Shampoo -Suave - Professionals Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo
Alibear8 5/3/2012 11:55:00 PM
AWESOME stuff. I have never used dry shampoo before, because my first thought was, eww gross! I thought it would leave visible buildup and just be nasty. But a girl I work with always has amazing hair and I complimented her on it early one morning and she told me she hadn't washed it in two days and swore by this dry shampoo. I decided I'd try it, especially since it was less than $4 at Target. I put off trying it, but woke up late for work one day and used it. Now, it doesn't make your hair feel squeaky clean like you just washed it. In fact, it feels like there is buildup in your hair...BUT...you can't SEE it. It takes away the greasy look of your hair and gives it some oomf. My only complaint is that it seems like I only get a few (And I mean like 4 or 5) uses out of the bottle, so I wish it lasted longer. But for the price I can afford to buy it more often!
Lip Treatments -eos - Lip Balm Sphere - Sweet Mint
Alibear8 9/25/2011 8:55:00 AM
Phenomenal stuff. I am one of those people who has a chapstick everywhere. In every purse, on my nightstand, in my car, etc. But lately my lips had been so parched and none of my lip balms were working. I had to reapply many times throughout the day, and I could not find a lip balm that actually made my lips feel any better. I was running late for something and saw this in the store and grabbed it because it was the only one I hadn't tried, I liked the color of the packaging, and I like minty things. I was worried it would be too "sweet" but it is just right. I love this stuff, I can put it on before I go to bed and it lasts through the night and into the next day. I can use it ONCE per day and never need to reapply. It also has a very refreshing minty scent. It is fun to apply also. Sometimes it's annoying because if I set it on my nightstand the wrong way it rolls off...but I mostly keep it in my purse so the silly shape of the container doesn't really matter. I'd love to see more flavors of the stuff!
Conditioner -Neutrogena - Triple Moisture daily deep conditioner
Alibear8 9/25/2011 8:48:00 AM
I was looking for a conditioner that would be hydrating, but one that I could also use every day. I picked this stuff up at Target for around $5, because there was a coupon attached to it, so I thought I'd try it. First, I like the texture of the conditioner when it comes out of the bottle - thick and not drippy - so I thought it would really moisturize well. It didn't. Second, my hair felt like I had rubbed lotion into it instead of conditioner. It was hard to get out, my hair never felt "rinsed". I only use this on the lower half of my hair, from the ears down - not on the roots...but I swear, it really weighs my hair down, and it smells weird. Lastly, it does not detangle well at all. I have a LOT of long, thin hair, which tangles easily. Most conditioners can untangle it pretty well, but not this stuff. I still have to use a spray in detangler after I shower, and it still takes me several minutes to comb out all of the knots in my poor hair. The bottle design is nice, the smell is pretty bad, and I won't purchase it again.
Shampoo -John Frieda - Sheer Blonde Color Renew Tone-Restoring Shampoo
Alibear8 7/2/2011 7:13:00 AM
I have brown hair, usually. Every so often I will get bored and decide to highlight it. I have a friend who has platinum blonde hair and it never looks brassy. My highlights are way too brassy for my liking so I asked her how she prevented it, and she said she used a toning shampoo. I took her advice and bought the same stuff and it was great. BUT, this time, the only tone restoring shampoo I could find was this John Frieda stuff so I bought it. First off, it smells terrible. Like rancid lavender. Second, it completely stripped my hair and really roughed it up. Within a couple seconds of rinsing the shampoo out, my hair was so tangled I couldn't get my fingers or a shower comb through it. I spend the next 30 minutes after my shower trying to detangle my already fragile hair. Ouch. Also, I really didn't see much of a difference at all as far as the "tone". I may use this when I really need a good cleaning, but I think it's way too stripping for daily use. Also, the bottle is an awkward shape and is hard, so you can't really squeeze the stuff out very well.
I worked in a hair salon and got a couple free samples of this. I don't like it on my face because it makes my extremely sensitive skin itchy (minus two lippies) HOWEVER, per the recommendation of my aunt who is an Aveda junkie, I tried using this as a lip mask and it's fantastic. If your lips feel like they need some smoothing or plumping, put a layer of this stuff on for about 15 minutes a few nights a week. Then wipe off with a warm, damp cloth, and put on some lip balm or chapstick right away so it soaks in. My lips feel SO soft. I use this little trick every week whenever I feel like I've been neglecting my lips, or when the weather gets dry. I also took a couple of lippies off because I don't like the fact that it comes in a tube. I like masks to come in jars, because I feel like I have more control over how much product I use, whereas when It's in a tube, if you squirt out too much...whoops.
Shampoo -Unlisted Brand - Head & Shoulders Citrus Breeze for oily/fine hair
Alibear8 9/23/2010 12:37:00 AM
I recently moved into a new building and the water here makes my hair very limp and flat, especially on the top of my head. I colored my hair a few weeks ago and the combination of our bad water and the hair color chemicals really irritated my scalp. I needed a new shampoo anyway, so I decided to try out Head & Shoulders...my parents use it at home and every time I wash my hair at their house I always have a better hair day than usual. So I settled on the citrus 2-in-1 version, since it says it's good for oily/fine hair. It also said on the bottle that it is gentle enough to use on color-treated hair. WELL, I used it on my hair and was pleasantly surprised. I was worried about a 2-in-1 shampoo drying out or weighing my hair down, especially with my building's awful water. My hair felt softer, and much cleaner. I used it again the next day and styled my hair and it was not nearly as flat and gross as usual, and seemed to look nicer for a much longer period of time. I'll keep trying this shampoo, but for now, it's great! The only thing I took points off for are: The bottle/label...looks very cheap, and if they are trying to market head&shoulders to everyone, they shouldn't make the name so HUGE on the bottle, because who wants to be seen stocking up on anti-dandruff shampoo? Second, the cap totally sucks. It's hard to open in general, but when you're in the shower and your hands are wet, forget it. Also, there's no real control valve in the cap and since this shampoo is particularly thin and almost milky, it sort of oozes out every time you try to use it and gets all over the cap. EDIT I've been using this for a few weeks now and I'm less impressed than I was when I first tried it. It makes my hair feel dry and dirty, and I feel like it gets oily faster.
When I first got this perfume, I was working in a store where men's cologne was sprayed throughout the store every hour, so a sweet feminine scent like this one was like a breath of fresh air. Now a few years later I find that this scent by itself is much too feminine for me, and it borders on "old lady". HOWEVER, I have figured out that by wearing a dab of this perfume with a dab of any men's cologne really balances out the scent and turns it into something completely different, something I like, and get a lot of compliments on. So if you get frustrated with this perfume, it's a great scent for mixing with other fragrances until you get a blend you like. The other thing I wasn't crazy about is the large, butterfly shaped cap. It's awkward, bulky, and it fell off so many times that I just stopped putting it back on.
Lotions/ Creams -Gold Bond - Ultimate Healing Concentrated Therapy Cream
Alibear8 3/3/2010 9:43:00 PM
This stuff is the best. I have terribly dry hands in general, and during the winter months they get even worse, it's actually painful. I love that this cream is nice and thick and it feels like it just melts into your skin. What I love even more is the fact that it is unscented, so if you put it on your hands and then throughout the day you're eating or your hands are near your face you won't be smelling any scented cream on your hands. I took off a lippy because the cream is quite thick and it can make your hands feel a little greasy - but I usually put this on my hands at night, and my hands are still soft and moisturized even through the next day.
Overall I like this conditioner. I have been using the John Frieda Root Awakening line and while I love the smell of it, I have been experiencing a lot of breakage. I have fine hair but I have quite a bit of it and it is naturally wavy [frizzy]. I purchased this conditioner as a last-minute replacement on a trip. I like the smell, although it is a little bit masculine/herb-y. I first used it like I would use my regular conditioner, a little tiny bit at the middle of my hair and extra massaged into the ends because they get quite dry. I immediately noticed a difference when rinsing and combing my hair, it was almost tangle free. After blowdrying and straightening it was very smooth but the scent was overwhelming. Also, I noticed after a few hours that my hair was extremely weighed down and flat, it felt like a lot of buildup was on my hair and I don't even use styling products. Now I have just been using this on the ends of my hair, but I don't think it's working any miracles. I know a conditioner can't repair damage once it's already there, but I feel like since I can only use this on the ends of my hair it's not helping with preventing any breakage in the top layers, you know, when you get those little baby hairs and flyaways - those are broken hairs. I'll keep looking for a better conditioner, maybe one that doesn't smell so musky and doesn't feel so grimy.
This is probably, no, definitely, the WORST perfume I've ever used. I got a little bottle of it in some kind of gift set, and found it one day and thought I'd try it out. I sprayed it ONE time on my way out the door. Well when I got into my car, the trouble started. First, I got an instant headache. I figured I'd get used to it after a few minutes, but the smell just seemed to intensify and I couldn't get away from it. After about 45 minutes I started to get a migraine and I basically felt like I was going to throw up, until I went home on my lunch break and took a shower, then I felt fine. I'm not super sensitive to other perfumes I use, but good God this stuff was just awful. I can't even describe the scent, except that it's like a bathroom air freshener X 1,000. Do yourself [and everyone around you] a favor and don't buy this perfume.
This stuff is awful. No matter how many scents or perfumes they put into it, it will always smell like vomit. When I used it, I followed the directions to a T. After letting the lotion sit on my legs for a couple of minutes, they started to itch. I figured it was normal, I mean, I'm putting chemicals on my legs to dissolve the hair. But then a few seconds later it really started burning. I walked to my bathroom to wipe the hair off with a damp cloth, and then my legs started to feel like they were on fire. Long story short, I couldn't make it to the shower fast enough and ended up out in the front yard frantically trying to get the nair off my legs with a garden hose. My legs burned and itched for hours afterwards, and I ended up with some pretty uncomfortable chemical burns.
I love this stuff...let me explain... After a bad experience with this when it first came out, I made a vow to never buy it again. The first time I tried it, it was a free sample that came with the shampoo I bought it was the red color glaze for redheads. I have brown hair but figured I wouldn't mind it looking a little reddish as long as it was really shiny, so I tried it. I wasn't sure how to use it, so I just used it last, as a conditioner. WRONG idea! I threw the product out. BUT this time I had incredible results. I had heard Frederick Fekkai talking about glazes, and he mentioned they are one of the best things that you for your hair in between coloring to keep your hair shiny and healthy. What caught me is the way me suggests using an at-home color glaze. He said to JUST shampoo your hair, no conditioner yet. Then rinse out the shampoo and use a towel to squeeze as much water out of your hair as possible. Now your hair shafts and all of the little damages parts of your hair are open [because we haven't yet conditioned] THIS is when you should apply the glaze. Thoroughly comb the glaze throughout your hair, making sure to gently massage some of it into your ends. Then loosely pile your hair on top of your head and let it settle in for 3-5 minutes. Now rinse the glaze out of your hair [it won't really feel like you are rinsing anything out, but just keep rinsing] Then comb a generous amount of conditioner through your hair, let it soak in for a couple of minutes, and rinse. You'll notice immediately how slick and smooth your hair is when you're rinsing it. Then, just style however you like. I usually straighten or curl my hair with a curling iron. It usually looks dull and pretty frizzy, but after using this glaze I straightened my hair and it was like GLASS. I couldn't stop touching it all day. I did have to take a couple of lippies off though... -the smell is, weird. I don't know what it's supposed to smell like but I could definitely go without it. It's a very chemical/hair product/artificial smell. But it does go away when you apply your conditioner after you do the glaze. -The bottle is kind of a pain, hard to keep standing up in the shower, and the cap is annoying. The glaze is so liquid-y making it difficult to have to un-screw the cap squeeze out the product into your hands and then screw the cap on before you spill the glaze all over the floor. Basically though, my hair is shinier, and that's what I bought it for. Try it!
I bought this nail polish many years ago, and they discontinued it. Every time I went to the drugstore I would search around for a nail polish that even came close to this specific color, but I never had any luck. They FINALLY brought it back, and I couldn't be happier! This polish is such an incredible color. A creamy, salmon/peach/watermelon/pink mixture that would look flattering on any skin tone. I have olive skin and brown eyes and it's hard to find many pink polishes that look right on me. But this one is perfect! Very summery and healthy looking. I get compliments every time I wear it on my toes - so it must be a great color, because honestly - how often do people really pay attention to other people's feet? Fantastic color, will definitely buy again.
I LOVE this cologne. I walked past a display for it at the mall, and was bored so I walked over and checked it out because I had never seen it before. I spritzed a couple of tester strips, stuck them in my purse and went about my day. Well all day long every time I opened or closed my purse I kept getting whiffs of this cologne. It was a while before I remembered about the tester strips I put in there - needless to say, I was hooked on this smell! The cologne is a bit intense at first, but give it a couple of minutes and the cologne is intoxicating. It smells very clean, sexy, masculine and classic. I'd love to spray it on everything I own just so I could keep smelling it all day. I'm not sure about the bottle design, it's very similar to the women's juicy couture - and it's a little on the expensive side - but overall, a fantastic cologne, I'm a huge fan!
I see this shampoo line every time I go to the drugstore, and have always been tempted to buy it. However, I was a little uneasy because of the mixed reviews it has received on this site. But today I went in to pick up my usual shampoo and Organix was on sale, Buy 1 Get 1 Free - so of course I had to try it! I bought the Tea Tree Mint Shampoo because my hair has been feeling very weighed down and dull lately, and I know that tea tree and mint extracts are very refreshing and cleansing. I loved it! My scalp feels SO clean and my hair feels so light and bouncy. My only problem was the lather. I know that because this shampoo is sulfate-free...and that usually means little or no lather, so I was half expecting it. I also wish the bottles were a little bit bigger, because since I have to use quite a bit of shampoo to really get a lather going, I'm pretty sure I'll run out sooner than a regular shampoo. EDIT!!! I've been using this for about a month, and my feelings about this shampoo have changed drastically! I still think it makes my scalp feel clean and fresh - however - it leaves my hair feeling very dried out and porus. What bothers me most though, is that although the shampoo smells fantastic when I'm using it, I've noticed that at the end of the day my hair smells awful, musty and just stale smelling. I have never had this problem before. It's like my hair absorbs all of the smells I encounter throughout the day, smoke, pollution, pet odor, food smells, everything. It has been driving me absolutely nuts, and as soon as I switched to another shampoo it stopped. I am so disappointed because the shampoo smells SO wonderful when I use it, but it isn't worth having stinky hair at the end of the day. GROSS!!! I may still use it as a body wash, because it is sulfate-free which I imagine will be gentle on my skin. We'll see how that goes... Don't buy this stuff...ick.