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Venus Embrace--a close shave, but not very durable
I've never been a girlie-razor girl. I don't need a pink razor, or one specially designed with Her in mind. It all seems like marketing hoo-hah. Although the Venus Embrace razor lives up to its claims--a close shave from the five compact blades, and some conditioning from the "ribbon of moisture" around the blade--the razor falls slightly short in heft and durability. I've used Mach 3 razors for years, mostly because I like the weight of the heavy-duty handle. When I'm wielding a sharp instrument near my skin, I want it to feel like a real tool--not light and flimsy, like the Venus. I do like that the head of the razor pivots so freely. Coupled with the moisture strip surrounding the blade, this razor really glides over the curves and contours of your leg. But the "quickness" of this razor made me nervous. The "pod" that holds backup blades sticks has suction cups to stick in the shower, but it, too, has a flimsy feel. It's a good razor if you're looking for something lightweight and travel-friendly. But for everyday, at-home use, I prefer something more durable and less frilly.
May 6, 2013
To dye for...
You know you've found a winner shampoo/conditioner when your colorist says "Wow! I haven't seen you in ages--and the color has really held up!" I'm a redhead (thankyou Goldwell 6KG), and rich reds are notoriously difficult to maintain and fade-prone. But I do think this sulfate-free shampoo/conditioner has helped me keep my color the right kind of bright a little longer. (Now, if only it would keep roots from growing out.) Initially, I worried that the rosemary fragrance in the conditioner would irritate my sensitive skin/scalp, or make my hair feel stripped, but it didn't. I was using cheapie Tresemme ColorThrive shampoo/conditioner for reds before (my colorist swears those overpriced, salon color-saving shampoos aren't worth the dough), but I'll spend just a little more and use EverPure to get more life out of my color.
June 22, 2009
Expensive, but effective
My dermo prescribed Duac when I complained about getting frequent underground zits, and I was psyched to get "real" medicine--not another weak, OTC solution. Despite the fact that I nearly cried when I picked up the Rx (it's expensive, and my health insurance doesn't cover it), I'm glad I have it in my repertoire of acne-zapping meds. I use it very sparingly--as in, only for the big, ugly spots. A little goes a long way, too. It can be drying--if I use it two or three days in a row on the same spot, it blasts the zit but leaves an inflamed, itchy, peeling patch behind. The gel has to be refrigerated, too.
March 17, 2009
Elmer's lip glue
Not. A. Fan. The perfume-y scent/taste brings to mind the sensation of licking your grandmother's body powder puff. High shine, but the juice doesn't last and the consistency has all the appeal of barely-dried Elmer's glue.
April 22, 2008
Not Quite Nail 911
My nails are softer than a fontanelle (the soft spot on a newborn's head, that is). They're in a constant state of peeling, tearing and chewage, so I was all fired up about a possible cure. The OPI Nail Envy line has a few different 'rescues' (incluuding dry and brittle), but I tried sensitive & peeling because it fit my issues best. Unfortunately, my nails aren't in any better shape, 2 months of steady use later. The directions call for two coats, followed by a fresh coat every two days. I can't say I followed those directions religiously, but enough that I should see some results. My nails are still as soft and peel-y as the day I started using this stuff. In all fairness, my nails take a lot of abuse (I like to cook, but I don't have a dishwasher, so I handwash a lot). I can't say if it's a poor product, or if I'm just a hopeless cause. But I give it low marks for not living up to its claim.
January 30, 2008
Spendy and, technically, not organic
I'll admit that I liked the way this "reconstructor" made my over-dyed, fried hair feel, but I'm not so happy about the impact it had on my wallet. That's a bunch of dough for not much product, and particularly one that's not truly organic by USDA standards (hint: when there's an "s" in the word organic, scrutinize the label--it's usually just clever marketing to make you think it's all organic). It smelled alright, and it was a fairly thick, moisturizing conditioner--but that fact also makes it slightly difficult to rinse. A cold water final rinse is a must if you have the kind of hair that gets weighted down by conditioner. If I'm gonna spend that kind of money on a conditioner, I'd rather go with Aveda or Kiehl's.
December 4, 2007
Someone, please tell me how I turned 30 without knowing about the wonders of a brow filler? This stuff goes on like a dream and completely hides the weird, patchy spots in my brows. You definitely need one of those handy brow filler brushes to get it on right, but once it's on--it stays on. It's not hard to remove, and it doesn't look fake-o. I'm fair and freckly, and I use the "Fair" definer, but it also comes in "Soft" and "Warm". As for value? I blanched at the $20 price tag for the teeny-weeny tub...until I realized I only use a light sweep to get the fill I need, and at that rate, this small jar will last forever. Sweet! I'm knocking 1 pt. off simply because I don't know how it compares to other fillers, but I know Laura Mercier's makeup has a great reputation, and I trust that it's among the best.
December 4, 2007
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