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Nivea Smooth Sensation Body Lotion

erase3We think any lotion with shea butter is worth trying. Nivea Smooth Sensation Body Lotion contains shea butter and something they call Hydra IQ Technology, which is said to support the skin’s hydration network. Considering it has shea butter, the lotion is lighter than we expected. This is a great if you don’t like greasy lotions, but is a con if you have extremely dry skin and need a thick lotion. On a tester with dry skin, this product worked great. It also has a long-lasting scent, which is something Nivea doesn’t mention. It’s a pleasant, light scent, but it lasts all day.


Tip: Want to get the most out of your lotion?. Before you get in the shower, exfoliate dry skin with a homemade body scrub mixture with half a grated cucumber, 2 tablespoons of salt, and 1 cup of full-fat plain yogurt.

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erase smallerAveeno is a great brand for skin that is so itchy and dry that it doesn’t respond well to regular lotion. So it stands to reason that their shampoo would be great for hair that’s in bad shape as well. We tried AVEENO® NOURISH+ STRENGTHEN Shampoo, which has a wheat complex that works to fortify the hair. It claims to repair up to 90% of breakage in just 3 washes. This shampoo is great for dry hair. It doesn’t dry it out and leaves enough elasticity to comb without a lot of breakage. Volume wise, this shampoo falls somewhere in the middle. It doesn’t provide a lot of volume but it doesn’t really flatten your hair either. We think this is a great product for anyone who has abused their hair with heat, chemicals, or color treatment. It smells great too! If you have fine thin hair that’s not damaged, you probably won’t be happy with the volume.

Tip: If your hair is damaged, sleep on a satin pillowcase. This is also better for your skin. Cotton absorbs moisture and isn’t very kind to your hair.

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Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

erase2Freshly applied makeup always looks fabulous. But by the end of the day it’s a different story. Urban Decay has tried to fix this with their All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray. It promises to leave makeup looking just-applied for 16 hours. So you don’t have to worry about melting, cracking, fading, or settling into fine lines. So how does it work? It lowers the temperature of your makeup so extreme temperatures and humidity can’t interfere. When we first tried this spray we weren’t too excited about using a face spray. But it’s actually a fine mist so it’s not unpleasant to use. It was also a relief that the product is lightweight, so you don’t feel like you’ve added anything else to your face. The funny thing about this makeup setting spray is that you may not have realized how much your makeup dissolves during the day until you use it. We loved that our makeup looked perfect for the entire day. However, one tester with an extremely oily t-zone found that the spray didn’t prevent oil. We suggest using an oil-control primer if you have very oily skin or an oily skin. Otherwise, you don’t need a primer with this product. It’s also gentle enough for sensitive skin.

Tip: If you’re looking for other ways to make your makeup last, use creams under powders. Use liquid foundation and then finish with powder, use cream eyeshadow under powder eyeshadow, cream blush under powder blush, etc.


Féria Wild Ombré

erase4Dyeing your hair at home is always a huge risk. We tried Féria Wild Ombré since the brush is supposed to make the process goof proof. The process is actually fairly simple. But what’s different from regular dye kits is that it contains a bleaching powder that you add to the bottle. Be careful, because even a small amount of this powder makes spots if it comes in contact with your clothes. The brush is really easy to use and naturally makes even stripes in your hair. If you want a more subtle highlighted look, you can just do one pass per section of hair. If you want it a more dramatic look, then use it to saturate your hair strands. You’ll want to make sure you use the brush either way to control the product.  The end results are very pretty and surprisingly professional looking. However, even after leaving it on for the recommended maximum time on the box, the lightening was subtle. So you won’t quite get the dramatic look that’s on the box. We tried this with only 3 passes per section of hair with the brush, so perhaps if we saturated the strands more the Ombré would be more pronounced. The brush is amazing and would be perfect for adding lowlights or highlights with other kits, so make sure you keep it!

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Benefit they’re real! Mascara

erase3A mascara so effective your eyelashes look like fake eyelashes? That’s what Benefit they’re real! Mascara is supposed to be deliver. The formula aims to give dramatic length and volume, curl, and long-wear. We tried it and thought it gave superb lengthening results. However, the effect was not as dramatic as the name suggests. In all, we think this is a great mascara. But at $23, it doesn’t quite work twice as well as drug store brands even though it’s twice the price. So it may be a better value to get a mascara from a brand like Maybelline or L’Oreal.



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