Would time please slow down for half a second so that it can sink in that we are actually in the 21st century? When did it become September? It was 2013 a minute ago.
In August, I tried out some new hair care products, and continued to use a face pack at least once a week. I am actually running out of sheet masks now. Apparently sheet masks hold the essence or serum thing in place beneath the sheet and promote faster absorption. But since I am buying Memeboxes regularly, I will be getting more sheet masks soon.
I also tried unsuccessfully to find a HG eye cream. Or one that even works.
Accordingly, last month's empties are grouped into hair care products, cleansers, face packs, eye care products and everything else.
Here are the beauty products I emptied in August 2014 and my quick thoughts on each.
Hair Care products
LOVE this condish. It leaves my hair smelling of ripe bananas till the next wash. The smell is on the stronger side and I love it. Not for the faint of heart or for those who hate the fruit. Repurchase? I have one more bottle to finish.
This came in my Glam Guru box. I am 100% sure they sent me a used bottle. I got exactly THREE sprays out of it, and they were not full-length or heavy-handed ones. I love that it smells of coconuts and leaves my hair smelling equally lovely. Bummer about the quantity they sent out. Repurchase? Yes! Once I put a dent into the existing hair sprays.
I love this stuff. You dunk the entire tube into hot water for one minute, open the tube and apply it on the hair, leave it on for one minute, and then wash off, for soft and hydrated locks. This is my last one, though. I will have to travel to a Boots outlet to pick up more. Repurchase? Yes, when I can find these.
Boutique Bebe Concentrate Vita-Clinic Hair Salon 24ml
From a Memebox. This is something you apply on the whole length of hair. I did - it was sticky on my fingers, sticky on my hair and smelt of stale cologne. Repurchase? You have to ASK?
CNP Laboratory Derma-Scalp Shampoo 25g
Nope. Korean shampoos do not do anything for me. For one thing, they contain insane quantities of menthol - they feel incredibly cold on the scalp. Not a nice coolness, and uncomfortable cold. I hate that feeling. Each time I feel that way, I end up with a stiff neck, since I've inherited my aunt's muscular and nervous systems.
Hairich Veda Cell Hair Program Shampoo 100ml
Thank goodness this is over! Think of Neutrogena's coal tar shampoo, made 100x stronger. Now add a gazillion ice cubes into it, and as much menthol as you can. Apply to hair. URGH! I have been sitting on this for a while now and finally finished it only because I have sworn to finish a product before I take another into my shower. Now to begin that one-litre bottle of DermOrganic I bought recently.
Eye Care productsShiseido Benefiance NutriPerfect Eye Serum
Reasonably hydrating but didn't do a thing for dark circles, lines or puffiness. Not as hydrating as I would like either. Meh.
Givenchy Vaxin For Youth Infusion Serum - Eyes
Do you have enemies? If so, I suggest giving them these for Christmas. Mind you, this is actually nicer than the one mentioned above. More hydrating. The problem? It is runnier and always gets into my eyes. And that, my friends, is pure torture. Transmorgrifian torture, to borrow a phrase from Harry P. Esq., Wizard and Auror. Hurts like hell each time until you wash it off, apply soothing eye drops and go to sleep. BIG meh.
29 Cosmetics Grapeseed sampler
This is from a Lip Factory box. I actually had two of these, and had finished the cream cleanser and the moisture earlier. The eye emulsion was quite nice. There was enough for two uses. I might buy more if I did not have a dozen eye creams to get through.
I bought the full-sized version of this after one trial. This is not a long-term eye treatment solution and you will have to wait for my detailed review. Suffice it to say I love this just before an outing. It gives me a fresher look and brighter eye area when I have had a rough night. I have only used it four times so far, so it is too early to talk about long-term benefits. Repurchase? Yes, oh yes!
CleansersShiseido The Skincare Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam
I liked this cleanser and have another one. It was part of a GWP set. It did not do much by way of makeup removal but it is a good, gentle cleanser for a refreshing pick-me-up in the middle of the day or when your face is sensitive or problematic.
Dermalogica Tri-Active Cleanser Sample
I preferred the Shiseido cleanser over this one. I cannot really explain it, but it felt more surfactant-ish. Will not repurchase.
This came as a GWP from a Beauty Bay order. There was enough for three uses. I am intrigued enough - this is the pick of the lot of cleansers this month. It removed foundation very well and left me feeling squeaky clean but did not dry my face out. Ingredients include green tea, olive and lavender flower extracts.
Face masks and packsGelee Labo pack
That is the thing with ears. It came in my Vitamin Care Memebox and I LOVED it. Unfortunately, there was only enough for two uses. It looked and felt just like marmalade and felt wonderfully cooling and refreshing on my face. I would repurchase, but I am hoping they include a full size in a future Memebox.
NUXE Aroma-Perfection Unclogging Thermo Active Mask
I love heat-active masks. This is absolutely wonderful if you want a deep-cleansing mask for oily, acne-prone skin with pores. Will definitely repurchase. I always love NUXE!
Pure Smile Chocolate Milk Essence Mask
From my Cacao Memebox. Loved the smell. I am not sure what positive effects I noticed on my skin, though! May not repurchase.
Other skin care productsLancome Advanced Genefique Youth Activating Concentrate
Meet my HG face serum. Did not break me out, and made my skin texture much better. Less "leathery", to quote my observant Mum/makeup-mentor. I have been promising the review of this thing since March. Now that I have opened the 75ml bottle, I need to get on with it!
Repurchase? Forever and ever, world without end, Amen.
I am a huge Soap & Glory fan. This is a lovely little hand cream but I am working on avoiding parabens in my skincare. See the ingredients there? Will not repurchase.
This was another Memebox product. Loved it - it was not too harsh and did a great job is removing the rougher bits. Repurchase? I have a few foot scrubs to get past.
These are little nail masks that you apply like caps over each finger. I liked them, although this set is supposed to be very much dollar-store. I have been seeing dry cuticles and hangnails recently and this softened them up nicely.
An all-over moisturiser. I should have saved this for the drier months, as this was quite thick and heavy. It contains parabens, which means I will not buy it again.