Styling Products -Rusk - Softwear Volumizing Shine Lotion
cattitude 9/29/2012 9:55:00 PM
I received this product as a gift. The bottle describes it as a light styling lotion that gives hair volume and body and leaves it feeling smooth, soft, sleek and shiny. It recommends applying 2-4 drops to wet hair. Softwear has a clear, thin, slippery consistency and feels slightly sticky if it dries on your skin. Personally, I don't feel like this product DOES anything! I especially doubt that using just 2-4 drops as the label suggests would accomplish anything (it isn't a concentrated serum or anything). Save your money and buy a more effective product. For smooth/soft/shiny hair I'm currently using KMS Silk Sheen serum, which DOES make a noticeable difference. The Silk Sheen is more concentrated and feels slippery when you rub your hands together, not sticky like Softwear. Edit: I tried giving this as a chance as a heat protector. ! put a dime-sized amount in damp hair and blow-dried it. It didn't seem to do anything, at least nothing positive. I can't decide if this product does nothing or if it actually makes my hair feel worse.
Hair -Dove - Dove Daily Moisture Damage Therapy Conditioner
cattitude 9/29/2012 9:05:00 PM
I got a giant bottle of this stuff at Costco. I have thick, coarse, dry hair and I've found that Dove is the best drugstore brand of shampoo/conditioner that I've tried. This conditioner is creamy and smoothing. It reminds me of a lighter version of the conditioner that comes in boxes of hair dye. I will definitely be repurchasing Dove conditioner, but I would like to try the oil conditioner next time.
Shampoo -Dove - Damage Therapy: Daily Moisture with Micro Moisture Serum
cattitude 9/29/2012 8:59:00 PM
I got a huge bottle of this stuff at Costco for cheap. I have thick, coarse dry hair and Dove is by FAR the best drugstore brand of shampoo/conditioner I've tried. The only complaint I have about this shampoo is the perfumey/artificial scent. Fortunately it seems to fade as my hair dries. I will definitely be repurchasing Dove shampoo- next time I would like to try the oil shampoo.
This is the most amazing eyeshadow I've ever seen. It's an insanely pigmented neon pink. I think they've discontinued it because I tried to buy some online for a friend and couldn't find it anywhere. A possible alternative is Ben Nye "Fuchsia" which is technically a blush that comes in a similar shade of neon pink.
Eye Shadow -Physicians Formula - Eye brightener, highlighter
cattitude 9/26/2012 9:28:00 PM
Wow, this stuff actually works! I have "Natural Eyelight", which looks like a mix of pastels in the pan but it goes on as a shimmery white. I use it as a highlighter or a shadow and it really does do a great job of brightening the eye area. It is expensive for a drugstore product, but seems to go on sale quite often. My biggest complaint about this product is the overpackaging- in the photo you can see that the compact is about 4x the size of the actual pan of product.
Gels/Soaps -Avon - Avon Naturals Pomegranate Mango Shower Gel
cattitude 9/26/2012 9:08:00 PM
This shower gel dried out my skin so badly.
This product SUCKS. Literally, because I can actually feel it sucking the moisture out of my skin. How does something this horrible actually get manufactured and sold?
Styling Products -TRESemme - Instant Heat Tamer Spray
cattitude 9/26/2012 8:49:00 PM
This product is very affordable and doesn't leave any noticeable residue. So, why wouldn't I repurchase this? 1. I must be the only person in the world who doesn't care for the scent. It's subtle, but it lingers all day and sometimes I catch a whiff of it when I move my head. 2. I have thick, coarse hair and I feel like I need to invest in a cream or lotion protectant for my hair type. A light mist feels insufficient.
BB Cream -Maybelline - Dream Fresh 8-in-1 BB Cream
cattitude 9/25/2012 11:03:00 PM
This is a sheer tinted moisturizer with SPF. It's not greasy and it doesn't bother my sensitive skin. However, I feel that the "light" shade is too dark/orangey for my pale skin.
Moisturizers -Clinique - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
cattitude 9/25/2012 10:43:00 PM
This is one of the few moisturizers that doesn't irritate my dry and sensitive skin. It absorbs quickly and doesn't feel heavy or greasy. The lack of SPF and fancy anti-aging ingredients is actually a positive thing because those sorts of things often cause my skin to react. Just make sure you buy the bottle with the pump and not the plain bottle!
Skincare - Face -Avalon Organics Botanicals - Lavender Revitalizing Eye Gel
cattitude 9/24/2012 11:51:00 PM
"Lavender Revitalizing Eye Gel"?!? More like "Lavender Burning Agony Gel". I felt like I had just rubbed hot coals into my eyes. It took me several minutes to be able to open my eyes properly afterwards.
Treatments (Eye) -Burt's Bees - Radiance Eye Cream with Royal Jelly
cattitude 9/24/2012 11:42:00 PM
I'm generally a fan of Burts Bees products, but this one has a disgusting and overwhelming artificial fragrance. That's too bad because the cream itself is one of the few eye creams that doesn't burn my eyes.
Eye Makeup Remover -Almay - Moisturizing eye makeup remover liquid
cattitude 9/24/2012 11:09:00 PM
I used up all my Clinique eye makeup remover but I was broke at the time, so I went to the drugstore and bought this one. Almay products were half price and this eye makeup remover claimed to be gentle and moisturizing. Bad decision! The first time I used it, I felt like there was an oil slick on my eyes. My vision was blurry for a couple minutes afterwards. This stuff feels like straight mineral oil. Disgusting.
I've tried other liquid concealers such as MAC and Smashbox and this one is way better. Although it is more expensive, it is actually a better value because you get a lot more product. My skin is so pale that my under-eye area is transparent. Therefore, I have really obvious dark circles that no amount of sleep will fix. This concealer doesn't magically make my dark circles disappear (I don't think that ANY product could accomplish that!) but it does make them less prominent in a way that looks natural and not dry or cakey. I have shade Porcelaine I and it matches my skin tone perfectly. It's difficult to find a concealer that isn't too dark/orange. I will keep using this unless somebody recommends something better.
The KMS Hair Play Molding Paste gives natural-looking soft hold and definition to my thick, coarse hair. My current and past hairstylists have often recommend this product for my hair type. I'd say that it is mid-priced: more expensive than drugstore products, but cheaper than some other salon brands. I love the pump dispenser- the jars that most styling goo comes in are unhygenic and messy. I also like the light scent that smells a bit like pina coladas. I've just repurchased this product after having my hair cut short for the first time in a few years. I don't know if it's just my imagination, but it seems like the product has been reformulated (along with the new packaging) and is less thick and sticky. This makes it easier to work with and less likely to leave visible product residue, but I think it might have less hold. I love the hair paste for air-drying hair. If I work a dab into my hair while it's still slightly damp and arrange it into place with my fingers, it controls frizz and puffiness. This product allows me to avoid damaging my hair with heat styling. On dry hair I use it to control my bangs and any frizzy or unruly bits, and add light texture. The downside of this product is that I cannot imagine it working for more extreme shaggy/spiky looks on my hair.