L’OCCITANE Shea Butter Discovery Set Review

 

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Hello lovelies,

what do you think about discovery sets? I like them – often you can test a lot of products from a range for pretty affordable price. It is definitely much better way to test the products than the miniature samples.

Even though I’ve been familiar with the majority of L’Occitane products featured in this set, I thought it would be nice to remind myself why I liked them. The fact that I needed to order something to get a GWP didn’t hurt either. Besides Shea Butter set, L’Occitane offers Almond and Verbena discovery collections. All retail for 20 GBP and can be bought at hqhair.

The set includes the following items housed in a nice turquoise cosmetics bag:

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1. L’Occitane Foot Cream 10ml

I don’t use a foot cream often – I’m pretty lucky that the skin on my feet is pretty low maintenance. This lavender scented cream works ok for me, but I doubt it would help someone with drier skin. The consistency seems lighter than that of a hand cream.

2. L’Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Body Cream 50ml

It is another item that I’ve tried and liked. The consistency is slightly on the thicker side, but it spreads easily and skinks in relatively quickly. It is a great, albeit expensive, body moisturizer.

3. L’Occitane Shea Hand Cream 10ml

Another item that I really love is Shea Butter Hand Cream. It is one of L’Occitane classics and for a reason. It nourishes hands and cuticles and this small size makes it a convenient on the go.

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4. L’Occitane Shea Soap Milk 100g

Compared to Bonne Mere collection of the soaps, this one feels much creamier. I tried it on my skin and, while it didn’t strip as much moisture as soaps usually do, still left my skin feeling pretty dry. However, I like it as a hand soap.

5. L’Occitane Shea Lip Balm 3ml

This lip balm is just ok. It has a light, non-offensive smell, it spreads easily on the lips, but it doesn’t sink in. This is the balm that I would prefer to use in winter, as it would create a balmy film on my lips. In summer, I prefer something that doesn’t stay on my lips. As for the performance – it is moisturizing, but keep in mind that my lips are in a pretty good condition at the moment.

6. L’Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Shower Cream 75ml

I’ve already reviewed it on the blog and I still love it. It is a gentle, lightly scented shower cream. It doesn’t create a foam, but it gently cleanses the skin without stripping it of its moisture. I found that I do not need to use a lot of body lotion after showering with it; in summer I can get away without using any.

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This set retails for 20 GBP, but you can snag it for less if you use some of many available discounts on hqhair.

L’Occitane is not a brand big on discounts (at least not in Croatia) or nice value sets (if I buy a holiday set for $80+, you could at least give a gift box for free), so this set is not of a great value, but the retail value of the set is still lower than buying the items individually.

I’ve calculated the value of the items in the set

L’Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Shower Cream 75ml (250 ml for GBP 14 – 75 ml for approximately GBP 4.20)

L’Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Body Cream 50ml (200 ml for GBP 29 – 50 ml value approximately GBP 7)

L’Occitane Shea Hand Cream 10ml (30 ml for GBP 8 – 10 ml value approximately GBP 2.60)

L’Occitane Foot Cream 10ml (30 ml for GBP 7.50 – 10 ml value GBP 2.50)

L’Occitane Shea Soap Milk 100g (GBP 4.50)

L’Occitane Shea Lip Balm 3ml (15 ml for GBP 8.50 – 3ml value GBP 1.70)

and, as you can see, the value of the set (not including the bag) is GBP 22.50, which is not considerably cheaper compared to the set’s full price.

So, do I recommend it? It is definitely a nice option to try some products if you are new to L’Occitane. The product size also makes is pretty convenient for travelling. However, if you are expecting a bang for your buck, you might be disappointed.

xoxo Tamara

New in: Dior, L’Occitane and MoYou London

 

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Hello lovelies,

I’ve been shopping a bit lately and ended up overdosed on blush and bronzer. I bought a total of 3 Dior Nude bronzer/blush products.

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Since my YSL bronzer is almost finished, I got Nude Tan Matte in Ambre. On a first glance, Dior looks slightly darker than YSL, but I think this shade will will work very well with my skin.

Dior Nude Tan Paradise Duo was on a whim purchase. It is a part of last year’s summer collection and I couldn’t miss it. It is actually bronzer and blush duo, which seems very convenient in case I need to travel.

The last powder is a part of 2014 Transat collection – it is Dior Nude Shimmer in Pink. This is not straight out bronzer/blush, although on my skin tone it will work as such. On darker skin tones, this might work as an all-over-powder or a highlighter.

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It’s been awhile since my last L’Occitane shopping. I was playing cart tetris on hqhair and realized that I can get a discount on L’Occitane. Then I realized that they are running a GWP offer and I was sold. I already needed a shower gel, so I decided to go back to my Almond Shower oil.

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I needed to spend additional 20 GBP to get a gift so I bought a cute Shea Butter mini set. The set contains a full sized Shea Butter soap, travel sized Shea Butter shower cream and Shea Butter body cream, mini Shea Butter hand cream, Shea Butter foot cream and Shea Butter lip balm in a cute mint cosmetic bag.

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The GWP contains a travel sized body cream from Roses et Reines collection, travel sized exfoliating shower gel and mini hand cream in a cute rose printed bag.

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My nails are pretty big (even at their shortest) so I always have hard time to find big stamping patterns. I have a bunch of stamping plates and yet none of the designs ate big to completely cover my nails. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Moyou London nail stamping plates and decided to take a plunge. They have an amazing selection of patterns, some of which are offered in XL size. I also bought a bigger squishy stamper.

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I bought three nail plates: Princess #14, Sailor #07 and Pro #05. The patterns are really big – even bigger than my nails which are currently pretty long. I’m looking forward to trying them out.

Did you buy anything recently?

xoxo Tamara

ORIFLAME Intense Hand Protection Concentrate Review

At work, I very often come in contact with the substances which dry out hands. Currently, a hand cream is something that I can’t live without. After spending Eucerin hand cream, which was very good, I wanted to find a cheaper solution and I’ve found it in Oriflame Intense Hand Protection Concentrate. It is not as cheap as I have hoped for – I got it on the sale for $4 for 50ml tube (Eucerin costs around $10 for 75ml).

The cream is very thick, but it spreads easily. However, it won’t sink immediately – it will take at least 5 to 10 minutes for it to sink in completely. This makes the cream not so work-friendly, as in this case you need something that will sink in quickly.

As for its effectiveness, it is very good – I usually apply a two pea-sized amount and it moisturizes pretty well (especially if I apply it in a thicker layer and use it over night). It works well for the cuticles, too.

The cream has a light, inoffensive scent, which needs some time to disappear completely.

All in all, a nice option, although I’d prefer if it would sink in more quickly.

EUCERIN pH5 Hand Cream

I’ve given up on L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream because of its packaging (aluminium tube on which I have managed to cut myself several times), so the replacement was needed.

Eucerin always has the promo where if you spend 720 kunas (around $130), you get a free product. My mother uses Eucerin moisturizers and she was missing 50 kunas to the required amount for a free product, so I’ve put the hand cream into the cart.

The cream comes in a 75ml plastic tube with a flip top opening. It retails for around $10. It has a pleasant, mild scent which disappears quickly upon application.

The consistency feels like a mousse – it looks thick, but when you spread it, it goes easily and it is very lightweight. It sinks in immediately, without leaving a greasy layer on the skin, which is a bonus, in my opinion.

The cream leaves the skin on your hand moisturized for a long time. It immediately fixes the skin dried out from hand-washing dishes.

Even though it is far from cheap, in my opinion this cream is worth every penny.

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L’OCCITANE Aromachologie Relaxing Hand Balm Review and Ingredients

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

L’Occitane Relaxing Hand Balm comes in a 50ml jar and retails for around $17. The product boasts with a non-greasy, nourishing texture. It is scented with rosemary, lavender, orange and tea tree extract and it contains shea butter and 3 essential oils: grape seed oil, coconut oil and sunflower seed oil.

TEXTURE

The texture is true to claims – it is very light, non-greasy and sinks in immediately.

REVIEW

I have used up two 5ml samples. I’ve been using the balm once per day (at night before going to bed) and these samples lasted me for a month.

I don’t have especially dry skin on my hands, but my first impression was: this won’t moisturize much. After a month of usage I must agree with my first impression – if you are looking for something that will deeply moisturize, check out L’Occitane Shea Butter hand cream.

However, I do not think that Relaxing Hand Balm is a bad product. I think it would be ideal for those who need to put a hand-cream several times per day. The balm skins in immediately, it is not greasy and provides a bit of moisture and relief to the dry skin. It is a good choice for an instant relief. Since it is non-greasy and sinks immediately, it might be a good choice to have a bottle of the balm on the working table – especially if you work a lot with papers.

The balm is scented with essential oils – the most dominant is the tea tree note. The scent, while it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, disappears quickly, 5 minutes upon the application.

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SKINCARE STASH INVENTORY (January 2012)

In my Make-up stash inventory post, I’ve promised skincare and body care stash post so here I am, fulfilling my promise.

You can read on my make-up inventory HERE.

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Project 10 Pans and Sample Challenge Update #4

It’s been ages from my last update. I can’t believe it took me so long to finally spend all of these products. However, I haven’t been as disciplined when it comes to the new purchases. I’ve got several nailpolishes and a primer. I’m also planning on a foundation purchase (even thought I have half a bottle of Clarins Everlasting and half a bottle of Dior Airflash) if the foundation I’m currently testing proves it is worth it.

Here are the original posts: Project 10 Pans, Sample Challenge

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Project 10 Pans Samples Challenge

During spring, I’ve made a plan of finally finishing some products from my stash. I haven’t updated it for a while, but it is only because I haven’t managed to spend anything. Later I have also announced a possibility to include more samples in the challenge.

Last week I have finally managed to find some time so I’ve been rearranging my cosmetics storage and I have figured out that I have tons of samples and testers. As I’m a bit afraid that they don’t go bad, I’ve picked several products I would like to spend. Some of these are already reviewed, as I’ve been using them before, but some I’ll have to test for the first time. I will only write a review if the product was tested for at least a week of daily usage.

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L’OCCITANE Shea Butter Hand Cream Review

L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Creams contains 150 ml and retails for $26 (18 euros). It is not among the cheapest, but it is definitely the best hand-cream I have ever tried. This cream contains 20% of shea butter.

The cream comes in a metal tube with a small cap which can be a bit inconvenient when opening the product (I’d prefer it to be a bit bigger). The packaging looks a bit like a tube of paint.

Shea butter hand cream is very thick and a little goes a long way. I usually use a pea size amount of cream for both hands. The cream sinks in immediately and softens the hands.

The cream has very mild scent. I can’t say I like it very much, but it isn’t overpowering and it disappears immediately upon the application.

This cream helps even with severe dryness. My father has such a dried out skin on the hands that it cracks and breaks and this cream always solves the problem without being too irritating. After 2 weeks of constantly using this cream, his hands are in much better shape and the skin doesn’t cracks anymore.

Shea butter hand cream is also available in travel size (30ml packaging) which is great for carrying it around in the purse (I’ll be getting one of these when I spend my Dior hand cream), and every year, around Christmas, L’Occitane releases special edition of this moisturizer with different scent (last Christmas it was vanilla scented).

Overall impression:

 

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