I first used Big at a friends house. After drying my hair, build-up from other products was gone, only squeaky-clean hair and scalp were left. I ended up buying Big months later and now it's part of my hair regimen. If one were to use exclusively, I can see how it can dry out hair. It does have salt and lime in it. To avoid dryness, I only use it once a week or whenever my hair really dirty.
I recently bought Hanae Mori Butterfly EDP at Bloomingdale's. I wasn't sure about it because I had one of those aggressive perfume ladies shoving it down my throat. I gave in at the end and bought it after I walked around the mall smelling it on my hand. It is a very sweet perfume. I am used to using the original little purple Anna Sui bottle at night and D&G La Lune during the day. I would best describe it as a blend of strawberry and vanilla with a powdery woodsy after smell. It was $90 for 30 ml. I guess it is the price one pays for parfum vs eau de toilette. If I were to buy it again, I would opt for finding it cheaper online.
I recently had ombre done on my thick virgin hair. I started to notice some breakage towards the ends and a friend recommended that I start using purple conditioner to tone and protect my newly stripped ends. I went to GBS (a local beauty supplier) and a salesgirl suggested KMS Color Vitality Blonde Treatment. It's been two weeks and I have used it three times and I haven't noticed and substantial improvement on my ends. A day after using this product, my ends are a tad softer but I was really looking for something to restore the healthiness I had before I bleached my hair. I know bleaching strips the hair, but there has to be something on the market that helps deal with it! What I will credit to this product, is that it did help give shape and body to my wavy ends. Anyway, KMS Blonde Treatment I feel would work best on finer hair if left in for long a long period of time.
I was initially drawn to this product through it's advertising. I always tend to buy lip products according to how cute the packaging is (a bad habit). I bought the "Grape Vine" flavor for $4.05 at CVS since it was the only one left. I later went to Walgreen's only to find a wider selection all priced at $2.99. So far (it's been two days) I am happy with this chap-stick. It does not go on dark. It has a light sheer berry tone when applied. I am pretty fair skinned. My lips definitely feel softer and I find the pinkish tint to be a plus.