Review: Dove Daily Moisture Shampoo

Dove Daily Moisture Shampoo has an amazing scent – one of my favorites for a shampoo. I used to be really hesitant to use anything other than Pantene because I thought it was the only thing that worked well on my hair. However, I really enjoyed using this product. I’ve actually gone through two bottles of this shampoo, and I will definitely repurchase it again.

The consistency is a little thinner than Pantene, but it’s not too thin that it’s runny. It also has a very good lather.  It always leaves my hair feeling extremely clean, and the scent lasts all day in my hair. My hair also feels very soft and silky after using this shampoo, and I can definitely tell a difference when I use it.

 

 

Overall: A+

Price: $3.99 at Target

Review: Rimmel London Stay Matte

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Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder is my absolute favorite powder. I use the color Sandstorm, and it is a perfect match for my skin. I introduced Kristen to this powder, and she is obsessed with it as well. It’s the only powder that we’ve both consistently used for years.

The Stay Matte Pressed Powder sets makeup beautifully, and it keeps my face from getting shiny throughout the day. I NEVER go without setting my liquid foundation with a powder, and this is almost always the one that I reach for, especially when I need it to last all day. It has slim packaging, so it’s perfect to take on the go, though it works so well that I usually leave mine at home.

This Rimmel London powder also provides some coverage for the skin, which is great for those days when I need a boost. I’ve noticed that it looks especially beautiful paired with Rimmel London Lasting Finish Foundation, another one of my favorites. It looks extremely natural on the skin, and it will never look cakey, no matter how much you apply.

I highly recommend this powder to everyone – don’t be afraid of its “matte” label! It doesn’t make the face look too flat, it looks like natural skin. It’s also a great price for how long each one lasts!

Price: $4.99 at Ulta
$3.99 at Target
$5.49 at Walgreens
$5.69 at CVS

Rating: A+

 

Review: Revlon Colorstay Makeup (Normal/Dry Skin)

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Revlon Colorstay (in Normal/Dry skin – I haven’t tried the Oily skin version yet) is one of my absolute favorite foundations, and I know it’s popular among many others too. It has really great coverage and long staying power, even without primer. This is a huge deal having oily skin (I feel like I say that a lot in these reviews haha), as most foundations seem to simply disappear on me.

This foundation blends really well. It doesn’t dry so fast that you can’t do anything with it, yet it doesn’t take so long that your face feels sticky. Some may not need to use a setting powder with it, but I do just to be safe. I find that with Revlon Colorstay, I have to blot my face fewer times throughout the day.

Revlon Colorstay also has SPF, so it’s great for everyday wear. However, beware when it comes to using it for photography – SPF can make your face appear white on camera.

I highly recommend this foundation to everyone – I honestly have not heard one complaint about it. I know I will definitely be repurchasing it once I use up a few more foundations.

They now sell Revlon Colorstay with a pump, which I have not tried yet. However, I am very excited to because that means less wasted product! Woohoo!

Price: $12.99 at Ulta (linked above)
$8.99 at Target
$8.99 at Walmart

Rating: A+

Review: L’Oreal Excellence Cream Protective Ceramide-Protein Conditioner

L’Oreal Excellence Creme Protective Ceramide-Protein Conditioner is meant to be used when you color-treat your hair. I’ve colored my hair twice in the past year and a half, and I have used this both times.

The directions say to use half the tube all over your hair right after you color treat your hair, then use the rest a week or two later. I used it all over my head right after, but I used the rest a little at a time to keep protecting my hair color.

My mom gave it to me after she did my hair, and it kept my hair nurished, shiny, and soft. I LOVE it; it worked so well and kept my hair from ever looking damaged. It also protected my color from fading, which was great because I didn’t have to get it redone. To top it all off, it has a great scent!

 

I highly recommend this product if you’ve colored your hair, but it would even be great as a regular conditioner because a little goes a LONG way.

Price: $33.24 for 3 on eBay

Overall rating: A+

Review: Boots Extracts Mango Body Butter 

I LOVE Boots Extracts Mango Body Butter. It’s one of the best smelling and moisturizing lotions I’ve ever had. This body butter has a really unique scent even compared to other mango lotions I’ve tried. The tub lasted a very long time because you need much less product per use compared to other body butters. It makes your skin feel amazingly soft after a shower and shave.

The texture of this product is so wonderful. It’s really thick and feels luxurious, which I love in a body butter. It still soaks into the skin really quickly and is SO moisturizing. I like it as much if not better than Bath & Body Works and Body Shop, and Boot Extracts Mango Body Butter is much cheaper. I highly recommend this body butter; I know I will definitely be repurchasing it.

Price: $9.99 at Target

Rating: A+

Covergirl Ink It! Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner in Black Ink


I really enjoyed using Covergirl Ink It! Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner in Black Ink. It’s a very soft eyeliner, so it goes on very easily. I love this because when I’m holding a mirror to apply my eyeliner, I need to be able to do it with one hand, and this eyeliner made that possible.

It has good staying power but can be smudged initially to look smokey. You don’t have to sharpen it, which I love because I don’t always carry my sharpener around. I usually go over my waterline twice to get the most opaque line possible.

This eyeliner lasts a long time because you barely need to apply pressure to get color. I highly suggest it if you want a no maintenance eyeliner. My mom also really likes it, and we will both likely repurchase it at some point.

Price: $7.49 at Ulta

Rating: A

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Review: Hydrating Macadamia Oil Intensive Moisture Mask

I bought the Hydrating Macadamia Oil Intensive Moisture Mask thinking it would be a dupe of the Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Mask. The easiest way to say it? I was very, very wrong. It honestly did absolutely nothing for my hair. Just using my Pantene conditioner makes my hair feel more healthy than this did.

The only plus I can really think of is that is smelled pretty good, but that’s not something special when it comes to hair products for me because I’ve tried so many with delicious scents. I used it all up, but I will not repurchase this mask. Not only was the mask ineffective, but I was not a fan of the packaging. While scooping a hair mask does make sense, the shape of the container did not. The tub was much wider than the opening, and it made it very difficult to get the last of the mask out. I can’t see hands bigger than mine being able to fit in an opening of that size.

 

While I really like this brand’s shampoos, I would not recommend this specific hair mask. The Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Mask works amazingly and is definitely worth the extra money compared to this product.

Price: $11.65 on Amazon

Overall rating: D