Small Mall Haul: Sephora and LUSH

Today I went to my local mall only to find out that The Body Shop was no longer there… Many words were said by me to the empty bay in the middle of the mall.

Once I got over this bad news I decided to go get my hands on some products I’ve been wanting for a while now. I had to place an online order of the products I wanted from The Body Shop, so I will make a post about those soon!

I went to Sephora and LUSH, these are the results:
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Born This Way Foundation – Medium to Full Coverage – $39 USD

I am so excited that I picked up Born This Way by Too Faced at Sephora. I’ve only heard rave reviews so far about this product. It is my first more expensive foundation I’ve ever owned. As soon as I use it I’ll be sure to let you guys know. I’m not sure I believe that this is my actual color though, I think it looks too dark… We’ll have to see. I just love the box and product packaging. It is really cute!

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LUSH’s Shampoo Bar – Montalbano – $9.95 USD

Then I walked three stores down to LUSH. I spent too much time in there and only bought two things. One was this shampoo bar. Its called Montalbano and smells like lemons. I LOVE lemons and shampoo bars. A match made in citrus clean heaven. I’ve never tried this product either so keep your eyes peeled for a review… pun totally intended.

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LUSH’s Bar Soap – Sexy Peel – $6.40 USD for 3.5oz

My absolute favorite soap in LUSH is Sexy Peel. I’m so happy that I was able to pick some of this up during my shopping trip. It also smells like lemon, hence the name. This scent always wakes me up when I take those early morning showers and after a long steamy shower the whole bathroom smells super clean. I can’t wait to use it tomorrow morning ❤

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These are two samples that I’m really looking forward to using. Happy Hippy is a citrus scented body wash and Jasmine + Henna is a hair treatment for dry/frizzy locks. I have NO idea how these will end up, but I will let you know as soon as I do.

I can’t wait to try all of these products and let you know how they work!

Speak to you soon 😀

-Dianna ❤

Lush Review: Seanik Shampoo Bar

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Image: Property of LUSH Cosmetics

This little bar of shampoo is by far the BEST cruelty-free shampoo I have ever used. When I went CF over a year ago now I started with shampoo. I thought that the Yesto blueberry shampoo was pretty good for a first try. I actually did a review of it here. It still is a pretty good shampoo and conditioner set, don’t get me wrong, but is no Seanik!

This disk of heaven is a little pricey for the size ($11.95 USD) but it really lasts if you use it correctly. I’ve had mine since October and it probably has a month or two left in its life. Thats only $1.40 USD a month so far, not too shabby.

Are you confused on how on earth you could clean your hair with a dry little blue disk with seaweed? Don’t worry, the folks over at Lush know exactly what they’re doing:

Video: Property of LUSH Cosmetics

I wish you could smell through the screen. It is seriously one of the best smells! Its very strong fresh scent. With hints of lemon, orange, and jasmine to name a few how could you not fall in love? However, the smell doesn’t overpower your hair. It just leaves your hair feeling extremely clean!

I have found these tips to be the best way to get the most out of this product: Wet all of your hair in warm water, make sure its soaked. Now take the bar and rub it on your hair as close to your roots as possible, lifting your hair to make sure that you rub it on as much of your roots as you can get. Don’t go crazy rubbing it 5 or 6 times on each spot. It lathers EXTREMELY well once you work your hands through your hair. Less is more for this product so one or two swipes per area is fine. Once you’ve rubbed the bar on your roots, scrub your hair with your hands like you would with any other shampoo. Try not to  scrub the ends of you hair and strip any essential oils that keep those locks healthy. Just rinse off the shampoo once you’re as clean as you want, the shampoo that drips down will clean the ends of your hair without being too harsh, and there you go 😀

You should also buy the tin they sell online and in stores so you don’t get residue all over the place. Also, it keeps it dry so you waste even less product! They try to sell you the little tin made for shampoo bars but I find that when the product starts to get smaller and sticks inside the tin you’d have to have baby fingers to get it out. Try the Body Butter Tin, I love it! This tin keeps the shampoo bar dry in between uses and I can fit my fingers around the bar when it gets stuck to the bottom.

My hair has become so much softer, cleaner, and healthier since I’ve started using this product and stopped washing it every day. I could never believe I could go more than one day without shampooing. With the help of Seanik I can go three days in between washes without compromising on that fresh and clean feeling.

Sidenote: This is not a wash-your-hair-everyday type of shampoo, I can’t stress that enough. You shouldn’t wash your hair everyday anyway, but this shampoo helps clean your hair so perfectly that you won’t even want to clean it more than two or three times a week! I have a very greasy scalp during the hot/humid summer months in Florida and this product can get rid of excess oils with no issue.If you use this every day your hair will start to feel overly dry, not exactly the best feeling in the world. If you have dry hair you might want to test this product out only once a week to see if it can work for you!

Oh, and don’t forget the importance of using conditioner on the ends of your hair. Just pair this with your favorite conditioner and you’re good to go. Who knows, there might be a conditioner review coming soon… lol

-Dianna ❤

Kiss My Face: Miss Treated Shampoo & Conditioner

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Hi and welcome to my first post in what feels like 100 years! Lets start now:

I’ve never used any Kiss My Face products before. I can only buy their products in person at my local Whole Foods, which is 20 minutes away. I don’t shop there often so it has never made its way to my house. I thought I’d start with something simple from the brand: Shampoo & Conditioner.

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I’ve been having a lot of issues finding a good shampoo and conditioner since I started the Cruelty-Free (CF) journey almost one year ago. Everything I buy from drug or grocery stores seems to make my hair very greasy. This product unfortunately did not change my losing streak with CF bottled shampoos/conditioners.

At first I thought I might have used an excessive amount of the shampoo and that was why my hair felt less than clean. After that I made sure I only used a tiny amount! Then I thought that maybe I was just using too much of the conditioner, since my hair seemed just as greasy after only one day without washing. My boyfriend used it and mentioned that he thought the shampoo made his hair feel greasy too. He doesn’t use conditioner so I know that my last idea was shot.

It’s not like I put it on my hair and automatically felt gross. I just couldn’t go as many days without washing. My hair is pretty thick and frizzy. I like to go as long as possible without washing (usually 3-4 days without shampoo, 2 without conditioner on the ends) and I had to wash it every single day with this shampoo and conditioner combination. The smell is not the best nor is it the worst thing. I could MAYBE deal with it if I loved how it made my hair smell.

Also, it did not really help with frizz. It was greasy and frizzy. Such a great combination, right? Right.

Would I repurchase? No. This wasn’t the best first Kiss My Face product. I hope I can find something I like from the brand.

I have only found one GREAT shampoo for my hair. I’ll make a post about it soon, I promise! However, I’m still on what seems like the everlasting hunt for good conditioner for my frizzy locks.

Have you found any shampoos or conditioners that you just can’t live without? Let me know, I’m getting desperate!

The posts will get longer and more frequent once I get back into the swing of things. Thank you for reading my first post back.

See you soon 😀

-Dianna ❤

YesTo Blueberries Shampoo and Conditioner- Review

Hi there 🙂

When I decided to go CF I went to google (didn’t we all??). Through “google-research” I found the Leaping Bunny shopping guide and went straight to the hair care section. I was running out of my current hair care supplies and I thought this would be a great time to start purchasing a new brand. I was using head & shoulders (my over dyed and processed hair needed something strong enough to clean it without stripping it of all it’s oils). I had seen the YesTo Carrots brand before, in my local Target, and when I saw that it was on the CF list I jumped on it.(It does help that the whole site was on discount! lol) I was going to do a mini haul and describe all of the items I bought from there but I decided to break it up instead. I wanted to give each item its own post! They really deserve it!

So after that long intro… Let’s get on with the review!

First, in case you have never seen YesTo products (you really are missing out!) Here are a couple pictures:

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Please excuse the glare! The sun wanted to be extra shiny while I was taking pictures! Also, it doesn’t have a Bunny Logo (some of their products do, and some don’t) and that might scare some people but don’t worry! All of their products are CF and if you click the product link below you will see that the website says it is CF too! 🙂 Yay!

Like every other product, this shampoo and conditioner combo has some claims that I really wanted to be true. After I used it for quite some time and finished my conditioner bottle (It’s always the first to go!) I figured it would be a good time to reflect on the claims and see how accurate they truly are!

Product: YesTo Blueberries Healthy Hair Repair Shampoo & Conditioner  $15.99 on the YesTo Website

CLAIM ON BOTTLE        YES/NO/SORTA & MY ACTUAL OPINION

  1. Restores fullness & shine =  This is SORTA true… My hair did not feel limp or weighed down by this product at all so my natural fullness remained (I’m not sure if it would restore it or not… mine never went away). I have quite thick/full/frizzy/damaged hair due to genetics and years of hot tools, dying, and the hot Florida sun! I didn’t notice much extra shine added but I’ve never had much shine to begin with. This seems to be a case of you can’t restore what was never there I guess.
  2. Healthier-Looking Hair in 7 days = YES this is true! I noticed that my hair felt less frizzy, more nourished, and not greasy after application. I would say this claim is 100% true for me and my hair type! My hair feels so clean but not stripped of all the moisture it so desperately needed. I love that!
  3. Reduced breakage = I can’t really answer this one…I, thankfully, don’t have much of an issue when it came to breakage but it did reduce my frizz problem! Since I don’t have extreme breakage issues I do not know if it really did what it claims!

Overall, I love this product and it does exactly what I need a shampoo & conditioner to do for my hair! It’s not too expensive and the smell is great (not too strong but leaves a subtle smell of natural goodness!) It does not have any harsh chemicals that will further damage your lovely locks or the environment. It does what it says it will and I will be repurchasing this product. I also like the packaging. It is easy to dispense and looks cute (that is always a plus in my book!)

Cruelty-Free Confidence says yes to the YesTo brand!

Look for other YesTo reviews coming soon and don’t forget to check out their website! It is filled with CF goodies. Let me know what you thought of this review below: Good or Bad?

-Dianna ❤

Questions: Have you tried any YesTo products? What was your first CF purchase? What products do you want reviews of? How are you doing today? 🙂

 

*I am in NO way paid, sponsored, or asked to do this review by YesTo or any other company/person. All of the posts are my own original material and I ask that if you would like to use anything on Cruelty-free Confidence give the blog credit within your post. Thanks 😀