Lip Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Love & Toast - Strawberry Fields Lip Butter
redhair 3/28/2013 5:04:00 PM
I've been searching for a new lip balm since Chapstick discontinued their naturals lip butter. I've tried Kiss My Face (drying), Alba Botanica (gritty), and Weleda's Everon (terrible!) among others. This one is actually pretty good. It's creamy and doesn't disappear immediately after application. Your lips still feel moisturized even after it eventually wears off. The taste/ smell is a little strong though and it definitely doesn't taste like strawberries. It's more floral than fruity. It doesn't bother me too much but I think I'll try another flavor next to see of there is anything better.
Conditioner -Moroccanoil - Moisture Repair Conditioner
redhair 6/13/2012 6:03:00 PM
I am hooked on this conditioner really for only one reason - the smell! I really don't think the product itself is that amazing. I have fine, straight hair that tends to be frizz prone on the ends, and this does a fairly good job of taming it, but not twenty dollars good! I really only continue to buy it b/c I am in love w/ the scent. If a cheaper brand decides to replicate it, I'm jumping ship!
I'm on the fence w/ this one. On the one hand it really does leave my skin smoother and has definitely cleared up some of the blackheads on my nose and cheeks. It also speeds up the healing time of leftover breakouts. However....I think it's contributing to a few whiteheads that have been appearing on my face. I was denying this for a long time b/c I really wanted this to be a perfect product for me. But after reading other user's comments it's like a lightbulb turning on. I'm not using any other new products, so it must be this. The other thing I'm not thrilled about, is that this has been making my skin soooo oily and shiny looking. There's no way I'd wear this outside, so I've been using this at night and when I'm just lounging at home. Bottom line - it's a great product for certain problems and I won't discontinue using it unless I find something better. b/c really, they're annoying, but who really notices the whiteheads besides you in the magnifying mirror :)
I was so excited to buy this mascara when I first read all the good (initial) reviews on this website. I haunted all the drugstores until it finally appeared on the shelves. My first thought that this might not be all it was hyped up to be was when I first unscrewed the cap. The brush felt light and flimsy and although it looked like it had nice fat bristles, upon closer inspection, they were not tightly packed together at all and looked rather haphazard in placement. It looked like a cheaper version of Maybelline's Full and Soft brush. The true test was in application, though....and it failed. It clumped my lashes together horribly, and no twisting or twirling with the brush was any use in getting them unstuck from each other. The deal breaker was when I glanced in the mirror a few hours after application and saw that the amount of mascara that had migrated under my eyes was rivaling what I actually had left on my lashes. This was the first product I have ever purchased from Rimmel and I'm definitely not impressed.
I have acne-prone combination skin that tends to get flaky, and this does a really good job at keeping that flakiness at bay - in fact I haven't seen any since I started using this. It does, however, leave me a bit shinier than I would like. I stopped using this around my nose area b/c it was getting so shiny. It hasn't broken broken me out at all - and a (very!) little bit goes a long way especially if you don't have very dry skin.
Mascara -Max Factor - 2000 Calorie Extreme Lash Plumper [DISCONTINUED]
redhair 1/30/2010 11:19:00 PM
This is one of the best mascaras I've ever used and I'm so bummed that they've discontinued it! After two coats, you get beautifully separated, thick, almost fake looking lashes. It never smudges on me and comes off so easily w/ soap and water. I tried Lash Blast - the one they recommend as a replacement for this - and it's horrible! I've resorted to eking out the remnants in my last tube of Max Factor out of desperation.
Cleansers -Ponds - Clean Sweep Cleansing and Makeup Remover Towelettes
redhair 7/21/2009 12:43:00 AM
I really just use these cloths for exfoliating rather than cleaning my face, but the crazy thing is, even though I use these right after I've washed my face thoroughly I always see a bit more makeup on the cloths! No matter what soap or face wash I use before hand - these cloths will always get off what the others missed. These do a great job of exfoliating - gentler than a washcloth or harsh scrubs and more effective than those microbead ones. They have a generous amount of product on them and unlike other cloths I've used are not dried out by the time you get to the last cloth in the package. The only thing I don't like is if I don't rinse this off after I use it, it leaves my face slightly sticky, tight and sometimes makes me break out. So I don't know how much I'd like this if I was out and had no way to rinse it off. Still.... great product - I can't get over how well it gets the crap out of my pores!
I kept hearing good things about this product so a few months ago I finally decided to see for myself what all the fuss was about. It's a nice gentle cleanser (though chemical laden) that I now use as kind of a "finishing touch" after removing my makeup w/ Kiss My Face olive oil soap or simply alone if don't have makeup to remove - since it will not remove makeup, waterproof or not. I use this at night and Purpose cleansing wash in the morning. It leaves my face soft and without that tight feeling that so many other soaps (including KMF) leave. It does burn my face though if I use this right after exfoliating. It's a bit pricey and although you get a big bottle, the product is a bit thin in consistency so you wind up using a lot.
Mascara -Max Factor - Lash Perfection Volume Couture [DISCONTINUED]
redhair 7/18/2009 12:28:00 AM
This is a really good mascara, especially for going out at night. I like the plastic bristles and this does a good job at giving your lashes volume. A big plus is that this never smudges on me even though it is mid-July now and the subway can get like an oven. However, it does clump my lashes a bit when I apply it and I have to spend a minute or two after I apply the mascara separating them a bit and picking a few clumps off the ends before I feel I'm done. It's when I try to apply a second coat that I usually run into problems. But it's a small price to pay - I've actually received several compliments on how long my eyelashes look. Guess I'll keep using!
This has to tie w/ L'Oreal Lash Architect as the worst mascara I have ever used!!!! I bought this specifically for my bottom lashes, but tried it on my top ones as well before hurling it into the trash. First of all, the tiny brush makes it extremely hard to get the mascara on your lashes and not on the skin under your lashes or without poking yourself in the eye. Second of all it smudges not even halfway through the day, Third of all, it barely shows up on your lashes. What's the point of mascara if nothing shows up? I don't think this had any redeemable qualities, except yes, it was able to reach those teeny tiny lashes in the inner corners of your eyes that nobody will notice anyway - Biggest waste of money.
Conditioner -John Frieda - Root Awakening Strength Restoring Conditioner
redhair 7/17/2009 11:45:00 PM
I have mixed feelings about this conditioner. On the one hand it leaves my hair incredibly soft and silky feeling and the smell (which I didn't like at first) kind of grows on you. It's a minty scent, but it smells fresh too. On the other hand, I bought this specifically because it's labeled anti-breakage since I seem to lose an enormous amount of hair in the shower (seriously, I'm shocked I'm not bald yet, lol). Unfortunately, I don't really notice a difference in the amount of hair in my drain. In theory I feel like it should be working b/c when I run my fingers through my hair to distribute the product there is less pulling and my hair gets less tangled afterward, but the proof is in the drain, ladies. I've been using this for about a month and so far no buildup like from Pantene conditioners, but it's really not so great for my fine hair - it gives me no body whatsoever.
Styling Products -TRESemme - 24 Hour Body Root Boosting Spray
redhair 3/29/2009 4:51:00 PM
I used to be an obsessive fan of Tres Semme's old root spray - the one in the squat black bottle; when they discontinued it I ran around to all the drugstores in New York hoarding the last of their selection like a mad woman. When I finally ran out I was pleasantly surprised to see that Tres Semme had come out with a new version of their product - however in terms of body building ability, it doesn't even compare. Unless I'm really fastidious about evenly applying it to my hair and spend time blow drying my hair piece by piece upside down AND apply more hair holding products, it looks like I never did anything. (yeah, like I have more than two minutes to spend on my hair in the morning, lol) Good points are that the scent is heavenly and it doesn't leave a sticky feeling to your hair or buildup - I just wish it actually did something.
Lip Treatments -Chapstick - 100% Naturals - Lip Butter
redhair 3/29/2009 4:21:00 PM
Nice and creamy and very moisturizing. Definitely an improvement over Burt's Bees pomegranate lip balm. I don't have to be obsessive about reapplying this throughout the day b/c it really lasts. However, it tastes and smells like cardboard - not very strong but it's still slightly annoying. EDIT 10/22/09: I have to add another lippie to my review b/c I ran out of this the other day and couldn't find it in any drugstore; I figured, what the heck I'll just use something else. Well I tried a few other lip balms - some old, some new and got so desperate for this again I scoured every place I could think of. When I finally found a store that carried it I bought the last three they had left! I can't believe how well this heals chapped lips, and it's all natural. What am I ever going to do if Chapstick discontinues this?!?
Lip Treatments -Burt's Bees - Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil
redhair 2/22/2009 8:53:00 PM
I really, really want to love this product b/c it's all natural and fairly cheap, but it's just meh. It looks really pretty on my lips, it gives them just a hint of color and shine that looks so natural, but it doesn't really do a good job of moisturizing and it absorbs into my lips so quickly. The taste is a little weird, not exactly appealing, but not bad enough to stop me from using it. I'd love to find a cheap natural moisturizer that does a good job at keeping my lips soft. I think I'll try either Chapstick Naturals lip butter or Weleda Everon lip balm next.
This is the first deodorant that I've tried that actually works all day and into the next one. It really - truly - works (and this is coming from someone who has tried everything from Mitchum and Ban to Degree and Dove with no success). Ok, now the bad points: the smell is unbelievably horrid!!!! It is strong to the point of inducing nausea. When you first put it on, it's not so bad but as the day goes on every time I caught a whiff, I just wanted to gag. (I had this in Satiny Tropical, the same scent that I had in Secret platinum soft solid, which by the way I loooooved!!) I finally went out and bought the unscented version of this product; which I might add really does have a slight smell to it, so if you're sensitive to fragrances of any sort, do not try this. I notice it's worse right when I get into the shower the next day, I guess this has something to do with the heat and humidity hitting me? Anyway, the only other complaint I have, and this is the same issue I have with all chemical laden deodorants, it's um, that. The chemicals. I can't help wondering if it works so well what exactly it's doing to my body.....