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Monday, July 28, 2014

No 7 Beautiful Skin Hydration Mask Review

No 7 Beautiful Skin Hydration Mask Review


No 7 Beautiful Skin Hydration Mask Review

From the Brand:
This mask has an intense moisture boost to leave your skin feeling beautifully soft and smooth. Glycerin and Cocoa butter combine with emollients to nourish and deeply moisturize the skin. Ceramides and cholesterol will target the very surface of the skin, adding essential lipids (or oils) and strengthening its surface. Contains Vitamin E and C.

Retails for:  $16.99


Where to Buy: Target stores and Target.com, and Ulta.com


My Thoughts:  When my skin was freaking out this winter, I tried just about everything to help it stay hydrated without clogging my pores or interferring with how my makeup wore during the day.  I'd get dry flaky patches in my t-zone, but heavy oily moisturizers would cause redness and bumps under the skin on the sides of my nose or make my makeup melt off if I tried to use them in the morning.

Instead, I started trying masks and infrequent use products like hydrating masks and balms to see if using something once a week or so would be more effective. This works wonderfully, although it did make my skin tingle just a tiny bit for some reason.  I don't use it as frequently now that the weather is warmer, but I do use it in the morning before special dates like my cousin's wedding a two weeks ago or if I'm going out with my husband for dinner that night.  It helps so plump and smooth my skin without making it greasy with the humidity.


Final Verdict:  In the winter, it helps to banish my dry spots, and in the summer it works to rehydrate quickly without a thick greasy layer of moisturizer that will interfere with my makeup.


**Disclaimer: As with all my product reviews, I was not paid by the cosmetic company to provide feedback or review/promote their products. This article contains some affiliate links provided through Viglink.com. All the opinions expressed in this article are my own. These items were purchased with my own money. For more information on my policies, please view my Let's Chat page.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

e.l.f. Brow Mascara Review

e.l.f. Brow Mascara Review







e.l.f. Brow Mascara Review

From the Brand:
Achieve glossy, shiny, healthy-looking lashes and brows, infused with long wearing conditioning agents in our Wet Gloss Lash & Brow mascara. Flawless lashes and brows have never been easier!

Retails for:  $1.00


Where to Buy:  EyesLipsFace.com, Target, Walmart, and Walgreens.com


My Thoughts:  This is one of those impulse buys that ends up in my cart every time I go shopping at Target.  I inevitably browse my way through the cosmetics department, just "to see what's new" and end up with a bunch of products tossed in with my bread, sponges, and whatever random other things I convinced myself I had to leave the house to buy that day.  (I swear, it's really just for their pretzels and the peace and quiet of wandering the aisles sans kiddos.)  For a buck, I figured it was a justifiable purchase.  However, I was quickly convinced that this is a definite underrated gem by the uber inexpensive e.l.f. brand!

I usually don't use brow mascara/gel at all, since I keep my brow hairs trimmed pretty well.  And if they are a bit on the unruly side, some hairspray spritzed on a spoolie does the trick quite nicely.  That all changed when I tried this stuff.  Now, every time I do my makeup I put a little bit of this over my brows to give them definition, a touch of shine, and staying power.

It goes on easily, and honestly I can't tell a difference between the "gel" side and the "mascara" side.  Both work the same for me on my brows.  I don't bother with clear mascara on my eyelashes. I figure if I'm going to put something on them, I'm going to be using black mascara.  It doesn't dry super crusty or hard, and it doesn't take forever to dry like some brands can.  It also doesn't dry super matte, so they have just a little bit of shine to them like naturally shiney healthy hair rather than slicked up gelled hair.  You know what I'm talking about.


Final Verdict:  If I could only pick a handful of e.l.f. products to own, this would be one of them!  Amazing product for the price!





**Disclaimer: As with all my product reviews, I was not paid by the cosmetic company to provide feedback or review/promote their products. This article contains some affiliate links provided through Viglink.com. All the opinions expressed in this article are my own. These items were purchased with my own money. For more information on my policies, please view my Let's Chat page.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Yes to Blueberries Skincare Review

Yes to Blueberries Skincare Review





Yes to Blueberries Skincare Review

From the Brand:
Intensive Skin Repair Serum (Size: 1.0 oz / 41 ml)
Formulated with Wild Acacia to reduce wrinkle depth and appearance and Cupuacu Seed Butter to 'plump' skin. Let us do the wrinkle-fighting, time-erasing work, while you sleep!
At least 95% Natural
  • Fragrance Free
  • Petroleum, SLS, & Paraben Free
  • Cruelty-free
Yes to Blueberries Daily Repairing Moisturizer with SPF 30 is formulated with Organic Cotton Thistle which is clinically proven to help boost natural collagen production and aid skin rejuvenation, and Blueberries to help fight external skin damage. A blend of Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide provide gentle, natural UVA and UVB sun protection. Go on, enjoy that sunshine!
•97% Natural
•SPF-30; UVA/UVB Protection
•Free of Parabens, Petroleum and SLS


Retails for:  $19.99- Serum, $17.99 in stores, but $14.39 online at Target- Moisturizer


Where to Buy:  YesToCarrots.com, Target Stores and Target.com


My Thoughts:  At first I really liked both of these products, but after I while they didn't work as well for me as they did in the beginning.  The serum is more like a lightweight lotion in consistency, and it sinks into the skin nicely.  There's no fragrance to it, but it doesn't smell amazing like the makeup remover wipes I've already reviewed by this line.  It does a good job to perk up my hydration for the rest of the day, but other than that it wasn't anything super amazing.

The moisturizer was ok, but it goes on very chalky and leaves a whitish cast on my skin if I don't really rub it in well.  It's more like a sunblock than a moisturizer, and it has a sunblock smell to it, too.  I didn't notice any particular super hydration coming from this and stopped using it after about three weeks. I wanted to give it a real thorough test before making my opinion about it, and it failed to impress every time.


Final Verdict:  If you're looking for a lightweight serum to go under your moisturizer, I'd recommend the serum.  It's much less expensive than high end brands and does a good job of upping the hydration factor.  I'd skip the moisturizer unless you're looking for something that's just a bit of hydration and more of a sunblock.


**Disclaimer: As with all my product reviews, I was not paid by the cosmetic company to provide feedback or review/promote their products. This article contains some affiliate links provided through Viglink.com. All the opinions expressed in this article are my own. These items were purchased with my own money. For more information on my policies, please view my Let's Chat page.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Boots Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm Review

Boots Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm Review

Boots Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm Review





Boots Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm Review

From the Brand:
Reveal a beautiful, radiant complexion with this hot cloth cleansing balm from Boots. Part of the Botanics Organic collection, it contains a luxurious blend of shea butter, rosehip and jojoba oil. The gentle polishing action of the muslin cloth helps remove dirt and impurities for cleaner, healthier-looking skin.

Retails for:  $8.49


Where to Buy:  Target stores and Target.com, and Drugstore.com


My Thoughts:  Let me just tell you about how much I love this stuff!  It's awesome!  It's helped me detox my skin and pull all the deep crap from in my pores out, and my complexion is so much better for it.  It was definitely a process.  The first time I used it, it was sort of similar to my Clarins Cleansing Milk.  I massaged it on my face to dissolve the makeup, then wiped it off.  The only difference is with this product, you use the included muslin cloth soaked in hot water to wipe the balm off. 

I use the cloth like a compress, holding it over areas of the face so the heat really soaks in and opens up my pores.  Then I wipe the balm off, repeating the process until my skin is clean.  Then I go back over and use the hot compress over my t zone areas, where I find that I get a lot of congestion.  Especially around my chin.  I'm forever finding little breakouts just sitting under the surface waiting to errupt on my next cycle.

The product smells really good, very fresh and clean.  I expected it to be more milky or sticky or something, but it's almost like a wax.  It melts a bit with the heat of your face and the compress, but it never fully liquifies.  It's one of those not really a solid kind of deals, sorta like peanut butter.  Not a solid, not a liquid.

I noticed after the very first use that my pores were getting a good deep cleaning.  Of course, that also led to a lot of breakouts immediately after, as things are being pulled to the surface.  You have to get past that in order to really appreciate how good this is for your skin.  Just like going and getting a deep pore cleaning from a facial.

After a few uses, I realized that I needed to switch to a gentle foaming cleanser afterwards in order to make sure that all the residue was off my face.  It does a really good job of removing my foundation, but at the same time I like to follow up with either a quick wash or at the very least some good toner.  Twice a week I use an exfoliating face wash, as I didn't find enough exfoliation from the muslin cloth itself.  I am also using less moisturizer as well, since this helps to hydrate my dry skin while removing my makeup.

My only drawback to this product is that you have to wash the cloth after every use, or else you're rubbing dead skin cells and old makeup and bacteria into your skin.  I tried using a foaming antibacterial wash from Bath and Body Works after to clean it and left it over the faucet to dry, but it wasn't getting it clean enough.  I have to put it through the wash with the rest of my towels, which I only wash once a week.  I switch out to new towels every other use, so I'd like to be able to buy extra muslin cloths to use a clean one every time.  But that's a relatively small complaint I think.



Final Verdict:  Helps to really purify your skin while removing your makeup.  Plus, the heat feels really good.


**Disclaimer: As with all my product reviews, I was not paid by the cosmetic company to provide feedback or review/promote their products. This article contains some affiliate links provided through Viglink.com. All the opinions expressed in this article are my own. These items were purchased with my own money. For more information on my policies, please view my Let's Chat page.

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