Hair -Unlisted Brand - MACADAMIA Natural Oil - Healing Oil Treatment
Mellieb 2/12/2013 10:50:00 PM
My styling product of choice is hair oil. After trying many, many different ones (this includes high end) I've concluded that this one is my favourite. It smooths my thick/frizzy hair and sinks in perfectly. Yes it is expensive but you only need a tiny bit so the bottle lasts for a long time (even with every day use like I do).
Conditioner -TRESemme - Keratin Smooth Conditioner
Mellieb 2/12/2013 10:42:00 PM
I was pleasantly surprised with this shampoo & conditioner since all others I've tried in the past with keratin have left my hair dry. This shampoo/conditioner combo is doing a great job of smoothing my hair and giving moisture without making it oily (do note I have thick/dry hair). So far I'm loving it and would repurchase. Even if this doesn't work out for you, it's no huge loss since it's so cheap and easy to find.
Cleansers -Unlisted Brand - Grandpa's - Pine Tar Soap
Mellieb 12/14/2012 1:37:00 AM
I have oily, acne prone skin and I've spent tons of money over the years trying to cure. For $4 I've finally found something that has blown everything I've ever tried out of the water. I've been using the pine tar soap for a month and my skin has drastically changed. It's finally smooth and most of my acne is gone. I havn't had clear skin since before puberty (I'm currently 28) so this is pretty exciting for me. My skin care regimen consists of the pine tar soap (which I use with my Clarisonic using the deep pore brush), Aztec Secret Indian Clay as a mask, and Jason's Natural aloe vera gel as a mositurizer. I've tried all separately and the combination of all three is what worked. I havn't been able to find it in a store where I live so I'm forced to purchase online. I've seen it on vitacost for the cheapest which will run you just under $4 (if interested I do have a code for $10 off first purchase. I won't post it in my review because I don't believe in pimping out codes) But honestly.. I believe everyone suffering with acne which they can't clear should atleast give this soap a try. Do note that I tried Grandpa's thylox soap and the pine tar is much better. Last point: It will make your bathroom smell! But I'm happily ignoring that fact because the soap has worked miracles for me.
Moisturizers -Jason Natural Cosmetics - 98% Aloe Vera Super Gel
Mellieb 12/14/2012 1:23:00 AM
I've had a hard time finding a moisturizer that I did not hate. I have very oily (and acne prone) skin so my requirement is for the moisturizer to be light enough that I do not feel it, sinks into my skin easily and does a good job with moisture and I have finally found it with Jason's aloe gel. It makes my skin feel very smooth and hydrated but doesn't feel like I'm wearing a moisturizer. The important part is it does not make my face feel oily. I've tried high end and am very happy that I've finally found something that works for me and is very cheap (I spent $5 Canadian). The combination of this aloe gel, Aztec Secret Healing Mask, and Grandpa's Pine Tar soap has cleared up my acne which I havn't had since before puberty (and spent tons of money over the years trying various things).
After trying many drugstore mascaras, I've found that this mascara is the only one that I will repurchase and always have one on hand. What I like about it is that for me it doesn't clump or flake which is my number one requirement.
Having oily and acne prone skin, I'm quite impressed with this BB Cream. When I wear foundation I look for something that covers blemishes (and doesn't look obvious), doesn't make my face oily and feels like I'm not wearing anything. The Marcelle BB Cream does all three. I liked this much better than the Garnier which felt heavy and made my face oily. I'd def purchase again.
I hated Retread. I have dry/damaged/thick/frizzy hair and found it really didn't do much for me. I was still left with dry/frizzy hair after use. I'm no stranger to organic/sls & paraben free hair care so I know to expect that it will not give the same slip. Retread leaves my hair a mess that is difficult to detangle. It just did not work for my hair and I would not repurchase.
I'm a fan of Godiva. It's easy to use, one bar will last me a month (I wash my hair every morning) and I enjoy the scent. Godiva does not dry out my hair (I have very dry/damaged hair) but I don't have the same results as alot of others. I still have to use a conditioner afterwards. I've since moved on to Trichomania because I need more moisture, but I would buy Godiva again.
Treatments -Ojon - rare blend oil total hair therapy
Mellieb 9/24/2012 9:53:00 PM
I'm just about out of my Ojon Damage Reverse Instant Serum (which I like alot) and decided to try the Rare Blend to see if I liked it better. I was able to get a sample from Sephora to try out. Side note: I have thick/dry/damaged/frizz hair I wasn't very impressed with the Rare Blend. Like other reviews I found it wasn't anything special. I find there is better out there and I would not purchase. Until I find something better I'll stick with my Damage Reverse Serum.
I've only been using my Mia for a couple weeks and I have never in my life had such great results. My skin has made a dramatic improvement (is really starting to clear up) which I'm pretty impressed with since I havn't had clear skin since before puberty. My Mia came with the sensitive brush head which I wasn't too impressed with. I felt like I needed something more, so after two weeks I bought the deep pore brush. I'm very happy with the change I made and the stronger brush has made a big difference. I'll use my Mia twice a day (morning and night) and so far have not experienced any irritation. I think my skin in general is pretty tough and not at all sensitive. For those of you who arn't impressed with the Mia, I strongly suggest you try a different brush. If anyone is curious I'm currently using the Giovanni D:tox Purifying Facial Cleanser with the Mia. I think the bush is so good that it probably wouldn't even matter what cleanser I'm using (well to an extent). Mia is my one HG beauty item which I don't give out often. Don't let the price throw you off. I know mine is the best purchase I've ever made and I think everyone with Acne prone skin should have one in their bathroom.
I'm writing this review only after I used up the whole bar (look a little over a month). So I've had the opportunity to experiment using it different ways. That being said I did not like Jungle. I found it did nothing for my thick, dry, frizzy hair. Once out of the shower my hair is left a tangled mess that takes more effort than it should when using a conditioner to brush out. I think it would be ok for people with normal to thin hair but for us thick haired girls, there are much better products out there.
I've struggled with acne for many, many years. It's been two weeks of using this soap and so far my skin is really starting to clear up. I do have very oily skin so I don't experience the dryness that some have but my oil has decreased. Great price ($3 and some odd cents Canadian) and I'm really looking forward to seeing how this works long term. EDIT: I've since stopped using this soap on my face. I feel like I've used better on my face. That being said I do enjoy using the soap on my body and have had pretty good results (although not totally clear) on my chest/back/shoulder area.
Skincare - Face -Dr. Bronner's - Dr.Bronners Tea Tree Soap
Mellieb 6/18/2012 1:43:00 AM
I have very oily/acne prone skin and love the Dr. Bonner's tea tree as a face and body wash. I do use this directly from the bottle without any dilution. An added bonus I discovered by accident is that it helps with the ingrown hair on my legs due to epilating. What I do is use the Dr. Bronner's (no dilution) on my legs like a body wash. I will then lightly use a Mr. Pumice bar (the light purple one) on my legs. Be sure your legs are either submurged in water while using the bar or directly under running water or it will be too scratchy. Long story short, my ingrowns have pretty much disappeared and it's because of the Dr. Bronners. I know this because I was using the pumice bar before I started using Dr. B and didn't have the same results. So if you suffer from ingrown hair I highly suggest you try the Dr. Bronner's tea tree as well as exfoliating.
Skincare - Body -Dr. Bronner's - Lavender Liquid Soap
Mellieb 6/18/2012 1:33:00 AM
Don't get me wrong, I love Dr. Bronner's but I found that I had a bad reaction to this particular one (lavender). Even with dilution it made my skin extremely dry and I felt a slight burning. That being said I have very oily/acne prone skin and love the tea tee oil one which is odd because you would think that the tea tree would be more harsh for the skin. I will still use the lavender to add to my bath water or for cleaning my sink/bathtub (does an awesome job at this) but I won't use it when applied directly to the skin.
Styling Products -Ojon - Damage Reverse Instant Restorative Hair Serum
Mellieb 6/18/2012 1:22:00 AM
I have big/thick/frizzy/dry/damaged hair. So as you can imagine it's a big nightmare. I went to a Sephora and asked to try a sample of the Ojon oil. I liked it so much I went back and bought a bottle. Do note that I bought the small bottle and after two full months I'm maybe about a quarter done. A little will go a long way. I'll half my hair (a left and a right side). While still wet I'll use about 5-6 drops on each side then blow dry my hair (I use a high quality T3 which I'm sure does affect things). I'll then add another 3 drops to each side for some extra smoothing. I love the results. It leaves my hair soft and smooth and really gets rid of alot of the bulk. It also lets me get away with not having to flat iron which is something I always had to do to make my hair somewhat manageable. This product is one of my very few holy grail items. I've tried the other hair oils and did not like them as much as the Ojon. If your hair is already in good condition then this is not for you. It is only for those who have very dry hair.