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  • Frederic Fekkai PrX Reparatives Intensive Fortifying Mask
    6.0

    Frederic Fekkai PrX Reparatives Intensive Fortifying Mask

    Disappointing after the shampoo and conditioner

    Basically, the jury is still out. First, I have fine-textured, but rather voluminous, medium-long length, (mostly straight with a slight bit of wave) color treated hair. I received a single-use sample of the shampoo, conditioner, and mask to try: I decided to try the shampoo and conditioner during one "shampoo", and the mask after using a simple "clarifiy-ing" shampoo at another time, so that I could better evaluate the products. I figured I would most likely use the shampoo and conditioner at the same time and could better evaluate how they worked together, how any scent/fragrance worked together etc. Incidentally, I loved the shampoo and conditioner. I waited a few days after trying the shampoo/conditioner, before trying the mask, and I used it after a basic clarify-ing shampoo. I focused the product on the ends and worked it up toward the scalp (on damp hair as directed) and left it on for about 15 minutes (directions say 5-10 minutes. It left my hair soft and manageable, without being heavy. The fragrance is much lighter than it's shampoo/conditioner counterparts. However, I don't think it performed any better than when I used the shampoo and conditioner. And at that price tag, I can't see myself making this purchase. I would definitely want to sample this 1-2 more times before making the $50 commitment, and even then I'm not sure I would, because I use another product that works just as well, if not better, for 1/5th the price. That's the reason I knocked off 4 stars--It's an OK product at a ridiculous price.

    April 19, 2013

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  • Fekkai PrX Reparatives Conditioner
    9.0

    Fekkai PrX Reparatives Conditioner

    Sampled, but led to purchase

    First, I have fine textured, but rather voluminous, medium-long length, (mostly straight with a slight bit of wave) color treated hair. I received a single-use sample of the shampoo, conditioner, and mask to try: I decided to try the shampoo and conditioner during one "shampoo", and the mask after using a simple "clarifiy-ing" shampoo at another time, so that I could better evaluate the products. I figured I would most likely use the shampoo and conditioner at the same time and could better evaluate how they worked together, how any scent/fragrance worked together etc. So here's what happened. The first thing that hit me was the fragrance. I'm not used to much fragrance/scent in my shampoo or conditioner, so it at first seemed heavy to me, but I actually liked its musky, almost men’s fragranced tones. The shampoo and conditioner fragrance complimented each other. I applied the conditioner to the ends and then worked it up easily toward the roots. It rinsed cleanly. I felt it left my highly processed (high-lift, lightened blonde, regularly heat-styled- blow dry/curler/flatiron) hair super soft, smooth, and shiny, with plenty of volume and "bounce". I really was pleasantly surprised and loved the results, and I really loved the fragrance even though I usually prefer either soft, sweet fragrances. And actually I usually prefer my shampoo and conditioner are un-fragranced, so they don’t compete with my perfume/body fragrances. Funny story regarding the fragrance: A few hours later, my husband and I were at a drama rehearsal at church, and the blocking called for me to get close enough to another man to touch his forehead and ask, "Are you sick?" Instead of his line ("No, I'm fine."), he said, "Wow, you smell really good!" It was pretty funny, because my husband, who was playing the guys brother was sitting at the table right next him, protested loudly, "Dude! I'm RIGHT HERE!---Stop flirting with my wife!---I mean "Ida"! (my character's name)". We were all laughing. I wasn't wearing any perfume, so it had to be the shampoo/conditioner. If you don't like strong fragrance in your hair products, this might not be for you, and you might want to check the fragrance in the store before you purchase it, and I certainly don't plan to layer on my perfume or fragranced lotions when I use it. It's kind of a "body fragrance" in itself. Big problem (for me anyway): The price. Wow, $30 for six and a half ounces! That's the only reason I knocked off a star, but I have to say, it performed really well, and in the end, I made the full-size purchase. I guess that's what a little un-solicited flirting from another man, in the presence of your husband, will do ;) I'm looking at the purchase as a high-end conditioner AND a fragrance-in-one,---to help me feel better about the price-tag. If after using a full-size bottle, I change my mind, or even decide to repeat the purchase, I will update my review! :)

    April 19, 2013

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  • Fekkai PrX Reparatives Shampoo
    9.0

    Fekkai PrX Reparatives Shampoo

    Sampled, but led to purchase

    First, I have fine textured, but rather voluminous, color treated hair. I received a single-use sample of the shampoo, conditioner, and mask to try: I decided to try the shampoo and conditioner during one "shampoo", and the mask after using a simple "clarifiy-ing" shampoo at another time, so that I could better evaluate the products. I figured I would most likely use the shampoo and conditioner at the same time and could better evaluate how they worked together, how any scent/fragrance worked together etc. So here's what happened. The first thing that hit me was the fragrance. I'm not used to much fragrance/scent in my shampoo or conditioner, so it at first seemed heavy to me, but I actually liked it's musky tones. It lathered up nicely, but not too much, and worked very easily through my hair. There was not enough product in the sample to do any "rinse and repeat", but it wasn't necessary. I didn't have a lot of styling product built up in my hair at the time, so I can't really attest to that. I felt it left my highly processed (high-lift, lightened blonde, regularly heat-styled- blow dry/curler/flatiron) hair soft, smooth, and shiny, with plenty of volume and "bounce". Funny story regarding the fragrance: A few hours later, my husband and I were at a drama rehearsal at church, and the blocking called for me to get close enough to another man to touch his forehead and ask, "Are you sick?" Instead of his line ("No, I'm fine."), he said, "Wow, you smell really good!" It was pretty funny, because my husband, who was playing the guys brother was sitting at the table right next him, protested loudly, "Dude! I'm RIGHT HERE!---Stop flirting with my wife!---I mean "Ida"! (my character's name)". We were all laughing. I wasn't wearing any perfume, so it had to be the shampoo/conditioner. If you don't like strong fragrance in your hair products, this might not be for you, and you might want to check the fragrance in the store before you purchase it, and I certainly don't plan to layer on my perfume or fragranced lotions when I use it. It's kind of a "body fragrance" in itself. Big problem (for me anyway): The price. Wow, $30 for six and a half ounces! That's the only reason I knocked off a star, but I have to say, it performed really well, and in the end, I made the full-size purchase. I guess that's what a little un-solicited flirting from another man, in the presence of your husband, will do ;) I'm looking at as a high-end shampoo AND a body fragrance-in-one,---to help me feel better about the price-tag. If after using a full-size bottle, I change my mind, or even decide to repeat the purchase, I will update my review! :)

    April 19, 2013

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  • Simple Revitalizing Eye Roll-On
    9.0

    Simple Revitalizing Eye Roll-On

    Decent product and price

    Sampled product. This product feels very refreshing and soothing, especially right out of the refrigerator as suggested. I use this in the morning when I first wake up. It has a very slight burning/tingling sensation when first applied until it dries. If you have very sensitive skin, just beware. I have somewhat sensitive skin, but did not have any problem with it. I have not had the nerve to apply it before my makeup as directed, so I can't comment on how it does under makeup. I've always used this type of product while I'm waking up, but before I start my morning routine. If I didn't have a product/routine that I already love, I would definitely purchase this product. Especially if it works well under makeup, which like I said, I have not yet tested. (I actually use hemorrhoid cooling gel as a morning "eye mask" when my eyes are puffy. I apply it, allow it to dry, then "re-activate" it by wetting it down with cool water, and let it dry 1-2 more times. This routine de-puffs my eyes like a charm, even at their worst, and my eyes can be practically swollen shut some mornings when my allergies are bad. Nothing works as well for me, HOWEVER, I have not yet had a chance to test this product when my eyes are that severely swollen. Just haven't had that much swelling in my eyes. Thank God). I will probably try to use this in addition to my usual routine, underneath my makeup. If/when I try this, if it works I will update my review. And if it works well under makeup, I would change my 9 stars to 10.

    April 18, 2013

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  • Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate

    This is a review of the sampled product. I was very disappointed in this product. It was not what I expected at all. It seemed to be nothing more than expensive primer, with no lasting benefit once it's washed off. The ingredients almost seemed to have separated in the tube. The product did go on smoothly, but I found it drying. Perhaps that is what it is supposed to do, like as a matti-fying product. I didn't care for it's performance alone or layered underneath my bb cream. It is very expensive and I will not be purchasing the full size.

    April 18, 2013

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  • Proactiv Refining Mask
    8.0

    Proactiv Refining Mask

    Good sulfer-based product

    Works well as an all over facial mask, or an overnight spot treatment. It's the best "emergency" blemish treatment I've found. As soon as I get a pimple, that night (or even better, before the pimple starts to surface), I cover it with the mask let it dry and leave it on overnight. The following day the blemish is greatly reduced.

    March 30, 2013

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  • Japonesque Metal Lash Definer
    9.0

    Japonesque Metal Lash Definer

    Metal Lash definer

    I bought this years ago, after getting sick of my standard 1/2 brow brush 1/2 lash comb breaking. The teeth on the comb would break, or the entire handle break off. This product separates the lashes and clears away mascara clumps perfectly. Mine lasted years before it finally broke from daily use. I still need and plan to replace it.

    March 30, 2013

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  • Novalash Japonesque Heated Eyelash Curler

    I am a major Japoneque fan, and I had high hopes for this product, but I was never able to get it to work nearly as well or as easily as heating my standard eyelash curler with my blow dryer (test it on the inside of your arm before putting it near your eye. I think this is the only Japonesque product I've disliked.

    March 30, 2013

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  • Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask

    I somehow "inherited" a jar of this product after my mom passed away 2 1/2 years ago (my family doesn't like to waste anything), and it sat on the edge of my bathtub. I kept meaning to try it... I finally stumbled on the reviews for this product, and they were pretty good, so I finally tried it: Especially for the price, I think this is a really good product. I don't consider it a hair mask so much as a good deep conditioner for extra, dry, and color treated hair. It leaves my hair soft and manageable without weighing it down, whether I use it on the ends or roots. BTW, I have rather voluminous but fine textured hair. I am big on alternating hair products, but I have been using this 4-5 x/week without any noticeable build-up. I used up my mom's old product, and made a second purchase.

    March 28, 2013

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  • M2 Skin Care M2 Skin Refinish 20%
    9.0

    M2 Skin Care M2 Skin Refinish 20%

    Amazing results! Expensive and slightly uncomforable, but worth it!

    I am very impressed with the results of this product! I have struggled with acne through-out my teen-to-adult life. I've done 2 rounds of Accutane, and used every acne related product you can think of, and every combination of products you can imagine. At the time I purchased this product, I was most frustrated with the cystic acne I would have most of the time along my jaw-line. In fact I had made an appointment with a dermatologist to finally get it taken care of. It is very important to follow the directions for this product, and while the directions I have don't imply this, other reviews I read did: Start out using this no more than every other day. I only use this in the evening, and I wouldn't recommend wearing it under makeup, etc,---although honestly I have without much problem, but only after I've worn it all night with moisturizer over it. No matter how thin the layer I put on, it results in stickiness, which the packaging warns you of if you apply too much. The more you apply, the more stickiness results. Always, always follow with moisturizer once the product dries. In all honesty, the product feels awful on my skin. However, I was so desperate to improve my skin---I didn't care so long as it worked. I noticed improvement in the feel and appearance of my acne the first day! I started out using the product every other night for the first few weeks, then progressed to nightly. If my skin dried out too much, I would have gone back to every other night. I have combo skin with a very oily t-zone. Days when I noticed a little extra dryness or flaking, I would apply extra moisturizer the following evening. I wasn't able to get in to the dermatologist until a month after I started using this. My jawline had almost entirely cleared up. The derm still noticed a fair amount of whiteheads on my cheeks and forehead, so she prescribed a retinoid gel to use every other evening, but even though she had never heard of the M2 refinishing gel, she told me to keep using it. I noticed a slight increase in dry, flaking skin at first, but that has cleared up. In the one month that I used only the M2 product, I noticed a major decrease in my acne, and decrease in skin pigmentation (melasma on my forehead, nose, and upper lip.) Lines are also a bit less noticeable, and my skin feels so smooth! I am not one to spend money on a product when I can get the same results for less money, but I've never found a product that does what this does! I purchased my first bottle toward the beginning of January, and while I've already purchased my second bottle I haven't had to start it yet. Unfortunately, the packaging does not allow you to know when you're running low, and there were a lot of complaints in other reviews about it. I was afraid I would just suddenly be out of product, and I don't want to be without for even a day! (and since I have to web/mail order it, I could be without for weeks.)

    March 28, 2013

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