This review is for the conditioner (not mask) from this line. My hairdresser started carrying this line and sang its praises so I bought it. It is really moisturizing, a little goes a long way, and it makes my hair look glossy. Major downside is the scent. It is soooo strong. It's musky and sweet (reminiscent of Shalimar) and reminds me of the smell you encounter in public restrooms that have those air freshening cakes in them. Much as I love the result, I can't deal with the smell. Everytime I touch my hair it wafts out at me. I have to stop using it as it has begun to make me nauseated. Shame.
Moisturizers -Kinerase - Ultimate Night Moisturizer
cleavereuphemism 8/22/2009 5:32:00 PM
Let me first say that this product makes me want to cry. It's so amazing yet so expensive. I got it as a freebie/GWP and every morning after I used it I had to stare at myself in the mirror a little and admire my gorgeous, luminous, super-hydrated skin. I've been saving up for it ever since. It will break the bank but it's worth it.
Shampoo -Wen by Chaz Dean - Cleansing Conditioners - All
cleavereuphemism 8/22/2009 5:24:00 PM
I get that some people are into the whole CO thing, but this stuff was just a big fat FAIL. I had one of each fragrance and took them with me on vacation with 15 or so other people to try them out. (I got them as a promo for free). No one (young/old/male/female) liked them. I couldn't give them away until my sister discovered they made a nice shaving cream, so she ended up with one. The rest I tossed out.
I'm not sure what this is supposed to do but it's one of the worst things I've ever had on my skin. I used it for 3 days and it dried my eye area out to the point of almost getting scabs. Huge nasty red flaky patches everywhere that took weeks to recover from. Horrifying.
I wasted so much money buying Stila "neutral" shimmers and ended up with every shade of gold imaginable. Much as I love Stila shadows they have way too many shimmery gold/brown/bronze colors that are all really similar and/or ridiculously glittery. People on the makeup board told me to buy this and I ignored them for far too long. It really is a a neutral. And for Stila, it's very subdued. It works as a highlighter with all of their colors - warm, neutral, and cool. Light wash with a little shimmer. Don't waste your money, just get this one if that's what you're looking for.
Shampoo -Frederic Fekkai - MORE Scalp Purifying Shampoo
cleavereuphemism 8/22/2009 5:01:00 PM
I bought this because I have a flaky scalp, love FF, and am always looking for hair products that claim to help the scalp. It's thick, rich and luxurious, smells amazing and a little goes a long way. Keeps flakes at bay, too. Love this stuff.
I like a lot of Dermalogica products for their simple, basic, no-flash properties. It's a really nice no-thrills line that delivers. I find that it appeals to men for the same reason. No girly packaging or fragrance, straight-forward, easy to use. I buy this for my boyfriend who has acne-prone skin and gets a lot of clogged pores. It's the only moisturizer he'll use. Too bad it doesn't have SPF in it. For my own aging skin that needs a fair amount of moisture, it doesn't do the trick. If anything, I actually find it rather drying. It also has a masculine-ish sort of musty/woodsy (think Aveda but not as strong) scent that I'm crazy about for myself. But it's a nice product for the kind of skin it's geared to.
This is a life-saver for me and my boyfriend. We both use it and love it. It's not an anti-persperant, but it still gets the job done. When he was working construction the BF would come home stinky every day until he started using this. Instead, he'd come home and his pits had a lovely lingering fragrance. (For real, I'd stick my nose in there to see whether it worked or not - it does.) It may not seem like a unisex scent but it's actually a rather musky fragrance and more clean-smelling than floral. I've never been a fan of your standard drugstore-type deo as I have a real objection to the underlying scent that they all have, not to mention the fact that they don't work. This stuff does what you want a deodorant to do - keep sweat at bay and make your pits smell good. LOVE it.
This has been my HG for years. It's the only scrub I've ever used that really gets the job done. It's a simple, basic scrub that has really small particles in it in a thick paste. Scrub-a-dub-dub. Rinse off. Adios dead skin and other crap that lingers on your face. Non-drying, non-moisturizing, just scrubby.
Cleansers -Sukí - Suki Naturals Lemongrass Cleanser
cleavereuphemism 8/22/2009 4:34:00 PM
When I'm feeling flush, I buy this amazing cleanser. It's kind of pricey for the amount, and this is not a product where a little goes a long way, unfortunately. Using it has turned me on the the whole cleansing oil thing. It's basically a sugar-scrub suspended in oil. You spread it on your skin (wet) and let it sit while the sugar dissolves. If you're patient and acutally follow these directions, it sudses up a little when you rinse it off and leaves your skin wonderfully cleansed and moisturized. I should note that I'm usually not a fan of cleansers that have a "moisturizing" effect. Usually they don't clean your skin and leave a nasty film on top (and often are stripping at the same time). This doesn't do that - your skin feels really clean but soft afterward. If it were cheaper it would be in my arsenal 365. It's also hard to find (I buy it a Whole Paycheck) and I've never seen it on sale anywhere online.
Scrubs -St. Ives - Apricot Scrub Blemish and Blackhead Control
cleavereuphemism 8/22/2009 4:26:00 PM
I was never a fan of St. Ives scrubs until they made this new formula (likewise for the AHA version). Here's the key to usage: DO NOT USE IT AS A SCRUB. Instead, I use it for its chemical exfoliation properties. The BHA/AHA formulations have the apricot bits in it, but they're suspended in a really thick, rich, creamy cleanser. I slather a huge amount of it on my face and neck (thick layer of it) when I get in the shower and leave it on the whole time I'm in there. If it rinses off, I add more. So basically it's on my face for a good 10 minutes or so - like a masque. When I rinse it off (and it does sting a little bit while it's on) my skin is super soft and clean without being dried out. My skin is really prone to clogging and blackheads. After I use this, it's purified and exfoliated. JUST DON'T SCRUB YOUR FACE WITH IT. It still has those apricot chunks which we all know will rip the crap out of your skin, and that's never a good thing.
This is hands-down the best body scrub on the market. I use a body scrub every time I shower and have tried many many many brands. My specific criteria in this department is that it's not oil-based and comes in a squeeze tube and has lots of scrubbies in it. There aren't too many products out there that fit this description. This is super scrubby, and foams a little so it cleans, too. I love love love it. I use the tangerine scent which smells lovely. The only downside is the packaging. The tube is made of hard plastic and I've had a couple break, so be careful.
Lotions/ Creams -Sephora - SuperStars - Super Supreme Body Butter
cleavereuphemism 8/22/2009 4:11:00 PM
I bought this based on the rave reviews on the Sephora site. I'm addicted to body butters and always on the lookout for a new one - especially one at a lower price point. I hate this crap. It's waxy and greasy and just sits on your skin. It has the strongest most cloying smell that reeks like men's cologne. The only use I've found for it is for my boyfriend to use when he gives me a foot massage - that way it's nowhere near my nose so I can't smell it. If I put it on my feet myself I have to wash it off my hands afterward to get the smell off.
I'm always searching for a simple, moisturizing, no-frills eye cream. Fancy-pants anti-aging products just make my eyes sting and water, or worse yet, make the skin around my eyes flakey and dried out. The skin around my eyes is always really dry so I need a product that's rich and emollient. You'd think it would be easy to find a rich and moisturizing eye cream but it's not. This is a nice product that delivers. Simple and straightforward. It's similar to Creme de La Mer eye cream but not quite as thick and heavy.
Disclaimer - I've only used the mini-size of this product. Nice mascara - doesn't smudge, flake, adds volume, makes my lashes big and fluffy. This is all I'm looking for in a mascara and in my lifelong search few meet my criteria. I was pleasantly surprised by how nice it was. I haven't used a lot of UD makeup except UDPP so I wasn't expecting much for whatever reason. (I guess it seems like a line that's based on packaging and having cutesy-pootsy packaging and product names.) I will say this - in my experience mini-mascaras always work better than their full-sized counterparts. I wish they were always available for purchase - I got this one from Sephora in one of their Xmas multiple-mini kits.