Friday, July 25, 2014

Matrix Biolage Hydrasource shampoo and conditioner

RATING (out of 5 stars): 2.5 stars

COST: $18 each

THE SKINNY: Matrix Biolage Hydrasource shampoo and conditioner smells wonderfully classic. It's easy to use and rinses clean.

The shampoo itself makes my hair feel like straw when it’s wet and leaves my short hair feeling tangled and tough to comb out. I imagine if I had long hair it would have a lot of knots.

It does leave hair bouncy, moisturized and looking shiny and healthy. But this shampoo and conditioner leaves it too moisturized, so there isn't enough texture to create a style.

KEEP OR TOSS: Toss. I don’t like the texture when it’s wet or damp. And the knots? Forget it.

CHECK IT OUT: Matrix makes a shampoo, conditioner and hair mask in this line.

-- Tested by Shay

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pür Minerals Big Look Waterproof Mascara

RATING (out of 5 stars): 3.5 stars

COST: $20

THE SKINNY: When this came out of a recent Ipsy bag, it looked really clumpy on the brush and out of the tube. My heart sank.

This mascara, made with argan oil, may be a little messy, but it delivers dark, mostly clump-free, rich lashes with a lot of shine. The mascara lasts all day without flaking. My lashes actually look moisturized, too.

For waterproof mascara, it comes off fairly easily with a makeup with or makeup remover.

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep, but I'm not sure for how long.

CHECK IT OUT: Layer Pür Minerals Big Look Waterproof Mascara for a more dramatic look.

-- Tested by Shay

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Benefit They're Real Push-Up Eye Liner

RATING (out of 5 stars): 4 stars

COST: $24

THE SKINNY: It made me cringe to spend $24 on an eye liner. But Benefit's They're Real Push-Up Eye Liner isn't just any liner. this gel liquid is the real deal.

It goes on easy -- you do need a steady hand -- and makes eyes look big and bold. It feels like mascara ... in a liner.

It goes on unlike any other eyeliner I have ever tried. The applicator has a flexible rubber tip and the product comes up through it. One click will go all the way across you lids.

This stuff lasts all day and looks like it just went on. It dries exceptionally fast (so you don't end up with smudges) and is waterproof. If you want to try some of the funkier eye liner styles of there (exaggerated cat eyes or just high drama), this is a great solution.

The only downside is that it only comes in black.

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep.

CHECK IT OUT: Check out Benefit's liner looks and buy online.

-- Tested by Carrie

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

La Fresh Instant Body Soother Wipes

RATING (out of 5 stars): 3 stars

COST: $9.99 for 24

THE SKINNY: After a long run, I am gross. Plain and simple. So gross that I don't even want to climb back in the car. Enter body wipes.

La Fresh Instant Body Soother Wipes are some of the ... um, well ... freshest wipes I have tried. The cooling wipes have a wonderful peppermint fragrance that smells and feels clean.

The wipes are designed to soothe skin with six oils and are part of the brand's eco-beauty line, meaning the wipes are biodegradable, compostable and made with solar energy practices. So you will feel good and feel good about using this product.

I also especially like that you can buy these wipes in a pack of 24 or pack of 18 individually-wrapped wipes (great for keeping in the car).

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep.

CHECK IT OUT: La Fresh has an impressive line of wipes for almost any situation. Save 15% off your order with code GOLAFRESH15.

-- Tested by Carrie

Monday, July 21, 2014

bareMinerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow

RATING (out of 5 stars): 4.5 stars

COST: $18

THE SKINNY: I am always a little mixed on whether I actually like cream eye shadows or not. The staying power is nice, but the feel is typically too thick.

Problem solved with bareMinerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow! I love this stuff. It is a cream but is super light. And then has the feel and finish of a powder shadow. (The best of both worlds.) It works great alone (darker hues) or as a layering shadow (lighter hues).

The product is new and only has 10 colors right now, but I am seriously hoping for more. The shadow is different in that it is a BB cream base -- no primer needed here -- and contains sunscreen. bareMinerals also claims this product contains FIVE benefits:
  • 12-hour long-wearing color
  • Supercharged primer
  • Powerful brightening benefits
  • Smooths appearance of fine lines
  • Protects with SPF 15
I can vouch for three of them -- long-wearing, great primer and brightening. (We'll just have to take their word on the other two.)

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep!

CHECK IT OUT: Buy from Sephora, Ulta or direct from bareMinerals.

-- Tested by Carrie