This might seem like a strange combination for a blog post but there's some rhyme and reason to it. On Saturday night, I met up with Mai for an evening out. It was great to get out and have some fun as it's been a tense 2 1/2 weeks. We were supposed to go to the Hawaii Fashion and Beauty Expo, which I had been looking forward to for months but when I checked out their website and saw the events that they were having as well as the listed vendors, I wasn't impressed at all. I was actually disappointed that there were no listings for any name brand cosmetic companies and most of the events were centered around Hawaii Top Model and Operation Runway Competition. When Mai drove by the venue on her way to meet me at the shopping mall, she took a look and told me that it wasn't crowded at all. This signaled to us that perhaps we should just skip it as it didn't seem like it was going to be that good. Instead we decided to play in Lush and Sephora.
I wanted to go to Lush since I always seem to forget to go and check it out. I was especially interested to see if they had the "It's Raining Men" shower gel. Unfortunately, I didn't realize it was limited edition so of course they sold out on it a long time ago. The SA there did a hand treatment using various products--sorry, I can't remember exactly what she used. One of the items that she did use though was the Buffy Body Butter.
Buffy Body Butter contains ground up bits of rice, almonds and beans which help to exfoliate your skin. Cocoa and Shea Butters help to moisturize your skin. You use Buffy on wet skin, rubbing the bar in a circular motion whereever your skin is dry and/or rough. You then massage the butter in, which helps to moisturize as well as further exfoliate. Rinse off and pat dry. On the website it says that you don't even need to use body lotion after using Buffy. The SA told us this is also used to combat cellulite. (Really?!) Our hands felt so nice that Mai and I decided to buy one bar and split it to try. The bar itself costs $22.95 for a 7 oz bar.
When I got home late that evening, I decided to try out the bar. I decided to use it on my thighs and on my tummy, as well as on my heels. It is pleasantly scented and the scent isn't overwhelming like a lot of Lush products. One thing that I wasn't prepared for was how greasy it felt when I was done. I didn't notice it on my hands but I guess that's because I use lotion on my hands on a regular basis. I did not like the greasy film that it left on my skin AND on my shower floor! I had to scrub my shower floor afterwards to make sure that no one will slip and fall. I decided against using it on my body again but will use it on my heels and hands. If I use it on my heels, I will definitely have to clean my shower floor afterwards. The good thing is that I will have a super clean shower floor. I've been using it each morning just before I leave the house and last thing at night before I go to bed. I love the way my hands feel so moisturized using it and although you don't need to use lotion after using this, I still do. One side note is that I'm not sure if this is because I've been using Buffy but since I started, my sink drain has started to drain really, really slow. I have to check it to see if the lint catch needs to be cleaned but getting a little worried that this might not be good to use every day.
We also went into Sephora to look around and ended up talking with one of the SA's about hair care. With the humidity in Hawaii and all of the color treating that I do, my hair is really frizzy and doesn't look healthy. It looked really nice when I was in Las Vegas. She told me that she uses this brand called Alterna, which Sephora will be carrying. It is Parabens free, Sulfate free, free of synthetic dyes, Phthalate free, GMO free and Triclosan free. The Caviar line is anti-aging and she said that she notices that she has less hair loss. The only thing is that with it being free from all of those things, it doesn't really lather up. I like lather--I know that it's not supposed to be good but I really like lather. I feel cleaner somehow. Anyway, Sephora still isn't carrying it instore here so yesterday I called around and found it at Beauty Outlet Supply. They had travel sizes so I decided to buy that to try instead of the full size.
I got the Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner. I was debating between moisturizing and volumizing because my issues with my hair is both. I also got the dry shampoo (full size). The dry shampoo is talc free. The awesome thing is the SA there was helping me with different products to apply to my hair to help tame the frizzies without it weighing my hair down or making it greasy. She then gave me some samples to try out so that I could see which ones I liked.
There are a LOT of samples here that she gave me! I was really impressed. Since I just got these yesterday, I haven't had a chance to try it out yet. Will give it some time and will let you know.