Conditioner -L'Oreal - EverCreme Intense Nourishing Conditioner
LittleBear23 1/10/2013 12:15:00 AM
I love love love this conditioner. When I use a clarifying shampoo or a non-conditioning shampoo with sulfates and follow it up with this conditioner my hair feels amazing. It feels soft, clean, shiny, and bouncy. That combination is hands-down the best combo for my hair. I really like that this conditioner is cone free so I know that when my hair feels soft it's because it's truly moisturized and not just soft-feeling due to cones. My hair is fine, straight, thick, just past my shoulders and colored.
I really can't use this shampoo at all. It does not leave my hair feeling clean. No matter what conditioner I use with it, my hair still feels heavy, weighed down and dirty. I have fine, thick, straight, colored hair. I think if you have very coarse or very damaged hair this shampoo might work well for you but otherwise it's just too heavy.
Lotions/ Creams -Aveeno - Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion
LittleBear23 12/2/2012 11:34:00 PM
I can't see how this had anything less than a 100% rating. I'm 41 years old and have put lotion all over my body every day since I was about 15 years old. I've tried super high end, super low end, normal (with chemicals), natural (no chemicals) and every combination including everything from super-thin and water-like to cream that's heavier than crisco. This stuff is the best, easily, the best. I had been stuck on either Olay Quench or Hempz for years until I tried this product. I wake up with skin that feels like a baby's bottom. Did I mention I'm 41? My only complaint this that the pump bottle sucks. The one I have right now is 1/3 full and the pump has quit working. It's really annoying but I'll just screw the top off and dump it in my hand. This stuff is GREAT!!
I can't believe I'm going to say this- but- I love this shampoo. I would never ever have considered buying this except that I used a too dark semi-permanent color and instead of having dark brown hair ended up with black hair. I had heard this would fade color and that's why it bought it. It hasn't actually faded my color any more than any other shampoo but it's made my hair soft, bouncy, fluffy and just really amazing. Who knew? It's all grossly green and old-school 80's and it's on the bottom, literally the bottom, shelf at Walgreens but my hair looks freaking awesome. I have fine, thick, super straight, colored hair that's between shoulder length and bra-strap length.
Foundations -Make Up For Ever - HD High Definition Foundation
LittleBear23 9/27/2012 7:54:00 PM
This is really good stuff. I would never ever have tried it but my best friend swears by it. So, off to Sephora I went. The associate matched my color by hand because when she did it with the machine it flunked miserably. She gave me a sample to take home which I wore a few days later. The color match was perfect. The look on my skin was smooth and flawless but not fake. I have other foundations that give me flawless skin but they look like I'm wearing "night time" makeup. I can't say this looks like no makeup but it gave me a perfect skin but with a "day time" makeup look. I hope that makes sense. It didn't irritate my sensitive skin and it truly lasted all day. That combo- perfect skin but not overly made up looking + perfect color match + no irritation (no itching, nothing) + lasting all day- that's a combo I've never found. So, yes, I went back and bought the full bottle. I found it to be much more expensive than I would prefer to pay. I really really don't want to pay more than maybe $32, maybe. This was around $45 I think. Good thing I don't wear makeup every day. My advice- go to Sephora and get a matched sample. You may end up loving it.
Conditioner -L'Oreal - EverCreme Nourishing Conditioner
LittleBear23 8/1/2012 7:41:00 PM
I'm surprised how much I like this product. I have fine, thick, straight, color-treated hair that is a bit damaged on the ends. I thought this would be too heavy for my hair but I figured I would give it a try anyway and I really like it. It makes my hair feel soft and slightly heavier than usual, just enough to make it hang really nicely. I'm definitely going to keep this in the rotation. For the price it's worth a try.
PROTEIN ALERT!!! This is a review for the masquintense for fine hair but I think it applies to the regular product as well. Of course, the product is not labelled with ingredients so you would never know this has protein- but it does and I really wish I has known that before I bought it. I've just wrecked, fried, destroyed 3" or more of my hair by using this product 3 times. I learned that my hair reacts badly to protein by using Joico K-Pak. 3 uses of K-Pak and I lost over 3" or hair due to it being thoroughly fried. After that I have avoided all protein, until apparently now. I wish I could sue L'Oreal and make them pay $1000 per lost inch since they didn't properly label this product. It did exactly the same thing to my hair that K-Pak did- it made most of my hair velvety soft but completely destroyed my ends. When I say destroyed I mean this sucked every once of moisture out of them and turned them into brittle cactus spines. It damaged my hair worse than bleach, much much worse. I'm currently babying my ends with coconut oil to try to salvage some of it but I think it's going to take 3-4" to make my hair normal again. This is a loss of 8 months growth. So, please learn from my mistake. If you know your hair reacts badly to protein do not buy this product. You'll lose at least $50 and at least 3" of hair.
Fragrances -Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab - Poisoned Apple
LittleBear23 4/20/2012 7:44:00 PM
I love the scent but it lasts around 30 minutes on me, if that.
I would probably re-purchase this but I'm not 100% sure. I wanted to give it 4 stars but it doesn't stay on my skin very long. This has excellent coverage. When I first put it on I barely need an amount the size of the tip of a pencil eraser to cover my whole face and it covers really well. Unfortunately, it's off my face before the end of the work day. I can't speak to it's ability to reduce dark spots because I only wear it once a month or so. It doesn't break me out or itch. So, that's good. The price is fine. I think the color I bought is a little too light. Probably no one but me would notice but it bugs me. I asked the CSR to match it for me and he didn't do a great job. From now on I'll wait for a female CSR if I actually need real help (not just handing me a product).
Conditioner -Alba Botanica - Hawaiian Gardenia Hydrating Conditioner
LittleBear23 4/9/2012 7:37:00 PM
Meh. It's a conditioner and it smells nice in the shower. That's about it. The scent doesn't last once you get out of the shower. I have fine, thick, straight hair that's color treated. It's barely damaged from the color, but still I need more moisture than this provides. It would probably be ok if you have fine, straight, thin, virgin hair. Otherwise, I think you'll need more moisture.
Treatments -Patricia Wexler MD Dermatology - MMPi Skin Regenerating Serum
LittleBear23 2/10/2012 11:21:00 PM
I am truly shocked at the number of people who would not buy this again. It must be because of the price because this product is absolute GOLD. This stuff is amazing. I was home for Christmas, visiting my mom and dad while I was having some ugly skin issues due to an unforeseen metal allergy and extreme stress. My mom gave me half a tub of this and told me to use it morning and night. I did and my skin improved. I brought the product home with me and continued to use it. A month later I look at least 5 years younger and I have not used a single product except this. (Well, I do use aveeno cleanser but no other products.) This stuff is phenomenal. My skin is baby smooth, clear, firmer, and I think my sun spots are fading. This all within a month and with no retin-a, no obagi, no hydroquinone-- literally nothing but this. Sadly, it is insanely expensive. It's about $150/tub. Fortunately, it goes on sale regularly for $65. I bought another tub immediately and next time it goes on sale I'll probably buy 3. That's my mom's tactic and it seems like a good one. Seriously, if you find this on sale, buy it. I have very sensitive skin and this is a miracle for me.
Hair Color -Clairol - Nice 'n Easy - Root Touch Up
LittleBear23 12/15/2011 2:49:00 AM
If you have no gray, read this review... I have fine, straight, thick hair which is naturally a level 5 neutral brown and I color it to a level 6 amber brown (gold/copper brown). I couldn't afford to see my hairdresser and my roots were showing-- not a lot since there is only one shade difference but in flash photos it was obvious, about an inch of new growth. I bought this product in 5G (medium golden brown). I chose the level 5 instead of the level 6 because the color on the box top matched my ends better than the color on the box top of the level 6. I was scared to try this because the box goes on and on about covering gray and pretty much every review here is about covering gray. I don't have gray and I'm not going darker. So, yeah, I was nervous. The box does specifically say it works if your natural color is one shade darker or one shade lighter than your colored hair. So, I gave it a shot. I followed the directions exactly and, honestly, I had plenty of color. I was able to do all of my roots (1" deep) from the outside of one eye to the outside of the other eye, all the way back to my crown (as far as my part goes), and my hairline from just behind one ear to just behind the other including about 2" deep on my temples. Maybe if you have very coarse or very curly hair you will need two boxes but one was plenty for me. I timed it at 10 minutes from when I completed the application and then got in the shower. I rinsed really well and then I washed my hair. The directions say not to wash but I think that's more applicable to going darker or covering gray. I was nervous how it would turn out so I blow-dried my hair immediately. I have to say it is flawless. Seriously, it is completely seamless. It looks perfect, like this is just my natural hair color. So, yes, it does lighten one shade; yes it does work even if you don't have gray; and if you have fine straight hair you will have enough to do all the roots that anyone will see.
Conditioner -L'Oreal - EverSleek Intense Smooth Conditioner
LittleBear23 8/12/2011 7:11:00 PM
I can't really review this separately from the shampoo because I've only used them both together. I have to say, I really like these products. I love that they are silicone and sulfate free. My hair feels soft and fluffy after using them. My hair is fine, thick, straight, colored, and just past my shoulders. I don't need much of this conditioner, less than with most. I've read reviews that say these products left residue or made their hair greasy. That's not the case with me. I consistently rinse for a full 60-90 seconds; so, that may be the trick if you have fine hair. I don't notice any scent and I like the packaging. IMO it's better than a pump since I usually end up having to pull the pump out anyway to get to the last 1/4 of the product.
Shampoo -L'Oreal - EverSleek Intense Smoothing Shampoo
LittleBear23 8/12/2011 4:44:00 PM
I've been using this shampoo and conditioner for 2 weeks now and I really like it. Based on some of the reviews saying that it left hair feeling dirty I was worried but that has not been the case for me. I have fine, straight, colored hair just past my shoulders. The bottom half of my hair is a bit dry and the top half is very healthy. The first few times I used this the top part of my hair looked oilier than usual on day 2. I always wash my hair every other day. I took care of that by using barrettes on day two after the first 2-3 washes but now it seems like my hair is used to it and day two is as good as it has been with any other shampoo. This leaves my hair soft and fluffy. I don't notice any particular smell. I like the packaging. I know a lot of MUAers prefer pumps but my experience with pumps is that you end up having to take the pump out on the bottom 1/4 anyway. So, the tube design is great for me. Having come off a couple of months of using Wen and Hair One I have developed a habit of rinsing my hair for a full count of 60-90 seconds. That may be why I haven't really had any problems with residue. By the way, I tried Ever Pure last year and I hated it. It left my hair very dry and gross. This isn't like that at all. Also, I think it lathers really well for a sulfate-free shampoo. If you're used to sulfate-free you will probably be surprised how well this lathers.
Hair -Wen by Chaz Dean - Pomegranate Cleansing Conditioner
LittleBear23 7/19/2011 4:38:00 PM
I can only compare this to Wen lavender, Hair One jojoba, and Suave naturals (using as c/o) since those are the only conditioning cleansers I have tried. I used this exactly according to instructions and my hair feels nice. It is hanging in a nice, swingy way. I have naturally straight, fine, thick, color-treated hair that is just past my shoulders in a blunt cut. There is a bit more of a halo (of slightly broken or shorter hairs sticking out) than I would like but overall I think this is a decent conditioning cleanser. I didn't notice any pomegranate scent. It just smells a bit medicinal but not in a way that bothers me. The main issue is that this products leaves my hair stringy and gross on the 2nd day. With Wen lavender, Hair One jojoba, regular c/o washing, and washing with regular shampoo I can easily go 2 days between washes. So, I don't be using this again because I don't want to have to wash every day.