Hair Color -L'Oreal - Superior Preference Les Blondissimes
teatimes 5/20/2013 2:03:00 PM
I used Blondissmes in LB01. Over the past couple months I've been dying my hair to get it progressively lighter over time (trying to avoid the salon and not fry my hair at the same time). The previous two times I've dyed my hair I used Garnier Belle Ash blonde in shade 81 and then 91. I thought I'd try Blondissmes to really kick it up a notch. I bought it and THEN read the reviews, classic mistake. I was a bit weary after reading the reviews on here but I went with it anyway. PRO #1: It did lighten my hair, although nowhere near the color on the box, but a medium-light golden blonde, sort of yellowy, some streaks are a pretty non-yellow blonde (My hair was previously a dark golden blonde color from the aforementioned dye jobs and a bit yellowy). It's hard to say what color it will be for other hair types/colors. PRO #2: Nice full tube of conditioner, I loaded it on too. My hair feels soft. CON #1: It is pretty toxic. The smell didn't bother me too much until I dyed the hair around my face and my eyes literally watered down my face. It mildly irritated my scalp (more than other dyes) and one spot on my scalp in particular, I'm not sure why, but it was unpleasant. CON #2: There's too many steps! Put on ends, wait 15, put on roots, wait 20, run throughout hair, wait 10. I did follow these steps and I had to take my gloves off and on 3 times which isn't all that easy, but I did it because I was afraid of getting way lighter roots. Personally, to me the pros aren't enough to outweigh the cons. It felt too toxic to be doing on my own at home. I will not be using it in the future to touch up my roots, particularly because the roots were the worst part (for pain and color stripping). I'd recommend finding an alternative dye, and to look at reviews before you buy! Good luck :)
Skincare - Body -Thursday Plantation - Tea Tree Oil
teatimes 6/24/2012 10:37:00 PM
Why haven't I been told about tea tree oil sooner! So tired of trying to control my acne only for it to flare up on my shoulders/back. My doctor mentioned tea tree oil, so I tried it and it's clearing up my body acne beautifully! I had been using benzyl peroxide 5% and what it took weeks to do, tea tree oil is doing in days! AND bp made my skin so dry and patchy, tea tree oil *smooths* away acne. I've only been using it a few days and I'm already in love. It is also working on my face. I knew there had to be a more natural way to get rid of something my body was naturally creating. I can't describe how happy I am about my body acne clearing up...I can finally wear tank tops again! I bought a 25ml bottle for $10 Canadian in the vitamin aisle of the drugstore. 100% pure, I put it on a q-tip and dab onto problem areas. It has a plant-y smell, that I like, and I feel so much better putting something natural on my skin. If things continue, I will never use another topical acne treatment. Also, apparently TTO has many, many other uses!
Moisturizers -Garnier - Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream
teatimes 3/25/2012 8:22:00 PM
I love this gel cream. This is the first gel cream I have tried, but find it a welcomed change to the creamy lotions I've always used. I completely agree with alleyaddict's comment (below). I, too, have oily skin and found that even oil-free face creams left me feeling greasy. After I apply the gel cream it is absorbed and my face feels soft and clean! No shine, no grease, yet it still gives my face the moisture it needs. Very pleased!
PRO: This mascara does make my eyelashes have a long feathery doll-like appearance (after I curl them of course, and after I pinch away a couple clumps). CON: After the first few uses, to get the same effect on my lashes, I literally have to scrape the entire brush off on the lid, there is so much extra now that comes out of the bottle. I might expect this to happen over time, but not so soon. Because of this I wouldn't repurchase.
Polishes -New York Color - In a New York Color Minute Quick Dry Nail Polish
teatimes 2/14/2012 8:38:00 PM
I love these nail polishes and they are super cheap! I've collected 7 of the shades now, and every time I buy a new one it's my favorite. Right now that's Lincoln Square Lavender. It's not what I would call lavender, it's more of a purpley pink (I bought it for the color in the bottle not the name). Somehow, this nail polish color was a pink I didn't already own! It's girly without being an in-your-face pink. IN LOVE. All of the nail polishes go on smooth and I have yet to have one go sticky on me.
I bought baby lips in Cherry Me and it's almost perfect. I'm torn because while I love the way it looks and feels, I absolutely hate the way it tastes! It almost tastes as if you accidentally ate lotion or some other beauty product that is not meant to be ingested. It also comes off rather easily so if you want to keep the look you'll have to reapply. I can deal with the reapplying, but the taste is enough to not make me buy this lip gloss again.
The only reason I would not buy this liquid eyeliner again is because it is not waterproof. However, I do find it easy to use and the brush is fine and it draws a thin line -- the key is you have to wipe off the extra on the mouth of the bottle before applying. One pro to it not being waterproof is that if you make a mistake you can easily fix it with a wet q-tip, although I prefer my liquid eyeliner to stay put because it's harder than regular eyeliner to put on. Otherwise, it's cheap and probably good for a liquid newbie.
Scrubs -St. Ives - Apricot Scrub Blemish and Blackhead Control
teatimes 2/5/2012 8:29:00 PM
I thought this might be too harsh for my face, but in fact I have been using this for about 2 weeks, everyday, sometimes twice a day, and my skin feels great! I haven't had any breakouts since trying it. Just be sure to moisturize afterwards!