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The Body Shop launch the cutest little hand creams
Good news for The Body Shop fans – the brand’s now making cutesy li’l 30ml hand cream tubes – the perfect size for your purse – for just R50 a pop! Scent-wise, you’ve got eight to choose from – Strawberry, Moringa, Honeymania, Mango, Shea, Coconut, Pink Grapefruit and Satsuma. (I don’t know about you, but I’m a Moringa, Mango and Pink Grapefruit girl.)
Each cream is a lovely light, gel-cream formula that absorbs super fast, leaving your hands with a subtle hint of a scent. Ingredients of note include hydrating glycerine, cold-pressed oils that vary by variant and Shea butter.
Packaging-wise, I quite like that the tube looks like it’s made from metal (fancy, fancy) but is actually plastic – so it’s not going to get all dented and nasty-looking from rolling around in your purse.
Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair launch Million Gloss line
Okay, so this collection snuck in rather quietly and finding info (in English) about it online is almost impossible so I’m going to struggle to give you a detailed explanation as to how it works but here’s the promise – if you have dull-looking hair, Million Gloss using ‘shine-lamination’ technology to add a healthy-looking sheen.
While I have no idea what ‘shine-lamination’ technology is, I can see the formula in both the sham and con (R69,95 each) contains loads of silicone that’ll coat each hair, smoothing down the cuticle to the point where it becomes reflective. I mean, that’s how all silicones work, right? It also makes use hydrating apricot oil as well as hydrolized protein and two keratins to help fortify your locks.
I’ve been using Million Gloss for about six days now and really enjoying it. I like that my hair’s much easier to brush while wet and I’ve yet to reach the point where I feel like I need to break out a clarifying shampoo as the silicone build up’s become too much. (For the record, I have very fine, limp hair, so if there’s too much heavy-weight silicone in the mix, I’ll feel it fast. I also couldn’t use Schwarzkopf’s Ultimate Oil Elixer range – it was simply too heavy.) The only downer here is that I can’t really testify about the shine bit as my hair, which is pin straight as thus more reflective, has always been very shiny on it’s own.
While Million Gloss isn’t my favourite of the Schwarzkopf Gliss line (I’m a huge fan of their Total Repair line) this is a very nice addition to a seriously great brand.
Update: It’s important to mention that in between those six days I slept out on the weekend and had a break with something else that must have essentially ‘clarified’. After having used these for more than three consecutive days my hair looked ‘coated’ and felt greasy and heavy. Meh. So I take it all back. I’m really not impressed. I think this would be best for someone with very thick, dry hair. But not for me.
Sorbet’s got a new nail polish remover line
Body lotions, face masks, (and incredibly good) BB cream… the Sorbet salons’ product empire is ever expanding and they’re now offering nail polish remover too. What makes this exciting, however, is their super cool salon-style packaging. You know… the type where all you gotta do is place the pad over the neck of the bottle and pump downwards for the liquid to squirt up on it? Love that!
I was given an acetone-free version to try (thanks Clicks!) infused with vitamin E-enriched wheatgerm oil and and fragranced with rosemary essential oil. While it works a treat, I’m more of a hard guns girl so the moment this bottle runs dry I’m definitely going to pop the acetone-riddled version (it’s in a pink bottle and called ‘Harden’) into my shopping basket. At just R40 per 250ml bottle its incredible value and I just lurrrve the ‘fanciness’ of pumping to soak*.
Deffo my new favourite nail polish remover outside of those awesome but disgustingly overpriced ‘stick your finger into the sponge and twirl’ numbers. Now if Sorbet wants to try their hand at creating a ‘nice price’ version of those I’ll be a very happy camper.
*I initially wrote ‘pumping to soak my pad’ before bursting into a snort-laugh and backspacing like a mofo. Is it just me or does that sound absolutely terrible?! Ha.