The sleet is hitting my front window. The snow is a glittering blanket of white fluff mixed with shiny bits. We are one week away from Spring and I am off from work today due to a “snow” day!
This is the blanket I woke up to today–and it wasn’t warm and fuzzy either!
I don’t know who was more relaxed and chill this morning—Chippy, or me, as he snuggled up against my thigh.
Sure. He snacks on my cosmetics and makes an entree out of my beauty sponges–but look at that face. That is the look of love–or he’s the ultimate con-man dog!
And instead of thinking about taking the warm-weather clothing from their storage containers, and envisioning my vacation wardrobe, I’m pondering which fuzzy, warm, toasty sweater, wool trousers and waterproof boots I’ll be wearing as I return to the office tomorrow.
Thoughts of this wardrobe type will have to be put on hold for a while!
My fish-belly skin needs some darkening—but I have a trip to the doctor in three days to check out another “thing” on my skin–which I hope proves to be “no” thing!
My gray roots are coming out of hiding. But I’ve been cutting down on the dye-time. Simply because with every wash, condition and root job, I lose more hair. I haven’t washed my hair in over a week. Yes. I am that slob!
And what better way to start this day off than to review a couple of new products I’ve tried!
In looking forward to the warmer weather and for a solution to keep my legs moisturized and fake-tanned, I tried the new “Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer”.
Now THIS is a glowing product!!
The purchase was made at Target. I spent a whopping $8.99 for 7.5 ounces and I’m sure it is less expensive at Walmart and other discount stores. Fact is, I saw this and really wanted to try it.
I’ve tried the trial size non-tanning Jergens Wet Skin moisturizer and was incredibly pleased. No filmy residue, it really made my skin soft. So, you can just imagine at how happy I was to see Jergens come out with a Natural Glow version. Oh, happy day!
I chose the “Fair to Medium”. It leaves a more naturally fake color–perfect for my Irish-American skin tone!
After my relaxing bath, I wrapped a towel around my dripping torso and applied. I didn’t need a ton of product, maybe about a quarter-sized moisturizer for each leg. There was no weird odor. In fact, 48 hours later, I just bent down to sniff my leg and nothing. That’s a good thing.
Sometimes my impatience gets the best of me. A couple of hours after applying, I was talking to Oona and told her I didn’t see a difference. Out of the mouths of babes—even if they are millennials. She reminded me that it takes more than two hours to see a gradual tan.
And with the patience of a saint, I waited. And the results! Great! The only issue was one mistake that I made a —human error. I was so hell-bent on getting a quick fix that I applied a bit unevenly and noticed a couple of spots that were missed.
My iPhone camera sucks–but you can see from the photo on the left that the color really is good. I messed up with application though. My feet are pale and I missed a few chunks on my legs. The back of my legs was more even. Next application I’ll take my time!
Lesson learned. Next time, go a bit slower and more methodically and a great fake tan will be had.
How do I rate thee? A+. The color is great. Not orange. No weird smell. Not too dark. A perfect color to enhance the legs so that I can go bare-legged…even in the snow! It moisturizes and hydrates the skin and does not leave that greasy film. You can wear the skinniest of jeans after applying and still feel comfy.
Oh yes I did! I’m wearing shorts too. But you can get a better look at my bare legs. I won’t need hose or tights anymore! I will also come down with a bad cold after this moronic move!
Next up is another product that I found to be quite intriguing. “Root Cover Up” by L’Oréal.
As you can see, this is a rather small spray can.
If you are a regular reader of this blog, you are well-aware of my issues with my hair. All three strands! I’ve read from a few sites on hair loss that this product also works well to cover thinning hair spots. Sounds like a great multi-tasker. Right?
The price of this product was $9.99 at Wegmans. The price runs from $9.99 up to about $11.00 on other sites. This spray can is 2.0 Oz in weight. It contains no ammonia but I can’t even pronounce the rest of the ingredients.
Decent instruction and ammonia and peroxide free..but…
God only knows what the rest of this stuff is–and how can you NOT inhale it while applying?
I purchased black for obvious reasons—and was actually glad to see that L’Oréal offered a true black. Many other companies will pass the darkest brown off for women with black hair—whether naturally black or dyed. This was a good thing.
The directions are very clear and the little nozzle ensures that the product will stay where you spray.
Here’s what happened when I sprayed:
As you can see, the top photo shows off the white hairline. Below is the same hairline after spraying. It does work. However….
Ugh. This freaking iPhone camera. If you look beyond the freckles, you can see the spots where the spray product landed on my skin…
Gross but here’s a better view of the amount of product that I wiped off my face!
First of all, when I sprayed, I felt like I was using one of those products that burn warts off. It felt a bit burning and cold at the same time. I sprayed the four to six inches away as directed. It took a lot of product to cover my gray areas. And on the thinning spots, it really didn’t do the greatest job at all. However, this wasn’t meant to be a product to disguise thinning hair. I’ll give credit where it’s due.
Sadly, it did not cover my big bald spot.
It worked. But it didn’t work!!!!! It’s ok. It’s fine. It isn’t spectacular.
Why? I’ll tell you. For the cost per application, it’s expensive. I have very stubborn roots. My hair is coarse and porous and I do need a lot of product to cover the roots. I used half the can. I kid you not. Half. The. Can.
In addition, it was messy on my face. I had to wash the product off my forehead and my nose retained that same youthful glow as when I was 16. My nose looked like it was covered with blackheads.
To cover my hair loss, I’ll stick with Toppik. Yeah. Toppik is messy but in a different way. I have to clean the sink instead of my face. And although Toppik costs more money, $24.00 for .42 oz., the cost per use is better. One little shaker bottle of Toppik lasts me about 6 to 8 weeks. And you’ve seen my bald spots!!
For the money, Toppik is a better product for covering the roots. It DOES cover the gray and it DOES hide the bald spots and less product is used..
Same spots after Toppik.
These days I traipse around less and less wearing only my bio hair. But on those days when I don’t want to wear a topper or wig, I would have to say Toppik is my choice for covering hair loss.
On this snow day, it’s my bio hair with the blend of Toppik and Root Cover. (I did put a bit of eye make up on because I didn’t want to scare you!) Oh. And I haven’t washed my hair in 9 days. It still looks clean–that’s because it is so coarse and dry!
In all honesty, I don’t think I would use Root Cover-Up on a regular basis. I would, however buy a can to keep with my travel beauty supplies along with my Toppik, because the two products can come in handy while I’m away on vacation and when it’s too hot to wear helper hair.
..and I never travel without my beauty essentials–they are more important than the clothing. I’m at the beach. I only need bathing suits and sundresses!
How would I rate this? It’s hard because it does work but you need a ton of product if your hair is porous and for the price per use, it’s expensive. For me, this would fall somewhere between a B and a C+. For others who may not need as much product, it could have a higher rating.
Money is precious. And for those of us who fall way beneath the one percent, it’s important to find products that are a good value for the money. The key word is value.
I’ll be on the lookout for more products that offer a good value for the money. Are you with me? What are some products that you are a fan of—and at a budget price? I wanna know!
I’m smiling because I have a snow day. I will not be smiling when I drive to work on the slushy, icy roads tomorrow!
At this point I’ve surrendered to the snow. In fact, I’m sitting here singing this song to Chippy— “Let it Snow”! My man Dean! I can’t believe I’m posting this song a week before spring!