Clean Queen

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Hi babes! I’m back again for another review. Today I will be reviewing Tarte’s vegan deodorant, “Clean Queen”. I’m a big fan of Tarte and when I found out they had a vegan deodorant, I just had to try it out.

Clean queen is aluminum free and alcohol free. Why is this good? Well Aluminum has been found to be linked to certain types of cancer cells. Cancer runs in my family, so every little bit helps. Did you know according to the American Cancer Society, that nearly half of all men and a little more than one-third of all women in the United States will have cancer during their lifetimes. So, anything that helps you reduce the risks gets a thumbs up from me.

It is also a natural deodorant that have a ton of natural odor neutralizers without irritation. It conditions the skin and leaving your skin feeling smooth. This important for me because most women tend to shave and the skin in that area tends to be more coarse than normal.

It’s a cream to powder formula that is not supposed to leave any white marks. While it is cream and dries as a powder, if you put on a shirt while it is drying, it will leave a mark. I have yet to find a deodorant that doesn’t leave a mark.

It provides long-lasting daily odor defense, even on the most sensitive skin, with natural plant starches to fight odor without disturbing normal perspiration. This is also not the case. I started out with just the one application daily and I would suffer from BO by the end of the day. This was embarrassing to say the least and this was on one of my off days when I didn’t work out. The days I did work out, OMG it was the worst. I was grateful for working out at home.

At this point I couldn’t believe that Tarte would release such a bad deodorant. I read some reviews and people liked it. I decided to do research on natural deodorants. Apparently there is a transition period when you switch from normal deodorant to natural ones. Since everyone has a different body chemistry this time period can vary.

Aluminum to clog the sweat glands and block sweat from escaping. The experience can be different for everyone. You can let out under arm moisture like crazy, luckily this didn’t happen to me. This happens because once your glands are unclogged, they may release fluids previously blocked by aluminum in antiperspirants, causing an increase in moisture.

What I did experience was an increase in odor. This can happen to some, again it all depends on your body chemistry. Apparently when the the flushing of the system and increased apocrine sweat gland activity results in increased moisture and sweat which interacts with odor-causing bacteria.

There is also increased sensitivity. This also did not happen to me. With a hypothetical increase in bacteria and backup being released via the lymphatic system, it may be that some individuals experience increased sensitivity or tenderness as the body filters out undesired materials.

After learning everything about switching over, I was beginning to feel frustrated. I didn’t know what to do. The only resolution I came up with was to reapply it whenever I would start to feel excess moisture building up, in order to avoid the stink. At this point I was applying it 2 to 3 times a day on a normal day. On days that I worked out I applied right before and after my workout (if you go to the gym and don’t shower there).

The price point of this deodorant is $14 and is not availability in stores can vary. To be honest it was not worth it. I might give it another go to see if it was just the transition thing. Right now though I’m trying Native deodorant. I read really good reviews on it and Allure magazine named it as a natural deodorant that actually works. Till another time babes! xoxo

 

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Bring On The Bright

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Hi babes! I’m going to be reviewing the “White Marble Dual Phase Vitamin C Peel” by Erno Laszlo. I was able to try this product for free thanks to Influenster and Erno Laszlo.

It’s a clarifying two-step peel. It gently polishes skin and lightens dark spots and discoloration. Your complexion instantly feels polished and new. Furthermore, you skin will look more radiant, brighter, and smoother. There are protective antioxidants and collagen booster; with these two combines it helps refine and renew your skin.

From the first time of use it has made my skin softer and smooth. I have slightly textured skin on my left side from acne I had during my pregnancy as well as some dark spots. They have lighten as well. I have been only using this product for a month and the results are amazing. I feel like if I keep using this product it will not only slow down the aging process but also make my dark spots nearly vanish. I will be posting and update once I have thoroughly used this product.

I did some research on why this peel worked so well. Some of the ingredients in it are pretty amazing for the skin. Before I get to that I always recommend that getting enough rest and water are essential to having great looking skin. Besides using SPF in your daily skin care routine, make sure not to get too much sun. I know that sounds ridiculous and hard to do but its all about how important you skin is to you. Your skin is the largest organ of the human body and the first line of defense; you should take care of it.

This fabulous peel contains vitamin C. Why is this important for you skin? Well that is because not only does it help with dark spots, dullness but it brightens the skin and contains a powerful antioxidants that help boost collagen levels that help combat the aging process.

Collagen is a structural support protein that is essential for firm, youthful skin. Overall, the amount of collagen in the skin tends to decline with age, an ongoing process that is accelerated by a number of factors like sunlight, smoking, free radicals, and inflammation. As the synthesis of new collagen slows down, topical vitamin C is one of the most effective ways to boost collagen synthesis and slow its degradation.

In Tibet during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD), women who wanted to fight the outward signs of premature aging would rub sea buckthorn on their face and hands. The golden-orange berries of the sea buckhorn plant yield a deep-colored oil that is a major source of vitamin C.

It also contains carrot seed oil. This is important because it helps with by balancing dry skin, while helping with age spots and sun damage. Scientists think this has something to do with the “carotol,” a primary component found in carrot seed oil. Rumor has it that this can also help with sensitive skin as well. It can help moisturize dry skin and oily skin without clogging your pores. In other words this is great for all skin types.

Another key ingredient is lactic acid. This helps to exfoliate the skin without irritating it. This ingredient is controversial because some say it can lead to increased sun damage. While others say it can help reduce the appearance of aging, and they can be an especially good remedy against fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of premature aging from sun damage. Lactic acid is an alpa-hydroxy acid.

Not all skin texture problems can be solved with an AHA product. If your skin develops thick patches or there are areas of swelling and lactic acid doesn’t seem to be working, it’s time to see a doctor. Some skin conditions are caused by rosacea, skin cancer and other underlying illnesses such as diabetes, a vitamin deficiency or a thyroid problem.

AHA peels are used with good outcomes for people with pigmentation conditions such as melasma, lentigo or freckles, and may help reduce or improve the appearance of acne scars. The reason there is concern over lactic acid and increased sun damage is that using lactic acid creams, lotions and peels also increases your skin’s sensitivity to the sun, so it’s important to be vigilant about sun protection, from regular applications of sunscreen to remembering to wear a hat, every day.

Like how I mentioned earlier this is a dual step process. Step 1: After you have washed and toned your face (Yes! tone before you use this product.), smooth peel over your face. Massage gently in circular motions for 3 minutes. Step 2: Mix the activator in your hands and massage onto your face over the peel. After one minute, rinse well with warm water and pat dry. At this point you can following with your face cream. You can do this once a week. I wouldn’t do it more just in case you might irritate your skin.

Another good things about this peel is that it does not contain any parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, sulfates and mineral oils. The peel costs $100 but it is worth it. You know I don’t really like over prices things that just do what other products do. However, this is something that everyone should be doing and it is a lot cheaper than getting a facial done at a salon. Well there you have it babes. Till next time. xoxo

 

Benefit’s Kabrow Vs. ABH Dipbrow

 

Hi babes!! I’m going to be doing a side by side comparison on Benefit’s Kabrow and Anastasia Beverly Hill’s dipbrow pomade. I’m a big fan of both products and I have both and I decided to blog about it just in case some of you were having a hard time picking one or the other.

Kabrow is a cream gel. It is buildable for however natural or dramatic you may want your brows to be. This depends on the look I’m going for with me. There is an angled brush that comes with it. Apparently it is supposed to convert to a full size brush but I haven’t been able to figure it out. I’ve been using it the way it comes. The application is still precise for me. It backs up the claims about lasting for 24 hours and being waterproof.

ABH’s dipbrow pomade there is a lot of hype for this brow product. It’s a buildaable matte pomade that is supposed to stay put. I have combination skin; the area around my eyebrows tends to be oily. I need a smudge proof brow product. Unfortunately, ABH failed the test when it came to this. Another down side is that if you don’t already have an angled brush, you need to get one. What is great about this product is that it’s available in more shades than the Kabrow. However, I really like this product for everyday use. If you’re trying to go for a natural look, then I definitely recommend this.

Well I leave it up to you babes. If you are an ultimate glam queen that needs smudge proof brows than go for Kabrow. If you like the more tone down beauty looks than I recommend the ABH dipbrow pomade. Till next lovelies!! xoxo

Sephora Birthday Gift 2017

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Hi babes!! I’m reviewing my Sephora birthday gift. This year you had the choice between a Tarte sample set; that brought a small blush and a lip paint mini. I already had those so I went with the Claudalie set. It came with the Vinoperfect radiance serum and the Vinosource moisturizing sorbet cream.

The serum is an anti-dark spot serum. Not only does it help lighten dark spots but it also helps with preventing them. It also helps boost radiance and even out skin tone. It’s an oil free product that is ideal for all skin types. In order to see results you should at least try this product for a minimum of 3 months.

It has definitely helped with my dark spots and has made my skin more radiant. I have that inner glow like when I was pregnant with my little ones. The bottle design was great for easy application. You put it on after you tone and before you moisturize; day and night. Like any product use as directed to get the desired results. If you’re looking to perfect your complexion then I recommend this hands down.

The cream melts right into your skin without leaving a residue. Its lightweight and leaves your skin feeling refreshed and hydrated. Thanks to its “quick break” lipophilic technology, this cream to gel moisturizer will go onto the skin as a cream & finish as a gel on contact, creating a patch of moisture to help soothe, hydrate and strengthen the skin.

My skin said “thank you”, because it felt to hydrated ever time I used it. My skin felt supple. It is indeed a lightweight cream, so, I felt very comfortable day or night. My skin was the perfect canvas during the day. I didn’t have to use a primer prior to my makeup application. You only need to use a pea size amount and you’re good to go. If you are looking to use less product on your face when you put on makeup then I recommend this product, other wise I’ll say you can do with out.

I always end up loving my birthday gift from Sephora. I recommend becoming a rewards members. You end up getting goodies just like this one. The serum is a must try; and the cream is something that I leave up to you. Treat yourselves from time to time and till next time lovelies!! xoxo

I want Kandee

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Hi babes! I’ll be reviewing the “I want Kandee” eye liner from Toofaced . This is a long wearing eyeliner, with an angled felt tip. The applicator is a flexi tip that allows a precise application with mess. This was curated by Kandee Johnson. It smells like licorice and is highly pigmented. It is waterproof and dries quickly and lasts all day.

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I honestly didn’t expect much from this collection. With that being said this liner thoroughly impressed me. It backs up all the claims. It last all day and even through some tears. I was having a very frustrating mom moment and it stayed. Eyeliner for me is one of those things that I don’t want to spend too much time on. The combination between the pigment and applicator gets the job done quick. The liner is extremely versatile as well. If you want to smoke out the liner it is possible by smudging it before it dries with black eye shadow.

I created a few different looks with them:

 

I definitely recommend this product. The price point of $18 isn’t too bad. The only downside is that it is currently out of stock. Don’t fret though lovelies they are planning on restocking this fabulous liner, so don’t forget to grab yours. Till another time babes! xoxo

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Rodan + Fields

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Hi babes! I’m here to review the eye cloths from Rodan + Fields. These eye cloths are a makeup remover. While you can you any makeup remover for the eyes, I personally like to use make removers that are specially formulated for the eye area. The skin around the eyes is very delicate and its important to take care of it.

Let me tell you a little bit about this product. The eye cloths are supposed to gently remove makeup around the eyes while revealing younger and firmer looking skin. This is a two and one product that is supposed to remove that stubborn eye makeup while combating signs of aging. Each cloth contains peptides that help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s also supposed to help with tired eyes and reduce puffiness.

This product for me was a definite no for me. First I where contacts and that does not have an effect on my contacts. However, that is the only positive thing I can say about it. It does not gently remove eye makeup. I have to rub my eyes very hard in order to get that stubborn eye liner off. This didn’t make me feel comfortable at all. The wipes are textured and gritty. I felt like I was exfoliating my eye area rather than soothing it.

You get 30 cloths in the pack and it cost $32. That’s a little over a dollar for each wipe which is not worth it. Maybe it would have been if it backed up its claims. I was sadly disappointed with this product. So far the best eye makeup remover that I always go back to is “Just release me” from philosophy.com and it’s currently on sale for $13.30 original price at $19. It last me for six months and worth every penny. It oil based and safe for contact users.  So, save your money and skip Rodan+Fields eye cloths. Till next time lovelies! xoxo

 

Be YOU tiful

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Hi babes!! Here’s another review. I went to Sephora the other day and picked up some goodies. I’ll be reviewing those later. The first thing I tried from my latest beauty haul was this fiber mask by Andalou.

Let’s start on some brief info on the product. It claims to have fruit stem cell complex and resveratrol Q10 which is supposed to instantly hydrate and replenish your skin. It also claims to sooth and plump for a more lifted and firmer appearance. You fine lines are supposed to disappear and you complexion appears to be rejuvenated.

The mask is made of silky soft, non woven, pure cellulose fiber. Its Eco friendly and certified that it is bio-preferred. It also verified to be non GMO and biodegradable. Its 97% derived by nature and gluten-free, vegan, and cruelty free.

My thoughts: It definitely hydrates the face. However, I am not sure if it hydrates the face because of the fruit stem cell and the Q10 or because the mask itself is super saturated in the serum it’s sitting in. I was grateful that I decided to apply the mask over my sink. There was quite a bit of spillage. At first you think is all this necessary but then when you feel you skin afterwards it was worth it.

As far as feeling firmer and lifted for my skin; sort of. My skin felt smooth and firmer but it’s not like I looked like I did some injections or anything. One thing that I really didn’t like was the design of the mask itself. The eyes and mouth holes were very small and I had to stretch them out a little to actually fit it on my face.

It’s easy to use and affordable. This is not a for or against this product. To put it simply this may affect various skin types differently. I would say for $5 give it a shot and see for yourself. Till another time lovelies!! xoxo