Styling Products -Unlisted Brand - Curly Hair Solutions - Curl Keeper
kstahler 8/30/2012 11:59:00 AM
I have whitey 2b-c long hair, fine but wavy/curly, and the right magic can give me springy Ss and coils. I am constantly on the hunt for the product and routine which will consistently do this, but the weather keeps changing, and I am a bit lazy. Btw, I read that the ingredients in this are very similar to water-based personal lubricant, and it is true, but those seem to have parabens, which this doesn't. (Why are parabens on any product for your body or hair???) My other fave products are Jessicurl. But I love Jonathan's videos, and the site gives you a shipping discount sometimes (right as you are about to click away because of $8 shipping for one 8 oz item). My first try with this, combing it through soaking wet hair and basically letting it dry has gone pretty well, and I can't wait to see how it works reactivated. I use Jonathan's (great!) clips to lift my hair at the part while air drying. I got lots of s-curls with hardly any scrunching or touching. I will try some of the other techniques from his videos, but I like that none of them are rocket science nor do they require electric styling tools such as blowdryers or irons. I used it without adding any gel, and I still got a lot of curl that seems to last. I will be adding gel over the CK next to see if I can tighten the curls. Just like all the products I love, the costs are reasonable for something this good, but the shipping, sheesh. So I tend to only buy where there is a sale or coupon and use lesser stuff in between.
Reminds me of CK One, a fragrance I like, and hence it is similarly gender neutral. I had my husband smell a few Chanel swatches, and he immediately picked this one as the nicest, but he tends to like fresh aquatic scents for himself, in particular Chanel Bleu. While I don't get much aquatic here, I like the fresh green citrus. Other Chanels I like/wear are Allure and Coco Mademoiselle, so as you can see, I am not into their heavier classics.
Smells like Marc Jacobs Daisy to me, but with more lasting power. Doesn't smell like a Chanel scent at all, but I see what they are doing, appealing to GenY. That is fine; things evolve. Comforting clean fresh feminine smell, not super distinctive but still very nice. Freshness comes from the lack of patchouli, thank god for that. Wish it were cheaper though.
This scent so reminds me of Un Air de Samsara, a summery fresh citrusy (and discontinued) version of Samsara. Mint and jasmine are what I am getting from this bargain-priced floriental. This is very unlike most Avon fragrances, which always seem to smell too sweet and aldehydic for me. It is an EDP but doesn't last as long as I'd hoped, but it's still better than some. I wish I could get it in some other versions, such as shower gel or lotion. Nicely done, Avon! Keep it in the fridge in the summer for a wonderfully cool spritz.
I have long wavy/curly hair that needs a lot of control to not frizz, and this is great gel, $5 for 8.5 ounces here in PA! Ulta coupon, here I come! I was afraid it would be too stiff, but it isn't. I do use my Jessicurl curl activator first, on wet hair in the shower, then this as a styling aid. I wish I could tell if it has alcohol, and it probably does or it would advertise that it does not, right? Great smell, just as another reviewer said, like pears, but it won't interfere with your perfume. I don't mind the bottle, which is soft, not hard, now. My bf uses expensive Bumble & Bumble products, and I will be getting him to try this to control his wild Russian locks. More wine for us, if we can save a bit of money on styling products once in a while, right? :-)
I bought this without ever smelling it because of the reviews on here calling it fresh and clean. Oh, I also smelled it on one of my students, but she had it mixed with something else. She urged me to go to Marshall's or TJ Maxx for it, but no luck there, so I bought it on Amazon, where I got the 3.5 spray and lotion for about $30. NOT a strong fragrance to me, so I use a lot of it. The bottle is minimalist and not totally comfortable in the hand. If I was designing bottles, I would make them fit the hand, because then the hand wants to spray and spray. :-) I am getting a lot of grapefruit and musk and am reminded of the summery D&G Light Blue. Anyone else? A bit of vanilla creaminess reminds me of a very light Opium, and it also has hints of CK Be. BF likes it, says it smells floral and fruity to him, so I guess he was picking up on the grapefruit, since I don't like other fruits like coconut in my fragrance and am a Floriental girl all the way. The smell doesn't seem to go with the white-yellow packaging. I am seeing darker or neutral colors.
Styling Products -Aveda - Be Curly Curl Control (old) [DISCONTINUED]
kstahler 4/10/2009 11:12:00 AM
Maybe I use this the wrong way, but I have wavy mid-back-length hair that gets way too poofy if I don't use a lot of product on it. I admire the look of glossy long defined Latino curls but just can't get my hair to do that. Many products such as gels do nothing or get too stiff. But I rub this through my wet hair after conditioning, and my hair dries naturally into waves and ringlets, which I love! I usually put Aussie Sprunch on top of this to keep the shape this lotion gives. I appreciate all the information about using a diffuser on curly hair and have bought one for my blowdryer, which I never used before because it seemed to blow out all my curls. I feel the formula must have been changed, because the smell is much milder and not detectable once it's on. I just wish this tiny tube, which looks like a deodorant, was not so expensive for the small amount, but you really don't need much, even for long hair, and you do get what you pay for.
Update: I bought the gift set for $80 at a time where I definitely should NOT be buying perfume, but the set was great with a mini spray, shower cream, and lotion as well as the big bottle. I don't like the cap or the way the bottle fits in my hand, tricky to spray, but I like the pink bottle and the purple color of the other products and the wavy glass. My boyfriend likes this scent, says it smells like flowers. I don't notice the lasting power others said it had. I also ordered a fragrance oil copy online to increase the staying power. Wish I could get a candle and dry oil spray. Great fall scent, and the shower cream is a lot easier on the skin than regular shower gel. === I smelled this in Glamour and may be hooked, but it was too cold to go by a department store for a spritz on the way home. I feel this is in the PlayDoh family that also includes Armani Sensi (which I love, RIP!) and Ted Lapidus Silk Way (a very unusual soft perfume that is hard to find). I also like Chanel Allure and Guerlain Samsara, so I guess I like heavy scents, except I now have a thing for Amazing Grace. Now I am going to be obsessed with reading reviews of Sensual until I can get a few spritzes on my skin, but I am grateful for all the creative and passionate fragrance writing on here. I can see the comparison with Organza Indecence, which to me is more cinnamon-y and vanilla than the florals I detect in here along with amber.
Lipstick -Maybelline - Mineral Power Lipcolor ] [DISCONTINUED]
kstahler 10/28/2008 8:19:00 PM
I saw the ad in Glamour and after reading reviews on here, ran to RiteAid to buy one. I thought I would get the Terracotta which looked so gorgeous on the model in the ad, but it was too light and too mauvey for me. I like pale reds (kind of an oxymoron I know) and tan/reds and realize that I like more pigment than this lipstick gives. I bought the Sienna and was tempted by the Ruby. This will be great for touchups when I already have lipstick on. It has great texture and no smell and is very good quality for the $7 price. I cannot see how the lightest colors give any color at all. The tube looks very inexpensive, but I like the clear cap.
Fragrances -Giorgio Armani - Acqua di Gio (for women)
kstahler 10/26/2008 1:37:00 PM
I smelled this the other day in Ulta and think I like it a lot. I am a fan of clean fresh cotton types of scents, maybe even what you might call fabric softener scents. I love Armani Sensi (discontinued) and Amazing Grace and Yankee Candle Clean Cotton and Egyptian Musk from a few different companies. I also like Chanel Allure and Kenzo Flower. But I wanted to mention that a fragrance staffer in a BonTon told me this is discontinued. I am not sure where to find out more. I always feel so sad when a scent I like is discontinued, and it seems to happen to me a lot. I don't fall in love with fragrances often. The Ulta near me also has Sensi still on the shelves, so maybe they are just behind the times.
Styling Products -Aussie - Aussome Volume Styling Mousse
kstahler 7/23/2008 7:34:00 AM
Only 6 ounces, so maybe the price isn't so dirt cheap, but it IS only about $3 USD. This is the stiffest cheap mousse I can find, and you have to make sure to shake it first. I have long fine curly hair that easily gets frizzed, and this keeps it wet-looking with stiff curls, great for summer. In winter, it might make me too flat. The space-age-looking nozzle is kinda fun. This is what they call "maximum" hold, and I wonder what "extreme" would be, but I would buy that too!
I have only had a sample so far, chosen for me by a male coworker who is a fragrance freak like me and is of Italian origin. Well, he pegged me well, a very clean scent that reminded me of Johnson's Baby Shampoo, a comforting scent from childhood that I love and that smells so much better than baby powder. It is a hard scent to find and describe. Some scenters make products with a simple smell called Bedtime Bath, if that gives you any help. Anyway, I won a bottle at an auction site that was much more than I usually spend, even though it was a deal, but for the huge bottle well worth it. I hope it is good luck for a wonderful classy summer. It did not seem to last that long on me, but it was only a sample, so I shall see. I hope I can report back when I get and wear this for a while. I normally love Sensi by Armani, but that is discontinued.
I run this through my long hair after squeezing out the water in the shower, and it is one of the few things that will ramp up the curls for me. I do use a stiffer spray gel on top of it to hold onto the curls I get. The smell is indeed strong, not my favorite, but the guy I date lovesit, I guess because it is sort of a natural strong floral, and because guys can't smell as well as we do maybe? Ok, well, what exactly is that smell? It's the same as Pureology, right? Intense pungent crushed-up flowers? I bought some Sunsilk Beach Curls to try next, in the blue bottle, to see if it works, because the smell is nice. Seems more products are out there for straight hair right now.
On my quest for fresh clean scents, I am next testing this out. I usually wear Armani Sensi and wish this scent were more concentrated. It is billed as fragrance, not EDT or EDP, and so I am not sure of the concentration. I reinforce it with a dry body spray and oil from a copycat fragrance seller, many of whom you can easily find on ebay. Copies are not always good, but this one appears to be easy to copy. Anyway, this to me is a clean floral and very feminine and young. I get honeysuckle and cotton blossom and will have to look up the notes to see if that is in there. My boyfriend who is not into scent does like this one, and I have been practically bathing in it. It is going fast! :-) I love smelling it on my clothes after I take them off. I am now looking for some lotion. Does the scent from the hair products stay in your hair, anyone? I also want to try Pure Grace.
Great fragrance that is very close to, yes, the classic fabric softener scent, Yankee Candle's Clean Cotton. I have an ebay vendor that makes Clean Cotton dry oil mist for me in this fragrance, and it is a lovely substitute for this perfume, which is wayyyyy expensive (hence my 3 rating), given its everywoman kind of vibe, rather than perfumey sophisticate. Another similar scent is the Spanish fragrance Flor de Algodon, which I smelled in Madrid in a drugstore and am kicking myself that I did not buy. I am always on the outlook for these clean fragrances and am trying Amazing Grace. Thank you all for your great recommendations and ideas.