Conditioner -Organix - Nourishing Coconut Milk Conditioner
onceuponatime15 9/17/2011 2:17:00 PM
I bought this with its matching shampoo for 50% off at Safeway. These are quite expensive when they're not on sale for a drugstore conditioner and for how good it works. I have a love/hate relationship with this shampoo and conditioner. It smells delicious off the bat but the scent doest stay much longer after your hair dries. And it doesn't lather enough so I have to use more product. Neither of these products made my hair feel silky nor did they dry out my hair. The thing that really bugged me the most about this was that I got dandruff! The next day after using this (and mind you, I do rinse my shampoo out properly!) I had gotten very large flakes on my scalp and a lot of tiny ones that I had to wash out again. I wouldn't buy this again, I'm sticking to Herbal Essence.
I bought this with its matching conditioner for 50% off at Safeway. These are quite expensive when they're not on sale for a drugstore shampoo and for how good it works. I have a love/hate relationship with this shampoo and conditioner. It smells delicious off the bat but the scent doest stay much longer after your hair dries. And it doesn't lather enough so I have to use more product. Neither of these products made my hair feel silky nor did they dry out my hair. The thing that really bugged me the most about this was that I got dandruff! The next day after using this (and mind you, I do rinse my shampoo out properly!) I had gotten very large flakes on my scalp and a lot of tiny ones that I had to wash out again. I wouldn't buy this again, I'm sticking to Herbal Essence.
I love love love this waver. I ordered this on Amazon, originally thinking that it was a crimper not a waver. It is on the big side so be careful that you don't accidentally pinch your ear with this or burn your hands (which I surprisingly haven't so far!). I clamp this over a 1 inch section of my hair on low-to-medium heat and hold it for 10 seconds, then I repeat and do sections of my hair until it's complete. There are some tutorials on YouTube on how to use this. It was quick and easy to use, affordable, and I got a ton of compliments on my hair! <3 Just make sure to use a heat protectant!
I bought this mascara because I needed a washable mascara instead of using my HG waterproof CG Lash Blast. I feel like using a waterproof mascara 24/7 makes removal difficult and I lose a few lashes sometimes. Anyway, onto the review. I liked this mascara for a volume mascara. It gave decent volume and quite a bit of length. I'm not sure why everyone complained about the brush because I thought it was simple and easy to use. The bristles are the traditional kind (in Maybelline Great Lash, etc) and not the plastic bristles in newer mascaras. I can't rate its performance for growing my lashes out and making them appear thicker because 99% of the time those statements are just for marketing. However, there were two reasons why this mascara lost a lippie. 1) This formula is wet wet wet. It takes ages to dry and you'll probably smudge it while it's drying. 2) This doesn't hold curl at all. The more strokes you do with the wand, the heavier it gets and the more your curl droops. But other than that, this is a good drugstore mascara and it's staying in my makeup bag. :)
Gels/Soaps -Bodycology - Vanilla Buttercream Bath and Shower Gel
onceuponatime15 8/15/2011 4:39:00 PM
This review is for the older Bodycology bath and shower gel. I believe that there is newer packaging and possibly a newer formula. Oh, I love this product so much! This was my first Bodycology product ever and I'm very impressed with it. :) Price: Differs from store-to-store (as most druggie finds). I bought this from a little drugstore for around it's normal internet-retail price. Packaging: I really like the packaging of this. It's simple and minimal but it looks a lot like the Philosophy shower gels. THIS SMELLS AH-MAZINGGG. I cannot express my love for this. It smells like icing on cupcakes. This also lathers up very well and you only need a dime-size amount on your loofa for it to foam up and be enough. Conclusion: Go and buy this right now. I'm not sure how good or improved the new formula is but this is a must-have for those who cannot afford the Philosophy shower gels.
Lip Gloss -L'Oreal - HIP Jelly Balm [DISCONTINUED]
onceuponatime15 8/15/2011 3:51:00 PM
I was super-duper excited to pick these up! My nearest Target store (I adore Target!) didn't have these so I drove to the family-owned drugstore down the block to pick these up. Price: Differs from store-to-store (as most druggie finds). I bought this from a little drugstore for around it's normal internet-retail price. Loreal products do tend to be more expensive than other drugstore brands, such as Maybelline. Packaging: This lip tint looks a lot like the MAC's Tinted Lip Conditioner because it has a similar pot idea except it's smaller. The pot is heavy with a glass screw-on top. The lip jelly sits in the center and is applied with either your fingers or a brush. Some people find that this packaging is unsanitary because they have to use their own fingers instead of an applicator (like the doe foot) but I'm fine with this. Consistency and Application: The one thing I wasn't so keen on with this product (and the reason why it lost a lippy) is because of it's weird consistency/texture. First of all, this is way different than a lip gloss. It's a lot thicker and harder and plenty sticky. It is moisturizing but it's texture and hardness changes on the room temperature; weird, I know! This has to be kept somewhat warm or else it will be too hard and stiff to apply evenly. Color: Their color selection is very limited; I believe that there is only 4 colors, all of them being somewhat nude. There is no shimmer or intense gloss, but a creamy sort of sheen that looks very natural and wearable. I own these in Plush (a light hot pink which shows up almost translucent and is the same color as my lips) and Succulent (a berry color which comes up a light red-purple.) -- Conclusion: I really liked how unique this product is. If you can't avoid the larger and more high-end MAC Tinted Lip Conditioner, you can find these at almost any drugstore. Colors are limited but it probably doesn't matter anyway because they are all very sheer. I love these for layering or for everyday wear because they aren't too bright but do offer good moisture. Just remember to wash your hands before you stick a finger in that little pot! :)
Foundations -Cover Girl - Natureluxe Liquid Silk Foundation
onceuponatime15 8/14/2011 9:31:00 PM
This was my second liquid foundation (my first being the Neutrogena Healthy Skin, which I loved; other than that, I've been using tinted moisturizers.) Price: Differs from store-to-store (as most druggie finds). I bought this from my local Target and it was a couple dollars more expensive than it is found online. Packaging: The foundation comes in a teeny-tiny squeeze bottle with a screw-on cap. It's green as the Cover Girl Natureluxe line is. There were some complaints on the squeeze bottle (some of them were that it was drying too fast or it would squirt out too much.) None of these problems bothered me. The packaging was just fine for me, except as all drugstore products go, the packaging looked cheap and very commercial compared to Laura Mercier and such. I did like how the bottle was small and good for traveling. Consistency and Application: This foundation was a lot different than the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup. The Neutrogena one was very liquidy while this was very thick and creme-like. I stippled this onto my skin using my Sonia Kashuk Highlighting Brush. This did dry very quickly when it is out of the bottle so you have to work kind of fast for it to blend properly. It was a bit too pink for me so I had to bring it down my neck and blend very well so it didn't look obvious. It blended in fine but it did feel quite dry and a bit thick (although it was very comfortable and light to wear.) Coverage: I would say that this gave me Light to Medium coverage. It evened out my skin tone but I would have to go over it with concealer for under my eyes and any extra redness. It dried almost matte, and honestly (coming from someone with dry skin) I would rather have a foundation that was a bit dewy, especially in the summer. -- Conclusion: Decent drugstore liquid foundation. It has some good ingredients and is good for someone who may have oily skin because it dries matte. I would say that this is great for the wintertime when you don't want a more natural, dewy finish. This foundation offers medium coverage and it will cover up minor discoloration but not acne or under-eye circles. This may work well for you, and I didn't have any major issues with this, but I'm going to stick with my Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup because it leaves a more natural finish and its color is closer to my skin. UPDATE: A little while after this foundation dries, it doesn't feel quite as drying or mattifying and it does a good job of looking like skin. And although this didn't work very well for me as a foundation, I'm giving it an extra lippie as a tinted moisturizer. I use a bit of this and mix it with my daily moisturizer and stipple this onto my face for a perfect complexion.