August 24, 2009

Review: Aqua Marina from Lush

I have been using this product for the last three months now, I'm glad it's almost over.
I used Nivea Young products for 4 years, I love it, but my skin got used to it, so I used Sea weed Body Shop Products and I loved it too, but I wanted to try other brand as as well. I'm a Lush Lover so I had to try their skin care products. I choose Aqua Marina because it has sea weed and chamomile, so it's perfect for sensitive skin.

According to Lush: "Aqua Marina is a gentle, calming but effective cleanser which is a joy to use. Like a pink mousse wrapped in seaweed, it feels so soft and wobbly that you'll want to play with it, rather than clean your face with it. Smooth it on, rinse it off and your face feels smooth, smells sweet and looks brighter. It has calamine and aloe vera to soothe irritated skin, especially when you've been caught by the sun or the wind. The kaolin cleanses deeply and tightens your skin a little. Immediate result: smoother, softer and firmer skin straight away. Long term result: using Aqua Marina will help to detoxify your skin and protect it from the wear and tear of daily life."

It does clean your skin and make it smooth, but I wasn't impressed at all.
First of all, I can't get over the smell! I've been using this for three months and I really can't get over it. I thought I could, but I can't. In the beginning, I was gaging ahahaha I'm not kidding, I had to hold my breath while using it.
Once you get over the horrible smell, and the weird looks, you're ok.
Even though I couldn't take the smell I still use this because it made my pores look less noticeable. It doesn't itch my skin which is great, because I have really sensitive fair skin. But if you have oily skin, I will not recommend this, especially in the summer. I have oily skin in the summer and oily/dry skin in the winter (Best of both worlds). If I use this in the morning, in the evening my skin looked oily and messy even with a mineral powder foundation.
Plus, Aqua Marina it's not a make up remover. I tried to take my make -up off with this and it as impossible.
I used this cleanser with Tea Tree water Toner from Lush too, which I'm not that impressed either.

If you would like to see more information about the product you can visit their site here.

Overall, it's not a bad product, but for my skin it doesn't work, and the smell it's a huge turn off for me.
I won't buy it again (: But I love Lush still!


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August 18, 2009

Review: Garnier Fructis Style Surf Hair

Hi ladies! I'm sorry for being away, but I was in a family trip at the village that my family grew, we go there every year. I'm going to show you the view I always see since I was a baby in my grandmothers house (:

So today I will share with you one of my favorite hair products. I never used too much things on my hair, just the usual, shampoo, conditioner and hair mask. Since I was a little girl, I always had plain flat straight hair. Not matter how I cut my hair, it was always the same, straight. But since I was 16 years old, I start to notice some cute waves which gave me more volume, but I didn't like it, don't know why. So I started to use a flat iron on my hair EVERYDAY to keep it straight. I stopped that, I started to embrace my natural waves.
I love the wavy beachy look, I think it's fresh and cute. And this product gives me the PERFECT beach look.

Basicly, Garnier Fructis Style Surf Hair it's a cream paste that holds your hair without that gel oily look, instead it gives your hair a matte finish. It has a strong hold, but it will not be heavy on your hair, it's really natural because of it's active igredients that nurishes and treats your hair while it styles it. It will give you a nice volume and definition, it depends on the texture of your hair or the style you want.
It lasts all day without losing it's power.
I have been using this product everyday, I'm in Love with this.
You only need a pea size amount, you rub it between your fingers and apply to your hair while it's slightly wet.
It will not make your hair oily, trust me, I have oily hair and it is fine.
I live near the beach where all the surfers go, and they all use this, men and women.

Before I went to the beach I took some pictures of how it looks on my hair. Because I was going to the beach I over done it, for that surfer girl hair look (:

So, this is my review, if you have any questions or tips, feel free to comment below :D

As promised, I will show you the beautiful view from my grandmothers home :

This river is called Rio Zêzere, since I was a little girl, this view only changed once, when there was a fire in 2005 and we all though we were going to lose the house and the view, but 4 years has past, and the view looks beautiful again, especially in the summer days (:

August 6, 2009

Review: Hair color Garnier Herbashine

Hi ladies!
Today I'm going to do a review on my latest experience with hair coloring!
I'm not going to lie. Since I was a little girl, I wanted to be a brunette. But I was born butt white with freckles and blond hair... So forget it, nature isn't on my side.
Two years ago, I dyed my hair dark brown... It was awful, looked really bad on me, so I just let the blond in me be.
I'm always coloring my hair in different shades of blond. I can't be with the same hair two months straight! I just like to give it low or light highlights or dyed it in the hundred different shades of blond out there.
I don't like to color my hair in salons, I did it for many years, it was a wast of money and time. I've been doing it myself at home for two years and I'm a pro now ahaha But I'm a natural blond, so for me it's okay to do this at home, but if someday I'll want to dye it brown or red or whatever color, I'm not going to do at home... So a tip, if you're going for a dramatic change, and you're not familiar with box hair coloring, don't do it at home.

I have light blonde hair ( not naturally), but in the summer I wanted to go darker! With my fake tan it would be perfect! So I choose the newest hair dye Garnier Herbashine in the shade 810 Ash Blond (It's like 2 shades darker than my natural hair).
Basically, it's a non ammonia hair color that will work in only 10 minutes! I never tried the 10 minutes hair color so I was curious about it.
The smell was good, it didn't feel itchy on my scalp, the consistency was a bit runny but that's okay.
I left the hair color on my hair for EXACTLY 10 minutes. Not less not more... It was 10 minutes. Inside the box, said that the longer you wait, the darker your hair will be, so I waited for 10 minutes only.
Guess what?
My roots were LIGHT BROWN... and the rest of my hair was exactly like the girl on the box. The darker roots like Whitney Port are really gorgeous and natural for me, so I didn't care about it, overall it came out a natural pretty color... but... My roots will eventually grow... and what the heck will I do when my roots are much lighter than my hair??? This exact thing happened to me when I dyed my hair brown, so next month I will have to dye it back to normal...

Overall, I recommend this hair color especially if you have darker hair. It provides a fast application, and natural results without damaging your hair. I'll probably buy it again next summer!
I have tried better hair colors, like Revlon Colorsilk and my favorite Garnier Nutrisse! The first one doesn't have ammonia too (:

A picture after I dyed my hair:

(The light isn't that good here, in the sun it looks more lighter, and in the dark looks like a dark/medium blond on top and light ashy blond on the bottom)

If you have any question, feel free to ask. You can visit Garnier Herbashine site HERE .

Thank you!!