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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.

Curtain Call: Freeman Feeling Beautiful Apricot Creamy Scrub

Short work week? Alright! I’m doing a happy dance inside. While we just had a long weekend, it felt short to me still. Hopefully this weekend I’ll get a chance to really relax and sleep in some. I started using this a few weeks ago as I’m trying out several items from Freeman that I got a few months ago. I finally finished this one up yesterday. Here’s my take on the Freeman Feeling Beautiful Apricot Creamy Scrub.

Freeman Feeling Beautiful Apricot Creamy Scrub

What I love about this product? Again, I enjoy the tube packaging a lot. It’s easy to dispense the product and control how much of it I want to use. I find the formula for this to be really nice. I love body scrubs and this one did not disappoint. It wasn’t watery at all so it had good “body” I would say. The scrubby bits aren’t too abrasive for me. I believe it’s finely ground up walnut shell powder in a creamy base. I just apply a good amount into my hands then rub it onto my damp skin in circular massaging motions. The scent is refreshing and fruity. I find that using my shower mitt also helps me with using less product than I would without it just like the Freeman Feeling Beautiful Guava Salt Body Scrub. Between the two, if I were to just use my bare hands I would definitely prefer the Apricot Creamy Scrub. I feel like this functions better on its own as a scrub than the Guava one. I just rinse off after I’m done and my skin is so soft from the exfoliating treatment!

What I don’t like about this product? Other than I think this is being discontinued, nothing really. It’s very affordable and you can grab this now on their site on clearance. I’m actually going to grab more if I manage to get a full cart together on their site.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here. Products from this brand is carried at other retailers too as seen listed here.

Curtain Call: Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter

Hey guys! Today’s post is on something I’ve just finished up today. Here’s my take on the Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter.

At 59 ml / 2 fl oz, I got this set of 2 at Sephora a little over a year ago. I didn’t get to use it until recently.

The website describes this item with the following:

“It’’s not heavy, it’’s my butter——silky, intensely hydrating body butter that smells subtly yum and gives sweet relief to the driest skin. Packed with luscious oils and whipped to a feather-light texture, it sinks in instantly for velvety soft skin to create an argan oil infused body lotion in a flash. Spread the love and feel the difference.

Why I love it: No matter how many hot baths or red-eye flights I take, this stuff has my back… and my front, and everywhere else. It’’s hard-core enough to quench parched elbows and heels, but never greasy or sticky. And the two fresh, natural scents—, vanilla apricot or sweet citrus—, lightly linger on my skin like an all-day aromatherapy infusion.

What’’s in it: No wonder it feels so good. My Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter is a powerhouse of more than ten plant oils and extracts, plus the star of the show, 100% Pure Argan Oil, with its restorative and antioxidant properties.

What’’s not in it: I don’t clutter my butter with ingredients that are toxic, or unethically tested. That means no parabens or harsh artificial fragrances. And no guinea pigs, unless you count my friends and family.”

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter

Verdict? I love it. It is everything I have come to more or less expect from a good body butter. It is definitely light and absorbs really nice into the skin. What I will say that this isn’t a non-greasy formula. It’s light — I’ll give it that — but it has the lightest touch of greasiness that comes with oil-based body butters. It’s almost not noticeable but it’s there. And when compared to other oil-based body butters — yes, I’d say it’s not greasy at all. It lasts just as long as I expected from these little tubs — more than I can say for the Nspa Coconut Body Butter I’ve reviewed recently. Between Sweet Citrus and Vanilla Apricot, I prefer Sweet Citrus. I feel that the freshness in this scent is pleasant and it’s more true to the name of the scent than Vanilla Apricot.

At $35 for 240 ml / 8 oz, this product is available on their website. Products from this brand is also carried by other retailers such as Sephora.

Curtain Call: Philosophy Pink Almond Candy Body Polishing Scrub

Hey guys! Today’s post is on something I’ve finished up a while back. Here’s my take on the Philosophy Pink Almond Candy Body Polishing Scrub.

At 60 g / 2 oz, this size comes in a set I got on sale year after the previous Holiday season. I don’t think this was ever released at the regular size. The front of the tube has a suggested recipe for the name of the product.

The website described the set this item comes in as the following:

“A trio of must-haves for hair and body infused with a delicious pink almond candy scent. Add a little sugar to your holiday with Sweets For The Stocking Set, featuring a multitasking formula to cleanse and condition skin and hair, a body polish to exfoliate and polish dry skin, and a luxurious body souffle, all enriched with a delectable, mouthwatering pink almond candy scent.”

Philosophy Pink Almond Candy Body Polishing Scrub

Verdict? It’s a very nice scrub. While I’m not a huge fan of the scent, it’s not overpowering and pleasant still. It’s everything I expect to be in a body scrub with no leftover residue or greasiness from it. It even lathers a little! I wouldn’t mind getting more of this product but in a different scent to make the price point worthwhile. And get it on sale while at that too. While Philosophy is a GREAT brand, I have a hard time justifying purchasing this type of item at regular price. Being that this is a smaller sized tube, it only lasted me a few showers.

This fragrance comes out often during the Holidays only I think. You can get information on more products from this brand on their website.

Curtain Call: GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment

Hey guys! How did the weekend go? It’s just catching up on chores for me without a huge rush. It definitely felt too short but I’m going on a short trip soon so hopefully that will tide me over until the upcoming Holiday season. I did manage to get a little bit of shopping done. It’s another segment of Curtain Call for today. Here’s my take on the GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment.

At 1.2 oz / 34 g, this retails for $69 wherever sold. Just like my first impression on the GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment, it’s a pretty high price point for a clay mask in my opinion. I received the 0.5 fl oz / 15 g one from a Sephora face mask sampler months ago. The description on the Sephora website reads the following:

“This formula was clinically developed by GLAMGLOW® dermatological chemists to help fight all common skin concerns including breakouts, discoloration, black and white heads, razor bumps, and in-grown hair. Powerful, skin-clearing mud visibly draws out dirt and congestion while a proprietary six-acid blend dramatically brightens and softens skin. It works to magnetically draw out dirt and pores with Activated-X Charcoal, leaving skin smooth and healthy-looking.”

GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment

Verdict? I actually like the other mask I tried from them better. My skin didn’t tingle with this one but it did have that tightening feeling that’s commonly experienced when using clay or mud face masks. I washed my face and dried it before applying a thin layer onto it. I can feel the skin on my face tightening as it dries. The smell is earthy and minty at the same time but definitely not as strong as the GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment. When it dries, the dark grey color of the mask changes to a light grey, indicating it’s ready to be washed off. It comes off pretty easy and I pat dry with a clean towel before applying face moisturizer. I felt that this mask does have less leaf particles and twigs in it, which is the one thing I disliked about GLAMGLOW mud face masks. In the small tube I got, there was still a decent amount of it. Again, I like clay or mud masks that are smooth in texture or just not have chunky particles in it. This one did not get rid of my stubborn blackhead near my hairline that the other one did. With that said, I won’t be buying this again. If I’m getting a GLAMGLOW face mask it would still be the GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment. You get more product with that one as well so why buy this one then?

This product can easily be purchased on their website here or at various retailers such as Sephora, Lord & Taylor, Neiman Marcus, and Dillard’s.