Friday, November 28, 2014

It's a 10 Miracle Leave In Lite

RATING (out of 5 stars): 4 stars

COST: $35.96 for 10 ounces

THE SKINNY: It's a 10 Miracle Leave In has been my favorite hair prep product for years. It is good to help hold color, keep the frizzies away and hold your style in place. So I jumped at the chance to try the "lite" version.

It is almost as good as the original. The "lite" formula is designed for shorter strands so it was not quite enough for my longer hair when it came to use. (It took more product and it still left a little static behind.)

But it did the job and would probably be a 5-star item for hair less than shoulder length. This is a pricey product, but it and the full-test counterpart are worth it. And it will probably last for about 6 months with everyday use.

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep.

CHECK IT OUT: You can find It's a 10 Miracle Leave In Lite at salons and Ulta.

-- Tested by Carrie

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving from Beauty Test Dummies. We wish you a great holiday and hope you are stuffing your faces with friends and family.

And ... getting ready for all the Black Friday sales that are starting ... well ... right about now.

Here are a few holiday goodies to gift or get:

Welcome to the holiday season, beauties!

-- Carrie and Shay

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Proganix Volume Root Booster

RATING (out of 5 stars): 3 stars

COST: $11.99

THE SKINNY: Caffeine for hair? If it works for the rest of me in the morning, it is worth a shot.

Overall I was fairly satisfied with the results. The spray, which goes on wet hair before styling, was easy to use and light enough that my hair did not fall limp.

It seemed to add a little extra body and volume.

But it was not tough enough to stand up against my fall/winter pet peeve -- static-y hair. Maybe this is better suited for warm-weather.

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep.

CHECK IT OUT: You can find the Proganix line almost everywhere, including Ulta.

-- Tested by Carrie

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Pantene Age Defy Thickening Treatment

RATING (out of 5 stars): 3.5 stars

COST: $18.99

THE SKINNY: Can your hair look old? That's what Pantene wants you to think with the new Age Defy line of products.

Pantene says this product is for anyone with damaged or "fragile" hair: "Thickens existing hair so it's like you have up to 6,500 more hair strands.
Your hair looks more beautiful on you than it does in your brush. This potent formula of Vitamin B3, Panthenol, and caffeine helps thicken existing hair strands and provides strength against breakage."

So I tried it. (Even though I insist that I am not "aged" in any way.)

And after a week, my hair actually did seem thicker and fuller. You just spritz on 15 -- not sure why the number is relevant -- pumps each day on wet hair, then style.

It worked well to hold my style and did not weight hair down in any way. I did though notice a lot of static in my hair when I used it; that could be the cooler air, but Age Defy did nothing to combat it.

I'll use the bottle, but I am not sure if I would buy more.

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep.

CHECK IT OUT: You can find Pantene Age Defy at mass market retailers and online.

-- Tested by Carrie

Monday, November 24, 2014

Nanacoco Nail Polish

RATING (out of 5 stars): 3.5 stars

COST: $3.95

THE SKINNY: I love a good deal and while I had never heard of Nanacoco Nail Polish, this product lasted well and is cheap!

The polish went on easy, dried fast and my pedicure still looks great a week later. The polish has that wet-look finish so it remains fresh.

The only downside? I have never actually seen this polish for sale anywhere. Guess I will have to find it online.

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep.

CHECK IT OUT: Browse all the colors and styles from Nanacoco.

-- Tested by Carrie