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Revlon / Electric Pink

Friday, February 27, 2015

Revlon Electric Pink
Purchased By Me
While this isn't technically the last post of the month, its pretty darn close, so let's just sit back and revel in how quick this month went by. I know February is a shorter month, but I don't think that had anything to do with it. This month was just busy! But enough of this chit chat, let's discuss the beautiful color above. This is Revlon Electric Pink.

Electric Pink is a neon pinky-coral jelly. I used two coats for my swatch. As you can see, this is a rather sheer jelly. While I think this color is absolutely gorgeous and perfect for summer, I'm just not sure that I love that it's sheer. Because of this, I think this polish is perfect for nubs or toes. Unless you like sheer tips.

What do you think of Revlon Electric Pink? How would you wear this color? This color has long been discontinued, but I'm sure you can find it on eBay or Amazon.

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Review / InstaNatural Age-Defying Skin Clearing Serum, Vitamin C Toner & Vitamin C Moisturizer

Thursday, February 26, 2015

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As you all know, skincare is beyond important to me. If you're skin is in good health, you'll have a great base for your makeup. I try my best to make sure that my skin is not only free of acne, but also even toned and textured. Today's post is on the InstaNatural Vitamin C skincare line: the Age-Defying Skin Clearing Serum, the Vitamin C Toner and the Youth Express Vitamin C Moisturizer. I was initially asked to review the serum, but invited to also try out the toner and moisturizer. Let's start with the initial review of the serum.

InstaNatural Age-Defying Skin Clearing Serum

As always, let's start by going over the ingredients as listed on CosDNA (and the brand's site):
Deionized Water, Organic Aloe, Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide), Retinol, Olive Oil Squalene, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Rosehip Seed Oil, Carbomer, (2s)-2-Amino-5-guanidinopentanoic Acid, Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, Organic Gotu Kola (Centella Asiatica), Wildcrafted Horsetail (Equisetum Arvense), Wildcrafted Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale), Wild Geranium (Wildcrafted Geranium Maculatum), Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin
The Age-Defying Skin Clearing Serum is stated to not only prevent or even reverse the signs of aging, but also combat acne and acne scarring. This serum has a grapefruit-like scent, but it isn't strong. Definitely like grapefruit and vitamins. This serum does absorb pretty quickly, but it left my skin feeling rather dry. I find that rather odd as this does contain Rosehip Oil, which is incredibly hydrating, but it isn't high on the ingredients list. I think this is more for those with oily skin as opposed to normal/dry. I did use this as a spot treatment for a few nights and it did a decent job, but really no better than any other spot treatment I would've used. Overall, fairly decent, but if I don't think I'd go out and purchase this myself.

InstaNatural Age-Defying Skin Clearing Serum
A close-up of the dropper.
InstaNatural Age-Defying Skin Clearing Serum

A few drops of this goes a long way, so you definitely do not want to overdo this.

Now that you know a bit more about this product, hit the jump to find out more about the toner and moisturizer I was sent!

Review / NeoStrata Active Skin Intensive Eye Therapy

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NeoStrata Active Skin Intensive Eye Therapy
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Hope you're all doing well! Today's post is a review of the NeoStrata Active Skin Intensive Eye Therapy. This eye cream is said to make eyes appear more younger by boosting collagen production, evening out skin tone and deflating puffiness to the eye, thus making your eyes look more youthful. After using this for a week, did this do what it claimed? Let's start off by reviewing the ingredients of this cream.

Below are the ingredients from CosDNA:
Aqua, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polysilicone-11, Acetyl Glucosamine, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Nylon-12, Silica, Octyldodecyl Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caffeine, Butylene Glycol, Lecithin, Isohexadecane, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Polysorbate 40, Sorbitan Isostearate, Polysorbate 60, Citric Acid, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isostearic Acid, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Xanthan Gum, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Caramel, CI 19140, Malus Domestica (Apple) Fruit Cell Culture Extract
NeoStrata Active Skin Intensive Eye Therapy

A majority of these ingredients are completely safe and aren't known irritants (unless you're allergic). This product is smooth to the touch and absorbs fairly quickly. This doesn't have a particularly strong scent, but it is slightly fruity. It's super soft to the touch and absorbs extremely quick. I definitely didn't notice this irritating the eye area, so that's a bonus. I feel my under eye area can be very dry, so this was nice and soothing.

"Well, the above is nice and all, but how did it do in its claims?" It's nice that you ask that. Let's talk about it. So first off, if you're looking to cover or reduce the size of your under eye circles, you're really out of luck. No beauty product will really be able to do this. At least I've never come across this. What this did do was reduce the puffiness of my under eyes. That in itself makes you look more awake. As far as wrinkles, I think only time will tell. We'll have to revisit this product once its in an empties post.

Overall, this is certainly a nice, hydrating under eye cream. The only down side to this product? The price. I was provided the 0.35oz size which is worth about $55.30 as the full size contains .50oz and retails for $79. In reality, the product lasts a really long time, but is it worth it? Again, I think I'll have to revisit this question once I've finished the product. Just keep in mind that similar products contain close to or more than double the product for the same price. If you're interested, you may purchase this product directly from the brand's website.

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February Petit Vour

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

February 2015 Petit Vour
Purchased By Me
Final subscription box of the month! Today we're going to review the contents of the February Petit Vour box. If you're all about trying new organic brands, then continue reading! I've some familiar brands in this box and am actually very excited to go a bit more in-depth for you! So let's get started!

Balanced Guru Scrub Me Nice and Gritty Body Scrub // I'm a huge fan of body scrubs and luckily for me, I'm almost out so I needed this little sample! I've not seen this brand around, so I'm definitely excited to try it out. The full size contains 8oz and retails for $22.99. This sample size contains 1oz and is worth $2.87.

Lily Lolo Natural Mascara in Black // I've received a Lily Lolo product from Petit Vour before and I absolutely adored it. I just happened to be in the market for a new mascara and was more than thrilled to see this in my box. This is a full size product that contains 7mL and retails for $16.99. Already more than the worth of the box!

My Daughter Fragrances in Always Loved // I'm still a bit skeptical when it comes to more organic and natural perfumes. Not that I dislike all, but the few fragrances I've tried don't last all day. I prefer to have my fragrances last most of the day, or least most of my work day (which totals up to a max of 9 hours). Don't get me wrong, I'll touch up if I know I'm heading somewhere after work, but let's face it, I really don't go anywhere else. (lol, so sad). Bottom line, I hope this has staying power. The full size perfumes from this brand contain 50mL and retail $85. Petit Vour sells sample sizes such as this one for $2.

Ellovi Body Butter in Mint Chocolate // This product is claimed to be multi-purpose, so you can use it as a night cream, as sunscreen, as an all-over body butter and as a makeup remover. It definitely has a chocolatey scent, so I'm not sure which of these purposes I'd use it as. I'm not the hugest fan of milk chocolate (dark chocolate is a love though), so I'm already not a fan of the scent. The full size product contains 3.5oz and retails for $26. This sample size contains 0.34oz and is worth about $2.48.

Below is a close up of the Lily Lolo wand with a bit of the product on it.

Overall this box has an approximate worth of $24.34 for $15. This is surprisingly low for a Petit Vour box, but overall I'm happy with the products. Sometimes its not all about the amount that the box is worth, but whether the quality of the products are worth it.

What are your thoughts on the February Petit Vour box? Did you get anything different in your box? What products would you want to try?

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Review / Pura D'or Argan Oil Hair Care (Shampoo, Conditioner & Oil)

Monday, February 23, 2015

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I'm not sure if I've mentioned it before, but I can be a bit of a hair care snob. I blame growing up in a salon. It honestly hasn't been until a few years ago that I started branching out from salon products. I started off trying drugstore brands and then gradually branched off. Lately, I've been on the search for a good SLS and paraben free shampoo and conditioner set. I think I've come across a good one here. Today's review is on the Pura D'or Premium Organic Shampoo, Premium Organic Conditioner in Lavender Vanilla and the Argan Oil for hair, skin and nails. We'll discuss each of these products in that order as well. I've been trying these out for a week and a half and here are my thoughts.

If you're ready for the review, hit the jump!
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