I haven’t done a massive product review post in quite some time (I know, I know I have been slacking) but there are several products that I’ve purchased that I have not yet reviewed and a few favorites that have made a major comeback in my routine that I want to sing the praises of, yet again. Please note that all of these products were purchased with my own money, with the exception of one product, the Nelson j hair mask which I was sent by the company to test out. This is not a sponsored post.
Bumble & Bumble Dryspun Finish
I wanted to love this. I really did. At $29 a bottle, I was hoping it would deliver a fantastic texture to my hair while also doubling as a dry shampoo. I didn’t think the results were worth the money on this one, to be honest, and it also kind of felt like hairspray when applied. It does add soem texture and lifts the hair a bit—but I think for just a little more (and a much large bottle) you’re better off going with Oribe’s Dry Texturizing spray. It’s worth noting that I didn’t love it at first, but it grew on me and became a very loved product for me. I haven’t repurchased recently, but I would.
Bumble & Bumble Surf Foam Wash Shampoo
This shampoo is okay. It smells nice (very fresh and oceanic)…but for the price, it’s nothing magical. It does clean hair well and I suppose it gives good volume, but I guess I expected a little more for how much it cost. My favorite shampoo for the last year has been Ojon’s damage reverse restorative shampoo. It is unreal good. Makes my hair feel clean but also so smooth and with great movement. It is definitely at holy grail status for me.
Nelson j Beverly Hills— Argan Oil 7 Moisture Healing Mask
This product was sent to me to test out and I picked out the rosemary mint scent, which is awesome. I love rosemary mint scented shampoos and conditioners because they make hair smell really fresh and clean. Retailing for $20, I feel it’s a fair price point for a deep conditioning mask that contains NO sulfates, parabens, or artificial fragrances. I apply this from the nape of my neck down to the ends of my hair and leave it on for 1-2 minutes while I wash my body. You can also use it longer as a deep conditiong treatment. So far, so good. I like the way it makes my hair feels and my blowouts have been looking good. Macadamia hair mask is still my absolute hoy grail conditioing product, but they are both good and I like that the Nelson j contains argan oil.
John Freida Luxurious Volume Fine to Full Blow Out Spray
This is a good volume spray—and it’s cheaper than my holy grail blowout mousse, Redken Guts 10 (though it’s a much smaller bottle). However, I do think this leaves kind of one of those “residues” on your roots that some volumizing products do that make it feel a little sticky, which you don’t get with the Redken mousse. I always prefer a mousse volumizer to a spray. So, while this is not a bad product, it would not be my first choice.
Admitedly, I did not use this product “as directed,” so I can’t speak to the results I would have had if I had “co-washed,” however, I didn’t use it on my scalp after reading some reviews on makeupalley about hair loss, buildup, etc. I already only wash my hair twice a week so co-washing is kind of pointless for me since I need a good wash after not washing for 3-4 days. I would skip this one because it just doesn’t really seem to do much for my hair, even as a conditioner. And forget about using it, as they suggest, on clean wet hair as a leave-in-conditioner. It feels weird to me that something that is a cleansing conditioner can also be a leave-in. I was sucked in by the commercials, but I am not sure the hype is real.
Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum
This is an oldie but a goody. My beloved Kerastase Elixir Ultime was running low and one day while digging through my storage shelf under my sink, I discovered a half used bottle of this serum. “Why did I stop using this?” I asked myself. So I used it for my next blowout and all of those old feelings came rushing back. My hair was smoother than usual and still had great bounce to it. I love this stuff, Will repurchase when my old bottle runs out.
DiorShow waterproof mascara
This is another “why did I stop using this?” product. DiorShow was my holy grail mascara for awhile and then I kind of had a phase of trying (and loving) several other mascaras. One day on a whim, I decided to pick up another tube and the waterproof version is simply THE BEST mascara. It makes lashes long and lush and it stays on beautifully. Highly recommend it and it’s worth the price tag, too.
Kiehl’s Self Tanner
HOLY GRAIL ALERT! This self tanner is unreal. It is constatly sold out and when I started to use it, I knew why. Ladies, this is the PERFECT self tanner. Like of all of the things in this post, if you are going to buy one of them, this is it. It is a lotion that doesn’t smell bad—and the texture is more of a watery lotion—so VERY easy to spread. It gives the most beautiful color and is pretty foolproof to apply. I even use this on my face, neck and chest every week to give myself a glow in this cold weather and I swear you don’t need to wear as much skin makeup when you use this. It makes your facial skin look incredible and does not break you out at all. If I could give this 11 out of 10 stars, I would.
Bare Escentuals Stroke of Light
I used to be obessed with Maybelline’s undereye brightener (and I still love it) but I think this product is somehow even better and now I use this. It is a pink-tinted creamy/liquidy product that you apply under your eye area and it makes you look bright and awake (even when you’re not!) I think most women would benetfit from using an undereye product with a pink tint versus a regular concealer. It just does something for that area that a felsh toned product can’t. I almost insist you try this if you haven’t already. If you have medium to fair skin, make sure you get the pink one—this is key, as it comes in several shades.
Target Up & Up Moisturizing Body Wash
I just love this stuff. Rich, creamy and smells great. Costs less than the name brand stuff. I also like the simple packaging. I have been using this for years and I hoard bottles of it under my sink. I had a clog in my drain that my husband got out this weekend and he removed FIVE of these massive bottles from under my sink…I guess I’m good…for now…
Anastasia of Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil
Filling in my brows is something I didn’t do years ago, but ladies, you must. Unless you have the fullest, most lucious brows in all of the land, this is such an imporant, nee, essential step in your makeup routine. Brows frame the face so it’s important that they are shaped and filled in nicely. I like her pencils because the colors are fantastic and they are easy to use and apply—and they stay on, most importantly. I also love her brow powders and use both products. If you’re picking between the two, I say go with the pencil, but both are great.
Living Proof Satin Hair Serum
I was using this serum for blowouts, but I noticed if I used just a little too much that my hair would feel really weighed down and “stuck together” in some areas. However—I think this is great for smoothing hair and I will often use a tiny drop after a blowout OR on second or third day hair. I will brush out my previous day’s curling iron curls and apply this serum from the nape of my neck down to the ends of my hair and it really does seem to restore shape and add a smoothness I couldn’t get otherwise. I tend to enjoy products from this line and though I don’t think this is the best blowout serum for me, I do think it’s is worthwhile and effective for using on dry hair, so it gets a “try it out” vote from me.
I hope these reviews have been helpful! Let me know if you plan to try or have tried any of the products I mentioned! Do you agree with my reviews if you have?