Styling Products -L'Oreal - Studioline Hot Straight
pinup_chick 1/26/2006 6:02:00 PM
I honestly don't really notice a difference between my hair when I use this and my hair when I don't use it. It smells nice, but I don't think it does anything to assist me in straightening my hair or prolonging the effect of the flat iron.
Styling Products -TRESemme - Instant Heat Tamer Spray
pinup_chick 1/26/2006 5:58:00 PM
I don't think this stuff actually does anything to prevent heat damage, but it smells nice and makes a decent leave-in conditioner/detangler. I'd buy again because it's cheap.
This review is for Outrageous Conditioner for Dry or Color Treated Hair. You can buy it by the litre in Canada for about $5, and a little goes a long way. My hair is silky, well-conditioned and perfumed in that characteristic early 90s Outrageous way. It works as well as more expensive conditioners and I'm pretty sure I've found a staple.
This product is a must-have for anyone with a dry, flaky or mucky scalp. Most dandruff shampoos do very little for my extremely dry scalp, but Scalp Remedy, a minty-fresh serum with anti-dandruff ingredients, gets rid of my pesky flakes like nobody's business. The medicine dropper is really annoying to use so I usually just put some on my fingers and massage it into my wet scalp. It doesn't leave my roots greasy or weighed down, just shiny and flake-free. It's a staple, but my only beef is that I can't find it in Canada.
For as long as I can remember I've had the hardest time getting my pouffy, frizzy, curly hair to look smooth, straight and sleek. I've tried different flat irons, dryers, serums and everything under the sun all with little success. That is, until I discovered Conair's Ion 1875 Styler Dryer. It's basically a hairdryer with various brush/comb attachments so you have more control over style when drying your hair. Instead of a fluffy mess, my hair is smooth, sleek and shiny. I barely even need to use my flat iron anymore because the amount of control this styler gives me allows me to straighten my hair while drying. I don't really believe the Ion hype, but I do know this is a great option for curly, frizzy girls like myself.
I used this straightener for a good portion of my teenage years and only now realize how badly it damaged my hair. My hair is naturally wavy and frizzy and this straightener further contributed to the frizz and split ends. It only donned on me recently that steam would do very little to aid in the straightening of hair, but rather make hair curlier and frizzier. I've since switched to a Rusk ceramic straightener and my hair is looking a lot healthier!
I think this was a limited summer-time fragrance, which is okay because it has its ups and downs. It has that kind of fake, very sweet pineapple smell that maybe not everyone would like, but it is light and works well on a hot, sunny day (a nice beach scent!). It lacks in staying power, which might not be such a bad thing as smelling like a giant pineapple well into the evening isn't the most sophisticated thing to do. I probably wouldn't buy it again, as the 20ml bottle seems to be lasting me long enough.
I'm fairly fragrance-sensitive and most scents give me headaches. I recently started looking for light fragrances that would work with my sinuses. I came across Par Amour Toujours and really liked the light, citrusy-rose smell. This is one of the nicest fragrances I've smelled and best of all - no headache. I only gave it 4 lippies because it really lacks in staying power. After an hour there's barely a hint of it left on me and constant re-application becomes annoying.
I received this Eau de Parfum as a free gift with an Yves Rocher order. Upon first sniff, I thought it was a bit strong for my preferences and immediately began thinking of who I could give it away to. I recently decided to give it another shot, and am glad I did! This fragrance works really well with my chemistry and smells light, clean, and delicately floral. It has decent staying power, and the best part is the price - it was free! The bottle is very attractive as well!
Once I discovered Clarins deodorants I thought I was doomed to spending over $20 on something to be used on my armpits. I like the Yves Rocher Green Tea fragrance and decided to try the roll on anti-perspirant. I'm so happy I did. I frequently have allergic reactions to different deodorants, but have had no adverse reactions to this one. It goes on cool and invisible, does take a few minutes to dry and then lasts all day, which is rare for my level of sweat. It's in my price range (under $6!) and smells really nice. I'll definitely buy again.
Oh, this is my favorite shower gel ever. I love the fragrance. It reminds me of the Aroma Tonic shower gel by Lancome that I used to religiously use (but have since abandoned due to price) with a stronger hit of green tea. It does have standard detergent shower gel ingredients and little moisturizing ones, but I use a body lotion afterwards and find my skin to be okay. It lathers really well and rinses clean. Definitely a new staple for me as it is so inexpensive!
Moisturizers -Yves Rocher - Pure Calmille Protecting Day Lotion SPF 15
pinup_chick 6/2/2005 10:59:00 PM
I was at first hesitant to try this moisturizer, as lotions are generally not hydrating enough for my ultra dry skin. However, the allure of an SPF 15 moisturizer that is inexpensive was too great to pass up, so I gave it a whirl. The lotion is very thin and slightly runny with a light floral fragrance. It goes on smoothly and I found it moisturizing enough for me on hot summer days. I had no allergic reaction either, which is a plus. The product comes in a 50mL bottle that the lotion pours out of. I've been very happy with this product and only paid $7 Canadian for it, so I would definitely buy again.
This is the most expensive deodorant I've ever used (over $20 Can. with tax) but I genuinely feel it was money well spent. My preferred drugstore brand was Dove because I'd have allergic reactions to everything else (I've tried many natural brands with redness and itching as a result) but I wanted to get away from Unilever so I decided to try Clarin's deodorant cream designed for sensitive skin. I really like the scent of this, it's light and fresh. The creamy texture absorbs immediately and leaves no white residue on my clothing. Also, the odor and sweat protection factor lasts much longer than a drugstore deodorant. It is overpriced but I would buy it again.
Crème -Avon - Personal Match Dewy Soufflé Foundation
pinup_chick 4/11/2005 9:48:00 AM
This foundation was advertised as a solution for dry skins, and as it was fairly inexpensive ($9.99 Can) I decided to give it a whirl. The foundation is a thick creme that comes in a small glass jar. The packaging is annoying as I use my fingers to apply foundation, but would be okay if you used a sponge. The product applies very nicely and blends well. Initially there is a very nice dewy, moisurized feeling on the skin, but after a few minutes the product dries and leaves my skin soft. This foundation does have a tendency to cling to dead skin, so exfoliating before use is recommended. The inclusion of an SPF 10 is an added bonus. I would purchase again.
Cleansers -Clarins - One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser
pinup_chick 3/29/2005 12:39:00 PM
I bought this on a whim hoping it would provide gentle exfoliating. The packaging claims that it cleanses, exfoliates and tones all in one. Upon initial usage, I didn't use a toner afterwards and my very dry skin felt just that - very dry. I didn't want to give up on this so quickly, so the next few times I followed One Step Exfoliating Cleanser with a fairly hydrating toner and moisturizer, and was quite pleased with the results. Since I've been using this regime, my face has been very smooth and moisturized, with no breakouts or flakey patches. I'd probably repurchase, although the price is kind of steep ($30).