A Drugstore Alternative- Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream

I don’t know about you guys but as much as I like to use luxury products with promises of skin like an infant’s, I question the price of the pursuit.

I tell the lady at the beauty counter, there is a limit to the craziness and not withstanding Revive’s products, I’m not interesting in spending more than $150 a jar for moisturizing anything.

So, Neutrogena has been hitting the mags and television hard for their new Hydro Boost Gel Cream which is hyularonic acid, a naturally occurring moisturizer that your own body makes.

But, as you age, like thick hair and firm taut abs, you lose it.

Reasonably priced in Longs/CVS – a 1.7 oz jar is $20.99.

It’s quite maddening when I google the product and I find out it is way cheaper at Walmart for $15.19.

But probably not in Hawaii Walmarts.


I purchased the extra dry formula, because I like to hedge my bets.

The product has a slight not unpleasant fragrance and it’s not a gel or a cream. Rather it reminds me of the cornstarch base for lemon pudding for meringue pie.  Sorry if you are not a fellow baker for the visual but the other visual was something that comes out of your nose.

The feel is thick yet light.

I usually apply it over serum, or on bare skin.

This product is definitely moisturizing and the real test is how long it remains moist.

All day.

Once applied, I don’t feel I need to dab on the moisturizer I carry around in my bag.  Even on a hot dry day.

So, as long as it is on sale, I told myself, why not try the eye product?

Not as good as the gel cream, so save your money, but try out this the gel cream.

I bought a second jar!




Hair Where I Want It – Kitoko Age Prevent Scalp Tonic

As if there is no uncovered frontier.

Going on a year or more, the bf has been using Revivogen to coax his balding pate back.  Prior to that he was the man with an entire handful of hair goo to coax his “Jewfro” into submission.  When you pulled a curl out to its full glory – it reached well past his shoulders.  Everyday he would take almost 20 minutes to put a conditioner on to tame the frizzies, then a CUPPED handful of gel to wrap the curls into what I used to call a “bun” or maybe a nest of hair which was aka a curly mullet.


Fast forward, after using Revivogen’s natural herbal based alternative to Minoxidal and Rogaine, a regimen of treatment shampoo, conditioner and leave on serum, the fur is back on his crown, and narrowing the gap between the sides on the op of his heads.  I believe his pattern of baldness, without aid would eventually become the “Friar Tuck” style.

Back to moi.

So, Mom has been thinning on her crown for a number of years. But having come from the Japanese gene pool, thinning is like going from a thicket to a forest.  Nevertheless this is an ongoing concern which tho thinner it is not readily apparent, and if it was my own pattern on the back of my head, I wouldn’t even notice and would not do anything about it.

This is because, I never use a mirror to look at the back of my hair stylings.


Unless the hair stylist wants me to look.

Because I started to thin in the front of my scalp. it was hard to deny what was going on.  When I would stand under a bright light in front of a mirror, I could not deny that my hair was thinning.

I, of the long thick, horse hair locks.

The problem for me about using Revivogen, which is totally proven to me before my very eyes, is, the serum smells like sesame oil (to me).

It’s not a bad smell – it’s just a smell I don’t like.

Hunting for a b day present and needing a refill of Kitoko Hydro-Revive shampoo and conditioner from Lincoln Whang’s BOSS Beauty Supply, part of me was thinking of buying a set of Revivogen for myself.

Lincoln had mentioned Kitoko’s Age Prevent Scalp Tonic before, but knowing how rigid the bf is……

Well here’s the results of my using the product-basically using the applicator which has a thin tip to apply the product to the areas that is thinning (on clean, damp hair).

March 28 – Before


After, May 9


I’m really careful to avoid letting the product drip onto my forehead and I apply my foundation and skincare prior to doing the hair thing.  The last thing I need is more hair where I don’t want it!

Kitoko products are not easily found- I think when I started using them and searching for info on the internet, they didn’t have much of a web presence.

Even now, on their site, this product is not even on it.

Find it at Lincoln’s BOSS Beauty Supply in the Nimitiz Business Center – 2.5 fl oz is $24 for BOSS members.

Check out the rest of the selection of Kitoko, Neuma and Saphira products.

Your hair on your head will thank you.