Face-ing the Truth

Don’t risk it

Hi BD readers!! Ok, I’ll just lay it out there. I recently moved to Astoria (covers face), which is why I’ve been absent from BD the past month. I’ve been thinking about how to break the news. I know, I know. The name of this blog is Brooklyn Dolls. But rest assured, you can take the girl out of Brooklyn, but can’t take Brooklyn out of the girl. Nor do I ever have any desire to. Who would? I still call Brooklyn my home (or at least my parents’ house) and support my favorite nail salon and their $16 manicure/pedicure special. Hi Unique Nail Salon!

So, if you haven’t closed this window in disappointment upon hearing the news (sorry!), I want to vent my grievances with one of my go-to, solve-all brands, Neutrogena. Loyal readers, I’m sure you remember my love of Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup. Hands down the best foundation out there. But that compliment does not extend into their Grapefruit Cleanser line. I should have known it would be a bust. I tried the grapefruit diet in high school, and well, that didn’t work.

After the strenuous move – packing, carrying boxes, finding gold accents for the apartment – I wanted to treat myself. Perhaps something to make my skin look “brighter?” One of those million dollars beauty buzz words. And now having to pay rent, I figured I’d save the fancy spa facials for special occasions – AC weekends, Bay Ridge nights, Italian club events – see, still Brooklyn at heart. I read about Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Acne Wash Foaming Scrub in Pink Grapefruit in Allure. Plus, it’s an oil-free acne wash, so what damage could it possibly cause? Oh, I’m about to tell you.

I tried the scrub and it smells great. But so does my bathroom Airwick and I’m not about to rub that on my face. Within minutes of use, my skin broke out with all tiny bumps. Pretty terrifying. Really, Neutrogena? I tried a couple days later and same thing. So now, not only does my skin not look any brighter, I had tiny bumps for hours. I’m pretty disappointed. Thank God I didn’t buy the grapefruit body wash. I’d probably get something gross like backne. Imagine, a 25+ year old with backne? I might as well reserve my space in the retirement village now and call it quits. (Ok.)

If you take anything from this post, well, 2 things: 1) say no to Neutrogena Grapefruit Cleansers and 2) Brooklyn still rules.


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