I hope you’ve had a good Monday so far! Today I’m showing you some miscellaneous beauty-related pictures, so sit back and enjoy!
Le Petit Marseillais is hands down my favorite supermarket shower gel. It comes with a wide range of scents, never dries my skin out or leaves it slippery, and did I mention it’s paraben-free?
I do occasionally get tempted to splurge on an expensive shower gel, but most of the time I prefer to keep it budget-friendly. As long as it smells pleasant, doesn’t dry my skin out (and doesn’t leave it slippery either. That I can’t stand), and is preferably as natural as possible, we’re on. Le Petit Marseillais totally fits the bill. Oh and the funny thing? Dr. D likes it too, but he prefers green bottles just because he thinks they look more masculine. Boys…
Here is to hoping against hope.
As some of you might remember, I’ve been suffering from weak and peeling nails for quite some months now. Normally a 3-month-course of vitamin supplement helps, but this time it didn’t work. I was on the supplement from another brand, but now I am continuing with Oenobiol. Packed with B vitamins, it should strengthen nails and hair. I have to take two a day during a meal.
I ran out of base coat recently too, and I got Essie Grow Stronger Fortifying Treatment Base Coat. It claims to strengthen nails in 5 days. It might be the combination of continuous vitamin supplement and a strengthening base coat, but my nails are not peeling further. I’m waiting for the broken parts to grow out, but I think after months and months I’ll finally have decent nails again.
Essie Grow Stronger looks a tad pink in the bottle, but on the nails it’s MOSTLY clear. It might be a bit tinted, but it doesn’t change the color of the nails all that much. I try to keep this on even when I’m not wearing nail polish nowadays, just to have something to protect my nails a little. Here you can see a swatch picture of this.
I will review these two items in detail, but it might be a while. For the base coat, I want to wait till the peeling parts are gone to test and compare it with other base coats I have tried before. For the Oenobiol supplement, I want to at least wait till I’m done (I still have about 66 days left). Maybe even longer, if I want to see how long the effects last!
My name is Sunny and I am a mascaraholic. From left to right: Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume, MAC Zoom Waterfast Lash, L’Oreal Million Lashes, Max Factor False Lash Effect, and Chanel Intimitable.
Behold part of the mascara I still have to try out. It’s not ALL (there is one that has already been tested but not yet reviewed. Two are stuck at clearance, and I don’t know when they’re going to release the package. On top of that I might or might not have got a gift with purchase coming my way…)! I used to be very sober. I would find a mascara to stick to for three months (I actually have to throw it away after three months. Otherwise my eyes start itching), and if I got any samples in the meantime I might play with it too. Nothing THIS dramatic.
Before I knew it however, a trip to the supermarket, a cross-Atlantic swap, an online order or two later, this is what I ended up with. These will be tested out and reviewed in time. Do you have a preference for what you want to see first? I might be able to accommodate!
Oh, before I forget: for those of you who have tried Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara, it is coming out today (14th of May) in this special pink edition exclusively at Kruidvat for 9,99 euros! The offer lasts till the 26th of May. I am currently testing it out, and I must say I am really impressed! I will review it as soon as I can, hopefully by the end of this week so you’ll still have time to decide whether you want to grab a tube!
For those who are going on holiday, Rituals has launched some travel-size products to help you travel light! Besides the mini deodorant (2,90 euros), these retail for 4,90 euros a piece. I’m saying it will definitely last you quite a while as well! The shampoo and conditioner smell SO good. In fact, every time I take them out they become the ONLY thing I can smell! The body products are less overpowering, but still they smell gorgeous (like lotus)!
I basically have everything it takes to go on holiday, but so far I don’t have anything booked yet!
What is your favorite budget-friendly shower gel? Do you have a mascara stash that’s getting out of hand? Which mascara would you like to see me review next?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx
Disclosure: Some of the products mentioned in this review are sent by the PR for my consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. I am in no way compensated for this review. I have always been, and will always be committed ONLY to my readers.
Bonus kitty photo:
Muffin waiting patiently by her daddy’s dining chair. Can kitty have a piece?
She does get a taste from time to time, and so far she’s very polite (when she loses patience she only puts her front paws on his lap. Nothing further). It’s hard to resist when she looks at you with such bright eyes!
Love the idea of this post! The mascaras from MF and CG are really good, I’m kinda curious how you like them! Seems like you have a ton of shower gels to test out!
Hm, after reading I want to get some Essie Grow Stronger Fortifying Treatment Base Coat too. The white part of my thumbnails peel constantly, it’s so ugly and annoying.
I think it works pretty well. I can feel my nails are a bit harder after applying it, but I don’t know if it’s an effect that will last. I’ll have to report back!
The L’oréal Million Lashes Mascara was a disappointment to me, but hopefully it’ll work for you! Personally, the Voluminous Mascara works much better.
Also: KITTEH! So cute <3.
Ahh now I know which one to try next if this one fails lol
You will LOVE the CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume, Sunny. At least, I hope you will. It’s the mascara I use every day and have been using for a few years now. The brush works wonderfully at grabbing hold of my short, sparse lashes and bulking them up without clumping. I also love the formula–not too wet, not too dry. Perfect! 🙂
I absolutely adore Le Petite Marseillaise! Always make a point to purchase some of their products when I’m in France.
Muffin looks like a well-behaved girl. My cats will literally snatch food off my plate when I look away. No lie.
I love trying new mascaras! I want to try Maybelline Define-A-Lash in the pink tube when it goes on sale.
Muffin looks so pretty!!
Thanks Ruby! I still suspect she’s a little monkey in disguise, but when she sits there quietly she is a pretty cat 🙂
Woo hoo, loved this mixed bag of beauty post! I’m not really a mascara maniac, I have just a couple that I use and I’ve been revisiting Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes. I hated it at first but tried it again and love it, go figure.
Ooo I haven’t tried any Lancome ones yet. If I get a luxury mascara (though that’ll have to wait till I’m done testing everything I have) it’ll probably be Guerlain Noir G. I’ve heard fantastic things about it!
My favorite shower gel is The Body Shop’s Earth Lovers in Apricot and Basil. It smells SO good. And I don’t know if I’m doing mascara wrong, but they all tend to look about the same on me.
Omg kittyyyyyy *______*
Oooo yeah The Body Shop has nice shower gels too! They just repackaged everything. I actually went to their event a couple of days ago. I’ll upload the pictures soon!