Friday, December 30, 2011

Weekly Reads #42: December 30, 2011


Hope you all have a safe and happy New Year's!

xoxo, K

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Review: Clarisonic Gentle Hydro Cleanser - do you need a cleanser for the Clarisonic?

This is a review of the Clarisonic Gentle Hydro Cleanser. Just like for the Clarisonic Refreshing Gel Cleanser, I received a trial size of this as part of a special set when I bought my Clarisonic.


What it does: (from clarisonic.com)
Gentle Hydro Cleanser Naturally scented with cucumber, this pH-balanced, gentle, non-foaming skin cleanser is a full-body hydrogel that removes impurities while soothing and comforting. Contains natural ingredients and is paraben-free. Natural Active Ingredients Sucrose Cocoate (a patented mixture of sucrose and coconut derivatives)—gently cleanses sensitive skin Algae & Aloe Vera Gel—hydrate and soften skin Vitamin E & Japanese Green Tea—soothe and protect skin

Price: $25 for 6 oz


Pros:
  • Cleans well
  • Gentle, and not drying
Cons:
  • This cleanser is extremely similar to the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser.  It has the same creamy gel texture, and it cleans in the same way. The Cetaphil cleanser is around $6 for the 8 oz bottle (according to Target.com).

Would I repurchase? No. I did like this cleanser, but as I mentioned, it is too similar to the Cetaphil cleanser. Considering the Cetaphil cleanser is less than 1/4 of the price, I don't think this product is worth the price.  On the plus side, this product reminded me on why I enjoyed the Cetaphil cleanser so much!

Notes: You can really use any cleanser you want with the Clarisonic! I've used both liquid cleansers and bar soaps. I would avoid using anything with exfoliating particles in it, though, since it might be too abrasive!

Hope this helped!

xoxo, K

Monday, December 26, 2011

Review: Philosophy Gingerbread Man / Gingerbread Girl Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath

This is a review for the Philosophy Gingerbread Man and Gingerbread Girl Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath (or 3-in-1). I bought this product in Hawaii last year and had forgotten to post the review!

Gingerbread Man

Gingerbread Girl

What it does: (from Sephora.com)

A multitasking Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath infused with the refreshing scent of ginger spice. This luscious, lathering gel sweetens any day with its extra rich and creamy formula that gently cleanses and conditions, leaving skin and hair feeling ultra soft.

Price: A full sized bottle of Philosophy's 3-in-1 is $16 for 16 oz (480ml). In this set, each bottle was 8 oz (240 ml), and the set was $20 for the 2 bottles.   A full sized bottle is a good value for money, but I personally think that 480 ml is much too big to use without getting bored!

Scent: Both products smell like ginger.  Gingerbread Man smells like Ginger with Lemon added, and reminds me strongly of lemon iced tea.  Gingerbread Girl smells sweeter. 

Pros:
  • Foams well, and cleans well without stripping my body of moisture
  • I really enjoyed both scents
  • Gingerbread Girl does not leave obvious glitter on my body
Cons:
  • This was my first Philosophy 3-in-1, and I found the product to be very runny, unlike Bath & Body Works' shower gels. Be careful when you pour out the product.
Notes: Although this can be used as a shower gel, bubble bath, or shampoo, I use it solely as a shower gel.
 
Would I repurchase? Maybe. I really liked the Philosophy 3-in-1s, and I hope I can try out some other scents next holiday season!

Have you tried Philosophy products before? Please let me know of your favorites!

xoxo, K

Friday, December 23, 2011

Weekly Reads #41: December 23, 2011



Hope you are getting ready for the holidays! Unfortunately, I'll have no presents this year!!

xoxo, K

Monday, December 19, 2011

Review: Lush Candy Cane soap - washing yourself with candy cane scent

This is a review for the Lush Candy Cane soap. This is a limited edition product for the holidays which I picked up in Japan.  In Japan, this is called "スウィーツシェフの野望" (Sweets Chef no Yabou, "The Ambition of the Sweets Chef"), which is yet another Japanese Lush product name which is unrelated to the original name!

In my experience, if I buy a Lush soap in the US or the UK, the SA will cut off a piece and weigh it for you. In Japan, most of the time the soap is already precut and prepackaged. This helped me make sure that I got both the light pink part and the dark red part of the soap.



What it does: (from lushusa.com)
Inspired by all the candy shops in New York City (and with just the slightest of nods to a certain Charlie in a certain factory), Candy Cane Soap is everything you could ever want from a bar of soap. Our perfumer Simon captured the fragrance of a candy cane perfectly using English peppermint oil and the sweet, cherry scent of almond oil. It was probably thanks to the fact that he consumed his body weight in candy canes whilst making it. All in the name of research! Anyone who loves candy canes will love the scent of this soap. Invigorating and comforting at the same time; perfect for waking up in the shower on a winter morning. The aroma of English peppermint oil refreshes and revitalizes. 

Price: 2.75 GBP/100g, 6.95 USD/3.5oz, 650 JPY/100g
This translates to $0.04/g in the UK, $0.07/g in the US, and $0.08/g in Japan. Please remember that the Japanese Yen is currently at an all-time high.

Scent: Minty-herbally-sweet? Take the sweet-minty smell of a candy cane and mix it with the herbal scent that all Lush products have.  That's what this smells like.

Pros:
  • This soap really smells like candy canes to me. It smells not only of peppermint, but it also smells sweet
  • Like all Lush soaps, this is a good cleanser

Cons:
  • The peppermint oil is a little strong, so be careful if you have sensitive skin
  • Like other Lush soaps, this does not have moisturizing properties. During the winter, I definitely need another moisturizer. Considering this is a limited edition product for the winter, it would have been nice if it were more moisturizing.

Note:  The dark red part of the soap contains more water and will melt faster than the pink part. Be careful to store this in a dry place.

Would I repurchase? Yes! I really liked the scent and it got me into a holiday mood!

This was the only Lush holiday product that I bought this year, but you can check out the other reviews that I've done in the past.


Angel's Delight Soap

Buche de Noel Cleanser


Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

Friday, December 16, 2011

Weekly Reads #40: December 16, 2011

Wow, it's been 3 weeks since I did a Weekly Reads.  I've been really behind on blogging!

I hope your holiday shopping is going well.   One of the interesting things about living in a part of the world that has very bad postal service is that the holiday shopping craze is not a part of life!  I probably won't be doing anything this Christmas, including any shopping for myself!!

On to the weekly reads!

Hope your week is going well!

xoxo, K

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Review: L'Oreal De-crease eyeshadow base (vs Urban Decay Primer Potion)

This is a review of the L'Oreal De-crease eyeshadow base.

Many people have been saying this is a great alternative to Urban Decay Primer Potion, being cheaper and easier to get a hold of. I've been using UDPP religiously for the past year or so, and I wanted to compare the two.
What it does: (from lorealparisusa.com)
Crease-proof your eyes and get longer lasting eye color with De-Crease Eye Shadow Base. Smooth eyelids, even skin tone, and create a flawless canvas for application of powder or cream eye shadow, or wear alone for a clean, natural look.

Price: will vary, but L'Oreal's website lists this for $8.50/0.20 oz of product.  Urban Decay seems to be reducing their prices, since I found UDPP on the Urban Decay website for $10.

The applicator is a slanted sponge tipped applicator, similar to the UDPP.

Here is a swatch.


Pros:
  • the price is very slightly cheaper, especially if you can get it Buy One Get One Free (or Half Off)
  • smoother, easier to spread.
  • the container is mostly straight, and should be easier to use up completely, unlike the infamous genie bottle (or the very stiff tube) that UDPP has.
Cons:
  • this product is not very tacky, and my pigments did not stick very well
  • this product did not keep my eyeshadow vibrant/crease-free as long as UDPP does
  • I would not use this product by itself, as the claim says (although this is my very personal opinion)

Would I repurchase?  No. Considering my lids are fairly oily, plus I love to use pressed pigments, I prefer UDPP.  My tube of UDPP has lasted me about a year, so the difference in price is not so huge for me.

All in all, this isn't a bad product. If your eyelids aren't as oily as mine, or you don't use pigments, this eyeshadow primer might work well for you.  For me, the effort to hack my bottle of UDPP open is worth the price difference!

What is your favorite eyeshadow primer?

xoxo, K

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Review: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color in Quick Sand - one stroke nail polish?

This is a review for the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color in Quick Sand.  This was a gift from Eki.


What it does: (from sallyhansen.com) One stroke, one coat, done.
This product claims that it can be applied with just one stroke, and will dry in 60 seconds. It also claims that it can be worn with only 1 coat.

Price: Will vary, depending on where you buy it. Most online stores have it at around $4.50

Pros:
  • The color is a warm beige with a very tiny hint of sparkle. This color is very flattering on my skin and very appropriate for work.
  • This product dries very fast, although it took longer than 60 seconds.
  • The brush is very wide, flat and short, so that it can be applied in only one stroke. It took more than 1 stroke to cover my entire nail, but I felt that this brush is very easy to use.


Cons:
  • I still needed 2 coats of application
  • Depending on how I applied it, it could get streaky. This nail polish takes some getting used to.
  • This nail polish chipped on me on Day 3 (but be aware that most nail polishes last only 2-3 days on me, so this does not mean that this particular nail polish chips easily)

Would I repurchase?  Yes!  I'm very uncoordinated with nail polish, but this was very easy to apply.  I would repurchase this color, and I'm also interested in trying other colors!

What is your favorite nail polish brand?  Hope this review helped!

xoxo, K

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