Archive | January 2009

Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Fortifying Deep Conditioner

After trying a Garnier Fructis hair color, I couldn’t help but notice that my hair was softer and a lot shinier after the coloring. I wanted to try more of the Garnier Fructis hair care products, so I picked up a jar of Sleek & Shine Fortifying Deep Conditioner.

The product claim: “…specially created to smooth dry, unmanageable hair and contains Nutritive Fruit Micro-Oils – an innovative combination of apricot and avocado oils, and vitamins B3 and B6. Hair is 5x stronger, 5x smoother and so much shinier. The result? Long-lasting frizz control for hair that’s incredibly sleek, even with moisture in the air.”

I have used this conditioner about 3 or 4 times since coloring my hair, leaving it on my hair for the recommended 3 minutes before rinsing it out. My hair is easier to comb, softer, and definitely shinier than when I have used any other conditioner. So far I am very pleased with this conditioner and would like to try the Sleek & Shine shampoo and conditioner when the bottles I already have in the shower are empty.

It’s not often that hair appears healthier, shinier, and stronger after a coloring, but the Garnier Fructis products have made a noticable difference in my hair. I will definitely try this brand of hair color when my hair is ready for a touch-up, and I’d like to try more of the Sleek & Shine line. They also make an anti-frizz serum, leave-in conditioning cream, and an instant melting conditioner. Has anyone tried any of these other products?

Jane Hi-Fiber Mascara

This was a total impulse purchase, since I am a mascara junkie and couldn’t resist the $3 price tag. Jane Hi Fiber mascara sounds like a health nut breakfast cereal, but what it claims to do is “make lashes Xtra Long, Xtra Lush, and Xtra Thick! Contains gentle, clump-free fibers that cling to lashes for a natural false eyelash effect. Lasts with no smearing or smudging.”

I tried Basic Black, though according to the Jane website, this mascara also comes in colors like Just Chill (blue) and Purplex (purple, as if you couldn’t figure that out.

What was that about no smearing, clump-free, and no smudging? Hardly. The wand comes out of the tube loaded with so much excess mascara, I had to blot it on a tissue. It still went on my lashes clumpy, and even after curling and combing my lashes, they just looked so-so.

I give this mascara 2 stars out of 5. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t really love it either. It was just sort of there, ho-hum, yawn. The only thing that would make this mascara worthwhile is its availability of different colors, though the store I was in only offered black.

For $3, I guess I got what I paid for, a minimally performing mascara that didn’t impress me much.

The only other Jane product I have ever tried is the Megabites Flavorful lipstick in Megaberry, a color that an ex-boyfriend found insanely sexy. According to the website, this particular color is still available…so, where do I order?

e.l.f. Eye Primer/Liner Sealer

e.l.f.’s Eye Primer/Liner Sealer is a product I really wanted to like. One side of this item primes the lids for eyeshadow, while the other glides across any eyeshadow to transform the color into a personalized eyeliner.

The company’s website describes the product this way:

” The Prime side sets your eyeshadow in so your color won’t fade, bleed or crease. The Liner side transforms your favorite eye shadow into a waterproof, smudge-proof liquid liner with this unique clear liquid and built-in felt tip precision eyeliner brush. Now you can have your eye makeup lasting longer for no fuss no budge color. “

For $3 it was worth a shot, right?

I’ve tried the primer side a few times, giving it as many second chances as a bad boyfriend. It performed about as well, too. It’s pretty bad when the primer itself streaks and leaves nasty looking lines across your lids! Definitely not a keeper. It’s hard to apply because the primer is like an oversized concealer stick, next to impossible to evenly coat your lids, especially at the crease.

The liner sealer side digs into the eyeshadow and essentially messes it up for use as an eyeshadow later. I liked being able to wear some of my shadow colors as liner, but the color goes on very faint. I’d rather just buy a colored eyeliner pencil than deal with this mess.

I truly like some of e.l.f.’s products, but this is not one of them. After several attempts to find redeeming traits in this item, it finally found itself in the bottom of my trash can this morning!

Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara: Two Thumbs Down

I couldn’t wait to try Maybelline’s new Lash Stiletto mascara. I really like Maybelline’s Define-a-Lash, and I was hoping Stiletto was even better. Plus, the name and packaging for Lash Stiletto is catchy and sexy. When I spotted this mascara at Walmart, I went ahead and bought it, excited to test it out.

According to Maybelline’s website, this mascara will “coat from every angle”, stretch lashes for “provocative length”, and smoothe with “black-patent shine”, rendering your lashes something like this:

Instead, this mascara is about as effective or dramatic as dabbing black food coloring on your lashes. It was dismally disappointing. The mascara is so watery that it is barely perceptible, and even after curling my lashes with an eyelash curler, my eyelashes didn’t look terribly different than they do when they are completely bare.

I gave the mascara a second chance and decided to try it with my usual black liquid eyeliner. Same effect: disappointing.

I can’t think of anything good to say about this mascara. Luckily I saved the receipt, and I returned it to Walmart and picked up a classic instead: Almay One Coat Nourishing Mascara Thickening. I’ll write my full review of this one later, but let’s just say it was a hell of a step up from Maybelline’s Lash Stiletto!