I love this! I was browsing the reviews for NARS Mindgame, one of my HG lipsticks, and someone mentioned that this was similar. I ordered this and the Medieval lipstick and I love them both. This is a nice warm color, not too bright, not too dull. In fact, NARS Mindgame looks dull in comparison! Also, the texture of this is very moisturizing, and longer lasting than NARS sheers. This is HG material for a sheer, warm lipstick that is hydrating and looks natural and has great staying power. I also love that it has no scent. Definite repurchase!
Conditioner -Rene Furterer - OKARA, Protect Color 2-Phases conditioner
pr0cessa 6/25/2009 2:33:00 PM
I LOVE this. It is a fantastic detangler for my long, wavy, fine hair which is damaged from too much color and bleach. Although it contains silicones, this product doesn't coat or weigh down my hair, it just leaves my hair with the perfect texture too, very moisturizing. I love the smell of this too - it;s hard to describe, more or less a fresh citrus. This is terribly expensive for the small amount that you get, but it really works. I use it with DevaCare low poo and OneCondition and my color really doesn't fade as much anymore. I had been using Biolage daily tonic but this is way more moisturizing and leaves my hair so soft. I will definitely repurchase.
Treatments -Rene Furterer - Myrrhea Silkening Mask
pr0cessa 6/19/2009 3:48:00 PM
This is a very interesting product. I have never used anything quite like it, actually. Like all Furterer products, it has a strong perfume/cologne smell, which I happen to like. The smell reminds me of Hermes Eau des Merveilles eau de toilette - fresh and unisex. I use this weekly as a conditioner. My hair is wavy, fine and very dry/damaged from too much bleaching and coloring. I use this after shampoo and I use a lot of it, in order to get it through my hair which is long and generally tangled. It leaves my hair with a very distinct feeling. My hair does feel "tamed" after I use this, but maybe a bit weighed down. Interestingly, what I like most is the effect this has on my hair the next day after I use it. When I shampoo the next time my hair is left perfectly conditioned and detangled. The smell definitely lingers. I like this, but it's not a must-have. I "might" buy this again. I will use it up, but will try something else next.
I'm surprised at how much I like this.. it has really grown on me! I usually can't wear anything remotely pink since my skin is warm toned. This IS pink, but it doesn't turn fuschia on me. What I love most of all about Medieval is the texture. It just feels so good on my lips - like a really moisturizing lip balm. The staying power is surprisingly good. It leaves behind a nice stain on my totally unpigmented lips long after it has worn off. I liked this much better than benetint or Dr. Pepper Lip smackers.
Styling Products -Jessicurl - Awe Inspiraling Spray
pr0cessa 5/31/2009 12:16:00 PM
I have to agree with the previous two reviews: this product didn't do much of anything for me. I also like refresher products, but this made my hair more dry. I have long, wavy, fine hair that was once oily and healthy, but which is now dry/damaged due to bleach and dye. I really need products which hydrate and smooth/detangle my parched hair, while defining my waves, and this product did not deliver. I love that it's all natural and is unscented. It seems oily looking in the bottle (similar to the old John Freida starlit waves/blue beach spray,) and the directions indicate to shake this up to mix the oil in, but it doesn't feel oily. In fact, it doesn't feel like I have put anything in my hair, except maybe hair spray. It left my hair feeling more dry the more I used. Would not repurchase, especially for the price.
Sadly, I have to agree with the majority of reviewers on this... it's just not hydrating enough, even on my fine hair. I use this with the Jessicurl Gentle lather shampoo (which I love.) I love that this conditioner is all natural, is unscented, gentle, and contains no non-water-soluble silicones. I have long, wavy hair that I fried with bleach and dye, and even a huge amount of this conditioner is not enough to detangle my hair and leave it feeling moisturized. If your hair is not dry/damaged, I would give this a try, since it didn't weigh my hair down. As others have mentioned, it is somewhat more effective as a leave-in conditioner, but even then a lot of product is required.
I love this - it's just what I have been looking for! I love that it is available unscented. since I hate strong scents... I like things to smell very natural, which this does. It cleans very thoroughly for a sulfate free shampoo, without drying. The texture is runny. This reminds me a lot of Aubrey Organics clarifying tea tree shampoo for oily hair, except less drying. Both products have a runny texture, are sulfate, free, and smell nearly identical. This is a great everyday staple product for me (I have long, wavy, fine hair that I fried with bleach and dye.) I will say, however, that this was really the only Jessicurl product I have tried which really worked for me. The others (Aloeba conditioner, Awe Inspiraling spray,) were just OK and would not merit a repurchase.
Conditioner -Bumble & Bumble - Super Rich Conditioner
pr0cessa 5/31/2009 11:45:00 AM
I would rate this a solid 2.5 - dead average. (I rounded up to 3.) I have long, wavy, fine hair that I fried with bleach and dye. I was very excited to try this conditioner based on the reviews, since it seems to work great for reviewers with damaged/over processed hair. I must say I am disappointed. This product just didn't deliver on detangling or making my hair feel less dried out. I had to use a large amount of the product just to get my fingers through my hair, never mind a comb. I don't like the smell, which is common to other Bumble & Bumble products I have tried: it is a plasticky smell, probably attempting to smell clean, but comes off cheap, and reminds me of Elizabeth Arden Green Tea, which I can't stand. The only plus is that it doesn't weigh down my fine hair. I wouldn't repurchase, though, because I can name at least 3 other conditioners that work better, and do not contain dimethicone (which this does,) and which detangle and hydrate better, and don't leave my hair feeling heavy: Ojon super rich, DevaCurl OneCondition, and Ion Effective Care treatment. I try to stay away from non water soluble silicones as they coat my hair and I like to use a gentle sulfate free shampoo such as Jessicurl gentle lather, since my hair is colored.
Treatments -Aphogee - Intensive Keratin Reconstructor
pr0cessa 5/14/2009 1:13:00 PM
I fried my hair by bleaching it and dyeing it many times. I started out with fine, long wavy hair and my worst problem was lack of body. Now I have fine, long, wavy hair that is brittle, dry, damaged and frizzy and breaks easily. I have been introduced to the brand new world of products for damaged hair. I actually saw this right across the aisle in Sally's from the hair bleach, and picked it up on a whim. The price is pretty low so I wasn't expecting much. Also, I was nervous when I saw that one of the first five ingredients is mineral oil... sounds heavy. But, at least there are no silicones. At this point I am willing to try ANYthing to avoid having to cut my hair very short. I was not expecting it to actually "repair" the damage I have done, I just want to be able to get a comb through my hair without it tangling up terribly! The results are pretty good so far. I use a lot of this and I use it every day, not once a month like the directions indicate. I also don't follow the directions that say to towel dry hair first (who has time for that in the morning before work>?) and to leave it on 2-5 minutes. I leave it on for probably a minute, maybe 2 at most, because I am always in a hurry in the shower. My hair ends up detangled and soft, and just slightly weighed down. I still use a leave in conditioner spray. I get less breakage overall. However my hair still feels so dry overall. This works better than most products but still the one that is working best for me (oddly enough) is DevaCurl OneCondition.
I used this years ago and have recently revisited it. My hair is not curly, it is wavy and fine and long. In the past I tried this, as well as the DevaCare shampoo and conditioner, in my quest to find the ultimate no sulfate/no silicone products. I didn't love this, as I found it a bit too heavy and it caused buildup. fast forward to now: I made a bad move by going blonde (my hair is naturally very dark brown.) The bleaching fried my hair terribly. I eventually went back to medium/light brown. meanwhile I also have grays so I have to keep coloring my hair. My hair is in horrible shape now. I have tried so many products, I have been thrown into a new realm of products for damaged hair, since I never had that problem before. I have tried countless products... none of which worked. I bought an expensive Biolage hydrating masque conditioner that had zero effect whatsoever. Then, I came back to this for some reason. This shampoo and conditioner is the only combo I have found that works for me and doesn't leave my hair ridiculously tangled and frizzed out. The low-poo lathers a LOT but doesn't leave a "squeaky clean" feeling. The conditioner (One Condition) feels heavy but somehow it actually rinses clean. I find that I only get the desired results when I use the 2 products in combination. I am sort of mystified by why this product is working so well for me.. it must be really hydrating. I am going to keep using it until my hair grows out. I would like to add that I can't stand the smell. Another reviewer described it as 'medicinal'- I wish! To me it just smells fruity - like apple cider or fruit punch. I don't like fruity smells, so I can't stand it. Luckily it doesn't linger too badly.
Hair -Sacha Cosmetics - Sally - Hair One Hair Cleanser and Conditioner
pr0cessa 3/13/2009 10:01:00 AM
Updated 1/28/13 - I bought this years ago when it first came out - see original review below. I recently re-purchased it and don't like it as much. I agree 100% with dbmiller's comments below. This is not moisturizing enough. L'Oreal evercreme cleansing conditioner is a much better product for my long, fine and wavy, color treated hair. Love, love, love this! It is a knockoff of Wen by Chaz Dean cleansing conditioner. This is better than wen, in my opinion. Wen gave me buildup over time and didn't really leave my hair feeling as clean as I would have liked. I use the jojoba one on my fine, long, wavy hair. I follow the directions exactly. The key is to really comb and massage the product through your hair to get the dirt and oil out. Also, I noticed that the product works best when you use it consistently. Once in a while I do clarify (like once a month) but this really is an all-in-one product. After using it, my hair feels clean and conditioned, and I don't even need any styling products. I love the tingle that I can feel on my scalp from the menthol. I just always seem to have frizz-free, good hair days when I use this, even here in New Orleans where the humidity is insane. I am lucky to have a Sally's nearby. I actually plan on going back there soon to stockpile this in case they ever stop making it!
Conditioner -Frederic Fekkai - Au Naturel Conditioner
pr0cessa 1/16/2009 2:57:00 PM
I bought this together with the Au Naturel shampoo and so far I am very pleased with the results. I am always looking for shampoo/conditioner with no sulfates/silicones. I have yet to fins a Fekkai product that really "wow"ed me, but this is pretty good. It is a nice lightweight conditioner, perfect for my long, fine, wavy hair. Usually, "natural" conditioners are very watery in consistency, (example: Nature's gate herbal conditioner) but Fekkai Au Naturel conditioner has some "slip" to it, and does a great job at detangling. It has a nice, light, nonoffensive smell which is sort of lemony/herbal, but it doesn't smell completely "natural," either. There's one thing that bothers me, though. While both the shampoo and condioner are free of sulfates and parabens, the conditioner contains dimethiconol. Dimethiconol is a cone and it's not water soluble! I don't understand why they are selling a sulfate free shampoo together with a conditioner that contains dimethiconol. However, I do like the results. Nice, basic combo that leaves my hair soft and detangled, and not flat. It is expensive, but no worse than your average salon brand. Recommended.
This is my new favorite lipstick. It is very similar both in color and texture to my two favorites: clinique honey red (sadly, now discontinued,) and Laura Mercier pomegranate stick gloss. I am always on the lookout for a lipstick that is both warm toned and sheer... this fits the bill, and has no scent. I loved NARS's Mongolian Red, too, but this is much more subtle and less drying. The staying power is better than I thought it would be, much better than MAC lustres. The lipstick really feels moisturizing, like chapstick. It is a very fresh, natural color that would suit most any skin tone, but especially those of us with olive skin. I love the packaging, too. It IS expensive, but totally worth it. Another awesome color from NARS.
Shampoo -Unlisted Brand - David Babaii for WildAid - hydrating shampoo
pr0cessa 11/6/2008 3:18:00 PM
I love this. I am always looking for sulfate-free products. This shampoo makes me hair feel so clean, but not stripped. It does smell like nexxus therappe (like coconut milk!) I have found a winning combination using this with Suave tropical coconut conditioner.
Shampoo -Carol's Daughter - Khoret Amen Herbal Shampoo with Sea Moss
pr0cessa 11/2/2008 4:09:00 PM
This was a big thumbs-down for me. Other reviewers have complained about the smell, but that is the least of this shampoo's problems! The smell is similar to the classic Aveda herbal smell, but even more heavy on the patchouli. The patchouli is definitely a very organic smell - it sort of smells like dirt. I don't love it, but it's not terrible. The smell lingers forever from this, so if you're not a patchouli fan I doubt you'll like this. I am always looking for natural products and will pretty much try anything that is sulfate-free for shampoo. I love the look of Carols Daughter products and I picked this one more or less randomly, I liked the name (sounds Egyptian?) I used a lot of this shampoo and it lathered up really nicely. It seemed like it was going to be great until I rinsed it out. It tangled up my long, fine, wavy hair terribly. It reminded me a little bit of LUSH Big shampoo as far as the feeling it left in my hair after washing it out.. like it didn't completely wash out - my hair felt stripped but also like there had been some oils deposited in there, that weren't water soluble. This brought back a long forgotten memory: I did an outward bound camping trip years ago and I remember someone using honey in my hair to make 'dread locks' and then having to wash my hair many times afterward before it felt normal. I couldn't get a comb through my hair at all, it just ripped out in tangles even after I used conditioner (i used David Babaii for wildaid conditioner after this.) It reminded me of my worst hair days... like walking down the beach on a gray stormy day with the wind whipping salt and sand through my hair and it ends up all frizzy and there's no recovering from it without starting over again entirely. This goes straight to the trash, I might as well have ripped up a $10 bill! Or, if anyone wants the rest for free, email me and it's yours, good riddance!