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.

Up Close and Personal Skin Care Routine!

Hello Beauties! Today is going to be an up close and personal tutorial on how I do my skincare! The spotlight product tonight is GlamGlow SuperMud! This is my Holy Grail face mask. It visibly sucks the impurities out of … Continue reading

Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cleansing Oil Review

Hello lovelies!

Sorry for not posting in the last week and a half. Things have been hectic with work, and I’m still not feeling 100%. However, I need to make a new post, gosh darn it, so here goes!

This week I’m reviewing Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil. Last month I purchased the Boscia Bright Stars kit, which comes with:

– 5 oz Purifying Cleansing Gel 
– 1.7 oz Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil 
– 0.5 oz Self-Defense Vital Antioxidant Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 
– 0.5 oz Super-Charge Overnight Moisture 
– 0.2 oz Enlivening Amino-AG Eye treatment 
– 0.27 oz Tsubaki Oil 
– 100 Sheets Green Tea Blotting Linens 

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And all of that is only $54 on Sephora’s website! While I’d love to do a review of the entire kit, there’s just too much good stuff in there to fit in one post. Instead, I’m going to be doing them one at a time, starting with the Makeup-Breakup

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The bottle that it comes in is fairly large, with a good sized pump. 1.7 ounces of oil goes a really long way! It’s a lovely mint green shade with little flower decals on the label. However, if you want to buy the oil alone, it costs $28 on Sephora’s website, for a 5 ounce bottle. That’s a ton of product, by the way, and seriously worth it!  You can use this on wet or dry skin, but I find it works best when my skin is dry. I only use it at night, when I’m wearing makeup that needs to come off. I tried using it in the morning, but it just didn’t feel like there was a point to it. 

So I push my hair back off of my face with an elastic headband to start, then use one pump on my neck, cheeks and forehead. Then, because I wear waterproof eyeliner and mascara, and usually have an eye shadow primer on, I use another full pump on my eyes. I rub it in for about 30 seconds, all over my face. I wouldn’t recommend opening your eyes during this time, because while it doesn’t sting when it gets into your eyes (hooray!), it does cause a kind of film to go over them, and it’s just annoying. 

While I’m rubbing in the oil, I have my water on, getting hot. I’ll then take my washcloth and get it very wet, and without wringing it out, I’ll gently rub my face in a circular motion, focusing on the areas where my makeup is heaviest: Cheeks, lips, eyes, eyebrows. Then I rinse out my washcloth and wring it out, then gently wipe down the rest of my face. I don’t use any other cleansers after this, but I do follow up with my normal skincare routine. Oil, serum, moisturizer, eye cream, sleeping mask and so on.

I like to allow my skin to air dry, since I don’t want to aggravate it any more than I have to. I have very sensitive, very fair skin that is prone to redness at the slightest provocation. This cleansing oil does an amazing job of removing even the thickest, most stubborn eye makeup, and gently washes off my lipstick without drying or chapping. It leaves me feeling very moisturized without being greasy. I’ve noticed an improvement in my skin tone in the month since I’ve been using it. Oiliness in my T-Zone has been reduced greatly, redness on and around my nose is lessened and I no longer have dry spots on my cheeks! I’m never left looking red or irritated after using the product either, which is a first with any kind of face wash.

I haven’t noticed much of a fragrance with this product, it’s very, very light and unnoticeable after it’s been washed off. Unless you open your eyes, it won’t leave that greasy film that a lot of oil-based cleansing products seem to have. It doesn’t sting, even if it gets onto an open cut or chapped spot on your lip, or in your eyes. It breaks down my makeup without smearing it all over my face. It’s gentle enough for every day use, though I wouldn’t suggest using it more than once a day, especially if you are acne-prone. I have mostly clear skin, with the occasional blemish, but I’ve noticed this seems to help reduce even the little ones here and there that pop up during the day. Blackheads on my nose have become far less noticeable. In fact, I can’t find anything about this product that I don’t like! And that’s a first!

Verdict

Packaging: 10/10 – The bottle is a light, mint green color, that clearly has instructions on the back, and is very minimalist. The pump is long and distributes an appropriate amount of product. I haven’t gotten anywhere close to the bottom yet, but I haven’t had any issues with air bubbles or having to pump several times to get out the right amount.

Look of Product: 10/10 –  The oil is clear, and goes on looking shiny, but not thick and overbearing.

Smell of Product: 10/10Nearly fragrance free, and doesn’t linger after washing off.

Texture of Product: 10/10Smooth and not greasy, even though it’s an oil, it glides on easily without making you feel like an oil slick. It also rinses off without leaving any kind of residue or film. It’s not so thin that you have to worry about half of it slopping out of your hands, but not so thick that it feels like you’re trying to remove makeup with slime.

Using Product: 10/10This is very easy to use, doesn’t make me feel smothered and does an excellent job of removing makeup with a minimum of work. It doesn’t leave makeup lines across my face as I’m washing it off, it seems to break it down into nothing!

After Using Product: 10/10 – My skin feels fresh, moisturized and clean. There’s no residue or film, no leftover makeup, even from the most stubborn mascara and waterproof eyeliner. 

Overall Result: 10/10

Overall, this has to be my favorite makeup remover/cleanser of all time. I have had no problems using it, my skin looks great and it does an incredible job of getting down deep into your pores! I will definitely repurchase once my bottle runs out. I prefer this over any other standalone makeup remover wipes, oils, alcohols or pads. There’s no irritation, no dryness, I feel like my skin is moisturized and really, really clean. No more under eye mascara rings in the morning because the remover didn’t quite wash it all away!

Have you used Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cleansing Oil? What were your thoughts? What would you like to see next? And as always, thanks for reading!

Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser Review

Hey everyone!

I visited my mom in November, as a Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday hybrid, because I knew I’d be busy with work and that there’d be nasty traffic. Anyways, she gave me a bottle of Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser to try, since I’m always on the prowl for new and exciting products. Read on to see how the Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser stood up to the challenge! 

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First off, let’s look at the packaging. It comes in a small, squeezable plastic tube. There is a flip top on it for easy access to product whether you’re in the shower or at your sink. Something I really like about the plastic it’s made with is that it’s got a weird texture. It’s the same texture as a lot of older lotion bottles. It’s a little bit rough, but not much at all, just so you can have a good grip on it. It says the Clinique name and what the product is. It’s very clean and simple, which I like a lot. 

You’re supposed to use this as a step in a “Clinique skin care system”, but I’ve been trying a lot of products lately, and I really don’t want to commit to a whole new system of doing things when I really still love my Yes to Tomatoes moisturizer so much. I figure it probably boosts the effects of each product when you use them in combination, but probably not so noticeably that it’ll make my skin fall off if I don’t use the other steps. 

Before

Before using Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser – You can see the redness on and around my nose, as well as how lifeless my skin is.

Next up is usage. When I squeezed out the product the first time, I used way more than I needed. This stuff really foams up great! It has a mousse consistency and is a shimmery pale pink color. It smells just like any soap, very light and forgettable. Immediately after rinsing it off of my face, my skin feels tight and clean. I can’t smell the fragrance at all once it has been rinsed off. This works to remove basic makeup, but I still need to use my normal makeup remover cloths for my waterproof mascara. 

During

While using Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser, I wanted to take a photograph to show you how it foams up, but as I state in my ratings below, it starts to dry very fast, so it’s faded a bit in this shot.

And finally are the after effects of the product. 

After

After using Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser, my skin is much brighter. The redness around my nose has faded. My skin looks refreshed and soft.

I have very fair, combination skin. I get redness and oily skin on and around my nose. I don’t have breakouts, really, my skin is very smooth. Occasionally I’ll get a stray pimple if I’m not being diligent about my makeup removal. (Shame on me!) I have relatively small pores, but I do get blackheads on the middle of my nose. My skin tone is uneven from top to bottom, but is still clear and bright. Using this product helps to keep my nose from getting oily as the day wears on. If I’m not using any makeup at all, then I tend to get a shine around 2pm if I wash my face with this around 8am. If I’ve applied a full face, including foundation, BB cream, setting powder and my contouring/highlighting, and I’ve washed my face in the morning, then I won’t develop any shine and my skin will stay even throughout the day. However, I’m always sure to baby it that night with a detoxifying mask to get rid of all the gunk in my skin. 

Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser is an excellent face wash, and at around 20 bucks for a 5oz bottle, it’s not a bad deal. I’ve been using a travel-sized bottle for a month now, up to twice a day, but nearly always once per day (with the exception noted in the paragraph below the rankings). I’ve noticed an overall improvement in how red my nose area gets as the day wears on. My skin always feels tight and it helps my makeup to apply evenly. 

Verdict

Packaging: 8/10 – I like it, but a tube is still a tube. If I want to get all of the product out, I’ll have to cut it open and transfer it into another container.

Look of Product: 10/10 – I actually love the way this product looks. The shimmer is lovely and I’m a big fan of pink.

Smell of Product: 5/10 – I’m completely neutral on the smell. It’s fine how it is, but if they want to improve it, I wouldn’t mind.

Texture of Product: 9/10 – Very foamy and thick, rinses off without leaving a scummy feeling afterwards. 

Using Product: 9/10 – Foams up nicely without seeming to go overboard. Dries very fast, though. If you don’t rinse it off immediately after applying, it will start to soak into your skin. 

After Using Product: 8/10 – Skin feels tight and clean. Looks brighter and less red. Reduces oiliness. Sometimes makes my cheeks feel a bit too dry, and I have to really pack on the moisturizer.

Overall Result:

8.1/10

I would recommend this product to anyone with oily or combination skin. If you have normal or dry skin, I would suggest finding something more hydrating. Occasionally I feel like my skin has is a bit too dry, and I use a more gentle gel cleanser for a day or two. However, I always go back to this. I wouldn’t use it more than twice a day, as it would likely begin drying out your skin. 

Have you tried Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser or other Clinique cleanser products? What do you think? What did you think of my post? What would you like to see next?

Thanks again!

 

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask Review

Hello Lovelies!

I recently got a gift card to Sephora from my amazingly awesome mom as an early Christmas present. Yay! Makeup! Free samples! New stuff to freaking blog about since it’s been ages! I actually have a couple of posts that I need to put up soon, including the tutorial for how to fix a broken nail with a tea bag, a sunset ombre mani and Jamberry nails! So be ready, I’ll be posting a lot more in the near future.

I’m going to be reviewing all of the items that I received from Sephora. I purchased the following and received them all on Tuesday. Today is the first day I’ve had to relax, which is why I haven’t posted about them sooner. 

– 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Pencil from Urban Decay in Blackheart/Darkside

(This matches the Naked 3 palette if you have it!)

– Eyeshadow Primer Potion from Urban Decay in Original

– Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation Illuminator IL01 (Sheer Beige)

(I’m really excited to try this one as I LOVE contouring and highlighting!)

– WEI Golden Root Purifying Mud mask 

– Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion Age Reform

– Murad Pore & Line Minimizing Hydrator

– Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

 

So I got a relatively good haul. Some of those were samples, but it doesn’t matter as Sephora is always generous with how much they give you. I love the free gifts you get at Sephora because it’s a chance to try something you may not have splurged on otherwise.

Today I’ll be reviewing the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask.

This was one of my samples, and it came in a bright, matte green packet. There’s no weight listed on it, but it’s small, guys. It says the name, “TATA HARPER” underneath their logo, followed by “A fresh start in Skin Care”. It states it is a 100% natural Resurfacing Mask for instant glow. Well, I like glow-y. Reading through the list of ingredients on the back, I see water, aloe juice, willow bark extract (which naturally contains salicylic acid), pomegranate extract (lots of antioxidants) and many others. The instructions read “For immediate glow, apply a thick layer of the Resurfacing Mask on a clean face. Leave the mask on for 20-30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.” I didn’t think it was going to be applied in a thick layer, but even though the package is small, it glides on smoothly and allows for a generous application, without using much at all. It feels a lot like aloe, if you ever got a sunburn and had to sooth the stinging. 

Okay, so I applied a decently thick layer across my face, after washing with my new favorite, Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser. It’s a sample that my mom gave me, and you only need a drop, and it keeps my face from getting oily all day. Ugh, amazing. I’ll put up a post about it eventually. I like trying face stuff for about a month before reviewing. Anyways.

The product has a gel consistency, is translucent pink and smells a bit like Ponds Cold Cream. After about five minutes, I could feel it drying on my skin, and it began to tighten. It was never uncomfortable through the 30 minutes I left it on, and I liked that it was clear because I could watch it work. I rinsed with warm water, and then let my face air dry before checking it out. 

My skin feels amazing to the touch. I can feel how tightened my skin has gotten. The few blackheads I had are still poking about, but looking smaller. I’ll check back in about an hour and see if they’ve shrunk more. My face is very bright. I don’t have much of my usual pinkness around my nose area, and my skin looks much more vibrant than it normally does. The Ponds Cold Cream smell does not linger at all after using. I can’t smell anything at all, and I’m usually quite sensitive to smells on my face. 

I’m sorry, I didn’t post a before and after picture because I have really shit allergies right now and I look like crap and I’m not going to share that with the Internet. But here’s a photograph of the product, selling on the Tata Harper website for $55 for 1oz. 

 

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Overall, I’m quite happy with the results. It’s a nice treat, and I feel it would probably be beneficial once a week or so. 

 

There will be lots more reviews coming soon, my Bloggers and Bloggettes and Bloggees.

Have you tried Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask?

What do you think?