April empties

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OGX biotin & collagen conditioner. May Lindstrom the jasmine garden. Leahlani champagne serum.
  • OGX Biotin & Collagen Conditioner

It took me quite long to go through this bottle, I don’t even remember when I bought it.

I got to know about OGX initially from Caroline Hirons (no surprise here). I can’t seem to find the video anymore, but in that she talked about the Kukui Oil one (black bottle) and how it made her hair feel like wind flowing through (I rephrase here). Sold. I have a lot of hair and it’s quite thick, so anything that makes it feel lighter is absolutely welcome. So yes, I really like that OGX Kukui Oil and it did feel really lightweight as Caroline described in her blogpost.

I came to this Biotin & Collagen one (purple bottle) because although I have a lot of hair, I felt like I was losing a lot of it too, and my hair didn’t look as healthy as I wanted it to. One of my friends mentioned it could be because of the water here in Finland, but while I don’t rule that option out totally, I think I should take other things into consideration too, like my health and what I use for my hair.

Do I like this OGX Biotin & Collagen? Not as much as the Kukui Oil. I prefer the smell of the Kukui Oil, and that one makes a difference on my hair. This one, not so much. I may still repurchase though, because I don’t want to put too much thought into this. Plus, SLS-free products that work well and don’t break bank are hard to come by. At the same time, I keep my eyes open for new options.

I usually buy OGX hair care products from K-Citymarket.

Oh yeah, one more thing. Its package is cute and unique, but it’s quite hard to get the stuff out when it reaches toward the end. I put it upside down when it happens, but it’s still hard because I run the risk of getting too much product out. Not fun.

  • May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden

I knew about May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden from Caroline Hirons (duh!).

Even before I got it confirmed, I had noticed that May Lindstrom doesn’t do sales. Offers and giveaways yes, sales no. Naturally, when Green Soul Cosmetics had a sale going on for May Lindstrom products before they stopped carrying the range completely, I jumped at the chance. I got The Jasmine Garden at 48€ (I don’t remember its price before the price increase, maybe 70-ish? It’s currently 81€ on Naturelle – should be the same price across the board in Finland).

Ever since I got it since September last year, I’ve used it every single day in the morning. One of the reasons I bought it was because I love jasmine and expected it to smell like jasmine as its name suggests. It doesn’t. I thought I was spraying perfume on my face, I was totally caught off guard. It has a very strong smell; if I could describe it in three words, that would be: cocoa, watery, floral (unspecified). I grew to like the smell over time, but it wasn’t jasmine to my nose at any point. And I never liked it when I happened to spray a bit too much, it’s too strong.

On paper, I would be head over heels with this Jasmine Garden. Jasmine, rose, ylang ylang, what else could I have asked? But in reality, I was more impressed for the wrong reason.

One thing I could give it the credit for is its design. Miron glass is the best protection for the product, and the spray gives out the best mist I’ve known – not too fine, not too drippy. Just need to be a bit careful of the cap, since it’s quite loose and you could break the bottle if you grab it mindlessly.

tophcam said that people who don’t like May Lindstrom products most likely are people who don’t get it. I would have to politely disagree. I’m one who sees skincare as self-care, I treat skin gently with love, and I’m willing to spend money on it for the joy of it. At the same time, it has to work for me. I’ve tried two May Lindstrom products so far, and neither of them lived up to my expectation. They are okay, but I want them to give me some “wow” and “oomph”, especially considering the price. They don’t really work for my skin, they could be there and not be there and I barely see a difference.

I remember reading some May Lindstrom interviews and instagram posts, and I think she would agree that if her products don’t work for some people then it’s okay too. I wanted to like it but if it didn’t happen then it simply didn’t happen. Skin is so personal and you have to listen to what your body tells you.

With that being said, I think May Lindstrom is a wonderful person and I’m glad her products could help so many people out there. The Blue Cocoon is still in my wishlist, I will just not repurchasing this spray.

  • Leahlani Champagne Serum

Another product I got to know from Caroline and bought from Green Soul Cosmetics (same order with The Jasmine Garden).

Not anyone’s fault, this is another one that looks good on paper (lavender, chamomile, and rose geranium – oh dear) but didn’t really work for my skin. I used it most nights, and I could hardly tell what it did. Many people swear by it though, so it might be just me.

I have many oils I’m interested in trying, so most likely this one will not be repurchased, at least in near future.


This month’s empties are mostly okay but not very positive, but I’m still glad I tried them out. I’m also glad they ran out so I could move on to other hopefully better things.

This post comes before the end of the month because I think I won’t be able to do it next week, and I’ve looked around and don’t see any more things that could be used up by then.

I have a couple new things that I might want to talk next time. Nothing is certain yet though because blogging is not my priority. Sometimes I feel that bloggers are not given enough credits and taken seriously while they work hard for their content. I’m not talking about myself, I don’t even consider myself a blogger. Real bloggers though, they have my respect.

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