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December 15, 2014
by L
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Review: Laneige Snow Crystal Pure Lip Gloss in Veil Rose

Laneige Snow Crystal Pure Lip Gloss

I got this Laneige Snow Crystal Pure Lip Gloss in a Memebox from last year. Yes, I’m well aware of how behind I am at reviewing all this stuff. Whatever. I’m a huge Laneige fan and addicted to lip products, so put them together and what could be better? This got bonus points because it was a color I would have chosen myself.

Laneige Snow Crystal Pure Lip Gloss

This is a deluxe sample-size product–the full-size is 5g and comes with a doe-foot applicator. This one just has a flat, slanted plastic opening with a hole. Hey, some people are into that.

Laneige Snow Crystal Pure Lip Gloss

As you can see, this is hella shimmery. A lot of people seem to not like shimmer, so this might not be the product for you. I’m not a shimmer person myself, but this turned out to be not so bad.

Laneige Snow Crystal Pure Lip Gloss

The facts:

Glossy
Light-reflecting
Shimmery
5g
10 shades

From Cosmetic Love:

Pure Lip Gloss: Smooth high-glossy lip gloss in pure colors

– Excellent light reflection effect as glossy as top coat for maximum effect

– Stick-free and supple texture to leave the lips more comfortable

– Clear and subtle tone for the natural color of lips

Laneige Snow Crystal Pure Lip Gloss

This shade is Veil Rose, a pretty pink-peach with a punch of sparkle. The formula is super smooth and creamy, and it glides on with ease. It’s fairly moisturizing as far as glosses go, and has average lasting time for a gloss. Basically don’t eat or drink for a bit and you’ll be okay. This product smells (and tastes, don’t judge) so good though, that I have no problem with reapplying it. (Note: Keep away from small children and peach enthusiasts.)

Laneige Snow Crystal Pure Lip Gloss

Bare lips.

Laneige Snow Crystal Pure Lip Gloss

With Veil Rose.

Laneige Snow Crystal Pure Lip Gloss

Snow Crystal Pure Lip Gloss comes in nine other shades. Laneige products can now be found at Target, although I have yet to see any lip products there. You’ll probably have to snag this one online.

Pros: Feels amazing on my lips. Sweet scent (and taste). Shiny as hell.
Cons: Shimmer, if you’re not into it. A bit pricy at ~$22 USD, but such is Laneige.

Final Verdict: I’m diggin’ it. I’m pretty stuck on the Veil Rose shade, but I’m definitely planning on trying some other ones. Check it out for yourself at Cosmetic Love.

December 7, 2014
by L
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Review: CoverGirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Jam Twist

CoverGirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Jam Twist

I bought the CoverGirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Jam Twist a long, long time ago. Last year, probably. For some reason it decided to skate under the radar and not get reviewed, but now, finally, it can have its time in the sun. Can we just take a moment and reflect on that tongue twister of a name? That’s approaching an Asian cosmetics level of crazy. But I digress.

CoverGirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Jam Twist

Shot these so long ago that they were taken on my old balcony in Lubbock, Texas. Good riddance. No offense to Lubbockites. Unless, you know, you agree.

CoverGirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Jam Twist

Shade 255, aka Jam Twist. Jam Twist sounds like a painful and dangerous black market yoga position that I suggest we’d all try to avoid. It’s safe for lip application though.

CoverGirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Jam Twist

Looks a little brighter than I was expecting. The Jumbo Gloss Balms come sealed though, so I couldn’t sneak a peek before purchasing.

From CoverGirl.com, the color I was hoping for. But is it the color I received?

The facts:

Moisturizing
Sheer color
16 available shades

From CoverGirl:

Twist up the color and glide on the shine. Treat your lips to a lip balm fortified with shea and mango butters for a smooth look with a hint of color.

CoverGirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm

On my hand it looks okay, more of a fuchsia than the dark cool wine shade I was hoping for. But being a balm, that’s understandable… it’s lacking the opacity to really pack a punch.

CoverGirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm

Bare lips, stolen from my last lip product post because I forgot to take one this time.

CoverGirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm

With tungsten vanity lights. It’s a lot more PINK than I thought it’d be, and a lot more… neon. Not really my thing. It’s not too crazy but totally not what I wanted.

CoverGirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm

With flash it looks a bit more purple, but not by much.

So, basically, I’m not too pleased. I mean, sure, this color is fine… if that’s the color I sought out to buy. But it ain’t.

Color aside, the actual product is great. It’s incredibly moisturizing and long-lasting, until you eat or drink or do other mouth activities. Get your head out of the gutter. I mean like playing harmonica or kissing kittens on the forehead. It leaves a slight stain, if you’re into that. When applied to my lips, the color payoff was a lot better than it showed on the swatch… possibly because it played off my natural pigment. Who knows.

The only thing that I’m not too keen on is the fact that this will REALLY scream to the world ‘HEY Y’ALL, I HAVE DRY, CHAPPED LIPS AND I DON’T CARE WHO KNOWS IT’. But I do. I do care. And this product (or particular shade) will accentuate every little flaw you are so desperately trying to conceal. And that’s a huge no-no. So I suggest exfoliating your lips before using this baby.

Pros: Moisturizing, great color payoff.
Cons: This particular shade was NOT as advertised. Accentuates dry lips.

Final Verdict: Obviously this wasn’t the color I was expecting, so I wouldn’t purchase this particular shade again. I do like the balm in general though, so I’d test out a different color. (Ballet Twist, I’m looking at you.) Get yours at CoverGirl for $7.99 USD.

November 23, 2014
by L
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Review: Valentia Even Glow Serum

Valentia Even Glow Serum

I’m all about serums. I’m all about Vitamin C. I’m all about products that smell so good I want to eat them instead of smear them on my face. So when Valentia reached out for me to review their Even Glow Serum, you can bet your sweet bippy I was excited. Also I just really wanted to say ‘sweet bippy’. But yes, I was excited.

Just as badly as I wanted to use ‘sweet bippy’, I also wanted to use a super Myspacey glittery gif. So here it is. This product is chock full of Vitamin C. How much, you ask? 20%, that’s how much. It also harbors skin wonder-oils such as Sea Buckthorn and Rosehip, plant stem cells, hyaluronic acid and green tea. All these magical ingredients together work to battle wrinkles and fine lines, boost collagen production, even skin tone, enhance antioxidant protection and increase radiance.

Valentia Even Glow Serum

Simple yet effective packaging. I’m always a sucker for a splash of gold.

Valentia Even Glow Serum

98% natural!

Valentia Even Glow Serum

Valentia Even Glow Serum

Incredibly informative box. Don’t struggle too hard to tilt your head and read though, you can find everything typed out below.

Valentia Even Glow Serum

Valentia Even Glow Serum

Valentia Even Glow Serum

Not sure why they have the instructions twice, but I take it to mean use it twice a day. Because I do. So there.

The facts:

98% natural
20% Vitamin C
Evens skin tone
Increases glow and radiance
Fast absorbing
Boosts collagen production
Reduces wrinkles and fine lines
Alcohol-free
Paraben-free
35 mL

From Valentia:

Our skin is damaged each day due to environmental pollutants, oxidative stress, and chemical laden cosmetic products. The amount of free radicals waging war on the skin quickly depletes our natural protective resources. Without additional antioxidants the skin’s ability to defend against these pollutants is diminished and signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines, and uneven skin tone will occur. Our premier formulation is backed by scientific research into the efficacy of each of the natural ingredients we have carefully selected. Our proprietary blend of *skin super oils compliment our 20% Vitamin C base, leading to a powerful antioxidant treatment.Each natural ingredient was chosen to support and enhance Vitamin C’s efficacy on the skin leading to more well-rounded serum to add to your daily skin care ritual.

Our Even Glow Serum will repair, refresh, and renew your skin; restoring evenness to your complexion, giving you an extra boost of confidence each time you look in the mirror.

EVENS SKIN TONE: Vanquish dark spots and skin discoloration, replacing uneven and ill-textured skin with smooth, wrinkle-free skin that leaves you looking flawless and ageless.

INCREASES GLOW & RADIANCE: Revitalize your skin with essential fatty acids that leave skin smooth and radiant. Smooth skin capable of reflecting light will give your skin a youthful glow and a brilliant shine for that well-rested and refreshed look.

ABSORBS RAPIDLY: Moisturizes skin due to the capacity of the hyaluronic acid to absorb water, thereby increasing fluid between cells, giving your skin a smoother and younger appearance. This intense water absorption means no more dry, peeling or cracked skin, even in extreme weather.

BOOST COLLAGEN PRODUCTION: The presence of Organic Rosehip Seed oil increases collagen production so your skin retains the elasticity responsible for a youthful appearance and prevents skin sagging associated with aging. Enjoy smooth and supple skin that takes years off your appearance.

REDUCES WRINKLES & FINE LINES: Reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles with the help of our foundation 20 % Vitamin C. Special ingredients such us Sea Buckthorn oil plump up the skin, which reduces fine lines and wrinkles in the skin so it is smoother, clearer and younger.

Ingredients:

*Skin Super Oils

Sea Buckthorn Oil and Rosehip Seed Oil –
[view our expanded description of these natural ingredients]
These oils work in tandem to promote skin hydration and then lock in moisture. When combined with Vitamin C, all three ingredients exist harmoniously to combat free radicals, protecting your skin from future signs of aging to promote more beautiful, youthful looking skin.

Additional Ingredients:

Resistem (Plant Stem Cells)– Protects against stress-related aging while promoting skin detoxification. A French study has demonstrated that Resistem improves dullness of the skin 67% when applied in comparison to a placebo, also reducing skin inflammation by 23% after just two short months. This means that your skin will regenerate more quickly as it is protected against environmental stressors in a gentle, sensitive manner.

Hyaluronic Acid (Botanical) – Allows your skin to retain more moisture than before while simultaneously increasing elasticity and firmness. The Journal of Clinical Aesthetic Dermatology conducted a study with 15 female volunteers ages 35 to 65 to demonstrate the effects of Hyaluronic Acid. After only two short months of use, all 15 volunteers showed demonstrated improvement in skin rejuvenation.

Green Tea: The catechins contained in green tea are a potent antioxidant which also contribute to the overall anti-inflammatory, and anti-irritant benefits of this ancient health and beauty secret.

Protect your skin and combat wrinkles and uneven skin tone with a natural daily serum.

Specifically formulated as a very potent antioxidant treatment for all skin types, a solution to counter the ill effects of environmental stress and aging, our Even Glow Serum can help.

Valentia Even Glow Serum

The Even Glow Serum has a greater viscosity than most serums I’ve tried. Although I might just be imagining that because it’s tinted orange, due to the Sea Buckthorn. In any case, it has a hygienic dropper and a little goes a long way. Despite being a heavier serum, it absorbs SUPER quickly, as in right away. Which is nice, especially if you’re one of those people who hates going to bed and sticking to their pillow (me).

The first thing you will notice is that this serum smells like you’re snorting straight sunshine. Like someone punched you in the face with an orange, and you liked it. What I’m trying to say is that it smells delicious and it’s taken everything in me to not try to drink it. After careful deliberation I decided it would probably be most beneficial on my skin and not in my mouth. C’est la vie.

Valentia Even Glow Serum

After using this for two weeks, I can honestly say this is one of the best products I’ve tried for my skin. It didn’t necessarily take two weeks to discover that though–the first morning after application my skin felt rejuvenated. It looked brighter and smoother. After regular use, the radiance has increased. And it’s not a nasty greasy shine, like what nightmares are made of. No. This is truly a glow from the inside out, and it is so nice that I feel comfortable leaving my apartment without foundation. Most of the time, I mean. Come on, let’s be real.

Valentia has stated that breakouts can possibly occur while your skin is in the adaption phase of this product. This happened to me a few days in, but that could also have been a pre-menstrual side effect so… who knows. In any case, it didn’t last too long. My skin is happy. And happy skin equals a happy Glamburger.

Pros: Really brings out a glow in my skin, moisturizing, rejuvenating, firming, SMELLS DELICIOUS.
Cons: Nothing. Can possibly cause breakouts at the beginning until your skin adapts.

Final Verdict: I’m definitely going to invest in more when my runs out. Try it for yourself for $35 USD at Valentia.

November 16, 2014
by L
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Review: Forever 21 Lipstick Crayon in Natural

Forever 21 Lipstick Crayon

I’m not too huge a fan of Forever 21’s beauty line, only because they are notorious for ripping off some amazing Korean cosmetic brands (Tonymoly, if you recall). However, I’m cheap and a sucker for a good nude lipstick, so when I saw the Forever 21 Lipstick Crayon in Natural during an online splurge, I couldn’t just say no. I’m not sure if this is plagiarizing anything, so I can’t rant about it. For now.

I also need to apologize for slacking on posting reviews! I got a new job (yay!) so I’ve been super busy. I have a ton of upcoming products to post though, so stay tuned to hear about an awesome Vitamin C Serum and more.

Forever 21 Lipstick Crayon

Simple packaging, black and gold. I can dig it.

Forever 21 Lipstick Crayon

Forever 21 Lipstick Crayon

Forever 21 Lipstick Crayon

Only the Los in ‘Los angeles, ca’ is important. I’ll have to keep this in mind when I write my address on things.

Forever 21 Lipstick Crayon

Forever 21 Lipstick Crayon

Looks super dry and cracked, yeah? Well, it’s definitely not moisturizing… but not as bad as it looks.

The facts:

Matte
Not tested on animals

Forever 21 Lipstick Crayon

Pretty close on the swatch. Usually nudes are too pink or too yellow/orange for me. This one is just right.

Forever 21 Lipstick Crayon

Bare lips.

Forever 21 Lipstick Crayon

With product.

Forever 21 Lipstick Crayon

Don’t judge my nearsightedness.

This lip crayon truly is a matte, and for that I am grateful. It’s not moisturizing in the slightest, but it also didn’t dry my lips out. I recommend a clear balm before or after if you need the moisture boost. This lip color lasted me a good four hours… until I had some frozen yogurt. Oh well, some sacrifices are necessary. It has a sweet, vanilla-almondy scent, not unlike those candles that smell like cupcakes or cake batter or what have you. Not too bad though, if you’re one of those people who are bothered by smelly lipstick.

Out of all the nude lipsticks I’ve tested out, this one is most reminiscent of the e.l.f. Matte Lip Color in Nearly Nude. Funny thing about that review: a few weeks ago I noticed a huge spike in traffic there. After investigating, I discovered it was linked to a glasses fetish forum. I’m not sure how I feel about that one…

This product comes in five other shades, including Red, Pink, Plum, Rose, and Coral Pink.

Pros: Matches my skin tone well, relatively long-lasting. Cheap at $2.80 USD.
Cons: Not that moisturizing.

Final Verdict: One of the more decent nude lip colors I’ve found, and super affordable? I’d call it a rebuy. Want to try it for yourself? Check it out at Forever 21.

November 2, 2014
by L
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Review: Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Refining Tonic

Kiehl's Rare Earth Pore Refining Tonic

I hate pores. I love Kiehl’s. I am lucky enough to have an awesome friend who works at Kiehl’s who got me some sweet hookups. I amassed a hefty haul (see below) but the first thing on my list to try was the Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Refining Tonic.

Kiehl's Rare Earth Pore Refining Tonic

You can’t even imagine my glee at getting this in the mail.

Anyway.

I recently ran out of my last toner, Mizon AHA & BHA Daily Clean Toner, but wanted to check out something new. I was a virgin to Kiehl’s, and something was very, very wrong about that. After perusing the website a bit, I became entranced with the Rare Earth collection–a wonderment that was made for people with angsty pores and oily skin like myself. I decided on the cleanser and the toner. And now here we are.

The facts:

Mattifying
Refining
Oil control
Cleansing

From Kiehl’s:

A dual-phase pore minimizing facial toner

Helps remove excess dirt and toxins for clean skin
Helps to control surface oil and refine the look of pores throughout the day
Skin will appear softer, smoother and more matte with healthy radiance

Mattifies skin and minimizes pores. This dual-phase toner is formulated with oil-absorbing Amazonian white clay to refine pores and control shine. With ingredients sourced from the Marajo Island at the mouth of the Amazon River, this unique formula is rich in minerals and helps eliminate surface toxins from skin. This formula rebalances skin’s moisture levels for a smoother and healthier appearance.

Ingredients:

Aqua / Water, Alcohol Denat., Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Silica, Zinc Oxide, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Kaolin, Methylparaben, Zinc Gluconate, Aloe Barbadensis / Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Avena Sativa Flour / Oat Kernel Flour, Menthoxypropanediol, Hamamelis Virginiana Distillate / Witch Hazel Water, Allantoin, Salicylic Acid.

Allantoin is a compound that is found in Comfrey Root. The comfrey plant is a hairy perennial Eurasian herb long used in herbal medicine. Known to be a bacteria inhibitor, Allantoin can soothe and reduce inflammation in various product formulations.

I’ve read a bunch of reviews of this product where people seem to think this is alcohol-free. I’m really confused by that. It has denatured alcohol as the second ingredient. It also has salicylic acid in it, so if you have extremely sensitive skin I’d suggest something milder without an astringent.

Kiehl's Rare Earth Pore Refining Tonic

First things first, the Amazonian white clay in this settles to the bottom. The toner appears clear, but no! Vigorous shaking must commence.

Kiehl's Rare Earth Pore Refining Tonic

Right before the vigorous shaking, I tipped it just slightly so you can see the clay. Or maybe I just wanted to have a fancy picture. Whatever.

Kiehl's Rare Earth Pore Refining Tonic

Once shaken, twice shy.

Right off the bat I discovered that this toner is best when applied directly with your hands. I’m a cotton pad fiend so this is kind of sad, but the truth hurts. Cotton just absorbs up all the clay and you won’t get the desired effect. So, as much as I dislike using my hands with toner (SO MESSY) that’s what I do.

This toner is very gentle with a subtle astringent. It’s cooling and has a light, clay + toner-y scent, but nothing bad. As SOON as the product is applied, your skin will absorb the clay and be perfectly, wonderfully matte. Like a dream. However, for my super oily skin, I found it only lasted a short time, with no huge effect on oil control throughout the day. I didn’t make my skin produce any more oil than usual though, so that’s a plus. If you have dry skin, this might be a bit TOO drying for you, but if you have combo to slightly oily skin I think it would work a lot better. My pores do feel tighter after using this for awhile, but they are still there, staring at me. Because my pores are the PORES OF HELL.

The Rare Earth collection also includes a Pore Cleansing Masque, a Deep Pore Daily Cleanser, and a Pore Minimizing Lotion.

Pros: Instantly mattifying, tightens pores.
Cons: Not long-lasting oil control, expensive at $21 USD.

Final Verdict: I might consider repurchasing, but there are so many toners I have yet to try… If you’re interested, you can find it at Kiehl’s.

October 26, 2014
by L
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Review: Daiso Silk Cocoons

Daiso Silk Cocoons

Another day, another crazy Daiso product. This time, I present to you Silk Cocoons. They are basically little pods you place over your finger and rub all over your face, claiming to gently exfoliate and remove dirt from your pores. That sounds cool and all, but then you stop and realize what exactly these things are. I repeat, Silk Cocoons. Literal cocoons made and nested in by silkworms.

Daiso Silk Cocoons

These are silkworms.

Daiso Silk Cocoons

This is how silk cocoons are made.

I should probably say I’m terrified of most bugs, especially things that creep and crawl. Silkworms fall into that category. So you can imagine how I felt when I realized what was going on here. When I bought these I didn’t really think much of it, just another cheap, weirdo Daiso thing to play with. At $1.50 USD, I’m not going to be too critical pre-purchase. But when I got home and figured it out… oof. Yeah, I know it’s not a worm wrapped around my finger but at one point it had cradled one, so it’s like touching a worm once removed. You understand, I’m sure.

Daiso Silk Cocoons

Daiso, as per usual, is very multi-lingual.

Daiso Silk Cocoons

Are you ready for some tampons cosmétiques?

Daiso Silk Cocoons

Mostly Japanese on the back, but they supply an English translation.

Daiso Silk Cocoons

Easy enough to use: submerge a cocoon in hot water for a few minutes and massage the desired areas of skin. The ol’ soak and rub, as I like to call it.

Daiso Silk Cocoons

These can be used 3-5 times, which is nice. But ‘use only for intended purpose’? What other uses could one come up with for these? I’m not sure I want to know.

Daiso Silk Cocoons

The facts:

Exfoliating
100% silk
4 pieces
Multi-use

Daiso Silk Cocoons

Like a little finger-hat.

Daiso Silk Cocoons

No secret hidden silkworm, no worries.

Daiso Silk Cocoons

Soak soak soak.

Daiso Silk Cocoons

After soaking it looks roughly the same, albeit a little less fuzzy and a little more plump.

Daiso Silk Cocoons

Afterwards. Don’t be fooled, I was in a different room with different lighting so it’s not really as yellow. It actually looks pretty much the same, just a little more worn out. It didn’t have a huge effect for me, but I’m hardcore with pore-care, so there really wasn’t much work to be done. I imagine that if you have clogged pores, this would be awesome.

Pros: Super cheap at $1.50 USD, can be used multiple times, gentle.
Cons: Freaking worms made them.

Final Verdict: Would I get them again? Maybe, but only because they are so affordable. If you’re curious, you can find them in the beauty aisle at Daiso.

Have you tried any silk cocoons? Would you? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

October 19, 2014
by L
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Review: Dr. Jart+ Pore Minimalist Mask

Dr. Jart Pore Minimalist Mask

If you know me at all, you know I am obsessed with Korean cosmetics and I’m obsessed with curing my pores of all evil. I like Dr. Jart+, not only because it’s Korean, but it’s more accessible to us Westerners, being sold in Sephora stores. I’ve only tried a few Dr. Jart+ products (BB creams, duh) so I wasn’t even aware they had a pore minimalist mask. Now I am.

Also, y’all have no idea how enamoured I am with BLACK MASKS. I’ve tried so many charcoal ones that I’ve had high hopes for, but the majority of them are white and boring. The only other actual black one I’ve found was the My Scheming Hyaluronan Hydrating Black Mask, but that’s simply hydrating and not concentrated on pores and minimalism. As soon as I got this in whatever month’s Birchbox, I knew it was meant to be.

OR WAS IT.

Dr. Jart Pore Minimalist Mask

Pore minimalist, design minimalist.

Dr. Jart Pore Minimalist Mask

English and Korean. THANKS DR. JART. +.

Dr. Jart Pore Minimalist Mask

The facts:

-Moisturizing
-Clarifying
-Balancing
-Detoxifying
-Firming
-Good for oily/troubled skin
-Hypoallergenic
-Paraben/Sulfate/Phthalate free

From Sephora:

What it is:
A black sheet mask featuring activated Korean charcoal, spearmint extract, and arginine for superior detoxification and pore-tightening benefits.

What it is formulated to do:
This soothing sheet mask purifies pore and removes excess sebum without irritation. Activated Korean charcoal detoxifies, spearmint extract improves elasticity, and arginine clarifies pores. Good for blemishes, large pores, and oily skin, this powerful must-have mask is for anytime, anywhere use and is certain to produce a clearer, healthier-looking complexion.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
This product is hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested, and free of phenoxyethanol, benzophenone, triclosan, thymol, diazolidinyl urea, isopropyl alcohol, mineral oil, and cyclomethicone.

Ingredients:

-Spearmint Extract: Improves pore elasticity.
-Activated Charcoal: Tightens and detoxes.
-Arginine: Clarifies pores.
-Moroccan Lava Clay: Removes dead skin cells and firms.

Water, Glycerin, Dimethyl Sulfone, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, PEG-32, Glycereth-26, Panthenol, Charcoal Powder, Alcohol Denat., Achillea Millefolium Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Extract, Moroccan Lava Clay, Polyphosphorylcholine, Glycol Acrylate, Arginine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Parfum, Potassium Sorbate.

Dr. Jart Pore Minimalist Mask

As black as the night itself.

Dr. Jart Pore Minimalist Mask

Super packed with essence, as most sheet masks are. Drip drip drop. There’s plenty leftover in the packet to massage into your skin afterward, if that’s what you’re into.

Dr. Jart Pore Minimalist Mask

Aside from almost being some sort of blackface, I liked wearing this. I think my cat was a bit apprehensive though. The fit left much to be desired. Seriously, do these maskmakers even TRY fitting them on an actual human before designing and manufacturing them? I mean I don’t have the ideal perfect face by far, but damn. Usually sheet masks fail me around the nose area. I’ve come to expect that. But this one… this one had so much extra material around the chin, I couldn’t even smooth it down. Thus, my stunning goatee.

The mask did feel soothing and cooling while on. You’re supposed to wear it 15-20 minutes, but I usually wear mine until it starts drying out. Maybe that was my issue here. This mask didn’t lend a visible difference to my pores, but it did moisturize the hell out of my face. And although it’s touted to be balancing, about 30 minutes after wearing this my skin felt oily and heavy. I had to follow up with some of my Kiehl’s toner to combat that, and I usually don’t touch my skin after a mask night.

The scent of this mask is herbally-charcoal. It’s not too intense, but after wearing it for awhile it smells like you’re giving yourself a home perm. Not so pleasant, but at that point it’s probably time to take it off anyway.

Pros: It looks cool, yeah? Easier to access for us Westerners.
Cons: Didn’t show noticeable difference after one time. Over-moisturizing. Expensive at $7.50 USD for one, and $35 USD for five.

Final Verdict: I didn’t really care for this mask, obviously. It sounded perfect in theory, but it left my face feeling heavy and didn’t seem to do much else. It could be more effective when used multiple times, but who’s going to spend that much to find out? Sorry, not me. Interested in trying it? Grab one at Sephora.

October 7, 2014
by L
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Review: Daiso Horse Fat Hand Cream & Foot Scrub Cream

Daiso Horse Fat Foot Scrub

I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned the sick obsession I have with Daiso. Daiso’s a Japanese 100 yen store. Here in the land of eagles and Obama, everything is $1.50. Everything. Unless marked differently, but most everything. You can imagine how one can go crazy in there. They have a little of everything, but my favorite section, of course, is the healthy and beauty aisle.

Daiso Haul

I managed to snag a ton of cheap stuff on my last trip, including a random knife because I needed one. And it’s a dang good knife, let me tell you. Anyway, two of the stranger items I snatched up were the Daiso Horse Fat Hand Cream & Foot Scrub Cream. Horse fat? In MY hand cream? Sure, why not. I figured it would be incredibly moisturizing, and such things don’t repulse or scare me. I’m not expecting to get super enthusiastic comments about this (I’m looking at you, people who bitch about snail cream), but whatever. Don’t like it, don’t use it. In this case, I will use it for you and tell you all about it.

The facts:

Main ingredient is Horse fat/oil
Moisturizing/exfoliating

From eBay:

The Horse Oil is famous and traditional moisture formula in Japan. This hand cream helps with skin irritation alleviation and its absorbs on the skin without stickness, protects the skin from roughness, creates skin protection layer and makes the hand soft and moist. Very good for use after housework.

Yeah, I yanked a description off of eBay because the Daiso website doesn’t have these babies on there. Nor could I really find an official ingredient list online, but it’s all on the packaging, so don’t you worry. Yes, ‘horse fat’ is a major ingredient.

Daiso Horse Fat Hand Cream

Neighhhhh.

Daiso Horse Fat Hand Cream

In case you had trouble reading.

Daiso Horse Fat Hand Cream

Daiso throws English, Japanese and Spanish translations on their American products. I can dig that.

Daiso Horse Fat Hand Cream

Daiso Horse Fat Hand Cream

Daiso Horse Fat Hand Cream

Simple, ponified packaging.

Daiso Horse Fat Hand Cream

Oil and fat are apparently interchangeable.

Daiso Horse Fat Hand Cream

Daiso Horse Fat Hand Cream

Daiso Horse Fat Hand Cream

Daiso Horse Fat Hand Cream

This cream is lightweight and not greasy, despite being composed of horse fat, which sounds like it’d be greasy as hell. It absorbs super quickly and made my hands nice and soft. I’ve never had dry skin–I rarely use lotions at all, so I can’t really tell you how effective this product is. It didn’t make my overly-hydrated skin oily or anything, so I imagine it’s good for all skin types. It also has a pleasant ginger scent.

Daiso Horse Fat Foot Scrub

NEEEEIIIIIIGGGGGHHHHHH.

Daiso Horse Fat Foot Scrub

The foot scrub packaging is obviously similar.

Daiso Horse Fat Foot Scrub

Basically you’re supposed to use this after soaking your feet for awhile.

Daiso Horse Fat Foot Scrub

Daiso Horse Fat Foot Scrub

Such an elegant little tub, befitting of such an elegant product name.

Daiso Horse Fat Foot Scrub

I had an attention-starved kitty who was getting really impatient with my shoot at this point. She’s the boss.

Daiso Horse Fat Foot Scrub

This one is a heavy, gritty scrub, perfect for exfoliating all of your foot problems away. This is awesome for me, because my feet have been super dry since this summer, and I have a dropped metatarsal that has created a perpetual callous on the ball of my foot. It sucks. I went in with high hopes that this dollar store foot scrub would solve everything.

BUT DID IT?

Well, no. Not everything. It did make my feet moisturized and super super soft, which is awesome. This cream is REALLY thick and rich and a little goes a long way. I might have went overboard in my excitement and used half the tub. Maybe. Anyway, it won’t do much for ridiculous callouses, but if you have a sad case of dry feet, I’d definitely recommend this scentless scrub. Embrace the horse fat.

Pros: Both are super moisturizing.
Cons: Horse fat, if that ain’t yo’ thing.

Final Verdict: I’d repurchase the foot scrub. I’ve no use of hand lotions so that one won’t be bought again, but if you’re a dry-hander, feel free to check it out. Both can be found at Daiso stores for $1.50 USD and random places on the internet.

What’s the strangest beauty product you’ve tried?

September 22, 2014
by L
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Review: DHC Eyelash Tonic

DHC Eyelash Tonic

Eyelashes can be frustrating. They’re always falling out and are never quite long enough or full enough. I’ve always contemplated false eyelashes or eyelash extensions, but since I wear glasses 98% of the time, it just doesn’t work out. Lashes hitting lenses is a huge annoyance, believe you me. Anyway.

Awhile back DHC sent me a few things to review, such as their BB Cream Foundation and BB Mineral Powder. I also received the DHC Eyelash Tonic, which I was super excited about. I’ve always entertained the idea of using serums and such to try to boost growth and whatever, but always shied away due to possible iris color changes. Luckily, DHC has no warnings of this. It’s also not a scary prescription product like Latisse, so it can’t be too dangerous.

DHC Eyelash Tonic

The DHC Eyelash Tonic isn’t a growth serum, but rather a conditioner of sorts. I decided to use it in hopes of strengthening my lashes to help limit breakage and loss.

As per usual, I love DHC packaging. So much gold, such little time.

DHC Eyelash Tonic

You’re instructed to use this twice a day–in the morning as a mascara base, and at night as a conditioner. I am THE WORST at remembering to use this, I swear. I usually hit it up in the morning, but at night? Oops. Also some days I just plain forget completely. Therefore, this review can’t really be judged via time, because I was inconsistent as hell.

DHC Eyelash Tonic

DHC Eyelash Tonic

The facts:

Conditioning
Nourishing
Strengthening
0.21 fl. oz.

From DHC:

Conditioning DHC Eyelash Tonic nourishing gel treatment strengthens for lush, fuller-looking eyelashes. Fortifying botanicals coat each lash from root to tip to help prevent breakage for a more robust lash line. Wear under mascara during the day and all by itself at bedtime.

Specially designed applicator helps distribute gel more evenly
Rich in botanicals, including ginseng, aloe and Swertia japonica extract

How To Use

Use as a mascara base in the morning and as a conditioner in the evening. Gently and evenly, brush a small amount of tonic onto lash roots and sweep outward towards tips.

Ingredients:

water/aqua/eau, butylene glycol, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, phenoxyethanol, carbomer, aminomethyl propanol, placental protein, xanthan gum, allantoin, swertia japonica extract, salix alba (willow) bark extract, symphytum officinale leaf extract, nasturtium officinale flower/leaf extract, olea europaea (olive) leaf extract, panax ginseng root extract

DHC Eyelash Tonic

Typical mascara-y applicator. Just swipe upward on lashes, much like you’re putting on mascara. Just be really, really careful that you don’t accidentally get this in your eye. Because holy ow. It stings soooooo bad. So don’t do it. Friends don’t let friends get eyehurt.

Also, you might want to wipe off the wand after applying–mascara remnants and dirt will easily muddle up your unused tonic. It’s harmless enough but will look pretty gross. Just some sage advice.

DHC Eyelash Tonic
DHC Eyelash Tonic

After using haphazardly for roughly three months or so. You can definitely see a difference lengthwise, and though I’m not sure you can visually see any increase in volume in these photos, it feels like my lashes are more lush.

Another nice thing about this product is that it also makes mascara way easier to remove, preventing breakage. Always a plus.

DHC Eyelash Tonic
DHC Eyelash Tonic

I should probably note I put on mascara in these photos so you can actually see my lashes, not to accentuate them. My naked lashes are blond and virtually invisible. Deal with it.

Pros: Easy to apply, works well over time.
Cons: DON’T GET IT IN YOUR EYE.

Final Verdict: I’m a fan, when I remember to use it. Check it out for yourself at DHC for $14 USD.

September 15, 2014
by L
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Review: Michael Todd True Organics Pumpkin Mask

Michael Todd Pumpkin Mask

Beauty boxes can be really hit-or-miss. Sometimes I get crappy self-tanning wipes (no thanks) or a packet of tea (seriously?). But sometimes. SOMETIMES I hit gold, and that is what happened with the lovely and oh-so-tingly Michael Todd True Organics Pumpkin Mask, which was delivered to me in either a Birchbox or a Glossybox. After a kind of rough year, it took me months to actually try this out, and I regret that. Why? Because it is amazing. A-maz-ing. And just in time for fall, season of pumpkin and pumpkin accessories.

Michael Todd Pumpkin Mask

The facts:

Exfoliating
Firming
Moisturizing
Brightening
Anti-aging
All natural
Certified vegan
3.4 oz/100 ml (or 1 oz/30 ml)

From Michael Todd:

Rejuvenating facial treatment which uses nutrient-rich Pumpkin blended with Glycolic Acid. Contains high concentrations of Proteolytic enzymes, anti-oxidant beta carotene and over 100 other essential vitamins, minerals, phytosterols and fatty acids. Strong exfoliant to remove dead skin, impurities and toxins, moisturizes and firms, improves elasticity and pliability of the skin, unclogs pores allowing skin to breathe and facilitates movement of skin oils. Adds brightness and radiance to the skin and significantly improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Caution: This product is a powerful exfoliant and is not recommended for sensitive skin. Contains 5% glycolic acid and proteolytic enzymes. May be irritating to certain individuals. Use caution when applying. Test on a small area of skin before using over entire face.

After cleansing, apply an even layer over face and neck. Avoid eye area. Leave on for 5-10 minutes and rinse. Follow with moisturizer and use sunscreen during the day. May be used at intervals of 1-2 weeks. Side effects of Glycolic Acid include occasional mild irritation and sun sensitivity. If irritation occurs, shorten length of treatments. If irritation continues, discontinue use.

Ingredients:

Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin), Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharinum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Juice, Vegetable Glycerin, Glycolic Acid (5%), Sodium Benzoate, Glucolactone, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Phenoxyethanol, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Oil, Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide Gum), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Cinnamomum Cassia (Cinnamon) Bark, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Powder, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai Fruit) Pulp Powder, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Powder, Pimenta Officinalis (Allspice) Powder, Rosmarinus Officnalis (Rosemary Oleoresin), Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Oil.

Michael Todd Pumpkin Mask

This just LOOKS organic as hell, does it not? Like organic baby food. It also smells like fresh pumpkin. Pumpkin pie. You will want to eat it, but don’t. It probably doesn’t taste like pumpkin pie (not that I know from experience). It might, but please resist the urge to find out. Put it on your face.

Michael Todd Pumpkin Mask

Once on your face it looks pretty gross, like you’ve been rolling around in pumpkin goop and liked it. As this product contains glycolic acid and proteolytic enzymes, so you’ll probably feel a tingly pins-and-needles sensation. Tread carefully if you have sensitive skin. I put my face through a lot, so not much bothers it. This one stings a bit, but not in a way that’s unbearable. It only lasts for a minute or two and then it’s smooth sailing.

You’re instructed to leave in on for 5-10 minutes (less if you’re a total wimp), but as per usual I leave mine on for like 30. So what happens after you rinse off all that pumpkin delight? My face feels incredibly smooth, moisturized, firm and brighter. I can’t really tell if the anti-aging element is there, since I don’t have many fine lines, but I’m hoping for the best. This mask is to be used every one to two weeks, but I usually sneak it in at least twice a week, because I’m a rebel.

Basically I love this product so much that I almost exploded when I found it as a Groupon deal. Two full-size bottles for $20? Don’t mind if I do. Nothing wrong with stocking up. No, I’m not addicted (yes I am). Thank you Michael Todd.

Pros: Smells like pumpkin pie, if you like pumpkin pie. Does everything it says. Tingly. AMAZING.
Cons: Smells like pumpkin pie, if you don’t like pumpkin pie. Slightly expensive, questionable for sensitive skin.

Final Verdict: So obviously this is my favorite thing right now. I just stocked up on Groupon (2 for $20!!), but if you’re interested, you can find it at Michael Todd for $34 USD. There are also some deluxe sample sizes floating around on eBay for relatively cheap, so if you want to test the pumpkin-laced waters, I suggest you try one of those!

Has anyone tried this pumpkin mask, or anything else by Michael Todd? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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