I’m always a little wary of drugstore hair care. It probably comes with my hearing about wax in Pantene (a post to come), or maybe my very American association of spending more money with better quality, but whatever the reason, I cringe when I buy shampoo or conditioner that isn’t $15+.
Still, I received some samples of Sunsilk in the mail (here’s a tip, beauty companies: GIRLS LOVE SAMPLES) and was intrigued by the various formulas, if still a bit annoyed by the commercials with voiceovers of Charlotte’s gay friend Anthony from Sex & the City telling me to “get Hairapy!”. Plus, when I saw the price tag I figured I couldn’t go wrong. I tried Hydra TLC, because in my experience, shine-enhancing, volumizing and other such hair problems can be fixed by simply improving your hair’s health and moisture.
I really hate “extended wear” lipcolor in general because most of it is, for lack of a better term, bullshit. Like most women, I have tried to pull off red lip color with this technique in the hopes that an hour later, more will be on my lips than my teeth. Sadly, the result usually involves the color flaking and me rubbing it off my lips all night. So I was skeptical about trying Maybelline’s new approach to the concept, but the gloss surprised me. I bought #103, Rhinestone Pink, attempting to get an all-day solution to my constant application of light pink shimmery gloss.
So you’ll probably learn that as far as cosmetics go, I love Dior. (J’adore Dior! Heh.) And Diorshow Mascara is no exception. I use Black #090, and it is fantastic. It has a classic thick, lush brush, but is surprisingly soft to the touch. This mascara will give your lashes fullness like never before, and there are no clumps in sight.
Diorshow’s only flaw is that it doesn’t separate, so I prefer to use a comb mascara first and then topcoat with this. Your lashes will look longer and more voluptuous than they ever have. I’ve seen many mascaras claim to give the appearance of false lashes, but this one comes the closest I’ve seen yet, and it even seems to curl as well.
As my faithful readers know, I’m a huge fan of comb mascaras, and I was particularly impressed with Telescopic’s flexible plastic bristles. So Rimmel’s brush that combines the one-sided bristles of Lash Stylist’s comb and the flexibility of L’Oreal’s Telescopic seemed destined for success – plus, Kate Moss is in the ad! It has to be fabulous, right?
The packaging is adorable – both super feminine and high fashion at once. And the price is certainly right. But while the separating effect was great and my lashes still felt soft after two coats, this mascara didn’t give me the volume or length of other comb-brushed mascaras. The spiny plastic also felt a little creepyon my eyes, especially in trying to catch the tiny blonde lashes on the inner and outer edges of my lashes.
So by now you’ve all figured out that the Sassy Dove is not remotely rich. If she were, we’d probably be reviewing Creme de la Mer. But alas, my paltry wages have me resorting to drugstore products on the reg. So when I was at the dreaded Wal-Mart picking up yet another 20 lb. bag of cat food (I swear to God I don’t know where they put it all) and saw the Freeman Pineapple Facial Enzyme Mask, I was reminded of the advice I’ve gotten during spa facials.
I have combination skin and my pores clog up like a GoDaddy server after a DDoS attack, so facialists (or “estheticians”, if I paid a lot) are always recommending I use products with fruit enzymes and AHAs to break down the built-up sludge I’ve got in my pores. These ingredients for the price – how could I resist? The mask’s application time is a little long – 10 minutes, to be exact. I massaged it on as they recommended, and waited.