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Review: Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls

For those of you that don’t know me very well, you probably wouldn’t guess that I have curly hair.  I typically wear my hair straight.  If I am wearing it “curly,” I blow dry it straight then curl it with a curling iron.

I have pretty much spent my life trying to find the right product so that I can let me hair just air dry.  This has proved to be difficult.  Partly because my hair isn’t just curly.  It really is a mix of frizz, tight curls, and large waves.

I had heard of Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls through various beauty reviews, but was never able to find it in Canada.  So, I was thrilled when a recent trip to NYC, I spotted it in a drug store.  I of course had to pick up a few other goodies as well;)

Review: Miss Jessie's Pillow Soft CurlsI’m pretty sure I found it at Duane Reid, and it was on sale for $19 (regularly $22 I think).  You can find it on Amazon though.  Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls.

Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls Product Description:

The name says it all. Miss Jessie’s PILLOW SOFT CURLS™ is the new styling lotion that borrows fabric care technology and marries it to haircare. It is perfect for achieving static-free, big, soft, curly hair that we all dream about. If you don’t want ramen noodle definition and instead want a larger, expanded, fluffy curl then PILLOW SOFT CURLS™ is for you! It’s the first “fabric softener” type styling lotion that will leave your curls clothesline fresh and fluffy soft. You will see that PILLOW SOFT CURLS™ is so easy to apply. It spreads so smoothly and feels as light as a feather on your curls.

Let me say though, I didn’t want to get too excited because the claims seemed to be pretty big!

Guess what though?  I LOVE this stuff!  (And trust me, that’s really rare of me to say, especially with hair care.  Unless you read my Tresemme post here ha!).

I’ll break down the product description and add my thoughts:

“…borrows fabric care technology…” – Check.  It definitely smells like fabric softener.  I don’t mind this though (some people’s reviews I have read seem to hate it though).

“…achieving static-free, big, soft, curly hair.” – Check.  Somewhat.  Static free, yes, big no.  Soft and curly, yes.  I cannot say that this product loosened my curls at all.  It did however, make it soft, static free (I’ve worn a hat numerous times), and of course curly.

Again, I have to say that I really do not think this product made my curls larger (i.e loosened).  Did it expand them?  Well, it is tough to say because I really do not wear my hair curly too often (until now).  I did seem to have a lot of volume though, and definitely no sign of the ramen noodle hair once my hair dried.

“…pillow soft curls is easy to apply..” – Well, duh, it’s just creme.  It is kind of like any typical cream and has a slight mint color to it.  I use about a grape sized amount and distribute it through soaking wet hair.

Here are some pics so you can see how my hair actually looked:

Sorry, I know the photos aren’t the best.  As you can see though, some of my hair has quite tight curls, and other parts are just waves.  I really wish it would make up its mind.

One of the great things I have found about Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls is that my hair looks great no matter if I let it dry naturally, or end up drying it to speed up the process.  Normally, if I didn’t let it dry naturally, it would get rather frizzy when I used a hair dryer.  Not with this stuff though.

The other nice thing is that if I only conditioned my hair on day two and three, I could still add product and it did not weigh it down too much.

Overall, I want to rate this stuff 4.5 out of 5 lipsticks (a new rating system I’m making up on this blog lol).

The only reason I cut half a lipstick off is because it did not make my curls as big as I would have liked.  It is by far though my new favorite product, and I have definitely been wearing my hair curly a lot more because of it!

I’d love to hear your reviews and experiences with Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls below.  Leave a comment :)

TRESemme 7 Day Keratin Smooth Review

tresemme keratin smooth

A good portion of my life has been spent trying to find the best products or methods to make my hair smooth and straight.  You name it, I have probably tried it.  I was thrilled to see a new system available – TRESemme 7 Day Keratin Smooth.

TRESemme 7 Day Keratin Smooth Review

The “system” consists of 3 products:  Shampoo, Conditioner, and the Heat Activated treatment.

TRESemme describes the system as:

…a breakthrough non-damaging smoothing system that lasts through washes. Get salon-smooth hair that lasts for 7 days**, even through washes.

I followed the directions by washing and conditioning my hair.  Easy enough.  It was then time for the heat activated treatment.

Heat Activated Treatment 

Although this was not exactly rocket science, applying the heat activated treatment seemed like a few too many steps for me.  Okay, they aren’t that bad, but I’m use to just putting product into my hand and rubbing it through my hair.

To start, you are supposed to divide your hair into at least 4 equal sections.

You then apply 2 pumps of the product to each section.  Let me tell you that each pump is not your typical small amount!  2 pumps are more than what I would have normally put into my entire head of hair!  It seemed like a little much, but I kept applying as described.

8 pumps later, I combed through my hair to make sure the product was distributed smoothly.  It felt a little heavy, but not as bad as I thought it would.

The instructions then tell you to completely blow dry hair.

*NOTE* Blow drying your hair is not enough to “activate” the Thermal Technology.

You must flat iron your hair in small sections, and run each section through the flat iron at least 3 times.

Anyways, back to the blow drying.  I found that as I was drying my hair, it was slightly heavy.  You know how sometimes it takes an extra long time to blow dry your hair?  Well, that’s what happened (probably because my hair was soaked in the treatment).  It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great either.

I made sure to flat iron my hair.  By the time I was done doing that, my hair was pretty smooth and well, flat.

Normally I try to go at least 3 days between washes, but I wasn’t able to.  By day two, I was ready to wash again to see what happened.

I washed and conditioned with the products and blow dried my hair.  It was still pretty smooth!  I wondered though, was it still smooth because of the process I had gone through, or was it smooth because the shampoo and conditioner were good products?  It was hard to determine.

A few washes later, I realized it was “time” to go through the whole process again.  To be honest, the idea of it exhausted me.

I decided to try something else.

After shampooing and conditioning, I decided I would try applying one pump for all of my hair.  All I can say is WOW!

My hair was smooth, easy to blow dry, and bouncy.

I’ve been doing this over the last month or so, and I’m absolutely thrilled with the results.

I may not be following the “system” correctly, but I am loving how easy it is for me to blow dry my hair!  I would highly recommend picking the 3 products up and playing around with them.

They are very well priced (I paid about $5.99 Canadian for each product), and they are comparable to any of the higher-end products.

What is your experience with the TRESemme 7 Day Keratin Smoothing System?   I would love to hear your comments below!



Too Faced Melted Lipstick Review

TOO FACED Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick Review

Alright, so unless you live under a rock, I am sure you have seen photos of the new TOO FACED Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick on Instagram or wherever.

They seemed to have popped up overnight (well, at least to me), so I was super excited to try them.  Any cosmetic that has the words “long wear” in it always immediately catch my eye.  Not to mention, the packaging was pretty darn cute.

Sephora’s website describes it as:

The shine of a gloss, lasting power of a stain, and pigment-packed color of a liquid lipstick, all in one high-impact formula. Bold, long-wearing color glides on cleanly with the precision tip applicator, delivering rich color with staying power.

Awesome! Sign me up.

I decided to wander into my local Sephora to try this baby out.  I picked up the colour that was closest to what I would normally wear (Melted Peony) and went over to the mirror.  Of course they did not have any of the lip applying thingys, so I kind of wiped it off with a kleenex and hoped that the person trying this before me didn’t have an infectious disease.

The applicator reminded me very much of a Maybelline lipgloss that I had years ago – kind of like a sponge with a bunch of little hairs.  Not sure if that makes sense, but it was pretty much the exact same as whatever I had back in high school.

Sephora’s site also says that it has:

A precision tip applicator eliminates the need for a lip liner, making this formula easier to apply.

If I had the buzzer that they had on X-Factor, I would be hitting it right now.  I do not know if it is the applicator or the formula, but this stuff is definitely not easy to apply.  In fact, I found it more difficult to apply than normal lipstick or lipgloss.

I found that it was very difficult to “easily” apply it to my lips.  It was basically going well outside of my lipline, and wouldn’t stop.

Before I go on, it somewhat reminded my of OCC’s LipTar in terms of formula, except a little bit thinner.

I fiddled around with my lips until it seemed presentable and was excited to put it to the test.

The results?

It lasted about an hour.  The only thing I really did was drink a bit of water.  Yikes.

I found that it also seemed to dissolve until it looked like I almost had just pink lip liner on my lips.  Not so pretty.

I’m so disappointed.  I really really wanted to like this stuff.  Unfortunately, I would not recommend it.

Maybe it was just user error?  What have been your experiences with it?!  I would love to know!