Mixed Review: L'Oréal Paris, Catrice & Essence

Hello my loves,

Today I have a brand new review for you, a collective on to be exact. I'm reviewing 4 lip products from three brands, the XXXL Shine Lipgloss from Essence, the Infinite Shine Lip Gloss from Catrice and two L'Oréal Paris ones, the Shine Caresse and the Infallible Lipstick.
I didn't pick these up in one time but in two separate trips to the mall. I was going to do separate reviews of them but  I thought they were so similar that I decided to join them all in one happy family review.
Catrice: Infinite Shine Lip Gloss
I'm going to start with the Infinite Shine Lip Gloss by Catrice a gorgeous coral lipgloss called '070 Very Very Raspberry'. According to Catrice the Infinite Shine Lip Gloss is their next generation of lipgloss and ensures an intense shine a bright colour. They have a moisturizing formula and guarantee a gorgeous lips without leaving behind a sticky sensation. There are 13 shades in total.
The packaging of this one really basic yet classy, just like I Catrice normally does it. A basic clear packaging with a black lid, really nice.

L'Oréal: Infallible Lip Stick
The second product I'm going to write about has become on of my favourite lipsticks lately (and I turned my mother on to them as well). There supposed to stay on your lips for 24 hours, keep a smooth colour and that all without drying them out. My mother has bought three other shades but the one I'm reviewing is '109 Blossoming Berry'.  
This could've been a packaging from Catrice and it´s really similar, only this one has two ends. It´s mainly black but the side with the colour is clear. 

Essence: XXXL Shine Lipgloss
Back in the days when I was a tiny little girl I bought my first ever makeup item and that was a lipgloss from Essence. It was a very sheer nude pink shade and didn't last very long but still , I loved it till pieces. That one is now gone and I think they discontinued it. After that lipgloss I never bought an Essence lipgloss again (don't know why) but when I saw them on sale I couldn't behave myself and I bought '15 True Love'. 
This one is the ugliest out of the four, you get what you pay for in this case. The lid is silver which looks really cheap in my eyes and the silver letter don't really help with this.  
L'Oréal: Shine Caresse
This lipgloss is supposed to be the new definition of colour and shine. The unique formula contains 30% water and this makes your lips feel ultralight. The colours are enriched with 100% pure light for the ultimate shine (yeah right). This lipgloss gives your lips a gorgeous wet look without drying them out.
This packaging is my favourite out of the four, it's gold! (do I need to say more?). I like the fact that you can still see the colour and I also like the fact these looks a lot like the YSL lipstains (I'm eying them, should I get one?)

That's what the brands say about their 'amazing' lipproducts' and my opinion about the packaging. Let's how they do while I'm actually wearing them. 
On the left you see them right after I applied them and the right picture shows the swatches after I tried washed them off. I wasn't expecting them to all be so amazingly pigmented but they are. The not so good thing about almost all of them is how easy they were to remove them. Only the L'Oréal Infallible left a stain on my wrist. Here are the applicators, they're in the same order as the swatches. 
 The applicator from Catrice is slightly curved.
 The L'Oréal Shine Caresse lipgloss has a heart-shaped applicator.
 The applicator from Essence is straight.
The L'Oréal Infallible lip stick has two sides. On the side with number one you'll find the colour and on the other side you'll find a moisturizing balm.  

If I must judge the products on their applicators  I think I like the ones from L'oréal the best, both of them work great. In second place comes the applicator from Catrice but this one doesn't pick a lot of product up. The one from Essence is awful, it's hard to apply the product with it and the product doesn't goes on smoothly. 
On the left you see my bare lips and on the right you see the products on my lips. From top to bottom.
  • Catrice: 070 Very Very Raspberry
    The Catrice lipgloss is barely visible on your lips but does give them  a beautiful sheen. It's a really soft coral colour with a ton of gold shimmer, these aren't really visible on your lips or in the swatch but when the sun hits them right, your lips sparkle. This is however not a very longlasting lipgloss and you need to reapply it quite a lot during the day. 
  • Essence: 15 True Love
    This lipgloss gives my lips a little bit more product then the previous one but still not a lot. It has silver shimmers and I love the effect it gives my lips.It's the perfect subtle berry colour for fall. The duration is just as long as the one from Catrice, after an hour it's completely gone. 
  • L'Oréal: 102 Romy 
    The picture doesn't do this lip gloss justice, it's far more beautiful in real life. It makes my lips a bit darker and stays there all day, giving them a stained effect. It's a great everyday colour and an amazing my lips but better lipgloss. 
  • L'Oréal: 109 Blossoming Berry
    This is the only lipstick in this review and it's a good one. The colour is really intense and this  products stays on like a train, when I apply it in the morning (8 o'clock) it's still there in the afternoon (7 o'clock) and I couldn't remove the swatch I made in store of my wrist. Even with showers and a swimming pool, it stayed there for five days. Don't be scared to be stuck with this on your lips for that long cause it can be removed with some waterproof makeup remover (this however didn't work on my hand, I even tried abrasive)
I'm going to end this review with the prices and that was it for today's review, the last on of this month already but don't be sad, I'll be back next month with more blogpost for you.
Catrice Infinite Shine Lip Gloss:  € 2,99
Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss: € 1,89
L'Oréal Paris Infallible Lipstick: € 15,99
L'Oréal Paris Shine Caresse Lipgloss : € 14,99

Empty: July & August

Hello my loves,

Today I have an empty post for you, in which I'm going to write about all the products I finished in the last two months and tell you if I like them or not. In the last two months I've accumulated quite a lot of products I today I'll show you which ones that are. I do this in groups starting with showergels.
Shower gels: 

  • H&M - Coconut Lime Shower Cream.
    I've had this one for a year now and it took me a long time to finish it because I prefered other shower gels. These month I forced myself to finish this product and I did it! This is not my favourite one (even though I love coconut) and I won't repurchase it.
  • Dove - Go Fresh Blue Vig And Orange Blossom (review).
    This has become one of my all time favourite shower gels. I wrote a loving review about this and it has been featured in a favourites post. I already was a big fan of the Dove Go Fresh products but this scent is my favourite and I'll definitely repurchase this one.
  • Bourjois - Tender Happiness Shower Gel.
    I think this is my oldest product in this empties post and I'm glad I finally finish it. I did like it but I didn't love it, it was a soso-product. I don't think I'll repurchase this but that because I like other ones better.
  • The Spa Collection - Bath/Shower Gel With Lemon Grass
    These two mini showergels are the ones I took from a hotel and I loved them. I'm a big fan of lemon scents and this smelled amazing. They are from a hotel brand so I can't repurchase them but I would if I could. 
  • John Frieda - Full Repair Deep Conditioner (restores + strengthens).
    This has been featured in my Pre-Holiday Routine and is a great hairmask that I used as a conditioner as well. This is my second jar but I don't think I'll repurchase it in the near future because I want to try out other products.
  • John Frieda - Luxurious Volume - Thickening Conditioner and Touchably Full Shampoo.
    If you read my blog you might know I'm on a never ending hunt for the best volume shampoo but that I haven't found it yet. These from John Frieda aren't best shampoos in the world and I don't notice any difference to my hair when I use it. This is most definitely not a product I will repurchase.
  • Biosilk - Hydrating Shampoo.
    I wish this wasn't so extremely expensive because then I'd definately a full-size one. The cashier gave me this when I bought MAC Mulch and I love this so much! It made my hair super soft and left it looking very healthy.
  • HEMA - Face Mask - Dry Skin.
    This is a very old product and I didn't use it that much, I'm just not a mask person I think. There was nothing wrong with this mask but it also didn't do anything so I won't repurchase this one.
  • Nivea - Soothing Cleansing Cream - Aqua Effect (review).
    I've already started a new one of this products, that's how much I like it. It makes my skin clean, removes all my makeup and leaves it feeling really soft. The cream has tiny little pink beads in it and scrubs my skin very gently. 
  • HEMA - Scrub Cream.
    I was wrong, not the Bourjois shower gel but this scrub cream is the oldest product in this post. I bought this when I thought scrubbing was good for your skin but believe me, it's not. You need to buy an exfoliant instead of a scrub. I can't remember if I like this but I won't repurchase this and I'll be searching for an exfoliant.
  • Nivea - Soothing Tonic - Aqua Effect (review)
    Just like the Nivea Cleansing Cream, I already repurchased this. It's from the same line as the cream and it removes the last bits of makeup and doesn't leave my skin feeling dry whatsoever (most tonics do this). 
  • Vichy - Aqualia Thermal.
    My beloved moisturizer, yes I finished another one. Even though this is one of my favourites products I won't repurchase this after I used the one I'm using right now up. This because I want to try another one, let me know which ones you like in the comments.
  • Vichy - Aqualia Thermal Lip balm.
    This is my favourite lip balm and my holy grail. It works better then any other lip balm I own and I love it. I got two of them so I don't need to repurchase it in the near future but I think I will. 
  • Garnier - Miracle Skin Perfector - Daily All-in-one B.B. Cream.
    This was the first B.B. cream I owned and I thought it was amazing. The truth is that this clogged my pores and didn't give me much coverage, that's why I won't repurchase this. 
  • Essence - Frame 4 Fame Single Lashes.
    I have a new addiction and that is FALSIES. I've worn false lashes before (once for a photoshoot) but I wasn't able to apply those correctly. These single lashes are however, really easy to apply. I'm still not a star in applying them but I get them on and that's more than what I achieved with full lashes.
  • Essence - All About Matt! - Fixing Compact Powder (review).
    I almost cried when this happened. I dropped it on the ground and it broke in a million pieces and it's impossible to use it, a sad thing because I love it. I don't know if I'll repurchase it because I want to try the powder from Rimmel also, I'll let you know which one I pick.
  • Catrice - Calligraph Ultra Slim Eyeliner Pen - Blackest Black.
    I bought this because it was on sale and going out of the assortiment. It wasn't the worst eyeliner pen I've ever tried but I didn't really like it because it wasn't opaque. Here you can see what I mean.  
Other: this are the products that don't really fit in a category.
  • H&M - Coconut Lime Body Scrub.
    This I love using and I'm sad it's finished. I wasn't happy when I finished it but I was glad I could go searching for a replacement. I picked the Hammam Scrub up from Kruidvat which I like better then this one from H&m.
  • Dove - Go Fresh Grapefruit & Lemongrass Deodorant.
    I'm not really exciting when it's about deodorant and I just want one that works and smells nice. This one does that so I'm happy. I never really repurchase deodorants and I just buy what appeals to me at the moment I need a  new one.
  • Prodent - White Now Toothpaste.
    I used this in the morning to make my teeth whiter and it worked. Unfortunately this effect is only contemporary. I bought this in a sale and I have two of them left, so I won't be buying this any time soon.
  • Satin Care - Shaving Gel - Radiant Apricot. 
    The shower gel I always use is the one from Satin Care and I always try a different scent. I liked this one with Apricot but it was a little bit too sweet to my liking. Better luck next time.
Candles: I finished to candles this month and I liked the one on the  left the best. It's from HEMA but I can't remember the scent (it was something like grapefruit but I'm not sure). The other one is from Action and smelled really nice as well. I only used two candles up because I never really burn them in the summer, I'm more an autumn and winter person (qua clothing, makeup, personality and candles). 

That was everything I used up in the last two months. Some months I finish a lot of products and other month I only finish a few. I hope you liked reading this.

Batiste Dry Shampoo

Hello my loves,

I'm not a fan of dry shampoo. There I said it, I know loads of people swear by it but I just don't think it works. At least that's what I used to think, I'd tried a lot of different variations and brands but nothing really worked. Of course I knew about an American brand called Batiste, which got a lot of good reviews but that wasn't really available here, in the Netherlands. Now you must be thinking, how can you review a product you can't buy? The answer is simple, Batiste has started selling their dry shampoos in the Dutch drugstores and I couldn't be happier with a 'new' brand.
Batiste has been in the Netherlands for a while but I never saw it until  now. I saw a few different versions and even a few mini's, but I bought only one. The one I checked out is the pink one with flowers all over it and is called, Blush (or séduction fleurie, as they say in France). It's a giant spray flask of 200 ml/6.73 fl.oz and I don't think I'll finish this in the near future.

Batiste describes this product as an instant hair refresher (if I translated that correctly). It's supposed to be the ideal solution for greasy hair roots. It also gives lifeless hair a boost and that all without using any water whatsoever. A short spray refreshes the hair, gives it volume and texture and makes it feeling clean and fresh When you're using this, you don't have to worry about not washing your hair because nobody will be able to tell.
There's even a step-by-step guide on the packaging which shows you how to use the dry shampoo.

  1. Shake well before use and keep the spout approximately 30 cm away from the hair while spraying the product onto the roots. 
  2. Massage the shampoo in the hair using the tips of your fingers.
  3. Brush the hair and bring it in the model you want.
I've to say, I'm not a fan of dry shampoos but this one works really well and might have changed my opinion about them. I used this when my hair was getting greasy (the third day after washing it) and it worked. Normally dry shampoos leave a white haze on my hair (I have brown hair) but this one didn't and it was really easy to brush the white powder out. The volume it gave me wasn't mind blowing but still, just that little oemf I need for my slightly wavy hair. 
I'm impressed, this dry shampoo works great and really gets the job done. The scent is the one downside on this one but I saw some different odors in the drugstore so next time I'll just pick another version. This however is really personal and you might love what I don't really like. You can buy the Batiste dry shampoo at Kruidvat for €4,49, which is a really good price in my opinion.
Give the Batiste dry shampoos a try and you might like them, even when you never really liked dry shampoos like I did.

Quick Tip: Kruidvat Candles

Hello  my loves,

Today I have a really quick tip for you (mainly for my Dutch readers). I was in Kruidvat the other day and I found these amazing candles from the Home & Styling Collection on sale for € 1.99, a huge bargain for a good candle.
Maybe it's a bit weird to write about candles on a beauty blog but, WHY NOT? I've seen loads of candles hauls by beauty bloggers from all over the world and I love watching those. They always buy a huge amount of candles for Bath & Body Works but we don't have that store in the Netherlands (sadly enough). Luckily there are loads of other stores with candles and I couldn't leave these two at the store.
I bought two out of the four candles they had,'Orange Lily Flower' and 'Water Lily'. The names of the other candles, I can't remember but there was a pink one as well. The candles are really heavy, look very luxurious and have an iced effect, if you understand what I mean. I haven't burned them yet but they smell really strong (not that that's a bad thing, I love a strong smelling candle) .
Be quick if you want to buy these candles (which I would do if I were you) because Kruidvat changes it's stock a lot.

The Body Shop Mango Shower & Moisture Set

Hello my loves,

It's finally here, the last body product review of this month and another The Body Shop (TBS) review. My grandmother gave me this set for my birthday (already a month ago) and the products are half empty at the moment but I didn't want to withdraw this review from your guys because the products are amazing.
I don't have the packaging anymore but this set came in a square orange box with the string of the loofa peeking out, a little bit like a christmas ornament. I was smart enough to take pictures of the full products, in case I liked them and wanted to write a review, so on the pictures the products are unused. In the giftset you find a small orange loofa, a whip body lotion and a shower gel.
You can't see the size of the products on the pictures but they're really cute and small. To give you an idea of the size I placed them next to a couple of products and came to the conclusion that they are just as tall as my HEMA Dip & Clean Nail Polish Remover. They both hold 60 ml and I'm surprised how many times you can shower with the shower gel, I used it four times now and it's only half-empty. I can't see how quick the body lotion goes because it sticks to the packaging but I used it four times (along with the shower gel) and it still feels like it's pretty full.
I'm pretty happy with these products, they both smell nice and fruity (not in a chemic way, really natural) and the body lotion moisturizes my skin well. There's nothing wrong with the loofa but I prefer mine a little bit bigger. I have no idea how expensive this giftset costs but I would definitely recommend this as a gift for someone. The scent is very universal and I think everybody will like this, including me:)

Garnier Fructis Grapefruit Tonic Shampoo

Hello my loves,

It all started with a little sample I got when I was at the checkout register in the drugstore, the cashier gave it to me and it caught my attention.
This is the little sample she gave me, just your basic shampoo sample. Only this one is bright orange and looks kind of tasty. This packaging made me want to go back into the store and buy the shampoo but I forced myself to try it out first. I don't think writing reviews about sample products is fair to do so I think you can guess what eventually bought...
I'd already seen the full-size packaging (DUH, it's printed on the sampleversion) but it still amazed me and I kinda want eat it. I already used a bit before I took the photos so keep in mind that there's more product than you see on the picture, 250ml to be exact.
The shampoo has a reddish/orange colour and the bottle is clear with reddish/orange and green details. A really cool detail they added, is the back of the sticker that's on the back of the bottle (say whut?!), they printed the pulp of a pink grapefruit on it. This makes me feel like I'm juicing a grapefruit when I'm washing my hair in the shower.
This is a list of the ingredients it does has some grapefruit extract in it but also apple and citrus.
  • Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate: Don't confuse this with SLS (Sodium Laureth Sulfate), which is not so good for your hair. It's associated with probable carcinogens and known to cause skin and eye irritation. ALS is the less aggressive version of SLS and is less irritating for your scalp. Source, Source.
  • Citric Acid: this helps keep shampoo at the right PH balance to wash away dirt and oil while also causing hair cuticles to lie flat so hair looks shiny and smooth. Source
I also found a site on which they had something negative to say about almost every ingredient of this shampoo. I'm not very picky about shampoo and I just want it to clean my hair and give me some volume (optional, I can always use some mousse or dry shampoo). The only thing I care about is SLS, that's something I don't want to put on my hair, ALS and SLES are fine, just not SLS. That's the only thing I look for when I'm checking the ingredient list. The front of the packaging says that there aren't any silicones or parabens in it but I usually like those, they give my hair a boost of volume. Now I know that I can't expect that from this shampoo.
I love the way this shampoo smells, in terms of smell I usually love everything with citrus and this isn't an exception. It smells delicious, fresh and perfect for summer. The scent isn't very strong which can be good because that could mean it's better for your hair (less parfum) but I like strong scents that leave your hair smelling after you showered better. 
A little trick to give your hair a volume boost (even without silicone and paraben) is massaging the product into your hair, starting at the back of your head. Believe me, it really works. This shampoo ladders up great and gives me a head full of foam. 
When I get out of the shower (after my hair has dried, obviously), my hair feels clean and it looks really shiny, which is exactly what the packaging says. It promises me to create shiny and light hair and it keeps that promise.
I do need to use a conditioner because this shampoo isn't very moisturizing for your hair. This is nothing new because I always use a conditioner along with my shampoo (just like most people). I wash my hair every three days and this shampoo keeps it shiny and clean for two, on the third day I really need to use a dry shampoo or wear my hair in a updo, this also isn't anything new because I have to do this with almost every shampoo. 
I recommend this shampoo if you have (just like me) normal hair that needs some shine but if you miss some volume (like me) you need to use a mousse after it as well. Let me know it if you're using a good volumizing shampoo, cause I haven't found one yet. Meanwhile I keep trying out shampoos and reviewing them for you until I find one that gives me shine and volume at the same time... (a search that will probably never end)