11.15.2016

october 2016 empties!

I love big hair {i.e. lots of volume}, so when I spotted this John Frieda Luxurious Volume Thickening Shampoo {$5.99}, and noted the mega-affordable price, I had to give it a try. I like it. A lot. While it doesn't give you blowout-worthy big hair, it does create a lot of lift and body {even for the straightest strands}. The downside is that the fragrance is a little weak - I wouldn't mind a stronger smell. OCCASIONAL RE-BUY {I still prefer my Juice Organics Repairing Shampoo}.

When I found butter LONDON Double Decker Lashes Mascara in STACKED BLACK {$20.00} in one of my sample bags, I was beyond because I've always had a great relationship with butter LONDON polishes, and mascara deluxe samples make me weak in the knees. True story. There is so much that I love about this mascara. The brush itself is fantastic, with super soft bristles that separate and coat lashes evenly; the color is a rich, gorgeous black; and the formula gives lashes insane volume. Where this one failed for me is in the length department. It added no length to my lashes; and since I don't do falsies, and can't stand having to use multiple mascaras, that was a total dealbreaker for me. NOT a re-buy.

My shampoo and conditioner are always in a couples relationship, so when I bought the shampoo above of course I had to grab the matching John Frieda Luxurious Volume Thickening Conditioner {$5.99}. Like with the shampoo, I found that the conditioner created a fabulous fullness in my locks; but it also left my hair feeling super soft, and with 0 tangles - not to mention it's v lightweight. OCCASIONAL RE-BUY.

I have read sososo many positive reviews of The Body Shop Hand Cream in COCONUT {$8.00}; so when a deluxe sample arrived in one of my ULTA orders, I couldn't wait to give it a try. Maybe I'm in the minority when I say this, but...I wasn't a fan. While the texture was great {not too runny, too waxy, or too thick}; there was no wow factor in terms of how it made my skin feel. I will admit that I enjoyed the coconut fragrance; but, at times, I found it too overwhelming for my heightened sense of smell. Cute for a holiday gift; but I'm just not feeling it. NOT a re-buy.

SEXY HAIR Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave In Conditioner has become an absolute staple in my hair care routine, so when I received not one, but two deluxe samples of It's A 10 Miracle Leave-In Product {$18.00}, I was thrilled at the chance to try it out. Sadly, this one simply wasn't my cup of tea. The main pro for It's A 10 is the fragrance. It has that salon-smell that lingers for hours {which I love!}; but I found a lot of waste with this one. It is thicker, and less diluted than the product from SEXY HAIR, making it harder to spray on {regardless of how much shaking of the bottle I performed}. In the end, 1/4 of product was left trapped in each bottle - not cool if you're on a budget {or otherwise}. NOT a re-buy.

Oh my land ladies I have found the holy grail of lash products this month, and it is tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara in BLACK {$23.00}. Aside from an ultra-pretty tube I had no clue what to expect when I whipped this baby open, but it is pure satisfaction! Tarteist has a plastic applicator that manages to add intense volume and length to each lash {think falsies effect}, along with one of the deepest black tones I have ever seen! I was so disappointed when I finished this one, as it basically blows every other mascara I have ever tried out of the water. This one right here is my new HG. TOTAL RE-BUY.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that L'OREAL Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner in CARBON BLACK {$9.99} makes an appearance in almost every. single. one. of my #motd posts, and that is because I could never, ever live without it. Aside from the insane rich black shade, the pen-like applicator provides optimum control, allowing you to get a crisp, clean wing with minimal effort. What keeps me coming back, however, is the fact that this stuff does not move. I return home each day with my eyeliner looking as perfect as it did when I left the house in the morning - and that's something to take note of! FOREVER RE-BUY.

Michael Kors fragrances just get me, so when Michael Kors Wonderlust Eau de Parfum {$88.00} arrived alongside a recent Sephora order, I basically went to town with it immediately. You guys, Wonderlust is autumn perfection! The blend of sandalwood, almond milk, cashmeran wood, and dianthus envelops you like a warm sweater, making you feel ridiculously cozy, and leaving behind #allthefallfeels. Obsessed does not even begin to describe how I feel about this one - you need to try it for yourself! DEFINITE RE-BUY {when on sale}.

Truth: I only began using hair spray this year to hold beach waves, and wound up purchasing Tresemme TRES Two Hair Spray {$3.49} out of the gate due to affordability; so imagine my sheer shock / joy / surprise when it turned out to be a totally awesome hold hero! But seriously...this stuff is amazing. It doesn't make your hair stiff, sticky, or crunchy when you use it; and it brushes out seamlessly. It also has a v inoffensive fragrance that is nearly discernible, and holds. all. day.. Though I originally purchased this product to use only on days when I was curling / waving my hair; I now use it almost daily on a variety of hairstyles - most notably side braids. TOTAL RE-BUY.


Have you tried any of these products before? Thoughts?


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6 comments

ellie said...

I so want Wanderlust now! Great reviews!

ivy said...

Great to hear about these products! So good to know about these items from Sepora!

Couture Carrie said...

Fab reviews! love Butter London!

xoxox,
CC

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Ooh that mascara sounds amazing. I'm still looking for one that works well for me since I find a lot of the ones I try clump too much. I'll have to think about trying this sometime!

FashionJazz said...

Great reviews as always babe :) xx

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Bianca Castro said...

Great article! Need to get my hands on the SEXY HAIR product asap x

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