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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.

DR JART WATER FUSE

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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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

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:

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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:

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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.

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$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

December Sephora Play! Unboxing

23 Dec

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6 products!  I thought this was a very generous month from Sephora.  I’m super excited for all these!

Bobbi Brown Mascara

Urban Decay Make-Up Setting Spray

Elizabeth and James Perfume

Make-Up Forever Primer

Drybar Bay Breeze Hydrating Shot

Sephora Lipstain!

I cannot wait to try that Hydrating Shot from Drybar.  What a cool concept!

Have you tried any of these?

Do you like them?

Thanks for reading!!!  and Happy Holidays!

~Anna

Review – Clarins Multi-Active Jour

22 Dec

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My November Birchbox gave me a chance to try a lot of new to me products, and I was excited to see something from Clarins.  Clarins Multi-Active Jour retails for $53.00 USD.

From Clarins:

 Helps visibly minimize fine lines and boost radiance. Fights the effects of daytime stress. Encapsulated Teasel extract delivers targeted revitalizing and anti-aging action to where your skin needs it most. Myrothamnus extract visibly smoothes, tones and de-stresses.

My thoughts:

This day cream is heavily perfumed.  It smells like roses/flowers/women’s fragrance.  The fragrance doesn’t linger, but you can definitely smell it as you apply the product.   If you are sensitive the smells, you may have an issue with this.

Overall, I think this is a good day cream.  It works  well as a moisturizer even in winter.  During very long cold spells, you may need something more hydrating.

I can’t say anything about it’s wrinkle removing sensibilities.  This was  a generous sample, but not enough to actually get down to the actual claims of the product.

One thing I really loved about this, it leaves your face completely non-grease.  Even hours later, there are no oilies on my skin.  Is this worth the $53.00 price tag?  Not sure, but it’s a huge deal for me.

Pros

Non greasy

Absorbs easily

Matte finish

Cons

Price, but only slightly.  This is expensive, but it’s a day cream and it will last a long time.  If you have oily skin problems, this may be a nice investment instead of buying oil control products.

Have you tried the  Clarins Multi-Active Jour?

Do you like it?

Thanks for reading~

Anna

Review – Coastal Scents Blush and Bronzer Duo

21 Dec

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This face duo was in my November Birchbox.  This is actually a pretty generous sample, and when you buy the full size for $19.95 USD, you actually get a number of additional shades.

I’ve used Coastal Scents before and I’m usually very happy with their products.  This was no exception. The color pay off of the products is good.  They are finally spun powders and blend very easily.

As for these two particular shades, one was better than the other . The blush, is so pretty.  The bronzer is so light, it’s almost invisible.  It almost looks like it would be better suited as a highlighter for a darker complexion.

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I didn’t even bother photographing the btronzer because it hardly shows up.  I’m actually wearing both in this picture.

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Overall, I think it’s a good product and I like the full size product even more.  So many colors!

Would I purchase this?  yes, I would.  I think it’s a good deal for the dollars.

Have you used the Coastal Scents blushes?  Do you like them?

~Anna

My favorite products of 2016!!!

16 Dec

Hello Lovelies!  Welcome to Friday and the weekend!!!  Also, 9 days until Christmas, excited?

I was debating whether to include items I discovered prior to 2016, but still use and love them OR only include new to me products of 2016.

I chose the new to me, because my list would otherwise be HUGE.

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After I made my selections and took the picture, I was happy to see a good mix of high end and drugstore products!

Poor Klorane didn’t make it into the group shot because I used it up!  And I don’t have a replacement because I have been trying to love the Simple wipes.

Also, I will list a couple of almosts and why they ultimately didn’t make the list.

Pond’s Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream. Drugstore brand and this pot is HUGE.  It’s not even a pot, it’s a bucket of moisturizer.  My previous review is on the link.

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour.  This is really new to me, and I haven’t even done a review yet, but I love this. I’ve been using it almost every day since I received it in my Sephora Play.

L’Oreal Magic Lumi.  I bought this a while ago, and forgot about it.  Two weeks ago I found it in my collection, and I decided I really like it.  Review coming soon.

Etude House Wonder Pore. Not quite drug store, not quite high end.  In a league of it’s own – the Korean cosmetic brand.  Here is my review.

Kat Von D Tattoo Eye Liner I just found this in my eye liner stash.  It’s amazing.  Possibly the best liquid liner I’ve ever used.

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water. I’m so into this still.  Here is my review.

Etude House Tint My Brows Gel.  Awesome product. You get to dye your eye brows at home. Here is my review

Anastasia Brow Wiz  I’m a fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills, and this is another awesome product from the line.  This is a recent purchase for me.

Klorane waterproof eye make-up remover.  This is the best eye make-up remover I have ever used.  Here is my review.

I hope you enjoyed my list! What are your favorites of the year?

Thanks for reading!!!

~Anna

Review – Simple Eye Make-Up Remover Pads

15 Dec

Hello Lovelies!  Happy Thursday.  I’ve been using the Simple Eye Make-Up Remover Pads for a couple of weeks now.  Are you super curious what I thought of these?

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You can get this for $4.41 at Walmart.com

What the Company says:

Simple Eye Make-Up Remover Pads are tough on mascara (even waterproof mascara) while still being gentle on your lashes and eyes. They are even suitable for contact lens wearers with our dermatologically and ophthalmological tested formula.

My thoughts:

First impression, it takes a little work for these pads to actually remove mascara.  Other eye make-up comes off easy enough, but mascara takes more work.  I wasn’t even using waterproof mascara.  I have no idea how it would work on a waterproof formula.

For heavier make-up application, you will probably need more than 1 pad to fully remove darker traces around your eyes.

On the plus side, it doesn’t sting the eyes.

It smells pleasant, not overly perfumed, just sort of fresh.

I did see some eyelash loss with this, but this happens with everything other than Klorane, which I just ADORED.  Here is that review.

Would I purchase this?  I think this will work well for travel and camping.  For home yes, I would like to try the other formula Simple has, in a bottle.

Have you tried the Simple eye make-up remover or other products?

Thanks for reading!

~Anna