I used to work at a hair salon that exclusively carried Kevin Murphy products which is how I became acquainted with this product. My hair type: Long, wavy hair which used to be smooth but has been colored so many times it's become so dry that I needed something to nourish and hydrate it. I have colored/bleached my hair over 6 times in the past 2 months. My hair regimen: I used the Kevin Murphy Hydrate Me Wash & Rinse My overall thoughts: NOT WORTH THE $39 DOLLARS. That is the bottom line. I essentially used the entire line and when I say my hair is dry, it's dry. When I didn't use this product I didn't notice much missing however when I didn't use the Hydrating conditioner, I did notice my hair was parched so if you're looking to try a Kevin Murphy product that will hydrate your hair, try the Hydrate Me Rinse. This product is so over priced when it's comparable to so many other hair serums. Moroccan oil is roughly the same price and works significantly better. I actually even tried an Organix brand Argan/Moroccan oil serum from Target that worked JUST as well and it cost about $8. If you have $39 to fork out for a serum which is essentially the same as a lot of other serums on the market, go for it. You're paying for the name because while it does have natural ingredients which may be beneficial to the hair, I cannot stress enough how I found several comparable and cheaper options which work just as well.
READ THIS BEFORE YOU BUY OR READ OTHER REVIEWS. 1. For everyone saying that it leaves white residue. THAT IS WHAT DRY SHAMPOOS DO. Dry shampoos are essentially aerosol scented talcum powders. Once you spray them into your hair you NEED to rub them in with your fingers or brush then in. They make supposed "invisible" dry shampoos but they basically do nothing. This shampoo leaves a bit of a white residue but you won't find a decent dry shampoo that will get rid of oil and won't leave a white residue. 2. There is a rather strong scent. I knocked a lippie off for it because for some people it might put them off. I would prefer if the scent wasn't so strong. I understand that they might be trying to help those who might not have washed their hair for a few days (I think we've all been there) and for that, I think some of us can be grateful but it's a bit strong. 3. It does not weigh down your hair like the Tresemme one or a lot of other dry shampoos that are extremely heavy. 4. Try it out. This is by far the best drug store dry shampoo on the market. The invisible ones DO NOTHING for oily hair and you will do nothing but be disappointed if you purchase an invisible dry shampoo. Buy this one instead and after you spray it, don't forget to brush it in or blend it in with your fingers.
I purchased this product because my hair had literally become so oily from over washing it that I needed to take two showers a day so I was desperately searching for a shampoo to take away the oil from my scalp so I only needed to wash my hair once a day. THIS DID THAT. This is not my every day shampoo but I use it as an occasional clarifying shampoo to remove build up and cannot say enough good things about it. I will admit that I am a shampoo snob but I will never turn my back on this shampoo that is such a gem. It's less than $2, does the job better than any other shampoo, smells perfectly fine too. If you need any sort of clarifying or purifying shampoo, look no more because this is it.
I think a more appropriate name for this product would be "Alright" Shampoo. I tried it and it was merely that, alright. I washed it and it left my hair feeling squeaky clean (and not in a good way). I have long hair which, when I used this shampoo, didn't need anything special but when I used it it felt clean and almost like my hair was stretching because of how tight and dry this made my hair feel (right along with the matching conditioner). There was no soft feeling left with it. The only good thing I can really say is that it did not weigh my hair down. I naturally have a very soft beach wave to my hair so the beach wave came through. I personally wouldn't bother wasting your money and would look elsewhere.
Let me begin by saying I'm not a fan of the smell but I got over it. The consistency of the product is very deceiving. When I first saw it I thought "Yeah right, this isn't going to hydrate my hair". It is extremely hydrating. I've colored my very long hair over 5 times in the past year and a half so I'm constantly on the search for hydrating products and this met my rigorous standards. Shockingly, I felt like I didn't need a deep conditioner with this product. I have previously used Joico, Paul Mitchell, etc. but I am always able to easily comb through my hair in the shower with this conditioner and afterward which says A LOT. The only thing I don't like is the packing. The bottle looks sleek on a store shelf but it's clumsy in a shower and the price is a little much for 8 ounces but hey, if it works it works.
It is exactly what it claims: hydrating. If your hair is in need of serious TLC then this is your shampoo. However, if you have long hair and your ends are fried despite getting copious hair cuts (such as myself) then you probably want to stay away from this. The smell is a different kind of scent and quite frankly it's something you'll have to smell for yourself but I do find it pleasant. It's thick and you don't need too much to lather. You get a standard 8 ounces but if you wash your hair every day or every other day because you work out like I do, this is far from budget friendly and not the most cleansing shampoo. Even when I took a few weeks off from working out I find that it significantly weighs down my roots even after just blow drying it and almost makes them looking oily (and no, I am not applying conditioner or any other products at or near my roots, thank you very much.) This is not the shampoo for me but it is a great shampoo if you need some serious hydrating. I absolutely love the conditioner. I will gladly repurchase that because I don't even need a deep conditioner after using that sucker.
THIS IS NOT THE SAME FRESH HAIR. The old one sucked, trust me, I know. They came out with a new aerosol one in a can that dispenses a white powdery substance. It smells better than any dry shampoo I've used before; it smells exactly like creamsicles but is not too overpowering. It's extremely light but will get the job done. I've used the Pssst dry shampoo but found it was too heavy and hated the smell. I also used the Treseme one but hated that one even more because the smell is awful and it is SO heavy. It says it has clay in it and I believe it because it weighs down your hair and eventually makes your hair look even oilier. My only complaint is that this is about $24 but it is a great product. I took off one lippie for the price. Don't confuse this for the old one because the new one is absolutely brilliant. By far the best dry shampoo I've ever used and it smells heavenly.
I used to work at a salon where I would get products for 40% off the retail price and even at that price I would purchase this again. The smell is horrendous; the only thing I can liken it to is something you pick up from the apothecary. It smells almost herbal. It claims to cut drying time and, granted, I do have long hair but I noticed no such thing. It also claims to guard from mechanical damage and to be hydrating. It was slightly hydrating but I still saw damage from my hot tools and saw my ends split after uses. If you're looking for a heat protectant from the Kevin Murphy line cough up for the $39 and go for the Young Again. It'll last you forever and it'll actually does what it claims.
The texture is extremely rough on my semi sensitive face. They have a quilted texture but it's actually rather rough. They look rather soapy upon opening them but it didn't throw me off because they don't sting my eyes upon using them but after using them for a week they leave my face extremely dry. Extremely is actually an understatement. My face feels tight almost to the point of hard to smile and this is not by any means an exaggeration. They do a great job of removing makeup because of the quilted texture but if you have sensitive skin or skin that is dry, stay away. They'll leave your skin dry and irritated like they did mine. My skin now flakes and literally feels leathery. I'm only 21 for crying out loud. My skin should not feel like this. I'm going back to my Simple wipes.
By far Revlon's best mascara. If you're going to buy a Revlon mascara, this is it. It's actually a good mascara in general. It separated my lashes very nicely and gave them a nice bit of definition, lengthening, and volume. I never repurchase mascara because I'm always looking to try a new one but I might actually just go back and buy this one again.
Clump City. It made my 5 far spread out lashes clump together (which I didn't even know was possible). The goopy formula did nothing for my lashes and the massive wand didn't help either. The price is decent but perhaps I should have tried the original with the original wand. Heck, I'll give it the benefit of the doubt but in terms of the plumping formula with the tapered wand? Don't bother. It made me look like I had two very distinct lashes on both eyes and flaked.
Eye Shadow -Revlon - Colorstay - 12 hour Eyeshadow Quad in Siren
ImSoBrunette 1/5/2013 5:14:00 AM
Revlon's strong suit is foundation and lip products, in my opinion, because these eye shadows are far from pigmented and I had to really try to get shadow on my brush to get it on my eye. 2 of the 4 colors have a decent payoff, the other 2 are awful. I'm sure the entire collection isn't like this and perhaps it's just this collection which is too bad because the colors are beautiful, I just wish they appeared this way. They're hard. I took a needle and drew lines across the shadows to create traction so that my shadow brush would have something to grab onto when I ran it across the pan. That should tell you how hard it is to get the color onto the brush and on my eye. Look elsewhere for eyeshadow because you'll end up out $8 and disappointed and frustrated with no eyeshadow on your eye.
Liquid -L'Oreal - True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup
ImSoBrunette 1/5/2013 5:05:00 AM
I love that there's a pump with this foundation. I wish more L'Oreal foundations would do that but then again that's probably why it costs more. If you have oily skin this foundation is NOT for you. Let me repeat, oily skin STAY AWAY. This foundation is a good choice for those with good skin that don't need much coverage and have normal to dry skin. It disappeared throughout the day and was medium coverage after applying a few layers. I'm fair skinned but even the lightest shade wasn't light enough for me. It almost reminds me of a good tinted moisturizer. So more about the wear. I had to set it with a setting powder even to make it last and I have dry skin. It has a very natural finish so props for not looking cakey. Honestly? I prefer the original True Match that you can sheer out with your hands or a sponge with water. This was way too sheer even for my skin which has no glaring issues.
Mascara -Maybelline - Volum' Express The Mega Plush
ImSoBrunette 1/5/2013 4:59:00 AM
Ok, it did make my lashes look plush. And I could layer the mascara on after my lashes had dried without making it look like spiders were sitting on my eye balls so thumbs up there. But honestly, nothing too spectacular here. It does layer very nice but I did have to put quite a bit of effort into getting the effect that I want. I had to work to get volume and length was decent. Like I said, my lashes looked plush but that's what they advertised. I would buy this mascara again for a natural, everyday looking mascara. I liked the shape of the wand but felt that the formula of the mascara lacked in buildability where is my complaint here. If you're looking to try a new Maybelline mascara for volume try the Rocket mascara. It'll give you tons volume but can get a little clumpy your first couple of applications until you get the hang of it.
From what I noticed you can't really layer this mascara. The name is "Rocket volume" and it advertises that you get volume rather quickly insinuating only one coat of mascara and you're done so maybe that's why whenever I try to layer it it can get a little clumpy but nothing too bad if applied carefully. It gives MASSIVE volume. It gave my long but sparse lashes more volume than my L'Oreal Voluminous mascara did, not going to lie. I was actually rather impressed with it. Toward the ends of my lashes it did start to look a little lumpy but nothing apply carefully can't fix. With one coat it didn't have the huge spidery lash effect but it still looked beautiful. If you're looking for a Maybelline mascara you can layer go for the Mega Plush but if you're looking for huge volume this is your mascara. The only thing that I can say is be careful so that it doesn't get clumpy.