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To Buy or Not to Buy?
Since this is a very much talked about product and considered a little high end, I believe I should give this an extensive review. I received a few in a gift set over the holidays and I'm actually very glad I did not purchase these lip butters with my own money! That's not saying this is a bad product by any means, but I believe there are better ones out there at better prices. Starting with the formula: this lip butter is very emollient and smooth when applying from pot to lips, though I don't believe the term 'butter' comes from the way it applies, but more of how it's not as stiff and waxy as a traditional lip balm in stick form. However, it FEELS like a traditional lip balm given how it just sits on my lips like a film instead of melting into them. Here's where the hydration factor gets a little iffy because of that film-like application since it didn't actually moisturize my lips but neither did it dry them out. I can best describe it as this product 'maintained' the moisture in my lips. If my lips were dry, they remained dry. If my lips were moist (such as after washing my face), they remained moist. Formula aside, this lip butter can be considered more than the traditional balm because of it's pigmentation and shine. My lips have a color of their own and I can add this on top to give me more of a "my lips but better" sheen. The downside to the lip butters having color? Guava and Jasmine definitely give the lips an unnatural white color! Lastly, it should be said that many may not find this lip butter appealing due to its packaging and fragrance (note that the names are given based on shade and the extract added in, not necessarily the smell)! The scent varies between shades, but all came through balm-like and a little herbal-y to me and because the product comes in a little pot (with very strange sides that curve inward!), application is also a little messy and unsanitary. All in all, I must recommend another tinted balm such as Burt's Bees over this one simply for the fact that this one was not very hydrating and because I could get better results (as well as equal color) from a much cheaper product!
March 2, 2013
This is one of few cases I can cite when I have purchased a product on a whim without looking at the reviews, then regretting it later. Better believe it ladies, this dry shampoo stinks! Not literally, but I can honestly say the scent is the only upside to this product. My entire experience with this this can be summed up with one word: greasy. Completely opposite to what a dry shampoo is suppose to do, this formula weights down, sticks, and saps the volume right out of my hair! Spraying it at a distance does not help either. No matter how little or how lightly the product touches my hair, it immediately clings to all my strands and create a very greasy feeling even after brushing through. Ironically, if brushing is even attempted after applying this product, a very piece-y and shiny look takes over. Not hair commercial gorgeous-shiny, I'm talking about Severus Snape-shiny. This is completely contrary to the whole purpose of a dry shampoo! If applied to hair that hasn't been washed for a day, I guarantee that hair would feel like it hasn't been washed for a week. When I applied to washed or styled hair, it immediately becomes limp and unable to hold any shape. Formula aside, the sheer application of this product should have been an indication to exactly how bad this dry shampoo is! After shaking the bottle vigorously, the jet of product that comes out of the nozzle is more comparable to that of a rocket on first use. It does provide a continuous spray, but the amount of dry shampoo that comes out is simply ridiculous! The only benefit, I can say, that has come out of attempting to make good of this product is that I've gotten quite the arm work out and has made showering even more of a commodity on bad hair days!
March 2, 2013
Great Summer Foundation
For oily skin, this foundation is awesome. Period. Even though it doesn't do any of that shine control, full-coverage business, it's definitely light and breezy for the face; especially during hot summer months. And as a plus for those who travel, this foundation goes on great when applying during a bumpy airplane ride, and the color swatches are wide in range too. I found that even though the shade selection is fairly wide, I could easily slide between one or two shades and still no end up looking too orange or too pale. It should go without mention that "foundation" is a little misleading in the name. At most, the formula is a tinted moisturizer with slightly more pigment and less liquid-y consistency. However, I still find it a great for those who like wearing makeup, but still like the feeling of bare skin. This sinks right in to my face even after moisturizing in the mornings, and leaves behind a matte finish that doesn't oxidize into an oily mess at the end of the day. My one complaint would be the lack of SPF, otherwise I have believed I've found my Holy Grail foundation for the summer months.
January 28, 2013
In its ways, this really is a good balm. The formula is wonderfully slick and easy on the lips, and completely moisturizing too! It's not even one of those that only moisturizes for half the wear time (as in, when it dries up or wears off my lips, it doesn't take my moist lips with it and leave me with flakes). It sweeps on like a dream, but it does sit a little heavier than most lightweight lip products to the point that I can tell I am wearing lip balm. Nonetheless, it blends in very well and disguises any dryness or flakiness and leaves this lovely shine. With its clear cap and shiny, gold, twist-up tube, the packaging also makes this balm much more appealing than others in the drugstore. However, the biggest kicker that's keeping me from giving this balm 10 stars is the lack of color pay off. Some ladies with less pigment in their lips might see a little more color when they apply, but I have rose tones in my lips and I couldn't see the difference between six of the eight shades. When they say sheer tint, they weren't kidding! It really is like I bought the same balm six times over when I decided to try all of them. Because it is very sheer, it makes me believe that the only thing separating this balm from other typical twist up balms is its fancy packaging! It really is a shame because my selection has just been brought down by more than half. Variety is the spice of life, no? Still, I can't say too many bad things when it comes to recommending this balm. It contains SPF 15, which is more than most lip products and therefore can be worn during the summer, is unscented and tasteless, it looks good on the outside, feels rich, and is all together worth the money. For ladies who are looking for a little more color, though, I can only suggest trying out the Candid Coral or the Plush Plum shades as those were the only two that showed a hint of color difference on my lips!
January 27, 2013
Not the Very Best
The main seller for this lip balm is the packaging, hands down. In terms of application, it actually is quite a means more convenient to apply because of its fat and chubby shape than stick lip balms. However, I find that this does nothing to moisturize my lips nor keep them moisturized. I would go as far to say as it dries my lips out! This balm does wonders under lipstick or other clingy lip colors to smooth out any lines at the beginning of the day, but if let to their own devices on bare lips, I get loads of unexpected flakes and a slightly chapped feeling by the end of the day. I say unexpected because this balm -feels- moisturizing with its slick application! Slick lip balm should mean soft lips, right? Sadly, not the case here. In reality, this balm really just sits on top of my skin and transfers none of its moisture to my lips. Apart from moisture, the balm is also a little hard to apply at first. It took multiple swipes to feel like any balm was reach my lips at all, but that problem was quickly fixed by a few minutes of sitting in my pocket to soften up. I very much wanted this balm to work wonders like all the reviews have said it would. It is free of loads of strange chemicals such parabens and petrolatum (plastic), it smells delicious, it has a nice sweet taste and also comes in loads of different flavors. It is nice to try, but it is not a balm worth repurchasing, especially with the upcoming chapped-lips weather!
November 8, 2012
First thing's first: the results from this spray are amazing. I get shiny hair instantaneously without any greasy, limp, or over-producted hair feel! It is as simple as a spray and brush-through on both sides of my head and suddenly, my hair is "whoa, shiny!" Everything down to the packaging is well made and will receive absolutely no complaints from me. Though the spray comes in a slim glass bottle, it definitely withstands dropping, leaking, or breaking, making it ideal for traveling without travel-size necessities. The spray mist itself is light, but direct; thus, one spritz actually deposits most (if not all) of the product right to my hair! There is a very fine scent of fruit that comes with, but it disappears almost instantly when brushing through so no irritants here for those who are sensitive to scent. What else can I say about it? It's easily a must have for any lady that has been looking for that proverbial shiny hair with no strings attached!
November 8, 2012
Well, It Does What It Says
Indeed, I have not had a break out since I've included this cleanser as part of my regimen. It could be one of many factors though, such as not skipping a day of facial cleansing or the useful little exfoliating scrubby (which I am a fan of). Note: this one IS particularly drying when compared to the other formulas, has a cooling feel on the face, and smells distinctly like...cologne! Still, I will not complain because I have been breakout free except the occasional ONE blemish, and the cleanser (or could the scrubby) does clear out the blackheads around my nose daily!
September 24, 2012
I honestly have to say, I love this serum. Like basic cleansers that cover most everyday needs, this serum is the basic of all serums. Personally, I needed a little more TLC in my skincare and with this, I discovered the difference between DRY and DEHYDRATED skin (mine being of the latter) despite my oily skin type. I can easily see how most women would find this less than helpful if they were already adamant about their skin care prior to using this serum, but I found it to be the perfect addition to my wash and moisturize routine. After only two weeks of use, my skin has become more glowing, healthier, better textured to where it was visible in the mirror, softer, and definitely more hydrated, thus much less oily! I've also noticed less puffiness in mornings when I wake up from only a few hours sleep as well as smaller and smaller acne breakouts. I love my results simply because this serum steps up my routine to a level of care my skin has never gotten, and it shows! Granted, neither the bottle nor the company actually PROMISED any results, I just saw mine where there should have been if I took more time with my skin! Therefore, I urge ladies to sample this serum if they believe their skin needs more care and hydration than it did before, but it is not for those who already have well maintained skin needing a targeting treatment (such as spots, wrinkles, etc.). My results have been great for a two weeks straight treatment, I simply can't wait to see what it may look like in the long run!
July 19, 2012
What's not to love?
I believe these lipsticks deserve an extensive review due to the fact that they are simply amazing and just so incredibly affordable. With over 200 shades for only about $4.00 a shade, NYX has seriously achieved something wonderful here. These lipsticks have the quality of a department store, but the price of a drugstore; which can make for some serious indulging and color experimenting. Formula wise, every single shade I have tried has the same smooth, buttery glide and velvety texture. These lipsticks never dried out my lips nor accentuated my flakes. In fact, they moisturize so well, I actually have softer lips at the end of the day when I remove my makeup! The colors themselves are very pigmented and what you see in the tube is what shows up on your lips. They all wear very well without bleeding nor that heavy weight that screams "I have lipstick on". However, there are some small quirks that deserve mentioning. First, these lipsticks do fade a little. It has never been a problem though because, by the time the lipstick has worn off some (around lunch or midday), there is a nice stained effect left on my lips until I have the chance to reapply. Secondly, these lipsticks do have a distinct smell. It is a rather detergent-like, chemically, floral scent that is a little strong when applying. The scent doesn't last and the lipstick itself is tasteless, but those sensitive to scents should be aware. I should also mention that the packaging presents a little joy in itself. Simple and no fuss, the black tube is always easy to travel with and the cap never falls off. The lipstick bullet twists up so smoothly and easily, it just reinforces the fact that it is a quality product. As a last note, I highly recommend the shade Heredes, which is a dusky, tea rosy, nude that could be the perfect my-lips-but-better shade for a lot of medium to tan skinned ladies!
July 2, 2012
Pro's and Con's
This product, I believe, deserves an extensive review because it has been so raved and debated about at the same time. This scrub is basically a cleanser that includes apricot oil for nourishment, and corn and walnut kernels that do the exfoliating job. Personally, I found this cleanser to be perfectly fine face exfoliant, but only sparingly. I have to agree with the many that say it is much too harsh for daily use. It's a fine scrub for sure; it smells like creamy apricots, the cream formula leaves the face squeaky clean (but not in a stripped sort of way), and the amount of product in one tube is very much worth the money. However, the walnut plus corn within the scrub does not dissolve nicely into the cleanser as a good scrub would, therefore, the more I scrubbed with this cleanser on my face, the harsher it got. After a week of using it unknowingly, I had serious breakouts like none I've ever had and my face was usually red and scratchy in places despite the fact that my skin is not sensitive at all. On the plus side, I did have clean pores around my nose and T-zone! So its cleansing power was no myth and that the cream formula portion was actually hydrating enough that my skin didn't feel tight afterwards at all (it should be noted that my skin is oily and I do like in a Southern climate). Thus, for those who are interested in trying it out, this scrub's reputation is not something to be missed, but I do insist on these points: this scrub is NOT for sensitive skin in the slightest, use only one a week or twice at most, use a small dime size amount, and scrub very gently for no more than 15 to 20 seconds!
July 2, 2012