Conditioner -Paul Mitchell - Lavender Mint Moisturizing Conditioner
kaykre 4/25/2013 1:52:00 AM
My review for the shampoo is similar. This line smells amazing and leaves my coarse hair super soft.
Shampoo -Paul Mitchell - Lavender Mint Moisturizing Shampoo
kaykre 4/25/2013 1:51:00 AM
I am extremely impressed with this. I usually do not like shampoos that contain sulfates. However, not only is this not drying in the least it is actually VERY moisturizing. When I use this I can easily run my fingers through my coarse, thick, tangly hair even before conditioner. It leaves my hair soft and the smell is awesome (I do love earthy smells though). The matching conditioner is equally as nice.
I don't know how I haven't reviewed this yet. I've gone through at least four bottles of this and it is definitely one of those products that always stays in my routine. I have combo/oily non sensitive skin and use this nightly. It removes EVERYTHING with zero rubbing, tugging, or pulling and rinses away easily. The smell is pleasant and earthy. I also think it is an excellent value compared to other cleansing oils. The only drawback is the packaging. The open top bottle is impossible to use so buying the matching pump is a must. It's not really that big a deal because IIRC the pump is $4 and you only need to buy it once. Also, if you like this (and other Origins products) I highly recommend signing up for their mailing list. They frequently send out $10 off $25 coupons which makes this a total steal. (I am not affiliated in any way).
This makes my hair so silky, soft, and manageable. I use it with the matching shampoo and can honestly say this is one of the best masques I've tried. It's very moisturizing. I recommend it to anyone with dry, damaged hair.
Shampoo -DermOrganic - Sulfate-Free Conditioning Shampoo
kaykre 4/25/2013 1:40:00 AM
This is a nice, gentle sulfate free shampoo. It leaves my thick wavy hair clean but not at all stripped or dry. The scent is... different. I don't even know what the scent is supposed to be. It's not offensive or good just odd. It does not linger though. I do prefer PM Awapuhi Wild Ginger Moisturizing Lather Shampoo but this is a nice one to have on hand to alternate.
Styling Products -Unlisted Brand - Devacare ArcAngell
kaykre 4/25/2013 1:26:00 AM
I hated this on my thick, coarse waves. The smell (creamsicle/orange-y) is sickly sweet but I could get past that if the product was good. This left my waves very thin and stringy rather than clumped together. It also made my hair feel more coarse and drier than usual and almost gritty/dirty.
Treatments -Paul Mitchell - Awapuhi Wild Ginger Keratin Intensive Treatment
kaykre 3/22/2013 3:20:00 AM
This is an excellent treatment for my thick, wavy hair. My hair is color treated and somewhat damaged. This has helped to get it healthier. After one use I noticed my hair was more manageable and shiny and my waves were more defined. It has the same phenomenal smell as the rest of the line.
Shampoo -Paul Mitchell - Awapuhi Wild Ginger Moisturizing Lather Shampoo
kaykre 3/22/2013 3:18:00 AM
Overall, I love the Awapuhi Wild Ginger line. This shampoo is no exception. It's creamy, lathers well (especially for being sulfate free), leaves no residue, and smells heavenly. It is also gentle and not drying at all for my thick, wavy hair.
Conditioner -Paul Mitchell - Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Keratin Cream Rinse
kaykre 3/22/2013 3:15:00 AM
My hair is thick, dense, wavy, and color treated and I LOVE this conditioner. Yes, it is very thin. It doesn't feel like it'd be very moisturizing but it is. When I first used it I thought it wasn't doing anything and used way too much. Now, I use about the size of 1.5 quarters, distribute it through my hair as best I can, let it sit for a few minutes, then comb through and rinse. It does an excellent job of detangling and moisturizes without being heavy. The scent needs to be mentioned. From what I've read/heard, people either love it or hate it. I personally love it and to me it smells just like Origins Intensified Ginger. Overall, this line is excellent. I will review the other products separately.
If you're interested in my thoughts on the formula, I did a full review under the general Lip Chic listing. In short, these are fantastic moisturizing lipsticks that wear well and come in a great range of shades. Tea Rose is a medium rosy pink that has a very small hint of brown. On me, it's a gorgeous MLBB color. Of all the Lip Chics, this one is one of the most versatile and goes with just about any look. To give an idea of color, Tea Rose is slightly browner than Bourbon Rose and is darker than Amour.
Liquid -Bourjois - Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation
kaykre 3/11/2013 6:51:00 PM
I'm so impressed with this foundation! It's hard to get in the US so I ordered from Asos, it's around $20 which is a total steal compared to most foundations. I range from NC15 to NC35 and ordered 51 and 53. 51 is a light, soft yellow shade. It's around NC15 and is a perfect match for me in the winter. I'm more olive than yellow so the soft yellow tone works well for me. 53 is a medium, neutral than leans slightly warm and matches well when I am NC30ish. I mix them as needed to get a match. This foundation is lightweight and fluid. I'd say its medium coverage. It's lasts all day on my combo oily skin when set with powder and doesn't oxidize, separate, etc. On me, the finish is satin and then turns slightly dewy. It is a BEAUTIFUL foundation. Highly recommend.
This is an excellent tinted moisturizer if you are combo to oily or are sensitive to chemical sunscreen. I've been using it for a few months now and I can safely say it's HG. The coverage is sheer to light and it has a slightly dewy finish. It looks just like skin... very natural, never cakey, and makes my skin look airbrushed. This lasts a full day (8+ hours) on me with minimal fading. The packaging is excellent... it's the perfect squeeze tube. It has a small nozzle so it's very easy to dispense the right amount. I have two shades of this: Bliss and Glow. Bliss is NC15-20 and Glow would work for the NC25-35 range. I give a range because this is sheer enough that it's very forgiving.
I'm not big on BB creams because (for the most part) I feel they are just glorified tinted moisturizers and foundations. However, I heard this one was physical only sunscreen (which is a HUGE plus for me) so I decided to give it a try. This only comes in 4 shades. I swatched the two palest on my hand at Sephora. The lightest shade (001 Light) is VERY pale and very pink-- I'd say around NW10. The next shade (002 Fair) is around NC15-20 but not super yellow. I chose that one and it's a pretty good match for me. This is light to medium coverage with a satin finish. It's about a step up (coverage wise) from a tinted moisturizer. This wears extremely well on my combo oily skin. There have been days I've applied it around 6 am and it still looked good around 8 pm. I was very impressed with the wear time of this.
Liquid -Becca - Radiant Skin Satin Finish Foundation
kaykre 3/3/2013 12:07:00 AM
This is described as a medium buildable foundation with a radiant finish. I originally ordered Sand (described as pale beige with yellow/golden undertones). It was far too dark for my NC15 skin so I ordered Shell (described as fair beige with neutral undertones). I have to mix the two to get a good match when I'm NC15. When I'm around NC20-25 Sand matches well. I would describe this as a somewhat thick foundation with a smooth consistency. It's medium coverage but you could build it to full if you really wanted to. The finish is satin verging on slightly dewy. It's very skin like. For awhile, I was having issues with this lasting on my combo-oily skin. I rarely have that issue with foundations but this one was fading and separating on me. I then tried it over my EltaMD UV Physical SPF41 sunscreen and have had no issues since. The packaging is a standard squeeze tube so no complaints there.
Becca Beach Tints are a multi-use cream stain product that can be used on the cheeks and lips. They claim to be water-resistant and kiss-proof and they smell just like their names. Because I live in a very hot climate, these are a holy grail product for me. They stay on all day, come in a beautiful range of colors, can be used as blush and lip color, and I don't need a brush to apply. Unlike many cream and liquid blushes, these aren't greasy or oily at all. They dry down and set pretty quickly and I can't feel them on my skin. Papaya is a bright warm red and is very, very pigmented. I have uploaded swatches of the 8 shades I own (they are also posted under other Beach Tint reviews as well).