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Bambola Beauty Açaí Anti-Oxidant Cleansing Cream June 9, 2012

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Today I bring you the Bambola Beauty Açaí Anti-Oxidant Cleansing Cream that I received in my Look Bag in May.  This is a brand I have never heard of before – the premise of the company is that they provide natural skin care with high quality ingredients. This particular cleanser has specific ingredients that target different objectives:

Lemon Juice Extract – Tones, uplifts and oxygenates
Mandarin Oil Refines texture of skin, has antiseptic and cell rejuvenation properties
Sunflower Seed Oil – Rich in Vitamin A & E
Vitamin C from Acai – Stimulates collagen synthesis and fights environmental damage

What did I think? It felt nice, but it is made up of oils, and you probably remember I don’t like oil based cleansers. I still felt like my skin was left with a slick feeling after rinsing the cleanser off. I just can’t get past that feeling.  It smells nice, not overwhelming, like lemons and berries, but once rinsed off, there is no remaining scent. I think it did clean my skin – and thats good.

Would I buy this product again? No, I prefer some of the other cleansers I have used.

Will I finish the sample? No, it just didn’t strike me as that wonderful.

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size: estimated – 0.25 oz
Full Size:  6.0 oz
Full Size Price:  $30.40
Sample Value: $1.26

 

FTC  Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by The Look Bag 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.


 

 

 

Babor Hy-Oil Cleansing Set – Review April 18, 2012

Filed under: Review,Skincare — slagoon @ 2:18 pm
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Today I bring you Babor Hy-Oil Cleansing Set. This was part of my April Beauty Army kit. This is part of the cleansing with oil bandwagon. Babor claims that this is a water soluble oil that dissolves away water and oil soluble makeup and leaves no oily residue. The Hy-oil and phytoactive base are sold separately and can be customized for your skin type.

These oils are both a light thin consistency. Now I have a background in engineering so when I read that this oil is water soluble I scratched my head. I did some research and some oils can allow water to exist within it but it is not really removed by water so much as it incorporates the water. I suspect that the phytoactive base breaks down some of the oil instead. 

When used according to the directions (the hy oil first and the phytoactive base second) you create a almost milky like look on your face – it is really subtle, but it is not the completely clear look of the Hy-Oil or the amber look of the base.   You are then supposed to wash it off with water.  I did this and it didn’t feel like it washed off – the milkiness was gone, but that slick feeling was still there. It was not greasy per-se but it did feel more slick than my natural skin.  I didn’t like that feeling. 

I have used it about 5 times at this point. It cleans well and has not caused any skin problems. I think it is a nice quality product.  That being said, I do not like it – I can’t get past the slick feeling – I feel like I need to use one of my normal cleansers afterward.

Will I buy it again? No – like I said, its just not for me

Will I finish the sample? No – I’ve now given it a fair shot and I have plenty of cleanser samples to try, and lots of full size ones too so there is no reason to keep this around.

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size: 0.62 oz (2 x 0.31 oz bottles)
Full Size: 6.8 oz + 3.3 oz
Full Size Price: $32.00 + $28.00  
Sample Value:  $3.68

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.

 

One- Olive Oil Nourishing enrichment all in one skincare – Review April 5, 2012

Today I bring you One- Olive Oil Nourishing enrichment all in one skincare. I received this in the March Look Bag. This is a formula that is intended to be multi purpose product which can be used in the bat, rubbed into the skin, used in the hair and more. I am always wary of multi purpose products – they tend to do everything OK, but nothing incredibly well. I was not anxious to try this product.

I first tried it as a face cleanser (one of the listed uses on the ONE website). My face felt more icky than when I started. I know some people swear by using olive oil as a cleanser – but not for me. Another day I tried using it to reduce frizzies and add shine to my hair. It did this OK but not as well as some of the john freida products like frizz ease.  I finally tried it as a body moisturizer. Yes, it did moisturize, but I felt oily and greasy the rest of the day – I hate oily residue on my skin.

Overall, while this is probably a nice product it seems to me I could just go buy some extra virgin olive oil and it would work just as well. This product is not for me and I plan to discontinue trying it now that I’ve given it a fair shot.

Will I buy this product again? No
Will I finish the sample? No

Here’s the breakdown:
Sample Size 0.25 oz
Full Size 6 oz
Full Size Price $ 23.99
Sample Value $1.00

FTC Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by The Look Bag 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.

 

3Lab Perfect Cleansing Foam Review March 27, 2012

Filed under: Review,Skincare — slagoon @ 4:01 am
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Today I bring you 3Lab Perfect Cleansing Foam from March’s MyGlam Bag. This cleanser is supposed to perform a number of functions: clean, stimulate circulation, purifies, and moisturizes.

Know what? It actually does all of that.  Increadibly, after using this cleanser my skin felt great, I even felt like I didn’t need to put on moisturizer, but my skin did not feel oily (of course I put on moisturizer anyway).

This cream, when it hits air, instantly seems to create a sort-of-foam.  It stays mostly as a cream, but it ends up getting a porous texture. I think the photo sort of shows that…

It also has these really neat little beads (which you can see in the final photo – they are the little orange dots) in it that are made of vitamin E (according to 3Lab) that sort of POP when you rub them into your face.  I think those are likely my favorite part of the whole experience. 

Sample Size 3.4 oz
Full Size 3.4 oz
Full Size Price $50.00
Sample Value $50.00

Would I buy it again? Quite likely – its really neat and it seems to do a good job – but I’m going to use up what I’ve got first!

Will I finish the sample? Absolutely

FTC Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by MyGlam 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.