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Review: Neogen Dermalogy Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine

As part of my “Treat Yourself” Holiday gift to me, I decided to pick up the Neogen Dermalogy Bio-Peel Gauze in Peeling Wine. I was torn between the Wine, Lemon, and Green Tea types but ultimately went with the Wine version because it received the Soko Glam award. Since I love it so much I plan on trying the other two types next time.

Packaging: Comes in a sturdy clear container that has the pads inside. You can see the excess formula in the bottom, keeping the pads moist.

Information: These pads come with a place for your fingers to slip inside for easy usage. One side has an exfoliating side that you use first, then you flip to the smooth side and wipe away dead skin. Resveratrol comes from wine and assists with chemical exfoliation as well as providing antioxidants to the skin to fight free radical cellular damage. Lactic Acid cleans pores and the pads themselves remove dead skin and wipe away the debris.

Effects and Impressions:  Combining mechanical exfoliation with chemical exfoliation seems like one step away from over exfoliation, however I found this product to be very gentle on my dry /sensitive skin. I use it two times a week and have noticed significantly less dry skin and dirty pores. At first I was afraid it was going to be too harsh in combination with my acne products (one of which is retinol, a chemical exfoliant) and perhaps without the rest of my moisturizing skincare routine (looking at you Honey Propolis Essence) it would be. I noticed the effects the first time I used it.  I hadn’t had a chance to properly exfoliate my face with a scrub since I had long runout of my Skinfood Black Sugar Scrub; so I know my skin definitely needed it. My skin felt so smooth and not irritated, although it was a tad red (almost like increased blood flow to my face, not irritation), it went away very quickly. Once I was sure it was not going to irritate my skin or be too much exfoliation, I decided to do it twice a week to keep up on clogged pores and dead skin. I’m very pleased with the results of this exfoliant, its quick and easy to use, not to mention very zen for me to do. I look forward to trying the other types and seeing if there is a significant difference between them and see which my skin likes the best. I’m definitely keeping this as a permanent addition to my skincare arsenal.

Have you heard of this product?

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Review: Essential Burt’s Bees Kit

 

For the holidays I received the Burt’s Bees kit from a close friend and was super excited to try it out. I currently use their cleansing oil  as part of my Korean Skincare Routine and it works really well to remove impurities and break down makeup! So lets get right into the review!

ESSENTIAL BURT’S BEES KIT

  • Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream (0.75 oz)– I’ve been using this exclusively in the morning to cleanse my face and I’m in love! It removes dirt and oil using soap bark and contains aloe and chamomile to leave my skin super soft! It does have menthol in it that leaves my face feeling cool and tingly which I like to help refresh me in the mornings.  It makes a nice lather and you don’t need too much, I really recommend giving it a try but I recommend the cleansing facial oil for sensitive skin.
  • Hand Salve (0.30 oz)– This hand salve is perfect for those that suffer from dry hands in the winter. Containing beeswax and olive oil that locks in moisture and heals the skin. I like to use it on my hands and elbows that get robbed of moisture during the dry winter.
  • Milk & Honey Body Lotion (1 oz)-As if the combination of milk and honey alone wasn’t enough to seduce me, this lotion contains coconut and grape seed oil, is light weight and absorbs quickly into the skin. I feel that I would like to purchase this in a larger volume because it was so easy to  use.
  • Coconut Foot Cream (0.75 oz)– This contained a thick consistency when applied but then it continued to melt and soak into my feet which have been neglected this winter. It contains coconut oil, rosemary and peppermint which refreshed and hydrated my feet. Usually foot creams tend to get sticky but this actually got more liquidy the longer it was on my feet, it was really nice!
  • Beeswax Lip Balm (0.15 oz)– I’ve always heard great things about their lip balm but never got around to actually trying it as I get tons of chapstick from stockings at Christmas time. I prefer using tingly products like carmex so I was pleasantly surprised when this lip balm also left a tingle on my lips! In my opinion their lip balms are the first thing that comes to mind when I think of the company Burt’s Bees so I think this is an essential to try from the brand.

Overall this is a nice gift set for someone who likes pampering products, especially if they enjoy natural ingredients and natural scents.

 

Bath Vibes bath bomb review

I just bought the deluxe sampler pack from Bath Vibes, a small company located at the Jersey Shore.
Website: http://www.store.bathvibes.com
Instagram: @bathvibes
I found them on Instagram and decided to try all of the bath bombs and review them below.

Shipping was super fast for me because I live in NJ and when I opened the box I was greeted with all the lovely smells! The bath bombs were all packed nicely and all arrived undamaged

Included in the box was:

Lavender Fields-this one is very relaxing with lavender actually floating in the bath! Perfect for winding down from a long day. 4/5

Lemon Drop- a beautiful blend of citrus scents, turning the bath a pastel yellow! This is a very universal bomb that would be great to use anytime! 4/5

Margarita- smells just like the drink! This one was my favorite, it was moisturizing with a great blend of scents. The water turned a fun lemon lime color!! 5/5

Mariposa- I loved this bathbomb! It has dried flowers in it and a heavenly scent! The lavender and honeysuckle fragrance is long lasting and relaxing, and this bomb has many oils that moisturized my skin. 5/5

Rosemary Spearmint- This one did not have a very strong scent in the bath and did not change the water very much although it was still nice. I recommend this for people who want something subtle to relax them before bed. Good for men and women as the scent is gender neutral and has a subtle fragrance. 3/5

Tea Tree- this one had a strong tea tree scent which I loved! It turned my tub into a pastel green spa sensation. The oils left my skin moisturized and my mind refreshed. I totally recommend it after a long day or if you have a cold! 5/5

Galaxy Moon Stone- I enjoyed this one because it was very floral, including jasmine, ylang ylang, lavender and lemon, which all blended nicely. It turned the water a lovely cerulean color. It was pretty moisturizing and my only complaint is that the scent lasted longer! 4/5

Love Struck Heart Shaped- this one was a darling heart shaped bomb that was fun to watch slowly shrink in the bath! It gave off scents of lemon, rose (my fave), lavender and cedar wood which led to a relaxing and intricate blend of smells. It turned the water a peachy pastel pink and the scent lasted a while! 4/5

These are 4.5 oz bombs that come individually wrapped with tags with names, making it easier for me to know which one is which.

If you check their Facebook and Instagram they have coupon codes and giveaways!

Review for Moroccan Selection On Etsy

http://www.etsy.com/shop/MoroccanSelection

I recently wanted to try some new health products that were natural so I first came across Coconut Oil & African black soap- For the coconut oil I began using it all over my body after a nice shower, it moisturizes and makes my skin so soft!  The African Black Soap did wonders for my complexion as it is a great gentle exfoliator making my face clean and clear without harmful chemicals. I then heard about this company and argan oil from a friend.  They had a sale for Mother’s Day so I took advantage and purchased the Moroccan Argan Oil Cleansing Bar and the Organic Argan Oil.  I received them three days later and in perfect condition.  Argan Oil is from a tree and has many uses for the body, hair, skin, and nails.  I love using products that have been around for ages because these are typically inexpensive, all natural, and hey, if cultures have been using them for centuries, it is for a reason!  On the hair it makes it so smooth and soft, it is truly unbelievable.  I also use the Organic Argan Oil on my face at night.  I have been talking to some older friends that have been using this stuff and they said their wrinkles around mouth and eyes have greatly diminished.  I have also been noticing by using the body bar a great reduction in the appearance of scars and stretchmarks.

From the Website:

100% pure, cold-pressed Argan Oil
A rich, protective, and nourishing organic skin care that reduces the signs of aging, diminishes dehydration, and improves the vibrant, healthy look of your hair. Ideal for all skin types.
More resistant to oxidation than olive oil.

2oz/ 60ml

What is the composition of Argan Oil?

Argan Oil contains an impressive amount of nourishing and replenishing natural vitamins, anti-inflammatory agents, polyunsaturated fats, and high levels of vitamin E. Here is a quick list of Argan’s oil’s dominant characteristics:
• Vitamin F (omega 6): anti-aging and anti-dryness of skin
• Vitamin E : 2 times the amount in olive oil! A powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory for sensitive skin, UV protection, and aids in coetaneous micro-circulation. Also neutralises free radicals.
• Vitamin A : Increases skin elasticity, stimulates collagen synthesis, prevents wrinkles due to UV.
• Phenols : antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, powerful against fungus and bacteria, activates blood circulation and activates Vitamin C.
• Triterpens restructure cells, is anti-inflammatory and slows down cell aging.

Cleansing Bar

100% natural moisturising argan oil soap, wrapped for freshness – proven to moisturise and keep skin soft.

To name but a few of its benefits:
-It acts as an antioxidant.
-It can help protect muscles from age related degeneration.
-It softens dry skin, rehydrates and revitalises tired and wrinkled skin to help give skin a youthful glow.
-It can aid relief for burns and scars.
-It strengthens nails and stops both fingernails and toenails from becoming dry.
-It can help reduce psoriasis and the look of stretch-marks.
Soap Dimensions: 1 x 3 x 4 inches

My first opinion on size and pricing.  When I first received the products I thought the cleansing bar was a good price for the amount of soap, but I thought the Argan Oil was overpriced for such a small container, HOWEVER, a little does go a long way with this so it has changed my opinion.

I also thought it was interesting that they also sold Kohl eyeliner as well as jewelry and Ghasoul clay powder which I also heard is really great for the skin.

I would like to try the Clay powder products next!

Lime Crime: my experiences and overall review

hey everyone, I decided to start some reviews on companies that I have encountered and what I have experienced so far!

This first one is Lime Crime! http://www.limecrimemakeup.com/

Products I currently own:  Lipsticks (Mint to Be, Countessa Fluorescent, Retrofuturist, Cosmopop, Glamour 101, Airborne Unicorn, D’Liliac, Great Pink Planet, Styletto, Coquette) Loose Eyeshadows (Nymph, Twilight, Cupcake Thief, Medusa, Diva, Mirror Mirror, Empress, Top Hattie, Shoe Addict)

As many have said, Lime Crime packaging is cute and adorable, starting from the box it comes shipped in to the products themselves, embellished in holographic unicorns and purple containers.  The delivery is super quick and easy and they typically add fun stickers or colored photo look cards which is nice and helpful with their different promotions.

So how did I get started on this brand? I was just starting to get into makeup, and I remember having a great silver shadow, and I was looking to restock or find one more metallic.  I came across this brand and immediately fell in love with mirror mirror.  I then became adventurous enough to try the lipsticks and they soon became my favorite.

They have quickly ascended to the top of brands rather quickly, similar in level to Sugarpill in popularity.  My review on the products I have- Lipsticks I love the lipsticks to death, they are unique and have great pigmentation.  They are most definitely my favorite.  The loose magic dusts: Some are really nice and hold well without primer *i never have to use primers for eyemakeup* others however require it and are hard to have adhere without it.  This was annoying because I have never had this problem with eye makeup.  Some are really lovely when applied wet *such as mirror mirror, top hattie, nymph* these shimmery ones also seemed to adhere well without primer.  The less shimmery ones such as medusa, empress, twilight, do not adhere very well.  I would recommend keeping that in mind when purchasing these.

They have an eyeshadow primer as well although I have not tried it, as I don’t normally use primers because I normally use shadows wet or do not need it.  I have purchased a pretty nice primer from ELF for $1.00 so I have not found a need to buy a more expensive one in my opinion.

They have random giveaways and fun swatches community on the Facebook!  They also have nice discounts for random things like Facebook likes or holidays so I definitely recommend buying during that time.  They now have lipstick trios, with slightly discounted prices, which have nice colors that fit the desired theme.

They have more recently came up with Carousel Lip Gloss, Nail Polish, Pressed eyeshadow palettes, Eyeliners and soon to come “Face” products which I am assuming will consist of blushes in unconventional shades.  I’m not sure how I feel about all these… I haven’t purchased any of them, they are all super expensive and don’t seem to bring a whole lot to the table.  The glosses looked like they have nice colors and good pigmentation, but were too pricey for my tastes…. at $17.00 a pop, it was just not worth it to me, as glosses seem to be the first to get used up…I was eyeing up the reds though :/  Onward to the two pressed eyeshadow palettes, China Doll & D’Antionette. China Doll consists of bright colors while D’Antionette is more subdued subtle pastels, perfect for springtime. They look nice and the colors all seem to coordinate well at least from the reviews and looks others like Jangsara and Rose Shock have done, but again, they are $34.00 each…although the reviews seem really positive.  Perhaps when I get a nice job after college :p  Onward to my impression of the new liners and nail polish.  There is currently a preview of the nail polish, and to be honest, it looks rather small and the packaging looks super cute, but I don’t think they will be anything super amazing and I have this feeling they will be kinda expensive.  I guess the best thing about nail polishes though is that they last a very long time, although from sneak peaks on tumblr, they appear to be all pastels/highlighter shades with no sparkles and all the same type of finish which seems disappointing as nail polish has really become innovative, with different finishes *matte is really in now* and there is even magnetic nail polish! They had a lot of possibilities here, especially since they try to take pride in making different products than the average person and it doesn’t seem that interesting which is kinda sad :c.  Now lastly, the liners.  These have a variety of shades, from black to white, orange to blue, they seem rather bright, but they are all the same finish, again, no sparkles or metallics :< The packages look nice and the containers look cute, I feel like these should have been mascaras, they would have been epic especially with the colors.  They have a brush applicator, and I have a hard time with those, and these are $14.00 so kinda pricey.

Overall, I think they should do some mascaras, and make some more lipsticks, as I think they are their strong point and they will be the main thing I will purchase from them.  Sometimes, spreading yourself too thin and doing too many different types of things can hurt a company, so I hope this doesn’t happen to them.  I would highly recommend the lipsticks, and the shimmery/metallic shadows.  And of course wait for sales!

Hope this was helpful, this is my honest review and opinion!

XO Cupcake