Monday, May 5, 2014

The Body Shop: Mini Skincare Kits

I'm back with another review!!! The Body Shop had an amazing sale so I decided to try the travel size skincare kits before committing to the larger skincare bottles. The sale was like buy 3 get 3...something along those lines.

First let me give you my skin bio:

-Oily skin esp. the T-zone area --- summer
-Very dry on the side of my jawline and nose ---winter

The kits retail price is $25.
Seaweed Kit:

  • 2.0 fl oz Seaweed Deep Cleansing Facial Wash
  • 2.0 fl oz Seaweed Clarifying Toner
  • .51 oz Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream
  • .51 fl oz Seaweed Clarifying Night Treatment
  • Re-usable blue mesh bag with zip closure
This was probably one of my favorite skincare kit compared to the other two. The cleansing facial wash is a clear gel and very light. It is very similar to the Cetaphil texture. I don't know if I spelled Cetaphil correct, but don't judge me.. lol The toner is a very light clear toner, it does not strip away the oils but it makes the skin feeling nice and clean. The day cream is a light dense lotion consistency and the night treatment is a clear gel, really light and it absorbs right into your skin. It left my skin very supple and moisturized. It didn't feel like I had put anything on my skin. 

Price: $$
Rating: ****
Vitamin E Kit:

  • 2.0 fl oz Vitamin E Cream Cleanser Facial Wash
  • 2.0 fl oz Vitamin E Hydrating Toner
  • .51 oz Vitamin E Moisture Day Cream
  • .51 fl oz Vitamin E Night Cream
  • Re-usable blue mesh bag with zip closure
This really was not my favorite kit but I really liked the Moisture day cream and the night cream during the winter since it saved my skin from this long skin was very dry and flaky this winter... no joke! The facial cream cleanser was such a hydrated form of cream that it made my skin more oilyy... so I have that placed somewhere way in the back of my closet. It's almost like putting on creamy thick lotion on your face and then rinsing it describing it to you is making my skin cringe! As for the toner...not a fannn either... The toner is like a bottle of glycerin...It is a milky white toner and it is a thick density toner, it is definitely an unusual type of toner I have used. Most of the toner I use is like a water consistency. Cream cleanser facial and hydrating toner is a nonono for repurchasing but the lotion for the day and night creams were not that bad..   

Price: $$
Rating: ***

Aloe Kit:

  • 2.0 fl oz Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser
  • 2.0 fl oz Aloe Calming Toner
  • .51 oz Aloe Soothing Day Cream
  • .51 oz Aloe Soothing Night Cream
  • Re-usable green mesh bag with zip closure
The aloe is very soothing for very irritated skin. I had sunburn from staying in the sun for to long in Florida and I had sunburn on my entire face. I used the aloe kit and it helped relieve my skin by soothing it. It is very similar to the seaweed kit. Overall it is a very nice set to have during the summer it is very light in moisturizing and soothing burnt skin. 

Price: $$
Rating: ***

This is my opinion and my skin reactions to these skincare products...

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Body Shop: Vitamin C Skincare

Hello Lovelies,

I know it has been quite some time. I have been very busy lately working, class, and preparing to teach abroad. I am going to have another blog about my teaching abroad endeavors. I'm so excited and cannot wait!!!  Let me stop ranting away and getting back on topic for the product review lol... 

Once again, the Body Shop had another great sale! It was like buy 1 get 1, buy 2 get 2, and etc... I have to tell you, this is probably the best time to buy the cotton pads. The retail price for the 100% cotton pads are $3 each for 100 pieces. So that is around, 3 cents a cotton pad. Not to shabby, considering Walmart, Target, and other drugstore brands' cotton pads. Here we go off topic again... :D

So I decided to try out some of the Vitamin C Skincare items the Daily moisturizing spf 30, Microdermabrasion, and the Vitamin Skin Boost. 

The daily moisturizing spf 30, it is a light weight sunscreen compared to other thick creamy sunscreen that leaves you smears. I thought this was a great sunscreen, since it is light weight and your skin absorbs it once it is applied. The squeeze bottom was also very compact to take on the go. It also has Amazonian camu camu berry which is known to have the highest contents of vitamin C in nature. After applying, you can tell a differences about your skin, it is more bright, almost like you're glowing. I have to give it only 3 stars because I would like it in a higher spf. 

Price: $20
Rating: ***

The microdermabrasion was okay. It is a creamy consistency with rough garnet particles and Amazonian camu camu berry. This microdermabrasion is great for sensitive skin. After using it, I can see that my complexion is brighter almost like a glow. However I do not like the feeling applying it to my face. It feels like rubbing lotion on you face with scrubbing beads. It does not over dry your skin for sure. It is more like a hydrating exfoliater. I'm the type of person that like the face feeling clean after it is washed. 

Price: $21
Rating: ***

The skin boost is a great primer since the base is silicone but it has very fine sparkling glitter once applied on the skin, which I'm not a fan of. I'm assuming it is the glow effect. To me that is not natural glow it applying glitter to your face to make it shine. It also has vitamin E, Amazonian camu camu berry, and Vitamin C. 

Price: $27
Rating: **

I didn't buy these products for full price. I have bought them when it was on sale. The Body Shop always has amazing sales that you can look out for and save money. 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Poppin Brows: Milani vs Maybelline Eyebrow Pencil

Welcome back beautifuls.. I have another review to share about eyebrow pencils Milani Easy Brow Automatic Pencil vs Maybelline Mastershape by Eyestudio.

So starting off the year with great eyebrow is a must have. It has been really trending with fashion statements.

Unless you were blessed with thick luscious eyebrows...I jellin.. 

I happen to pick theses up at drugstores, maybelline at Rite Aid and Milani at CVS. Of course, I picked them up both on sale. Milani had the BOGHO and Maybelline picked up from clearance rack. I have been filling my eyebrows with eyeshadow and it has been working great for me but I have been wanting to try out the eyebrow pencils. 

So, the first eyebrow pencil I used was the Maybelline Mastershape. I have to say it was not bad except for the part were you have to sharpen the pencil. The pencil is completely made from plastic, therefore it was a b*tchhh sharpening it. I was literally sharpening this pencil for a good 10 minutes top. It is so hard to turn the pencil while sharpening and I have to say pencil sharpeners are not made to sharpen plastic. 

There goes bye bye to my dull pencil sharpener's blade. That was one of my biggest pet peeve about this eyebrow pencil. I completely understand why it was in the clearance rack. I should have probably left it there too. The pencil, itself is a thick creamy paste, which is okay. I am not really a fan of the texture as much. However, it does a great deed filling in my sparse eyebrows. 

Hands down to Milani. I'm in love with this eyebrow pencil. This just became one of favorite eyebrow pencil so far. The texture is creamy and no need to sharpen. The pencil is automatic, just need to twist it and the pencil is sharpened. I have to mention that the cap is very delicate. Somehow my cap for the pencil had cracked and every time I would close the pencil lightly it seems like I forcefully shoved the cap on the pencil leaving indentions marks on the product. I happen to leave my pencil standing in a cup so this could potentially be the reason also. Unless I find another eyebrow pencil that is better then Milani, Milani would be my go too for now.

Any recommendations? 
(swatch Maybelline on left...Milani on right)

Monday, January 27, 2014

Korean Skincare: Laniege & IOPE

Time for another review on some products I have been using. Just a reminder, this is my own opinion and how the products work for me. Everyone has their own characteristics, that is what makes us all unique, this goes the same for are skin. So I hope you enjoy. I know I have not done a skincare routine but I am switching it up since my skin is not cooperating right now. My skin acting up all winter long. It has been very dry lately even though I only wash my face once everyday in the morning due to my flaky dry skin been along my jawline and neck area. I have been using these products and it has been helping my skin out quite a bit. The Bio Essence Intensive Conditioning Toner is quite amazing, not only does it tighten the skin but the appearance of pores size also reduce. It makes the skin soft and tightens the skin firmly. And you can really tell the difference in three days. That is what they advertise on the large IOPE poster at the Amore store. After toning my face I use the Laniege Emulsion which is the clear bottle above. I use two pumps and spread it through my finger tips and pat it on my entire face. It has a watery consistency. And at last is the Laniege milky watery lotion I apply, it absorbs right in the skin. I do the same process as the emulsion. These products have been keeping my skin very hydrated so far. The dry flaky skin is slowly recovering from the harsh bitter cold winter. It does great for hydration but as for acne. It does not really help at all so keep an acne spot treatment in hand. As you can see the bottles are almost empty. I already picked another skincare set at the Amore store. I will do another review about it after finishing this set up and trying it out for a couple of weeks.

Did anyone try these products? Let me know about your experiences... ;)

See you soon on my next post...xoxo chuieeglam

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Perfect Image: Lactic Acid 50% Gel Peel- Enhanced w/ Kojic Acid & Bearberry Extract Review

This is a very thorough thorough review about chemical peel so get prepared with your reading glasses...

Chemical peels were on my mind for a couple of months until I actually purchase the Perfect image to give it a try. 

The reason is because I have a lot of hyper-pigmentation from acne, acne scars, cystic acne, you name it all. 

When I happen to pick my face to remove either a blackhead or pimple, hyper-pigmentation starts to form were the skin was touched also known as Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation.

I wanted to see if this would help my skin improve since I read so many reviews about the improvement of the consumer's skin on hyper-pigmentation. 

I wanted to give it a try to see if I would be lucky enough, that this product would actually work for my skin problems.

I followed completely from the instruction that was provided in the box. 

Here are my Steps I followed for the chemical peel:
1. Washed face with Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel Foaming Facial Wash
2. Toned it with the Dickinson's Witch Hazel toner
3. Let face dry 
4. Start timer on phone
5. Applied the Lactic Acid on my face forehead than working down my face with my fingers in circular motion
6. Slight tingling but manageable for 45 seconds
7. Rinse with cool water, 5 times
8. Slightly pat my face semi-dry
9. I used a hydrating mask for 15 minutes to restore the moisture that was stripped away from the chemical peel
10. I than slightly massage the rest of the serum from the mask on my face, carefully to not rub your face dry
11. Add a super thick moisturizer, I used the Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturising & Brightening Cream Normal to Dry Skin

I used paraben-free and sulfate-free products to cleanse and tone to provide maximum results.

The directions say to leave it on for 30 seconds but I really didn't feel the tingling sensation until the 45 second mark, than it started to slightly feel like it is burning so I washed it off immediately. I need to go to work the after the weekend so my face has to look presentable..just saying..

I did not want to burn the sheezzz out of my face, since I am a newbie to chemical peels. I also had to be careful since I do not know how my skin will react to the chemical peel.

1st Peel
Magic that happened to my skin:
- Left it on for 45 seconds
- Blemishes did fade alittle, not completely 
- Cystic Acne size decreases dramatically
(Being so serious, from a pimple lump big as a mini m&m to flat)
- Did not peel as much at all since I moisturize the shit out of my face (I have to work people..LOL)
-Did not see lighting in hyper-pigmentation

Overall, it did help with my skin slightly with blemishes by lighting the darkness, not completely tho but I can't wait until I am done with my entire session. If it help improve this much with blemishes and cystic acne; imagine for a 6 weeks session, my face will be PIMPLE-less!!!! 

Also it improved with my cystic acne, I had a lot along my jawline and it help improve and flatten out the cystic acne. Session meaning doing chemical peel one time every week for about 6 weeks or 8 weeks. The one thing I did not see improvement is hyper-pigmentation so I am hoping this would work after a couple of session..

Alpha Hydrox Enhanced Lotion

Enhanced Lotion 10% Glycolic AHA Anti-Wrinkle Review...

Hello Lovelies, I happened to pick up this entire set at Marshall for a decent price to try out this brand and formula. It was quite new to me first so I decided to give it a chance. The cleanser and lotion was about $16 all together. I finished the cream cleanser already but the lotion I still have it filled to the top. I believed I already did a review on the cleanser. I tried using the lotion for a week along with the cleanser and had to stop. My skin turned super dry after applying it on for a week. My skin felt so rough almost like a crocodile skin. It also made my skin irritated and red. Let me tell you about my skin bio... It is combination to oily skin during the summer and hot seasons. It can be sensitive also. It is dry and flaky but still comb to oily skin during fall and winter months. This lotion was a definitely for my skin. I am using this for my legs and arms now but I have been alternating the use of this because it can be over-drying and irritating. I certainly will not be repurchasing this again.

What was your experience?

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Happy New Years!: Yankee Candles

Happy New Years!!!! Time went by so fast last year when looking back. But anyway, Yankee Candles is having their Semi-Annual Sale for candles right now and I went a little cra-craz... lol I love Yankee Candles! Most of the their scented candles I could eat since it smells so good. Some of the candles I choose were mostly on sale. The large candle tumblers were $10 dollars and the little guy comes in set of 2 for only $13 bucks. So the flavors or should I say fragrance that I have purchased are:

Balsam & Cedar: smells like pine trees, warm, festive for the holidays
Apple Pumpkin: smells like apples with pumpkins with some cinnamon, it reminds me of apple cinnamon
Peppermint Bark: smells like peppermint, smells like the candy peppermint bark..ohhh yumm
Christmas Cookies: smells like sugar cookies delight..yummy
Cranberry Chutney: smells like pure cranberries, makes the room smells really good...
Home Sweet Home: smells like sweet cinnamon
and another set of the little tumblers not shown in the picture
Cherries on snow: smells like sweet cherries
Sparkling snow: smells like the clean laundry linen

Recently I have been changing up the scents for each night before bed and it smells delicious, warm, and cozy when going to bed. It is also great for the bathrooms when someone just bombed the bathroom, it will smell so good after lighting a candle. 

Here is a tip, I learned...Before and after lighting a Yankle candle or any brand candles, make sure to snip the wick leaving 1/8 of an inch left. It will reduce the smuck and dry ashes part that will leave a scent of burnt ashes..yuck! I certainly don't like the smell of burnt ashes. ***The tip is to turn the candle upside down and snip it on an angle with a regular scissors over a garbage can..there is no need to buy the fancy yankee candle scissors thats is $10, save your money to buy another

Did anyone restock on Yankee Candles? What are your favorite scents..?