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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 – Jouer Anti-Blemish Matte Primer

4 Nov

 Jouer Anti-Blemish Matte Primer gets great reviews.  Is it weird that I am completely surprised at how much people like this?

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What sets this primer apart from the competition, is that it claims to treat and prevent blemishes.

From jourcosmetics.com

Product Description

Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment

This oil free mattifying anti-blemish primer, formulated
with Salicylic Acid, penetrates into skin to help treat existing blemishes, prevent development of new acne, and minimize the appearance of pores. Aloe, Vitamin E, Ginseng & Gingko Biloba Extract help calm redness and reduce inflammation, promoting a shine-free, even complexion.  30 mL / 1.0 fl oz

Oil Free.  Hypoallergenic.  Paraben Free.  Silicone Free.  Fragrance Free.  Dermatologist tested.

My thoughts

This doesn’t prime.  Sort of problem since it’s supposed to be a primer.

It may work as a treatment, but if you are looking for a flawless look, you will need an actual primer.

Jouer Anti-Blemish Matte Primer sank right into my skin.  So the foundation, sort of sank right in too.  I didn’t get the primed effect I have come to expect from Smashbox.

Also, I think this broke me out.   This also surprised me since I already use a salicylic acid toner, so my skin didn’t need to purge anything.

Would I purchase?

No.  There are better primers out there on the market.

Have you used the Jouer Anti-Blemish Matte Primer? 

~Anna

Unboxing Birchbox – July

18 Jul

July’s Birchbox partnered with Women’s Health Magazine.  What does that mean?  It means you can order a magazine subscription and you also received a little booklet of fun things to do.

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Marcelle New·Age 8 in 1 Power Serum

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Naobay Body Radiance Lotion

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Coastal Scents® Revealed 2 Palette Set

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Beauty Protector Protect & Treat Hair Mask.  This is already sold out on Birchbox so it must be good. I haven’t tried it yet.

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100% Pure Gingerade Shower Gel (Honey Cream Wash)

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Booklet sample page:

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The one thing I dislike about Birchbox, is the sample sizes of the bath and especially hair products.  Last time, the Nexxus shampoo/conditioner was so tiny, I couldn’t even use it properly because there wasn’t enough product to cover my hair.  LAME.

I’m a little happier this time the Beauty Protector Protect & Treat Hair Mask comes in two containers.

The shower gel sample is tiny though, even though it is two packets.

I’m excited to review the Marcelle New·Age 8 in 1 Power Serum.

How did your Birchbox unboxing go?

~Anna

Review – Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream Cotton Fit SPF30/PA++

15 Jul

I am loving my Skin79 Super + Beblesh Balm BB Triple Functions (SPF50+ PA+++) that I ordered after trying my huge Asian cosmetic stash.  Click here if you missed it and are curious about Asian beauty products.  *side note – they are the bomb

I received a sample of the Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream Cotton Fit SPF30/PA++ when I ordered the Skin 79 BB cream.

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Why I loved it

I loved the shade.  It was a perfect match for my crazy pale skin.  Although, with Asian brands, I’m pretty lucky that they match my paleness pretty well.

The texture is super nice.  Creamy and covering without being overpowering.

Kept me moisturized.

Didn’t get me oily.

Why I didn’t love it

I wish there was more!

Will I purchase?  Yup. Absolutely.  Already planning it.

Have you tried Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream Cotton Fit SPF30/PA++?

Do you love it or do you have another Asian fave?

~Anna

May Empties Post! Products I’ve used up!

29 May

I didn’t have enough products for April to do a full post, so I waited an extra month to do this update.  Here are the products I’ve used up and quick thoughts about them.

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Shaving cream – a major staple.  It really does make for a better shave.  W both like Skintimate because it is inexpensive.  We blogged about it here.

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Another staple – eye brow pencil! Maybelline Define  A Brow pencil.  Easy to use and decent staying power.  To boost length of wear, top with Ben Nye Final Seal.  You’re welcome!

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I’ve already repurchased this.  L’oreal Shocking Extensions Mascara. Good stuff.

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I liked this, buy it is pricier from Elizabeth Mott.

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My current favorite cleanser right now, Clearasil Refreshing Superfruit Wash.

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On to…dry shampoo!!!!

Like Suave, will purchase again.

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This was okay, I’m not sure I will repurchase again.

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Some samples I’ve used up.

I kind of liked this lotion, I actually really liked the scent. Sort of smelled like pancakes. HAHA But I guess if you’re not down with smelling like food, this isn’t your thing.

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Joan Voss – a pretty spring scent.   I am undecided about this.

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Not my favorite Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab oil.

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I think I forgot to include this in my March Empties which had my huge Korean Stash.

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This smelled great, buy faded in 5 minutes on me.  Sorry Harvey Prince Cherrie Blossom! 😦

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Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion – another staple in my collection.  I received a sample of a few formulas with my Naked 3.

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Have you lovelies used any of these?  What are your thoughts?

xoxo – 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

Korean BB and CC Cream reviews of sample stash – LONG post

7 Apr

Remember when I got this?

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So after careful scientific research…ha, here are my thoughts on the various lines of Korean BB and CC creams.

These are in order I used them.  I hope you enjoy!  Keep in mind – a lot of these products have whitening claims/properties – this is a cultural thing.  Also, since these are for an Asian, specifically Korean market, you won’t find a lot of shade variations.  The option is pale and more pale.

Skin 79 – Hot Pink Super Plus Beblesh Balm

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This is whitening, moisturizing, priming, protecting.

As you can see from my picture, the color of this balm was a bit dark for me.   I used it over a moisturizer like the directions on their website suggested since I am dry in the Winter.  I thought this worked beautifully.  The only draw back is the shade.  I looked like I had a slight tan.  This may work for me in the Spring and Summer though.

Tonymoly  – Luminous Live Aura CC Cream

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This shade is way better matched to my current skin tone.  I felt like this CC cream provided better camouflage of imperfections.  It blurred anything red and pore size.  Also, this had a slight tingle/burn like a peeling or retinol agent.

Skin 79 Super + Vital BB Cream Triple Functions (Hot Orange)

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Ok, new fave.  This creams has a lot more coverage than the previous 2.  Covers a lot of redness, almost no under eye concealer is needed.  WAY AMAZE.

M Signature Real Complete BB Cream SPF25 PA++

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This looks a bit darker than it actually is.  It blends really well and this is the most moisturizing CC cream so far. I think this clogged my pores a bit.  I vote no for this one.

SkinFood Agave Cactus Sun BB Cream

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This is a bit more runny than the previous creams.  The creamier consistency made this cream easier to apply and distribute.  It smelled really nice, sort of like aloe or a sun product.  However, I felt that it wore off the fastest of all I’ve tried.  Although it felt the best while on my skin.  This would work best for dryer conditions or after summer when skin is thirsty.

Skinfood Aloe Sun BB Cream

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 This was very similar to the Agave Cactus version.  I honestly can’t tell the difference and  the scent is almost identical.

 Skin 79 Super Plus BB Cream Skin79

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This is my last sample from the Skin 79 line of Super BB’s and I’m super sad.  All of these were great, and each other than the Hot Pink matched my skin perfectly.  Great products.

Tonymoly Luminous Pure Aura CC Cream

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I like this line of CC creams.  I am considering getting one of these for my collection as well.  I really like the consistency of this cream.

Skinfood Vita Water Drop CC Cream

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I really disliked this CC cream.  I thought it was very watery and the wear time was not very good.  I don’t think it lasted through my work day.  Also, now that it is warming up my skin is not dry anymore and this was sort of oily on me.

I did pick a winner and ordered!  Want to know what I love?

Skin 79 Super Orange!!!!

~Anna

 

Review – Coola Face SPF 30 Mineral Matte Tint Unscented

4 Apr

Coola Face SPF 30 Mineral Matte Tint Unscented surprised me.

I received this in my Birchbox in March.

I have a number of these Coola products that all seem slightly different, but the same.  And you have to read the entire package to actually figure out there are some differences.  I don’t know if it’s because they are still playing with the formula or what.  All I know is that I tried this and liked it and went to look at all my other samples and they didn’t exactly match this.  Wah!

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Why I love this~

It says matte and it means it.  There is no shine.  It’s great.

Stays more matte than most bb/tinted moisturizers.

Good wear and lasting power.

Would I buy it?

Maybe.  I like it as a tinted moisturizer.  I don’t really think it’s a real BB cream in the way of Asian BB creams. Asian BB creams are more than just a tinted moisturizer.  They are more like tinted treatments.

Are you a Coola fan?

~Anna

February Empties!

13 Mar

I have been allergic to writing this post or something. Sorry it is so late.

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Matrix Total Results Color Care Conditioner.  I loved this stuff.  I am repurchasing.

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Eco Friendly Living Dry Shampoo.  This was an Etsy buy and I’ve reviewed it here.  It lasted me almost a year!  I really like this product and I will probably repurchase.  I alternate between this and drug store dry shampoos.

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Nivea Creme.  This was seriously a life saver during our coldest Chicago days.  I went through this tube in a month. I will remember to get this again next winter.  Seriously good stuff.

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Vaseline Total Moisture Cocoa Radiance.  Reviewed here.

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Pixi Lash Booster Mascara. Reviewed here.  I don’t think I will be buying this now that I discovered L’oreal!

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Armani Night fragrance.  I think this may be discontinued.  I finally forced myself to use up all my old perfumes.

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Beauty Protector reviewed here.

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Nailtiques – amazing. Proof here.

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L’occitane Hand Cream.  Lovely scent, but not as moisturizing as Nivea.

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Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab oil imps in Cheshire Cat, Pool of Tears, Iambe.  I liked these, but I am moving away from oils now, so I am trying to go through my huge collection of BPAL imps.

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Korean BB samples.  That review is pending since I am still going through my sample stash.

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Hope you enjoyed!

~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