Hey Everyone, So as some of you may know I am currently living in Europe working as an intern. So, since I have an extended stay outside of my home town, but am not moving here permanently I had to be rather frugal with what beauty products I brought along with me. I thought that my time in Europe would be a great opportunity to really try and use up some of my beauty products as a means of spring cleaning... For the past month or so, I have really been focussing on trying to use stuff up and haven't purchased any new beauty products at all. I don't want to entirely call this a project pan, because I wanted to give myself some flexibility in case I found something really special here that I wouldn't be able to get back home, or if I ran out of an essential product that I cannot live without. Anyways without further ado, here are really quick reviews of some of the products I have used up so far:
1. Equate- Make-Up Removing Cleansing Cloths
I figured I would give these cloths a try since I have still not found the perfect makeup wipe. On the whole I was fairly pleased, but they are definitely not a holy grail product for me.
What I like about them:
-Unlike many of the makeup wipes I have tried so far, these ones stayed moist to the very last cloth, which is super important to me since the whole point of a makeup wipe is to not have to moisten it to get it to work.
-The plastic closure on the pack is far more secure than any of the sticker closures that many makeup removing cloths have. I think the plastic closure is also one of the main reasons that the wipes didn't dry up on me either.
- I think the general performance for these cloths was on par with everything else I have tried so far. They get the job done, but with mascara and longer lasting products you do have to massage it a bit to get everything removed.
What I don't like about them:
- I found the texture of the wipes to be a bit more abrasive than what I am used to. Since I primarily use these around my eyes and have fairly sensitive skin, the somewhat scratchy texture is not the most appealing feature of these cloths.
- On the whole they aren't a bad product, but I don't necessarily think I would recommend them... I probably won't end up purchasing these again unless I can't find anything better. In the meantime I will continue to search for the best makeup wipe for me.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011
First off, I would like to say that the hoops I had to jump through to obtain this product will probably prevent me from ever purchasing a Chanel cosmetic product again. To make a long story short, the Chanel counters where I live are apparently notorious for leaving their coutners unattended and not scheduling staff for the full duration of the Bay's operating hours. As a result, I had to go back several times to acquire this polish which speaks volumes about how much this colour intrigued me. Rant aside the colour is definitely the most appealing element of this polish. I didn't find the formula to be mind blowing (especially for the price) so unless you fall in love with this lovely lemony yellow with a hint of shimmer I would save your money for something else. That being said, I do love love love this shade and think it is quite unique, hence the reason I sprung for this polish.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
China Glaze: Short and Sassy
A pretty standard shimmer polish for China Glaze. I had avearge wear for this. It is a nice blackened red that is great for fall and a little more vampy than your standard red shimmer polish.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Michael Kors Very Hollywood 3.4oz Eau de Parfum
So, i've kind of been on a bit of a perfume kick for a couple of months now. I thought about purchasing this particular perfume for quite a few months before making the plunge, and managed to get it for an awesome deal while on special at one of the drug stores where I live. Normally I'm not a huge floral person, but I really like this fragrance because it is more of a full bodied floral and not super top note heavy. Before I go any further here is the description from the Michael Kors Website:
"The Eau de Parfum makes its debut with shimmering jewels of mandarin and iced bergamot. Scene-stealing gardenia follows suit with a decadent performance of award-worthy glamour"
Personally I find the most dominating note in this fragrance to be the gardenia which contributes to the very smooth, 'full bodied' nature of the scent, after all as I am sure those of you who have smelled gardenia before will know, it packs a punch while remaining smooth. I think this is a pretty flirty fragrance that is particularly suited for the spring. Although fragrance is a pretty personal thing, I would definitely encourage those who generally don't like florals to give this one a whiff. I would also strongly reccommend this scent to anyone who likes gardenia! On a completely superficial note, I really do like the packaging and colour of this perfume as well. It definitely feels like an indulgence everytime you use this perfume!
Michael Kors: Very Hollywood
Monday, February 21, 2011
China Glaze: Frosty, Jingle Bells, & Jolly HollyI am extremely late on this one, but I figured I would upload my swatches since some e-tailers do have holiday polishes still in stock. As you can probably tell from the photo, I picked up three polishes from the sixteen polish collection. I got Frosty, Jingle Bells and Jolly Holly which I thought were fairly unique and also very festive. All of the holiday polishes this year had a silver handle instead of the tradtitional black. I thought Peace on Earth (which is an olive green shimmer) was also nice, but didn't end up ordering although I might someday if I can get my hands on it.
Frosty: is a white frosty shimmer (just like China Glaze describes it). I didn't have any application issues, the polish itself is somewhat sheer, but personally I think that was kind of the point of this shade. It's a nice wintery alternative to nudes and light pinks for those who like light coloured nail polish. I used two coats of polish in my swatches which are semi-opaque (since you can still see the white part of my nails in some lights/angles) in any event I think it is a nice shade for winter.
China Glaze: Frosty
China Glaze: Frosty
China Glaze: Jingle Bells
Jingle Bells: is described by China Glaze as a champagne shimmer, personally I think this polish leans a bit more gold than they describe it. It is not super finely milled as some shimmer polishes are, but it isn't super chunky either. This polish is a really nice that isn't too blingy (basically it isn't a chrome style polish) or too muted, but rather somewhere in the middle. This polish like frosty is another, albeit warmer alternative to nude or light peach polishes. I also found this polish to last longer than others with very minimal chipping in comparison to other polishes I have worn recently. I would definitely reccommend this shade!
China Glaze: Jingle Bells
China Glaze: Jingle Bells
"Care for dry hair.
Super-conditioning care to feed your hungry hair. It's LUSH salad dressing for the head; a nutritious treat to make hair more healthy and pleased to be alive!
Nutritional hair treatment.
Avocados are nutritious and softening, balsamic vinegar gives amazing shine, and watercress infusion is exceptionally high in vitamins and increases the tensile strength of the hair.
How to use
Apply generously to dry hair, leave on for 20 to 30 minutes, then shampoo out. Use about a quarter of a pot for short hair, or about half a pot for longer hair. Those with very long hair should use the whole pot. (Yes, it is a lot, but the effects are long lasting and well worth the investment.)"
Before I get too in depth with my review I should say that I personally don't think my hair is particularly dry, however I live in a city that does get very cold, dry and windy, so in the winter my ends do get a bit dry especially since I haven't had a hair cut in a long time (i've been super busy and when I did have a chance to get one I found out that my hair dresser had just gone on vacation for a month!) So with that in mind, I did intially think it would be hard for me to make any serious claims about how much this helped my hair combat dryness.
For the first application I didn't use a huge amount, just enough to cover my hair (probably around a sixth of the jar) which I still thought was a lot (my hair is currently about 2 inches past my shoulders). Like the instructions suggested I left it in my hair for about 20 minutes before shampooing and conditioning my hair like normal. In regards to the after effects of the first application, it wasn't anything spectacular, my hair felt a bit softer but I felt like the change in texture wasn't anything amazing. I used it 2 more times with a bit more product each time, saturating my hair, waiting 20 minutes before washing my hair like normal with similar results, although I would say the condition of my hair did improve a bit with each application. At the very least, it did help my hair against the harsh cold and dry weather which has been particularly damaging to my hair and skin this year. For my last application I put just under half of the jar in my hair. For the final application I also made sure to work it into my scalp really well and left it on a bit longer than usual. I noticed a much greater difference in my hair this time, in the shower my hair felt much softer as I was rinsing it out (similar to the feeling one gets immediately after washing out a really good conditioner, but amplified atleast 2 times), after shampooing and conditioning my hair it still felt softer than usual. The same could be said after I had let my hair air dry (I rarely ever use a hair dryer, it makes my hair too frizzy) and straightened it. With the results of these different applications in mind, I would definitely say that more is better. Massaging the product into the scalp also helped garner better results.
The product itself is fairly strongly scented, definitely not my favourite scent although I think it is hard to describe... to me it kind of had the warmth of the smell of chai, but more savory. When taking a closer look at the ingredients I can definitely smell the balsamic vinegar, olive oil and cinnamon oil (hence the chai esque scent). Personally I wasn't a huge fan of having my hair smelling like this, especially since the scent did linger post shampooing and conditioning. That would be one of the downsides to the product for me, but then again scent is a very personal thing. The product is rather creamy, but still runny enough to coat your hair and scalp without too much difficulty. It is a bit expensive for a hair treatment, so it's probably not something you are going to incorporate into your regular hair routine, but rather something to be used when your hair needs some major help in the moisture department.
On the whole, I did like H'suan Wen Hua but I don't think it is quite a 'holy grail' product if you will. It did make my hair softer for a couple of days after application, but the results were not quite as long lasting as I would have liked. The scent is not my favourite, and since it remains somewhat noticably on the hair for a few days after washing this can be bothersome. I definitely think a very generous application that is massaged into the scalp and left on closer to half an hour yields the best results. For the moment, I think I might try out some other products to see if they can help add moisture to my ends while waiting for my hair dresser to get back in the country before trying this out again.
Lush's H'suan Wen Hua Hair Treatment