Thursday, February 19, 2009

what the hell is ARBONNE?!?!?

alright people, have you ever heard of arbonne? yes, they're a company like avon. yes, i'm aware that i think it's a total pyramid type scheme thing. i don't care about that part. i'm not trying to sell the stuff. i'm just trying to find out how well the products work.

a friend of mine is selling it. she gave me all this crap to try for 3 days. it's like a bajillion steps everynight to wash and moisturize your face. i was really overwhelmed at first, but it's not really that much different than pro-active's 3 step system. so anyway... i'm in the market for a good face wash and moisturizer, so i told her i'd try it. i want to stop using pro-active because i've never had a zit problem *knocks on wood* and i think the stuff is super drying and probably can't be that good for your skin over long periods of time. i'm just terrified that if i stop using it completely, i'll grow zits.
like a farm.
on my face.

so i've been using the arbonne 3 thousand step thing for the past 3 nights. the moisturizer is HEAVY. i mean, i put it on at night and when i wake up in the morning, i can still feel it on my face. my skin looks nicer when i put my makeup on, but i think it's because it's so moisturized. i'm not necessarily sure that's a good thing. (is it?) i feel like i look dewy. i don't like looking dewy. if i wanted to look dewy, i would still wear cream foundations. i wear powder to cut the shiny look. i kind of feel like i look shiny... and greasy. and i feel kind of greasy, although that's not the right word at all. i think i just feel... oily? hell, i don't know. basically, i can FEEL the stuff on my face. i don't like feeling stuff on my face.

anyway, is that how this stuff is supposed to feel?! eventually if i keep using these products, will i turn into an oil machine? that's what worries me. and also, what do you wash and moisturize your face with? and what kind of skin do you have? i definitely have combination skin. if i try to use moisturizers that aren't oil free, my skin will tell me. i've used a lot of the garnier products for moisturizing my face, and i've really liked them. i wonder if i would like their face wash products?!?! anyway... talk to me people! and slynnro, i'm talking to you. this is right up your alley, right?


Shannon said...

Go with Mary Kay. Srsly. I've been using it for years and when I get a facial, they always tell me my skin is in great shape. Only 2 steps (third step is optional) - wash and moisturize. Weekly dermabrasion stuff is awesome, too. I can get it 40% off it you're interested.

Mieke said...

Ha Ha. Your posts always crack me up. I have been using Arbonne for years. I love love that they are not tested on animals and have natural ingredients vs. other brands. I have combo skin and the RE9 line is too moisturizing. Try their new FC9 line, it's cheaper and made for combo skin. I love it!!

Kristabella said...

I was supposed to go to an Arbonne party when I was unemployed, but then I went online and saw their prices and made up an excuse not to go.

I buy Oil of Olay. Everything I use on my face, I buy in Target.

Ashlie- Mommycosm said...

I used Arbonne for a while and loved it. As with any product, you need to make sure you're using the right formula for your skin type. If you're left all dewy, maybe you're not?

I will agree that it is expensive. I used to get away with less expensive products, but since having kids my skin has gotten all wonky. It's worth it.

Meg said...

I used the same Arbonne stuff and hated it. It cost way too much money and I always felt like my makeup just slid right off my face because I was a big greaseball. And it made me break out. Not cool. The only stuff I liked was the serum and I would still use it if it wasn't so expensive.

I've tried ProActive crap as well and it's done the best for my acne. It still break out like a pubescent 13 year old when I don't use it.

Right now I'm using Neutrogena's Acne Stress Control and don't really care for it, either.

So I guess I'm in the same boat as you. Let me know what you decide!

Chris O said...

I'm with Shannon. I have been using MaryKay for years. It helps that my oldest sells it so I can always get more right away when I need it. I have menopausal skin - meaning it can be oily, dry or any combination of these at at time. I find the MK moisturizers to not be heavy at all and I use their loose mineral powder over it, I get great coverage without my face feeling like I'm over made up.

I also like their fragrance, Exotic Passionfruit. It's light and smells like food which seems to work on the hubby.

Bridge said...

My skin is closer to dry than to combination - except in a very small t-zone. I have been using Philosophy for about a year (Purity, Hope in a Jar, When Hope is Not Enough, and then one of their 2 step mask), and I love it. Expensive too though.

I had good luck with Mary Kay as well. I don't like the way the Arbonne stuff smells or feels.

koehmstedt said...

I love Arbonne! I just ordered my refills this morning after I tried to go a cheaper route. My skin is a mess right now and am looking forward to getting back to the Arbonne products. I know it is expensive, but I think that it is worth every penny.

Andie said...

LIke Kristabella- I was supposed to go to an arbonne party once and then saw the prices and was like- uh, never mind.

and then I got a sample and tried it and it was way too greasy for me- and that was BOTH types they gave me to try. Just was no good.

I went to a dermatologist to get my keratosis (arm bumps) checked and I asked the derm what she suggested- and she told me to wash my face with cetaphil or purpose every night before bed and to use a good sunscreen for my face.

So I started to use clean & clear morning glow with spf 15. then it got discontinued so then I started using aveeno positively radiant.

Like KB, everything I use comes from target. My derm told me all of the expensive stuff is just a ruse.

and my aesthetician tells me I have great skin for my age.

So there ya go!

Anonymous said...

Just a PSA here:

the stuff that isn't tested on animals? thats because all of the testing has already been done. They don't have to animal test the final product, because all of the individual ingredients have been shown to be safe.

Anne said...

I still just use Proactiv, Olay SPF 30 moisturizer, and Bare Minerals. Normally I think I look OK but I was in California over the weekend and my skin looked dry.

Maybe I just have flattering lighting in Colorado? I'm terrified to change though because I don't want to break out!

Alison said...

I've tried Arbonne (free samples and gifts from my dad's wife) but I will never pay that much money for cleansers and moisturizers. So, as suggested by my dermatologist, I wash my face morning and night with Dove soap, and I moisturize with Oil of Olay.

A said...

My skin is VERY sensitive. It doesn't like alot of things. So, this may or may not help you, but I just use Cerave moisturizer (from the drugstore). Same as I use for my hands, arms, etc. And I swear if it looks like a zit or whatever is wanting to pop up and I use some extra on those spots....they seem to go away faster. (?)
My favorite used to be (still would be, if I could find it!) St. Ive's Hypo-Allergenic Sensitive Skin facial moisturizer w/cornflower. (that's probably not the actual name of it) It seems to have vanished, never to be found anywhere again though. Sigh.
I do hope you find something you like and that works for you! :)

carrie said...

Seriously...that is way too many steps for me! But then again (omg, I can't believe I'm putting this out there) I don't ALWAYS wash my face at night and in the morning, it is usually a little sudsing with good ol Dove soap.

Anyway, when I see the name Arbonne, I run in the other direction. I just don't need all that stuff! Plus, it ain't cheap.

Just being totally honest here. If you have skin issues, maybe it's worth a try, but if you have normal skin like I do - I think it is a waste of time and money.

Anonymous said...

The face stuff I use comes from LUSH. All natural, handmade, semi-expensive but everything lasts forever. I LOVE LUSH.

-- Kristin

Becky said...

i love arbonne and i actually am a consultant. i can get you 30% off. their products really are a lot better for you than the other guys. it IS a pyramid scheme though..the lady above me keeps trying to get me to start selling and im like NO. ij ust want to buy at wholesale. that's it!