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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

a keratin shampoo, in review

Hi all, 

here with a shampoo to review for you.  I finished up the Mill Creek Botanicals keratin shampoo.  I purchased it at my local health food store for $11.90.  It contained 473 mL (16 ounces?) Here it is:

Keratin Shampoo

I am GLAD to see this go!!!!!  This was not kind to my hair.  It claims to be a restorative shampoo, which strengthens hair from the inside out.  Having used this every other day for the last 3 months I can say that this was NOT my experience.  This basically cleaned my hair.  It did not leave it feeling silky.  It did not leave it feeling stronger.  I have split ends.  My hair didn't look any more voluminous after using this.  !!!  Frustrating.  

This product was also not a pleasure to use.  It is sulfate-free and lathered poorly as a result.  The scent reminded me of marshmallow flowers (is that even a thing?) - a sweet, oddly spicy smell.  Did not like.  

I would not recommend this shampoo.  It was not a nice product to use, and it didn't perform well on my hair.  Thumbs down I'm afraid.

Cheers everyone, 

Clara xx

Thursday, February 21, 2013

My new fave portable lip balm

Hi all, 

here with quite a nice lip balm to review for you.  It's Roc's Enydrial Lip Balm.  I picked this up in a set at Shoppers Drug Mart.  The cost of the lip balm on it's own is about $6.  Here is an image:

I really, really enjoyed this lip balm.  It comes in a convenient Nivea-Esque little tube.  I had two:  one in my everyday makeup bag, and the other in the makeup bag in my school bag.  Bag bag bag.  Bag.  Anyway, the portability of this was very good:  much more convenient than Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream (that product is nothing to scoff at, mind you).  It has no scent, flavour or colour.  The texture was slightly softer than the Nivea kiss of milk and honey, but more solid than coconut oil.  It did a very nice job of keeping my lips moisturized.  

I would certainly recommend this product.  It's just a very effective lip treatment that doesn't muck around with colours or shimmers or anything like that.  I enjoyed having it around.  

go and check it out if, like me, the winter is hard on your lips!

xx clara

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Review: Nuxe Comforting Cleansing Milk with Rose Petals

Another makeup removing product review here! Clara and I seem to be doing a lot of those recently...anyways, I recently finished the Nuxe Comforting Cleansing Milk with Rose Petals. I bought this for $20 from Shoppers Drug Mart. It contains 200mL of product, or 6.7 fl oz. It's a makeup remover for face, eyes and lips.

Here she is:

I use this after I remove the bulk of my makeup with a makeup wipe. I use about 2-3 pumps and work that into a dry face to remove the rest of my makeup. I really like to scrub hard for a couple minutes to really break down the makeup. Then I use a face cotton pad to wipe it off. Then I wash my face with the Avene Gentle Gel cleanser (which I love and am on my third bottle). 

All in all, I really love this product. It has a soft rose scent, which I love. More importantly, it gets rid of all the residue makeup that's leftover on my face even after I use the makeup wipe (so gross that I used to just skip this step and go right to washing my face!!). I definitely feel a residue on the skin after I wipe it off though. However, since I wash my face right after anyways, that's not an issue for me. It's gentle and does not irritate my skin. No parabens or SLS. It's on the pricey side, but I think it's well worth the price. I'm not a huge fan of the micellar solutions for makeup removal, and this just feels nice and luxurious. I've already repurchased it! 

deema xx

Thursday, February 14, 2013

hand wash: baylis & harding in review

Hi all, 

here with a finished hand wash to review for you.  My roommate and I go through an insane amount of hand wash, so I figure I may as well review them for you!  We recently finished up the Baylis & Harding hand wash in French Lavender.  Here she is:


This was a Christmas gift, so I'm not sure how much it cost.  I found this hand wash a little underwhelming.  The scent was very delicate, too much so.  It was an accurate lavender scent, but it wasn't strong enough.  This product lathered well but wasn't too drying.  

All in all, I wouldn't go out of my way to purchase this again.  The goal with hand wash is delish scent + cheap + not drying.  This was free and non-drying, but the scent just wasn't there for me.

cheers all, 


Monday, February 11, 2013

Bioderma Sebium H20 Micellaire Solution in review

Hi all, 

here with a product to review for you....a big 'un in fact.  I finished up the Bioderma Sebium H20 micellaire solution - all 500 mL of it.  I picked this up for $30 at Shoppers.  It lasted me a good eleven months.  I used this primarily as an eye makeup remover.  I would use it as a general face cleanser in the only the most desperate of times.  I like a rinse away method better.  Here is a pic:

The funny thing about this product is that at $30 for 500 mL it is actually very good value for money.  It's on par with Neutrogena, cost-wise.  So there's that.  It did a fairly good job of removing eye makeup.  I would moisten a cotton pad and press it against my eye for 30 seconds (tops) and all eyeshadow would be gone.  The mascara would cling to roots of my lashes still.  I can't say that it was 100% effective at removing eye makeup for that reason.  It generally did not irritate my eyes.  It was not, NOT greasy. 

Bottom line, if you're a makeup lover you need an eye makeup remover.  It simply isn't going to fly to walk around with the residue of last night's smokey eye migrating around your face. You may as well get a remover that does the job right.  I don't think that this one did a perfect job. But if you're very anti oil this might be nice.  The price point wasn't terrible.  That said, I won't repurchase.  

All best

Clara xx