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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Avalon Organics Shampoo





Contents: 11 fl oz / 325ml
Local of Purchase: ParknShop
Price:
Smoothing Grapefruit and Geranium Shampoo


Gentle plant-derived cleansers enriched with Babassu Oil, Wheat Protein, Vitamin E, Geranium and Grapefruit help repair damage, control frizz and protect from humidity for disciplined, long-lasting smoothness.
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Certified Organic Ingredient), Water, Coco-Glucoside, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Decyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Sorbitol, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Certified Organic Ingredient), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (Certified Organic Ingredient), Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract (Certified Organic Ingredient), Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Extract (Certified Organic Ingredient), Barosma Betulina Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Babassu Oil, Polyglyceryl-4 Esters, Bisabolol, Citric Acid, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Inulin (Certified Organic Ingredient), Sodium Sulfate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Alcohol (Certified Organic Ingredient), Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool

Rosemary Volumizing Shampoo

According to Avalon Organic's webpage:

Gentle plant-derived cleansers enriched with volumizing Wheat Protein, Vitamin E, Chamomile, Copaiba and Rosemary thoroughly cleanse while building volume from root to tip for thicker, fuller body.

Ingredients: Water (Purified), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate, Coconut Acid, Babassuamidopropalkonium Chloride, Dioscorea Villosa (Wild Yam) Root Organic (Wild Yam), Calendula (Calendula Officinalis) Flower Extract, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Vegetable Glycerin, Bisabolol (L-Alpha) (Chamomile), Ethylhexl Glycerin, Arginine HCl (amino acid), Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E) (Vitamin E), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil (Rosemary), Other Essential Oils

Tea Tree Scalp Treatment Shampoo

According to Avalon Organic's webpage:

Gentle plant-derived cleansers enriched with Beta Glucan, Vitamin E, Oat, Wheat Protein and Tea Tree Oil cleanse, purify and balance moisture levels for lasting scalp comfort and soft, touchable hair.

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (1), Aqua (Water), Coco-Glucoside, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Sorbitol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran (1), Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (1), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (1), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Beta-Glucan (1), Babassu Oil Polyglyceryl-4 Esters, Bisabolol, Citric Acid, Decyl Glucoside, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Inulin (1), Sodium Sulfate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Alcohol (1), Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Limonene

My Opinion:
I think I've repurchase the Tea Tree one 3 times, and I'm still using it, especially during the summer because it leaves my hair really fresh and clean.

Regarding the grapefruit one, I must say that I didn't really like it, apart from the scent, it kind of weighted down my hair, and my hair feels oilier whenever I'm using this. I'll try to finish what I have, but I don't think I'll be repurchasing.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

November 2014 - April 2015 Empties

It's been six months since I've last updated my blog, and yes I'm still alive, although I've been thru a lot in these few months, I'm not going to bored you with the details of my personal life.

Let's start with a huge empty article, but I must admit that I did not take pictures of every single item that I've finished in the last six month, because there was a stage when I was actually going to give up blogging, but when I notice that people are actually still reading my blog, I've decided to start over.

Since I've got so many pictures of empties I've decided to group them by categories:

Concealers:


I've technically only finished 3 concealers, because the maybelline one was dried out, and amongst these four I've only repurchased Bobbi Brown. 

Fragrances:




I'd never actually though that I would finished that many fragrances in six month, but I'm glad that I did, because now I can move on to new ones. I have repurchased the Body Fantasy in vanilla, and if it were still available I would have repurchased the Burberry one, but since it was a limited edition I was unable to locate it. For all the others, I did enjoy them while I had it, but I don't think I like them enough to repurchase.

Cleansers:




This is just a group of essentials, makeup removers and cleansers, nothing worth mentioning or raving about.

Hair treatment




Now this is a category worth mentioning, apart from the essential hair mask and the Joico K-pak that I can't be without, I've really liked the It's a 10 Miracle Deep Conditioner and the Kiehl's Olive Hair mask, I've actually stock up on the Kiehl's hair mask when they were having 20% off last week.


Shampoo




I've switch to sulfate free shampoo about a year ago, and for the past year I've found a few really good ones, that would include it's a 10 and alba botanica, however I've only recently noticed that alba botanica clarifying shampoo has been discontinued.

Body Moisturizer


I'm not in love with any of these body moisturizer, but it's worth mentioning that the L'occitane one is a whipped cream that I've finished in 10 days (unbelievable) and given the price I don't think I'll be repurchasing..., and the body shop satsuma sorbet smells aaaaaaamazing, but it provides zero hydration.

Facial Serums and Moisturizer


I've gone tru 2 bottles of the Caudalie Vinosource, and this has become an essential for me, regarding the Estee Lauder Ceramide Eye Complex Capsules, these are great for travelling, therefore I always have a bottle around. 

Apart from the Olay eye serum which has given me milia, I've enjoyed using everything in this category.

Masks


I'm pretty sure that I've gone thru more masks than what's shown, but I must have forgotten to take pictures. I would definetly repurchase the o'slee and the proactive mask, but I'm not so sure about the paper mask.

Shower Gel


Again another category that I've forgotten to take pictures for my empties.... But I'm sure that I've gone thru at least 2 bottles of the L'occitane Lavander Shower Gel, and this has become one of my favorites.

Miscellaneous





I must have gone thru half a dozen of hand washes, blotting sheet and at least 2 bottles of the ettusais aqua splash ob which is a mattifier. I haven't written a review for this, but this is mine summer essential which I'll be reviewing soon.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Alba Botanica Clarifying Shampoo


Contents: 8.5 fl oz (251ml)
Price: US$8.40
Local of Purchase: iherb.com
Coupon Code for $10 off your first purchase

According to Alba Botanica's webpage:

Purifying rosemary extract and chamomile improve volume, manageability and shine while helping bring out hair color. Whether natural or color treated, your hair will love the non-stripping cleansers, shine enhancing chamomile and nourishing panthenol.
 
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (1), Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter (1), Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (1), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Lipids Beeswax, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (1), Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Panthenol, Glycerin, Soyamidopropalkonium Chloride, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Limonene, Fragrance (Parfum) (1) Certified Organic Ingredient

My opinion:

I always use a clarifying shampoo once a week, because I used hair treatment instead of a conditioner daily, and those stuffs do build up on my hair, and if I don't clarify it weekly it weights down my hair.

After Neutrogena and Tresemme I've decided to try a new clarifying shampoo, and I'm glad that I've picked Alba's Botanica, because this stuff is just amazing. It removes all build up without leaving my hair dry. My hair actually felt soft afterwards, and unlike Neutrogena which is a really strong clarifying shampoo that always leaves my hair tangly and dry, and Tresemme which is less drying (but still dry). 

I've already finished my bottle and will definitely repurchase.



Friday, November 21, 2014

Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Mousse SPF50+ PA+++




Contents: 33g
Local of Purchase: Mannings
Price: HK$89.00

According to Kao.com:

With SPF 50+/PA+++, Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Mousse provides strong and long-lasting double protection against UVA and UVB rays. It contains Aqua Micro Capsules which release ‘water-like’ moisture, leaving skin feeling light, cool, healthy and hydrated. Its texture is non-sticky and non-greasy while it spreads easily and is quickly absorbed by skin. It works as a smooth makeup base to prepare skin for the makeup regimen.
 
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Alcohol, Titanium Dioxide, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Agar, Behenyl Alcohol, Microcrystalline Wax, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Ethylhexyl Dimethoxybenzylidene Dioxoimidazolidine Propionate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Sodium Stearoxy PG-Hydroxyethylcellulose Sulfonate, Hydroxymethylcellulose, Lauryl Methacrylate/Sodium Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Fragrance (Parfum), Potassium Hydroxide, Maltodextrin, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Phenoxyethanol, CI 77891
 
My Opinion:
 
I've started this tube during the summer but found it too heavy, so I've waited till fall to try this out again, and I'm about two thirds down. I'm ready to declare that I've really liked it.

This has a mousy texture that spreads easily on the skin and it feels really hydrated (no wonder I didn't liked it for the summer). This does not feel like your usual sunscreen, it doesn't leave a film behind and it reminds me of a hydrating primer.
 

K-Palette Zero Teka Oil Control Matte Powder






Contents: 5g/0.17oz
Local of Purchase: Sasa
Price: HK$118

Ingredients: Talc Mica, Isotridecyl Isononanoate, Ethylhecyl Methoxycinnamate, Zinc Stearate, Vinyl Dimethicone, Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Silica, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Otctyldodecanol, Octocrylene, Myristic Acid, Saccharomyes, Persimmon Fruit Juice Ferment Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Succinoyl Atelocollagen, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 2, Ceramide 6 II, Phytosteryl Isostearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentastearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Sodium Lactate, Lactic Acid, Potassium Phosphate, Water, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Zinc Oxide, Zirconium Dioxide, Aluminum Hydroxide, MEthicone, Dimethicone, Methicone Copolymer

My Opinion:

I'm not too fuzzy about blotting powders, as long as it soaks up oil without breaking me out, it'll do. 

I've been using this for nearly 3 weeks, and it was ok, it is tiny enough for me to keep it in my purse, but in terms of oil control I still think that Mac's blotting powder is better.

This powder isn't entirely translucent, it has a slight tint, so it'll only work for someone with light to medium skin tone. I'll finish this, but I don't think I'll be repurchasing.

October 2014 Empties

1.   Bath and Body Works Foaming Soap in Iced Ginger Bread - This is my least favorite X'mas scented hand wash, but that's because I'm not a huge fan of ginger scented stuffs.


2.   Maybelline Clean Express Miracle Oil


3.  Fleur de Lys Princesse Marina De Bourbon for women


4.   Skinfood Lettuce and Cucumber Water Drop Essence


5.   Moroccanoil Treatment Light


6.   O2 Reborn - I've not idea what this product is called (everything is in english), but is a cream that you apply to your hair (damp or dry) and it's suppose to enhance your curl and tame frizz. It works great on curly hair, but for the last 12 months I've been enjoying straight hair, and this stuff have been in my possession for way too long, so is going to the bin.


7.   Kai Beauty Care Eyelash Treatment - Didn't finish this, but it has started to smell funky


8.  Tresemme 24 Hour Body - it did absolutely nothing for my hair, it has been sitting in my bathroom for over a year, is going to the bin


9.  Nuxe Creme Prodigieuse- It took me forever to finish this product, because I can't use it consecutively for more than 3 days, it breaks me out. So I've only been using this once or twice a week and it took forever to finish this.


10.  Revlon Colorstay Mineral Lip Glaze - It has started to separate.


11. Missha Lipgloss - Another lipgloss gone bad....



12. Crabtree and Evelyn Hand Cream Set - Everybody was raving about this, so I got a set during X'mas last year to try. It was OK, it smella really good, but I need something richer for my hands.


13.   Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray - This is the original formula, and my third bottle, and I've still got one to go (I've ordered 4 online), but I don't think I'll be repurchasing because I prefer the L'egere Magic Airbrush Weightless B.B Makeup Fixer Spray.


14.  Lucido L Hair Powder Airy - This is awfulllllllll, it didn't gave me any volume, but it left my hair sticky and disgusting, it felt as if I haven't washed my hair for a whole month. I did not finish this, I've tossed it.


15.   Mentolathum Sunplay Water & Sport SPF130 PA+++ - I have no idea how many bottles of this I went thru, but this is my go to sunscreen for the summer and I'll keep on repurchasing.


16. Elastin Silk Repair - I love this hair treatment, it left my hair silky soft without weighting it down. I got this from gmarket, and when I went back to repurchase it was out of stock. I'll definitely stock up when they are back in stock.


17.  Lux Super Damage Repair - this is a hair mask for damage hair which was ok, but it did not blew me away. I've already finish my tub and did not repurchase, but I got another hair mask from Lux, the one with the moisturizing formula, and I'll be reviewing it soon.


18.  Adidas Intensive Cool Care 48h antiperspirant - this was an impulse purchase, I've finish the bottle without even remembering  what it smells like.


19.  Neutrogena Hydro Boost Night Concentrate Sleeping Pack  - It took me forever to finish this stuff, I think there's still enough product for another usage, but I can't be bothered, because it really doesn't provide much hydration.


20.  Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2 - My summer favorite toner, and I always end up repurchasing, although it does contains alcohol, it really keep my skin clean.


21.  Viva La Juicy La Fleur

LUX Super Damage Repair Intensive Hair Mask




Contents: 200g
Local of Purchase: Mannings
Price HK$59.90

Ingredients: Water, glycerin, stearyl alcohol, cetyl palmitate, dimethicone, stearamidopropyl dimethylamine, behentorimonium chloride, cetrimonium chloride, argania spinosa kernel oil, mineral oil, arginine, lysine HCL, lactic acid, glutamic acid, amodimethicone, C12-14 sec-pareth-7, C12-14 sec-pareth-5, methyl cyclodextrin, hydroxypropyl cyclodextrin, DPG, PG, PEG-7 propylheptyl ether, PEG-180M, PEG-150 stearyl alcohol/smdl copolymer, disodium EDTA, phenoxyethanol, iodopropynl butylcarbamate, methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone, fragrance, fd&c yellow no.5, d&c red no.33, fd&c blue no.1. 

My opinion:

I've really liked it when I've first started with this hair mask, it was a bit more nourishing than my Tsubaki Damage Care, and it did slightly weighted down my hair, so I've only been using this once a week.

About half way thru the tub, I had a hair disaster, my hair was badly damage from a Brazilian Blowout (long story), and this did nothing to help.....

I've ended up chopping 4 inches off, and still trimming my bangs weekly to get rid of the damaged hair. In the process of rescuing my hair, I've concluded that this product only works for fairly healthy hair that might be slightly dry but without much damage.