I. Love. Juicy Tubes! I am a gloss junkie, but these are my favorite. Juicy Tubes are like the Skittles of the makeup world - nothing really redeeming or substantial, but they're brightly colored, sweet, and cheer you up when you open your bag and remember they're in there. I've owned Raspberry Ice, Icy Pop, Miracle, Berry Bold, Spring Fling, Showered in Diamonds, and Pretty in Pink. They look pretty all lined up in my makeup case, and I always have one with me. I love the colors, I love the scents, and I love driving in the summer with the windows down and my hair getting stuck in the super-sticky texture. For real. I think it's nostalgia. They last forever, but that doesn't make it any easier to look your mom in the eye and tell her you just bought an $18 tube of lip gloss.
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Spectrum - Coconut Oil
bitsits 10/12/2009 9:21:00 PM
This is the grease of the gods. I really don't have much to add to what's already been said - I use it on my skin straight out of the shower and on my hair (I wrap it up and leave it on for an hour or so) and it works well for both purposes. Smells amazing and it's pretty cheap ($8-ish for a big jar).
I'm reviewing this with the matching shampoo. I have had great results with the entire moisture recovery line. I have thick, wavy, coarse blonde hair and this conditioner makes it feel silky. The smell is nice; I detect kind of a blueberry aroma. It's reasonably priced and I will buy it again.
I am reviewing this with the matching conditioner. I have thick, wavy, coarse blonde hair and this works very well for me. I work out almost daily, and as a result shampoo almost daily. This works well for me for this reason; it is very gentle. I have had excellent results with the whole moisture recovery line. The shampoo smells nice and produces a satisfying lather. I think it's reasonably priced and will repurchase.
I am a fan of products that do what they advertise, and this product does what it advertises. I have used Sunsilk Waves of Envy and the old John Frieda Ocean Waves in the past, but this spray is more like a "true" salt spray. The others have that layer of oil or whatever floating on top, and I don't think this does. It's salt water / hairspray, and it does an awesome job holding the hair and creating volume. It leaves a matte finish, which took a while to get used to. I spray it on wet roots for texture or on my hands and scrunch for waves. It creates a perfect messy effect. That said, It is bloody expensive. I bought it at a CCO for $14, which I found tolerable. It makes my hair feel dry when I use it, but doesn't seem to leave lasting damage. The packaging is cute and portable. The product itself smells kinda bad, but it's a mild smell. I don't use it all the time (messy hair is frowned-upon at my office), so yeah... It's a fun product for me; not especially practical, but fun to play with on weekends.
For me, this is the perfect polish. I've admired Ina Garten's nails (from "Barefoot Contessa" on Food Network) for a while, and I'm almost convinced this is what she's wearing. I work in a rather conservative office and spend most of my time typing. I wear a coat of Nail Envy, two coats of Mademoiselle, and one coat of Seche Vite, and it lasts for about a week. I'll buy this again and again.
Treatments -Joico - Moisture Recovery Treatment Balm for thick or coarse hair
bitsits 7/24/2009 8:28:00 PM
Like everyone else who reviewed this, I have thick, dry, color-treated, multitextured hair. This stuff is spectacular. It's the first deep treatment I've used that makes a definite difference in how my hair feels. Does what it advertises. The smell is sort of whatever conditioner fragrance, not offensive, not amazing. One caveat: It has to be rinsed thoroughly; it will leave your hair greasy if it's not. I can't imagine it would work for fine hair at all for this reason, but who am I to say what works for fine hair.
Good: Hot damn! What a great color. It makes me look so... alive. It's a tiny bit shimmery, not too overwhelming, just a sexy flush. I can't tell yet, but there appears to be a decent amount of product in the package for the price. Smells nice, too. Bad: It's expensive for me and for some reason, the salesgirls seem to be quite aggressive. I agree with the others who think the packaging is a little tacky, and the brush sheds like crazy. Bottom line: It's expensive, the salesgirls are out for blood, and it's worth every stinking penny. A terrific splurge item.
This works great on my hair, which seems to be similar to everyone else who likes this product - fine but lots of it, mostly straight but with a few kinks, heat styled and kind of damaged. It took me a year to go through a bottle, so the price is acceptable. It's a true liquid and not a serum, and it feels really light. I have to put it on my hair while I'm still in the shower - I squeeze the water out, then spray it on my hands and work it in rather than spraying it on. Then I towel-dry. Awesome in the summer and less-static-y months; heavier formulas work better for me in the winter.
I have the $15 travel size from Sephora, and it has lasted forever (I bought it about seven months ago and I have about half a jar left). I use about pea-sized dollop to keep my bangs in place and to texturize the ends of my hair. Great almond fragrance. I was a little freaked out by the lanolin, but it seems to agree with me. I might be crazy, but after it's been in my hair for a few minutes, it kind of "melts" and my hair feels really soft and nice, even after I've heat-styled it. Doesn't feel waxy at all; also does not texturize the way you might want if you have shorter hair. I guess it more or less does what it says.
Foundations -Clarins - True Comfort Foundation [DISCONTINUED]
bitsits 7/6/2008 10:33:00 AM
I splurged on this foundation, and I love it. I have had the same bottle for close to a year ($37 divided by 12 months = about $3-4/month) so I thought it was totally worth it based on that calculation. I love the smell and the sheer coverage (as it is very sheer). I have very dry skin in the winter, and it felt dewy through the season. It's a little too greasy for the deep summer months (it just melts off).As others have pointed out, the tube is very leaky. You don't even need to squeeze the bottle; it will flow out under it's own power. I drip it onto a sponge to apply. I love love LOVE it, but it's definitely not for everyone. I'm not much of a foundation wearer, so sheer works for me. As a college student, the price tag is a little daunting, but I will definitely repurchase.
I love it. It's easy to use and looks great in all seasons (sunny in the summer, rosy in the winter). It goes on a little scary but blends to pretty. Kinda pricey but lasts forever (although the tag says to chuck it after 6 months).
Moisturizers -Philosophy - Hope in a Jar - for all skin types
bitsits 4/12/2008 10:53:00 PM
I had really high hopes for this and bought the small $15 jar from Sephora. I have dry, eczema-prone skin, and after several uses, I had visible bumps all over my face that itched like mad. It took about a week for it to clear up after I stopped using it. I was really dissappointed, but when I complained to Philosophy, they were really helpful and sent me the large $40 jar of the dry skin version to try. Which was not bad, but not worth $40 IMO. It didn't make my skin break out the way the lactic acid version did but I didn't think it was anything special. So the moral of the story is: If you're really unhappy, complain (politely). The only reason it has lippies at all is because of the customre service on their part.