Really small round of empties. I moved (again) in December, and life was pretty chaotic for a while. This may or may not have affected number of products I finished in December.
L’Occitane Whipped Hand Cream (mini)- this a whipped version of L’Occitane original hand cream. It does combine moisturizing properties of the original with fluffy texture. It also has the same slightly annoying scent. Whipped hand cream sinks in as quickly as the original one, I can apply it and go back to working on my computer right away, without waiting for the cream to adsorb. I wouldn’t apply right before trying to loosen stuck jar lid, or a yoga class, or any other activity that requires good grip. I suspect that fluffy texture means that you are getting less product for the same price, but I may be wrong. The opening of a tube is not round as usual, but shaped like a star. So product is coming out of the package looks like a cake frosting. I may have mixed feeling about L’Occitane, but they know a thing or two about product design.
Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Invisible Finish Moisture Gel (full size) – I bought this in hope to replace Proactiv Green Tea Moisturizer (reviewed here). I was a bit disappointed because it turned out not a light as I hoped. It’s not oily, but it has silicon-y feel to it. Overall Skin Balancing Invisible Finish Moisture Gel a good moisturizer for oily skin. It doesn’t break me out, doesn’t make me look oily and it plays well under makeup (if you give it a minute to sink in). The latter is not really a factor for me as I usually apply it night. I like to mix it with Paula’s Choice Resist C15 Super Booster (reviewed here) and other serums that require carrier product.
L’Oreal Oleo Therapy Oil Infused Shampoo and Conditioner (mini) – I really wanted to like these , because sulfate-free shampoo and silicone-free conditioner in drugstore price range is great find, and at first I did like them a lot. This shampoo and conditioner were getting a job done without visible adverse effects. Plus, they smell quite nice – like dandelions, and it’s not often that I like smell of L’Oreal products. However, after 2-3 washes my hair stated getting buildup. It also started tangling a lot more than it normally does. At first I was blaming the shampoo, I thought it doesn’t clean all that well. It turned the culprit was the conditioner. It ran out first (which is usually the case for me), and I started using Miss Jessie’s Leave-In Condish (reviewed here) instead. The buildup disappeared right away, and my hair went back to it’s normal state. I wonder if I was using to much of the conditioner and that caused buildup, but I was rinsing it off very thoroughly, so it shouldn’t matter. It’s worth noting that my hair is very prone to buildup to begin with, so your millage may vary. Bottom line: if you are looking sulfate/silicon free routine on a budget L’Oreal Oleo Therapy Oil Infused Shampoo and Conditioner are worth trying. Just make sure that drugstore where you buy it has a good return policy.