Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Shampoo and Conditioner

I've been on the lookout for a shampoo and conditionner that doesn't leave my hair greasy for the past year. I've tried a few, and the best I came up with was the John Frieda Brilliant Brunette, which I think is now discontinued. 

I came across a review of these Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat shampoo and conditioner on Annie Jaffrey's favourite videos. Since it contains tea tree oil, I thought it would be good for greasy hair. See, tea tree oil is known to purify hair scalp. It also contains peppermint, menthol and chamomile. Tea tree oil has a scent that can be polarizing. Though I think it can be an acquired taste, as I find myself liking it more as I grow older.

These remind me of a Paul Mitchell system I used when I was young. Contrary to the Paul Mitchell one though, the Giovanni doesn't sting the scalp as much. It does have a tingling sensation, and it stings a little when the product drips on the actual skin, but this is nothing I cannot stand.

It does leave my hair feeling fresh, and it stays fresh for a few days too. I usually wash my hair twice per week, but lately, with other shampoos, I had difficulties to keep it that way. And I don't want to wash it more than that, because I believe that the more you wash your hair,  the more it gets used to it and you then need to wash it more frequently. 

On the design side, I like the way the bottles look, and I enjoy how easy they are to open. The shampoo can be told apart from the conditioner as the leaves on it are green (conditioner's are yellow). That tip could have been a little bit more enhanced, though, as the colours are similar. 

I found Giovanni products at the Superstore (Loblaws) for around 12$.

Have you try these? What is your favourite haircare brand?

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Latest Empties

Even though I haven't posted an updated Empties post in a few months, I still collected my products as usual. Before I have another month's worth of empties, I better now show you what I finished in the past few months!

BBW Purr Fect Potion Gentle Foaming Hand Soap: I love Bath & Body Works Foaming Hand soaps, this one was good for Autumn, as it has Cinnamon Spice in it. It is not too spicy though, as it also contains vanilla. I will keep the container for next Halloween!

La Coupe Moisture Refresh Dry Shampoo: I bought this at Dollarama and didn't really like it. Don't know if this one was a bad batch or what, but it was not dry at all!

Jealous Body Scrub: I loved this scrub, I did a review on it. I might not purchase it though as I think it can easily be DIYed.

Dove Go Fresh Anti-Perspirant: I love the scent of Dove products, but sometimes, they overpower other perfumed products I might wear. This one is the case. It smells fresh, which is great for the underarms, but then that is all I can smell, When I go out, I want to smell like my perfume, and have a more subtle deodorant. I bought this one is a pack of two, but I don't think I'll repurchase this particular Dove deodorant.

L'Occitane Rose Petals Hand Cream: I try to make this one last a while because the scent is limited edition and it's my favourite from L'Occitane yet. I'm sad to let this go, but I still have a few of those handbag sized hand cream, they moisturize, but are not too greasy: they sink in fast.

Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips: I used these quite regularly and they are my favourite pore strips. I have tried the original ones in the past and didn't see any difference but the charcoal ones are magic! Mesmerizing in a gross way.

Cattier Rebalancing Cleansing Gel: I liked this one as I love Cattier products. I bought it in France last year and when I first used it, I had breakouts, which I thought was because of this gel but then I used it again a few months later and I was fine. I guess the breakouts were caused by pollution. I haven't found it here in Canada, not sure if it is available at all, but if I see it I will repurchase. 

Orgnx Leave-In Conditioner: I liked it. I bought it on clearance and I think it is discontinued, but I would repurchase, and it smelled fruity, which I enjoyed. 

COLAB London Dry Shampoo: I love the scent, sophisticated but not too overpowering. I used to like it, but after finishing the bottle, I don't think it is the best dry shampoo. I have other scents, but this one is my favourite.

London Bath and Beauty Mini Shaver: It took me a while to take the plunge and shave my face with these little razors. I have lots of hair, and my face is hairy as well. To the point where my face just look dirty if I don't do anything. Used to wax, but then my skin started t be sensitive and breakouts. Shaving is just a god-sent. I wish those razors would be easier to get a hold of. I still have a few, but would repurchase when I see them in store!

So,.. wait for it... 38 empties! I did good. What about you?

Thursday, 17 March 2016

My Netflix List

I was late on the Netflix bandwagon. I knew I liked the concept, I knew I would waste a lot of time on it, and postpone until my friend Mel asked me if I could share her account with her. So I guess it was time for me to jump on it.

Besides the obvious Friends, Pretty Little Liars and HIMYM, what can you find on my Netflix list?

Religious documentary: I don't know why, but I'm obsessed with cults and Christianity. A few docs that I've watched in that category were Jesus Camp, where children go to a Summer camp and learn to preach to other people, Waiting for Armageddon (I don't recall much about that one I'm afraid) and American Jesus. This one is a collection of different ways Christians have to show their faith in Jesus be it Bikers, Shoppers or Surfers.

Crime Series: I love detective stories, and it is no surprise that you will find Agatha Christie's Poirot on my Netflix. I have already watch most of them before joining Netflix, but I never tire of watching them again. I got really hooked on How To Get Away With Murder last Fall, but unfortunately Season 2 is not yet on. It relates the story of a bunch of Law students who will do anything to impress their teacher, and even maybe commit a murder! I also got The Killing, since I've already watch the original Danish version. I'm not getting into the American version as much though. 

Crime Docs: I'm in the middle of watching Killer Legends, about the real murders that inspired American urban legends. I've also started Making a Murderer, about a wrongly accused prisoner, but I'm not inspired as most seems to be.

Girly Stuff: I haven't watch all the Gilmore Girls episodes when I was a teenager, but I do remember watching it from time to time. I got it in my list, so I can catch up on the show, see the first few episodes that get us into the characters. I vaguely remember Melissa McCarthy in it, and I love the actress so much, I have to get to it. Speaking of McCarthy, I got Bridesmaids in my List, and I just love the few minutes where you see her with all those Lab puppies in the car! The Mindy Project, because single Mindy is so relatable in her quest for a boyfriend.

A few series I would like to see on Netflix:

Dawson's Creek
Sweet Valley (never watched it, that's why I'm drawn to it)
90210 (the original one)
The Inbetweeners (the show, not the movies)
Mensonges (a Quebec TV show that used to be on Netflix, so I've heard)

Overall, I like the service, but I have a few problems with Netflix though:
  • It seems that the Canadian Netflix doesn't have all the shows some countries have. 
  • I thought, that since it was the Canadian version, I would be able to watch some shows in French, so that I could watch with my mum. It seems there aren't a ton of shows in French, and those that are are subtitled.
  • Sometimes I add things in my List, and then when look, it's not there anymore.
What are your thoughts on Netflix? What do you watch on it? Do you have the same problems I have (esp. the List one)?