Thursday, July 11, 2013

Squeezed: June 2013 Edition

My trips to Europe have really mucked up my plans for having my Squeezed series promptly appear on my blog at the first of every month! I had used up some products in Europe, you see, but because of baggage restrictions, I didn't think to take the empty bottles with me back to Korea so that I could take photos. No matter. Here are some products that I did use up in Korea, and were able to take photos of:

  1. Aveda Brilliant Medium Hold Hair Spray: This bottle still has a bit on the bottom left over but it's just as well as squeezed because the pump doesn't reach the dredges of the spray bottle. This bottle of hair spray is a mini travel version, which the inner Polly Pocket-collecting child inside me adored. The hair spray has ingredients of black tea, organic chamomile, calendula, and aloe to add brilliant shine and definition to treated hair. When I sprayed this product, it smelled like... hair spray, not aloe nor chamomile nor any of the other ingredients listed as being in the product. The hold it gave my hair was fairly solid but with my thick, heavy Asian hair, I think that I need a Heavy/Strong Hold Spray as opposed to Medium. 
  2. Biotherm Skin-ergetic Fatigue Repairing Concentrate: This was gifted to me and marked the first Biotherm product I'd tried. It comes in an intriguing packaging which requires you to put the final serum together by jamming a device filled with some kind of dusty ingredients into the liquid and shaking the product before usage. It claims to "effectively banish fatigue signs and unveil sleeker, brighter, and revitalized skin" with its combination of broccoli, soy, apple, lemon, and cane sugar. Those ingredients sound delicious but not really for my face. While this product does incorporate loads of antioxidants, it also includes fragrance, a great deal of alcohol, and synthetics, AS WELL AS being tested on animals. I didn't find any improvement to my face, especially in the fatigue department, and found the milky serum very slow to soak into my skin, leaving a wet, shiny mess on my face for about 10 minutes after application. 
  3. Kiehl's Clearly Corrective White Deep Moisture Clarifying Cream: This product is a mouthful. Hydration! Clarification! Correction! It's touted as a product that will "reverse noticeable skin discoloration for improvement in skin clarity and luminosity" with its white birch and peony extract. Very light and quickly absorbing, it gives my skin a dewy, almost greasy look. This becomes a problem because for my combination face, the areas that are dry need super hydration, and the areas that require matte definitely don't need any help in the shine department, so I'm finding that lightweight creams are more and more superfluous for me. It certainly doesn't keep me from continuing to buying and trying them, however, and while this product may be great for others, it's not for me. Not repurchasing.
  4. LUSH Pow Wow Lip Scrub: So I know I already did a review on this product here, but (rant on) let me just tell you exactly why LUSH was spot on in discontinuing this product. The granules were huge and harsh, leaving my lips scraped and sore. The formula was crap, leading to the product clumping into one giant granule if any moisture found its way in the jar. The color is artificial and left stains on my sink. (rant off) The only positive attribute of this product was its smell. I kept praying I would finish this product, and then gave up when it was halfway there, just rinsing the rest in my sink. Utter waste of money.
  5. Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturizing Conditioner: I purchased this in Germany before my trip to Croatia to have something yummy-smelling and cheap to finish quickly. I totally cheated on my beloved Aveda but you've gotta do what you've gotta do! I used to use products like Herbal Essences and Pantene when I was in high school and totally didn't care about beauty/skin/haircare products. These products are reliably cheap yet solid products for a reason. This conditioner left my hair feeling very silky, and I love Herbal Essences for their fabulous smells and easy foaming. HOWEVER, I know that long-term use of these products is not necessarily a healthy decision for your hair. This conditioner leaves your hair feeling so silky because it essentially coats your strands with a plastic shield. It's a quick, cheap fix that will not last in the long run. I may use Herbal Essences occasionally, but it will only be a supplementary product to augment my Aveda.
  6. Estée Lauder Time Zone Night Anti-Line/Wrinkle Creme: This product was also gifted to me and because I have no wrinkles, I gave it to my mother to try. Her skin type tends to run more overall dry and she told me that the creme was pretty hydrating without being greasy. It absorbed well and left her skin feeling soft and supple. As for the wrinkle-be-gone factor, she told me there was minimal change in the number of wrinkles. She will probably purchase for its hydrating properties, but not for its anti-wrinkle "effect". 
  7. Melvita Body Scrub for Dry Skin: Love Melvita, love their honey scent, love their ecological, organic, and natural ethics. Will definitely repurchase. You can read my review of this product here.
  8. Biotherm Skin-Ergetic Anti-Fatigue Monodoses Masks (Not Pictured): This is a product that's supposed to fight cellular fatigue with its 4 fruit and vegetable high concentrate masks. Comes with 8 single dose packages in a box. The single dose packaging is cute but I don't need the entire single dose to cover my entire face AND neck. Awkward to keep the package overnight, but you also don't want to throw away 1/2 of a product. My combination skin type was good for my cheeks and chin, but exacerbates my T-zone into too much oiliness. 
A lot of "meh!" products these past couple of months! I'm getting into a skincare funk! Do you have any products that I can get excited about?


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