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ipsy January 2016 Glam Bag

Hey guys! I’ll try to keep this short as I’m looking at a super busy weekend. Here’s what I got in my ipsy January 2016 Glam Bag.

ipsy January 2016 Glam Bag

I think the bag is very cute! The print makes me think of all things retro and Austin Powers. First item that caught my eye is the Mitchell and Peach English Leaf Body Cream. I have received a hand cream of the same brand in a previous glam bag and remembered liking it. I’ll keep this to try out as soon as my current body lotion runs out. Next up is Beau Gâchis Paris Smudge Brush. I don’t wear makeup a lot and already have a lot of makeup brushes so I’ll keep this in my stocking stuffer stash. Then we have theBalm Mr. Write (Now). This eye liner has a catchy name and a built-in sharpener. The shade I got is in Jack B. Bronze, which is a rich bronze. I can’t wait to try this out as I’m curious to how their eye liners are. Next is the pur~lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Eye Adore Serum. I’m about to switch my eye cream and this seems to be a good one to try out. Last item is the Hikari Cream Metallic Pigment Shadow. The shade I got is called Mink. Eye shadow is one kind of product I have too much of already so I’ll save this for someone else.

Mitchell and Peach English Leaf Body Cream

Beau Gâchis® Paris Smudge Brush

theBalm Mr. Write (Now)

pur~lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Eye Adore Serum

Overall, pretty good! I’m looking forward to next month’s bag already.

Colgate Optic White Platinum Express White Toothpaste

Hey guys! How’s the weather in your area? It’s been cold here. I can’t wait for summer already! Today’s post is on another item I got from my Target Summer 2015 Beauty Box #3. Here’s my take on the Colgate Optic White Platinum Express White Toothpaste.

Colgate Optic White Platinum Express White Toothpaste

What I love about this product? It does what its supposed to do — it cleans. Can’t go wrong with that. It’s a nice toothpaste with a minty fresh flavor. I do notice that my teeth were whiter after a few uses but it kind of tapers off after that. I’m sure part of it is that it’s maybe as “white” as I can get my teeth to be with a whitening toothpaste and to see the difference I’d have to stop using it for a while.

What I don’t like about this product? It doesn’t seem to have results as good as I get from Crest Pro-Health Advanced with Extra Deep Clean Mouthwash. While it does work, I think I’ll stick with the one from Crest for now.

More information on this item and other products from this brand is available on their website here. Products from this brand is carried by drugstores and mass retailers such as CVS, Walgreens, Target, and Walmart.

Zoya Whispers Low Saturation Neutral Promo

Hey there! I’ve been busy still with stuff in my life so I haven’t been blogging as much as I used to. But, I do try to squeeze some posts on reviews in as well as some deals. Zoya has something going on now that works out to be a pretty good deal to me. Check it out!

Zoya Whispers Low Saturation Neutral Promo

The free kit is a nice set in my opinion. Zoya’s next deal will probably be for Easter then Earth Day unless they are cooking something up for Valentine’s.

Nspa Coconut Body Butter

Hey guys! This week has been quite busy so there hasn’t been much posts. I’m hoping this will change soon! Today’s post is on another item I got from my Walmart Winter 2015 Beauty Box. Here’s my take on the Nspa Coconut Body Butter.

Nspa Coconut Body Butter

What I love about this product? The scent isn’t an overpowering type of coconut scent that is found in a lot of bath and beauty products. It’s quite nice actually. It’s not overly sweet or strong at all. It leans more on the light and fresher side of a coconut scent. Formula is relatively light and white in color. It absorbs into the skin quickly and leaves no greasy residue at all. Application is easy as it goes onto the skin smoothly.

What I don’t like about this product? My only beef with this product is that I wouldn’t classify it as a body butter. Sure, the product is thicker than a lotion in consistency the way it holds up and it comes in a tub but it pretty much stops right there. The formula is thinner than all body butters and even body creams (which has a consistency that is in between a body lotion and body butter) that I’ve tried. It requires more product than I thought it would for a body butter to apply onto my body. As a result, the tub lasted me only 5 uses on my entire body after showering. I thought it would’ve lasted me twice that at least for a body butter. I do wonder if body butters have a lighter consistency in other countries. It’s thicker than a body lotion to me but not quite as thick as some body creams I’ve used.

More information on this item and other products from this brand is available on their website here. Products from this brand is carried in the US by Walmart.

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

Today’s post in on something I’ve used occasionally. I got this from my ipsy August 2014 Glam Bag. It’s the first of its kind I’ve tried. Here’s my take on Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk.

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

What I love about this product? This is the very first dry shampoo I’ve tried. I have always been wary of it and never really had the need for it as I shampoo my hair just about everyday. I finally got around to trying it out one day (by force actually). It wasn’t an opportune moment or anything like maybe I was too lazy to wash my hair one day. I forced myself to not wash my hair over a weekend to try this out. Verdict? It works. My hair gets pretty oily at the end of the day especially during summer (which is why I tend to shampoo everyday). I followed directions and while my first try did leave a light white cast — it dissipated easily by just running my fingers over it in an attempt to pat the excess off. I sprayed it too close and didn’t move it around so it got concentrated in one spot. The white cast it left was barely there so I was very impressed that that’s the worse it can get with a newbie like me using it. Lesson learned for next time. I was very impressed at how the oil in my hair is basically absorbed. It gave my hair volume at the roots and second life to my hair basically while skipping a shampoo. The smell is pleasant too….very slightly floral but mainly a clean scent really. The best I can describe it is slightly like a powder my grandmother would use. It doesn’t stick around for long so don’t worry about it if this is your concern. The sensation of the product hitting my scalp a bit is new to me. It’s very cool. With that said, I never really bothered to look for another dry shampoo as long as I have this lone bottle to keep me going in the rare times I need it. I’ve used this recently over my staycation and it’s just as how I remembered it to be.

What I don’t like about this product? If I have to be really picky, accessibility. It’s not readily available in mass retailers and drugstores like other brands of dry shampoo are.

More information on this item is available on their website here. Products from this brand is carried by selected retailers listed here and online retailers like Sephora, drugstore.com and Soap.com.

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