So it’s been almost three weeks since I posted about looking forward to September, usually I would have had my OPI Rainbow Voxbox at least two days after receiving the You’re In! email but….Covid.
The days were passing without a box and everyone was getting worried because Influenster doesn’t provide International tracking so the tracker never moved past this:
This campaign is active in the US, UK, and France and it seems the US got their boxes but the UK and French boxes were no where to be seen. I sent a message asking if the boxes had been shipped yet since no one in the UK or France received their boxes and afterwards I received this email:
Basically the email is saying they just learned that I hadn’t received my box yet and they were experiencing shipping delays and I should expect my Voxbox in one to two weeks.
My nails are jacked and I said I would look for some falsies to do the campaign. I honestly didn’t know what brand to get so I searched Amazon France for one with the best reviews. I found these by a brand called Vixi.
This set includes 600 nails with 10 different sizes. My hands are small, size 2.5 ring! With all these different sizes I know I will find a good match (I hope so anyway).
The set comes with a little tube of glue but I’m not overly fond of the glues that come with false nails, they have a habit of being very weak. My nails will pop off the very next day if I don’t continuously reapply glue.
I decided to buy a pack of glue made especially for false nails.
The pack includes 5 bottles of glue and a nail file. The set of nails also comes with a nail file and I have a few of my own already. You can never have enough nail files.
It’s been about 5 days since the email about the delays so now it’s just a waiting game. I’m guessing I’ll get it sounds the same time as the package from Le Lab.
Maybe I should say “What’s up October?” or maybe not. I might jinx it again.
September is looking like it will be a very interesting month for me. I have a lot of new products coming my way to test out and I am excited!
On August 6, I received a survey about a Voxbox from Influenster, I’ve spoken about them before, it’s a review site where you have the chance of getting a box of products to review. There’s a wide range of things you might be choosen for, food, clothing, beauty products, I haven’t seen any for books, video games, or toys but you never know. I’ve been with the site since 2014 and to my knowledge they never sent boxes to the Virgin Islands but when I moved here to France I forgot about the site. They didn’t ship here and I had other things on my mind but I decided to go back to it and review stuff just because. In 2018 they sent their first VoxBox to France and I got it!
The Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara Volume Spectaculaire VoxBox was my very first Voxbox and I really enjoyed the product. You can read my review about it here It’s the little things. When you complete the campaign you earn a neat little badge that you can display on your profile.
In 2019 I got into another VoxBox, I got into the OPI Tokyo Collection VoxBox, I spoke about it here New Voxbox! and here Influenster OPI Tokyo Collection. I wasn’t really expecting to get this box because France seem to get two surveys a year and I hadn’t gotten into the last one for 2018 or the first one for 2019. I really loved this box because I almost always seem to pick up purple nail polish and this allowed me to venture out a bit.
If the trend stays the same the survey I got from Influenster on August 6 is either the first or last survey of the year. I’m unsure because I received a survey on April 14 about Rexona deodorant but nobody even mentioned receiving it on Instagram or online anywhere. Usually you can see what everyone has received if you follow the right hashtag on Instagram but there has been no real activity on the French Influenster hashtag since last year.
This survey that I received was about a product from OPI, I’m going to be really honest even though I opted in I kind of hoped I wouldn’t get it because my nails are really terrible right now. I picked and peeled them until there is nothing. I’m going to have to get some falsies to do this campaign. While I was hoping not to and hoping to get the VoxBox, it showed up on my profile but I haven’t received a You’re In! email yet. I’ve heard of this happening to people before but this was the first time it has happened to me. With my first campaign I got the email and it took a while for it to show up on my profile and I was worried it had been a mistake.
The other products I’m waiting for are from Le Lab by Doctissimo. On August 5, I received an invite to apply for their Garnier Bio à l’huile de Chanvre Bio (Hemp Oil) campaign. I’ve never been accepted to any of the previous campaigns I applied to so I wasn’t really hopeful but on August 14, I was accepted!
I will be receiving the Hemp Multi-Restore Gel Cream and the Hemp Multi-Restore Facial Sleeping Oil. I was supposed to receive the package very soon but there were unforseen delays and I won’t get it until late September. I’m not really a fan of the Hemp smell but Garnier makes really good products so I’ll just have to wait and see about it.
There’s one other thing I’m hoping to hear about but I can’t say wether or not I’ll be reveiwing it yet. Sometimes things work out and sometimes they don’t so I’ll wait until I hear if I’m actually getting it before I say “I’m going to be reviewing this!”
So, yeah, I’m really looking forward to September.
I’ll obviously be reviewing these products so keep an eye out for those posts next month. Since I’m supposed to receive the Garnier one late September it will probably end up being posted in October.
Today’s post will be special, my first bilingual post in English and French about trying out the Kylie Skin Routine. I used the Foaming Face Wash, the Vanilla Milk Toner, and the Face Moisturizer. My skin is not problematic at all which I’ve spoken about here in Smooth Skin. If I use anything it’s maybe a cleanser and a cream. You can see the products I’ve used in Smooth Skin and Dry Shampoo for Natural Hair.
Le post d’aujourd’hui sera spécial, mon premier post bilingue en anglais et en français sur l’essai du Skin Routine de Kylie. J’ai utilisé le nettoyant moussant pour le visage, le lait tonique à la vanille et l’hydratant pour le visage. Ma peau n’est pas du tout problématique, ce dont j’ai parlé ici dans Smooth Skin. Si j’utilise quelque chose, c’est peut-être un nettoyant et une crème. Vous pouvez voir les produits que j’ai utilisés dans Smooth Skin et Dry Shampoo for Natural Hair.
Let me start off by saying that I’ve heard of Kylie Jenner but I’ve never bought anything from her or watched Keeping up with the Kardashians. I honestly didn’t know what to expect from the products. I tried not to look at any reviews or comments so that I could be as unbiased as possible and form my own opinions. With all need products I did look up the ingredients and two of the products gave me pause. I’ll get into that later on.
My testing stage began on Saturday August 1, 2020 and finished today Saturday August 15, 2020.
My Skin care routine includes these steps:
Wash face with Foaming Cleanser
Apply Milk toner
Just to see if I could spot any noticeable difference I took a photo before I began my new routine.
Ignore the hair please. It was wash day.
Permettez-moi de commencer par dire que j’ai entendu parler de Kylie Jenner, mais que je n’ai jamais rien acheté chez elle ni regardé “Keeping up with the Kardashians”. Honnêtement, je ne savais pas à quoi m’attendre avec les produits. J’ai essayé de ne pas regarder les critiques ou les commentaires afin de pouvoir être aussi impartial que possible et me faire ma propre opinion. Pour tous les produits nécessaires, j’ai cherché les ingrédients et deux des produits m’ont fait réfléchir. J’y reviendrai plus tard.
Ma phase d’essai a commencé le samedi 1er août 2020 et s’est terminée aujourd’hui, le samedi 15 août 2020.
Ma routine de soins de la peau comprend ces étapes :
Se laver le visage avec le nettoyant moussant
Appliquer le toner de lait
Appliquer une crème hydratante
Juste pour voir si je pouvais repérer une différence notable, j’ai pris une photo avant de commencer ma nouvelle routine.
Ignorez les cheveux, s’il vous plaît. C’était le jour du lavage.
Foaming Face Wash/Mousse Nettoyante Visage Nettoyant Visage
The first thing about this product that worried me is that there is kiwi seed oil in it and I’m allergic to kiwi. I wasn’t sure what me reaction to it would be as I’ve never used any skincare products with Kiwi in it before. I gave it a go anyway and hoped for the best. On first use I noticed that it has a very good foam, not too little and not too much, it left my face feeling very soft but I feel like it didn’t actually clean my face.
I feel like this is more suited for a gentle cleaning rather than removing makeup.
La première chose qui m’a inquiété dans ce produit, c’est qu’il contient de l’huile de kiwi et que je suis allergique au kiwi. Je n’étais pas sûre de ma réaction à ce produit car je n’avais jamais utilisé de produits de soin contenant du kiwi auparavant. J’ai quand même essayé et j’ai espéré que tout irait bien. Lors de la première utilisation, j’ai remarqué qu’il avait une très bonne mousse, ni trop ni trop peu, il a laissé mon visage très doux, mais j’ai l’impression qu’il ne m’a pas vraiment nettoyé le visage.
J’ai l’impression que cela convient mieux à un nettoyage en douceur plutôt qu’au démaquillage.
Le visage était doux après l’utilisation
L’odeur est légère et non accablante
Je n’avais pas l’impression de m’être vraiment nettoyé le visage
Huile de graines de kiwi
Vous pouvez acheter ce produit à l’adresse suivante :
Vanilla Milk Toner/Lait Tonique à la vanille Tonique
This product is really good, it has a nice consistency and I feel like it really removes everything the mousse leaves behind. The scent is very light almost scentless. I really have nothing bad to say about it.
Ce produit est vraiment bon, il a une belle consistance et j’ai l’impression qu’il enlève vraiment tout ce que la mousse laisse derrière elle. Le parfum est très léger, presque sans odeur. Je n’ai vraiment rien de mauvais à dire à ce sujet.
Enlever l’excès de saleté du visage et du cou
Rien du tout
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I was really unsure about using this cream. One of the ingredients is orange peel extract and I’m allergic to oranges, I figured if it’s on the skin it shouldn’t be so bad since my allergy is more towards eating and drinking orange products. I gave it a go and have to say that I had no problems. The cream is a good consistency, not too thick and not too light, it absorbs into the skin really well unfortunately, I didn’t find that my skin felt moisturized after using it. It felt pretty dry. At first it was fairly easy to get some product out but after usibng it for a while it became more difficult to get any product, sometimes I would have to pump several times or shake the product a little.
Je n’étais vraiment pas sûr d’utiliser cette crème. L’un des ingrédients est un extrait de peau d’orange et je suis allergique aux oranges. Je me suis dit que si c’est sur la peau, ça ne devrait pas être si grave puisque mon allergie est plutôt à la consommation de produits à base d’orange. J’ai essayé et je dois dire que je n’ai eu aucun problème. La crème a une bonne consistance, pas trop épaisse et pas trop légère, elle s’absorbe très bien dans la peau ; malheureusement, je n’ai pas trouvé que ma peau se sentait hydratée après l’avoir utilisée. Elle était assez sèche. Au début, il était assez facile de faire sortir du produit, mais après l’avoir utilisé pendant un certain temps, il est devenu plus difficile d’obtenir du produit, parfois je devais pomper plusieurs fois ou secouer un peu le produit.
Le visage ne se sent pas hydraté
Extrait d’écorce d’orange
Il faut pomper plusieurs fois
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On the very first day I began this routine 2 hours after applying the products my face felt like it was slightly burning, I was very worried that I would break out in pimples or that my face would become very red so I kept checking the mirror to see if anything was changing. Thankfully, I saw no changes.
The second day I encountered no burning sensation, no redness, or pimples.
Two weeks after starting the routine my face feels smooth and soft.
Le tout premier jour où j’ai commencé cette routine, deux heures après avoir appliqué les produits, mon visage me semblait légèrement brûlé. J’avais très peur d’avoir des boutons ou de voir mon visage devenir très rouge, alors j’ai continué à regarder dans le miroir pour voir si quelque chose changeait. Heureusement, je n’ai vu aucun changement.
Le deuxième jour, je n’ai pas eu de sensation de brûlure, de rougeur ou de boutons.
Deux semaines après avoir commencé la routine, mon visage est lisse et doux.
My face after the two weeks, I know you’ll notice that my mole is on the other side now but it’s because I took off the mirroring setting on my front camera, it was a bit of vanity. I wanted my Cruzan Girl chain to actually read as Cruzan Girl when I took selfies and I forgot to turn it back on.
Mon visage après ces deux semaines, je sais que vous remarquerez que mon grain de beauté est de l’autre côté maintenant mais c’est parce que j’ai enlevé le réglage du miroir de ma caméra frontale, c’était un peu de la vanité. Je voulais que ma chaîne Cruzan Girl se lise vraiment comme Cruzan Girl quand je prenais des selfies et j’ai oublié de la remettre en marche.
Last week I received two samples in the mail and today I finally got to try them out.
I’ll be giving my thoughts on erborian’s Ginseng BB Cream and both the Minéral 89 Daily Booster and Minéral 89 Eyes from Vichy.
I want to state that I’ve never used a BB Cream before but I have heard of them and I’ve heard that some of them can be drying so it’s best to use a moisturiser before applying your BB Cream, I decided to use the Daily Booster first so here is what I thought of it.
I applied little drops on my face and spread it from the center outward, the product felt a little thicker than water and I had no problem spreading it on my face or throat. It absorbed quickly and left no residue behind. The scent is very agreeable, it’s not cloying and once applied it doesn’t linger.
You can purchase the Daily Booster for 21,20€
I have terrible dark circles around my eyes and having a 4 month old who doesn’t sleep hasn’t helped so I used the Eyes serum next.
I took less than a pea sized amount and applied it under both my eyes, the product felt creamy and thicker than the Booster but quickly absorbed into the skin, like the Booster the scent is not overly present and doesn’t linger.
The BB Cream I received was in the shade Caramel, it has a very pleasing odour, it smells lightly floral, you really don’t need that much product so I applied some pea sized drops and spread it from the center outward. I wasn’t sure if Caramel would match my skin tone but it’s hard to tell that I have anything on my face.
You can purchase the BB Cream for 16,90€
As you can see both Vichy and erborian has helped me achieve Summer Ready Skin.
So, there’s a few products that I’m itching to try. A lot of these products are not new but I’ve been eyeing them for a long time and just haven’t gotten around to trying them. They are all hair products because I love to try new products to find ones that play nice with my hair. I have a pretty big bottle of shampoo and some conditioners which is why I haven’t bought any new products in a while.
First up is one of my favorite brands when it comes to keeping my hair moisturized and healthy.
Interestingly enough it’s not one of their Ultra Doux produits but rather their Fructis Hair Food line, there’s the Nourishing Banana Shampoo, Nourishing Banana Conditioner, and the Nourishing Banana Hair Mask.
They’re labeled as being new nutrition for hungry hair with the Banana aimed towards dry hair.
I’ve used one of Activilong’s products before and liked how it left my hair, I used the Leave-In Acticurl Hydra, with Pitaya, Glycerin, and Aloe Vera, it was not cheap but not that expensive, I’d say it’s the splurge range. It’s a really good leave-in conditioner but unfortunately besides the price I can only find it at Carrefour which isn’t close to my home at all.
The products I’m interested in trying are the Actiforce Black Castor Oil Leave-In and the Actiforce Black Castor Puff Cream. The leave-in is aimed towards low porosity hair and is a more liquid texture than the puff cream. I’m not sure what porosity my hair is which is why I want to try both to see which my hair prefers.
Unfortunately it seems the puff cream is no longer available on Activilong website, I hope I can find a container at Carrefour when I go there next time.
Le Petit Marseillais
The only hair product from Le Petit Marseillais was a Leave-In Conditioner. I used to use the Le Petit Soin longueurs & pointes Nutrition Intense, aux 2 huiles karité & argan. Admittedly, it wasn’t the best leave-in I’d ever used but it did the job when I had nothing else to use.
The products I have my eyes on are the Nutrition Richesse Argan Shampoo and Conditioner for dry hair. Strangely, on the website the Shampoo is labeled as Infusion Nutrition.
It was a no brainer for me to add these to my list because I absolutely love products with Argan in it.
I don’t think I’ve ever used any product from Herbal Essences before but when I saw their Real Botanicals Argan Oil Repair Shampoo and Conditioner alongside their Argan Oil & Aloe Repairing Hair Mask I was filled with deep longing.
Sadly, Herbal Essences doesn’t seem to have a website for France and I can only find the shampoo on Amazon. One can only hope that I’ll spot these beauties in Carrefour.
Well, there you have it, all the products I’m really interested in, when my shampoo and conditioner run out I’m definitely going to have to pick one of these to try out, but that really depends on wether or not I can find it easily in Super U.
I thought I spoke about this company before but apparently I didn’t which is a shame because it’s pretty new but their products are quite the rage. I’ve only tried the Ginger Gooseberry Hair Mask which I posted about in my Instagram.
When I tried out the Mask it was the only product offered by Aiovak and they didn’t have a website or Instagram account, I can’t be sure but I think the Mask took a week to reach me which is pretty good considering it came from the US.
The Mask smelled like Gooseberry and had a watery consistency. It ran everywhere when I put it in my hair but it worked like a charm!
Five days ago I was scrolling through the Play Store, it’s something I do when I’m bored, sometimes I find something interesting and others I just leave without downloading anything.
That day I came across an app called Slowly – Connect to the World!
Its About this app has the following to say:
🏆 WINNER – Google Play Awards 2019: Best Breakthrough App
🏆 WINNER – Google Play Best of 2018: Best Hidden Gem — ✍️ Write letters. Make friends. Exchange Languages.
SLOWLY lets you meet pen friends from your smartphone! Match with someone that shares your passion, write a letter and collect stamps from around the world. Speak your mind – one letter at a time!
SLOWLY is not your typical networking or dating app – we’re bringing the traditional pen friend experience to your smartphone.
The app is created for those who yearns for meaningful conversations with people in the era of instant messaging. We hope to connect people around the world at a slower but better pace – one letter at a time.
Meet a new pen friend, seal your letter & place a stamp – start connecting with the world on SLOWLY!
Features – Mailing time depends on where you & your pen friend live. – A nickname & an avatar is all you need. Speak your mind & connect freely to the world. – Matches based on common interests & languages. – Collect & unlock hidden stamps!
I made my profile and selected my topics of interest.
I’ve been using the app these past five days and have received 12 letters and made nine penpals. The letters depending on where they are coming from can take anywhere from 2 hours to 2 days.
You can also collect Stamps, some of them are location based while others are linked to achievements you complete within the app.
My penpals so far are from France, Czech Republic, Turkey, US Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic, Australia, United States, and the Philippines.
I’m enjoying the app so far and look forward to receiving more interesting letters and talking to more people.
If you’re interested in sending me a letter through the app my id is J0RP9W.
Today we went shopping at Carrefour, I really wanted to get some of those press on nails that they had and see what hair supplies were available but I only accomplished one of those goals.
There were no press on nails to be found anywhere! But I did manage to get the entire line of Garnier Ultra Doux Richesse D’Argan as well as some other things.
Since my move here this line has been my holy staple and it is very hard to get my hands on all the products when I need them. They fly off the shelves so fast!
I also picked up Garnier Ultra Doux L’huile Merveilleuse aux huiles d’argan et de camélia which is also another one of my favorites, if I’m not using abierto one of Garnier’s oils. You can probably tell I adore Garnier’s products. What can I say? They work really well for my hair and they are inexpensive.
My last purchase was a Gel Micellaire Nettoyant from Le Petit Marseillais.
I’ve used Eau Micellaire from Cien which I’ve spoken about here and Eau Micellaire from U which I’ve also briefly spoken about here. This is my first time using a Gel Micellaire and I’m really interested in seeing what the difference is. The scent is the same as the 1 Minute Masque of theirs that I recently used and spoke about here.
All in all it was a pretty good haul and didn’t cost that much money.
If you’re lucky you can find all these products at your local Carrefour and you don’t have a Carrefour in your location then you might be able to find one of two item at a Super U, Lidl, Netto, or other supermarché. You can also try looking on Amazon, I can’t guarantee that the price will be pocket friendly though.
So today I finally gave my Dry Shampoo a chance to do its stuff. I had my hair in twists all week and didn’t wash anything and over the weekend I was ill so no wash day still. I decided to try out my Bamboo and White Grape Dry Shampoo from U that I recently picked up in Super U which I spoke about here. I’ll do a little review for you to see if its something you might think about adding to your wash day routine.
This Dry Shampoo is for Tous types de cheveux which is French for All hair types. I didn’t want to pick up the others because I wasn’t sure how it would interact with my hair. This one just settled the safest bet.
So I’m just going to translate the most important parts of the instructions:
Use on dry hair. Shake well before use. Keep the can at a vertical position of 15 cm from the hair and spray at the roots. Leave it alone for 2 minutes before rubbing in the powder residue.
When I first sprayed this it was a pretty strong scent but it quickly faded to a much more pleasing scent. I could definitely feel the alcohol interacting with my scalp, not in a burning way but just to let me know that it was present. There was no white residue left behind after running it in.
So far my scalp is tingly and smells wonderful but will it do anything for my hair?
I guess tomorrow we’ll see. I’ll be sure to update this post with how my hair turned out after a night with the dry shampoo.
As promised I’m updating this post to include what my hair looked like after using the dry shampoo.
To be honest, I really shouldn’t have used the dry shampoo at this point in time because of the build-up of gel in my hair but it wasn’t too bad just not really effective at doing much of anything. My hair ended up pulled back in a puff after all.
The most I can say is that you can’t see thee build up which somehow the dry shampoo masked a little?
I promised myself that I was going to do a wash day on Wednesday when I don’t have anywhere to go and finally use this new product that I bought a few weeks ago. I’ll probably give you a little review on it later this week.