Sunday, January 15, 2012

Korres Guava Shower Gel

Photo source: sephora

As a longtime fan of Korres Fig Shower Gel, I couldn’t wait to try the other scent in the line. The guava scent was absolutely great. This formula did lather well but it was not as thick and long lasting as the Fig formulation. The scent lightly lingered after showering and my skin was hydrated. As much as I love a thick foaming body wash, I am completely in love with the sweet smell of guava.

Pop Beauty Glitter Must Have

Let me just say this: I LOVE GLITTER!! When I came across this set, I just had to get it. While it was a good concept, I was quite disappointed. For $15 you get an array of 12 colors, with mediocre quality like art craft glitter. The containers were very tiny. They were a bit smaller than my pinky. The glitter is loose which means you need something else to bind it [lotion, primer] to the skin otherwise it will get messy. But it can also be a good thing, because you can use the glitter for various uses, such as your hair, body, and/or face. Since there is no sifter and the applicator is very poorly designed, if the tube is not carefully handled, the whole contents of the tube can end up on the floor [talking from experience:(]. While the colors are nice, I think I'd rather skip this set next time and buy the loose glitter for beauty supplier like Ulta or Sally Beauty which has the same quality but a bigger size for less money.

Ole Henriksen Fresh Lips SPF 15

Photo Credit: Sephora

As a fan of Ole Henriksen and in the market for a lip gloss with SPF, I decided to give this a try. I was quite disappointed with this gloss. It had a medical [camphor and menthol] smell and tastes horrible [yes, I know you are not supposed to eat it]. The only good thing about this gloss was that it is not sticky. It did not last very long nor did the little hydration it provided.  The product claims to have a plumping effect but I have not noticed it. I think I will stick to my usual spf lip balm for the time being.

Zoe and Zac Sweet Papaya lip butter

Photo Credit: Zoe and Zac Naturals

While trying to outrun Mother Nature’s sudden downpour, I ran into the nearest store I could find. Luckily, Payless now carry a beauty line [Yay! Entertainment! ].  I decided to buy the Zoe and Zac sweet papaya lip butter, because it was on sale for $3 dollars and I didn’t want any more dirty looks from the cashiers. [Like they've never run into a store to get out of the rain] The lip butter was greasy and the little moisture it does provide vanishes in 15 minutes.   I can’t really complain because it is a $3 lip butter at Payless, it not like I expected top quality makeup. Next time, I will just buy some stockings or an accessory.

Fusion Beauty LipFusion Luxe Boudoir Collection – Princess

This shimmery purplish pink goes on thick but is not sticky. There is a slight tingling feeling after applying the lip gloss, I'd guess due to the plumping agents in the lip gloss. The gloss has nice smell and after the gloss and glitter dissolves it left my skin feeling soft. This lip gloss is formulated with tiny, dehydrated, marine collagen micro spheres, which leaves your looking simply delectable. While this lip gloss is amazing, it is quite pricey. I bought this gloss as a treat after a horrible day at work, if you can afford it and really need a treat, go ahead and splurge on it [but try not to buy it for more than $20 – although each $1 will be going towards FusionBeauty and Seven Bar’s Kiss Away Poverty campaign].

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.