Ok, so I finally broke down & bought this foundation. I've been wanting to try more high end foundations for years, but due to the price, I've put it off. I found this foundation at the Saks outlet in one of my nearby malls, & they had a ton of makeup there for half the price it normally is, thus I finally bought it :) However, since the selection was a bit more limited than it would have been had I gone to the actual MAC counter in a department store...I think I did end up getting the wrong shade. Then again my skin I believe is 'neutral', since I've worn both warm & cool shades & both seem fine. I truly have no idea :P The shade that I picked up is NW25, a bit darker than my skin by just a shade, but it's not noticeable at all. I do also tend to tan so my skin ends up being a shade darker as it is. The coverage was perfect, a medium coverage in my mind. It was heavier than a tinted moisturizer but not heavy enough to leave me feeling cakey. It really just looks smooth, like skin, & that's the look I enjoy. I'm sure another coat would have made it much heavier but my skin doesn't need that much make up, thankfully. It hasn't broken me out yet, so we'll see. The only reason why I took off a lippie is because...well, I was disappointed that there was no pump with this. Not like that's the end of the world, but there was a pump in the longwear version so it would be nice if they could just streamline all of the liquid foundations bottles into all having pumps. I don't see why one does & one does not : Overall very satisfied with the foundation, which stood through the test of work & lasting, & I can now see why so many people flock to MAC for makeup :) I would definitely recommend & buy it again :)
Hair -Josie Maran Cosmetics - Argan Oil Hair Serum
dainaleeo2 8/16/2012 1:01:00 AM
I just found my holy grail product, hands down. While I haven't been using it for long, & I will obviously have to come back & edit if anything changes...thus far I have not had a single poor outcome from this serum! I even used a bit too much currently since my ends are still a bit drab/frayed, & no greasiness in sight :) I've found that using it on dry hair gives me better results, since that helps the flat iron glide through it more smoothly than if I never put it in there when dry, but I also put a small bit on the ends when damp as to better help the moisture soak into my hair. Every time I go blonde it seems to come with a host of issues (you think I would have learned my lesson by now! haha), & while my hair is hardly as bad as it was a few years back, I don't want it to slip into that damaged, dry, frazzled territory ever again. I was on the search for a good heat protectant & everything I used seemed to be alright for some time but then fall short (Garnier moroccan oil, Miracle 7 oil from Sally's, etc), so I stopped by Sephora on my way out of the mall. I originally grabbed a bottle of the flat iron spray from the Alterna Bamboo line, but the rep from the Josie Maran line was there so I talked to her for a bit. I was so surprised when she placed the oil on my hand & after rubbing it in for a moment it really did sink in & disappear. Normally other serums just sit there, forever, so to know that it is actually capable of sinking into my hair is amazing (not something I've actually been able to test scientifically of course, but seeing as how my hair drinks it up & never gets overly greasy from it...I'll just put it out there as hypothetically sinking in haha). Of course, it's 30 bucks a bottle, so $30 for 2 oz. isn't exactly chump change.Especially being a poor college grad working a part time job to get some money for grad school ;) But, the sales rep told me that the bottle she had lasted her for 9 months, & her hair is wayyy longer than mine (which is something of an asymmetrical pixie cut). So we shall see :) Until I see any less than amazing results, then I will update if they should happen. But, hopefully they will continue to be good :) Overall Rating: 5 Price: 3 (still pretty pricey, but if it really lasts that long, then it's still a pretty good deal). Packaging: 5 Would you buy this again: Yes *Note: If people are wondering about the added silicones, it's because it's necessary for heat protection. If it was just oil then there is a chance that after applying it to your hair & you used heat products, it may literally fry your hair. Such is the same if you were to put pure olive oil or coconut oil on your hair & then attempt to use heat; your hair would fry. So, silicones are needed to make sure that your hair won't be fried by the oil also included within the serum. :)
Treatments -Garnier - Sleek and Shine Moroccan Sleek Oil Treatment
dainaleeo2 7/5/2012 3:10:00 PM
[edit: 8.16.12] Alright, so I still use this, but only on & off. I realized that it's a bit too heavy for my thin, short hair, & since it was leaving my hair far too greasy & making my have to wash my hair every single day (which isn't helping my damage issue, since I then need to flat iron it every day). I found my HG in hair products, along with my It's a 10 Keratin Mist, to be the Josie Maran Argan Oil Serum for hair. So, I'll be using those only because my hair has never looked better, but this is still a good product for those that don't want to or can't afford to shell out the $30 bucks it costs for those other two products. --- [original] Ok, I finally caved & bought this. I didn't want to, since I know I have enough products as it is, but I am a product junkie at heart, so of course I ended up getting it when it was on sale :P I use this both when my hair is damp along with my It's A 10 leave in keratin conditioner, & a small bit when it is dry before flat ironing. Since I haven't found a good thermal spray to date, this is actually by far one of the best. I was using the Nexxus split in mender straightening lotion before, but since you apply it when damp, it left me wary that I was actually protecting my hair (since it's in great condition now & I want it to remain that way). So using a tiny bit of this before straightening does wonders for my hair. It really lets the flat iron glide through my hair effortlessly :) Pros: - Really cheap for what you're getting. The moroccan oil brand itself is super pricey, & my other moroccan oil go to is also around $20, so this for $5 is pretty darn amazing. - I like that it does have some silicone in it so that you can use it as a heat protectant. *Note: i know someone had complained that they used silicone in it, but if you use straight oil on your hair, most oils will not be conducive to using heat as well. You'll just end up literally frying your hair. Silicones are a must for protecting your hair from heat. the oil is the 3rd ingredient as it is, which is pretty good in my book. - It adds a lot of softness to my hair, & even reduces drying time a bit. - There isn't too much fragrance, which can work against my allergies if there is a lot. Cons: - The flip top gives me a bit too much product most times, so it's hard to get the right amount. Not a huge deal but just worth mentioning. Overall this is a great oil :) I've been using oils for quite some time, both naturally & within products, & this is going to be a new staple in my hair care arsenal :) Most times they have a pretty good deal at Target, CVS, or Walgreens, so you can pick it up even cheaper. Worth a shot!
Lotions/ Creams -Unlisted Brand - EXTRA VIRGIN Coconut Oil (All brands)
dainaleeo2 6/22/2012 10:33:00 PM
 Ok, so I wanted to come back to add onto the part about using this on my skin. I've been using it on my skin as a moisturizer for about 2 weeks, roughly, both morning & night. in the morning i use only a little bit & then use my usual Palmers face moisturizer afterwards. At night i apply it after a shower or after placing a hot towel over my face (the steam helps open pores, which helps allow the oil to really sink into your skin better), & then apply my night cream after a few hours (which is either the Ponds rejuviness cream or my Palmers night cream). Wow. my skin has never looked better. I've had such bad acne on my forehead since coming home from college, but this cleared it all up in a matter of days. It's also been clearing out anything on the rest of my face. Some of my old acne scars, i only have a few fyi, are healing as well. That may be from the combo of the coconut oil & the ponds cream, which has lactic acid in it ( a great acid for wrinkles, acne scars, etc). I haven't had a single bad reaction from it to date, & it's nearly 3 weeks. my mom has even been using it & loves it as well. For the record, my brand is Nutiva. :) [original] Like most that have reviewed this, I adore coconut oil, & use it in many of the ways that others have mentioned. Hair: I use it as a pre-treatment & soak my hair in it, something I learned to do before when my hair was so badly damaged from my incessant bleaching. Now that my hair is short (cut off all the damage to start fresh!), I do have to wash it twice rather than once like before, but mostly because my hair is healthier & fine, so it'll get greasy easily if I don't. Face: I just started using it on my face, just a tiny amount, in addition to my grapeseed oil. I need more moisturizing than what the grapeseed alone was doing. So I'll have to report back on this to make sure it's not going to break me out. Diet: I put this in smoothies to help add nutrients to my diet, which in turn helps your skin & hair from the inside! Plus, as an added bonus, ingesting coconut oil as well as extra virgin olive oil (for the good saturated fats that both contain), it helps a lot in terms of cellulite! I have a little, just from poor diet during my college time, so I have realized this really does help aid in that conquest (& I know I'm not the only one here who probably needs a little help with that!) Also, I read something on this forum for girls that grow their hair out really long (long hair forum I believe), that when you soak your hair in coconut oil before coloring or bleaching, it actually will minimize the damage & make the color better than if you didn't use it at all. It was really interesting! I have yet to try it, mostly since I'm sure my hair stylist wouldn't really understand & attempt to wash out the oil before coloring, but I may try giving myself some more highlights in the future by using this method. I just thought I would add that for anyone who wanted to look it up. :)
Shampoo -L'Oreal - EverCreme Cleansing Conditioner
dainaleeo2 2/1/2012 11:29:00 PM
I really like this product! I've been using the 'co-washing' method on & off for some time, normally with the basic Suave conditioners (until they changed the formula & it seems to be somewhat thicker) or the V05 conditioners. I tried the ones from Sally's that were supposed to be like Wen, but those just didn't work out for me at all. When I first saw this, honestly...I'm a huge sucker for new products. When I see shiny new products it's almost too hard for me to resist. These were on sale at Target for $5.99, which wasn't too bad, so I picked up one to test. I'm not a stranger to this so I know they aren't supposed to lather immensely, but surprisingly this one did more than I expected. The trick is to spread the cream on your head, scrub gently with fingers into scalp, let it sit for a moment (wash your body or something in the meantime), & then add a touch of water and scrub again. Voila, some lather! Then rinse :) I add conditioner as well, even though it says you don't need to, since my hair tends to be on the dry side. I picked up another one since I liked it so much, but I do alternate with a gentle sulfate-free shampoo every now & then to get rid of any build up, since I use other styling products as well. All in all I think this is a great cleansing conditioner, one that I'm going to alternate in with my V05 since it is pricier, but it worked great for me :) & to note, I have fine hair, color treated, usually straight with a slight wave on one side of my head, & somewhat dry.
Moisturizers -Palmers - Cocoa Butter Formula Daily Facial Lotion with SPF 15
dainaleeo2 1/23/2012 6:05:00 PM
I love this stuff! I think that I just may have found my HG moisturizer! Though, being the product junkie that I am, I may try other things, but at least I know what I can always return to. I bought this on a whim at Wal-Mart, since it was around $7-8, which is super cheap compared to other moisturizers that I've tried. I was using the new line by Physicans Formula, which was fine, but this stuff seems much more moisturizing. My skin tends to be on the drier side, especially around my nose & mouth, but it doesn't feel greasy. When I need a bit more I just dab a bit on & it seems to work just fine. I have not broken out, which is nice since my skin also tends to be sensitive, & it seems to have helped improve my slightly uneven skintone. I'm also using grape seed oil at night so maybe the combo has helped. I'm curious about the night cream but I'll finish using my Alba Renewal cream & then perhaps test it out :) Definitely worth a shot since it's a great deal, & it's a nice package as well (I love a squeeze tube!).
Conditioner -Unlisted Brand - Proclaim - Argan Oil Intense Hydrating Masque
dainaleeo2 12/5/2011 2:35:00 AM
Alright, so this review is going to be a bit premature, since i have only used it once, but nothing really compels me to write a review that quickly. that in itself is kind of saying something. the ingredients seem to really resonate with my poor, tortured hair! i have used plenty of masks/masques on my hair over the past 2 years, always in search of something that can get my hair back to the state that it was in prior to being bleached within an inch of it's life. then, of course, half a year earlier i bleached it again & now i'm starting back from square one (i just love being a girl sometimes haha). i used this tonight after oiling my hair overnight. I have pretty fine/medium textured hair so even though it's dry it can also get pretty oily fast if i use too much of anything. especially my roots, which i have been growing out for months. after shampooing with my Nature's Gate tea tree shampoo I put this on my hair along with a small touch of Desert Essence coconut conditioner. I left it in for about an hour or two then rinsed it out & just decided to let my hair go wavy. I didn't want to straighten it & most times i get lackluster results even though my hair feels nice when i get out of the shower; it just always looks so -dry-. Now I almost wish i would have flat ironed! it is SO soft & i normally don't touch my hair, but it is seriously that nice. the smell of the product was not offensive, it was rather nice. & didn't irritate my allergies :) i only used a sample pack so i can't attest to the packaging, but i think it's smart for the masques to come in the jar. since the ones i used to buy were expensive, i wanted to make sure i could use every last bit of the product. this isn't too expensive though, & surprisingly has worked so much better than my $30 masques. i'm going to use it again, & then update if anything changes over the last few uses i can get from the sample pack. i also used it in conjunction with a bit of leave in from the Desert Essence coconut conditioner, & then scrunched a bit of the Silk Elements Olive Glossing oil on the ends (which is also a fantastic product!), so i can't attest if the results are solely from the masque but i'm betting on it. i didn't use much of the other products, & i always have to use a bit of something anyway so if they work well together then even better! :) : Well, I used it again, & while it isn't awful & still works well, it wasn't as amazing as the first time. I don't know why that is, but sometimes my hair can be finicky. I recently chopped it all off to a pixie cut, so I don't need as many deep conditioners anyway, but I still think it's a great treatment compared to other products out there that are much more expensive.
Conditioner -Jonathan - Add Moisture Moisturizing Conditioner
dainaleeo2 9/17/2011 9:39:00 PM
Like another reviewer already stated, mine was also pretty darn thin. I also bought mine at TJMaxx, but in the past i've had awesome results from shampoo/conditioners bought from the store. I wonder if it's just this product in general. My hair also felt really dry, & since it's dry already from all of the bleach i've done over the last few months, I don't need any help in that area. my hair has recovered a lot after cutting it super short, so I don't want to re-do any damage again now that it's back to a healthier state. I didn't use much so i'm hoping maybe i can return it, or at the very least get store credit, since i bought the big liter bottle that cost me $10 :\ i would have zero other use for it. the ingredients list looked good so i don't know what the problem is with this product. i generally use natural products as well so that was what attracted me, & it seemed a good deal for the size, but sadly this is something i'm going to try to return & if i can't either swap it or use it as shaving cream. sad.
Conditioner -Aveeno - Nourish + Condition Leave-In Treatment
dainaleeo2 7/20/2011 3:18:00 PM
I totally forgot I even had this product until recently! i'm moving so i ended up finding this in my ever growing stash of products. The first time i used it, I think I only stopped using it because I didn't seem much of a difference. However, using it recently on my -heavily- bleached hair [now white-platinum], it works like a dream. My hair needs the protein in this & the moisture, so it works wonders! My hair feels so soft despite being damaged, & I think having used this [as well as a lot of other things] before getting my hair done really helped to keep it healthy. It is a bit pricy, I think around...$7.50 at Walgreens/CVS & possibly $6 ish at target/Walmart? Don't quote me on it. But it's a bit pricy for a drugstore item & on a college budget, but I have paid more for things that don't work as well, so in the end at least I'm getting what I paid for :] I will continue to use this until I see that it isn't as efficient any longer.
I bought this the other day when I ran out of my other dry shampoo spray [the Got 2 Be one...rock & roll or something, silver can]. This one is definitely more in my price range as a poor college student, being only $2.70 or something, as opposed to $6 for the other one. The smell is a bit more pleasant, though I haven't found a dry shampoo that isn't a bit overpowering. I guess it's because I have to use a bit so the smell gets overwhelming, not to mention I have allergies. But, this one isn't bad, & it goes away after a bit so no harm. I just have to remember to put on the fan :] It does smell like pineapple, I agree with that. It did absorb the oil a bit better than my other one, but I noticed that it is WAY more white & powdery than the Got 2 Be. I have wavy hair so I tried to rub it all completely, since I can't brush it through unless my hair is straight, so there was still a hint on my roots [dark blonde]. However, I kind of light it because as someone that bleaches their hair platinum, this sort of gives it a bit more oomph. It makes it nice & piecey as well, so I think it works for my hair color. If your hair is darker you may need to really make sure it's all absorbed/rubbed in or else you may have faintly grey looking roots. I think this is what I will switch over to unless I find any other issues. I'll update after I've used it a bit longer as well :]
[FYI: this is for the gradual tanner, not the instant one. This is for 'Glow & Steady' instead of 'Strike Gold', since I realized that after I posted. The other isn't listed so I'm just adding the review here :) ] I bought this stuff today, though I have bought it in the past & used it many times. I used to buy it when they had it on sale, i think 2 for $15 or something, because it's usually around $15 for one alone which is pretty pricy. I bought it again today because while at the mall they had these, the lotion kind, in a bin for 75% off. They ended up only being around $3~, which is awesome, so I bought 3 :) As for the product, I like it, probably enough to give it 4 stars, though I don't like the gel nearly as much as I like the spray of this same line. Generally sprays are just easier for me, & tend to make my chest actually retain color, which is the area on my body that NEVER seems to tan. I don't know why but my stomach will be 7 times darker than my chest, as if it's the only place that never colors. But i digress. This stuff is still pretty good. It's the build-able kind, not the straight dark color in one go, which is suppose is good for some, or those not as experienced with tanners. I've done this for years & years, & used to work as a spray tan tech at a salon, so I usually want the actual color in one application. For the cheap price I won't mind having to do it more than once. It also has spf 15 which is nice. The smell doesn't bother me, since the sprays are usually more intense & really get in your nose if you aren't careful, so this is actually not as bad. It's a bit glittery, which I don't truly care for, but this one isn't obvious; its more sheer. It does take longer to dry than my other ones, but then at least it does give me a chance to rub it all in, so I rarely streak. It can get a bit orange if you over do it, but...well, I personally don't mind entirely. I'd rather be a wee touch of orange than super pale, just my personal preference, so that doesn't bother me. Overall it's pretty good, I got it at a cheap price, so for me it'll work. I think there are better ones out there but this one is better than some others I've tried [I'm looking at you, L'Oreal!] :)
This stuff is great! My hair is in pretty good condition, since I've been taking care of it religiously ever since this bleaching fiasco that I had nearly 2 years ago. Since then my hair has still been through some trauma, more bleach & dye jobs, but at long last I have laid off the dye, the harsh products, even the heat [except for my fringe bangs], so my hair is much better. I want to get it within even better condition & make sure that it remains that way so that it will continue to grow healthy & strong, & since my hair responds well to most oils, I wanted to add another to my arsenal. I previously used [& still do on/off] Macadamia Nut Oil healing oil, which has argan oil & macadamia oil, but for some reason it didn't do much for my hair. It's also pretty heavy, & since my blonde hair is pretty fine [there's just a lot of it], it really made it greasy quickly, despite the amount I used. I wanted to try something lighter. I used the new John Frieda full repair oil but I don't know how much of a difference it made, so I grabbed this when I was at Sally's the other day. Yea, It's pretty pricy. 12.99 for the little bottle seems a lot, but I barely used a dime size, & that is for both the amount i added when it was damp, then small bits on the ends before I flat ironed. It is really light & the fact that you don't need much, especially if you're like me & don't wash your hair every day, then this will last a long time. Most of my oils i have -barely- used even half, so really unless you have super unruly, thick hair, or really porous hair that will suck it all up, I think most times it's justified in the price. Plus, the fact that the main ingredient is 3rd in the list means that they didn't skimp, like some do, & add it towards the end with fillers before that. So it's pretty high quality. It left my wavy hair smooth, super shiny & soft, sleek, & frizz free, which is a miracle, after i flat ironed. I normally don't straighten but I did on a whim today to see how much my hair had grown, & man does it look GOOD. I haven't used much of it but anything that can make me this impressed this quickly says something. I will update with more use of course. But this is a real winner, & if the 'Miracle 7' is some sort of dupe for 'It's a 10' then I like it SO much better than the main line. I used it's a 10 & never got these sort of results I did from this. :)
Treatments -Frederic Fekkai - Protein RX Anti-Breakage Treatment Mask
dainaleeo2 6/5/2011 11:14:00 PM
This. product. is. AMAZING. it may sound extreme, but literally...my hair has been dying a slow death for some time now. A week ago I tried lightening my coppery hair a bit to a darker, neutral blonde, but it was a disaster; hot roots with ends that changed only faintly. Tried to darken the roots a bit to make it match, horrible. Now thank goodness it has faded, so it's manageable, but i didn't even want to attempt going to a salon to destroy it further; i wanted to get it healthy again. I used my It's A 10 mask, it helped a bit. Then i used the Macadamia Nut Oil mask, it helps a bit too. Still, my hair felt squeaky [in that over processed, about to break manner], & horribly dry, not to mention porous & over processed. So, I stumbled upon this on the Ulta website, & immediately had to read reviews. Everything was positive that I found over the web, & despite the $30 price tag...it is still cheaper than one deep conditioning at the salon [usually $25], & then having it stripped & colored again. I have used this twice & WOW. My hair was soft & shiny, & today I flat ironed it after using the mask [just to see how it would look, I usually just wear it in my natural loose wave], & it looks flawless. it looks as if I haven't done a single horrible thing to it. It didn't dry magically straight & smooth, I did have to flat iron it, but it took a handful of minutes to transform my slightly proofy, yet soft, hair into smooth, sleek, & flawless. It's not a miracle but I think it as close to one as I will get & that works for me! Hopefully using this in conjunction with laying off the heat tools & color will nurse my hair back to health :) I think this mask is truly amazing & whatever ingredients in it are working for my hair, well I will continue using it :) I really suggest it to anyone who has dry, damaged hair. For the record i used it on towel dried hair, putting a shower cap over my hair to have some heat to have it work even deeper. That seemed to do the trick.
PUT REVIEWS FOR THE TREATMENT HERE!! Sorry, I had to finally add one for the treatment, since people were putting reviews under the SHAMPOO & it was kind of ticking me off because the shampoo is fabulous, & putting ratings for the TREATMENT under the shampoo isn't a fair rating of the shampoo. Creating a new listing isn't that hard people. /end rant. Alright, so onto the review :) On the package it does say that for highlighted hair or lighter hair to do a strand test, which I did. My hair did not turn that brassy so I decided to go through with the entire treatment the next day. It is pretty labor intensive, & I have short hair, so be prepared to spend the better half of the day with this. It took me around...I'll estimate an hour & a half but my hair is just brushing my shoulders, so those with long hair it will most likely take around 3 hours [from the reviews I've seen on Amazon]. I had to take small breaks & went much slower with the flat ironing process because my hair was so hot that it did hurt to touch it with my fingers. I wanted my hair to cool in between the flat ironings [since you are supposed to go over it a few times to seal the product in], & I feel as if that also lessened the heat damage [even if there is supposed to be some form of protectant in the treatment, as it says on the bottle]. While I was flat ironing I did see a few fumes, but since I didn't over saturate the hair they weren't that bad & disappeared quickly. The treatment did not smell that bad at all, & I really did not notice it that much. I think that's because I did not over saturate the hair, which they say not to anyway, so that helped. My hair does feel coated but that comes with the BKT process, since I've had one done in a salon before so I know what to expect. As for my blonde that I have in front, it did discolor it a small bit, but it wasn't really that awful. Some of it washed out when I finally got to wash after the 48 hours & returned to normal, but the ends seemed to hold onto a small bit of the brass. Well, it was more just tinged yellow than actually brassy, & the front parts are normally a platinum ash blonde. I think it may be because the ends are more damaged, & coupled with the treatment & the high heat that could be why. It was easy to remedy, since I had a box of Revlon Colorsilk laying around, so just putting some of the light ash blonde on the parts that were brassy fixed it up immediately [& didn't damage my hair at all :) I only left it on for around 10 minutes though, so I wouldn't suggest over doing it with a toner or whatever else you use to remedy this]. My hair is SO soft & SO shiny! Honestly, my hair hasn't been this nice since I was a young teenager who hadn't colored her hair :P At 22, I have been every color in the hair spectrum, & now that I'm taking good care of my hair this will certainly help. It will help me by just not having to heat style, & when I do it's only a little. My hair is bone straight after air drying :) My hair is somewhat straight by nature, with some wave pattern here or there, & it has a fine texture. That may be why it left mine SO so straight, but I've read of others getting similar results with other types of hair. It also eliminated the frizz I get which is the main reason I did this. Hopefully by taking good care of it, babying it, & stretching out the times I wash I can make this last even longer. I hardly used any of the product in the bottle so there is enough left for probably 2 more treatments, so the price is quite justifiable, dirt cheap even when you compare it to the BKTs in salons [mine was 250 :\ ick! Only lasted a month as well!]. I may try to upload some pictures to my profile later if anyone would like to see how my hair is naturally vs. how it is now with the treatment :)  Turned my hair orange :\ I forgot to come back & edit that, but yea, this is a no go for me anymore. i used it twice, maybe 3 times if i remember correctly, & it just didn't work out the way i wanted. it didn't leave my hair very straight for long either, which is a bummer. thankfully i ended up just chopping my hair off to a pixie cut & starting over, & my hair has never been better.
Conditioner -TRESemme - Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner
dainaleeo2 3/22/2011 4:22:00 PM
Wow! I'm usually really skeptical about any product, since my hair [even if it's fine] apparently can never be actually mositurized by any product claiming to do just that. Most times it just feels dry & stiff, & I rarely even use heat on my wavy hair! It's color treated & highlighted blonde, so it's VERY dry even if it's recovered a lot over the past year. I have used so many products to tame my picky hair & while some do work well, this is actually amazing to me. I'm hard to impress this much. I used it as a CO-wash today, then after washing I added a bit more to the ends, which are really thirsty, & then let it sit while I shaved my legs. After rinsing I admit it was not the softest feeling. It wasn't bad, but I think because of the lack of silicones, it just didn't have that silky smooth feeling. That's alright though, because cones build up on my hair pretty easily & I've been using silicone free products for a long time anyway. I added a small bit as a leave in while I was scrunching it & then just let it air dry. Wow. My hair is SO soft. I didn't need gel or mousse, anything at all, to achieve my natural wave pattern. They were so soft & defined, whereas yesterday my waves were....crunchy & just awful. Even my bangs, which I flat iron, are super soft & my hair does have a nice sheen! I really adore this product so far. Of course the review is premature since this is the first time I've used this particular conditioner, but I will update most definitely! I was just so shocked at the result that I had to write something. The reviews really give the product justice :) [ Edit ] Well, I've been using this ever since the initial review, & I love it now just as much as I loved it then :) I actually use it within this mixture/recipe used over on a different forum, called the SMT, & it really boosts the effectiveness of the conditioner. Sometimes I use it to CO-wash with but for my hair, which is fine/wavy, it can be a bit too thick/moisturizing, so I only do it when my hair needs a kick & I won't really be going anywhere. I really love this stuff though. it makes my hair have such nice waves, & when I use a small bit as a leave in conditioner it always leaves my dry ends super soft :) I wanted to try the new one I've seen advertised, the smooth vitality or something like that, which has coconut oil, since I'm almost out of this one. Either way I'll end up repurchasing :)