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My hair type is awfully difficult: thin, naturally wavy/curly and porous. This means, whenever I dye my hair, the color fades away fast (I dye it darker than my natural color). I can't afford going to the hair salon as often as every few weeks, so I've had to think of other options to help maintain the color.
At first I was looking for a Davines product, since I had heard they make pigmented shampoos and conditioners. The place I tried to buy it from didn't sell them, but they had a similar product, and that's how I ended up with Chi Organics Tone&Shine Conditioner (Dark Chocolate).
Chi Organics was unfamiliar line for me, and they don't even seem to have an official online site, so I don't really know a lot about them or their product selection. I only know that they sell these pigmented conditioners which come in 10 different shades: Silver Minx, Platinum Blonde, Summer Blonde, Marigold, Red Mahogany, Red Auburn, Coffee Bean, Dark Chocolate, Black Orchid and Clear Shine. I chose Dark Chocolate, even though my dyed color isn't quite that dark, to get the deepest result as possible, to maintain my quickly fading color. This really handy pump dispenser bottle is 350ml (12 fl. oz.) and I paid 29 euros (24 pounds) for it. It doesn't have any synthetic fragrances - only pure essential oils. Most of the ingredients are organic, as the brand name suggests, and it's not tested on animals. The color of the stuff is rich brown. The instructions suggest leaving it in for 1-5 minutes - this is how long I usually leave it in - or 20-30 minutes for longer lasting results. It also recommends daily use. So, you use it just like a normal conditioner.
I had high hopes for it but I was a bit hesitant at the same time, because I thought it wouldn't really do that much for enhancing the color. But it actually does. When I started using this, my color had already faded a bit, and it did seem to make it a little more intense. I could see the difference between my usual conditioner and this pigmented one. After using the regular one, my hair looked a bit washed out, but this conditioner really seems to add a little tint to it. I wouldn't say exactly dark chocolate, though... It makes my hair look more mahogany, reddish brown, than dark chocolate. Other people have noticed this too; I've been ask a lot if I've dyed my hair again, this time with a bit of red in it. But nope, it's the conditioner. I've heard this is common for people with reddish pigment, though, when coloring hair. The subtle red shade was especially noticeable after I had left it in for more than half an hour. First, I was a bit taken aback by it (and a bit horrified too!), but I suppose it's not that bad. I'd rather have my hair intense reddish brown than washy brown. And it's not like it's that shockingly red; the mahogany hue is only very visible in some lights.
Not only does this conditioner tint your hair, but it's also very conditioning. It has got a lot of good stuff in it, such as olive oil, hydrolyzed silk, panthenol, basil oil and thyme extract, to hydrate and condition the hair. It does make my hair glossier and feeling healthier. I would recommend this product line for people who suffer from quickly fading hair color (and who will not panic if it goes a bit red!).
I take one star off for Dark Chocolate not delivering dark chocolate.
I haven't had an exfoliating body product in a while now. I've only been using shower mittens or puffs to scrub the dead cells off my skin. But that takes a bit more effort than to just use a scrubbing product, so I decided to get one. I ordered it from feelunique.com for £5.80.
This body scrub from Lavera claims to be gentle, yet effective scrub that leaves skin velvety soft, supple and fresh-smelling. Orange is supposed to extract tone and brighten, and sea buckthorn should leave skin glowing. Coconut and sugar-based cleansers are there to provide mild cleansing, and silicic mineral beads and polished olive stones are the ones doing the actual exfoliation. It comes in a 150ml tube of white and orange, and it has a flip-top lid. Being a Lavera product, it's all natural and organic, which is pretty much the only thing that's good in this product...
It just doesn't exfoliate well enough for my taste. It seems that there aren't enough beads to do the scrubbing. The consistency is also quite runny - not what I expect from an exfoliating product. The combination of it being so runny and having too few beads makes it feel really ineffective. I also have to use a lot of it, at least five big squeezes, to cover my whole body (and I'm not even that big). Therefore, I don't think this tube will last a long time. In this case, that doesn't really bother me, though, since this is not a product I would like to keep using. Oh, and the smell is quite gross to my nose. I didn't find it fresh at all. It was more like gone off oranges and milk..
After using this product my skin feels a liiittle softer in some parts, I suppose. But not smooth enough. Especially my legs seemed as dry as they were before, even though I followed the scrub with a good hydrating moisturizer. I like my body scrubs to be thick and have loads of grains in it to make my skin really smooth, like Papaya scrub by Body Shop. This runny product from Lavera didn't reach my standards.
Feelunique.com is one of my most often used online shops. They mainly sell beauty, grooming and health products but their selection also includes some other products, such as stuff for home.
Products are divided into nine different categories, which are Skin, Hair, Body, Makeup, Nails, Fragrances, Sun & Tanning, At home, Goodies, Healthy living and Men's. The amount of different brands at feelunique.com is pretty amazing; they've got hundreds of them. There are fancy high-end products, as well as cheaper options and many organic brands too, so everyone should be able to find something suitable there. Here are some examples of the brands sold at feelunique.com: A'kin, Biotherm, Burt's Bees, Chanel, Darphin, Fake Bake, Garnier, ghd, Green People, Ole Henriksen, Tigi, Weleda... and the list goes on and on.
The prices at feelunique.com are very reasonable, at least compared to - once again - Finnish prices. I've found products there that are almost 50% cheaper than the same ones sold in Finland. There are always some sorts of offers there too. For example, at the moment one of them is that you get a free Home Spa kit when you buy two Elemis products. And what's truly amazing on this site, is that they offer free delivery, worldwide! Now that's pretty rare. They also sell gift vouchers.
I've never had any problem ordering from them. I think it's a trustworthy site and really simple to use. They also have truly considered international customers; not only do they deliver worldwide for free, but there are also six different currencies to choose from on the site, which makes shopping a bit easier for many. Alongside cheapsmells.com, this is the site I always check out, whenever I need new beauty stuff.
I discovered cheapsmells.com when I was looking for Decléor products to buy online. They are ridiculously expensive here where I live and that's why I always try to look for them online, where they usually are much more affordable. I typed "cheap decleor" to Google and cheapsmells.com was one of the results.
Cheapsmells.com is an online shop that sells beauty products. Their wide selection covers perfume, aftershave, skincare, hair care, cosmetics and bath & body. They also offer gift sets. I really like the site. It looks nice and it's simple to use. You can see the product categories and the help section clearly. There are also extra categories that include new arrivals, special offers, award winners and best sellers, which I found very interesting. You can see the prices in two currencies, either pounds or euros, which is handy.
First thing that I check in these online shops are the delivery costs. Even if the products are inexpensive the delivery charges can be insane. Not at cheapsmells.com, though. They're located in UK, and the delivery to Finland costs only 2,22Euro by Airmail if the products weigh under 2kg. It usually takes about ten days for my products to arrive. There are many other delivery options too, to both UK and international deliveries. I've understood that they deliver worldwide.
I've only ordered skincare and cosmetic products from this site. The selection in those categories include both cheaper and higher end lines - from Nivea and Neutrogena to Clarins and Elizabeth Arden. The prices there are much cheaper compared to many stores and other online shops. For example, my favorite mascara, Lancôme Définicils, costs only 16,31Euro. If I was to buy that in a regular shop, the cost would be about double the amount of that.
Cheapsmells.com is the first place I check when I need to buy beauty products. The selection is great, and they offer many brands that are not available in my country. It's a reliable site and I've always been happy with their services.
Subway is one of my favorite fast food chains. Their main products are sandwiches, also known as subs. They also offer salads, wraps and some treats such as donuts, cookies and tiny bags of crisps. I've never had any of those other things though; I've only eaten their trademark sandwiches and those are what I'm mostly going to concentrate on in this review.
They don't sell you already put-together subs that have been sitting in a shelf all day. Instead, they fill the fresh bread right in front of you, with fillings of your choice. The first time I went to buy a sub the whole system of ordering one seemed a bit unclear to me. There were instructions of how to proceed, though, and soon I got the hang of it.
First you choose the size of the sandwich; it's either 6 inch or foot long. Then you pick the bread. The selection varies depending on the country you're in. In Finland, the options are wheat, whole meal, honey & oat, parmesan & oregano and sesame. After this, you decide the filling/s. The filling selection is nice and wide and it will satisfy both vegetarians and hardcore meat eaters. Some examples: veggie patty, turkey breast, chicken tikka, beef, meatball marinara, ham, bacon, tuna... Then you'll be asked if you want cheese and if you want your sub toasted. Veggies come next. Lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, olives, red onion, pepper, jalapeño? Choose the sauce (or two) next. You get to pick from many different kinds of sauces, such as mayo, bbq, sweet onion, hot chili, ranch, honey mustard and chipotle southwest. They won't charge any extra if you want to go with more than one kind of sauce. If you have no idea which sauce to choose, they will tell you what goes well with what. Would you also like some vinegar, olive oil, pepper and oregano? Yes, thank you. And there's your sub done.
I really like their concept. You get a customized sandwich made of fresh and tasty fillings, while you're watching. The speediness of the service depends on the "sandwich artist's" (that's what they're officially called!) experience. I've also noticed that some artists are a lot more generous with the fillings than others, especially on veggie department. I really hate if they put only a tiny amount of lettuce, and in those cases I usually always ask for some more, which - so far - they've always kindly done.
The taste of these subs is just great. It's the combo of all of these different fillings and sauces that make them unique. I've tried to copy them at home - and failed. They're just super delicious there! I don't love all the filling options, but it doesn't really matter since there are still enough good things to choose from. These subs must also be healthier than a regular fast food meal, like burger and fries you'd get at McDonald's, for example. Sure you can get lots of calories in a sub too, especially if you choose to go with many fillings, but there are also some light versions available for the ones concerned about their diet.
I think the prices are pretty average for a fast food chain. There is also a certain sub for each day, which costs less than it normally would, when bought the certain day.
Here's my opinion on some of the subs:
Turkey: This is my usual. Normally I choose mayo and sweet onion sauce with this. Yum!
Tuna: Very good also, but if you don't eat it instantly, it'll get soggy.
Italian BMT (pepperoni, salami and ham): Lot's of taste, but too meaty for my taste.
Meatball marinara: This one I didn't like at all. Gross texture. Didn't make a good sandwich.
Chicken teriyaki: Very tasty. I was only put off by a tiny icky bit in a piece of chicken.
Beef: Basic but good.
Chicken breast: Simple taste but very filling.
My usual choice for bread is either whole meal or honey & oat. The filling is often turkey, and I always have all veggies, with the occasional exception of leaving jalapeños out. I also want vinegar, olive oil, pepper and oregano. Yum yum yum!
Subway is the fast food chain of my choice.
H&M has been a shop of my choice for about 10 years now. I think I've bought most of my clothes there. I went there the first time when I was in my early teens, and still today, that's the shop I usually go to - whether I need to get new clothes or just want to pamper myself with something nice.
H&M offers a very wide range of trendy clothes, from babies to adults. They have both women and men's lines, and they also have a plus size collection. It means that people of all ages and almost all sizes can find something to wear from H&M. The prices are either very reasonable or plain cheap. Many people say that due to low prices, the quality of the clothes is very poor. I don't completely agree with that. Sure there are some pieces of clothes that you can instantly see aren't the most longwearing. But then again, if the price is under £5 or so, what do you expect? So yes, not all of them are premium quality, but I've found many pieces very good and "durable". For example, many basic tees and jeans have stayed in a good condition after years of use.
The departments where I shop at H&M are Women, Divided, L.O.G.G., Underwear & Beachwear and Accessories. I really like how wide their selection is. You can find clothes for any occasion: everyday wear, fancy parties, work out sessions, day at the beach... You name it. They also make shoes. Maybe not the best quality all of them, but I've made some good discoveries in their shoe collection. For example, my favorite pair of ankle boots is from there, and I also love their cheap beach flip flops. Their bag selection isn't bad either.
I just really like this shop. I always find nice things there. It's really hard for me to resist buying something, whenever I visit their shop.
This is one of those old classics that have been around forever. I've owned 2 of these; the first one I had when I was in my teenage years, and the other one I'm using right now. I remember not having great experiences with my first tube. (Of course my "mascara hand" wasn't as steady back then as it is now, about 10 years after, which might explain at least part of the bad memories about the mascara.) But I've been very content with my current tube.
I actually didn't plan on buying this. I usually get all my beauty stuff online, but I'd just run out of my usual mascara (Lancôme Définicils) and I needed to get a new mascara quickly. I decided to just go and buy some cheap mascara, which would help me survive till I ordered my usual one. So I ended up with Maybelline Great Lash Mascara.
I've been using this for some months now, and I've been very pleased - and surprised - with its performance. This made me go "wow" after the first time I used it. You get a lot of the stuff on a brush, which really make your lashes stand out. No clumps, but just intense look with voluminous, noticeable lashes. The stuff is quite wet too, which I know many people don't like, but I do, since it gives you the possibility to work with the lashes; to style and shape them the way you like.
The wow effect lasted only for the first week or so, but the results remained decent also after that. Not as flashy as the first week, but still good. When I want to boost my everyday look I just add a few layers. It will work fine, as long as you apply them before the stuff has dried on your lashes.
I also like the fact that even after a few months of daily use, it still hasn't dried out. I bought this only for a temporary replacement, but now I'm considering getting a new tube...
It does have some cons too, though. If my eyelids are moistened, I will find black dots on my upper lids. Not a huge problem though, since I can just wipe them away with a finger. And also, when I compare this to my old favorite, it just doesn't make my lashes look as pretty as they do with Définicils. But I'd still say it's a very good mascara for a market product and worth every Euro I spent on it.
I haven't been watching that much tv lately. I just haven't found any shows that great, that I would have felt like watching them regularly, until my sister introduced me to this certain dog show. I've been addicted to Dog whisperer ever since.. I know it sounds really silly and a bit spiritual, but it's great!
There's this guy, dog psychologist Cesar Millan, who goes to people's homes to help their dogs (and owners!) that have problems. These dogs' problems vary from fierce aggression to weird obsessions. First, Cesar discusses with the owners about their dogs and their unwanted behavior. He listens to them carefully and then explains the situation from dog's point of view. Usually it turns out that it's almost entirely the owners' fault that their dogs have turned out the way they have.
After explaining things to owners Cesar meets the dog. His influence to these dogs is amazing. It's incredible how quickly he claims the role of a pack leader - the term that he often uses - and makes the dog become submissive. It's so funny to watch how the dogs' owners watch their dogs' behavior change in seconds, with their mouths open; almost not believing it's the same dog. Cesar helps the owners to understand their dogs, to become dominant pack leaders to them and solving any other problems that they may have. At the end of the programme, you can see a happy, grateful family, who now have a well behaving dog they always dreamed of.
This program is not only entertaining but also very educating. I think everyone who's considering having a dog or have problems with their dogs should watch this. I myself don't own a dog nor do I consider having one in near future, but I love watching it. It's great to see the transformation in these dogs and in the owners too.
I think I've found my favorite mascara of all time. Lancôme Définicils (black) just makes my lashes look really pretty. After applying this, they look beautifully defined. Before I'd tried it, I had doubts about it, because I like my lashes to appear quite noticeable - in a good way - and full with volume, and I was afraid this would give me too natural look. But it turned out I was worrying for nothing.
Or actually, you can go two ways with this, depending on how you apply it. If you don't like your lashes to be too showing, you can apply it very sparingly and get more natural look, but you also CAN get glam eyes with this. I prefer the latter kind. I also like the fact that it doesn't leave those annoying black dots on your upper/lower eyelids as the day goes by. It stays in place pretty well, but it's also easily removed when wanted. No harsh rubbing needed.
I like the tube also. It looks very sophisticated with black and a little bit of gold on it. No silly shapes or colors, so even the most elegant lady can have this in her makeup bag without being embarrassed, hehe. Don't be taken aback by the grayish appearance of the color of the stuff in the brush. Your lashes will look black. And you, who don't like scented mascaras; no worries, this one doesn't have a smell.
Définicils is the mascara I always go back to.
P.S. Don't make the decision of the ability of this mascara on your first try. No mascara ever gives you the best result with the first try.
L'Anza Healing Color Care Color-Preserving Conditioner is my favorite conditioner at the moment. My hair is fine, but naturally somewhat curly, which means that a bit of dryness comes with the package... And it's colored, obviously.
This conditioner for colored hair beats the moisturizing conditioner (L'Anza Healing Moisture Kukui Nut Conditioner) from the same hair care line. This one feels more moisturizing and conditioning, and it does a better job at detangling also. It makes my hair look and feel healthier and it gives a good shine. The smell is really nice too, and the scent does linger in your hair for sometime, which I really like. I usually wash my hair in the evening and with most conditioners the nice smell is gone by the morning. Not with this one.
You also don't need to leave this in for a long time. A minute or so will do just fine. Or even less.
When it comes to protecting the color, it does an ok job, but it's not a miracle product. And that is what you'd actually need - a miracle - to make my color stay very intense for very long. Because my hair is quite porous and exposed to uv light everyday (my jobs includes having to be outside), the color always fades somewhat, no matter what products I use. And I've tried many. But I'd say this conditioner is more effective at keeping the color than a "regular" conditioner.