Sunday, August 20, 2017

Origins GinZing - Review

Legend has it that coffee beans were discovered by an Ethiopian shepherd who found his goats dancing joyously around a leafy shrub with bright red cherries. When he tried the beans himself, he quickly experienced their powerful euphoric effect. Blended into Origins GinZing™ energizers, coffee bean actually helps wake up, refresh, and restore radiance to dreary skin. *Origins*
I was lucky enough to try out these complimentary products for testing purposes. First I'll start with the fragrance, these all do have a citrusy sent to them, those who are sensitive to smells might find it a bit much, especially with the cleanser. However the scent does not linger and I find the scent to be quite energizing and refreshing. The scrub is gentle yet effective and I love using it in the morning, to prep my skin for skincare.

First I go in with the eye cream, I pat in on and are the eye area and give it a couple minutes to soak in. The color of the eye cream surprised me when I first opened it and I though that it may be a tinted eye cream. It's more transparent that it looks, but it does give just the slightest bit of color to wake up the eye area. My eyes can be sensitive sometimes and I thought that it may be slightly irritating, but I got the eye cream on my lower lashes by accident and i had no issues whatsoever. 

This face cream is the true star of the three, I didn't think a gel face cream could be so hydrating. Again, the scent is refreshing and citrusy. One of the best things I noticed with this cream is how amazing my makeup glided on afterwards. I always worry about pilling with certain face creams, but there were no issues with this one. My skin felt nicely hydrated and comfortable and my makeup looked great for hours afterwards. 

Check out my 3 min Youtube review here

Have you tried anything from the Origins GinZing line?

Monday, June 5, 2017

How to do an at home mini chemical Peel with NIP+FAB

I've wanted to get a chemical peel for a while now. I just felt like my skin had some rough texture that I couldn't get rid of with a normal facial scrub. In comes NIP+FAB Glycolic Fix night pads extreme
Now these pads are meant to be used 1 to 3 times a week. They contain 5% glycolic acid and a blend of AHA's and BHA's which helps to decongest dull skin to make the pores appear more refined and the complexion brighter. 

For a while I was using these the recommended way, about 3 times a week, but didn't really see the results I was hoping for, which was a smoother texture. Then my idea of peel came in... I thought I would use them EVERY night for a week or 2 and see if I noticed anything. Let me tell you, after about 7 days my skin was soooo much smoother! This one fine line on my forehead was hardly noticeable and my skin became brighter and the redness around my nose lessened. Finally, the results I was hoping for.
If you're thinking about getting a chemical peel, or just feel like your skin is looking dull, I would give this a try. Now if you have sensitive skin, this may not be a good option for you, but if you feel like your skin can handle acids pretty well, then it's a great low cost option to try before going to the dermatologist. I'm so happy with the results. After about a week to 2 weeks of nightly use I went down to 3 times a week for maintenance. Just make sure you follow up with a good moisturizer or it WILL dry your skin out. I actually have dry skin, but this process didn't dry me out any further. I just used my usual Neutrogena eye cream and Biosance Squalane facial oil afterwards. 

Have anyone tried these? What are your thoughts?

Not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own

Monday, May 15, 2017

Squalane Oil by Biossance - review

A couple months ago I ordered a sample of Biossance Squalane Oil and Squalane + vit c rose oil from an ad on Facebook. I reviewed the vit c rose oil here and I've been using the squalane oil for about 3 weeks now. 

What it is according to Sephora:
A weightless multi purpose oil that can be used from head to toe to hydrate and lock in essential moisture.

I've only been using this on my face, mostly at night and sometimes in the morning when my skin has been feeling extra dry. Since, the summer is here, I don't feel like I need as much moisture as I do in the winter. Anyway, on with the review; I actually like this oil more than the vit c rose oil, the consistency is lighter and seems to spread a little easier.  Just like their vit c rose oil, you only need 2 to 3 drops for the whole face and I like to pat this in after i lightly mist my face with the Mario Badescu Rose water. I soaks in well and seems to calm redness around my t zone.

This oil can be used head to toe and since squalane oil is something that the body produces it's own version of, it can even be used on sensitive skin types. Another thing I really like is that unlike most oils, you get a lot of bang for your buck with this product, 3.3 oz for $58 at sephora. If your someone that has dry skin, i would definitely recommend it. It's kind of like a one and done product for all over moisturizing. 

Not a sponsored post

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Biossance Squalane + vit c rose oil - Worth the hype?

You might have seen the advertising on Facebook and Instagram where you can get 2 free samples from Biossance and only pay $4 for shipping. If you've never tried a facial oil before, you might be pleasantly surprised by this one. The 2 samples are for their squalane oil and squalane vit c + rose oil. I've been using their vit c rose oil for almost 3 weeks now and I use it morning and night.

It claims to: Brighten, Firm & Even Skin Tone & Texture.  I can say that all these claims are true, at least for me! I usually have redness around my nose and chin and I've noticed a huge improvement in my skin tone, it's much more even and sometimes I don't even feel the need to wear makeup. I would say it brightened up my face a bit too, now that my skin isn't as red it does look a little brighter. Texture has been much smoother as well, I can't stop touching my face! As for firming, I didn't have a problem with my skin not being firm, but I have noticed since using this that my smile lines aren't as apparent, so I'm thinking this oil helped firm up my cheeks a bit. It also hasn't broke me out or clogged my pores, in fact, my pores even look smaller! I don't know what kind of sorcery this is, but I'll take it lol! I think this would would well for even sensitive and acne prone skin types. 

Unlike most facial oils that feel like they sit on top of the skin, this one is surprisingly different. It feels like it actually absorbs into the skin. Even my mom who hates facial oils tried this one and really enjoyed it. I haven't tried their 100% squalane oil yet, but when I do I'll be back to review that one. If you haven't tried Biossance products yet, order their samples here, this is a great way to try two products for only $4! If you've tried their oils, I would love to know that you think in the comments below. 

Not a sponsored post, paid for product with my own money. All opinions are my own. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Review - Just Natural Body Nutritive Serum

What the website saysThis nutritive tanning support serum is a light weight, easily absorbed blend of vitamins and antioxidant rich oils, extracts, and essentials that deeply penetrate to deliver nutrients to feed, protect and support your skin for a long lasting tan. These oils have soothing properties that 

moisturize, but also help develop that golden, sun 
kissed tan you are looking for. 
This mixture of 13 different types of oils may also 
improve your skin’s elasticity and neutralize skin 2
imbalances. This formula is the best nutritive 
support for tanning proposes. $26.99

Review: I'm a big fan of body oils, I've been using pure coconut oil for the longest time when I felt like I wasn't getting enough moisturization (is that a word? lol) from my regular body lotion. I've decided to give the Body Nutritive Serum a try after seeing it all over Pinterest. They had these dark gorgeous tans that looked glowy. I have to admit that I didn't try this for tanning purposes, I bought it to use as an after shower moisturizer. It's fantastic for that, but it does sit on the skin and feel oily for quite some time after you apply. That doesn't bother me though, because I love this oily stuff. I'm a freak about having dry skin. I hate that uncomfortable tight feeling. Anyway, I've even used this on my face and haven't had a problem (although I don't have sensitive or acne prone skin). No breakouts or blemishes.

 I like using this when my skin is feeling extra dry so I don't use this on a daily basis and a little bit goes a long way so the bottle will last me a while. I would eventually like to try this as a tanning product, A friend of mine said she loves to use it for that purpose and she never burns either. It does have a strong smell to it which doesn't bother me but those who don't like fragrant oils might not like it too much. The scent is hard to place, but I would say it smells wood-sy and herbal. I rather enjoy the scent. Overall I think it's a great product that does what it says. It's a little pricey, but the website has a news letter that you can join and sometimes they have discounts.

Have you tried this for tanning? Leave your thoughts below 

Monday, September 12, 2016


What The Body Shop Says: Improve skin texture and tone with the Vitamin C Glow Boosting Microdermabrasion facial exfoliator. Containing micro-sized garnet exfoliating particles to give skin a thorough and intense weekly exfoliation. It helps to renew skin texture and tone. Smooth dry, flaky skin away for a brighter, refined and refreshed complexion. $23.00

Review: (I have the old packaging, but I believe the formula is the same) I love exfoliating products because they allow your facial serums and moisturizers to actually penetrate the skin instead of just sit on top. I believe everyone should exfoliate at least once a week to get the most benefits out of your skincare items. I use this about once or twice a week in the shower after using my facial cleanser. Just like how I do with my cleanser, I like to let this stay on my face till the end of my shower and then rinse with cool water. I find this one to be pretty gentle, the little scrubbers are finely milled and don't scratch your face like some exfoliators do. My skin feels incredible soft after using this and I've noticed less redness around my nose and chin area and overall my face looks brighter and healthier. I think this would be a good scrub for most people, but I wouldn't use an exfoliating product if your currently have an active breakout. 

If you like an abrasive scrub like St. Ives Apricot scrub, then this one may not be for you. But if your looking for a moderate scrub that seems to exfoliate, brighten and moisturize all in one, then look no further. I've enjoyed using this product and definitely plan on using more products from the Vitamin C line in the future from The Body Shop. 

What's your favorite facial scrub?

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Review - Derma e Anti wrinkle Vitamin A Glycolic Cleanser

What Ulta Says: This invigorating cleanser rinses away dirt, oil, and impurities, unclogs pores and helps encourage the process of exfoliation for a fresh, healthy complexion. Enriched with Vitamin A, Glycolic Acid and detoxifying Marine Plant Extracts, this exfoliating formula leaves your complexion clean, healthy and rejuvenated. Product is Gluten Free, paraben free, hypoallergenic and is not tested on animals. $13.99

I've been using the Derma e glycolic cleanser for about 2 months now. I don't find it to be effective at removing makeup so for that I use something else (which I will review at a later time) but I do love this for those days when I don't have makeup on, I like that it's non drying and how it leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth afterwards. The way I like to use it is in the shower, i'll wait about 3 minutes or so to let the steam open up my pores and then I use a small pea-sized amount and let it sit on my face until the end of my shower and then rinse it off with cool water.

Since it's a glycolic cleanser I feel like letting it sit on my skin really helps with the Anti aging benefits.I haven't had an issue with redness, breakouts or dryness. I feel that it's a gentle formula that would work well for most skin types and I would repurchase in the future.

What's your current favorite cleanser?

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