Sunday, January 15, 2012

LaRocca Champagne and Shimmer Acai Sugar Polish

Photo Source: LaRocca Skincare

This luxe champagne body polish has promise but doesn’t quite live up to it. The sweet smelling polish is packed with acai, raw sugar, shea butter, champagne grapes and 24k colloidal gold. The scrub has poor lather and it took a bit of work to work the scrub into my skin. The scrub did make my skin smooth and hydrated but only after thoroughly having to work it in. I also noticed that I felt a slight tingle while applying the scrub and a bit of tingle after washing the scrub away. It feels like my body was covered in peppermint oil which was very uncomfortable to deal with during a freezing night in December. Skip this overpriced scrub and stick with a tried and true favorite.

Beauty Tip: Epsom Salt

While combing through last month’s beauty magazines, I came across an interesting article. They list 3 uses for Epsom salt. Apart from the regular old uses, such as laxative or for a nice soak, they listed using Epsom salt as a body scrub. As a fan of body scrubs, I couldn’t wait to try it. The recipe to making the body scrub was actually quite easy. Using a bit of your favorite body wash [I used St. Ives] and mix Epsom salt to create the body scrub, using as much or as little of each ingredient as you desire.  Unable to contain my excitement, I hastily mixed the concoction in the bathtub while showering, creating a liquid mess. Try mixing the ingredients beforehand, so you can make the mixture more liquify [more body wash] or a rougher texture [more Epsom salt]. I prefer a more rough texture so I can get a good scrub down.  My homemade body scrub left my skin smooth, but I wasn’t quite satisfied with the results. Perhaps, I am too spoiled with having smooth, soft and hydrated skin after using a body scrub. While I would not use it as a replacement to my current body scrub, I would supplement it with my current body scrub.

Smith's Rosebud Salve Minted Rose Lip Balm

Photo Credit: Rosebud Salve

This lip balm has nice minty smell and in my opinion, freshens my breath. I have read somewhere that lip balm with mint [peppermint as well] properties can cause the cells to swell which cause the lips to look more plump. While, I did feel a bit of tingle, I have not noticed any lip plumping effect. The minty lip balm is a bit greasy if you apply lip balm too thickly. Although, a thin layer dries out fairly quickly, so you have to constantly reapply throughout the day. All in all, I prefer the original formula.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

OluvFresh Olive Leaf Body Scrub

As the old adage goes, “Anything that looks bad or tastes bad is usually good for you”. This is the case with this body scrub. It looks like the byproduct of a vegetarian lunch. As disgusting as that sounds, it looks just as bad. Aside from the physical appearance, this scrub really got the job done. It left my skin feeling soft and well moisturized thanks to the essential oils and sugar based texture. The scrub leaves a bit of mess because of the crushed olive leaves, so be prepared for a bit of cleaning up. This scrub reminds me of Fresh Brown Sugar, so if you are a fan of Fresh, be sure to check this out.

Stila IT Gloss - Smashing

While browsing my local beauty supply store, I came across the Stila It Gloss in Smashing for $10. The sheer pink color with iridescent glitter sold me immediately. This long lasting gloss was not too sticky nor dried out my lips. It had enough shine and glitter without making me look like I am wearing a lip gloss from a makeup set made for little girls. Surprisingly, after 3 cups of water, the gloss itself faded away but it left behind traces of glitter and my lips soft.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Pangea Organics Lip Balm Italian Red Mandarin with Rose

This chubby lip balm is packed with Organic oils, vitamins, and essential fatty acids. The lip balm does hydrate my lip and keep it soft. It has a soft flowery smell as well. The only drawback is that the product doesn’t last, I am constantly reapplying every 45 minutes.  

Prada Exfoliating Mask

Prada Exfoliating clay mask is creamy and packed with salicylic acid, honey and rice bran. The mask has a rough texture because of the rice bran. It might cause some irritation to people who have sensitive skin.  I had to rub the mask really gently to avoid redness from occurring.  These individual use packets are super hydrating and leave my skin feeling soft.  While the mask is promising, try Clark's Botanicals Intense Radiance Mask  for a more bang for the buck.

White Rain Ocean Mist Body Wash

Photo Credit: Walgreens

While traveling to Vegas, the airport security confiscated anything more than pinkie size, I needed a cheap alternative. Walking into a Walgreens, I came across this body wash for $1, which I must say is one of the best bargain drugstore find under $5. The body wash has a light fragrance, which leaves barely there after scent. It lathers very well and leaves the skin feeling soft and well moisturized. This body wash perform on par with products 5 times as expensive.

Amika Obliphica Hair Treatment

I have used several hair treatments; many of them leave my hair greasy and tangled.  Thankfully, Amika Hair treatment is not one of them. The lightweight oil leaves my tresses softer, smoother and sleeker all after one application. To use, simply evenly distribute a couple drops of the oil through wet hair or dry hair. Apply before blow-drying to add a bit of sheen and no one can tell the difference between a professional blowout or one that you woke up 2 hours earlier to do.

Burt’s Bees Naturally Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion

Photo Credit: Burt's Bees

Burt’s Bees Naturally Nourishing Milk & Honey Body lotion provides ample hydration to even the driest areas. The creamy formula smells interesting…as in it is not sweet [like milk and honey] nor has a disgusting chemical smell. The smell dissipates shortly after the lotion is applied to the skin. The long lasting lotion goes on smoothly and is absorbed quickly into the skin. The non greasy lotion is packed with Milk, Honey and Vitamin E, along with Coconut and Grape Seed Oils.

Dr. Loretta Youth Fill Deep Wrinkle Filler

Photo Credit: Dr. Loretta
As each day goes by, our skin becomes a bit older. In our never ending journey looking the elixir of youth, we tend to settle for the next best thing. While it may vary by each person from Botox to surgery, we all try to undo a lifetime of damage overnight. Dr. Loretta Youth Fill Deep Wrinkle Filler claims to turn back the hands of time and help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.  The company claims its gel formula resembles the effects of injectable hyaluronic acid by smoothing out wrinkles along with lessening the appearance of other skin imperfections using the skin’s own water content. The gel formula feels a bit greasy but once it is applied to the skin it becomes sticky and the skin feels tight. The tight feeling eventually wears off after 30 minutes.  The gel can be left on the skin and rinsed off after 30 minutes or left on overnight and removed in the morning. I personally like using it overnight, since it I believe it would give the product more time to permeate with the skin. After rinsing off the product, I noticed my skin looks more smooth and radiant. Although, I do not think it actually managed to fill in my less than apparent crow’s feet and laugh lines. While it might not be Botox in a bottle, it does seem to improve the overall quality of my skin. Hey, if I can’t get rid of the wrinkles, I might as well have flawless looking skin!