Moisturizers -Desert Essence - Jojoba Oil - 100% pure
wws1980 3/27/2009 6:58:00 PM
I've been using jojoba oil for the past two months and I have to say, it's made a real difference. Despite swearing off heat styling and switching to more moisturizing products, the ends of my hair always end up dry - the result of straight perms and highlights, I guess. I use jojoba oil to seal in moisture, immediately out of the shower. My hair seems stronger and the ends aren't as dry. I also use this as a face moisturizer, after my retin A cream, and it helps with the dryness.
Mascara -L'Oreal - Volume Shocking Mascara [DISCONTINUED]
wws1980 11/12/2008 8:45:00 PM
I'll admit it - I was pulled in by the advertising. My skin and eye colouring is quite similar to Aishwariya Rai and when I saw the ad - I thought "hey, she's a brown girl with green eyes and that looks great on her. It's gotta look good on me too!" I was so wrong! I'm not sure if it was the formula or if it was that stupid brush, but I just couldn't get this to build nicely on my lashes. I ended up with clumps and a general mess every time I used it. I tried to salvage it by running a lash comb thru, to separate and remove clumps. Still, this was the WORST mascara I have ever used!
I bought this recently on my continuing quest to find a HG mascara. This certainly isn't it. Beauty magazines always tout this product, but I don't understand why! It's cheap, and easily accessible but gave me spider lashes and did nothing for me! It also tended to smudge easily and irritate my eyes when I put in contacts. Truly an overrated product.
When I was a little girl, my grandmother would tell me how her and her sisters used castor oil on their eyelashes and scalp to grow hair. I can assure you that this works! As a result of dedicated use of castor oil every night for a year, I can now boast that I have the longest eyelashes of anyone I know. I use a tiny drop on a lash comb to condition my eyelashes after I take off my mascara and cleanse my face.
I'll admit it - it took me too long to get on this bandwagon! I have oily, cystic-acne-prone skin . I have tried countless products including Accutane and birth control pills, which worked but my acne returned soon after stopping. For the past 6 months, I have been using a combination of the Clarisonic and regular honey masks (just raw honey) and my skin has never been so clear and radiant. I feel so much more comfortable using these over chemical/prescription products. My old acne scars also look like they're lightening - a combination of honey's bleaching effect (be careful around eyebrows/lashes!) and the Clarisonic's exfoliation. My routine: remove makeup and cleanse using dr.Bronner's rose soap and the Clarisonic. Honey mask twice a week. Moisturize with a quick swipe of 100% cocoa butter if I feel like I need it.
I bought this after a long hunt for a good silicone product to control my dry, coarse hair. I bought this on the recommendation on my roommate, who has the most gorgeous, healthy hair. I had to use quite a lot of product since my hair just seems to eat this up. After using this product, there's no discernible difference in the texture or look of my hair. The scent is quite strong at first, but quickly dissipates. I would not purchase this again.
Treatments -L'Oreal - Professional Ineral Hair Fixer
wws1980 11/7/2008 4:11:00 PM
I have used this product 5 times (there's still one more in the box) and I don't think it has done much for my hair. My hair was pretty damaged from thermal reconditioning and highlights, and I've been slowly restoring it back to health. I've had more success using Aphogee 2-step and my HG, Ion's 3-step system (also bought at Sally's). The solution just feels like a light silicone serum coating my hair. My hair is usually a little stiff when it dries. Update: I finished the box and lowered my rating. This did absolutely nothing for my hair. It was cheap though and I don't think it hurt my hair.
Primer/ Corrector -Unlisted Brand - Monistat - Chafing Relief Powder-Gel
wws1980 10/31/2008 6:19:00 PM
I've used this as a primer for two weeks and it does a decent job. I like it better than Smashbox's primer which is too "oily" on me. This makes a nice base for my foundation and eyeshadow. The price isn't bad too - I got it for about $11 at SDM.
I recently found a tube of this lying forgotten at the bottom of my makeup bag - I don't remember when I bought it! I tried it on and it's great! I'm NC30 for reference and though this looks bright at first, it blends into a natural pink that perks up my complexion. I'm not sure if this has been discontinued but when I finish this tube (won't be for a while, a little goes a long way!), I will definitely return to my MAC counter for another one.
Conditioner -TiGi - Headshot Reconstructive Intense Conditioner
wws1980 10/10/2008 11:27:00 PM
I've been using this for about a month and it's the best conditioner I've ever used. It's the first conditioner that actually feels like it's softening my coarse, chemically processed hair. I've been using it after my protein treatments and my hair feels like someone else's - someone with great hair! The smell is great, but I'm a sucker for anything mint-scented. I got a big bottle of this at Costco for $13 CAD, and I've seen it for the same price at Winners as well.
I tried Proactiv, when I didn't want to use birth control anymore to control y acne. I have cystic acne-prone skin that scars easily. I really felt like I was suckered in by the slick marketing, because this is nothing more than just harsh soap and over the counter bp! I had minimal success with this product, and had to deal with peeling skin, in addition to the acne. A TOTAL waste of my money.
This is my HG lipbalm - it's natural, not tested on animals, and has a delicious, minty taste & fragrance. It does the job well, isn't too gloopy, and doesn't offend my bf, unlike most of the other lipbalms I've tried. It's a bit more expensive than other lipbalms, but not that much when you realize that since we end up eating most of what we put on our lips (lipbalm, lipgloss, lipstick) - shouldn't your lipbalm contain as few chemicals as possible?
I love the scent of this shampoo but found it to be too drying for my processed (thermal reconditioned) hair. It foams nicely but was too stripping.
Treatments -Alpha Hydrox - AHA Souffle 12 percent Glycolic AHA
wws1980 9/22/2008 6:45:00 PM
I had great hopes for this product - I found it at a bogo sale at Shoppers' and jumped at the chance to try it out. However, it hasn't done anything for me - I took before/after photos to make sure. It made my skin feel dried out (even though I have combination/oily skin!), and extra-sensitive in general. The packaging is a little unhygenic, since it's a glass jar you have to dip your fingers into.
Lotions/ Creams -Burt's Bees - Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme
wws1980 9/22/2008 6:39:00 PM
I discovered this three years ago when a friend recommended it for my winter-chapped hands. Honestly, I haven't found anything that works this well during the winter months to keep my hands moisturized and soft. It's strongly scented - smells like marzipan to me, which I adore. In the winter, I put on a little bit, under my gloves, when I head out. I've also used it to moisturize my feet overnight, under pedicure socks and even as lip balm when I was out. I use it strictly in the winter, as I find it too thick for the summer.