Review | Phyto Phytokératine Extrême exceptional shampoo for ultra-damaged brittle dry hair

I know what you’re thinking: ‘Girl, another hair care review, really?’ Yes, really. But I promise you that it’s worth reading on, because the shampoo that I am reviewing today is quite exceptional. Let me explain.

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The new Phyto Phytokératine Extrême shampoo is a sulfate, silicon and paraben-free shampoo that contains plant-derived keratin, sapote butter, baobab oil and peony extract to repair ultra-damaged locks and give nutrition, suppleness and shine to brittle and dry hair.

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The fact that the Phyto Phytokératine Extrême shampoo is free from nasties and uses such a gentle blend of natural ingredients to cleanse, repair and nourish the hair was already enough to capture my attention, but what really made the product stand out for me is the fact that the main ingredient is peony extract. I don’t know about you, but I’d say it’s pretty unusual to have a formula that doesn’t have aqua a.k.a. water as the first ingredient on the ingredient list. And it’s not just peony extract that’s present in large doses. All the other important actives in the formula are high up on the ingredient list as well. Some products on the market contain only a very small percentage of a certain ingredient but are still marketed as if that ingredient is the main active while it’s not. Phyto clearly refuses to use that trick and doesn’t fool their customers, because all the oils, butters and extracts in the Phyto Phytokératine Extrême shampoo that they promise will repair and nourish the hair are present in large amounts and make up a huge chunk of the overall formula. Quite exceptional indeed!

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So does that mean that I’m also getting exceptional results from the Phyto Phytokératine Extrême shampoo? Well, using the word exceptional may be stretching it a bit, but I’m definitely impressed. The shampoo is super gentle on my hair and makes my tresses feel soft and healthy. Since I have several different shampoos on rotation it’s hard to say how well the Phyto Phytokératine Extrême shampoo is doing as far as repairing and strengthening goes, but I have faith that all the botanical ingredients in the formula are working their magic and are making my brittle hair healthier and stronger.

The Phyto Phytokératine Extrême shampoo is sold for a suggested retail price of 20.70 CHF.

Have you tried the Phyto Phytokératine Extrême shampoo yet? Have you ever used a shampoo that didn’t have water as its main ingredient?

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Make-up look | Pretty in pink

Question: what do pink make-up, skinny jeans and braids have in common?

Anwer: they can all be used to complete the sentence: ‘When in doubt, wear …’

In other words they’re all safety nets for me. Fool-proof choices. Can’t-go-wrong-with-this options. Today I’m showing you an easy pink make-up look featuring Star Violet from my new – and already very beloved – MAC Burgundy Times Nine eyeshadow palette and the Artistry Pink Quartz Sheer Lipstick. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, yes, I’m also wearing a braid here and yes, I’m also wearing skinny jeans. Take a look!

Review MAC Burgundy Times Nine swatch MAC Star Violet MAC Embark MAC Haux

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Eyes

–  MAC Fluidline gel eyeliner in Blacktrack
– Star Violet (eyelid) + Embark (outer corner of the eye) + Haux (crease) from the MAC Burgundy Times Nine eyeshadow palette
Estée Lauder Little Black Primer mascara
GOSH Brow kit

Face

Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging CC Cream SPF 10
NYX Finishing Powder

Lips

Artistry Sheer Lipstick in Pink Quartz

Make-up look (Pretty in pink)

What is your favorite ‘when in doubt’ make-up color? Do you like my all-pink look?

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Review | Rausch Willow Bark Treatment Shampoo + Rausch Ginseng Caffeine Shampoo

After his and hers perfume, jewelry and bath towels there is now also his and hers hair care. At least for me and my fiancé there is, because a couple of weeks ago I discovered the perfect shampoo duo for us. Take a look!

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His: Rausch Willow Bark Treatment Shampoo

The Rausch Willow Bark Treatment Shampoo contains willow bark water – lots of it! – and thyme oil to treat dandruff and soothe sensitive itchy scalps. And there’s more, because according to Rausch the formula is also effective against hair loss and lice.

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Obviously my man doesn’t have lice (though all boys do have cooties of course) but he does suffer from dandruff, thinning hair and some scalp sensitivity, so for him the Rausch Willow Bark Treatment Shampoo is pretty much the perfect all-in-one shampoo. He says it’s not exactly the best-smelling shampoo out there*, but that it does a really good job getting rid of dandruff and preventing his scalp from getting all itchy.
* he’s been helping me finish some of my shampoos, so his smell standards have gone up a bit

Hers: Rausch Ginseng Caffeine Shampoo

The brand new Rausch Ginseng Caffeine Shampoo contains extracts of ginseng root, guarana and tiger grass as well as caffeine to gently cleanse the hair and stimulate the scalp’s blood circulation to strengthen the hair and prevent and treat hair loss.

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Rausch promises up to 28% hair regrowth after 18 weeks, which is pretty much how much hair I feel I lost during my wedding hair trial back in May. If the Rausch Ginseng Caffeine Shampoo could bring back some of those lost strands I’d be absolutely over the moon. No, scratch that, I’d be over Europa, Io, Ganymede and Callisto. I’d be so over them that I’d be giving nose kisses to Pluto. I’m still pretty heartbroken over the fact that my hair got so badly damaged, so anything that can help make my tresses strong and healthy again and can bring back some of their thickness is A-okay with me. So far I’m not really seeing any new hair growth yet though, but I do get the impression that I shed a bit less when I comb my hair. And unlike my man’s shampoo the Rausch Ginseng Caffeine Shampoo actually smells really nice. It smells very fresh and herbal and is a real pleasure to use. Fingers crossed that in 18 weeks’ time I’ll start seeing some new hair growth!

In Switzerland Rausch the new Rausch Ginseng Caffeine Shampoo is sold for 16.90 CHF. The Rausch Willow Bark Treatment Shampoo retails for 14.90 CHF.

Do you and your partner use the same shampoo brand? Are you a Rausch fan?

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Review | MAC Say It Isn’t So Dazzleshadow + MAC Phiff! Dazzleglass

Earlier this month MAC launched the brand new Le Disko Collection here in Switzerland and to celebrate the return of 70s I decided to create a dazzling disco look featuring two products from the new collection. Take a look!

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MAC Dazzleshadow in Say It Isn’t So

According to MAC, the new Dazzleshadow eyeshadow formula offers rich pigment and a twinkling sheen. The shade Say It Isn’t So is described by the brand as a dark grey with pink sparkles. Pretty!

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With my Urban Decay Primer Potion as a base Say It Isn’t So goes on almost surprisingly easy and with virtually no fall-out whatsoever. Very unusual for a glitter product! And the longevity is great too. Even in these scorching temperatures Say It Isn’t So stays nicely put and shows only minimal creasing by the end of the day.

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Bottom line? If you’re into intense color with lots of sparkle but find traditional glitter eyeshadows too fussy to work with the MAC Dazzleshadow formula is absolutely for you!

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Say It Isn’t So (eyelid) + MAC Embark (crease) + MAC Siahi (lower waterline) + MAC Toledo Modern Twist Lash (eyelashes)

Availibility: 31 CHF in all MAC stores and in the MAC online store.

MAC Dazzleglass in Phiff!

Phiff! is described by MAC as a sheer neutral beige with an orange undertone and is a relaunch of an already existing Dazzleglass shade.

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On my lips Phiff! looks pretty much clear and I get mainly just shine and shimmer from it. The non-sticky formula feels light and pleasant on my lips and the sparkle stays nicely put without settling into lines or migrating past my lip contours.

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Bottom line? The MAC Phiff! Dazzleglass is a nice little gloss for those looking for a clear gloss with lots of shimmer or those wanting to add some sparkle to their lip color.

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Availability: 32 CHF in all MAC stores and in the MAC online store.

Did you pick up anything from the MAC Le Disko Collection? What do you think of Say It Isn’t So and Phiff?

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