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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Alba Botanica Clarifying Shampoo

Contents: 8.5 fl oz (251ml)
Price: US$8.40
Local of Purchase:
Coupon Code for $10 off your first purchase

According to Alba Botanica's webpage:

Purifying rosemary extract and chamomile improve volume, manageability and shine while helping bring out hair color. Whether natural or color treated, your hair will love the non-stripping cleansers, shine enhancing chamomile and nourishing panthenol.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (1), Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter (1), Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (1), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Lipids Beeswax, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (1), Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Panthenol, Glycerin, Soyamidopropalkonium Chloride, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Limonene, Fragrance (Parfum) (1) Certified Organic Ingredient

My opinion:

I always use a clarifying shampoo once a week, because I used hair treatment instead of a conditioner daily, and those stuffs do build up on my hair, and if I don't clarify it weekly it weights down my hair.

After Neutrogena and Tresemme I've decided to try a new clarifying shampoo, and I'm glad that I've picked Alba's Botanica, because this stuff is just amazing. It removes all build up without leaving my hair dry. My hair actually felt soft afterwards, and unlike Neutrogena which is a really strong clarifying shampoo that always leaves my hair tangly and dry, and Tresemme which is less drying (but still dry). 

I've already finished my bottle and will definitely repurchase.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Mousse SPF50+ PA+++

Contents: 33g
Local of Purchase: Mannings
Price: HK$89.00

According to

With SPF 50+/PA+++, Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Mousse provides strong and long-lasting double protection against UVA and UVB rays. It contains Aqua Micro Capsules which release ‘water-like’ moisture, leaving skin feeling light, cool, healthy and hydrated. Its texture is non-sticky and non-greasy while it spreads easily and is quickly absorbed by skin. It works as a smooth makeup base to prepare skin for the makeup regimen.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Alcohol, Titanium Dioxide, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Agar, Behenyl Alcohol, Microcrystalline Wax, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Ethylhexyl Dimethoxybenzylidene Dioxoimidazolidine Propionate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Sodium Stearoxy PG-Hydroxyethylcellulose Sulfonate, Hydroxymethylcellulose, Lauryl Methacrylate/Sodium Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Fragrance (Parfum), Potassium Hydroxide, Maltodextrin, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Phenoxyethanol, CI 77891
My Opinion:
I've started this tube during the summer but found it too heavy, so I've waited till fall to try this out again, and I'm about two thirds down. I'm ready to declare that I've really liked it.

This has a mousy texture that spreads easily on the skin and it feels really hydrated (no wonder I didn't liked it for the summer). This does not feel like your usual sunscreen, it doesn't leave a film behind and it reminds me of a hydrating primer.

K-Palette Zero Teka Oil Control Matte Powder

Contents: 5g/0.17oz
Local of Purchase: Sasa
Price: HK$118

Ingredients: Talc Mica, Isotridecyl Isononanoate, Ethylhecyl Methoxycinnamate, Zinc Stearate, Vinyl Dimethicone, Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Silica, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Otctyldodecanol, Octocrylene, Myristic Acid, Saccharomyes, Persimmon Fruit Juice Ferment Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Succinoyl Atelocollagen, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 2, Ceramide 6 II, Phytosteryl Isostearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentastearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Sodium Lactate, Lactic Acid, Potassium Phosphate, Water, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Zinc Oxide, Zirconium Dioxide, Aluminum Hydroxide, MEthicone, Dimethicone, Methicone Copolymer

My Opinion:

I'm not too fuzzy about blotting powders, as long as it soaks up oil without breaking me out, it'll do. 

I've been using this for nearly 3 weeks, and it was ok, it is tiny enough for me to keep it in my purse, but in terms of oil control I still think that Mac's blotting powder is better.

This powder isn't entirely translucent, it has a slight tint, so it'll only work for someone with light to medium skin tone. I'll finish this, but I don't think I'll be repurchasing.

October 2014 Empties

1.   Bath and Body Works Foaming Soap in Iced Ginger Bread - This is my least favorite X'mas scented hand wash, but that's because I'm not a huge fan of ginger scented stuffs.

2.   Maybelline Clean Express Miracle Oil

3.  Fleur de Lys Princesse Marina De Bourbon for women

4.   Skinfood Lettuce and Cucumber Water Drop Essence

5.   Moroccanoil Treatment Light

6.   O2 Reborn - I've not idea what this product is called (everything is in english), but is a cream that you apply to your hair (damp or dry) and it's suppose to enhance your curl and tame frizz. It works great on curly hair, but for the last 12 months I've been enjoying straight hair, and this stuff have been in my possession for way too long, so is going to the bin.

7.   Kai Beauty Care Eyelash Treatment - Didn't finish this, but it has started to smell funky

8.  Tresemme 24 Hour Body - it did absolutely nothing for my hair, it has been sitting in my bathroom for over a year, is going to the bin

9.  Nuxe Creme Prodigieuse- It took me forever to finish this product, because I can't use it consecutively for more than 3 days, it breaks me out. So I've only been using this once or twice a week and it took forever to finish this.

10.  Revlon Colorstay Mineral Lip Glaze - It has started to separate.

11. Missha Lipgloss - Another lipgloss gone bad....

12. Crabtree and Evelyn Hand Cream Set - Everybody was raving about this, so I got a set during X'mas last year to try. It was OK, it smella really good, but I need something richer for my hands.

13.   Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray - This is the original formula, and my third bottle, and I've still got one to go (I've ordered 4 online), but I don't think I'll be repurchasing because I prefer the L'egere Magic Airbrush Weightless B.B Makeup Fixer Spray.

14.  Lucido L Hair Powder Airy - This is awfulllllllll, it didn't gave me any volume, but it left my hair sticky and disgusting, it felt as if I haven't washed my hair for a whole month. I did not finish this, I've tossed it.

15.   Mentolathum Sunplay Water & Sport SPF130 PA+++ - I have no idea how many bottles of this I went thru, but this is my go to sunscreen for the summer and I'll keep on repurchasing.

16. Elastin Silk Repair - I love this hair treatment, it left my hair silky soft without weighting it down. I got this from gmarket, and when I went back to repurchase it was out of stock. I'll definitely stock up when they are back in stock.

17.  Lux Super Damage Repair - this is a hair mask for damage hair which was ok, but it did not blew me away. I've already finish my tub and did not repurchase, but I got another hair mask from Lux, the one with the moisturizing formula, and I'll be reviewing it soon.

18.  Adidas Intensive Cool Care 48h antiperspirant - this was an impulse purchase, I've finish the bottle without even remembering  what it smells like.

19.  Neutrogena Hydro Boost Night Concentrate Sleeping Pack  - It took me forever to finish this stuff, I think there's still enough product for another usage, but I can't be bothered, because it really doesn't provide much hydration.

20.  Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2 - My summer favorite toner, and I always end up repurchasing, although it does contains alcohol, it really keep my skin clean.

21.  Viva La Juicy La Fleur

LUX Super Damage Repair Intensive Hair Mask

Contents: 200g
Local of Purchase: Mannings
Price HK$59.90

Ingredients: Water, glycerin, stearyl alcohol, cetyl palmitate, dimethicone, stearamidopropyl dimethylamine, behentorimonium chloride, cetrimonium chloride, argania spinosa kernel oil, mineral oil, arginine, lysine HCL, lactic acid, glutamic acid, amodimethicone, C12-14 sec-pareth-7, C12-14 sec-pareth-5, methyl cyclodextrin, hydroxypropyl cyclodextrin, DPG, PG, PEG-7 propylheptyl ether, PEG-180M, PEG-150 stearyl alcohol/smdl copolymer, disodium EDTA, phenoxyethanol, iodopropynl butylcarbamate, methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone, fragrance, fd&c yellow no.5, d&c red no.33, fd&c blue no.1. 

My opinion:

I've really liked it when I've first started with this hair mask, it was a bit more nourishing than my Tsubaki Damage Care, and it did slightly weighted down my hair, so I've only been using this once a week.

About half way thru the tub, I had a hair disaster, my hair was badly damage from a Brazilian Blowout (long story), and this did nothing to help.....

I've ended up chopping 4 inches off, and still trimming my bangs weekly to get rid of the damaged hair. In the process of rescuing my hair, I've concluded that this product only works for fairly healthy hair that might be slightly dry but without much damage. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Lucidol-L Hair Powder Airy

Contents: 10g
Price: HK$49.00
Local of Purchase: Mannings

This was awful, i've tried it twice and for both time it left my hair disgusting. This powder was suppose to give you volume, but what I got was dirty hair with no volume.

I've applied this in the morning and did not notice any additional volume, and by 11 in the morning, my hair was so greasy that I had to put it in a bun. I've toss it away.

Hermes Un Jardin Sur Le Toit

Contents: 100ml
Local of Purchase: Bonjourhk
Price: HK$599


  • Grass
  • Red Apple
  • Pear
  • Rose
  • Magnolia
  • Rosemary

My Opinion:

I've previously tried the Un Jardin Sur Le Nil which is from the same collection and I remember liking it, but I also remember complaining about its longevity. So when I saw this in the store I was kind of sceptical, but the price was really attractive in comparison to what I've paid for my previous bottle, so I cave in.

While Sur Le Nil, has a citrusy scent, this one is really green, it reminds me of green grass and summer. Although I did enjoy the scent, it has the same issues with longevity, it didn't last on me, it has started to fade after about an hour and it was all gone by midday.