Toss or Trash: November 2014

I have been on a ‘use whatcha got’ kick rather than a ‘buy everything’ mode. Admittedly, there is a lot of satisfaction in this!

Some of my motivation has been finding a shampoo (and conditioner) that will give my hair moisture for at least two days. And, since my hair has been dry, it has also been breaking. So, between using ultra-moisturizing conditioners, I have been using Suave’s Natural Infusion Anti-Breakage Shampoo…

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I bought the accompanying conditioner of this, as well, however, I use up conditioners much faster. While I didn’t get the max of 95% less breakage, I did see a reduction. And, while this shampoo does work, it didn’t seem to do much in the way of adding moisture to my locks. Once I get a better handle on my hair retaining moisture longer, I believe the breakage will cease.

Along with finding a shampoo and conditioner combo that moisturize, I have been refraining from using hair spray or, at least a spray that doesn’t dry my hair out. Since I am self-employed and work alone, sometimes I can go all day without even needed to wear makeup or go beyond a ponytail for a hairstyle. But, since I have been growing out my bangs, I have needed a touch of hairspray to keep my hair out of my eyes. I have been using Dove’s Style & Care Strength & Shine Extra Hold Hairspray…

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Even though this is the ‘extra strong’ strength, I didn’t find it to be so strong that it made my hair stiff or crunchy. There’s virtually no fragrance to this so for those that may be sensitive to fragrances, you might consider trying this one. I don’t know that I saw my hair having enhanced luminosity but, it didn’t dull my hair either. And, I didn’t find Style & Care to be overly-drying to my hair. On the other hand, I don’t think it added moisture either. I would repurchase this hair spray just because it didn’t out and out make my hair feel dried out.

One type of beauty product I don’t have lots of is mascara. Probably because I can be really fickle with all other types of beauty products but I stay close to a select three different mascaras. I was trying out Covergirl Lash Blast Luxe after reading positive reviews on it…

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While I did find the brush to work very well, the product itself, dried up quicker than my other mascaras. If you look closely, you can see that some of the spikes on the wand are not even coated with the product. I don’t feel that this tube lasted as long as most. However, there isn’t an easy way to find out if I even bought an old tube. It could have been on the shelf for a long time before I purchased it.

As I stated, I don’t switch mascara brands very often. However, if presented with the opportunity to try Lash Blast Luxe again, I would just because I did like how the wand performed.

Earlier this year, I was working as a merchandiser for Unilever and I received Degree Clinical Protection antiperspirant/deodorant at a regional meeting…

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The ‘Stress Control’ fragrance was one of the newer fragrances at the end of last year. I was excited to try this one. Even though the ‘clinical’ type of deodorants are more expensive and, there is less product in these compared to the regular stick deodorants, I found that the clinical protection truly does work better. They have twice the amount of active ingredient.

The last photo of the deodorant shows not only how the product is delivered but also, this is all used up. There isn’t any more product to dispense. Of course, I rotate about three deodorants at a time so, I didn’t get caught without any. However, do keep in mind that you can’t quite tell when this product is about to run out. I have replaced it because this is my current favorite deodorant.

How have you been doing with using up beauty products rather than making new purcases? What’s your favorite deodorant?

Degree’s Clinical Protection: Stress Control Antiperspirant/Deodorant

Earlier this year, Unilever provided me with some of their new items they introduced. This is one that I was eager to try out: Degree’s Clinical Protection Stress Control antiperspirant/deodorant…

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What’s different about the Clinical Protection line is that you put it on at night before you go to bed. Yep, that’s right! The Clinical Protection is Degree’s strongest deodorant/antiperspirant line. It has TWICE the strength of the regular Ultra Clear and Dry Protection line.

I was really honed in on the ‘Stress Control’ product. What sets this one apart from the rest is that it kicks in when you start to stress sweat. You know the kind where you are under a deadline, standing in front of a group giving a presentation or, sitting in traffic not knowing when it is going to start moving again and you are already late to work. That sort of stress you can have when you are not physically being exerted and the weather isn’t making you perspire.

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Do take in consideration that since Clinical Protection is twice the protection than the regular antiperspirant, it costs more. Target sells this for $8. And another thing you will notice is that Clinical Protection is 1.7 oz., where the regular deodorant is typically 2.7 oz.

The delivery system is different on the Clinical Protection line as well…

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Once you take the tab off the top, you twist the bottom of the container to push the product up out of the holes…

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You can pick the amount of product you want to put on your pits. I found I could be a bit stingy and still get great results. Now, since moving from Florida to Colorado over a year ago, my antiperspirant needs have greatly changed. I think I sweat like a normal human being since moving to a less humid climate. However, ‘Stress Control’ has been awesome. Yep, I’m actually excited about an antiperspirant.

The reason you use this at bedtime is that you want the product placed when you are not active. This gives the product time to block the wet glands so you get the 24 hour protection. Now, I don’t know how this works on people who sweat through the night (I’m talking seriously sweating it out), or what happens if you forget to put it on and only remember after the morning shower, but…this product performs for me. It’s true that sometimes I forget to put it on at night. It just isn’t a habit. However, I will still use it in the morning should I forget and I’m still crazy OK with that.

Even though this antiperspirant has less product than the regular size, I’m fine with that because I can actually skip an entire day. The fragrance is very similar to other deodorants marketed yet, it isn’t heavy and doesn’t contrast with any perfume or fragrance lotion I may wear. I don’t have any deodorant stains or marks on any of my clothing. The only caveat I see is overcoming paying $8 for a deodorant. Even with a coupon, that takes off maybe $1.50, it’s still almost twice that of the other lines.

I do feel there is a difference but, I haven’t used it during the warmest time of the year. All said, I do recommend this deodorant/antiperspirant to those that feel they are stress sweaters and want to step up to something stronger than their regular brand.

Have you tried any of the Clinical Protection line or any of the equivalent? What do you think about it?

Toss or Trash: Random Collections

During my move to another state, I have been actually saving my trash and toss items. And I have boxes of new products to review. However, along with moving there has been apartment hunting, starting a new job and just learning my way around. First order of business, after getting a new vehicle, was…where are the Walgreens, are there Ulta stores near by and, how do I get to Rite Aid?

Let me show you some of the bottom of the pan/can/bottle items…

toss or trash 011These are two new-to-me products. I wanted to test out something different than my usual fare. Suave is a product that I used in my early adult years. Mainly because it is inexpensive. However, this time I picked the ‘milk and honey splash’ for the aroma. It isn’t overwhelming; it’s a fresh, warm fragrance. And this wash didn’t dry out my skin. This is trash because I would use it again.

The Sauve Max Hold hairspray was another attempt at giving a new-to-me product a try. Again, I was quite happy with this hairspray. It didn’t have hardly any aroma, it didn’t make my hair feel dried out and, it did hold my hair in place. Mostly I spray my bangs and the wispies behind my ears. Sauve, again, is something I can recommend for those that, like me, have fine hair and want to keep it in place without a crunchy feel.

Here are a a couple of toss items and, one trash…

toss or trash 016On the far left is a Laura Geller clear lip gloss. It WAS clear. I like Laura Geller products very much. And even though this gloss was nice, it was not so stellar that it is something I can’t live without.

In the middle is another Laura Geller product that is used to make a shadow into a liner. I used this quite a bit. However, once it is used for one shade, it starts to contaminate the next shades I would pick. Laura Geller has another product similar to this that is in a small squeeze bottle and does the job in a way that there is no contamination between uses. I will deem this a toss because I wouldn’t repurchase it.

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Last is ‘Degree: Sheer Powder’ antiperspirant and deodorant. As a faithful reader, you know that deodorant is something that I’m so fickle about. I never get the same brand or fragrance twice. However, I can say that I like this Degree and the fragrance was light and powdery; just as it is named. I didn’t have any staining or marks on my clothing from using this product. It did its job and I can recommend it.

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With the exception of the Laura Geller products, you can find the other items at most drug and mass retail stores. Laura Geller has been selling her products for over a year at Ulta and I’m happy to see that she has made them easier to purchase by doing so. The two products of hers that I have reviewed, I purchased from QVC.

Have you tried any of these products?