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  • Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Conditioner
    8.0

    Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Conditioner

    Conditioner is as Conditioner Does

    Beauty Product Review of Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Shampoo, Dry Remedy Moisturizing Conditioner, and Dry Remedy Moisturizing Treatment Masque Beauty Is As Beauty Does "Our mission at Aveda is to care for the world we live in, from the products we make to the ways in which we give back to society. At Aveda, we strive to set an example for environmental leadership and responsibility, not just in the world of beauty, but around the world". Reviewed by Beckie In July of 2008 Aveda introduced Dry Remedy Moisturizing Shampoo, Dry Remedy Moisturizing Conditioner, and Dry Remedy Moisturizing Treatment Masque, a hair care system to provide extraordinary moisture and suppleness to instantly transform even the driest, most brittle hair without weighing it down. According to Aveda, the three products instantly improves dry hair up to 63%* * In a clinical wet combing study, condition was improved after shampoo, conditioner and masque. HOW TO USE: Step 1: Dry Remedy Moisturizing Shampoo: a luxurious, concentrated shampoo. Use daily to drench dry, brittle hair with moisture. Step 2: Dry Remedy Moisturizing Conditioner: a luxurious conditioner. Use daily to hydrate dry, brittle hair and detangle. Step 3: Dry Remedy Moisturizing Treatment Masque: a luxurious intensive treatment for special care. Use weekly or as needed to penetrate dry, brittle hair with intense, long-lasting moisture. INGREDIENTS: Patent-pending Deep-Moisture Complex—a blend of buriti oil, pomegranate and palm-derived conditioners—penetrates to moisturize dry hair. Macadamia nut oil—helps detangle hair and improves combability. Meadowfoam oil and certified organic jojoba, soybean and sunflower seed oils—help seal in moisture to provide long-lasting results. TOXICITY: Skin Deep Cosmetic Dataabase listed 117 Aveda products, but at this juncture, neither Aveda Dry Remedy shampoo, conditioner, or masque were listed. It is worth noting that most of the Aveda products had a low to moderate hazard rating according to Skin Deep. SCENT: Organic floral scent blended with certified organic essential oils which include certified organic palmarosa, certified organic ylang ylang, and certified organic rose geramium with a hint of engaging certified organic vanilla. PACKAGING: Tubes are 35% post-consumer recycled HDPE (high density polyethylene) with a flip top cap. MANUFACTURING: Manufactured with 100% wind power. Aveda’s funding of new wind energy sources generates enough wind energy to offset 100% of the electricity use by our primary manufacturing facility in Minnesota. COMMENTS: Although I have been a fan of Aveda for more than a decade and have purchased and used almost every hair care product in their line, I hadn't been introduced to the Dry Remedy trio until a few weeks ago. Prior to the test-drive, my hair cocktail of choice was Aveda Smooth Infusion Shampoo and Conditioner, and a weekly deep conditioning treatment with Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment. With 50 percent gray hair, which gets a monthly tint and quarterly highlighting, I have a plethora of issues that have mostly been resolved in the past with using Aveda products. I found that Dry Remedy Shampoo and Conditioner didn't address the issues as well as the winning combination that I had previously used. With more flyaways than normal and a parched texture to my hair after a few weeks of use, I am going to revert back to my hair care trifecta: Smooth Infusion shampoo and conditioner and Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment, alternating with Dry Remedy Moisturizing Treatment Masque, which I felt equally conditioned my hair as well as Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment. WHO IS DRY REMEDY FOR: Women with dry, brittle hair lacking moisture. You might need to tweak your hair cocktail to fit your needs, but all in all, Aveda is an earth-friendly company that offers hair care products containing certified organic ingredients. Yes, beauty is as beauty does... PRICE: While supplies last, you can purchase Dry Remedy Moisturizing Kit, which includes all three products plus a treatment comb, and save $10.

    November 4, 2008

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  • Bremenn Research Labs Lumedia Facial Brightener
    5.0

    Bremenn Research Labs Lumedia Facial Brightener

    A Comparison Between Lumedia and Murad Hyperpigmentation Treatment

    I tested the two products on my hands. There was a visible difference that Murad ($85) beat out its competition. The age spots on one hand were considerably lighter than the other hand. The caveat with any treatment like Lumedia or Murad is that you MUST continue using products like this to keep your hands free of spots. Of course, and wear sunscreen.

    October 21, 2008

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  • Revlon Fantasy Lengths Maximum Wear Glue-On Eyelashes

    Revlon Fantasy Lengths Maximum Wear Glue On Eyelashes: Moderately easy. Steady that hand when applying the glue. You have time to readjust positioning if you don't get it right the first time.

    September 30, 2008

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  • Broadway Nails Real Life
    9.0

    Broadway Nails Real Life

    As Good As A Salon Manicure

    Jamie displayed her hands and said, "Look at my nails." "Very natural looking, " I said. "Where did you have your nails done?" "I did them myself. I got tired of paying the high price for nails. These are only $5.79. Real Life Nails by Broadway." So here I sit with Jamie and her darling high school/college girlfriends sipping Mimosas and having a spa day. Playing the role of nail tech, Jamie applied Broadway fake nails to our toesies and fingers, asking each of us in an Oriental accent, "You have boyfriend?" (Sorry for my daughter's political incorrectness.) Filing, gluing, and pressing, she had our feet and hands looking like we had just had a professional mani and pedi. According to Jamie, Broadway Nails last for almost two weeks. She advises to use tweezers for more precise application, especially the pinkies.

    September 25, 2008

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  • DDF Protect and Correct
    8.0

    DDF Protect and Correct

    DDF Correct and Protect Good Anti-Aging Option

    Product Promo: Reclaim the natural radiance of even-toned, youthful skin while helping to prevent future discoloration with DDF Protect and Correct UV Moisturizer SPF 15â„¢. This facial moisturizer contains a potent micro-radiance complexâ„¢ that diminishes the look of discoloration for translucent, healthy-looking skin. It also contains SPF 15 to help protect from UVA/UVB damage and future hyperpigmentation. Usage: Apply evenly before sun exposure and as needed. For children under six months of age, consult a doctor. Ingredients: Contains four different sunscreens - Avobenzone Ensulizole Ostisalate Octocrylene In addition, Skin Deep, a cosmetic safety database, scores DDF products as being very low for health hazards or toxicity. Appearance: White cream with a light consistency. Scent: Light soft floral scent History: DDF -- Doctor's Dermatologic Formula -- was founded by Dr. Howard Sobel, a dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon, and his sister, a nutritional expert. In 1994, HDS formed a relationship with a leading biochemist and began exploring cell physiology. At the same time, Dr. Sobel co-authored the first of numerous articles on the benefits of growth factors, proteins, and peptides, which are buzz words in the current beauty industry. DDF focuses on anti-aging conditions -- preventative and restorative. Results and Comments: I used DDF Protect and Correct in lieu of my regular anti-aging moisturizer for three weeks. Before applying makeup, I evenly applied the cream to my face, neck, and hands. With ingredients including four sunscreens and a SPF of 15, I felt confident that my skin was adequately protected from the sun. I have stubborn brown spots, so unfortunately, DDF Protect and Correct didn't correct my hyperpigmentation issue. As a reformed sun worshiper who had baby oil and iodine down to a science, I earned many brown badges. I did notice some brightening of my skin with use of this product, which contains a patented micro-radiance complex. In order to assess more accurately, I eliminated Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener which I add to my tinted moisturizer to brighten my face. With the additional production of melanin as a result of aging, my goal is to prevent any further skin damage by protecting my skin with sunscreen, and with DDF Protect and Correct containing four different sunscreens and being low in toxicity, I would recommend this for women looking for preventative care in their skincare regimen. Compared to similar anti-aging moisturizers on the market, $58 is an average price.

    September 16, 2008

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  • Nars Lip Gloss
    9.0

    Nars Lip Gloss

    Nars Lip Gloss in Turkish Delight, Greek Holiday, and Gothika

    Turkish Delight. Sounds like the special on a menu. Well, I'll take two then! This fun gloss with a soft pink hue is great for everyday wear. Think end of summer cookout. Greek Holiday adds a touch of gold sparkle with a creamy finish. This isn't your Bonne Belle glitter gloss, though. It's great for balancing out bold eye make-up for a night out on the town. It can be used alone or over a matte lipstick to add shine. Beckie: NARS Lip Gloss in Gothika is a serious spiced berry with lots of glamorous shine. Kind of like the name implies, it's a little on the dark side. It would be nice for an evening look on women over 40. For twentysomethings and thirtysomethings, it might be a little too dark. Because this is a blue-based lippie, any woman who wants to make her teeth appear whiter should give NARS Lip Gloss in Gothica a try.

    September 2, 2008

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  • L'Oreal Paris Vive Pro Color Vive Shampoo for Color Treated Hair

    Results: Since I spend a fortune on tinting and highlighting my hair, I also spend a fortune on hair care products. I used L'Oreal Vive Pro Shampoo for ten consecutive days while on a sunny vacation. To my surprise, the "antioxidant technology" kept my hair soft, while the two UV filters kept my golden mane golden. For a drugstore shampoo that costs approximately $5, L'Oreal Vive Pro Shampoo is recession-friendly and warrants a try for women with dry or damaged color-treated hair. A professional hairstylist friend of mine tested it on her clients for Girl-Woman-Beauty-Brains-Blog, and the product got good reviews as well.

    September 1, 2008

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  • Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer SPF 15 With Dermaxyl Complex

    Beauty Product Review: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer with Dermaxyl Complex ($42 Sephora). Photo Finish Foundation Primer SPF 15 With Dermaxyl Complex Smashbox's cult favorite foundation primer has been infused with Dermaxyl, which has been proven in clinical trials to minimize the appearance of wrinkles, plus an SPF 15 sunscreen to protect the skin. This advanced formulation allows you to treat, protect, and instantly smooth the skin - priming it for the day. Reviewed by Jamie and Beckie. Are they on the same page? Beckie: I have tried many primers, as evidenced by A Primer on Primers, and was not a fan of Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer as of the writing of that article, but with the addtion of sunscreen, anti-aging ingredients, and bearing the Allure Editor's Choice Award, it's worth a return visit. Jamie: I have never tried a primer before, so this should be an interesting experiment. Beckie: I'm aware I should use a primer for the staying power, but in the summer heat, less is more, which is why I was surprised with how much I liked this primer. Jamie: Smashbox Photo Finish has an apricot color but dries clear. I thought it was going to feel sticky, but my face felt smooth. Beckie: I applied the product only to my areas that needed "spackling" -- around my eyes and in the parentheses. I applied my tinted moisturizer with a makeup brush, which aids in keeping the foundation on top of my skin. As I said before, I was surprised with how much I liked Smashbox Photo Finish. I think the key for me was applying it with a makeup brush and only to the "crinkles" and crevices. Jamie: After many hours, I did notice that the foundation was still adhering to the primer. Hmm, I am surprised, too. Beckie: With the added benefit of sunscreen, I will use this more often. This review does not include an analysis of the anti-aging Dermaxyl complex. With any anti-aging product, to receive the most benefit, you would have to use it on a daily basis. Until summer is a memory, I will use Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer sparingly, as my makeup melts faster than an ice-cream cone in 90 degree heat. Jamie: I'm with Mom on that one. The weather is a factor in what product I use, and I tend to use much less in the summer.

    August 8, 2008

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  • Ojon Rub Out Dry Cleanser
    8.0

    Ojon Rub Out Dry Cleanser

    Little Known Beauty Secret

    With my fine, limp hair, I have been using dry shampoo for years. It's a little known beauty secret that dry shampoo adds volume to limp locks -- even when it has been freshly shampooed. I recently gave Ojon Rub-Out Dry Cleanser a test-drive, and this dry shampoo oxymoron is real treat. The coconut and vanilla notes reminds you of a day at the beach. (Sephora $10.) To use Ojon Rub-Out, spray it throughout your hair and scalp and massage gently from root to tip. Unlike other dry shampoos I have tried, Ojon feels hydrating. For my eco-conscious friends, it is also kind to the earth. Beckie P.S. When I was visiting last weekend, I klepto'd -- with my mom's permission -- her Ojon for my gym bag. It gets rid of the post-workout oil in my hair and smells heavenly. Oh, it's colorless, too, so it won't stain your gym bag or your hair color. Jamie Breaking News! The Today Show provided a beauty tip this morning: Apply baby powder to your hair to absorb the oil.

    August 7, 2008

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  • Clinique Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 40

    We talk ad nauseum about sunscreens because they are one of the best defenses against skin cancer and wrinkles, but we have failed to mention another important defense: Sunblock. What's the difference between a sunblock and a sunscreen? Sunscreens actually absorb the ultraviolet radiation, thus reducing the amount of radiation that penetrates the skin. Sunblocks, instead of absorbing UV rays, reflect them. Remember the zinc oxide stripe on the nose? Many summers ago, sunblocks could be spotted by the opaque white film, but new technology has created sunblocks with particles so tiny, that the opaque film is no longer noticeable. Chemicals most common in sunblocks include titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 40, containing titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, is a high-level daily sun protection in a sheer, weightless formula that is invisible under makeup. Although the product is tinted when first applied, it's quickly absorbed into the skin and becomes invisible. The ingredients are compatible with all skins, even the most sensitive. In addition, it is a sunscreen, offering SPF 40 protection from sun’s UVA/UVB rays. There are not a lot of antioxidants in this product, but for $16, you shouldn't expect much. With only titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as the main ingredients, this is a good choice for women with sensitive skin or rosacea.

    August 7, 2008

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