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Hair Treatments -& Other Stories -Biological Keratin Cure Conditioner Gold & Honey

on 4/14/2017 2:12:00 AM


I do not have any salon keratin treatments/Brazilian Blowouts. But, I came across this conditioner on a search for good conditioner with a honey scent. This conditioner is for post-keratin treatments to help set the process. I read that it also has EDTA in it (a chelating agent which binds metal and calcium and also dissolves limescale. So, people who have 'hard' water that flattens and dulls hair from repeated washing, can use a product with this ingredient to remove those impurities), and argan oil. And, the product is being discontinued for a newer, improved product, so it was on sale - even better! This was the best conditioner purchase I have ever made.

It smells absolutely wonderful and the scent lingers for hours after using. The texture is creamy but not heavy. And a little product goes a long way. I use a nickle size for shoulder-length hair and the bottle is 10 oz. It has a 36 month period before expiration. I will be using this for at least a year.

You don't have to sit in the shower for 5 -10 minutes or do a 30 minute mask with it. The directions say to leave on for 1 minute. I usually go for 3 - 4. And it works wonders.

I have fine, naturally wavy hair. This product does straighten it somewhat though not much. But, it does keep the frizz down to a minimum, especially if I use a styling product afterward. The best thing is it doesn't weigh down my hair at all. After blow drying, my hair is fluffy, bouncy and soft. It also seems to keep split ends at bay.

I have an oily scalp. Even if you apply only to the ends, you can't rinse without some of the product getting to your scalp. This does not make my scalp get oily faster than with any other conditioner.

Pros: Contains EDTA, argan, honey; no formaldehyde
Great even for everyday - does not weigh down fine hair
The price is awesome - $9.95 on amazon with free (not prime) shipping directly from the manufacturer
Great scent

Cons: None

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Moisturizers -& Other Stories -IXXI Sublixime Re-densifying Cream

on 12/6/2016 12:46:00 PM

There’s so much to love about France - the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Follies Bergere, Coq au Vin and, of course, the cosmetics. IXXI Sudlixime Redensifying Cream is a case in point. I'm loving it!

IXXI is a unique cosmetic brand created around three proven anti-ageing elements - Pine Bark Extract, Everlasting Flower Extract and Hyaluronic Acid. This patented trio when combined with ancillary ingredients smooths out wrinkles, plumps, fills and protects thus transforming skin.

This elegant silken cream simply resculpts facial contours. Apply to face and neck first thing in the morning and let its magic work on you.

Body Scrubs -& Other Stories -Lemon Daydream Body Scrub

on 10/18/2016 7:36:00 AM


As body scrubs go this was okay, but I don't think it's worth the £12.00 price tag. The scent was fine - lemony, with an undertone of something more herbal - and it exfoliated reasonably well. However, compared to other sugar-based body scrubs like The Body Shop and Tree Hut, this didn't quite hit the mark. I still had to use a body moisturiser after using this, which is not something I ever have to do with TBS or Tree Hut ones. Glad I tried it, but I won't be repurchasing.

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Eye Shadow -& Other Stories -Oriel Peach Eye Colour

on 8/25/2016 10:38:00 AM


When I swatched this in store it looked liked a really lovely, pigmented shade of peach which I thought would look striking with a simple black eyeliner. At £7.00 for 2.8g it wasn't cheap, but I was so in love with the colour I decided to treat myself!

Imagine my disappoint then when on using this for the first time at home, it turned out to be nothing like the deep, peachy shade I'd swatched in the shop. Mine was a really watered-down version, almost to the point of non-existence and no amount of layering could achieve the same colour pay-off as the original swatched version.

The other thing I noticed with this one - and certainly not something I was aware of with the one I swatched - was the scent. It smelt really, really sweet, to the point of overpowering.

Sadly, I only used this a handful of times before admitting defeat. I was so disappointed with it, that although I hate to admit it given how much it cost, I threw it away and now won't be tempted to purchase any more shades from this collection in the future.

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Fragrances -& Other Stories -Steel Garden Body Mist

on 3/20/2016 12:11:00 PM


I loved this when I sampled it in store and on the basis of that decided to pay out the £12.00 (for the tiny 150ml) bottle. It took me a while to get around to using it, so when I finally did I'd kind of forgotten what it actually smelt of. It just so happened that when I sprayed it that morning my husband was in the room and his first words on smelling it were...: "Why does your perfume smell like lager?" And the sad thing is, as soon as he said that I realised he was right!!

The blurb on the side of the bottle states it's a blend of 'petals swept in a silver haze revealing hints of forever floral' (which is a bit pretentious if you ask me), but since my husband mentioned it, all I can smell is lager. It's strongest on first application, thankfully becoming less apparent as the day wears on, but there's always that very subtle scent of lager hanging around just waiting to waft in at a moments notice. And on subsequent applications I've also noticed a slight menthol/liquorice scent which puts me in mind of antiseptic mouthwash. It just keeps on getting better, doesn't it?!

One good thing - the pump action bottle is very easy to use and produces a fine mist of fragrance, which ordinarily I would be really happy with (if the overall scent didn't smell like a pub!).

It'll come as no surprise that I won't be repurchasing this and it's doubtful I'll finish the bottle I have. My husband's parting quip of: "It's more Beer Garden than Steel Garden" did make me laugh though, so at least one good thing came out of it...

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