Hair Color -L'Oreal - Couleur Experte -hair dye / highlight
Crabtwix 4/5/2003 8:37:00 AM
DO NOT use this product to get highlights!! I have been a long-time fan of L'Oreal haircolor (Feria, anyone?), but this kit is terrible. The orange highlights are a result of the cheap bleach they use AND the amount of time they have the highlight cream stay in. Especially on color treated hair (which, if you follow the directions, you now have!!!). I have been using the Feria Extra Bleach Blonding kit for a couple of years to highlight my own hair (color-treated) and I have to leave that product in for AT LEAST 35 minutes to get a very pale, NON yellow-orange highlight. I don't know what I was thinking with this kit and any hopes of the highlights coming out right!!! The sad part, is the base dye color was actually quite nice (I did Mocha-something?) - and different from colors they have in their other lines. NOT RECOMMENDED. Eeeeek - especially for the $20!!!
I have already written one review on Feria, but I had to go again! :o) I am honestly shocked by all of the poor reviews! I have literally used nearly every other box color out there, and Feria is so superiour in shine and the texture it leaves my hair. Admittedly, the reds are un-natural, and I really wish they would soften up that part of their color palette. One caveat is the black - I used Black Leather. The color rinsed out for days, and I ended up with doll hair - very flat, one color, less shiny hair that was awful. But, I am guessing, my superfine hair just isn't meant to be black, and I didn't blame the color. I had to use the Extra Lightening Bleach to take the color out enough to Re-Brown - and the bleach was on for more than an hour. HOWEVER, as horrible as my hair felt from the bleach while rinsing it, after I put the conditioner on and let it soak in, my hair was soft again. I immediately recolored (and blow-dried the color while on my head), and got a great reddish brown. One thing to keep in mind, is that Feria is sort of a sheer color (with the exception of the black I used). It will use the tone of the hair it covers. The Sally's version of Feria is a more heavy-duty color - if you have hard-to-color hair, that may be the ticket. They frequently run the color bottles two for one. UPDATE: 8/1/07 - I have since stopped using this completely. I believe they went thru some sort of reformulation of this product, as it completely changed. The couple times I used it, it actually had a different smell - and what it did to my hair is terrible. I regularly color, and have no trouble with dryness or having shiny hair, and the Feria completely dried out my hair and I had NO shine. It was horrible. Add to that, the color didn't resemble the packaging in the least, and it was very muddy and dull - not at all like the super shiny, super multicolor stuff of the past. I've been using Garnier and loving it. No more Feria. Good Luck!
Mascara -L'Oreal - Lash Architect Mascara Waterproof Formula
Crabtwix 3/8/2003 3:27:00 PM
This mascara is great!!! I liked the non-waterproof version, but was always stuggling with allergy eyes and smudgies. My lashes are a little stiff, but that is a small price to pay for ridiculously long and thick lashes. UPDATE: I changed my rating down to three stars because I could only use the tube for about three weeks. This mascara starts out thick and only gets thicker as time goes on, and it became very difficult to deal with. AND wouldn't wash off. BUT -- when I did finally get it on, it looked great, with no flakes or smears. Wouldn't buy again. UPDATE: The first use, and every so often after that, the brush has to be wiped clean - then it will have the necessary amount of product on it. Now the question is how do I get the stuff off without using something Crisco-ey????? :o)
Lotions/ Creams -Sally Hansen - Hand, Nails & Cuticle Cream
Crabtwix 3/8/2003 3:22:00 PM
I LOVE this lotion. The orangey smell is refreshing and I haven't found this cream to be greasy at all. I have been using this with Burt's Bee's Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream and my nails and cuticles and general hand skin looks really great. Unlike the normal crusty stubs I get in the winter! Highly recommended!
So.... there is one more entrant in the long wearing eyeshadow game!!! I am in LOVE with these shadows. They come in only 5 shades - Nude, a bronzy brown, pale pink, dark mauve and silvery lilac. I have the nude, and it is a slighly peachy nude, which happens to be perfect for my almost medium toned skin. The packaging and application are a bit odd --- the liquid eyeshadow comes in a little container very much like those "Bon-Bon" nail polishes, with a tiny little brush on the side. Odd, but not entirely impractical. The shadow is very shimmery, but not glittery. It goes on very easily, and can be finger blended for sheerness, or layered for lots of color and shimmer. Also, having tried several versions of this idea, I find it easy to be nice and precise to the lashline and inner corner of my eye with the little brush, AND it could be used as a bottom lash liner. Also, a lot of the shimmery creams make my (ONLY 30-year old) eyelids look old and crepy and weird, but this stuff doesn't do that AT ALL. AND, it doesn't feel stiff like Estee Lauder Go Wink. It really does last - at least on my eyes, with some foundation as a base. I paid $5.69 @ Eckerd - and plan on going back for a couple more colors!!!
Cleansers -L'Oreal - Pure Zone - Skin Clearing Cleansing Cloths
Crabtwix 3/8/2003 11:30:00 AM
I just found these cleansing cloths at my local Walmart. The packaging is much the same as all the other cleansing cloths, but @ $6.50 for 30 cloths, they are the most expensive of the Pure Zone Cleansing line. The style of the cleanser is more like the gel cleanser, with lots of foam. I have mildly dry skin, so I wouldn't use them for every wash, every day (especially in the winter in the NE), but they certainly are handy. No more pile of used wash clothes! All in all, I think they are a fairly handy product and true to the Pure Zone line (which I LOVE).
I use this stuff a couple times a week, mostly in the winter, and it really controlls my styling-product fried scalp mess. The smell isn't great, and the price isn't great ($9 for a little bitty bottle!!), but it does work.
I liked this product, especially to use with the Thickening Spray, until I realized it was giving me dandruff!!! I don't know if it's just me, or a winter thing, or what, but this stuff dries the heck out of my scalp! However, if you have fine hair, and never a dandruff problem, this could be your product!
I LOVE this product. I have very fine hair and this stuff does a remarkable job of giving me some volume, WITHOUT making my hair look unwashed by the end of the day. One thing I did find was that it seems to work best (at least on my hair) if I get my hair just shy of dry, then spray this on the roots and hit it with the brush and dryer again. It's a weird process, but it seems to work.
Treatments -Burt's Bees - Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream
Crabtwix 3/2/2003 10:46:00 AM
Great product! I have only been using it for 3 days (putting it on @ bedtime) and already I see a HUGE improvement in all the hangnails and yucky skin around my nails. And - the smell is lovely - Pledgey, but lovely.
This is such a smooth powder. I tend to have trouble with powders, as they all look like they are sitting on my face, but this blends right in. Also - the non-matte-ness is awesome - very, very natural finish. I have this in Sunny Beige, which is great if you have fair to medium skin with a golden undertone. Also.... this seems to "set" my eye make-up better than the average powder (if I go to all the trouble of "setting.")
Eye Makeup Remover -Rimmel - Gentle Eye Make Up Remover
Crabtwix 2/20/2003 4:59:00 PM
This remover rivals Estee Lauder's in my estimation. I have had trouble with removers irritating my eyes, but not with this one. However - there is an irony. When I was using Bourjois Aqua Volume Mascara, all my make-up was removed so easily. Now that I have the Rimmel mascara (gotta get to Sephora), it is a huge pain to get off. BUT, overall, I would and have bought this again. OH, I have also had good luck with it removing L'Oreal mascaras as well. UPDATE --- now have L'Oreal's Lash Architect waterproof and this remover doesn't even touch it.
I have had this mascara in Noir Etincelle 06 (AKA: Black) and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. I have naturally curled lashes, so all I need is some thickening and some lengthening and this mascara does that in spades! It also doesn't clump up, or flake, and it truly waterproof. AND, it will still come off with non-oily remover.
Moisturizers -L'Oreal - Pure Zone Skin Relief Oil-free Moisturizer
Crabtwix 2/20/2003 11:08:00 AM
These Pure Zone products are GREAT!!! For me, this moisterizes just the right amount, and doesn't cause breakouts. I agree that it could use a sunscreen in it!!! One thought on the Pure Zone line... for me, if my skin is a little oily (or a LOT oily, hellloooo SUMMER!!!), I use the gel cleanser and then the moisterizer. If my skin is a little more dry (or a bunch dry), then I use the creamy cleanser and then moisterize. It means having two cleansers, but so far I have been break-out free for about 4 months after fighting consistent acne for about 5 years! The fragrance is a bit strong, but I haven't had any trouble with it irritating my skin (or my nose!).
I LOVE this cleanser! I had been having consistent break-outs for YEARS (from the mid-twenties onward.... what's up with that???) and this is the first product that cleanses and treats without irritating. I have tried EVERYTHING from prescriptions to expensive department store lines (no more Origins) and La Mer, and this has done more for me at it's little $6.50 price tag than them all. I agree with the others about the packaging - it is very difficult to know when the product anywhere near empty - but I love the pump dispenser. I also think this is a cleanser that cleans best if a washcloth is used to gently wipe the product away. I haven't had any trouble with it leaving make-up on my skin, but I only wear spots of concealer, no base. Also, it works great in conjunction with the face lotion and "Spot Check" from the same line. I think the lotion keeps the cleanser from irritating. Highly recommended for acne fighters drier skin.