Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Antoine and Lili - Holy Champa
julzicat 12/29/2012 12:03:00 AM
I just don't get why this perfume isn't more popular! I sniffed it at a Parisian imports store several years ago, and I liked it so much that my mom, who was with me at the time, went back later to buy it for me as a gift. It is a little strong, but the scent is just pure sex. When I was single, I would always wear this on the "third date". It was like my secret weapon. It's still my favorite perfume, and my husband loves it. Haha, just let yourself air out a little before hopping in the car, especially with another person. You don't want anyone to get nauseated or suffocate.
I would not purchase this product again. I have colored my hair many times over the years, but I recently went on a hair color hiatus and let my natural hair grow back. This was not the product on which to make my return to the hair color world. It may be the worst I have ever used for the condition in which it left my hair. I went from shiny and healthy to ratty, frizzy, and even shorter? (I'm guessing there was some breakage. It actually feels like it contracted. Haha, maybe it recoiled in fear!) The color (Dark Auburn) is nice and was true to its representation on the box, but the bogus claim on the box that it will leave your hair healthier is disturbing. When I saw this hair color on the shelf, I thought "Oh, ammonia-free. That must mean it's healthier." And then the little voice in the back of my head said "Wait, but it's permanent. If it's not ammonia-based, what is it? And why is it so cheap?" I should have gone with the little voice and gotten the ammonia-based product of the same hue, but I thought I was just being silly by thinking the more expensive product MUST be better. I was not. This product jacked up my hair. I'm doing some deep conditioning now to see if I can at least partially remedy what happened here. :(
I bought this product when I was searching for something similar and couldn't find it. I was pretty sure I was throwing away $8 because I have purchased a few similar products in the past, and they always seem to be sticky and dulling. This one is great, though. I think it is silicone or dimethicone based, but I don't feel that weird film on my hair that other silicone products leave. I did find that when I put it on dry hair (which is a suggested use on the packaging if I remember right), it left my hair gunky and dull. It didn't do anything but sit on top of the hair making it look bad. Also, when I use too much and apply to completely wet hair, it dries crunchy. BUT I find that if I use a small amount on towel-dried hair, it works really well for daily use as a leave-in conditioner. It makes my hair soft and healthy-looking without weighing it down. I normally air dry, but I have used it for heat styling, too. It works OK for blow drying, but I would use one of the better-suited products out there for flat ironing. The one thing I really don't like about this product is the way it smells. It has kind of an artificial grape scent. As I have sensitive skin, I was very worried when I first smelled it and felt it on my hands that it would make my face and scalp break out. It hasn't done anything of the sort, though, so if the smell doesn't bother you, don't let it scare you away. I use this almost every day on shoulder-length, thick hair, and after three months, I still have more than half a bottle left. Pretty great bang for your buck if you ask me! Despite its finickiness and my personal aversion to the fragrance, I would definitely recommend buying this product if you want a leave-in conditioner. P.S. Hahahahaha! I have to add after reading another review that, YES, this product does have a funny look about it. I was laughing to myself earlier today because I got it on the sink and took special care to clean it up so that my husband wouldn't think I was cheating on him. And yeah, Beyond The Zone should update their packaging. I don't know why they're so obsessed with bright, 80s colors, but all of their products look horrible. This one is particularly ugly.
Eye Shadow -Urban Decay - Deluxe eyeshadow - Graffiti
julzicat 10/14/2012 8:47:00 PM
I got Graffiti in the UD Deluxe shadow palette like 2 years ago and never gave it a shot because I thought it would bring out the red in my skin. I just now tried it, though, and WOW, this is a BEAUTIFUL eyeshadow, my new favorite in the palette, in fact! Like all of the Deluxe shadows, it's silky smooth in texture. It does take a little bit of work to build it up to opacity, but I don't really care. That's how pretty it is.
Lotions/ Creams -Olay - Complete Night Fortifying Cream
julzicat 4/8/2012 12:36:00 AM
Let me say first that I have sensitive, combination, acne-prone skin. After I first realized that I'd made a mistake with this product, I thought "Why did I even think this would work?" Then I realized I got too sucked into reading the ingredients and ignored the fact that it's neither fragrance- nor oil-free. Whoops. When I first put it on, my face stung for about three minutes. When I first felt the stinging, I anticipated the rash that some have talked about. Just crossing my fingers that I don't get it. I've had it on my face for an hour or so, and I can feel it sitting on top of my skin... eww. It's pretty greasy. (I'll admit, though, my cheeks feel very soft. :P) I can already feel the bumps starting up on my forehead... and my whole face itches. What have I done?! I feel like I did weeks worth of damage in a matter of minutes. So it's a NEVER AGAIN on this one for me, folks.