As I do every month, here is my list of beauty products that I put to the test based on the packaging. Are the statements printed on the packaging true? Does the unique applicator on a product make a difference? Which ones are worth your hard earned beauty dollars? Read on to see this month's list of some good ones and some not so good ones.
*Goody TangleFix Brush ($7.99 at drug stores & Walmart) -- This brush is unique because it doesn't have a handle. Plus the packaging promotes that it untangles hair without hurting. Does it work? Yes, both my daughter and I like this brush because the super flexible bristles work with hair and not against it. The body of the brush sports sides that have an easy grip for better control while detangling . Goody offers dual sizes for both kids and adults. You can also use this brush on wet hair and that is not true for most other brushes. This brush can also be used to distribute conditioner in the shower. Last but not least, I like it because it is compact enough to fit in my daughter's gym bag and she can keep it in her gym locker for quick and painless detangling after her PE class.
*First Aid 5 in 1 Face Cream ($38 at Sephora) -- I have shown this before in my annual best of segment, so you know that I like it, but I have never discussed the beneficial packaging. In addition to how well this works on my skin and that it is paraben-free, I also love the pump applicator. It disperses just the right amount so I don't waste any of my favorite face cream and it keeps all pollutants out. Plus it does do the five different things the packaging promises. It has lessened the appearance of my wrinkles (and I'm getting them since I've grown up in the Arizona sun), it has corrected my uneven skin tone, it does provide UVA/UVB protection, it definitely moisturizes and it has combated free radicals, so I give this one a hearty yes.
*Maybelline Shine-Free Foundation ($8.99 at drug stores) -- Several of my gal pals told me that they have been disappointed with this base because it is oily and caused them to break out. The Shine Free part of the packaging leads us to believe that it won't be oily, but for our testers that wasn't the case.
*Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules ($92 for a bottle containing 90 daily capsules) -- Now this is pricy, so I wanted to make sure that it delivers and I wasn't disappointed. Elizabeth Arden is a truly reputable line and this uniquely packaged product does deliver. Each little capsule inside of the jar contains youth-restoring serum that helps reduce fine lines by replenishing the skin's natural ceramides. Break open the moisture-capturing lipids to maintain firm, smooth, younger-looking skin. Our new luxury size supplies 90 daily capsules so you get three months of treatment, which makes the price more reasonable. I like how evenly the lotion goes on and it felt nice on my skin. So far, I am noticing a little bit of a difference, but I haven't done this for the full 90 days yet.
*L'Oreal True Match Crayon Corrector ($8.99 at Walgreens) -- This one has mixed reviews. My gal pals love it so we do recommend it, however the packaging is deceiving because it comes in a large tube, but when it is unrolled, you only get about half of the product that appears in the bottle. So when it comes to product packaging, it would be nice if they gave you as much as you think you are getting, but we do like how it works.
*L'Oreal go 360 Clean Anti Breakout Facial Cleanser ($5.03 at Walgreens) -- This is a great example of how unique product packaging can be a plus. This facial cleanser comes with a built-in scrublet, so you get a bonus piece with your purchase and the price is right. So we give this one a thumbs up and we like how it works, too.
*Maybelline Volume'Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara ($7.79 at Walgreens) -- This is another great example of how unique product packaging can be a good buy with some products. My friends love this mascara because you get two different products in one since one end of the brush is very full for the upper lashes and the other end is slim for the bottom lashes. I have used two different mascara tubes and brands in the past to get the different effects on both my top and bottom lashes, so this product makes sense and it does deliver.
*L'Oreal Paris Touch-On Highlights ($11.49 at drug stores) -- I have not colored my hair yet. I have been lucky, but it is coming so this review was completely done by my friend testers and they tell me that they won't buy this again. The highlighting hair color kit comes with a fingertip applicator so that the dimensional highlights can glide on from root to tip. The packaging calls it a breakthrough tool that is worn over the gloves. The box says that no cap and no foil is needed, but my testers tell me that when they applied it, it isn't supposed to bleed into the rest of the head, but it did do just that. They also tell me that it is hard to separate the hair with the applicator and even though I haven't ever highlighted my hair before, that makes sense to me when I look at the packaging, so we give this one a thumbs down.
*Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Foaming Cleanser ($8.49 at Ulta) -- I love this stuff. It foams perfectly, just as the packaging promises and it didn't dry out my skin. Plus I have super sensitive skin and it was gentle while also removing all of my makeup. This one gets a hearty thumbs up.
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