Way too drying to my hair. I'm caucasian but I have long, thick, wavy hair that needs conditioning and hydrating that would probably leave most people feeling like they had crisco in their hair. This hair wasn't hydrating at all, it dried my hair out completely. If you have oily hair it might be suitable but it really doesn't live up to its name. Even so, it's not worth the money. I'm usually willing to spend on hair care, but this shampoo wasn't any better than the "hydrating" shampoos I've bought for $5 from brands like Aussie.
Lotions/ Creams -The Body Shop - Coconut Body Butter
awful_cherry 11/24/2005 2:33:00 AM
This, in itself, is a good product. I would use it as opposed to most other lotions from the body shop or bath and body works, anywhere else in this price range. It only gets three lippies, though, because it's completely inferior to Palmer's cocoa butter. The Palmer's is cheaper, less sticky, moisturizes better, and smells just as good, so I don't see the point in paying more for this stuff.
Lotions/ Creams -Palmers - Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula
awful_cherry 11/24/2005 2:30:00 AM
LOVE IT. I've tried to use more expensive, more frilly lotions because of the scents and vitamins and whatnot, but I just can't. This moisturizes too well. Smooth it onto your legs after you shave them, and they'll be incredibly smooth. I think it even helped even out my skintone somehow. I like the smell as well. The price has hardly anything to do with why I keep buying this -- it's just the best body moisturizer I've used.
I've been using this for years. I was using much more expensive products, tried this on a whim, and discovered it's actually better. I keep buying it, not because it's a good product for the price, but because it's a good product period.
Blush -Wet 'n' Wild - Twist-up Blush Stick [DISCONTINUED]
awful_cherry 11/24/2005 2:13:00 AM
Great product for the price! I use this just as often as I use other blushes that costed 5-10x as much. I have the lightest color, it's a pale pink and gives a pretty flushed color, especially when my skin is pale. I also love that it's so quick and easy to reapply. I can just use the mirror in my powder compact or a bathroom mirror, no having to lug around brushes and risk them getting dammaged in my purse.
Mascara -Victoria's Secret - Very Sexy Lashes - Intensifying Mascara
awful_cherry 11/24/2005 2:04:00 AM
I usually stay away from makeup sold at clothing stores, but this mascara is quite good. It's also not that expensive -- just a few dollars more than what you'd buy at the drugstore, and if you stock up during the big sale, it's cheaper. All I look for in a mascara is volume and a lack of clumps -- my lashes are long and curled already and if I get too much length they touch my eyelids and make a mess. This product delivers good volume, but to keep your lashes from clumping, it works best to use this over a separating mascara like Cover Girl fantastic lash.
Palettes -Too Faced - The Quickie Chronicles - The Temptress
awful_cherry 11/21/2005 10:38:00 PM
I didn't buy this for the packaging -- in fact I was actually wary of it because of the packaging. I had always stereotyped too-face as one of those companies that might have decent stuff but sold it for twice as much as it was worth because of the packaging, and avoided them. But I was browsing through sephora and on a whim decided to try this compact on. I actually wound up doing my entire face in it and it looked gorgeous! For some reason, these colors are just very, very complimentary to me. I have caucasian skin, normally pale but I have a bit of a tan now, with dark dark brown hair, black brows and lashes, dark brown eyes, pigmented lips, and cool undertones. I could see how someone else might prefer a different compact but if you have similar coloring definitely check it out; everything in it looked good on me. I found the eyeshadows to be sufficiently pigmented as well, though I might add some dark liner for good measure before going out. The eyeshadow is smokey and the blush is shimmery so it's not something I'd wear to class; it's my new go-to hot date (or going out looking for a hot date) compact. It's rare that I wear everything in one compact together, but these colors mesh so well and look so good on me that I will.
Fragrances -Calvin Klein - Obsession Night for women
awful_cherry 11/20/2005 10:37:00 PM
I love the smell of this. However, the scent is just too strong to wear during the day. The smell itself would be a good day perfume -- but one spritz and you can smell me from several feet away. It'd be nice if it came in a body spray or something, because you just can't wear a heavy, sweet perfume to class at 9 in the morning. Also, the packaging is quite boring. Putting on perfume is all about atmosphere and ritual; you want to feel sexy and feminine while you're doing it. Something called "obsession night" should have more creative and mysterious packaging than just a plain navy bottle.
I love this perfume. However, it's just not a day perfume. I spritz it on a couple of hours before I'm going out -- it's very sweet, mysterious, and sexy, a good night perfume. And sometimes if I'm feeling girlie I spritz it on before bed, and the next morning just a hint of the fragrance is left, and it's light enough to wear. I actually wear it quite rarely, but when I do it feels very special and sexy.
Treatments -Philosophy - ON A CLEAR DAY blemish gel [DISCONTINUED]
awful_cherry 11/16/2005 6:54:00 PM
I've been using it with the philosophy acne kit. I do like this product -- it does burn like hell, but it works. It may be the h2o2, but I've not broken out near as much since I started this kit, and when I do they disappear within a couple of days (assuming I don't pick at them). It's alcohol based and contains aha and bha, so anyone with very sensitive skin probably should stay away from it. My skin has also been a lot drier since I started the kit -- I'm not going to complain about that because it was an oil slick before, but if you have already dry skin it's probably not the best. I love that this is in a serum form, instead of a cream. Before this I was using a lotion with AHAs in it and it broke me out, made me greasy, and did nothing for my skin (it was neutrogena healthy skin, just fyi). I would prefer a toner of some sort, since I do love using them and the kit doesn't have one, but the gel/serum is good as well. I just hate having to put cream after cream on my skin, and with this kit I don't.
I got this as part of the Acne Kit, so for all I know any improvement in my skin is due to the other items in the kit. However, I'm very pleased with it. Before this, I was using a prescription benzoyl peroxide cream called Triaz. Somehow, I think that stuff was making my face break out and making it oily -- if I used it at night I woke up with my face covered in grease. This stuff has made my face a bit drier, but I'm not going to complain about that, because it was so oily before, and it's nothing a dab of moisturizer can't fix. I've been breaking out a lot less, and even better, when I do break out the pimples disappear much faster. I will definitely repurchase. The only reason it gets 4 lippies instead of 5 is that the texture is kind of grainy, and if you don't apply it right it can show on your skin and look white and cakey -- the solution is just to slather it on at night and use just a bit in the morning. Also, the moisturizer-thing (it's the last step, more of a protector/sealant) in the kit is a must, it really smoothes over the graininess of the h2o2 so that you can't even notice it under makeup. UPDATE -- If you have dark hair like me, be careful around your hairline with this stuff! I think it was lightening the roots around my forehead. Nothing noticable to anyone but me, and I still like the product. I just have to wear a headband to keep my shorter layers back and be careful not to get it near my hairline.
It's good for a leave in conditioner. You can't use it for a styling balm or expect it to do anything that your typical spray leave-in would do. I do like that it's thicker and creamier than most; my hair is very thick and wavy and I have to use products to weigh it down on purpose -- if you don't want your hair weighed down don't use it. I would repurchase if only they changed the scent. It's gross, it makes me sneeze, and it smells like some sort of cheap teenybopper body spray. I just don't want to walk around smelling like that.
Conditioner -Neutrogena - triple moisture deep recovery hair mask
awful_cherry 11/16/2005 6:17:00 PM
As a hair mask, this is really good. My hair is thick and wavy and tends to frizz, and I need a thick, rich deep conditioner (some tend to be no more moisturizing than my regular conditioner, Redken All Soft). I compare it to the biolage conditioning balm -- it's not quite as good, but it's much cheaper, and to me the value is worth it. However, the scent is too strong, and it's gross. It's sort of bubblegum-ish, the type of smell you'd expect in a cheap body spray from the limited too. I can't use this in the morning because the scent makes me sneeze, and I really wouldn't want to walk around smelling like that anyways. In fact, I would probably be saving a lot of money by using this entire line, if it weren't for the fact that they all smell like this, and the scent is strong enough to last through the day.
This mascara actually made my lashes look decent the first few times I used it. However, it's just too messy. The primer is sticky and for some reason I always get the black stuff on my eyelids whenever I use it, regardless of how careful I am. Also, it started getting thick and clumping badly well before the 2-month limit was up. If you're willing to replace it every month or so and you think you can handle putting it on without making a mess on your lids (or you're willing to put on your mascara before shadow and liner), then it did do a good job of thickening and lifting. But it's just not worth running late every morning because I got black streaks on my eyelids.
Cleansers -Aveeno - Clear Complexion Cleansing Pads
awful_cherry 11/13/2005 2:45:00 AM
AWFUL. I bought these because they won an award in some magazine as the best cleanser for oily skin. I was quite disappointed. Firstly, the pads are too big and they're overpriced considering the package should only last you two weeks; I cut them in half to make them stretch further. But more importantly, they gave me cystic acne all over my forehead. I'd had perfectly clear skin but thought I could prevent my occasional pimple with a salicylic acid product -- with these, my skin was dry, and cystic acne erupted all over my face, mostly my forehead. A lot of people seem to love these but be very careful with them. I think they should be marketed as an exfoliant to use once or twice a week; daily use is just too irritating.