Holiday Beauty


Holidays in winter give a great chance to bring out products that get neglected during the colder months. Here is a short list of the things I used when I was away in India:

The Body Shop Banana shampoo and conditioner

I LOVE LOVE these. They certainly do not get neglected even when I’m back in Frankfurt as these Body Shop beauties keep my hair SO shiny. I’m tempted to say that they are the best shampoo/conditioner combo I’ve ever used. I know a lot of people dislike bananas but they don’t smell so much of bananas… I’d say more of a honey smell. Certainly after washing, the only scent left over is the honey one.

Ritessens Gommage Visage Teint d’Eclat

This creamy exfoliating face wash is very creamy and rich yet contains a small amount of beads to exfoliate the skin. Usually this is a little too creamy to use at home and it just makes my skin a little dull looking. However, on holiday with my sun kissed (read – lobster red) face it’s a welcome drink for my skin, with a small amount of exfoliation to get those pesky bits of skin away. The scent is also very exotic which made it fit perfectly with the location. I got this in a JolieBox in December.

Jergens Original Beauty Lotion

Another product which is too rich to use at home. I’ve been using this for a little while now and it’s a pretty thick moisturising lotion for the body. The scent is a tiny bit sweet for me – I think it’s the almond in it. But again, this was perfect for the days when I got a little too much sun.

Lancaster After Sun Tan Maximizer

I got this in a beauty box so it was only a little sample. I used this on my face in the evening, and it’s kept my tan nice throughout without letting it flake away. I wouldn’t say it was any better than a normal moisturiser, though.

(Not shown) Eau Thermale Avene 50+ Sun Cream

This was a medium sample that I got last year… perhaps in a GlossyBox. It was just the right size to last me all week, and it was very good at protecting my skin. It says that it is “very water resistant” and after a dip in the sea, it still was good on my skin. The only places I got burnt were places I couldn’t reach by myself.

Has anyone else used any of these products? Let me know what you think!


Hair Raising Reviews!

I’m getting quite behind on my review type posts so expect a some more in the next few days!

I’ve been using these two products, both from beauty boxes – Wen Sweet Almond and Mint Cleaning Conditioner from the July JulyBox, and C:EHKO Intensive Care Shampoo from my July GlossyBox.

Let’s start with the Wen conditioner.

Now, I must say that I took it literally when it says that it’s conditioner – meaning that I used shampoo before using this. I guess I’m not so good at reading instructions… You’re meant to use a small amount, add a splash of water and massage it into your hair, then comb through and leave for up to 5 minutes.

Now it could be because I used shampoo before this, but it really made my hair dry. It made my hair dry and frizzy and it’s not been in such a bad state in years and years. The smell was ok… Kind of fresh.

Because I wasn’t having much luck with it, I decided to give it to my friend Candy, who has gorgeous hair (which deserves its own blog) and he looks like a boy from a manga he’s so pretty. Candy used it correctly, because he’s not doof like me, but he also said that it didn’t work so well in his hair and wasn’t any better than the normal stuff he uses. He said he liked the smell, but it didn’t last so long.

Considering that this product is pretty expensive, neither of us would buy it.

Now onto the shampoo!

C:EHKO seems to be a German brand. On the English part of their website, they say of this shampoo -

Intensive Care Shampoo with a deep-penetrating formula provides care even while shampooing. High-quality active agents and the AMICONE®-COMPLEX give new vitality and freshness. The hair is left smoothed and reconstructed. Adds a marvelous shine.

The first thing I noticed about this was that it’s pretty thin. I know a lot of haircare products are trying to cut down on the crap in them right now so I assume that’s the reason behind it. It doesn’t lather up very well either. The second thing I noticed was that it smells like Tutti Fruity sweets! SCORE! It does kinda make me happy to smell that in the shower.

As for making my hair shiny… when used (incorrectly) with the Wen conditioner it didn’t do so well. But paired with a hair mask (to undo the Wen mess), someone asked me if I’d had a hair cut because my hair looked so good. I reckon if used with a decent conditioner, it would be really good.

According to the website, it’s a good 14 euros, so I don’t know if I’d repurchase it – but the shampoo I’m using right now was 20 euros so I guess it’s not out of the question to spend that much! If I did, I’d buy the whole set, though.

Have you used either of these products? Let me know if you have!


Review – Essential Care Organic Rose Moisturiser

I got this sample of Essential Care’s Organic Rose Moisturiser this way back in my May JolieBox (I really must start writing more reviews for these things…). I’ve finally finished it up so it’s time for a review!

Essential Care are from my home county of Suffolk, in the UK. This makes them super awesome. This moisturiser was the first product with rose I’d tried and I have to say it was love at first… application. It cleared up the redness in my chronically red skin, it calmed my spots, made my skin so soft and nice… and I can go on and on about it.

The ingredients in this are all natural and friendly to the earth as well. No nasties are hiding in this cream!

I would totally buy it but there is one thing I found wrong with this product. On their website they sell this (50ml) to people in the UK for 19 pounds. However, if you switch to their German site, the same product is 28 euros. If there’s one thing I dislike, it’s prices changing depending on where you live. Just because you live in a certain country, you shouldn’t have to spend more on the same product without very very good reason.

The product itself was heavenly. The marketing department of the company make it so I don’t want to make the effort and buy it.

Have you tried this moisturiser?

GlossyBox (Germany) May 2012

I really love beauty blogs right now. Especially ones who are using the same JolieBox and GlossyBox subscriptions as me. But the thing is that  people always review the stuff and blog about them as soon as they get them! I can’t make up my mind about whether I like something or not until I’ve been trying it out for at least 2 weeks!

Anyway, here are my thoughts about May’s German GlossyBox.

I was quite excited to read the magazine but then I realised that it’s all in German… oh well, makes for good practice!

L’Oreal Ever Pure Shampoo

I use special shampoo from Douglas, so I was not so keen to try this. But I gave it a go. It’s specially for coloured hair, it says. And apparently has “A sulfate-free formula that won’t strip colour and leaves hair hydrated and manageable”.

I have hair that is ruined (bleached to death) from a certain Japanese hairdresser, and I cover the yellow from this with red/brown dye. So my hair is very dyed. When I use this shampoo, it makes my hair very squeaky, and has a pleasant scent. But it’s not really doing backflips for me. I use it in conjunction with the other hair product in the pack and it’s doing wonders for my hair but I feel that that is down to the other product rather than this. At the end of the day, shampoo is shampoo. I’d rather either spend less (It’s about 5 euros, according to the internet) for a similar product, or pay more for a slightly fancier product.

The Body Shop Rainforest Radiance Hair Butter

This also is for coloured hair (I vaguely remember filling in a survey when I joined) and is probably my favourite product from this box. I bought a fancy-pants hair mask (wow, I should have shopped online… I paid way more for it…) a few days before this arrived and while this hair butter is not exactly its equal, it gives it a very good fight!

You have to comb this through your damp, shampooed hair and then leave it for 5 minutes. This is the hardest part for me, because I hate waiting around for things. I make an effort and find all the things I can do in that time – I was even cleaning the shower the other morning!

It leaves my hair so soft and silky, I’d buy it again for sure. Even when I skip a wash, my hair stays silky and not greasy in the slightest. Highly recommended - it gets the Charlotte stamp of approval!

Michael O’Rourke 3 Way Hairspray

I rarely use hairspray so I’ve only used this once. On its spray nozzle it has 3 settings; 1 for light hold and styling, 2 for shaping and setting and 3 for finishing and serious hold. I used it on my fringe a few times to keep it in place and it has a really nice smell to it, but the hold wasn’t so strong. I only used 2 on my fringe, but maybe I should try number 3 next time. Since I don’t really use it, I guess this sample will last me a while but I don’t think I’d bother to buy the full version.

Jil Sander Eve perfume

I seem to be getting a lot of tiny perfume samples right now. This one is pretty fresh and fruity. I don’t really do fresh and fruity, but if I did, this would be very nice. The scent is really refreshing, though it didn’t last so long on the skin. I sprayed it liberally on my wrists and neck and after walking around town for a bit, I could no longer smell it. I won’t be buying this, but maybe keep it in my handbag for times when I want to feel … fruity.

L’Oreal Nude Maguque (Out of shot)

This was a sample attached to a card so I took it away without realising for the photo. I’ve been using Maybelline’s BB cream (which was my first one ever) so I was looking forward to trying this.

I tore open the sachet to do my make up while watching the latest Jenna Marbles video. I wasn’t really paying attention and squirted it onto my hand. I looked down to see a while, grainy cream on my hand. Thinking this can’t possibly be BB cream, I checked the packaging. It seems that the cream blends in with your own tone to make the perfect shade! I put it on my face and sure enough, it started turning pinky beige! The slight grainy-ness to it melted away to a smooth texture on my skin.

I know I said that the hair butter was my favourite but this was a very, very close second. It felt lovely on my skin, the colour was perfect and it lasted all day without making me greasy. Not only will I be buying this but I will be actively seeking this out to buy – and I don’t normally say that! It seems to be about 10 pounds in the UK and 13 Euros here in Germany. I think that’s fairly reasonable. I can’t wait to be wearing it every day!

I’m really glad I found all these make up subscription services. I really enjoy getting all these products, and it means that I don’t need to buy very many things since there’s always something new to try in my boxes!

I’d love to hear from you if you have tried any of the products in this post!

JolieBox – May

I have a new obsession – it’s trial box subscriptions. After a lot of research, I joined two companies – the first is Glossybox, which has it’s own German branch, and JolieBox which I am sneaky with as they only send to the UK or France, so I get Mum to forward the boxes to me.

My very first JolieBox arrived this week, so I was very very excited. Jolie boxes contain one full size item and 3 trial sized items and costs £10 a month.

This month, the box contained a full sized China Glaze nail varnish, Essential Care trial size moisturiser, Talika trial eye patches and RMK trial size base.

China Glaze Nail Varnish

I think this was a bit of a pants full size. It is a purple tinted glitter varnish, not a colour that is in fashion nor is it to everyone’s tastes. Certainly not to mine. I like some glitter varnishes but not that kind of stick glitter. I’ll be giving it to my sisters.

Essential Care Organic Rose Moisturiser

This says it’s for all skin types. I’ve been using a BB cream daily and my skin seems a lot more greasy than normal. I used this cream then wore powder during the day and my skin felt a lot happer. It’s not overly greasy and it has a nice light rose scent to it. I’ll see how it goes throughout the month with this but I would consider buying the full product.

Talika Eye Therapy Patch

I gave these a go today – they are gell patches that you place under your eyes and can re-use up to 3 times. You keep them on for 30 mins, and afterwards my eyes did look a lot better and fresher. The skin under my eyes was a lot smoother, too. They appear to be a little pricey to buy in full so I wouldn’t buy them for myself. But maybe as a gift to my mum or someone.

RMK Make Up Base

Apparently, RMK is the biggest selling make up brand in Japan. I had never heard of it. Whether this is because it is a big porky pie or whether it is because I am ignorant to these things, I have no idea. However, this base is really good. It’s silky smooth and light, and easy to apply. It smoothed out my skin tone and didn’t feel heavy or greasy at all. It’s also a tad pricey but I think if it continues to impress me as it has done this week, I will be investing in this for sure.

I got an email this morning saying my German Glossybox will be with me in a few days too! I’m so excited to try out all these new products!