Even if I loved this product (which I don't. It's truly horrible), I'd never buy it again because of the packaging. This is the worst, most awkward and poorly designed packaging I have ever seen in foundation.
I love this one. I think it's a bet pricey for what it is, but I also buy it from HSN on FlexPay. That being said, it smells like, well, warm cotton. It reminds me of sheets from the dryer-there is a lemon scent in there at first, but it goes away quickly on me and just smells clean and fresh. I put some on when I first got it, and my husband kept lurking around me..."Mmm, you smell like soap." He wears it quite a bit now, too.
Lotions/ Creams -Eucerin - Aquaphor Healing Ointment
jamiemp 12/26/2008 10:49:00 PM
Nothing heals cracked, dry lips better than this. It's also the only thing that helps my husband's horrible sensitive skin flare-ups. It works on my kids, too. The perfect product!
Treatments -Neutrogena - Rapid Clear 2-in-1 Fight & Fade Gel
jamiemp 12/16/2008 5:18:00 PM
What the heck did everyone else get that I didn't? This is a below-average treatment, and doens't clear up spots any faster than anything else. In fact, I think it's SLOWER than things I've used in the past. It's pretty useless, IMO.
Hair -Unlisted Brand - Bioinfusion Olive Oil Leave-In Conditioner
jamiemp 10/20/2008 1:49:00 PM
I spotted this in the ethnic hair section at Walgreens when I was hunting for a new leave-in conditioner. My hair is naturally frizzy and wavy (can easily be coaxed into curls). It's fine textured, but I have a ton of it. So, my challenge is finding products that smooth it down without removing any volume and body. I think this product works very well. I get smooth, shiny hair without it looking weighed down. I've used this for air-drying with curls and for blowing out straight, and got great results both times. The scent is mild and fades as it dries.
Styling Products -TRESemme - Curl Hydration Lotion Creme
jamiemp 10/20/2008 1:47:00 PM
This is excellent. It creates nice-looking curls (I have wavy-to-curly hair, naturally) that last all day. There really isn't any crunch to speak of, and if I get a bit of that, I can scrunch it right out. I have shoulder-length hair, and I use two pumps all over my hair, then flip my head and scrunch another pump-full through. I will, add, though, that I use leave-in conditioner with this product...It doesn't moisturize enough on its own for me.
I think this is fabulous! The coverage is excellent-I can put this over my blemishes and dark circles with just some powder, and I'm good to go. I like that it's a multi-tasker...I'm tired of one concealer for eyes and another for zits and other skin problems. Finally, the squeeze tube is clean and sanitary. Oh, and I know the "light" color looks super dark in the tube, but it's actually a good match for my pale skin.
Mmm, I LOVE this new scent! If you've smelled the scratch 'n sniff in the catalogue, it's pretty accurate (the reviewer below me will be happy, I think). To me, it smells just like in the fall when it rains on top of all the leaves on the ground. Very green, earthy, fresh. I like the green bottle, and the cheap price tag. This being Avon/Mark, however, I'm sure they'll discontinue it as soon as they can, since that's what they always do.
Excellent lipstick! The colors are great, the feel on your lips is moisturizing and soft, and the one-handed/no cap packaging is great. It doesn't last too long on my lips, but I love it. I currently own the coral, cherry and glistening rose.
Wow, this is the best skincare product I have EVER used. In two nights it cleared up the little breakout I'd had along my jawline for almost 2 weeks that nothing would clear up. In the 3 weeks I've used it, it's diminished any small blemishes, marks, etc that I had. It's made my skin look clear, smooth, creamy and awesome. It's a little oily, but just give it a few minutes to sink in, and it's even okay in the daytime. It smells like lavendar to me, but the smell goes away. I hate the bottle with a passion...I do not like glass in my bathroom! It's pricey for a drugstore item, IMO, but it's a miracle product.
I wish the various styling products under the "Mega Volume" name were separated, but oh well. I'm reviewing the spray gel, NOT the root-lifter. The spray gel is awesome, and I've repurchased it many times. It gives my hair a lot of height and body, whether I blow-dry or air-dry (a miracle, considering that volumizing stuff never works without heat styling, in my experience). I get a little stiffness when air-drying, but nothing I can't handle. My hair still looks nice and big the next day after using this. I find myself adding it to my hair no matter how I'm wearing it (curly, straight, natural, flat ironed, etc). Not on sale, it's about $5 for a bottle, which is a little more than drugstore prices, considering the size.
Skincare - Body -Aura Cacia - Sweet Almond Natural Skin Care Oil
jamiemp 9/12/2008 10:58:00 AM
I think this is far superior to coconut oil, and less of a hassle. First, this particular brand comes in a squirt bottle, so no messing with warming the chunks of oil until it's liquid, etc. I think I paid about $10 but a 16 oz bottle, which is pretty good, IMO. I use this several ways: First, I remove makeup with it (I do follow-up with a cleanser), and it doesn't sting my eyes at all. Second, I mix a few drops into my body lotion, morning and night. It makes my skin amazing without greasiness. I also use it in my hair, both as a pre-shampoo treatment and as a leave-in (with the tiniest amount). Fabulous!
Awesome stuff! I agree completely with the other reviewer-this really works better than the Paul Mitchell version. Plus, it's a huge bottle for $4.99 (with Sally's card, anyway). It doesn't have the strong apple scent, but that makes no difference to me. It also comes in a plain white bottle, rather than the cool clear with green pump that Paul's does, but who cares? For a fraction of the price, you can get a product that smooths, shortens drying time, and makes your hair rock. Plus, my hair didn't even need a straight-iron with this. I just blow-dried with a round brush, and my hair STILL looked super-straight and shiny the next morning. I love this so much.
Fragrances -Comme des Garcons - Red Series- Carnation
jamiemp 9/9/2008 2:04:00 PM
Eh. Way too pricey for what it is. Truthfully, Skindescent's "Pink Carnation" is much, much better. Stronger, spicier, longer-lasting. Not so wimpy at a fraction of the price.
Treatments -Avon - Advance Techniques Straight & Sleek Dry End Serum
jamiemp 9/4/2008 5:04:00 PM
If you love the Avon anti-frizz capsules, but hate the hassle and cost of them, this is a good alternative. It works the same way, but comes in a pump bottle. I wish they'd sell a larger size, since I use a TON at a time, but it's still more cost-effective. The fact that I'm able to use so much at once is a testament to how grease-free this stuff is. I have shoulder-length wavy, fine and coarse hair (I know, I'm just so hair-blessed, aren't I?), and I use something like 5-6 pumps on my damp hair. It just never gets limp or weighed-down.