Shampoo -Alberto Vo5 - Kiwi Lime Squeeze Clarifying Shampoo
itsKelCeeEee 5/9/2012 11:48:00 AM
You know why your hair probably dried out? Because you used a clarifying shampoo on a daily basis. I have no idea why anyone would do that since clarifying shampoos are specifically made to give your scalp a "clean slate" and basically get rid of everything on it, in other words, it's gonna cause your hair to be dry. Don't use a clarifying shampoo every day. Oh, my god. Anyway, I love this. I use it once a month, and sulfate free shampoos the other times during the month. The smell is pleasant, it can be stripping but...we've already discussed that, and the price is definitely right. I'd recommend anyone who uses a lot of product in their hair to try this.
I always keep a bottle of this on deck "just in case". It's a leave-in that I use when I'm low on my others, just because the other ones I use have better ingredients/are more expensive. This is my cheap alternative. I usually only use it in the summer/hotter weather though because it keeps my hair from losing a bunch of moisture thanks to the silicone. I use it on damp hair because on dry hair it's useless and on soaking wet hair it's just a mess. I love the smell, but it does fade for those who don't. It does what it claims to do and at a cheap price, so I have no complaints.
Bronzers -Wet 'n' Wild - Color Icon Bronzer Princess
itsKelCeeEee 5/2/2012 5:02:00 PM
Okay, just to clear this up, Princess is where it's at. I don't know what they were thinking with Goddess, but it is a hot ass mess. Don't even go there. This stuff is nicely pigmented and it is almost impossible to apply it wrong (unless you're using the actual brush it comes with, because, as usual, the makeup brush it comes with is crap), the gold sparkles are subtle enough where you don't look like a teenager huffing body glitter yet present enough where it gives your skin a healthy glow. Hasn't irritated my skin. Dirt cheap ($2.99 at Rite Aid) and just wonderful. One of those products you hope people don't catch on to so you don't have to worry about fighting to find it on shelves. I'd say go for it. It's not like you have much to lose. It's 3 dollars.
Lipstick -Revlon - ColorBurst Lip Butter - Raspberry Pie
itsKelCeeEee 4/30/2012 3:04:00 AM
Since I'm the most indecisive person ever I literally stood in front of the selection of these lip butters trying to decide which one to get for a good ten minutes before settling on Raspberry Pie. I'm so glad that it's the color I picked! It's a fuschia-like, deeper color that I can actually get away with layering on my lips without looking like a clown. Also, I love that it keeps my lips moisturized like a balm while having the pigmentation of lipstick. Like someone else mentioned I cannot STAND the packaging. It is way too easy to smear it all around the top of the silver tube, especially if you don't like twisting your lipsticks up too high to use them (I hate it). It also wears off kinda quick; people who wish this color wasn't so bold would be happy about it since it gets much lighter. Still though, I definitely want to rebuy this as well as try out some other shades (I want to get more into neutral shades but with a warm skin tone I'm not sure how it would look).
I stay buying this cleanser. I use it every night and it removes makeup beautifully. I'm talking about full eye makeup, full face makeup, whatEVER. It doesn't dry my skin out and it doesn't mess with my oily T zone. Keeps my skin amazingly clear considering it doesn't have anything sort of acid or peroxide in it to fight acne. A simple cleanser that gets the job done, and at a decent price. My only complaint is the packaging; it's really easy for the bottle to leak, especially when traveling. Very inconvenient for that. Otherwise, I'd recommend this to just about anyone.
Soooo you're organic, but you have a paraben for your preservative. Lmao. LUSH, boo. I usually don't care about what's organic and what isn't, but when you advertise your product as being organic and earth friendly I will get salty when there's something in it that contradicts that. Especially when that "organic" label gives you the inherent right to charge me an asinine price for it. I like this toner, but it doesn't really do anything impressive that a drugstore one couldn't do. Shoot, I usually just use witch hazel, which probably does as much, if not more, than this does. Outside the paraben I do like the ingredients, and unlike some people I enjoy the feeling of spraying it directly on my face...but it hasn't done anything impressive that convinces me I absolutely need to buy another 20 dollar bottle of it. It's...meh, at the most, which sucks. I was amped to try LUSH products since I heard so many good things about them. Overpriced and overhyped.
Gels/Soaps -Shea Moisture - Organic African Black Soap
itsKelCeeEee 4/24/2012 2:00:00 AM
EDIT (5/12/2012): I had to stop using this soap because it was just way too drying for my skin, to the point where it made my dry cheeks ache and throb when I was done washing my face with it, and sting even after I'd put on moisturizer. I was surprised because my skin usually doesn't get irritated like that. I went back to my Purity cleanser. Definitely won't buy again, but oh well. It was only 4 dollars. Original review is below. --- I've only been using this soap for about two weeks so I'll probably come back and edit it. I bought this soap because I'd heard it was really good for scarring and read that it treated everything from acne to eczema to psoriasis. The ingredients were impressive (but I love most Shea Moisture products anyway so I don't know why I was so surprised by that fact) and the bar was four dollars, so I decided to go for it. Luckily, it was a good investment. I don't know if my scarring's any better and I didn't expect to see a difference this soon since scarring can take months to heal. I do know, however, that this soap leaves my skin feeling clean and refreshed. It calms down my oily T-Zone while not drying out my already Sahara dry cheeks. My complexion (at least to me) seems as if it's evening out. These two stress zits that I got on my cheek a few days ago are nearly gone, and from the looks of it they won't leave any sort of scar. Being that my skin scars even when I don't touch it at all, this is a really good sign. A few things though, and they all revolve around dryness. First off, like the reviewer below me said, I only use this at night because if I use it twice a day my skin feels extremely tight, dry, and itchy, even after I put on a moisturizer (too much of a good thing?). Second, I don't know if it's because the soap's so dry or if it's so thorough, but it helps my pores soak up my nightly moisturizer a lot easier and I can use more of it without my face feeling greasy. Finally, I can't use this on my body because it makes my skin feel super dry. BUT, so does every other bar soap that touches my body, which is why I use body washes. I like it. I wish it came in cleanser form because I really hate using washcloths on my face (and before this soap I never used one) but it's not the end of the world. I don't know if I'd recommend it to people with dry skin though.
Moisturizers -Olay - Active Hydrating Cream - Original
itsKelCeeEee 4/23/2012 3:06:00 PM
Alright. I have combination/dry skin (oily T-Zone, dry cheeks and chin) that rarely gets irritated, rarely breaks out (other than that typical zit or two that comes along with periods), and other than the annoying hyperpigmentation that comes along with darker skin basically gives me no issues. I take care of my skin, but I can't deny that I seriously lucked out in the genetics department since none of my family has or has had skin problems. So if you're acne-prone, sensitive, oilier than a BP spill, whatever, I don't know how this will work for you. The reason I said all that is because this moisturizer is good. For moisturizing. That's it. I'm not complaining about that fact, because I use this as a day cream when I don't plan on needing an SPF or leaving the house or whatever. It works nicely. It soaks into my skin easily and quenches my thirsty cheeks while calming down my oily nose and forehead. It works really great under makeup, and if it weren't for that fact I probably wouldn't love it as much as I do. BUT, if you have skin problems you want solved, this isn't going to help you. It's just not. It's not going to clear your scarring (trust me, I wish), it's not going to shrink your pores, and even though the scent's really light and clean (kind of like baby powder) for all I know it might break sensitive people out. It makes my skin softer. It makes it feel smoother. It keeps my skin moisturized without leaving that waxy feeling all day until I wash my face at night. It does what it says. For that, I love it. It also lasts a looooooong time. I've had my jar for over a year and it's still halfway full. If you have skin that chills out and doesn't need much outside the cleanse/exfoliate/moisturize cycle, this will most likely do you good. If you have skins issues you want to target with a moisturizer, you probably want to look elsewhere. People complain about the jar but I don't see the problem. You're supposed to be using clean fingers when you apply anything to your face anyway, but whatever. I'd have to say it's a solid drugstore moisturizer that gets the job done. I'll probably buy it again too -- but I have another year to consider it since it lasts so long.
It smells nice but it doesn't feel like it does anything. It's as if I have to rub it along my lips forever and ever and EVER just to feel like there's any on them. It also wears off quick, and my lips feel dry as ever when it does. I usually layer another gloss over it just so I can use it up. I won't be buying it again. Awful.
I find it hilarious that everyone hates this shampoo, because I am the pickiest person on earth when it comes to shampoos and this is my all time favorite one to use. I use it as a clarifying shampoo, so I probably only use it every 3-4 washes (2 weeks). It makes my hair and scalp feel fresh and clean without leaving that stripping feeling, it smells wonderful, and it's super cheap. The lather is nice. Like some have said it does take a hot minute for it to completely rinse out your hair, especially if you go overboard with how much you use (my constant problem). I have extremely dry hair too, so it's cool that this shampoo doesn't add to that issue. Anddddd, for all you health nuts out there, it's lacking in the silicone and parabens department. That's a plus. I'd recommend giving it a try.
Oh my god this mask. So, this is the third face mask I've bought in my life, the first two being two different ones from Lush (Mask of Mag-something and this pink one for sensitive skin). They were decent, but nothing that made me feel like my money was well spent. So, today I happened to be in Walgreens and I saw this product. It was like, 3.49 before tax or something along those lines. Anyway, after I got out the shower I applied it to my face and left it on for the fifteen recommended minutes. When I rinsed it off, my skin felt smooth, soft, and my pores surprisingly did look smaller! It didn't do anything for my hyperpigmentation or other little blemishes but it never promised that, so whatever. This is a fantastic product that exceeded my expectations while masks three times the cost did nothing but disappoint. Just to add, it does tingle when you first apply it. And by tingle I mean borderline burn. It wasn't an issue for me though because it made me feel like it was working better, but if that's not your thing you've been warned. Also, unless you're slinging the bottle around with it pointing upwards and trying to squeeze it like toothpaste, I have no idea why it was so "messy" for some, because it left no evidence of ever being in my bathroom when I was done. And finally, no, it's not organic. Deal with it. It's 3 dollars. Sorry for the essay, but in short, I love it and would recommend it to everyone.
My hair loved this shampoo...when it was super short. Now that it's grown past my shoulders this shampoo just doesn't work the same. I kind of don't like the cone in it either; I don't avoid silicones as far as conditioners/stylers go, but I don't like them in my shampoos. It's a little drying, but not as drying as most shampoos I've tried. Plus the accompanying conditioner that I used to also enjoy when my hair was shorter took care of that. I might revisit it and edit my review in the near future, because this was one of the first products I went to after cutting off all my permed hair, and I loved it. :(
Treatments -Giovanni - Direct Leave in Conditioner
itsKelCeeEee 3/22/2012 12:37:00 PM
My favorite leave-in conditioner of all time. It doesn't take more than a small amount to moisturize my full head of hair (even though my hair's super porous so I can be a little heavy with it), it smells light and fresh, the ingredients are great and my hair feels genuinely happy when I use it. I know hair can't feel anything, but you know what I mean. My hair's between shoulder and armpit length, extremely thick, medium-coarse and sucks up moisture like a vacuum cleaner, so the fact that I don't need much of this to moisturize my hair is a miracle. Even if I do accidentally use a little too much (you can tell because it'll gush and foam a bit) it still dries clear and is absorbed nicely. My ONLY issue is that I wish the bottles were bigger because at 7.99-8.99 per bottle, my hair runs through it pretty quick. It's not a bad price, but I do wish I could at least keep the same bottle for a month as opposed to running out unless rationing it after a good two/three weeks. Still, it's worth it, so I'll continue to invest in it. EDIT: (5/16/12) I totally mastered using amounts truly needed, so the bottle lasts a lot longer now. I am now 100% satisfied with this leave-in.
Conditioner -Shea Moisture - Organic Raw Shea Butter Restorative Condition
itsKelCeeEee 3/22/2012 12:31:00 PM
The smell: horrid. The moisture: mediocre. The bottle: annoying, especially when you get down to the last little bit and have to take the pump off to get any. It's got great ingredients and isn't too different from the deep treatment masque but for some reason my hair just doesn't dig it as much as other things. Oh, well.
Hair -Shea Moisture - Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie
itsKelCeeEee 3/22/2012 12:29:00 PM
Edit: (11/07/12) This is now one of my staple products. It works amazingly on my hair now that it's longer (around bra strap length straightened) and I use it to "seal" my leave-in after I wash my hair. It leaves my hair smelling wonderful, soft, smooth, stronger, and hey...it DOES enchance curls! I wasn't even using it for that but it happened so okay, you earned your fifth star. I always keep this on deck now. Original review is posted below. --- Smells rull good. Not "real" good, but rulllll good. Like the deep treatment masque, I use this for a leave-in, not a curl definer/enhancer. Only unlike the deep treatment masque, the smell doesn't make my eyes water and the slip factor is quite lovely. I don't normally buy this because I'm in love with the leave-in from the same line, but I do get it time to time for my mom to use on my little brother's hair and I'll occasionally dabble into it. It lasts awhile as well. I'd rebuy this quick if I weren't trying to burn through the 50+ products I currently have.