Monthly Favorites #49: January, 2015

Happy New Year everyone! I usually skip January favorites, but I have a few well-loved products this past month which I wanted to share. A 2014 favorites post is also coming up soon!

On to my favorites!

Nichido Multiple Stick in South Beach
This is a product I purchased while I was in the Philippines. I wanted a darker cream blush for the fall/winter, and I have been wearing this every day. A review is coming up!

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Nichido 7x Volume Curl mascara
This mascara does not leave smudges under my eyes, and gives me great separated and volumized lashes! A review of this product is also coming soon!

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Revlon ColorStay Whipped Creme Foundation
(link goes to my review)
While this foundation is too creamy for me to wear in the warmer months, my skin has been so dry this month that this worked out well! I also used it up – it has been quite some time since I last completely used up a foundation!!

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in 340 To Nude or Not To Nude?
This slightly dark pink lipstick is definitely a My Lips But Better shade for me. It is a little frosty, which makes it look even more natural on me.

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Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray
I cut my hair above my shoulders recently, and I have been loving the tousled look since then! I love a beachy wave, especially in the winter.

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Flat iron

Since cutting my hair, I have had to start heat styling it in the mornings. I flat iron the ends under and spray a bit of surf spray to tousle it up!

Hope you enjoyed my favorites!

xoxo, K

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Review: Lush Reincarnate Solid Shampoo

This is a review of the Lush Reincarnate solid shampoo. This is one of the things I purchased in a haul which I posted before, and is not available in Japan or the US.

What it does: (from the Lush UK website)
Brunettes and redheads, step this way! Reincarnate is specially made to put life and shine into dark hair, making it look healthy and bursting with rich, natural-looking colour. Whether you’re a natural brunette or need a little assistance to go over to the dark side, Reincarnate is the shampoo to choose to keep your colour looking vibrant.

Price: around $8 for 100g.  This lasts me 6 to 8 weeks.

Availability: This product is only available through Lush UK online, or at select Lush UK stores

Scent:  smells earthy, similar to rosemary.  Unlike many Lush products, this does not have a strong smell and I need to intentionally sniff it to smell it.

Pros:

  • This is one of the few Lush solid shampoos that does not strip my hair or make it feel squeaky
  • Although this contains henna, it rinses clean and does not bleed onto my towels

Cons:

  • I don’t know if it really my hair color to look vibrant

Would I repurchase? Maybe. Other bloggers have mentioned that this made their hair feel straw-like, which did not happen for me. I like that it rinses clean and does not strip my hair, but I really didn’t feel that it did much.

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Review: Lush Gentle Lentil solid shampoo – only available in the UK!

This is a review of the Lush Gentle Lentil solid shampoo. This is one of the things I purchased in a haul which I posted before, and is not available in Japan or the US.

What it does: (from the Lush website)

A decoction of lentils makes a fantastic ingredient for this beautiful solid shampoo. It’s suitable for most hair types, but is particularly good to soften long, tangled or flyaway hair. Gentle Lentil’s mild formula also makes it a great choice for children and they’ll love its delicious vanilla ice-cream fragrance, which is the same as that used in our best-selling Butterball bath bomb.

Price:
4.95 GBP (around $8)

Scent: This product has a very sugary scent. However it did not linger in my hair. 
Pros:
  • Compared to other Lush solid shampoos that I have used, this product was more moisturizing and did not leave my hair feeling stripped
  • This product makes a thick lather, but only if I use a face wash net.
Cons:

  • This is a very soft soap. I first left it in my shower, but it melted easily.
  • I felt that this product did not rinse out well, and left a residue on my hair.
  • This product has small beans in it. As usual, I don’t understand why Lush puts food products in its soaps!

Would I repurchase? No.  I did not like that this product left a residue on my hair!

I liked the scent and I liked the lather, so I was hoping this product would work for me! Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Review: Lush Squeaky Green Solid Shampoo – the most popular solid shampoo in Kobe???

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This is a review of the Lush Squeaky Green solid shampoo. When I went to the Lush store, the sales associate told me that this is their most popular solid shampoo!  I have purchased a few of the Lush solid shampoos before, and I have previously done a review of Lush Godiva before as well.

In Japan, this product is called 柊の贈りもの (Hiiragi no okurimono, “the gift of hollys”).

What it does: (from the Lush UK website)
Nettle is great for the scalp and gives shine to the hair. Rosemary is antiseptic and a great hair and scalp tonic. Peppermint is great for stimulating the scalp and increasing blood flow to the roots, whilst tea tree is antimicrobal and will help with any dandruff. The beautiful green herby fragrance will last on your hair for hours. We wanted this to be a back to basic bar that had the best of nature in here – because if we look after Mother Nature, she will look after us. 

Price: 5.50GBP, 850 JPY, 11.95USD.  Interestingly enough, with the current exchange rate, this product is cheaper in Japan than in the UK. It is nearly 40% more expensive in the US than in Japan!

Scent: this product smells like Lush stores.  It has that herbally scent that you can smell from Lush stores 100 feet away.

Pros:

  • This product left my hair feeling soft and my scalp feeling clean

Cons:

  • This product is full of herbal bits, and hurts my hands when I try to lather with it! (I know some people rub the shampoo bar directly on their hair. I find that I get too much product in my hair if I do that)

Notes about Lush solid shampoos:

  • Lush solid shampoos have a lot of air incorporated in them. They contain less product than soaps of the same size.
  • They melt very quickly in warm or damp environments.
  • This product lasted me 35 days. Compared with bottled shampoos, they do not last very long. (Lush says that they last as much as 3 medium sized bottles, which is not the case for me)
  • Solid shampoos in general are a little difficult to use. I like to rub them in my hands and then rub the lather into my hair. 

Would I repurchase?  No. While this isn’t a bad product, I don’t really like the execution. I felt like I was rubbing a ball of twigs in my hands every time I tried to get lather with this product.

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Review: Lush I Love Juicy shampoo

I have mentioned before that I have a closet full of beauty care staples that I accumulated while I lived abroad. In addition, I have 3 boxes full of stuff, and most of it is either bath care or skin care.  I am trying VERY HARD to use stuff up before buying anything new.

At the same time… I still want to buy something when I pass by my nearest Lush store!  This is a review of the Lush I Love Juicy shampoo that I picked up recently.

What it does: (from the Lush UK website)
We’ve harnessed the power of fruit enzymes in this bottle, to clean and dissolve away grease, dirt and product build up. But because strong shampoos can often leave your hair feeling like straw, we’ve also added carrageen seaweed to this shampoo base, to leave the hair feeling soft, not frazzled. Together they give hair that is clean, bouncy and fresh. Finished with a bright citrus fragrance to compliment the experience and leave you feeling squeaky clean and uplifted. The juice we use in this needs to be as fresh as can be, so that all the active enzymes are still present. So no bottle or carton juice for us! Instead we take the fresh fruits of mango, pineapple, kiwi and papaya and whizz them in a blender. We then pass the pulp through muslin cloth, to get the freshest possible juice to go straight into our shampoo base.

Price: 5.25GBP/100g, $9.95/3.3 fl. oz, 800JPY/100g

Scent: Another blogger posted that this smells like key lime pie. It definitely smells like limes.

Pros:

  • My hair felt soft after using this
  • I like the scent
  • After using this product, my hair felt “squeaky clean”, but not stripped

Cons:

  • Somehow, my scalp became itchy afterwards

Would I repurchase? No.  An itchy scalp is definitely a deal breaker, even though I liked the other aspects of this product!

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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