Here is the latest episode of Lip Gloss and Laptops (you can also get the MP3 file directly).
1. Secret Clinical Strength
We tried the Powder Protection scent, which settles into a fresh fragrance that is actually not too powdery. This antiperspirant is for women who sweat heavily. The product is to be applied at night, when the body's sweat prodcution slows down, and it keeps you fresh through the next day. We found that it really is an effective product, but does not stop underarm perspiration completely. Unlike some other prescription strength antiperspirants, it doesn't sting. Two thumbs up! It retails for $7.99 to $9.99US and is also available in Light and Fresh scent.
2. Benefit Ooh La Lift
Benefit claims this product feels like an instant eye lift. I beg to differ. This is an eye "depuffer" that I found ineffective in that capacity. What I do like about it is that it serves as a terrific substitute for concealer when combined with an illuminating stick like Benefit's eye bright or CoverGirl's CG Smoothers Concealer-Illuminator. I generally have problems with concealer, which settles into the fine lines around my eyes. This product is a great alternative. Unfortunately, I can't recommend the product to be used alone as it serves little purpose, particularly with a price tag of $20US/$25CA.
3. Lancome Fatale Mascara
Lancome has a pretty good track record for mascara. Their Definicils is a classic. Fatale? Perhaps more trouble than it is worth.
Fatale is touted as an "exceptional Volume Sculpting 3D Comb-Mascara". The applicator for this mascara is a three-sided plastic comb. It isn't easy to apply, and easily creates a clumped-up "monolash" look. When I use it, I have to comb my lashes out afterward with a clean mascara brush, which is inconvenient and a bit counter-productive. The thing is, after I do this, I really love how my lashes look; long, thick and rather striking. The formula didn't budge during daily wear, but did smudge after an hour at the gym in the evening. I'm willing to work with this one to see if I can perfect the application process. The goopiness and and the fact that it isn't very user-friendly prevent me from recommending this. It is available in two colours, Brown and Black, and retails for $23US/$29CA.
4. Nair "Cire Divine" No Strip Wax ($15.99 CDN)
This microwaveable wax comes with a temperature indicator wand, to check that the product is not too hot before you apply it. Cool science! The warm wax applies easily, and to my pleasure, does not hurt a lot when removed. I was surprised to see how effective it is. I had never used a no-strip wax before, and was a little curious. I was not disappointed. I used this product to touch-up my professional bikini-wax. Listen to the show for an in-depth discussion on "taming the bush".
5. L'Oreal ReFinish Micro-Dermabrasion Kit (≈$30 CDN)
This two-step drugstore micro-dermabrasion kit is wonderful and addictive. Kerry Anne states that micro-dermabrasion is good for the self-esteem! Listen to the show for a complete review. I am sad to say that the L'Oreal.com website is a little complicated and does not let me provide a direct link to this product. You can navigate the page yourself if you so desire.
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