This is a lovely product but expensive. Nivea Pure and Natural milk and Honey and Body Shop's Cocoa Butter sticks are just as good, and also without silicone, parabens and SPF. Given the last, these are for night-time or indoor use. Also, I don't like the pot packaging -- germs.
Lip Treatments -Skinceuticals - SkinCeauticals - Antioxidant Lip Repair
wish71 3/4/2013 11:54:00 AM
Maybe I'd buy this again. It is expensive, but makes my lips feel good and they do seem a bit fuller in the morning after using it at night. It exfoliates nicely, way more gently than a scrub. It's like a light moisturizer for the lips. The days I use it my lips feel smooth all day. It's not a protectant though. You could use it in the morning with a balm over top once it sets in.
Treatments -Skinceuticals - Serum 10 AOX with Ferulic
wish71 3/4/2013 11:47:00 AM
I got this as a sample. Despite careful storage it started to change colour quickly, apparently it doesn't affect effectiveness, but it's gross looking. It also smells like bacon or hot dogs. Honestly, I don't know if it's done anything for my skin, since I didn't take before and after photos and have few wrinkles. And it's winter, so one of the main selling points of UVA and UVB protection is hard to notice too. That said, my face feels really smooth after using it. $86 for 30ml though is too much.
Pros -- no stinging, contact safe -- don't need lots of product (4-5 wipes full eye makeup with primer, shadow, long-wearing eyeliner and waterproof mascara), -- no black leftover in the morning, -- inexpensive -- Less slimy residue than Neutrogena's dual phase one. Cons -- slimy residue all dual-phase removers leave, so not great if you don't wash your face after use and bad for spot correction when applying make-up. I was looking for a new make-up remover, because I found Neutrogena's dual one great, but it leaves a slimy finish and leftovers in the morning if you don't wash your face. I tried Sens Eyes and L'Oréal Dermo-Expertise Absolute Make-Up Remover at the same time. Same result EXCEPT, Sens Eyes needed less wipes (3), but a bit more product, dry finish and 3x the price.
Pros -- dry finish, no residue, -- no stinging, contact safe -- don't need lots of product (3 wipes full eye makeup with primer, shadow, long-wearing eyeliner and waterproof mascara), -- no black leftover in the morning, -- easy to manipulate and dry finish, so great for spot correction. Cons -- expensive I was looking for a new make-up remover, because I found Neutrogena's dual one great, but it leaves a slimy finish and leftovers in the morning if you don't wash your face. I tried Sens Eyes and L'Oréal Dermo-Expertise Absolute Make-Up Remover at the same time. Same result EXCEPT, L'Oreal needed 4-5 wipes, but less product, slimy finish (but less slimy than Neutragena's dual phase) and 1/3 the price. Still, dry finish is so nice.
Misc Beauty Tools -Revlon - Extra Curl Lash Curler
wish71 11/19/2012 4:12:00 PM
The curler is more curved than other curlers like Tweezerman and Shu Umera, so it fits my eyes better. The lashes on the outside end up being curled at the base rather than tips. Curl lasts all day.
Misc Beauty Tools -Revlon - Cushion-Grip Lash Curler
wish71 11/19/2012 4:08:00 PM
I really like this curler, because it's not more curved and so fits my eyes better than others I've tried. That way the lashes on the outside of my eyes actually curl at the base and not near the tip.
Styling Products -Ouidad - PlayCurl Volumizing Mousse
wish71 11/19/2012 3:57:00 PM
This product works well on my wavy, fine but thick hair when applied to damp hair. Good clumping. Good second-day results.
Eyeliner -Smashbox - Celeb Cream Eye Liner Palette
wish71 11/19/2012 3:54:00 PM
Lousy product. Wore off within half an hour and I don't have especially oily eyelids. It has better staying power if you use a primer/concealer and eye shadow. Still not worth it.
Hair Color -Garnier - Nutrisse Nourishing Color Foam
wish71 5/27/2012 1:19:00 AM
I tried This product twice because it is easy to use because it saturates hair easily. It smells better than most dyes. Unfortunately, the colour didn't take well at the roots so I ended up with a reverse ombré look that got worse with washing (using sulfate free shampoo).
It makes my fine, but thick, wavy (2b/c) hair stringy, especially the first day. It's better the second day, which is why it gets a 3. Also, it is light weight and washes out easily. There might be cheaper products that do the same thing though.
This product gave my fine waves a natural hold, meaning it was light. Waves are lightly defined and curls not encouraged. It's good when you want a more beachy look. Can't say it really added body like it's supposed to. And, I have to use more than the suggested 3-4 pumps.
Too heavy for my fine, wavy hair. Worked best if I diluted a bit with water. Worked well for a few washings, but built up too quickly given the protein in the product, which led to a dried-out feeling.
This product was too heavy for regular use on my fine, wavy hair. It would weigh down my waves after a few uses in a row even with the little I used (about a quarter sized amount for shoulder lenghth hair). It did leave my hair soft and manageable though. The smell might put some people off, because you notice the oil. The packaging is terrible. It's a jar that can be a bit unweildly with wet hands. Plus, having to scoop out product like that makes me wonder about its shelf life.
Conditioner -A/G - Re:Coil Curl Activating Conditioner
wish71 1/21/2011 12:02:00 PM
This product is a light conditioner. My hair is just past my shoulders and I have to use a bit more than a quarter sized amount or I do end up with a bit of frizz in the crown. (I also tend to focus on the ends with conditioner.) Still, it doesn't weigh down my fine wavy hair and gives me clumpy waves. How much you handle your hair after it's washed is a factor in that though, so I'm unsure the conditioner completely worth the price. But, I got 40% at a litre-sale, so it was a better value.