Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia Palette Review and Swatches

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Wantable Makeup Box – August 2014 – Review

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Pür Minerals – Dirty Girl Detoxifying Mud Masque Review

Hello beauties! We all know I’m a sucker for skincare, so today I’ll be doing a review on Pür Minerals Dirty Girl Detoxifying Mud Masque. Pür Minerals is a 100% cruelty-free brand that I’ve been interested in for a while, but … Continue reading

Arya Essentials Face Oil – Review

Hello beauties!

I was recently given some samples to try by Arya Essentials. I received two vials each of their body oil and face oil. If you follow me, you know that I’m a sucker for all things oil-based. Whether it’s a cleanser, as a moisturizer, used in my hair or on my body, I’m a fan! I was very excited for the chance to review their products. Today I will be reviewing their Face Oil.

Face Oil

Arya Essentials Face Oil

Arya Essentials Face Oil

Arya Essentials Face Oil retails on their website for $92.00. While this is a steep price tag, in the weeks I’ve had it, I feel like it’s definitely worth it! The face oil is a blend of the following:

Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil
Centella Asiatica (Brahmi) Oil
Rosa Rubiginosa (Rose Hip Seed) Oil
Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil
Phyllanthus Emblica (Amla) Extract
Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
Ocimum Sanctum (Tulsi) Oil
Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Oil
Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Oil
Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil

Argan Oil is the first ingredient on the list. I began using argan oil in December of last year, and I really enjoyed the benefits of it. I’ve since moved on to various other oils, but argan is definitely a staple. It is moisturizing, helps to fight acne and flaking skin, can be used in your hair and is even used on burns!

Next up is Jojoba Seed Oil. Jojoba oil is prized for its anti-inflammatory properties, as well as being used in wound healing and for fighting acne. We’re already off to a great start!

Sweet Almond Oil helps to moisturize deeply, improve your complexion for a healthy glow, relieves dry skin and can be used on chapped lips as well.

Brahmi Oil helps to reduce tension, and is used often in scalp massage to aid in sleep. Using this at night can help to soothe your mind and relax you.

A celebrity favorite, Rosehip Seed Oil is used by many people to moisturize and rejuvenate their complexion. It has been used for generations, is non-greasy, and boasts a number of benefits to the skin. It contains vitamin C and lycopene, which help to repair the skin’s surface and restore elasticity.

Tulsi Oil, also known as Holy Basil, has powerful purifying properties, leaving the skin with a beautiful glow. It is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, helping to prevent future breakouts and diminish current ones.

Derived from the fruits and seeds of an evergreen tree, Neem Oil has been used in Ayurveda for centuries. Neem oil is anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and it helps to relieve pain. It reduces signs of aging and rejuvenates skin cells. When you use it regularly, it can smooth wrinkles and lessen fine lines.

Sandalwood Oil is used in Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India, which the founder of the company grew up learning, to help soothe irritated skin. It fights inflammation and infection and can help to soothe burns.

Amla Extract helps improve blood flow and circulation, and has anti-inflammatory properties. Amla extract contains high levels of vitamin C, proteins and amino acids. It’s just packed with good stuff!

One of my favorite beauty ingredients, Vitamin E, is another part of this awesome cocktail. When you apply vitamin E to your skin, it neutralizes free radicals in the skin, helping to prevent signs of aging and reducing the risk of skin cancer. It helps improve hydration and can even speed cellular regeneration,  healing scars and acne.

Another great ingredient for relaxation is Ylang Ylang Oil. It relieves stress and anxiety and is very calming. It also has antiseptic properties, helping to heal wounds and irritated skin.

Geranium Oil  is well known for its ability to help with acne, eczema, dermatitis and other inflammations and rashes on the skin. It has powerful astringent properties to help tone your skin.

That’s quite a big list of great benefits! The scent of the oil is very earthy, and very fragrant. It does fade away after a while, but if you’re sensitive to strong scents, you may want to dilute this slightly or avoid it entirely. I normally stay away from face products with any fragrance, but as this is all natural and not perfumed, I feel like it gets a bit of a pass.

I used four drops of the face oil on my face and neck twice a day for two weeks now. I feel that my skin has brightened up quite a bit, and is looking firmer and healthier. I was having some issues with the weather getting so hot, I was beginning to break out. However, I feel this has made a big difference in the appearance of my skin. I’ve been out in the sun more, and I find that this is very moisturizing, and if I sweat, it doesn’t make my skin feel greasy. It is quick to absorb and keeps you hydrated without being an oil slick.

I would recommend this to anyone, whether you are older or younger, are acne prone or not. I have combination skin, and it was fluctuating wildly in the last few months to become more and more oily. Since beginning this oil, I feel much more balanced. I can finally manage my face again!

Verdict

Packaging: 10/10 – I can’t really go low on this since I received sample vials. However, they came in a small, white box with the logo of the company stamped on the lid. It had some wispy packing material and the vials were stored safely packed inside. Each vial was lightweight, clear glass with a dropper.

Appearance: 10/10 – A lovely, pale gold color that doesn’t look thick and viscous in the bottle. I can see the full sized bottles of this being placed out for display on a vanity. The sample sizes looked just like a miniature version of the full size. They have beautiful paper labels with the logo, size and other information printed on them. The glass droppers had white rubber tips and were easy to use, and looked quite lovely against the white label and gold lid.

Scent: 7/10 – Since the fragrance is all natural, I can’t dock too many points. But I do have a sensitivity to smells, and I feel like this lingers a bit. Probably about an hour or two after I put it on, I feel it beginning to fade. This can interfere with my other scents or moisturizers sometimes, and be overwhelming. However, it is a lovely, deep, earthy scent that I quite like.

Application: 7/10 – This is a lightweight, non-greasy formula that glides easily over your skin. I do find it to be a bit too heavy to use during the day when paired with a secondary moisturizer. I much prefer to use it at night to seal in my night cream, and during the day, I wear the oil alone. However, that makes me miss out on other benefits from my daily moisturizer, such as SPF. I also usually want to wait a little while before applying my makeup, because primer seems to glide off of this.

Performance: 9/10 – I have honestly only found one other oil that I enjoy quite as much as I’ve enjoyed this, and they both contain many of the same ingredients. This is light, smells lovely, has definitely improved the appearance of my skin and is great even in the summer. I can see it being used a lot during the winter months, to help relieve dry, chapped skin. It has a lot of healing benefits and I’ve noticed blemishes healing faster than they normally would, as well as irritation and sensitivity going down a lot!

Score: 8.6/10

A very high rated product, indeed! I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking to try something more natural with a lot of health benefits. I like this most at night, after using my night cream, or during the day without another moisturizer. I find it to be very luxurious. It has brightened my complexion and has kept me hydrated. The vials I received were small samples, but since it only takes a few drops, they’re still nearly full after two weeks of using them twice a day. Similar oils can cost the same or even higher, depending on the brand. I feel that Arya Essentials Face Oil has so many benefits, it’s definitely at least worth a shot.

Disclaimer: I received face and body oil samples from Arya Essentials free of charge in exchange for an honest review. This has not changed my opinions on the products received. For any other questions, please contact me at Brenna.Bombshell@Gmail.com.

Wantable Makeup Box July 2014 Review

Hello Lovelies!

I received my Wantable Makeup Subscription Box a little earlier than usual this month! Wantable is now using UPS Mail Innovations, which I have had good luck with in the past. My box was ordered on the 24th of June and arrived today, June 28th. I’m very impressed as the boxes last month took about a week to arrive. And getting the box early means I get to review earlier! Hooray!

A cute how-to guide for the perfect selfie!

A cute how-to guide for the perfect selfie!

The first thing I saw when I opened my box was this super cute how-to guide with tips on how to get the Picture Perfect Selfie! I thought this was a neat idea, but I miss my “Hello Gorgeous” style inserts. Also, the page was a bit too large for the box, so it’s wrinkled and torn in places.

My Loves List!

My Loves List!

I change up my loves list nearly every month, just to make sure I have a lot of variation in my boxes. This month, my loves included Fair Skin, Cool Tones, Eye Shadow, Bronzer, Lip Color and Tools. My likes were Complexion Products and Lash Product. My dislikes (where you’ll never receive anything from) was Warm Tones, Brows, Eyeliner, Highlighter, Blush and Nail Polish. Don’t get me wrong, I love just about everything on the list, but I’ve got to keep them on their toes!

Worth it!

Worth it!

Every Wantable box costs $40, or you can subscribe for $36 per month. This month’s box was worth a whopping $106.00! I received four items. Three were off my loves list, one was off my likes. And let me tell you right now, I loved my box this month. I’m not afraid to shout from the rooftops when something seems lackluster, but this was perfect for me. I’m absolutely in love with makeup brushes. I’m constantly purchasing new ones and trying them out. And this month, I received a makeup brush from Tarina Tarantino and one from Vincent Longo! I have some Vincent Longo products already from last month’s box, and I really have been impressed so far, so I’m really looking forward to trying out that brush. Tarina Tarantino though, I’ve never used. But I suppose that’s okay, because I got three products from her this month!

Tarina Tarantino #43 Pigment Brush

Tarina Tarantino #43 Pigment Brush

 My first item this month was a Tarina Tarantino Pigment Brush, #43. While I couldn’t find this individual brush on her website, it shows on my invoice as being a $25.00 retail value. It has very soft, synthetic bristles and a really cute pink design. The ferrule is a deeper shade of pink with a little bow accent in silver. It came in a small pink bag that closes in the back. I can always use a new all over shadow brush, and this one picks up colors quite well. It seemed to really hold onto the pigment that I dipped it into. This will be going into my everyday makeup brush roll!

Vincent Longo #37

Vincent Longo #37

The next item in my box, also a brush, is a Vincent Longo foundation brush, #37. This retails for $30.00 on the Vincent Longo website. It has long, soft, synthetic bristles and seems like it would evenly apply any liquid or cream face products. I haven’t tried it out yet, but I’ll definitely give it a shot! I normally use my Beauty Blender for foundation, but I’m always up for new things. I think the design of the brush is very sleek and well done. I love the Tifffany blue accents, and it seems sturdy and well-put together.

Tarina Tarantino Fleur De Lash!

Tarina Tarantino Fleur De Lash!

Tarina Tarantino Fleur De Lash Wand

Tarina Tarantino Fleur De Lash Wand

I’ve actually been in the market for a new mascara, so I was definitely happy to see the Tarina Tarantino Fleur De Lash Mascara in my box.  This mascara retails for $19.00 on the Tarina Tarantino website. While this was off of my likes list, I’m glad they included it! It’s a lovely, deep, true black. When it’s applied to your lashes, it can be very natural, but lengthening. You can build up the coats as well to make a more dramatic statement. The formula includes awesome ingredients like shea butter and jojoba oil, which are moisturizing and beneficial. And don’t even get me started on that amazing packaging! I love the gunmetal color, and it shimmers like a jewel. This will be going on my vanity to display!

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Shadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Shadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Palette

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Shadow Palette

This is probably my favorite item out of the entire box this month, the Tarina Tarantino Jewel Shadow Palette. It retails on the website for $32.00. A gorgeous little compact with five shimmery shades, this is perfect for putting in your purse! The colors are all very pigmented and oh-so-soft. I think this will be amazing on my brown eyes! I can’t wait to do some purple looks this summer. The packaging is to die for, with little skull accents and a shimmery purple lid. It does feel a little light, so I’m worried about dropping it because I don’t think it would last. With how smooth the shadows are and how funky the packaging is, this is one palette I’ll be very careful with, because I want to have it for a long time.

Swatch - Natural Light

Swatch – Natural Light

Overall, I’m exceptionally happy with this month’s Wantable box. I will use every product in it regularly, with the exception of the foundation brush, but I’m sure I’ll find a use for that as well. I find foundation brushes like this, that are synthetic and soft, are excellent for applying face masques with. The full value of the box, as I mentioned above, was $106.00 USD. That’s $70.00 more than what I spent, and I got to try out some new products I may not have grabbed for myself!

I hope this review helped you out! Let me know in the comments what your thoughts are, and what you’d like to see next.

Until next time, beauties!

XoxoxoX

Brenna Bombshell

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