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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.


Rodial Bee Venom Moisturiser

Hey guys! How y’all doing? I’ve been gone the past few days cause I went on a short vacation to Vegas! It was a really nice break that I enjoyed a lot. Anyway, back to regular blog posting, today I have another Curtain Call post. Here’s my take on the Rodial Bee Venom Moisturiser.

At 1.76 oz / 50 g, this retails for $190 when sold as is (AKA not in a set). It’s a very high price point for me. It’s also not something widely offered here unlike similar products from other competitor brands. You can get this in a set with the Bee Venom Super Serum and Bee Venom Eye for a better value. This product is described as the following:

“The revolutionary bee venom moisturiser is an advanced formula that revitalises and renews for naturally younger looking skin. 72% of trial volunteers felt the cream left their complexion looking firmer. Working in synergy with complex plant extracts to visibly improve skin tone and elasticity, bee venom helps to smooth and plump out fine lines and wrinkles by controlling muscle contractions in the face and helps increase blood circulation in treated areas. Also contains Cyclopeptide-5, a next generation skincare peptide that restores and increases skin elasticity and firmness, to help prevent signs of ageing. Juvinity encourages ageing cells to behave younger by reactivating the production of collagen making this the premium anti-ageing cream.”

Rodial Bee Venom Moisturiser

Verdict? I have a sample size tube of this product that I got from an ULTA freebie bag with purchase. I started using this the week before I left for my trip to Vegas and then took it with me for continued use. I figured that if it’s a great product that I’d get great results from — what better time to use it than for my vacation? The tube lasted about ten days in total with daily use at night. The product is white in color and the texture is just what I would expect from a face moisturizer. The scent is very pleasant and familiar — I just can’t quite pinpoint what it is. My first thought is it’s some scent I smelled before from Bath & Body Works but that’s a very vague description. The best way I can describe it is it’s a cross or a blend of soap and baby powder. I just squeeze a small amount onto my fingertip and gently spread it all over my face. It absorbs really quick into my skin and then I can apply sunscreen over it easily. As for the claims….I can’t really comment on that as I can’t really say I’ve used it long enough to see any real results.

This product can easily be purchased on their website here or at other retailers such as ULTA.