Cleansers -Unlisted Brand - Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Janay 11/17/2012 2:25:00 PM
Like some of the reviewers, coconut oil is my HG product for some purposes but does poorly for other uses. It works great as a moisturizer for my legs, feet, elbows, and hands. I like to rub it into my feet, then put on an old pair of socks before going to bed - guarantees very soft feet by the morning. Ounce for ounce, coconut oil goes much farther and is much cheaper than expensive body moisturizers. But I have to keep it away from my acne-prone face, shoulders, and back or I will get a miserable cystic acne flare-up. So even though coconut oil would probably be great on my hair, I cannot use it for that purpose either. And the smell - well, I like it but can understand that it might not be to everyone's liking.
It's not perfect but is one of the better curl defining products I have used. The trick is to figure out how much to use to get a good result without overdoing it. This comes down to trial and error, and the first few tries were not good for me as I overdid it and ended up with crunchy hair. I also figured out that it helps to dilute the product with some water in the palm of my hand before working it into my hair. That seems to help distribute the product better. The fragrance is softly-sweet, and I've received compliments on how good my hair smells. It's kind of expensive, but a little goes a long way.
Lotions/ Creams -Bath and Body Works - Brown Sugar and Fig Body Lotion
Janay 10/17/2012 8:37:00 PM
Like all of the B&BW body lotions, this one strikes the right balance between being emollient but not too greasy. But I'm not enchanted by the fragrance. I've had the container for a long time and just cannot seem to finish it. It's neither brown sugar, nor is it fig. I'm not sure what it is other than very sweet and it reminds me of a fragrance that my grandmother would wear. I hate to waste things, especially a half-full container of lotion that cost $9.50. But life is too short to wear a fragrance that I don't like. Five lippies for product quality, only one for fragrance - averages to three.
Skincare - Body -Alba Botanica - Island Citrus Very Emollient Shower Gel
Janay 10/9/2012 5:50:00 AM
This shower gel works great, and I'm happy that it does not contain SLS. The fragrance is not as nice as the honey mango version and not up to par with the price. But it's a light fragrance that does not linger or compete with my perfume.
Gels/Soaps -Alba Botanica - Very Emollient Bath and Shower Gel-Honey Mango
Janay 3/24/2012 4:15:00 PM
I really like the sweet fruity fragrance, which smells just like honey & mango. But it would get cloying if I had to smell it for hours, so what I really like is that the fragrance dissipates from my skin by the time I dry off. The gel does not dry my skin out, nor does it seem overly moisturizing. I'll definitely buy this one again.
Misc Beauty Tools -Revlon - Cushion-Grip Lash Curler
Janay 3/24/2012 4:03:00 PM
This is an OK lash curler for me. Like many other reviewers, I had problems with it pinching my eyelid if I was not careful. And I had to go easy with it or end up with bizarrely bent eyelashes. But what really made me cranky was not being able to find replacement pads. So I had to discard this one and buy a whole new one - must be one of the many ways Revlon maximizes its profits. And no, I did not buy the same kind to replace this one.
Eye Shadow -Revlon - Satin Eye Shadow Single in Nude Slip
Janay 3/24/2012 3:49:00 PM
There is nothing else I can add to the glowing reviews by the other reviewers other than to say this is the perfect neutral eye shadow for me.
This product was just OK for me, and I probably won't purchase it again. It was not moisturizing enough, and the fruity fragrance was a bit cloying.
Guess I'm just not an herbal fragrance person. I truly did not like the mint/eucalyptus fragrance one bit. In addition, the conditioner stung my scalp and neck - I have sensitive skin so that didn't help matters. Finally my wavy hair appeared to be dry, frizzy and lifeless after using this conditioner paired with the Hydrate shampoo. Very disappointing for a relatively high-cost product.
Fragrance is a big deal for me, and I did not like the smell of this shampoo. It's unusual and hard to describe, not a floral, not a fruit nor an herbal. Just a faint chemical smell. On top of that my wavy hair does not respond well to this shampoo and goes frizzy when I use it. Disappointing results for a relatively expensive product.
This product is perfect as a brow gel. I haven't used it on my eyelashes so can't comment on that. Just be careful to apply it lightly or else it will flake off later.
This is my favorite antiperspirant/deodorant. It just works great, and I have nothing to add over what the others have said. An item of note is that the packaging on this product works better than that of its predecessors. In the older versions, the product seemed to leak out of the bottom, making the whole container slippery/sticky. Doesn't happen with this version. I use the Silky Botanical scented one, which doesn't have a strong smell and doesn't compete with my perfume.
This product did not work any better on my hair than cheaper alternatives. It was just average for both frizz control and shine. For the relatively high price I could do much better.
Gels/Soaps -Burt's Bees - Naturally Nourishing Milk & Shea Butter Body Wash
Janay 4/17/2011 2:59:00 PM
I bought this product in an attempt to switch to SLS-free products. It indeed lathers a bit less and is not the same consistency as a SLS-containing body wash. But I expected that and have no complaints here. The problem is that the fragrance is a cross between spoiled milk and shoe polish. I could not use it again. I found it interesting that the reviews here are divided between people who think it smells divine and those that think it has a sour, spoiled odor. Wonder whether some of us got product that was older than its expiration date or whether it was exposed to extreme tempratures during shipment or storage. Burt's Bees' website indicates that they cannot estimate expiration dates or stamp their products with expiraton dates due to the all-natural ingredients. But they explain what the manufacturing codes mean so one can determine when the product was made. My body wash was less than a year old, which should be OK according to Burt's Bees. But there is no way to know whether it was mishandled during shipment or storage, which could cause it to "spoil." I won't take the chance purchasing such a fragile product again unless I could be assured that it was handled correctly from the time it was manufactured until I put it in my shopping cart.
Treatments -Redken - Nature's Rescue Refining Sea Polish
Janay 4/16/2011 3:00:00 PM
Redken really missed the mark with this one. Every hair expert worth their salt tells you to treat your hair gently and to never abrade it by scrubbing it clean or by rubbing it dry with a towel. Then Redken comes along with this pumice-based goop for scrubbing one's hair......and added insult to injury by giving it an overwhelming, perfumey fragrance. My salon gave me a sample, which I tried with an open mind. I'm glad that the sample was free but would like my time back that was wasted trying to remove the gritty goop from my hair. I reported back to my stylist, who said that the salon is getting similar responses from most of its clients who tried the samples. If you really want to try this product, I recommend obtaining a free sample rather than paying full price for an entire container.