I received this product free from BzzAgent. I was excited to try it because I probably wouldn't buy it myself - I use retinoids, so not too many other anti-aging products can deliver the results I expect. I used the micro-pulse attachment one time, but saw how it was tugging at the skin under my eyes, and since that could be detrimental long term, I resorted to using the serum w/o the micro-pulse attachment. The serum spread easily and absorbed well into my skin. It was compatible with my cosmetics, and I didn't experience any irritation. I haven't seen any improvements in my fine lines for the month I've been using it. The formula isn't too exciting - it doesn't contain appreciable amounts of any active compounds, which is disappointing since I think L'Oreal really could do better. I'm a huge fan of L'Oreal cosmetics, but this product is not a must have for me.
Styling Products -Got 2 Be - Smooth Operator Smoothing Hairspray
krisrj 6/25/2010 1:57:00 PM
As a BzzAgent, I received a coupon to try this for free. I used it in place of hairspray, and it held my style while keeping my hair touchably soft. It has only a light hold, so when I needed more hold, I spritzed on regular hairspray first, and then sprayed this over top. used it to control frizzies when I pulled my hair back, and it kept stray hairs in place. It has a really nice fragrance, and a pretty package.
Styling Products -Got 2 Be - Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion
krisrj 6/25/2010 1:53:00 PM
As a BzzAgent, I received a sample of this product to try for free. This product performed as promised, making my hair smooth and shiny yet not greasy. I used it instead of conditioner, working it through my damp hair. It smells great, and is less expensive than similar products you can buy at the salon. When they have silicone as the first ingredient, they are too oil for my hair type, but this product has water listed first, so it didn't leave an oil slick in my hair. I will purchase this again.
Conditioner -Dove - Daily Treatment Conditioner, Intensive Repair
krisrj 5/26/2010 11:26:00 AM
I received this conditioner free from BzzAgent. I was slightly concerned that it would weigh down my curly shoulder length hair and leave my hair flat and limp since it contains various silicone derivatives, mineral oil, and petrolatum. The scent is really nice, and it rinsed easily from my hair. I was careful to only use a quarter sized amount. I am really pleased with how it performed. My hair has been smooth but not flat, and after using it every day for the past week, my hair is still bouncy. I’m not sure about the claims of repairing damage, but I think this product is a good value.
I received this product in Smolder, free from BzzAgent. The color is neutral, and it does not have too much shimmer or sparkle when applied. There is not much color deposited, which is a shame since the color in the tube looks nice. The shine is pretty intense, and it is wet without being sticky. It wears off within about 2 h. The sponge tipped applicator wand is slightly angled, and it is easier to use than straight sponge tipped applicators. The applicator dispenses the perfect amount of product. The gloss smells like watermelon. The price of this lip gloss is higher than I expected considering how it performs, so if it were a little cheaper, I would give it a higher rating. I would not buy it again because I prefer long-lasting lipcolor, but if money was no object and I was a lip gloss junkie, then I'd probably add this to my collection.
Mascara -L'Oreal - Double Extend Mascara with Lash Boosting Serum
krisrj 2/16/2010 2:20:00 PM
I received this product free to try from Bzz Agent, a word of mouth marketing company. I had high hopes since I've tried many mascaras, and I always come back to L'Oreal. First you apply the white primer, then the black topcoat. Both applicator wands are rather long, so be careful not to poke your eye while coating the lashes near the outside corner of your eyes. I had to comb through my lashes after every coat, and made sure that each coat did not dry before applying the next. If you like 2-part mascaras, then this may work better for you, but I found it quite time consuming, due in part to all the combing. I've had a lot of problems with clumping - can't apply 2 coats of the black part. However, after applying only one coat of the black mascara, it is sometimes not enough to cover the primer, so you can see the white peeking through. If I rub my eye during the day, or even when I comb through my lashes, the mascara flakes off easily, leaving black flecks on my cheeks. I was really determined to make this work, so I tried applying the topcoat over the primer once it had dried, but that was even worse – I had more clumping, and some lashes were stuck together and resembled spider legs. I have used the mascara for 6 weeks, and the topcoat is either slightly dried out in the tube, or almost used up. I added a little water to the topcoat wand, and found that the mascara went on much better once it had thinned out due to the water. However, my rating is based on the mascara as-is - no water added.
I received this product free to try from Bzz Agent, a word-of-mouth marketing company. I used it for 5 weeks and have noticed no improvement in the thickness, length, or density of my lashes. Looking at the ingredients, there is nothing in this product which will lenghten the lash growth cycle, so I think the "placebo effect" is helping some users see results. This product was attractively packaged, and did not irritate my eyes. I was also disappointed that L'Oreal never published my review on their website - only positive reviews of this product got through, I suppose. This product is inexpensive compared to eyelash conditioners, which is the category it seems to want to fit into, however I've had marvelous results with products that are 5-6 times more expensive, so you sort of get what you pay for.
Mascara -L'Oreal - Double Extend Mascara with Lash Boosting Serum
krisrj 2/4/2010 12:18:00 AM
I received the system free to try from Bzz Agent. I was excited to try the product, because I am hooked on L'Oreal mascaras. After trying Revlon and Cover Girl a few times, I keep returning to L'Oreal. I also wanted to check out the serum because there is really no reason that the serum should work - it does not contain active ingredients which will lengthen the eyelash growth cycle. I couldn't tell a difference looking at my before and after 5 week pics. The mascara was slightly below average. It provides great length, but you can't layer it for added volume because that will result in clumping and flaking during the day. Nearly every day the mascara on my bottom lashes would flake off throughout the day. Maybe the mascara made my eyes itchier than usual so I would rub them - not sure. The white primer coat was difficult to cover up with the black topcoat - I often had white patches showing through. I think that L'Oreal Telescopic or Telescopic Explosion with a coat of Voluminous Full Definition on top will give you a better combination of extreme length and nice volume without clumps.