Lotions/ Creams -Kiehls - Ultimate Strength Hand Salve
emorris4 8/20/2012 11:52:00 AM
Ohhhhhhh this is good stuff. The Tampa airport happened to have a mini Kiehls store and I felt like parting with some of my money. They let me try it before buying. It's a very thick cream, but also absorbs very well (a dab will do ya.. you only need a pea sized amount). I've tried a slew of hand lotions (Neutrogena, Eucerin, Suave, Aveeno, Curel...) and this is one of the best. Ironically I'd say the second best is a Suave hand lotion that they no longer make (~$3). Sigh. Yes this one is pricier than the other ones, but not by that much. I spend $14. Neutrogena/other brands can be around $8.
Wow. I stayed at a Courtyard Marriott and this was the conditioner they provided in the bathrooms (yeahhh I use the hotel shampoo/conditioner.. I'm ashamed). This stuff is awesome! It made my hair SO soft. Like really really soft.. I can't stop touching my hair it feels so good. I'm going to buy a bottle this week it's that good. Good job Marriott/Paul Mitchell.. how often do people end up buying a shampoo/conditioner because of a hotel?
This is good stuff. I'm really surprised by the reviews. It definitely gets the job done for me. I just follow the directions: spray from ~8" away & brush it through. It sops up any grease in my hair. Yes it leaves a residue but it looks fine. Sometimes it's harder to rub it in all the way, particularly at my crown, but it still isn't noticeable. I'm sure there are better alternatives, but for $3 and needing a quick fix, this is great. For reference, I've also tried Tresemme dry shampoo (AWFUL, it's so hard to blend in compared to this stuff) and Oscar Blandi dry shampoo in powder form. The powder works but it's much more cumbersome and when I accidentally overdo it, it can be hard to fix my mistakes. Also, Oscar Blandi is like $20. So for the price, Suave dry shampoo is pretty damn good.
Lotions/ Creams -Curel - Curel Targeted Therapy Hand & Cuticle Cream
emorris4 3/14/2012 1:50:00 PM
It's good. Absorbs faster than other hand lotions. The key is to not use that much, but that's the key with a lot of hand lotions. Dont squirt a huge dollop onto your hands and then expect it to absorb quickly. I won't buy it again just because I've found better hand lotions (Neutrogena and even Suave). Also, the 3.5oz bottle isn't conducive to all the traveling I do. In fact I just looked it up and the TSA allows you to bring 3.4oz containers of liquid on planes. Soo it's too big. Most other hand lotion containers are ~3 oz (except Aveeno's which I also like but it's way too big).
Lip Treatments -eos - Smooth Sphere Organic Lip Balm in Honeysuckle Honeydew
emorris4 3/14/2012 11:07:00 AM
Honestly, it sucks. I bought it because I'm a sucker for packaging. It doesn't do anything to moisturize my lips. Like it doesn't penetrate my lips and provide lasting moisture, if that makes sense. Yeah, there is a layer of moisture on my lips from the stupid lip balm but my lips don't feel any better. Chapstick, Palmers, Vaseline do such a better job. I might throw this away too. I'm pretty disappointed. At least their hand lotion is decent.
Hair Styling Tools -Remington - T-Studio Pearl Curling Wand
emorris4 1/2/2012 4:22:00 PM
Wonderful! If it weren't for makeupalley, I wouldn't have bought this product. I can't for the life of me curl my hair with a curling iron, and this curling wand worked very well. I bought the 1/2-1" barrel. I have long hair and was able to get the Victoria's Secret waves I've sought after. My hair is naturally wavy but if I let it air dry or dry with a diffuser, the waves are kind of unpredictable and potentially frizzy. The curling wand basically gives me my natural waves but makes them look shinier/just perfect. Using it does take practice. I suggest watching a youtube video. Be sure to hold the barrel upside down (handle up, barrel pointing down) and use your gloved hand to wrap the hair around the barrel. Before using, I actually straightened my hair to make it easier. The curls/waves lasted pretty long, but I also put a lot of hairspray in my hair. I definitely recommend buying this.
Where to start? I like this product, I will use it again, BUT there are a lot of flaws/things to keep in mind Pro -It lasts. I've only had them on a day, so I don't want to jump the gun, but I'm very challenged when it comes to painting my nails and this has already outlasted any manicure I've given myself. If it doesn't last the 10 days, it's because I was a little sloppy when putting them on and I already know what I'll do differently next time -NO DRYING TIME! This is so important to me. I'm too impatient to wait for my nails to dry and/or I put too many coats on and it gets smudgy and there's air bubbles -The pattern options. They're pretty cool -If you have short nails/tiny nail beds, you can get two uses out of each box which is a BIG plus -$10 for two uses is pretty solid to me.. I don't think the price is steep at all. It lasts a long time and is cheaper than a manicure. I guess if you're a pro at doing your nails though, it isnt worth it. I can't paint my own nails for the life of me. Cons -The packaging? I think this might address most people's issues with this product, so READ THIS and beware? Maybe? I bought three colors. I bought the 3rd color because it was 75% off ($2.75 total). I tried that one first. The strips were all dried out and some cracked as I applied them to my nails. Some of them stuck to my nails but not really. The one I paid full price for had no issues. So I suggest not buying them if they're deeply discounted (buy one get one half off is fine I'm guessing). But this is definitely an issue. Did CVS know something I didn't? Did Sally Hansen tell them these have a shelf life and they need to go? If a drugstore doesn't act on that or turn product over fast enough, the buyer can get kind of screwed. -Learning curve. Unless you are just plain awesome, you probably won't apply these perfectly the first time around. Like other reviews, I suggest following the directions to a T and watching an instructional video on youtube. Obviously wipe your nails down with nail polish remover and wash your hands. -The color selection. Most besides Raise A Glass aren't work appropriate. So pleaseeeeeeee Sally Hansen, make more for the corporate woman! I don't have time to keep getting mani/pedis and would love to spend my money on you. Other notes: Not to discredit other peoples review's, but unless your product was faulty (very possible! see above), I don't see how so many people have had problems applying this to their nails. Also, if you have particularly long nail beds, you might run into a problem. I can't speak on removal yet but will update this review.
Lotions/ Creams -Neutrogena - Norwegian Formula Fast Absorbing Hand Cream
emorris4 12/14/2011 10:56:00 AM
Definitely fast absorbing! I think this might be my favorite and I've tried several hand creams/lotions. Fast absorbing is really all I look for in a hand lotion... soo this one's a winner.
Lotions/ Creams -Vaseline - Intensive Care Healthy Hand and Nail Lotion
emorris4 12/14/2011 10:54:00 AM
This might be tied for my favorite hand lotion. It doesn't leave a greasy residue on my hands at all. I wash my hands a lot at work and use moisturizer right after, especially in the winter so my hands don't dry up. No residue on my laptop. Definitely purchasing again.
Lotions/ Creams -Eucerin - Eucerin PLUS Intensive Repair Hand Creme
emorris4 12/14/2011 10:50:00 AM
I'm satisfied with the moisturizing aspect of this lotion. I might be the only one based on the other reviews, but it leaves my hands greasy. Not super greasy like a regular lotion/body lotion, but compared to other hand lotions that I've tried. I wash my hands a lot at work and the last thing I want is greasy residue on my laptop keyboard. So I'd say this is a good product, but I'll be buying other hand moisturizers over this one in the future.
Treatments -Nexxus - Pro-Mend Split End Binding Targeted Leave-In Treatment
emorris4 8/28/2011 11:52:00 AM
Definitely buying this again. As one reviewer noted, it leaves a "tacky" feeling in your hair. That was the case for me initially, but then I started using slightly less of the product and did a better job of distributing it more evenly and it was no longer a problem. Even when my hair did feel "tacky", after I straightened my hair, that was no longer an issue. Ever since I started using this product in conjunction with John Freida Full Repair serum, my hair has become so soft and healthy. My stylist noted that I didn't have very many split ends the last time I got my haircut. Another perk: it smells amazing. I always catch myself smelling my hair after using it.
After vaseline and Palmer's, this is my favorite thing to put on my lips. The tingling sensation feels great (unless my lips are too chapped, but that doesn't happen any more). It moisturizes for a long time and I feel like I'm not constantly reapplying. Yes, I'd say the downfall is the medicinal smell, but oh well. It's not like you walk around smelling of carmex.. it's just at the time of the initial application.
I'm going to agree with the previous reviewer- everyone should have a tub of this stuff. It's by far my favorite lip treatment. I put it on my lips every other night. In the winter, I slather it on my feet and wear socks to sleep and it really helps repair the damage I did to my feet over the summer. I use it to remove eye makeup. It's seriously awesome.
Yes this scrub is kind of harsh. And apparently too harsh for the face.. but I feel like that means its working. My face always comes out smoother after using it. I did switch to the St. Ives green tea formula for my face, but I do like to use it on my body. I'm not a dermatologist, but it seems like my arms and legs can handle the granules of sand, and my skin truly is softer after.
Yup I'm going to agree with all the reviews. This mask is no frills, super cheap and gets the job done. The mint is kind of cooling as it dries up my skin. But not a bad drying.. the kind of drying where you feel your pores shriveling up and disappearing. It's great.