This is a series of posts where I reflect on beauty, skincare, makeup, etc products that I used up in 2019. You can read my previous entries here – Empty Thoughts Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI, Part VII, Part VIII and Part IX.
Also, if you’ve read my previous posts you may have noticed I am not changing the intro of these. The explanation stays the same and I don’t think I’ll be able to describe what I’m doing here any better now than I did when I wrote the first post in this series.
”My sister and I have a thing where whenever we finish a perfume or a beauty or skincare or hair care product or anything like that, we send each other a picture of it and say if we liked it or not. For some reason (probably because I wanted to write about it to be honest), I’ve saved most of the empties I’ve finished over the past year and a bit. And I think if I keep collecting them for any longer it could be considered a problem. In my head. For keeping empty packages for years on end. For no other reason than to maybe write about them in my diary one day. Yeah, that would be weird. Ahem.
Sooooo let’s just nip this in the bud and get my thoughts out there. (By the way, I tried to sort them into categories as much as I could but… Well, let’s see how it goes.)”
Pantene, 3 Minute Miracle Moisture Renewal Conditioner (200ml)
I liked the light, bit of a fruity scent of this. Maybe not fruity… More like… I can’t explain it, it simply smells like a nice conditioner.
I can’t remember exactly what I thought of it (a drawback of writing reviews about things after more than a year has passed, so you have to give me some credit for remembering anything at all, I think), so I guess I’ll need to give it another go to form a final opinion.
At the moment, based purely on the scent and a vague memory of liking it, I would buy this again.`
Blind Test, Foam Conditioner
This was in fact a blind test and I don’t know what brand it was from or what the product was actually called. I’m thinking of giving these blind test items a separate category next year, as I’ve tried more of them in 2020, but we’ll see.
Anyway, this conditioner was something I’ve never tried before. It was like using hair mousse but it was a conditioner. Like, what?
Smelling strongly of apples and the sheer novelty of the formula gained an instant approval from me. However, I didn’t feel like it actually did much for my hair, which is a shame. But also a crucial part of the whole package, so this would be a no from me.
Garnier, Ultimate Blends Argan Richness Argan Oil & Almond Cream Dry Hair Mask (300ml, £4.99)
A solid choice for a hair mask. You know it’s not the most revolutionary thing you’ll ever put in your hair but you also know it will give it the conditioning treatment it needs.
And at this affordable price point you really can’t go wrong with it.
Oh, I forgot to say that this one smelled quite sweet, a bit like synthetic almonds if there is such a thing. Maybe it’s the smell of actual almonds but with added argan oil? Probably is, you know.
Luseta, Coconut Milk Hair Mask (30ml tester)
I’d never heard of this brand before but my goodness does this little guy smell like heaven. A warm sunny beach with a Pina Colada kind of a heaven.
Once again, I can’t remember exactly what wonders it worked for my hair (if any), but I also have no negative memories about this mask, and if there had been any down sides to it, they would’ve stuck in my mind (of that I’m sure).
Hask, Monoi Coconut Oil Nourishing Deep Conditioner (50ml, £3)
This is what made me fall in love with Hask. I hadn’t heard of them before but after trying this hair mask I was hooked.
I loved the scent, the formula, the way it made my hair super luscious and soft and amazing.
Can you sense the but? The packaging. I hate using these sachet type things, especially in the shower – they’re usually really hard to open with wet hands and getting the product out is not fun either.
I mean, I managed to get past that and still enjoy the crap out of this, but I needed to mention it anyway.
Hask, Kalahari Melon Oil Colour Protection Deep Conditioner (50ml)
I can’t remember how it differed from the other Hask mask I tried so I’m not even going to attempt to make anything up.
Loved everything about it, except the packaging. Would still repurchase if I needed a good hair mask.
PRO:VOKE, Touch of Silver Brightening Shampoo (150ml, £1.99)
This did dye my shower curtain a pretty lilac colour and it also made my hair less brassy (orange) looking, so it was a win-win!
I used it about once a week (once every two weeks after seeing my hairdresser and having her tell me I don’t need to do it that often), had to leave it on for just 5 minutes (most others I’ve used require 10 minutes) and tadaah!
I need to go get another bottle of it… I’ve gotten way too lazy with my purple shampoo in 2020.
That’s all for hair care. As a true follower of my New Year’s traditions, I was writing this post at about an hour before midnight on New Year’s Eve, but then decided it can wait a day. And hey, the world didn’t stop because I didn’t finish this post when I’d planned it. So it’s OK.
In fact, it’s more than OK. It’s great!
I’ve got one more post in this series to come and then I can move on to stuff I used up in 2020. Yeah, I’ve kept everything again… I may need help.
I WILL write about other things again soon. This is simply one of those things I do need to get out of the way first.