Monday, February 27, 2012

Would I Buy Again?

I love reading beauty posts where bloggers discuss what products they have finished up so I've been collecting a few items here and there to share with you!

It's a 10 Miracle Leave-in Product

I've always been a loyal fan of John Frieda's Frizz-Ease leave-in conditioner (mini review here). However, when I received It's a 10 Miracle as a reward from Ulta's Beauty Club, I am now questioning my leave-in conditioner loyalty. It's a 10 promises to do "10 things instantly" including:

repairs dry, damaged hair  adds shine ❤ detangles ❤ control frizz ❤ seals & protects hair color ❤ prevents split ends ❤ stops hair breakage ❤ creates silkiness ❤ enhances natural body ❤ flat iron spray & thermal protector. 

I do notice a difference between the John Frieda conditioner vs. the It's a 10 conditioner. The It's a 10 leaves my hair feeling softer and healthier vs. John Frieda. However, both products leave my hair feeling softer, healthier and they detangle vs. no product. I really like that It's a 10 claims that it seals and protects hair color. I dye my hair light blonde and I try to use hair products that will (or claim to) extend the life of my color for as long as possible. Perhaps the biggest difference between the two is the difference in price. JF is about $6 for 8 fl. oz making It's a 10 more than twice the price for half as much product. The only thing that is preventing me from running out and re-purchasing It's a 10 is the steep price. 

Cost: approx. $17.99 for 120 mL/4 fl oz.
Where to Buy: Ulta,
Would I buy again? Maybe

Say Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelletes

I've been trying a lot of different cleansing/makeup removing wipes over the past few months hoping to find a favorite. I mainly use them for makeup removal and they do not replace my cleanser. When I shop for a new brand, I try to find wipes that are eye-safe, hypo-allergenic or a sensitive formula, and I like to have a formula that you don't have to rinse off (just in case I'm lazy one night and don't want to cleanse my face/remove my makeup. I know, bad! It doesn't happen often though). 

These towelettes are very light, smell fresh, contain 30 wipes vs. the seemingly-standard 25 wipes and you don't need to rinse off the formula. I was really impressed that the cloths were biodegradable because I do feel guilty and wasteful throwing out the wipes every night. The only con I had was a personal one. These wipes aren't made to specifically remove eye makeup (the packaging states to avoid eye contact) and I only realized after I had opened the package. This probably will prevent me from re-purchasing just because it doesn't fit my personal product needs. However, these wipes are a good product overall. 

Cost: $6-8 for 30 wipes
Where to Buy: Ulta, Walmart
Would I buy again? No (but good product overall!)

Benefit They're Real Mascara

If you like lengthening mascaras, Benefit They're Real is worth a try. It's one of the best lengthening mascaras I've used yet. I wouldn't say this mascara gives you extreme length like some false lashes do, however, it does noticeably increase lash length. I did notice some volume and curl, however, it wasn't as dramatic as the lengthening power of this mascara. Sephora now has a smaller size (here) for $10 for .14 oz that you can try if you don't want to spring for the full size just yet. Want to read my full review with pictures? Click here.

Cost: $22 for 0.3 oz 
Where to Buy: Ulta, Sephora, Benefit
Would I buy again? Yes (already did!)

Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment

Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment claims:

Intense nourishment for tangle & frizz free  Hair that is ultra-smooth, manageable & shiny Natural ❤ UV protection extends the life of color treatments  Reduced drying time by an amazing 40-50%

Before I received this as an Ulta reward, I had been on my second large bottle of Moroccan Oil. I decided to choose this reward to see if it could compare to Moroccan Oil as the Macadamia is much more easy-accessible being sold at Ulta. Overall, I would say that the two are comparable. I notice slightly better results when using the Moroccan Oil- my hair dries more quickly and seems softer and healthier looking. If you find that oil treatments are too heavy for your hair, Moroccan Oil has a light formula which I don't believe Macadamia offers (please correct me if I'm wrong). Correction: Macadamia Oil contacted via comment (see below post) stating "We actually have a spray version of the Healing Oil Treatment for fine hair." Moroccan Oil is generally more expensive than Macadamia, however, Moroccan Oil prices vary depending on which salon you buy from. Macadamia Oil is by no means a bad product. I just personally prefer Moroccan Oil. 

Cost: $13 for 1.0 oz        
Where to Buy: Ulta
Would I buy again? No (but good product overall!)

What products have you finished up lately? Would you buy them again?


  1. Hi there! We enjoyed reading your honest review of our Healing Oil Treatment. We actually have a spray version of the Healing Oil Treatment for fine hair. It's hands-free and perfect for those who think oil treatments are too heavy for their hair.

    1. Thank you! I've corrected my post with this information.


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