Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Scrub

Still on the hunt for a facial scrub.. got this a few weeks ago when I had a mini break out on my chin area and forehead.

Tried the Biore face wash and it didn't help so then I bought the Clean & Clear advantage daily soothing acne scrub. Since it said acne treatment I thought it would be perfect for my little breakouts that I felt would not go away. I also liked that it was oil-free since I have oily skin

This scrub is made with aloe and avocado and smells delicious. I really am not a big fan of face scrubs that smell like harsh chemicals so this is perfect for me!!

This scrub doesn't have any exfoliant beads in it so it won't help your black heads (wish it did bc my nose could def use it). It also is not too greasy. I used it for about a week and found that it in fact did not help my acne. My nasty breakout stayed and it did not minimize it what so ever. Finally I got tired of my face and went back to the Neutrogena cleanser I used before I moved back to California and within a week my face cleared. It sucks bc its supposed to be an acne cleaner and yet it did not clear my acne. Sad! Guess I am on to the next facial cleanser.

Price- ~$6
Where to find- Drug stores- CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Target, Walmart

**disclaimer- this product was purchased by me **

Monday, August 26, 2013

August IPSY Bag

I am busy busy busy with school so little things like beauty subscriptions make me so happy bc I get to feel like a normal human being for like 5 minutes. Never thought being a physician assistant student would be so hard but it really is all they say it is. I feel like I have no time in the day for anything. But back to me what I am writing about...this month's theme is Glamour academy. 

Here is the bag we got this... how perfect for me I am going back to school so this theme is perfect. Love the bag and the colors and how well they go together. 

Let's see what I got this month....


1.  Pacifica Alight Multi mineral BB CreamI have tried the creams and fragrances from this company and they are amazing so can't wait to try this.
2. Micheal Todd Jojoba Charcoal Facial Scrub - The name sounds amazing!
3. City Colour Cheek stainPretty color! Can't wait to try.
 4. Noya Lip Balm-  I am not a big fan of vanilla so we will see if I try it 

 5Pixi Lash Boost Mascara -excited to try this and love that its the blackest black color too!

Overall, loved the bag and loved the products I got. I def will be trying more than half of the stuff I got! Maybe I will find some new favorite products. Can't wait to see what I get next month!!

Did you enjoy your bag this month?

MyGlam is a monthly sample program that delivers 4-5 beauty products in a design makeup bag that changes each month. Some items sent are samples while others are full-of right now they are sold out. Just keep checking, I waited for about a month and half before I got in.  You can subscribe to them by visiting 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Barielle Treatment Creams

I am the worst person at putting cream on my hands and feet before I leave in the mornings! So of course along with washing my hands all the time working in health care my hands have gotten very dry. My feet especially the heels are even worse! Barielle recently sent over their protective hand cream and feet care cream and I was really excited because I heard a lot of other bloggers tell me how amazing they are!

Price $8 2.5 oz or $15 for 6oz
The first cream I tried was the hand cream. It is not too greasy and doesn't have a strong yucky smell! It moisturizes very well and leaves my hands feeling nice and soft especially my knuckles which I noticed are always ashy or at least were always ashy and of course!! 

Price $12 for 2.5 oz

The foot cream kind of reminds me of baby lotion smell wise but it is pretty thick. My heels especially have been chapped very bad so I try and put this on when I remember but for sure every time I put on sandals. Def give enough time for your lotion to absorb or you will foot will slip around in your shoes lol! This foot care cream is very moisturizing and I have def noticed my chapped heels are getting MUCH better than they originally were. So if you love wearing sandals and want your feet to look soft and beautiful def give this cream a try!

Overall I love both of these and would recommend them to anyone looking to moisturize their hands or feet!!

Where to find- Online

**disclaimer-these products were sent for my 100% honest opinion**

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub

When I went to get a facial last month I was told I had lots of clogged pores on my nose and I needed to start using an exfoliator to keep them clean after she unclogged every single one on my nose she could lol! So I was on the hunt to find a good drug store one. 

I decided to try a Biore one first

The Biore Pore unclogging scrub is to supposed to clear and exfoliate the skin 

The first thing I noticed when looking at this is there is not a lot of exfoliating beads in it. I was assuming it should have a bunch of them in the scrub so I could get every little pore on my nose. When I dabbed some on my nose I only got a few there and felt like it really didn't scrub good! Like I have tried some where you could feel the beads cleaning deep down but I didn't with these. I also recently started breaking out bc of stress and so I was hoping it would help get rid of those nasty little pimples but it actually didn't even begin to clear them. 

Overall, wasn't impressed didn't feel like it cleaned well and def didn't help my little acne spots.

Price- $5-$6
Where to find- Any drug stores such as CVS, Walgreens, Target, Walmart, etc

**disclaimer-this product was purchased by me**

Friday, August 16, 2013

Smashbox Lipsticks

I have a few smashbox lipsticks I have been meaning to try out they literally have been sitting in my makeup box for a few months.

One is from an older collection and the other is a newer one

They are both pinks but one is Fushia Flash and the other is Pout. I am def starting to try out of my normal wear to try new things! It's hard to step out of the comfort zone but hey thats the only way you can find new favorites!!!

Fuschia Flash is exactly its name a fuschia or purple-pink color and Pout is a light pink one

As you can see on the swatches Fushia Flash is a matte color and Pout is a creamy shiny one

Fushia flash looks really good and I feel like its a color that would look nice on both light and dark skintone 

Pout on the otherhand didn't go well with my natural lip color. I feel like it was blotchy. Not a big fan of it =(

Price- $20
Where to find- or any department stores that carries this brand

**disclaimer-these products were purchased by me **

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Boscia Green Tea Blotting Paper

Since I am very oily now I have been on the hunt for a good blotting liner. I've tried some before but was excited to get the Boscia ones as a sample as I have heard lots of good stuff about them

Made with Green tea which is an antioxident this blotting liner is supposed to help freshen skin by removing all the yucky oil you product throughout the day

The blotting paper looks very different then your normal ones as it has the green tea specks on it. One thing I first noticed is it did NOT remove my foundation. As I am tan you will clearly see if the makeup comes off and that is one of the things I hate! Also I don't know about you but when I am in class I get embarassed doing it as you can clearly see all the oil I remove in other blotting papers. But with the Boscia one's you can not see the oil removed to the naked eye unless you really look close. I just love how my face looks nice and oil free after using these wipes. I am happy with these ones and plan on buying them once I run out.

Price- $10 for 100 sheets
Where to find- Department stores- Macy's, Nordstrom, etc.

**disclaimer- I purchased this product was purchased by me**

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Almay Oil-free Makeup Removing Face Wipes

On the hunt for cheaper makeup remover. Saw these Almay one and thought it would be nice because it said oil-free and I have oily skin now so I figured it would be nice

They come in a little bag with 25 in them like this. The seal is way better than the Olay one's which kept opening on me so the wipes were always moist and never dried out

The wipes are a good size, with regards to scent I wasn't the biggest fan of it but its okay

Def one thing I noticed was it got the makeup off better than the Olay ones I had. I wasn't sitting there rubbing my eyes off and the wipes didn't sting my eyes either. I did notice my skin was a little sticky afterwards and not sure why?? Also bc they were oil-free I thought they would help not increase my oily production but I did notice a increase in oil around my nose area and forehead. But I am not 100% sure if its because of the wipes itself or due to the fact that I am in a new state and whether its climate changes. So I can't say for sure whether I like them or not!!

Price: Varies ~ $6-7
Where to find- any drug stores

**disclaimer-this product was purchased by me**

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Essence Makeup Review

As a student I love affordable makeup. So when Essence Cosmetics offered me the opportunity to review some of there products I said of course!

Check out what I tried below...

Price $4.99

The first product I got to try was the Stays no matter what 24 h volume mascara in black. As I say in every review I want mascara that will give me some serious length and volume. I hate flat lashes so I am always looking for dramatic looks!

The brush itself is good as you can see not a lot of excess mascara between bristles so that helps in regards to clumps. I am super shocked at how well the length and volume is with this mascara. I seriously wouldn't think a mascara less than $5 would give good results. I have been using this mascara for the past two weeks and have been happy.

Price: $3.29
The next thing I tried was the Stays no matter what 24 hr eyeliner

The tip is pretty good which makes it easy to apply

It comes off easily however I found it was not really waterproof. Right before my big move to Ca I had lots of emotions so of course I shed a few tears and noticed my inner eyelid area lost all of the eyeliner. With that sad I wasn't really impressed.

Price: $1.99
The next thing I tried was the Kiss Care Love Lip Balm. First thing I noticed was the bubble gum smell or something yummy it had. They really don't give much color to your normal lip color and the consistency is not too sticky/thick or too thing where you have to keep adding some on. I would say it is just good enough. 

Price: $3.49
Finally I tried the 3D eyeshadow in Irresistable smoky and Irresistable mermaids kiss

The shape of the shadow is cool bc if there is one thing I had in duo eyeshadows is there is no clear separation between the two and I always get the darker color all in the light one. Here there is a diff in one from the other so you could use just one only and not make a big mess in the other.

Here are the swatches of the colors. On the left is Smoky and the right is Mermaid kiss. I am not a fan of the shimmery shadows so of course these shadows on not something I would use but they do have good pigmentation. These swatches are just the shadow so with a good primer they would give good color.

Where to find: Any ulta store

**disclaimer-this product was provided for my 100% honest opinion**

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

EOS Basket of Fruit Smooth Sphere Lip Balm Collection

It wasn't until I started blogging when I first got introduced to EOS. Sphere-shaped these little lip balms are conviently shaped to fit anywhere! This fall EOS came up with a Basket of Fruit Collection that I got a chance to review. 

The Basket of fruit collection comes in a cute box that has the picnic basket kind of print with each lip balm showing in the front.

The four kinds of lip balm included in this collection are: Pomegranate Raspberry, a limited edition Fresh Watermelon, Summer Fruit, and Strawberry Sorbet

These lip balms are organic, made from 100% natural ingredients, and are made with shea butter and jojoba oil. I love the unique shape and can throw this literally in any bag. I also like that shape of the lip balm itself it helps so I get every area of my lips and I just love twisting it to close it. With other lip glosses were you twist to get more product out and I can't tell you how many times I forget and then my balm smashes you don't have to worry about that with EOS lip balms. Plus all the balms smell amazing!

This collection is here till October so if you love EOS like me get this collection def worth it considering each balm is usually $3 a piece.

Price- ~$10-11
Where to find- Target,, EOS online

**disclaimer- this product was provided for my 100% honest opinion**

Monday, August 5, 2013

Rite Aid Eye Extravaganza

Remember Rite Aid had a Nail Art contest this summer?

Well guess what???

Now they have a makeup contest this month!!


Enter your best eye design and vote once every day

Three winners for each contest will receive a $250, $150, or $100 Rite Aid gift card and beauty bag! 
Contest 1: Special Event Eyes (Contest end July 27 – August 9)
Contest 2: Eyes That Get Noticed (Contest end August 19 – August 30)
Contest 3: Smokey Eyes (Contest end September 9 – September 20)

To celebrate the contest Rite Aid sent me an amazing box of goodies to create looks with to enter the contest!

Check out what I got...

For another way to win an additional prize- Share and enter the Rite Aid Eye Extravaganza Sweepstakes at for a chance to win a $50 Rite Aid gift card and beauty bag!

One sweeps winner will be drawn at the end of each contest listed above, so there will be a total of three chances to win!

So Like last time RiteAid was super generous to donate a box with some products included in mine above! 
Enter below for your chance to win this box. Ends Sunday at midnight!!

Good Luck all!!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Barielle Nail Swatches

I recently got on the Barielle PR list and was asked to pick 4 polishes I would like to try. Since I don't have much polishes I enlisted the help of some serious nail polish pros and they gave me four must have polishes to chose. 

The colors I got were: Starchild, Jess' Champagne Toast, Falling Star, and Satin glow

Since Starchild is really thick glitter I wanted to do it on the accent finger on top of Dermelect's Moxie a bubble gum pink color. Star child is holographic thick and thin hex glitters. I kinda like this color combination!

Jess' Champagne toast is a purple metallic color. This color was okay but nothing unique about it personally

Falling star on the otherhand, is a very unique color combination. It is a royal blue color with gold glitter that also looks pink. I really like how the glitter pops out in this polish! Def one of my favs!

The last polish I got and another one of my favs is Satin glow a pink/peachy color with a gold shimmer to it. It is really hard to see and my camera def doesn't give it justice but this color is seriously gorgeous and it looks great with my skintone.

Overall, if I had to choose my two favorite polishes they would without a doubt be Satin glow and Falling star for sure! Jess' Champagne toast wasn't anything special and Starchild was okay.

Price- $8
Where to find- Online or at particular beauty stores

**disclaimer- these polishes were provided for my 100% honest opinion**


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