Shampoo -John Frieda - Root Awakening Strength Restoring Shampoo
kittybearchiyo 12/26/2010 2:11:00 AM
I've been using this for a few weeks now, after I ran out of my favorite shampoo and the store I was at didn't carry it. I love the scent. It's a sweet, minty herbal smell. It doesn't linger much in your hair once it's dry, but I don't like heavily scented products; it's strong enough to be refreshing while you're in the bath/shower, but still light. It lathers fairly well, and the tube is nice; I like tubes more than bottles though, so that's just my preference. It did seem like not much for the price, but I don't normally pay much for shampoo. It was still reasonably cheap though. I'm not sure how much it lives up to it's "strength-restoring" claims, since my hair isn't very damaged, but my hair always feels soft and full after I use it, and I have seen a difference the the amount of breakage. I haven't noticed any buildup, either. I'm trying to grow my hair out, so hopefully it's making a difference. Haven't seen anything dramatic or amazing from this, but it's definitely a good shampoo.
I used the shampoo and conditioner when I was at my boyfriend's house last week. I like it, but it's a little too strong for me. The scent is great, but a little overpowering in the shower. I prefer products to be mroe lightly scented. Same experience with the tingling-it was nice, but too much for me. I was slightly disappointed by the way my hair felt too. It was soft, shiny, but a little greasy and weighed down. But it's perfect for my boyfriend. His hair isn't as oily as mine though, so I guess that's why it works so well for him. His scalp can be very dry and itchy too, and this made a big difference.
This is pretty much the perfect shampoo for me. My hair is fine, extremely oily, and I usually wash it every day. I keep going to other products to see if I can find something better, but I keep coming back to Aura's shampoo/conditioner. This is the only shampoo I've used that actually works for me to wash my hair every other day; nothing else gets it clean enough without drying it out or weighing it down. This will get your hair very clean. So it's probably better for people with oilier hair, or as a clarifying shampoo. It doesn't have much of a lather, which really doesn't bother me. I know how much I need, and the things in most shampoos that make them lather up so much are not great for your hair anyway. Even though it can be drying for some hair types, it's very gentle. And the tingling feeling was just enough for me. My boyfriend uses the paul mitchell tea tree shampoo and while I loved the scent, the tingle was actually a little too strong, and the scent was kind of overpowering while using it...but I think this has the right balance. You feel it more with the conditioner, when you leave it in your hair. I wouldn't reccomend this for people with dry hair; the Tea Tree might actually be better if you want a mint shampoo, but if your hair is more on the oily side, I'd go with this one.
Styling Products -Farouk CHI - Volume Booster Liquid Bodifying Glaze
kittybearchiyo 10/1/2010 10:17:00 PM
I can't get over the smell...it isn't unpleasant, but I really don't want to smell like a guy. At all. My mistake for not smelling this before I bought it. It really didn't make much of a difference with my hair either, but I use it on days when my hair is a bit oilier just because it does dry the hair a little bit. I do feel like it makes blow-drying go a lot quicker. It is sticky, so only use a little and be sure to comb it through your hair. I've only used it 3 times...not sure if I really want to keep it. Maybe it'll grow on me. Overall, I was very disappointed..
The cream is nice, thick, and you don't need a lot of it to do it's job. (I usually end up using more than I need though, just because I love the way it smells..) I love the packaging. The flower is pretty and you just have to pull/push it. I don't have any irritation on my legs after using it (which is pretty much impossible without it/or with soap) and they're nice and smooth. I'm on my second tube now c:
I got this in 001 Ivory, for about $13 at walgreens. I needed a light foundation that would still give some coverage and wouldn't look greasy. Tried it out on my arm, and the shimmer really worried me. I still took it home, and I've been wearing it a few hours...can't see the glitter once I've gotten it on my face, and if I happen to catch a bit of sparkle in the light, it's still very subtle. I put powder on over it, and it's not at all noticeable. I usually stay away from anything glittery, and this was still subtle enough for me to be happy with. This was just enough coverage for me, felt light on my skin, and I couldn't even feel it once it was on. The Ivory color was a perfect match for my skin too; I'm very pale, and my skin can be kind of pink. It goes on without being too shiny, but it isn't a matte finish, which doesn't bother me at all. Looks very natural. It's easy to blend. I can't say how long it lasts though, since I just bought it today, but so far I really like this.
I love this. The creme makes it very easy to apply. I use a tint brush to mix and apply it. It doesn't drip or get everywhere, feels creamy, and one tube is enough to coat all of my hair without worry (about 3 inches past my shoulders) Smells great, as far as dyes go. There's no hiding the ammonia/chemical smell, but somehow it's just much more pleasant than other dyes I've used, and not as strong. Very gentle on the hair, but still very rich color, and doesn't take very long. Price runs about $5 with tax for the dye itself, $7ish with developer. ~added story: I have renewed faith in this dye, and will probably never use another one for natural hair colors again. A few days ago I grabbed a box of some Garnier dye to cover some bleached chunks of hair I'd previously dyed pink; should have been a simple process. The color turned three shades darker than it should have and left a disgusting green tint to my hair, while damaging it and leaving it feeling, for lack of a better word, gunky. Three days later, dyed over that with some of this, and it somehow managed to lift my hair 2 shades, restore it to the lovely light coppery brown color I wanted, and even left my hair feeling much healthier than before I started this mess.
Shampoo -TRESemme - Vitamin E Moisture Rich Shampoo
kittybearchiyo 8/6/2010 5:30:00 AM
I used this with the conditioner. I never noticed until I ran out of conditioner that it is kind of drying. When used with a good conditioner, it works just fine, but it's not very moisturizing. It does get your hair very clean though.
I use this occasionally, and have for a long time, but I never used it long-term, maybe for a month. (I live with two other people, so one bottle goes fairly fast) Got my hair clean, didn't dry it out or leave it too greasy. Great price, and I love the scent. But not really special or amazing. I'd get it again, but only if I was short on money.
I usually stay very far away from liquid eyeliner. Every other one I've tried got into my eyes and burned, smeared everywhere, was impossible for me to control, gave me lines that were way too thick, made a mess, etc. I bought this apprehensively, and it worked out perfectly. I used tiny, short strokes, then go over it with a dark black or purple eyeshadow, using an eyelinter brush, to soften it. It has a bit of a shiny finish-not a matte eyeliner. Very easy to manage, dries fast but not too fast, and it doesn't flake off if I use an eyeliner brush over it. Love it c:
Eyeliner -Palladio - Herbal Eyeliner - Waterproof- Retractable
kittybearchiyo 8/6/2010 4:43:00 AM
I have a love hate thing with eyeliners. I used this one on and off for years though, and it was very good to me. I do have oily skin all over, including my eyelids. So it doesn't last forever, but it lasted much longer than most pencils I've used. Goes on smooth, good in black, but I never tried any other colors. It does sting a little if you get it in your eyes though, that's the only problem I ever remember having. Overall, great as far as pencil liners go.
Skincare - Face -Beyond Belief - ABH Shine Control Mattifying Toner
kittybearchiyo 7/24/2010 4:36:00 AM
Most toners feel tingly (in a bad way) on my skin, but this one seemed much gentler, and didn't have that alcohol feeling to it. So probably better for more sensitive skin. Lovely scent to it. I liked it, but not enough to want to run back to the store and get more now that I've used it all. I would buy it again, but only if I felt like I really needed it. I have oily skin, but the cleanser/exfoliater I use is taking care of it just fine. Oh, and make sure you SHAKE it, it does make a difference.
Scrubs -Beyond Belief - Vita C+ Exfoliating Apricot Citrus Scrub
kittybearchiyo 7/24/2010 4:23:00 AM
I used this for 3 years, and always loved it, smells like sweet oranges. I love the sand-like feeling of the granules, as well as the creaminess. I'm shocked that anyone could have a bad reaction to it..my skin is very sensitive and this scrub was like a miracle to me. I used it every day and never had problems.
Scrubs -Burt's Bees - Peach and Willowbark Deep Pore Scrub
kittybearchiyo 7/24/2010 4:07:00 AM
I can't see how anyone could use this unless they had very dry skin. I loved the smell, loved the peach rind, love the ingredients, and especially loved the ingredients that were not included, but I had to wash my face again after using this.. It was pleasant while using, but once I rinsed it, I felt like I had a layer of wax over my skin...I tried waiting, and I did get better, but only a tiny bit and I still couldn't stand the feel of my skin, so I washed my face with soap... I kept it for about a week and thought maybe it would grow on me; tried using less, tried using different temperatures of water, did everything I could think of to make it work, and it still felt disgusting to me. I replaced it with another product that's similar (an organic walnut-shell scrub) and got rid of it. Even my mom had the same problem with it, and her skin is fairly dry.. Not to mention it's expensive...I've loved every other Burt's Bee's product I' ve bought, but this was a miss. I love the product in theory. Just not for my skin.
Very aptly named. Feels like silk on my hands and you only need a few drops. The smell is nice, but I am thankful it's light and doesn't stay with you. Not greasy or oily. The name says it all ;p