Conditioner -Clairol - Herbal Essences Breaks Over
goldenfae 11/24/2009 4:48:00 PM
Like the shampoo, it smells nice and looks pretty. Don't recommend using it together with the shampoo if you are really sensitive to smells because it can get a little too rich. Really creamy for my fine hair and didn't need much for it to work. Makes a great mask for hair.
Smells wonderful and looks pretty. Very rich for my thin, straight hair. Made it soft and silky and I almost never needed conditioner or detangler. But I don't think it agreed with my skin much and I'm afraid creamy shampoos will weigh my hair down and clog my pores so I'll try something else before I go back to this.
Shampoo -Garnier - Garnier Fructis Strength & Repair Shampoo
goldenfae 11/24/2009 4:35:00 PM
In the beginning, it was great. Then I guess the product built up or something because it refused to clean my hair. I actually had greasy, sticky roots 2 hours after I just washed it. Ewww. I also think this disrupted the pH of my scalp. As in smelly scalp. Double ewww. It takes a lot of product to actually cover my hair given how watery it is. On the plus side, the silicones let me easily detangle my hair and I can sometimes skip out on conditioner.
This stuff smells like pina coladas-- so good. Leaves my hair shiny. Doesn't weigh it down. Takes very little to cover and detangle all of my hair. However, it only has moderate moisturizing properties. It is better than not putting anything in it at all. But it doesn't create instant silkiness.
Stuff I love about this product... cleans my hair, doesn't weight it down, smells like a pina colada. Stuff I hate about this product... can dry out my hair. Don't use this product if your hair is already dry. Shaking my head makes a soft noise resembling pins hitting each other... not so normal or moisturized. Might rebuy this but I want to try other things first.
I brought this years ago and hated how it seemed filmy and didn't do anything to my acne. Since then, it has been used to wash off poison ivy since it really is that drying. However, recently I started using it again since I needed something to travel with and the normal stuff I use comes in a not 3oz and smaller foam bottle. Plus, I figured, I can always use it as a body wash = 1 less thing to carry. Well, I definitely don't find it as bad as I did years ago. I don't get the filmy feeling anymore. And it isn't making me break out and dries up previous breakouts faster than other stuff. It is also a very good as a body wash in summer weather. Just remember to moisturize the areas you don't want to dry up (everywhere but the chest and back for me bc of bacne) and use sunscreen (I think this made me toast my nose faster than usual).
Mascara -Cover Girl - Remarkable Washable Waterproof Mascara
goldenfae 1/24/2009 1:40:00 AM
Curling lashes before using this is just a waste of time for me because it just becomes uncurled. However, if I swipe this on in an upward motion, it will curl slightly on it's own. And even though it's really unrecommended, curling lashes after putting this on (and letting it completely dry!), will hold better than putting it on beforehand. Does a good job of defining my lashes. No spider legs. But it does leave clumps at the tips of my lashes. And it flakes like crazy. While I'm still left with most of it on my lashes by the end of the day, I also have flakes on my cheeks and on my glasses. Decent product for people like me that don't really wear mascara often and just need something cheap to provide some oomph once in awhile. But I really wish it didn't flake.
This is kind of waterproof but smudges like crazy. If I do get teary, I don't find this dripping off my face. However, I would be very careful about wiping my eyes. And since I tend to squint for multiple reasons, this travels to the outer creases of my eyes and to my lower lids. I've learned to apply this very carefully and lightly. This eyeliner CANNOT be used for thick defined lines because that is just asking for it to smudge. Thin lines, lightly blended out with a qtip, avoiding places like the inner eye and outer corner (since it will work its way there later in the day anyway), and a very small line on the outer third of my bottom lid (smudged the rest of the way with qtip) works best. I brought maybelline's expertwear too, which doesn't state that it's waterproof or smudge-proof, and it seems to be the same quality and lastingness as the slightly more expensive unstoppable. And the expertwear actually comes with a sharpener and smudger. Go figure.
Lotions/ Creams -Bath and Body Works - Fresh Vanilla
goldenfae 12/28/2008 3:50:00 AM
I just brought this at the semi annual sale for cheap, but still on the fence about if I like it or not. I got the body spray years ago before they discontinued the line and liked how it was a less sandalwoody/musky (neither qualities I prefer) version of WVS. I've been waiting to get the lotion or cream version since then, and I don't know if it was worth waiting for. This is a much lighter scent in cream form than anything else that I've tried from BBW, as in I really need to try and smell it, which is good. But aside from the lack of noticeable sandalwood/musk, I smell something else earthy that I didn't smell in the body spray. Clay? I find it interferes with the vanilla smell and I don't like it much. So good news is that it isn't strong, you can practically pretend this stuff is unscented. Wait, good news for me since I didn't pay full price (and the fact that I like unobtrusive scents in public). But if you go to BBW for the scents and came out with something not (very) scented and paid full price for it, probably not good news. And before you ask, I like the scents, just not the strength of them. Bad news is that when I do sniff myself, I don't prefer this over any other vanilla type scents that I own, probably even less.
My friend gave this to me to try but I don't find that this stuff works for me. Pluses are that it isn't very greasy/oily/waxy and absorbs fast. Don't like the minty smell, but then again I don't like smelling like mint. And I'm still itchy. I'm thinking that it is not thick enough for me, especially for winter. I enjoy mixing it with thicker, heavier scented body creams (bath and body works) to thin them out. Make sure that the scents won't clash though. The fact that it has menthol also bothers me since that's suppose to dry out your skin in the long run. Also kinda burns on my sensitive skin.
Lotions/ Creams -St. Ives - Intensive Healing Advanced Therapy Lotion
goldenfae 11/12/2008 10:04:00 PM
It is scented (yes I know it says unscented) but only really slightly. Powdery oats? It's hard to tell. Love that it isn't really greasy, oily, waxy and that it sinks it pretty quickly. Hate that it doesn't do much good. For one, this probably needs to be reapplied multiple times per day. As in about an hour after you applied it. And it seems to only help the top layer. My hands are soft but I still have callouses and rough/dry spots, if that makes any sense. And my skin is still flaking and cracking. Doesn't heal squat. Perhaps it keeps already healthy moisturized skin from drying out? Not what I brought it for and not buying it again.
The beads are too large to scrub off anything. I tend to get them between my fingers where it does no good. And if it does manage to scrub, it only lifts the dead skin up so now I look even more flaky. However, it does clean well. I end up mixing this with another finer scrub that is too harsh for my skin by itself.
Moisturizers -Aveeno - Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF 15
goldenfae 10/24/2008 10:58:00 PM
For some reason, I love the design of the pump on this bottle. Very sleek and easily lockable. And kind of expensive unless you find it on sale. As for the effectiveness, I am overjoyed to say it hasn't yet reacted horribly with my skin or made me very oily. I have an oily base with a dry surface and anything that cures the dry surface would either make me very oily in a couple of hours or make me break out in whiteheads. It seems to make my face slightly less oily and less dry and flaky. Yay. I was afraid of feeling waxy like the aveeno body lotion, but there was nothing to worry about. The texture is creamy while being airy and easily melts on your skin. Not as easily spreadable like other waterier lotions. And sometimes I think I'm putting too much on one area. Sinks in fairly easily and doesn't leave you feeling more greasy. Will update if there is an improvement in the redness of my face.
Gels/Soaps -Sephora - Vanilla Cupcake Bath & Shower Bubbles
goldenfae 10/11/2008 2:16:00 AM
It smells more like cake than batter. Which is not exactly my thing. I'm prefer more vanilla/sugar scented products. I didn't think that the smell lingered enough to be irritating though. Once I washed the suds off the smell practically disappeared. And there wasn't much left on my skin either. The packaging is certainly interesting looking. And if I can figure how, I would like to reuse it. But you have to squeeze it right at or around the finger indent to get any product out. Which is probably why it's there. But not how I would normally hold the bottle. Overall, this would be used as an occasional "treat". But I wouldn't find myself using it daily.
Don't like the filmy feeling after using this. I have to rinse and scrub a lot to feel clean. But it does get me clean. Washes off oils and body odor, which I had a problem with with ivory. Have yet to see if it makes the breakouts on my body worse or not. Edit: It seems the only way to get any moisturizing power out of this is if you leave the film on your skin. Otherwise, it is fairly drying. My toes feel silky when I wiggle them. But the rest of my body will still need moisturizers since I'm afraid of leaving the film on my acne prone skin. On the positive side, the soap cleans me thoroughly enough to prevent most breakouts and doesn't seem to be causing any either.