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Lush Empties Tag

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Hello Everyone

Yes, I’m doing another empties tag. You’ll have to forgive me for inundating you with them, but the spring cleaning has got me in over my head with empty containers that now need to get out of my apartment, because they’re driving me crazy. Luckily South Korea is very efficient on recycling so these will all (except the hair mask container which goes back to LUSH) will go straight to recycling.

My husband and I fell in love with LUSH about 2 years ago when we realised that it is animal cruelty free and their products claim to contain natural ingredients. I was cherry blonde at the time and wanted to systematically go lighter, but I gave up on that idea when I started studying again, and my tuition cost me more than my salary. With that being said, a lot of the products I’ll be reviewing for you today is focused on blonde hair maintenance so don’t be alarmed that I’m now a blue-black brunette and reviewing products for blonde hair.

  1. First up is Daddy-O.

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Here are the site images, since my empty container doesn’t really do it justice.

I’ve decided to use the site’s images for their products since the empty containers don’t really show you what the product looks like.

Purple shampoo is for colour correction. If you’re naturally brunette and want to go blonde, you’ll almost always end up with a bit of orange or copper tones in your hair. Purple shampoo counteracts with the orange to neutralise the colour and make you look more naturally blonde. It’s scientific. The opposite colours of the colour wheel neutralise each other, the same way when I apply orange cream colour on my purple dark circles, they just about disappear. When I went blonde my hair definitely had a coppery tone to it that I didn’t like, and my husband has been going gray for a while now and sometimes gray hairs can go coppery as well, especially if you’ve coloured it. My hairdresser recommended this to us. It worked well for how long it lasted. It washes your hair really squeaky clean and it smells amazing, kind of like Fanta Grape but not in a tacky way. It is very purple. The water will wash out straight up purple which makes it magical in a way, since purple is my favourite colour. We repurchased twice and then we both just realised hey, $30 for a smallish bottle of shampoo is just not a price we want to keep paying, but that’s just Korea for you. All the foreign brands are way overpriced, so I’ll definitely get it again for my husband when we are in the States or home where it’s almost half the price per bottle.

Here’s a list of the ingredients:

Fresh Organic Lemon and Seaweed infusion; Sodium Lauryl Sulfate; Sodium Laureth Sulfate; Fresh Sea Water; Perfume; Cocamide MEA; Propylene Glycol; Glycol Cetearate; Fresh Organic Lime Juice; Extra Virgin Coconut Oil; Violet Leaf Absolute; Rose Absolute; Bermont Oil; Cananga Oil; *Limonene; Linalool; *Citronellol; Coumarin; Isoeugenol; Alpha Isomethyl Ionone; Benzyl Alcohol; Hexyl Cinnamal; Colour 42090; Colour 17200; Methylparaben; Propylparaben.

Would I repurchase? Probably not. I think it’s rather aggravating when a brand claims to be ‘natural’  and rigs their prices up because of that very claim, when it continues to use inorganic chemicals in their products. Would I recommend this to someone who doesn’t mind the chemicals and wants to maintain blonde hair without looking like a duracell battery? Yes, absolutely!

2. Next is Happy Happy Joy Joy.

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I was recommend this conditioner because I struggle with dry tips. I must say I really liked this one. It smells citrusy which is one of my favourite smells in hair products. It’s quite a thick cream white product and it feels natural. I must say it’s not as super moisturizing as I would’ve like it to be, but I believe it’s also because I used it with Daddy-O which really does do a great job of getting rid of excess oils in the hair and removing natural and unnatural buildup. I used this along with my Marilyn hair mask, which ended up being a great combination over all.

Would I repurchase? Yes, I think I will buy this again when I’m home where they charge much less than here in Korea. It’s definitely not a product that needs to be used on blonde hair only. It’s more of a general moisturizing conditioner, so I’d be happy to use it again even though my hair is now permanently blue black.

Here are the ingredients:

Rose Water (Rosa centifolia), Orange Blossom Absolute (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Almond Milk (Prunus dulcis),Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Cold Pressed Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Fragrance, Cetrimonium Bromide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara), Grapefruit Oil (Citrus paradisi), Orange Flower Absolute (Citrus Aurantium amara), Rosewood Oil (Aniba rosaeodora),Rose Oil (Rosa damascena), Glycerine, Tincture of Benzoin (Styrax benzoin), Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellol,*Limonene, *Linalool, *Citronellol. *Occurs naturally in essential oils

3. I then tried a different range and got told that the Fairly Traded Honey shampoo is a good one for brown hair.

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This was probably one of my favourite products by LUSH. I’m dead against any company that does unfair trading or supports child slavery so the ‘fairly traded’ part of the name really caught me. I also like honey and have long known of it’s health benefits. Ladies and Gentlemen, this comes with a price though. I spent $50 on a medium sized bottle of this stuff and I swiped my card expecting to pay the usually $28 of the Daddy-O shampoo. So when I got home and used the product and only much later realised that it ended up costing me, I had to reevaluate everything I loved about it. I loved the smell that is very much honey like and with an added earthy smell of the geranium oil and other oils they add to it. It’s quite sticky, but I think a fault that many people make is to use too much product, since it takes only about a teaspoon amount to froth up your whole head if you have short hair, and even with long hair you really should only be washing the roots, and it really does makes ones hair squeaky clean and free of build up.

I want to repurchase this so badly because it’s really nice, but the price point is just too high for me.

Here are the ingredients:

Fairly Traded Honey, Linseed Mucilage (Linum usitatissimum), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sunflower Lecithin (Lecithin), Lauryl Betaine, Geranium Oil (Pelargonium graveolens), Beeswax Absolute (Apis Mellifera), Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia), *Citral, Geraniol, Lilial, Citronellol, *Limonene, *Linalool, *Benzyl Salicylate, *Eugenol, Benzyl Benzoate, *Farnesol, Hydroxycitronellal, Fragrance. *Occurs naturally in essential oils

4. Up next is another conditioner called American Cream. 

American Cream

This is a lovely conditioner and probably my favourite by Lush. It’s very creamy and has a sweet, almost old lady perfume sort of smell, but not in a bad way.  Strong hints of vanilla is what overpowers the smell for me, even though it has a ton of other ingredients as well. I found that it was quite moisturizing as well. It was also a more affordable purchase at close to $30 a bottle. I used this with both Daddy-O and Fairly Traded Honey, and it worked well with both, since both are really good cleansing shampoos and one would need good moisture after using them, especially if you have slightly dry tips.

I’m planning on repurchasing this in the future and using it once a week as a spoil, to my usual $5 conditioner. I don’t know if I’d justify using it every time though.

Here are the ingredients:

Honey Water (Aqua), Vanilla Pod Infusion (Vanilla planifolia), Propylene Glycol, Fresh Organic Oranges (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis), Cetearyl Alcohol and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Fresh Strawberries (Fragaria vesca),Fragrance, Lanolin, Cetrimonium Bromide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla Planifolia),Clary Sage Oil (Salvia sclarea), Lavender Oil (Lavandula augustifolia), Benzoin Resinoid (Styrax tonkinensis pierre), *Linalool, Coumarin, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone.*Occurs naturally in essential oils

5. Last but not least Marilyn. 

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I wanted to get this for my short cherry blonde hair as my best friend has blonde hair and swears by this hair treatment. The product comes in a small black tub and costs closr to $30. It’s meant to be applied to dry hair, which to me makes one use a lot more product that one would with wet hair. You leave it in for 30minutes and then wash it out. I only got 4-5 uses out of this pot and my hair was pixie cut to a short chinese bob length. It smells absolutely amazing, with camomile being the strongest scent I could pick out of it. My hair felt amazingly soft and nourished after every use.

I would repurchase this if I were blonde, but right not my hair is blue black and I doubt whether I’d ever go blonde again before I’m grey. I enjoyed this product and was happy with it over all. I would recommend it anyone who can afford a good treatment on blonde hair.

Here are the ingredients:

Linseed Mucilage (Linum usitatissimum), Chamomile Infusion (Anthemis Nobilis and Chamomilla Recutita),Saffron Infusion (Crocus sativis), Cetearyl Alcohol and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice (Citrus limonum), Cetearyl Alcohol, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Olea europaea), Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum),Chamomile Oil (Anthemis nobilis), Soya Lecithin, *Citral,*Limonene, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.*Occurs naturally in essential oils

As you can probably tell all the ingredient lists are full of really great natural, organic elements but it also contains a ton of sulfates, parabens and alcohols which to me is a bit contradictory to their so called ‘we use fresh natural ingredients’ claim. I get that they didn’t say we ONLY use fresh natural ingredients, but I feel like a lot of their fans are duped into thinking their products are holistic and natural, which most definitely aren’t. It was only when I did some more research for my blog that I realised their shampoos are NOT sulfate free. That’s going to play a massive role in whether I ever purchase from them again or not, since I do feel a bit like I was played for the fool.

That’s it from me, folks. I’m sorry that it’s such a mouthful. Have you ever tried LUSH? How were your experiences?

xox

Amanda

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OCC LIPTAR Pro Picks v3.0

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I’m super excited to finally have my hands on some of these little guys. I was introduced to OCC LIPTAR for the first time while reading Natzi Wang’s blog.

I read her product rave reviews and fell in love. I was lucky to have found these sets at Sephora for $49 each. These liptars usually retail for $18 a piece, but I got 2 sets of 5 for under 100 bucks. \(^_^)/

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics is a young innovative and very successful makeup brand. It is completely vegan and cruelty free. Liptars are lipsticks that apply like gloss but dry like lipstick. It’s made mainly of hemp oil and peppermint oil. Now we all know the health benefits of hemp oil by now and I can vouch for it, it’s amazing stuff.

The smell: it smells mostly of mint and if you’re not familiar with the smell of weed, you won’t realise that it does have an underlying smell of it as well. It’s not unpleasant. It’s just a sweet herbal smell. (No, I’ve never smoked weed, but if you’ve been in a public school, you’ll know what it smells like.)

I will be reviewing v3.0 of the 3 pro picks sets. I wanted all three, but unfortunately v2.0 was already sold out so I only got v1.0 and v3.0.

The first LIPTAR in this set is called ‘Clear’. It’s a primer that should be used before applying the coloured liptars. I’ve used it as lip balm last night and it is definitely moisturizing.
If you don’t have clear, I’d recommend it strongly as it will prevent the colour of the liptars seeping into the cracks of your lips and staining them.

Here are the images:
Clear. (Just my lip colour that’s showing)

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The second colour is called Femme. It’s a pale matte Barbie pink. Probably not exactly the colour for my NW20 skin, but I’ll use it for mixing colours.

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The third colour is called Electric Grandma. It’s a bright metallic coral with tiny glitter particles. I really love this one for spring.

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The fourth colour is called Authentic. It’s a metallic deeper nude with coral undertones. It looks more brown in the tube but more coral on the lips and although it’s a metallic, it’s not glittery like Electric Grandma.

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And the last colour is Radiate. It’s a bright fiery red in a matte finish and by far my favourite colour in this set.

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I’m happy with all of these colours even though Femme is probably not a good colour for me, though it might look better on a tanned skin in summer time. My only regret in getting Liptars is that I don’t feel like I’ll ever be happy before I have every single colour. They are amazing and that is all 🙂

I hope you guys enjoyed this post. Please look out for my review on v1.0 coming up soon.

Enjoy your Sunday