Advertisements
Archive | beauty RSS feed for this section

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.

img_0518

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.

img_0520img_0519

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!!!

Advertisements

Review – Wilma Schumann Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads

26 Jan

c9c7b26c

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:

BIRCHBOX BREAKDOWN

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:

024059a9

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

Nostalgic for 90s perfumes

16 Jan

Once in a while, I reminisce about the scents I wore in High School and College.  Some of those, I really miss.  Do you have lovelies ever get those moments?

Here is what I’m missing right now:

lizclairborne

Clairborne, by Liz Clairbone.  It used to come in these wonderfully colorful plastic covered bottles!  I loved the red ones!  The scent is unmistakable and unforgettable. Crisp, floral, light.  I love this fragrance and have been considering buying it again now.

tusconyperdonna

Tuscany Per Donna by Estee Lauder.  I was so in love with this scent when I was 17 and 18. It was warm and sensual, and it made me feel beautiful.  I felt invincible when I was wearing Tuscany Per Donna.  It looks like this still in product just like Clairbone, but the bottle has changed a lot.  I also can never find it at a brick and mortar store, and I’d really like to try it before I buy it.  Because what if I hate it now?  AmIright?

ilbacio

Il Bacio By Borghese.  I think this was one of the first scents I bought at Lord & Taylor and received a gift with purchase.  Free gift with fragrance purchase was a game changer for me at the time.  I remember this being a musky scent.  Very grown up, or so the 19 year old me thought.  I think this fragrance is completely out of production at this point.   I’m only able to find it on market places and the prices are sort of all over the place.  I also don’t know how a 20 year old fragrance can hold up and retain its scent integrity.

colorsby-benetton

Colors by Benetton was the first perfume I ever asked for from “Santa”.  I smelled it on my cousin and immediately coveted the scent.   It’s still in production, the bottle is different (I hate it!! Why is it green?), and I have no idea if it smells the same.  It was crisp, what I thought at the time, almost unisex.  It seemed modern and hip, and I was 14 so who knows what it really smelled like.

vanilla-fields

I recently bought Vanilla Fields by Coty for my mom, and it’s still as lovely as I remembered.  It’s the perfect vanilla scent.  Nothing more nothing less.  It’s warm, it’s feminine, it’s divine.  I’m getting this for myself soon.

exclamation

Ex’cla-ma’tion was another Coty fragrance.  Available in your local drug stores and inexpensive enough to save your allowance to purchase.  I actually don’t even remember how this smelled. I do remember it was strong and intense and I think flowery.  I don’t know if this is still in production, but I think I remember seeing it in the past year.

I hope you enjoyed my stroll down memory lane.

Are there any beauty products you remember fondly?

~Anns

I wrote a guest blog post on Modern Transparency – go check it out and give Antione some love!

15 Jan

I wrote a guest post on a non beauty blog.  Antione is an 18 year old from Chicago and he blogs about  poetry (he writes his own) life, good things, experiences and all that makes us humans.

Hope you enjoy the post!  Follow his blog to see where his life journey takes him next.

CLICK HERE

Review – Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Cream

13 Jan

I honestly cannot remember the last time I received an eye cream in one of my beauty subscriptions.  This was a nice change, even though I had a Kiehl’s product not too long ago.  Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Cream seemed different enough from I usually see in the monthlies and have received from Kiehl’s.

img_0279

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Cream costs $37.00 USD for 0.5 fl oz.

What the manufacturer says:

Midnight Recovery Eye

A restorative eye treatment for younger-looking eyes by morning

  • Leaves under-eye skin feeling strengthened and replenished
  • Diminishes the appearance of fine lines
  • Reduces puffiness and dark under-eye circles
  • Infused with the same natural ingredients as Midnight Recovery Concentrate plus Butcher’s Broom, which improves microcirculation and reduces inflammation
  • No parabens, fragrance, mineral oil or silicones

 

What Your Fairy Godmother says:

At first impression, this has a very pleasant scent.

It’s a thick cream, and you don’t need very much of it.  The sample was very typical sample size and I used it for almost 2 months.  So, even though the price is high you will get a lot of use from the regular size tube.

I’m not able to confirm any diminishing for lines.  I’m not saying it doesn’t work in the long run, but it didn’t make a difference in a month.

I don’t think it reduces puffiness.

I don’t have dark under-eye circles, so that claim didn’t apply to me.

Overall, this is a nice moisturizer, but I think if you are looking for some serious wrinkle relief, you may want to look into something that is specifically made for wrinkles.

Would I buy it? 

I would, if I didn’t already have a favorite eye cream.  I’m basing this on how well it kept my eye area moisturizer.  It was good, but what I’m currently using is better.

Thanks for reading!

~Anna

ATTITUDE………………………..

6 Jan

Friday FunDay Re-Blog!

theutopiauniverse

attitude-1

How many times have we written about attitude, but, do we really get it, do we really see, that it is controlled by us, by our minds and how we see things. Life gives us good cards and bad one’s, but, attitude we give ourselves, and nobody else, we cannot copy the attitude of another, and we cannot make up an attitude to suit ! You wear your attitude on your sleeve, wide open for the world to see, but we fight it with letting our minds play naughty tricks, if we have good cards or not, we can still have good attitude, our attitude cannot go by the way our cards are played…. if we lose everything, do we stick with a lost attitude, where we can feel sorry for ourselves and stay in a dark place, if that was your choice, what comes next, you just sit and…

View original post 532 more words

Growing out hair and how to not look lame

4 Jan

I’m growing out my hair again, because I seem to have developed commitment issues with hair length.  Short, Long, Extensions, Go crazy and cut it off.

Here are some fun hair dos I found, including my own braid headband!

 

anna-braid

sorry for my naked face 🙂  I was lazy and all I did was fill in my brows super dark and wear a bit of lipstick.

Thanks for reading!!

~Anna

Braided Inspiration

3 Jan

Happy New Year, lovelies!

I was so inspired by my braid crush, that I ended up doing a braid hair do on my own hair.

I’m not awesome at fancy styles and even less awesome in braiding, but this turned out okay.

abraids

What do you guys think?

Happy Tuesday and thanks for reading!

~Anna

Empties – December 2016

31 Dec

Last post of the 2016 year!  Happy New Year everyone!  What’s better than sending off the year than with a bunch of used up beauty products?  Am I right?   So what did I use this month:

december-empties

This month was full of International used up products haha.

From left to right:

e.l.f.  make-up mist & set reviewed here

Soap & Glory Hand Food – reviewed here

Clarins  Multi-Active Jour – reviewed here

Hot Heads Clean Shampoo – no review because this is only really for extension wearers and it’s not readily available.  However, I still wanted to include it since I used up the little that was left since I removed the extensions.

Ziaja hand creme.  This is a Polish skin care line.  The line is available online and even on Amazon. Here is an example

Tony Moly Pure Aura CC Cream – not a review for this cream only, but I do talk about it in this Korean cosmetic post.  It’s also one of my favorite CC creams ever.

 Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Overnight Perfector – reviewed here

Air Repair Complexion-Boosting Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid – reviewed here

L’Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Lip Balm – reviewed here

Thanks for reading and see you Lovelies next year!!

Review – Air Repair Complexion-Boosting Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid

30 Dec

Birchbox introduced me to many amazing products this year, and the Air Repair Complexion-Boosting Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid is one of them.  I actually wished this sample was bigger, that’s how much I enjoyed this moisturizer.

air-repair

$21.00 USD for 2 Fl Oz of product

From Birchbox:

We’ll admit it: Our case of wanderlust shows no signs of abating. We could, however, do without the dulling effects travel (and stress and dry weather and…) has on our complexions. That’s why we never go anywhere without this intensely rejuvenating face cream. It’s packed with antioxidants and humectants to hydrate and revitalize skin, so that even at our most jet-lagged we’re still rocking a radiant complexion.

HOW TO USE

Gently massage onto face and neck after cleansing. Use as often as needed. For a more intensive treatment, apply liberally and let absorb into skin for 10–15 minutes. Remove excess with warm, moist washcloth.

My Thoughts:

I never had to use it as a mask, my skin has been pretty okay so far.

However, I loved this as a moisturizer.  This was my daytime moisturizer.  It absorbed beautifully and created a nice canvas for additional product application. Whenever my skin started to feel drier, I reached for this and my skin was back to normal or better.

I used to most often after camping and other outdoor activity.  It worked so well.

I’m really impressed with hyaluronic acid!  I think this ingredient works amazingly to hydrate skin.

Will I purchase?

Possibly, or I will look for another hyaluronic acid product.  However, I don’t think this is too expensive to buy and use when your skin really needs it.

Have you tried Air Repair or another hyaluronic acid moisturizer?

Thanks for reading!

~Anna