BRB... Quickie To Miami

Friday, May 1, 2015

As the title says, by the time you see this I'll either be on my long trek from California to Florida, or will be there! I'm here for the weekend and will have some amazing photos for when I get back. Until then, see you on Tuesday, May 5th! I'll resume with my usual, end of the month posts for April then.

Also...! What, a giveaway?!

Review / Lady Soma Skin & Nail Treatment

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Lady Soma Skin & Nail Treatment
Press Sample
Hello everyone! Today's post is a review of a hand cream plus nail treatment in one. I'm talking about the Lady Soma Skin & Nail Treatment, made with cocoa, shea and kokum butter. I'm always on the search for good hand creams, but one that also helps strengthens nails and soothes dry cuticles? Yes, please!

So how did this hand cream perform? Well, let's take a look at the ingredients and then talk about my experience with the product.

Below are the ingredients as listed on CosDNA:
Organic Aloe Vera, Cetearyl Alcohol (Plant Derived), Safflower Seed, Stearic Acid (Plant Derived), Sunflower Seed Oil, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Polysorbate-60, Palm Oil, Mineral Based Dimethicone, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Kokum Butter, Phenoxyethanol, Mineral Based Dimethylpolysiloxane, Glyceryl Caprylate, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide (pH Modifier), Vitamin E, Ethylhexylglycerin, Honeysuckle Extract
Upon first glance, this definitely contains quite a few ingredients that are great for moisturizing the skin. However, I'm not sure which of these ingredients are meant to strengthen the nails themselves. I will say that since I have been using this, none of my nails have split or break. Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not.

Lady Soma Skin & Nail Treatment

One thing I will say is that this cream is extremely moisturizing and definitely meant for the driest of skin. Additionally, your hands remain soft even you wash them a couple of times. And if you're not a frequent hand-washer, then you'll notice this product keeps your hands moisturized for a really long time. I noticed 4-5 hours on multiple occasions.

Now if you're sensitive to scents, just note that this smells like your typical shea butter cream. Not the most fantastic scent, at least I'm not a fan of these kinds of scents. However, the scent isn't strong nor does it linger, which is good news for those with sensitive noses.

Overall a great cream for really dry hands, which is a good enough reason to get this product! The Lady Soma  Skin & Nail Treatment is $16.99 for a 4oz (120 mL) pot, which may sound a bit pricey, but something so moisturizing, it is definitely worth it.

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Julep / Carla

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Julep Carla
Purchased By Me
You know, I had a feeling that as soon as I raved about a brand, that I'd end up swatching something less than stellar. Well, that's basically what happened here with this polish. Above and below are photos of Julep Carla. This polish was in my February Maven It Girl Box.

At first glance you notice that Carla is a pink creme, that is not only light in color, but also leans to a more neutral tone as well. I used two coats for my swatch. While it did coat my nails really well, the formula was very difficult to work with. It was thick, goopy and didn't dry well at all. I painted my nails sometime around 7pm and even after going to bed around 12am, my nails still weren't fully dry. How unfortunate.

Julep Carla

Unfortunately, Carla just didn't do it for me. I think adding in some polish thinner would help greatly with this polish, so I think that may be something I need to report back on.

Also, I dunno about you, but I don't think this color suits my skin tone at all. Such a beautiful shade in the bottle, but not so much against my skin. I hate when that happens.

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April Petit Vour

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

April Petit Vour
Purchased By Me
Now that we're back on schedule, let's discuss the April Petit Vour box that recently came through my mailbox! I've been a huge fan of the Petit Vour boxes and have added quite a few of the items I've gotten to my normal routine. Upon first glance, I definitely feel this month's box will be no different! As per usual, we'll discuss the items from left to right.

Lauren B. Beauty Nail Polish in #ImSoLA // I have one other polish from this brand and I absolutely love it. I'm sure this will be no different. This is translating more red in the photo, but it leans much cooler in person. This is a full size product that contains 0.5oz and retails for $18. Looking at the additional colors available on PV and I'm definitely eyeing Greystone Grey.

Suntegrity Tinted "5 in 1" Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen in Medium // No better way to start the sunny seasons than with a tinted sunscreen. I'm not a fan of foundation during the summer time and typically just mix my sunscreen with some sort of color. Tinted sunscreens pretty much do this for you so of course I'm excited to try this out. I'll be testing this over the weekend while I'm in Miami. The full size product contains 1.7oz and retails for $45. This sample size contains 0.25oz and is worth about $6.62.

The Konjac Sponge Co. Konjac Facial Sponge with Pink Clay // Now I've used konjac sponges before and if you've seen my Instagram, I recently posted a picture of a different sponge I'm trying out. I think once I test this one out, I'll let you know what I think about all of the different types of sponges I've tried and my final verdict. I'm curious about the different types of clay soaked in these sponges. This is a full size product and retails for $12.

BOX Naturals Luxe Towelettes in Lavender & Rosewater // These are cleansing wipes that can be used anywhere; face, body, nether regions, pits, etc. I love that one of each scent was enclosed to sample. Just makes it easier to figure out which one you like the best. The full size comes with 12 towelettes and retails for $10. I got two and that would put these at a worth of about $1.66.

All in all, that brings us to a worth of about $38.28 for a $15 box. Definitely another box with a lot of value. I can't wait to begin using a lot of these products in my routine to see how they perform!

Which of these would you be most excited to try? Let me know if the comments! Also, let me know if you know of other great products from any of these brands!

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Review / Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil

Monday, April 27, 2015

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Keeping in tune with the last ingredient based review, today's post is a review of the Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil. As mentioned on the bottle, this is a pharmaceutical grade oil and should be used for topical or other non-digestible home remedies. Let's first learn a bit more about tea tree oil in general and then we can talk about some great uses!

Tea tree oil is extracted from the Melaluca alternifolia leaf and has long been used for its antiseptic properties. So basically, this is a great ingredient to fight against bacteria, fungus and viruses. When it comes to skin care, tea tree oil is great for treating a variety of conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis, but even more minor ailments such as sunburn, cuts and scratches and even bug bites. Tea tree oil is even great at treating dry scalp and dandruff! In addition, when used in aromatherapy, tea tree oil can reduce stress levels.

This oil is easy to store and should be kept in airtight, dark-colored bottles with minimal exposure to sunlight.

So now that you know some of the basic uses for it, let's talk about this particular oil that I was provided a sample of.

Unlike other brands that sell tea tree oil, the Apothecary Extracts oil is 100% pure tea tree oil and is pharmaceutical grade. This means that it cannot be ingested. The scent is very strong and smells amazing, but then again, I love the smell of tea tree oil. I've used this with a carrier oil as a spot treatment and it works wonderful.

Price wise, this bottle is quite the steal. At $24.99 for 4oz, this is almost a third of the price compared to brands who sell pure tea tree oil. If you're in the market for this product, you can find it on Amazon (link) or on Apothecary Extracts' website.

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P.S. - Stay tuned as I will post a few DIYs using this throughout the next few months!

P.P.S. - Sorry about the lack of updates over the weekend. Getting ill randomly isn't awesome. :(
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