Archive | May 2009

Aussie Deeeeeep 3 Minute Miracle

Since I’ve been growing out my hair, deep conditioner has become as obsessive a beauty product for me as my old fetish, mascara. A friend mentioned her love affair with Aussie Deeeeep 3 Minute Miracle Moisture Treatment, so I picked up a bottle and gave it a whirl.

I really like the packaging; instead of flipping a cap or opening a bottle, you simply squeeze the bottle, and the conditioner dispenses from the bottom. With an overload of products in my shower, ease of use is important!

The product packaging claims “Deeeeeply intense conditioning, accented with Australian aloe, penetrates dry or damaged hair.” I have used this conditioner about 6 times, and I am disappointed to give it one star out of five.

There’s simply nothing special about it. Most conditioners at least help with getting tangles out of my hair after the shower, but this one didn’t even help out much there.

What can I say nice about it? Well…ummm…I like the purple bottle. And it has a kind of nice smell…okay, I’m tapped out.

This product receives raving reviews on Walgreens.com, so maybe try it out for yourself. Going by my own experience with this conditioner, I can only say there are definitely better conditioners out there.

*NOTE: PLEASE READ UPDATED REVIEW BY CLICKING HERE.*

Jane Oil Free Finishing Powder

Armed with a coupon, I recently went on a hunt for a replacement to the pressed powder compact I keep in my purse. I picked up Jane Oil Free Finishing Powder, figuring powder is powder, right?

I’ve mentioned that my face is super-oily, and I’ve never been impressed with pressed powder. It helps for a couple of seconds, then my face is oily again like I never did anything to it. But I felt compelled to try anyway!Jane’s Oil Free Finishing Powder has a puff that is square and thick, and the coverage is more like foundation than powder. It cuts down the shine temporarily, smoothes my pores, and looks more finished than any pressed powder I’ve tried.

I picked this up for about $4 at Wal-mart. Not bad at all for a product I will give 5 stars out of 5. Nothing can eliminate the shine for good on skin as oily as mine, but this powder at least combats it for a while, something other pressed powders have not been able to do.

I like to replace the puff in my compact periodically to keep it clean and to keep powder from caking on the puff. My only complaint is Jane does not offer replacement puffs, at least, not that I have seen. Their puff is not the typical, scrawny round puff, and I really like the puff that came with the compact. If anyone sees replacement puffs like this, drop me a note and let me know!

Nutra Nail Bullet-Proof Strength

My nails have taken a lot of abuse lately, between moving, packing, manual labor, and rearranging departments at work. They are dry and peeling, cracked at the tips, and begging for mercy.

I hit the nail care aisle in hopes of finding something to restore them, and at the urging of my boyfriend Gary, I got Nutra Nail Bullet-Proof Strength, which is formulated with Kevlar fibers. (Gary thought it was cool to have the same stuff on my nails that is used in bullet-proof vests). Bullet-Proof strength “weaves a powerful shield on nails”, and “nails become resistant to splitting, cracking, peeling, and breaking”, according to Nutra Nail’s website.

I painted a coat of bullet-proof strengthener onto my nails the other night and have been testing this stuff out for a few days. I’ve been up to a lot of manual labor at work, helping out with the shifting around of offices, and so far so good. One nail that was peeling pretty bad to start with has had a tiny bit of peeling, but not nearly what would be going on without a protective coating.

The strengthener dries clear, but if you look very closely, you can actually see the tiny fibers across your nails, which is cool if you are easily amused. For this reason, though, I wouldn’t use this product as a top coat, since it dulls the shine somewhat. I haven’t tried it under color yet, but once I do, I’ll let you know if it affects the appearance of the colored polish.

I’ll update this post once I have tried this product a bit longer, but so far, I like it. For about $4 or $5, it is protecting my nails from drying out, peeling, cracking and other unattractive messes at work. Now if only there was a Kevlar hand cream…

Cheap Eyeshadow Base: Concealer

I’ve been a loyal fan of Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion, and I’ve used L’Oreal’s De-Crease Eyeshadow Base in a pinch. With skin as oily as mine, it is impossible to wear eyeshadow without some sort of base or primer to keep it from settling into ugly lines in the creases.

When my last bottle of primer ran out, I wondered how necessary it really is to spend $15 or more on a primer. So I decided to experiment.

I bought a bottle of Wet n Wild’s Cover All Liquid Concealer Wand for a dollar or two, and I apply a thin coat of that to my eyelids, let it dry, and pat pressed powder over that before applying eyeshadow. I didn’t expect it to work, but it surprised me: it’s not 100% effective, and by the end of the day I may see creases starting to appear, but that happened even with Urban Decay’s primer, which costs at least $15.

I have read websites warning women not to use concealer as an eyeshadow base, but I have yet to read a valid reason why not. It works great for me, even with a cheap concealer. Just be sure to use a light hand and not gob on the concealer, and make sure you follow up with a dusting of powder.

Has anyone else tried this? What are your opinions?