I fully agree with the previous reviewers. This product is awful - too much comes out of the pump, it's a congealed sticky mess, it leaves barely any colour, there are streaks on your cheeks, and it's actually sticky. i've been so happy with the other revlon products - the floral affair blush, make a sheen eye shadow, the molten medal line - but this? What a shame! Don't waste a cent on this overpriced garbage tosser.
Conditioner -ARTec - ARTec Colour Depositing Moisturiser
kdeichsel 9/26/2007 2:38:00 PM
my very simple review: i received several different red colour depositing shampoos and conditioners from artec, redken, and paul mitchell, and i hate them all. they don't desposit colour, regarldess of how long i leave them on. they stain everything but my hair - my hands, the porcelaine tub, the shower curtains they're all sickeningly sweet smelling and they often leave an awful heavy film on my hair that weighs down my usually bouncy and soft mop of curls. well, at least they were free. get thee to the garbage, i say!
as someone who has genuinely kinky curly hair, i was super disappointed. on my hair, which already has it's own very tight natural curl, this product ONLY had to smooth my frizz and separate - not enhance my curls or create more curls where they weren't before. It barely tamed frizz, it minimally separated, and it did virtually nothing to my curls except weigh them down and make my crown greasy. i'm going back to the cheap stuff - life brand (shoppers) nut and honey curl cream and serum/shine spray. less than half the price and super effective - my hair is perfectly separated, bouncy, yet with the right amount of hold and shine. tsk tsk aveda.
Shampoo -Redken - Shades EQ Color Enhancing Shampoo/Rocketfire Red
kdeichsel 9/26/2007 12:53:00 PM
i received this as a gift, so it was of no cost to me. i'm sorry, i don't generally like commenting on the reviewers below, however, i don't understand this washing with mild shampoo first, then using redken color shampoo.. the point is to avoid stripping your hair of colour, so doing a pre wash, then another wash doesnt make sense. at this point, i have to ask, why bother washing your hair at all, if the name of the game is to preserve colour. yes, this product is highly pigmented, but once again, my qualms with colour shampoos surface. How can a product that we leave on our hair for less than 30 seconds do anything substantial to the colour? Most of it finds its way down the drain, along with the money we spent on the product. Unless you have blond hair or blond highlights and want to turn them pink, orange, or red, i cant see how this product would work at all. And, to make matters worse, it stains everything BUT my hair - my hands, my shower curtain, my tub. Oj vej... back to the drawing board.
I received this product as a gift. I actually have cherry red hair, not so much strawberry blonde or reddish orange as the bottle suggests, so perhaps i'm already skewed from seeing results. i didn't find that this product did anything - it doesnt seem to keep my colour in longer, nor does it see to deposit any new colour on to my hair. i think a big reason for that is because we tend to leave shampoo on our hair for a total of 30 seconds, then wash it down the drain - i simply have to accept that colour shampoos do jack in the way of preserving, protecting, and layering colour. what this product did do was add a nice, greasy, film all over my hair (ah sarcasm, hope you hear it!) which weighs down my usually big, crazy 80s curly hair (which i love), so i'm fairly disappointed on that front and will NOT be ever using this product again. ladies, the ONLY colour maintaining/enhancing product that might even remotely work are the colour conditioners which tend to sit on our hair for 2 - 5 minutes, giving it at least half a chance to penetrate. Just to illustrate, pretend you went to a salon and you wanted your hair colour - the stylist put on the dye and then instantly washed it out a few seconds later. what do you think the result would be? I say save your money and get your hair glazed in between colours - just to refresh the colour you have. Boo to Paul Mitchell and his colour shampoo!
Treatments -Joico - Moisture Recovery Treatment Balm for thick or coarse hair
kdeichsel 9/26/2007 12:30:00 PM
oh why didn't i find this product before i went out and spent tons of money on redken all soft heavy cream, matrix biolage hydrating balm, and joico k pak deep conditioner? i find that is product does exactly what i want it do to. It's thick, spreads easily, coats my hair, helps me detangle my big, unruly, curly mop, and leaves my hair noticeably more manageable when dry. Also, the smell is divine. However, let's talk price ladies. This is brutally expensive for me - I 'm a firm believer in the fact that 80% of the price we pay goes for packaging, advertisement, and branding (or brand whoring, as i like to call it). Anyhow, if i find another great deal on ebay, $5.00US for a tube) i would definitely purchase it again. If not, I'll happily stick with my Aussie 3 minute miracle - $3.00 CAN a bottle, and, for me, it works just as well. It also puts redken's all soft heavy cream to shame...
although i think this is an excellent product, i simply cannot give this a 5 based on cost. had i purchased a liter bottle on sale, perhaps my rating would be different. i have super curly, overly processed (mega colouring session - black to bleach blonde, to fiery red), fine, bra strap length hair that desperately needs conditioning. the thickish consistency was thick enough to feel more like a treatment than a conditioner, but it spread throughout my hair wonderfully, detangling my usually unruly mop. also, kudos on the smell Joico, it's quite lovely. If there was a Liter sale (which there usually is), i would definitely buy both the shampoo and the conditioner again.
i have to agree with the other reviewers even though it hurts me. i've never loved joico, however their moisture recovery line is true to form - it moisturizes. also, i don't find that it weighs my hair down and i don't need too much of it to really give me that clean feeling i love. although the small bottle price can, from time to time, be a deterrent, there are always liter bottle sales where you can get this 1 L of the shampoo or conditioner for under $35CAN, and that L should last you an awful long time. i totally recommend. much better the matrix biolage hydrating shampoo or redken all soft.
i wonder if clinique chuckles every time someone buys this product.. i can just picture them, shaking their heads and laughing at us profusely, whilst they get richer. ladies, if i'm wrong, please feel free to correct me - what's the difference between this "toner" and a bottle or rubbing alcohol? my skin has never hated me so much. i put some on today (like i never learn) and red, irritated splotches have already started to appear. it stings, it dehydrates my skin, and it doesnt clarify a damn bit. i received this as a sample from a friend who had a bunch of the wash, toner, lotion sets. had i actually payed the ridiculous price, i would definitely be kicking myself right now. well, i'm off to sanitize my new pair of earings with this bottle of high priced rubbing alcohol.
i might be a product whore, but i definitely am NOT a label whore. A friend left her tube at my house and, as I'm a firm believer in "if you leave it here, it's now mine", i've been using it for about a week now, a few times a day. do i love it? no does it work? yes i don't find that it leaves and oily film and, on my lips, it does sink it quite nicely, however that price - are you kidding me? vaseline, lobello, and carmex my friends - save your money for what really matters, like high priced belgium chocolate. now that, ladies and gents, is a splurge I'm always willing to make!
Moisturizers -Clinique - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
kdeichsel 9/3/2007 10:29:00 PM
Yes... the lotion is dramatically different... it's greasy, it doesn't penetrate well, it doesn't really moisturize, and it's price is simply absurd. clinique is a brand who sells simply because of their name - nothing else. most of their toners include alcohol, their cleansers are the standard water solluable, detergent based cleansers you can buy from st. ives for less than $3.00, and their lotion is a fairly generic, overly hyped waste of time. do yourself a favour - don't bother!
Cleansers -Clinique - Take the Day Off Cleansing Milk
kdeichsel 8/15/2007 11:54:00 AM
$30.00 CAN for 200 ml? Clinique, are you kidding me? For those girls who dont wear makeup and dont wear sunscreen, this product is great for you. For the rest of us who would like our cleansers to remove our mascara and remove our SS, this product is a TOTAL WASTE OF MONEY. I had to apply it several times to remove my makeup and it left this yucky film on my skin which i had to cleanse off with another water solluable detergent based cleanser. So, after all these steps, what the heck is the point? I can only figure that it's a ploy by the overly greedy cosmetics industry to extract more money from my already impoverished wallet. Don't be fooled - buy your normal cleanser (expensive DOES NOT MEAN better) - and throw this little bottle of eye stinging, film leaving nonesense into the garbage. Good luck!
Sunscreen -Biotherm - SunFitness revitalizing sunscreen for face SPF 30
kdeichsel 8/15/2007 11:48:00 AM
I would never use this on my face - it's just too oily, shiny, and tends to ball up. However, on my body, it worked great. I received 3 sample bottle of 30ml each, and it was great having these little bottles in my purse. It absorbed reasonably well, it wasnt too shiny, and, as i applied the SS at around 10am one day, and spent the next 5 hours in the sun (1 - 6), i only have to reapply around 5pm on my shoulders and chest area. I noticed that i had a minimal tan - it had protected quite effectively. It was also hot outside and i was perspiring a little so it did work! I was quite surprised as I'm used to wearing spf 50+, but this spf 30 worked extremely well. However, for the price, and the fact that i cant use it on my face, i have to give it 3 lippies.
Eye Makeup Remover -Biotherm - Biocils Eye Makeup Remover Gel
kdeichsel 8/15/2007 11:43:00 AM
I'm not going to waste your time with a lengthy review. Cost: $20 CAN/125 ml Use: Had to apply this makeup remover TWICE, plus use a q-tip dipped in my favourite eye makeup remover to get off my makeup Result: red, irritated, eyelids Sensitive formula? That's a joke, right? I'll stick with walmart's equate version, for a whopping $5.00/bottle, or jojoba oil.
Cleansers -Biotherm - BIOSENSITIVE High Tolerance Fluid Cleansing Milk
kdeichsel 8/14/2007 11:21:00 PM
I find that cleansing milks are generally a waste of money. And biotherm biosensitive cleansing fluid is just another product to add to the list. Like the reviewer below, i had to use this product twice PLUS a q-tip dipped in makeup remover to get rid of my brown eyeliner and mascara around my lash line. Having to use the product twice totally negates this ridiculous claim of Biosensitive - if anything, it tended to BIO SENSITIZE my skin, making it irritated and it left a grimey film on my skin afterwards. I tend to be consistently annoyed with the biotherm line - a pity because i really enjoy their packaging (when will i learn? packaging does NOT mean quality). Good luck ladies.. in my opinion, NOT WORTH IT. as we all should be wearing sunscreen on a daily basis, invest in a cleansing oil (regardless if it's a fancy expensive one like fancl, shu uemura, or ana sui, or the cheaper ones like lumene, pure jojoba oil, or pure grape seed oil) which literally CUTS through waterproof mascara and vaccuums up the SS - the first 4 options mentioned do emulsify and wash off your skin without technically needing another cleanser, however the last two, i generally use a water solluable cleanser (nivea visage or st. ives) to remove the oil. Massage gently and VOILA - easy removal of waterproof and SS.