Gels/Soaps -Philosophy - Senorita Margarita 3-in-1
citoyenne 11/29/2006 8:29:00 AM
There's something in this that is a little irritating and drying to my skin, which I haven't found with the other Philosophy 3-in-1's. Maybe it's whatever gives it the citrus/alcohol scent? Be careful if you have sensitive skin. Also, I got tired of this and the other scents in the Cocktail Party set (Melon Daquiri and Mimosa) much more quickly than I got tired of the Cinnamon Buns 3-in-1, to the point that six months later I've barely made a dent in the bottles. I know this is probably just a matter of personal taste, but it's sort of like the scent lacks the depth or complexity to keep me coming back for more.
What's wonderful about this conditioner is that it moisturizes really well (as well or better than other conditioners for severely damaged hair that I've tried) without building up. When I'm using a heavy drugstore conditioner such as Pantene regularly, I have to use a clarifying shampoo at least two or three times a week to avoid gunky buildup. With this Dove conditioner, I have to clarify once a week at most. This conditioner also represents a major improvement over the regular Dove conditioner for dry hair, which was at best okay for slightly dry hair. This product has a variation on the the standard Dove fragrance, which I don't love, but it's less cloying here than in most Dove products.
Gels/Soaps -Jaqua Girls - Maple Syrup Shower Syrup
citoyenne 8/26/2006 2:32:00 PM
Yes, it smells exactly like maple syrup--so much so that it kind of freaks me out. This makes it different from, say Philosophy's Cinnamon Buns, which is a foody scent but one that does not make you feel like there is actually food in your shower. The Maple shower syrup makes me feel like there is food in the bathroom, which is kind of gross. Also, it gives me intense cravings for pancakes with syrup, which is the last thing I need! Smell this in the store before buying, and if you really like the smell you'll probably enjoy this product. It is non-drying, and for me the smell does not linger at all (a good thing). But even though I generally like foody body products, this is just too weird for me.
This is fantastic--somewhat like Bath and Body Works' Warm Vanilla Sugar, but cheaper and less drying than the BBW shower gel. The Suave version is not super moisturizing, but in spring, summer, and fall I don't have to use body lotion after I use it. The Suave version also lacks the peanut-y note that I smell in the BBW product. If you really love that element of the BBW fragrance, then the Suave will not satisfy you, but personally I find the peanut note odd and prefer the Suave version.
Lotions/ Creams -Neutrogena - Norwegian Formula Hand Cream
citoyenne 11/3/2005 10:03:00 AM
Fabulous, fabulous stuff. My boyfriend has really dry skin and in the winter his knuckles crack and bleed. This is the best hand cream for it. I just bought him a three-pack (less than $10 at Costco) so he can have one tube in his office, one in the car, and one at home.
The name of this product is misleading. "Lash tint" made me think of something that would darken the ends of my lashes without the stiffness of mascara. Since I hate the feel of eye makeup, but wanted to give my eyes more definition, that appealed to me. But it's really just a light mascara--it still has that crispy mascara texture, and it also flakes, smudges, and irritates my eyes slightly. The visual difference between this and no mascara at all is noticeable to me in the mirror, but realistically I don't think anyone else would be able to tell, which makes wearing it pointless.
Gels/Soaps -Gillette - Satin Care Shave Gel in Vanilla Dreams
citoyenne 10/6/2005 2:02:00 PM
I agree with the review below: this is a perfectly okay shave gel, but it doesn't smell like vanilla (or much of anything else). Next time I'll buy a different scent, or if I want something virtually unscented, the Aveeno shave gel for its superior moisturizing properties.
Treatments -L'Oreal - ColorSpa Moisture Actif [DISCONTINUED]
citoyenne 9/30/2005 1:20:00 PM
Okay, I know this product hardly needs another rave review, but I didn't see any comments on the shade I used (Amber) so I wanted to post. I used this product because I wanted to blend my (light to medium ash brown) roots with my (dark blonde to light golden brown) highlights after a couple months' regrowth. This did a great job of blending the roots in without completely obliterating my highlights--now I just have warm, light-brown autumnal highlights instead of summery blonde ones. I'm not sure how good this product would be for making a major color change, but for tweaking my color it was great. Application was pretty easy and there was more than enough product for my thick, collar-bone length hair. One warning--the pictures on the l'oreal website make the shades look much darker than they are on the box. I would definitely check out the colors at the store rather than ordering online.
Gels/Soaps -Aveda - Rosemary Mint Hand and Body Wash
citoyenne 7/24/2005 11:34:00 AM
I haven't bought this, but it's always stocked in the bathroom of the salon where I get my my hair done. It works great as a handwash--not overly drying (though not overly moisturizing either). I would recommend buying this if you love the rosemary mint scent but find (as I do) that the shampoo and conditioner don't suit your hair.
Moisturizers -Aveeno - Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer spf15
citoyenne 7/24/2005 11:27:00 AM
Though I wouldn't go so far as to call this my HG, it's reliable enough that I've stopped trying other day moisturizers. This is one of the few lotions with SPF I've found that doesn't clog my pores or give me a rash after a few days. I didn't even notice the shimmer until I read other postings about it. I wouldn't recommend it for seriously oily skin--it doesn't add shine, but doesn't sop it up either. But for normal to *slightly* dry or combination skin, I think this is a pretty great product.
Hair -Avalon Organics Botanicals - Therapeutic Lavender Nourishing Shampoo
citoyenne 5/11/2005 5:19:00 AM
After one use, this product gave me a horrible, itchy allergic reaction, forcing me to run out and buy new shampoo, shower gel, and body lotion for sensitive skin to use until the irritation subsided (it took a week). I do not have particularly sensitive skin and have never had this kind of reaction before. But I guess I must be sensitive to the amount of lavender in this shampoo. Also, I know this product is relatively inexpensive in the US, but in the UK it cost me more than 5 pounds--way too much for a product that is potentially irritating for many people. Incidentally, before my sensitizing reaction, I didn't find this shampoo to be anything special in terms of cleansing, conditioning, or anything else.