Aug 8, 2017

Empties │ The products I've used up in July [Body & Hair care]


Hello, my lovelies! It's me again!
I'm a little late with posting here as I've been on vacation, but never too late to share with you what products I've been using lately. These are my empty bottles for skin and hair care products, keep reading to find out a mini review on each of them and whether I would repurchase them or not!



Jason Aloe Vera 98%

I got this over last summer, but never opened it until I had to use the whole tube on my boy (whose skin is extremely sensitive) when he was taken to a school trip and the teachers (well they're technically not teachers, but don't know how to call them, they guard the children in the activities during summer vacation, and they are accountable for the children) "forgot" to reapply sunscreen on him, and let him play at noon (and the whole afternoon) outdoors without a shirt. I'm not really a mama-bear, I am more of a "tiger-mama" kind of mama, ok sometimes also the "dragon-mama" kind of mama. So yes, I spat fire on those teachers and brought my boy home, who got such a serious sunburnt I hesitated to take him to the hospital. As he has eczema and sun allergies he got an ugly erythema and suffered quite a bit for the following two days. Now, he learnt the rough way at age of 5 that he must take care of himself because nobody else gives a shit about anybody. That is quite sad. Unfortunately, also true.
I consulted his paediatrician and she agreed to treat him with a cortisone lotion and loads of aloe vera. I remembered I had this tube which was fragrance-free and alcool-free, so it worked just fine. I recommend you to always get pure aloe vera in summer. When you shop for sunscreen, put a tube of aloe vera in your cart and keep it home just in case, because this plant has awesome properties, especially on sunburnt skin. I remember this tube costing me less than 5€ here.

Erboristica di Athena Shower gel with Argan Oil

This shower gel cleanses the skin and leaves it super soft and feeling hydrated. It does not contain SLES, silicones, parabens, dyes, preservatives or petrol derivatives. It is also cruelty-free and produced within a program with low CO2 emissions. It contains Aloe and sea salt, argan oil and castor oil.
I ADORE the smell of this, characteristic of argan oil, but with a powdery touch, so lovely! I would have loved to repurchase while I was in Italy, but they didn't have this particular one, so I got a different one from the same brand because I didn't have time to go looking in other shops. I might order it online if I find a trustworthy retailer, and I'll keep you updated!


Apivita Royal Honey Rich Moisturizing Body Cream

This is the first product I tried from the Greek brand Apivita, and I am enchanted. This cream is perfect for dry skin, especially during the colder months, but it is also very nice in warmer weather, as it sinks in so quickly! It is free of parabens, silicones, mineral oil, propylene glycol, ethanolamine, phthalates, PCM and NM. It contains several emollient agents, vegetal oils, shea butter, cacao butter, olive oil, sweet almond oil, sunflower oil, beeswax, Aloe vera, castor oil, honey and orange peel oil, and it smells so divinely of honey! I will most certainly repurchase this next winter and I will, of course, recommend it to anyone needing a little extra moisture to their skin!

Sephora Super supreme body butter

I got this little jar in our weekend gateway to Paris and I really enjoyed using it. It left my skin soft and hydrated for several hours, and although it contains quite a bit of shea butter, it didn't disturb my skin (shea butter is not my best friend!). The smell is very pleasant and the size is perfect for travelling (I believe this comes also in a bigger size). Would I repurchase it? Well, although is a good one, it is not an excellent one, and you know I like to try new things all the time so I will pass on this. But I must say as a basic care there's nothing wrong with it, and it will suit every skin type.
If you'd like to purchase it, you can checl price and availability here.


The Body Shop Frosted Plum Body Butter

This was a limited edition I got as a Christmas gift soo long ago I can't even remember. It has a perfect travel size but for some reason, I kept forgetting to take it on my trips! Until now, that I took it with my to my last vacation in Italy and used it up. I liked it but I don't love it. I don't have to worry about repurchasing or not because it was a limited edition. The smell was nice, not my favourite, but still pleasant. The effect on the skin was also nice, as per usual with TBS body butters, hydrating, nourishing and overall good quality ingredients.


Kérastase Nutritive Bain Satin 2 Exceptional nutrition shampoo

This was my favourite shampoo of the range, you can read my complete review here. I quite liked it, but I don't love it enough to repurchase it, mostly because it is not 100% adapted to my type of hair, and it would really profit to someone with dry and damaged hair, which is not my case. I get my ends a bit dry occasionally when I spend the day outdoors or in the pool, then I reached for this Nutritive range. That explains why it took me one year and a half to empty this bottle (and I still got another to go through!)

Kérastase Nutritive Fondant Magistral Fundamental nutrition care

I used this rinse off conditioner in combination with the above shampoo occasionally (maybe once every two weeks? or less). I really like how silky my hair felt and looked using this, and the smell is amazing. I have a full review on this product here, but again, this range is too rich for my hair and too expensive for my budget considering I would be using it only in rare ocassions. Those are the only (very subjective) reasons why I won't repurchase it.

Kérastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique

It took me two years and a half to go through this little tube of Nectar Thermique. I loved this leave-in thermo-protectant cream, I applied a small quantity on my towel dried hair before styling it with heat tools. I only blow dry my hair once per week (less so in summer) and use the flat iron may be 8 times in a year? I can't be sure, but it is quite sparingly. This did an amazing job! left my hair feeling soft and shiny, and I believe it really protects my hair from heat damage. It is a fancy product and I would certainly recommend it, especially if you use heating tools and don't mind silicon ingredients. You can check price and availability here.


I hope these mini reviews have been somehow useful for you! I am happy that I have finally used up a couple of my opened hair conditioners, that means I can now try new ones! LOL
Do not hesitate to leave me a comment or a question if you need more information or if you have suggestions for me!

Love,
Nati

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