry smell that takes some getting used to.
Softsoap Pomegranate Body Wash
Price: $1.00 (individual size)
Summary: Unlike the Strawberry Smoother this Softsoap product has a lovely smell that isn’t too strong. With microbeads as well, it feels fresh against the skin and cleans well. With the individual sized bottle, sometimes it doesn’t feel like you’re getting enough product to clean properly, but I’m sure with a big bottle that wouldn’t be a problem. Lower points than the Strawberry Smoother because unlike the smoother’s smoothing and moisturizing power, this product doesn’t do anything all that special.
Head&Shoulders Dandruff Shampoo + Conditioner (Citrus Breeze)
Summary: I had my doubts about this product because I’d been familiar with it since eight years ago and it had never been anything special. However, upon resuming use, I found that my hair is soft and silky when I wake up, and it feels very clean. It has a refreshing smell as well. I’ve been warned against 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioners, but I see nothing wrong with this one. Bonus: it contains pyrithione zinc. Who doesn’t love pyrithione zinc? The thing is, it just doesn’t blow my mind.
St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub
Price: $1.25 (individual size)
Summary: It smells amazing and gets rid of all the dead skin on your face. You can FEEL it exfoliating and sanding down your skin, in a good way. Not only does it make your cheeks baby smooth, but it’s oil free as well! The only thing I would’ve hoped was that it might help in getting rid of some of my whiteheads, which it didn’t.
Handisnacks Cheese ‘n Crackers
Summary: Delicious crackers with a perfectly right-angled red plastic wand to spread scrumptious cheese. Perfect for people of all ages. A child’s best friend/snack. ‘Nuff said.
Sarku’s Chicken Teriyaki Meal
Summary: Eating chicken teriyaki always reminds me of the weekends of my youth when we would go to the Boston Museum of Science and then be treated to chicken teriyaki for lunch. And then go back to the science museum for more fun and learning. Ah, youth. Anyway, Sarku’s chicken teriyaki is amazing. Yummy in the tummy and suits everyone’s taste. You can get extra sauce and vegetables for free, and double meat is just around a dollar! Of course, one must question the authenticity of this delectable “Japanese dish” since the only people who work there are white, Mexican, and Chinese. But delicious nonetheless, and worth every dollar. They’ll even throw in a free toothpick, because Sarku values oral hygiene.
Category: Apple Apps (iPhone, Mac)
Summary: A great tool for the aspiring writer, Thoughtback allows you to type in any thought and send it to your synced account so that you can access it from anywhere on the internet later. On the computer if you have the app open at startup, the icon will stay in the top menu bar so you can enter a thought at any time, and it’ll even show random thoughts as Growl alerts from time to time. Taking a leaf out of Twitter’s book, you can hashtag your thoughts so that they’re nicely organized when you access them at thoughtback.com. I just wish that there was some way to access the thoughts besides connecting to the internet. But with the price you can’t really argue. It’s a brilliant way to revisit ideas long forgotten: plots, names, random musings. In fact, the name of this blog originated as a random thought that came to me on July 12, 2012 at 5:55 PM.
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