Conditioner -TiGi - Rockaholic Livin the Dream Daily Conditioner
hollieua 3/18/2013 11:48:00 AM
I can't believe all the good reviews. This is hands down the worst conditioner I have ever used. It has a very odd consistency, and it is hard to spread evenly over my hair b/c it is so thick. Usually, when a conditioner is thick it moisturizes very well...This stuff doesnt! Once you put it on your hair you can barely tell you have conditioner on. My hair has become VERY dry using this shampoo/conditioner combo. I will NOT buy this again.
Shampoo -TiGi - Rockaholic Livin the Dream Sulfate-Free Shampoo
hollieua 3/18/2013 11:45:00 AM
This is possibly the worst shampoo I have ever used. Even though the shampoo is sulfate-free, it has tons of other bad ingredients. It is also VERY drying to my hair. The smell isnt great either. It is definitely not worth the price. No way I will buy this again.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - La Vida Loca (Dupe for Viva La Juicy)
hollieua 3/18/2013 11:40:00 AM
It smells like Viva La Juicy...for the most part...but it doesnt last. I had to spray a lot on this morning and by the time I got to work I couldnt even smell it. This might be ok if you keep it with you and respray throughout the day. I don't have time for that, though.....but for the price, it was worth trying.
Revlon PhotoReady has been my HG for years. It covers wonderfully and helps keep my oily skin matte. It also causes NO breakouts, and pretty much everything breaks me out. The only thing I don't like about it is that is doesnt have a great color range. I have warm undertones and the makeup leaves a slight pink tint to my face. I really hate that. L'Oreal True Match is a perfect shade, but it leaves my face too oil by the day's end...So, I guess I am in search of a makeup just like Revlon, but with more color options.
Lipstick -Wet 'n' Wild - Megashield Lip Color SPF 15
hollieua 2/28/2013 11:02:00 AM
This is a fantastic and CHEAP lipstick. I have never used Wet N Wild before, but I read online that, "It's a Girl", is an exact dupe for Mac's Viva Glam Nicki lipstick. So, I decided to try it out. The color is identical to Nicki and the lipstick itself is great. It is long lasting. After eating breakfast and drinking coffee this morning it stayed put. I also love that its easy to just throw on without having to worry about lining your lips. It has a great consistency. The fact that it has SPF is a plus!
Liquid -L'Oreal - True Match Super-Blendable Makeup SPF 17
hollieua 2/28/2013 10:56:00 AM
I used this foundation this morning and LOVE it!!! I have been using Revlon PhotoReady HD foundation for years. I like it, but it leaves a pink hue to my face, which I HATE. I decided to give True Match a try b/c it has so many different color combinations. I got W4 and it is perfect! No pink tint to my face and the coverage is amazing! I'm just 27, but I am starting to see the results of too many years of sun exposure....so my skin is red and blotchy. I also have some acne scars. This makeup covers everything! It is super blendable and doesnt take much at all for full coverage. This is my new HG foundation. _UPDATE_ I took off a lippie b/c this makeup does not control oil at all. My face is very oily by the end of the day. That has made me have some small breakouts...but nothing too bad. I will still use it at times, but I went back to my Revlon PhotoReady foundation this week. If only they had the same color range that L'oreal has!
Treatments -Neutrogena - Rapid Wrinkle Repair night moisturizer
hollieua 2/12/2013 12:15:00 PM
I have only been using this about a week, so I can't attest to the long-term effects. So far I'm not crazy about it. It says that you will see an improvement in just a week. So far I have seen no improvement. It has actually caused me to break out!! I know that b/c it has retinol in it, it can make your skin worse before it gets better. So, I am going to keep using it for a little longer....but...it hasnt even helped with my fine lines, so i don't see how it could help deep wrinkles in just a week. Hopefully, the long-term effects will be better. We shall see. -UPDATE- I have been using it for a month and I like it ok. It still hasnt helped at all with fine lines, and I still get a couple breakouts....but I think my overall skin clarity has improved. It has also plumped up some very shallow acne scars that I have. That alone is reason enough for me to continue using it. That is unless I continue to break out using it.
Toners -Thayers - Alcohol-Free Lavender Witch Hazel
hollieua 2/12/2013 12:08:00 PM
I was very disappointed with this toner. It is supposedly for sensitive skin, but it ended up breaking me out. I won't be using it again.
I have been using it under my eyes, and now my skin is super dry. I did further research and found that adding another oil to it is the trick. I ordered Grapeseed oil and I hope they work well together. I used the castor oil on my brows for a couple weeks and I did not see a change in hair growth. I also used it on my lashes, but it was too thick and sometimes would get in my eyes, so i stopped using it. I will keep this updated, but so far I am unimpressed with this.
Treatments (Eye) -Avalon Organics Botanicals - Vitamin C Revitalizing Eye Cream
hollieua 1/24/2013 3:57:00 PM
So far, this is my favorite eye cream. It moisturizes very well, but I only use it at night b/c it doesnt absorb well at all. After using a bottle of it, it did seem to help with fine lines, but it wasnt anything drastic. I think this is something to be used more as a preventative.
Treatments (Eye) -Palmers - Line Smoothing Eye Cream
hollieua 1/24/2013 3:37:00 PM
This eye cream seems to have great ingredients, so at a glance you would think it was a good buy. First off, I have oily skin and have been looking for an eye cream that moisturizes, but also soaks in well. This cream ended up being kind of drying. It also started to give me eye millia...which I have never had before, and I've used tons of different eye creams. I guess I am still on the search for my perfect eye cream.
I was very disappointed with this lip gloss. First off, the color wasnt anything special to me. I also did not like that it was so thick. That makes it hard to wear over lipstick. The price is insanely too much. I love MAC lip gloss, and dont mind shelling out the bucks for it, but Nars is no better than cheap gloss you can get anywhere.
This is my HG Lipstick and gloss. I purchased the gloss when the color first came out in Summer 2006. I loved the pearl shimmer that it had. The color was limited addition at the time and I couldnt find it for the longest. I am so glad they brought it back! I bought more today online! ( Note: Don't buy on eBay b/c it is more expensive than it is at Mac!) I am just trying to find a perfect liner to go with it now.
I was looking for a primer and I heard Smashbox was the best to get. Well, after using it I have no idea why I was told to buy it. It didnt help at all. It is way over priced as well. I am still on the hunt for a good primer.
Treatments (Eye) -Arbonne - Intelligence Daily Eye Cream
hollieua 1/9/2013 5:32:00 PM
I received this as a gift and have been using it daily for months. I have seen no improvement at all in the eye area. I don;t have dry skin and this still doesnt moisturize well.