Review: Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Hair products

Organix Extra Penetrating Moroccan Argan OilClaim: This rare formula has a centuries-old history of providing natural vitamin E and antioxidants while renewing your hair’s cell structure, sealing in shine, and creating lush softness.

Review: Meh. I got the shampoo, conditioner, and extra penetrating oil. I will say outright that the oil is actually quite nice and works well to keep my (dry, wavy, frizz-tending) hair under control and shiny. I’ve no real complaints with it, really.

The shampoo and conditioner, however… feh. While all three products smelled quite good, I was sad to discover that the shampoo and conditioner did not perform as well as their sibling, the oil. Both myself and my roommate, Vesica, tried them several times. 

At first, I did my usual lather-rinse-repeat routine.  After the first lather and rinse, the shampoo left my hair feeling overprocessed and stripped, but not clean! Instead, it left a greasy and sticky texture that was rather disgusting. 

Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo

I had hoped that the conditioner would fix this, as I was h

After my hair was dry, it felt both greasy and dry at the same time. It was frizzy and dull and limp, which was amazing because my hair is very thick and fluffy, and never in my life before this had it ever been limp. 

orrified when I ran my fingers through my hair, as I was rinsing. Sadly, the conditioner did nothing to alleviate the nasty stickiness left behind by the shampoo. I even rinsed and repeated the conditioner twice, to no avail. 

I gave the shampoo and conditioner another chance: perhaps it was too strong to lather twice? I only lathered up once, and found to my dismay that the stripped/sticky feeling of before was not a fluke. I then conditioned twice, the second time not even rinsing the conditioner out but leaving most of it in as a sort of styling cream, in a desperate attempt to get it feeling soft and frizz-free like usual.

And still no joy. Doing this eliminated the sticky stripped feel, but it felt greasy and limp still. At this point, I handed it over to Vesica to see if it were the product, or simply my hair, that wasn’t working. She reports that it sucked just as hard for her as it had for me, so that’s 4 thumbs down to this hot mess!

Cost: $7.99 each! So I’m bitter and resentful!

Repurchase: OH HELL NO. The oil is ok, but I probably wouldn’t buy it again. I wouldn’t use the shampoo or conditioner again if they gave it to me for free. Or even if they PAID me to use it. 

Awesomesauce, decent, mediocre, or crapola: The oil I would consider “decent”. The shampoo and conditioner, however… I almost created a new rating for it: shit-tastic. But I decided that “crapola” was sufficient in addition to the above scathing review. This stuff sucks, yo. 

Review: Butter London Lippy in Trout Pout

Butter London Lippy in Trout PoutClaim: LIPPY colours are rich and heavily pigmented for a look that is deliberate, high fashion, and luxe. LIPPY does not contain parabens, petroleum, phthalates, sulphates, or bismuth.

Review: An interesting lipgloss, to be sure. Lots going on with it, so I’ll document my experience of it chronologically.

First thing I noticed was the petite size of it: it’s a pretty small tube. I was worried that you wouldn’t get your money’s worth in terms of quantity…until I put it on. A little goes a LONG way with this stuff. When I first pulled the doefoot wand from the container, I was like “Hey, nothing’s on it!” so I applied, then dipped and applied a second time.

And that was a mistake, because somehow the amount on the doefoot is more than plenty to slather on a good layer without double-dipping. My second pass put entirely too much gloss on my lips. This is important to mention, because it is VERY pigmented, and too much looks very plastic and artificial. Unless that’s the look you’re going for.

HOWEVER. After I degooped myself somewhat, I was left with a far more attractive coating, as intended. The smell was unobjectionable, and wear time was over an hour, even after drinking from a straw. This is a sticky, rather than creamy, gloss. Shine is good, and there is NO frost in it, so, yay! I hate frost in lip products.

My only probA Cantaloupe.lem with this gloss is the color. Or rather, its inaccurate description. Butter London calls Trout Pout “an opaque shade of cantaloupe, pale and retro”. Being aware of the actual shade of a cantaloupe’s interior, I had hoped for if not an actual light peachy shade, then at least a light coral/warm pink. And this, once on, is most definitely a cool blue-pink bearing a strong resemblance to that beloved of Nikki Minaj. It is exactly the wrong type of pink for me (and doesn’t do Miss Minaj any favors, either, if I may be honest).

HOWEVER #2, if you do happen to look good in Nikki Minaj pink then you are as rare as the mythical unicorn Trout Pout is for you!

Cost: $17.00

Repurchase: This particular shade? No. But I would definitely give the other shades in the range a try. Snog (a “bright, happy, hot pink”) and Primrose Hill Picnic (a “happy, punchy, tropical fuschia pink”) both look like shades I can rock.

Awesomesauce, decent, mediocre, or crapola: Decent. I wish it weren’t quite this sticky. Once I try the other colors, I may find that it’s worth putting up with.

See what others think of this product: No reviews on MUA yet.

Review: Too Faced BB Cream

Hardlyfatal's Review of Too Faced BB CreamClaim: “Our innovative beauty balm offers multiple skincare and makeup benefits in one simple step. Our powerful, multi-mineral complex instantly achieves a healthy glow and improves skin’s overall appearance.”

Review: It comes in four colors: vanilla, nude, cream, and beach, which run the racial gamut from A to F. If you happen to be the happy owner of more melanin than your average white person, Too Faced wants you to talk to the (presumably Caucasian) hand. This lack of inclusion puzzles me—  to me, more shades = more people to buy = more $$. I guess Too Faced likes losing money.

Bald Eagle. Don't look like this.ANYhoozers. I used shade Vanilla. This stuff went on like the usual fluid foundation, rubbed in well, and dried to a reasonably velvety finish which did not need powder to set. This was a nice change from the last BB cream I tried, which felt like beige-colored grease and stayed sticky all the time. Even though it was a leeetle too light for me, it still blended in and absorbed well and I didn’t feel too much like a bald eagle.

It didn’t make my skin texture look cakey or overloaded with product, always a plus. The scent is very mild, almost undetectable. Coverage was decent for evening out skin tone, but it’s not very buildable— trying to use extra layers for concealing didn’t accomplish much.

Overall, it felt like a regular ol’ fluid foundation. Not entirely seeing the point of this vs. foundation, in fact. I think I’ll give up on BB creams in general, until I hear one of the other bloggers wanking off over a certain brand she loves.

Cost: $32.00. 

Repurchase: Eh, if I can’t find a better one, maybe. 

Awesomesauce, decent, mediocre, or crapola: Decent.

See what others think of this product: No MakeupAlley review available for this yet, it’s too new.

Review: Clinique Lash-Building Primer

Clinique Lash Building PrimerClaim: Lash-conditioning undercoat boosts the benefits of Clinique mascaras. Unique polymer combination holds mascara to lashes for a longer, fuller look and extended wear. Moisturizing formula helps condition and mend dry lashes. 

Review: What an interesting dilemma. I already have rather thick and lashes, so I don’t “need” this product, but since I had it, thought I’d give it a try. I never thought I could have lashes that were TOO long and thick, but Clinique’s Lash-Building Primer has done it.

The Lash-Building Primer is a thick white substance that reminds me of vanilla cake frosting. I brushed it on until my lashes were well-coated, waited about 30 seconds, then applied two coats of mascara.

And now my eyelashes are so long, they’re brushing against the lenses of my glasses every time I blink. I didn’t curl them before using the primer and mascara (d’oh!) so they’re also obscuring my vision— my lashes are so long and fully, they’re literally swooping down into my field of sight. It’s… actually really annoying.

Combing through is essential with this primer, in my opinion. Opportunities for clumps lurk at each pass of the wand. I combed after applying the primer and each coat of mascara.

I actually used two kinds of mascara, one on each eye, to see whether dry or wet mascara worked better with the primer: Clinique High Impact (wetter) and Clinique Lash Doubling (dryer). I found that the wetter mascara did a superior job of coating the white film of the primered lashes. The dryer mascara just wasn’t loose enough and left some of the harder-to-get-to lashes tipped with white.

In all, this is a good purchase for those of us who need or want significant building-up of their lashes, and have the patience and time to use it. For those of us who want a faster and easier, get-out-the-door routine, it might not be the best choice for you.

Cost: $14.00

Repurchase:  Probably not.

Awesomesauce, decent, mediocre, or crapola: Decent. If I had short and sparse lashes, it would probably be awesomesauce for me.

See what others think of this product: MakeupAlley Review

Review: Hourglass Superficial Lash Mascara

Hardlyfatal Review of Hourglass Superficial Lash Mascara

Claim: Lash-defining and color-rich, Superficial Lash is a hydrating formula that coats lashes in weightless volume and sheen. Eyes are instantly highlighted as lashes visibly increase in volume, length and height.

Review: When I first pulled the wand from the tube, I thought I was in for another awful experience like the Urban Decay debacle

This is a strange mascara, quite the Jekyl and Hyde of the mascara world. It is amazing with one coat, but horrible with two.

I think the culprit is the consistency— it is a very thick paste formula. This makes for a fantastic result if you’re only applying a single coat. You get wonderful length, very acceptable volume, and after a bit of combing through to separate lashes, a lovely natural-looking fan of lashes. In all honesty, unless you’re going for a drag-queen effect, you don’t need more than a single coat.

In the interest of thoroughness, however, I pushed on and put on a second, and this is where I ran into trouble. Applying it was not easy— the thick formula is just not able to go over the already-coated lashes and maintain the quality of the look already achieved with one coat. Combing through was nigh-impossible, leaving some lashes bunched together. Also, clumps uniformly appeared at the tips of the lashes with the second coat, easily dealt with by pinching them off.

The only shade offered is “carbon”, and you do get a very sooty-black, matte effect with this mascara. The brush is long and slender, with short spiralled bristles. I had no trouble getting to all the smaller lashes at the inner corners.

Cost: $26.00

Repurchase: High price point for something with a limited range, but if I have to choose between this or Diorshow for around the same price, I’d choose this!

Awesomesauce, mediocre, decent, or crapola: I’ve had to create a new qualification for this product: decent. Because of the impossibility of a second coat, it wasn’t entirely awesomesauce, but because of all the many good aspects if you limit yourself to only one coat, it wasn’t mediocre, either. So, decent it is!

See what others think of this product: MakeupAlley Review

Review: Fresh Supernova Mascara

Fresh Supernova Mascara

Claims: Dress up your lashes with our bestselling SUPERNOVA MASCARA, which defines, thickens, lengthens, and curls in one coat. Our exclusive brush saturates each lash with glossy, jet black color, making them look dramatic, glamorous, and supernatural. An ultra-rich, nourishing formula strengthens lashes and ensures clump-free results that won’t smudge or run.

 Review: This mascara isn’t half bad! One coat gives a good natural look; two coats provides a bit more drama. The brush’s bristles are long and soft, almost shaggy. They do a good job of grabbing, coating, and separating the lashes— even with three coats and no use of a lash comb, things were looking ok. This mascara volumizes more than it lengthens. It’s a nice sooty black. Does an acceptable look all around.

My sole beef is with the copious smudges it leaves on the upper eyelid. I thought at first it might be my application technique, but then I realized, none of my other mascara does that, not to this extent. I believe it might be the extreme length of the bristles, I think it goes through the lashes so deeply that they touch the eyelid on the other side, depositing product.

Cost: $25.

Repurchase:  Maybe. Probably not at that price point— I can get the same results with a drugstore mascara.

Awesomesauce, decent, mediocre, or crapola: Decent. Could lengthen more, and smudge the eyelid less.

See what others think of this product: MakeupAlley Review