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Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion – One of my favorite products of all time!

21 Sep

Happy Friday Lovelies!

I was looking through all the products I use on a regular basis recently and the Dr. Brandt brand  is in pretty heavy rotation in my collection.  One of my favorite products of all time is from the Brandt Collection, The Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant.  

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I have previously blogged about this before here and here.

Even at the $79.00 USD price tag, I cannot stay away from this.  I honestly just think this is the best exfoliator you will get on the market without going to a professional.

This takes off all of your dead skin cells, cleans your pores, polishes your skin and keeps you from aging.  People always ask me how my skin looks so good, this is it.   I use this once week.  You don’t really need to use it much more than  that, it’s THAT good.   This tube, above, has lasted me for 3 years.   If you break down the math, that’s only $26.00 USD per year.  Don’t you spend more than that on the cheaper exfoliating products?  Be honest 🙂

Most other similar products have larger crystals/balls/walnut husks or whatever to do a good enough job at exfoliating or microdermablading your skin.   Some of the other products can actually scratch your skin and/or break your capillaries.  If you injure your skin, you are doing a lot more harm than good.

Dr. Brandt products are available directly through www.drbrandtskincare.com and www.sephora.com.

If you are signed up for Ebates, you can earn 4% back at Sephora and an 8% at Dr. Brandt direct.  You don’t know about Ebates?  What, you need to go treat your self and earn money back on some of the stuff you buy online.  Also, if you sign up for the newsletter on the Brandt website, they have specials and sales very often that you can take advantage of to stock up on your faves.

Do you have a favorite exfoliating product?  What is it and why?

Thanks for reading!

xoxxo Anna

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Wellness on Wednesday? Maybe that could be a thing. Please enjoy this reblog – How to Cope with Negative Emotions on Your Own Terms *NEW POST* — MakeItUltra™

19 Sep

By Dr. Perry, PhD “Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you’re doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness.” ~ Joel Osteen I am a mental health professional but I am also human and I like you experience […]

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Review – Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Ultimate Hydro Gel

17 Sep

I have been receiving a lot of moisturizers through my beauty subscriptions.  I like skin care and I especially like moisturizers because I am pretty obsessed with not aging.   A few months ago, I received the Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Ultimate Hydro Gel.

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For those who are unfamiliar with the brand, Dr. Jart+, it was one of the first Korean beauty brands to have mainstream name recognition.   They have a wide variety of products, the brand was developed by dermatologists in Korea,  and it is one of the few brands of SPF that doesn’t make my skin revolt.

You Lovelies are probably curious about this particular products though.  Okay, on to what I think of Water Fuse.

What this is: it’s a super light, super absorbent moisturizing gel.  It spreads on the skin really easily and sinks in quickly.   It doesn’t sit on top of the skin.  It doesn’t make skin oily   My skin does tend to be on the dry side.  For daytime use, especially if you have dry skin.  I don’t think this would be enough for overnight use unless I lived in Florida and decided to go camping.  Because humid weather makes us dry girls not dry 🙂

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*as you can see I have used almost all of my sample size 🙂

Texture: light in color, very wet to apply.  It does feel like gel, as the name implies.

Scent:  minimal

Cost: average, for 1.7 fl oz of product, you will pay $39.00 USD at Sephora. At that price it’s a bit more than you would pay for a quality drug store brand.   But it’s also not so expensive that you would think twice about buying it.  This is your face, after all, no?

Availability: I think that Sephora may be the only store/website to carry the line in the States.  I looked on the Dr. Jart+ website and for purchases, it directed me to the Sephora website.

Would I buy this?  Yes. It’s a great product with an okay price point.

Few more notes:  This didn’t replace any moisturizers in my collection, but I do use it when I want something lighter on my face, but want to avoid feeling dry.

Have you tried any Dr. Jart products?  Did you like them?

Thanks for reading!

xoxo Anna

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3 Tips to Effortlessly Apply Foundation — Glitter & Mojitos

13 Sep

Hello, lovelies! A smooth, flawless base sets the groundwork for blush, bronzer, and highlighter application. Foundation can be applied with a variety of tools or in different ways, but here are my top tips to achieve perfect foundation! 1. Prep your skin Preparing your skin before applying foundation will help the product apply smoothly and […]

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I’m pretty sure this makes me smell like Rihanna

12 Sep

It had been some time (read years) since I used a body mist or spray.  I used to be a fan of them in the summer.   Somehow overtime I just sort of stopped buying them.

However, one day this summer I came into my local Walgreens and was presented with a wall of body sprays.  There were so many!  I was mesmerized!

What quickly caught my eye was the collection from Rihanna, which has at least 3 different scents.

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I choose Nude 🙂  It was the softest scent.  I thought it was layer nicely under any fragrance I would wear in a day and it would also wear well alone.  Best price, it was only $7.99!

Nude by Rihanna smells sweet, but delicate. It’s only over sticky candy sweet like some body mists can be.  It fades in about 2-3 hours.  It layers well with other perfumes.

I’m thinking of buying the other mists from the collection: Rihanna Riri and Rihanna Reb’l Fleur.

The description of the items on the Walgreens site gives some idea of what these will smell like.  Riri is a flora, and Reb’l Fleur is probably a musk.  Either way,  as with Nude, I think they will also layer well and wear well on their own.

What do you guys think of body mists?  Do you like them?  Do you wear them alone or with other scents?

Thanks for reading!

Anna

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Beauty | Oil My Hair Softly. — SaidaChahid. Fashion-Beauty & Lifestyle Blogger.

11 Sep

I have been on vacay to Morocco and I wouldn’t be from Moroccan origin if I don’t bring back oils. They can be used for anything, face, body and hair. Every Moroccan beauty queen swears by argan oil, the Moroccan liquid gold. Black seed oil for getting strong hair, rose oil for moisturizing your face […]

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90s Perfumes – I did get one!!!

10 Sep

You guys remember when I got  Nostalgic for 90s perfumes?   So I did satisfy my craving and I ended up with two of my 90s favorites.  One I already went through, I got a little obsessed and it was perfect for the winter.  Yes,  Vanilla Fields got my through the Chicago winter while smelling of fresh baked cookies and fields of vanilla beans.

For Christmas, my good friend bought me Exclamation!  I am still using it daily.  It’s a nice sweet scent for summer and it does remind me of my Junior High and High School days.

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So what does it smell like and do I still like it?  Honestly, it smells a lot sweeter than I remember.  I’m not sure if the formula had changed or if my style had changed.  Basically, this smells like if you were to stick your face in a giant bag of Jolly Rangers and inhaled.  That is how Exclamation! smells.  I like candy, so I think this is delightful.  If you prefer a citrus and spice based fragrance, you will probably not like this.

I do prefer muskier scents now, so I’m not really sure where the Vanilla Fields obsession fits in, but whatevs.  But, yes, I still like it.  As I said, I wear it frequently and it works as a good day times/office scent.

In case you are interested in trying this 90s gem, I got mine at Sears.  I think I have also seen them as Walgreens.   I am sort of happy this scent has stuck around.

Thanks for reading!!

xoxo

Anna

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Let’s try this again!

9 Sep

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Review – L’Oreal Color Vibrancy Hair System

8 Feb

I was so lucky to receive a Vox Box from Influenster and asked to review L’Oreal Color Vibrancy Hair System.  I received a full size shampoo, conditioner and hair mask in exchange for doing a review for them on the L’Oreal website.

Oh you want to get free stuff to review?  Sign up here.

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I wasn’t sure what to expect from a drug store shampoo and conditioner.  However, L’oreal is behind a lot of high end brands too, so I was expecting a good product.

And it delivered.

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I’ve used this for a month now, and it’s as good now as it was the first time.  I had products start out good and then sort fail after a few uses.  This keeps on going.  It’s supposed to help preserve your hair color, according to L’Oreal.  And it does but also does so much more.

What I really like:

The scent.  It’ s a sweet feminine scent that lingers on my hair for a few days. I love that!!!

It lathers easily.

It rinses very clean.  My hair feels like it’s free of any residue.

It keeps my hair bright.

The conditioner is very moisturizing.  My hair is very shiny and smooth after each use.  It doesn’t cause build up, and it doesn’t make my hair greasy.

I have zero frizz when I use this.  ZERO

The mask is nice, but I don’t need it with this conditioner.  I’m not sure I need that much conditioning.

What I didn’t like:

Nothing!

Some people have reported this dried out their hair after a few uses. I didn’t have the same experience, but wanted to include it.

Would I buy this for myself?

Yes.  I’m actually curious what other products L’Oreal has in this line.

What an awesome first taste from Influenster!  Thanks!!!

Review – Wilma Schumann Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads

26 Jan

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I received a sample of the Wilma Schumann Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads from Birchbox.  For $18.00 USD, you will receive 5 pairs of pads.

I only received 1 pair, but oh well.

What Birchbox Says:

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For a better round-the-clock solution to fine lines, wrinkles, and puffiness, try these gel pads with 100 percent pure collagen. The hydrating pads plump and restore the youthful appearance around your eyes and enhance eye contour naturally without any scary needles. These easy-to-use beauty wonders repair sensitive skin around your eyes after time in the sun, and help brighten eyes.

HOW TO USE

After cleansing, open foil pack and immediately apply one pad beneath each eye. Apply evenly to ensure a good contact with the skin. Leave on for 20 minutes then peel and dispose. Do not reuse.

What FairyGodMother says:

Basically, this is a super moisture infused eye pad that sticks to your skin.  Like this:

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It’s weirdly annoying to wear around for 20 minutes.  They are pretty thick and heavy, so you very much feel them on your skin.  Is it terrible?  No, just irritating enough to be irritating for 20 minutes, but not irritating enough to hate it.

Does this deliver what it promises?

Yes, the results are instant and last about a day.  This stuff hydrates like nobody’s business.  If you have dry skin or tiny wrinkles under your eyes, this will minimize them temporarily.

Does it work on dark circles?

No idea.  I don’t have dark circles and the description makes no promises about diminishing dark under eye circles.  Some reviewers seem to think it made a difference though.

Will this help on puffiness?

Yes, temporarily because it pumps everything else around the eye.

Would I purchase this?

Yes, this is a good product.  It’s nice to use before a special occasion or if your skin has been going through some major dryness.

Have you tried the Wilma Schumann Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads?  Do you like them?

Thanks for reading!

~Anna