I absolutely LOVE this stuff. This is the only lip balm I have ever found that has enough pigment for me. I have a few of these in different purses but I haven't seen them on shelves lately and I'm a little nervous they're being discontinued. The color is a nice berry and it does show up on my lips. In fact, it looks great. It's a bit thinner than regular balm but I'm ok with that. It also seems to have a lower melting point which can make it messy in your purse if you're not careful. Still, I love it, and I repeat because it's the only lip balm I've EVER tried that had enough pigment to actually make it worth labeling as tinted.
Lip Treatments -Burt's Bees - Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil
LittleBear23 4/7/2011 6:48:00 PM
I'm stuck between giving this a 3 or a 4. So, call it a 3.5. It's nice lip balm. It's moisturizing and unlike so many other balms does not leave my lips feeling drier in the long run. The scent/flavor is ok, just ok, maybe a bit too strong for me. The color in the tube is a medium pink but it doesn't leave any color at all on my lips. I think that's why I'm disappointed. I expected a little bit of color but got none. Other than that this stuff is pretty good.
I have this in mint and in carrot. They're both nice flavors. I think this is actually really good lip balm. There is no tint. It's just moisturizing. I've been noticing lately that a lot of lip balms actually make my lips feel drier in the long run but this one does not. It's moisturizing for probably a couple of hours if you don't eat or drink and it's good overnight. Definitely worth the price.
I bought this lotion because I have a fresh tattoo and the artist told me to use Curel or Cetaphil only. I'm sure I would never have tried this product otherwise. I love it! This stuff is wonderful. It works much better for me than Olay Quench, which up til now had been my gold standard for body lotion. I think this product moisturizes my skin for more than 24 hours. It has no fragrance. It goes on smooth and absorbs quickly. I think my skin must love ceramides because so far everything I've tried with ceramides has worked really well for me.
Conditioner -Suave - Professionals Almond & Shea Butter
LittleBear23 2/12/2011 7:01:00 PM
I LOVE this stuff! I didn't think I'd like it because DS conditioners normally don't work well for me but I was wrong about this one. Using this with the same shampoo has completely changed my hair from a source of frustration to a source of pride. My hair feels soft and hangs beautifully. I honestly can't say enough good about this. I probably have more than a dozen expensive ($25+) shampoos and conditioners laying around my bathroom never used since I bought this. About a month and a half into using this I felt I needed to use a build up removing shampoo but after using it once I'm back to this product. It's less than $5 for a giant bottle. What have you got to lose?
Shampoo -Suave - Professionals Almond & Shea Butter
LittleBear23 2/12/2011 6:54:00 PM
I didn't think I would like this stuff very much because it's SO cheap, because I've only ever used Suave products for c/o washing, and because I don't consider myself to have "dry" hair. I thought I'd give it a shot though since the reviews are so good and really there's not much to lose price-wise. I'm very glad I did. This is my HG shampoo now. I even decanted some to take to the gym. My hair feels much softer and heavier (which is great since my hair is fine). It absolutely flows over my shoulders. Using this with the same conditioner has been a miracle. I actually LOVE my hair again. You should definitely try this- what have you got to lose?
This stuff has been a miracle for me the last two weeks. The past few years I've been going through periods of extremely dry/tight/rawness around my nose and mouth in the winter, usually beginning in February. In the past I've used coconut oil, squalene oil, castor oil, calendulated almond oil, Kiehls panthenol cream, and la mer cream and found that those things combined with no makeup and no washing has worked for me. This year the rawness started in December and none of those was working. I noticed a lot of people talking about CeraVe on the skincare board but I was nervous to try it because: 1) You can get it at Walgreens (normally I'm not a snob about this stuff but my face was raw); 2) some reviewers said it made their skin worse; and 3) it comes in a tub making it look like body cream (not face cream). Finally after a few weeks I figured I had nothing to lose. Well, the very next morning my skin was 85% healed. Within a week my skin was 100% healed. It's been two weeks and I haven't gone back to wearing makeup but I am washing with very gentle cleanser again. It might actually be body cream but I don't care. I'm putting this on my face and it's working. It sinks in well and has no scent. I get no stinging or irritation. I strongly recommend you at least try it if you're having severe dry skin issues.
I used to buy all my bras at Victorias Secret because I was very thin with small breasts and honestly, I didn't know any better. Now that I'm larger they don't stock my size in-store (36DD) and when I do buy their bras they are very uncomfortable. They don't seem to be able to make a bra where the wire doesn't poke into my armpit or ribcage. I honestly can't wear them anymore. Of course they do make wire-free bras but not in my size. Their underwear is fine. I often buy the 5 for $25 cotton pairs but they aren't my favorite. Lately, they have been having men working in one of the shops here. Yes, the men are undoubtedly gay, but none-the-less, I strongly prefer not to buy lingerie from men. So, I don't go into the shop the men work at. I think Victoria's Secret is really fixated on making breasts look bigger. Almost all of their bras have padding. I would recommend the store for teenagers and those with small breast but not really for anyone else.
Treatments (Eye) -Bare Escentuals - RareMinerals Active Triple Eye Cream
LittleBear23 10/21/2010 7:35:00 PM
I'm now on my 2nd tube of this so I guess it's time to review. I have very sensitive eyes. So far the only eye creams I can comfortably use are this one and the Jurlique eye cream. The Jurlique eye cream is magical. I can actually feel my eye area has firmed over night. It's hands down the best. Unfortunately, it's also almost $50 for a small tube. This eye cream is equally safe for my eyes. I have no irritation, no itching, no watering. It's very light and silky. It goes on easily. It feels like light-medium moisture. I do need to put my regular face cream over it to get enough moisture. Also, I do not get the firming I got from the Jurlique. Ultimately this comes down to 1) my fine lines are not getting deeper; 2) this doesn't irritate my eyes; and 3) It's 1/2 the price of Jurlique. This is not a miracle cream but I strongly recommend it for those with very sensitive eyes.
Conditioner -Suave - Naturals Tropical Coconut Conditioner
LittleBear23 10/21/2010 6:24:00 PM
I'm reviewing this for use in conditioner only washing. That's how I use it. I LOVE it for that purpose. It's around a dollar at my Walgreens. The smell is nice. For conditioner only washes I need something with no silicones and it has to be cheap because I use a LOT of it (like 1/4 bottle) each time. This stuff is perfect. In terms of using this as a regular conditioner after washing with regular shampoo I think it would be too light and not moisturizing enough, but for conditioner only washes this is my HG.
I think this stuff actually dries my hands out MORE than not using it at all. I love the texture. I love the scent. I love that it's "natural" and generally I have loved all of the Korres products I have tried. I'm serious about my hands though. I cannot stand to have dry skin. I have to wash my hands often during the day and nothing upsets me more than that tight, raw feeling I get when I don't have a good moisturizer. This butter feels good going on, and for the first 10 minutes it feels like it's going to be really moisturizing, but after about 15 minutes my hands feel even worse than they did before I put it on. I don't know how they screwed this one up, but they did.
Moisturizers -Eucerin - Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Sensitive Skin Creme
LittleBear23 8/18/2010 5:40:00 PM
This is a preliminary review since I've only been using this for 3 days now. I'm using day and night over clean skin. I like this cream. It has not caused any irritation to my sensitive skin. I'm surprised that it isn't too heavy for me but I guess I'm just getting older and need heavier creams now. My skin is actually feeling more plump. It's weird, I've never felt that before, but there it is. I'll update if I begin to like this more or less, but for now, I think this is good stuff.
I can't really comment on the packaging because I am reviewing a small, travel size of this that I got in a Sephora beauty insider package. I didn't think I'd care for this but after using it for several days I have to say that my skin is much softer, clearer, and more comfortable. My skin can be quite sensitive and can get sort of raw feeling. I also get oily later in the day and can get pimples. Hard to work with, right? Lately I've been thinking maybe I need more moisture, even though I get oily, because they products for oily skin just wreck my skin. Even so I would not have thought such a thick cream would work for me but it does. My skin is just much smoother, softer, and more comfortable. Unlike others I do actually really like the spf 6. I normally won't put on anything with sunscreen because it breaks me out, or dries out my skin, or causes weird bumps. Basically my skin hates sunscreen ingredients. So, I'm glad to have found something with a bit of sunscreen that doesn't cause my skin issues. As I live in foggy place and work deep inside a high-rise all day I think the spf 6 is going to be fine for me, better than the spf 0 I was using before! My only complaint is that I don't really want to pay $35/ jar. Oh well...
Mascara -Maybelline - Define A Lash Volume Mascara
LittleBear23 8/12/2010 4:19:00 PM
I figured I would try this mascara since I have been having clumping issues lately with my usual mascara. I'm using Latisse; so, my lashes are long but I want "definition". Sounds like the right mascara, huh? Not for me. This does make my lashes darker but it's still clumpy and it's very crunchy. What I mean is that my eyelashes end up hard, stiff, "crunchy". Yuck! It also doesn't seem to add any length and it's as hard to get off as most waterproof mascaras even though it isn't waterproof. In addition to that, it smudges longer when wet than most mascaras.
I might re-purchase. It's hard to tell just now. I read the other reviews and bought what I thought was one shade darker than I thought I needed. It turns out that I probably need to go two more shades darker than what I bought. I wish I had purchased this at Rite Aid so I could exchange it. Oh well... Other than that I think it's ok. You really do need to do a lot of blending. On first swipe it sorts of sits on my skin making my pores very visible. After adding more and blending better I ended up with an ok result. I'm sure it would have been better if the shade had been correct.