August Outs & Reviews – NARS, Lancome & The Face Shop

A few days ago I finally got down to clearing my vanity table, and when I was about to throw them out I went: “oh luckily I already bought a back-up”, “oh…I should another one of these” and “meh, wasted my money on this”. So I thought I should write a short review on them! I think some people will be surprised at which one I thought was a waste of money. Scroll down to find out!

From Top: NARS Sheer Glow Lancome Teint Miracle The Face Shop Power Perfection BB Cream
From Top:
NARS Sheer Glow
Lancome Teint Miracle
The Face Shop Power Perfection BB Cream

*They look dirty because they are used!*

1) The Face Shop Power Perfection BB Cream. 

PROS:
> SPF37/ PA++
> Medium-high coverage yet still feels reasonably light on the skin
> Doesn’t give you a grey cast
> Works even on dry skin. It does not settle into lines to make flaky skin more obvious
> Provides a light dewy finish (not in a way that you look oily)

CONS:
> Too much more expensive in Singapore than it is in Korea!

I used this in Light Beige, but I have tried the other darker shade and found that it isn’t much darker so I’m actually already using the “back-up” that is in the darker shade. I find that the prices in Singapore is marked up too much so I will only get this in Korea.

2) Lancome Teint Miracle

PROS:
> Very light, perfect for “no makeup makeup” days
> Evens out skin tone
> Gives you a nice, healthy glow

CONS:
> Not good for already dry skin as it settles into lines and make flaky skin very obvious
> Contains a lot of alcohol, which dries out the skin further
> Need to be shaken before use

I am a shade O-03 and it suits my skin perfectly. I like this foundation, but can only use it when my skin isn’t too dry and flakey. I don’t mind the “shake well” part as that’s what’s expected in foundations that promise a glow.

3)NARS Sheer Glow

PROS:
> As it says, it gives a sheer glow

CONS:
> Even though coverage is light, it feels very cake-y
> The packaging. Come on now..really. It looks good, but not functional
> Oxidises quite a lot
> Makes lines and flakes obvious
> Needs to be shaken before use

I got this in the shade Light 04 Deauville. On the website it is described as  “Light with neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones”. But no, it is probably 1-2 shades too dark for me and it is very yellow. My skin has a pink undertone so this was..just no. I didn’t like the feeling of this on the skin. This is the one I felt that I wasted money on. It’s a big disappointment because I got this not long after it was released and there was so much hype about it! And yes, I did get this THAT long ago. I didn’t throw it out earlier because…it looked so good just sitting on the vanity. :/

So yea, it looks like finding a good coverage foundation that feels light and doesn’t make dry, flakey skin stand out is really difficult! If you have any good recommendations for those, especially those that are ok for sensitive (eczema) skin, please let me know!! 😀

Melissa xx

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August Outs & Reviews – NARS, Lancome & The Face Shop

Review: LUSH Fair Trade Honey Shampoo

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Fair Trade Honey(FTH) has been my favourite shampoo ever since it came out last year. I dye my hair every 2-3 months and so I have dry hair that frizzes easily. But with FTH, I can use it without a conditioner and it would still leave my hair tangle free, and it makes it so soft and shiny too!

WHAT IS IT:

Fair Trade Honey
LUSH Fair Trade Honey Shampoo

Just to put it out there, FTH is the most expensive LUSH shampoo to date. However, don’t let the price deter you from trying this gem out. With LUSH shampoos, you already need to use less of an amount than other brands, and with FTH, you need even less of it because it is really thick. Plus you can save on conditioner when you use this shampoo, so it works out to be really good value for money! I’ve actually tried it with many conditioners as well and think that the effect is the best without a conditioner. If you still feel more comfortable with a conditioner, use a light conditioner like the LUSH Veganese or LUSH Coolaulin. Heavier conditioners tend to defeat the purpose of this shampoo and I personally find it a waste to use anything that smells strong over top of FTH, because it smells SO good and I don’t want anything to mask its scent!

WHAT’S IN IT:

Green= Natural, Black= Safe synthetics
Green= Natural, Black= Safe synthetics

WHY IT WORKS:

  • Fairly Traded Honey is the bulk of the ingredients in this shampoo (50% to be exact, hence it’s name). It helps make your hair soft and shiny, and gives your scalp a really good cleansing as honey has natural anti-bacterial properties. This also means that there are no extra preservatives in this shampoo.
  • Linseed (AKA Flaxseed) Mucilage is a jelly like substance formed by boiling Linseed/Flaxseed in water, and this ingredient helps to prevent hair loss by strengthening your hair as it contains lots of Omega 3 fatty acids. It also gives shine.
  • Sunflower Lecithin also makes your hair shiny and supple.
  • Geranium, Neroli, Bergamot Oils and Rose Absolute all contribute to the amazing scent that stays in your hair for hours after you wash your hair.

It says on the bottle;  “This is a no expense spared shampoo.”, and it’s definitely true. Even all the essential oils used to make the fragrance are the most expensive ones. Whenever I use FTH, the scent stays in my hair until the next wash! (I wash my hair once a day before I sleep)

HOW I USE IT:

  1. Squeeze out a 2-3cm diameter blob onto palm.
  2. Mix in a little water and give the shampoo a headstart by lathering it between palms.
  3. Lather onto wet hair and give scalp a nice massage.
  4. Rinse off.
  5. Dry hair.
  6. Have luxurious hair.

It is really that simple. When you rinse if off, you might feel like your hair is tangled/dry/not smooth etc but trust me, just go and dry your hair, go to bed, and you will wake up with amazingly soft and shiny hair, no tangles or kinks. And yes, I find that my hair looks much better the morning after I use this shampoo.

So, if you always find yourself waking up to a bad hair day, trust me and try this. You will never want to use anything else.

WHERE TO BUY:

  • £7.25/110g, £14.45/300g, £23.95/600g from LUSH UK
  • S$25/110g, S$49/300g, S$79/600g from LUSH SG

Trust me, go for the 300g or bigger, because it’s better value for money and you wouldn’t get enough of it anyway! 😀 Feel free to comment if you have any questions or if you have tried it too!

OVERALL:

Product: 5/5
Price: 5/5
Repurchase?: YES

Let’s have shiny, happy hair!
Melissa xx

All images from http://www.lush.co.uk

Review: LUSH Fair Trade Honey Shampoo