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Review – L’Oreal Color Vibrancy Hair System

8 Feb

I was so lucky to receive a Vox Box from Influenster and asked to review L’Oreal Color Vibrancy Hair System.  I received a full size shampoo, conditioner and hair mask in exchange for doing a review for them on the L’Oreal website.

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I wasn’t sure what to expect from a drug store shampoo and conditioner.  However, L’oreal is behind a lot of high end brands too, so I was expecting a good product.

And it delivered.

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I’ve used this for a month now, and it’s as good now as it was the first time.  I had products start out good and then sort fail after a few uses.  This keeps on going.  It’s supposed to help preserve your hair color, according to L’Oreal.  And it does but also does so much more.

What I really like:

The scent.  It’ s a sweet feminine scent that lingers on my hair for a few days. I love that!!!

It lathers easily.

It rinses very clean.  My hair feels like it’s free of any residue.

It keeps my hair bright.

The conditioner is very moisturizing.  My hair is very shiny and smooth after each use.  It doesn’t cause build up, and it doesn’t make my hair greasy.

I have zero frizz when I use this.  ZERO

The mask is nice, but I don’t need it with this conditioner.  I’m not sure I need that much conditioning.

What I didn’t like:

Nothing!

Some people have reported this dried out their hair after a few uses. I didn’t have the same experience, but wanted to include it.

Would I buy this for myself?

Yes.  I’m actually curious what other products L’Oreal has in this line.

What an awesome first taste from Influenster!  Thanks!!!

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Growing out hair and how to not look lame

4 Jan

I’m growing out my hair again, because I seem to have developed commitment issues with hair length.  Short, Long, Extensions, Go crazy and cut it off.

Here are some fun hair dos I found, including my own braid headband!

 

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sorry for my naked face 🙂  I was lazy and all I did was fill in my brows super dark and wear a bit of lipstick.

Thanks for reading!!

~Anna

Empties – December 2016

31 Dec

Last post of the 2016 year!  Happy New Year everyone!  What’s better than sending off the year than with a bunch of used up beauty products?  Am I right?   So what did I use this month:

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This month was full of International used up products haha.

From left to right:

e.l.f.  make-up mist & set reviewed here

Soap & Glory Hand Food – reviewed here

Clarins  Multi-Active Jour – reviewed here

Hot Heads Clean Shampoo – no review because this is only really for extension wearers and it’s not readily available.  However, I still wanted to include it since I used up the little that was left since I removed the extensions.

Ziaja hand creme.  This is a Polish skin care line.  The line is available online and even on Amazon. Here is an example

Tony Moly Pure Aura CC Cream – not a review for this cream only, but I do talk about it in this Korean cosmetic post.  It’s also one of my favorite CC creams ever.

 Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Overnight Perfector – reviewed here

Air Repair Complexion-Boosting Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid – reviewed here

L’Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Lip Balm – reviewed here

Thanks for reading and see you Lovelies next year!!

Review – Budget friendly L’Oreal Magic Nude foundation

19 Dec

Foundation. It now comes in so many forms.  BB, CC, tinted moisturizer, liquid, powder, mineral, now even clay!

They can cost you a couple dollars or $50.00.

L’Oreal’s Magic Nude will cost you around $12-18 USD.

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I think I paid around $12.00 for this drugstore foundation, and I’m having a really hard finding it online to link at the moment.  I’m seeing it at Walmart for $18.99, and it’s sold out everywhere else.

From L’Oreal:

Nude Magic is a light-weight daily use foundation that gives your skin that perfect nude glamorous finish with a magic, feathery texture. It leaves your skin even and perfectly radiant with zero imperfections. Available in 6 shades.

Nude Magic contains light oils for perfect coverage and a velvety touch. It boasts of an airy, lighter-than-water formula that spreads 2x more than regular foundations giving your skin room to breathe and yet giving it a flawless finish.

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Pictured above: Light Ivory

My thoughts:

I really like this drugstore foundation and I really hope that it doesn’t get discontinued.

This is really light weight and it dries to a powder like consistency.  I’ve used this in both summer and winter, and my skin gets super oily in the super and super dry in the winter.  I know, it has no idea what it wants to be.  Thus, sometimes I’ve been known to have a summer and winter foundation because of whacky skin.  L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder though, it works for all seasons for me.

It’s light weight, which makes is easily buildable.  You can even mix it with your favorite moisturizer to create your own tinted moisturizer.  Also, this has 18 SPF!  So much more than the usual 8 or something equally weak and weird.

The best part about this foundation is that it just sort of looks like your own skin.

I can’t really find anything negative to say about this.  It works that well for me.  Other than only having 6 shades, there is no real downside.

Would I repurchase this?  Absolutely!

Have you tried L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Foundation?   Do you like it?

Thank you for reading!

~Anna

My favorite products of 2016!!!

16 Dec

Hello Lovelies!  Welcome to Friday and the weekend!!!  Also, 9 days until Christmas, excited?

I was debating whether to include items I discovered prior to 2016, but still use and love them OR only include new to me products of 2016.

I chose the new to me, because my list would otherwise be HUGE.

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After I made my selections and took the picture, I was happy to see a good mix of high end and drugstore products!

Poor Klorane didn’t make it into the group shot because I used it up!  And I don’t have a replacement because I have been trying to love the Simple wipes.

Also, I will list a couple of almosts and why they ultimately didn’t make the list.

Pond’s Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream. Drugstore brand and this pot is HUGE.  It’s not even a pot, it’s a bucket of moisturizer.  My previous review is on the link.

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour.  This is really new to me, and I haven’t even done a review yet, but I love this. I’ve been using it almost every day since I received it in my Sephora Play.

L’Oreal Magic Lumi.  I bought this a while ago, and forgot about it.  Two weeks ago I found it in my collection, and I decided I really like it.  Review coming soon.

Etude House Wonder Pore. Not quite drug store, not quite high end.  In a league of it’s own – the Korean cosmetic brand.  Here is my review.

Kat Von D Tattoo Eye Liner I just found this in my eye liner stash.  It’s amazing.  Possibly the best liquid liner I’ve ever used.

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water. I’m so into this still.  Here is my review.

Etude House Tint My Brows Gel.  Awesome product. You get to dye your eye brows at home. Here is my review

Anastasia Brow Wiz  I’m a fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills, and this is another awesome product from the line.  This is a recent purchase for me.

Klorane waterproof eye make-up remover.  This is the best eye make-up remover I have ever used.  Here is my review.

I hope you enjoyed my list! What are your favorites of the year?

Thanks for reading!!!

~Anna

Review – Simple Eye Make-Up Remover Pads

15 Dec

Hello Lovelies!  Happy Thursday.  I’ve been using the Simple Eye Make-Up Remover Pads for a couple of weeks now.  Are you super curious what I thought of these?

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You can get this for $4.41 at Walmart.com

What the Company says:

Simple Eye Make-Up Remover Pads are tough on mascara (even waterproof mascara) while still being gentle on your lashes and eyes. They are even suitable for contact lens wearers with our dermatologically and ophthalmological tested formula.

My thoughts:

First impression, it takes a little work for these pads to actually remove mascara.  Other eye make-up comes off easy enough, but mascara takes more work.  I wasn’t even using waterproof mascara.  I have no idea how it would work on a waterproof formula.

For heavier make-up application, you will probably need more than 1 pad to fully remove darker traces around your eyes.

On the plus side, it doesn’t sting the eyes.

It smells pleasant, not overly perfumed, just sort of fresh.

I did see some eyelash loss with this, but this happens with everything other than Klorane, which I just ADORED.  Here is that review.

Would I purchase this?  I think this will work well for travel and camping.  For home yes, I would like to try the other formula Simple has, in a bottle.

Have you tried the Simple eye make-up remover or other products?

Thanks for reading!

~Anna

Review – Beautiful Nutrition Lemon Fresh Rinse

6 Dec

Hello Lovelies!

I was trying to think back to all the concoctions I’ve put on my head over the years, and I honestly do not recall ever using a rinse before.  This was my first!

We all want shiny, healthy hair.  We all want to look like this:

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 But we end up looking like this:

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It’s a constant quest.  One product that promises to bring back the shine to your hair by removing residue and sealing cuticles is the Beautiful Nutrition Lemon Rinse.

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From Beautiful Nutrition:

Rinse away product buildup, frizz and
dullness in an instant

Restart the clock on healthy hair. Over time, product buildup causes hair to look dull and lifeless. Lemon Rinse™ Gentle Clarifying Treatment returns hair to its natural glory with active lemon extracts that gently cleanse and tone, rapidly restoring weightless body and shine.
My thoughts:
This smells so amazing!  Like fresh squeezed lemons!!!
Does it make your hair shinier?
Yes, it doesn’t give you POW! type shine, but it does make your hair shinier.
Does it strip hair color?
It’s marked as color safe, and my color stayed intact after using it.
Does it make your hair bouncier?
A little, but I wouldn’t call this body building or volumizing.
Would I buy?
I think so.  It’s not a bad product to keep around, especially since it only costs $10.00.
Have you tried a rinse?  Do you like it?
Thanks for reading!
~Anna

What I’m testing now – Simple eye make-up remover pads

5 Dec

I heard some good things about the Simple Eye Make-Up Remover.  I have been trying to get my hands on the liquid version, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere in my area.   Since I ran out of Klorane, which I adored, I decided to pick up the wipes instead.

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These ran me around $6.00 for 30 pads.

I’ve used these a couple of times, and I’m still working on a full review of these babies.

Have you ladies used these?  Thoughts?

~Thanks for reading!

Anna

Review – Soap & Glory Hand Food

25 Nov

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Every time I look at this package, I think it says Hand FOOT.

Alas, it is a hand cream, not a foot cream.  And what a wonderful hand cream it is!

Here is what Soap and Glory says:

NON-GREASY HYDRATING HAND CREAM

Contains shea butter, macadamia oil and marshmallow . Scented with our Original Pink™ fragrance. The most astonishing hand cream ever? You decide!
My thoughts
It smells so nice.
It’s very hydrating.  I usually reach for this when my hands are dry and shriveled.  Within seconds of layering this one, my hands feel smooth and hydrated.  Best of all, the hydration lasts through a few hand washings.
Coincidentally, this does work really nice on the feet too 🙂
Will I repurchase?
Yes!  It’s super affordable and available at my local Walgreens.
Have you tried Soap and Glory?  Do you like it?
Thanks for stopping by!
~Anna

Empties – November 2016

21 Nov

It’s been a long time since I did an Empties post.  I was collecting my empties and intended to do a “season” empty for summer.  However, the amount of all my empty products grew into a huge bucket of containers and it overwhelmed the heck out of me.  So I though it all away and decided to start fresh with November.

In November, I have used up 4 whole things.

FOUR

HAHAHA  I feel like a cosmetic failure of some sort.

Behold:

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Listing items left to right:

Caress Daily Silk Body Wash $4.39 USD available at Walgreens.

Living Proof Perfect Day Dry Shampoo $22.00 USD available at Sephora.

Wild Ferns New Zealand Manuka Honey Ultra Rich Night Revival Creme $18.50 USD available at Amazon.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo $23.00 USD available at Sephora.

All these items are on regular rotation and I buy them frequently.

Thanks for reading!

Looking forward to reading everyone’s empties post.

~Anna