Disappointing products

Cotz Plus SPF 58 Mineral Sunscreen review

I picked up this physical sunscreen at my local TJ Maxx—but unfortunately, it turned out to be a bit too oily for my skin.

My local TJ Maxx recently revamped its layout, and significantly improved its beauty section. I was really excited to score two physical sunscreens, each priced at less than 50 percent of their retail value. One of them was CoTZ Plus SPF 58 Mineral Sunscreen, which I’m reviewing today.

Stridex Maximum Pads review

These pads are alcohol-free, but contain fragrance and a preservative that may not be great for people with sensitive skin.

If you have acne, you’ve probably heard about the Stridex pads I’m writing about today. These pads are easy to use, pretty cheap, and they claim to be “easy on skin, tough on acne.” This last point is easier said than done. Although acne is a serious problem, acne treatments can sometimes do more harm than good. The FDA has received a number of complaints from consumers who experienced allergic reactions and/or irritation in response to acne products that included benzoyl…

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Cleansing Wipes review

These cleansing wipes are designed for oily skin, but they made my skin feel slightly too oily and itchy after using them.

The American in me is primed to feel like anything instantly gets glammed up once you slap a French name on it. “Escargot” sounds way more appealing than “snails,” and “merci” seems more refined than “thanks.” So it should probably come as no surprise that I always think of La Roche-Posay as a premium brand, even though it’s widely available in drugstores, and not terribly expensive.