I'm a girl who loves beauty products, even though I haven't always been very keen on them, so I decided to start a beauty blog, where I share beauty product reviews with others and tell you about both the worst and best beauty products out there, according to me.

I'm also hoping it will make beauty and makeup more fun, even for those who are not beauty addicts already.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Review: Korres Almond and Linseed Conditioner for dry hair

Another hair care line where I have reviewed the shampoo but not the conditioner yet is the Korres Almond and Linseed line for dry hair. If you want to know more about the shampoo, read this, but here are some thoughts on the Korres Almond and Linseed Conditioner as well:

The scent of the Korres Almond and Linseed Conditioner is not as strong and as nice as the scent of the shampoo from the same range, but there is a nice, yet vague scent. What is amazing about this conditioner, however, is how amazing it made my hair feel after I used it!
In order to understand why I am so impressed by what this conditioner did for my hair, I think you need to know a little bit about my hair though. My hair is very thick, wavy and very dry, which makes it unruly and frizzy at times. But when I used this conditioner, my hair turned soft, softer than I've ever felt it, actually, and it didn't feel dry at all, for at least a day! So I was very impressed by that, because most conditioners definitely do not do that for me. But the Korres Almond and Linseed Conditioner did, so I would highly recommend it to anyone that has the same type of hair as me.
The only complaint I have about this conditioner is that the tube was pretty small. I ran out of the conditioner pretty fast, but it could have been because I was so thrilled with it that I pretty much used it every time I washed my hair until I ran out, haha!

But I will definitely be getting Korres hair products again, there is no doubt about that!

Review: L'Occitane Verbena conditioner

In my previous post, I shared some thoughts on the L'Occitane Verbena shampoo. Of course, the conditioner from the same range is pretty similar. It has the same scent, the same (not very convenient) bottle (read why I didn't like the bottle in the previous post), so this review of the conditioner won't be that long.

I will say however, that the L'Occitane Verbena conditioner is pretty nice. It has a nice texture, nice scent and does work nicely as a conditioner.
It is not, however, anything out of the ordinary, and I also feel like I need to use quite a lot of product when I use this conditioner, which is a bit disappointing. Since the L'Occitane hair care products are also pretty pricey, I am not sure I will be purchasing this conditioner, but I am indeed very happy that I got to try them for free!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Review: L'Occitane Verbena Shampoo

I mentioned in a previous post that I had gotten some L'Occitane products from my husband recently. One of those products was a couple of small bottles of their Verbena Shampoo. I had very high hopes for the whole L'Occitane Verbena range, since a friend of mine absolutely loves it, but I hadn't tried any "pure" Verbena products by L'Occitane before, although I have been obsessed with their Citrus Verbena range for quite some time.
And to some extent, my hopes were fulfilled. The L'Occitane Verbena shampoo has a very fresh, typical L'Occitane scent, and the texture of it is nice. You also don't need to use a lot of it to wash your hair, which is nice. I must say that I personally prefer the scent of the Citrus Verbena range, so if the L'Occitane Citrus Verbena shampoo is similar to this one, I definitely think I would love that too. But what scent you prefer is of course a matter of taste, my friend for instance does not like the Citrus Verbena scent at all, yet loves this one. So if anyone is wondering which of the two ranges to get, my advice would be to try to get a whiff of both scents, and then choose purely based on your own taste.
 I wouldn't say that it did any wonders for my hair, but it did clean it well, and I should also add that this is supposed to be a daily use shampoo, and those are seldom super effective in any way, and this shampoo is no exception to that rule.
I do have one complaint about the bottle itself though. Even though it is very pretty, it is crazy hard to get product out of it! I don't know if this is an issue only with the smaller bottles, since I haven't tried the full size bottles yet, but with the small ones, this is really an issue. The problem is in fact so bad that I probably would not buy a full size bottle for that reason alone, even though I really did like the shampoo otherwise.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Review: Korres Almond and Linseed Shampoo for dry hair

My first experience with the Greek brand Korres was an okay one, even though not a mind blowing one by any means. But it still made me think there was potential in this brand, so when I saw that ASOS had some Korres hair products on sale a while ago, I decided to order them and see what I thought.

I got several products from their hair care line for dry hair, all based on almond and linseed. I will be reviewing the products separately, but let's start with the Korres Almond and Linseed Shampoo.

The first thing that struck me when I started using this shampoo was the gorgeous scent. I find that almond is a really lovely scent, that is not used enough in beauty products, so I think the scent of the shampoo is both unique and really, really nice. A plus, for sure!
The bottle is also great, it's easy to get just the right amount of shampoo out of it, and the shampoo cleans your hair really well. It doesn't foam as much as most other shampoos, though, which might cause some to use too much product at first. But in my experience, this is definitely a shampoo where a little goes a long way, so there is really no need for that.

Korres does not test their products on animals, and the shampoo doesn't contain any parabens, mineral oils or paraffin waxes either.
I can't say I know for sure how good the shampoo in itself was for my very dry hair, but I can say that when I used it with other products (conditioner as well as a hair mask, to be reviewed separately), my hair looked and felt amazing!

So I will definitely be getting both the shampoo, as well as the other products from the range, again.

Friday, November 8, 2013

What a brilliant idea!

Apparently, L'Oreal has decided to start selling some of their products in vending machines in the NYC subway. (Read more about the initiative here)
A lot of people might think this is a weird idea, but I really, really like it. I don't go on the NYC subway too often, of course, but I hope it will be a big success, so that a similar vending machines will be placed on airports, for instance, as well.

I have definitely found myself in situations where I would have loved a makeup vending machine at an airport more than once!

So kudos to L'Oreal for thinking about this, I wish them luck, and hope this will be a bigger phenomenon soon!

(pic from Fashionista)

Review: Moschino Chic Petals

I am a huge fan of Moschino scents, as I've mentioned several times on the blog already (you can read about some of my favorite Moschino scents here, here and here, for instance), so I was pretty excited when I noticed that they had released a new scent that I hadn't tried yet, called Chic Petals.
Unfortunately, this scent turned out to be the least original Moschino scent I've ever tried. It's hardly anything remarkable at all, and like other Moschino scents, it doesn't have the best staying power either.
Chic Petals is supposed to be a mix of pomegrenade (a scent I personally don't think should be in a perfume anyway, but hey, maybe that's just me?), wild strawberry, red rose petals, red ginger, musk and wood, as well as a few other things, but in my opinion it just makes a rather boring, yet not unpleasant scent, which is why I used up the bottle despite not being a big fan.

The bottle and the packaging is really cute, though, but that is not something specific for Chic Petals, but rather for Moschino scents in general.

So I think Chic Petals was definitely a disappointment, and I won't be buying it again, especially not since there are so many other nicer Moschino scents out there!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Look what my husband got me!

My husband travels quite a bit for work, but he is pretty good about bringing me something from his trips. On a recent trip, he stayed at a hotel that had L'Occitane products in the bathroom, and since he knew this is one of my favorite beauty brands (I guess I've dragged him to the L'Occitane store near my house quite a few times in the past...), he brought some of these products, all from the Verbena range, home to me.
I am thrilled, because I haven't tried L'Occitane's hair care products before, and I think all of these products are actually new to me. So I definitely look forward to trying them out!