Conditioner -Suave - Professionals Humectant Conditioner
torontovarsity 6/14/2004 8:11:00 PM
Wow. Yuck. Even after rinsing THOROUGHLY, it was like I'd stuck coconut-scented glue in my hair and then blow dried. Blow fried is more like it.
Expensive product with little going for it. The lady at the Lancome counter recommended it for combination-greasy skin since it's oil free but in return for oil-free moisture, you get something that doesn't moisturize fully and feels like it doesn't soak fully into your skin. Smells great, doesn't work so great.
I'm undecided as to whether I like this or am just blah about it. The gel itself is blue and smells GREAT, although for some reason it doesn't feel like it does anything. It doesn't even clean all that well, since my face still feels a little greasy after cleansing. AND, it's expensive. Still looking for the HG cleanser. If anyone has any suggestions...
Eeegh. Didn't like this AT ALL. First off it smelled bad. Secondly it made my hair waxy. It felt like it left residue on my hair which is never a good thing for my fine, flat-if-treated-wrongly hair. I'm sticking to Moist. In my opinion, Moist gives you a better deep treatment than 3 minute miracle does.
Like the Moist shampoo, I love this conditioner. This has replaced L'Oreal's Smooth Intense as my conditioner of choice. It gives more slip than the L'Oreal does and definitely leaves my hair soft, though sometimes I find it becomes so soft it doesn't hold a style. My hair is relatively fine and goes flat if it's not treated properly and so far it hasn't happened with Moist. Still voluminous, but now baby soft. Smells like the shampoo does, kinda funky weird. I think it's the guava that they say is in there, because guava kinda smells like that... kinda... if it's been mixed with shampoo and left to sit in a bottle for a while.
This line of shampoos and conditioners is, for lack of a better word, amazing. It smells a little weird but not in a bad way. My bf loves the way my hair smells so that's a plus right there. I don't always have to use a conditioner after this shampoo because it leaves my hair nicely soft and hydrated when I air dry it. If I'm going to blow dry, I use the Moist conditioner. I definitely recommend you try this shampoo at least once.
Skincare - Body -Unlisted Brand - Parissa Studio Warm Wax
torontovarsity 4/16/2004 2:38:00 PM
This is the absolute BEST wax out there. I give myself Brazilians with this wax (yes, full Brazilians). I use this on my bf's back and on my legs too. This is THE greatest warm wax ever. Sugaring does nothing for me, neither do those pre-waxed strips. This takes a little practise, but after a while, I've learned to do both my legs in 15 minutes. No more shaving for me. Ever.
I really really really like this stuff. Texture's great, scent (Creme Brulee) is absolutely fabulous. Just the right amount of moisture for the spring and summer for me.
Highlighters -Bonne Bell - sweet sugared powder golden honey
torontovarsity 3/4/2004 11:59:00 AM
Oddly enough, I like this stuff. Then again I tend to buy into gimmicky products (like honey-smelling shimmer powder.) I use this as highlighter for my cheekbones and eyeshadow. I find that to get it to stick to my skin and not just dust off all over the place, I have to use it directly over something liquid, like foundation or moisturizer. The yellow-gold color looks pretty good with my skin tone, and I imagine it would work with most other skin tones as well, unless you're a very, very fair redhead. In which case this color might make you look sick. The packaging is another story altogether. What idiot came up with that tiny hole in the top of the bottle? How exactly is one supposed to get a) the powder from the tube onto a makeup brush without it getting all over the dresser and b) the clumps that do end up on the brush onto your face without it looking streaky? A condundrum, my friends, if I've ever heard one.
Ew. Stay far, far away from Thermasilk products. This spray turns your hair into straw. My Suave mousse does a better job of volumizing than this godawful stuff. Smells generic, like hairspray. Packaging-wise It's got this cool nozzle thing going on, which is one of the reasons I bought this to begin with. Ah, the quest for big hair continues. (Tip for the reviewer below: What I've found works so far for frizz-free big hair is L'Oreal Smooth Intense Conditioner and Serum, then blow dry upside down with volumizing mousse. Mousse gives more volume than gel.)
Cleansers -Totally Juicy - pineapple pore cleanser
torontovarsity 3/4/2004 11:44:00 AM
This was really good... for about 2 days. Then the menthol tingly feeling started to get old. I now alternate this with another face cleanser because frankly, I get bored. Ya gotta give it to Totally Juicy, though, their products smell good. This is no exception, pineapple-y goodness in a tube. I'm a sucker for nice-smelling products, especially if they smell like food. I like how this product deep cleans, however. I've noticed an increased refinement of my pores (or maybe that's my imagination).
Shampoo -St. Ives - Extra Shine Shampoo Raspberry & Jojoba
torontovarsity 3/4/2004 11:38:00 AM
The only reason I bought this shampoo was because it was on sale. CDN$3.99, buy one get one free. I bought this and the Vanilla & Eidelweiss Shampoo for dry hair. I can't say I dislike this shampoo. It smells good (like fresh raspberries) and it does its job. It's definitely the lowest of the low end hair products, however. It contains SLS and I found it dried out my hair a little. I use it with my Marc Anthony Curl Defining conditioner, and I hsve no problems there. I'd use this on a daily basis only with conditioner.
Thank God I got this as a gift. Why you would buy this is beyond me. a) It smells like ass. (I'm a huge proponent of nice-smelling products. What's the use of nice, swingy hair when you smell like you just spent three days living in a porta-potty?) b) It doesn't do anything. Well, except make your hair smell like ass. This is a big NO GO from Aveda. Oh Aveda. You're killing me.
So I bought this shampoo thinking it would provide "weightless moisture" like it promised and that I'd have hair like the girls in the Dove commercial. Not so much. It worked for a while, then the massive buildup started and I had to cry on Neutrogena Anti Residue's shoulder. Without Neutrogena, I ended up with greasy roots and dry ends. (I know, I'm a basket case.) Another weird thing about this shampoo is that it lightened my hair's natural color. I figure if you want to go lighter than your natural color, get Dove. Otherwise, get out.
Great gloss. I like how it's bouncy when you first open it. (Try it! Press down on the gloss when it's new, it "boings" back at you.) For those of you reading this that don't have the gloss, it's this golden colour, more like honey than caramel, with gold microglitter in it. Think gold, not nude though. When I bought this I was going for a nude lip, which this didn't really do for me. For the nude look in a cheap gloss, I like Bonne Bell's Cappucino Liplites. Wet n wild could have come up with better packaging though. Boo to that.