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Kao Essential Nuance Airy Shampoo & Conditioner Review

Product Description

Essential Nuance Airy Shampoo & Conditioner cures damaged hair, facilitating different hair style.
High concentrated honey and milk protein:

  • Deep-repair natural ingredients nourishes from the core to the surface, maintaining healthy hair.
  • Ultra Shine Essence restores smoothness and radiance.
  • For hair damaged by dyeing, perm and hair dryer.
  • For hair losing elasticity and vitality.
  • Hydrating Wild Rose Essence forms a protective film, leaving hair smooth.
  • Floral and fruity aroma.


The Essential shampoos and conditioners have had a package overhaul since the last time that I purchased it! It reminds me a bit of a clam shell at the top. The amount is still the same as it was previously – 200mL. This is significantly smaller than most shampoos that retail in our big box stores. A bigger size is also made at 500mL and refills at 380mL.

I first bought this because my hair was super fried. My hair had been dyed and my ends were suffering from it. I used this once a week and my hair felt soft again and I kind of stopped using it. When I decided to ombre my hair it undid everything. It felt thin and crunchy whenever I ran my hand through my hair. It also smelled like hair dye, but that was was to be expected, I suppose. Since I had dark hair and I went really blond on my ends, my hair really suffered.

To fix this, I decided to use Essential everyday. Actually, during the first week after the ombre I was using a purple shampoo to tone it. It was a bit too yellow and I wanted to make it more ashy. I used Essential the week after. Usually I like to shampoo my hair, rinse it, and then apply conditioner and leave it while I wash my body. This gives my hair time to absorb all the good stuff as opposed to rinsing it right after applying.

I do want to mention that Kao Essential has two lines: Rich Premier and Nuance Airy. Although both lines are supposed to help with damaged hair, Rich Premier is aimed towards straightening, untangling, thicker hair, etc. Nuance Airy is meant for soft, bouncy hair, adding volume, etc. My hair is naturally really straight so I usually go for products that add volume instead.

Nuance Airy has a nice, sweet scent. I didn’t expect it to smell the way it does. I think it’s a pleasant smell, but other people might not be fond of it if they are sensitive to products with heavy scents. I can smell it when, say, I turn my head and my hair moves and I like that trailing scent it gives off haha!

So the most important thing about this product – does it work? It definitely worked for me. After just a week of using it daily, my hair became really soft again. What I like about the product is that you can see immediate results. You really don’t need a lot of product and as soon as you rinse off the shampoo you can already feel a difference. My hair instantly feels thicker and voluminous! Pairing it with the conditioner my hair feels super soft. I can’t stop running my hand through my hair LOL. And the scent of it while I’m taking a hot shower makes me feel more relaxed haha!

Even after stopping for a bit after using it for a week straight, I can still see that the results were lingering. It’s not one of those products where you only see results if you use it all the time. I like using this for a couple days and then stopping. Mostly it’s because I’m scared that the product might accumulate in my hair. It hasn’t, but I usually like to use other ones in between just in case.

I would recommend this product to anyone that is desperately looking for a product to help with their damaged/coloured hair. Even if you’re just looking for one that’ll give you some volume, I think this will help make your hair feel thicker.


Glymm November 2012

November Glymm bag?! Really, Carmen?! Yes that’s right I’m doing a post on the November bag when December is almost over. I know I haven’t updated for (almost) 3 weeks, but I have a really good reason. I had to study for the dreaded finals so updating the blog was really the last thing on my mind! My scheduled posts ran out right before I had to start studying too! Time to play catch up again. Let’s get on with this month’s items though, shall we?

I noticed that the products card is back this month in the form of a mini pamphlet! So maybe it was actually supposed to be back this month and not last month like I originally thought?

LYS Parisien Professionnel // Moisturizing Shampoo & Moisturizing Balm

A great success to unite a copra (coconut) foaming base with a rare and precious oil from Morocco. Discover the properties of this soft and creamy foam that gently cleanses and moisturizes your hair and scalp. Argan Oil is rich in E and F vitamins with unique nutritional properties to counter the damaging effects of age and climate on your hair and scalp. || Edible oil extracted from the Argan tree, Argan oil is nature’s rare richness. It has been used for centuries to protect hair from drying effects of sun, sea salt, pollution, chemicals and cold. The Argan Oil conditioner ensures optimum hydration without causing heaviness on hair. ]]
(Shampoo) Full Size: $24.00/500mL || Received: $2.88/60mL
(Conditioner) Full Size: $24.00/500mL || Received: $2.88/60mL

Don’t know if you guys can see it, but my stuff are frozen and there’s even a piece of ice stuck on the bottom of the conditioner LOL. Took a picture of it as soon as I got the products and it was too cold outside. Later on it exploded in the bag when it defrosted ::sweat::.

I tried googling to read about this brand and to see what else they offered, but nothing’s showing up. I’m assuming they have no official page?

dirt. // sweet + spicy sugar scrub

[[ A relaxation ritual. Richly crafted, this abundant blend of sugar crystals, nutrient-rich antioxidants, and essential oils, constitutes a comprehensive exfoliation treatment. It features honey and chamomile extracts along with Vitamin E. It also includes nourishing essential oils like coconut oil, lemon oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, and apricot kernels for radiant skin. creamy vanilla and smoldering sandalwood are entwined to create a sweet aroma with a hint of spice. ]]
Full Size: $45.00/354mL || Received: $1.91/15mL

At first I thought I got the same sample again. Turns out I did get a sugar scrub from dirt. in my July bag, but that one was purify + glow. I’m surprised Glymm didn’t give me the bar soap from Villainess instead, but it’s okay because I don’t use bar soaps LOL.

The New Black // Ombre 5-Piece Nail Polish (Haze)

[[ Founders of THE NEW BLACK created high-quality color stories that make it possible to try all the latest nail trends. They feature limited-edition sets of pre-curated, compatible colors inspired by the runway. The formulations are long-wearing, ultra-glossy, fast-drying and chip resistant. Color glides on evenly and effortlessly for a truly professional-looking finish. ]]
Full Size: $24.00/Set of 5 || Received: $4.80

The Beehive // Alice Blue

[[ Alice Blue – a deliciously fresh floral bouquet dipped in warm vanilla with a delicate, fruity touch. ]]
Full Size: $35.00/100mL || Received: $0.25/0.7mL

The estimated value for this bag is really low, but the sizes and stuff we got aren’t too bad. I think the fragrance sample, especially, didn’t help with the value of the bag since it wasn’t even 1mL!

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Glossybox October 2012

This was my last Glossybox because of the price hike from $15 to $21 a month. They gave the Venus razor again ::-_-::.. I feel like they still had extra stock from the summer and decided to just stick it into our boxes because we’re leaving them anyways.

Jouviance // Rejuvenating Anti-Aging Cream

[[ Extremely luxurious face cream, gently forumulated to hydrate and increase the firmness of your skin. ]]
Full Size: 50mL/$93.50 || Received: 5mL/$9.35

ModelCo // Flipstick Lip Duo

[[ SHINE Ultra Lip Gloss can be worn alone or layered over LIPSTICK Lip couture for hours of unbeatable shine in a shade of perfect October pink! ]]
Full size: (Combination of two items) Valued at $38.75 || Received: Two items in one/$38.75 *FULL SIZED*

Zoya // Nail Polish (Emme)

[[ We hand-picked four of the prettiest pinks to represent the diverse women effected by breast cancer all over the world. Toxin Free! ]]
Full Size: 15mL/$8.00 || Received 15mL/$8.00 *FULL SIZED*

Sebastian Professional // Trilliance Shampoo & Conditioner

[[ Cleanses and polishes the hair surface to enable greater light reflection, creating gorgeous natural shine. ]]
Full Size (Shampoo): 250mL/$15.79 || Received: 50mL/$3.16
Full Size (Conditioner): 250mL/$16.59 || Received:50mL/$3.32

Gilette Venus // Venus & Olay Razor

[[ Venus & Olay: Boost your shave and help lock-in skin’s moisture with the top-of-the-line in disposable razors! ]]
Full Size: $16.99/each || Received: One Razor/$16.99 *FULL SIZED*

Approximate value of box: $79.57
The items in this box weren’t bad, but I’m a bit annoyed at the fact that they did a repeat with the razor. Shouldn’t they wow us with the last box that’s priced at $15 to try and keep their customers? I think if anything it just gives people the last push to make them think they made the right choice by unsubscribing before they get charged $21 a box.

Topbox October 2012

A bunch of people were able to get off the Topbox waitlist for the October box recently. I was one of them and I was really excited since Topbox was always touted as one of the best with the lowest price when it comes to the beauty boxes available in Canada. Just a note though, they are also raising their price from $10 to $12 for everyone.

Aveda // Invati

[[ Thicker, fuller hair is yours with 97% naturally derived Invati solution for thinning hair. ]]
Full Size: 200mL/$27 || Received: (10mL x 2) 20mL/$5.40
I’m actually a bit curious about this. I don’t think I have thinning hair, but anything that can help make my hair thicker and fuller is good to me.

MaskerAide // Hydrating Facial Sheet Masks

[[ MaskerAide is a unique line of super hydrating facial sheet masks created for fabulous lifestyles! ]]
Full Size: 1 mask/$4.99 || Received: 1 mask/$4.99 (FULL SIZED)
Always love sheet masks, but I’ve only used Asian brands for sheet masks. I saw a lot of raves from others on the web though so we’ll see!

Stila // In The Moment Eyeshadow Palette

[[ A beautiful collection of Stila’s award-winning eye shadows. ]]
Full Size: 14g/$50 || Received: ??
I have to say that even though I was happy that they included Stila in this box, it’s just so small. I honestly wonder how many uses I can get out of it to try it out. Will I get anything left after I do swatches for the blog? haha ::swirl::.

Vasanti // BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator

[[ Dramatically improve your skin’s texture to reveal softer, brighter and younger looking skin! ]]
Full Size: 120mL/$34 || Received: 20mL/$5.67

The box was okay. I think there were complaints about it and I myself wasn’t particularly wow’ed by anything either. Just because I’ve been on the waiting list since February so I expected a lot out of this box. It also didn’t seem like these were items that I wouldn’t get from the other boxes. Maybe except Stila, but the sample didn’t seem that exciting. Include a pencil liner or something instead of tiny swatches? I think the value of this box is lower than any other ones I’ve received…..?