Pür Minerals – Dirty Girl Detoxifying Mud Masque Review

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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.

Neutrogena Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Moisturizer

A few weeks ago, I ran out of my wonderful Yes to Tomatoes Moisturizer. I was super sad about this, but figured it’d be a good time to try a new face lotion.

Hah.

I had to go to Publix anyways, in order to get my grocery shopping done. I stopped in the cosmetics aisle and picked up Neutrogena Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Moisturizer.

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(See my pretty new nail wraps? Those are by Essie. Review going up tonight or tomorrow!)

It cost about $15.99. The packaging was really pretty, very pale, sage green. Talking up all the benefits. Claiming that it “Replenishes essential skin nutrients + continuous nourishment throughout the day.” The package stated that it won’t clog pores, and of course, Neutrogena is dermatologist recommended. Nice. It contains vitamins B, C, E and antioxidant omega bionutrients. It’s also stated to be 97% naturally derived. Well fuck me. My Yes to Tomatoes is only 96% naturally derived! THIS SHIT IS GONNA BE AWESOME. 

Well, I get home, put my groceries away, and wash my face to prep for the lotion. I’ve used Neutrogena face washes in the past with varying degrees of success, the blue foaming face wash always worked wonders, and it also removes makeup quite effectively, so it’s in my shower regularly. I’m currently using Burt’s Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream which I’m madly in love with. The scent alone is enough to make your pores dance. Anyways, washed my face. Patted it dry. Pulled out the Neutrogena Naturals.

I open the flip top lid and dispensed a small amount of the moisturizer onto my finger tips. I noticed right away that it was very cold and runny, so I gooped it back into the bottle, shook it up, and tried again. Same thing. Okay, so this stuff is more thin than what I’m used to, I can live with that. I started at my neck and worked my way up to the top of my forehead. It’s something I learned from a Mary Kay lady years ago at a Mary Kay party. She said “Ladies, we have enough working against our face to drag it down. When you apply anything to your face, bring it up.” It made sense in my 17 year old brain, and it makes sense now, eight years later.

Okay, the next thing I noticed was the scent. Um. This stuff is supposed to be natural. 97% natural, in fact. I think that they spent the other 3% on bottling the smell of public restrooms. This lotion is BAD. Like, at first you think it smells kind of nice. Not too strong, not too light…But then, you finally place it. A freshly cleaned truck stop restroom is still a truck stop restroom, and that’s what this smelled like. Oh my god. Gag me with a spoon. 

So I did what anyone who doesn’t like to spend a ton of money, but at the same time splurges nearly every other day on hair and makeup and nail stuff, and I sucked it up. I figured I’d give it two weeks, see if it worked wonders on my skin. I could always add an essential oil to it later to spruce up the gnarly stink that it gave off, plus, it’s not like anyone else could smell it. I wear BB cream and foundation which I’m sure could cover it up.

Well. It’s been two weeks, and do you know what?

FUCK THIS GARBAGE. 

I NEVER break out. I get one pimple here or there, and I can usually fix it overnight. That happens maybe every four to six months. MAYBE. Well, since using this shit, I’ve developed SIX spots on my face. One under my nose, one by my mouth, two near my hairline and one on each temple. How fucking disgusting and unacceptable is that? Even as a teenager, I never had that many at once. So now I have to stay indoors for the next three days and wear no makeup in order to clear my skin up, and I’ll tell you right now, this crap is going in the garbage.

I’ve had some lotions and moisturizers that don’t work well. Some leave me feeling greasy. Some allow sunburn, even though they claim they have SPF (which, by the way, this does NOT even have), I’ve had some that just plain work poorly, either leaving my skin unmoisturized or scaley. This, however, is the opposite of what I want.

Underneath my makeup, it seemed to create areas that allowed for my powder foundation to bunch up and become very noticeable. When I went without makeup, it didn’t help with my nose becoming oily. The smell is bad. The price is high. The packaging is pretty.

That’s it.

That’s the one good thing about this moisturizer that I can honestly claim: The packaging looks nice. 

My verdict?

Don’t waste your money and go buy Yes to Tomatoes like I should have done in the first place.

Do you have any experiences with Neutrogena Naturals? Is it just me? Do you think that restrooms smell good? I’d love to hear from you!