Today I have hair, skin and body...
Starting off with Kérastase Age Premium Masque Substantif Rejuvenating Mask:
It was one of those moment nothing of the 10 products designed for taming hair at home worked for me. I rushed to a hairdresser and asked for the trusted staple and silicony tamer Kérastase Masquintense for thin hair.
The hairdresser lied to me that they took it out of their range (Kérastase, so why would they do that? I don't EVER think so but I played along because I needed a mask, I think they just didn't have it in stock) and offered me this as the alternative. OMG, never going to buy it from a direct hairdresser again because they charged me €35 instead of the €26.88 I would have to pay on feelunique.com.
Well, at least I got a lousy white lie included with it...
Is the mask as Substantif as it claims to be?
I like how there is a bit of pearly glow in the mask itself. But the white-lie hairdresser told me it was ok to put this stuff on a sensitive scalp: Ehm DON'T DO THAT. It is rather fraganced and my scalp didn't liked it.
For the rest, it is a true Kérastase mask that it slightly controls the problem with a large dose of silicone. I prefer their Masquintense, although that one is not really natural either. You know, for repairing I love to use natural/organic ranges, such as Rahua, but when the going gets tough and you need some temporary taming, Kérastase is your woman...ehm...hairmask.
Verdict: Not a repurchase but I would use it if I got it for free.
You can buy this one on feelunique.com (or find a honest hairdresser with normal prices)
Antipodes Hosanna Intense Hydrating Serum:
I have ventured on quite some Antipodes products before (read about it over here). They are organic and some of their products are really lovely and effective and that is what I appreciate about a product.
The Hosanna serum did what it said: it hydrated my skin without irritation.
Still, I have that particular age that need a bit more than hydrating, and I do not want to get stuck in applying 7 kinds of serums on my face to target every 'flaw' I have. Nor do I need to, these days, because there are some fabulous multitaskers. One of them is the Nude Advanced Cellular Renewal Serum which does quite some things, I only have to apply some extra moisture in the form of a daycream.
Still, good enough to finish it with other layering serums. I recon this is lovely for a younger face that only needs hydration, is sensitive and could benefit from a neutral, organic product. Or someone who really likes their skincare routine and loves layering. I know Japanese women are raised to use various types of skincare products so that would be ackward to skip on that ritual.
Verdict: I won't repurchase but if I would get it for free I would use it again ;D
Also available on feelunique or lovelula.com
Lastly, the Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Body Oil
Can you remember my 'niche and snobby' haul in May of this year? Probably not (over here) but I purchased this expensive body oil because I really like Citrus based scents inspired on the Italian coast. Knowing Tom Ford is, besides of a sleek fashion designer, quite skilled on the field of fragance (and cosmetics) as well, I ventured on this oil.
I called it the 'too expensive body oil', but it has been lasting me for a long time afterall. I used this regularly (about once a week).
However, I didn't used it the conventional way, it was such a wonderful oil for bathing.
I really liked this for moisturizing in the bath, it's a thin oil but still oily to combat extra dryness. The scent is unisex, but I found it bordering on masculine. Perhaps too masculine for repurchase, but my boyfriend could use it as well. I would love to see more body-oils in his other fragances, such as the Black Orchid and the Havana Vanilla.
Verdict: same as the previous products, with an exception that I would shill some € for it if he launched this in a different scent.
I purchased mine on parfuma.com and I should order something from them again because they are brilliant in giving out samples you actually want.