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MAD Skincare Redness Rescue June 19, 2012

Filed under: Review,Skincare — slagoon @ 4:16 pm
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Today I bring you MAD Skincare Redness Rescue which I received in my May Beauty Army Kit. I felt ambivalent about this one. I didn’t care if it was in my kit or not.  I have what I like to call a “natural blush”. I don’t get red all over my face, but if I go without foundation, BB cream, or tinted moisturizer, then I DO NOT need to use blush. So, I figured at least I had some red spots I could try this out on!

First, MAD, please start using a dispenser that works or switch to a less fancy squeeze tube…your products are too thick to make it through that sample squirter…really! After storing this upside down for a couple days I had enough product migrate to the top that I could remove the top and pat some out. This green gel is fairly thick but spreads smoothly, with a faint earthy scent.  I figured I’d put it on a whole half of my face rather than just the cheek areas.

Bad, Bad I say. The half of my face I put it on turned all the red color of my cheeks! EEP. I ended up applying it to the whole rest of my face solely so that when I put my BB cream on I didn’t look like Dr. Jeckyl/Mr. Hyde with one side one color and the other side a different color.

I’m not sure why it didn’t work for me…their other stuff has been nice enough – nothing amazing, but nice enough! Have you had better luck with this?

Would I buy this again? Certainly not.

Will I finish the sample? Nope

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size: 0.13 oz
Full Size: 1 oz
Full Size Price:  $32.00
Sample Value: $4.16

 

FTC  Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by Beauty Army or any of the brands included in the kit. Items purchased by me for my own personal use. For more information please review my disclosure policy.

 

Cover FX ClearPrep June 18, 2012

Filed under: Makup,Review — slagoon @ 3:52 pm
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Today I bring you the Cover FX ClearPrep primer that I received in my May Beauty Army Kit.  As I mentioned I only got one of the items I would have chosen had I not let the system choose for me….this was NOT that one, this was actually one of the ones I definitely didn’t want.

Last time I had a Cover FX item I did not find it to perform worth a darn on my skin.  I don’t usually need primer because of the BB cream I use, it really does do everything. I have used the smashbox photofinish primer below my BB cream a few times and it has worked nicely, so I figured I could give the Cover FX one a shot the same way.

Melting.  My face litterally felt like my makeup was melting and running off my face.  I don’t have a photo of it because it just didn’t show up well, but whatever ingredient in it and in my BB cream did NOT play well. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t hot or burning, but the two combined and turned to a super liquidy thing.

Would I buy it again? No, it doesn’t work with my current suite of makeup.

Will I finish the sample? No I already fed it to my pet garbage can.

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size: 0.24 oz
Full Size: 1.0 oz
Full Size Price:  $39.00
Sample Value: $9.36

 

FTC  Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by Beauty Army or any of the brands included in the kit. Items purchased by me for my own personal use. For more information please review my disclosure policy.

 

Kiehls – Abyssine Cream + Review June 15, 2012

Filed under: Review,Skincare — slagoon @ 8:23 pm
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Today I bring you Kiehls Abyssine Cream + from my May Birchbox. This thick cream is intended to help slow down cellular aging in your skin. But unfortunately it didn’t really work for me. I loved the velvety texture of the cream and how it was thick and absorbed nicely in my skin. Here’s the “BUT”; it made me break out big time.  I know that often creams take awhile for your skin to get used to, and that you need to use them for awhile to stop the breakouts.  I don’t usually need the trial period, but I gave it a week, I even used spot treatments on the pimples that surfaced, but the breakout just continued to get worse. It was the worst breakout I have had in 10 years, and that was after a week using the cream. I stopped using it and within three days my face stopped having pimples on it.

I suspect that if you had older skin and hadn’t had pimples in a long time that it might work for you, but for me, no, not so much.

Will I buy this again? No

Will I finish the sample? No, I prefer my face without pimples.

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size 0.25 oz
Full Size 1.69 oz
Full Size Price $48.00
Sample Value $7.10

FTC Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by Birchbox or any of the brands included in the box. Items purchased by me for my own personal use. For more information please review my disclosure policy.
 

Karuna Anti-Blemish Treatment Mask June 14, 2012

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Today I bring you the Karuna Anti-Blemish Treatment Mask that I received in my May Beauty Army Kit (incidentally I ALSO received it as my mystery gift in my June kit – more on that in my June Beauty Army post). Anyway, as I’ve mentioned before I had not ever tried any sort of mask before last year and now I’m addicted. This is the first actual mask (like where you put something in the shape of a face on) that I’ve had the chance to try.  I’ve seen these masks around on Hautelook before and have always been curious about them.


I’m not sure what I was expecting but this was not it… I guess I was thinking that it would be less gooey.  This was gooey – almost gross gooey! So what you do is you take the mask out of the foil.  There is a fabric like mask with a plastic like covering on one side. You are supposed to put the fabric side against your face and then peel off the plastic. and make sure the mask is smooth over your face and that your eyes and mouth are not covered. Then you sit back, relax and wait for a quarter of an hour.


Unlike the non fabric masks I’ve used, this one did not seem to change how it felt after time was up, it still felt as moist and gooey as when I first put it on.  The mask was cool and refreshing, like slathering aloe on your face.

 

When I took it off my face was still very full of the liquid infused in the product. In the instructions it said to rub it into your face.

The next day my skin had fewer blemishes and felt quite amazing. I’d say this mask was pretty great.

Would I buy it again? If I felt like splurging sometime, yes!

Will I finish the sample? It was a one time use sample – so no.

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size: 1 Mask
Full Size: 4 Masks
Full Size Price:  $28.00
Sample Value: $7.00

 

 

FTC  Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by Beauty Army or any of the brands included in the kit. Items purchased by me for my own personal use. For more information please review my disclosure policy.

 

Fragrance Reviews June 13, 2012

Today I bring you Philosophy’s “love sweet love”, Aquolina’s “Pink Sugar”, and Bond No.9’s “Signature” scents that I received in my May MyGlam Bag, Beauty Army Kit, and Beauty Bar kit.  Since I never find that there is a whole lot to say about fragrances other than what it smells like and if I like it and I received 3 samples last month, I’d just get them all reviewed in one go. Lets Get Started.

Philosophy – love sweet love – this is a light gentle scent. It is apparently one of the newest in the Philosophy lineup.  To me it reminds me off berries and baby powder. It is light enough to wear on a warm day.  It smells nice on me and I don’t mind it at all. I will be keeping the sample and using it occasionally, but I will not be buying it again – I just don’t like it enough to buy a full size.

Bond No.9 – Signature – This is one of the most expensive scents I’ve tried. I will digress and tell you that the containers that each of the Bond No.9 fragrances come in are cute and unique – I love them and would want to collect them all!  This perfume is actually classified as a perfume rather than an “eau de…” which simply means the oils are less diluted. Here is an article on the different categories: What is the meaning and difference…. At first it is quite strong and makes me think of spices. It is not very floral despite the rose inclusion.  I feel like this is a unisex scent and could go just as well on a man as on a woman. I like it but don’t love it. As it wears on my skin it starts to smell more gentle but it never quite hits “sweet”.  I’ll wear it on occasion I suppose.

Aquolina – Pink Sugar – Sugar is right; think Cotton Candy. This is sweet, super sweet.  It reminds me of cotton candy and maybe strawberry funnel cake. While I like those things I don’t really want them on my skin. I’m going to say this is a toss out.  It might be fun for a tween, but it is not mature enough for a 30 year old.

Here’s the Breakdown:

Philosophy Love Sweet Love Spray
Sample Size:  0.05 oz
Full Size:  2.0 oz
Full Size Price: $42.00
Sample Value: $1.05

Bond No. 9 New York Bon Bon – Signature
Sample Size:  0.05 oz
Full Size:   3.3 oz
Full Size Price: $330.00
Sample Value: $5.00

Aquolina Pink Sugar Eau De Toillette
Sample Size: 0.06 oz
Full Size: 1.7 oz
Full Size Price: $45.00
Sample Value: $1.58

 

FTC Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by MyGlam, Beauty Army, or Beauty Bar Sample Society or any of the brands included in the bag. Items purchased by me for my own personal use. For more information please review my disclosure policy.

 

Neutrogena® Nourishing Eyeliner – Review June 12, 2012

Filed under: Makup,Review — slagoon @ 2:49 pm
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Today I bring you the Neutrogena® Nourishing Eyeliner that I received from bzzagent.com. The PR for this liner states:

    • Built-in sharpener and smudger create your perfect look, from precise definition to smoky effect
    • Glides on smooth and wears all day; won’t smudge or fade
    • Dermatologist & ophthalmologist tested
    • 4 shades: Cosmic Black, Brushed Pewter, Spiced Chocolate, Twilight Blue
    • Retail price $7.99

I received this in the color “Cosmic Black” which you might think would be shimmery or glittery; well that’s what I think of when I hear Cosmic… but it is a normal flat matte black. Though it isn’t “waterproof” I can vouch that it doesn’t go anywhere when caught by an onslaught of tears.  What is neat is it is very forgiving, if you make a mistake at first you can use your finger to get it back into place or you can smudge everything out to give it a more smokey/blended look.  It has a built in smudging tool as well as a sharpener for the most precise tip I’ve ever seen on an crayon. You can see the smudger’s work below!

  

Overall I really like it and have been using it constantly over the last few weeks. I want the other colors now – and they need a purple one!

Would I buy this product again? Yes, for the price it is amazing.

Will I finish the sample? Yes!!!

 

 

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FTC Disclosure: This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by PR (bzzagent.com). My priority is to you, and I honor that commitment by being honest! I do not conduct paid reviews or guarantee reviews. I promise to remain truthful with you. If you are uncertain what this all means, I suggest you to read my Disclosure Policy for further clarification.

 

Neutrogena Healthy Skin® Brightening Eye Perfector – Review June 11, 2012

Filed under: Makup,Review — slagoon @ 11:53 am
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Today I bring you the Neutrogena Healthy Skin® Brightening Eye Perfector that I received from Bzzagent.com to try and give feedback on. The PR on this product is:

  • Instantly brightens, conceals dark circles, and evens tone
  • Flow-through brush allows for flawless coverage on-the-go
  • Clinically shown to reduce the appearance of under-eye puffiness and dark circles
  • Broad spectrum SPF 20
  • 4 shades: Fair, Buff, Light, Medium
  • Retail price $13.99

Guess what? For once Fair is actually fair – it is the right color for me.  I like the SPF 20, that delicate area under your eyes just doesn’t have as much protection as other areas.  It really does brighten the eye area.  Be careful if you have fine lines – this can sink in and crack a little.  A little goes a long way, and I’d personally not use the applicator brush – you are just asking for unsanitary conditions, plus it is harder to control how much you use. Instead I twist until I get a tiny bead and put that on my ring fingers and pat it gently into the under eye area.

Would I buy this again? No, it is nice, but my bb cream evens my skin out enough that even my under eye circles are mostly corrected.

Will I finish the product? I’ll keep it around and use it occasionally.

 

If you want to review products for BzzAgent shoot me an email using the contact me “email me” link on the right frame. I get a badge for that!

 

FTC Disclosure: This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by PR (bzzagent.com). My priority is to you, and I honor that commitment by being honest! I do not conduct paid reviews or guarantee reviews. I promise to remain truthful with you. If you are uncertain what this all means, I suggest you to read my Disclosure Policy for further clarification.