Lotions/ Creams -Bath and Body Works - True Blue Spa Shea Cashmere Hand Cream
MissJulie89 2/20/2011 1:03:00 PM
Ugh. Winter has me in its cold, dry grasp. I need every drop of moisture I can get, and Shea Cashmere hand cream certainly does the trick for my poor, dry little hands. This hand cream smooths and softens my hands without too much of a greasy feel. It smells pretty good- it has a creamy, buttery, unobtrusive fragrance. Too bad it's so dang pricey. Nonetheless, until I find something better, I'll still be shelling out the $6 or so for the tiny tube Bath and Body Works offers. Heh.
Gels/Soaps -Unlisted Brand - Tone Blueberry Body Wash
MissJulie89 2/20/2011 12:54:00 PM
Oh my. The scent alone makes this body wash. When I squeezed it onto my pouf, the lather literally exploded into bubbles and a creamy, fresh, blueberry wave of deliciousness. I thoroughly enjoyed this product until I finished it up. It made my skin soft and bright, and the snackable fragrance even lingered for a bit. In terms of moisturization, it did an okay job, but left me slightly itchy since I used it during the winter months. Since it's too rich and creamy for the summer, and not moisturizing enough for winter, it looks like I'll be coming back to this stuff in the spring and fall.
Gels/Soaps -Softsoap - Ultra Rich Shea Butter Body Wash
MissJulie89 2/20/2011 12:42:00 PM
My skin clamors for moisture in the winter. Dove is my staple for the cold months, but I decided to pick up Softsoap and try something new. This is quite the average body wash. No, it doesn't totally strip the skin of moisture, but it doesn't give too much back, either. A few other drugstore body washes fare better in the moisturization department, but honestly, 18 fl. oz for around $3 isn't too bad for a mid-tier product. The wash smells rich and buttery, lathers nicely, and is even a pleasing, pearlescent cream color. The "moisture beads" dissolve easily and the wash itself rinses clean. It's decent, but other body washes such as Dove Nutrium Moisture do the same thing, but better. The cheapo price and creamy scent may keep me coming back, though. ^^
Gels/Soaps -Dove - Deep Moisture Nourishing Bodywash w/Nutrium Moisture
MissJulie89 2/14/2011 9:35:00 PM
After trying a couple of other body washes, I needed something that would save me from my skin's winter blues. This solid white, creamy, soft bodywash relieves my skin of itchiness and keeps it well-moisturized in cold, dry weather. It smells lovely and does a decent job of cleansing for a moisturizing product. Dove is definitely the best drugstore body wash of its category that I've tried so far. I'll continue to purchase it during the winter months until I can (maybe) find something better. It's too bad the smaller sizes are so hard to find. ;_;
Lotions/ Creams -Victoria's Secret - Drenched in PINK Soft & Dreamy
MissJulie89 2/13/2011 12:00:00 PM
I stopped in to Bath and Body Works on a whim and this lotion immediately caught my eye. As much as Victoria's Secret products perpetuate an oversexed attitude, I have to admit they're ingenious. Their quality, packaging, and overall flirty, sexy vibe keep their status firmly planted in the beauty products world. This stuff is no exception. It's creamy, light, spreads and moisturizes like a dream, and smells like delicious, sugary, vanilla-y icing to the point where I have to remind myself not to taste it. The fragrance lingers for a little while, and is never overpowering. The bottle itself is pretty unique- it's a hot-pink rectangle with a white pump and absolutely adorable label design. I'm not sure of its efficiency yet, considering I'm not even a quarter of the way through the bottle. It holds a pretty large amount, and since it only takes a nickel-sized pump to drench a leg, I can imagine it'll last me a long while. All-in-all: It'll make you feel soft, silky, and downright YUMMY. Give it a try!
Conditioner -Clairol - Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship
MissJulie89 2/2/2011 9:23:00 AM
*This review is for the BRAND NEW Long Term Relationship.* Price: HE's in the $3-4 price range. Nice 'n' cheap. Yay. ^^ Packaging: Sexay! The red, curvy bottles are a ravishing, seductive accent in the shower, and the bottle design and push-tab caps allow easy dispensing of the product. I especially love that HE makes their conditioner bottles upside-down, which is something that ketchup companies took forever to catch on to. Heh. Oh, and another thing, even though the bottles are not totally see-through, you can still hold them up to a bright light to tell how much you have left. Consistency: This conditioner is quite thick, but not crazily so. It dispenses easily without compromising thickness. Ah! And the color! Just like the shampoo, it's a glamorous pearlescent pink. What a rare color in hair care. Scent: Yes, yes. Say it with me: YUMMY! We all know it just might be the best shampoo/conditioner fragrance on the shelves. Seriously, can you go wrong with an unobtrusive, but long-lingering raspberry smoothie scent wafting from your hair that turns heads as you walk by? I don't think so. ^^ Ingredients: Definitely different from the old LTR. They added corn silk to the potion which, according to my research, has moisturizing properties. Other than that, there's the traditional silk and raspberry juice. Also, like most, if not all HE stuff, the good ingredients begin at the middle of the list. Performance: The recipe change has definitely improved the product's quality since the last fling I had with LTR (which, as you can tell, didn't end too well). As I massaged the conditioner into my hair, my tangles melted like butter. It didn't feel heavy in my hair, and rinsed out quite easily. Overall: After my hair started to air-dry, my hair remained moisturized and oh-so-soft. At one point, after shaking out some excess water (yeah, I get rid of water like a puppy. XD), I looked in the mirror and exclaimed, "Holy curls!" My curls were bouncy and defined, without the crunchiness. It almost looked like I had taken a curling iron to my hair. My locks fall freely and flow with ease, and the straightener can glide through without any snagging or dryness. The amazing fragrance lasts and lasts. Oh, LTR, I hope we can keep this up, because can I see us together for a long, long time.
Jane's Gliding Liners are my staple. I avidly use their Carbon Black shade, but I'll swing between Black Magic and some kind of dark brown I don't remember the name of. They're cheap, relatively easy to find, easy to apply, and last all day and into the next (if I forget to take it off. Hehe). I dunno why everyone's hating on 'em so hard... >:X
I first bought China Glaze at a Sally Beauty a little over a year ago and have been in love with it ever since. I rarely buy any other nail polish brand. It's perfect. The color variety is huge and the shades are beautiful. It's pretty pricey (I think individual bottles are around 5-6 bucks), but it's worth it for the incredible quality and results. I'm wearing their "Liquid Leather" shade right now. I painted my nails Sunday night. It's Thursday afternoon and they're only a little bit chipped. Woo! China Glaze is brilliant, long-lasting, and worth every penny.
*I didn't bother reviewing the shampoo because it's so basic that it wasn't even worth it to do so.* Price: Dear sweet lord, is this expensive. I wanted to try it so badly, but the price for the normal-sized bottle is around $18. My only alternative was to try the little bottle for around $12. Packaging: I love it. The bright orange is a great accent in the shower. The font placement is classy and aesthetically pleasing. The tab has a little indent that makes it easy to flip open. Consistency: It has the consistency of a normal conditioner. Not runny at all, but not too thick. Scent: BLERGH. It's a clean scent, but too floral for me. Not even an identifiable flower, either. Just... floral. It smells almost like grass. Not a fan. Luckily it doesn't linger like crazy. Ingredients: They're pretty cosmetic. There's some shea in there, and some sort of "kernel," but it's mostly dimethicone. I'm not hating, though. Performance: This stuff works pretty well. It doesn't detangle as well as other conditioners I've used, but it moisturizes without weighing hair down. After letting my hair air dry, my hair was still conditioned, and my straightener was able to glide through my hair with ease. Overall: I don't dislike Matrix Sleek.look, but for the outrageous price tag on relatively decent results, it's just not worth it to repurchase. There are other conditioners that have had more successful affairs with my hair than Sleek.look. I love the packaging, but I won't dole out the dough for the bleh fragrance and and overall meh results.
Conditioner -Neutrogena - Triple Moisture daily deep conditioner
MissJulie89 1/27/2011 2:55:00 PM
Price: Just like the shampoo, it's a little bit more expensive than most drugstore conditioners (runs for about $6.99). Makes sense though, since it's a little more high quality. Packaging: Once again, a resounding "Meh." I don't like squeeze tubes. The plastic is kind of flimsy, too. Also, the cream-and-orange color scheme is bland, but not a total eyesore. Consistency: It's THICK. Lotion-thick. No, thicker. Smooth, too, but a teeny bit sticky. Scent: Same as the 'poo- a clean, creamy scent. Not exactly my favorite (it's no Aussie Moist), but not awful. The fragrance is at the bottom of the ingredients list, which is nice; HOWEVER, it can get pretty strong if you use enough. It slightly overwhelmed me. Ingredients: Wonderful ingredients! The good stuff- meadowfoam seed, olive oil, and sweet almond- are towards the beginning of the middle of the list. You go, Neutrogena! You can seriously fell 'em work it, too. Performance: HOLY JEEZ is this moisturizing. It doesn't detangle too well, at least not for me. Nonetheless, it melted my hair like butter and left it wondrously soft. Unfortunately, it made my hair a little sticky, and took a ridiculously long time to rinse out. After letting my hair air dry, the stickiness kind of turned into a smooth moistness, and my hair had enough body without being weighed down. My straightener could glide through my hair with unbridled ease. Lovely. Overall: Neutrogena Triple Moisture is an absolutely wonderful 'poo and 'dish combo for the cold, dry winter season. However, though it says "daily" on the bottle, it's a bit strong for daily use, unless you have impossibly thick and/or dry hair. I'm not a huge fan of the fragrance or packaging, but I'll keep this stuff hanging around during the winter months.
Shampoo -Neutrogena - Triple Moisture cream lather shampoo
MissJulie89 1/27/2011 2:40:00 PM
Price: A little bit more expensive than most drugstore shampoos (runs for about $6.99). Makes sense though, since it's a little more high quality. Packaging: Meh. I don't like squeeze tubes. The plastic is kind of flimsy, too. Also, the cream-and-orange color scheme is bland, but not a total eyesore. Consistency: Though a higher quality shampoo, it has the consistency of a runny-ish conditioner (think VO5). It's creamy and opaque, and pretty darn thick for a shampoo. Scent: The fragrance is alright. It has a clean, creamy scent. Not exactly my fave, but it's not terrible. The fragrance is at the bottom of the ingredients list, which I like; HOWEVER, it can get pretty strong if you use enough. It slightly overwhelmed me. Ingredients: The ingredients are lovely. Absolutely lovely. The good stuff- meadowfoam seed, olive oil, and sweet almond- are towards the beginning of the middle of the list. And HOO boy, do you feel 'em. Performance: My initial reaction to this shampoo was "Oh no. This is NEVER going to clean my hair." I was kinda right. It does clean your hair, if you use exorbitant amounts of it. (Mind you, I have a longish, thick, dry head of hair, so it takes alot of shampoo to clean my mane anyway.) It's definitely a gentle cleanser, and explodes into lather. It lathered so much that I was rendered deaf and blind and everything in my shower was drenched in bubbles until I rinsed. It was kinda fun. XD Unfortunately, it made my hair a little sticky, but not disgustingly so. Overall: A different shampoo experience. Neutrogena didn't strip my hair of moisture in any fashion, and surprisingly, for a shampoo, gave moisture back to my hair. It's wonderful for the cold, dry winter season. But what's shampoo without conditioner? To be continued... (And that's your cue to read my review on Neutrogena Triple Moisture Daily Deep Conditioner. ^^)
Okay. I have to say something about the packaging. ... GENIUS. A-herm. Anyway, the squeeze bottle and twist cap are an absolutely brilliant combination. But enough about what's on the outside, and more about what's on the inside. This Olay cleanser smells nice and fresh, lathers well, cleans beautifully, and leaves my skin looking and feeling soft, radiant and free of oil for almost the entirety of the day. To add even more praise to the product, here's another side to the story. I have larger pores than I'd like and a history of pimples that have left their unfortunate marks on my face. In plainer words, I have acne scars. I dab coverup on them every day, so it's not totally awful, but seriously, who wants scars? The thought of getting rid of them never crossed my mind when I began to use this product. Now, believe it or not, this cleanser is visibly shrinking them. My dermatologist told me that a pore-shrinking medication would be best for getting rid of my scars over time. Who knew a drugstore product could do the same? That's right- if you have acne scars, try this stuff. It's kinda pricey, but it's worth every penny to give it a shot. I just wish they made bigger bottles. *sigh*
I keep forgetting to mention in my other reviews that I use this every time I wash my hair. My mane has kind of a dependency on it. I need a leave-in anyway, since my hair is very dry, but this one is so incredibly effective that I refuse to use anything else. It's very expensive- around 18 smackers for 4 fl. oz. Honestly, it's worth every penny, especially if you have hair like mine- longish, thick, dry, curly, kinda frizzy, hard-to-tame locks that need a little something extra to drink after a shower. It goes on smooth, detangles like nothing I've ever used before (and after), smells light and fresh, and never feels icky or gunky after my hair dries. Unfortunately, with the amount of hair I have, I go through bottles like toilet paper since I use alot every time I wash. The price will undoubtedly leave a dent in your wallet, but the product will leave your hair feeling soft, silky, shiny, bouncy, and healthy.
Price: Very modest price, usually around 3-4 something bucks wherever it's sold. Its affordability is one of the reasons it's my staple conditioner. Packaging: I love the purple. It's identifiable in stores and a pleasant accent in the shower. The labels are always cleverly written, and I love the little corresponding designs for each kind of Aussie shampoo/conditioner. The bottles themselves have a tiny bit of a grippy surface which make them less likely to slip out of your hand in the shower. The caps can be a little difficult to manage, but the 16.9 fl. oz bottles have easy caps (I get those when possible) and the 1 liters have pumps and that's always great. Consistency: Aussie Moist is super-thick, which I absolutely love. It can be slightly difficult to squeeze out (especially once it's down to the bottom), but it's worth it once it's out. Scent: The fragrance is... divine. That's the most applicable adjective of praise I can think of. It's my favorite scent of anything, ever. It's fruity, nutty, buttery. Also, since it's my staple shower buddy, the fragrance is warm and comforting. It lingers in my hair after I rinse it out, and for a while after it's dry. Ingredients: They're pretty typical of a drugstore conditioner, as the good stuff is at the end of the list. In my opinion, it's a little bit more high-end than typical cheapo drugstore products. Performance: After smoothing it on, it detangles my dry, thick, curly, longish hair very well. It coats my hair like butter, but doesn't leave it feeling gunky when I rinse. It goes a little bit beyond basic, and that's why I love it. It's not too high-end, and it's not crap. Overall: After I let my hair dry (naturally), my curly hair is shiny, moisturized, soft and bouncy. It lingers and smells like a dream (sometimes I grab small sections of my hair just to take a whiff. What? >.<). I'm not 100% sure if Aussie Moist is my HG, and it might be, but all I know is that it's my best shower buddy. I always have a stash in my house. <3