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June 7, 2013 at 8:00 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

June Beauty Review

By Claire Franklin More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the Looking Good Blog Series

I’ve come to realize that my hair doesn’t grow. It’s been the exact same length – just past my shoulders – for about one year. So, I know it’s important to take care of the hair I do have, regardless of whether it’s long or short.

REVIEW:  L'Oreal Paris Triple Resist Reinforcing Shampoo

My damaged hair no longer breaks or falls out. I found my new shampoo!

With this in mind, I tried L’Oreal Paris Triple Resist Reinforcing shampoo. I was already using the conditioner when I bought the shampoo, and I was immensely pleased with that. Thankfully, the shampoo is also pretty awesome. On the bottle it states it’s made for “fragile, breaking, falling hair,” which is exactly what I used to have. But I’m happy to report my hair no longer breaks or falls out. I plan to continue using this shampoo – and conditioner – for a long time to come and recommend it for anyone with dry or brittle hair.

REVIEW:  Clean & Clear Morning Burst Facial Scrub

My shower facial scrub - exfoliation, vitamin C and ginseng with a great citrus smell.  At less than $8 a bottle, it's a bargain!

Another great product I’ve found, this time for the face, is Clean & Clear Morning Burst Facial Scrub. The most noticeable quality is its citrus smell, both fresh and rich at the same time. Like any quality scrub, Morning Burst contains visible beads that help exfoliate dead facial skin. It lathers nicely and is made with vitamin C and ginseng, both of which are reported to benefit the appearance and texture of skin. I use this scrub in the shower, and it doesn’t leave my face feeling tight or dry. I need a moisturizer after use, but that’s normal for me. In all, I highly recommend this affordable product for anyone who wants to incorporate a gentle exfoliator into daily beauty routines. You can find Morning Burst in most retail stores, including Wal Mart and Target, for less than $8 for 5 full ounces.

REVIEW:  Heart Calagon Fresh Start Body Mist

I can't get enough of the delicious-smelling spray! The crisp apple/lilly scent is a perfect summer refresher.

Speaking of affordability, I’ve discovered one of the most delicious-smelling body sprays ever put on the shelves. It’s Heart Calgon Fresh Start Body Mist, and it smells so good I can’t get enough of it. The Heart Calgon line is relatively new and comes in four different scents. Fresh Start, which features crisp apple, jasmine, water lily and white rose, is at once clean and sophisticated. It’s the perfect refresher on a hot summer day or a nice scent to wear for business meetings and casual functions. And not only is Heart Calgon priced well within reason – I purchased a 6-ounce bottle of body mist for $6 from Walgreens – but the product line also includes matching exfoliating body wash, shimmering mist and body lotion.

REVIEW:  Maybelline Colossal Volum' Express Cat Eyes Mascara

A SORE disappointment and a waste of $10. This stuff did absolutely nothing for my eyes.

One cosmetic that brought sore disappointment was The Colossal Volum’ Express Cat Eyes Mascara by Maybelline New York. I’ve purchased a lot of Maybelline products over the years, and some are admittedly better than others. Many of the mascaras, however, yield great results, so my expectations were pretty high with the Cat Eyes product. I purchased it in glam black, but when I applied it, I couldn’t even tell a difference from the other mascara-less eye. I don’t know if the particular tube I bought was dry, but this mascara did absolutely nothing. I applied it over and over to my lashes, trying to get the desired “cat eyes” look, but even with the curved brush, I still got nothing. I finally had to give up and switch back to my regular mascara. I’ve only tried this product once, because $10 for a tube of worthless mascara is sheer waste. I can’t recommend this to anyone; my advice is stick with what you know when it comes to mascara.


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