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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.

 

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

Filed under: Review,Skincare — slagoon @ 7:02 am
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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.


 

 

 

Control Corrective Firming Tri-Peptide Serum – Review June 8, 2012

Filed under: Review,Skincare — slagoon @ 6:47 am
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Today I bring you the Control Corrective Firming Tri-Peptide Serum that I received in my May Beauty Army Kit. This thin milky serum is intended to minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin texture, and help renew skin elasticity.

I tried this sample for about a week and I just couldn’t get there; it may be because I don’t have a lot of fine lines and wrinkles – partly due to my age and partly due to my consistent skincare routines. It felt nice, and was absorbed quickly. It did not cause any breakouts or any other adverse side effects.

Would I buy this product again? No – it was just not my favorite ever product

Will I finish the sample? Sure – it wasn’t that big so it won’t take long to finish it.

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size: 0.1 oz
Full Size: 1.0 oz
Full Size Price: $64.00
Sample Value:  $6.40

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.

 

Miracle Skin Transformer Body SPF 20 in Glow June 3, 2012

Filed under: Review,Skincare — slagoon @ 11:35 am
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Today I bring you the Miracle Skin Transformer Body SPF 20 in Glow from my May Birchbox.

I received this in GLOW. My skin town is just a hint darker than Liv Tyler – so this was pretty dark on me. I figured that I could try to run with it and go for a tanned look. Not so much; It did not even out my skin at all. Some places were dark, other light, and my arms just looked streaky. On top of that it felt oily all day.  I do not think this product was right for me, though for people whose skin is a lot closer to the shade of the product this may work great.

Would I buy this product again? No, it just didn’t work for me.

Will I finish the sample – nope, into the trash it goes.

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size  0.5 oz
Full Size  3.38 oz
Full Size Price $34.00
Sample Value $5.02

 

 
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.
 

Kellett Skincare Moisturizing Gel – Review May 24, 2012

Filed under: Review,Skincare — slagoon @ 12:54 pm
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Today I bring you the Kellett skincare moisturizing gel that I received in meaning May  Beauty Army kit.  As I mentioned before I was not too excited about the products that were included in my kit, in particular this one.

I was, however, pleasantly surprised at how great this product is.  Though the container looks incredibly small the  0.1 fl oz sample actually goes quite a long way.  I put this in one of my cosmetics jars that  I’ve shown before, and it lasted over a week.  This particular gel is nearly clear but has a slight milkiness.   Initially, it feels like it sits on top of the skin, but before you realize it, the gel has absorbed fully.  I’m not sure what makes this gel different but I actually feel as if it helped reduce the amount of breakouts on my face.

Overall, I am quite pleased with this particular product.  I am not sure if I will buy it again, but there really isn’t anything about this project that I don’t like.  I just have so many moisturizers right now that I’m not sure if they need to add this one.  If I haven’t found a moisturizer I like more, by the time that I finish my current full-size moisturizer, this will definitely be on my list to pick up.

Would I buy this product again?  Potentially, I really did like it and it really did leave my skin feeling nice and soft and smooth.

Will I finished the sample?  I already did, it lasted just over a week and they really enjoyed it.

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size: 0.1 oz
Full Size: 1.7 oz
Full Size Price:  $95
Sample Value: $5.58

 

 

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.

 

dr. brandt – Pores No More Anti-Aging Mattifying Lotion – Review May 17, 2012

Filed under: Review,Skincare — slagoon @ 7:39 am
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I’m always confused on how I should put brands in my posts, for instance, Dr. Brandt is a brand which, gramatically, is treated like a proper noun, like Bob or Cindy, however some brands, like Dr. Brandt have their name spelled in all lower case on their products and website. If anyone has suggestions on how to deal with such grammar issues please help, 6th grade was too long ago for me to remember.

On to the product. Today I bring you dr. brandt pores no more anti-aging mattifying lotion from my April Sindulge box. This oil-free thin-ish yellow-ish cream is intended to help delay signs of aging, stimulate new cells, increase moisture retention, and provide a nice matte finish.

Mattifying – check, increase moisture retention – check, new cells and delay signs of aging – dunno. My skin, after using this did not feel dehydrated like it does with many matte finish facial products, which is great. I suspect that the anti-aging effects are not something I’d notice unless I used this on a more daily basis. I honestly prefer a more dewey look unless I am going to be out in  hot weather (where dewey turns into melting) or in photographs where dewey often looks like glossy so I don’t use this sort of product much.  I do like it, and it is very different than the other mattifying product I like (Smashbox’s Photo Finish) which is silicone based.  I also like that it is multi purpose and helps the skin while providing a matte effect.

Will I buy this again? It is definitely on the maybe list – but it is not something I need right now.

Will I finish the sample? I’ll keep using it until I run out or the product becomes too old.

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size: 0.25 oz
Full Size: 1.7 oz
Full Size Price:  $60.00
Sample Value: $8.82

 

FTC  Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by Sindulge 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.

 

Juice Beauty Oil-free Moisturizer – Review April 26, 2012

Filed under: Review,Skincare — slagoon @ 10:38 am
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Today I bring you Juice Beauty Oil-free Moisturizer that I received in my April Birchbox. This is a medium thickness cream that is advertised as a non-poor clogging formula that is good for oily acne prone skin. It also has products in it that are supposed to reduce redness and irritation.

I was not expecting to like this cream at all. I didn’t really like the last Juice Beauty product I tried, but this was surprisingly great. My skin is feeling softer than before. I’ve always had a touch of redness in my cheeks, nose, and forehead, but that has faded, not unhealthy looking, but is more soft than before.  I don’t find that it helps with my zits and still need to use spot treatments.

Will I buy this again? Probably – it was really good and I have some Birchbox points to spend.

Will I finish the sample? Definitiely!

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size 0.17 oz
Full Size  2.0 oz
Full Size Price $28.00
Sample Value $2.38

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.
 

Boscia – Purifying Cleansing Gel – Review April 19, 2012

Filed under: Review,Skincare — slagoon @ 10:20 am
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In my April Beauty Bar box I received the Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel as one of my samples. I have enjoyed Boscia brand products in the past so I jumped right in on the sample.  I finished my 5 days of using the Babor Hy-Oil from another sample subscription and broke out the Boscia.

How did it work?  This clear runny gel removes most makeup with a gentle minimal lather. It is certainly not sudsy like soap but it does change consistency from gel to lather-ish. It cleans reasonably well and has no real scent.

It doesn’t seem to do any better or worse than most other cleansers.  I do not feel as if my skin is as refreshed as when I use my Derma E or my 3 lab cleanser.  The price falls between the Derma E and the 3 lab, and since I don’t like it as much as either there isn’t a clear benefit to switching to it. 

Will I buy it again? No, it is expensive and I don’t adore it

Will I finish the sample? Sure – it cleans well and doesn’t irritate my skin.

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size:  1.69 oz
Full Size:   5 oz
Full Size Price: $26.00
Sample Value: $8.78

FTC  Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by Beauty Bar Sample Society  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.

 

Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil – Review April 14, 2012

Filed under: Review,Skincare — slagoon @ 9:52 am
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Today I bring you Squalane Facial oil. at first blush you might think it is the same as “the moisturizing oil in vanilla citrus” except for the smell, but rest assured, its not.   This light oil is intended to help promote skin elasticity rather than moisturize. It smells fresh.  The oil is nearly instantly absorbed into the skin.

This was the second ever facial oil I’ve ever used.  I have to say that it really didn’t do anything for me. That might be because I am still relatively young. I’m only 30 afterall – how much elasticity could I have lost (especially compared to someone who is my mom’s age)? I just didn’t see or feel any difference to my skin other than it feeling a bit oily for a few minutes after using it. I used it for two weeks straight and nothing…but I’m not saying its a bad product, just its a product I didn’t see do anything.

Will I buy it again? Probably not – I really didn’t see any difference

Will I finish the sample? Meh, I don’t think so – not worth keeping it around.

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size: 0.25 oz
Full Size: 1 oz
Full Size Price:  $21.60
Sample Value: $5.40

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.

 

Pur-lisse pur-Protect SPF Essential Daily Moisturizer – Review April 6, 2012

Filed under: Review,Skincare — slagoon @ 6:57 am
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Today I bring you Pur-lisse pur-Protect SPF Essential Daily Moisturizer. This was one of the items in the March MyGlam bag. I had heard great things about the Pur-lisse brand so I was very much anticipating trying this. Because this was in a sample foil, I transferred it into a tiny craft jar in order to extend the use of it. As I was doing this the overwhelming smell of coppertone sunscreen hit me. Nevertheless I still wanted to try it.

This is a thick white cream. It didn’t feel like it fully absorbed, instead I felt like it left behind a film. After a few hours my skin actually started feeling dry.  I use a BB cream nearly every day as my daytime moisturizer and my foundation. I have never actually had my face start to feel dry using it. I figured something must be off so I tried again a few days later after following my normal routine for a few days. Again I used just the Pur-lisse. It really didn’t do what I was hoping for. My skin felt ok for the first 5-6 hours, but after that it again felt dry.

On top of it not feeling very moisturizing was the strong sunscreen smell. There is, to me, a reason that there are facial SPF products and others intended for your body. Having that strong of a scent all over your face (near your nose) is just not plesant. The smell stuck around for the first hour or so. I don’t know if it faded away or if I just got used to it, either way not my thing.

Overall this product just didn’t do it for me. I might have had too high expectations, but then again I really want any product I buy to perform great. I’m glad I tried this as a sample as opposed to having purchased it.

Will I buy it again? No, I have a suncscreen I like, I have a moisturizer I like, and I have a BB cream that does both.

Will I finish the sample? I don’t think so

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size 0.14 oz
Full Size 11.7 oz
Full Size Price $55.00
Sample Value $0.66

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.