Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Review: The Body Shop Aloe and Soft Linen Home Fragrance Oil

It's easy to imagine that almost every brand that does home fragrance has a floral-scented product and a fruit-scented product. What I didn't realize is that many brands have a product that smells like clean laundry. This is a review of one such product, The Body Shop Aloe and Soft Linen Home Fragrance Oil.


What it does: (from The Body Shop website)
Fresh cotton and aloe vera provide the initial scent of the fragrance. Freesia and lily of the valley are the dominant notes of the fragrance. Our Home Fragrance Oils can be used with our stylish burners to match home decor.

Price: $6 for 10 ml

Scent: This product smells strongly of freesia.  For some reason, this smells very similar to my laundry detergent.

Availability: This product is available at The Body Shop stores and on The Body Shop website. The Body Shop is available in several countries around the world.

Pros:

  • This is a very relaxing scent. 
  • The smell reminds me of the way my sheets smell.  When I use this product as I am going to bed, it helps me go to sleep quickly.


Cons:

  • Like I mentioned before, this product reminds me of my laundry detergent... so maybe I should just use my laundry detergent instead of using this product?

Would I repurchase? No.  I really like the scent, but come on...

In the recent years, laundry detergents and fabric softeners imported from the US have become very popular. These products smell stronger than normal Japanese products, and therefore some Japanese products have started to focus on applying scent to your clothes rather than softening them.  I still like my less-scented Japanese products better!

xoxo, K

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Weekly Reads #154: April 19, 2014


I am back from my trip to New York.  Unfortunately.

I am in the middle of cropping, editing, and sorting through nearly 500 pictures of New York pictures. as well as swatches and pictures of products which I bought.  Needless to say, my bags were labeled "heavy" at the airport. Last time I went to the US, I bought back the ice cream attachment for my KitchenAid.  The time before that, I bought a KitchenAid and somehow managed to bring it home.  Compared to that, my haul this time was tame! (or so I tell myself)

I had a really great time, and a HUGE thanks to everyone who came out to see me!  One of the highlights of my trip was that I walked down almost the entire length of the island of Manhattan.  It was something a friend suggested, and it gave me a different perspective on a city that I thought I knew pretty well!

On to my Weekly Reads!

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xoxo, K

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Weekly Reads #153: April 15, 2014


Yes, I know... I'm late with this post.  What can I say?  I'm in NEW YORK.

On to my Weekly Reads!

What were your favorite posts this week? 
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xoxo, K

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Review: Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Stress Relief Eucalyptus Spearmint shower gel

I am going to start out by saying that I did not like this product.  However, it is not really the fault of the product, and I guess I should really blame myself.  I really do hope that it works for other people, and that it was unfortunate that it didn't work for me.

When I was a child, I did not understand the concept of stress. I distinctly remember not understanding why people got so tired when they did not move their bodies.  Obviously this has changed as I grew older, and unfortunately I am often stressed out at work.

I don't know if aromatherapy actually helps in relieving stress, but I do like using scented oils in my diffuser. This is a review of the Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Stress Relief Eucalyptus Spearmint shower gel. This is another product in the Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy line.  I have previously reviewed other products in this line, such as the Sleep Lavender Chamomile, Sleep Lavender Vanilla, and Energy Orange Ginger. (all links go to previous reviews)
 

What it does: (from the Bath and Body Works website)
This fast-foaming body wash is infused with soothing skin conditioners, while an aromatherapy blend of essential oils and natural ingredients benefit body, mind & mood. For a bubbly bath, add a couple ounces to warm, running water. Breath deeply for best results. Not tested on animals Eucalyptus essential oil clears the mind while Spearmint Essential Oil uplifts to help improve concentration

Price: The full sized bottle is $13 for 10 oz.  I purchased the travel size, which is $5 for 2 oz.

Scent:  The only way to describe it is... spearmint and eucalyptus.  Really.

Availability: Bath and Body Works products are available at free-standing Bath and Body Works stores in the US, and also in several countries worldwide.

Pros:
  • Like other shower gels from Bath and Body Works, this product cleans the skill well without stripping it.
Cons:
  • I kept thinking that I had smelled this product before... and realized that it smells like the product I use to clean my toilet.

Would I repurchase? No. The scent is just too similar to my household cleaner.

Ugh!  I really was looking forward to trying out this scent!!  I wonder if I would have liked this product better if I didn't use that particular toilet cleanser. I have read a lot of blogs mentioning that products with citrus or mint scents tend to smell similar to household cleansers, but this is the first time this has happened to me!  Now I understand how a scent can make or break a product!

xoxo, K

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Review: Dejavu Lasting Fine R Pencil eyeliner - A pencil eyeliner which lasts

Over the past few months, I have started to enjoy more natural looking makeup. For example, I have come to realize that liquid eyeliner looks much too harsh on my eyes. I tried lining my eyes with gel or pencil eyeliner and then smudging the line, but it still looked a little too vampy for me.

Finally, I gave up on black eyeliner and decided to move to a brown eyeliner. This was hard! Many of the brown eyeliners that I tried were much too red-toned. I tried out several brands before I found a shaded which I liked.

This is a review of the Dejavu Lasting Fine R Pencil eyeliner. Dejavu is a Japanese brand which is famous for its mascara, such as the Dejavu Fiberwig mascara.  I reviewed a different line of mascara from Dejavu, the Volume Film Lash Knockout Mascara, in 2010 (*gulp*).

This is a pencil eyeliner which twists up.  It is incredibly fine and smooth, allowing me to draw a very fine line along my eyelashes.


What it does: (from the Dejavu website)
Highly defined eyes all day long! A silicone fixative provides super holding power. We've successfully added even more adhesive constituents, meanings lines last even longer. It resists oil, sweat and tears - which can cause Panda Eyes - for a long-wearing rub-resistant finish.
Smooth, easy to draw! Silky smooth application with a soft, easy-draw pencil lead. A lead with just-right hardness: fills between eyelashes, makes inside lines top and bottom that stay thin - just as you drew them.

Price: 1200 JPY, around $12.  Please note that consumption tax (a country-wide tax similar to sales tax) has just increased from 5% to 8% starting April 1.

Availability:  In Japan, this product is widely available at drugstores.

Pros:
  • I love that this eyeliner lasts. This is the first time an eyeliner didn't fade or rub away over the course of the day
  • The black-brown color is just what I was looking for. This product also comes in 2 other colors.
  • The pencil tip is really fine and smooth, which makes it very easy to use.
Cons:
  • I can't really think of any!  Wow!
Would I repurchase?  Yes.  I really liked this eyeliner and I definitely recommend it if you are looking for a pencil eyeliner!

This is the first time in a long time that I have really loved a color cosmetic product!  Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Weekly Reads #152: April 6, 2014

I am soooo behind on blogging... mostly because I am going on vacation later this week. If you are in New York, please let me know!

On to my Weekly Reads!

What were your favorite posts this week? 

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xoxo, K

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Review: Lush Reincarnate Solid Shampoo

This is a review of the Lush Reincarnate solid shampoo. This is one of the things I purchased in a haul which I posted before, and is not available in Japan or the US.


What it does: (from the Lush UK website)
Brunettes and redheads, step this way! Reincarnate is specially made to put life and shine into dark hair, making it look healthy and bursting with rich, natural-looking colour. Whether you’re a natural brunette or need a little assistance to go over to the dark side, Reincarnate is the shampoo to choose to keep your colour looking vibrant.

Price: around $8 for 100g.  This lasts me 6 to 8 weeks.

Availability: This product is only available through Lush UK online, or at select Lush UK stores

Scent:  smells earthy, similar to rosemary.  Unlike many Lush products, this does not have a strong smell and I need to intentionally sniff it to smell it.

Pros:
  • This is one of the few Lush solid shampoos that does not strip my hair or make it feel squeaky
  • Although this contains henna, it rinses clean and does not bleed onto my towels

Cons:
  • I don't know if it really my hair color to look vibrant

Would I repurchase? Maybe. Other bloggers have mentioned that this made their hair feel straw-like, which did not happen for me. I like that it rinses clean and does not strip my hair, but I really didn't feel that it did much.

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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