iHerb mega haul – part 1

Hello sweeties,

I am super super excited, because I received my first iHerb orders! I’d like to shout it out, like “ORDEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERS”, but this isn’t right-on, isn’t it?

ORDEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERS.

gniiihihiI needed to show you guys what I bought, because I just can’t keep it for myself, I’m too excited, I need to talk! AND SHOUT. Talk and shout. Like the song. No, not like the song. But. Sorry, this is driving me crazy. I’m losing my mind.

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Tada!

maliceSo… From where should I start? Hair? Yes, hair is a nice beginning, then we will be going down to the toe. But first, some general comments :

  • iHerb is an american website that sells mostly natural products (beauty, grocery and other stuff). Not all of them are organic, but there are some.
  • The orders were sent from California and I received them, in Paris, France, in 8 days, weekend included. Couldn’t wish for a faster delivery time!
  • The items are very well packed. The bottle caps are sealed with tape, so that they don’t accidently open in the package. Plus, liquid products are packed in individual zip lock bags, which is even saffer.
  • All the products arrived in an excellent state and there was no missing.
  • I had mini-yellow highlighter pens as gifts, which is awesome for a student like me

Alright, now make some popcorn, because the list is quite consequent. And still, you’re lucky because I decided to make it in several parts… Otherwise, you would all be dead at the end of the post. So today, we’re talking about hair and face products.

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Nature’s Gate, Hair Defense Shampoo, Pomegranate Sunflower, 18 fl oz (532 ml) – $5.09

My Lush Daddy-O shampoo is almost over. I decided to choose this shampoo because it’s for color-treated hair, it says that it defends “from the damaging effects of UV rays, the environment and styling”.
 It’s paraben, sodium lauryl/laureth/coco sulfate, phthalate and butylene glycol free. Cruelty free and vegan also. And if I can read the composition properly, it seems that it also is silicone and PEG free. So that’s pretty good. But even if the composition is important for me, I have to admit that I mainly took it because it’s formulated with sunflower. I mean, SUNFLOWER. I love sunflower. This is probably my favourite flower (wink wink if you want to send me a gift or something)(well ok, at least I tried).

I used it once, of course, because I just couldn’t wait for that. And it smells suuuper good. It’s a nice sweet smell of pomegranate and tea, not sickening at all. At least, you can say that yes, they didn’t lie, there are indeed pomegranate and red tea leaf in it.
About the texture, it’s fun. I find it fun anyway. It’s like a jelly. Have you ever touched aloe vera gel? Because it’s that kind of texture. It foams well, which is a good surprise, because natural shampoos have the reputation to not foam much.
In conclusion, I’m very satisfied of this buy, especially as it’s very good value.

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Nature’s Gate, Chamomille Conditioner, Replenishing, 18 fl oz (532 ml) – $5.09

Conditioners are a pain. THEY END TOO QUICKLY. Grr. So I took this big bottle, so that I could be peaceful for a while. I didn’t open it yet, because I’m still using my Korres Almond & Linseed conditioner.
 Anyway, it’s supposed to “effectively conditions and replenishes weakened color-treated hair to support the vibrancy of color and highlights while improving texture”. Nice program. It’s formulated with chamomile, horsetail and rosemary. I guess the smell will be very herbal. It doesn’t bother me, as I like the scent of rosemary in cosmetics. And like the Hair Defending shampoo, this conditioner is paraben, sodium lauryl/laureth/coco sulfate, phthalate, butylene glycol, silicone and PEG free + cruelty free and vegan.

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Desert Essence, Organics, Green Apple & Ginger Shampoo, 8 fl oz (237 ml) – $6.05

If you are quite interested by american beauty products, you might have heard of Desert Essence. I’ve read and heard loads of nice words about their shampoos and conditioners, so I decided to take one, but not for me. For boyfriend, because he’s in love with apple. It’s supposed to be a surprise, but I don’t think he will be reading this post, because, you know, cosmetics, girl talk and all blah. And if, however, I’m wrong :

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Anyway, it says it gives volume and fullness to fine, thin hair. This shampoo has organic ingredients, which is nice. It’s 100% vegan, wheat and gluten free. There’s no parabens, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates, phthalates, artificial fragrances or colors, silicones, EDTA, glycol, or petroleum based ingredients. Plus, it’s cruelty free and biodegradable.

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Dickinson Brands, Original Witch Hazel, Pore Perfecting Toner, 16 fl oz (473 ml) – $4.85

I like witch hazel. I like the word in english. In french, it’s less funny, “hamamélis”. Not very attractive eh? While “witch hazel” makes you feel like you put some magical thing on your face. I used to have a witch hazel hydrolate and I really liked it, so I took this Dickson Brands bottle. It’s 100% natural and there’s no animal testing. But there’s alcohol in it. I didn’t opened it yet, but after ordering it, I’ve heard that the smell was bad. I’m scared.

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EcoTools, Fresh & Flawless Complexion Brush Set, 5 Piece Brush Set – $13.28

When I saw that kit on the website, I was like “iiiiih neeeeeeed”. And as I’m weak, I put it in my basket. But I must say I regret nothing. I mean, I’ve never ever seen such cute brushes. The details are wonderful, it’s very esthetic. And soft! The bristles are cruelty-free and super soft, they seem to be good quality. The ferrules are made of recycled aluminum and the handles of sleek bamboo. Also, it’s a travel kit, so the brushes are smaller than standard ones. But it’s good for me, as like to be very close to the mirror when I make-up.

In the kit, there are :

  • Flat Concealer Brush : great for applying creamy or liquid concealer
  • Buffing Concealer Brush : more for powdery concealer I think. But the bristles are pretty dense, so I don’t know, maybe for blending the liquid/creamy concealer
  • Precision Foundation Brush : this brush is clearly too small for that! I don’t know what I’m going to do with that… Maybe applying my face masks
  • Complexion Blending Brush : might be nice for face powder or blush
  • Full Powder Brush : good for powder, blush, bronzer, highlighter

I didn’t test them yet, but I can’t wait for it.

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Bdellium Tools, Green Bambu Series, Smoky Eyes, 5 Piece Brush Set – $22.95

Well, I took a face brushes kit, so I had to take an eye brushes kit, right? Right. Super soft synthetic bristles and bamboo handles there too. Plus, they’re green, which is cool. Hey, the look of the brushes matters a bit. Oh and you have to know that contrary to the Eco Tools kit, you can buy the brushes of the Bdellium Tools set separately if you’re not interested by the bundle.

In the set, there’s the 769B Angled Contour brush. It’s a quite dense bias cut brush. Actually, I don’t really know what I’m going to do with it. Nose highlighting maybe?

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781B Crease brush : a good basic brush for blending the eyeshadows or for doing the cut crease.

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760B Liner/Brow brush : my favourite! Even if I didn’t try any of the brushes yet. It’s my favourite because it’s the smallest eyeliner brush I’ve ever seen. It’s so cute. I’m always complaining about too thick eyeliner brushes (I mainly use cream or gel eyeliner) and I think this one will be perfect.

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716B Smoky Eyeliner brush : well, I don’t know what to do with this brush neither. Probably the highlight under the eyebrows or for smudging the eyeliner line.

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777B Shadow brush : a nice classical brush for applying the eyeshadows.

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And last but not least for today, the Madre Bees Beeswax lip balms with vitamine E (the brand changed its name to Sierra Bees). I got them as freebies in my orders but they usually cost $0.85. I chose the Organic Mint Burst, Organic Pomegranate and Organic Honey ones.

I didn’t dare opening them yet, as I still have several lip balms that are already opened, I want to finish them first. But they seem to be great, I’ve heard good things about them. In any case, they are organic and the beeswax is USDA-Certified Organic, which is a guarantee of quality (USDA means United States Department of Agriculture for those who are not familiar with it).

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That’s all for today. I think there will be 3 parts in total. Next time I’ll probably be talking about body wash and care. Meanwhile, if you are tempted to order some things on iHerb, I have something for you. If it’s your first order, here’s my coupon code :

HVL901

With that, you’ll save $5 if your purchase is under $40 and $10 if it’s of $40 and up. Feel free to tell me what you bought in your first order (and not-first order too, my never-ending wishlist is not long enough)!

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Hair care – April 2013

Hello sweeties,

I should have post this article earlier, because we’re already mid-May, but anyway. April (and March and February) was get-my-hair-back-to-life style, since I stopped bleaching and dying my hair.

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  • Daddy-O shampoo – Lush

hair routine april 2013 2 © WinaA friend of mine gave it to me for my birthday last winter and even if I’m not platinum blonde anymore, I still use it. Because I don’t like waste. But also because I love the smell. It dries my hair a bit, but so much for that. I’m weak.

  • American Cream conditioner – Lush

hair routine april 2013 3 © WinaI’m in love with the smell and it’s a nice conditioner. One of my favourite Lush products. I ended my last bottle 2 weeks ago and I was super sad, of course, but also super excited because I eventually could use my new Korres Almond & Linseed conditioner (I’ll talk about it next month yeah yeah).

  • Marilyn hair treatment – Lush

hair routine april 2013 4 © Winahair routine april 2013 5 © WinaSame thing than Daddy-O : I’m not blonde anymore, but I don’t want to waste it, so I keep applying it. It’s ok, but not as awesome as René Furterer Carthame treatment.

  • Carthame hair mask – René Furterer

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Best mask for dry hair ever. It literally brought my hair back to life after the bleaching and the dying. It’s very efficient. I love the custard texture and the kind of reassuring smell. It’s a bit sweet and creamy. You almost want to eat it haha. Plus, it’s silicone free.

  • Castoroil – Aromazone

hair routine april 2013 8 © WinaI want my hair to be long again and I’ve read that castor oil might be helpful for the growth. So, once to twice a month, I do hair masks with it : I apply the oil on my hair, massage the scalp, leave it for the night and wash it off in the morning. It’s easier to wash off if you mix the oil with some aloe vera gel. I don’t know if it works much, but for the moment, it’s not bad.
For the record, you can also use castor oil on the eyelashes and eyebrows. That’s what I did for a month and I could see a difference. My eyebrows grew faster, but not more unfortunately. My eyelashes became a little longer (or maybe it was in my mind haha), but mainly much stronger, they stopped to break and fall down with the eyelash curler
. A great investment!

Hair from Gobi

Hello sweeties,

Continuation of the Lush saga! My Lush mania first concerned hair products. As I bleach and dye my hair, my hair die (haha well done Wina). My hair are naturally black and now they’re close to platinum blond. I know.

OH MY GODWell, they actually are not in catastrophic health, as I do a lot of care. They’re just more dry than when I had natural hair.
For some months, I’m doing pre-wash treatments from Lush. My first choice was H’Suan Wen Hua. Yeah, that’s a complex name.

Hsuan-wen-huaThe mask itself is very good, it’s a great hair moisturizer, it perfectly does its job. But I absolutely hate the smell. You can smell the eggs in it. Ugh. And I’m not at all a fan of the Bay Leaf infusion smell. It’s way too strong for me. But some people like it.
Links : en/fr

So I decided to switch to Marilyn.

MarilynThe smell was so much better for me. It’s a lot fresher and more lemony, I love it. It’s also a great mask, especially for blond hair, it illuminates them without emphasizing the wee-wee-yellow highlights. Used with the Daddy-O shampoo, it’s perfect.
Links : en/fr

Daddy-OPeople. This is the most incredible shampoo smell I’ve ever smelled in my life. The violet scent is a blessing. It smells so good that I could use it as a shower gel. And about the stops-blonde-going-brassy stuff, it’s ok. It does the job, but nothing miraculous, it won’t help you a lot if you have very yellow highlights. It’s a shampoo after all. But really, the smell is amazing. More than Trichomania.
Links : en/fr

Trichomania

Looks like french cheese haha

This is the first shampoo from Lush that I bought. My hair were pretty dry at that moment and I needed something nourishing. The salesman recommended Trichomania to me and he was damn right. When you wash your hair with this, the hair feel very dry. But once it’s rinsed and dried, the change is surprising. My hair were really soft, like I just cut them. The smell of the shampoo is very nice. It smells like coconut, but not the very chemical coconut, you know? That’s very pleasant. And solid shampoo is a really good value. I bought 100g of it, used it for 2 months and there was still half of the product. The only bad point is that it was giving me dandruff, which I usually never have. Not very sexy.
Links : en
/fr

And last but not least, the conditioners. I first bought Retread.

RetreadNice smell, very fresh and delicately flowered. Good conditioner. But so quickly ended. After a month of use, the pot was empty. I felt like I needed to apply a tons of conditioner each time to do all my head, although I have very short hair. So after my first pot, I didn’t buy it again. But it also was because I wanted to try American Cream.
Links : en/fr

American CreamI think I will never ever use another conditioner. This one is fantastic. The smell is TO DIE FOR. Um, sorry, to die for. See how crazy it drives me. It doesn’t smell like strawberry, contrary to what the picture may make you think. It’s gourmand and smooth and a little amber I think. It smells really, really good. I could eat it or drink it or whatever. Best part is that the smell stays for days. FOR DAYS. This is wonderful. And of course it’s an awesome conditioner, it makes the hair soft without making them heavy. I guess it’s my favourite Lush product by far.
Links : en/fr

Next time, we’ll be talking about face products, kids. Be good meanwhile.