Unfinished Business! 4/12

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

These are just some of the products that are on backlog for me to review, and I don't know how I haven't gotten around to them sooner. No proper category this time--these items range all through haircare, skincare and makeup. Here we go!

Organix Hydrating Macadamia Oil Conditioner: First shown in a haul here and while I did a whole post on the brand's oil, this product hasn't gotten any blogging love until now. I've used up the whole thing and it is without a doubt my favorite drugstore conditioner, light-years ahead of Herbal Essences Hello Hydration. It's got a fruity, yet sweet smell (nothing overbearing, but very natural and pleasant) and is the most luxurious conditioner I've ever found at less than $10. Not quite as rich as my Redken All Soft, but this could be a contender in terms of softness, hydration and the sheer decadence of the consistency. Definitely the first of many bottles I'll be buying!

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer: Based on the buzz, awards, and stellar reviews this gets, I thought I would love it. This is supposed to be the tinted moisturizer (apart from maybe Chantecaille) but it just doesn't work on me. This is the regular, non oil-free version and despite its description of "lightweight", it looks heavy on my skin. I don't know whether that's due to the higher coverage (for a TM) this has, or whether it's just the formula, but whenever I wear this you can really see it sitting on my face. Next to my beloved Garnier BB cream (post), this has slightly more coverage and is significantly better at keeping my face matte--and this isn't even oil-free! Weirdly enough, the LM is also hard to blend and doesn't feel like it has enough moisture content to qualify as a tinted moisturizer, and this is coming from a girl with oily skin. I'm really puzzled about this product, so if you've tried it and would like to chime in please leave a comment!

Nivea a Kiss of Mint and Minerals: I've never used up a lip balm this quickly and there is absolutely nothing left to this little tube. Probably my favorite of the Nivea lip products, it makes my lips smooth and almost refreshed (due to the mint) and unlike a Kiss of Milk and Honey, this one doesn't gather or pill when you layer it on. I had to chuck the empty tube just now, but I'll definitely be repurchasing as soon as I can. (Sidenote: one of the reasons I love Nivea lip balms is that they're chunky so they're super easy to swipe across your lips. A lot of lip balms like Softlips are too skinny in diameter and take a little too much effort to get on--just in case you were wondering!).

SUPER By Dr. Nicholas Perricone Bright Eye Treatment: This was one of those super-sale items I bought at Nordstrom Rack (originally $50, marked down to $20). I've heard of the Dr. Perricone line, but not much about the "SUPER" branch--I'm guessing it's like Prada and Miu Miu? I never thought I'd deviate from my favorite eye cream, Clinique All About Eyes Rich (post) but I'm totally smitten with this. It's not as rich or thick as the Clinique, but it still delivers a lot of moisture and makes the most perfect base for under-eye concealer. It's meant to be brightening and I think I see a little of that (though it could just be the placebo effect) so the brand probably intends it for daytime use. That's predominantly when I use it, as I prefer the thicker Clinique for overnight. This cream supposedly contains melon carotenoids (whatever those are) and has the most delicious smell. Fruity, fresh and nearly delectable, it's one of my favorite pick-me-ups early in the morning or during a late night of studying.

Physician's Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Powder: PF products are some of the most expensive the drugstore carries, so I picked up this popular powder when CVS was running a sale on the brand. I don't particularly care for mineral makeup, and this can barely control a bit of shine, but it does make for a great, light setting product. Again, because it's not oil-controlling I need something more mattifying (like MAC Blot Powder) on top of a BB cream, but this tops off my Revlon ColorStay very nicely. Swirling a brush into the compact will kick up powder like you won't believe, so I would recommend stamping the bristles in instead.

Wella Color Preserve Deep Treatment: I don't know what it is about "color preserving" products but they always leave my hair feeling like straw and this is no exception. I was expecting a lot more hydration and softness, especially from something that claims to be a deep treatment, and this fell far short of that. I couldn't tell you if it actually helped preserve my hair color and after a few days of coarse locks, the only way I could use this was mixed with the Organix conditioner. Overall, it was probably a waste of money and I'll likely stick to regular hair products from now on. 

Feels good to check things off my list to review!

Let me know about the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer!

Hope you're well!

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