Friday, March 20, 2015

Review on Lush Seanik shampoo bar

Hi everybody!

Today I am reviewing Lush's Seanik shampoo bar
This product costs about $12 for 1.9 oz of product.
It is said to be:
"Solid seaweed shampoo bar for shine and body
Soften tangled locks and add oceans of shine with this mineral-rich, sea salt volumizing shampoo bar. Seanik is made with nourishing ingredients from the sea: softening Irish moss seaweed and Japanese nori seaweed make your hair soft as silk from root to tips, and sea salt gives body and volume to hair that’s fallen flat. One seriously sexy shampoo, we added lemon oil for extra shine, and the exotic far eastern fragrance of sensual mimosa and jasmine oils to bathe you in the heady scent of tropical flora all day long."
What do I think of this product?
So I have used this product for at least a month and I have mixed feelings. =/ I bought this to be a drying shampoo for rainy/snow/sleet days and also because my scalp tends to be oily and I have read reviews that this bar tends to be drying.
I honestly didn't care much about the added volume and shine benefits of this bar, because that wasn't what I was looking for haha. I personally do not think it gave much shine or volume to my hair. Though, my hair is quite long now, and weighs a lot, and it is probably weighing down my hair more than the shampoo can pull it back up, if you know what I mean. So maybe it would work better for people with shorter hair.
The bar has a clean fresh scent to it, that is not strong or painful to smell (unlike the Karma Komba). However, the scent doesn't really transfer much fragrance to the hair, which I would have preferred (because I like clean and fresh scents) but didn't mind too much.
The product lathered into a rich foam, was easy to work with, did not irritate my scalp. The seaweed bits I never had a problem with them getting stuck in my hair or in the drain. They were small enough to wash down.
I enjoyed using this for the first couple of weeks, but after a while I was starting to get doubtful. My hair looked clean and non-oily, which was good, but it didn't smell clean. If I scratched my head and smelled my fingers (and I know some of you do this, don't deny it!), it smelled as if I didn't shower, that sort of oily hair smell. I also started to smell that unwashed hair smell on myself, even without scratching my head. My hair looked and felt fine/normal, but smelled dirty. Like I could sit at the computer and then move my head a bit and where my head was before, I could smell dirty hair.
I'm pretty sure I'm not imagining this or being hyperaware or sensitive about this, because I have a relatively sensitive sense of smell, and this has never happened to me before. That after showering, my hair would smell bad. At worst it would smell like nothing, which I'm totally fine with. I am not okay with my hair smelling bad or dirty, even if it is actually clean. Maybe that's how it's supposed to work? I don't know, but I don't like it. =/ And it makes me unsure of whether this shampoo properly cleaned my hair or not.....-___-
I would probably not repurchase this one again. I can use it everyday, and it won't dry my hair out, which is great, it drys it out enough that my hair won't get oily but won't make it uncomfortably dry and flaky, but I can't stand it when my hair doesn't smell clean. Big no no. Didn't work for me. I still have it, but I'll just use it on lazy days, when I'm hanging out at home or being boring and studying in the library and not socializing with people. =P

Do I recommend this product?
Assuming that this bad experience of mine was a special exception, I think this a good bar to try out. It is one of the more well know and reviewed shampoo bars out there, so it might work out better for you, especially if your hair tends to be oily.
But if you like your hair to have a smellable fragrance after showering, I don't recommend this product. Probably won't smell as fresh and cleans as you would want.

So I hope this review was helpful. I know that Lush products are rather expensive, so it's safer to read what other's say before purchasing. I do it all the time. Feel free to comment or ask questions in the comment box below!
Thank you for reading! I will see you later. =)

My last winter outfits before spring!

Hi everyone!

Here are the last of my winter outfits before spring! Winter is quite long on the East Coast, it actually snowed ice today and was in the 40s, so we're not quite there yet, but hopefully by the end of this month spring will greet us!

What I should have worn for Christmas....probably =P

Scarf: gift (but I think it's from H&M)
Sweater: Yesstyle
Skirt: Yesstyle
Tights and long socks: Uniqlo
Boots: Aldo

The sweater was a good choice, usually it's hard to know the material of sweaters and how they feel on your skin when you are buying online, but I got lucky. This is both soft and warm and the knitting is not that loose so there are no gaps or holes in the weave. However, it is a sort of cropped sweater, which I didn't expect (or maybe because I'm taller than most Asians, it would be normal for them but short for me). You can't really tell it's cropped here because the red skirt is actually a high waisted skirt, ha ha! This combo has a very Christmas vibe (hence the title) and I really would have liked to wear this for Christmas actually, but oh well, next time! 
The boots are a low wedge heel that go over the knee. They are very soft and comfortable. Not real leather so it can deal with some rain and salt without taking the trouble to prep it or clean it afterwards. Being a low heel, they are very easy to walk in and (as a person who loves high heels) feel like I'm wearing flat boots.

 Preppy girl #1

Scarf: Uniqlo (men's but who cares!)
Turtleneck: Uniqlo Heattech
Peacoat: Banana Republic
Red skirt: Yesstyle
Tights and long socks: Uniqlo
Short boots: Sporto (has a little orange duck as the logo) (bought at DSW)

So yes, I got another coat from Banana Republic. They might as well sponsor me now for all of this! lol Anyway, it was a very good deal. From $180 to $90 and I could not resist XD. It looks very classic too and I like that. =)
The short boots are awesome too! I also got them for sale, I don't remember how much though. They are waterproof and lined with fur! So they keep my feet warm and dry. I've walked through snow in this without too much trouble until the snow gets higher than the shoe, and well, then, yes, my feet will get wet from snow going inside the boot. But where I live, it doesn't snow that much, it only snowed that much once or twice, so I wore a longer pair of snow boots then.

I put effort in my hair that day! haha And I did milkmaid braids! It was snowy and windy those days, and I wanted to still look cute but not with messed up hair! And the bun thing gets boring, so did this! I used professional grade bobby pins which I will talk about in a review soon! And it turned out really well! My hair has grown quite long and now I can play with it a bit more. I got a ton of compliments in and outside of school, haha, definitely a confidence booster.

Preppy girl #2

I love my scarf!
 Scarf: H&M
Turtleneck: Banana Republic
Peacoat: Banana Republic
Gray skirt: Yesstyle
Tights and long socks: Uniqlo
Boots: Aldo

Yes, here's the peacoat again. =P But it I really like it okay! XD
The sky blue turtleneck bring some lightness and softness into the outfit, starting that color transition towards spring (but not the clothing transition, still gotta wait). It is quite soft and comfortable, a little shapeless, but who care when you want to be warm! I find it to be simple, clean, and chic.
The skirt, don't get it, just saying, it's way too short. I ended up donating it where some child could wear it, because it was so dangerously short! Ended up buying a very similar looking one in Zara for $20 that was much better material and more appropriate length. =P
That scarf will probably be my spring scarf this season! I love it so much. It is actually very very long, but also incredibly soft. I can wrap it around my neck at least 3 times if I want extra warmth and it has a floral print that screams for spring, but with toned down soft gray and white neutral colors that can match most outfits. ^_^

I loved winter; it was beautiful and terrible (mostly the melting and the ice), but I am so ready for spring! When I went back to CA, it was 90F and sunny and awesome! I don't like summers here because they are hot and humid, but spring should be fun, in the 60s and low 70s and not humid yet! I'm looking forward to it.
Hope you liked some of my outfits and it gave you some ideas for next winter, or if you still live in a place like mine that's still cold, then some current cold weather outfit ideas.
Feel free to comment or ask any questions in the comment box below!
Thanks so much for reading! I will see you soon! =D


Hi guys!

I'm really sorry for being MIA. I probably had one of the worst med classes ever, SDR (sexual development and reproduction). I mean it was an interesting class and I learned a lot, studying for it was tough though =/. It was so hard that I didn't have time to update you guys because I spent so much time studying and being stress. So I'm sorry for not communicating well with you guys. =(

I also flew back to CA for spring break, because all of us needed a break, and I needed some personal family and friend time, and uh, eating Asian food time, maybe haha.
But I am back early from break because stuff needs to be done! But I am free before I start classes again! Thanks for those of you who have stuck with me, I really appreciate it. =)

So I guess I'll get to it =P.