October 20, 2000
I've had several reviews in the works over the last few months,
so I am pleased to finally be done with these! I am hoping to
tackle more cosmetics, bath/body and hair products in the coming
months. Please feel free to send me your suggestions and we will
try to incorporate them into the newsletter or the site.
Wella Lifetex Wellness haircare
Now that I am actively coloring my hair (L'Oreal Castings Mocha
or Clairol Natural Instincts Suede), I want to keep the color
looking fresh and true for as long as possible. This new line
from Wella looked promising - gentle cleansing agents,
cruelty-free, loaded with plant extracts. I selected Level
Headed Color Shine Purity Wash and Well Toned Color Shine Purity
Rinse, and for the most part I've been happy with them. The
purity wash (a.k.a. shampoo) isn't overly foamy so it doesn't
strip the hair, and the purity rinse (a.k.a. conditioner)
detangles very nicely. My hair needs a bit more moisture than
the rinse could deliver, so I ended up alternating with Back to
Basics Raspberry Almond Intensive Conditioner so my hair would
be easier to manage.
I enjoyed using these, but I don't see myself buying them again.
My hair didn't feel quite as silky and soft as it has with other
You can find out more about these new Wella products at
http://www.lifetexwellness.com or at a salon near you.
Frizz-Ease Secret Weapon Styling Cream ($5.99 for 4oz tube)
I've been growing my hair from a short bob to just past shoulder length for well over a year now, and I straighten the waviness out almost every day with a blowdryer and round brush, so I have learned a few tricks to get my hair the way I want it. I found that no matter what I put on my hair when it was wet, by the time it was dry and styled it was still frizzy and hard to control. My hairdresser recommended I use a small amount of styling cream on my hair after blowdrying, and boy, does it make a difference! I work a little on this into my hair and the benefits last all day.
Frizz-Ease is available at drugstores and supermarkets everywhere, and online at drugstore.com.
SoySoft Daily Moisturizing Body Lotion ($10.99 for 8oz)
Soy is becoming the new skincare buzz ingredient, and for good
reason. Soybean oil is wonderfully emollient and has some great
skin benefits thanks to its vitamin E and essential fatty acids.
While browsing online one day I discovered this brand and
decided to take a chance and order. What a great lotion! My
hands get very dry and wrinkly-looking, but this lotion has
actually made them presentable again! If you want to try a soy
lotion but don't want to spend a fortune, I highly recommend
trying this one.
You can learn more about SoySoft at http://www.soysoft.com.
Jean-Pierre Creations hairbrushes
Several months ago I was tempted by all the hype over Mason
Pearson natural boar bristle (very expensive) hair brushes. I
bought one of the smaller models for a whopping $85, used it for
a few weeks and wondered what all the fuss was about. I always
felt like I was brushing the surface of my hair rather than all
the way through to the scalp. When Jean-Pierre Creations
contacted me, I was definitely ready for a new brush. They sent
me their Prestige Mélange Boar Bristle & Nylon Blend Hairbrush
($46.95) and Privilège Crystalline Nylon Hairbrush ($29.95) to
The Prestige Mélange is very similar to Mason Pearson, with
natural boar bristles and a pneumatic cushion. The quality is
just as nice for a lot less money! Of the two I tried, I like
the Privilège Crystalline Nylon the best. The nylon bristles are
firm but flexible, making the brush great for general brushing
or for styling, and it feels great on the scalp.
Check out these great brushes at
Z. Bigatti Re-Storation Skin Treatment ($150 for 2oz jar)
What we won't do for beauty... I am amazed at how much a jar of
face cream can cost, and what each one claims to do. If it's
exfoliation you're looking for, Re-Storation wants to do it all.
Here's just a peek at some of the ingredients: avocado oil,
lactic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, vitamins A, E, K and
B complex, grape seed extract, linoleic acid, green tea extract,
superoxide dimutase (an anti-oxidant protein enzyme), shea
butter. I hoped for miracles - who wouldn't at $150 a jar? - but
my results have been a bit more down to earth. In the 4-5 weeks
that I've been using the cream, my skin does have more of a
glow, it's more supple, and some of the red spots lingering from
old acne breakouts have faded a bit, but it's not as dramatic as
I had hoped. It feels nice on my dry skin (oily skin might find
it too emollient) and is surprisingly gentle considering how
many exfoliants are in it. I do plan to give it 4 more weeks and
evaluate my skin again, but I think I also have to accept that
this is a cosmetic, not a prescription. I have enjoyed
experimenting with something so expensive, but I have a hard
time recommending it. I just don't think you're getting $150
worth of results.
You can find Z. Bigatti products at ibeauty.com.