Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Product Review: Dove Nourishing Curls Whipped Cream Mousse and More!

Time for more product reviews!

1. Dove Nourishing Curls Whipped Cream Mousse
This summer, I've been trying to go with my hair's natural tendency. Somewhere between wavy and curly, and always frizzy. I feel like I'd tried everything to get my hair to look healthier. I was so envious of women who could get out of the shower, let their hair air dry, and it would look soft and shiny. Meanwhile, I would have a frizzy mass on top of my head. I tried something completely new-to-me per lately- the no-poo method (that's the no-shampoo method, if inquiring minds want to know). I've been doing it for about a month and a half, and I feel like I've finally discovered something I should have always known. My hair feels soft, it's shiny, and best of all, no more frizz! I basically just wash my hair with water, do a pretty thorough scalp rubdown, and wash with conditioner. This method is not for everyone, but I have extremely coarse, dry hair. And no, it doesn't look greasy. Anyways, I've been scrunching this into my hair after getting out of the shower, along with some leave-in conditioner. This produces pretty waves that hold, but feel soft. Not like you dumped a jar of gel on your head. It also doesn't give hair that sticky feeling, which I love. I picked up a couple of cans of this while couponing, and I'm glad! I've almost went through one can, and definitely want to keep using it. The verdict? Great for wavy/curly hair. Produces soft, but not overly styled hair. You can get it for a great price. I will be buying this again.

2. Revlon Colorstay Lipliner in Nude
I've recently forayed in lip liner. I've become obsessed with Revlon's Colorstay Just Bitten Kissable Balm stain. I've got half a dozen colors, which I pretty much use everyday. My only complaint about the product is that it gets a little blurry at the edges. I hate when lipstick bleeds outside the natural line of my lips. It just looks messy and sloppy. Serious dislike! I decided I need to give a lipliner a try to see if this would solve my problem. I've always felt kind of iffy about lipliner, specifically because when I was in middle school it was in style to outline to the shape of your lips with a dark lipliner, and leave it like that. Dislike even more! This lipliner, however, completely matches my lips. None of that dreaded too-dark look. Lately, I've been running this lipliner all over my lips before putting on my stain, so the stain lasts even longer. Love! This formula is pretty creamy, it doesn't dry out my lips. I've read that you should buy a lipliner pencil that you can sharpen, because these self-sharpening pencils dry out. I haven't found that to be the case with Revlon's formula. The verdict? A great tool to keep lipstick from bleeding, which you can get a reasonable price. I'd definitely buy this again.

3. CoverGirl Expert Wear Eye Shadow Singles in Shimmering Onyx
OK, so recently I was at the library. I was trying to help my husband find a book in non-fiction when I came across a section devoted to makeup. I was instantly enthralled. I found a makeup how-to book by Bobbi Brown. I, of course, checked it out. I started reading the book immediately upon returning to the car. The book talked a lot about smokey eyes, a look I've never been able to master. Not for lack of trying, but I always try the smokey eye a few times, decide I hate it, and go back to my usual look. No more, I decided. I started playing with my makeup that night, just putting it on to practice my smokey eye. My first look was a disaster. It looked like I had black eyes. Ick. My second look wasn't much better. But I finally got a finished smokey eye look that looked... like a smokey eye! That was with brown shadow. The next time I tried, I tried a purple smokey eye. The first purple look sucked, frankly. The second one was perfect. Finally, I tried a darker smokey eye, using darker browns. I used this black CoverGirl eyeshadow in the very corner of my eye, blending completely. The look turned out good. I'm not so fond of this shadow though. I used an eyeshadow primer, as well as MAC paint before applying this eyeshadow, but there isn't a lot of pigment to this shadow. It actually goes on kind of gray, instead of black. I had to layer this shadow a ton to get anywhere near the color I wanted. Besides the lack of pigment to this product, it otherwise worked just fine. No creasing, which is always a concern. The verdict? Eh, I probably won't buy this again, since I probably won't use this whole eyeshadow. However, if you are looking for a more subtle look at a good price, this might work for you.

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