Deodorants -Dove - Clear Tone Skin Renew Anti-Perspirant Deodorant
lumi90 7/1/2012 2:26:00 PM
Like all Dove deodorants, it works very well in the antiperspirant department, and blocks B.O. quite effectively. I've been using this for about 6 weeks, and I'm seeing a difference in the color of my armpits. I have really dark armpits, and this is the first summer since I was a kid that I've been able to wear tank tops/halter tops without being self conscious about raising my arms.
Hair Color -Unlisted Brand - Sun-In - Highlighting Spray
lumi90 7/1/2012 2:22:00 PM
As far as at home, no box coloring goes, this is pretty good. You have to be very patient with this stuff, and really read the instructions. You have to get your hair very damp and then spray a very liberal amount of the product into your hair to see any real results. The first two days I was skimpy with it, because I didn't want to over do it, but after seeing literally no change between those two days, I upped the amount I put into my hair. It is definitely working, but not at the pace promised. I have naturally blonde hair, it's about the shade of the lightest "Natural Color" shown on the back of the bottle. After about a week, my hair is only at the "After 2 days" for "Light Brown" hair. An improvement? Yes. What the bottle promises? No. But, I don't feel like I'm damaging my hair beyond repair by bleaching it, and this product doesn't dry it out. I do deep condition, use an ultra moisturizing conditioner when not D.C., and I put a smoothing hair lotion in my hair every day. I take good care of my hair, having this product be the ONLY negative thing I do to it, and my hair isn't being negatively affected by it. The packaging on it sucks, the sprayer randomly gets stopped up for no reason I can tell, but I do like how it has a hook/closer over the spray, so if it's in your bag you don't have to worry about it leaking all over your things. All in all, I plan on continuing to use this product. It really does work, just very slowly.
Treatments -Nexxus - Pro-Mend Split End Binding Targeted Leave-In Treatment
lumi90 5/19/2012 2:10:00 PM
This product works super great to mend split ends. I saw results within the first week I started using it. I first apply it to my ends, then to the rest of my hair. I have tons and tons of little fly-a-ways and super thin hair that breaks easily, and I've noticed that my fly-a-ways lay down much better and my hair isn't as frizzy as it usually is. This didn't dry my hair out or cause any further damage, but there are two things that I don't like about it. First, you can't stop using it once you start. I was home for a week and didn't bring my bottle with me and after only two or three days of not using it my hair went back to how it was before - split, frizzy ends, frizz all over. Second thing, the twist top is confusing. Unless I got one that was put on backwards, the twist part works opposite of what you would think. That really isn't that big of a deal, it just sucks when I'm in a hurry. I didn't get the pro-mend shampoo and conditioner, so I can't say if using those would help with the reversal of the product after discontinuing use or not. Overall I do really like this product, it's the most inexpensive product for split ends (aside from cutting) that actually works, and I'll keep using it.
I got lucky with my hair, I can go a day without washing it and it looks and behaves the same as if I had washed it that morning. It's for day 2 of no washing I bought this for, since it takes almost 2 hours just to wash and dry my hair, not even adding any product to it or doing anything aside from brushing. I used this on day 2 of not washing my hair, and it didn't do much aside from make it smell like the dry shampoo (which is a nice smell). I ended up wearing it in a tight pony tail all day and washing it that night. It didn't get rid of any of the oil, and my hair felt completely gross, when normally my roots are just oily at the end of day 2. Definitely will not continuing using this.
Lip Treatments -Victoria's Secret - Victorias Secret Very Voluptuous Lip Plumper
lumi90 1/10/2012 1:11:00 PM
I have average lips, and I can tell there is a difference when I use this, especially in my bottom lip (for some reason, the bottom plumps up more than the top). The first time I used it I felt more of a burn and less of a tingling sensation, but I've either gotten used to it, or it was just a reaction to me putting it on the first time, as I can hardly feel any tingling when I use it now. It is pricey, but it works very well, so there isn't anything to complain about there, and I like how it's packaged, with the twist on the bottom so you can control easily how much gloss/plumper goes on. I was surprised with the gloss it gives, too. I expected it to be sticky, at least after wearing it for a while, but the gloss is smooth, and stays smooth. I have to apply it close to 4 times throughout the day, it's not a "once in the morning and done" deal, but it does last quite a while. I'll probably buy this again once I run out.
This mascara is fantastic. I've been using it for a couple of weeks now, and I've noticed my lashes are both longer and thicker. It's very easy to apply with the hourglass brush. It isn't too thick, so you don't end up with clumps. And, it is water resistant, not water proof, which is another bonus. It doesn't run or smear when it meets water, but it is easy to take off at night. This is probably the only mascara I'll ever use again, I absolutely love it!
I wear waterproof and water resistant makeup, and this does a great job at getting it all off at the end of the day. My only complaints are that the lid is difficult to get off (you have to push and twist, and by push I mean push really hard), and it takes a lot to get all my makeup off. Other than that, it is a really good product that I would probably buy again.
Eye Shadow -L'Oreal - HiP Metallic Duo (generally)
lumi90 12/17/2011 11:35:00 PM
I love the color this gives, but it doesn't last more than 20 mins. Before I even leave the house it is just about completely worn off. The packaging makes it difficult to get to the sponge applicator, and the powder gets all over the bottom part of the packaging once you use the applicator. I wish that the quality and packaging were better, because I really do like the color.
Mascara -Bare Escentuals - Flawless Definition mascara
lumi90 12/8/2011 12:59:00 PM
The formula is thick, and very easily smears after applying it. I had to apply and then wait a few minutes before opening my eyes all the way for fear of leaving marks on the tops of my eyelids. At nights, it is very hard to get off, too. Once it is actually on, it is great, but the difficulties in getting it on just right and taking it off at night ruin this mascara for me completely.
Wow, this stuff is amazing. It goes on easily and evenly, even with no primer or anything else, covers up redness and small imperfections on my face, and looks completely natural. No one thinks I use any makeup on my face that isn't eye makeup. The only bad things are the small selection of tones (fortunately, I fit in one of the 4 tones they make, so this isn't an issue for me), and the packaging. There isn't really much to keep it from spilling all over the place, and it isn't the easiest thing to get the makeup from container to sponge (or brush, or whatever you use). However, it is still remarkable. Oh, and I must add that within 2 days of using this product it cleared the acne Bare Minerals gave me, and I haven't gotten a single pimple or blackhead since. My face doesn't usually break out, but is very sensitive to makeup (I just recently started wearing makeup because of this reason - when I put any on my face, my face gets red, burns, and breaks out :( ) and Korres has worked all kinds of wonders. If you're not using this foundation, you are missing out!
Styling Products -Got 2 Be - Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion
lumi90 3/8/2011 10:50:00 PM
Absolutely LOVE this stuff. I was a little hesitant about buying it, because I was throughly unsatisfied with Smooth Operator mousse, but decided to get this because it was on sale. I only use about one pump (a little less than one, actually) and I'm not even half way though the bottle, nearly 2 months later. It's absolutely amazing, and leaves my hair so soft.
One of my friends recommended Organix shampoo and conditioner, and I choose this scent because I love the smell in the bottle. Actually on my hair it is completely different, smelling more like candy than coconut. It does nothing for my hair at all, besides making it smell sweet. And my sweet, I mean SWEET. If I were 13, I would probably think it was great and would shampoo with it all the time, because the smell lasts all day but still isn't overwhelming. However, I am not 13, nor do I wish to smell like a 13 year old. I have very thin hair, and despite that I still have to use a lot to get it completely through my hair, and let me reiterate, it does nothing at all to my hair. I may as well just get it wet and then spray it with perfume. I'm sure it gets my hair clean, but my hair is dry, has no shape or body, and is just lifeless, and with even the cheapest, most basic shampoo and conditioner, my hair is none of those things.
Lotions/ Creams -Victoria's Secret - Amber Romance Body Lotion
lumi90 2/26/2011 12:47:00 AM
I bought this as a gift for my sister, and I had to go and buy myself a bottle! It gives off such a great smell, and is not too overwhelming, although you do have to remember that a little goes a long way. It leaves your skin smooth and very nice smelling, I would definitely buy it again.
Very greasy, and takes a lot of washing to get it completely off your skin after using it. It isn't the best waterproof makeup remover, either. I've found I need to go over my eyelashes after the initial makeup removal. Also, between a combination of the way the lid is designed and the greasy-ness, I've found that the cap very easily will become slick and greasy, which is hugely annoying.
For the price, this is a good product. It doesn't stay on throughout the day, and will definitely smudge, which is a rather large issue, as one applies makeup to wear makeup, not to reapply it every few hours. However, I found that putting on eyeshadow with this eyeliner will solve this major issue.