Lip Treatments -Neosporin - Lip Health Overnight Renewal Therapy
ThisGirl0 1/12/2011 8:57:00 PM
Wow! I just got this product yesterday and already feel the need to write a review because it's so good. I have problem lips - huge problems. My lips are always cracked, peeling, chapped, or I get cold sores easily mostly when my lips are fragile. Well, it's the time of year when lip balms are essential. I haven't used one recently so my lips cracked and chapped all over the place; touched my lips with dirty hands and got some kind of a cold sore-type rash. Nasty but thankfully it is small and can be covered with makeup. I got this stuff at the store last night. It was either this or some other nasty, overly expensive cold sore product (and I hate using those). I put this on last night before going to sleep and woke up this morning with really soft lips. There was some peeling, but that was old damaged skin that needed to come off. I have been using this during the day as well and love the way it makes my lips feel. They are so soft and so much healthier. The product claims to improve the condition of lips in 3 nights... for me it was just one night and one day! Amazing. I was very pleased to find that the product is white as opposted to the cloudy/yellowish color of other Neosporin lip products. It also doesn't have that weird sour Neosporin taste. The small round container is fine, though I do wish it came in a tube instead, but this is a little bit easier to find in the bag. It also doesn't have much of a scent - a very faint citrus smell, and no taste at all. It feels really creamy on lips and leaves them looking smooth but not shiny. Love it! Will repurchase, especially in the winter.
I have never actually purchased this product, but my mom uses Nivea product all the time, so I get tubs of these from her every once in a while. I don't use this a lot so a tub lasts me forever and I also only use it at night prior to going to bed because I don't use a regular moisturizer during the day (I use a sunscreen instead). I like the scent - that typical Nivea scent that's soft and powdery, and it does tend to linger for a while, but I can't imagine it beeing overly offensive for anyone. I like that it's thick and buttery almost, but when you put it on your face it feels very hydrating and slightly greasy but not in that heavy Vaseline type of way. My mom has used these products practically all her life, she is in her late 50s now and everyone tells her that she looks like she's in her early 40s. Now I am not going to attribute that solely to Nivea creams, but I am sure that it played a small part. She is obsessed with moisturizers. I am not, though, as I don't have overly dry skin so I don't need moisturizers except at night after cleansing my face only if my skin feels tight, and in the winter of course. I use this at night and wake up in the morning with my skin feeling really soft and hydrated. I absolutely love it will purchase at some point if I have to, but I have had a tub of it for a couple of years and it's still have full. If I ever need more I will probably just get it from my mom. She also tends to get European versions of this product which are better, imo. Only problem I can see people having with it is the fact that you have to stick your fingers in the tub in order to get the product out. I personally don't have an issue with this since I only use this product after I cleanse my face/hands... and also, I don't see any other type of packaging working any better because the product is quite thick.
I really like this product. After trying so many serums, it's hard to distinguish them from each other. This one is definitely the best of all I have ever used. This product is a clear serum that comes in a small bottle. It smells really nice and sweet, though not overly strong so the scent doesn't linger in hair or on skin. I like that you can use it to moisturize both dry hair and dry skin. I mostly use it on my hair, but my hands benefit as well during application. I apply it through my long, bleached hair after blow drying, and it makes my hair really soft and shiny. I also use it while flat ironing; it seals in moisture leaving my hair glossy and shiny, not at all greasy. I really like this product and will repurchase for sure though one small bottle lasts for a long time.
Shampoo -Unlisted Brand - One 'n Only - Shiny Silver Ultra
ThisGirl0 1/11/2011 12:34:00 PM
I dye my hair very light blonde and sometimes don't tone it enough, so I end up with a little bit of brassiness in the roots. I use this product about every other shampoo, and it works. The product is very dark purple and it comes in a clear bottle. Smells great but the scent doesn't linger, and it does condition hair as well. It will not eliminate brassiness immediately as it is not a toner. I find you need to use it at least once a week for maybe a month to see a difference, and it also helps to leave it in hair for about 5 minutes before rinsing. Before I decided to change my hair color just a tiny little bit (made it a tad darker), I used this product regularly and it turned my very light blonde hair platinum. I will repurchase.
Styling Products -Biotera - Thermal Protecting Styling Spray
ThisGirl0 1/10/2011 2:24:00 PM
I got this at Sally's last summer to protect my hair from heat. I had to straighten my hair more than normal because the summer heat/humidity was unbearable and I could not control my hair at all so I straightened it quite a bit. Now I straighten and/or curl my hair once or a twice a week so I wanted something that would work well. This product claims that it protects hair from heat up to 450 degrees. I usually wash my hair, towel dry, apply a leave-in conditioner, and then this product. I have used it for a while and it really doesn't seem to work very well. I have used it to protect my hair from the CHI iron, which only has one setting and gets very hot... I still got split ends like crazy. Now that I have a different (much better) straightening iron, I don't see nearly as much damage, but I don't think it has anything to do with this spray. The smell is okay, just like any other cheap hair product. The spray bottle is not very confeniently designed as it is slim, and if your hands are even a little bit wet or slippery, this bottle is a pain to use. The product also mists everywhere, so you end up wasting a lot of it by spraying it all over your skin/clothing, which is not good because it leaves a sticky residue. It is also a lot like a hairspray as it doesn't leave my hair soft and shiny, instead it leaves my hair crunchy and hard, like hairspray. It is good for setting a style, and it performs similarly to a non-aerosol hairspray. For example, just today I finally decided to use my curling iron for the first time in forever and this product worked really well for setting my curls. My hair will not be going flat any time soon. Basically, the product does not do what it claims so I will not repurchase.
Hair -Unlisted Brand - Gold N Hot - 1200 Watt Hardhat Dryer
ThisGirl0 1/9/2011 9:56:00 AM
I just got this dryer from Sally's a few weeks ago. I have always wanted a hardhat dryer for processing, conditioning, and drying my hair. This was on sale so I got it based on the fact that it had okay reviews on the Sally website. It's a good product for the price, but not the best, obviously. The dryer is supposed to accomodate large rollers, which I hardy use so that's not one of the reasons I got it. A lot of people complain that it doesn't accomodate large rollers, which is a bunch of bs seeing that it depends on the size of your head. Large rollers would fit just fine for me. I have used it to dry hair and it really only dries the top of the head, leaving the back of the head mostly wet since the air holes are mostly located on top. This would work for drying short hair, but not long hair like mine as it only dries the top, leaving the ends completely wet. I have used it to deep condition as well as process my hair and it works beautifully. I basically only use it for drying a little bit after towel drying my hair so that it's not so wet. I finish drying my hair with a regular hand held dryer. I wasn't sure whether or not I was going to keep this product or return it, but I have decided to keep it because I process my hair a lot and do a lot of treatments, so it is very useful for that. The product itself is a bit bulky, but it is a large hardhat dryer, so you can't really have it any other way. I don't like that the cord is very short... only about 4", so there is no way I could use it without an extention cord. The top part is also heavier, so it is hard to balance unless you have it on a flat surface, like a table, and it also helps to weigh down the bottom just to keep it from tipping over. The dryer has two settings, high and low. The high setting is basically like a low setting on my hand held dryer, while the low setting performs as the cool setting on a regular hair dryer... I would use that setting only to set a style, as it would take forever to actually dry hair that way. Overall it's a good product for a few purposes, but I would not repurchase. I would want something more stable, with more power, and a longer cord.
Almost every time I go to Sally's I end up buying a nail polish on impulse. I was looking through the various shades of China Glaze and I didn't want to get anything that's overly dark and stands out. I typically only wear dark or bright colors for special occasions. During the rest of the week I try not to wear nail polish because it weakens my nails and it tends to chip. Chipped dark nail polish is not the most desirable look, and I am very lazy about taking it off. That's why I went for this shade that's a subtle peachy pink. It looks darker in the bottle than it actually is. If you want the color to show up significantly, you would probably need to apply a lot of layers, or just go for a different color altogether. This polish is basically the color of the nail bed, so it just enhances the natural nail a little bit. It is shiny and glossy but contains no sparkles whatsoever. I really like it.
Tools -Unlisted Brand - Ruby Stone Crystal Nail File
ThisGirl0 1/7/2011 5:30:00 PM
Awesome product. I didn't even really know that these existed until I went to Sally's today to pick up a few things and came across their nail files. I was going to just a regular board, but I know how easily those fall apart and how quickly they need to be replaced, so I decided to get this thinking that it will last longer. I LOVE the packaging. It is exactly as it looks in the photo - a ruby stone (that's actually pink), with a plastic handle (mine is white), and a plastic white cover for it. I love that it has the cover so that you can store it or take it with you anywhere without worrying about damaging and breaking it. I just filed my finger nails with it a little bit before polishing, and it works very well. This file stone does not file nails as rough and as much as a regular nail file. It takes off little bits at a time so that you can really shape your nails carefully. I also like that it doesn't cause that nail dust that I typically experience with regular nail files. I find that if you use the edges, it files more. So if you need to file down a big piece of a broken nail or something, the edges do the job, while the sides smooth it out. It only cost about $3 and it will last forever (so long as it doesn't break). Will repurchase only if this one breaks or I lose it... otherwise I won't need a new one for a longgg time.
Got suckered yet again into buying another product when I should be saving money. I read a bunch of reviews on this and thought that I might like it so got this at Walgreen's since they had a bogo 50% off sale. Since I ran out of my Revlon Colorstay, I decided to get that and this product. I had no clue which shade to pick since I have never seen this product out of bottle before, and they have it sealed pretty tightly with no tester. I grabbed a shade called Vanilla, which in bottle looks close to 150 Buff, which is my shade in Colorstay. Turns out that Vanilla is a lot like Buff, but slightly lighter and has a different hue. I mixed them together in bright lighting and Vanilla looked more yellow, but it's not a huge difference. I will say that it's definitely lighter than it looks in bottle. I adore the dewy look and lots of sparkles/shimmer, but I don't want it IN my foundation. As much as a I hate this word and do not like to use it (ever) it's the only one that describes this foundation: discoball. I put my makeup on in front of a bright lamp; after applying this all over my face with a foundation brush, didn't mix it with anything else and was shocked at how much sparkle is in this product! I literally looked like I took my illuminator and mixed it with my foundation. Not attractive. The sparkles aren't as obvious in natural lighting, but jeez, way too much. Not the best foundation as it also feels more oily than I like; it reminds me a lot of Clinique Dewy Smooth foundation, which I used in the past but found that it is too oily and tends to turn orange after a while. My skin gets kind of dry and slightly flaky in some areas during the winter. After using this foundation (even on top of Colorstay), I found that it accentuates the flakes and dryness quite a bit. Not the look I am going for. Not the best product out there for sure and I will not repurchase.
I have read so much about the Aspirin mask all over the internet so I had to try it. I used it a couple of years ago just to try it. I basically just mixed a couple of plain white, uncoated Aspirin pills with a few droplets of water, let them dissolve, and apply to face. Sometimes I left it on for about 10-15 minutes (or till it started to flake off my face on its own), or I used it as a scrub. Honestly, I do not get the hype at all. I don't have acne or any other major issues so I really only tried it because I've heard that it clears up and tightens pores nicely. Don't know how long I used it for or how frequently, but it was long enough to realize that it really didn't do anything. Sure, it's cheap and a good exfoliant, but so is plan sugar. Don't get the hype... and it also seems to me that most people who see amazing results are the ones who mix the Aspirin with other various products (honey, aloe, vitamin e, etcetc). Well, maybe the combination of all those makes the Aspirin work better, but it doesn't do a thing on its own. Just my opinion though but that's a very obvious trend found in many reviews. P.S. It's also smart to be cautious about how many Aspirins you use. Don't know about anyone else but I wouldn't want to suffer the consequences of "taking" too many Aspirins though the skin. Just saying.
Blush -New York Color - Blushable Creme Stick in 644U Plaza Pink
ThisGirl0 1/3/2011 8:34:00 PM
Love this blush! It's my favorite for sure. I have pale skin and this shade works really well for me, though next time I think I might try a slightly darker shade just for fun. I got this a long time ago after reading good reviews. And seeing that it only costs a couple of bucks I had to try it. I love cream blushes because I really don't like putting too much powder of any kind of my face due to somewhat large pores. I apply this product on my cheeks either with my fingers or with my foundation brush. It blends very nicely and looks completely natural on my skin. I don't detect any glitter or sparkles at all but it's not 100% matte either because it is a cream blush that doesn't dry matte. It basically makes my skin glow and looks very natural. Love it. Will repurchase without a doubt even though one stick will probably last me a year, and I use this product almost every single day.
Great product. I have used it as a moisturizer before after showering, but for some reason I always end up using too much. But after reading some of the reviews I think I might try using less and along with lotion to eliminate the greasy/sticky feeling. This is also the only product that works as a makeup remover. I don't use waterproof mascaras and such, but I can never seem to remove mascaras with just soap and water (or a facial cleanser); it just does not work for me at all and I find that baby oil works wonders. I find that it removes makeup and moisturizes the skin around my eyes really nicely as well. It is also cheaper than any other makeup remover - can't go wrong there. Will repurchase, though probably won't have to for a while since a bottle lasts me forever.
I used to love this scent when I was in high school; definitely used to be one of my favorites. Then a couple of years ago I decided to purchase a big bottle of it from Clinique. Well, I used it reguarly till it was all gone, and honestly, the more I used it the less I liked it. The fragrance is just okay... clean, fresh, not overpowering. This is, however, one of those scents that's almost entirely chemical... I do not smell anything fruity or floral whatsoever. It also does not last at all. I would douse myself in it and still couldn't smell it at all in a matter of hours (nobody else could either). Has no staying power whatsoever. Will not repurchase as such a mediocre/chemical fragrance is way too overpriced.
Okay, not sure if it is just me or what, but this product is soooo ridiculous. I am a small girl (5'2", size 0) and I don't have a lot of issues except short legs that I think don't look the best in super tight jeans or leggings. Well, a while ago (probably a couple of years ago) I got a free pair of these online somewhere. I got them in the smallest size A and they are the footless kind. Because they were free I figured I might as well try wearing them under certain articles of clothing just to make my legs look a little bit better, I guess (though I should probably just work out instead). Like I mentioned, I am a relatively small person which is why I got a small size. These things were nearly impossible to put on... mega tight and uncomfortable; I accidentally ended up putting a huge hole in one side by sticking my foot through the material while trying to put them on. I know that they are expensive so the fact that I put a hole though them so easily tells me they're not really the best quality. They were still look okay and can be worn even with the hole in them (like once). I am not sure which dress size these are supposed to fit, but I can't imagine anyone over a size 2 fitting into the small size. I put them on today under my leggings just to see if they were going to make a difference, and I didn't see much difference at all... my legs just feel tight all over as if I am wearing pantyhose. I wore them at work today and noticed that the fabric was irritating my skin shortly after. Well, I got home a few hours ago and changed out of them right away only to realize that there are these red bumps all over where the top part was... this product gave me like zits of some sort! Though thankfully they are the type that will probably go away by tomorrow, but still... major irritation and very unpleasant. Needless to say I am throwing these away and will not purchase. I can't imagine a bigger girl wearing these without suffering from a major case of lovehandles and such because it doesn't matter how high you wear them on the waist, they DO roll, especially if you're sitting down. Terrible and uncomfortable product and I have never had a fabric cause that type of reaction to skin.
Gels/Soaps -Philosophy - Vanilla Birthday Cake 3-in-1
ThisGirl0 12/26/2010 7:25:00 PM
I got this for free from Sephora as a birthday gift. I actually used it as shampoo first because I just felt like using something new that day. It is definitely more a body wash than a shampoo since you need to use A LOT of it to cover hair and get it to lather. I had to use a hanful on my long hair, and it still didn't seem to penetrate my hair or clean it very well. (I followed with another shampoo afterwards.) And then I also used it as a body wash. It has a nice thick consistency, it's yellow, and smells really sweet, like cake. I like it as a body wash. Not sure how much it costs regularly but I will just go ahead and safely assume that it's more expensive than it should be. I am sure there are many other products that are the same, perform the same, and smell just as good or better but for a lot cheaper. Nothing impressive. I am not dying to purchase it, especially since I don't really believe in "2 in 1" or "3 in one" products or whatever. This can be okay if you are traveling and want to bring as little as possible with you... though you would need a separate conditioner because this product does not condition at all. It's okay.