This has always been my go-to mascara. I haven't used it for a couple of years, but I had a coupon and decided to get it in carbon black. This is terrible! Has the quality gone down, or was it always like this? For the last couple of years I have been using more high-end brands, and in contrast this is just terrible! It flakes, clumps, and is not build able at all! This is going right into the trash after three attempts of getting it right. The only good thing I can say about it is that it is truly a deep black, and is easily removed. Bye, L'Oreal mascara! Never gonna use you again!
I currently started developing waves after having had stick straight hair my whole life. As a result of this I had to learn how to deal with this new texture. It also seemed to get more frizzy and dry as well, but that could be my age creeping up on me (I'm 43). My hair is a little longer than my shoulders, dyed medium blonde with some highlights and with natural beachy waves. I have stopped using products without sulfates and silicones after reading about wavy and curly hair online. I tried 'plopping' (google it) instead of drying my hair the ordinary way, but it doesn't seem to make much of a difference for me, so I stopped doing that. Instead I got the DevaCurl gloves. I paid around $20 for them. They are made of a finer fabric than ordinary towels (microfiber?), and are really soft. They look a lot like floppy basketball gloves or Mickey Mouse's gloves, I guess. After cleaning my hair with L'Oreal EverCurl Hydrating Conditioner (see my review) I gently squeeze water out of my hair with a towel. Then I tilt my head forward after putting on the gloves. I gently squeeze/scrunch the hair, and when the front of the gloves start feeling wet I simply change hands and use them on the other side. When I throw my hair back again my natural beach wavy hair has emerged. If I just let my hair air dry this way it would look good when dry, but way too frizzy for my liking. So I tilt my head forward again and scrunch in five to six pumps of L'Oreal EverCurl Silk&Gloss Dual Oil Care Spray (which I also reviewed). I throw hair back again, and let it air dry until 95% dry. But it will still be too frizzy! My next step is to twirl it around in a bun on top of my head, and leave it like that for a couple of hours. This makes it really smooth and gives it big waves as well as some added volume. I would almost call the way it looks glamorous and gorgeous, quite frankly. Usually I add a little more of the Silk&Gloss where needed, and I'm ready to go. Since my hair doesn't get greasy I only wash it twice a week. Most nights I put it back in the bun on top of my head, and my hair only takes a minute or two to style with some more Silk&Gloss in the morning. As a conclusion: I would highly recommend the DevaGloves to anyone wanting to enhance their curls and waves, but you will probably need something to help with the frizz as well.
Conditioner -L'Oreal - EverCurl Hydracharge Cleansing Conditioner
fridge666 4/19/2013 1:13:00 PM
This is possibly the best hair product I have ever tried. I got this because I have put myself on a sulfate-free hair diet. The reason for that is that my hair keeps getting more and more dry and frizzy even though I was using top-shelf products. My age (43) could be a factor, I should add. I also dye my hair, but I have done that most of my life. About two months ago I tried to quit using hair products containing sulfates and also silicones. The reason for the latter is that you supposedly need sulfates to get rid of silicones in your hair, so I stopped using both. First I started using one of the L'Oreal sulfate-free shampoos. It worked pretty well, but I had to look for a product to add gloss and moisture to my hair after washing and conditioning. I started using L'Oreal EverCurl Silk& Gloss, and I really like it (I reviewed that also). Since I just recently started getting wavy hair I was looking to try more of the EverCurl products. Enter L'Oreal EverCurl Hydracharge Cleansing Conditioner: From what I understand this is founded on the same principles as the Wen products; you don't have to add harsh, oil-stripping shampoos to clean your hair. I have hair just below my shoulders, and usually use around fifteen pumps of this every time I wash my hair. I work it through my hair, and although it doesn't really produce a lather, it feels like it cleans my hair. Since it is a shampoo and conditioner in one, this is all I need. I then use a banana clip and pile it on top of my hair for a couple of minutes. It rinses out pretty easily, and I immediately feel that my hair is moisturized, healthy and clean. My hair is the most shiny and bouncy it has ever been. I highly recommend this to anyone, although it may not work as well if your hair gets greasy really quickly.
Hair Styling Tools -Conair - ConairPro Yellowbird 2000 Turbo Dryer - 2000 Watts
fridge666 3/17/2013 5:08:00 PM
I've had this for close to nine (9) years now, and it works just as well as when I first got it. Amazing!
My hair is super frizzy these days, so I decided to try to go sulfate-free to see if that would help. My hair is five inches below my shoulders, color treated and naturally wavy. I've had super straight hair my whole life, but after I had my second child my hair turned wavy seemingly overnight. Strangely my second child's hair is also wavy. Oh well. Just a digression. I am trying to learn how to style my hair with this new hair texture, and going sulfate-free has been somewhat of a struggle. I am using L'Oreal's sulfate-free hydrating shampoo, and then a Joico conditioner. Before I used a silicone-based gloss serum after removing excess water from my hair, but I have been struggling to find a silicone-free product to replace this. Enter L'Oreal's EverCurl line. I spotted this and two more new EverCurl products while browsing the aisles, and decided to try this one. It is a dual-phase formula that you shake up before spraying on. I flip my hair forward and spray three or four times into the back and ends of my hair. I rake my finger through my hair to detangle and distribute the product. Then I wait for it to almost dry, spray a couple of times into my hand and then apply just to the parts that need more. It has no holding power. I twist my hair in five cork-screw like portions, and when it dries I have, if I may say so myself, pretty darn gorgeous hair. It is soft and frizz-free. I really, really like this thus far. My hair doesn't look greasy, and the frizz seems to be gone for now. It is actually easier to use than the Organix Coconut glossing serum I used before, and it smells great. Next I'm going to try the other two styling products in the EverCurl line.
Tis is bad. It was probably intended to be warm, yet fresh and clean, but it smells like a cleaning product with a drop of musk. Hate it!
I love Frownies! I have been using them for about ten years now, although not every night. I'm 41 and wrinkle free, and really think using the Frownies has something to do with that. If I don't use them for a couple of weeks my frown lines become way more pronounced. I actually like the way the way they make me relax my forehead, and often put one on if I have a headache for the sense of facial relaxation it gives me. I will continue to use Frownies forever unless I cave in and start getting Botox injections eventually. The reason I haven't yet is that I have no wrinkles and also because I worry about the long term effects of it. Frownies is the safe, albeit slow. alternative.
Moisturizers -DDF - Protect and Correct UV Moisturizer SPF 15
fridge666 5/22/2011 10:11:00 AM
I just bought my second bottle, although it is probably a little too rich for summer. It is really moisturizing, and was just right for my dry skin this winter. The cream has a cream colour as well as a slight mica shimmer making the skin look luminous. It feels really good on my skin, but I wish it had a higher spf. I usually mix it with sunscreen, which also makes it less rich for daytime use. As to the "correcting" properties I haven't really been noticing anything, but I am currently using a retinol cream, so it would be hard to tell. This is a great cream that I would highly recommend for a dry skin type. I didn't see it on my latest trip to Sephora, though, so it might be discontinued. I bought mine at T.J. Maxx for $15.
Treatments -Peter Thomas Roth - Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads
fridge666 10/30/2010 9:53:00 PM
These are awesome! I used maybe ten pads before I realized they contained retinol and salicylic acid which one is supposed to avoid while pregnant, so I have to wait until my baby is born before I can start using them again. But even in the short time that I did use them there was great improvement in skin texture, glow, and fading of brown spots. I have to admit that I left it on for a full half hour before rinsing it off, because my skin is used to acid treatments, and I never had a reaction from it. I used the pads on my hands as well, and it really improved the texture. Since I couldn't use them due to being pregnant I switched to the Avon Anew Clinical Retexturing Pads hoping for a similar result, but they weren't nearly as good as these were. I can't wait to start using the Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Pads again! I would highly recommend them to anyone!
Skincare - Face -Avon - Anew Clinical Advanced Retexturizing Peel
fridge666 10/30/2010 9:28:00 PM
I had high hopes for this product, but I am not that impressed. I was hoping the pads would help fade my brown spots and acne scars which weren't really bad to begin with, but I haven't seen any improvement after using them for a month. I think the skin texture on my forehead has improved. It was somewhat rough, but seems better now. What I mainly like about this is that I feel that it thoroughly cleans my skin after removing makeup., and I'm sure it helps exfoliate my skin and encourage cell turnover. I have never felt any stinging from using this, but that doesn't surprise me considering I have been using a lot of acid products in the past. I guess it's back to the Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle pads for me. They are $45 for 60, but much more effective in my opinion.
Lip Treatments -Peter Thomas Roth - Un-Wrinkle Lip Balm SPF 15 set
fridge666 10/30/2010 8:59:00 PM
This is great! I got it in the Un-wrinkle set, and really like it thus far (I got it today). It is not sticky, moisturizes well, and the light colour looks good too (pink shimmer). I can't really say anything about it working against wrinkles yet, but I think it's mainly supposed to moisturize more than anything. It feels like a balm, and doesn't seem to leave the dreaded white line on the inside of the lips. Love it!