Styling Products -L'Oreal - EverStyle Smooth and Shine Creme
happygirl1 10/13/2012 3:12:00 PM
Fantastic product! I have wavy, fine-textured hair that is prone to frizz - and this product combats it so well! It feels very lightweight when you run it through your hair, and it even made me wonder at first if it would do anything. It isn't loaded with silicones (although I think it may have some further down the list), and it claims to not build up on hair. I think it's a valid claim so far! The scent is light, and a sort of salon scent. I'm reading here that it's vanilla, but that wasn't my first thought. It does linger though. My hair stayed so soft and silky all day, even in the after-rain humidity. It doesn't take volume away, which is good for someone like me with fine-textured hair. If you have thick hair and want to straighten/smooth it out, this might not be heavy enough. Decent price, good packaging. I got mine at Target.
Excellent scent and product! Although I love the scent, it's not as pumpkin-y as I'd expected. After it's been on for awhile, it leans to a more fresh apple scent on my skin. After a few hours, it's a soft vanilla with a hint of spice. Not much pumpkin really. With that said, I'm impressed with the moisturizing properties! In the summer here in southern California, it gets very hot and dry - and being in filp-flops most of the time can lead to dry heels. I used this once on my feet and it transformed them into extremely soft, and "thin" skinned. Even after using scrubs and shea butters, this cream does better and is cheaper than all of that.
Fragrances -Bath and Body Works - Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin
happygirl1 9/14/2012 1:23:00 PM
I bought the body cream in this scent and although it smells nice, there isn't much of a pumpkin there. It's more of a warm apple scent. It's a bit perfumey/spicy, which I like when I don't want to wear perfume, and it dries down to a soft, subtle vanilla. I wish there was more of a baked pumpkin scent to it, but I like this enough to have bought it. Would I buy again? Probably not.
I'm a loyal user of the Does It All hairspray, and hadn't ever considered Spray de Mode. Until... my hairdresser used this before flat-ironing my hair. Wow! I have fine, wavy hair that I blow-out straight, and on some days, I'll flat iron. My hairdresser blowdried my hair and then sectioned it off. She sprayed each section with Spray de Mode before running the flat iron through. The result was pin straight hair. That's not the best of it. That night, I was at an outdoor family party near the beach (i.e. very humid to the point where the cars had heavy dew on them), and my hair *stayed* pin straight. That *never* happens in that climate, regardless of flat ironing, anti-frizz serums, or anything else that promises frizz free hair. I'll be buying a bottle of my own this week. It's worth the investment for easy, fuss-free hair that stays exactly as you styled it - without losing flexibility and bounciness. This hairspray does not provide distinct hold, if that's what you're looking for. It combats humidity, allows your hair to look polished and neat, yet it moves and swings beautifully.
I tried this perfume on today, and at first it smells good/clean/fresh, but a bit strong. As it dries down, it gets better and better. On me, it smells like a lighter and more refined version of Ralph by Ralph Lauren. It seems like it would be a great scent for the office, a warm day... or actually, even a cool day, albeit sunny. :)
This product only contains two ingredients. And they are both "silcones". I don't know what it is about this combination.. but it works! Wonders! No other "de-frizzing/anti-frizz" product has ever worked this way for me. I was out in the rain all day, with minimal umbrella usage - and there was not any frizz. Say what?! My natural waves (big, loose curls.. fine-textured hair that I blow out straight with a round brush), barely started to appear (after 8 hours).. but they were actually soft, and pretty. Not frizzy or uneven or yikes. I only needed a dime-sized amount for my long, fine hair.. and made sure to rub it into my palms well before distributing to the ends. Whatever remnants were on my hands, I used on the top part. It's expensive, but it is a lot of product - and it's a dang good product.
This color is incredibly gorgeous.. and I imagine it'd work with every eye color. Mine are hazel, and this brings out a bunch of crazy (good crazy) colors. :) I only line my lower lash line/waterline, and had been using a brown - which worked nicely, but sometimes would end up being too harsh for daylight.. and too "neat/clean" of a line. This liner is soft and naturally smoky without having to do anything. It's a hard pencil eyeliner, but somehow, it glides right on. You get a good amount, although the price is still steep. It's my new everyday eyeliner, so I'll make some room in the budget for it when it performs this wonderfully. :)
Styling Products -Bumble & Bumble - Styling Lotion
happygirl1 7/6/2010 5:39:00 PM
I'm still not so sure what this product is intended to do, but I do know that I like the way my hair looks and feels after using it. I would guess that it's supposed to give an ever so slight bit of hold to whatever way you decide to style your hair. That tiny bit of hold will also eliminate most frizzies, and it contains some hydrolyzed wheat protein to replenish heat-styled hair with the necessary nutrients. I don't use it daily because my hair doesn't like protein every day, but it's great once or twice a week. It smells clean.. slightly citrusy..with a hint of floral.
Styling Products -Bumble & Bumble - does it all styling spray
happygirl1 7/6/2010 5:36:00 PM
I never was one to use hairspray because I like for my hair to move and be touchable - but my hairstylist used this after a cut, and I loved it! It's like a "final polish" for the hair. It removes any leftover flyaways (on my fine, wavy hair that I blow dry straight), and it allows it to have a slight "clean/piecey" look, without adding any greasiness. It smells subtle.. probably just a hairspray scent, with a slight sweetness. It doesn't seem to make hair stiff, no matter how much you spray - so if you're looking for hold, look further. This will not hold a shape. I think it's meant to "set" a loose hairstyle. I think it's heavily overpriced for what it does (and it doesn't do it *all* for all hair types). :) I also enjoy the ultra-fine mist it distributes. No sudden mists to ruin a style. :)
Great product, especially if you have fine hair. I'm not sure why it didn't lather too well for me, and that's a major bummer for something so expensive (don't want to keep using more to get a lather!).. but the results make it worth purchasing. :) My hair felt clean yet not stripped, and it still had a squeaky clean feel. I followed with Super Rich conditioner (excellent stuff). This combination made my fine hair feel so full, soft, smooth in the shower. My hair isn't processed/treated, but I think this is supposed to be safe anyway (don't quote me, please). :) Smells lovely.. citrusy, but not overbearing.
Conditioner -Bumble & Bumble - Super Rich Conditioner
happygirl1 7/6/2010 5:25:00 PM
I love this stuff, granted I've only used it a couple of times (can't use it for every wash because it's so freakin' expensive!).. but it smells.. GROSS. Very plastick-y, but doesn't linger when hair is dry, thankfully. I pair it with the Gentle shampoo, and then use the Styling Lotion spray afterward - great combo. I actually add in some Kerastase Nectar Thermique after the spray, for extra heat protection (I blow dry). The frizzies were kept at bay, even near the beach area which tends to be quite humid around here. It's truly rich, but not greasy - as I have fine hair and it doesn't weigh it down or fast-forward an oily scalp. It's very moisturizing and I don't believe it contains any protein.
This is such a great mascara! First off, it isn't going to give you drama, so if that's what you're looking for, I'd search for something else. What it does do, is enhance what you already have.. and it looks natural. I love how black it makes the lashes.. and shiny. The wand is excellent.. as it does not clump AT ALL. It's one of those plastic-y wands. It reaches well into the corner lashes without ruining the other lashes or rubbing against your skin. I'd say it lengthens more than it thickens. It doesn't have much of a scent, if anything at all. The only downside is the way my lashes feel when I wash the mascara out. It's a little bit gritty, although, it feels fine when it's on. No crunchy or anything. I used to use Lancome's Hypnose, and that stuff comes off with water very smoothly without having to rub the lashes much at all. But, the price on this one is way more right than that one. :) And did I mention, it doesn't clump? :) I love this for my everyday mascara. I even use it to go out, and am very pleased with the results. It stays on well, too.. no smudging (just don't rub your eyes, obviously), and no flaking that I've noticed.
I used to use Lancome's Progres for a couple of years, but that was becoming expensive and the results were not anything special or preventative. I decided to try Clinique's All About Eyes Rich as a cheaper alternative. I'm pleased to say that it has actually prevented the addition of fine lines, and it has also significantly reduced the existing ones! I'm almost done with my first small jar (I'd say it took about 9 months?), and ready to re-purchase. I'm 30 years old, and have skin that is on the drier side (but my T-zone can get a little bit oily in warmer/humid-y environments). My undereye area is quite dry, though. I didn't notice any clogged pores with this, and it is very easy to apply. There is not really any scent, it's a white colored cream that isn't very thick or thin.. spreads easily. I use it twice a day. Once in the morning under makeup and once at night. They have two sizes.. I'll continue to get the smaller one because it's a pot and I'm afraid the large one would just leave more time for more bacteria to build. I think it's about $30 for the .5 oz. jar.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Gilly Hicks La Perouse perfume
happygirl1 2/18/2010 3:41:00 PM
I love this perfume! I would smell it while walking in the mall, but not knowing where it was coming from. One day, I followed it, and it led me into the Gilly Hicks store. They have many other great fragrances, but La Perouse is their "signature", that you smell in their stores. It's floral, with a hint of powder, and a slight warmth to it that makes me wonder if there is some sort of an underlying vanilla in the base. The bottle is beautiful - in a very classic way. It's heavy glass, and the liquid is a pale blue. The 1.7 oz. bottle costs $44 (if I remember correctly), and the 2.7 oz. bottle is only $10 more. I bought the 1.7 oz. because I wanted to see how I felt about it, long-term. :) I've received a lot of "mmmm you smell good!" comments, and my dad who usually is not fond of my choices in fragrance (I love vanilla, he can't stand it..hehe), says that this one smells wonderful. The lasting power is a runner! One spritz on the wrist, and it's still distinctly there, 10 hours later. My clothes smell great, too. It's worth it, especially for a perfume that isn't found at every corner of the mall! :)
Shampoo -Paul Mitchell - Cleanse- Tea Tree Special Shampoo
happygirl1 2/18/2010 3:31:00 PM
I love this shampoo, but only to be used once a week! Also, if you have dry hair, steer clear. If you have dandruff due to dry weather/climate, steer clear. This is for the "oily" type of dandruff that is caused by an imbalanced scalp, not the type of dandruff that is caused by weather drying out your skin/scalp in general. I have fine textured hair, wavy, and my scalp tends to build up oil swiftly. Whenever I feel like it begins to smell dirty within a few hours of having washed it (with something else), I'll use this shampoo the next day.. and my hair/scalp is back to normal for at least another week, or even two. Let it sink in to your scalp after massaging it in, so that the ingredients have sufficient time to activate. I don't care for the matching conditioner - as it is way too light and feels like nearly zero amount of moisture. I pair this with my usual conditioner, and it's perfect! After a blowdry, my hair is soft, bouncy, not frizzy, and clean.. yet not brittle. I do make sure to use a leave-in after I get out of the shower. I prefer Rusk deep shine leave-in lusterizer. It has some 'cones, so it will help protect your oil-free/cleansed hair from the elements. The scent takes some major getting used to (but it pretty much fades after your hair is dry). The first time I used this, I thought I was going to suffocate. It's extremely strong! But now, I seem to be used to it and enjoy it. The texture of the shampoo is great.. it's a light creamy/pearl.. with a minty green color. Cost is reasonable, at I think $12 or so?