Posts Tagged ‘product review’
Friday, September 12th, 2014
This week’s Favorites Friday feature is Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel nail polish. We’ve been wanting to try this for a while to see if it lives up to it’s “miracle” claims.
The product promises 14 days of color and shine with no light needed. Since the other gel kits with the LED light are a bit more of a procedure, the Miracle Gel is an enticing option. You can purchase the nail color and the top coat for around $10 each, or the duo pack for about $16 at your local drugstore.
After applying the color and top coat, we did notice more of a gel-like finish than most of our other “regular” nail polishes. The finish is a bit smoother as well. The two application steps were super easy, and the result flawless. Now, as the product promises up to 14 days of color and shine, let us admit that the glossy manicure did start to chip before the 14 days were up. It definitely lasts longer than the average polish, but there is an advantage to the longer lasting gel that requires the light.
Overall, a great product for the low price point compared to an gel kit with an LED, and much less of a hassle. Check out our Facebook page to leave your own review!
Monday, August 18th, 2014
It’s a common complaint that women have as they get older that they actually look younger without makeup. It’s a strange problem to have, since foundation is supposed to make you look better not older! Foundation and especially powder can build up in fine line and creases, accentuating the very thing that you were trying to hide. This is why it makes sense to have an anti-aging foundation. We tried Revlon’s Age Defying Firming + Lifting Makeup, which has hyaluronic acid for hydration, moisturizers, and ingredients to lift the skin. The best thing about this foundation is that it stays on top of the skin instead of gradually sinking into lines. The result is more of an air brushed effect. So does it make you look younger? It gives you a glow and smoothness to your skin and covers instead of highlights wrinkles. Win Revlon Age Defying Wrinkle Remedy Line Filler when you enter our contest of the quarter!
Tip: Do you have fine lines? Don’t knock the traditional remedy of olive oil! It’s rich in antioxidants, which protect your skin from free radicals that age skin cells.
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
Have you ever heard of anthroposophy? We definitely hadn’t until we read about Weleda’s company history, which started in 1921. Anthroposophy encourages people to see their minds and spirits as intrinsically linked to the world. Weleda was established with this in mind—to use natural ingredients that can holistically work with and support the body’s healing tendencies. Many assume that an appreciation for natural product is fairly recent, but apparently it’s been around for quite a long time! Another fun fact: Weleda is named after the Celtic goddess of wisdom and healing. We tried Weleda’s Sea Buckthorn Replenishing Body Lotion, which is 100% natural and 97% organic. It contains fatty acids (great for dry skin), vitamin-rich oil from organic sea buckthorn, mallow extract, and shea butter. What we noticed first was the strong and long-lasting citrusy smell that lasts for hours. If you like citrus scents then you’ll love this lotion. The lotion isn’t very thick, but moisturizes and absorbs very well. If you have super dry skin this won’t be enough. But for everyone else, it’s a great lotion to use and of course you get the peace of mind that you’re not putting chemicals on your skin.
Monday, July 14th, 2014
Sometimes the best products that you’ll ever use are the most obvious inventions. The new bareMINERALS Perfecting Face Brush is so neat, it begs the question, why haven’t all companies come out with brushes like this? The unique section inside the brush is what makes it great. Whatever foundation you pump into the brush stays put, instead of dripping down the brush, onto your sink, down your hand, etc. The brush is also a high quality. The bristles are soft enough that they feel great on your face, but stiff enough to retain the structure of the brush. We recommend cleaning your brushes at least once a week. However, if you’ve used some inexpensive brushes on the market, you know that the foundation causes the bristles to stiffen—leaving you with a streaky foundation look unless you clean it after every use. With the Perfecting Face Brush that doesn’t happen, so you can still wash just once a week. The one downside of this brush is also why it’s so great. Since the bristles are so dense and make it hard for the foundation to spill outside the brush, it also retains more makeup. To wash this brush, you’ll need to be thorough to ensure that all of the makeup is out. We suggest swirling the brush in your hand in soap while running it under water, then turning it upside down and running your fingers back and forth over the bristles under the water to get all the makeup out the center. At $28 this foundation brush may be more than you’re used to spending, but it’s definitely worth it.
Tip: To get a seamless look, use a circular motion to apply your foundation. You can put your concealer on first, then use the brush to blend the foundation over it.
Friday, July 4th, 2014
RoC® is a well-respected anti-aging drugstore brand, so we tried their MULTI CORREXION® 5 in 1 Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30. Why is it called 5 in 1? It’s supposed to fight discoloration, sagging, dryness, dull tone, and wrinkles. Fortunately, this product turned out to be a winner in particular with sagging, skin tone, and wrinkles. The product works because of HEXINOL technology. We looked it up and found out that it has molecules that improve aging, but not what it actually is. We’re curious to know what the actual ingredients are.
Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
Since we tried Garnier Clean + Purifying Foam Cleanser and liked it, we wanted to try the cleanser for dry skin – Garnier Clean+ Smoothing Cream Cleanser. Fortunately, our tester with dry skin liked this cleanser as much as our tester with combination skin liked the Purifying Foam Cleanser. The Smoothing Cream Cleanser is great for dry skin since it has jojoba and macadamia oils. As you may already know, oil doesn’t always mean pore clogging. Including oil in this cleanser was ingenious because the oils dissolve your makeup. Those of you with dry skin know that cleansers for dry skin are typically gentle, and unfortunately gentle on makeup removal. You’ll like how it feels to get a thorough cleansing without stripping your skin. After washing dry skin, you have to reach immediately for moisturizer before your skin starts feeling tight. Smoothing Cream Cleanser gives you more time and leaves your skin feeling comfortable. Also, when you use water you’ll get a good lather, which is pretty unique for a creamy cleanser. The scent of this product (like all Garnier products) is refreshing, but we wonder if it may be too heavily fragranced for sensitive skin.
Tip: If you have dry skin, you know how important it is to drink enough water. But you can take it a step further and eat foods that are good for your skin as well. Try stocking up on salmon and avocado. Both are helpful to skin lipid layers!
Sunday, June 1st, 2014
Hair color isn’t good for your hair, but most of us still do it anyway! Fekkai has a line of products, Technician Color Care, that helps you keep your hair color fresh as long as possible. A unique add is that the products provide UV protection. UV rays fade your hair color, and just as the sun is damaging to your skin it also works against healthy hair. We tried the shampoo, conditioner, and luxe color masque. Even if you don’t color your hair, if your hair is dry you’ll like this line. Since colored hair tends to be dry, the Technician Color Care products seem to have extra moisturizers and are not stripping at all. And for when you really abuse your hair, the luxe color masque gives an intense conditioning. So why not use the luxe color masque? It’s a very intense conditioner, so if you have fine hair it may weigh down your hair too much for frequent use. In general, we thought these products were very gentle and nourishing for color-treated hair. But they can’t stop fading completely. If you want to keep your hair looking salon fresh every week, we suggest supplementing products like Fekkai Technician Color Care with color rinses or glosses.