Saturday, May 24, 2014

Big Collective Haul (The Body Shop, Avene, La Roche Posay, Redken, Sexy Hair etc.)

 I haven't done a haul post in..... I don't know, maybe two months? Which is a long time for me! But all this time I've done a few mini hauls, mostly online for some new skincare and haircare goodies so I've been waiting to collect all them so I can include them in one big haul post. 
So let's start!
I really wanted to start using salon hair products so I needed to do some online shopping to find a few good ones. I'll star first twith the stuff that I got from Beautybay, I got a new curl enhancer because summertime it's almost here and I always let my hair dry naturally at summer,  for me that means curly hair. For those who have naturally curly hair can understand how undefined and frizzy natural curls can be so I always use a curl enhancer. For almost two years I've been using the Sunsilk curling leave-in cream (the green bottle) but now I wanted to try something else so I chose the Curly Sexy Hair Curling Cream, I've been using it for almost two months and I love it! If I don't use a lot of this product it creates beautiful and super soft loose curls and I prefer these over the tighter ones. I'm in a very "curly hair" mood lately, I'm planning to try more products for curly hair this summer! Also from Beautybay I got the Macadamia Oil No Tangle Brush, which I fell in love with. At first I wasn't completely sure if I was going to like it or not because I've never tried a brush like that, but I did like it and now I use it all the time. It does wonders right before I shampoo my hair because my hair's curly and it always gets tangled so that makes it difficult for me to run my fingers through my hair when I wash it, I have to say that this brush has helped a lot with that problem.

I was in search for a good conditioner that would leave my hair extremely soft, I read so many good reviews about the Redken All Soft Conditioner so I decided to get that one from Lookfantastic. But to be honest I'm not that impressed with it, I don't know why because it seems that everyone loves it, but all of the times that I've used it it never left my hair soft or smooth, the drugstore ones that I've been using all these years are way better than this one. If any of you have tried this conditioner, please let me know if you like it or not, I'm curious to know.

Recently from Feelunique I got this leave-in conditioner, the Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave In Conditioner Spray , wow that is a huge name for a leave-in spray. Also I've read the best reviews about this one, I haven't tried it for more than three times and so far I'm still not sure if I like it or not. It does miracles controlling the frizziness but after my hair's dry it doesn't feel soft or anything like that, it feels kind of rough and I don't know if that's happening because of the protein it contains. But I will continue using it to see if I like it or not.
From various greek pharmacies online shops, the and the I got a few skincare stuff. I was looking for a new cleanser to try because my previous one, the Apivita Foam Cleanser with Lavender and Olive was a bit too heavy for my oily skin right now so I decided to get the Avene Cleansing Foam which is for combination to oily skintypes. I've been using it for almost 2 months and I really like it, it cleanses well without making my skin feel tight afterwards but I'm not so sure if I'll repurchase it or not because I'm not so into the foaming cleansers, I prefer the gel ones especially at summer. Nevertheless it's a really good cleanser for combination skitypes. I also got the matching moisturizer, the Avene Mattifying Fluid which I don't like that much. It clogs my pores and I've noticed a few pimples around my chin area. I will continue using it but I had higher expectations for this one. Two more skincare products that I got is a new bottle of my beloved La Roche Posay Physiological Micellar Solution, and this time I got the small bottle because it's more travel friendly for the summertime. Last for skincare I got a double packet of the Apivita Face Mask with Propolis for the bad skin days when I'm having break outs and stuff. 
When I found out that Body Shop re-released the Viveyard Peach line I had to run and get a few stuff, because the last time they released this line I didn't get anything and I still regret it. I got the body lotion and the body mist and OMG these two smell like heaven, it's like I'm smelling a ripe peach, if you've never smelled anything from this line, you have to!
Last but not least I got two products from the drugstore, my absolute HG concealer the Seventeen Ideal Cover Liquid Concealer, I finished my last tube of this a few months ago and no matter how many concealers I own I need to have this particular one in my collection! I also got a nail polish, the Erre Due Last Minute in #398 Peter Pan, which is a beautiful sky blue color. I generally don't like blue nail polishes, I don't think they compliment my skintone but that shade of blue is one my favorites and so I searched a lot at the drugstore to find one and that's the only one I could find. I love Erre Due's nail polishes, they have a huge selection of colors.

So that's everything that I hauled the past two months. Let me know if you've tried any of these products, I wanna know your opinions about them.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Empties - Products I've Used Up #4

I haven't done an "empties" post in ages! I think the last time was six months ago. So when I realised that I haven't done one for so long and right after I opened the bag that I was keeping all of them I panicked because I had so many, especially the amount of mascaras, which I find ridiculously big! So I'll try to keep this post as small as I can. OK then, let's start!
Herbal Essences Bee Strong Shampoo
I've tries almost all of the Herbal Essences shampoos and this was propably my most favorite, it's the most moisturizing from all of their lines, but still after a two months of using it, it did dry out my hair and for that reason only I don't think I will repurchase it again.

Aussie Miracle Moist Conditioner
This is one of my HG conditioners, it manages to moisturize and detangle my hair without being heavy at all, even its texture is very lightweight and when I first tried it I never thought that a conditioner with such a lightweight texture could moisturize my hair that well! I have already repurchase it and I will continue repurchasing it in the future.

Sephora Coconut Smoothing Body Scrub
This was one of the worst body scrubs I have ever tried, it was something between a shower gel and a scrub but it never exfoliated my body as good as I wanted, it's a huge no from me and I will never purchase it again.
La Roche Posay Physiological Micellar Solution
One of the best micellar lotions/waters in the market, in my opinion it's even better than the Bioderma Sensibio, and it's very underrated noone ever talks abou it. It's extremely gentle with my sensitive skin and it leaves my face matte and not sticky at all. This was the second bottle I've used up and of course I've already repurchased it.

Vichy Purete Thermal 3 in 1 Cleansing Micellar Solution
Before trying the La Roche Posay one the Vichy Micellar Solution used to be my HG cleansing water because it was so gentle with my skin, but it kinda left my skin sticky. If you want to know more about it I've done a full review here.

Frezyderm Moisturizing 24H Hydrating Cream 
It's not a secret how much I love this moisturizer, since last August I've used up 2 bottles and now I'm using a third one, it's amazing for my combination/oily skin and it never broke me out. If you want to know more you can read my full review about it  here.
Burt's Bees Sensitive Night Cream with Cotton Extract
I was never a fan of night creams, I always thought they were too heavy for my skintype, but this one completely changed my mind, it's like my skin really needed it, especially in the wintertime. It calmed down my all of skin irritations, itchyness and peeling skin, it's perfect for sensitive skintypes! I've also done a full review here if you want to know more about it.

Korres Pomegranate Cleansing Scrub
I've used up so many of these little tubes the past couple of years, it's the only facial scrub that exfoliates so well and never irritated my skin that's why it's my HG. Right now I'm using the St.Ives Apricot one that I got last year from the UK but it's not as good as this one, I can't wait for it to finish so I can get the Korres one once more.

The Body Shop Shea Body Butter
The body butters from The Body Shop are essential products for me, I always have to keep one in my cabinet. I've tried so many of them but the Shea will always be my HG one, I loved it since I was a teenager. It has a warm-nutty and not overpowering scent that makes me want to eat my own skin everytime I use it.

Sephora Waterproof Eye MakeUp Remover
One of the best eye makeup removers that I've tried, it never irritated my eyes and takes off even the most stubborn mascaras without trying too much. I don't think that I will repurchase it again though because it's kind of expensive and I found another one that does the exact same job for less, but I may repurchase a mini one if I'm going to travel, it's so handy.

Vera Wang Princess Perfume
I'm not good at describing perfumes and scents so I'm not going to do it. I'm only going to say that I'm very picky with my perfumes and not only I've used up this bottle but I've also repurchased it and for me that says a lot, I rarely repurchase the same perfume. It's my HG everyday scent.
Seventeen Ideal Cover Liquid Concealer
I've gone through so many tubes of this concealer, no matter what new concealer I try I always come back to this one. The consistency is just perfect, it never made my undereye area dry and it covers my dark circles quite well.

Erre Due Volumizing Waterproof Mascara
This is a mascara that made my lashes extremely curled but it didn't do anything more than that, for me it was kind of meh. But if you want to know more here's my full review about it.

Maybelline The Falsies Flared Mascara
I was exremely dissapointed with this one, from the moment I opened it it was very dry, it's like it was opened way before I bought it. It was very hard to use it on my lashes and huge pieces of mascara were falling under my eyes. I had to throw it away only a month after I first used it.

Radiant Studio Perfect Mascara
I didn't have the chance to do a full review about this mascara, I had to stop using it only a few weeks after I opened it because of an eye infection. But overall it was an average everyday kind of mascara, it only gave a bit length to my lashes and nothing more.

L'oreal Mega Volume Collagene 24H Mascara
No doubt this is the best L'oreal mascara, from all the ones that I've tried from the L'oreal brand of course. It gives volume, it's super lightweight and it leaves my lashes really soft. If you want to know more about it, this is my full review.

Sephora Lash Plumper Mascara
The HG of all the mascaras that I've tried so far in my life, guys I think I've found the one! It has the same lightweight texture as the L'oreal Mega Volume Collagene 24H has but the results are way better, it gives amazing length and holds a curl like no other. I'm definitely going to repurchase it. You can read all about it here!

So these were all of my empty products for the past six months, I hope I didn't bore you with my long post. Have you tried any of these products? Did you like them? I wanna know!