Touch-and-Go with Target’s SMARTLY Brand

Touch-and-Go with Target’s SMARTLY Brand

We’ve all been there. The need to pick up something from the store with the confidence that, yes, we CAN run into Target for just one thing and only one thing. Oh how wrong we are.

As of late I’ve discovered a new brand of household essentials at Target under the brand name ‘Smartly‘.  So far I’ve only picked up liquid hand soap and body wash, however they also offer the following items.

  • laundry detergent
  • bar soap
  • toilet paper
  • shaving cream
  • razors
  • facial cleansing wipes
  • hand and body lotion
  • facial lotion
  • paper towels
  • all-purpose cleaner
  • dishwasher gel
  • liquid dish soap
  • ammonia
  • napkins
  • plastic cutlery
  • paper plates
  • plastic straws
  • disposable cups
  • sandwich bags
  • trash bags

From the outset, the brand looks decent. Smart packaging with pricing sliding under $5 for just about everything, with the majority of the items around $2 or less.

The first product I tried was the Lavender Scented Liquid Hand Soap, for which I paid 99¢ and was very happy.  The smell was pleasant and the soap did it’s job. Overall I was very pleased and was eager to try more from this new line.

The Smartly-branded Rain Shower Scented Body Wash is available for $1.99, which is on my list to review in the future; if it’s up to par, it could be a reasonably priced replacement for higher-end body washes and shower gels.

On today’s Target run, the pleasant-scented lavender version of the Smartly Liquid Hand Soap was depleted and I had the misfortune of choosing the wrong replacement scent on a whim for our next bottle of hand soap. While the Blossom Scented Liquid Hand Soap looks like it would be a decent choice, it turns out that looks can be deceiving.

Don’t get me wrong, the soap works — it would be pretty difficult to make a soap that doesn’t actually get you clean, after all! — but the scent, while generally pleasant in very small doses, lingers on far too STRONGLY. Using a pea-sized drop and washing my hands as normal, the heavy scent carries in almost a cloud around me, lasting in excess of 30 minutes after hand washing.  I am not one who is usually sensitive to scents, however the notes in the Blossom fragrance mixed with it’s potency have made for an unpleasant experience and even feelings of light-headedness.

So far, the Smartly line has given me some mixed results. Though I plan to test out more product and scent offerings, the thought of further over-indulged lingering scent issues seems to be cause for some concern. Be on the look out for a new review of Smartly body wash, coming soon!

CoverGirl Supersizer Mascara

Covergirl’s The Supersizer Mascara

 

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After seeing gushing reviews for this mascara, I decided to dip my toe back into the mascara game after the last time turned into an allergic reaction debacle (Thanks Covergirl! Stay away from the Covergirl LashBlast Volume mascara, people!)

I figured it had been 10 years since my last horrible experiment, surely they have a better formula by now. So with a optimistic outlook, I sought this mascara out.

I bought it, took it home, read the directions, watched a dozen or so demonstration videos, then put it on.

Within 20 minutes this brand new mascara was flaking off into my eyes and onto my cheeks. After 2 weeks, I gave this mascara to my mom since she wanted to try it. She trashed it a few days later citing the flaking.

I am extremely disappointed by the poor quality of Covergirl’s Supersizer mascara. The interesting application was easy. It looked great while it was wet on my lashes. By 2pm I had an impromptu mirror check thanks to a kind coworker and it had all flaked off. I looked like I’d stuck my cheeks under a pepper shaker.

Even the cheap dollar store mascaras have not had such poor quality. I feel as though the people raving about it on YouTube are probably paid to do so.

My review is what I have actually experienced with the mascara, and I found it severely lacking.

Covergirl products in general from eye-shadow to face products have consistently disappointed me or damaged my skin, no matter how positive I try to be about them.

Suave Keratin Infusion Shampoo & Conditioner

Hey y’all! I return with a review of Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Shampoo and Conditioner.

Keratin Infusions

When I first tried this line, I was out of town a few years ago and had the travel size conditioner in my overnight bag. I used the conditioner like I always do and really liked the results. So I bought both when my bottle of sadness by Garnier finally ran out.

After using the shampoo and conditioner in combination, my hair was very shiny in a non greasy way, and my frizz was controlled pretty well once my hair dried.

I have unmanageable long, frizzy, dry, curly/wavy hair with an oily scalp. My usual routine is to wash, condition, sop up my hair water with a tshirt, comb into my usual style, then let my hair air dry.  The only product I use is shampoo and conditioner.  My favorite is Nexxus, but I have a budget to stick to. Enter Suave.

These products perform pretty well on their own. The shampoo smoothes and shines without the conditioner. It’s a pale gold with just a hint of shimmer, and smells pretty nice. The shampoo is thick and creamy. While it says low sulfate, it still has them in it, so this shampoo lathers. Not a ton, but it does. I use my finger tips to massage it onto my scalp and gently scrub away dirt and all that, then rinse. The shampoo that goes down your hair on rinse is really all it needs to clean the rest of your hair. Shampoo is mainly about the scalp.

After shampoo, use the Keratin Infused conditioner on the tips and body of your hair, really working it into the body and ends. It is a chunky-ish, creamy white conditioner. With whatever is left on my hands, I massage it onto my scalp. I do not usually waste the water or time to let the conditioner sit for 3 minutes. More along the lines of 1 minute. It stays on while I attend to everything else, then gets rinsed. I take fast, low water showers so the shampoo & conditioner work pretty well for the time I give them.

Pro’s:

  • Does what it says it does on my hair type.
  • Shiny, less frizzy hair
  • Price is not bad, and you can find bundled sets some times of the year.

Con’s:

  • Sulfates. Still present, even though in lower amounts.
  • The smell. It’s nice, but I got really tired of it pretty quickly.
  • Not cruelty free. They are somewhat cagey about a straight answer on their website, which is “no” in my book. If that is a cause you care about, skip this line.

Overall, if you have frizzy hair that drives you batty, go out and snag the travel size conditioner. I got mine at Target. Try the Keratin Infusions line out. Hopefully you get the same satisfactory results I do.

 

Obligatory “This post is not sponsored, my opinions are just that, nobody is paying me to talk about their stuff.”

Batiste Dry Shampoo

Batiste Dry Shampoo

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Batiste Bare (Lightly Scented)

Welcome back readers!  Today we will be having a chat about Batiste Dry Shampoo!

I’ve been using this particular brand for a few years now.  My hair was super oily, and I couldn’t stop it from looking disgusting during the day.  I will be the first to admit that I am not a girly woman. My idea of style is spicing up my denim and blouse with a colorful scarf in the winter. So when I went to the hair care aisle looking for a solution, I happened upon Dry Shampoo.  Honestly, the adorable packaging is what sold me years ago.  They have some cute designs for their cans.

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Batiste Strength and Shine

My hair is where most of my girly attention goes nowadays. I baby it with keratin infused shampoos and conditioners, I brush it carefully, and I don’t wash it every day.  I wash my hair every 3 days, actually. For the days in between, I use Batiste Dry Shampoo.  The current can I use is the Fruity & Cheeky Cherry scented. The original scent is nice and clean, and they have other options for darker hair colors as well.

 

Batiste does a good job when you follow the directions.  I lift my hair up and aim at my roots, and give it a blast, then move to the next section.  Then I wait about 30 minutes and give my roots a good massage to get the product worked in.  Brush and style as normal and I’m good to go for the day!  My hair smells good, there’s volume, and it doesn’t look oily.  My cans usually last 2 or 3 months. I have a lot of hair.

I found my can of Batiste at Target. It’s also sold at Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Ulta, and probably more places that don’t happen to be out here on the west coast. Ulta has the biggest selection of fragrances and colors by far, so if you need a justification for running on down to Ulta, here’s one! If you find a coupon for them, head to that store and take advantage of it, as they are usually around $8 per can.

PROS:

Batiste Cherry
Batiste Cherry
  • Soaks up oils
  • Leaves clean scent
  • Strong, fine spray
  • Comes in travel size

CONS:

  • The scent may be too strong for some. It does fade, but the scent with the initial blasts of product are strong!
  • Flammable
  • Aerosol spray
100% Pure Cosmetics Super Fruits Cream

100% Pure Cosmetics Super Fruits Cream

I came upon 100% Pure Cosmetics creams when searching for makeup that wouldn’t give me rashes, hives, and blisters.

I am pretty heavily allergic to most of the makeup out there.  Over the last 20 years I’ve tried and retried hundreds of things from almost every brand out there and wasted thousands of dollars in the process. American makeup on the whole is quite terrible in this regard.

If I do a makeup review, it will be on a sensitive-skin focused product that claims to be hypo-allergenic. I digress! As a member of society, I too am judged by my looks first, so keeping the skin lovely is important.  Equally important is the quality of what you slather on your skin, so I had to try 100% Pure Cosmetics Super Fruits Cream.

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