Friday, April 18, 2014

Organix Coconut Milk Shampoo and Conditioner

RATING (out of 5 stars): 2.5 stars

COST: $5.79 each

THE SKINNY: I love the idea of most of Organix hair care products, but they rarely deliver what I expect. That holds true for the Coconut Milk Shampoo and Conditioner, bought on a whim at the drugstore.

They do smell fabulous and beachy. But they don't do fabulous things for my fine hair.

The shampoo and conditioner contain coconut products and egg white proteins that are supposed to hydrate and nourish.

By itself, the shampoo leaves my hair clean and shiny but feeling a little dry. I need to add the conditioner to get that hydrated and nourished feeling. And after continual use of using the conditioner, my head starts to itch because it's too much hydration for my scalp to take.

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep, because I do love the smell, but use sparingly. It's currently parked in the guest bathroom.

CHECK IT OUT: Organix has a whole line of products made with coconut milk.

-- Tested by Shay

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Alex and Ani Scent 7 Bar Soap

RATING (out of 5 stars): 1 star

COST: $14 for 7 ounces (1 bar)

THE SKINNY: I am not sure why this product was in a recent Glossybox. It has to be a men's product.

Alex and Ani Scent 7 Bar Soap has one of the most masculine smells around -- a lot like Old Spice actually. And I knew it the second I opened the package.

I immediately gave it to my boyfriend to use. He seemed to like it OK, but at $14 per bar ... really?

KEEP OR TOSS: Toss ... or give it to your boyfriend.

CHECK IT OUT: Supposedly this is a women's product. Learn more from Alex and Ani.

-- Tested by Carrie

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Toni & Guy Volumizing Whip

RATING (out of 5 stars): 4.5 stars

COST: $16.99

THE SKINNY: This stuff is amazing.

Toni & Guy Volumizing Whip is a texturizing paste that you put on damp hair. Dry and style your hair as normal to create volume. It's impressive compared with other things I’ve tried, and it adds real volume and bounce to my short hair. That volume lasts all day without looking dirty.

Overall, I don't know what I've done without this product. It makes my short crop a lot easier to style.

The product helps fight static and flyaways (what little I have with my short hair).


CHECK IT OUT: Toni & Guy Volumizing Whip is available where higher-end salon products are sold, including Target, Walgreens and Ulta.

-- Tested by Shay

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

DDF Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer

RATING (out of 5 stars): 2 stars

COST: $85

THE SKINNY: If you were to combine a moisturizer and a pore minimizer, you would get a product that's lightweight and creamy but thicker than your average lotion. The texture in mind was exactly what DDF Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer delivered.

Except DDF Wrinkle Resist is orange.

I didn't see that coming.

DDF Wrinkle Resist is meant to minimize your pores, exfoliate your skin and deliver a lot of hydration to help improve the appearance of your skin over time. I really liked the way this product felt on my skin, and it blended in easily without feeling heavy or sticky. It uses amino peptides, which build proteins in the skin, to shrink pores.

The only problem? It made my face break out within a day.

KEEP OR TOSS: I had to toss this one.

CHECK IT OUT: DDF Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer is expensive, but you don't need a lot of product per use.

-- Tested by Shay

Monday, April 14, 2014

Win the Your Mom's a Total Beauty Box

Beauty Test Dummies is teaming up with Total Beauty Shops again to help you win a beauty box filled with awesome products.

And this giveaway is just in time for Mother's Day, so you could keep the box for yourself or give it to your mom.

We got an advance box in the mail and this one is packed with awesome products ... several full size items!

The sugar scrub and pur~lisse moisturizer are some of my new favorites. And there is a $50 gift card for (What's better than a nice day of pampering and glass of wine?)

See the items for yourself in this video. Here's what I found inside my box:
  • pur~lisse pur~moist Hydra-Balance Moisturizer – Full Size ($55 value)
  • Advanced Body Care by ME! Tri-Functional Sugar Scrub – Full Size ($40 value)
  • Advanced Body Care by ME! Bath-Bath Soak Mini – Mini ($4 value)
  • Tata Harper Rose Floral Essence – Deluxe Sample ($5 value)
  • Montagne Jeunesse Dead Sea Face Spa – Full Size ($2.49 value)
  • ALFAPARF Cristalli Liquid Serum – Deluxe Sample ($4.42 value)
  • Neutrogena Naturals Lip Balm – Full Size ($3 value)
  • $50 Gift Card
  • 8"x10" Canvas Lite ($30 value)
We will be giving away one box (see the Rafflecopter below) but if you want to get your hands on this box now you can order direct from Total Beauty Shops. This box is a real steal and might sell out fast! Use code TBMOM and get $10 off a single box or use TBMOM2 and get two boxes for $55 (one for you and one for mom).

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