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Curtain Call: Schwarzkopf essence ULTÎME Diamond Color & Radiance Shampoo & Conditioner

Hey, hey! Quick late night post here with an edition of Curtain Call! I recently finished up something I got from the Walmart Summer 2016 Beauty Box. Here’s my take on the Schwarzkopf essence ULTÎME Diamond Color & Radiance Shampoo & Conditioner.

Schwarzkopf essence ULTÎME Diamond Color & Radiance Shampoo & Conditioner

What I love about this product? I didn’t have super high hopes for this product really as it’s just shampoo and conditioner. I did try to look out for things that will make it stand out as the market for this type of products is oversaturated already. The scent surprised me a little — it’s not very feminine at all. It’s not floral, fruity, earthy or clean. It’s slightly more masculine, at least according to my nose. It makes me think of a manly fragrance in a good way but not overpowering at all, especially when my hair is dry. If this is a concern, know that the scent fades away a lot as the day goes on after it’s dry. The formula is what I have come to expect of from a regular shampoo and conditioner really and it does the job — it cleans my hair very well.

What I don’t like about this product? No complaints over here at all. While it doesn’t have any earth-shattering properties that makes it stand out from other shampoos and conditioners, it does the job and it does it well.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.

Hello Extra Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste

Happy Wednesday to y’all! While I’ve been busy testing products that come my way, not all are hits or near hits. I recently tried something I got from the Walmart Fall 2016 Beauty Box. Here’s my take on the Hello Extra Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste.

Hello Extra Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste

What I love about this product? I had really high hopes for this product as it is naturally friendly, vegan and cruelty-free. Directions are pretty much self-explanatory: just use it like any other regular toothpaste. I used it for about a week and it does the basic job of a toothpaste so I can’t complain about that really.

What I don’t like about this product? I didn’t care for the taste really. Maybe I grew up on the artificial mintiness of what most toothpaste are made of but it is what it is. Also, I don’t really see much of a whitening effect compared to other teeth whitening toothpaste. I know that the ingredients in this are probably less harsh but if I’m looking to use a teeth whitening toothpaste then I expect this to perform just as well as other teeth whitening toothpastes in the market and it just can’t compare to those. But if you’re looking for a more natural, vegan and cruelty-free whitening toothpaste then this might be the answer to your prayers. But the combination of the taste and the lack of effectiveness in teeth whitening, I went back to using my regular toothpaste in less than 2 weeks.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.

Elizabeth Grant Green Power C Hydrating Cleanser

Hey guys! I’m finally off from this point onwards until next year! I couldn’t carry over a ton of my vacation days so I’m using them up now. I’ve been busy at work just wrapping up stuff as I won’t be there for 3 entire weeks and I spent this past Sunday baking at least over 400 cookies to bring to work (I do this every other year or so). I also made 3 Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf Breads (they’re actually cakes but without the icing, it’s more like a sweet and tasty bread!) but those were for specific individuals. I ran out of flour at the end of the night! I made 8 batches of cookies in total, I think. There were regular old chocolate chip, white and milk chocolate chip, reeses pieces and mostly white chocolate chip, snickerdoodles and peanut butter cookies. They were all gone by early this morning! But while I’ve been away from the beauty blogging world, I haven’t stopped testing stuff every single day. And so, here’s my take on something I got from the ipsy October 2016 Glam Bag — Elizabeth Grant Green Power C Hydrating Cleanser.

Elizabeth Grant Green Power C Hydrating Cleanser

What I love about this product? While I can’t quite nail down what the scent reminds me of….I love it. It’s light and fresh. It makes me think of green, crisp apples or clear glycerin soap that I come into contact with in Melt & Pour soapmaking. It doesn’t smell like crisp apples though. It’s just that the freshness of the light scent made me think of that. It is ever-so-slightly tinted with green in color. It’s a clear, viscous gel formula-wise. It lathers easily and removes oil and grime nicely without being harsh or drying. And trust me when I emphasize on the fact that I don’t find it drying as it’s really cold and dry right now. None of my regular hand lotions works on my frequently washed hands. It started cracking! I had to fix that with the ever-so-reliable Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream stat! It’s my go-to hand lotion when all fails. It doesn’t take a lot of the cleanser to get the job done right and it’s definitely something I’m considering adding to my daily skincare regimen.

What I don’t like about this product? It’s a little pricey at $25 for 200 ml / 6.7 fl oz but it’s definitely better than a lot of regular facial cleansers out there. Plus, I do feel that there is a luxurious feel to this product.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.

ipsy November 2016 Glam Bag

Okay, so it has been a quiet month for me here. I took time to just focus on my life outside of the blog and I’m finally back — refreshed and all. A few sales I took advantage of helped with that too. What did you guys get on Black Friday? I only did minimal online shopping for Christmas. In fact, I have a good amount already wrapped up! Haha! Anyway, before I let November slip away…here’s my post on the ipsy November 2016 Glam Bag.

ipsy November 2016 Glam Bag

The bag has a cute pattern and the material makes me think it’s neoprene or something like that. Not my favorite kind of material, but cute still. First item that caught my eye is the ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. I’m trying this out next week as I am running out of my current moisturizer. Next up is the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. I love mascaras. In fact, I have about 7 open ones currently. I just have to get myself to use them more these days. Next we have Absolute New York Matte Stick. The shade I got it in is Dark Red. I thought about keeping this but I already have a few red matte lip colors that I think my nieces would enjoy it more than I would. Then we have the Starlooks Cream Eye Shadow. The shade I got it in is Rose Gold. I honestly don’t care much for cream eye shadows so this will go in my bonus gifting pile. I’m sure one of my nieces would enjoy playing with it. Last up is Luxie Beauty Rose Gold Small Duo Fiber Brush. I don’t use makeup brushes that much and I already have a ton. Off this goes to the gifting pile! In all fairness though, the brush is super soft to the touch.

ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Cream

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Absolute New York Matte Stick

Starlooks Cream Eye Shadow

Luxie Beauty Rose Gold Small Duo Fiber Brush

I took the test again to eliminate from getting makeup brushes but I’m still getting them about once every 2 months?! But I’ve read complaints on their quiz and how inaccurate it can be. Even so, I can’t wait to see what next month’s bag is like!

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

Happy Tuesday! What did you guys do for Halloween? Did you dress up? I did decorate and hoped we get lots of kids this year but it was not meant to be! Some speculated that a lot of the Halloween festivities happened already over the weekend and that it’s a Monday night so we got a small turnout. I was a little bit disappointed cause WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH ALL THIS CANDY?! I have a TON of candy leftover and I can’t return any of them as I opened all of them to give the kids a variety. Haha! I’ll be using some of them during baking but that’s pretty much it I think. Anyway, today’s post is on something I’ve been trying for a while now. Here’s my take on the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

What I love about this product? I love that it doesn’t smell strongly of olive oil. The scent is there but it is not overpowering at all. I love that it washes off really nicely — definitely something I was worried about being that I hate the feel of oil on my skin in general. I was afraid that removal would be hard as it leaves this oily residue or film but NOPE! None of that. It washes off nicely, leaving my face clean and not dry at all. I find it also good to use as a makeup remover. Any makeup that removes easily with an oil-based makeup remover just comes off with minimal effort. It’s not the best as a makeup remover, but I don’t have to use a different one to remove my makeup and then wash my face with. It’s basically a 2-in-one product. With that said, I tried really hard to love this and I’m just not feeling it even after at least 2 months of daily use. The next section explains why.

What I don’t like about this product? I hate the feel of oil on my skin, especially my face, and this gives me that feeling. Even if it stays on my face only for a little while during my facial cleansing routing….I still hated it. In fact, I hated every minute that it’s on my face. So it doesn’t make my experience enjoyable and I find myself rushing through it just to get it over with. It’s not the facial cleansing experience I would like to have. Before this, my facial cleansing routine has always been a refreshing and relaxing experience. Now before you think I didn’t try….I did. I tried to overlook that aspect of it. In fact, I’ve been using it everyday for more than 2 months in hopes that I will get used to the feeling but no…..still no love from me — sorry! I was also concerned about this product causing breakouts with daily use but I’m chalking the minimal skin issues I have to other stuff instead of this. I will need to use this for a much longer time to really come to that kind of conclusion for me. I’m still using it but I won’t be repurchasing it after I run out.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.

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