Styling Products -Pantene - Texture and Shine Defining Pomade [DISCONTINUED]
ObVusChild 9/10/2007 12:25:00 AM
Wow, this has really pleased me. I have medium-length layered hair-- fine and flat-- and this gives it a nice kick. I've used BTZ Super-Sexy Styling Sauce, Kiehl's Malleable Molding Paste, and John Frieda's spray wax, and this is my favorite. The product in the jar isn't goopy the way Kiehls and BTZ were, and it's much easier to control the amount than with the John Frieda spray. It's very easy to apply: I just rub a bit between my hands, and scrunch it in wherever I want my layers to show. My hair doesn't look greasy (Frieda again) or feel heavy at all. It has a lovely melon smell (it evaporates, so no perfume conflict), too, which I dig.
Gels/Soaps -Suave - Naturals Body Wash in Tropical Coconut
ObVusChild 6/2/2007 2:33:00 PM
I didn't find this body wash particularly remarkable. It isn't drying, but not especially moisturizing. Nice for summer, which was what I wanted. In any case, it's nice stuff for the price. I like the smell, although I don't think it smells anything like coconut.
I've only used this a few times so far, but I'm really pleased. Two summers ago my underarms just started smelling terrible, after years of average reactions to sweat, and I was horrified. There were some shirts that couldn't lose the scent after several washings. My dermatologist put me on clyndamycin pads, which I think were supposed to kill bacteria before I put on deodorant (this was after episodes with Mitchum and Certain Dri). It was a definite improvement for average sweating, but certainly not enough for the gym. The Secret Clincal has been pretty thrilling to me the few times I've used it; I've been much drier than usual, and only smell of the deodorant. I agree that the smell is very distinct and probably isn't compatible with perfume, but I actually like the Fresh scent pretty well-- it's kind of a melon scent-- and am totally grateful for this stuff. I can even use it without the antibacterial pads. I really recommend that people try it.
My mom got this as a free sample. The Cherry Splash flavor is truly absurd; it tastes exactly like cough syrup. The color and texture seem fine so far, but all I can think about is the smell. Definitely not worth it.
Just a quick note to say that the Amplifying shampoo and conditioner are now sold as Volumizing, but the formula is the same. Will update once I start using it.
Lotions/ Creams -Eucerin - Dry Skin Therapy PLUS Intensive Repair Lotion
ObVusChild 4/20/2007 3:56:00 AM
I agree with the other reviews-- this isn't good for an everyday lotion. So many products say "intensive" that I just assumed it was standard lotion, but this is, indeed, intensive and takes forever to absorb. One of the other reviewers also noted that it leaves a weird texture on your palms, and it's been frustrating to me to have to wash it off. I bought this primarily to do my legs every day, but I can't imagine using it on your hands if you had to wash it off your palms immediately. I'm really sorry I didn't read the reviews before I bought this, because it wasn't at all what I expected.
Lotions/ Creams -Unlisted Brand - Surgi-Wax Gel Quik Hair Remover Face and Brows
ObVusChild 4/12/2007 12:47:00 PM
I've previously used Surgi-Wax's microwave wax and have been as happy with it as any wax, but I couldn't track it down in the same packaging. For lack of a better idea I bought this stuff-- it comes in a little tube like Blistex that the instructions say to rub between your hands for 30 seconds to heat. Then you are supposed to squeeze it along your lip or eyebrow, apply the muslin strips and pull off. Aside from the weird tube, that's fairly standard stuff. When I pulled off the strip (I had applied to one side of my upper lip), it came off very softly and I didn't think anything had come off, so I was frustrated. However, later my lip started really hurting (this has never happened to me with regular wax) so I wondered if some hair had come off after all. I went to check and wasn't sure, so I gave it another shot on the other side of my lip. The kit includes azulene oil, and I dabbed some of that on (although, again, I find waxing pretty painless generally, so I never use numbing stuff), but later found that side of my lip really hurting, too. It felt like a sunburn, and I couldn't soothe it with a cold washcloth. I absolutely encourage everyone to avoid it-- it doesn't work and it hurts like crazy.
Lip Treatments -Neutrogena - Moistureshine Tinted Lip Balm [DISCONTINUED]
ObVusChild 3/31/2007 1:44:00 AM
These are at best so-so for me. I bought Clean and Glow; the colors are fine (I'm pretty cautious with colors, and neither are very noticeable), but the texture is a bit thin, and I don't feel like they last as long as other balms or glosses. It's as if they don't sink in at all, and they're definitely not worth $7.
Lip Treatments -Neutrogena - Lip Nutrition - Honey Rescue Balm
ObVusChild 3/31/2007 1:39:00 AM
I'm a Medicated Chapstick addict of long standing, and the Neutrogena Moisture Shine feels too watery to me. This, however, has the perfect in-between texture. It stays on my lips, but it isn't thick or waxy. The taste/smell isn't obtrusive, just subtle and pleasant, and the texture also doesn't leave my fingers sticky. I agree this is a little pricey, though.
Why the hype? My mom keeps a tin of this in her purse, and if I don't have my own purse I'll use it, but there's almost no point. As ever, tins really annoy me, but I'll give the tube the benefit of the doubt. Still, I feel like this makes only a stiff, waxy layer over my lips, without having any moisturizing effect.
Blush -New York Color - Color Wheel Mosaic Powder Pink Cheek Glow
ObVusChild 9/17/2006 9:47:00 PM
Wow, this is really lovely. I went on a blush-buying binge a while back, and a lot of it is redundant, but I'm so pleased with this one. I'm fairly pale with a bit of a yellow undertone, and I think this is a wonderful, natural shade. I like powders because I feel like I can't screw up the application too much (with this, I swirl my brush on it, then blow the excess off). Jelly Pong Pong is still my HG, but I'll keep buying this anyway (although, as others have said, there's so much product, you might never need another one). As for the packaging, it doesn't -horrify- me for use at home, but a hinged top would be nice. Still, as cheap as it is...
I followed MUA straight to Target to buy this, but I have to report that I was disappointed. There's nothing grossly wrong with this stuff, which is why I gave it a four, but, as someone else noted, the smell is kind of heavy. Maybe I'm finicky on smell in general, but this was too powdery. The scent stays in my shower puff no matter how much I rinse it, and it bugs me whenever I pick it up. For putting up with that, I didn't think Nutrium was anything miraculous for cleaning or for moisturizing. I used to use a Walmart generic of the regular Dove formula, and it was just fine. I'll go back to that once I'm done with this stuff.
Skincare - Body -Alba Botanica - Island Citrus Very Emollient Shower Gel
ObVusChild 8/25/2006 11:07:00 PM
I don't have any quarrel with this gel's effectiveness. It cleans just fine, and I don't find it drying, but ultimately it was pretty unremarkable. What I hate is the smell. I know that comes down to taste, but, ugh, it'll definitely keep me from buying it in the future. What could go wrong with island citrus? In any case, there's nothing terrible here, but I'd rather get a bland-smelling drugstore brand (this ran me about $8).
Scrubs -Totally Juicy - Hot Apple Sugar Body Scrub
ObVusChild 8/2/2006 6:26:00 PM
Ladies! I queried Freeman's to find out why this was so hard to get in stores, and they said they've discontinued it! If you want it, buy it online while you can...
Lip Gloss -Revlon - Skinlights Glosslights for Lips
ObVusChild 7/31/2006 3:00:00 PM
I'm down on this product, too. I bought the Rose Quartz maybe 3 years ago and really loved it: it was a subtle, nice color, and I swear it actually smelled like lemonade. I'm not much of a lipgloss user-- more chapstick-- so I haven't used the Rose Quartz much, but I thought I'd give the Amethyst a try. No kidding, it really does smell and taste terrible. I only had it on ten seconds to check the color before I scrubbed it off (with water, too, to get rid of the taste), so I can't even be sure of the color. It seemed kind of sticky to me in those ten seconds, but the smell is the real issue here.