I have super dry hair that's been damaged by chemical styling. I used this last night and let it sit on my hair while in the shower so that the steam would help it sink into my low porosity hair. It's very thick and felt great going on. It smells really good too, like mint but doesnt give that tingle like other mint products do. When I went to rinse it out, it felt like the water just beaded right off of my hair. It was as if I had sprayed a water repellent like Rain-X on my hair. When I finally got it all out, my hair felt very tangled, like I had never put a conditioning product in my hair. Once out of the shower, it was hard to comb through and once air dryed, it felt kind of stiff, and was very dull. Nowhere near being soft and shiny and weightless like the product claims.
I have very damaged hair due to a botched bleach job and was recommended this product. It did nothing to improve the look, feel, or texture of my hair. It was like spraying hairspray on it. Just left it feeling dry and sticky with a lot of flyaways. Even if I loved it, I don't think I could have used it because it stinks *so* bad. I tried this twice, and each time it gave me a pounding headache. Completely overhyped IMO and not worth the expense at all!
Lotions/ Creams -Unlisted Brand - EXTRA VIRGIN Coconut Oil (All brands)
SummerLuvin 3/22/2013 12:47:00 PM
I bought the Spring Valley Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil from Wal-Mart. I have very dry hair caused by chemical damage and had heard rave reviews about coconut oil being a miracle worker for dry hair. I tried this three times, each time slathering my hair from root to tips and leaving it on for ten hours straight each time. It only took a couple of lathers with shampoo to get it out, and each time, I swear my hair felt even drier than before I used it. It did NOTHING to improve the look, feel, or texture of my hair. On the plus, it smells great, but all it did was make me hungry all day long when it was sitting on my hair. It broke me out badly along my hairline and all over my back and chest, even though it only came into contact with those areas when I was in the shower rinsing it out. Total waste of time and money on my part.
I had exactly the same experience with this product as Aniax021 did in her review below. 'Invisible' is the perfect name for this product, because when I applied it, that's exactly what it was. I get more coverage from even the cheapest of all tinted moisturizers. I have pretty even skin tone. A *tiny* bit of redness on my chin and one dark spot from an old blemish I need to cover on my cheek. This did NOTHING to hide those at all. I couldn't even build coverage. I have normal/combo skin and the only thing this product did at all was emphasize dry patches I never knew I had. I washed it off and then applied my regular liquid foundation, without exfoliating or applying moisturizer beforehand, and you couldn't even see those dry spots with my regular foundation. Not only does this make my skin look dry, but it makes it feel dry and tight as well. It left no coverage, but yet my skin looked very dull with this on. This is definitely for oily skin tones. If you are looking for a lightweight *foundation* that actually provides coverage and feels good on your skin, I recommend Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation. Along with Maybelline Fit Me, this is the worst foundation I've ever used.
Lipstick -Maybelline - Color Sensational - Born With It
SummerLuvin 3/13/2012 4:59:00 PM
This is a great dupe for MAC's Creme Cup. I uploaded a pic for comparison and Creme Cup is the *tiniest* bit warmer in color. BWI also has tiny glitter particles that are not obvious upon first application for me, (it just has a 'sheen' like Creme Cup) but when the color wears away, the glitter particles remain on your lips. BWI is very creamy and feels great on the lips. It has about the same lasting power as the MAC, but I hate the scent of the Maybelline lipsticks.
These are HORRIBLE! I love the Goody elastics as they never snag your hair and don't snap, but they get stretched out after a while. I saw these and wanted to try them. They are much thicker and more durable. First of all, these aren't as stretchy as the Goody brand, so I can't wrap them around my thick hair more than 1 1/2 twists. Because of this it doesn't do that great of a job at holding my hair in place. It started to slip out of a ponytail after a while. These things are pure torture to remove! It's like pulling a regular rubber band out of your hair! As another reviewer mentioned below, these things will tear your hair to shreds!
This is a gorgeous matte, medium-toned bright pink that I believe is universally flattering. On my NC15 skin it provides just the perfect shade to give me that natural flushed look. I've been very impressed with all of the NYX powder blush I've tried, and this new addition to their collection is no exception. Pigmentation is great, it's easy to blend and the staying power is really good on my combination skin. At one third the cost of MAC, It's such an amazing deal. This shade is my new favorite!
Lipstick -MAC - Sheen Supreme Lipstick - Happy Hibiscus
SummerLuvin 3/4/2012 1:44:00 PM
I haven't used this straight out of the tube. I know better to even attempt it with my coloring (NC15, dark hair and eyes). However, when I went to get my makeup done by an artist at MAC, he applied Happy Hibiscus over top of Speed Dial, and it gives a whole new dimension to the lips. Applied lightly to the middle of the lips, it gives them such a gorgeous luster and made my already full lips look even fuller. I brought this home with me and have applied it over top of every single lipstick I own and it's just amazing. It just gives them such a sexy glow.
I tried to love this, really I did. I wanted a lightweight foundation as I don't need much coverage, just a tiny bit of redness on my cheeks. The price was really appealing as well, as I'm tired of paying over $40 which is what I have been doing for the past few years for my foundation. Upon application, this feels nice and has a dewey finish. But within just a few minutes, it felt really heavy and greasy. I could *feel* I was wearing makeup, and even after setting with powder, it never really dried on my skin. About an hour later, I looked in the mirror and it didn't even look like I had applied foundation to my nose and cheeks. The redness in my cheeks was back and my face looked really greasy, even though I have normal/combo skin, not oily. It started to separate on my skin and made a really splotchy appearance. The color had oxidized and took on an orange tint. I only wore it for about three hours before washing it off, but the next morning I woke up with three huge pimples on my face, and I never break out. This was the only new product I had tried. Also, this has a really strong floral fragrance to it, very much like a glue stick. This is just an all around horrible product for me.
Upon first spritz, I liked this. It reminded me a lot like Britney Spears Fantasy, and a little like Burberry Brit, both of which I really like. I decided to spray on my wrist and walk around while shopping. Within 5 minutes, I was desperate to wash it off. It turned into a very strong insecticide type scent. OFF bug spray has a tropical scent version of their repellant, and this smells exactly the same. It started to make me gag and ended up giving me a horrible headache.
Hair Color -Garnier - Nutrisse Permanent Creme Hair Color
SummerLuvin 3/27/2011 6:57:00 PM
Horrible job at covering grey hair. I have a few greys popping up here and there. Just enought to make it worth the time and effort to color. I have used several boxed brands, and this is by far the worst. My hair didn't even have to dry before I noticed that this just didn't take. I dyed it dark brown, and the grey hairs had this awful, silvery-orange glow to them. My hair is long. Just long enough that one box won't quite cut it, so I used two. It was more than enough color to completely saturate my hair, so I know using too little product wasn't the problem. I left it on the recommended time as well. Not only does it provide poor coverage for grays, but the color is very dull and one-dimentional, and it fades fast. This is also the only hair color I have used that dried my hair out. It felt like straw after coloring, when all others leave my hair silky, soft and shiney. Awful stuff!
I wanted to love this. I just can't get past the smell. It has this awfully strong, powdery, perfume scent to it. It literally made me gag in the shower, and about a half hour after my shower, I was so nauseous from the scent that still strongly lingered in my hair. I dried my hair with a dryer, and it dissipated quite a bit after that, thankfully. I used this with the conditioner, and while my hair felt slightly smoother to the touch, it also felt as though there was a lot of product on each strand. Upon inspection in the mirror, my hair still had a lot of frizz and flyaways. It really didn't do much. I'll stick to the Suave Rosemary Mint Shampoo which smells amazing and leaves my hair shiny and soft.
Misc Beauty Tools -Palladio - Rice Powder Blotting Papers
SummerLuvin 2/10/2011 1:58:00 PM
Not a fan. I have tried several other brands, and I like these the least. First of all, I hate the package these come in. It is hard to pull up the flap to open without coming close to ripping it off each time. The 'dispenser' often dispenses more than one sheet at a time, and they often end up ripping, even though I handle with care. The blotting papers themselves are very coarse to the touch. Even though I don't drag them across my face and only use them to blot, I can still feel how rough they are. I thought I would love the fact that these come powdered (and it really is a nice feature, I guess) powder always flies in the air when pulling a sheet out, so I have to be careful to blow it off my clothing. I much prefer Skin Alison Raffaele Blotting Papers, or Even the clean & Clear ones are 100% better than these.
I'm not impressed. First of all, this is heavily scented. I could smell this as soon as I removed the protective plastic, BEFORE I even opened the box. Secondly, it is in a box where you simply lift the top off, making it not travel friendly. I would prefer it to come in a jar with a screw top. The powder itself is ok, it serves it's purpose well. It blends nicely and doesn't look chalky. I have found unscented powders just as nice, in better packaging, for about the same amount. I would not repurchase.
This is a perfect stop sign red. Doesn't pull pink, or orange on me. A true medium to deep shade of red. It is a basic creme, no shimmer, etc. Perfect vintage, pin-up shade. Applies very nicely and dries to a high gloss finish, even without a topcoat. Lasts a couple of days with no chips. Would last even longer, but I am VERY hard on my nails. This is one of my favorite reds!