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Hair -Unlisted Brand - Zala Clip In Hair Extensions

on 10/20/2017 12:56:00 PM


*This review is for ZALA Tape-In Extensions Only!*

Let me preface by saying I've used extensions for years. Clip-ins, keratin bonds, micro beads, etc. I wanted to buy tape-ins but was not excited for how seemingly expensive they seemed to be. Enter Zala. After looking at countless YouTube reviews, getting color matched by Zala, I bought one pack of 20" beachy blonde highlights and one pack of sunkissed highlights in March of 2017 from Australia. The colors blended beautifully for my ombre hair and honestly, the application was pretty easy to do DIY! I do attribute several slipping out frequently to user error with application. But they were easy to re-install too. After about 5 or so weeks of wearing them I noticed they were becoming super dry. Drier than most extensions I've used in the past. So I had to go out and buy very hydrating products which seemed to do the trick. They shed normally, I had them in from beginning of April to end of July (about 3 1/2 mos!).

Fast forward to my latest extensions from Zala I purchased from their new US distributor this end of July. I bought two packs of 16" sunkissed blonde. They arrived super fast. I installed them in the middle of August. After the first wash was when it went VERY downhill. I noticed the hair was beginning to shed abnormal amounts of hair. Chunks would come out every time I touched my hair, ran my fingers or gently brushed through them. This was not normal. I thought it was just some initial shedding after first wash (they say about 5% of hair will shed in the beginning), but it continued for weeks. I contacted Zala extremely concerned about the quality of these extensions. I will admit the only reason I gave them 1 lippie was the excellent customer service they gave me. They communicated with me for weeks and were very quick with their responses. I sent them photos, videos, they had management contact their supplier and no defects in the product were found. They offered me 20% off my next purchase, which I was alright with. I mostly wanted to inform them of what was happening since I hadn't experienced this before. Not a week goes by and some slipped out after a shower and when I looked at the tapes I was shocked. Literal chunks of the extensions were missing. Some of my tapes had nearly ALL of the hair missing from the weft. I was furious. No wonder so much hair was coming out! So, I sent Zala these new photos. They admitted how shocked they were to see them and again, forwarded it to management and to the manufacturer. No defects found. Yet only 30% coupon given. At this point (only 6 weeks after first installing them) my Zalas became SO ratty, dry, tangled, and so much shedding I said the heck with it I'm taking these things out. The only positive I had about these new ones was the quality of the tape was far better than the previous. I had little slippage of my extensions.

Overall I truly believe that by Zala using a US-based manufacturer and distributor has drastically lowered the quality of these products. I haven't used their clip-ins but I think if I ever thought about purchasing from Zala again I would only buy their clip-ins. I was just so shocked by how bad this second set was! They're a very affordable option for extensions but I would rather pay double for quality that lasts and doesn't make me feel super self conscious about how my hair looks!

BEWARE OF YOUTUBE REVIEWS. I have yet to see one negative review of Zala on YouTube but in the comments of many videos countless people have come forward to express the same views I have at the poor quality of Zala. I simply don't understand how Zala can have so many positive videos with the type of experience I've had with their hair. Buyer beware!

Treatments (Face) -Origins - Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright Skin Tone Correcting Serum

on 10/20/2017 12:55:00 PM


This product is nice to the citrus scent and feels silky on the skin. It defiently has brightened and evened my skin tone some. I love how it brightens to skin right away. Although, it hasn't done as much of a good job of lightening old and new acne scars/marks. And the price is waay expensive.

Lips -Peripera - Ink Velvet

on 10/20/2017 12:50:00 PM

I bought 6 colours of this brand: 6,7,8,12,13 and 14 because the colours looked really pretty on pictures and when I saw the reviews. Although it is very very pigmented, it doesn't stay on your lips. It's really disappointing because the colours are so pretty. It also dried out my lips which was a big disappointment. I feel like I just wasted money on this. What I do so it will stay on is I put a different lipstick as a base (stila all day lipstick) then use it as colour accent and it actually works! it's give a really pretty combination because of how pigmented it is! but on it's own, it doesn't work for me.

Will not recommend. will not buy again. EVER.

Top/Base Coats -Sally Hansen - Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat

on 10/20/2017 12:24:00 PM


Three lippies because it does the job and dries instantly. However this top coat peels and any claim of no chip shine for 10 days is completely false. It takes me one to two days after painting before it starts peeling which is not good at all for my nails because i tend to pick at polish. Also once it gets to about halfway the polish starts to gets very thick and leaves your nails with bubbles. I will not be buying again.

Eye Shadow -Fenty Beauty - Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette

on 10/20/2017 12:04:00 PM

Rihanna's FENTY Beauty has recently released more items including lipsticks, lipglosses, eye liners, and the hotly anticipated Galaxy Eye Shadow Palette. In the marketing this is described as smoky to shimmery glitter topcoats. At first glance this palette's shadows look similar to the Too Faced Glitter Bomb Palette. I suspect the formula is quite similar since it performs about the same.
Indeed- most of this palette is meant to be used as a glittery eyeshadow topper since most of these shades (with the exception of two) are not opaque.

Moisturizers -Nivea - Nivea Q10 Plus anti-Wrinkle Day Cream spf30

on 10/20/2017 11:56:00 AM


I've been using this cream for two years now, which is a solid amount of time to test out its anti-wrinkle properties and you know what, I think it actually works. I'm 33, and once I hit 30, I really started to notice the effects of aging on my skin. Little lines here and there, discoloration, that sort of thing. I started using this in late 2015 and since then, my skin doesn't look like it's aged at all; in fact, it looks better. I get compliments about my glowing skin quite regularly, which I've never gotten before. I put this on without fail every morning, and follow it up with the Q10 night cream before bed and my skin looks, and feels, amazing. Love this stuff.

Scrubs -Neutrogena - Visibly Clear spot stress control daily scrub with MicroClear

on 10/20/2017 11:44:00 AM


Loving this! Usually I go for natural and organic products for my sensitive skin but was on a budget and got this on offer in Boots for €4.32 on a whim and so glad I did, its a non-drying creamy scrub with gentle exfoliating beads ( ok for the environment, I checked!) My skin feels fresh, clean and soft after using this and it really helped clear a hormonal breakout that I had, also bought the visibly clear toner and they work great together, my skin hasn't looked so good in ages, delighted 😍

Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Riddle Scented Oil

on 10/20/2017 11:35:00 AM

Riddle Oil is, hands down, the most amazing set of fragrances I've ever smelled.

When I was young, I wore Davidoff Cool Water religiously, and since then, I've never been able to find a smell I loved as much that just kind of spoke to me.

I'd read about Riddle Oil and was intrigued that it was supposed to "smell like your skin, only better," and, goofily enough, I was curious to find out how something like that would smell on me.
I started by ordering a sample size of Original to try it out and from day 1, I was hooked. What an amazing smell. It's so warm and unique, and getting a whiff throughout the day as I moved put me on Cloud 9. I got so many compliments on it and couldn't wait to put it on in the morning that I just had to go ahead and buy the complete sample set to test out all of their fragrances.

Wow. Just wow. I love every single one of them. All 11. When does that ever happen? They're all so unique. They evolve as the day goes on, and every phase of their wear is just as gorgeous as the last. I brought some to my mom's place for her and my sister to try on and the same scent smelled different on each of us, but gorgeous on all. One of my favourites has to be North Wind; there's something about the way it smells after it's been on for a little while that's absolutely tantalizing.

I can't recommend Riddle Oil enough. It smells amazing, it lasts all day, it's beautifully aromatic without being overpowering, it's an attention-grabber (I even had one fella I work with tell me he had to stay away from me when I wore it because it was like an aphrodisiac to him - and he's usually such a quiet, reserved guy) and every scent they have smells amazing in its own way. What may smell strong in the vial comes out smelling astounding on your skin. I'll buy Riddle Oil for the rest of my life if they keep making it.

Foundations -Unlisted Brand - Flomar Matte Touch Foundation

on 10/20/2017 11:35:00 AM

So I bought this for €9.95 in the shade warm golden, this foundation boasts a long lasting matte finish which I thought would be perfect for work since I don't want to have to touch up my foundation too often and I have oily skin.
The only nice thing I have to say is that it felt very comfortable on my skin and did not break me out ( I have v sensitive skin), that's where it ends unfortunately- the finish of this color looked almost muddy on my warm olive skin tone and my face was an oil slick after about an hour- was mortified, couldn't believe I had been walking around like that.
Might work well for a normal or dry skinned gal but surely you wouldn't care for a matte foundation with that skin type?!
Bottom line - do not bother save your hard earned cash.

Styling Products -Kevin Murphy - Session Spray hairspray

on 10/20/2017 11:25:00 AM

I love this hairspray. It holds. All day. You can get to stiff if that's what you are going for. I have super fine hair and I need a ton of product/texture to hold a bun, chignon, a barrette, etc. Other days I just use a light spray to hold my style. It smells like hairspray - not off-putting. It's not sticky at all after it sets.

The price is steep but the can did last well over a year. The nozzle gets coated in product and needs to be cleaned. I wasn't able to remove it but I did clean it with alcohol. The only other thing I will mention is that while the kevin.murphy brand is about "skincare" for hair, this is still hairspray. It will dry your hair. It's not going to condition it or provide any other benefit other than what you expect from a hairspray.

This is HG for me. Plan to repurchase. I was using Kenra prior to receiving this and I had no complaints about it. Session spray is better for my needs.

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