Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo

Up next in Glambo's Battle of the Dry Shampoos is Big Sexy Hair. You are likely familiar with the big, red cans associated with this line of hair products. Of course, when we saw the Volumizing Dry Shampoo, we had to give it a try. 

The Big Sexy Hair version has a bit of a powerful blast. It seems to have some hairspray elements to achieve the volumizing effect. We would recommend choosing this spray if you want to do an updo, backcomb or create volume. Surprisingly, our hair felt clean the next day too. It is the strongest of the dry shampoos we have reviewed, yet it left the least amount of white residue. Big Sexy Hair Dry Shampoo has a light perfumed fragrance that doesn’t linger too long.

We would grab the can of Big Sexy Hair to create a little extra bump to a ponytail and add height to any updo hair style.
It’s nice to see this type of product increase in popularity and become readily available in the marketplace. Big Sexy Hair products always seem to perform well for us, and their Volumizing Dry Shampoo is no exception.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Skinnygirl Face Care

Exciting times at the Wal-Mart aisle, as we perused the endcap full of lovely looking face and body care line launched exclusively for Wal-Mart by Bethenny Frankel of BRAVO TV fame.  Yes, that  Bethenny: Jill's frenemy on The Real Housewives of New York, the same Bethenny who has launched the successful line of Skinnygirl cocktails, and who has her very own reality show, Bethenny Ever After, which just began it's 3rd season last Monday.  With books, supplements, cleanses, and now skincare, she is a mega marketing machine!

Colleen: Wow, what can't she do? I think she's trying to take over the world.
Silvia: Definitely,  a'la Oprah or Martha Stewart.  Talk about building a brand. 
Colleen: Should we try it?
Silvia: Will it make us skinny?

We bought it anyway.  There lies her marketing genius: trademark the term "skinnygirl" and the world is yours.

There were so many products to choose from: lipglosses, face masks, body scrubs, lotions and oils.  All of the products were reasonably priced, and it was difficult to choose, but we settled on a set of 3 mini face "solutions", which cost us less than $12. Love it already.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Good: Detox Face Mask with Cucumber & Sweet Almond Oil.  We struggled for a minute to squeeze the product out of the tube (small hole, thick product, and we were reluctant to squeeze too hard--face mask dries like venetian plaster on the wall)  but once we applied it, we were pleased.  It smells pleasantly of cucumber, and it has a refreshing tingle to it upon application. We were unsure what to expect, since it contains sweet almond oil (we thought this would block our pores), but looked like a clay sort of mask, which tend to dry out to a crackly finish.  It dried a bit, but not to a crackle.  After removing it, our skin felt soft and refreshed, not stripped.  This gets a Glambo Kiss of Approval.

The Bad:   Energizing Lipshine with Caffeine and Peppermint.  This had a light peppermint scent, which was nice.  But, as you know, we like our energetic lipglosses to be just that.  When we use this type of gloss, we want to feel a zing that will make the blood rush to our lips faster than the thought of kissing Adam Levine (ahem, let me interrupt myself before this fantasy goes long).  When you say ENERGIZING, we expect the likes of Lip Venom or Buxom glosses.  This lipgloss, sadly , left our lips wanting more.  There was nothing energizing about it, and the feel of the gloss, was not pleasant.  Even worse, there was no high gloss to it.  Overall, it was disappointing.  And the tube is so small, it probably yields 6 or 7 applications.  So even if it was likeable, there wouldn't be much in the tube to enjoy.

The Ugly: Vitamin C Face Scrub with Shea Butter and Cranberry.  Our initial thought was: who puts shea butter in a facial scrub??   Shea butter is something we use on cracking elbows and sandpaper knees.  It keeps our hides from turning to leather, but it seems like it would be a major pore-clogger on the face.  Needless to say, we had to suspend disbelief while we tried the product and hope for the best.  
Unfortunately, our doubts were confirmed, and then some. Using this scrub was like exfoliating with a mix of rendered bacon fat and  glass shards!  It was too greasy and too rough to use on the face.  Even worse, once we rinsed, we were left with a nasty residue on our faces, and of course broke out over the course of the next few days.  This scrub may be more suitable as a body scrub, but is way too harsh for the lovely faces of our readers.  This gets a sad Glambo Dissssssssssssss.  

P.S. In an attempt to swatch the face mask for this post just minutes ago,  I attempted to squeeze the mask out into my hand, and the bottom of the tube burst open and squirted the mask all over my counter!!!

Unbelievable!  This is only the 2nd time I've used this.  I had closed it tightly after using it last time, but the tube still got clogged, and the tube burst.  The packaging for this product get a huge Glambo Dissssssssssssss.

We have to say that calling this gift set "Face Solutions" is laughable.  It's more like "Face Problems Waiting to Happen" in a box.  Too bad, because we were really looking forward to trying the Skinnygirl Margarita Body Scrub, Lotion and Shower Gel.  Not anymore. 

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Why Does Everyone Love Hempz?

Every time we go to beauty supply, we sample the Hempz moisturizers, but had yet to buy a batch of them to try and review. Last week, we finally got an entire seventeen ounce bottle of the Pomegranate Herbal Body Moisturizer and have been hooked ever since. We knew that the brand was extremely popular, and now understand what all the buzz was about.

Instead of completely regurgitating the praise and information from the Hempz website, we’ll give you a quick synopsis and let you click that link to read more. Basically, all Hempz products contain 100% pure, organic hemp seed oil. They are hydrating, and ‘contain anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties to dramatically moisturize skin while minimizing fine lines and wrinkles’ while remaining 100% vegan, paraben free and gluten free. Add to that the antioxidant properties of pomegranates, along with shea butter and vitamins, and we have a hit.

Hempz Herbal Body Moisturizer has a medium consistency. It’s smooth and dispenses easily without being watery or overly greasy. It has a light, fresh scent; a little fruity-floral with an undertone of a note that we can’t quite place, but not to worry, you won’t end up smelling like pot!

While we procrastinated in reviewing Hempz products, others have not. We just discovered that it was an Allure Editors Favorite of the Week, and celebrities like Katy Perry have been known to use their Herbal Body Moisturizer.

Although we wish the Hempz price point was lower ($16-$24 retail,) we’ll give Hempz Herbal Body Moisturizer a Glambo Kiss of Approval.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Hunger Games - Capitol Colours & Movie Trailer

10, 9, 8, 7,  ... The countdown to The Hunger Games begins! This popular trilogy from Suzanne Collins comes to life on the big screen March 23rd. To coincide with the LionsGate movie release, China Glaze is launching a nail polish collection called the Capitol Colours.

From left to Right: Dress Me Up, Foie Gras, Fast Track, Hook and Line, Stone Cold, Smoke and Ashes, the yellow green "Argo", Mahogany Magic, Harvest Moon, Riveting, Electrify, Luxe and Lush

Although these nail polishes are sure to be popular, we fortunately will not have to fight to the death to get them. With a friendly alliance / nail polish hook-up on our side, we should have the colors to swatch for you soon. Bookmark us or follow our blog to see our upcoming swatches, and checkout The Hunger Games movie trailer below:

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

When it Comes to Bras, What's Your Nude?

Just a quickie post this morning... We discovered this article about 'nude' bras, and the fact that they only come in one, pale color. It was one of those, 'Hey, that really is true!' kind of moments. There is a movement to get bra and lingerie manufacturers to make more brown (and hopefully tan) 'nudes.' Even us fairer skinned beauties would sport a pretty brown bra, so we hope they make matching panties too.

We love the graphic from the What's Your Nude Facebook Page which perfectly illustrates this point.

The entire article from the Huffington Post is linked here. You can Like the Facebook Page here.  ... And while you're at it, hit that Like button on Glambo's Facebook Page too! ;) Thanks Ladies!
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