Since starting law school last spring, I haven’t been as diligent about trying new beauty products. There’s just so much on the market, every week some new must-have. After the holidays, I decided to use some gift cards to try a few new things. Some were winners. Some were back in the mail the next day. Here are my reviews.
Wen Cucumber Aloe Cleansing Conditioner ($32)
The air out West is much drier than my hair is used to after a decade in D.C.. After seeing dozens of late night infomercials for Wen cleansing conditioner, I decided to give it a try. For the sake of my locks and my pricey dye job, maybe it was time to give up shampoo…
What a mistake.
The first day, things looked promising. The second, my hair felt a little bit greasy, but had good volume. By the fourth, the skin on my neck, my ears, my jawline, and my forehead was covered in acne. I also noticed that I seemed to be losing more hair to the drain with every wash, sometimes clumps of hair. Between thinning hair and painful scabs and acne all along my hair line, I’ve never used a product that caused so many problems.
I returned the bottle immediately. I’m not taking any chances. A nice, sulfate-free shampoo works just fine for me.
I decided to switch my face wash a few weeks ago, so I wanted to try a few different formulas. I loved the Detox cleanser. It works very well, and it’s not drying. I’m not sure it’s helping with my acne, but it does seem to be helping the redness.
The Makeup Breakup cleanser is my first foray into oil cleansing. I like it. Unlike what I believed initially, it does not make my skin oily. Quite the opposite, it seems to balance it. It’s gentle and doesn’t stress my skin.
While I liked the Detox and Breakup cleansers, I hated the Tsubaki cleanser. So drying, with this odd scent, and I never felt my skin was really clean.
A few bloggers who I trust raved about the Too Faced mascara, so even though I was happy with my Kevyn Aucoin Volume mascara, I had to try it.
The mascara provides excellent length and volume. Even without eyeliner, it looks really good. I have two small complaints though. The applicator holds too much product, so you have to scrape quite a bit back into the tube to avoid clumping. Also, it will rub off on your lower lids, which can be annoying. (The Aucoin is the only formula I’ve tried that doesn’t.)
All in all, I really like the mascara. I use it when I want more oomph, but it’s not a perfect fit. But for lashes that long and voluminous, I’m willing to tolerate the negatives.
Need a foundation that will give you near flawless skin? This one is worth a try. The formula absorbs excess oil, and breathes really well, so it never feels heavy. I apply it with the BareSkin Perfecting Face Brush to get an even, almost airbrushed look. If it’s the weekend, and I don’t want a full face of makeup, I mix it with a little primer for a lighter application.
You can also use the applicator tip to conceal blemishes or imperfections. I don’t because I really like my current concealer and feel no need to change. But it’s a good all-in-one choice if you want to buy a single product.