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Curtain Call: Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels Halo Angel Touch Lotion

Today’s post is on another product that has breathed its last in my bathroom. This Curtain Call segment is on Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels Halo Angel Touch Lotion.

At 4.2 fl oz / 125 ml, this is sold under their Dream Angels brand. I got this in a beauty set during the Holidays a few years ago. It comes in a frosted white plastic bottle packaging with a screw top lid. The back of the bottle shows the following:

Gentle, hydrating lotion
nourishes and silkens as it
leaves skin celestially scented
with dream angels halo.

Gently smooth over
body for soft, scented,
moisturized skin.

Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels Halo Angel Touch Lotion

Verdict? The lotion has a slightly liquidy formula that spreads evenly onto skin. It has the familiar Dream Angels in Halo scent. My favorite scent in the Dream Angels Collection is Divine followed by Halo. My skin absorbed the lotion immediately after application. The scent is a little bit strong for me, but it lasts all day. Some may find it overpowering though, so take note of that. It leaves my skin hydrated and the bottle size is just perfect for the time I feel like I’m about to switch to something else for a change. The packaging may have changed slightly visually since then, but this is still available on their website. You can get a 8.4 fl oz / 250 ml for $20 or check in stores to see if they carry it in a smaller size or if they currently have some sets (even better, Holiday season usually have sets and if you’re like me…..wait for the after Holiday sale!).


Curtain Call: Philosophy Double Rich Hot Cocoa Ultra Rich 3-in-1 Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath

Happy Friday y’all! I know I’ve been MIA for about a week now, but that’s cause I’ve been busy playing Guild Wars 2. I’m actually worse than some of my fellow hardcore gamers…..staying up ’til the sun is actually up and such. Today’s post is a Curtain Call edition. The product up for review at the end of its life is a discontinued product from the popular brand Philosophy. Here’s Philosophy Double Rich Hot Cocoa Ultra Rich 3-in-1 Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath.

At 118.3 ml / 4 fl oz, this size comes in a set I believe. The full bottle is 180 ml / 6 fl oz. The front of the bottle reads “philosophy: 1.2 c. granulated sugar, 1/3 c. hot water, 1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder, 4 c. milk, 1/8 tsp. salt, 3/4 tsp. vanilla extract. mix cocoa, sugar, water and salt in a saucepan. over medium heat, stir constantly until mixture boils. cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute. stir in the milk and heat, but do not boil. remove from heat and add vanilla. blend well. serve immediately.” and “award winning ultra rich shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath”.

The back of the bottle reads “directions: apply to wet body or scalp. lather, rinse, repeat. if using as a bubble bath, drizzle a generous amount under running water and enjoy.”

The website described it as the following:

“has the winter weather left you chilled to the bone? before you turn up the heat, pour yourself a double rich hot cocoa bubble bath. philosophy’s double rich hot cocoa shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath will allow you to close your eyes, lay your head back, and cozy up into a warm chocolately dream. this is a self-indulgent, relaxing way to satisfy your chocolate craving. oh, and don’t forget the marshmallows!”

Philosophy Double Rich Hot Cocoa Ultra Rich 3-in-1 Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath

Verdict? Yummy! I absolutely love this product. I really wish that it wasn’t discontinued. It smells really good…..almost good enough to eat! Those that don’t like bath and body products that smell like food should avoid this. The scent is quite strong. I used it mostly as a shower gel and the least as a bubble bath. I think I only used it as a bubble bath once. The formula is very rich and creamy. It created a lot of suds for all 3 purposes. Even though Philosophy products are on the more expensive side, it’s a nice luxurious treat to have once in a while.

Since this is sadly discontinued, your best bet to find it is in some discount stores like ROSS or TJMaxx. That’s the only place I’ve seen that carries discontinued Philosophy products at a discounted price.


Curtain Call: got2b Spa Body Sugar Kick

Hey y’all! Today’s Curtain Call is on a product I got a long time ago when I saw it at a Big Lots. This is back when I was still located in the tri-state area (PA, NJ & DE). Here’s got2b Spa Body Sugar Kick.

At 450 ml / 16 oz, I got it for $2.99 before tax. Not bad for that price really. This should be available at various retail and drugstores if the got2b Spa line is still in production. It comes in a screw top round plastic tub. The front text reads “smooth * radiate * polish” and “sweet sugar body scrub”. The back of the container reads the following:

“This sweet sugar body scrub makes anybody a little sweeter. Natural brown sugar plus juicy extracts of mango, apricot and guava gently exfoliate away dull, dry skin cells so a sweeter you can come out and play. So, indulge in this all-over body treat. Guaranteed not to promote cavities.

DIRECTIONS: Scoop out and apply a lavish amount of sugar kick to wet skin. Massage all over body in circular motions to exfoliate away rough, dead skin cells. Use a loofah or cleansing mitt for extra cleansing power. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.”

got2b Spa Body Sugar Kick

Verdict? Another definitely must-have product whether it’s from this brand or another. I love, LOVE, L-O-V-E body scrubs, especially the sugar based ones. This scrub is nice and thick with no greasiness at all. It even produces a decent amount of suds. A little goes a long way and the scent is just so yummy and juicy! I can definitely smell the mango goodness in it. You can’t tell from this picture, but the product is orange in color. I find that shade quite pleasing to the eye in the shower actually. It’s easy to use and the whole tub will last you a while. I find this product much milder than most other body scrubs out there.

I haven’t seen this line of got2b anywhere recently, but I know for sure that I have purchased items from this line at Walmart in their beauty and personal care product aisle.


Curtain Call: Nexxus Salon Hair Care Color Assure Replenishing Color Care Shampoo

Hey guys! Today’s Curtain Call post is on a product I picked up when I was in my crazy drugstore couponing days. I managed to get these with my Extra Care Bucks (ECB) from CVS to get more ECB with this purchase.

At 400 ml / 13.5 fl oz, this retails for $10.79 at CVS and is similarly priced at various retail and drugstores. It goes on sale from time to time and combined with coupons from your weekly Sunday paper or through tearpads in the store, this can essentially comes close to being free. The whole bottle lasted me for about months. Remember, I have long hair that goes down my back. The back of the tube reads the following:

“Experience Nexxus Luxury.
Scientifically Developed.
Salon Proven.

NEXXUS
Replenishing Color Care Hair Care Products
nurture and protect color treated hair, leaving it
ravishingly radiant with a brilliant shine.

Color Assure Replenishing Color Care Shampoo,
now with an enhanced formula, contains a blend of
vitamin B-5 and UV protectors to gently remove
dulling build-up on the hair for a vibrant start.

Fortified with Exclusive
NEXXUSPHERE time released
technology, containing Nutrients,
Antioxidants, and UV Protectors.”

Nexxus Salon Hair Care Color Assure Replenishing Color Care Shampoo

Verdict? It works pretty well as a shampoo, but it’s pretty pricey compared to similar products from other brands. It kept my hair smooth and soft. The scent is pleasant like that of a regular shampoo, a clean scent really. If it goes on sale or clearance for a good price, I won’t hesitate to pick up a few bottles and stock up on them.

This product can easily be purchased in various retail and drugstores such as Walmart, Target, ULTA, CVS, and Walgreens. It is also available online at various websites that carry beauty and personal care products.


Curtain Call: Artistry Replenishing Eye Creme

Hey guys! Today’s Curtain Call post is on a product I’ve used a long time ago. I picked up 2 of these and ended up giving one of them to my mom back home. I find it a bit pricey for what I’m getting, so I never purchased it again. Here’s Artistry Replenishing Eye Creme.

At 15 ml / 14 g / 0.5 fl oz, this retails for $28.40 at their website. It’s a pretty penny for such little product, which led me to have very high hopes for this. The product comes packaged in a small white squeeze tube with a twist cap. The benefits of using this product is listed on their website as the following:

  • Begin to see younger-looking eyes in just 24 hours!
  • Fight the signs of aging and fatigue – by reducing the appearance of fine lines and puffiness with this clinically tested eye creme.
  • Reduce the appearance of fine lines, puffiness, and the appearance of dark circles by 29% in just 16 weeks.
  • Increase and sustain skin’s surface moisture level by an average of 100% after a single application of replenishing eye creme.
  • Fortify delicate skin around your eyes with citrus bioflavonoids.
  • Soothe and refresh skin with linseed, licorice extract, and echinacea.

Artistry Replenishing Eye Creme

Verdict? Not bad, but I’ll pass on this. As an eye creme, it does what it’s supposed to do. But all the other claims? I’m not sure any eye creme can give a noticeable change in just 24 hours. Formula is good and a little goes a long way. I’m not too thrilled about the scent too. It’s a little on the medicine-y side to me. It’s not too strong though and I was able to tolerate it. With all that, I’m keeping my options open to look around for other more worthy eye cremes for a cheaper price probably.

This product can easily be purchased by going through their website or by contacting your local Amway representative.


Curtain Call: got2b Spa Foot Polish

Hey y’all! Today’s post is another segment of Curtain Call. The product up in the spotlight this time is the got2b Spa Foot Polish. I got this a long time back when I saw it at a Big Lots back when I was still located in the tri-state area (PA, NJ & DE).

At 350 g / 13 oz, this is a good price for a refreshing foot scrub of this quality. I got it for $1.99 before tax. This should be available at various retail and drugstores if the got2b Spa line is still in production. It comes in a screw top round plastic tub. The front text reads “sea salt * pumice * essential oils” and “instant smoothing foot scrub”. The back of the container reads the following:

“DIRECTIONS: After soaking feet in got2b foot retreat, scoop out a small amount of foot polish and massage onto wet feet. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and dry feet with a clean, soft towel.”

got2b Spa Foot Polish

Verdict? Definitely a must-have product whether it’s from this brand or another. The scrub is nice and thick with the right proportion of the scrub and oil in the product. The leftover greasiness after a good rinsing off is still s a tad too much for me. My skin feels a little over greased, but not too bad compared to those of other brands that I’ve used. A little goes a long way and the scent is just so refreshing and invigorating! It’s minty, so keep that in mind as well when you’re using it on your skin near sensitive areas. Take note of the fact that this product contains sea salt too. Any cut or scrape with a break in your skin will sting with use of this product. The scrubbing power of this product ranks really high in my book. Some may find it too abrasive though, so keep that in mind as well.

I haven’t seen this line of got2b anywhere recently, but I know for sure that I have purchased items from this line at Walmart in their beauty and personal care product aisle.


Curtain Call: Wild Cactus Soaps Soy Whipped Body Butter

The frustrating part about finding a really good bath and body product is that half the time the company goes out of business or the product gets discontinued. Some of you may know that I’ve dabbled in soapmaking and I’ve come in contact with lots of homemade soapmakers as well as those that branch into bath and body stuff such as body butters, lotions and bath bombs. Today’s Curtain Call post is on a product from a company that I can no longer trace if it has just changed names or what.

I’m not sure how much product is held in this screw top lid container, but it lasted me through a whole winter. Winters in Oklahoma are relatively short, but it still doesn’t exempt me from suffering dry winter skin. I had this in my stash and decided to give it a shot. The front text reads ““Dutch Chocolate” and a little to the left side reads “Smooth over clean dry skin. Re-apply as needed. Avoid contact with eyes.” while the right side states “Soy wax, cocoa butter, fractionated coconut oil, apricot kernel oil & fragrance”.

Wild Cactus Soaps Soy Whipped Body Butter

Verdict? I like it! It provides a lot of moisture and you can tell that the body butter is just so rich when held in between your fingers. It starts to soften and melt with your body temperature, making it very easy to glide and apply over skin. It can feel heavy during the summer, so I definitely consider this a heavy-duty winter body butter. While it can feel a little heavy to some even for winter, it’s not that greasy at all. My skin absorbed this quickly and I didn’t have a problem with dry skin throughout winter. The scent is of light chocolate and very pleasant. I wish I could track down whether the company still exists and had just changed names so that I can keep getting this for my winter to-go moisturizer. But unfortunately for me, I’ll have to find something else for this coming winter.


Curtain Call: John Frieda Frizz-Ease Smooth Start Shampoo

Hey guys! Today’s Curtain Call post is on a product I came upon by pure chance. There were a bunch of these marked down on sale at Walmart once and I figured why not give it a shot? I wish I picked up a couple more of these for my co-worker friends to try being that this is supposed to help with frizz and I have pretty much pin straight long hair.

At 10 fl oz / 295 ml, this retails for $6.49 at CVS and is similarly priced at various retail and drugstores. It goes on sale from time to time (it’s $4.87 right now at CVS!) and combined with coupons from your weekly Sunday paper or through tearpads in the store, this can essentially comes close to being free. The whole tube lasted me for a little over 2 months. Remember, I have long hair that goes down my back. The front text reads “REPAIRING FOR DAMAGED HAIR” and “MENDS & BLOCKS FRIZZ FOR EASY STYLING”. The back of the tube reads the following:

“100% flawless, frizz-free hair,
from start to finish.*

This shampoo starts blocking frizz in the shower for easy styling. With our Frizz-Mending Complex, it smoothes strands, repairs by helping to seal split ends and restores hair’s natural defense against frizz. Leaves distressed tresses soft, shiny and highly manageable. Safe for color-treated hair.

HOW TO: Apply to wet hair, lather, rinse well. Use with FRIZZ-EASE® Smooth Start® Repairing Conditioner and FRIZZ-EASE® Hair Serum® for best results.”

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Smooth Start Shampoo

Verdict? Not bad. While it functions well as a regular shampoo, it’s not the best I’ve tried ever. It cleanses my hair well, but I can’t verify the claim that it helps with frizz. The scent is pleasant like that of a regular shampoo really. If it goes on sale or clearance for a good price, I’ll pick up a couple more just cause it’s a good buy.

This product can easily be purchased in various retail and drugstores such as Walmart, Target, ULTA, CVS, and Walgreens. It is also available online at various websites that carry beauty and personal care products.


Curtain Call: Bath & Body Works Signature Collection Creamy Body Wash

Today’s segment of Curtain Call covers another product Bath & Body Works. It’s just in time too for their semi-annual sale, which is going on right now. Here’s my take on Bath & Body Works Signature Collection Creamy Body Wash.

At 8 fl oz / 236 ml, this retails for $12.50 at Bath & Body Works stores and online. It goes on sale from time to time (like now!) and you can score this for less with coupons they send out occasionally. It’s a good buy especially when they have their semi-annual sales (again, going on now!). That’s when I stock up on these! The whole squeeze tube container lasted me for about 2 months. The back of the tube reads the following:

“Our Signature Creamy Body Wash is one of the world’s best-kept secrets for transforming your everyday shower to a luxurious experience. Enriched with Milk and Oat Proteins to soften, smooth and condition skin, its sensuous, creamy lather leaves you feeling silky smooth and beautifully fragrant.

Enjoy this rich formula and awaken your senses with our exclusive Enchanted Orchid, an exotic floral that recreates the hypnotic moment of tropical sunlight on rare orchids.”

Bath & Body Works Signature Collection Creamy Body Wash

Verdict? I love it. The scent shown is in Enchanted Orchid. While I don’t see this scent in particular offered online, you might be able to still catch it in stores. I’m not sure if this scent is discontinued or not. I think it is. It has a super creamy formula that definitely gives that luxurious feel when you’re using it. For the price, this luxurious treat definitely worth it. The scent is one of my favorites from the brand. If you get this on sale or with their coupons, it sweetens the deal. They also have various other scents available to choose from in case this scent is not right up your alley.

This product can easily be purchased at Bath & Body Works stores and online where available.


Curtain Call: Artistry Time Defiance Nighttime Renewal Creme

Hey guys! Here’s another segment of Curtain Call and I’ll have to keep this one short and sweet. The product up for review at the end of its life is Artistry Time Defiance Nighttime Renewal Creme.

At 50 ml / 50 g / 1.76 oz, I remember the price tag was pretty steep to other facial moisturizers and cremes I’ve purchased. Looking at their website, it seems like they have renamed this to Artistry Time Defiance Night Recovery Creme. It comes in a sturdy white tub container with a gold screw top lid. This is described on their website with the following:

  • Skin “remembers” how to be young again
  • Derma Cell Exchange helps restore skin’s vital communication network
  • Helps repair the visible signs of aging caused by environmental stresses
  • Restores a youthful appearance while you sleep
  • Restores and promotes skin’s firmness and elasticity
  • Advanced antioxidant protection shields skin from free radical damage for up to 10 hours

Artistry Time Defiance Nighttime Renewal Creme

Verdict? Not bad, but I’ll pass. As a facial creme, it does hydrate my skin very well for the night. A little goes a long way. I am not a huge fan though on the grease level, which is why I will reiterate this point again: a little goes a long way. Another things I am not too thrilled about is the scent. Formula is good, but the scent is a little on the medicine-y side to me. It’s not too strong though and I was able to stand it. I don’t really notice any huge changes to my skin in comparing before and after use of this product really. With that said, I’d rather keep my options open and look around for other more worthy facial moisturizers or cremes for a cheaper price probably.

This product can easily be purchased by going through their website or by contacting your local Amway representative.


Curtain Call: Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap

Hey Guys! Another Curtain Call segment for y’all today! Today’s post covers one of the most popular products from Bath & Body Works. Here’s Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap. I usually stock up on these during either their semi-annual sale or their hand soap sales (like right now…get 5 for $15 or 7 for $20!).

At 8.75 fl oz / 259 ml, $5 is pretty decent for the amount and quality you’re getting. They have a lot of scents to choose from varying from fruity to floral. The scent featured in this post is Tropical Passionfruit. I’m not sure if this scent is still in production, but it’s one of my top 5 scents from them. It comes in a plastic pump bottle that’s typical for a foaming hand soap. The front text reads “with Aloe Vera and Vitamin B5” and “with a lightweight foam to gently cleanse hands as it kills germs”. The back of the container reads the following:

“Our soft bursts of lightweight foam gently wash away dirt and germs, while leaving skin soft and lightly scented with the enticing fragrance of Tropical Passionfruit.

OUR SPECIAL INGREDIENTS

  • Aloe Vera soothes skin
  • Pro-Vitamin B5 nourishes skin”

Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap

Verdict? I love it. The foam pump makes it so convenient to use and it smells great! Other scents I’ve used are Country Apple, Sweet Pea and Cherry Blossom. It cleans well without leaving a sticky or heavy residue like some hand soaps can. It doesn’t leave my hands dry at all. I can use this many times during the day and not worry about overdrying my skin due to washing too much. Needless to say, I’ll be picking up more of these in the next few days since I am down to just one backup bottle under my sink (I checked recently).

This product can easily be purchased at Bath & Body Works stores and online where available.


Curtain Call: Bath & Body Works Pleasures Velvet Tuberose Body Cream

Today’s segment of Curtain Call covers another product from one of my favorite brands, Bath & Body Works. Here’s my take on Bath & Body Works Pleasures Body Cream.

At 8 oz / 226 g, this retails for $12.50 at Bath & Body Works stores and online. It goes on sale from time to time (like now!) and you can score this for less with coupons they send out occasionally. It’s a good buy especially when they have their semi-annual sales. That’s when I stock up on these! The whole squeeze tube container lasted me for about 3 months. The back of the tube reads the following:

“Night-blooming white tuberose, diamond orchids and seductive cashmere mush caress skin like velvet. Elegant. Rare. Glamorous.

For Daily Beauty:
Smooth over skin, focusing on dry spots like elbows, heels and knees.

Naturally Pampering Ingredients:
Nourishing Avocado Oil, Smoothing Fruit Enzymes, Conditioning Calendula & Almond Oils”

Bath & Body Works Pleasures Velvet Tuberose Body Cream

Verdict? I love it. The scent shown is Velvet Tuberose. I normally don’t go for muskier scents, but this one gets my vote. Being that this is a body cream instead of just a body lotion, a little goes a long way. The scent lasts much longer too. I always get compliments when using this product. For the price, this luxurious treat is worth it for you to pamper your skin with. If you get this on sale or with their coupons, it sweetens the deal. They also have various other scents available to choose from in case this scent is not right up your alley.

This product can easily be purchased at Bath & Body Works stores and online where available.


Curtain Call: Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub

Hey guys! Here’s another segment of Curtain Call. The product up for review this time is Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub. I’m on a constant search for my holy grail facial scrub. No sure winners yet, but I do have a few close ones on a short list.

At 4.2 fl oz / 125 ml, $6.99 is the going retail for this product. It’s not too bad, but I know other brands have similar items for less or about the same price. Neutrogena has always been a trusted brand that’s popular worldwide, so it’s priced accordingly in my opinion. Product packaging is the common facial cleanser or scrub squeeze tube container with a flip top plastic cap. The front text reads “penetrates to eliminate most blackheads and helps prevent new ones”, “gently exfoliates” and “salicylic acid acne treatment”. The back of the container reads the following:

“Clears blackheads and helps prevent new ones to give you clear, smooth skin. Its powerful combination of blackhead-fighting medicine and microbeads works together to clean pores and help keep them free of blackheads:

  • Salicylic acid penetrates into pores to remove blackhead-causing dirt and oil.
  • Gentle exfoliating beads sweep away dead skin cells.
  • Skin soothing beads deliver conditioners to help prevent skin from overdrying.”

Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub

Verdict? I like it, but it will stay at the bottom of my short list of facial scrubs. Even though I’m on the search for a good one, I regularly rotate through several just so my skin won’t get used to just one scrub. I do that with my shampoo as well. It smells good and I like the microbeads for scrubbing. Note that some may find this facial scrub too abrasive for daily use. I used it almost daily and it didn’t bother me. It cleans well and leaves my face refreshed. However, there is nothing more than just the brand name that stands out for me with this product. My hunt will continue, but I definitely see myself revisiting this particular item in the future just because I do like it overall.

This product can easily be purchased in various retail and drugstores such as Walmart, Target, ULTA, CVS, and Walgreens. It is also available online at various websites that carry beauty and personal care products.


Curtain Call: Bath & Body Works Pleasures Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner

Hey, hey! Curtain Call blog post again here! The product up for evaluation and review today is the Bath & Body Works Pleasures Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner. I got this a while back during one of their semi-annual sale for $3 each. I figured I’d give it a shot, since I’d never really shell out $7 a pop for them.

At 12 fl oz / 355 ml, $3 isn’t too bad for the amount you’re getting. I’m not sure if this line is still currently in production with Bath & Body Works, but I see some bottles of these in the last semi-annual sale. Not sure if they were leftovers or what. The scent up for review is Warm Vanilla Sugar. I know for sure it also comes in Mango Mandarin, but I can’t remember the rest. It comes in a typical flip top plastic bottle. The front text reads “for fine or normal hair”. The back of the container reads the following:

“Experience the seductive fragrance of vanilla steeped in delicious spices.

For Daily Beauty (Shampoo): To add luxurious body and volume to fine or normal hair, massage this gently cleansing shampoo into wet hair. While you lather, weightless moisturizers restore hair’s healthy balance. Rinse thoroughly to reveal hair that is full, radiant and manageable. Follow with warm vanilla sugar volumizing conditioner for ultimate shine and fullness.

For Daily Beauty (Conditioner): Indulge your fine or normal hair with this luxurious, light conditioner that adds body, shine and fullness. After shampooing, squeeze excess water from hair and massage in conditioner, starting at the ends and working up towards the scalp. Formulated to detangle, defrizz and help protect from the elements, this conditioner rinses cleanly away to ensure hair is not weighed down. For maximum body and volume, first wash hair with warm vanilla sugar volumizing shampoo.”

Bath & Body Works Pleasures Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner

Verdict? I like it, but I’ll pass. It smells great if you like the smell of baked goods. I know some people that absolutely hates bath and body products smelling like food items. It does an okay job as a shampoo, although I don’t feel that it cleans very well after a while of consistent use. I needed to use a clarifying shampoo to remove the build up after a while. Conditioner works as expected, but not as well compared to many others I’ve tried. I feel that it does weigh my hair down a bit when using it. This is based completely on my experience with various shampoos and conditioners I’ve used over the years. I do prefer the scent Mango Mandarin better, so I’ll stick to that one instead if I spot these on sale again this year for $3.

This product can easily be purchased at Bath & Body Works stores and online where available.


Curtain Call: got2b Spa Body Butta Up

Today’s post is another segment of Curtain Call. The product up for evaluation and review is the got2b Spa Body Butta Up. I got this a long time back when I saw it at Walmart I believe.

At 400 ml / 13.5 fl oz, this is a good buy really since it lasted me a long time. This should be available at various retail and drugstores if the got2b Spa line is still in production. It comes in a screw top round plastic tub. The front text reads “honey almond shea butter” and “nourishing body butter”. The back of the container reads the following:

“Bring dry, thirsty skin to a whole new level of softness with this rich & nourishing treat for your entire body. Skin essential emollients, sweet almond & golden honey are combined with nourishing shea butter to help hydrate, condition & leave skin feeling touchable & delectably soft. Your skin will just drink it up. Smile… this butter treat is no dream!

DIRECTIONS: Massage butta up lavishly over your entire body, paying special attention to extra dry, rough areas like elbows & knees.”

got2b Spa Body Butta Up

Verdict? I love it. While the formula is thick, it spreads out nicely onto my skin when I massage it in. I find it a little too thick for my liking for summer really, but this is perfect for winter months. My skin is definitely not remotely dry at all in the winter with this body butter. A little goes a long way and the scent is just so yummy! If you like the scent of almond, you’ll absolutely love this product. A whole tub lasts me for months (remember, a little goes a looooong way!). A definite thumbs up from me.

I haven’t seen this line of got2b anywhere recently, but I know for sure that I have purchased items from this line at Walmart in their beauty and personal care product aisle.


Curtain Call: Aussie 3 Minute Miracle

Today we have another segment of Curtain Call. The product up for evaluation and review is the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle. I managed to get these with my Extra Care Bucks (ECB) from CVS to get more ECB with this purchase.

At 236 ml / 8 fl oz, this retails for $4.29 at CVS and is similarly priced at various retail and drugstores. It goes on sale from time to time and combined with coupons from your weekly Sunday paper or through tearpads in the store, this can essentially comes close to being free. The whole squeeze tube bottle lasted me for almost 4 months. I don’t use this everyday, maybe about once a week. With my long hair, that’s pretty good. The front text reads “deeeeep conditioner” and “Deeep conditioning for damaged do’s”. The back of the tube reads the following:

“Super deep conditioning for a seriously simple fix to dry, damaged hair. It’s your own little miracle. DIRECTIONS: Work into clean, wet hair. Use the next 2 minutes and 45 seconds to think deep thoughts about your day. Rinse with warm water, then cool water, then go!”

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle

Verdict? I love it. This does the trick in providing the deep conditioning my hair needs about every week. My hair feels so soft and so smooth after using this product. No tangles at all, which I love. The scent is coconut in nature. Take note of that in case you are not a coconut scent fan. A little goes a long way, so this can easily last you past 4 months if you have hair shorter than mine (mine is up to the middle of my back). I find that my roots don’t need much of it, so I start application from the tips working my way up to the scalp.

This product can easily be purchased in various retail and drugstores such as Walmart, Target, ULTA, CVS, and Walgreens. It is also available online at various websites that carry beauty and personal care products.


Curtain Call: Bath & Body Works Signature Collection Body Lotion

Today’s segment of Curtain Call covers a product of one of my favorite scent from Bath & Body Works to date. Here’s my take on Bath & Body Works Signature Collection Body Lotion in Butterfly Flower.

At 8 fl oz / 236 ml, this retailed for $10.50 at Bath & Body Works stores and online. It goes on sale from time to time and you can score this for less with coupons they send out occasionally. It’s a good buy especially when they have their semi-annual sales. That’s when I stock up on these! The whole bottle lasted me for about 3 months. The back of the bottle reads the following:

“Our Signature Body Lotion just got better. Fortified with Aloe Vera, Grape Seed Extract and vitamins C and E, it glides on easily and evenly to condition and hydrate skin. This non-greasy, sheer formula absorbs quickly to leave skin soft, smooth, and beautifully fragrant.

Smooth over body to moisturize and lightly fragrance skin with our exclusive Butterfly Flower, a vibrant fragrance inspired by the natural elegance and playful femininity of a butterfly garden in full bloom.”

Bath & Body Works Signature Collection Body Lotion

Verdict? I love this product a lot. It smells great and moisturizes really well for Spring into Fall. I would switch over to their body butter of the same scent for Winter. A little goes a long way and the scent lasts for hours. I use the body spray in the same scent as well. While it’s pricier than other brands of body lotions you can find in various grocery or drugstores, it’s a nice luxurious treat for your skin. And again, when you get this on sale or with their coupons it’s actually worth it. The sad thing about this is I *think* this scent has been discontinued, which I am very sad about. But there’s always body lotions of various other scents to choose from.

This product can easily be purchased at Bath & Body Works stores and online where available.


Curtain Call: John Frieda Luxurious Volume Full Splendor Shampoo & Conditioner

Here’s another segment of Curtain Call, where I provide an honest review at the end of the life of a product I’ve been using. Today we have shampoo and conditioner from John Frieda. This is their Luxurious Volume Full Splendor Shampoo & Conditioner. I managed to get these with my Extra Care Bucks (ECB) from CVS to get more ECB with this purchase.

At 8.45 fl oz / 250 ml (bonus size of 30% more is 11 fl oz / 325 ml), this retails for $6.99 at CVS and is similarly priced at various retail and drugstores. It goes on sale from time to time and combined with coupons from your weekly Sunday paper or through tearpads in the store, this can essentially comes close to being free. The whole tube lasted me for almost 3 months. With my long hair, that’s pretty good. The front text reads “builds fullness at the roots; strengthens and conditions where needed for silky, full-bodied hair” and “boosts volume in all 3 dimensions“. The back of the tube reads the following:

“Instantly boosts volume in all 3 dimensions: fullness, thickness & lift

Luxurious Volume line builds fullness at the roots. thickens individual strands and increased lift for noticeably thicker, full-bodied hair with up to:

110% MORE FULLNESS*
50% MORE THICKNESS*
90% MORE LIFT*

(Shampoo) Luxurious Volume Full SplendorTM Shampoo strengthens hair from the inside out, plumps up hair and fills in damaged areas for healthy volume that starts at the roots. (Conditioner) Luxurious Volume Full SplendorTM Conditioner targets damaged areas, providing weightless conditioning only where needed for full-bodied style with a soft, silky feel.”

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Full Splendor Shampoo & Conditioner

Verdict? I like it. While I’m not going to rush out and claim that this is my holy grail shampoo and conditioner, it does what it claims to do. It cleanses my hair well and I do feel like I get more volume after using this. The scent is pleasant and refreshing; a typical shampoo scent really. Conditioner works really well. I apply it to my ends first then even it out throughout my hair. I avoid getting conditioner on my scalp just as a preference. My scalp doesn’t need much conditioning really. If I am out and it’s on for a good price, I’ll grab it. Other than that, I’ll still keep my eyes peeled for something new to try that would wow me.

This product can easily be purchased in various retail and drugstores such as Walmart, Target, ULTA, CVS, and Walgreens. It is also available online at various websites that carry beauty and personal care products.


Curtain Call: Body By Victoria Almost Naked Medium Body Hydrator

Another product has breathed its last in my bathroom. Today’s Curtain Call is for Body By Victoria Almost Naked Medium Body Hydrator.

At 3.4 fl oz / 100 ml, this is sold under their Body By Victoria brand. I got this in a beauty set during the Holidays a few years ago. It comes in a peachy pink plastic tube packaging with a flip top lid. The back of the tube shows the following:

Almost Naked
leaves skin smooth,
glowing, and hydrated.

Contains the exclusive
Vitamatrix complex: Vita-
min A to increase skin elasticity;
Vitamins E and C to fight the
signs of aging; and Vitamin
K to smooth and tone.

Use following Body By Victoria
cleanser and exfoliator.

Body By Victoria Almost Naked Medium Body Hydrator

Verdict? It has a light consistency of a lotion with the familiar Body By Victoria scent. My skin absorbed the lotion immediately after applying. The scent is pretty light; not overpowering at all. It does leave my skin well-hydrated, but I found that the whole tube doesn’t last as long as I thought it would. It was good to the last drop for less than a month. I haven’t seen the Body By Victoria line lately though in their stores or on their website, so I’m not sure if this product will even make a reappearance.


Curtain Call: Lifetherapy Everyday Handcreme Play

Finally, another one bites the dust yet again. Today’s Curtain Call entry features a hand cream that has been loved to to bits and tested to the last dollop. It has been tested actively by 3 people including me and sporadically by 2 others. I got this in a promo they had a while back and chose the scent in Play. They have 5 scents to choose from. Here’s our take on Lifetherapy Everyday Handcreme.

At 3.5 oz, this retails for $18 on their website. It’s pretty pricey for a tube of hand cream, but there are lots of other brands that are in the same price range. It comes in a brown standard squeeze tube packaging with a plastic screw top lid. The back of the tube shows the following:

choose your mood
everyday handcreme

be still…
your subconscious is talking to you.
lifetherapy believes your
mood is a choice, your feelings
are contagious and tehre has
never been another you.
discover your possibilities
through an assortment of mindful
products that evoke mood,
senses and infinite lifetherapy.

Lifetherapy Everyday Handcreme Play

Verdict? We all loved it. The formula is nice and smooth with just the right consistency. It’s not too thick or thin at all. The scent is heavenly. Play is described as a feminine and youthful fragrance with these words: “With notes of marsh grass, the sweetness of fresh jasmine and a burst of red orange to awaken your senses…the combination is at once feminine and endearing to anyone lucky enough to get close to you.” The whole tube lasted 3 regular and 2 sporadic users for about 2 months. Where it loses us a bit is the price tag. $18 is pretty steep for a 3.5 oz tube of hand cream to most regular Joe’s. Maybe as a splurge item or a treat once in a blue moon. It would make a really nice gift such as a hostess gift perhaps. It is only during those times I would allow myself to partake in this luxurious experience. Unless, of course, I can get this on a crazy sale or promo or something.

This product can be purchased at their website or at retail locations listed here.


Curtain Call: Neutrogena Daily Control 2 in 1 Dandruff Shampoo Plus Conditioner

Today’s Curtain Call feature is something I’ve used more in the warmer months rather than winter. But the container is now empty and I’m here to tell its tale from my perspective. Here’s Neutrogena Daily Control Dandruff Shampoo Plus Conditioner.

At 8.5 fl oz / 250 ml, this retails for $7.19 at CVS and is similarly priced at various retail and drugstores. It goes on sale for ECB deals for Neutrogena products from time to time and combined with coupons from your weekly Sunday paper or through tearpads in the store, this can essentially be really cheap. The packaging is the standard plastic shampoo bottles with a flip open cap that most brands have. The front of the packaging indicates that it’s “clinically proven dandruff protection that’s extra gentle on hair” and having the following points:

  • fast acting
  • vitamin E
  • fresh scent
  • safe on color-treated hair

It also boasts that it’s “#1 Dermatologist Recommended Brand” and that it contains “1% Pyrithione Zinc”.

The back of the bottle states the following:

“Neutrogena T/Gel Daily Control starts working immediately to give you fast, effective dandruff relief. Three conditioning agents promote healthy-looking, soft, manageable hair.”

Neutrogena Daily Control 2 in 1 Dandruff Shampoo Plus Conditioner

Verdict? If you’ve tried the original Neutrogena T/Gel and find it too dry for your hair, this is a great alternative. It’s a more toned down version. It also smells much better, just like a regular shampoo scent. I have used the original Neutrogena T/Gel shampoo to control my oily scalp and it works really well, but after a while I find it too drying for my hair and at the same time switching back to regular shampoo didn’t help. This product is what I use in between for that. I just wet my hair, lather and rinse. I used it daily at first to wean myself off the original Neutrogena T/Gel shampoo and then alternated it with regular shampoo until my scalp behaves nicely with regular shampoo. Please note that I initially used this product to help with the transition from the original Neutrogena T/Gel to a regular brand shampoo. It eventually evolved to me using it when my scalp starts acting up again unless my scalp acts up really bad from the start (then enter the original Neutrogena T/Gel). It does work effectively in getting rid of dandruff in just about one use.

This product can easily be purchased in various retail and drugstores such as Walmart, Target, ULTA, CVS, and Walgreens. It is also available online at various websites that carry beauty and personal care products.


Curtain Call: Artistry Clarifying Foaming Cleanser

Hey y’all! I hope you guys had a great Christmas! I am still here in Philly, spending the Holidays with my cousins and friends. It’s been a good time so far. Lots of food, lots of stories and not to mention I plowed through lots of books (4 as of most recent count, which includes all 3 Hunger Games books). Today’s post is another Curtain Call segment. It’s another facial cleanser. I had a period of time in where I didn’t post any Curtain Call blog entries at all, so I’m just catching up. Here’s Artistry Clarifying Foaming Cleanser.

At 125 ml / 125 g / 4.4 oz, this cleanser rates pretty well in my book. I tried to figure out how much it costed me when I got it, but the most similar product available on their website now is the Artisty Time Defiance Cleansing Treatment (which costs $31.65!). This costs more than the facial cleansers and scrubs offered from other various drugstore brands. It comes in an easy to squeeze white tube and the whole tube lasted me for about 3 months for daily usage in the morning and at night. The consistency is a clear gel, like most hair gels. It lathers up really quick too. To use, I just wet my face and squeeze a small amount on my palm to apply it on my face in a massaging motion. I wash it off and dry my face with a towel in a patting motion.

Artistry Clarifying Foaming Cleanser

Verdict? It’s very easy to use and works really well as a facial cleanser. It’s very mild in my opinion and does a great job in removing all dirt, oil and impurities. It cleanses really well without drying my skin at all. This is very safe to use daily. The price may be its downfall for me. I do love it, but I probably won’t be purchasing this again unless I get a great deal on it. I mean, over $30 for a facial cleanser?! Yeah.

This product can be purchased on Amway’s website or through your local Amway representative.


Curtain Call: Clean & Clear Oil-Free Daily Pore Cleanser

Today’s Curtain Call segment focuses on Clean & Clear Oil-Free Daily Pore Cleanser. I believe I got this with my Extra Care Bucks (ECB) from CVS to get more ECB with this purchase.

At 5.5 oz / 156 g, this retails for $4.99 at CVS and is similarly priced at various retail and drugstores. It goes on sale for ECB deals from time to time and combined with coupons from your weekly Sunday paper or through tearpads in the store, this can essentially comes close to being free. The whole tube lasted me for about 3 months for daily usage in the morning and at night. To use, I just wet my face and squeeze a small amount on my palm to apply it on my face in a massaging motion. I wash it off and dry my face with a towel in a patting motion. The front text reads “gently cleans with smooth, round “micro-scrubbers””. The back of the tube states the following:

“This unique daily cleanser with gentle “micro-scrubbers” effectively removes excess dirt, oil and dead skin cells that can block pores and lead to breakouts. Completely oil-free, the rich lather cleans deep down-to-the-pored and rinses clean without overdrying, leaving your skin feeling soft, smooth and refreshed.”

Clean & Clear Oil-Free Daily Pore Cleanser

Verdict? It’s easy to use and I am liking the “micro-scrubbers” in this! It leads to me to classify this more as a facial scrub than a cleanser though. The scrubbers are really fine and does a good job in leaving your face soft and smooth. I didn’t find it too harsh for my face or drying, but your experience may differ from mine based on skin type and basic differences in how our bodies respond to things. With that said, if your skin is on the sensitive side then this probably is not the ideal facial cleanser to use daily. But for me, this works well and onto my list of facial scrubs and cleansers it goes.

This product can easily be purchased in various retail and drugstores such as Walmart, Target, ULTA, CVS, and Walgreens. It is also available online at various websites that carry beauty and personal care products.


Curtain Call: Aussie Aussome Volume Shampoo & Conditioner

I haven’t done a Curtain Call entry in a while, so I dug deep and decided to see what products have reached the end of its life recently and this is where Aussie steps in. I have had the pleasure of using their Aussome Volume Shampoo & Conditioner for the past few months now. I managed to get these with my Extra Care Bucks (ECB) from CVS to get more ECB with this purchase. I’m sure glad I did!

At 13.5 fl oz / 400 ml, this retails for $3.99 at CVS and is similarly priced at various retail and drugstores. It goes on sale from time to time and combined with coupons from your weekly Sunday paper or through tearpads in the store, this can essentially comes close to being free. The whole bottles lasted me for a little over 2 months and with my past shoulder length hair, that’s pretty good. The front text reads “boosts hair that’s fallen flat” and “lightweight conditioning to fight droopy do’s”. The back of the bottles states the following:

Shampoo: “Oomph up your do in a flash! Accented with White Ginger this shampoo gets you ready for great volume.”

Conditioner: “Aussome Volume Conditioner with Wild Cherry Bark, leaves your hair with volume.”

Aussie Aussome Volume Shampoo & Conditioner

Verdict? Awesome shampoo and conditioner in sturdy, purple bottles? Almost a definite WIN for me! It is reasonably priced, very accessible (available just about everywhere shampoo and conditioner is sold) and smells great. It’s hard to describe the scent, but I would say it’s citrus-y more than anything else. Shampoo leaves hair squeaky clean and conditioner provides just the right amount of softness to keep hair free of tangles. I can’t vouch for the volume claim though. I was hoping it’d give me more volume than what I got, but a good buy for the price and quality overall. I was sad the day I found these bottles empty. Good thing I have another of each stocked up. :)

This product can easily be purchased in various retail and drugstores such as Walmart, Target, ULTA, CVS, and Walgreens. It is also available online at various websites that carry beauty and personal care products.