Lipstick -Christian Dior - Dior Addict High Shine Lipstick
February_Starr 1/27/2009 3:48:00 AM
I have this in Nude Silhouette and it's the perfect pinky beige nude. My skin tone ranges from NC25-40 and this looks great no matter what. I thought it would wash the tanner version of my out but it's just as flattering as when I'm paler. It's slightly cool and even though I prefer a bit of warm peach in my lip colors, it still works for me. Unlike most lipsticks and lipstick glosses, this does not dry my lips out, in fact it's quite moisturizing. MAC, NARS, and Revlon really dry my lips out for some reason. My only complaint is that the color doesn't wear that long and reapplication is necessary throughout the day. But the packaging is very chic and I don't mind pulling it out when needed.
Shampoo -Aveda - Black Malva Shampoo and Conditioner
February_Starr 1/27/2009 3:42:00 AM
This review is for the Conditioner. I haven't tried the shampoo and I only use the conditioner because of it's color depositing property. Since I dye my hair it has a tendency to get brassy as my undertones are red/orange. I use this in between salon visits to cover up some of the color fading in my brown hair (natural color is dark almost black brown). It definitely helps and makes the dyed part of my hair noticeable darker. It feels very conditioning when I rinse it out, but after my hair is dry I can feel the buildup that it leaves behind. For me this product does not replace professional color treatment, but it's a nice color booster in between trips.
I use this for my color treated hair and it seems to prevent fading/brassiness. It's more hydrating than the drugstore version, color vive, but I have to use quite a bit of it so I'm not sure how good the value is. It's a bit heavy for my oily hair but it leaves it soft. I prefer Kerastase to this (this line is one step below the Kerastase line, both manufactured by L'oreal) but it's much more affordable so I will continue to use it.
The best conditioner I have used for my color treated hair. Since I began dying my hair, I've used this conditioner on and off (off only because it's so expensive and I can't always afford to splurge on it) and it keeps my color from fading and turning brassy. I use it with L'oreal Color Vive Shampoo from the drugstore and it still works well. Even though it's expensive one tub usually lasts me about 2 months because so little product is needed. The main difference I have found between Kerastase and most other brands is that I feel a positive change in the overall health of my hair after using it, whereas with drugstore products I feel like they just cover up/cause waxy buildup to 'condition' my hair.
I have thick Asian hair that is quite healthy but has some texture to it- it's not that pin straight silky 'typical Asian hair,' but has a slight wave in the back and is heat styled daily with a blowdryer. My scapt is super sensitive. I received samples of this from Sephora, and after using this conditioner ONCE, I bought a full sized bottle immediately:). I like this product for 2 main reasons. First, it is incredibly hydrating and makes my hair soft and shiney, but at the same time, it's light enough to use daily and doesn't weigh down my hair. That last part is important because my scalp becomes oily towards the end of the day, so I avoid heavy conditioning and styling products. Because this conditioner makes my hair so soft, styling and drying are easier and more effortless. I also really like the fragrance. The samples I received smelled a bit like stale cigarette smoke (I also received a sample of the Restorative Hair Treatment that had the same smokey scent), but the regular sized bottle I purchased has NO trace of this! According to the bottle, Ojon is a tree from which a rich palm nut oil is extracted and makes up the nourishing ingredient of this conditioner (from the rainforests of Central America if anyone is interested). In my opinion, the scent is complex and contains hints of sandlewood, musk (incense), baby powder, and sweet buttercream frosting. Overall, I would consider the fragrance very earthy yet sweet. My only complaint is price: it's rather expensive because I like to use a moderate amount for my thick hair. The medium sized bottle which currently retails for $22 lasts me about 2 months and I have already purchased backups. I recently tested out the Restorative Hair Treatment but prefer this conditioner as I get excellent results without the mess.