Beauty, Skincare

Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask 

I’m such a sucker for a face mask. They feel luxurious, but they also pack a powerful punch of skincare benefits in one concentrated treatment. Recently, I tried the Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask. This product retails at Sephora for $62 (with a mini version available for $25).

I loved this mask! According to its product description, it’s supposed to help with: dullness, rough texture, uneven tone, dryness, and congestion. I can honestly say that it does what it claims. Using this mask a few times a week has definitely improved the overall state of my skin. My acne was reduced and my skin looked smoother for sure! It’s definitely worth the price. It’s also packed with some great skincare ingredients like seaweed, red algae, and lotus flower. I can’t believe that a mask so gentle on the skin can give such great results too. I highly recommend this one!

Have you tried this one or do you have a face mask that’s great for acne? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, Makeup

Anastasia Lip Gloss 

I adore lip gloss, but I’m very picky sometimes. I have a cool-toned complexion, so I limit my color choices. Plus, I hate sticky things. But a good lip gloss is a great confidence booster. Recently, despite my aversion to corals, I tried the Anastasia Lip Gloss in St. Tropez. This gloss retails at Sephora for $16.

I was pleased that I could pull this off, even though it has some warm coral undertones. It’s still pink enough to be kind of neutral though, so that works in my favor. It’s a truly stunning color with a high-shine finish that is a bit metallic.

The consistency of this gloss is delightful. It’s thick enough that you really only need one coat for a beautiful, opaque look. Best of all – it’s not sticky at all. It feels almost like a mousse on the lips, which never completely dries down. The good thing about that is you get all the color of a lipstick without any dryness.

Have you tried this gloss? What did you think? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, nails

Sally Hansen Cuticle Massage Cream 

Recently, I’ve been trying to take better care of my hands, especially the nail bed region. My cuticles get so dry and tear easily, so I wanted to try a product just for them. I ended up selecting the Sally Hansen Cuticle Massage Cream. This product is available at most drugstores and online for just $5.

First off, this product smells amazing. It’s fruity with top notes of apricot. That was definitely my favorite thing about the product. Other than that, I was a little disappointed. The formula felt so stiff, which surprised me. I was definitely expecting something creamier. As it was, it was a bit hard to use since you kind of have to dig in to get the product out. I suppose it wouldn’t be as difficult if you just wanted to rub your fingertip over it and use the light residue. That would definitely make the product last longer, but you also wouldn’t get as much moisturization power that way.

The product just didn’t moisturize as much as I had hoped. I’ve used cuticle oils in the past that worked much better, so maybe I should go back to that instead of using a cream like this one.

What do you use for your cuticles? I’d love to know! Feel free to tell me in the comment section.

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Beauty, Skincare

Degree MotionSense Deodorant 

I tend to wear a lot of black. What can I say – it’s classic and slimming! There’s nothing worse than getting white streaks of deodorant on a black garment. We all have to wear deodorant, but no one wants to see it on their clothes! Thankfully, I’ve found Degree MotionSense Deodorant. This is available at most drugstores for under $4.

This is a fantastic antiperspirant. It keeps everything dry, smells amazing, and doesn’t leave any white streaks on my black clothes. It truly lasts all day (although the 48 hour protection advertised seems pretty impossible for any deodorant!)

The scent pictured is “Pure Rain” and it’s a wonderful neutral scent. I also really love the scent “Sexy Intrigue” which has warm undertones of vanilla, jasmine, and amber. It doesn’t go with all of my perfumes though. I don’t care for the “Shower Fresh” scent which smells too baby powdery for my tastes.

Do you have a favorite deodorant? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, Makeup

Physician’s Formula The Healthy Lip 

I love lipstick, but I tend to hate most longwear liquid lipsticks because they can be difficult to apply and very uncomfortable as they tend to really dry out the lips. It’s not a good look at all when you have patchy, flaky, cracked lips, and that seems to be the result of wearing too much liquid lipstick. However, on a whim I picked up The Healthy Lip from Physician’s Formula while I was grocery shopping, and I was so incredibly impressed! This product is available at select drugstores for just $8. Pictured below is “Vitamin Beet” but I loved it so much that I also picked up a true red called “Fight Free Red-icals.”

There are so many positive traits with this product. It’s opaque and easy to apply – just one little swipe and you’re good to go. The tear-shaped doe-foot applicator makes it easy to swipe along the natural curves of your lips, so the application is a cinch. The formula applies smoothly and evenly in just one coat.

The product wears so evenly throughout the day, although there seems to be a difference in wear depending on the shade. The berry shade I purchased fades more evenly and doesn’t seem to transfer as much when I’m eating versus the red shade that I purchased. I don’t know why reds are always messier! Still, I was pleased with both shades in how they wear because I only ever had to touch up when I had a full meal. Other that that, this would stay in place all day.

All-day wear is usually very drying in a liquid lipstick, but this one was so much better than I expected. While my lips felt a bit dry by the end of the day, it wasn’t uncomfortable at all. Best of all, my lips didn’t look dry. The formulation has a velvet finish, so it’s pretty matte but soft and comfortable.

The one big drawback that I have with this product is that the shade range is extremely limited. Of the 13 shades that they offer, 9 of them seem like a variant of berry. I would love for them to come out with some more colors in the future for sure.

Have you tried this product, or do you have a favorite liquid lipstick? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, hair

L’Oreal Root Rescue 

My hair grows really quickly, which means I have to touch up my roots every month. This would get way too expensive if I did this in a salon, but thankfully I have discovered the L’Oreal Root Rescue. This product is only $7.50 and helps me double the time I go between dye jobs.

I get the shade “Dark Brown,” and I find that it matches pretty much any shade of dark brown hair dye that I’ve used. I wait 15 minutes instead of 10 before rinsing because I may be 26 but I already have some stubborn greys. It is just so easy to do and there’s very little mess. The thin tube spreads the product pretty evenly throughout my root line.

This product works so well for me, but there are a few things for you to consider before picking this one up. First, it only comes in 7 shades and will only work for some blondes and some brunettes. If you’re a redhead or have a really unique hair color or a lot of dimension to your hair color, this may not be the best product for you. But I’m pleased that it works so well for me and my typical dark brown locks.

Have you tried any products designed just for touching up your roots? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, Skincare

Soap&Glory Scrub of Your Life 

Exfoliation is a great skincare step because it removes layers of dead skin to reveal a fresh, glowing complexion. There are many ways to exfoliate, the gentlest being to just rub a damp washcloth across your body, but sometimes you need something with a bit more grit. Thanks to my bestie, I decided to try the Soap&Glory Scrub of Your Life, and I’m so glad I did. It’s only $10.99, which is well worth it!

It’s important not to over-exfoliate or use products that are too harsh for the skin. Thankfully, this one is the perfect strength for my sensitive skin. Once or twice a week, I use this all over my body in the shower (but not my face – that skin is more sensitive and is better exfoliated with a light acid peel and a washcloth).

This is the perfect addition to an at-home spa day because it smells and feels luxurious, but it’s also just fantastic at smoothing skin and removing those pesky dead skin cells! If you’re looking for a great body exfoliator, I highly recommend this one!

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Beauty, Makeup

Too Faced Melted Latex Lipstick Fail! 

I love dramatic lipsticks, but they don’t all love me back! Recently, I was shopping online at Sephora and I saw that they had a sale on the Too Faced Melted Latex lipsticks. They were only $10, and I’ve had great luck with these before. I wanted to go for something really bold, so I went for the deep red shade “Bite Me.”

I was so looking forward to this one. I envisioned myself turning heads with my dramatic red/wine lips like a vintage movie starlet. Alas, that was not meant to be. When the lipstick arrived, I instantly knew something was wrong. I did receive the right shade, but instead of a reddish wine, it looked like a dark brown. Still, I paid $10 so I was going to give it a go.

I looked like a cartoon villain dressed up for Halloween. Not only was the color all wrong, but the opacity was terrible. It was a very uneven product and it took a lot of effort to make the color look evenly distributed. I wore it while shopping that night and I felt a lot of stares but not the kind I had hoped for.

The next day, I brought it to work. When things got slow, I went to the bathroom to try it on again, but my trusty coworkers assured me that it needed to be removed ASAP.

I did learn a few things from this experience though:

  1. Whenever possible, test a lipstick shade in person instead of just guessing based on the picture posted on the website.
  2. Sometimes things are on sale for a reason.
  3. Always have a backup lipstick in your purse when testing something so risky.

Not all makeup risks pan out, but it’s still fun to try sometimes. Still, this is a shade that’s getting tossed for sure!

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Beauty, Skincare

Skintimate 2-in-1 Shave Cream & Skin Conditioner 

I hate shaving, but it’s a necessary evil. Unfortunately, I have pretty sensitive skin and am prone to razor burn on my legs. Recently, I was really excited to try the Skintimate 2 in 1 Shave Cream & Skin Conditioner which promised silky, smooth, hairless skin for only $4 –  but this turned out to all be a lie!

I hate bashing a product. I much prefer listing pros and cons. However, the only pro I can think of with this product is that it did smell really nice, and the cons are overwhelming. The consistency of the product is very thin and will not lather. This means, you have to use a whole lot of product to cover your legs. But the very worst part of using this product is that I had TONS of razor burn afterwards and lots of little nicks. Still, like a masochist, I persisted and tried it a few more times so I could report back.

I can’t blame the razor because I started shaving one armpit and leg with this and then I’d use a regular, foaming shaving cream for the other half of me. Every time, the foaming side was just fine and the side that used this product was itchy and bleeding.

I’m just so disappointed in this product. It is not a good shaving cream and it did not leave my skin feeling “conditioned” or moisturized. I definitely still needed a lotion afterwards. Do yourself a favor and save your $4 for literally any other shaving cream!

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Caress Sheer Twilight Body Wash 

Bath time has been my favorite time of day since I was a very small child. However, I’ve long since traded in my mermaid toy and L’Oreal shampoo (remember the kind that looked like a fish?!) for bath bombs and luxury oils. Bath products can get very pricey, so I was excited when I recently discovered the Caress Sheer Twilight Body Wash which is available from Target and similar retailers for only $4.

Don’t let the price fool you – this body wash feels luxurious. It smells so amazing and very sensual with black orchid and juniper. It’s a very interesting blend of woodsy and floral notes, and honestly I could totally see this working as a unisex fragrance. The oils in this body wash also make this product very moisturizing on skin. I often don’t feel like I need to apply lotion after my shower if I used this as my body wash.

I do wish that the fragrance would last longer. The bottle claims that this is “a lasting enchanting scent” but to be honest, I don’t typically smell the product post-shower. I actually wish Caress made other products like lotion with this fragrance so that I could continue to smell it.

Do you have a favorite body wash that makes you smell and feel great? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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