Shampoo -Suave - Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Smoothing Shampoo
goldieb19 6/2/2013 12:29:00 AM
Let me just start out by saying that this isn't necessarily a bad product--it just doesn't work for my hair type AT ALL. Due to over processing, the ends of my hair are very dry and brittle, while my scalp is prone to oiliness. Also, humidity + my hair = a big hot mess, so it is important that I have a product to keep it sleek when exposed to a lot of moisture. I bought this shampoo and the matching conditioner thinking that it might take care of the dryness problem, as well as keep my hair smooth in the humidity. On the pros side, my hair did look great when it was freshly washed and style . Also, the smell is really appealing, and I couldn't stop myself from running my hands through my hair because it was so incredibly soft. But unfortunately, by the next morning, my hair looked a mess. I got really warm overnight while sleeping, and when I woke up, my hair was CURLY. As in, small little ringlets all over my head. No matter the natural wave to my hair, NO shampoo/conditioner combination have ever done this. As if this were not enough of a problem, after straightening my hair, it looked really oily--even though it had just been washed the night before. This product simply contains too much moisture for my hair, and I will not repurchase it. Furthermore, I don't recommend it for anyone with naturally wavy, oil-prone--especially if you like your hair straight.
Shampoo -L'Oreal - Advanced Haircare - Total Repair 5
goldieb19 2/10/2013 3:32:00 AM
I'm not going to lie: I only bought this shampoo because Lea Michele is in the ads for it, and I have a small girl crush on her. But much to my surprise--though I certainly wasn't expecting gorgeous locks like Lea's--the L'Oreal Total Repair 5 shampoo and conditioner paired together work wonders for my hair. Over the past year, I've bleached my black-brown hair countless times, and it has sustained major damage. Split ends, terrible breakage at the crown of my head (due to bi-weekly bleaching touch-ups over a 5 month period), and just weak, limp looking hair in general. But just one use of the shampoo and conditioner, and my hair looked great. It was incredibly shiny, had nice volume, and even seemed to have newly added dimension. However, I wouldn't recommend this shampoo on its own. Even to my normally oily hair, this was quite drying. Thankfully, the Total Repair 5 conditioner is very rich and creamy, so it corrects that problem. Overall, I highly recommend this line. It is easily the best drugstore shampoo I've ever purchased, and I plan on repurchasing the larger size bottles of shampoo and conditioner after I finish my smaller bottles out this week.
Gels/Soaps -St. Ives - Triple Butters Intensely Hydrating Body Wash, Creamy Coconut
goldieb19 11/3/2012 11:53:00 PM
I have kind of a love/dislike relationship (hate is WAY too strong a word for how I feel) with this product as of late. In the love column:The scent is absolutely amazing, as it smells like natural coconut, rather than the cloying, artificial tanning oil smell that most coconut containing products seem to take on. It also lathers fairly well, and though the scent isn't extremely long-lasting after you get out of the shower, you can smell it on your skin for at least a couple of hours. Most of all, I love that this body wash contains 100% natural extracts, is made without phthalates or parabens, is hypoallergenic, and is not tested on animals--and you can get it for less than $5! I've tried to be more conscious of the products that I use on my sensitive skin, and it's nice that I can go to the drugstore, pick up a few products from the St. Ives line, and know that I'm both saving money and doing something good for my skin. However, with all that said, this just isn't the right body wash for my oily skin type. Though I love the scent and that it is natural, it's a bit too moisturizing for me. I guess I should have deduced that it would be, considering that it is dubbed "Intensely Hydrating", but I was mostly going by the smell and the ingredients list when I chose it. I need a body wash that is more clarifying, as using this body wash and then applying lotion afterward is too much for me.It just doesn't give me the squeaky clean feeling that I like, so I am currently looking for a more cleansing body wash from the St. Ives line that fits the bill. But I do recommend this for people who are struggling with that pesky dry winter time skin, and I wouldn't totally count out the possibility of me never buying this again.
PROS: 1.) This product is incredibly easy to blend and work with. It comes in a thick glass jar (more on that later), and all you have to do is barely dab your finger into the jar, and you've got enough to cover a section of your face (depending on how much coverage you like). It goes on smoothly and evenly, so unlike with the liquid formula, you don't need a sponge or foundation brush to blend it in. 2.) The jar packaging is really attractive, and it helps you to better conserve the product. I always had to pour the liquid Colorstay foundation into my hands because it didn't have a pump, and not only did it get my hands really dirty, but I felt like I wasted a lot of the product. 3.) The coverage can be sheer or extremely full, depending on how much of the creme you use. 4.) The staying power matches that of the original 24 hour Colorstay foundation. CONS: 1.) Though I think the glass jar that it comes in is really attractive, it's not very hygienic. Make sure that you have clean fingers before you use this! 2.) This is actually a pretty thick cream, not the foamy "whipped" products that we are used to seeing advertised. I have oily skin, and this can feel kind of heavy on my face at times. However, I haven't experienced any breakouts, so I guess I can't complain too much. 3.) This isn't quite as matte of a finish as the Revlon Colorstay foundation for combination/oily skin, which I've been used to using for the past 2 years. I'm not a huge fan of dewy finishes because of my oily skin type, but at least it's natural looking and not an extreme shine. Overall, I do recommend this product if you are a fan of the original Colorstay. The product lasts longer and provides the same coverage and staying power (at least for me). It is a little more expensive and can be quite thick (which will be fine for the winter months, but I might have to switch back in the spring), so this might work best for normal and dry skin.
Moisturizers -Equate - Naturally Beaming Daily SPF 15 Moisturizer
goldieb19 10/23/2012 1:24:00 AM
There seems to be some confusion about this product. I meant to buy the Absolutely Beaming moisturizer by Equate after reading glowing (pun intended) reviews about it, but all I can find in the stores in my area is the Naturally Beaming Daily SPF 15 Moisturizer. Though I've heard that they are both basically the same product (the description and ingredients list for the products are the same) and are dupe-able with Aveeno's Positively Radiant Moisturizer, the price discrepancy is quite large. Those reviewing the Absolutely Beaming labeled lotion claimed to have paid "about/around $5" for the product, while the Naturally Beaming lotion by Equate was $9.47 at my Wal-Mart. But anyways, on with how it worked for me. Honestly, this is not a bad lotion for being a generic brand. I have oily, sensitive, acne-prone skin, so I have to be very careful about what products I use and usually end up going for those that are oil-free and non-comedogenic. This doesn't claim to be either, but so far so good. I haven't had any new breakouts caused by this lotion, and when I use a pea-sized amount (actually, about half of a pea sized amount) it makes my skin soft but not at all oily or shiny. I apply it in the morning and at night before I go to bed, and I've noticed that when I apply it at night, my face is much less oily than it normally is when I wake up in the morning. Though it promises to "even out skin tone", only time will tell, as I have only been using the product for about 2 and a half weeks. But otherwise, I do recommend this product. The packaging is nice, and though I said I wouldn't buy it again, it's not a diss on the product. I just don't see myself using the bottle at the half-a-pea-size rate I'm going, and I am constantly trying new products. But yes, it's an okay moisturizer.
Toners -Unlisted Brand - Dickinson's - Original Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner
goldieb19 10/16/2012 3:34:00 PM
Honestly, I'm not sold on this product. I bought it because I read many excellent reviews about it, but it doesn't seem to be working for me like it has for others. I have sensitive, oily, acne-prone skin, and because witch hazel is supposed to be a natural oil-free moisturizer, I thought this would help soothe my skin. While it is moisturizing and initially calming, it has caused ugly breakouts on my T-zone and on my cheek bones during the last two weeks that I've been using it.I haven't changed any other aspects of my skin care routine, so this has to be the culprit for the new blemishes. I really want to like this stuff, so I'm hoping that maybe my skin is going through some kind of a purging phase due to the 14% concentration of alcohol in the product and the mere fact that my skin is not used to a toner. I will continue to use it for at least another few weeks, and I will update then. If I am still breaking out, I will probably give this to my mom or one of my sisters and try the Thayers witch hazel toner which contains no alcohol. Aside from the negatives, this product is extremely inexpensive (I paid $4.45 for mine at a local grocery store) and easy to find.
Liquid -Neutrogena - Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup SPF 20
goldieb19 10/16/2012 4:27:00 AM
Just some quick background info to get started: I began suffering from terrible acne in the 9th grade, so for my entire four years of high school, I never wore any face makeup whatsoever out of fear that it would only make my skin condition worse. Luckily, by the end of my freshman year in college, my skin had improved drastically. I got a few break outs here and there, but they were those annoying small red bumps caused by hormones, rather than actual pimples. However, even though I was no longer getting serious breakouts, four years of my entire face being covered in zits and my own bad habit of picking at those zits left me with pretty bad scarring. I was so tired of seeing other girls with flawless complexions and then having to look in the mirror at my scarred face, so I decided to bite the bullet and purchase my first bottle of foundation. I went in search of something that had medium coverage and would be gentle on my acne prone skin, and the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid makeup seemed like my best bet. Oh. My. God. Worst $12 I've ever spent in my life. For one, though the coverage was decent, the staying power was nonexistent, and I was a shiny mess within 4 hours--even with a setting powder. Also, within two weeks of usage, I started breaking out in huge red pimples along my jawline and got a few cystic acne bumps on my cheeks. I stopped using my CoverGirl setting powder, hoping that it was the culprit because it had been much cheaper. Unfortunately, even a couple of months later, I was still breaking out from the foundation. I made myself use at least half of the bottle, and then I gave the rest away. Come to find out that this product contains sorbic acid, a preservative that is considered to be a skin irritant according to the Cosmetics Database. Healthy skin. A potentially harmful preservative. Really, Neutrogena?
Mascara -Maybelline - Illegal Lengths Mascara (2011)
goldieb19 10/16/2012 12:05:00 AM
To be honest, I am completely torn on this product. When I first purchased the Maybelline Illegal Lengths mascara about 5 months ago, I absolutely hated it.The little fibers that attach to your lashes were attaching awkwardly and some were even falling off into my eyes and making them itchy and red. It just didn't do anything for me, either length or volume wise, so I decided to stop using it. After only two uses, I sterilized the wand and put it away with the intention of giving it to someone else. Last week, I discovered this product in an old Caboodle, and I decided to start using it again. I know that you are supposed to retire mascara after 3 months, but because I had not been continuously using it and it had very little contact with my eyes, I decided to try it again. OMG. I don't know if the formula thickened or what over the last few months, but this stuff is amazing! No other product has ever lengthened my lashes so well. I would probably repurchase it again...but I might let it sit for a few months before I begin using it.
Not to be crude, but this stuff SUCKS. The only thing this product has going for it is that it is dirt cheap at less than $5 a bottle, but it is highly disappointing in every other aspect. For one, no matter your hair color, it is visible after application. When I was a brunette, it tinged my hair gray, and now that I am a bleach blonde, it drastically dulls my hair and makes it appear as if a film (think spiderwebs) is covering it. Though I follow the directions (lightly shaking the product between sprays, holding a good 8 inches away from my hair), I still get alternating spritzes of clear liquid followed by sprays containing only thick white powder. No matter what I do to try to blend the product into my hair (brushing vigorously with a natural bristle brush, applying as little of the product as is humanly possible), it just doesn't look natural. I stopped wearing it after a coworker alerted me that I had white powder in my hair and a family friend thought I was prematurely graying, and I would never repurchase.
Last week, due to a combination of wind and excessive heat and sun exposure, my lips became extremely chapped and red in just a matter of hours. Not wanting to try the usual ChapStick, I went to Target in search of something else. I had been walking around the store for about half an hour with a tube of Maybelline Baby Lips in my hand, but then I saw the Vaseline Lip Therapy and changed my mind. I'll admit that it was the packaging that I was first attracted to--it looks just like the large tubs of Vaseline, but in a cute miniature form. I got the cocoa butter kind, and it has a very lovely smell (and yes, a sweet taste). Not only did it completely cure my chapped lips in about 36 hours, but I didn't have that annoying urge to keep reapplying it like you do with most products for dry lips. I just applied a thin layer, forbade myself from giving into the urge to rub my lips together, and then went on my merry way. A week later, I am still applying it nightly before bed to maintain the softness of my lips, and I will definitely repurchase once this tub runs out.
When it comes to lip shades, I have always been a pale nude or brown girl, and pink has never really worked for me. Every pink lipstick I have ever purchased over the years has either been too mauve and dirty looking on my lips, reminiscent of the 90's frosted trend, or just too bright and loud. Suffice it to say I have never been happy with pinks. But after seeing a swatch of MAC's Snob online, I thought that it might be the "perfect pink" I was looking for. However, because my nearest MAC counter is 40 miles away and I was not willing to pay $15 + shipping on a lipstick that probably would not work, I visited various beauty blogs in search of drugstore dupes. Many women suggested buying Revlon's Super Lustrous Lipstick in the shade Pink Pout, and I figured I had nothing to lose. The original price was $4.97, and with a $3 off coupon for any Revlon product, I got a really good deal. Just let me say that I absolutely LOVE this lipstick. It is a cool toned pink shade with just enough of a mauve undertone that it is not too bright but not dirty looking either. The lipstick goes on smooth and creamy, and it has the staying power that one would expect from a drugstore lip product--a couple of hours, unless you eat or drink. My only complaint is that, while it is not drying, it will settle into the lines of your lips, so make sure that you moisturize/exfoliate your before hand if needed. I would definitely by this again if given the chance.
Mascara -L'Oreal - Voluminous Million Lashes - waterproof
goldieb19 8/22/2012 5:16:00 AM
This is my HG, go to, no fuss mascara, and I can't count how many tubes I've gone through in the past couple of years. No, this mascara will not give you that "falsies" look that most women seem to be after, but it will enhance what you've got. The thing I love most about this mascara is not only does it lengthen and provide a decent amount of volume, but it seems to be the only mascara that actually curls my lashes without having to use a curler. It doesn't flake off, it is easy to remove at the end of the day, and I can use a good three coats without getting even a sign of clumping. I will continue to buy this mascara as long as it is on the market.
A few days ago, in a moment of pure spontaneity, I decided to dye my hair blonde. Because my natural color is a very dark brown (pretty much black), this involved the tedious process of bleaching and toning my shoulder length mane. To add further complication to the ordeal, I forgot to take into account how poorly my natural dark eyebrows would contrast with my newly lightened cool blonde hair. After asking around for a bleach product that was approved for use on facial hair, I was recommended the Sally Hansen Creme Bleach set. Because I have used many Sally Hansen products in the past and know that they are cheap and easily accessible, I figured I had nothing to lose. I purchased this kit tonight at CVS for $6.99 and immediately used it. Basically, you are given an ounce of the actual creme bleach, a fourth of an ounce of a powder developer, a small white application spatula, and a small white plastic tray. You mix two parts bleach to one part activator using the tray and spatula, and you apply it to the desired area for 8 minutes. Overall, I had great success in using this to lighten my eyebrows. By the recommendation of a friend who has used this product many times, I cleaned an old mascara wand (using antibacterial soap and baby oil) and used it to apply the bleach to my eyebrows, rather than the included spatula applicator. I found that this provided a very even coverage of the product. Surprisingly, the bleach neither turned my eyebrows orange nor turned them white, but lightened them to about two levels lighter than my natural hair color, allowing them to blend in naturally with my newly dyed blonde hair. If you are planning to use this on another area of your face (such as for your upper lip), I can't vouch for how well this would work. Most women bleach their mustache with the intention of making it completely unnoticeable, but this bleach does not drastically lighten. Perhaps a longer application of the recommended 5 minutes (in addition to the initial 8) would achieve this look, but I can't be certain. But for lightening eyebrows, I definitely recommend this product to others, and I will purchase it again.
I have oily, acne prone skin, and the Clean & Clear Persagel (10% Benzoyl Peroxide) has become one of my favorite products to use for acne treatment. Though it doesn't make your acne "disappear over night" or within 8 hours as a lot of products of its caliber promise, it does help to drastically improve the appearance of blemishes. I usually break out in really big, red, inflamed pimples along my jawline that no amount of foundation or concealer can help to mask. Whenever I have these bad breakouts, after cleansing my face, I will apply a small of the Persagel to the affected areas. In the morning--though the pimples are still present--they are very much decreased in redness and size. If I continue to apply the cream throughout the day (once every eight hours) I can count on the zit being totally gone by the next day or at least within 48 hours. This is really good stuff, and a little tube goes a long way. I've had mine for over a year, and though I've used it at least once a week, I've still got awhile to go before I will need a new tube. This does dry out your skin a bit, so I don't recommend it for dry or overly sensitive skin. This is better for an oily complexion.
When this perfume debuted in 2005, my older sister got several samples from a friend who worked in retail, and she passed one along to me. I was fifteen at the time, and I totally fell in love with Be Delicious. I have always loved the scent of apples, so this was perfect for my taste. I used the small sample vial in no time, and for years afterward, I intended to ask for a full-size bottle as a Christmas gift--but I never remembered come the holiday season. During Christmas of 2010, I became a bit of a fragrance junkie and finally remembered to ask for this. Sadly, almost a year after purchasing this, it sits on my dresser mostly unused--save for for maybe 15-20 spritzes. Don't get me wrong--the perfume itself does not smell bad. It has a very warm, woodsy apple-y fragrance that smells amazing when sprayed into the air or whiffed straight from the bottle, but it reacts strangely with my personal body chemistry. It smells great when I first spray it on, but after several hours of wear, it eventually dries down to a very powdery, almost stale scent. I intend to try the Juiced version of Be Delicious--which is said to be lighter and have more notes of floral--but I would not repurchase this version again.