May 28 2014

Drugstore Haul: Neutrogena


Picked up a few things from the drugstore, well actually ordered them online from CVS. Ah, Neutrogena…takes me back. šŸ™‚


Drusgtore Haul May 23 Featured Image


Neutrogena On the Spot Treatment – I’ve been needing a benzoyl peroxide based treatment every since I ran out of my Clinique Emergency Gel-Lotion (which is the best I’ve tried so far) a few weeks ago. It doesn’t appear to be in-stock at our local retailers so I was out of luck. I suppose I could have ordered it online. I’m not sure what I was thinking….oh yeah CVS was running an awesome online deal for 30% off. So, I opted to try the Neutrogena one which I haven’t tried in years. Its got 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide as compared with the Clinique which I think is 5%. Anyway, we will see how it goes.

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer Night – This one is actually for the BF, the retinol in the product seems to also help with keeping breakouts at bay.

Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser – I needed a new morning cleanser (I like to use something really gentle in the mornings as I don’t feel the need to strip my skin). This is just o.k. I’ve noticed that its stings my eyes a bit.

Garnier BB Cream Oily/Combination Skin in Light/Medium – I am late on the bandwagon with this one. I think that this was all the rage last year? Anyway, I’ve only used it once and can say I am not too impressed so far, will have to try it out some more.

For my Bahamian Beauties, since placing this order, I have confirmed that all products are available locally (Nassau) with the exception of the Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer in the new formula. Ā Check the drugstore in Harbour Bay. šŸ™‚ If you can’t find what you are looking for, you can order Neutrogena ProductsĀ online from the Amazon Canada site.

What are some of your drugstore skincare favourites?



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May 27 2014

Review: MAC Full of Joy Blush (Now Permanent)


MAC CosmeticsĀ lovers would have all heard by now that MAC hasĀ made several previously limited edition products permanent. This included a decent number of lipsticks (Flamingo, Pink Pigeon and Sweet & Sour among them), as well as several cult favourite blushes. Of the re-released blushes, the one I was most anxious to get my hands onĀ was MAC’s Full of Joy. Unfortunately, as of this post, the MAC store in The Bahamas isn’t carrying it. So, of course, I ordered online – paid the extra shipping and duty to get into my hands ASAP.

MAC Blush Full of Joy Pckg

Full of Joy is described on MAC’s website as a Lavender with a Frost finish. I think, and most reviews on this product seem to agree, that the “frost” aspect is minimal. However, this lavender-lilac blush is very cool-toned. Even though I am considered “fair” (usually light, can lean towards light/medium in the summer), I was worried that due to my yellow undertones this blush would not be flattering.

MAC Blush Full of Joy

After trying it will a full face, I wouldn’t say that its unflattering- I kept the rest of my face neutral and paired it with other cool-toned colours.Ā To beĀ quite honest, I think you have to be in a certain mood and frame of mind to wear this blush.


The pigmentation is decent, I swiped and tapped my brush twice to get good colour payoff. I think this would make a great “topper” blush to add a lilacĀ essence to, perhaps, a more neutral-toned pink blush.Ā  The effect that it gives reminds me of Illamasqua’s Katie (one of my favourite blushes of allĀ  time), but with a sheen. I should note that because of the sheen, this blush can highlight pores and uneven skin texture. The wear time is also decent, I would say approximately 4 – 5 hours depending on your skin type and what you are doing (it lasted six hours on me the first time I wore it but I was home most of the day in the A/C).

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May 26 2014



Join beautyisles as we test out tons of Sunscreen SPF products. Summer is approaching and we all want to practise safety in the sun! There are tons of sunscreen products out there and not all of these products are created equal. There are different needs for different skin types. Those of us who wear makeup are particularly concerned about how the sunscreen interacts with the rest of our cosmetic products. Look out for the launch of the series in the Special Features” section and individual reviews in the coming weeks!

Summer Essential SPF



May 25 2014

Bath and Body Works (Mini) Haul Clean Hands


We all love hauls, right?

I am addicted to these bath and body works hand washes and haven’t met one I didn’t like. I keep them in every bathroom and the kitchen. So, I couldn’t be happier when a friend of mine, on a recent trip stateside, picked these up for me. I love her.

The foaming ones are the best and these scents are pleasant. Island White Pineapple is very sweet and tangy, I wouldn’t pour it all over myself, but for a hand wash it will do. The Wildberry Freesia smells like something to eat, like I should be having it with cool whip.

Bath and Body Works Haul May 23

I run out of these soaps so quickly and I can’t purchase them where I live so when I travel to the U.S. I usually hit up a bath and body works immediately to stock up like I am preparing for Armageddon. If you are from the islands, you understand.

The lotion, Beautiful Day, is o.k. It’s a bit floral for my taste, but nice nonetheless.

Bath and body works products are awesome. They run so many specials so the products turn out to be really affordable.

What are some of your favorites?




All products mentioned in this post were purchased by the author with the author’s own money. The thoughts and opinions expressed are the author’s own. Unless expressly stated, the author does not represent and is not affiliated with the brands, services, and websites mentioned. See Disclaimer for more information.




May 24 2014

Summer Essential SPF: Sephora Sun Safety Kit


When you live in the tropics, sunscreen is essential. I ordered this bad boy online from Sephora a few weeks ago. Unfortunately as of this post, the product is out of stock, but I would sign up for Sephora’s in-stockĀ email notifications if you interested because this kit seems like a great value (Retail: $32.00 USD).


Sephora Hall May 23 Featured Image Part 1Sephora Hall May 23 Featured Image Part 2

Products included are:

– 0.06 oz Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha BetaĀ® Daily Glow Moisture
– 0.5 oz Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Moisture DefenseĀ® Lotion
– 0.14 oz Too FacedĀ® Chocolate Soleil Medium/Deep Matte Bronzer
– 0.3 oz Clarins UV Plus HP Multi-Purpose Broad Spectrum SPF 40 Sunscreen
– 0.33 oz MuradĀ® Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 PA++
– 0.5 oz Tarteā„¢ Brazilliance Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Self Tanner
– 0.23 oz Stila Stay All DayĀ® 10-in-1 HD Bronzing BB Broad-Spectrum SPF 30
– Dr. Dennis Grossā„¢ Alpha BetaĀ® Glow Pad
– 0.15 oz bareMinerals READY Touch Up Veil Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in Translucent
– 1.69 oz St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse
– 0.5 oz Origins A Perfect Worldā„¢ SPF 25 Age-Defense Moisturizer
– 1 oz Supergoop! Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil Broad Spectrum SPF 50
– 0.64 oz Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face
– 0.5 oz Algenist Regenerative Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 20
– 0.08 oz Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15
– 0.5 oz Ole Henriksen Protect the Truth SPF 50+ Broad Spectrum UV Protection

I will be doing an Summer SPF Series testing these products out so even if you missed out on this kit, you can get an idea of how each product performs if you want to invest in a full size of any of the items included. Look out for the series and updates in theĀ Special Features section coming soon!Ā 

Let me know if the SPF Series is something you would be interested in.

Are you as obsessed with sunscreen as I am?




All products mentioned in this post were purchased by the author with the author’s own money. The thoughts and opinions expressed are the author’s own. Unless expressly stated, the author does not represent and is not affiliated with the brands, services, and websites mentioned. See Disclaimer for more information.