Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Oil Free Facial Cleanser Review

If you typically read my blog, you most likely know that I struggle with acne. I recently posted about a bunch of products that were doing great things for my skin, but again my skin seems to have changed and it is breaking out like crazy. I've always heard great things about the Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash in Pink Grapefruit on Youtube and blogs, but never really thought twice about it until recently.

What It Claims to do: With an uplifting blast of grapefruit plus vitamin C, this unique formula clears blemishes and blackheads. Eliminates oil and dirt without over drying.

How great is the packaging? I was so happy to see that this cleanser had a pump. Its very convenient, and there is less chance of wasting product. I also have to admit, I was also drawn to the fact that the cleanser is pink. I mean, who can resist that?

During the first few days of trying this product, I loved it. It has a brilliant lather and smells delicious. Best of all, after washing my face with it, not a trace of makeup is left! I apply toner to a cotton pad, wipe it all over, and not a thing is left on the cotton pad. I was so amazed at how easily it removed 100% of my makeup.

After about a week or so, I knew that this was definitely one of the most amazing products I've ever come across. My blackheads are significantly decreased, and the breakout I had when I started using this cleanser? GONE. Now I don't doubt that I'll have a pimple here and there while using this face wash due to hormones and such, but I'm honestly so impressed with the performance of this cleanser. It contains salicylic acid, which helps treat and prevent breakouts. Previously, I was using a $20.00 cleanser, and it didn't even compare. The pink grapefruit cleanser is certainly budget friendly, something I always look for in skincare.

The only downside to this product (Which comes along with all acne clearing products) is that it drys out my skin. I expected this of the cleanser, but paired with a moisturizer, it doesn't seem to be a problem, and it doesn't seem to over dry.

Overall, I recommend this to anyone with acne. It's an amazing, wallet friendly cleanser that will treat and prevent those pesky breakouts.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Victoria's Secret Moisture Luxe Hand Cream With Shea Butter Review

During the fall and winter, my hands are constantly dry due to the cold weather and non-stop handwashing-(Everyone gets sick!) Because of this, I'm always on the lookout for a good hand cream to keep my hands soft and moisturized. While I was at Victoria's Secret last week, I was excited when I saw the new Moisture Luxe Hand Creams. I had to pick one up of course!

What Victoria's Secret says about this product:
Wrap yourself in Luxurious Kiss, an indulgent blend of sandalwood and black plum from our limited-edition VS Fantasies Shea Collection. This intensive hand cream is enriched with moisturizing pure shea butter and replenishing avocado oil. Massage on for 24-hour moisture and sensual scent. Skin feels ultra-soft, smooth and touchable. Live out your beauty fantasy in our most popular scented body care, exclusively at Victoria’s Secret.

I got the scent Luxurious Kiss, which is a mixture of sandalwood and black plum. When applied, this scent is a great mix of floral and fruity. I hate smells that are completely floral, so I loved the fruity touch this included. The scent doesn't last long, but I don't really expect the scent of a hand cream to last like a body mist or perfume would.

As for packaging, I love it. The packaging was what initially drew me to this product. It comes in a gorgeous, classy, metallic tube with cute flower details on it. I have to say, although the cap looks cute, its a bit of a pain to get back on especially after you've applied the hand cream and your hands are slippery. I'd much rather prefer a flip top cap.

Now about how it works: After applying the cream, it didn't immeadiately sink into my skin, but took a bit of rubbing in. After it sunk it, my skin felt so soft and smooth, and it has really been helping to repair my hands and protect them from getting dry. My favorite way to use this hand cream is to apply a thick layer at night and cover my hands in aloe gloves to keep the moisture in. When I wake up my hands feel super moisturized and soft.

The only drawback to this product I was able to find was its ingredients. The second ingredient in this product is mineral oil, which has been found to not be good for the skin. It has been said to block out the natural moisture from your skin and ages skin prematurely. Luckily, I don't see that my hands have been dry due this cream. As I mentioned, they're much softer than normal. But I don't like that this may prematurely age skin. If you're not a fan of mineral oil, watch out for this product. Another ingredient that has become extremely unpopular that it contains is parabens. I'm not overly afraid of them, I just stay wary.

Overall, despite the mineral oil and parabens that this product contains, I've found myself loving both the scent and performance. The VS Fantasies Shea Collection also comes in a body cream/butter, lotion , and fragrance mist.

Price: $14.00 USD

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Influenster Beauty Bloggers VoxBox 2012!

Hi guys! Today I finally recieved my much anticipated Beauty Bloggers Vox Box from Influenster!

If you'd like to know more about Influenster, click here.

Essentially, Influenster is a program where you recieve boxes of products for free to review and share your opinions on. You get more boxes and invites based on how active you are in the community and how many badges you earn. Its a great way to try out products you might normally not try.

What I recieved:
*NYC New York Color IndividualEyes Custom Compact
*Kiss Ever Pro Lashes Starter Kit
*Bath and Body Works Mini Candle in Mahogany Teakwood (and a coupon for $10 off a three wick candle!)
*EBOOST Orange Flavor
*Goody Simple Styles Spin Pins
*Not Your Mother's Smooth Moves Frizz Control Hair Cream

Initial Thoughts:
The NYC IndividualEyes Custom Compact looks beautiful. The shades are a bit dramatic for everyday wear, but I'm looking forward to doing a look with these. I'm excited that it comes with a primer and highlight shade as well!

I love false lashes, but the Kiss Ever Pro Lashes look a bit on the dramatic side for me. Oh well, we'll see how they look on!

My obsession with Bath and Body Works Candles is huge. I love the Mahogany Teakwood scent, smells like Abercrombie & Fitch. I can't wait to burn this one!

I love adding flavor to my drinks, so the EBOOST will prove interesting. I hope it tastes okay and that I can stomach the flavor! I do love orange, but those healthy drinks are sometimes ehh..

The Goody Simple Styles Spin Pins look so difficult. I normally wear my hair in a pony tail for work, so it will be fun to switch things up with these pins.

I've always wanted to try Not Your Mother's products, so I'm extremely excited to try the Smooth Moves Frizz Control Hair Cream. It has coconut and silk in it! I'm intrigued!

Overall I am super excited about this box and can't wait to try out the products! Look out for reviews on some of the items I recieved, and be sure to check out Influenster!

Disclaimer: I recived these products for review through Influenster, all opinions are honest and my own.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Philosophy "Graceful Journey" Products to Benefit LGFB ♥

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As we all know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and something we all need to be actively aware of. In 2012, 226,870 new cases of breast cancer have developed and 39,510 women have died due to breast cancer. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women in the US next to skin cancer and is now the second leading cause of cancer death, the first being lung cancer. Our statistics as women shows that we have a one in eight chance of having breast cancer in our life time. ( That's quite a high number. Think of yourself and seven of your girl friends. One of you is likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer in her life.

The Positive: Thanks to organizations such as Look Good Feel Better, there are now 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the US, and that number continues to improve. That's huge!

Look Good Feel Better's Mission: Look Good Feel Better is dedicated to improving the self-esteem and quality of life of people undergoing treatment for cancer. It is our aim to improve their self-image and appearance through complimentary group, individual, and self-help beauty sessions that create a sense of support, confidence, courage, and community.

Philosophy has now launched a line specifically to benefit LGFB. It includes a special message on the packaging, "No matter how rough the road, may it be a graceful journey." I think this is such a great idea, and amazing of Philosophy, since 100% of the proceeds will benefit LGFB.

The Philosophy "Graceful Journey" line features pure grace shampoo, bath and shower gel, and cards with inspriational words and thoughts for each day of the week. Each product is simply packaged (But still gorgeous) and has a nice clean scent, perfect for those who are undergoing treatment as they may be sensitive to scents. Each product would make a lovely gift to inspire someone who has cancer or just lift their spirits.
You can purchase these Philosophy products by clicking here.

Please visit the lovely people at Look Good Feel Better as well, they are an amazing organization and they are doing great things for women with cancer. ♥ Check them out at And be sure to share this inspiring message on your blog, facebook or twitter accounts as ANY support helps

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Giveaway: Win the ENTIRE Own Renewing Skincare Line!

Hi everyone! If you usually read my blog, you may have seen my review on Own skincare. (If you havn't, click here) As I said quite a bit in this post, I LOVE the whole line! It keeps my skin so healthy and moisturized, it also promises to do wonders for aging skin!
I have found that my number one skin care tip is to always have a great moisturizer. It does wonders for any skin type, and keeps skin young and healthy, and Own has lovely moisturizers to help do so.

Since I've been loving the Own product line so much, I teamed up with Own to host a giveaway for all my lovely readers. (WWW.OWNPRODUCTS.COM)

You will win a coupon for the entire Own Renewing Product line (Including the cost of shipping!)


The rules are very simple:
*You MUST include your best skin health and / or skincare tip with your entry!
*Giveaway is for US residents only!
*Giveaway ends October 17th!

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

September Empties | What I've Used Up This Month!

Hey guys, I'm so excited that October is here now! My birthday is in October, and I also love seeing all of the Holiday decorations come out in stores and the leaves changing colors is just beautiful.
I can't say I did all that well this month when it came to finishing up products, but I'm working super hard to finish up more for next month! Hopefully I'll be able to get rid of some makeup products, my stash is huge and nothing seems to be getting finished!

Bain De Terre Passion Flower Moisturizing and Color Preserving Conditioner:
I really did not enjoy this, the conditioner is such a thin consistency that if you have thick hair, like mine, you need tons to cover it. It also doesn't stay in the hair at all, so you can't leave it in while you shave your legs or wash your body for extra moisturizing benefits. For that matter, it wasn't even moisturizing at all!

Elf Eyelid Primer in Sheer:
I love this product! For only a dollar, it keeps my eyeshadows on all day without creasing or fading. Definitely recommend this one!

Philosophy Happy Birthday Beautiful Shower Gel:
I got this for my birthday last year from Sephora and didn't even get around to using it until just recently! It creates a nice, rich lather, but unfortunatly doesn't have too much of a scent. I've used Philosophy before, and the shower gels always have a great scent, maybe this was just a bad bottle.

Lumene Vitamin C Day Cream:
This is just a cute little travel size, but I really loved this cream! Its not too thick as the name suggests, but a nice medium consistency. It moisturizes nicely and smells lovely, like oranges!

Love To Kiss Body Lotion from Victoria's Secret:
I wasn't too much a fan of this lotion, but I decided to just use it up so I didn't waste it. Its a flowery/fruity scent and I'm more of a sweet scent girl. This was a nice, light daytime lotion.

Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Creme:
I apologize if you find this gross, but I had to share. This product is amazing! First, it smells heavenly, like coconut and mint. It also moisturizes like you couldn't believe. It left my feet super soft after leaving it on all night. my favorite thing about this cream is that it is 99.4% Natural (The fragrance is the only ingredient thats not natural!) This is such a wonderful product, and for only $9.00, I definitely recommend it!

There you have it! Another month down :)
Hope you all enjoyed my favorites this month,
and as always, leave me a comment! ♥