Friday, January 23, 2015

Caudalie Divine Oil

RATING (out of 5 stars): 3.5 stars

COST: $32 for 1.7 ounces

THE SKINNY: I will try anything to beat winter weather dry skin. Caudalie Divine Oil is a "dry oil" that can be used on the body, face or hair.

I stuck to using it as a body oil because it was well ... pretty oily.

Which is not always a bad thing. It was super moisturizing and great on my winter skin. It went on smooth, had a woodsy fragrance and lasted for hours.

That's really all you need to keep winter dryness at bay, right?

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep.

CHECK IT OUT: You can find Caudalie Divine Oil at Sephora. Let me know if you use it on your hair and how that works.

-- Tested by Carrie

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush (Fearless)

RATING (out of 5 stars): 2 stars

COST: $26

THE SKINNY: A lot of people love Tarte's Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush, but I was not a fan.

The color -- Fearless -- was too pink. And the powder formula was too hard to keep light. (I tried with a brush and with my fingertips and it just seemed to apply heavy.)

But the caveat to all of this is that I don't particularly like blush. My skin already has a pinkish tone and blush always puts me over the line.

The good elements of the product are that is does stick on skin for a while and it kept my face from getting as oily as normal during the course of the day. Both major bonuses.

If you a re a blush wearer, this product might be a good option. Let us know in the comments if you like it.

KEEP OR TOSS: Toss.

CHECK IT OUT: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush is listed as a bestselling item and comes in 16 shades.

-- Tested by Carrie

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Styling Treatment

RATING (out of 5 stars): 3.5 stars

COST: $26 for 4 ounces

THE SKINNY: Every time I use a Living Proof product, I expect my hair to look like Jennifer Aniston's. Every time I end up disappointed.

But that's not to say I wasn't pretty happy with Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Styling Treatment. It actually works pretty well on my shoulder-length+ hair. Used just on the ends, it smoothed and eliminated a lot of fly-aways.

This stuff does seem a little thick to use anywhere else and I'm not sure how it would feel on short hair.

You use a little (a very little) on damp hair before styling. I still had to use a finishing product to get rid of winter static and get some final hold.

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep.

CHECK IT OUT: The Living Proof PHD line also includes shampoo and conditioner.

-- Tested by Carrie

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Julep Luxe Lip (Sheer Coral)

RATING (out of 5 stars): 2.5 stars

COST: $24 ($19.20 for Mavens)

THE SKINNY: Julep's new Luxe Lip treatment is more than just a lip conditioner, it contains a nice gloss color as well. The lip glosses were introduced in a recent monthly box and online.

I liked the color a lot (Sheer Coral). It was not sticky and lasted as long as you would expect from a gloss.

But the metal tip applicator was a little odd. First, it was cold. (Not something I want in mid-January.) Second, the color was super sheer. I liked that, but if you are looking for color, this is not the product for you. (It's also something buyers have complained about on the Julep website.)

After a few days, I am not sure about the "treatment" part either. It works fine, it feels fine, but my lips are not any smoother or less dry.

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep.

CHECK IT OUT: Julep's new Luxe Lip line comes in four colors.

-- Tested by Carrie

Monday, January 19, 2015

Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Treatment

RATING (out of 5 stars): 2 stars

COST: $45

THE SKINNY: Ole Henriksen's Invigorating Night Treatment is a gel that you slather onto your face in the evenings and is supposed to do a lot of good stuff while you sleep.

The gel is cold and slimy, and I wasn't convinced that it did much of anything.

According to Ole Henriksen, the product "resurfaces" your skin, smooths fine lines and minimizes pore. It's made with purified algae and Vitamin E.

After a few weeks, I didn't see much difference. Plus, I really didn't like the texture.

KEEP OR TOSS: Toss

CHECK IT OUT: Find a complete list of ingredients online at Ole Henriksen.

-- Tested by Shay