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Garnier clean+ nourishing cleansing oil review

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I had read quite a few reviews about the Garnier oil cleanser. I was looking for a nice cleanser and I had a few coupons. So, I bought the product and tried it. I couldn’t take any pictures for this post. Read on to know why. 

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Price: $7.99

Quantity: 4.2 fl. oz./ 125 ml

Claims: Formula, infused with nourishing Jojoba and Macadamia Oil, helps replenish skin’s moisture balance.

Results:

In 1 use: Skin is deeply cleansed, hydrated and skin feels velvety soft.
After 1 week: 100% of women felt skin was smoother and softer.

Ingredients: Paraffinum Liquidum/Mineral Oil, Zea Mays/Corn Germ Oil, Polysorbate 85, Carthamus Tinctorius Oil/Safflower Seed Oil, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Sorbitan Trioleate, Simmondsia Chinensis Oil/Jojoba Seed Oil, Glycerin, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Squalane, Parfum/Fragrance, Aqua/Water, Propylene Glycol, Tocopherol, Linalool, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Isopropyl Myristate, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer.

My experience with the product:

The product is a clear oil in a pump bottle. This product smells nice and somewhat like nuts. Apparently, it contains macademia nut oil. Using this product is easy just like any other cleanser. I take this product and massage onto my dry skin and then I wet my palms with warm water and continue massaging this onto my skin. The product emulsifies. And when I wash off with water, my skin feels squeaky clean. This product works great when my skin is all dry. But on the days when my skin is oily-combination to normal, I really need to use a foaming cleanser as this feels a bit greasy. I do not get this product into my eyes even by mistake as they make my eyes very sensitive. I don’t know if this can take off the eye makeup. I also like to use it when I have a heavy foundation make up on.

However, there is a small rant about this product. I store this on a wooden surface and I noticed that it had completely stained the surface. I had no idea the product was leaking because the packaging and product both are clear. For once, I thought that bottle had cracked but I went on to figure out that the pump was faulty. I pump this twice to get enough product because each time I pump, half the product oozes out of this tiny opening. I don’t know if I got a faulty piece or in general it has a flimsy pump. The bottle is sleek and I would have much rather preferred a flip top cap instead of that giant mess-making pump. I have transferred it to a mess free bottle. I didn’t hate the product nor did I like it as such but it was a severe mess.

Note: I couldn’t take any pictures at all because I had to throw away that messy bottle. But I have tried to explain that in the pic below. 

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Likes:

  1. Suitable for dry skin
  2. Removes make up effectively

Dislikes:

  1. Packaging is a mess, forget about it being travel friendly :/
  2. Can make the eyes very sensitive
  3. May not be suitable for normal skin types.

Ratings: 2/5 for the mess it has created

Will I repurchase? No. This was a bummer. I will much rather invest in a cream cleanser instead of this mess.

L’Oreal Carbon Black Mascara Review

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Today I am reviewing a mascara from one of the most loved brands in the eye makeup department from the drugstore – the original ‘carbon black mascara from L’Oreal’.

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Price: $4 to $7… depending on where you buy from

Quantity: 0.26Fl oz/ 7.7 ml

Claims:

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Ingredients:

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My Experience with the Mascara:

I admit I have started using mascara very recently. I am not a mascara person at all. This is one of the first mascaras I have used. I have fairly long lashes. The problem I have with my lashes is that my lashes fall flat and they lashes do not hold up a curl. I knew that I did not need a lengthening mascara but needed a volumising one. When I started searching, I found that L’Oreal carbon black mascara is popular with everyone. Needless to say, I bought it on my subsequent trip to the drugstore. I had great expectations from this mascara. First of all, my lashes clump when I apply this mascara. After applying this, I literally go over with the dual ended mascara and brow brush to declump it. Secondly, it flakes. It flakes a lot and I have the flakes all over my undereye within an hour or 2 after applying. I have noticed that on the days I don’t declump this mascara, it flakes way more than usual.

On the other hand, I do like the brush. It’s a standard bristled brush. I did get a compliment from my bf when we were out one evening. He was taking my pictures and he instantly commented “you have humungous lashes.” Clearly, the mascara does a great job with volumising and it also held up the curl very well. It is really carbon black. I put some make up remover on my makeup remover towelette to take off this mascara. Also, the packaging is very sleek and easy to carry around. I have a love hate relationship with this mascara. I am not sure where the problem is. Either I don’t know how to apply a mascara or the formula has dried up.

Pros:

  1. Gives a great volume
  2. It is carbon black
  3. Standard bristled brush
  4. No sensitivity to my eyes of an sort
  5. Sleek packaging

Cons:

  1. Very flaky formula

Ratings: 3.5/5

Will you repurchase? I am going to give this another try for sure.

P.S.: I will keep this post updated.

Mint Julep Mask Review

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I was looking for a mask that is great for summer time on my combination to normal skin. I have been wanting to try the Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask and instantly bought it. This is the first time I am using this and read below to know my thoughts.

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Price: $4 approximately

Quantity: 8 Oz/ 227 gms

Ingredients:

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Claims:

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My thoughts on the product:

When I applied it, the first thought that came to my mind was ‘is it a toothpaste’? The moment you apply this light green colored mask, there is a cool feeling on your skin and it also has a faint minty smell to it that makes you think it’s a version of toothpaste. But as it begins to dry up you can smell sulphur which is not overpowering and doesn’t make you feel uncomfortable in any way. I think it is this ingredient that actually helps in treating acne. The best thing about this product is it doesn’t have a tingly cold feeling on your skin that some mint products have which almost numbs your skin. I steer clear from those kind of products. Mint Julep mask just cools down your skin especially if you have been out in that sweltering heat. This mask has definitely contributed in clearing up my acne as it helps treat acne by controlling the skin’s oiliness and shrinking the pores. I usually leave this on my skin for more than 15 minutes. And it doesn’t dry up my skin or anything of that sort. I feel it works better when I leave it for about 30 to 45 minutes. I sometimes apply it on my acne spots and leave it overnight. It does a great job in clearing up those acne spots as it aids in drying them up and drawing out the impurities that causes acne. All in all, wearing this mask is a treat as it leaves you rejuvenated. All you girls out there with normal to combination skin and acne should definitely give this a try. Girls with dry skin and acne can try spot treating acne with this mask. It’s a basic mask that does what it claims to do.

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Likes:

  1. Comes in a squeeze tube – hygienic and prevents from drying up
  2. Affordable
  3. Availability is not an issue
  4. Easy to use
  5. Great for acne skin
  6. No tingling or cold sensation on skin although it contains mint
  7. A lot of product for the price

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Dislikes:

Nothing at all as I absolutely love this!!

Will you repurchase? Yes, I will. I am also interested in trying the mud pack after this.

Ratings: 5/5..