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Candace K.
Review for Herbal Essences Blue Ginger Conditioner - 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
This conditioner worked okay for my 3B curls. It was nice and thick, and I worked it through my hair thoroughly while combing it through in the shower. This one is called Refresh Blue Ginger to match the shampoo but I'm not entirely sure what it was supposed to accomplish. Volume? I did not have an increase in volume. Shine? I did not really see any added shine. It just says refresh, which I guess is to make it look more lively? My hair needs hydration more than anything and while this did the job of a conditioner, I did not see much of any additional benefit from it. It worked just like any other conditioner. The formulas I normally use are marketed for curls and keep them bouncy, full, and soft, while I feel like this just weighed them down a bit. I would prefer to try the hydrating formula within this line. This also includes no parabens, gluten, or colorants, but it does have silicones and alcohol, which are not good for curls. Overall I would not repurchase though I did enjoy trying an eco-friendly conditioner. The scent is a bit more apparent in this than the shampoo, but again, it smells like a mild men's cologne.

I received this product free from Influenster though that does not affect my views and opinions on this product.
Light Brown
Dry, Normal, Curly
Dry Scalp, Curls, Dryness, Heat Protection
Review for Herbal Essences Micellar Water & Blue Ginger Shampoo - 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
I have 3B naturally curly hair and this was not the best shampoo for it. I don't normally shampoo anyway due to my hair type, except for clarifying shampoos every now and then to wash away build-up. This formula left my hair feeling extremely dried out and difficult to de-tangle. Most shampoos do this to me, except for ones formulated for curls, or naturally curly hair. The consistency is a little more watery than a normal shampoo, probably due to the micellar water, which I thought was neat to incorporate. It's not overly watery though. I am happy to read it was free of parabens, gluten, colorants, and silicones, which are all horrible for curly texture (except gluten - I don't know much on that). I am also happy to see a brand becoming more eco-friendly. I don't I would personally try this shampoo for myself again, but I would try the hydrating formula in this line, which would most likely be a better fit for my hair type. The scent is pleasant. It says Blue Ginger & Micellar Water, but it honestly smells like a very mild men's cologne.

I received this product free from Influenster though this does not affect my opinions on the product.
Light Brown
Dry, Normal, Curly
Dry Scalp, Curls, Dryness, Heat Protection
I mainly used this for post waxing treatment so my skin won't get irritated. Overall it's been working wonderfully and it's fragrance free which I love! It's a little pricey - around 6 or 7 dollars at Walmart. I'm sure it will work great in the winter, especially if you're prone to dry skin. I also use this after shaving my legs, and after exfoliating in the shower. I haven't noticed the "24 hour moisture" it claims.
Fair
Dry, Sensitive
Uneven Skin Tone
Stretch Marks, Dryness, Itchiness
I stopped using antiperspirants and switched to deodorant only about a month ago. My sweat glands were clogged and I would never sweat, even on my forehead, when working out or doing anything strenuous. Once I switched, I gradually started sweating more which meant I was releasing a ton of toxins that my body had been holding in for who knows how long. I used this to prevent the smell since I knew I would still sweat.

It's about $2.00 at Dollar General, the only place I can find it. I has a light scent that I don't mind. I've been using it for about a month and I noticed my arm pits would get very dry and dead skin would come off (gross) and there would a burning rash sometimes. I'm not sure if it was from chafing or from the deodorant, so I have since switched to a more liquid aluminum free deodorant instead and haven't had that problem (yet?). Overall, it does prevent BO smell (but you need to reapply every so often!), which is it's intention but it will NOT stop you from sweating. I had to get used to having wet arm pits all day long, especially during these summer months. It's uncomfortable, but you get used to it. Also I have had to wear tank tops almost exclusively because the sweat penetrates the arm area for T shirts and other clothing, so you get wet stains, which I hate. It's embarrassing, but if anyone ever questioned me about it, I would just explain that I don't use antiperspirants so I will still sweat.
Review for POND's Dry Skin Cream - 1 year, 2 months ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
I have really dry skin and when I wash it with a cleanser it can really become incredibly dry. I've tried a few moisturizers formulated for dry skin and this is one of the best! It can get pricey though. A little goes a long way and there is no harsh scent. It also is rich but not thick. It says hypoallergenic and suitable for sensitive skin, which is also a skin concern of mine. It soaks into the skin quickly and does not leave a slimy feel. I use it more often during the winter when my skin is more likely to be chapped, but it is also great as a night cream, daily cream after a cleanser, or before applying makeup.
Fair
Dry, Sensitive
Uneven Skin Tone
Dark Circles, Fine Lines, Dry Eyes
Review for Blue Cross Cuticle Remover - 1 year, 2 months ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
Found this at Sally Beauty Supply for $4.99. After hearing such great reviews on this remover, I decided to try it for myself. It works wonderfully! I'm used to the Sally Hansen cuticle remover gel so this was very different for me. It's basically instant - you put a bit on your nail bed, then grab your cuticle remover/pusher and the dead skin lifts off instantly. No need to scrub or scratch at the nail plate! No dissolve time, not sticky feel, no burning feeling if it's left on too long. I will say it is very watery and the application cap is a little difficult to use, so I recommend transferring some of it to an empty nail polish bottle or something similar. The bottle comes with so much product it will last for a VERY long time. No harsh smell or sticky after feel either. I hope this is never discontinued!
Fair
Hazel
Review for Simple Cleanser - 1 year, 3 months ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
This is a first impressions review, I will update it once I have used it regularly. Side note: I'm used to the generic version of Cerave's cleanser in the pump bottle.The packaging is great, has a nice, easy to use pump. The liquid inside isn't overly thick or thin. Once pumped, it comes out in foam form already.Once applied to the face, I gently rub it into my skin and let it sit for a few seconds before rinsing with warm water. There is no scent to this at all. After rinsing, my skin felt refreshed and clean, so I feel like it did it's job pretty well.My main issue is that once it dried, my face felt pretty tight and dry. I have sensitive skin which is why I was drawn to the brand in the first place, plus, I love their micellar water. But I also have pretty dry skin and I was disappointed that it basically enhanced that and also let that uncomfortable tight feeling. I usually follow up with a moisturizer anyway - right now I'm using St. Ive's Timeless Skin - but it's good to know that if I end up skipping the moisturizer my face will feel tight until I do.
Fair
Dry, Sensitive
Uneven Skin Tone
Review for Dove Men+Care Elements Minerals and Sage Antiperspirant - 1 year, 5 months ago
I received this free from Influenster though it does not affect my opinion. My Fiance liked it but it didn't react too well with his underarm skin. He has very sensitive skin when it comes to dyes, perfumes, and fragrances. The antiperspirant he is used to is unscented. I personally love the way it smells, but I don't think he'll be using it anymore. I might just use it on myself since I like the scent.

The scent is minerals + sage though it just smells like a men's cologne to me, which is probably why I like it so much, ha! Though my Fiance is a special circumstance since his skin is so sensitive, I would still recommend it if you're looking for a clean, fresh scent that isn't overpowering.

I also want to note that is says "non-irritant" on the label so I'm not sure why he had a reaction. It wasn't a horrible breakout or anything, he just gets super itchy.
Review for Simple® Micellar Water Cleanser - 1 year, 5 months ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
I wear "natural" makeup, as in makeup that looks like I'm not wearing any, not as in organic makeup, and this works really well in removal! I don't wear a heavy foundation so I'm not sure how well it will remove a full face of makeup. But for mascara it works really well and for concealer too. You get a lot of product and a little goes a long way! One or two squeezes on a cotton pad and I can wipe my whole face. I usually do it once to remove makeup, then once again as a cleanser. Then I follow up with a moisturizer. What I like about this is that it doesn't irritate or sting my skin. I was using the Equate makeup remover wipes (the knockoff Neutragena wipes) and it did burn under my eyes and I'm not sure if it left a rash around my mouth or if that was the BB cream I was testing. Either way, I stopped using them to use this. It is pricey - I bought it at Walgreens for around $10.00 but found it much cheaper at Walmart. But if you're into micellar water you can also try the Garnier one because you get more for a better price. I just chose this one because I know I have easily irritable sensitive skin.

There is no scent and it feels just like water. The bottle is easy to use and has a small spout in the cap for application. You don't need to tug and rub on your skin to remove the makeup. I use regular non-waterproof mascara so I'm not sure if it's durable enough to remove that but they may have a separate formula like the Garnier one does. I also have dry - normal skin and this leaves it feeling refreshed. It is not recommended for oily skin as it may not cleanse as well so I would skip this and use a decent facial cleanser or cold cream.
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