The Body Shop Coconut Oil Hair Shine

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I’ve fallen in love with this product and so I had to come over and write a bit about it. I bought this on a whim a couple of weeks ago when I last visited The Body Shop. I was looking for something to basically give my hair a nice, shiny and healthy-looking finish – as naturally wavy/curly hair is easily transformed into a frizzy mess even throughout the day. I’ve tried just using pure coconut oil in my hair, but unfortunately that instantly makes my hair just look and feel ridiculously greasy, so it doesn’t work for me. My hair isn’t really that dry, it just has a bit of “control issues” now and then.

The Body Shop Coconut Oil Hair Shine (50 g)

Product Idea: “Smoothes, adds shine, conditions and repairs. Smooth over dry hair. Store in a cool place.” – says the container. Basically it’s enhanced coconut oil in a convenient tin form (slender and easy to take with you). Doesn’t exactly style your hair, but will give it a nourishing shine.

Consistency: Kind of like a wax. Quite hard in the tin, it reacts to the warmth of your hand to get to a slightly more liquid-y form. Easy to apply without a mess. A little goes a long way!

Scent: Coconut with a twist. Doesn’t smell like pure coconut oil and doesn’t overwhelm me with sweetness. I actually like the smell of this more than the smell of just plain coconut oil. Definitely a scent that will remind a lot of people of warm days in the sun… You can smell it in the hair for some time as well.

What does it actually do: It does give your hair some great, glossy-looking shine. You may wish to apply it quite carefully and in small amounts to not turn the glossiness into greasiness. It works its way into the hair quite quickly though so you get away with a slight over applying easier than with oils. Hair feels softer and looks healthier.  Also tames the unruly kinks a bit – great for my wavy hair (on both curl and non-curl days).

Would I buy again: Absolutely. This is definitely a product that will be with me at all times and in everyday use. Even in this super expensive country called Finland this is reasonably priced at 8,90 € which, for a very long-lasting 50g tin is quite appealing. Also, I happen to have a great, deep and seemingly never-ending love for tins… so it’s a win-win for me!

Goldwell Dualsenses Ultra Volume Touch-Up Spray & 60sec Gel-Treatment

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Today I’ll be reviewing a couple of products by Goldwell Dualsenses Ultra Volume line. The Touch-Up Spray I’ve had for a good while now, but the Gel-Treatment is a pretty new purchase. I’ve never used that many volume enhancing products before because I always kind of thought they were just for people with very thin, limp hair. My hair is somewhere between normal and thick and its natural texture isn’t that coarse, but it just feels thick and kind of heavy. It’s colored, but in good condition. However, because my hair is quite heavy (even though it’s not long anymore), I could use a bit of a boost – especially around the roots. I’ve long made friends with various dry shampoos to get my hair to look nice on the 2nd (or sometimes even the 3rd) day, but I’ve never tried any other volume enhancing products, though I probably should have.

I bought the Goldwell Dualsenses Ultra Volume Touch-Up Spray after reading a few raving reviews on it and hearing that it just smells oh, so fresh. I’m quite picky when it comes to scents, especially on my hair where I can smell it all the time, so the promise of a simple, clean scent was what drew me to this product in the first place – despite it’s pretty intense price (around 18,50 € here in Finland = ouch).

The Gel-Treatment I bought because I was running out of a nice, moisturizing mask. Unfortunately, super moisturizing masks often suck all the volume out of my hair, leaving my hair pretty much laying flat on my head. With so much moisture, my hair doesn’t seem to know what to do with it, so it just lays flat and refuses to cooperate. I thought that a light weight gel treatment might be a good option to try out!

Goldwell Dualsenses Ultra Volume Touch-Up Spray (250 ml)

Product idea: Basically this product is Goldwell’s take on a dry shampoo. It’s meant to be used in between washes to refresh the hair, give it some volume along with a bit of shine. Shine being the keyword here. Most dry shampoos make your hair quite matte and a bit coarse as they suck out the grease. Since this one doesn’t mattify your hair, it, in my opinion, doesn’t really do much for actual grease removal.

Consistency: Light weight spray, much like hair spray, but non-sticky.

Scent: This here is what makes me love the product. The scent is so clean and so fresh – I absolutely love it. It may well be the best smelling salon haircare product I’ve ever smelled, it’s that good. I doubt that anyone could hate it. It’s a fairly strong, yet still pleasant scent that lasts a good while in the hair (you can pretty much smell it all day long when your hair moves).

What does it actually do: Well, it does freshen up your hair. It gives a moderate amount of volume in a reasonably thick and heavy hair like mine, but it is meant for fine to normal hair so I may not be in the target group. For someone with fine hair this might give quite a lot of volume. In my experience, it doesn’t really remove the greasy appearance from hair – like what I usually get on my bangs. It does make you feel nice and fresh regardless. I wouldn’t really advertize this as a dry shampoo, I’d advertize it as a hair refresher / (mild) volumizer.

Would I buy again: I’m conflicted because I love this product so much for the scent and the freshness – yet if I’m looking for a dry shampoo to actually remove greasiness from my hair, this isn’t it. The price is also steep for something you use quite a lot. I would love to use this on a daily basis, but yeah, not as a dry shampoo. I may well buy this again though… just because of the freshness!

Goldwell Dualsenses Ultra Volume 60sec Gel-Treatment (200 ml)

Product idea: Volumizing, moisturizing and repairing 60 second mask for fine to normal hair.

Consistency: Gel-like, but not as gel-like as one might thing as it still looks like a slightly creamy mask with light turquoise in color. Jiggles a bit.

Scent: Fresh, somehow ocean-like, not overpowering. I quite like it. Refreshing.

What does it actually do: I was actually surprised to see this give my hair a bit more volume! I wasn’t honestly expecting to see a difference, but my hair was definitely looking better at the roots – and feeling really clean. I didn’t get that annoying flat head effect that I get with most masks. I would like to know how this works in really fine hair, but considering that this feels really light and kind of “wet”, I think it might go well with pretty fine hair. Hair does feel moisturized and cared for afterwards.

Would I buy again: I think I would. I got this from a sale for 5 euros, which was a total steal as I believe the normal price is somewhere around 15 euros for this. For a product I’d use maybe once a week and get maybe 2-3 months of uses out of, yes, I think I would buy this again, because it’s moisturizing enough, yet offering that volume I want. I would imagine this works even better with a volumizing shampoo.

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I have read from a couple of sources that Goldwell would be cruelty-free, but I’ve also since then read its “mother company” Kao Germany wouldn’t be. I’m not sure what the case is on this at the moment. If someone knows, please let me know!

Happy day!

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Just a quick announcement before we dash off for the evening:

My husband got accepted into the school he’s been dreaming of attending pretty much since he got to Finland!

We are super happy and super excited and totally off to celebrate!

My summer nail polish favorites from Mavala

I don’t know about you guys, but for the summer (especially) I like a bit of color on my nails. Though, some days I feel like elegant and simple nude nails might be the best option. For years I’ve been a fan of Mavala’s mini-sized nail polishes because, let’s be honest, I tend to get bored of nail polish colors pretty quickly – and I’m a bit lazy when it comes to painting my nails with anything that isn’t a simple clear polish. Anyway, here are my 8 favorites for a summertime mani – all by Mavala!

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From left to right: 335 Pacific Blue, 179 Lemon Cream, 68 Sorrento, 19 Hong Kong, 34 Nicosia, 97 Wichita, 52 Toulouse and 3 Paris.

335 Pacific Blue is my newest Mavala purchase, which I believe I have mentioned here as well. It’s a pure turquoise shade that is definitely more blue than green. It has a very slight hint of pearl in it, which you can see if the sun hits the nail just right. This is basically the only blue shade I own and the only blue nail polish I’ve used since my teens. I love how fresh and summery it looks – just like an inviting, cooling ocean…

179 Lemon Cream is absolutely delicious pale yellow shade. It looks creamy with very a very small hint of pearl in the sunshine. I can almost taste lemon cheesecake when I look at this… (okay, control yourself!) I bought this a couple of years ago when I wanted everything to be yellow. Including my nails. Yet, as far as yellows go, this one is very easy to wear and would likely suit most skin tones.

68 Sorrento is a bright, “lego-yellow” shade with far more pearl than Lemon Cream. In some lights, this shade is almost like gold, in others, it’s a pure, deep yellow. I think this one is best when worn outside in the sun. Not as easy of a color to wear as Lemon Cream, but definitely a show-stopper.

19 Hong Kong is the perfect coral pink. It has a good deal of pearl in it and I would imagine it to suit most skin tones. It’s definitely a summer color and with coral being very on-trend this year, I think this baby is definitely worth spending a few euros/pounds/dollars on.

34 Nicosia is a sandy beige shade with quite a lot of pearl-like shimmer in it. I would say this is a brown-beige nude shade (with shimmer). Somehow very elegant shade which can be “dressed up” with a dash of gold glitter for an extra effect.

97 Wichita is the perfect nude shade for me. It’s a pink nude without shimmer and it’s super flattering and easy to wear. Much used and well loved, though to get a truly opaque look, I usually need to apply 3 coats, which is a bit of a process.

52 Toulouse on the other hand is the perfect pink. It’s a bit on the warm side, creamy-looking and doesn’t really have a shimmer. It’s not a very dark shade, more of a neutral intensity. Very lovely and most likely flattering for all skin tones.

3 Paris is that classic red every girl/woman needs. It’s a pure, clear red that goes with everything at any time of the year. If I had to pick, I would say it’s rather a cooler kind of red shade than an orange-y shade. Very lovely.

What kind of summer nail polish favorites do you have? Have you tried Mavala’s mini-sized polishes?

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Ungodly long names of makeup products

Haven’t you noticed? Once upon a time there was simply Maybelline Great Lash Mascara. Sometime before that there was probably just Maybelline Cake Mascara, or something. These days it’s Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Black Drama Mascara and Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Extensions Mascara. I doubt that I’m alone in feeling like a real derp (idiot, whatever) when I can’t find a product like that from the store and I go ask about it from an employee… When a product’s name is the length of an entire, normal sentence, I have to wonder if it has perhaps gone a bit too far?

Let me just apply some of that L’Oreal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curve Mousse to my hair and I’m good to go!

What?

Seriously, does nobody stop to think that “man, this name takes up half of the bottle!” when coming up with these…

I secretly dream of starting a cosmetic line of my own where the product names are along the lines of “Jenni’s Lavender Shampoo”. I get that the cosmetic industry folk are trying to just distinguish their products from the products of another brand and yes, like every descriptive word is trademarked or copyrighted to one of the companies by now, which certainly doesn’t make the naming job easier. But… do you really need 20 different kinds of lengthening mascara? Why not just make a really good one? Less animal testing to do too, when you don’t shove out a new mascara every month.

All I can say is:

The Body Shop: Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream 01

Last weekend my exclamations of joy could probably be heard throughout the shopping mall as I discovered a BB cream that is actually pale enough for my pasty white skin! Out of curiosity, I tried on the Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream at the Body Shop and, thanks to the giant skylights of the shopping mall, I was able to see the product in natural light as well. After finding a seemingly good match, I left the store practically skipping due to joy. The price wasn’t bad either – 13,90 € / 40 ml (in Finland).

As I was researching to find the product description in English, I noticed that this product is so new that it appears to not yet be launched in certain countries. For example, it’ll be sold in the UK starting tomorrow, May 21st. Three (3) shades will be available.

Product Description (according to The Body Shop):

Perfect your complexion and fight the look of blemishes with our Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream. This dual action cream gives you flawless coverage whilst tackling the appearance of blemishes. Formulated with purifying Community Fair Trade organic tea tree oil from Kenya.

  • Blemishes and imperfections are instantly covered
  • Lightweight formula gives shine-free complexion
  • 3 shades blend seamlessly into all skin tones for natural-looking coverage

Interestingly, this product description is different from the Finnish one (which I found to be quite accurate) in some ways – such as the Finnish description didn’t claim that the product could cover up much of anything – much less to offer you a flawless coverage, but more on that soon.

My review

Packaging: Typical to The Body Shop’s Tea Tree range. Green and simple. 40 ml should go a reasonably long way, since you don’t need all that much for one application (one layer).

Scent: Tea tree. If you don’t like the scent of tea tree, you won’t like this either. The scent does evaporate from your skin quite quickly though – or at least I can’t smell it for more than a few minutes.

Consistency: Semi-thick. Not too liquid-y, not too thick. A bit like Maybelline’s BB cream, I think. I would recommend working with this quite quickly as the product “sets” pretty fast. I use my fingers when I apply it.

Coverage: Very light, natural. Does not cover up blemishes or imperfections with one layer of application. It does reduce the red spots’ appearance a bit and it does even out the skin tone, but it’s by no means even close to a full coverage. It does give a nice, naturally matte finish though. I have tried to layer it up a bit on those areas of my face that have been a bit… spotty… as of late, but two layers still doesn’t really give much coverage.

Durability: I usually wear whatever makeup I wear on a normal day for about 12-15 hours and right now, it’s quite hot and humid outside. I would say this does a pretty good job at lasting, but it’s hard to tell when the coverage is so light. I haven’t noticed it oxidizing throughout the day, which is good. The matte effect lasts for perhaps 3 hours, but a bit of plotting fixes it for me. I do like to use a bit of powder on my nose though. Does seem to control shine somewhat, even in the long run.

Summary: I think this may well be the ideal BB cream for someone who has a (slightly) oily skin, but not much to actually cover up. Someone who likes a very natural look and a fresh feeling on their skin. This pale shade should work with most extremely fair people and it doesn’t seem to go too pink or too yellow. I’m pretty sure this will become a staple in my makeup bag, considering the price is quite affordable too. Once my skin gets to a better shape, I think this may well be all I need. However. This BB cream does nothave SPF, which I was really surprised about, since most BB creams do have it.

Pros:

  • Very light and natural
  • Blends in easily and doesn’t look made-up
  • Proper light shade
  • Feels (and smells) fresh

Cons:

  • Doesn’t offer more than a very light coverage
  • Tea tree scent may be off-putting to some
  • Does not have SPF

Are you looking forward to trying this one?

 

(A small) Sunday shopping spree

It’s been a really nice weekend. The weather has been excellent and I feel relaxed, yet accomplished at the same time.

Yesterday, I just took it easy. I walked the dog in the morning before it got to be really hot (and the husband walked him in the afternoon, because he doesn’t mind the heat) and then I just pretty much chilled throughout the day. I was enjoying our balcony by reading outside as well as staring at the trees and the animals – and drinking hot chocolate. As if that wasn’t a treat enough, I also enjoyed a large scoop of delicious coconut-almond ice cream at the ice cream parlor that was recently established about 500m from our home – which probably means that I’m not losing any weight this summer… I also bought some more antihistamines to get me through until my prescription is renewed.

Today, we headed to a large shopping mall in a nearby town for a quick look at things. I had a list of what I needed and managed to systematically tick off each box – save for white sandals, because we simply ran out of time. We ate a good meal at Pancho Villa, which is a chain of Mexican-themed restaurants that have spawned over most of the country. They make a heavenly dip there and their prices aren’t too bad.

I bought a dry shampoo & a dry conditioner (?!) by Batiste, Goldwell Dualsenses 60 second volumizing gel mask, KICKS eyebrow jumbo pencil, The Body Shop’s Tea Tree BB-Cream (which is pale!!!), Chocolate lip butter (which they are discontinuing!!!) and this interesting Coconut Oil -based “hair shiner”. Can’t wait to try all of them out! Also, I bought super cute wooden earrings by Green Whale. The earrings are made in Finland!

My wonderful husband also bought me a few presents for no reason! I got some speakers for my computer, since I haven’t had any before and I’m always using a headset. He also got me a vegan cook book, because I’ve been talking about how I want to learn to cook vegetables and reduce my meat eating even more – very nice! Finally, he also got me a brand new thermos so that I have something a bit bigger to take my smoothies with me to work! It’s a lovely, metallic-shining, deep red thermos of 0,75L. A huge improvement over my little thermos mugs… I’ve been needing a new one ever since my old Starbucks thermos randomly began to leak a couple of weeks ago.

So, I’ve had a fun weekend, how about you?