"I want, I want, I want ... but that's crazy"

Monday, October 3, 2016

Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Shampoo and Creme Rinse

I don't really experiment too much when it comes to my shampoo and conditioner. I have my tried and true that I keep in the shower at all times, and I only stray when I get a sample, because "waste not, want not" - ya know?
Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Shampoo and Creme Rinse was a part of my Birchbox selection, and it kind of took me a while to get to it. Can I just say, my hair feels so great I might have to buy the full size? Seriously.
My hair is naturally a medium brown, very thick, wavy-to-curly, with a somewhat coarse texture that wants to frizz - a lot. That's what it is naturally - that is NOT what it is now. What it is now is bleached to the point that I can't get it to even hold a mild haircolor (I'm trying to bring it back up to a more natural tone - gonna have to go more hardcore on the color to do so, I think, but I digress...) It's stripped, definitely prone to frizz, and frankly, a bit woolly
Well, I'm not going to claim any utter miracles here or anything, but I will say that my hair is so soft I can't keep my hands out of it. It's shiny and silky, still looks a bit woolly, but it really FEELS fantastic!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Oribe Cote d'Azur body wash and body cream

I love a good, luxurious body wash, and Oribe's Cote d'Azur Refreshing Body Wash did not disappoint.

It formed a light and creamy full lather on my shower pouf, and a moderate amount was sufficient to do a full shower, as well as a leg and underarm shave, without relathering the pouf. The lather also was creamy enough to give me a nice, smooth shave.

The scent was spicy and warm, reminding me of Shalimar (remember that?).

My skin felt clean and smooth afterward, with a light touch of the scent remaining and no dry, taut feeling. 

I followed the shower with the Oribe Cote d'Azur Restorative Body Cream, and this one threw me a bit.

Mainly, the scent was not exactly like the body wash had been. Where the body wash had a warm, amber, musky sort of scent, the body cream was much "greener" in its scent.The body cream was still spicy, but it was not as complex a sort of spicy blend. In fact, it was very unusual (for a body cream) in that it seemed to have a very powerful scent of black pepper. I'm not opposed to black pepper scent. I quite like it, in fact. But I swear, it actually made me sneeze. I'm still not entirely sure what I think of that.

As far as the performance of the body cream, that was very nice indeed. It absorbed very well, with a good solid moisturizing effect, leaving a soft sheen on the skin without a greasy feeling. My skin was left silky smooth, and I was able to dress within just a couple of minutes of slathering it on. 

Overall, I definitely preferred the body wash over the body cream. The texture and aroma of the lather were rich and lovely. The body cream has left my legs feeling great, but my arms feel a bit "coated" - and I smell like I rubbed black pepper all over my body. Which is fine, if you're into that sort of thing.

I received a sample of this product as part of a promotional box, for which I paid full price. I was not compensated in any way for this review, and the opinions expressed within it are mine and mine alone.