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Meet my homegirl Mia….she’s a Clarisonic :)

About a month back I purchased a Clarisonic and after using it about three times per week and then reducing it to once  or twice  a week, I can honestly say I love it 🙂

So if your interested in an in-depth  review keep reading 🙂

Product: Included in the kit were:

  • Clarisonic® Mia with one speed (Waterproof), international pLink™ Charger for worldwide use, sensitive Brush Head and trial Size Cleanser
  • Nutritive Cleanser-with Alpha Lipoic Acid and DMAE ($14 Value)- It is formulated to reveal a brighter and smoother skin surface and helps to minimize the appearance of enlarged pores. It leaves skin looking radiant and perfectly prepared for treatment.
  • Neuropeptide Firming Moisturizer ($37 Value)- This superior hydrating cream delivers advanced proprietary Neuropeptide technology to help firm sagging skin while correcting the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Developed for skin that is dehydrated and has lost elasticity.

Pricing: $119 USD, but with coupons and online rebates, I paid $90.

Pros: 

  • After the first use my skin felt smoother and cleaner
  • After three uses, my skin saw a decrease in redness, and smaller pores started to disappear
  • Removed makeup even after I thought I had removed everything with traditional cleansers
  • After 2 weeks saw a reduction in oiliness of face
  • Price motivated me to maintain a cleansing routine
  • Very portable and compact
  • Built in timer assures proper time is taken to cleanse

Cons:

  • Price  for both machine and replacement heads that you need every three months ($40 USD)
  • One brush head regardless  of  skin type or need
  • Brush head was a lot rougher then I thought, took  some breaking into.

OVERALL:

I love it! Honestly I didn’t have any expectations for this product. Yes, I read reviews, watched videos and was enticed to buy it, but I really thought it was just gonna be something that I used sometimes, maybe if I remembered. 

However, this little sucker has changed my life , for reals. My skin looks fresh, hydrated, and dirt free. My pores are shrinking and my blemishes are gone. Plus as an unexpected bonus, I use less foundation! My skin is looking so healthy that I no longer feel the need to wear much makeup 🙂

So if you have been thinking of getting one, I say do it! It is well worth the investment : )

My sister tried the Clarisonic for two weeks and this is what happened!!

Review: AHAVA Cream Body Wash

Products: AHAVA Mineral Botanic Cream Body Wash- Hibiscus & Fig

Claims to use natural minerals and salts for the Dead Sea for therapeutic powers and cosmetic benefits.

Price: $23 USD for 17oz.

Performance: Uhhh, hello silk in a bottle 🙂 Ya’ll I didn’t have any expectations for this product, I mean I had heard of AHAVA but was never really interested. So when I got in the shower and poured some on my loofah, I was shocked by the amount of  lather and suds this product made, a very pleasant surprise. Furthermore, as I started to loofah away, the smooth and silky feeling was awesome, so awesome that I actually giggled because I was so surprised about how nice the cream wash felt on my skin. As an added bonus, since a small amount really does go a long way, one squirt of product lasted my whole shower.

Benefits: I am not a fan of summer because it is wretched for my skin. Due to high temperatures (it is a 112F in Cali where I live, today) and sun exposure, I always get mild heat rashes, discoloration on my face and just overall irritated skin. What the AHAVA did right after the first use, was calm my skin and sooth the irritations. Within a few days, I saw  my skin kinda clear up and look refreshed.

Overall: I would recommend this product for people with sensitive or dry skin. Designed specifically for dry skin, I can see how this product can be moisturizing and soothing, but on my normal/combo skin, while it helped calm my skin, it didn’t do much for moisturizing. And although the product does have a very nice slightly floral smell, it does not linger on the skin very long, which can be a plus for people who have skin allergies to added oils and scents.

Would I buy it again? For the summer I definitely would just because it is so gentle and light weight, but for winter I would definitely opt for a more moisturizing body wash.

 

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs

Woke up Monday, looked outside, nice sunny dress wearing weather. Looked down at nice white legs…..yeah not happening.

I’m not a fake tan kind of girl. I always found them to look so orange and fake on others that I never wanted to try it out myself. However, I’m a curious kind of spirit and I love trying new things and this month it just so happens I’m into dresses and dresses require a nice pair of legs.

Now while I’m willing to expose my thick hammy calves to the world, I refuse to subject the world to their blinding whiteness 🙂

So off I went to Target and picked up this little bad boy for $7 USD.

Packaging: Metallic aerosol container, product squirts out like thick hairspray

Product: As I said above the product is like a thick hairspray that kinda bubbles and foams, depending on how close you aim it. Basically you spray it into your  hands and rub  onto desired area. You can apply a light layer or thick, depending on the affect you are going for. The product does dry quickly so work in small patches and work fast. Also it says its water  proof, which it is to some extent. Just don’t wear white or go swimming and you will be fine 🙂 Oh,  use a hand soap and it comes off your hands easily when done applying.

Overall: I can honestly when I first tried this “tan in a can” I hated it! It made me look like I was wearing orange nylons and made my legs look like I had purposely rubbed foundation on them.  But then something wonderful happened. After about ten minutes, after the product had settled, my legs looked great 🙂 The tan looked “natural”  and all the little discoloration I had from sports scars were covered. 

Whats more, I even got comlimented…..BY A BOY!  (it was a good friend of mine who I adore)

So should you buy it….yeah why not. You have to work with it a little, but remember to use a light hand and pick the right color for the affect you are going for and you’ll be fine.

SIDE NOTE: This is just a cosmetic fix product so with gentle exfoliation it washes off easily so if you are looking for a long term tan then this is not for you, but if you just want a quick tan for the day then go for it 🙂

I wore my tan all week but forgot to take pics, so here’s a borrowed picture from online showing how the tan works.

 

Quick Pick Me Up Face Mask

What are they:

$1-$2 Mud/Gel masks available  at most drugstores. They come in multiple colors, smells and functions. While some are face brighteners, others are hydraters, pore cleansers, and even “anti-aging”

What do they do: Rehydarte the skin and help bring it back to life and are just fun to use.

Do they work: HECK YEAH! (Some better then others depending on your skin and needs)

Why do I love them: Because they are so darn cheap! Pop one of those packets and BAM within 20 minutes your face will thank you 🙂

Final Word  of Advise: If you are a product snob, then I’m sorry this might not be for you because lets face it, a home facial just isn’t the same as a professional one. HOWEVER, if you’re like me and don’t mind trying out new things, go pick up one of these delicious  smelling face packs and give them a try 🙂

 

DRUGSTORE FOUNDATION SMACKDOWN!

Ladies and gentlemen welcome to the showdown of the year!!!! In this corner we have Revlon and her partner L’Oreal, and in that corner we have Rimmel and her partner Maybelline. Who will win?  It just might be Almay, Covergirl or Nuetrogena….LET THE BATTLE BEGIN!!!

🙂 I’m on the never-ending search for prefect skin. While a good skin care routine is a must, a good foundation is also a bonus, so here’s my mass review of most of the drugstore foundations I have tried.

Revlon Colorstay:

Pros: Covers like a Mo Fo! I have a more in-depth review, but this the foundation everyday because it stays on my oily skin all day and it doesn’t budge until I take it off. I love that they have two versions of this foundation, 1 for oily/combo skin and one for dry/normal

Cons: Its thick. I mix mine with a moisturizer to thin it a bit and if you read my previous posts you know I hate that it does not have a pump  so it can really messy.

L’Oreal True Match

Pros: Third times the charm for me and this foundation. I hated it at first but now I really like it. It can give a very sheer effect but it also can be built up. It gives off a nice dewy finish because it is more liquidy than most drugstore foundations. Oh and they have a HUGE shade selection, which is great if you have lighter or darker skin

Cons: For me it’s not very long-lasting. Towards the end of my workday I can see it fading from oiler areas on my face. Also it doesn’t have a pump so yup it can get messy.

L’Oreal Visible Lift

Pros: This is my new favorite. It has awesome coverage and longevity! A little goes a long way which is great because this on the more expensive end of drugstore foundations. As far as “visible lift”  I think it works slightly because it fills in small pores and wrinkles giving a smooth look,  and oh did I mention, it has a pump!

Cons: Because it is very bendable  a small amount is all you need but it can be hard to control how much comes out of the pump sometimes.

Maybelline Superstay:

Pros: This is the prefect combo of the Revlon Colorstay and L’Oreal True Match. Its  thick but not too thick and gives really nice coverage. Lasts a normal 8 hour work day once set with a good face powder.

Cons: Doesn’t do too well under temperature change. I live in California and this foundation tends to oxidize when it gets too hot.

Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse

Pros: It has a pump and is very thick giving a full coverage airbrushed effect.

Cons: Do not like this one. Its thick and gloopy and doesn’t blend all that well. Also I noticed after I put it in it kind of separated around certain areas on my face, ewww

Rimmel Stay Matte

Pros: Aww my first foundation ever 🙂 Don’t know if they sell this anymore but it came in a squeeze tube and gave very nice coverage. Because it was do dense a little went a long way and it really helped control oil.

Cons: It hard to blend. I normally used just my fingers with this foundation

Nuetrogena Healthy Skin

Pros: Often compared to the NARS Sheerglow, this foundation gives the nicest sheer dewy coverage. This is perfect for the days you don’t want to wear any foundation but still want to look out together. At one point this was my everyday foundation and I would just to my fingers to blend it in.

Cons:I fell  out of love with it 😦 Don’t know what happened but I just kinda lost interest in this foundation half way through the bottle. Oh, no pump and very expensive

Covergirl Clean Foundation

Pros: Cheap and different types depending on your skins needs

Cons: It’s just weird! At first I thought  I found the perfect $4 foundation but that was a short-lived thought. It smells weird, turns blotchy and doesn’t stay on

Almay Smart Shade

 

Pros: Interesting concept, comes out white, changes color while you blend into skin.

Cons: It turned powdery on my skin and didn’t give much coverage and there are only three “colors” to  choose from light, medium or dark.

 

So there you are my fellow bloggers, the drugstore foundation smackdown!!! Who won??? No  one 😦 Although I love my Colorstay and Visible Lift I’m still on the search for the illusive “perfect” foundation 🙂

 

If you have any suggestions  for a new foundation please leave a comment or if you want a more in-depth review of any of the foundations I mentioned just let me know 🙂

MY FIRST GLAM BAG!!! with mini review

So I am sure if you are a beauty fanatic then you have scoured the beauty videos on YouTube and probably have watched the videos called “YouTube Made Me Do It.”  Well this is my “Blogging Made Me Do IT.” 🙂

Before wordpress I had no interest in the monthly beauty box thingys. Although I like reading about them, I had no  interest in purchasing them. But then I thought, you know what, why the heck not. 🙂

So I chose to purchase  from myglam.com, because I found them to be the cheapest. I mean $10 thats it!

So here’s what I got!

All the stuff came in this shiny bubble envelope

When I open it, out came a postcard with all the YouTube gals who are the face of the company

All the products came in a cute little metalic pink makeup bag

Here’s the 5 (technically 4 since the brushes are a set) that were in the bag

DermStore Lip Quench-Moisture Infused Lip Treatment: claims to be a treatment to help nourish, soften and smooth lips.

My initial reaction: LOVE! I put it on my lips already feel awesome! Although the tube is a b**** to squeeze and get the product out, it works wonders (so far). It’s the consistency of Vaseline, but it stays on a lot better and to me it smells like strawberries with a hint of mint.

All-Belle Lashes– claim to accentuate you eyes.

My initial reaction: I’m not really a lash kinda gal since thankfully my natural ones are just fine for me and VERY RARELY do I wear fake lashes, but these will be fun to play around with.

All over eyeshadow brush and angled brush: claim to be “hand picked by Michelle.”

My initial reaction: I tried these out and they are duds. Nothing special. I tried the angled brush to apply gel  liner but because it was so flimsy it kept folding, so I’m gonna have to find another use for it, maybe for my eyebrows.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Junkie: Creamy Green/Teal (depending on the lighting) eyeliner with gold specks. 

My initial reaction: For me this pencil alone was worth the $10. These liners normally sell for double the price where I live and this travel size one is perfect for me. Of course I tried it on when I opened the package and so far…I love! The liner is so creamy, the color is so fun and gorgeous and I actually like the gold specks 🙂 But the downside, I need a really good primer because unfortunatley for me, my oily lids will not allow this product to stay put, it actually smudged onto my upper lids:(

OVERALL: It was okay. I don’t know why, but I was expecting so much more. Not  necessarily more products but….I don’t know. I think I had built up my purchase so much in my head that I really set myself up for disappointment. So will I be re-purchasing from MyGlam…..maybe. I think I will give it one more month and if I don’t like that package, I will sadly have to switch.

Benefit POREfessional Review

Mirror Mirror on the wall, who has the biggest pores of them all?….Me! Aww shucks! Thanks 🙂

If you read my intro and said you have the biggest pores, then no  no no, my dear, you ain’t got nothing on me! I swear you can see my pores from space, but I think I  might have found a product that can finally make the little suckers disappear (well temporarily at least) 🙂

This is the Benefit POREfessinal

Packaging: The product comes in a squeeze tube making the use of this product very easy. 

Product: The formulation of this product is a little like a balm.

A little definitely goes a long way. When you first squeeze some out, it feels like its going to be thick, but once you start blending it into the skin, it feels almost non-existent, which is a big plus because I hate the feel of pore clogging products. The product promises to reduce the appearance of pores as well control oil, so I usually apply this to my t-zone (forehead, cheeks, around nose). The product comes out in a beige color but the color disappears after applying, so it works on all skin tones and shades.

Pricing: $29 USD

Overall: I like this product. Is it my holy grail, everyday go to product? No, but I like the fact that when I do use it, it works. The product fills in your pores and fine lines therefore giving a more refined and finished effect. However, since I do have crater sized pores, it doesn’t make them disappear, but it does help them appear smaller.

As far as promising to help with oil control, it does do that but not all day. I usually still have to blot my face and apply my Rimmel Stay Matte Powder.

One suggestion I do have if you use this product, pat the product on instead of rubbing it in. The trick to this product is definitely in the application. When you pat/dab/stipple/ it on the product is better able to fill all the pores and fine lines. Whereas if you rub it on, the product just sits on the skin and  doesn’t do much of anything.

I would recommend this product to girls looking for a pore minimizer  that also helps with some oil control.

🙂 🙂 🙂

Sidenote: this is  my last Benefit product review for a while. I miss talking about my drugstore products so bye-bye high end 🙂

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