January Product Reviews


Full Size:
Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle – I love this stuff. I like the sweet scent and the way it makes my hair feel soft. It saves the day when I test a new conditioner that ends up being not moisturizing enough.

Giovanni Organic Hair Care Tea Tree Shampoo – I bought this because I was really into the idea of organic haircare at the time, but ended up using this more as a weekly build up treatment because it felt a little too stripping for daily use.

Macadamia Flawless Cleansing Conditioner – This was a new concept to me, but I liked the scent and it was definitely conditioning. I just found it a bit too heavy for daily use.

Nutra Nail Bullet-Proof Strength – Helps prevent my nails from breaking, and I always have one on hand as a backup.

The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Toner – I found this refreshing to use in the morning, but didn’t really notice a difference in my skin.

The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream – I wish I had gotten the one with SPF, but this was light enough to layer under one. Again, just no benefits seen but it was mattifying without being drying.

Deluxe/Travel Size:
Beauty Protector Protect & Shampoo – I wasn’t expecting to like this based on reviews, but my hair looked great the day I used this and the conditioner.

Beauty Protector Protect & Condition – ditto.

Beauty Protector Protect & Oil – I like this almost as much as the detangler, but the sample was a bit annoying to use. I’d definitely invest in this line after I make more progress through my hair products.

BigSexyHair Root Pumper – An ipsy item that I diligently used. It left my hair kind of sticky, regardless of how much I used.

C.O. Bigelow No 4103 Shampoo – I ended up with a bunch of these after a hotel stay, and it works well enough as a clarifying shampoo. I wouldn’t use it daily.

C.O. Bigelow No 4104 Conditioner – I liked this more than I liked the shampoo, but it still wasn’t quite enough to wow me.

DDF Acne Control Treatment – A salicylic product, I liked that this wasn’t drying. I did seem to notice a positive difference in my skin as well.

DermOrganic Leave-in Treatment – I don’t usually end up liking argan oil products, but I did like this.

Eucerin Daily Protection Face Lotion SPF 30 – Just a nice sunscreen to keep in my travel bag. I got a few of these at a work event for that purpose.

EVA NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask – I love the way this smells and leaves my hair feeling.

Fekkai Advanced Brilliant Glossing shampoo – This was a nice nourishing shampoo. I like this formula much better than the original. Just not big on the scent though.

Lumene Vitamin C+ Pure Radiance Night Cream – I liked this, but I also think it may have been a little excessive for oily skin.I liked the scent.

MD Solar Sciences Mineral Tinted Creme SPF 30 – One of the tiniest samples ever, but I really liked this. It’s not too opaque and matched my skin. I had been worried it would make my skin greasy, but it performed as well as others.

Michael Todd Jojoba Charcoal Facial Scrub – I didn’t really like this as a scrub. It worked well at helping to control my oily skin, but it felt almost more like a cream cleanser than a scrub.

Number 4 Lumiere d’hiver Clarifying Shampoo – nice clarifying shampoo. Ends up being fairly odorless.

Origins Checks and Balances foaming face wash – I liked this for the most part, but overall felt like it wasn’t doing much deep cleaning. It left my skin feeling a weird kind of squeaky clean.

Paula’s Choice Clear Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution – This is a 2$ salicylic acid exfoliant. My skin responded well to is, as with most PC products.

Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Unique Pink – I got this in an ipsy bag, and it was a nice dupe for the Jane Iredale lip stain I love, just not quite as nourishing.

Sephora Express Nail Polish Remover – I ended up buying a bunch of these on clearance once to use for gifts, but didn’t end up using them. It works well enough, I do prefer Zoya Remove+.

Whish Shave Cream in Acai Grapefruit – I don’t usually use shave cream, but I thought I’d give it a try to see if it helped with winter dryness. It didn’t really smell that great, and I didn’t notice anything better than results I get from using body wash.

Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy Total Care Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner x3 – A repeat product that I don’t really like to use daily, but these were the last of them. –

Julep One-Step Polish Remover Pad x2 – good when you’re on the go. I tend to keep these in my desk at work for nail removal emergencies.

L’Oreal Advanced Haircare Volume Filler Shampoo and Conditioner – I didn’t notice any effects on volume, but it was fine enough to use for a day.

L’Oreal Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm – I’ve used this before, it’s a nice enough substitute for conditioner occasionally.

Number 4 Lumiere d’hiver Reconstructing Masque – I like this mask, but not sure how it would hold up daily.

Oribe Shampoo and Conditioner for Beautiful Color – i’ve used this before and enjoyed it. This was the last of it.

Tarina Tarantino Magic Hour Cream Shadow in Golden Shadow – I liked this, but as all cream eye shadows do, it dried out before I could finish using it.


Combustible Lemon and La Moss


This is 2 coats of Butter London La Moss topped with Pahlish Combustible Lemon. It was difficult to really capture the color and depth to the polish, but I have gotten so many compliments on my nails this week! I had the hardest time figuring out what to do with my nails, and thought something with some red tones would be appropriate for the days leading up to Valentine’s Day.

What colors and designs are you wearing on your nails as we head into February?