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Review: Sabon Products

Last year, for my birthday, I received a very nice gift from a friend. It was this cute box, containing three Sabon products.

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I starting using them a while after I received them because I had other products I wanted to finish first. Now one of them is almost used up so I decided it’s time to make a review.

Aren’t you curious what’s in the box? I bet you are!

The packaging is beautiful. They really paid attention to details when delivering their products.

Take a look. Can you guess them?

Tada! Here they are:

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The products look expensive and have a luxurious perfume and ingredients. They are free from SLS, parabens, mineral oils, and alcohol. Let’s get into details:

 

Sabon Body Dew Deep Love

– A Refreshing body spray – Alcohol & Oil Free –
They say:

Refreshing body dew based on pure water and subtle essences. Does not contain oil or alcohol. The dew fits easily into the handbag and can be taken in travels. Deep Love – patchouli – lavender – vanilla, for a romantic day.

My opinion:

It has a sweet smell and I find it more suitable during colder days. I use it instead of perfume during the day and the perfume lasts for a long time on the skin. I also like to spray it on some tissue paper and line the closet with it to keep the clothes smelling nice and fresh. I don’t think I would buy it only because I have a lot of perfumes already.

Buy it here: https://www.sabon.ro/en/products/details/23-Body-Dew-Deep-Love

 

Sabon Body Lotion Lavender Rose

– Enriched with Olive Oil & Almond Oil – For all skin types – Paraben & Mineral oil free –
They say:

A classic nourishing body lotion. For soft skin with a long lasting scent. A light and delicate texture, with a high percentage of moisture because of its natural oils. contain vitamins that help skin regeneration: Olive oil, Avocado, Wheat germ that are Rich in omega 3+6+7+9 and vitamins A and E.

My opinion:

I love its smell and texture. I keep it on my nightstand and I apply it before going to bed. Sometimes I use it as a hand cream. It has a silky soft texture, it’s absorbed very quickly and it’s not greasy. The smell persists for a few hours. I would buy it myself because it comes in this lovely glass textured bottle with a pump and it’s so perfect for keeping it at hand on my nightstand.

Buy it here: https://www.sabon.ro/en/products/details/1602-Body-Lotion-Bottle-Lavender-Rose

 

Sabon Body Scrub Golden Iris

– Based on natural Dead Sea Salt – Sparkling – SLS & Paraben free –
They say:

A combination of sea salt and essential oils for revitalizing the skin and keeping it shiny and soft. Based on soy oil and almond oil, enriched with minerals and essential ingredients. The salt granules gently remove dead cells and renew the skin, leaving it silky smooth. The oils have a lasting and soothing effect on the skin, making it feel light.

My opinion:

They should have mentioned with capital letters: “This products should not be used by persons with evil little balls of fur with sharp teeth and claws! It’s not suitable for sensitive skin damaged through playful more or less violent scratches and bites from these creatures.”. It hurts bad, really bad, if you have a cut, scratch or irritated skin because it’s made with salt. So I have to be careful and take the opportunity of the day with no new fresh kitty scratches to be able to use this product.

But the result are amazing! It is a dense product, having the texture similar to a mix of coarser salt & oil. It’s sparkles like gold sand in the sunlight. I exfoliates the skin well and leaves it soft and moisturized as if you used a dry oil. Also, the smell lingers on the skin all day long. It comes in a glass jar with a metal lid and I was scared at first not to break it since it contains oil and it’s quite heave when it’s full. Now I’m finishing it and it lasted me almost a year. For the quality and quantity it offers, it’s definitely worth the money. It’s a great body scrub, I would buy it myself!

Buy it here: https://www.sabon.ro/en/products/details/909-Large-Body-Scrub-Golden-Iris

All in all, I was very pampered to receive this gift and I will make sure to get to the last drop of each of them. It’s a pleasure to use these products and I definitely recommend them!

See you soon! 😀

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Empties #3

Well, it took me about an year to get another round of empties. This time is all about make-up. Let’s get right into it!

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In March I got a new foundation from L’Oreal, thinking that a compact one would be perfect for travelling on a plane with a carry-on only. But this Accord Parfait Genius 4 in 1 is the worst. I used it a few times, it’s cakey and my combination skin gets incredibly shiny from wearing it. I decided to throw it away without second thoughts.

Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch is one of the products I don’t reach for because I feel they do almost nothing extra for me. I had this one for a while. It’s not empty but it expired before using it up, so this one goes too.

Next are two Rimmel London items, Wake Me Up foundation (in shade 100 Ivory) and concealer (in shade 10 Ivory) which I’ve used up and are my go to daily products. With their dewy finish, they go well for my dry to combination skin and are easy to apply in a hurry. I have already repurchased them!

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These Lancome products have served well during the last three month. I’ve used the Lancome Grandiose Mascara and Liner daily, to the last drop. These products are so great if you want to splurge. Intense black, so easy to apply, no smudges, last all day long. I probably won’t buy them soon due to their price, but I appreciated the luxury of using them for a while.

The eye makeup remover and the eye pencil are not finished yet, even though they are in this picture. But are great products too!

20170605_191923_edited Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara was a total fail. The brush is awful and it clumped my eyelashes due to the huge quantity of product it applied.

Yves Saint Laurent Faux Cills Mascara, a cult product, was another disappointment. I received the mini version of it in a beauty kit and was completely dried out before using it.

The Oriflame The One Mascara was not my favorite either. A little too subtle for my taste, to the point that why even bother applying mascara for that result. And even worse, it smudged badly.

L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Feline Noir Mascara was a good product. But I’m more of a Maybelline mascara fan than a L’Oreal mascara one.

L’Oreal Super Liner in Black was also a decent product, but it’s intense black color lasted for only a month, after that becoming more of a gray toned eyeliner. The staying power was not great either.

Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Liner was bad. Just bad. The tip has a weird angle, it’s hard to apply, and it doesn’t last too long.

20170605_192409_editedAnd the last to products are from a slightly different area:

The Aveeno Essential Moisture Lip Conditioner with SPF 15 was a great lib balm. Had a wonderful smell and it really nourished the lips.

The Ciate Nail Polish was a miss for me. I feel their formula is very opaque, but some chip really easily. This one in particular became very streaky when applying a second coat. That’s a big no-no for me.

See you for the next empties! Have a great day!

Review: Lush Northern Lights Bath Bombs – A Galaxy in Your Bathtub

Hello there! I will start by addressing a big Thank You! to my awesome friend, Andreea, for this amazing gift! She got my boyfriend and I the Lush Northern Lights Bath Bomb Gift Set for Christmas and it’s been so delightful to use them.

Let’s jump into the details:


 

2017-02-22-20-05-56-2The gift set contains 3 bath bombs:

Shoot for the Stars
Northern Lights
Intergalactic


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These are:

– vegan
– free from synthetic preservatives
– made with natural ingredients (clay, calamine, talc, kaolin etc.)


 

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Shoot for the Stars

“Honey scented sparkles of Brazilian orange and bergamot waltz in a swirling, cobalt sky.”

 

My opinion:

Has a nice smell. Makes water turquoise with golden sparkle that linger on the skin. Leaves a soft feeling on the skin, due to the essential oils. This one was my favorite one.


 

2017-02-22-20-05-56-4Northern Lights

“Witness streams of starlit colour, while you wrap up in evocative jasmine and ylang ylang cheer.”

 

My opinion:

Subtle smell. Gives water a dim greenish color after it’s completely dissolved, due to the mix of pink, yellow and blue. It has no sparkle. Leaves the skin soft and silky. I didn’t like it as much as the other ones. Also, the water color was a bit weird.


 

2017-02-22-20-05-56Intergalactic

“Become a guardian of the galaxy as peppermint explodes in your bath.”

 

My opinion:

Has a very nice minty smell. Leaves the water colored in turquoise and full of sparkle. Very similar in results with the first one. I liked it also very much.


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Lush doesn’t support testing on animals and humans and are trying their best to be environmentally friendly.


Unfortunately, Lush products cannot be found in Timisoara. I’m not sure if they are available in Bucuresti, since I know there are some Lush stores there.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever tried the bath bombs and what do you think of them.

Review: Nashi Argan Hair Products

Hi there! I’m back with a new review 😀

About three months ago I went to a hair salon for a haircut and I was eager to buy the products that my hairstylist used on me, because I just felt in love with the smell and how my hair felt afterwards.

I bought the shampoo, Nashi Argan Shampoo, the hair mask, Nashi Argan Deep Infusion Restorative Hydrating Mask, and a thermal protection spray, Nashi Style Shine Thermo Protector Hydrating and Defence Spray.

After three months of using them I want to tell you my story with these products and my opinion on them.

Short Intro

I feel I should start by letting you know that I have long, thick, coarse, full, wavy hair. I get dandruff often if the products I use are not right for my scalp. I doesn’t get greasy immediately, but I like to wash it every 2-3 days, since I go to the gym for aerobics classes (& intense cardio training) about 2-3 times a week.

The Products

All the products from Nashi Argan are free from sodium chloride, sulphates, phosphates or parabens.

Nashi Argan Shampoo: The texture/formula is clear, oily, and dense. It doesn’t contain sulphates, so it doesn’t make foam. For dense hair, a heavy shampoo like this one, that doesn’t make foam, is pretty hard to use. It’s hard to get in there and wash the roots well with it. It also requires more rinsing. It comes in a bottle and I find it unpractical to use (because of the cap). Price: 67 RON for a 200 ml bottle.

Nashi Argan Deep Infusion Restorative Hydrating Mask: This one is a white creamy mask with a dense, heavy texture. I find this types of heavy hair masks to be the best for nourishing and restoring damaged hair. But they might as well weight the hair down. I like the packaging of this one more because it’s easier to use. The product comes out by squeezing the tube. This is great because you don’t have to stick your fingers into a jar and also no other external factors come in contact with the product (water, for instance). Price: 92 RON for the 150 ml product version.

Nashi Style Shine Thermo Protector Hydrating and Defence Spray: The spray is clear and is spread uniformly onto the hair. It comes in a very nice, user friendly package. Price:  143 RON for 250 ml.

All of them have the same smell, which I really really like.

First Uses

I shampooed my hair twice, rinsing in between, then I applied the mask and let it soak for about 5 minutes before rinsing it. I applied the thermal protection spray on damp hair, before using the hair dryer.

The results: Silky smooth hair, deeply nourished ends and smelling incredibly good, although it felt weighted down a little. I personally loved their smell more than anything and it persisted until the next wash (for about 2 days).

After One Month

My hair became greasier and greasier after about three weeks. After one month, the roots on the back of my head, where my hair is very dense, were so greasy, they couldn’t be properly dried after washing. I felt the build-up of hair products and oils in my hair was getting worse with every wash.

I was sure that the shampoo was the problem, because of all that argan oil it contains and  because it didn’t make foam, it was hard for me to wash the roots well enough. Also, the rinsing became a very long process and the residue would still not come off my hair. After washing, my hair felt kinda dirty, dull, and I got dandruff.

I switched the shampoo to another one, an anti-dandruff one I previously used and was okay for me. I continued to use the mask and the thermal protection spray.

After Two More Weeks

I gave Nashi Argan Shampoo another try. It was okay for the first wash, but after the second one, it started to cause problems again. I tried to rinse the hair even more, but it didn’t work. Three more uses and I had an oily, dirty, and itchy scalp, with dandruff. This time I gave up the shampoo for good.

I got back to my anti-dandruff shampoo, but I still used the hair mask and the spray.

After Three Months

The shampoo: I haven’t used it again. It was one of the worst shampoos I’ve ever tried. It was just awful… It made my hair a complete mess in just one month. Wouldn’t buy it again. Definitely not worth the money.

The hair mask: I got to the last drops in three months. It’s a good hair mask, it leaves the hair, and especially the ends, very nourished and soft. Gives the hair a silky texture, but tends to weight the hair down. I thought about repurchasing it again, but I don’t think I will. The price is almost acceptable, but it’s definitely not a cheap one.

The thermal protection spray: I still have a lot left of this product. But I cannot tell if it really protects hair against heat damage. It also seems to weight the hair down, so I wouldn’t recommend it for fine hair. It smells good though, so I keep using it because of this, but the smell doesn’t last. Although it seems to last forever, it’s just an overpriced product.

Would I Buy Them Again?

If you read the entire article, you probably figured out I wouldn’t buy them another time. They are overpriced and definitely not so special… but I still miss that incredible smell…

My Skincare Routine & Essentials

Hello there! I’m back with a new post about my skincare routine, what I use every morning and night and on a weekly basis. Some of these products I have used for at least 4 years now, others are more of a recent addition.

First of all, I should tell you that I tend to have drier skin during winter and combination skin for the rest of the year. It is sensitive and gets irritated easily, especially around my eyes, chin and forehead. It also gets unbalanced if I don’t stick to an appropriate routine. I had a mild acne in the past, but I got rid of that a few years ago, after starting using dermato-cosmetics products.

So let’s see what are my essential products to keep my skin under control.

 

Morning Skincare

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Step I: Cleanse

I start by cleansing my face with a cotton pad and some micellar lotion to prepare the skin for a new day. Currently I’m using Avene Micellar Lotion for all sensitive skin, because it came as a free sample when I bought the face cream. Unfortunately it tends to irritate the skin around the eyes a little bit. I prefer Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution for sensitive skin, Uriage Thermal Micellar Water for skin prone to redness, or the new La Roche Posay Micellar Water Ultra for reactive skin.

Afterwards, I wash my face with lukewarm water.

Step II: Apply Serums

I apply Yves Rocher Serum Vegetal Wrinkles & Radiance Smoothing Fluid. This is absorbed quickly and makes my skin hydrated and radiant. If I’m in a hurry I skip the serum and jump right to applying the face cream.

Step III: Moisturize

I apply Avene Hydrance Optimale Riche Rich Hydrating Cream for dry to very dry sensitive skin. I use this rich cream only during winter to boost my skin and give it the amount of hydration it needs. During the rest of the year I apply the lighter version of it, Avene Hydrance Optimale Legere Light Hydrating Cream for normal to combination sensitive skin. Both face creams have a simple and an UV protection version with SPF 20.

This face cream is absorbed quickly and leaves skin smooth and not greasy. I also use it around my eye area instead of an eye cream, but only in the mornings and only the simple version of it, without SPF.

Step IV: Don’t Forget Your Lips

I end with applying a heavy duty lip balm, since I get the driest chapped lips ever. My favorite right now is Oxyance City Rescue Rich Lip Balm for dry skin. It’s also good to apply before putting lipstick on, since it’s not too greasy.

Regarding makeup application:

I apply the makeup as usual after all the products are absorbed into the skin (about 3-5 minutes later). All the mentioned products are a great makeup base and I never had trouble with them.

 

Night Skincare

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Step I: Cleanse

I cleanse my face with a cotton pad and the same Avene Micellar Lotion. After getting rid of most of my makeup and dirt from that day, I wash my face with lukewarm water and Avene Cleansing Foam for normal to combination sensitive skin. This is a very mild cleanser, removes all the impurities and the rest of the makeup, but doesn’t leave the skin feeling dry.

Step II: Apply Eye Cream

Every night I apply Oxyance Combat Skin Ageing Anti-Ageing Eye Contour Cream. I find this very nourishing for the eye area and soothing. Unfortunately, I can’t apply it in the mornings, since it tends to get a little greasy and the eye makeup doesn’t stay put very well afterwards.

Step III: Apply Serum

I found this amazing Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate to work great for me. You only need 3 drops of this oil for the entire face, it leave the skin super soft and silky, but not greasy and smells divine (this might not be OK for everyone). This is the only step I skip from time to time, when I feel too bored to put all these products on my face.

Step IV: Moisturize

I use the same Avene Hydrance Optimale Riche/Legere at night also. Just can’t get enough of this one.

Step V: Don’t Forget Your Lips

As mentioned before, the Oxyance Lip Balm is my go to lip balm at the moment.

 

 

Weekly Skincare

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Once a week, when I have the time, I switch my night routine with this one.

Step I: Cleanse

I use the same cleansing products mentioned above to start with a clear skin.

Step II: Scrubbing

I use the Avene Gentle Purifying Scrub for sensitive skin for years now. It’s mild enough to prevent any irritations but powerful enough to exfoliate my skin, leaving it really clean and extremely soft.

Step III: Soothe

Since scrubbing can be a little harsh for sensitive skin, I take some preventive measures and use the Avene Thermal Water for sensitive skin.

Step IV: Moisturize

This is the time for more than a moisturizing face cream. After scrubbing, the skin is in need of heavy moisturizing products and it also absorbs them better. That’s why I use Avene Soothing Moisture Mask for sensitive skin. I like to leave it on over night, since it gets absorbed into the skin and doesn’t need rinsing. The next day my skin looks fresh, replenished and radiant.

 

Sometimes these seem like a lot of products, and yes, I get lazy and bored at times to put all these on on a daily basis. But 90% of the time, this is my routine. And I found this works great for me.

Even at this point, I don’t know if I should use a toner after cleansing my skin. I tried a few times and felt like they were just drying my skin too much, but maybe they were just not the right products for me… Leave me in the comments if you’ve ever used some of these products, what are your daily essentials and weather or not you use a toner after cleansing with micellar water.

 

 

NOTW: February 7, 2017

Back to Black!

Manicure done with O.P.I. Infinite Shine nail polishes:

  • Step 1: O.P.I. Infinite Shine 1 Primer Base Coat
  • Step 2: O.P.I. Infinite Shine 2 Lacquer in shade We’re in the Black (2 coats)
  • Step 3: O.P.I. Infinite Shine 3 Gloss Top Coat

NOTW: January 25, 2017

Simple day-to-day manicure. Perfect for school, work and easy to do.

The products I used:

  • Sally Hansen Miracle Cure Strengthener
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in shade Arm Candy 220 – 2 coats
  • Nails INC. 45 Second Top Coat with Kensington Caviar

NOTW: January 10, 2017

Feels like having purple snowflakes on the nails ❄ wearing O.P.I. Mariah Carey Collection Liquid Sand Nail Polish in shade Can’t Let Go

Review: Moroccanoil Treatment VS. Biosilk Silk Therapy Original VS. CHI Silk Infusion

I was thinking for a while about making a comparison between Biosilk Silk Therapy Original and CHI Silk Infusion. But recently I added the Moroccanoil Treatment For All Hair Types to the collection, and I wanted to test and write about it also.

I have very thick, dense, long and wavy hair. I cannot live without hair treatments and oils because it would get dry and impossible to manage. I started using various products for my hair in the past, searched for good hair masks, tried a lot of detangling products and leave in conditioners, but the results were… meh, whatever…

5 years ago, when I discovered the Biosilk Silk Therapy Original Treatment, I was truly impressed. It only takes a small amount to put in the hair to give you the best results. I used it every single time after I washed my hair, sometimes even between washes. I used it so much that I finished about 7 bottles of it since then. It was the holy grail product for me!

About three years ago I heard about CHI Silk Infusion and all that hype around it. It was not so easy to find in stores, but I finally managed to buy it a year ago. I knew that it’s made by Farouk, the same producer of the Biosilk one and I was curious which one I would like more.

There was still one treatment to try on my wish list: the Moroccanoil Treatment. Two months ago I finally found it in a store in the mini version and I bought it. The bigger bottles were available for a while by then, but I didn’t want to buy it in the big bottle.

So this is my opinion about each of them:

Moroccanoil Treatment For All Hair Types

PROS:

  • it’s a dry oil, it’s not greasy
  • for all hair types
  • doesn’t weight down the hair at all
  • you only need a very small, pea size, amount of product to distribute it evenly on the hair, starting with the ends
  • it hydrates & nourishes the hair
  • gives hair a nice, smooth texture
  • prevents hair from tangling
  • gives shine to the hair
  • tames the frizz
  • can be applied on wet or dry hair
  • smells divine

CONS:

  • harder to use it from the bottle, you have to open and close the cap and it’s easy to pour more than you need if you are not careful
  • 65-90 lei for a 25 ml bottle

Biosilk Silk Therapy Original

PROS:

  • it has a gel/oil texture, it’s not greasy
  • for all hair types
  • doesn’t weight down the hair at all
  • you only need a very small, pea size, amount of product to distribute it evenly on the hair, starting with the ends
  • gives hair a nice, smooth texture
  • prevents hair from tangling
  • gives shine to the hair
  • tames the frizz
  • can be applied on wet or dry hair
  • smells divine
  • the bottle cap is very easy to use

CONS:

  • contains silicones
  • doesn’t give long term hydrating & nourishing results
  • 80 lei for a 67 ml bottle (exclusive in Sensiblu)

CHI Silk Infusion

PROS:

  • it has a gel/oil texture, it’s not greasy
  • for all hair types
  • you only need a very small, pea size, amount of product to distribute it evenly on the hair, starting with the ends
  • gives hair a nice, smooth texture
  • prevents hair from tangling
  • tames the frizz
  • can be applied on wet or dry hair
  • the bottle cap is very easy to use

CONS:

  • might weight down the hair if using more than needed
  • contains silicones
  • doesn’t give long term hydrating & nourishing results
  • the smell doesn’t appeal to everyone
  • 70 lei for a 59 ml bottle

 

In my opinion, those three products are very similar in what they can do. Depending on what your preferences are, I would recommend the Moroccanoil Treatment for a smooth, hydrated hair with long term results and Biosilk Silk Therapy if you are searching for that perfect, glowing, silky smooth and healthy hair in an instant. I like to use the Moroccanoil Treatment after washing my hair and Biosilk Silk Therapy to give it the polished look and prevent the hair from tangling and external factors. But if I had to go on a deserted island and took only one product, that would be Biosilk Silk Therapy!

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