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September Beauty Favourites (and not so favourites!)

September, what a complete mixed bag of highs and lows in the beauty sphere!  I’ve finally gotten around to trying most of the Soap & Glory products I’ve been bought, as well as one that’s been tucked at the back of the beauty/toiletries/make up cupboard since I bought it (at least) six months ago.  Tut tut me.


Ojon Shine and Protect Shampoo & Conditioner – 6/10: After reading Lily’s review about the Dry Recovery version, I was super excited to try this.  And well, it was ok, I guess.  It smells kinda nice, cleans my hair nicely, but that’s all I’ve got.  It’s ‘nice’.  And for a top end priced shampoo and conditioner, I want to climb Kilimanjaro, shinning locks swishing, yelling “well look at me and my bouncing, shining, luscious brunette waves – I bet you wish you had this shampoo and conditioner set! ha”  But I don’t, I just say it’s pretty nice.  It does what I expect of pretty much any high street shampoo.  I’ll happily use it up, but my hard earned £££ will be entering someone else’s hands next time.

Grab it!

Soap & Glory’s The Righteous Butter9/10:  This was originally going to hit my ‘Ditch it’ category.  I don’t choose ‘favourite’ body bits when I’m moisturising, when I moisturise, it goes top neck to toe, and everywhere in between.  And with this product, a lot goes a little way!  It kinda sunk in a bit too quick for me, and it has the usual Soap & Glory smell, which was just a bit strong for an all over dousing and got up my nose for the rest of the night.  If you’re a huge fan of the smell I’m sure you’ll love it, but I’m a creature with a delicate nose, and my delicate nose wasn’t feeling it!  However, it redeemed itself in two ways.  Firstly, my skin did actually feel lovely and smooth the next morning.  Secondly, whilst it just got a bit annoying applying it all over when it sunk in so quick, as a hand cream I LOVE this!  It’s been demoted from an all over body butter for me, and is being well and truly kept as a hand cream on my desk, and I’ll probably buy another for the bedside table!  None of that horrid greasy hand cream business here, 60 seconds and it’s sunk straight in and I can fiddle around with my hair again to my heart’s content without filling it full of cream that has no right to be there.  It’s a keeper.

The Aromatherapy Co’s Peppermint, Tea Tree and Lavender Foot Balm10/10:  In advance, I’m sorry.  But I’m also gutted too, and I’ll be using this sparingly.  THIS I bought in TK Maxx around 6 months ago, and has only just been tested!  THIS I come to find I love.  THIS can only damn well now be bought in New Zealand & Australia (and some select places in Asia).  So if you’re in that neck of the woods, oh so lucky!  (And you know, if you want to hook me up with some more…)  Put your hand up if you take super regular care of your feet too, and don’t leave them to get a bit dry/rough/unloved at times… I don’t see many hands.  This is like an easy little miracle in a tube, all whilst giving you that awesome tingly refreshing feeling as only tea tree and peppermint can.  Super thick, you spread the balm on and leave.  After a few minutes, my feet are miraculously soft, and feel like I’ve covered them in some sort of liquid talc.  You know how your face feels when you put a make up primer on, that super delicate, my face has never felt so soft kind of way?  Yeah, well that, on your feet!  My next trip to NZ, I’ll be testing the luggage weight limit stock piling on these!

Ditch it!

Soap & Glory’s The Scrub of your Life & Flake Away1/10:  Now, when I want to exfoliate, I want to exfoliate.  I haven’t found an exfoliator yet that you actually use in the shower to work, and this hasn’t either.  Nowhere near enough scrub to actually exfoliate your skin.  Yes, both did leave my skin feeling smoother, however that wasn’t down to the ‘scrub’, it was down to the slight residue it leaves on your skin.  I’d be fine with that, if I didn’t actually want to exfoliate and give my skin a good kick up the derrière into life again.  If you want some gritty bits swishing around your skin, give it a go, if you want to exfoliate, put your money somewhere else.

CK One Shock for her5/10:  It actually pains me to do this.  I love LOVE LOVE this smell.  For daytime, I’m all about the sweet girlyness, to which this is bursting.  AND I like the simple, chic, modern bottle (I think I have a theme running).  So where’s it all going wrong??  It’s got zero staying power.  When I spray it, I adore it, and so does anyone else who’s wafting passed me at the precise second I spray.  But after that second has passed, that’s it!  No more lovely, sweet, girly smell!  Sniff myself as hard as I might, I can’t smell it!  And I’ve never received a single compliment whilst wearing it (even when getting a big squidge from BF – and he’s not afraid of a compliment in the good smell department).  Woe is me and my CK One Shock.  If this came in an eau de parfum I’d give it another chance, but if I buy a damn good smell, I want to smell damn good.

Have you tried any of these?  What did you think?


2 responses

  1. Have you tried other CK perfumes? Just wondering if the same thing happens with those as well… Hmm.

    September 27, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    • I was bought CKIN2U (which doesn’t really do it for me) but the same thing… But it may be due to the fact both are eau de toilette’s, the parfum’s seem to last MUCH longer.

      September 27, 2012 at 6:42 pm

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