I ♥ Garnier

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I love Garnier! I’ve loved their products for years and years. Their hair care products smell great, perform great, and my wavy/curly hair seems to love them. I always get excited when they come out with a new product or a new line of products or even just revamp their old packaging. Every once in awhile, they’ll come out with a dud (for example, the Sleek & Shine Blow Dry Perfector which just did not work for me at all) but the performance of the rest of the products is usually stellar.

For reference, my hair in its natural state is both wavy and curly, extremely soft to the touch, with a decent amount of volume. If anything, my hair is on the dry side (doesn’t get oily) and can look quite dull (no shininess). It’s also very prone to frizz and tangles. If I brush my hair, my hair frizzes up and the curls lose their shape resulting in the dreaded triangle hair. If I don’t brush my hair, I get tangles (at the back of my neck, above my nape) which are extremely painful to detangle, especially while dry. Lastly, I’ve been regularly getting my hair dyed blonde ever since I was about 17.

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Charli XCX – Boys

OMG I can’t get enough of this song! It’s got a laid-back, feel-good, summer vibe! The music is playful and fun (kinda’ reminds of Super Mario on SNES)! The lyrics are simple enough to learn the first time around, so you can sing-a-long (and you will want to)! Best of all, the music video is chock-full of eye-candy (so much yes)! I wonder why hasn’t anyone thought of this before? Actually, I wonder how she got them all to agree to this. All those beautiful boys in a single music video is sheer genius! Try to see how many you can spot.

If you need help trying to identify a certain cutie, Buzzfeed has a comprehensive list (with accompanying photos) of Every Single Boy From Charli XCX’s “Boys” Music Video. However, if you don’t feel like clicking the link, I’ve made a copy of that same list (minus the photos) below.

It’s such a cute song!

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Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Haulage

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Invigorating Sicilian cedar melds with the crisp vibrancy of apple and the guileless charm of the bluebell, to evoke the essence of a South Italian summer.
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The freshness of bamboo nestles amid a glorious feminine bouquet of decadent jasmine and delicate white rose.
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Redolent citron wood is entwined with voluptuous amber and a suggestive caress of musk.

Summer just isn’t summer without my beloved Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue! I’d run out of Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Eau de Toilette (reviewed here) so I picked up a new one, at Harvey Nichols. As a gift with purchase (gwp) I was also given a rather large Messenger Bag that had 007 embossed on it and a deluxe sample of Hugo Boss Red Shower Gel (pretty sure it’s for men but that’s ok because as long as they’re either woods-y or oceanic, I tend to enjoy certain masculine scents). The Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Body Scrub Gel was purchased at Mishref Fair Grounds during the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition.

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Claire’s Choose Happy Notebook

This pretty notebook shouts summer with a sky blue cover and palm tree design featuring graphic print glitter text ‘Choose Happy‘ written across the front.

How adorable is this notebook? I absolutely love the graphics and the color scheme! It’s all so very cute and summer-y! I know, I know. As an adult female, I really should stop visiting Claire’s (namely because it’s a little girls’ store) but I just can’t help stopping by from time to time, because it really is such a cute store and I always find the cutest things there (like this notebook)! ^_~

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The Body Shop Seaweed Purifying Facial Cleanser

Seaweed Purifying Facial Cleanser
This cleansing lotion for combination skin rebalances oil. It will not over-dry skin or clog pores. Removes make-up, impurities and excess oil

  • Refreshing
  • Mattifying

Seaweed, Sea Salt, Sea Kelp, Sea Water, basically I’ll try any product that has the word “Sea” in it or originates from the Sea (as I mentioned in the previous post). That said, I wasn’t actively seeking this stuff out. I happened to be staying over at my sister’s house for a month-long “visit” when I ran out of my trusty Clean & Clear Deep Cleaning Makeup Remover (reviewed here). She was nice enough to share her makeup remover (Nivea) with me but it was the oily kind – that would give me foggy vision and leave some form of residue on my lids (pet peeve) making it next to impossible for me to apply any makeup on afterwards, because it would just go on all weird and patchy. That’s precisely why I prefer cream cleansers over oil cleansers when it comes to makeup removal. Cream cleansers are way less of a hassle (go on and tissue off easily, water isn’t even necessary as it’s more of a preference) work almost instantly (you don’t need to sit there for a year waiting for it to break down the makeup, as opposed to oil cleansers), no foggy vision (although some do sting if they get in your eye), and best of all, no residue (meaning you can apply makeup immediately after and it’ll go on like normal, or plant yourself face-down on your pillow without worrying about any black mascara streaks on your white pillowcase and go to sleep straight away).

As such, I headed out to find my beloved Clean & Clear Deep Cleaning Makeup Remover (reviewed here). I hit up all the places I could think of (personal care aisles at local cooperatives, Sultan Center, Boots, etc…) but just could not find it anywhere, for some reason. It occurred to me that I should really start looking into dupes for the Clean & Clear Deep Cleaning Makeup Remover, to avoid being in this horrible situation ever again. I mean sure I could use the oily Nivea one (blue packaging) for a day or two, but for the unforeseeable future? Nah! I was starting to get anxious, man! My hunt for Clean & Clear Deep Cleaning Makeup Remover led me to Mishref co-op (after being unsuccessful at other co-ops) where I discovered that they’ve actually got a branch of The Body Shop somewhere on the top floor. After a quick lap around the small store, The Body Shop Seaweed Purifying Facial Cleanser seemed like it would do in a pinch (which this was, very much so) so I purchased it.

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St. Ives Sea Salt & Kelp Purifying Body Wash

St. Ives Sea Salt & Kelp Body Wash
A day at the beach, in a bottle. With natural sea salt and kelp extracts to exfoliate and revitalize for glowing skin.

Seaweed, sea salt, sea kelp, sea water, I’ll pretty much try anything that originated from the sea (or has the word “Sea” in it). More importantly, I love a good physical exfoliant (always and forever) and they claim that this stuff is not only hypo-allergenic, paraben-free, and cruelty free but also made with 100% natural exfoliants (Sea Salt and Kelp) so that’s cool. I also like that the word “Exofoliating” is highlighted (you know they mean bidniz when words start getting highlighted). I’m not sure when or where I picked up this huge thing of Sea Salt & Kelp Body Wash but I’m so glad I did! Why? Because this stuff is magic!

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