Conditioner -John Frieda - Radiant Red Color Last Conditioner
kdeichsel 7/2/2007 12:09:00 PM
This product didnt preserve my colour and it didnt moisturize - so what exactly is it supposed to do? I'm a product junkie and an impulse buyer which is the worst kind, so i fell into the trap of the JF red collection because it seemed a little higher quality than the average drugstore brand, but not enough so to break the bank. Next time i'm either going super cheap with product i know work, or expensive with product i know work. The key here - products that work.
Shampoo -John Frieda - Radiant Red Anti-Fade Shampoo
kdeichsel 7/2/2007 12:06:00 PM
Too expensive for the product you're getting. It did nothing to preserve my hair colour, smelled weird, and left my hair dry. In Canada, this product sells for $13.99 - if i want cheap, from now on i'm sticking to Herbal essences colour me happy and hello hydration. Super cheap but a hell of a lot better than this nonesense. Sorry john frieda, forgive me, i really still love your frizz ease serum even if most MUA'ers dont.
Eye Makeup Remover -Lancome - Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Make-up Remover
kdeichsel 7/2/2007 12:03:00 PM
First, i think there's a general misunderstanding about this product - it seems that there are two different formulas - a French/European formula and the North American formula. My bottle is colour blue with a clear liquid, whereas my friend's bottle from her europ trip is clear with a blue liquid. My bottle - awful. IT's so oily, it's hard to removed the child proof lid, it's not all that effective, and it's SOOOO expensive. As we can see, this product has received over 350 critiques - so, many of us are buying it. I say don't waste your money. For a similar product that's actually more effective, i use the makeup remover from Yves Rocher for sensitive eyes, or those cleansing clothes - the no names - from life (shoppers drug mart) or equate (walmart) for a fraction of the price. Funny enough, i've tried the more expensive clothes - biore, neutrogena, olay, aveeno, and found that they all irritated my face. Sometimes more expensive isn't always better.
Fragrances -Fruits & Passion - Orange & Canteloupe
kdeichsel 7/2/2007 4:14:00 AM
Fresh, sweet, citrusy, and smooth. Definitely not breaking the bank for the size you get (if you love it, buy the bigger bottle) I usually hate this kind of old world, english tea garden esthetic, but I love the green bottle with the stationary-like, flowery label. My only complaint is that the smell does disappear quite quickly however, the price isnt too steep, so reapplying once or twice during the day doesnt worry me. It does seem like a never ending bottle...
Oh god, do we really need another generic perfume that is over-priced and over-hyped? Yes, i fell victim to the dumb-twenty something curse, which, in the manual, informed me that i simply have to buy this perfume or suffer the consequences of everlasting uncoolness. WELL I SAY BAH! This product is so boring, so sweet, so cloying and annoying and everybody, their mother, their sister, their friend, and their dog wears this scent. URG! However, i really am a bottle junkie - i seem to care less about scent and more about bottle shape. Of course i love the shape of this bottle - oddly modern but somewhat traditional at the same time - round bottle, silver finish, green liquid - very unique.
Love it, love it, love it. I dye my hair every 4 weeks, i go through conditioner like it was water, and i love how effective, how inexpensive, and how wonderfully fragrant this product is. My hair is dry, damaged, curly, and a mess. I have a two step conditioning routine. I condition my hair with a deeper conditioner for 3 minutes in the shower, wash it out, then slather this conditioner in my hair (not worrying about how much i used because it's like $7 CAN / 700ml+) and comb my hair out. I cant comb my hair dry so please, but kind with the lectures about wet hair and combing. It smells great, it helps detangle, and it's cheap. Sure my hair isnt ultra moisturized, but it generally never is. So, i'm not expecting miracles...
I feel like this is the more exciting, more seductive, more alluring version of Hugo's other perfume - pure purple. It almost seems like what pure purple strives to be when it grows up - like deep red, if that makes sense. But, alas, i dont love this fragrance. I bought it about 5 months ago and only used it twice. I don't hate, but i clearly am not a fan, having used it so infrequently. And i dont like the price tag either, although from what i remember it has some good staying power. Would i buy it again - no. But the bottle sure is interesting. I like the strong contrast between the burgandy and silver, between the wide base and the narrow top. So, if you're a bottle junkie, and not so much a perfume junkie, this would be an interest, yet expensive bottle to add to your collection.
Esthetically, i love the bottle - it's very reminiscent of Lancome Hypnose, another perfume that i enjoy. I totally totally agree - there's nothing super catchy about this perfume, rather boring, rather average, however, it seems to work for me. It is a little on the expensive side, but hey, atleast i have the added bonus of saying "yes, that's hugo boss i'm wearing", and having a little more sophisticated cred on fragrance circuit. it is a little sweet, and a little too vanilla + musk for my liking. But all in all, i'm not unhappy.
I've never liked JOICO, so perhaps i have a skewed opinion from the beginning, however, i especially didn't like this product. I have fine, super curly, super damaged dehydrated hair which demands conditioning almost everyday for it to look halfway decent. Although i rarely buy leave ins, as i usually apply about a loonie size amount of regular conditioner on my post shower hair, i was hoping that this product would be different. HOwever, the light texture did nothing to moisturize, and it actually made me hair harder to comb out. Knots city! yes yes, the smell is great, but do i really want to pay $16.00 CAN for a nice smell and a shitty product? Ok ok, i got this bottle free, but I'm glad i did - my cousin gave it to me, because she too absolutely hated it. I'm going to stick with Clairol Infusium Repair-ologie or Moisture-ologie leave in. Much cheaper, not great, but a hell of a lot better than this over-hyped nonesense.
Styling Products -Got 2 Be - hottie Leave-in Instant Mender
kdeichsel 7/1/2007 3:04:00 PM
Ok ok, this product is dirt cheap and yes you are getting what you pay for. Some people love it - i, on the other hand, hate it. It actually makes my hair feel stringy like straw, and slippery like oil at the same time - such a paradox! dry and oily, all at once? And that smell - like a sugar factory caught on fire - something so ungodly unnatural about the hottie line smell. Perhaps i should mention that i'm a jasmine, lavender, rose, peppermint, eucalyptus, lemongrass, rosemary kind of girl - very earthy, very woodsy - so it's no wonder that the smell annoys me. But if you love it sweet - this is the product for you. I do agree with other reviewers - it doesnt mend anything, and on top of that, it doesnt help me comb out my unruly, curly hair any better than without it. A definite NEVER BUYING THIS AGAIN product.
Conditioner -Got 2 Be - Hottie Deep Rescue Conditioner [DISCONTINUED]
kdeichsel 7/1/2007 3:00:00 PM
I really want to love this product - because of the price, the consistency, and the result. However, unlike many reviewers, the smell makes me sick. It's so unbelievably sicky sweet that I feel ill when i put it on. But, the results? Pretty good i guess - it does seem to hydrate and smooth my hair, although i havent noticed any change in my breakage (near the crown of my head) and the split ends. I just cant handle the smell! I guess i'm just a more natural girl - it's so fake and chemically - picture yourself being surrounded by cotton candy with a thick layer of Body Shop vanilla fragrance all around you. sure, for the first few minutes, it'd be wonderful, however, after a minute or so, the novelty would definitely wear off.
Styling Products -John Frieda - Frizz-Ease Hair Serum
kdeichsel 7/1/2007 2:39:00 PM
Wah wah, i really miss the old bottle - yes, the pump is way more convenient however there was something so scientific and experimental with the dropper packaging. Now, as for the product - i have crazy curly, hugely frizzy, colour treated hair - but if you look at my photos, you wouldnt be able to tell - all thanks to Mr. Frieda. For me, the original just works - i mix about 3 pumps of Frizz Ease + a quarter size of curl cream/smoothing cream + a quarter size of max hold gel and run it through my hair, scrunching it with a dry towel to remove extra product/moisture. And voila - perfect hair. I finish it off with a shine spray when it's perfectly dry - either Shoppers Life brand, Nexxus Shine spray, or No Frizz spray. so why not 5 lippies? Cost and quantity. Before discovering ebay, i used to pay $11.99 - $13.99 CAN for this product and, as i go through about 1 every month or so, that can really add up. However, i just purchased a lot of 4 on ebay for $9 + $8 for shipping - so $17 for 4 isnt so bad. Anyhow, i'm a big supporter of this brand - especially if you can get a deal on ebay!
Cleansers -Dove - Gentle Exfoliating Daily Facial Cleanser
kdeichsel 7/1/2007 2:32:00 PM
Hate it. It doesnt lather well, the exfoliating beads do nothing, and i hate the smell. Perhaps i'm biased because i'm addicted to the rough love of st. ives apricot scrub, original forumla. Perhaps i'm a exfoliater sadist. But, i just dont feel like my skin has received the buffing it deserves after using this product - i'm almost positive that dead skin cells are still on my face, mocking me for my wasted efforts. But, as i get Dove products at cost, i didnt cry over having to give this away - it barely cost me anything in the first place. And i still love their deep moisture spf 15 lotion and night cream - so one bad product won't spoil the bunch for me.
Sunscreen -Neutrogena - Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 55
kdeichsel 7/1/2007 2:25:00 PM
I feel for all those who have had an awful time with this product - oddly enough, at first, i hated it as well - burning sensation, redness, extreme shine even though it's "supposed" to be a matte finish. However, i stuck with it - pushed through the pain - and about 5 applications later, i had acclimatized to the product and use it everyday. Here's my trick - i mix about a quarter size into my daily moisturizer, which thins out the consistency, and use it all over my face, neck, chest, and shoulders. Yes, it still is hella shiny and feels powdery on my face, but after a thorough hand washing and a thin layer of translucent powder on my face - all is well. No more burning, great spf coverage, and not even a hint of a tan. However, sweating is a whole different story - once this product drips into your eyes, you're pretty much screwed. So - decide for yourself - at $13.00 CAN, i believe that this product can be thrown away or given away without too much grief if you simply hate it. One major complaint: i've purchased 3 bottles in the past 2 years, and none of them have come with expiration dates on the package - i've actually had to call neutrogena and ask about the expiration by giving them the product number - and surprise surprise, one of them was expired. This extremely important information should be on the bottle. Perhaps it's on the new formula - but not the old formula.
They discontinued the Satsuma body spray - damn! Thank god i purchased 4 while they were selling them out. The entire satsuma line is amazing - the smell is more authetic than most "citrusy" products out there. It's invigorating, refreshing, truly energizing. This product cleans the skin very well, and transforms your shower into an experience. Paired with the body spray and the lotion (not a fan of the butter), it's a big hit!