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  • Zotos Diamond Shine Moisture Shampoo
    6.0

    Zotos Diamond Shine Moisture Shampoo

    Not entirely impressed

    I absolutely LOVE to shop at Sally Beauty and it took a while for me to give in and buy the Diamond Shine Shampoo and Conditioner (they have sales every now again where you get 2 liters for $15, basically you get one for free). I bought this because I was looking for an (inexpensive) sulfate-free shampoo that was good for color-treated hair, but was going to strengthen and fortify it because I want to grow it longer. After finishing a liter of both the shampoo and conditioner, I can say that I like it, but I don't love it. Yes, my hair seems a tiny bit more stronger because I don't see split ends as frequently as normal (then again I don't know if my leave-in conditioner is doing most of the work), and my hair seems a little bit shinier (then again I have shine sprays if I wanted shiny hair. My hair is very thick and coarse, and this did not make it feel soft like more 'reputable' salon brands. In fact, I need MORE shampoo with this than I do with other brands, so my shampoo seems to run out so much faster. It doesn't foam up very well the first time even if I use a lot, so sometimes I need to shampoo twice to make sure my hair is clean. For someone like me who has used everything from the super cheap to the brutally costly, it's not a bad shampoo for someone looking for an upgrade from drug store shampoo. In fact, that's my best recommendation. If you have been using drugstore shampoo, give this a try. You can find it at Sally's. You'll definitely like this much better. However, if you have very high standards and your hair has a mind of its own like mine, then you might want to look elsewhere.

    June 17, 2012

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  • Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation

    Josie Maran infuses argan oil in all of her products which is very hydrating and nourishing to dry skin. I live in Arizona, so I deal with the perpetual problem of such dry skin. I have recently dealt with an issue with my skin were it was difficult for me to wear foundation because my skin was extremely unstable--one day it would melt off in an hour, another day it would dry up and cake on me. I do have a complexion where I feel I must wear foundation. Another problem I encountered was difficulty in finding the correct tone. Don't get me wrong, I work with make up so I can identify tone and undertone easily. I am an olive complexion, but I am much lighter. Most foundations make foundation for olive tones that are medium or tan--not lighter olive complexions. Most foundations will be too pink and ashy on my complexion because it is not olive enough. What I do like about this foundation is that it self-adjusts, but is made for people who have more yellow/olive tones. Watching it adjust on my skin as kind of cool, but it wasn't a perfect match. I would still rather have a foundation that was a close shade (not too light or dark), even though it's not golden enough. The argan oil in this foundation was very nourishing to my skin. I did like that my skin felt comfortable with this on. Even though it's supposed to leave you with a satin/dewy finish, I still had to top it with powder because the argan oil would shine through on the surface. This foundation unfortunately isn't very binding to your skin. If you ran a finger on your skin, you run the risk of wiping it off. Therefore, this isn't very long-wearing. Also, you're only going to get light--MAYBE medium coverage with this. This isn't recommended for people who need more coverage. What I did love about this foundation was that my foundation neither melted, nor dried up on my skin which is quite rare. There are a lot of things I would change about this foundation, but it does a decent job for ME. It is a bit pricey at 42 dollars a jar. Although I did like this foundation overall, I do not feel compelled to make this my holy grail foundation product.

    June 16, 2012

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  • Josie Maran Pressed Powder
    6.0

    Josie Maran Pressed Powder

    Cool idea, poor execution

    Josie Maran Argan Oil is a permanent staple in my skin care regimen. It is one of the only items that has remain a constant through my frequent changes. What I love about her cosmetics line is that all of her products are infused with PURE argan oil (unlike most imitators which add a lot of junk to their argan oil). What is also unique to her line is how most of her cosmetics are self-adjusting too. There are only three shades of this powder-- fair/light, light/medium, medium/dark. I fit in the light/medium. Although it's cool to see the powder change colors on your skin to match your shade, what I HATE is how much this powder flakes off onto your clothing. The powder is NOT what the image above suggests--the real deal is actually marbled with white and beige depending on your tone. This will feel comfortable on your skin and leaves a natural finish, for how frequently this flakes off all over you as you pat in on is an indicator of how fast this product will go because of all the powder that is wasted. Not worth my money.

    June 16, 2012

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  • L'Oreal Paris Sublime Sun Advanced Sunscreen SPF 50+ Liquid Silk Sunshield for Face

    I love the texture of liquid sunscreens--I love how they just melt into the skin so easily. I used to spend top dollar on Clarins or LaRoche-Posay liquid sunscreens because they seemed to make me very happy. Recently, I was at the drugstore and L'Oreal caught my attention with the Sublime Sun skin care line, particularly the liquid sunscreen. I was a bit hesitant to give this a try because I had grown so use to prestige products, but I figured I could return it anyways after a week if I didn't like it. Overall, I do like this product very much. It's extremely similar to Clarins UV Plus HP Day Screen or LaRoche-Posay Anthelios--but at a fraction of the price. What used to cost me 38 and 30 respectively, only cost me 10 dollars with Sublime Sun. Another thing that thrilled me was that it didn't break me out. This did NOT leave me with a greasy white mask like other sunscreens can. Also, a bottle lasts forever even if you're liberal with it--just make sure to always shake verrrrry well before every use. My growing of skin care education really opened my eyes to this and most other sun screens on the market. First off, you REALLY need to put on a LOT of sunscreen in order to get the suggested spf level. They recommend about a teaspoon for your face. Most people will put what--maybe a nickle or quarter size? People don't know that unless you put on enough, you're barely getting ANY sun protection. Another thing, is that you need to put on sunscreen BEFORE you moisturize. Your skin can only absorb so much and it must absorb sunscreen in order to do it's job of protecting your skin. My biggest peeve about this product was that like most sunscreens, this has Oxybenzone in it, which is a no-no for skin because it causes a lot of free-radical production in your skin. Therefore, you need to frequently use products and ingest foods with high levels of anti-oxidants in order to neutralize these free radicals that will damage your skin and cause aging. It's strange that something that is meant to protect your skin will damage it in the long run. This product contains grape extract (vitamin E) which is an antioxidant that will (hopefully) try to neutralize some of the free-radicals made, but is quite low on the list. Although this product absorbs easily, doesn't cause me to break out, VERY budget friendly, and can be worn under make up---I won't be buying this product again because of the Oxybenzone, but also because of how high parabens are on the list. My advice is to please read up on new FDA/skin cancer prevention information to become better informed on what you're buying because you never know if those products might be hurting you!

    June 16, 2012

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  • Ole Henriksen Aloe Vera Deep Cleanser

    Ole Henriksen has become one of my favorite skin care brands because of the heavy use of natural ingredients that are very beneficial for people of all skin types and all ages. I work and sell skin care products and I have used SO many products because I am constantly looking for products that are going to help my troublesome skin. This is a fantastic cleanser for ME. I have super combination skin that is unstable, sensitive, alone with eczema and rosacea. This is one of the few cleansers that has soothed my skin and REDUCED the redness due to rosacea. My skin looks more even after using this than with other cleansers I've used. My skin also feels super clean, but it doesn't feel tight or dry with I love because I have a tendency to becoming dry. It seems a bit odd of the texture of this is a gel-cream--gels are typically good for people with oily skin and cream washes benefit drier skin. This does not foam very well, so if you like that squeaky clean feeling, you may not like this. This infuses aloe, chamomile, and vitamin E which greatly soothe the skin from irritation. It also has comfrey extract which is an astringent that reduces inflammation of blemishes. This is a deep cleaning cleanser that removes dirt, oil and leaves your skin feeling fresh, calm, and smooth. I like the smell of eucalyptus in this cleanser. It's very refreshing. This is a great cleanser to use with a clarisonic because it deep cleans. However, like I said, if you like something that's going to foam up very well, this might not be with.

    June 5, 2012

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  • Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel

    I have used MANY eye creams--I have lost count. When it comes to choosing a good eye cream, it's worth the price to invest in high-quality eye creams. I believe EVERY person should start using eye creams in their early 20s. You don't need any of the fancy bells and whistles, just something that's going to hydrate and keep the skin firm. This is a great eye cream to try, but women of all ages will be able to see the benefits. Ole Henriksen takes pride in creating (mostly) natural products that people of ALL ages and skin types can use. He has a line for people who want to develop a faithful skin care regimen and who wants to maintain and improve skin their condition. This eye cream has cucumber extract to tighten and firm skin, but also cool on contact and reduce puffiness. There is aloe extract to greatly soothe the skin and comfort it. Copper extract (which makes it blue) also firms the skin. This eye cream also has botanical blends to brighten the area around the eye. The best part? Since it's a natural eye gel, it's SAFE to use around the ENTIRE eye area, above and below. Most people don't realize that you SHOULDN'T use any eye creams above your eye on your lid because they often contain ingredients that can irritate your eye. Therefore, this is a great gel to use on your brow bone to keep your lid and upper eye skin looking firm and tight. Although a jar of this gel costs $38, you get a LOT of product for a much cheaper price than typical luxury eye creams. Although it's typically recommended to use this at night, I don't see a problem using it during the day (there is a day version available that comes in a tube, but I think they just want you to buy more and spend more money). This is very hydrating but it doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy. In fact, I like this because my eye area is typically normal to dry and this is great at hydrating, soothing, and prepping the skin for make up. I don't like how it kind of makes your eye area slightly sticky though, but for my firmer-looking skin with fewer lines, I can deal with it.

    June 5, 2012

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation

    Just to let you know, I have terrible skin. I work my tail off with my faithful skin care regimen and I can assure you I have tried it ALL. My skin is extraordinarily difficult to maintain and almost impossible to balance. Our skin is a living organ, but my skin seems to have a mischievous mind of its own. It's constantly changing from oily, to dry, to oily AND dry, to dry combination, oily combination--just everything but normal. Not to mention I have rosacea, eczema, hormonal acne and super large pores! That's my back story. I had heard many good things about Ole Henriksen's Sheer Transformation. I received a deluxe sample of this cream with eager hopes of seeing any results. And results I did see! What I ADORE about this cream is how SHEER and lightweight this moisturizer feels. It's a cream, but it's great for even the driest skin. The name 'sheer' is a really good description of this product. It's very hydrating, but it's so lightweight that it doesn't clog my pores and cause breakouts--which is HUGE for me. Second, as Ole is known for, this is a natural hydrator, so it's suitable for ALL skin types, even the most sensitive (like mine). It's very soothing because it has botanical blends in it which nurture the skin. Also, these botanicals lighten dark spots and hyperpigmentation, so this is a GREAT addition if you are exfoliating or using products with lightening ingredients like hydroquinone or hexapeptide-2. After using this product, I saw an improvement in the speed of time of lightening of dark acne scars that I got on my chin from hormonal flare-ups. The lightening of the scars continue to improve to where I can cover it up with concealer far more easily without having to cake it on. If you do use a lightener with an ingredient like hydroquinone, you want to stop that after three months and give it a rest. It's recommended to use a botanical brightener for the next three months to maintain the brightening so your skin has time to rest. Then after three months, you can resume the hydroquinone. Sheer Transformation is a GREAT product to use during that time of rest, and you may even see better results if you use Ole's Truth Serum. Ole Henriksen is a firm believer that if you have even skin tone and texture, you will automatically look younger no matter what your age, and I believe this to be true. This is a hydrator that will help you accomplish that. My biggest gripe about this is the price for a jar. It's $45 for a 1,7 ounce jar which is about the size of a standard perfume bottle. You will go through this way too fast and before you know it, your jar is empty. Although this hydrator will deliver wonderful results in a short amount of time, you have to really be convinced into investing such money into this product. DO ask for samples if you go to Sephora. Secondly, yes it is a jar. You are more likely to introduce bacteria and contaminate the product. Do use a spatula in retrieving the cream out of the jar, or make sure to wash your hands very well in warm water. The only way you're going to ensure the best results possible is if you don't ruin the product with bacteria.

    June 5, 2012

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Ole Henriksen Truth To Go Wipes
    6.0

    Ole Henriksen Truth To Go Wipes

    I don't like the scent

    I love most of Ole Henriksen's products because not only does he use a lot of natural ingredients, you actually see results after using his products, even though they're pricey. I've used these wipes several times on myself and on people I've applied make up on. Although they do a decent job at removing makeup and they do brighten the skin with vitamin C, I have grown sick of the scent of these. To me it smells like some kind of fruity-candy smell and it's way too sweet for my palette. (The scent is describe as a citrus-vanilla scent.) My biggest gripe is the price of these wipes. It costs $15 for a pack of 30 wipes. Honestly, I could get a pack of my typical drugstore wipes that cost $15 for the same amount and not only do I think they work better at removing make up, but I don't have to deal with that obnoxious fruity smell. All of Ole's orange Truth line is supposed to brighten, even tone and firm the skin, but I just don't see this product as worth the high investment. It's better just to go with the Truth serum if you want to see results.

    June 5, 2012

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme

    One of the most in-demand products available in the beauty industry are lip plumpers. We all seek fuller lips without having to splurge on risky cosmetic surgery. However, we usually become disappointed with the temporary and mostly unnoticeable effects of lip plumpers. Too Face Lip Injection Extreme promises to plump the lips for an effect that lasts several hours; but what sets it aside is its promise to offer long-term results with faithful use. The instructions recommend you use it twice a day, in the morning when you're getting ready (to give it some time while you're working on your routine) and at night before you go to bed. If you have ever used a lip plumper, you may be used to the tingling feeling. This is definitely a different feeling than other lip plumpers though. I quite like the feeling that Buxom lip gloss gives your lips. That is definitely more of a tingling feeling. However, the Lip Injection Extreme is more of a stinging feeling than anything. The Buxom gloss tingling is quite strong and the Lip Injection extreme is just a little stronger, but it's not bad if you're used to Buxom already. After a few uses, it won't sting as much to wear it bothers you. If you've never used a lip plumper before, this might be WAY TOO intense for you. Try the original Lip Injection glosses instead. The Lip Injection Extreme also causes an increase in blood flow which causes a increase in color to your lips. I like that this gloss can be worn alone, or under other lip gloss and doesn't feel sticky. This gloss also hydrates and doesn't dry my lips out. I've been using it for a couple weeks now and it's hard to say whether it's doing much of anything on its own because I also happen to use the Buxom glosses during the day. After using both glosses, I have noticed that my lip lines are more plumped out for longer throughout the day. I have noticed that I do get MUCH fuller lips using the Buxom glosses, as opposed to the Lip Injection Extreme. However, I must consider the possibility that the Buxom gloss works so well because the Lip Injection Extreme is already at work. So it's hard to say whether Buxom is better on its own, or because it's had that extra help from Too Faced. My biggest complaint is not only the price for uncertain results, but mostly due to the fact at how HARD it is to find this in stores AND online! It's almost impossible to find it in Ulta or Sephora and even both websites often are out of stock of this product. I have seen it on Amazon, but there's no guarantee where that came from and there's no ability to return it if you're dissatisfied (not to mention you have to pay postage yourself). With this product, I notice my upper lip is slightly more plumped than normal, but I don't see huge results with this. I'm still sitting on the fence whether or not to repurchase this. Fortunately, one tube goes a long way so I'll have a lot more time to see whether it's going to deliver. The reason why I got this was because I was hoping to try to plump out and diminish the lines in my lips. My lips are fortunately quite full, but those lines drive me crazy! Let's see if this works.

    May 29, 2012

    9 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Stila Cherry Crush Lip & Cheek Stain

    This is a VERY fast-acting stain if you want rich color fast on your lips. The gloss doesn't last very long, but the stain does. So this is a great stain to have to keep a popsicle-like color on your lips as you touch up with another gloss if you want shine. I love that this doesn't leave a disgusting taste on your lips like other lip stains can. Since this gives a very strong stain, I recommend using this under ANY foundation, not just powder foundation (which is usually recommended to put stains on prior to powder foundation). This includes liquid foundation as well if you want more of a natural and very light color.

    May 29, 2012

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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