I. Hate. This. Yep, I said it. Like many, this was a YouTube inspired purchase. I do have very dry hands and had ran out of the little First Aid Beauty one I'd been using so with some Xmas money decided to make an online Sephora purchase including this. To be fair it does seem moisturizing but I had to wash it off after less than five minutes because THE SMELL! UGH! I feel like it is the scent of an 1800's hooker from France - cultured but there's just to much of it. It made my nose burn. I do think I might actually enjoy it if it were dialed down from 11 to maybe about 4. So I will take this to my sad little JCP Sephora and exchange for 2 of the trial sized First Aid Beauty ones which I highly recommend to sensitive skinned and nosed folks.
Styling Products -Redken - Nature's Rescue Radiant Sea Spray
lovecoma 6/5/2011 7:26:00 PM
I hate to bring this down or anything but this is some of the most pointless hair care I've ever bought. Based on what Youtube gurus were saying, I expected it to encourage the natural wave I have to pop. Nope. All this does is make my hair smell pretty. $17 for scented hair. Yippie. I do own hair perfume so if that's what people want fine, they need to market it as straight up hair perfume, not hair perfume/texturizer. For me, this made my hair look dull and blah. I'll be returning it. It does smell wonderful though. So if you're just after a hair perfume that may make your hair look a little lackluster, have at it.
This burned the ever living f**k out of my face. I have very sensitive skin and am on the search for a daytime moisturizer with SPF 15+, no cones, no fragrance. This does have fragrance but since I've used other Burt's Bees products in the past with no problem, I decided to give it a shot. Big mistake. I put to squirts on to begin with and it didn't spread and still felt dry on my dry skin. I added 2 more and my face started itching and burning and turned bright splotchy red. All in the span of less than 10 minutes. So I washed it off and am back to the drawing board. Any recs that meet all the above criteria would be appreciated. I have dry skin, though with the summer coming my forehead and chin are getting greasier.
Shampoo -Suave - Suave Naturals Shampoo Refreshing Tangerine
lovecoma 5/29/2011 4:05:00 PM
I had been trying many different shampoos in the last 6 months or so, in search of something "healthier". I've tried many sulfate-free and/or $10+ ones with all the same reaction - my scalp hates them. I can't use sulfate free, it makes my scalp literally sore. So I finally gave up decided to go for scent. Actually, the ingredients in these Suave Naturals are suprisingly good for something that's so cheap. Way better than other drugstore shampoos such as Herbal Essences (filled with silicones) or Pantene. I wouldn't use the shampoo only (but I always use conditioner) and I use a conditioner not from Suave (currently either Biofusion's Hydrating Balm or Giovanni's Dry Hair). This seems to work well for me and I suppose I'll just keep sampling the cheap Suave shampoos and spend a bit extra on conditioner. The scent of this is fresh and pleasant. I like it but I'll try a different one next time before I come back to it. It does feel very clarifying and I suppose would not be appropriate for daily use but I shampoo every other day so that's not really an issue for me. All in all, a fair way to spend a few bucks. I just suggest getting a higher end conditioner if you have dry/damaged hair.
I exchanged "Fashion's Night Pout" for this because I want a nude but cannot pull off brown nudes and this appears to be a pink nude. NOPE! It's transparent except a shine and if you rub really hard, glitter flecks. What a downer. Go for "Baby Pink" or even "Candy Pink" instead if you're after a pink from this line.
This looked awful on me. To be fair, I don't wear nudes well. But this didn't even end up the color it was in the tube, it was a gross orange mud color. So I exchanged this for "Pink Sugar" which appears to be a pink nude and naturally ends up transparent. Boo. To those who CAN wear nudes, this is limited edition so if you're craving it (although it looks extremely similar to "Soft Nude" from the core line), better get it fast.
Lotions/ Creams -Burt's Bees - Baby Bees Buttermilk Lotion
lovecoma 5/27/2011 9:22:00 PM
WARNING! The "new and improved" version of this in the squeeze bottle smells absolutely VILE. I had been using the new lavender vanilla Baby Bee lotion but I don't really like lavender so, remembering how I used to love the original scent I bought a tube of it. Sniffing it in the tube it smells the same but once applied there is a sickening wet dog/plastic/and something rotting smell with the occasional hint of the original scent. It's nauseating and I'm fighting the urge to jump back in the shower and wash it off. If I had a baby, I imagine he/she'd be howling in disgust after I slathered them in this. Good move selling to Clorox, Burts. They're really improved things. Needless to say, at first chance this is going back to the store.
What I expected and wanted OPI's "Bubble Bath" to be. I had a pretty, though not opaque pink color at 2 coats. I honestly don't know how many it would take for an opaque color but certain 3+. This was my first Essie polish and I was wary because I've read so many reviews saying they chip almost instantly but this lasted about the same as most of my others before it started to chip. Quite possibly, I've finally found "my" nude.
Lip Treatments -MAC - Suntints Spf 20 Lip Balm - Full of Grace
lovecoma 5/26/2011 9:35:00 PM
Sorry to bring this down, but I bought this today and it's GOING BACK. The color's perfect for me (NW15) and shiny and pretty. But out of the tube, on my lips, it smells like sunscreen really bad, a smell that drives me nuts. And something, some of the sunscreens, I believe, makes my lips numb and then sore. I've had this happen before but hoped it wouldn't with this. So, if you're sensitive to smells or chemicals, don't buy this. I don't know what I'll exchange this for...
Prior to trying this, I'd become convinced I'd never find a moisturizer with SPF I could use. My skin's super picky and reacts to everything. The SPF 15 version of this, in the classic formula, burns my skin. And most give me cysts on my chin almost immediately. I've used this over a week now and haven't seen any negative effects! :D I will say, I have quite dry skin, although with the warmer temps coming on, it has been getting slightly more oily, and I'm certain this won't cut it for me during the fall/winter. I might try mixing it with my beloved CeraVe at that point though. Also, I love the packaging. It has a pump that can be open or closed and is very hygienic. The price seems a little high for a drugstore product but I used a coupon from Olay and store coupon and brought it down. There are frequently Olay coupons in the papers so watch for those. All in all, assuming this positive review doesn't jinx it, I will continue to buy this for the warm months at the very least and do recommend it to sensitive skin types, like myself!
Moisturizers -Yes To Carrots - Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15
lovecoma 4/3/2011 5:15:00 PM
I've been looking and looking and LOOKING for a moisturizer with SPF that doesn't make my face go crazy. I have rather dry, quite sensitive skin that in the last year has gone into overdrive. At first I thought this would screw it up too but *knock on wood* it's working out pretty well. I like the pump however, I've found, if you use a full pump, it is to much and your face will be gross. And like I said, I have dry skin so if you've got oily skin and do that your face will probably be nasty. For me, I push the pump down almost all the way, getting a squirt about the size of a quarter and that's enough for my face and neck. I also like that it's mostly natural. I do wish they did not put in fragrance, especially since I can't smell it. I have a very sensitive nose so this makes me wonder if I didn't get an old bottle since the fragrance is almost non-existent. Anyway, my skin tends to not like scented things so they should consider pulling it. Why do we need scents in our face products anyway, seems a bit unnecessary. All in all, a good little lotion and I will likely rebuy it, although I want to try the one for sensitive skin by Desert Essence which is all natural and unscented first and almost the same price with slightly more in it - but no pump. ETA: I was broke out the whole time I used this and didn't stop and realize it might be this. I stopped and went back to my CeraVe and almost cleared up overnight. This went back. Dropped one lippie.
Mmm, I love this. During winter it probably won't be enough but now that we're going into spring/summer, it's perfect. I have very dry skin and apply lotion on my chest region in the morning before dressing, which I've been using this for, and it keeps me silky smooth. Once I run out of my current after shower lotion that I use at night, I'll probably replace with this too. I like that they make it paraben free and it smells so nice. Sweet but not foody sweet and it doesn't clash with my perfume which is foody sweet (Pink Sugar - yep, I'm one of THOSE people). Only thing, scent doesn't last long. And I always have a problem getting the last bit out of St. Ives' bottles so for those 2 reasons, it gets a 4 instead of 5. But for the cheap, cheap price, it's worth it.
Fragrances -Paris Hilton - Heiress by Paris Hilton
lovecoma 4/3/2011 12:56:00 PM
I got this for Xmas in a sample pack with 3 others. I like the smell of this but this, along with the other 3, give me a monster headache and make my sinuses hurt. I feel really bad because I distinctly told the person who got these for me I wanted them and I cannot use them. I tested it and after months of not using, just sprayed Heiress again and dear lord do I feel awful. Head splitting, sinuses aching - even my teeth hurt. Thanks Paris. Also, don't know if this is the sample size only, but none of the lids go on the bottle right. So even the packaging is a fail. I just need to quit trying to cheat on my HG, Pink Sugar. That's right, go figure, the scent so many claim make them nauseous and head-achey is the only one I like and have found can use.
I didn't buy this but it smells like MOTHBALLS!!! I didn't like the smell of any of their solid shampoos. Ug, I keep trying to give LUSH a chance and keep being let down. I did get a sample of the coconut solid shampoo and it smelled good until it got wet and then it smelled like a musty, smoking allowed, cheap hotel room. So I don't suggest it either. Boo.
Eyeliner -MAC - Fluidline Eye-liner Gel in Waveline
lovecoma 3/5/2011 10:57:00 PM
I like this alot. It does read blue on my eyes, a dark blue, not black. It does on effortlessly and wears with minimal moving or smudging (but I'm a rubber as I have extreme allergy eyes that are constantly watering and bothering me). I don't wear black well and feel this is a nice alternative. I wish I had bought Dark Diversion but wasn't sure I'd like the formula of these however, I much prefer the formula of this to that of my Clinique creme liner which I feel flakes a bit. ETA: No the Clinique is FAR superior. I actually don't care for this now. It does on watery and not opaque (my Clinique is always opaque on one swipe as is my new Smashbox gel liner). I rarely use this although I do love the color and it's very flattering against my blue eyes but if this is what the other Fluidlines are like, I'll never try them. Boo.