Unfinished Business! 1/13

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

It's been a while since I've done a roundup post of reviews! These products are mostly from my last haul, so if there was anything you were interested in and wanted to know more about, keep scrolling. 

Let's start with the haircare!

1. L'Oreal Total Repair Damage Erasing Balm: Love, love, love this stuff. Unbelievably thick and creamy, this is really more of a paste than anything else. The texture requires you to comb it through your hair to ensure proper distribution, but once you've done that, lusciously soft and silky hair is all yours. I've become a bit addicted to it lately, and have actually had to force myself to use a normal conditioner instead. Looking to try the moisture version of this next!

2. Organix Biotin and Collagen Shampoo: Meh. (That's a technical description). I was expecting this to make my scalp extra clean, as it's the squeakiest of heads that have the most volume, but this really doesn't do much for me. My hair doesn't look or feel fuller or thicker after using it so much so that I felt like I was using an ordinary shampoo. and It's very lathery and soapy, so you don't need much to get your hair clean, but the product fails to deliver the promised effects.

3. Organix Moroccan Argan Creme Conditioner: I had to use this a peculiar number of times just to grasp my opinion of it. It's such a strange conditioner, with a fairly runny consistency (it's not as thick as the Macadamia one) that doesn't leave your hair as soft as the bottle claims. It actually kind of made my hair tangly (bizarre) and the scent is so "moroccan," that it's too masculine for my tastes. My hair also dries even more quickly with this stuff, which in my experience, is not a good thing. (If something's really injecting moisture into my hair, then it should take longer to dry, no?). All in all, I'm not a fan of this, so don't be swayed by this new addition and stick to the Organix Macadamia conditioner--it's the best!

4. Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation: You'll have heard all about this by now, so I'll just quickly confirm what everyone has already said. Medium coverage foundation with a lovely and natural finish, very wearable, buildable and holds up well even with my crazy oily skin. This has become my new favorite winter foundation (I'm sticking to ColorStay for the warmer months), and I just top off any acne spots with a bit of concealer for a deceptively smooth complexion. 

5. Revlon ColorStay Concealer: Remember how I bought this in the hopes of it being a dupe of my beloved Estee Lauder Double Wear? Yeah, not even close. This concealer was awful for underneath my eyes--it caked, creased, and generally made me look about 20 years older. It does alright enough on my face, and performs just about as well as any other concealer, so it's really nothing to write home about. Definitely one to skip.

6. Yes to Tomatoes Daily Pore Scrub: I picked this up last month as I've really been neglecting exfoliating my skin, probably because all the exfoliants I owned were simply scrubs and not cleansers + scrubs. Call me lazy (I am), but if it involves an extra step, it just won't be done. This cheapie seemed a good compromise, and also contains some very welcome salicylic acid, but it's really nothing special. This is yet another example of an exfoliating product that doesn't have too many exfoliating particles. That's not to say it has like three, just that the bits are really dispersed so as you massage in a glob of product, the particles tend to vanish. The exfoliants are a bit on the harsh side, so I wouldn't use this too often--definitely not daily--and you wash it all off to slightly gummy and waxy feeling skin. I'll use it up simply for the convenience of a cleanser + scrub, but I won't be buying this again.

Hope that was helpful!

Have a lovely week!

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