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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

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July Ipsy Bag! Sensationally Sunkissed!

17 Jul

I love this month’s bag color.  Helllo hot pink!

So what’s in this magic bag?

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 Elizabeth Mott
Tints & Sass
in the color Cherry

Lip and cheek stain, similar to Benetint

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Clear Clinic Laboratories
Vanished Clear Spot Treatment
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Models Own
Nail Polish in Red Sea

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bareMinerals
5-in-1 BB Advanced
Performance Cream Eyeshadow
Broad Spectrum SPF 15

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Pur~lisse
pur~protect essential daily moisturizer spf 30
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I’m excited to try these.

What did you get?

~Anna

Review – Épicé Purifying Exfoliant!

19 Feb

 Épicé Purifying Exfoliant was in my January 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag.

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Oh how I love exfoliants!!!

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I was very excited to get Épicé Purifying Exfoliant in my Ipsy.  What a great way to start off the year!

What is it?

From Ipsy:

A unique exfoliant which removes excess dirt and dead skin cells all while activating collagen production and hydrating your skin. This moisture rich formula utilizes mild, non-irritating and anti-bacterial cleansers with micro-fine polyspheres which enhances skin texture and clarity for a clean, fresh appearance. Purifying Exfoliant is also great to use on the entire body and after just a few uses, you will begin to see improvement in the look and feel of your skin.

Benefits:
Micro-fine polyspheres gently exfoliate removing excess dead cells and environmental debris.
Exfoliation helps open pores, which increases excretion of toxins.
Packed with emollients, humectants and barrier protectors to hydrate dry, irritated skin.
Contains several natural collagen boosters for damaged skin.
Softens skin as it cleans.
Non-irritating, antiseptic, bacteria and fungus fighting properties.

This retails for $32.00 USD and you can get it here.

My thoughts

I think this is a lovely exfoliant.  It’s certainly not a budget product and very high end.  It has a pleasant scent and it does what it says it does.

I also like that it can be left on longer to act as a mask.  It leaves my skin nice and soft.

Would I repurchase?  If I had an unlimited budget, yes.  Otherwise, no.

As much as I like it, I don’t think it does anything additional that a drug store exfoliant doesn’t do.

But I am sure happy I got to try it!  Such a generous sample too.  🙂

Have you tried this line?

~Anna

All Natural Mineral Foundation – Alima Pure.

14 Jan

Like many others I got on board with the BareMinerals rage a number of years ago.  Unfortunately, it totally broke me out and made my skin look really dry and flat.  Not really sure why.

Since then I have been reluctant to try other mineral based make-up, although I received samples of Alima Pure from a local natural makeup store and decided to try it and I was pleasantly surprised.  

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It covers well, feels silky smooth and doesn’t make me look cakey – plus it has a cute bird on it!

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Put a bird on it!

Alima Pure also carries a wide variety of mineral eyeshadows!  Super cute and super shimmery!

-k

Best BB Cream For Your Skin

16 Oct

BB and CC creams are ALL the rage right now.  Woman in Korea have been using them for years but the cosmetic trend in the US has just started to pick up over the last few years.

What is a BB cream?  BB creams are essentially and All-In-one product that acts as a moisturizer/foundation/sunscreen.  Some of them have skin correcting anti-aging ingredients, some have ingredients to correct redness or dark spots.  Really, they are all quite different.

As they aim to replace all your other products, sometimes you just need to layer.  If you have super dry skin you might need to apply moisturizer first.  Bad breakout? Probably need concealer or even foundation over the BB cream.

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(Click the image for more info)

Best For Oily Skin:
L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream ($10.95, lorealparisusa.com)

Best For Pale Skin:
Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25 PA++ ($34, sephora.com); one shade

Best For Dark Skin (and Medium and Light):
Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Perfector SPF 30 ($7.44, maybelline.com)

I personally need a more medium-full coverage Foundation so I have yet to find a BB cream that can replace my go-to 100% Pure Foundation.  But if you are one of those people lucky enough to not have to wear foundation, a BB cream might be perfect for you.     -kassi

BirchBox Oct Sneak Peek and 15% off

3 Oct

Hey guys!  Here is the new BirchBox sneak peek video!

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Products:
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish: Available soon on Birchbox.com
POP Beauty Lip Gloss: Available soon on Birchbox.com
ChapStick Hydration Lock: Available at your local drugstore
amika GWP Mod Mini Blow Dryer
Laura Mercier: Available soon on Birchbox.com
12 Benefits™ Instant Healthy Hair Treatment
dr. brandt® microdermabrasion skin exfoliant
theBalm® cosmetics Stainiac

Want 15% off your next BirchBox Order?

Just use code: BIRCHBLOGGER15 at checkout to get your discount!

Juice Beauty – Green Apple Peel for Sensitive Skin

11 Sep

I just received a sample this in my BirchBox yesterday and I really like it.

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I have been afraid of peels for a long time because I have sensitive skin and most of them just turn my skin red.  I once has red raccoon eyes from one in high school and begged my mom not to make me go to school.

I used the Green Apple Peel last night and my skin looks and feels amazing today!  It says to use it 1-2 times a week but I am having trouble waiting.

I experienced no redness, tightness or itchiness.

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September 2013 Julep Maven Box – Bombshell box!

11 Sep

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I’m a bombshell now!  I am loving on the bronzey/winey/glittery one called Karmen.  I’m rocking it right now.  Boom, glitter nails.

The real winner of this box is the facial cleansing oil.  It is called the Bare Face Cleansing oil $22.40 if you are a Maven, Otherwise it’s $28.00.

My review:  This actually takes off most of my waterproof mascaras.   The formulas that an actual makeup remover had trouble removing, this stuff succeeds.  It smells so good.  Sort of citrusy. Feels good on the skin, and It is actually helping with my stupid blackhead problem on my nose.

For real, I now look forward to washing my face at night.  Unless this gives me a wart or something catastrophic, I will dish out the $20+ for this gem.

From Julep:

Bare Face Cleansing Oil: This lightweight, antioxidant-rich cleanser gently and thoroughly dissolves makeup, dirt, and excess oil without over-drying skin, then rinses clean with no oily residue. Recommended for all skin types.

Features & Benefits:
  • Enriched with Julep’s proprietary Power Cell Complex™, a trio of skin-boosting superstars
1) Rosehip seed oil – a nourishing oil (and natural source of vitamins A and C) that helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and post-acne marks. Contains natural fatty acids that bond moisture to skin
2) Malvaceae Lipid Extract™ – a lipid complex that provides immediate and long-lasting hydration and works to rebuild skin structure from the inside out
3) Green coffee bean oil – a natural anti-inflammatory that promotes cell turnover
  • Formula includes grapeseed oil, a natural antioxidant that protects skin from harmful free radicals, and olive oil, a natural source of vitamin E that softens and helps prevent post-cleansing dehydration

 

~Anna