HI, I'm Cesca. Wife of 4 years, mom of 4 months, Program director for a Catholic campus outreach organization called FOCUS. I drink coffee by day, red wine and IPAs by night, have a legitimate addiction to lip balm and, despite my best efforts, am slowly turning into a hippie (or at least so my husband tells me).
Disclaimer - this a wife review, we received it for free in a voxbox and I haven't used the product myself, but have been around my husband and brother who are using it.
First- it smells so good, like high end shaving soap, in a good way. I love the way my husband smells getting out of the shower. The scent has staying power without being overpowering or fake-smelling like so many men's hair/body products are. I can't go too in depth on how it works on your hair, but my husband does tend to have dry hair and sometimes itchy scalp and this definitely leaves his hair softer-looking. I asked him if he liked it and he said yes, which is about as deep as his assessment of personal products goes. He's not much for regular conditioning and likes that the 2-in-1 saves time and effort. My brother also tried it and liked it enough to continue using, and he tends to be somewhat picky about his hair products. If I catch a good sale on this I'll stock up for sure
For reference, I have very thick 3a curly hair (someone once described it as "Botticelli curls"? not sure if that's a real thing in the curly-hair world or if they were just artistic.) and tend to struggle with my hair getting damaged and dry at the ends.
I really like the Shea Moisture brand and had been using their curly hair shampoo, which I did like better than standard shampoos with sulfates, but wasn't crazy about. Just switched to this one and I love it!
First - all Shea Moisture products are sulfate free, paraben free, phthalate free, fragrance free, silicone free. . .etc I've been using the brand for about 4 months (just finished my first bottle of shampoo -they're pricier than standard shampoos, but seem to last forever) and my hair is way healthier since i switched with far less dry/damaged ends. I don't think I'll ever go back to regular shampoo/conditioner.
the Moisture retention vs. curly hair shampoo: I definitely prefer this one,
1. The smell to me is less strong, the curly one was a hibiscus/coconut mixture that wasn't bad, but this one has a natural shea butter smell that's earthy and sweet, I prefer this one. (that being said, if you prefer fruity/flowery smells and aren't crazy about "earthy" ones, this may not be the shampoo for you)
2. Cleansing: this shampoo is a little thinner than the other one, which I much prefer. it's not so thin that it doesn't work, but the curly shampoo was so thick it didn't feel like it was cleaning my hair and seemed to weigh it down a bit. this one is lighter and has a nice lather - my hair feels clean but also moisturized.
3. Moisturization: to be honest, I haven't been using it long enough to give comprehensive results, but it seems to be doing my hair well in this dry, cold Colorado winter for the past week or so. I give it a thumbs up. my hair is shiny and curls well without feeling greasy - if this suddenly changes I'll come back and update my review.
I'm a gin and tonic fan and this is my favorite gin to use, it has a more cucumber-y taste compared to the juniper-y taste of most other gins and i really prefer the cucumber. it's smooth and the classy apothecary type bottle looks great on our shelf, not hugely important, but a nice perk. a little pricier than a log of gins out there but worth it for the quality and taste in my opinion
These little guys are pretty good. I've definitely had better gouda before. but for an inexpensive variety of cheese that's super convenient to pop into my lunch bag these are great. highly recommend for some tasty protein if you're brownbagging it. do not recommend for wine pairing and a classy get together.
I reallly like peanuts. that being said, I really like that i can buy a large quantity of peanuts from Kirkland for a very reasonable price that taste great. I especially like the roasted unsalted variety. i would definitely recommend this to other people who like peanuts and don't like spending a lot of money on them.
It's water. I like arrowhead better than aquafina and it's less expensive. the only reason i gave it four stars instead of 5 is I prefer to use reusable water bottles, but when we need disposable plastic water bottles arrowhead is usually the brand we go with.
Oreo keeps trying to create new versions of their cookies with weird flavors, but nothing will ever come close to the classic double-stuffed oreo dipped in milk. and the cream-to-cookie ratio of the double-stuf is perfect. are they healthy? absolutely not. but I'm sure the happiness they bring when eaten in moderation far outweighs the calories.
I used to really like this stuff, but I bought it again recently after having used other products for a year, and either my skin has changed, the formula has changed, or my preferences have changed because I now don't like it as much. I feel like it makes my skin less even and the feel of it on is just OK, not great moisturization. it works for a day moisturizer with spf in it. but I personally prefer the boots botanics version.
Got these recentely to use on days when I'm too lazy to acutally use water to wash my face, they work pretty well - you have to do a couple passes, but eventually they get the job done. They might be rough on sensitive eyes though, sine you have to wipe a couple times. you can't beat the convenience!
We received a bunch of other brands of pacifiers as promotional items but our baby was given two of these at the hospital when she was born and they were the only ones she liked. Soothie is an apt name, they calm her down immediately. we've had them for 5 months now and they're holding up nicely, I can tell there's been a slight change in their texture - you can tell they're used, but still easy to keeep clean