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My Favorite Products of 2014

29 Dec

I discovered so many awesome products this year!
Here are my new loves!

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1) L’Oreal Butterfly Mascara – I haven’t reviewed this!  I will soon, promise!

2) Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion

3) Dr. Brandt Vacuum Cleaner – I just discovered this!  Review coming soon!!!

4) Tints & Sass

5)Joico Vero K-PAK Color Intensity Semi-Permanent Hair Color – Red

6) Sexy Hair H2No

7) Curlisto

8) Coconut Oil

9)Montage Jennesse Chocolate Masque

10)Super 8 Beblesh Balm Triple Function Orange

So there you have it!  My top Favorites of 2014!  These were either sampled and bought or recommended and bought.  And I love them!

What are your favorite new products of 2014?

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Review – Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub

27 Jun

Two months in the row, Ipsy gifted me with amazing microdermabrasion scrubs.

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The Derma E version is the more natural alternative and I think it is super close to the Dr. Brandt.  I would call it a dupe.  Maybe I will do a separate dupe post to compare the two!

Why I love this –

It’s vegan and natural

It won’t be banned by the new Illinois no tiny plastic scrub balls in the drain policy.  What? Oh you didn’t know?  Here.  Your state may be next, find an alternative!

It works!

Feels great on my skin

Makes my skin smooth and lovely.  *almost* as good as the real microdermabrasion

Budget friendly at $32.50

Do you have a favorite at home micordermabrasion sub or scrub?  Share!

~A

Ipsy May Glam Bag!

19 May

Here is what I received in my Ipsy Glam Bag.  It has been a good month for Beauty Boxes for me 🙂

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Revlon Colorburst Balm in Elusive

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Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub (So psyched for this.  Can’t wait to compare the two scrubs from last month and this month.)

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Eva NYC Hair Mask

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Pacifica eye shadow (this may be a color combo that is Ipsy exclusive)

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Hang 10 Sunscreen

What did you get???

~Anna

Review – Dr Brandt Microdermabrasion

16 May

I received a sample of the Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion in my Ipsy in April.  I realized that I never posted my April goodies, SO SORRY!!!

However, I loved this so much I needed to tell you lovelies.

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The sample lasted me a few uses.  I thought this was so phenomenal, I ordered a full size after the first use.

Why I love it –

This says that is mimics a salon/spa microdermabrasion and it really does.  I have never felt anything remotely close to a professional micro before this.  I  was sold, immediately.

If you have never had a professional microdermabrasion, expect to feel like there are a million little rocks/ crystals/diamond flakes scrubbing your face.   It doesn’t sting while you are doing it, but it doesn’t feel good.

Your face will be tender afterwards.  It can be red.  It can sting when you apply another product after, especially if it is anything “anti-aging”.

I use it twice a week like the company suggests, and I am loving the results.

SO MUCH CHEAPER than a salon/spa service.

Go get you some!

~Anna

Review – Glytone salicylic acid toner

3 Mar

Ever since I sampled the Proactiv Fading Pads, I’ve been on a quest to find a comparable product that I didn’t have purchase a whole kit to use.

Here is what I thought about the Proactiv.

I started to look for products that have a 2% salicylic acid component like the Fading Pads.  One of the products I found is the Glytone Toner.  You can get this on Amazon and from med spas.

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Ingredients – 2% Salicylic acid., Acetone, benzalkonium chloride, fragrance (Parfum), isopropyl alcohol, polysorbate 20, Red 40 (CI 16035), Water (Aqua), Yellow 5 (CI 19140).

Like the Proactiv, this is marketed toward the acne treatment customers.

I am interested in the skin renewing properties that come along with salicylic acid use.

What do I think of the Glytone Toner?

I think I wish it didn’t have acetone and rubbing alcohol as the ingredients.  These are both drying agents, and I’m not really sure what else they do.  Oh yeah, they smell.

Do I think this is on par with the Fading Pads?  Not quite.

I guess it is keeping my skin clear and pores small, but I’m not getting the glowing and the “wow” that I got from Proactiv Fading Pads.

This can be drying and can sting a lot with over use.  Start with one application a day and then move to twice if you prefer.

Will I repurchase?

I will probably look for another alternative first.  If there is nothing else, then I may.

~Anna

New Purchase! Sabon Body Scrub!!

27 Feb

Last week during a mall trip, I was talked into an expensive body scrub from Sabon.

Because, why not?  $33.00 USD is totally reasonable for oil and salt, no? Want it?  Click here.

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Ok, I will admit, I am also a sucker for jasmine and this smells oh so divine.

Here is a list of ingredients:

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Their claim?  After you use this scrub, your skin is so moisturized that you don’t need to lotion.

And you know what?  Yeah, that’s kinda true.

This was my first experience with this store and brand.  They also have a line of skin care and soaps.  I am curious about their face masks!

Have you tried a Sabon product?

~Anna

Review – Dr. Brandt Light Years Away Whitening Renewal Solution

29 Jan

Kassi got me the best Christmas gift – a box full of samples!!! She called it the AnnaBox.  I have a ton and half of stuff to review, so this may take me a few months.

Anyhooooo, first up –  Review – Dr. Brandt Light Years Away Whitening Renewal Solution

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The ingredient list on this thing is crazy long, and I forgot to take a picture of it for you.

What it’s supposed to do –

“effective clarifying solution with pomegranate enzymes”

This effective clarifying solution uses pomegranate enzymes to exfoliate away dead skin cells, revealing a clear, even and brighter complexion.

stimulates cell turn over to allow healthier, newer skin to surface

removes dead skin cells, promoting a more even, uniform complexion

brightens skin tone & promotes smoothness

I used this right after I used the Proactiv Fading Pads, and I must say I was more impressed with how much renewing of skin the Pads did vs Dr. Brand.

Dr. Brandt Light Years Away Whitening Renewal Solution retails for $50.00 for 3.9 fl oz of product.   As you can see from my sample, I used a teeny tiny amount compared to what I would get in a full size bottle.

Would my opinion differ had the sample been more generous?  Maybe.  With the bit of solution I had, I rationed it so I could use it for more one day.

To compare, Proactiv+ Mark Fading Pads gave you 5 pads saturated to the max with the solution.

My review 

Shrinks pores

Works like a hard working toner

Pleasant scent

Did it renew my skin?  No

Would I buy?  Probably not for $50.00 unless I could try a larger sample.

This is made with a “marine complex” and “vitamin C”.  I think that salicylic acid works better on my skin to renew, which is not an ingredient in this product.

You may like this if you are not a fan of acids or anything harsh on your skin, you are not looking for a drastic change, you don’t like stuff that stings your face.

Happy Wednesday~A

Ipsy Glam Bag January 2014!

20 Jan

Woohooo!  First Glam Bag of the year and filled with some exciting things.  PS.  I took these pictures on my floor and I realized I have the world’s most boring carpet color!  ick

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The things I am most excited about – The Proactiv+ Mark Fading Pads.  These are 2% salicylic acid which is so great for treating acne and cell turnover.   I always seem to find it in acne medication, so I was psyched to see this.  Used one of these already and will do a full review.  Sorry, I can’t link to the product because I can’t see it on their website.

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Épicé Purifying Exfoliant retails for $32 for 3.3 oz.  This is the most expensive product in the bag.  I received a 1 oz sample, so about $10.00 worth of product.  I already used this and will review it soon.

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Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave In Conditioner.  I love hair products.  yay!

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Mica Lip Tinted Balm in Natural.  Pretty color, and it will great on my mom.  So I will be giving it to her.

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Smooth Shadow from Elizabeth Mott in Pearl.  This is a highlighter, eyeliner and waterline liner. I’m excited to use this on my waterline.  Putting flesh colored or white liners in the waterline make your eyes appear bigger.  This is a big deal for me since I wear glasses.

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Protip-Glasses for nearsighted correction make your eyes look smaller.  Waterline lining with light or white pencils counters this illusion.  Make your eyes pop, girl!

Keep your peepers peeled for the full reviews on these goodies.

xoxo ~Anna

Beauty Box Subscription – Update to what we get

16 Jan

Once upon a time I wanted to cancel my Julep monthly subscription and get another beauty box.

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This week my wish came true, and now are are both subscribers to Birchbox!  To update, I will now be receiving Ipsy and Birchbox.  These are both $10.00 per month, which means I am still saving money from what I paid for Julep. Julep was $20.00 month.

I may add yet another subscription to my month since I’m used to spending $30.00 and now I’m *only* spending $20.00 HAHA.

~A

Advice From an Expert – Special Guest Post and Special Deal for Chicago!

12 Dec

We are trying new ideas here on Fairy Godmother and one of the ideas we are considering is Advice from an Expert.

For our debut, I asked my friend Beth who is a cosmetician and owns her own med spa. Yes, home girl has skills.  She is also responsible for keeping my almost 40 year old face looking like a hot little boss.

I asked Beth for skin care advice during the Winter months.

It is important to moisturize your face no matter the time of year, but it is imperative during the winter months. If you already have dry skin, you should up the amount of times you apply per day, but the key here is to not skip over your neck and chest.

Keep your skin moisturized: Choose a good, oil-based moisturizer to keep the skin moisturized and soft. Pay special attention to the exposed parts (and the most affected areas) like your hands, nails, feet and lips. Keep them well moisturized at all times.  Even those who have oily skin must use light moisturizing lotions after cleansing to keep the skin healthy and helps maintains the pH Balance. It is important to use a mild facial cleanser and wash with lukewarm water, hot water can strip your skin of its essential oils and your skin can become too dry and irritated. Make sure to exfoliate at least 2-3 times per week this will help promote skin cell turnover and also allow for better product penetration.
Use a good sunscreen: People like to enjoy the sun during winters but little do they know that exposure to the sun can harm their skin in winter too. Use a sunscreen of SPF 30 or more and make sure that it contains Zinc.  In fact, it should be a part of your daily routine throughout the year. Don’t say goodbye to your sunscreen just because summer is over
Do not lick your lips: Winter is the season of chapped lips and licking them will make them more chapped. Use a good lip balm to keep your lips soft and protected. Lip balm with Vit E works well.
For Chicago area folks, Beth is offering a special on Microdermabrasion.  I get this, and I swear by it.  Yeah, you may looked a bit jacked up the next day, but Honeypie, by day 3 you are amazing.
 Package of 3 Microdermabrasion Treatments Plus Basic Facial
Only 165.00 through January
Package must be bought by January 30th to get this offer. The regular price for this package is 255.00. Please mention, print out, or display this email to redeem.
Mind and Body

 We hope you Lovelies enjoyed this!  We hope to have more Advice from an Expert on here soon.

~Anna