Product Review: Ouidad Moisture Lock Define & Shine Curl Styling Gel-Cream

When I was a teenager and I was first trying to style my curly-wavy hair, there were precious few curl-specific products on the market. I remember going through bottles of neon-bright DEP gel and tubes of an imported French balm-gel called Tenax. (Even then, I oscillated between the high and low ends of the retail spectrum.) Neither option was ideal, but they both offered some control and shine. (Terax was actually excellent. Where did it go?)

Nowadays, the shelves at Duane Reade and Ricky’s and Sephora offer plenty of haircare for curls; the problem is choosing something that’s effective but not too heavy, not too heavily fragranced, or too ridiculously overpriced. See my recent review of Kérastase Oléo-Curl Curl Definition Cream for an example of that last point…

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Five on Five: Desk-Drawer Beauty Essentials

I recently began a new job, and in addition to the big positive picture of having work that challenges and satisfies me, it feels great to have a fresh new desk where I can get organized.

I’ve also been setting my usual small stash of beauty products in a drawer, for mid-day maintenance and small emergencies. Here are five of my essentials…

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