Sunday, May 24, 2009

*Review* Mario Badescu Drying Mask



I tried the drying mask out a few nights ago because I had some bad acne I desperately wanted to clear up before starting theatre shows so I started using the drying mask the same night I recieved the products to test. Let me tell you this mask smells soooooooo bad its horrible. The smell makes me nausous so I just dabbed it on the acne that I wanted to dry up. I doubt I could have stood the smell of the sulfur for 20 minutes on my entire face. It made it smell less strong that way but it still smelled pretty bad. With that aside, the mask works amazingly well. It dried up all the acne and it actually was almost completely healed the next day. It was all dry and flaked away. I have never had anything work that fast before. It also made my skin soft not rough and flaky but nice. I really wish it didn't smell as bad or I would actually purchase it but the smell is just such a huge turn off its so bad you can almost taste it, yet it works so amazingly well that I am torn. It's tough cause I really like what it did for my skin but for me the smell is just as important. It is also a little on the pricey side. Around $20 for a small amount, but it goes a long way if you don't use it on your entire face like it says.

Pros
  • noticed a difference in my skin after one use
  • dried out acne and left the areas soft and not rough and flakey
  • a little goes a long way if you just apply it to the areas that need it
Cons
  • smells very bad, made me feel nausous (probably the sulfur)
  • pricey
  • has to sit for 20min on your face (bad for me cause I wear glasses and can't sit around for 20min with a face mask on)
Overall I would give this product a 7/10!

It works really really well but I can't get over that smell its horrible!

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Mario Badescu Skin Care Products

Today in the mail I recieved a ton of samples to test out from the Mario Badescu acne skin care line. I was sent:
  • Botanical Facial Gel
  • Special Cleansing Lotion C
  • Ceramide Eye Gel
  • Aloe Moisturizer SPF 15
  • Drying Mask
  • Healing and Soothing Mask
  • Drying Cream
First impression are positive, I am really hoping this helps clear up my acne before I start doing my performances or at least helps a little since I know its too much to ask since shows start tomorrow. I think the drying mask really really really stinks! I'm not sure if I could stand the smell of it for 20min on my face. So my plan of attack for that is to just dab it on all the acne spots I have and see if that works. Everything else smells ok not too overpowering so hopefully they will work on my skin and not create more problems.
I also lik ethat they made up a whole product application guide for me tailored to my skin needs. Though I'm not sure I want to use 9 different products on my skin at once. I am thinking of using only a few products at a time in case something breaks me out. I will write reviews on each product once I have used them!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

*Review* Dove Go Fresh Body Wash


I received a coupon for a free bottle of the new dove body wash when it was first coming out. I picked up the energizing lemongrass and grapefruit scent since it was the only one that smelled appealing to me. I did enjoy this product it went on nice and lathered well. The scent was subtle and not overpowering and I found that it left my skin feeling clean and soft. There were some scrubbing beads in the body wash that I could have done without though, since most seemed to stick in my body puff anyway and those took forever to try and clean out. Also I found that the label on the outside of the body flaked after getting wet and I ended up covered in the label after picking it up and it seemed to stick to my hands. It is pretty pricey for a small bottle so I doubt I would purchase it again without either a really good coupon or a really good sale.

Pros
  • Scent was subtle and not overpowering
  • lathered well
  • left my skin feeling clean and soft
Cons
  • could have done without the beads since most ended up on the puff and not my skin
  • pricey unless you have a coupon or a sale
  • label peels off and sticks to your hands when wet
Overall I would give this product a 7/10.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Feisty, Frugal, and Fabulous Blog Foxy Mineral Makeup Giveaway

They are giving one lucky person the chance to pick out two eyeshadows and a lip gloss in their choice of colours! So head on over to the Feisty, Frugal, and Fabulous Blog to get your entry in!

Beautiful 2 God Blog Mineral Basics Giveaway

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

*Review* Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub


Like the previous post stated I got the sample sized packet of the Pore Unclogging Scrub to try out as well. I quite like this product too because it is gentle on your skin, and it left my skin really soft and smooth and free of oil for a long time after washing my face. The beads in the scrub aren't too harsh and weren't sharp like some other scrubs that I have used. The scrub is a little harsh though if you use it daily. I noticed after awhile my skin was starting to get dry scaley patches where I had acne clearing up. I guess you could say this stuff works too well! It works great if you use it a few times a week but I really wouldn't recommend it for daily use since it left my very very very oily skin dried out, which I have never had happen before ever! It costs about the same as the cleanser so it is a bit pricey compared to other brands but worth it, especially since you will have the scrub even longer if you can only use it a couple times a week.

Pros
  • left my skin soft and smooth and oil free for the first few days of use
  • gentle beads don't scratch your skin
  • helps clear up acne
  • good value for money since it will last awhile
Cons
  • worked too well and left my skin with dry patches after about 4 days straight use
  • price is a little higher then comparable items
Overall I give this product an 8/10

*Review* Biore Ice Cleanser


I got a sample sized packet of the Biore Ice Cleanser as well as the Pore Unclogging Scrub awhile ago in the mail when they had a promotion to sign up for a free sample, I believe it was when they first came out with these. I hadn't tried it till a few days ago because I am always nervous to try new products in case they break me out badly or something. I know I should probably do a test area first but I usually just use it and see what happens. I can honestly say that I really like the Ice Cleanser, it makes my skin really soft without leaving it greasy. You can feel the "ice" of the product too it tingles a little not uncomfortable burning tingle like some products do, but you can feel the coolness of it with the gentle tingle that makes it feel like its working. It also keeps my face smooth and clean feeling for most of the day which is nice since I have really oily skin that normally is oily almost immediately after I finish washing my face. It is a little pricey when you compare the biore products to other similiar products but it will probably last awhile so it is worth it in the long run.

Pros
  • got to try the product in sample form before commiting to spending the money on it in store
  • has a gentle coolness and tingle nothing painful or harsh
  • left my skin feeling really soft and smooth for hours after washing
  • didn't cause me to break out
  • actually helped improve my skin texture and minimized breakouts
Cons
  • kind of pricey compared to other cleansers on the market (but worth it for me)
  • might leave some people's skin dried out depending on how oily/normal/dry it usually is
Overall I would give this product a 9/10.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Fabulous Fun Finds Blog Handbag Giveaway

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Eyes Lips Face

I have started looking at this site more in depth lately since I have a bit of cash in my paypal account from surveys saved up that I don't know what to do with. As if I need more makeup but I have been looking at all of their mineral stuff and have been reading reviews trying to decide if the huge shipping cost is worth it since I am not sure you really save a lot of money because what you save on the makeup goes towards the 14.98 shipping for Canada. Plus if you buy over $20 worth of makeup you get dinged with extra shipping fees at the border as well as GST and PST. I do like the prices of the mineral makeup though since it is way cheaper then the maybelline stuff I recently bought. I was wondering if anyone that reads the blog here has tried elf makeup before and if its worth the shipping charges?
I have been told some good stuff about the eyeliner (thanks sally) so I may go ahead in a week or two and place an order anyway and test it out and write a review here and compare it to the maybelline mineral makeup I just bought as if I need more makeup but I really want to switch over to all mineral makeup for my face since I have really sensitive skin and break out easily.

Anyway if you have tried makeup from elf before leave me a post and let me know how you liked it and if its worth it!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

What products or brands would you like to see reviewed here?

I am trying to get in a regular routine where I post regular reviews of products which I could probably do till the end of time with everything I already own at home, so I am asking everyone that comes here what would you like to see in terms of products or brands being reviewed? Chances are I probably own something of that brand or type that I could do a review on. If I get some suggestions and have the products here at home and already use it I will write the reviews on those products first before randomly picking one out to write a review on, which is my current method I just pick the product that I seem to be using that day and am thinking about.

*Review* N.Y.C Liquid Eyeliner


I picked this up at the drugstore for 2.99 last week because I needed it for a 50's dance. I had never used liquid eyeliner before because I thought it would be hard to do and I never liked the look of it for every day wear. What I liked about the N.Y.C brand is that the brush was super fine and pointy for more accurate application which may be why it never really took me that long to apply it. I also liked that you could apply less pressure to get a more subtle look or more pressure for a more dark dramatic look. I also like the tube it came in as well as the applicator because it was easy to handle and didn't make my hand cramp for the entire hour that I struggled to get both eyes to look the same. It is also very reasonably priced compared to the other liquid liners I looked at, especially when I didn't want to pay a bundle for something I doubt I will wear again after I am done with the 50's look for the muscial Grease that I am in. The product claimed to be long wearing and smudge proof which I guess was true but I'm not really sure since most of it ended up cracking and flaking off before the night was over. Also when I was in the store picking it out I didn't have a clue which colour to pick up since there were no testers and nothing on the package to show the colour just the names jet black, sable, and pearlized black. So I played it safe and picked up jet black.

Pros
  • Inexpensive compared to other liquid liners
  • great to buy if you are just learning how to do liquid eyeliner since it is inexpensive
  • has a super fine brush that makes it a little easier to get a more precise application
  • hypo allergenic and fragrance free
  • was easy to fix mistakes since it didnt dry too quick but was just about the right amount of time
  • washed off fairly easily at the end of the night (well what was left of it)
Cons
  • cracked and flaked off almost immediately after it dried
  • no indication of the colour of the product which made it kind of hard to choose it would be nice to either have testers or a picture on the package with the colour to compare
  • may not be the best quality since it was so cheap but you get what you pay for
Overall I would give this product a 4/10. I plan to use it again for shows and will see if it stays on any better but I would more then likely not purchase this brand again.

Outnumbered 3 to 1 Blog Pur Minerals Giveaway

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Body Shop Free Skincare Kit with $35 Purchase

The Body Shop is offering a free skincare kit with a $30 value to anyone that purchases $35 or more between now and May 27th! You can choose from Aloe Best for sensitive skin $30 Value,
Tea Tree Best for oily and blemish-prone skin $30 Value, Vitamin E Best for all skin types $30 Value. This offer is available in store or online!
The Body Shop Online

Fine Print of the offer:
* Offer valid for a free, skincare starter kit with any $35 purchase (excluding gift cards) while supplies last. Purchase of LYB card not included in offer. All discounts will appear on final receipt when package arrives. One per customer. Offer valid on select starter kits only. Valid only at participating The Body Shop stores in Canada and at thebodyshop.ca. Valid May 11th - 27th at thebodyshop.ca and participating stores.

I'm thinking of going and getting a few things just to get the tea tree oil starter kit! I have been wanting to try all of the tea tree oil products but that would be pretty pricey this would be a good way to test them all out before buying them.

*Review* St. Ives Clear Pore Cleanser for Oily/Blemish Prone Skin


I found this product about a month ago in Walmart for around $3.00 for a 200ml pump bottle. I am not sure if that was a sale price or the regular price but I picked it up to try any way since I love St. Ives products. This particular cleanser contains tea tree oil as the acne treatment ingredient vs. salicylic acid which is usually in the cleansers I use. I actually like this version of the cleanser much better then what I was currently using since it seems to be more effective. I like that its gentle enough to use daily but provides enough of the tea tree oil treatment to improve my skin without overly drying it out. It actually makes my skin really nice and soft to touch, plus it keeps my oily skin away for most of the day without the use of powder! That is one of the benefits I really like since I have really oily skin and most cleansers don't work as well, or they leave my skin feeling like wax and like I never washed my face at all. I have noticed a big improvement since switching over to using the St.Ives cleanser daily, and my Body Shop tea tree oil scrub twice a week.

Pros
  • Inexpensive compared to other products containing tea tree oil
  • minimizes the appearance of oil for most of the day
  • leaves your face feeling soft and smooth
  • improves complexion after only about a week of use
Cons
  • might be too drying depending on your skin type (mine is really oily which makes it perfect for daily use)
  • not sure how popular this version of the cleanser is compared to the other St. Ives products so it may be difficult to find
Overall I give this product a 10/10!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Outnumbered 3 to 1 Blog Fusion of Colour Cosmetics Giveaway!

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Forever and Always Blog Sekkisei Skincare Giveaway

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Shop With Me Mama Lisa Hoffman Skin Care Giveaway

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