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30Jul/12160

Weleda Sea Buckthorn Body Oil & Lotion

Wow, I've actually managed to review all the products in a Glossybox before the end of its respective month for a change! ;) This is the sea buckthorn-based body lotion and body oil by Weleda. The sea buckthorn is a fruit-bearing shrub, and its fruit can be used to create an oil that is supposed to have invigorating and anti-aging properties. I don't know how much of this oil is present in the products, because these sample sizes don't come with an ingredient list.

The body lotion makes my skin nice and soft. It gets absorbed into the skin rapidly and doesn't leave a sticky film behind. I feel like it moisturises my skin quite well. It has a fairly strong scent; kind of like citrus fruits with a hint of something herbal or spicy. I can't say I'm a huge fan of the scent, but it isn't too annoying either.

I was hesitant to use the oil, because I hate it when my skin feels sticky or greasy, and in my experience, that's exactly what happens when you use oils instead of gels or creams. In the end, I gave it a go anyway, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was hardly the case with this particular oil. Even though it got absorbed quite well rather than just laying on top of the skin, I feel like it wasn't as moisturising as the body lotion, however. I also felt the citrus-y smell was even stronger in this product (which probably makes sense, since I suspect the oil is more concentrated). All in all, I doubt I'd be buying this product; I still prefer a regular body lotion or butter. Interesting side note: I used this on a rather sunny day, and got quite a bit more tan than I usually do. It's possible than the sun was just very bright that day, I suppose, but I suspect the oil may also have had something to do with it.

29Jul/12305

Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Foaming Face Wash

This face wash arrived at quite an appropriate time, seeing as my old face wash is starting to run out. This face wash is based on the neem plant, which is a certain tree native to India. It doesn't just list that on the package and then proceed to have 1% of neem in it, either; the third item on the ingredients declaration is actually neem extract. So that's a good start. What's neem even supposed to do, though? Well, apparently it has an antibacterial effect and is used in ayurvedic medicine to treat skin conditions such as acne and eczema. This bottle of face wash does indeed indicate that it's intended for normal to oily skin types, and gives you clear and problem-free skin.

The stuff in the bottle is a clear green liquid, rather than a gel or creamy substance. However, the bottle comes with a pump on top instead of a regular cap, and when you press it, the cleanser actually comes out as a white foam, much like a volumising mousse. One ball of foam (as pictured above) is plenty to wash your entire face.

I do like this face wash! I've used it for a little over a week now, and most of the impurities I had at the start of that period have cleaned up since then. (Now, I do have to add that it's possible that that's purely a hormonal thing, since I started my period around that same time, which has since ended.) It leaves my skin feeling nice and fresh and quite clean indeed. A bit more "squeaky clean" than with my old face wash, perhaps, but I actually don't mind that seeing as I have quite oily skin naturally. It doesn't leave my skin feeling overly dry, even on that day last week where I decided it was just way too hot to wear ANY kind of moisturiser or foundation. :P It has quite a subtle fragrance; vaguely herbal, but for the most part I just don't smell much at all. Overall, I'm quite pleased with this product. :)

24Jul/126

Kryolan Glossybox Lipstick

This is a lipstick by Kryolan in what I believe is a special Glossybox edition, given that it has the Glossybox logo on the side and cap, and I can't find it anywhere on their website.

This colour is otherwise known as "glossy pink" on the bottom of the tube. Kryolan's other lipstick colours retail for €11.90 each.

Colour swatches. The middle swatch is a single layer, whereas I went back and forth in the same spot a couple of times for the top one. As you can see, this lipstick is fairly sheer, but builds up to a nice peachy pink colour. (Also, holy freckles, Batman. Maybe I should only do hand/arm swatches in winter from now on. :P)

And a lip swatch as well. I have to say it looked slightly less pink/opaque in real life. It's really more of a "my lips but better" type of shade, while in this photo it appears to be a pretty bright pink. It feels nicely hydrating on the lips, too. It lasts relatively long as well. It won't survive a full meal, but having a drink will leave your coverage mostly intact. Overall, I have to say this is a pretty neat lipstick. :)

23Jul/120

Glossybox: July

July's Glossybox is here, and there's been a colour change! The theme for this month's box is "holiday". Apparently they were going for beachy colours, because the usual pink box and black packing materials have been replaced by sand and ocean blue, respectively! Let's have a peek inside...

Six products this month, three of which are full size. Nice! The three full sized items are a lipstick by Kryolan, a bottle of nail polish by Barry M and a bottle of face wash by Himalaya Herbals. I don't think I've ever even heard of that last brand before, so I'm curious! I have heard of Kryolan before, but never used any of their products, as it's a professional make-up line most commonly used in theatre. I do have prior experience with Barry M nail polish and, um, it's wasn't quite positive, I'll have to admit. But who knows, they may have changed their formula since then! This'll be a good way to find out.

There are three sample sized/travel sized products as well. Both a sample size body lotion and body oil by Weleda, based on Sea Buckthorn extract. (If you just went "wait, what now?" you're not alone. Wikipedia is our mutual friend.) There's also a travel sized tube of shampoo from the professional line of Schwarzkopf, fortified with argan oil. Since I am actually going on holiday in a few weeks, I think I shall take this tube with me instead of bringing my large bottle of shampoo from home. That does mean the shampoo review might be a while. I'll try to get reviews of the other products up as soon as possible, though.

21Jul/121

Glossybox for June Review Roundup

Oh dear. July's Glossybox is already here, and I've only ever reviewed two products from June's box. I already said I didn't plan on reviewing the toe spreaders, but I never got around to saying anything about the sunscreen or foot balm either. The thing is, I didn't feel like I had a whole lot to say about either, I guess. So, in order to quickly finish up June's reviews (in mid-July, I know, I know) let's go ahead and combine two mini posts into one.

First up: the Biotherm SPF30 sunscreen. The main reason I didn't feel like writing a whole post about this is that I thought it was nothing special. Sure, it protected my skin against sunburn. But then, so does my six-times-cheaper drugstore sunscreen, since I'm pretty sure they're only allowed to write "SPF30" on the packaging if it actually does provide you with that protection. Therefore, I had hoped that to justify the price difference, it would, for instance, be absorbed into the skin much better/faster and not leave that sticky film that sunscreen often does. Alas, this was not the case. It basically performed exactly the same as most other brands I've used. Um. The smell was a little bit nicer, maybe? I'm afraid that's about it.

And then there's the Alessandro Pedix Heel Rescue balm. Now, the problem with this is that I've never used any type of foot balm before. Like, ever. So, A, I didn't really have any intention to start now, and B, even if I did, just for review purposes, I had nothing to compare it to, no frame of reference whatsoever. So I've really been using it as a hand lotion/balm instead, and it serves that purpose pretty well. It gets absorbed pretty quickly, makes my hands nice and soft, doesn't leave them sticky or oily, and has a fresh somewhat minty scent. If those are qualities you would look for in a foot balm, well, there you go. ;)

So. That's my somewhat uninspired review of the other products from June's Glossybox. I'll try to do a better job with this month's products? ;)