I bought the Bed Head Professional Tourmaline Nano-Ceramic Dual Waver iron from Target for $49.99. The waver has two different wave settings (shallow vs. deep waves), adjustable heat settings, and a green/yellow light that indicates whether or not the tool has reached the appropriate temperature. The dual wave settings were pointless since the shallow waves don't really create waves in your hair, so you'd always have to go with the deep wave setting anyway. I also didn't like the fact that the tool was so incredibly bulky. I could've gotten better results by putting a bunch of braids in my hair. Brought it back to Target for a full refund.
One of the more expensive drugstore brands on the market. I bought this for $4.37 (or was it $3.87...) at Target. The conditioner itself is very thick like Pantene, and gives my hair a lot of slip when I rinse it out. It does what a conditioner's supposed to do (detangle, control flyaways, moisturize, etc), but it's nothing spectacular. I'd definitely recommend this to someone with frizzy dry hair. The scent of this conditioner is very sweet, heavy and almost musky, which is why I won't be buying the product again. Yes, my nose is very picky.
Cleansers -La Vitton - Water Soluble - Facial Cleansing Oil - Oily-Combo
squiggles37 7/20/2008 7:31:00 PM
No difference between the Olive Forte cleanser and this one except for the additional essential oils. This cleanser smells very strongly of lavender, which I very much did not like (should have read the description on the site more carefully). Scent aside, the cleanser does a great job of getting rid of waterproof foundation and sunscreen. It rinses cleanly with warm water, and I never had to use a toner afterwards. I wouldn't recommend using this as an eye makeup remover as it will sting like a mother. I would only recommend that you buy this cleanser if you're a fan of lavender-scented oil cleansing products.
I used to use this when I had long hair and didn't shampoo everyday. My hair looks great the second day after shampooing, but the roots get a little greasy and my scalp gives off that unpleasant oily smell. This product definitely got rid of the second day smell, but it didn't help take the oily feeling away. I also found this to be very useful as a pet spray (to use on my dog). My miniature pinscher sometimes smells like dust from playing outside, and this product makes his coat smell really fresh and clean. I hate most pet coat deodorizing products because the scents are usually so artificial/perfumey, but this product is perfect. I think I might end up buying this again just to use on my dog. As for usage on myself, I will probably move onto dry shampoos, since it's really the oiliness that causes the odor/unclean feeling.
I bought this product in the Medium shade and I've only tried using it on my legs and arms. I actually got baked when I went to Kauai last summer and this product doesn't really compare to the real tan color that I get (toasty brown), it's more like a tawny dark amber color. I can't tell if my eyes are playing tricks on me or if the lighting in my room is too warm, but sometimes my legs look faintly orange to me. The glitteryness is what prevents me from wearing this out in the daytime ("A million f*cking diamonds!" for the Arrested Development fans), along with the after-scent the lotion leaves behind after drying. It does smell a lot better than other self-tanners, but if you sniff your skin after it dries, it does have that typical urine like smell that all self-tanners have. This product has never streaked on me, but I make sure to always exfoliate previous to application, and I rub in the lotion really well. All in all, I would buy this product again...if I never find something better.
I bought this in Summer Fling which is described as a sheer peachy-pink lip tint on the Sephora website. It's more of a Barbie pink, and the thick texture makes it impossible to be sheer. It's really more like a matte lipstick than a lip tint since it's really creamy and feels kind of drying. It comes in a twist up lip balm tube like all your standard chapsticks except the cap is really loose. Also, the tube came all scratched up like it had been rolling around in my purse with my keys. This is definitely not what I was expecting, however, it can be salvaged with a layer of gloss on top. If you're looking for a good tint with a dewy shine, you should check out Stila Clear Color lip balms.
I recently rediscovered Finesse during my hunt for a fantastic smelling shampoo. Not only does it smell good, it actually softens and adds body to my hair. AND I got a 25.4 fl oz of this shampoo and matching conditioner at Target for only $3.94. I've read a lot of reviews where people have been unable to find this shampoo, but just so you know, Target stocks this shampoo in their salon shampoo aisle (on the other side of the regular drugstore shampoo aisle). *Update:* Unfortunately this shampoo is not what I remembered it to be. Upon the first couple of washes, it left my hair super soft and smooth, but throughout the weeks, my hair became very dry (straw-like) and also full of static, despite using the matching conditioner. I tried the Texture Enhancing version and I like that one much better than the Moisturizing version.
Shampoo -Clairol - Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturizing Shampoo
squiggles37 1/20/2008 9:44:00 PM
I think I may have used the 2-in-1 version of this product, but I'm not sure since my boyfriend had stored this in an 8 oz. non-labeled bottle. But everyone knows all 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioners are a disaster. My boyfriend bought the ginormous 33 oz bottle from Costco, which does not come with a pump (it's a push top). Can you imagine lifting 8 lbs of shampoo and turning it upside down to get it out? Bad packaging; should've had pumps like all of the other massive sized shampoos and conditioners at Costco. My boyfriend does not use a separate conditioner so I was totally shit out of luck when I showered at his place for the first time. One shower was all it took for me to notice the drastic change in my hair. As I let my hair air dry, I could feel and see the difference: poofy, frizzy and very rough. Once it had completely dried, I tried to run my fingers through my hair and it was incredibly tangled. My hair also felt really crunchy, when normally it feels smooth and soft (thanks L'oreal Vive Pro Nutrigloss!) My hair wasn't even that long, I had it cut in the style of a short bob yet I could feel the disgustingness that Herbal Essences had imparted on my hair. In Clairol's defense, my boyfriend's hair is incredibly soft and he does not use anything else to wash his hair. But anyway, I would not recommend this shampoo, even though it smells pretty nice (coconuts).
Conditioner -Rusk - Sensories Calm 60 second Conditioner
squiggles37 1/20/2008 9:27:00 PM
This conditioner was aiiiight. It smells fantastic but it doesn't have that slippery feeling that other conditioners give. It's like applying wonderfully scented congealed water to your hair. But at least it didn't dry out my hair. I really only bought it because I love the scent so much. I would definitely love it a lot more if the conditioner were thicker like Pantene or Terax.
I really only bought this because our condo in Hawaii was stocked with this shampoo and conditioner, so I bought the set to remind me of Kauai. This shampoos lathers pretty well and leaves my hair feeling clean, but it's really all about the scent. Ughhh, the scent! So so wonderful! It's very tropical, like coconuts with floral notes. It's sweet, but not like Hawaiian Tropic tanning oil sweet. I only use this when I want to feel a bit luxurious in the shower, so this shampoo will probably last me for awhile. I have a razored bob, so I can't really determine if this made my hair soft and shiny since the hair cut kind of made my hair coarse, but I can definitely confirm that it did not dry out my hair.
The scent of this conditioner was very subtle, but it didn't do jack shit for my hair. The conditioner felt squeaky in my hair; it doesn't even create that thick, slippery feeling like other conditioners do (think Pantene or Matrix Biolage). I understand that this product is supposed to be organic and animal-friendly, but it is definitely not worth the $6.99 price tag. I could pay $0.92 for Suave conditioner at Target and it would still do a better job than this stuff.
I'm a little annoyed that this product doesn't come with the pump (you have to pay an extra $1-2 for it) because who in their right mind would just pour out this product? Shame on Origins for trying to extort more money out of their customers! Although I guess if you continued to buy more bottles, the one pump you had to buy in the first place could last forever...That being said, I think this is a good cleansing oil. It takes off all of my makeup (I leave eye makeup for my eye makeup remover) but I feel like it leaves a little bit of residue on my face. There is also a slight herbally scent, but nothing too overpowering. This hasn't caused me any breakouts, but it hasn't cleared up my face either. I'd buy this for emergencies, but I'd rather continue to order the olive forte cleansing oil from Laventine.
I generally don't like Carmex because of the menthol and stickiness of the product, but when my friends (huge fans of Burts Bees lip balm) said that this product was better than Burts Bees, I had to try it. They were so wrong. Carmex Mint has a really great minty flavor along with SPF 30 (!!!) but the taste and texture really put me off. It does moisturize really well, but it leaves a bitter taste in my mouth and makes my lips really sticky. It annoys me to no end that when I apply this lip balm and press my lips together, my lips actually stick together instead of "slip" off of one another. The benefit of having SPF 30 is not worth using this lip balm since I spend most of days in an office anyway and I rarely ever go out just to sunbathe. Maybe the SPF is what is causing the bitter taste? I don't know, and I don't care to find out. I'd rather just use Aquaphor and Burts Bees lip balm (the mint is actually sweet instead of bitter).
Cleansers -Cetaphil - Daily Facial Cleanser (Normal to Oily Skin)
squiggles37 1/12/2008 5:31:00 PM
I use this cleanser in the morning when I wake up with a greasy puffy face (sexy, I know). It does a great job of removing the excess oil without drying out my skin. The cleanser comes in an opaque bottle with a pump so the product doesn't oxidize and it stays sanitary. Despite having caster oil in it, it's not strong enough to remove SPF or makeup (not unless you wash twice or more times, but who has time for that?). I also find the scent to be a little odd, I'm not sure how to describe it, it just smells a little weird. It's not meant to be perfumey, but there is definitely a noticeable scent. But for what it does and the price you pay, the scent can be overlooked.
I bought for this shampoo for $6.99 at Whole Foods in my quest to rid my collection of beauty supplies of all animal-tested products. The shampoo smells sweet and light, but that doesn't make up for how much it sucks ass. The shampoo totally dried out my hair. Not only did it dry out my hair, but it does this really weird thing to your hair shaft where it doesn't allow conditioner to absorb. I always squeeze the water out of my hair before I apply conditioner, and I even tried using all of my really thick conditioners with this shampoo (Pantene, L'Oreal Cashmere Shine deep conditioner, Matrix Biolage Hydrating Conditioner). When I rinsed the conditioner off, my hair didn't feel slippery at all, it still felt really squeaky clean, as if I never applied any conditioner. I also blow dry and the heat from the blow dryer in combination with this horrible shampoo made my hair feel really rough and almost crunchy. Normally I blow dry after using other shampoos and my hair still feels soft so I know for a fact that it is this particular shampoo that is causing the dryness. The only reason why I gave this shampoo one lippie was because the packaging is pretty well designed with a flip top bottle cap. The color combinations are also pretty nice looking. Rest assured I will never ever ever be buying this product again.