Cleansers -Avon - Pore-Fection Cleanser [DISCONTINUED]
llawlor 3/24/2009 11:01:00 AM
REALLY made my pores more clean and therefore, smaller, Unfortunately, Avon discontinued this - like they always do. Boo, Avon! You're so fickle.
Stiletto...I don't think so. This is more like the low-heeled, somewhat frumpy but you don't give a sh*t pair of shoes you wear to work because dammit I'm sick of wearing heels everyday and there's no one to impress or anyone you want to date at work anyway so I might as well be comfortable.... Okay, I'm back. Seriously, this has NO volume (truth in advertising there, it is called stiletto) and ironically, not much length-enhancing properties either. Long story short: it's along the lines of Great Lash, but Great Lash is actually better.
Beauty Tubads. Too bad 'cause it's all hype. This is "crunchy" mascara - it dries really solidly, is clumpy, and fails in the lengthening department. Every time I look in the mirror, I look like when I was thirteen and just started using mascara, and didn't know how to apply it well, i.e clumpy spider lashes. There are many cheaper brands that will lengthen your lashes better than this, and thicken them with more finesse. Worst of all is removal: they say to hold a cotton ball with water on them and the "tubes" should fall off like autumn leaves. Nope. More like, you have to pull the suckers off with your finger tips to really remove them. Even more annoying...they stick all over your face. I ALWAYS wake up with one or more stuck in my hairline or cheek or side of my nose (lol) and I have to SCRAPE it off with my fingernail to get it off. No, no and no on this one.
Cannabis Santal? Love, love, love. Cannabis Rose? I would chew my own leg off to get away from this smell. Smells exactly like industrial floor cleaner. Hideous beyond belief. Even the sales person inadvertently made a face when she smelled it. This may be an unfair review, as I didn't apply it, but smelled so bad I couldn't do it.
Moisturizers -Dove - Deep Moisture Facial Lotion SPF 15 ] ] [DISCONTINUED]
llawlor 11/4/2008 1:37:00 PM
For a cheapo drugstore moisturizer, this can't be beat. In fact, it's better than a lot of moisturizers I've paid much more for. When I first opened it, I thought it would be too thin despite not liking very thick moisturizers. I can see a difference in my face using this for a few days. It looks moisturized and clearer. I had little white bumps on my forehead from using something that cleared up when I began using this. Overall, a best deal for the money.
I bought this only because I needed another product for a buy two/get two offer and the pickin's were slim at Ulta that day. Frankly I'm not interested in soy on my hair, so that wasn't a selling point either. However, I am very surprised by this product - for my thick wavy hair that tends to get flat fast, it works. I gives my hair GREAT body and thickness that lasts until I wash it again. However, if I over apply it, it makes it pretty difficult to get a comb through it - it makes it kind of gummy, so you have to be careful about that. The smell reminds me of Aveda - sort of like that industrial bathroom cleaner scent of Shampure (yes! I said it! Shampure smells bad!) But if you like that kind of industrial/medicinal smell, then give this a try. I was very pleasantly surprised.
A keeper. Does what it says it will do - creates a textured, piecey look in my thick, layered, highlighted hair. Strong strawberry smell, but I don't mind it. Seems to leave a little shine too. Totally overpriced at $19 in my opinion, but there ya go.
Styling Products -Sexy Hair Concepts - Root Pump Plus
llawlor 6/7/2008 3:06:00 PM
I have thick, layered, highlighted hair and live in a highly humid environment. Root Pump Plus does what it says - gives volume at the roots and is fairly resistant to humidity. I'm not sure if I love it better than Redken Guts, but it's a close call.
Styling Products -Sexy Hair Concepts - Big Sexy Hair - Flip it Over
llawlor 6/7/2008 3:03:00 PM
No, no, no. This is a spray-on WAX, which I wish would have been indicated on the package. I swear it's the lighter version of Play Dirty (or whatever it's called - same line). It did not make my hair (thick, layered, highlighted) texturized at all - it made it clumpy, filmy, heavy and frizzy all at the same time. If you've used other wax products and they give you texture, then this will most likely work for you. I can't imagine it doing anything other than weighing hair down regardless of texture.
Fragrances -Bath and Body Works - Rainkissed Leaves
llawlor 5/19/2008 11:32:00 AM
Very generic green scent with a mildewy-note. 'Nuff said.
If you want long, spiky lashes, then I would try this. I saw a picture of myself and my lashes were almost too long for daytime. So if you are seeking an artificial lash or nighttime look without spending too much, give this a try. The wand is very short which creates a problem with application - it's awkward and I have to switch hands to get the outer lashes. (Makes me wonder if the marketing people actually USE the product before they send it out.) Once this mascara starts getting old (around week six-eight), as with most mascaras, it starts clumping and it looks bad on your lashes. I think the problem most are having with the primer is that they try to get too much on - a couple of good swipes works, plus not letting the primer dry completely. You don't have to totally coat your lashes with the primer and if you do, the look is sort of "overkill."
Styling Products -TiGi - Catwalk - Fashionista Spritz & Shine
llawlor 11/15/2007 10:54:00 PM
Medium shine, helped with flat-ironing (hair didn't look as dried out). Major negative - the cheap, overpowering grapey smell, so strong it overpowers my perfume.
I used the glaze for light blondes. A friend of mine with brown hair raves about this product and receives compliments every time she uses it. For me....meh. It sorta adds some shine...but not like I thought it would. It doesn't weigh down or dry out my hair, but it does give it some funky texture....like the hair is slightly coated. (I have the 'new improved' version too.) Didn't do much of anything.
This pretty much does what it says - it calms frizz and helps to straighten my hair (still have to use a flat iron, of course.) It also helps with shine. The real reason I like it is the smell. To me it smells almost perfumey, sort of fresh, clean scent and I like more strongly scented hair products. One caveat, though: I've had bottles that smell good and bottles that smell weirdly plastic. I can't figure out why - I'm guessing that if this sits around on the shelf, it smells a little plasticy/acrid after a well.
Qualifier: When it comes to fragrance, I dislike more scents than I like, so take that for what it's worth. And it's not about cost or liking and disliking certain notes, it's about a scent being different, complex and appealing to me in some unnameable way. Given that long explanation, I found this while going down the fragrance line at Ulta and being cranky about not yet finding my HG scent ("boring, commercial, too aggressive, too marine,celebrityfragrancenothanks, smells like cotton candy, um, no) but then I found this and LOVED on the spray strip. So, I sprayed. And waited. And sniffed. And waited and sniffed. The dry down on me: oh, the humanity....very uni-dimensional, lacking in depth, slight acrid stuff that you might find in an old bottle at a thrift store labled PARFUM. I detect no amber, nothing warm, sultry, just some generic, one note smell that I still can't identify. Pass!