Best protein treatment you can get. The first time I used this it was a total hail Mary pass when my hair was literally melting. It was damaged well beyond what I thought was salvageable, so lacking in protein that when it was wet I couldn't feel individual hairs, just a uniform mush. My hair was still damaged crap after using the treatment, but I STILL HAD HAIR! I wouldn't have been able to save any of it had I used my normal salon protein treatments. It smells gross and it's a pain to apply, but it works. I've never used another product that could add so much strength and elasticity back to my hair. It's a heavy reconstructor, made for severely damage hair. This shouldn't be used unless you know that your hair problems are due to a lack of protein. This is not a conditioner, and it will not make your hair feel soft and conditioned. If you use this on hair that is lacking moisture it will make it dry and brittle. You need to deep condition after, and you need to continue to condition with a moisturizing conditioner that doesn't contain protein.
It's hard to write a glowing review of a product that has no WOW factor, but that's what I want to do for this. It's a great everyday blush. The colour is exactly what I'm looking for. It gives a natural flush with no sparkles, heavy shimmer or streakyness. I'm very pale and most blushes give the appearance of my face being dirty, or having rosacea. This looks just right. Application is so smooth. The colour is buildable, and blends really nicely. The packaging is cute, but I wouldn't trust the magnetic closure to keep it closed in my bag.
I've only tried the metallics, but all four that I tried were amazing. The colour is very bright and it is wearable with only one coat. It went on smooth with very little streaking. For a metallic with such good coverage it's fantastic to have such little streaking. It dried quickly. With two thin coats it didn't dent at all after it dried. I did my toe nails and went to bed less than ten minutes later. I woke up with them looking perfect. I'm super impressed with these polishes, especially given how cheap they were. I'll be sure to pick up more colours.
Gels/Soaps -Philosophy - Vanilla Birthday Cake 3-in-1
feelingcold 10/13/2011 10:39:00 PM
Smells like plastic. Really sharp, artificial smell under the sad attempt at vanilla.
Pressed Powders -L'Oreal - True Match Super-Blendable Powder
feelingcold 10/9/2011 3:19:00 PM
I have really pale skin and any nontranslucent powder is likely to fail. This didn't just fail, it was one of the worst pressed powders I've tried. The colour match was perfect, but it gave me that caked on, dry powdery goth look. It stuck to every hair and flake of dry skin. It looked unnatural and powdery even with a setting spray. Even with light, brushed on coverage, it didn't stay evenly distributed. It settled into the corners at the side of my nose, and in the fine hairs around my eyebrows. Horrible.
I'm loving this as an undereye concealer and as a highlighter. I purchased the lightest shade the first time around and found it looked very, very pale yellow on my face. I rarely have trouble with makeup being too light, but this clearly gave the too light concealer under eyes look that makes your face look weird and flat. I now use this colour in the inner corners of my eyes and as a highlighter. I got the natural beige next and this colour matched as a concealer. It's still very light, but not as yellow/white. This is the only concealer I've been able to use under my eyes without it creasing and looking horrible. I don't even have to set it with powder, it just stays put. It's easy to blend (with fingers, not the useless pen brush) and doesn't cling to dry patches. It covers redness really well and I've started using it on the bridge of my nose where my skin is permanently red. I like that this doesn't looked caked on, or like I am wearing makeup. I like that I don't have to check during the day to see if I look like I'm melting.
I couldn't get the consistency right for it to actually remove hair. If it was too cool I couldn't get a thin enough layer, but if it was too warm it wouldn't grip the hair and would just leave my legs a slimy mess. The smell started off pleasant but overwhelmingly strong. After sitting in a cloud of perfume for ten minutes waiting for the 'wax' to cool enough to grip my hair the scent started to make me feel ill. I never got to the second leg, I just gave up and got into the shower to wash this junk off. I can't see the point in paying for this when normal waxing and sugaring is so incredibly cheap and actually removes hair.
I purchased this in travel size after getting to my hotel and realizing I'd forgotten to bring anything to wash my face. It was nearly 11pm and my choices were limited. I figured I'd use this for a couple of days and then throw it out once I had my facial wash back. After the first use my skin felt squeaky and I expected my skin to break out. It didn't. I used it some more and my skin continued to feel fine. Once I got home I shelved it and forgot about it until I had a bad reaction to a new product and my face went crazy. I stopped being able to use anything on my skin other than water. My face was at the point where even cetaphil was causing extreme redness and swelling. I looked permanently sunburned and I hurt. I had gone a few days without washing my face when I decided to try this. I lathered the soap on my hands, and then gently rubbed them on my face. My skin felt a little sore and tight but it calmed down pretty quickly. I continued to use this once a day and every day my skin became less itchy and sore feeling. After about a month I could reintroduce products.
This is a bar soap and it leaves your skin bar soap squeaky clean. It is drying and I'm happy I can use other products now because I didn't like how tight this made my skin, but it was a godsend when I needed it. I still use this when my skin gets really sensitive and won't tolerate other products.
Every time I buy a different razor I regret not having purchased this instead. Very close shave, very little irritation. The cost is worth getting my legs hair free in a couple minutes without any cuts. When I use 'feminine' razors I'm often left with patches of stubbly short hair that I need to reshave after I get out of the shower. This causes irritation, and it's a pain in the but. I have no interest in shaving my legs three times in order to get them smooth, and I'm not a fan of proping my legs up on the sink so I can twist around searching for stubble patches.
Toners -RoC - Dermatologic Purif-AC Exfoliating Lotion
feelingcold 9/4/2011 3:11:00 AM
It cleans off the last bits of makeup and tightens pores the way any decent toner will. My skin looks good for two or three days, but then it causes me to break out like crazy. I get weird dry, red patches of skin on my cheeks and break out in tiny pimples. I'm not sure if I'm having a reaction to an ingredient in this or if it's just too harsh for my skin.
Best highlighter I've used. It blend easily, looks natural, and doesn't break me out. The highlighting effect is really pretty and doesn't look obvious or glittery. It gives your skin a healthy glow and adds definition. The price isn't bad since a full size bottle seems to last me forever. The applicator isn't great, but it's never been a problem for me. I usually apply it directly to my fingers and pat, then blend it on to my face directly after putting on foundation or moisturizer depending on how much makeup I'm wearing. Don't apply it over powder, obviously.
I've worn this once. I jogged to work and stayed pretty dry. I was happy until about an hour later when I passed a mirror and noticed large yellow stains in the armpits of my dark blue shirt. I rinsed my shirt in the sink, put it in the drier for a few minutes and then put it back on. The stains seemed to get worse, and I think they be slight bleaching rather than staining. I spent my work day in a slightly damp top with hideous looking yellow pit stains. This is going in the garbage. I'd rather wear nothing and get sweaty than ruin more of my shirts. Sweat evaporates, but these hideous looking stains seem to be there for good.
Have you ever had one of those super cheap lollipops that is opaque white, with splotches of different colours on it? You could buy them in strips of ten at the dollar store, and the outside was always a bit soft. This soap smells exactly like those lollipops. For me this is fantastic. I'm guessing that for other people it would be a bad thing. The soap works just fine as a soap. It doesn't do anything fancy, but it doesn't wreck your skin. The only reason to shell out the big bucks is the scent, and you'll have to test that yourself. The smells is more overpowering in the shower then when you sniff the dry soap, so get a sample or buy a very small slice first.
It smelled nice and worked ok for a natural deodorant, but it made break out in a huge red rash. I had big patches of red, peeling, itchy skin in my armpits for nearly a week after I stopped using this. I couldn't wear any deodorant for a while after because my skin was so messed up that applying anything hurt.
Styling Products -Got 2 Be - Smooth Operator Smoothing Satin Drops
feelingcold 7/30/2011 1:55:00 PM
I found this while wandering around a 24 hour drugstore in the middle of the night. If it had not been for the insomnia driven shopping spree I would never have given it a chance. It was cheap. The bottle makes it look like a toy product you use on a doll. It smells like candy. Despite all that, it works!
I use to use Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum to tame frizz but I couldn't find it after I moved. I tried a whole bunch of hair serums and sprays that had roughly the same ingredients, looking for something that would tame flyaways and add some shine. They were all useless or caused my hair to look greasy. This does everything I want it to do- it adds a huge amount of shine without ever looking greasy. It tames flyaways and defines my curls without weighing my hair down. It makes my hair feel really soft. It doesn't require you to use exactly the right amount on exactly the right bit of your hair or risk turning your head into a disgusting greasy mess. I do a quick towel of my hair, add one squirt to my hands, rub them together and then through the length of my hair, concentrating on the ends. I then rub my mostly clean of product hands through the hair at my scalp. Flip my hair upside down and towel it mostly dry, and my hair is done.
The shine from this is amazing. After I started using it people asked if I had dyed my hair.