Aug 24 2014

A Budget Spa Experience: Dead Sea Essentials by AHAVA

 

Dead Sea Essentials by AHAVA

 

Happy Sunday! Ah, Sundays…for many of us, this is the day of the week when we take a bit of time to relax.  For beauty enthusiasts, this is also when we usually will treat ourselves to bit of a pamper session (time permitting). In that spirit, I thought I’d take this opportunity to discuss some delightful spa worthy products I recently picked up state-side at Target. Yes, Target.  Dead Sea Essentials by AHAVA seems to be a more affordable off shoot of the global brand and I must say that the two products I picked up have the look and feel of being more expensive than they actually are. It doesn’t hurt that they work well either!

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Aug 22 2014

Three Month Anniversary: My Experience & Blogging Tips

 

“Celebrating” My 3 Month Blogging Anniversary

So, today, 22nd August, 2014, marks three months since I published the first post on my Blog. I decided from the beginning that I would write a “reflections post” at the 3 month mark to take stock of how I feel about blogging so far as well as offer some “advice” in the way blogging tips (based on my limited experience). Why three months? Well, right when I started blogging, as I’m sure many of you who blog can relate, I was on Google all of the time researching “How to Start a Blog”. In that research, I happened upon an article that stated that most bloggers give up after three months. I’m sorry I cannot find the exact article now. I did try to search for it but several articles were returned in the search and I was not confident as to which one it was. Should have book marked it.

Anyway, that 3 month statistic really struck me and I wondered how I would feel about blogging at that point. Well, now that point is here. Rather than write an essay-style post (those of you who visit me regularly know how long-winded I can be), I decided to structure this post as a Q&A – questions I am asking myself, lol. Perhaps my answers will be interesting or useful to some. It’s also easier to read the post this way. Those of you who are only interested in a particular question/topic can scroll through accordingly. Fair warning, this post is “text” heavy.

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Aug 20 2014

My MAC Eyeshadow Collection Palette & Swatches

 

MAC Eyeshadow Collection Palette

MAC Eyeshadow Collection Palette

 

As promised in my July Favorites, in which I featured my MAC Palette, I’ve finally managed to put together the swatches of my MAC Eyeshadow Collection. I started building this palette about one year ago and it contains the entirety of my collection (for the time being). I really do enjoy my MAC shadows, which are very, very good, though not my all time favorite in terms of formula. There won’t be too much chit-chat, save some brief comments on some of the shades. Also, I will be featuring them in rows of three, starting with the top left hand corner.  I hope you guys enjoy and it is helpful to any of you looking to begin, add to and/or build your own MAC palette. All photos taken in natural light.

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Aug 19 2014

Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging SPF 25 – Summer Essential SPF

 

The Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging SPF 25 cream is a moisturizer/sunscreen hybrid designed to fight the signs of aging and boost moisture levels, delivering a younger-looking, healthy complexion. It is formulated with raspberry stem cells, an ingredient which Origins claims to: help to improve skin firmness, boost moisture levels, and safeguard skin from aging UV damage. It is a chemical sunscreen which offers broad spectrum protection (Avobenzone 3%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 2.7%) and is formulated without parabens, sulfates and phthalates.

 
Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging SPF 25
 

I tested this product as part of my Summer Essential SPF Series.  It is a fairly light-weight cream that has a pleasant, sweet/herbal, non-sunscreen type smell. Those of you who do not like the “traditional” smell of products containing sunscreen may want to have a sniff if you are in the market for a higher end moisturizer/sunscreen. The Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging SPF 25 cream absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving no obvious white/grey cast.

 
Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging SPF 25 - Review
 

After using it for about three weeks, I have not noticed any major difference in my skin in terms of anti-aging benefits. I should also note that my skin has been acting up lately. I’ve been testing out several new products, therefore, cannot be sure which one may be causing the problem. Right now, I’m trying cut one product out every couple of days in attempt to corner the culprit.  Anyway, I wanted to make note of my skin situation in this post in case it happens to be this product which does contain plant oils.

 

Overview:

  • Decent protection for normal daily activity
  • Not recommended for use during prolonged sun exposure which will require the appropriate water resistant sunscreen
  • No white/grey cast
  • Wears well under foundation
  • Best for Normal Skin Types (May not be suitable for sensitive skin)
  • Cost: High ($56.00 USD/£48.00 for a full size 3.3 fl oz)
  • Available Locally: No (In the U.S. Origins products are sold at Sephora, Origins, and Department Stores. In the U.K. Origins is also available widely, including at Boots).

 

 

How do you guys feel about Origins as a brand? What are some of your favorite sunscreen products? Have you been enjoying the Summer Essential SPF Sunscreen Series?

 

 

 

 

All products featured were purchased by the author. All opinion’s are the author’s. No affiliate links. For more information see Disclaimer here.

 

 

 

Aug 17 2014

Covergirl Bombshell Mascara – Kinda Bombed

 

I’m not sure why I picked this up. When first released, I had seen/heard not so stellar reviews of the Covergirl Bombshell Mascara…but it was only a few days ago, after having already tried the product, that I did some further research and I realised how bad some of these reviews are. Therefore, I hesitated as to whether to add my thoughts to the sea of controversy surrounding this product. Apparently it made some poor woman’s eyelashes fall out and as result of all the bad media, Covergirl repackaged this mascara with detailed instructions that one must use an oil based eye-makeup remover to remove it properly. I cannot verify nor attest to the truth of any of this (you can Google it as I did if you want to find out more).

Anyway, the only reason I purchased the mascara at all is because it came with a free mini size of the Covergirl TruMagic Bronzer which I wanted to test out after my positive experiences with the Covergirl TrugMagic Skin Perfector (reviewed here). It was kind of an impulse buy.  So on the odd chance that some of you hadn’t heard or might consider this product, I thought I’d at least share my brief thoughts and the application photos since I’d already taken them.

 
Covergirl Bombshell Mascara
 
Covergirl Bombshell Mascara Review

 

The product promises mega volume and dark intensity delivered in a two step system. Step 1 (a thick, rubber bristled wand) is meant to add volume while Step 2 (a traditional bristled wand) is meant to seal in the intensity.  First of all, the bulky packaging seems unnecessary (it’s huge). Even though it’s a double ended product, surely it could have been made smaller? Second, it is a pain in the behind to remove. For those of you who don’t usually use waterproof mascara (which this, ironically, is not but sure feels like), and do not like to use oil based makeup removers, stay far away. I made the mistake of using my Clinique Rinse Off Makeup Remover (which to be fair is not a great remover to begin with) the first time and it was like trying to remove tar. Something like the Neutrogena Eye-Makeup Remover works much better.

Last, and more importantly (I suppose), it did not do anything great for my lashes. For all the trouble that this mascara is, I experienced very little length and volume. Step 1 is gives me barely there lashes, and though Step 2 does add a little something it’s nothing can’t be achieved with your standard mascara. Needless to say, I did not like it. Here are the photos:

 
Covergirl Bombshell Mascara Review

 

Covergirl Bombshell Mascara Review
 

Well that’s all I have to say really. I don’t mean to be so down on Covergirl. Actually I’ve been loving so many of their products lately as those who join me regularly may be able to tell from the many products by the brand I’ve reviewed lately. But this just didn’t do it. Covergirl makes so many other great mascaras, including the Covergirl Clump Crusher which is amazing for an everyday look. Have you guys tried this one? What are some of your favorite Covergirl products?

 

 

 

 

All products featured were purchased by the author. All opinion’s are the author’s. No affiliate links. For more information see Disclaimer here.