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Ouai Shampoo and Conditioner for Fine Hair Review

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Hello. In line with taking care of ourselves during these quarantine times, it’s very important to take time to breathe, relax, stretch, exercise, and have a good soothing shower. Remember: “A sound mind is in a sound body”. So, speaking of baths and showers, I have a haircare line to recommend, that is if, you haven’t tried this line yet.

 

The Ouai Shampoo and Conditioner for Fine Hair is a surprise love for me. At first, I didn’t expect much from this line, thinking it would be just like any of those shampoos and conditioners that claim to add volume and bounce, yet most of them didn’t really work for me. However, I do love a lot of Ouai’s haircare stuff, so, I gave this a try. My first impression of these? I was blown away.

 

As a side note, my hair is quite flat, straight, and has mostly fine strands especially in the inner layers, however, I also have some sort of thick strands mixed-in. On top of that, it tends to get oily. So, I always look for a good volumizing lightweight shampoo and conditioner to help with the issue. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t like moisturizing haircare products. It really all depends on the situation. In fact, I’m planning to review the Ouai Shampoo and Conditioner for Medium Hair soon to see if that will also work for me. For now, let’s take a look at these.

 

ouai shampoo for fine hair review

 

Ouai Fine Hair Shampoo (10-32 oz: 28-56 USD) – This shampoo has a nice light floral scent (taken from Ouai’s Mercer St. EDP) which has a bit of lemon, jasmine, and musk. This has a very very lightweight feel that is definitely formulated for fine hair that needs volume or body. Also, this shampoo is color-safe, has no harsh ingredients, and this has Hydrolyzed Keratin which tames frizzies and flyaways. What I really like about this shampoo is that this foams and rinses the hair very well without having to use too much. This makes the hair feel so clean without drying it and this gets rid of excess oil. Along with the conditioner for fine hair, this shampoo delivers what it’s supposed to be.

 

ouai fine hair conditioner review

 

Ouai Fine Hair Conditioner (10-32 oz: 28-56 USD) – This conditioner has a nice smooth feel that is quite fluid and totally light. This has the same ingredients as the Fine Shampoo which has Biotin and Chia Seed Oil but this is definitely not thick and this doesn’t weigh the hair down. The jasmine scent of this is quite more noticeable than the shampoo counterpart but still very very light. I really like that the effect of this conditioner plus the shampoo gave that right look of clean, soft, bouncy hair and with relaxed or tamed frizzies and flyaways.

 

Overall, I am utterly impressed with this Shampoo and Conditioner. I think these are becoming my holy grail haircare since there aren’t really many shampoos and conditioners out there that truly volumizes the hair and makes it look clean. On top of that, these make the hair look nice and still volumized even the next day, and with the sleek packaging along with the lovely light floral scent, I really recommend these for those with fine hair.

 

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Shiseido vs Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler Review

Shiseido vs Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler review

 

Ever since I started loving makeup, I have only used four eyelash curlers ever. The first one was the original Sephora Lash Curler which I ditched right away after a few uses because it simply didn’t work for my eye shape. The second one is the Japonesque Go Curl Curler which is a plastic curler that I still use but I mostly reserve it for traveling, and the third and fourth ones are these Shiseido and Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers which are the ones I reach out for most of the time.

 

lash curlers

 

For someone with short, straight, sparse lashes, and small hooded eyes, there aren’t a lot of choices for me when it comes to eyelash curlers. In fact, it can be daunting to find one, especially one that actually works. For some reason, I just can’t use a standard lash curler because I also have flat eyelids and most lash curlers tend to be very curved and wide. Both the Shiseido and Shu Uemura ones seem to fit the bill for what I want, but they’re not exactly the same, although both are cult-favorites.

 

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler review

 

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler (20.34 USD) – This was love at first curl. This lash curler is quite flat compared to most standard lash curlers out there and a little narrower too. I like that this curls the lashes precisely and even accurately. I don’t have to put a lot of pressure on my lashes whenever I curl with this and most of the time I only have to do the curling process twice. Also, this catches most of my lashes most of the time and I never had any pinching issues.

 

Shiseido Eyelash Curler

 

Shiseido Eyelash Curler (22 USD) – This lash curler is almost identical to the Shu Uemura one in terms of flatness. However, this is a bit wider than the Shu Uemura and this costs a bit more. I like this a lot but I’ve had a few lid pinching issues with this and this doesn’t seem to catch all my lashes especially the tiny ones along the corner of my eye. This also tends to curl only after doing the process three times or even four. I do like the soft bouncy silicone pads that this lash curler came with.

 

Shiseido vs Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

 

Therefore, I tend to look for my Shu Uemura ones every time I curl my lashes. I still reach for my Shiseido’s but I have to be a bit more careful when using it because of the pinching. While both lash curlers don’t require force or pressure to curl the lashes (they also come with gentle pads) and both don’t cut them either, I have a strong preference for the Shu Uemura ones. It’s perfect for Asian eyes, small eyes, hooded eyes, and for those with short stick-straight lashes as well. I have yet to investigate the Surratt Beauty Relevée Lash Curler (34 USD) that everyone’s talking about. Will report soon.

 

What’s your go-to lash curler?

 

 

 

Viseart Eyeshadow Collection Review + Swatches

Viseart Eyeshadow Palette

 

There’s something about Viseart eyeshadows that made me so curious to try. At first, I was really fascinated by their pigments even before having to swatch them on my arm. Whenever I glance at Viseart palettes at Sephora, I’ve always thought that the pigments look very vivid, rich, and totally enticing. On top of that, their packaging looks unique and totally different. It made me wonder how they fare especially when compared to other big-name eyeshadow palettes out there.

 

With time, I’ve managed to collect a few Viseart Eyeshadow Palettes and here’s what I think about each of them.

 

Viseart Tryst Eyeshadow Palette eyeshadow

 

Viseart Tryst Eyeshadow Palette

 

Tryst Eyeshadow Palette (49 USD) – This palette has 9 shades which contain mostly of 7 metallic shimmery shades that are not too blinding and 2 very wearable matte shades. I would describe this palette as somewhat of an all-season type where you can find shades that are Fall/Winter-ready and also shades that you can rock for Spring and Summer. I do think that most of the shades in this palette are warm-toned and I also think that any complexion can wear them, so overall, I find this palette to be very wearable and the one that I tend to reach out constantly.

 

Viseart Petite Pro 4 Apricotine eyeshadow

 

Viseart Petite Pro 4 Apricotine

 

Petite Pro 4 Apricotine (30 USD) – This tiny and bright 8-shade palette is screaming Spring and Summer with its very gorgeous and very pigmented tones of apricot and melon. Although it’s a little challenging for me to pull off the peachy tones, I still find these shades to be very wearable when applied well. Also, this palette has some very flattering neutral tones that are definitely worth wearing and trying.

 

Viseart Paris EDIT Eyeshadow Palette eyeshadow

 

Viseart Paris EDIT Eyeshadow Palette

 

Paris EDIT Eyeshadow Palette (39 USD) – This is one of those eyeshadow palettes that will make you happy even before actually trying or using it. A palette designed and was released during Valentine’s Day, you can’t help but stare at the beauty of this palette over and over again. This has 12 shades that consist mostly of 4 mattes and 8 shimmers which are all very pigmented and silky. As a Valentine palette, I definitely find the shades to be rose-toned and definitely romantic. The overall size of this palette is not too small and not too big either and it’s wonderful for traveling.

 

Viseart Petit PRO 1 Eyeshadow Palette eyeshadow

 

Viseart Petit PRO 1 Eyeshadow Palette eyeshadow

 

Petit PRO 1 Eyeshadow Palette (30 USD) – This petite palette contains 8 shades and they are mostly neutrals. I feel like this is a starter Viseart palette and the shades are very pigmented and you can create different eye makeup looks even though this fits on the palm of your hand. There are 4 mattes in this palette and there are also 4 shimmers that complement each other.

 

Viseart Theory Eyeshadow Palette in Theory VII Siren review

 

Viseart Theory Eyeshadow Palette in Theory VII Siren eyeshadow

 

Theory Eyeshadow Palette in Theory VII Siren (45 USD) – A Fall-ready eyeshadow palette with 6 microshimmery shades. This palette is one of my faves if not my most favorite from the Viseart Theory Eyeshadow line because of its gorgeous rose and coppery tones. There are only 6 shades in this palette but each pan is large and all the shades are beautiful and are very smooth to apply and blend. You can create a neutral eye look or a rosy warm metallic look with this beautiful bold palette.

 

Viseart Eyeshadow review

 

In Summary, the Viseart Eyeshadow Palettes are free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, and are cruelty-free and gluten-free. I am very impressed with their quality especially with their pigments that are extremely rich and long-wearing. I love how they curate the shades in each palette and each has consistently good quality and has very very minimal to zero fallouts. Texture-wise and shade-wise, these Viseart eyeshadow palettes don’t need a primer and they stay put for hours on the lid, even if your lid is oily. My lid gets oily for sure but these palettes never creased on me and they never irritated my lid either which is really nice because I tend to be very cautious with eyeshadows since some can give me a terrible allergic reaction. If I have to compare these palettes with some other palettes out there, I would say that these palettes’ quality is definitely the pro-type, high-end, and they have a very similar feel and performance to the Natasha Denona eyeshadows, Charlotte Tilbury’s, and yes even similar to Tom Ford’s. Therefore, I highly recommend these eyeshadows.

 

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