After Using Smooth & Sleek 2 In 1 Shampoo & Conditioner, I Too Am Wondering, “Pantene, Are You Evil?”

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Pantene is really bad for hair.

Pantene will ruin your hair.

Pantene is evil!

Do a simple google search and you’ll find plenty of people convinced that Pantene is out to destroy their hair. I always shrugged off this myth as nonsense. Pantene has access to the same ingredients everyone else uses, so why single it out?

But, after using Pantene Pro-V Smooth & Sleek 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner, I find myself wondering just the same: Pantene, are you evil? Cos you’re doing some really bad stuff to my hair, and I don’t like it at all…

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Bring The Salon Home With Kiss Beautiful Brow Kit

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Confession time: I’ve never been to an eyebrow salon. It scares me a bit. Threading and waxing sound like forms of torture to me, and, even when tweezers are used, I’m always afraid they’ll over pluck my brows.

But I still need to do something to my brows, at least for special occasions. So, if the girl won’t go to the salon, the salon must come to her. And a nifty little salon, called Kiss Beautiful Brow Kit and packaged in a cute white plastic box, landed on my desk just a couple of weeks ago. How convenient!

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Nivea Sun Protect & Moisture Moisturising Sun Lotion 30: A Good Sunscreen I Can’t Get To Love

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Name: Sun protect & Moisture Moisturising Sun Lotion 30
Brand: Nivea
Size: 200ml
Price: £10.49

From Nivea’s website:
NIVEA SUN Moisturising Sun Lotion combine NIVEA SUN’s advanced protection expertise with all the care of NIVEA for soft, protected skin.

What I liked:
– provides broad spectrum protection
– lightweight texture, sinks in quickly without leaving a greasy residue behind
– doesn’t leave a white cast behind
– suitable for oily skin

What I didn’t like:
– if you prefer physical sunscreens, this is not for you
– not very moisturizing
– contains alcohol, which can be drying
– not suitable for sensitive skin

Doesn’t matter how carefully I plan my trips, how many packing lists I make, and how many times I check and recheck my suitcases, I always forget something important at home. *sighs*

Usually it’s makeup brushes, which is not so bad. I just use my fingers. It’s harder to blend with them, but, in a pinch, they’ll do. But when I moved to London, I forgot something much more important: my sunscreen.

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I’m All Corrupt And Happy With Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

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Name: 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Corrupt
Brand: Urban Decay
Size: 1.2g
Price: £15.50

From Urban Decay’s website:
Never before has a pencil this creamy and brilliant been waterproof, too. Velvety-soft, this never-before-seen formula stays soft and creamy for blending (about 30 seconds), then dries down to a long-lasting finish that WILL NOT budge.

What I liked:
– cool-toned brown with shimmers, defines eyes without looking flat
– great colour payoff
– glides oh so smoothly on the lids
– longlasting, even on the waterline

What I didn’t like:
– smudges slightly after 8 hours of wear
– needs sharpening

Urban Decay Glide-On Eye Pencils are one of those products I never get tired of reviewing. I could wax lyrical about them for the whole day, or month, or year. And no, no one is paying me to do so. I just want to.

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Are They Dupes?: SkinCeuticals Body Retexturing Treatment VS Olay Quench Daily Lotion

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How do you choose your skincare products? If they go on my face, I take a quick look at the ingredients. Those with the most goodies come home with me. But when it comes to body care products, it’s often all about the scent. The better they smell, the less I can resist them.

Of course, I take ingredients into considerations as well, but body lotion formulas tend to be fairly simple and uninteresting. Anti-aging superstars that make facial creams so precious are rarely added to them.

Olay Quench Daily Lotion is a very welcome exception. Full of goodies, it can also be considered a dupe (if we don’t use the term too strictly) for the much more expensive SkinCeuticals Retexturing Treatment. Here’s why:

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Declare War On Blemishes With Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Stress Control Ultra-Light Spot Treatment Moisturizer

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Name: Neutrogena
Brand: Visibly Clear Spot Stress Control Ultra-Light Spot Treatment Moisturiser
Size: 40ml
Price: £4.47

From Neutrogena’s website:
NEUTROGENA VISIBLY CLEAR® Spot Stress Control Ultra-light Spot Treatment Moisturiser is ultra-light and contains MICROCLEAR® technology, to penetrate deep down and help clear spots whilst hydrating skin.

What I liked:
– helps get rid of blemishes faster
– thin texture, sinks quickly into the skin
– doesn’t leave a greasy residue behind
– moisturising enough for oily skin, leaves it soft and smooth
– gentle, doesn’t irritate skin
– cheap price

What I didn’t like:
– if you have dry skin, this won’t be moisturising enough for you
– some people may dislike the cucumber scent
– small size

A month ago, my flatmate asked me to go shopping with him. His nose had been invaded by blackheads, and he wanted something that got rid of them all quickly without breaking the bank. So, I dragged him to Superdrug, where I spent 20 minutes browsing through exfoliants, moisturizers, and spot treatments with salicylic acid, while he complained that I was taking too long… Mmm, talk about gratitude!

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