Love. It. I only use this when my hair is cut into above the shoulder choppy razored bob to lift up the texture and make it looks funky and definitely not sleek. Sometimes I directly spray, but that sometimes puts too much product in one concentrated area and then it's heavy and weighed down. The trick is to spray in palms and then muss it about until its as you like and then quick...hairspray the style and go! Love it. Cute results.
Shampoo -Paul Mitchell - Super Skinny Daily Shampoo
Realityreject 6/18/2006 5:47:00 PM
I like it! A lot. I use the shampoo and the strengthening conditioner every other day (that's how often I wash my hair). I do have thickish hair and this stuff combined with a few swipes of a flat iron (CHI!) totally controls it and keeps it from being so fluffy or fly-away. It gives a "sleek" look which I love...so if that's what is called "weighed down", then I guess that's how I like it! This is becoming so clique, but I really do judge my hair against the one and only Jennifer Aniston's (the texture and shine more than style). If my hair isn't producing similar effects I go searching for new products. Not everyone will get the same results with the same shampoo. Also I do not notice the buildup so much...pantiene's new Restorative line however leaves a waxy weird buildup.
Hair Styling Tools -Farouk CHI - Chi Ceramic Flat Iron by Farouk
Realityreject 6/18/2006 5:25:00 PM
I've bought and tried Conair and Remington's Wet to Dry as well as borrowed my best friend's Revlon iron...but this whoops the pants off of any of them. My straight/wavy hair is now straightened, sleek, no frizzies AT ALL, shiney, and it really does look and feel healthy. The other irons left my hair feeling course and frazzled on the ends and it took at least 10 minutes to get the look I wanted. With the chi, I was done with my hair in under five minutes for sure. This thing is worth gettinge excited about. I only used one product with it to help prevent any heat damage. Also, as I read through alot of the reviews for the Chi before I bought mine, I noticed most people who left negative feedback purchased theirs second-hand or from Ebay stores. Just a thought to anyone trying to find the best deal. JC Penney is running a $20 dollar off sale starting this week...so that might be the safer decision! Have FUN!
I have straight, semi-thick hair with lots of crazy wierd "body" that makes weird waves and ripples that I do not appreciate! I bought this after a friend's recommendation. This is the best straightening iron I've used, but I have never tried a top of the line model yet which I am considering buying as soon as I have the extra $100. I find that to get my hair stick straight I must spend at least 10-15 minutes and I have to run the thing over my each area of hair more than three or four times which seems like too much to me (again I am not experienced in styling with straighteners). I feel like the grass is greener on the other side and that this product is mediocre, but better than some of the other cheaper ones I've had (revlon and conair). Also, I know I like my hair straight but I hate the stringy look that seems to come with it. ANNOYING!
Yeah this is awesome. Get it. Expensive but it won't run out ever. The cost was $28. I have strawberry blonde hair, pale to the point of invisible brows. When the benefit lady put the brow wax and powder on me and I looked in the mirror, it was like...WOW, eyebrows help. They show off your entire face it seems. Just a split second dusting and it's done. It blends perfectly. Just fills in the gaps and defines what God gave ya.
One of two mascaras I've tried that does not clump. Usually I use Maybelline Full n Soft. This is just as great but I think it only comes in Black. I have NEVER spent half this much for a mascara. My friend influenced because she raves on and on about all of Benefit's line plus I felt a little pressured to buy after the Benefit lady spent a lot of time applying products on my face. I am glad I did though. Everyone deserves a splurge once in a while and why not on the thing you don't leave home EVER without, MASCARA! Goes on Smooth, Looks slightly dramatic (a step up from my typical dark brown), and the brush seems to be very quality considering it doesn't clump at all. Warning...the makeup lady had it on herself and her lashes looked like POOP. My friend's look nice though. It may not work for everyone. As is with everything.
Styling Products -John Frieda - Frizz-Ease Extra Strength Hair Serum
Realityreject 1/2/2006 8:37:00 PM
Jumping the gun with this reveiw, but this extra-strength serum worked like a charm. I just finished blow-drying and my hair is almost completely fly-away and frizz-free. More so than it has been in a year or more. My hair is moderately thick and straight with a slight nagging wave that likes to make make an occasional appearance. Lately my hair seems to break a little easier because I have been having frizz and fly-aways like mad. I've used A LOT of different shampoos, cond's, gels, mouses, and sprays to control the frizz and make my hair soft and sleek. Right now, my hair is shiney, soft, and ready to go head to head with Jennifer Anniston's. Ok that's a stretch. But I wonder if this goop is her secret. Just a note: I did not use according to directions. I towel dried my hair and then mixed with Dove's Straight and Soft styling cream in my palms. I applied a quarter-sized amount of product total to my hair (falls to my collar-bone). I read mixing silcone serum with a straightening product is key to super sleek hair. I think they're right.
After two months of use, I am officially sick of this crap. At first, I thought it looked very nice. Covered up the under-eye circles and rosy cheeks quite well AND it did not break me out at all (amazing really), but now it sucks every ounce of moisture out of my face---even when applied over two layers of moisturizer!! I have dry sensitive skin and this foundation has been making my 23 year old face look dull, withered, and chalky. Yuck! Also, I don't match up well with any of the colors. I had to settle for one of the beige tones. So long Mary Kay. I wish I could find a foundation that was glowy and natural that doesn't break me out.
Lotions/ Creams -Jergens - Soothing Aloe Relief Moisturizer
Realityreject 12/5/2005 2:57:00 PM
This is a basic body lotion, but I actually have been using it on my face at night! I can't seem to find a suitable facial moisturizer that truly softens without it breaking me out...but so far this is working out. My sensitive skin probably is soothed by the aloe or something in this lotion. If my face gets weather beaten or dry from acne treatments, Jergins comes to my rescue.
This is the first toner I've ever implemented into my skincare routine. I use it in the morning and before I go to bed (usually...). I have moderately dry and very sensitive skin that is prone to being blotchy. I have normal sized pores (I think?) and I decided to use this toner after reading many times that for skin to look it's best, we should all use a toner product each time we wash and before moisturizing. After using an entire bottle, I now understand why toner is important. My skin is the clearest it has been since I was a teen (I'm 23). My breakouts have diminished and the texture (especially around my cheeks and eyes) has improved significantly. WOO HOO! In addition, I also use Neutrogena Rapid Clear Cleanser and Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion. This has been a wonderful clear skin combination for me.
Styling Products -Garnier - XXL Volume Root Booster
Realityreject 11/1/2005 10:57:00 PM
Did not do any harm to my hair's appearance, but really did not make it look lifted and more full like I had hoped. I've used it about six times now and each time I've tried it with a different combination of shampoos/conditioners. Sometimes I blowdry, sometime just air dry. No matter what, I can't tell I've even put this in my hair. I've tried one other root lifter, KMS hair play (which I am doubting is even still for sale) and it was actually a great product. It gave my fly-away hair some texture to keep it in place and it gave my roots (around the crown of my head) some life. I will keep looking!
Sorry. Don't like it. The pencil tip broke easily and now I have half a pencil left in the first week. Also, the brown suede color make my eyes look red-rimmed and irritated. It does not define at all...Just sort of puts a blur of eye-shadowing color bluntly around the eye. I still like Styli Stix. Oh well.
I'm in the air still about this one...which means it's definitely not a brilliant product. Pros: It does seem to stay all day...except in the outer corners of my eye. For some reason it smudges off pretty quickly there. The color brown stands out and really defines the eye. A good alternative to black for those who feel black is too harsh and halloweeny. The price is decent at $9. I believe Revolon is close to that price anyways. It does go on smoothly and requires very little pressure to show color. The CONS: It flakes when you retrace. The flakes fall in and under my eyes. That's annoying when you need to get the job done and out the door. The color can be very very smudgy looking without trying for smudgy. Does not give a good intense definite line for me. Just a blur around the eye (I usually prefer a little smugding but this is way beyond that). The pencil can not be sharpened so that account for the wide trace it gives. It's hard to acheive a precise look with this pencil and I think that's why I doubt I'll buy it again. If I do buy it again, it'll be because it goes on without me poking my eyes out and the color is very flattering (if you can apply is nicely enough).
Blah. I first bought the conditioner in the sample size whih contains enough for two washes, maybe. I thought I liked it and went all out on the full sized Shampoo and Cond. Like several other reviewers, I liked it at first because my hair was smooth, shiney, soft, and layed very nicely. For the first two weeks I had thought I'd struck gold, but nothing good lasts forever (especially with hair products it seems). At this moment, I am still using it, but after I blow dry my hair it looks dry and wild. Not flattering on me! Just my experience. Someone else may have hair that agrees with this stuff. Mine has had enough.
Treatments -Neutrogena - Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion
Realityreject 8/26/2005 8:00:00 PM
Not very often do I give a product a five, but this is about as good as it gets I believe...that is...if your face is blemish-prone...irritated...blotchy...I can not vouch for it however if you already have good clear skin that simply needs mattified? or moisturized? or whatever. After about two weeks of everyday use (usually in the morn and before bed) my face is almost totally clear!!! I could see small improvements early, but nothin too impressive (and I almost stopped using it), but since it was not making my face worse I kept it up and finally my face must have started responding because all of the sudden it's looking like normal skin! Even old scars from past zits that get red and blotchy are fading and my real skin is finally starting to shine through the mess. My freckles look like freckles and not like the blemishes on my face. I didn't know my skin could look this vibrant. It's exhilerating to look in the mirror and not have painful and red spots looking back. I doubt this product was intended for anything but clearing up blemishes...so if that is what you need and you want it without the flaky irritation caused by products such as Proactive or other heavy duty BP treatments (Mary Kay gel, Oxy, and even Neutrogena's own On The Spot)...I would throw down five bucks for a bottle and see how this makes your face look. I'm 100% hooked. Thank you Neutrogena! It's a small miracle. I hope it works this well for anyone else who has to endure the endless cycle of breakout after breakout. Oh and PS...I also went out and purchased the Rapid Clear foaming cleanser...and it seems like that may be helping the process along.