Nature’s Rescue

It was time for a change. A BIG change. You know what this means, time to throw caution to the wind and welcome a new shampoo into your home. It’s rarely fun and never easy, but I heard lots of good things about Redken’s new “Nature’s Rescue” line of detoxing shampoos and conditioners.

First impressions: Nice packaging. Definitely conveys the soothing nature of the products. Nice scent, too. Smells like expensive sea scrub.

I bought the Refreshing Detox Shampoo, Refining Sea Polish, and Cooling Deep Conditioner to try. I didn’t buy the Radiant Sea Spray because my hair is already nothing BUT texture. Grrr. Anyway, they were a perfect choice because they’re all sulfate and paraben-free, something you need to keep in mind when you are always getting Brazilian blowouts. (Tip: At ULTA, Redken products are buy 2 get 1 free for a limited time, and for the Nature’s Rescue products, are available in stores only!)

Now for each of the products:

Shampoo- It doesn’t lather, which kind of bothered me, but I guess in the grand scheme of things, is no big deal. Just be careful not to use more than you mean to. The shampoo is working, it just isn’t getting all foamy like you’re probably used to.

Refining Sea Polish – Hmm, a pumice scrub for your hair?? Gosh, 2012 is amazing, isn’t it? The instructions for this product were to rub into hair in small sections from root to tip. It is meant to remove impurities and refine the hair’s surface, leaving hair smooth and shiny. After washing out, my hair felt squeaky clean!

Cooling Deep Conditioner – I can see myself getting down with this on a hot summer day. Why? Because it literally cools your scalp. For someone who suffers from self-diagnosed quarter-life crisis pre-menopausal hot flashes, this is nothin’ but good news.

The post review: After washing my hair with all three, my hair felt clean. Well, I hope so, right? The part that sealed the deal for me was that after my hair air dried and I flat ironed that beast, my hair didn’t feel greasy like it does after using the recommended Brazilian blowout shampoo and products. And my hair smelled amazing for the whole day (and still does now!)

Dear Redken, I like! 🙂

It’s Not Easy Being Green…

But it’s not hard to adjust while wearing the Ahava Time to Clear Purifying mud mask.

I don’t normally DO masks, because I prefer to just cleanse and moisturize nightly. However, once in a while it’s fun to do. Also, I was bored.

Hot pink lipstick is mandatory for at-home facials

I liked the feeling of this masque. You’re supposed to leave it on for 2 minutes and then rinse, but I left it on for about 5 (see above impromptu photoshoot). The mask never gets uncomfortably hard or tingly, and washes off nicely. During, I felt like a clay pot. I smelled like 12th grade ceramics class, but it’s all good, because my skin felt soooo soft afterwards. Could it be because of the horsetail extract and jojoba oil? Ummm…probably?

Could it be because of my photoshoot? DEFINITELY YES! See, children? Good skincare is fun!

 

***Update: I’m sorry to say that I’ve broken out after using this product. If anyone needs to read a book in Braille, you can do so on my forehead. 😦

Product Review: L’Oreal One Sweep

Let’s just come out with it. I’m lazy as hell. So when I saw L’Oreal’s One Sweep Eyeshadow, I thought it might be a great way to do a smoky eye without dirtying up brushes and getting my whole kit and caboodle out.

"Playful for Brown eyes"

HowEVUH, I was extremely disappointed with the product, to put it nicely. Believe it or not, I CAN do makeup, but this product does a real good job at showing you otherwise.

First point of contention: the stupid brush. It is shaped like a flat little ice cream scoop. Since it is so flat, it clearly will not be able to accommodate the shape of the human eyelid.

Second point of contention: Price. At $9-10 in stores, it’s priced a bit high, no? Especially since it doesn’t quite work right.

Here is my eyelid after following the instructions, which are simply to sweep the brush down the eyeshadow trio, making sure all 3 colors get onto the brush.

And no, I did not just get into a fight. That’s dark eyeshadow deposited in my inner eye corner & below the eye. Also, L’Oreal thinks that my eyelid is half the size that it actually is. Notice how all three colors barely make it to my crease? The highlight should be higher, on my brow bone. The crease color can barely be seen, and the dark, smoky shade is just a hot tranny mess.

Since the colors were so unsatisfactory for the first sweep, here’s another layer.

Kids, it does NOT get better.

At this point, I’m thinking, “This has to be my fault. No way an international cosmetics company would try to sell us something SO shitty…right?” So I tried the other eye, following the instructions exactly.

You have GOT to be kidding me, L’Oreal. You’re fired.

In conclusion, this product is obviously a total waste of makeup.

Benefit b.right! Product Review

I’ve been using Benefit’s new skincare line “b.right” for about 2 weeks now, and I think it’s time I have a little review ready for you.

As I mentioned before, I was initially interested in sampling this line because a) I was desperately out of moisturizer, b) I’ve had great times with other Benefit products in the past, and c) the packaging is lovely, like anything else from Benefit.

b.right sampler, $24

The set comes with 6 pieces broken up into 3 categories of care:

Cleansing

  • Foamingly Clean Facial Wash: I loved the smell of this cleanser. It’s got a faint scent that smells just like Ralph by Ralph Lauren. It smells like a cool spring morning (picture that?!) My face felt squeaky clean after cleansing, and every morning and night I’d be like “F*ck Yes!!! I have the most amazing face in the UNIVERSSSSSSSSSSE…” Followed by a meltdown over having to brush my teeth.
    Sample size: 0.3 oz; Full size: 4.5 oz, $21. My verdict: Splurge on full-size. 
  • Refined Finish Facial Polish: This is a once a week scrub intended to exfoliate and minimize the appearance of pores. I can appreciate the exfoliation part, but at my age I’m not too worried about the size of my pores (Are they even there? Don’t know. Don’t care. Yet!) I think this product has good intentions, but I found myself being annoyed at how hard it was to get every speck of sugar/mud off my face.
    Sample size: 0.3 oz; Full size: 4.5 oz, $22. My verdict: Try the sample, but use St.Ives if you don’t like it.

Moisturizing

  • Moisture Prep Toning Lotion: I must be a heathen, because when I read the instructions for this sample kit, I scoffed at the fact that I’d need a toning lotion to put on BEFORE my moisturizer. “Uh, moisturizer is the thing you use to prime your face, idiots,” I thought to myself. Oh, how wrong I was. I used the toning lotion before putting moisturizer on one side of my face, and then applied just moisturizer on the other. It actually made a HUGE difference in my skin! The toned side was much softer and I felt downright luminous.

    Yes, "Tangled" boat scene luminous!!

    Would I normally buy toning lotion? Eh, I don’t think so. But I’m a new fan now.
    Sample size: 0.3 fl oz; Full size: 6 fl oz, $29. My verdict: At least try the sample.

  • Total Moisture Facial Cream: Provides a heavy dose of hydration. And I do mean heavy. And I do mean hydration, because after slathering on a light layer, my upper lip started beading with perspiration and I needed a drink of water. It’s nice and feels like a true moisturizer, but when layered over the toning lotion, it feels SO heavy. I might have to skip this when it gets hotter here in California.
    Sample size: 0.1 oz; Full size: 1.7 oz, $38. My verdict: Sample is good enough, especially since you’ll be using it so sparingly. 
  • Triple Performing Facial Emulsion SPF 15 PA++: Is the most intimidating product in this set for me, because I’m not exactly sure what it does. I’m going to take an educated guess and say it’s just like the other moisturizer, but with SPF, therefore it’s for daily morning use. As for the PA++? It protects the skin from sun damage with UV-A and UV-B filters. Alright, then. All I do is use this in the AM instead of the Total Moisture Facial Cream.
    Sample size: 0.3 fl oz; Full size: 1.7 fl oz, $28. My verdict: Lighter than the TMFC moisturizer, so yay!

Eyes
  • It’s Potent! eye cream: Contains enough Chinese anti-aging remedies and fruit extracts to make a delicious, low-cal dessert. ONLY KIDDING, do not eat under any circumstances.

    Try this instead!

    This product is mainly intended for restoring elasticity to tired, sagging eyes. I’m still pretty young, so I can’t say I saw any kind of result using this product. However, the sample size does last forever, so that’s great. I use barely a dab.
    Sample size: 0.1 oz; Full size: 0.5 oz, $32. My verdict: Not unless you need it! 

    There it is in a nutshell! I’m off to buy refills for my favorite b.right products.

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