I am not one of those people that uses up hair/beauty/makeup products fast. It takes me forever to get through something, but by the time I’m done with it, I have a very definite opinion on it.
Here are the products I’ve used up in the last few months. (Most links are to Ulta, because they sell almost everything here. I’m not getting a commission, Ulta does not know that I exist.)
L’Oreal Total Repair Extreme
Conditioner. Ok, so my hair isn’t extremely damaged, but I figured the extra help couldn’t hurt, right? This conditioner does leave your hair feeling very soft and moisturized. While I like it, and did purchase another bottle of it, I have since found something else I like better.
If your hair is damaged or just dry and needs a good conditioning, this is some good stuff.
7th Heaven Creamy Coconut
mask. I have gone through a ton of these things. If you have dry skin, this mask is a lifesaver. Slather it on for 10-15 minutes, wash it off, and it leaves your face feeling hydrated and smooth. There is also clay in this mask, so it helps draw gunk out of pores. It’s one of the few masks that I’ve found that is formulated for dry skin, but also contains clay.
The only downside is that the coconut scent is INTENSE. INTENSE, I say. But it’s worth it.
L’Oreal Brow Stylist Sculptor
in dark brunette. I had a love-hate relationship with this thing. It’s double-ended, with the color on one side and a clear wax on the other, which makes it a 2-step operation, which is annoying. If you don’t keep the tip super-sharp, it gives you some seriously aggressive brows. But it lasts all day once you seal the color with the wax.
Shea Moisture African Black Soap
Body Wash. This item costs more than I would usually spend on something like body wash, but I love it. While our house is for sale, I don’t have anywhere to cure my homemade soap, so I’ve switched to this stuff for the time being.
I’m on my third bottle, I like it so much. If you have dry, easily irritated skin, I recommend giving this a try. It’s gentle and soothing, and a bottle lasts me 4-5 months. It smells like sandalwood, which I hate, but I put up with it because this stuff leaves my dry, parched skin feeling baby-butt soft. If my skin is irritated or rash-y (is that a word?) this body wash helps clear it up fast.
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. Let me just say that everybody and their mama loves this product. And this is my reaction to it.
This top coat does dry your nails very fast. It does. But. BUT. The stuff goes goopy so frigging fast, and it gets all stringy inside the bottle.
And then everyone says BUT YOU JUST BUY SECHE RESTORE
, PUT A FEW DROPS IN, IT THINS IT BACK OUT, AND IT’S GOOD TO GO.
And this is also true. For a little while, until it thickens and goes goopy again, and you realize you’ve paid another $5 for the Restore (what amounts to fancy paint thinner) when the damn top coat should just not get goopy that damn fast in the first place.
Ahem. Needless to say, I will not repurchase it. That bottle in the photo was only about a year old, and the polish was thickened to an Elmer’s glue consistency.
Go forth and avoid Seche Vite.
Have a good weekend!