Garnier Fructis Citrus Mint Product Review

Remember I mentioned this earlier? Let’s talk about it some more.

My roommate was using this for a while, but stopped because her boyfriend didn’t like the minty smell, so she had me help her finish off the bottles of shampoo and conditioner. Personally, I am in love with the smell, as is my boyfriend. I had to stop using Garnier’s products a while ago because they were too damaging to my hair. But what I didn’t know until just recently was that they removed the silicones and parabens! I was stoked.

Garnier Fructis Citrus Mint

This product is great for oily hair, to begin with. I have a lot of trouble with oily everything, my body just hates me! Even though I shampoo twice every time I shower, I can feel almost all of the oils gone from my hair after just one, and it immediately feels lighter than with any shampoo I have ever used. After the second my hair is silky smooth and honestly, I don’t need to use conditioner, but I do anyway! The conditioner makes my hair super soft and amazingly, after a day or two, my hair doesn’t look greasy. I can’t use conditioners due to the fact that by day two my hair looks like a grease factory, so I used to substitute for oils or serums.

My boyfriend used just the shampoo and his thick, coarse hair was so soft when it dried. Honestly, I’ve never used a shampoo that feels quite like this. The smell is invigorating and is a great way to wake yourself up in the morning, and boy does it last! My hair looks and feels soft and shiny and I haven’t had frizz problems like I usually do when my hair grows out.

To sum it all up, I’m a pretty happy camper. When you consider cost and result, it is definitely worth your time and money. It works better than a lot of natural products that I have used and I love it even more than the Green shampoo they had released a few years ago, which didn’t give me remotely similar results. I’m sold, and I’m going to be using this from now on!

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DIY Dry Shampoo! + Prodct Review

I thought it would be fun to share some of my observations with you all on some standard dry shampoos versus a very simple DIY one that I read about a few months back! First, let’s review a product.

Dove's dry shampoo.

Dove’s dry shampoo.

I’ve used various Dove products in the past with both good and bad results depending on the type. I absolutely love their moisturizing body was (especially the blue fig and orange blossom one!), so I figured I’d give this a shot. Frankly, I am disappointed, but my roommate had the greatest results with it! I’m baffled. I myself have very thick hair with a lot of oil, and when I applied this to my hair 24h after I showered, visually, it was better. It looked good enough that I could go to my job interview without having to wash it again. But as far as the texture goes, my hair felt heavier than before I applied it, it felt greasy and chalky to the touch, and the perfume! Oh dear, the perfume! With the amount I had to spray on my hair to get a satisfying result, the entire apartment was like a toxic wastefield! I had the windows open for a good half hour to get rid of it all.

On the other hand, my roommate has very thin, very straight hair that doesn’t look greasy for at least 3 days. She ended up being the one to use this product until it was completely empty. On her hair, it took very little spraying to get a good visual result and considering she kept touching her hair, I would say it probably felt nice, too. She loved the smell, and that’s probably because she had to use so little. On my hair, I get a better result from flipping my hair upside-down, spraying it with volumizing hairspray, brushing it out, then fluffing a little. And this isn’t the first dry shampoo I’ve used, oh no! Let’s look at one I used while I was in university last year!

Trèsemmé dry shampoo.

Trèsemmé dry shampoo.

*sigh* This product gives me mixed feelings. I bought it because I hated having to wake up at 6am so I could shower and make it to my morning studio class on time, and one of my profs recommended it. Visually, I like the effects of this one better than Dove’s. The texture is marginally better, too, and it took less. The smell is a little more citrus-y, so when I sprayed a lot it wasn’t quite so brutal on my nose. On the other hand, my hair felt even heavier than when I used the Dove product. And this one required a lot more shaking, otherwise I would only get slightly damp air from the nozzle. I had to shake it after every two spritzes. I wouldn’t buy it again, and the same with Dove’s dry shampoo, uh uh. I’d recommend it if you have thin hair, or very short hair, because when my hair is very short, both of these work great.

Now for my super easy DIY dry shampoo!

I stumbled across this solution on Pinterest and I was skeptical. If it was really this easy, why are we all wasting our money on dry shampoos like this? This dry shampoo is as simple as straight baking soda, and I kid you not. If you have corn starch, mixing equal parts of these works even better, but I didn’t have any so I tried just baking soda.

Sprinkle either the mixture or the straight baking soda into one palm, rub it on both your hands, then rub your hands through your hair. Repeat this until you have gotten some on all of your hair, give it a little shake, comb/brush it out and see how you like it. Depending on how greasy your hair was when you started, you might have to give it a second go. I usually do two or three run-throughs of the baking soda just so I’m thorough. When I’m done, my hair is light, it feels considerably better than when I use dry shampoo, and it looks fresh. Any smell that might have been on my hair before is completely gone. When I’m satisfied with the look, I spray a little bit of a light hairspray (I’m a fan of Garnier Bamboo hairspray for this), and I’m good to go! Plus, that way my hair has a nice light scent to it.

Now, just so you know, if you scratch your head you will end up with baking soda under your nails. When you brush out your hair, just take a quick peek all over that there’s not a spot that you missed that still has baking soda on it. Fluffing it with your fingers is usually enough to get rid of it.

Product Review – Rainforest Moisture Shampoo

I’m a huge fan of The Body Shop products. Huge, huge, huge fan. I’ve tried a wide variety of shampoos on the market; natural ones, salon ones, standard drug store ones. They have a wide variety of effects.

The Body Shop's Rainforest Moisture shampoo.

The Body Shop’s Rainforest Moisture shampoo.

I picked this product up a little over a month ago and have introduced it into my showering routine. Even though I don’t like the smell of coconut at all, I can’t help but enjoy the subtle scent mixed in with the others of this shampoo! The shampoo is very thick and pools nicely in the palm of my hand. I don’t have to worry about spilling it off my hand when I put the bottle down like I do with drug store products. I strongly recommend you follow the simple instructions on the back if you want good results. Between working at The Body Shop and reading reviews of the product online before I bought it, I’ve heard mixed opinions, and now that I’ve used it, I see why. If you simply pour the product into your hand and try to work it into a lather in your hair, you will miss spots and your hair will not feel clean at all. It’s frankly disappointing. Don’t stop here! On the back of the bottle (I don’t read instructions, so I didn’t notice this when I bought it), it says to work into a lather in the hands first and then work through your hair. This is they key to making this product work for you. Even if you have a lot of hair and have to use a lot of product, you don’t have to worry about wasting it thanks to its thickness. It will stay on your hands as you lather and once it starts to foam on your hands, work it into your hair from root to tip all over.

On days when my hair is particularly dry I like to leave it in the second time I wash my hair while I was my face, then rinse them both off, just so I get a little more of the moisture effects in my hair.

Here’s an important note! If you’ve never used a natural product like this before, you might think it’s not working because you’re not getting a big bundle of soap in your hair when you lather it. On days when my hair is particularly oily, I might only have the foam from my hands for a second before it goes away visually. Don’t get me wrong, it still cleans your hair wonderfully like that! The reason why it doesn’t lather is because it’s not filled with artificial products and chemicals that cause that foam to happen. Just because it foams, doesn’t mean you’re cleaning effectively! In fact, products that do foam a lot tend to strip your hair of their natural oils and leave them dryer than before, so even though it might feel clean, you’re actually damaging it quite a bit.

Moving on! You really don’t need a lot of this product to make it work. For the amount of hair I have (and boy is it thick) I use about a toonie sized amount the first time and a quarter size the second time. That might sound like a lot considering how short my hair is, but when I use drug store products like Garnier, Herbal Essences, or Pantène, I’m almost filling my palm the first time and using a toonie sized amount the second time to get the same cleaning effects.

I used this product on my boyfriend’s hair the last time he was over, and his hair is usually pretty dry. It feels rough, and it’s quite thick for being short. When his hair dried, he kept touching his hair because he was impressed by how soft it was, and he only washed once and didn’t use conditioner at all c:

Overall, I am quite happy with this product. I know I can’t convince people who have already used it (believe me, I’ve tried while at work!), and that’s to be expected. But if you follow the label on the back and buy this during one of the constant sales going on at the shop, you’re getting a great product for a great price.

Product Review – L’Oréal Miracle Blur

I have to say, I went into trying this skeptical. I saw the commercial and thought “that’s ridiculous. Nothing that blurs your pores and whatnot is going to feel good.” And do you know what? I was right.

My mother bought a tube of this just to try it, and she wasn’t too impressed. So, I gave it a try. I showered, washed my face as usual, and then applied this when I was done. The feeling is absolutely peculiar; it feels both chalky and greasy at the same time. I figured I’d let it absorb for a couple of hours and then do my makeup before going to work. Well, a few hours passed and the product still hadn’t absorbed into my skin. I applied my foundation and makeup as usual, and it all smudged off like I’d run a marathon just before doing it.

L'Oreal Miracle Blur

L’Oréal Miracle Blur

 

Don’t get me wrong, it actually did blur imperfections. I have many red marks and scars on my face, a couple of wrinkles here and there, and some rather large pores in places. The product did blur or get rid of them completely, but I couldn’t get over the heavy, greasy feeling. I wound up grabbing a napkin and rubbing off all my makeup during my shift because it felt so gross.

 

Overall, it worked like they promised (the exclusion being that you can’t feel it). My skin did look brighter and smoother after I applied it, but I could get the same effect from concealer and two coats of foundation, with a much lighter and cleaner feeling. My opinion: don’t waste your money on this product unless you can handle the weight, grease and chalk on your skin. It didn’t clog my pores; my skin looked no worse the next day, so that wasn’t a problem.

 

2.5/5 for me.

Home Remedy Review – Lemon Baking Soda Mask!

This is my first Home Remedy Review, and it is probably my favourite thing in the world right now. I found this idea on Pinterest a week ago and gave it a shot a few days later. The concept is simple; the lemon juice dries out the pimples and the acid in it bleaches out redness, as well as destroys blackheads. The baking soda keeps it on your face, and when you scrub it with warm water it turns into a gentle exfoliant. Not to mention this mixture costs a fraction of acne washes!

Lemon & baking soda mask.

Lemon & baking soda mask.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp lemon juice (bottle or from a fresh lemon

* Note that these measurements are what I use. You can use whatever ratio works best for you! I personally like mine to be very thick, but if you want it to be more like a paste or cream, add more lemon juice until you’re content!

So, grab a small bowl and dump in two level tablespoons of baking soda. Pour out one teaspoon of lemon juice and dump it into the bowl, too. It’s going to fizz a lot and turn a pale yellow colour; that’s good! Mix it together with a spoon (or something) until you get a nice, yellow-y paste. It might not look like much, but these measurements produce enough to cover your entire face and neck. Next, if you’re not already there, take your mixture into the washroom and rub it generously over your face, making sure to get right in beside your nose and below your bottom lip (blackhead-prone spots!). It might sting/tingle/burn a little, that’s just fine too. I myself have very sensitive skin, and I can use this mixture for a half hour at a time without harming my skin or causing redness.

If the mixture is running off your face, mix in pinch by pinch more baking soda until it stays on without a problem. If it is too thick, add a smidgen more lemon. Leave the mixture on anywhere from 5-30 minutes. I leave it on for 30 for MAXIMUM STRENGTH! (hehe!), but if you’re worried about the stinging/burning/tingling, go ahead an wash it off. When you’re ready to, get your hands wet with warm water and scrub the baking soda mixture over your face (the exfoliant), then rinse it all off. Right away you should see better looking blackheads, clearer, brighter skin; and maybe even reduction in size of some pimples! Even if your skin is clear and you decide to use this, your skin should look brighter.

I’ve used this mixture twice now, and my blackhead problem skin is looking so much better. My cysts and large pimples get smaller with every use, and the redness starts to go away immediately! If you want to go all out, use lemon juice as a toner morning and night! It will really help with pore-size reduction, getting rid of blackheads and pimples and keeping your complexion bright and clear c: Just pour a little on a cotton ball or cotton pad and rub it over your skin.

A few people have been asking how often to use this and I figure it’s really personal preference. I use it once a week, and I wouldn’t recommend using it more than twice in one week since it might dry out your skin. When that happens, your acne can actually get worse, your skin can crack and flake, you can develop wrinkles and so on.

I hope this mixture works for you, too! I’d love to hear how it’s working for you if you do decide to use it. On a side note, you can add a few drops of tea tree oil to the mixture as well (it’s a natural disinfectant!) I don’t have any right now, so I’m not using it in my mixture.

Best of luck!

Product Review – Biosilk Silk Therapy

Hey, everyone! I’m back with another product review for you.

As some of you may know, Anime North took place this weekend in Toronto, and I went. I spent about five hours in a salon with a friend of mine, and the girl doing her hair put some of this in my hair. I ended up letting her bleach it (with an ammonia-free product that her salon offers ♥ ) Anyway, she finished my hair and gave a bottle of this product to us to split on an incredible discount!

Biosilk-silk-therapy

Biosilk Silk Therapy

So, with my hair now blonde and this bottle of liquid gold, I was ready for the convention. I proceeded to colour my hair like a rainbow for my cosplay, which fried my hair further. The damage was no where near as bad because of the ammonia-free product and the immediate use of Biosilk after the bleaching. I’ve been using it every day since, and it only takes a dime-sized amount to cover my hair. My hair is soft, shiny, straight and so manageable. I haven’t had to straighten it like I usually do, because it has been air drying perfectly straight for my comfort. My hair colour is lasting longer, too.

To sum up this short review, Biosilk is wonderful. I haven’t encountered a downside apart from its cost. If your hair is fried and breaking, or just frizzy, I recommend giving this product a try. It handles beautifully in humid weather, keeping your hair nice and smooth. All in all, I’m pretty content. Even though a single bottle of this is approximately 50$, it lasts about a year of daily use in moderate amounts.

My new hair! I have to colour it black again for work, though.

My new hair! I have to colour it black again for work, though.

  • Good sized bottle
  • A little goes a LONG way!
  • Feels great on your skin (wipe the excess on your face, it’s great)
  • Amazing at repairing damage
  • A little bit expensive
  • Use wet or dry, no blow dry

Product Review – Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition

I started using this product about a month ago. I bought it so I could stop using conditioner on my hair, since it leaves my hair feeling heavy, flat and rather oily.

Fructis Triple Nutrition Detangling Double Care Treatment

Fructis Triple Nutrition Detangling Double Care Treatment

I went through my usual shower routine, skipping conditioner, and towel dried my hair when I got out. Following the instructions on the back of the bottle, I simply shook the mixture together, sprayed over my hair (three squirts was enough for me) and passed a comb through it.

And boy, do I mean passed.

My hair is tangly, wavy, and overall annoying. I usually have to tug knots out with a comb or a brush after a shower, even when I used a deep conditioner. But three sprays of this product made my hair smooth and tangle free! I was very impressed.

Then, the moment of truth. I let my hair air dry (this product was appealing because I didn’t have to blow dry to activate) and examined it thoroughly. While most oils and deep conditioners leave my hair looking greasy at the roots, or rather flat, or greasy to the touch, this one absorbed right in and made my hair smooth and shiny. Flyaways were mostly tamed, there was a distinct shine that wasn’t there the last time I had showered.

I’ve used this product every time I get out of the shower since then, and I have only used conditioner once when I coloured my hair again. Overall, I’m very pleased with the results. As someone with greasy, problematic hair, I’m pleased to report that I can now wash it every other day without it looking flat and gross! My hair is healthier and much easier to manage.

My rating would have to be 4.5/5

  • No blow drying needed
  • Not greasy
  • Lightweight
  • Inexpensive
  • Long-lasting