Monday, July 6, 2015

LUSH Blousey Shampoo

Its been a while since I tried anything Lush, their face masks are a quick pick-me up, but I find that they don’t do anything that beneficial to the skin in the long run. I find most of their shampoos stripping for me, but very recently picked up Blousey ($25.95; lushcosmeticsusa.com) , a gentler sulfate-based one for over processed, dry hair that is non-stripping.

LUSH Blousey Shampoo
LUSH Blousey Shampoo
LUSH Blousey Shampoo Review, Photos



Blousey is quite a task to use in the shower, the thick, chunky bits get a little messy, but the shampoo itself is really nice and quite a pampering one for dry hair. I do find that it lathers mildy, so I have since used up more than what I would with a regular shampoo. The scent is a tad overwhelming, but I quite like it and like how it lingers on for quite sometime. It is easy to wash off, does’t not dry out my hair and I do skip conditioner sometimes, even though this isn’t the best at detangling. If you do have a very oily scalp though, it can weigh hair down a little, but on dry hair, it is a great shampoo thats both gentle and non-stripping and one from Lush that I’ve actually really liked in a long time.

LUSH Blousey Shampoo Ingredients
LUSH Blousey Shampoo



Have you tried Blousey?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Heather Pop

The Clinique Cheek Pop Blushes ($21; sephora.com) have been on my list to try out forever, but none of the older colors appealed to me so much. They did recently come out with a newer range, which sure was much more interesting and the formula seemed less chalky/powdery too.

Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Heather Pop Review, Photos, Swatches


Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Heather Pop Review, Photos & Swatches
Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Heather Pop Review, Photos, Swatches


I picked up Heather Pop , a dusty pink with just a hint of shimmer. The shimmer is very subtle and translates to a soft glow on the cheeks. I found the color payoff to be decent, and good enough to show up on my skin tone when used with a dense blush brush like the Hakuhodo 210 Blush Brush or the Tom Ford Cheek Brush, two of which I like to use with this kind of formula. There’s no major fallout or patchiness and the texture blends beautifully and looks very natural on the skin.  I love the design on these blushes & the packaging is alright - quite practical & sturdy, and not too cheap for the price. Heather Pop wore a good 6 hours on my cheeks and stayed looking quite luminous and fresh without fading much. Overall, I really love the formula, it works perfectly with the right brush and is sheer in a good way so you can build up the color without going too overboard!

Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Heather Pop Review, Photos & Swatches
Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Heather Pop Review, Photos & Swatches
Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Heather Pop Review, Photos & Swatches
Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Heather Pop Swatch

Topganic Brazilian Nut Oil Shampoo & Intensive Hair Mask

Topganic is a natural haircare line new to me, with an affordable range of haircare products that are free of parabens, the shampoo is free of SLES & SLS (though not completely sulfate free) and perfect for sensitive scalp and over processed hair. I tried out the Shampoo and the Intensive Repair Mask from the Brazlian Nut Oil range and absolutely loved them both.

Topganic Brazilian Nut Oil Shampoo & Intensive Hair Mask



The Brazilian Nut Oil Shampoo ($12; topganic.com) is a slightly thick textured, concentrated one that you only need a little bit of each time. It lathers well, cleanses thoroughly and leaves hair super soft. I did not need to follow up with a conditioner since the shampoo itself is quite detangling and I also ended up using much less styling product later on. The Intensive Hair Mask ($12; topganic.com) is very thick, hydrating and adds a lot of bounce. I wouldn’t combine it with the shampoo though since it can weigh hair down a little, but it works great after a clarifying shampoo when hair feels a tad stripped. Both products do have a slightly strong scent that lingers for a while though, so that’s one to keep in mind if you don’t like very scented haircare products. That apart, they’re both amazing for the price and do the job really well, especially on dry/frizz prone hair.

Topganic Brazilian Nut Oil Shampoo & Intensive Hair Mask
Topganic Brazilian Nut Oil Shampoo & Intensive Hair Mask
Topganic Brazilian Nut Oil Shampoo & Intensive Hair Mask



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