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Dark and Lovely 6 Week Anti-Reversion Cream Serum

erase2There is a lot of attention on how to care for natural curls. However, there are still great new product being offered for relaxed hair. For instance, Dark and Lovely just came out with their 6 Week Anti-Reversion Cream Serum, which ‘prevents curls, kinks, and waves for up to 6 weeks in-between relaxing’. This product essentially works by blocking humidity, so however you heat styled your hair is how it will stay! We thought this product was effective and also let a tester try it with natural hair. Interestingly, it was more impactful as a product to prevent frizz on natural curls than on heat styled relaxed hair. Either way, it’s a pretty neat product. But the results aren’t quite as dramatic as what you see on the front of the box. It lessens the effect of humidity but doesn’t completely stop it.  As long as your hair isn’t fine or thin, those with out of control frizz can benefit from this product regardless of ethnicity.

Tip: When you use relaxers blow drying AND flat ironing your hair is overkill. Try wrapping your hair and then using an old-fashioned hood dryer to dry your hair, then flat ironing for extra polish (with heat protectant spray of course).


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Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair Night Moisturizer

erase2In the past there was an emphasis on treating wrinkles and fine lines. Now the emphasis is more so on evening skin tone. One of the many products that promises to do just that is the Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair Night Moisturizer. It has proven ingredients such as Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, and Retinol. But the glucose complex is what makes Rapid Tone Repair Moisturizer different. The glucose complex actually gives a boost to the retinol. According to the box results appear in one week. We did notice more clarity and even tone in one week. However, for very dark spots this product needs a few weeks, and the results are more of a slow evolution. In general, for a non-prescription product it’s pretty good. Although this product is supposed to be gentle enough for daily use, one of our testers with sensitive skin found it to be a little drying and irritating. As with any retinol product, those with sensitive skin can benefit from gradually introducing the product to the skin instead of suddenly using it daily. We also found that Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair Moisturizer pairs really nicely with other moisturizers. You get the refined pores and improved complexion but not the dryness.

Tip: Hyperpigmentation is commonly caused by sun damage, and products like these can make your skin more vulnerable. Protect your results and prevent more damage by wearing sunscreen if you’re not already while treating your skin.


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Benefit Ultra Plush Lip Gloss

eraseThe look of lip gloss is pretty much the same regardless of the brand. Where you really feel the difference is the feel of the lip gloss and how long it lasts. At $16, Benefit Ultra Plush Lip Gloss is a bit more expensive than drug store brands. However, it goes on nicely and isn’t annoyingly sticky. We tried the Sugarbomb shade, which we imagine would be flattering on most skin tones.

Tip: Instead of reapplying lipstick, just put on lipstick in the morning and then add lip gloss throughout the day as needed. The lipstick will give you a great base of color to start with, and you won’t get a cakey look from a bunch of touch ups.


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My Konjac Sponge All Natural Fiber Bamboo Charcoal Facial Sponge

erase4It’s not often that there are big innovations in facial cleansers. However, recently there has been a new fad with cleansing sponges made 100% pure Konjac plant root. There are plenty of brands that sell them. We tried the All Natural Fiber Bamboo Charcoal Facial Sponge by My Konjac Sponge. It also has added natural bamboo charcoal, which contains activated carbon, minerals, and anti-oxidants which combat acne-causing bacteria. Environmentalists will love that since this sponge is made of plant root, it’s 100% biodegradable. The coolest thing about this sponge is its texture. It almost feels like jell-o to the touch. Since hospitals use charcoal to draw toxins from your stomach from poisoning, it stands to reason that charcoal would be great at drawing impurities from the skin. We found that this sponge gives a great clean, and with continued use you see a reduction in blemishes in about four days. The interesting thing about the Konjac sponge is that you can use it with or without cleanser. One tester with acne found that the sponge is good for a few weeks without cleanser, but then blemishes started returning. After using cleanser on the sponge, it became effective again. Another tester with sensitive combination skin found the sponge to be perfectly gentle on the skin and a very effective cleanser but too drying to use twice a day. Once was enough. There is also no expiration date on these sponges or recommended time to use before you purchase another one. So far, we know that the sponge is good for at least a few months and counting.

Tip: Just like anything else you put on your skin, this sponge must be kept dry in between washings to keep it fresh and germ free.


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L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche® Nail

erase3A lot of nail polishes claim to be long-wearing, so we were surprised when we tried L’Oreal’s Colour Riche Nail polish. It lasted twice as long as our other polishes. It also has a finish that has the same high gloss as a gel polish. Thank goodness for evolving technology because this was by far the highest quality nail polish that we’ve tried. One of our testers with thin nails didn’t quite get the whole 10 days, but still got way longer wear than usual.  Our fave color is Orange You Jealous, which looks fresh and fashionable on its own without any embellishment.

Tip: To avoid an unprofessional looking manicure, start out on each nail with a broad stroke in the center, and then use the rest on the edges. That way overflow won’t go on your skin. Your cuticles will thank you!


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