The entire concept of American Crew as a product line for just men is to encourage men to take care of themselves better. It doesn't mean the shampoo is any different than a regular shampoo, but the "For Men" tagline catches the eye of guys who might think good salon quality products are just for girls. A woman could easily use this stuff without fear of her hair falling out, having it look dry and hay-like, or a frizzy unmanageable disaster. This shampoo works very well on my hair. My hair is a contrast of very thick volume with very fine strands and is straight for the most part, but with lots of little kinky curly hairs dispersed within. All the kinky hairs do is make my hair visibly frizzy...forget about luxurious curls! It is marketed for use on all hair types and is supposed to clean without stripping your hair. After shampooing, my hair does not feel dried out...like it can feel after using some really inexpensive brands (I'm looking right at you V05). After conditioning and drying naturally, my hair feels soft and has some bounce to it. My hair doesn't look any shinier, but it was already pretty shiny to begin with. It smells wonderful, a combination of citrusy and minty smells that are not cloyingly sweet or too fake. This scent tends to last a bit on my hair. There is a tingly feeling, but it is minor. It will not make your hair tingle like a menthol-laced dandruff shampoo. I personally find that kind of tingling kind of annoying and pointless anyway. It doesn't do that much for your scalp. For salon quality, this stuff is dirt cheap. I picked up the shampoo/conditioner liter set on sale for $15.
I started using Cetaphil at the advice of my dermatologist when I started using retin-a micro. I moisturize morning and night to counteract dry skin and the drying effects of retin-a. As soon as Cetaphil touches my face, it burns immediately and leaves my face dry and tight. My Dove bar doesn't irritate at all. So much for a gentle cleanser. There has to be something in it that is making my sensitive skin react.
I'm a recent Tweezerman convert. I, like many others, held off on buying a pair because of the price. So, I was always buying the cheapo $3-$5 ones at the drugstore. After a few months, the cheapo tweezers get really dull and make tweezing your hairs a chore. When I cleaned out my bathroom drawers, I pulled out four sets of tweezers! If you think about it, I spent about as much on those (or possibly more) than had I just bought the nicely sharp Tweezerman tweezers in the first place. And the Tweezermans come with lifetime sharpening for free! These tweezers really do well at grabbing the fine, short hairs that start to poke through. And they're really easy to spot in my makeup drawer because they're pink!
Shampoo -Alberto Vo5 - Kiwi Lime Squeeze Clarifying Shampoo
rabidfangirl 3/24/2007 5:35:00 PM
My parents had this in the guest shower, so I was stuck using it when I visited them. It immediately reminded me why I avoid Vo5 like the plague. My thick, straight hair felt like straw after using it. It's still incredibly drying even after the supposed reformulation; the matching conditioner was useless. I wound up going out and buying a better brand to replace them in the shower, so any future guests won't wind up being tortured. Smells nice though.
This is my current HG drugstore brand. I took off a lippy because I don't think the shampoo is doing anything for the long & strong claim, but it still cleans my thick hair well and leaves it soft. It also smells wonderful; so much so that a few people have commented on how nice my hair smells. ;) I haven't noticed a residue problem and have been using this for months.
Lipstick -Cover Girl - TruShine - Blushberry Shine 415 [DISCONTINUED]
rabidfangirl 3/24/2007 3:23:00 PM
Typically, I hate buying lipstick from drugstores because there are usually no testers for you to try out the color with. And if there are, they're usually disgusting. However, after reading the reviews, I took a chance and now I've found a new YLBB lipstick color. It's going right in the bag along with my Neutrogena gloss in First Blush, which is another safe color for the office. This is perfect for those with fair complexions. It's very close to my natural lip color, but perhaps a slightly pinker color. The color is natural looking, not at all intense. Of course, the shade will vary from person to person (my lips look less pink than the picture provided below). TruShine is tasteless and didn't feel heavy or sticky on my lips. It covers well and doesn't look goopy or thick. My horribly chapped lips look great. It wasn't overly shiny, but wasn't matte by any means. It's not a long-lasting lipstick, so you will need to reapply after eating/drinking. Also, note that there is no safety packaging on this. Anyone can open it up and try it out (Yuck!).
Lotions/ Creams -Neutrogena - Norwegian Formula Hand Cream
rabidfangirl 8/27/2004 11:51:00 PM
Works fairly well. A little greasy feeling on hands, which is a big issue on mine. Softens my hands quickly, which is important because I work with my hands and they get ultra-dry and chapped fast.