Styling Products -Unlisted Brand - Fantasia - IC Hair Polisher Styling Gel
slstar 12/20/2010 12:43:00 AM
Made my hair HARD when i applied this and air dried. Gave to my coworker and will not repuchase.
Super black color. Fabulous packaging. But that's it. It lengthens a good bit, but in the volume dept...it is severely lacking. I have had better volume with drug store mascaras. It also seems to make lashes stick together beyond 2 coats. And at $30 a tube, I think I would much rather stick with my YSL Faux Cils which has the same rich black color but gives outrageous length AND volume, as well as soft-to-the-touch, fluttery lashes. I will use up the tube since I threw away my receipt, but will not repurchase.
Doesn't deliver the absolute highest watt shine I have ever seen in a topcoat imo (99 cent Love My Nails from Walmart is actually shinier), but in terms of drying, this is the absolute BEST. Essie Good to Go and Poshe have NOTHING on this. Dry to the touch in 5 minutes. Idk how long it takes all the layers to dry, because I usually put this on right before bed...and wake up with no sheet prints! It leaves an acrylic like finish on your nails which has really helped my thin nails grow by shielding them from breakage. It also has the ability to gloss over any minor mistakes or streakiness. I do find that when used with some brands of polish (China Glaze) it tends to chip sooner...like in 2 days. But, I will continue to purchase unless I find something that beats the drying time.
Top/Base Coats -Essie - Good to Go! The Fastest Drying Top Coat
slstar 12/4/2010 12:50:00 PM
Not fast drying...I woke the next day to find sheet prints on my nails. This was after I let my nails dry for like 30 minutes before going to bed. This doesn't happen with Seche Vite. Minimal shine too. Not worth the money. I returned it to Ulta and got the Seche Vite.
Mascara -Cover Girl - Professional Super Thick Lash Mascara
slstar 10/24/2010 1:07:00 PM
I can't believe how much I love this mascara with the old school brush! Lengthens, volumizes, rich jet black color (in very black), and dries without the crunch factor. You can apply one coat for a natural look, or layer for a dramatic look without having your lashes become a sticky mess. I think I have found my HG drugstore mascara! Definitely give this one a try! :-)
I don't get the great reviews. I guess I'm in the minority here, but this mascara sucked. I had to build and build to get any noticeable color (purchased extreme black), but when applying the second coat my lashes got extremely sticky and turned into the dreaded spider legs. Minimal lengthening, and zero volume (I know it's not supposed to volumize but I like my mascaras to multitask). Also, the bristles are unreasonably hard (not rubber bristles) and kept puncturing my eye. And since the brush is odd shaped, I ended up getting product all over my eyelid. After I went through approximately 10 minutes of trying to make it work, I realized it was a lost cause and washed it off and applied another mascara. I PROMPTLY returned this to Walmart and got my $8 back. Maybe I got a bad tube, but my advice is DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME.
Masks -Freeman - Feeling Beautiful - Facial CLAY MASK Avocado & Oatmeal
slstar 10/24/2010 12:26:00 PM
I use this as a spot treatment for pimples. Dab it on, leave on overnight, and the next morning either the bump is gone, or has drastically reduced in size. Would give it a 5 if it didn't flake so much but then again it is a clay mask. Worth a try!
Meh. Got it at CVS and the label on my bottle is yellow, but I think this is the same item. Anyway, left my hair with that slightly sticky feeling (where your fingers snag if you try to run your fingers through) and did not lend any shine to my hair. Better than using nothing I guess, but definitely not a repurchase.
Shampoo -Unlisted Brand - Cream of Nature - Detangling Conditioning Shampoo
slstar 7/23/2010 6:15:00 PM
As others have mentioned, this shampoo was GREAT when it was in the white bottle with green lettering and a yellow cap. Then they updated the image and the formula. I could care less about the packaging, but the formula is now STRAIGHT GARBAGE. It left my hair a dry, tangled mess, just like any average shampoo. I couldn't even finish the bottle. I never liked the smell of the original shampoo but tolerated it because it worked so fabulously...not anymore. I would gladly deal with the smell if they would return to the old formula. I am constantly on the search for a shampoo to replace it. :-(
I agree with buttascotch1...this used to be the lotion I used exclusively... right up until the formula changed a few years back which I believed was at or around the same time the new packaging came out. I used to stay ash-free and moisturized ALL DAY LONG, then suddenly, not more than like an hour or so. Extremely bad. Pass on this one.
LOVE this stuff. It looks like any plain old oil, but somehow it manages to detangle beautifully without feeling heavy. I cannot stand those oils that only seem to sit on the top of your hair feeling greasy and don't moisturize...not this one. Only a drop or two is needed. Smell is not great, not bad, but tolerable. I used to try different oils since I do not like grease (too heavy), but none perform as well as this so I always came back. I now use it exclusively with a leave in conditioner. My only complaint is that I can no longer find the larger bottles at the beauty supply store, and have to stick to the little 1.25 oz bottle. But overall, a good buy that I have used for years and will continue to use for years more. Highly recommended!
Lipstick -Estee Lauder - Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick- Pink Parfait
slstar 7/22/2010 10:30:00 PM
I don't generally buy lipsticks since I'm more of a gloss user...and I actaully got this from my grandmother who received it as a GWP. Anyway, this shade is a very frosty baby pink color. If you are darker skinned like myself, you will initially look at the color and want to pass on it because it appears very pale...but like another reviewer said, don't judge a book by its cover! This lipstick is creamy and smells great (flavorless of course). I didn't think a lipstick could make my lips feel so soft and smooth. Not as sheer as it may seem, it's actually pretty pigmented, so I have to tone it down after applying. I pair this with a shiny pink gloss and the icy shimmer it provides underneath makes your lips look just right (with no grittiness like some shimmery lipsticks/glosses). :-)
Excellent mascara for lengthening and separating. I've only had this about a week, but have been wearing it everyday since I got compliments the first day I wore it and ever since. It doesn't flake, is super dark, and makes lashes look SO long. I had to subtract a lippie though because it does volumize much, but then again it is named High LENGTHS. If you have naturally thick lashes, then this would be HG for you. If not, it's great for everyday wear (because it doesn't irritate eyes), and you can always layer with another mascara for extra volume. Recommended. :-)
Nothing extra or super about this. Even after layers, this just looks boring. Pass.
Hair -Kinky Curly - Knot Today leave-in conditioner
slstar 6/16/2010 9:53:00 PM
Disappointed. I air dry my hair...and this made it hard and crunchy. Once your hair is dry you can comb out the crunch, but my hair didn't feel incredibly soft or silky afterwards as expected from a leave in conditioner. If you have black hair like myself, skip this.