Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque

Queen Helene has gotten a face lift with it's new packaging, and it's as cute as ever.  Definitely more eye catching, making it great for marketing, but still it's it's convenient squeeze tube packaging.

Queen Helene is definitely one of my favorite drugstore facial masks.  Yes I love treating my skin with luxurious masks and moisturizers, but to work into my skin care and save a few bucks, Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque gets the job of keeping my complexion beautiful without dishing out the high prices.

It's like rubbing toothpaste all over your face, literally.  The soothing peppermint smell and tingly feeling leaves gives your skin that soothing feeling, which also helps calm down active breakouts.  And after 20 minutes, my skin is left feeling soft and clean.  Definitely will always be a drugstore favorite of mine.



Tuesday, August 12, 2014

L'Oreal Oleo Therapy

The summer heat can be brutal on my fine hair.  So I try to take a few extra steps during my hair care routine to keep my ends looking healthy throughout the season.  With nice weather comes constant exposure to sunshine and the elements, which can do a bit of damage to your hair if you don't pay any attention to it.

So I picked up these L'Oreal Oleo Therapy products to hydrate and condition my hair throughout the season.  L'Oreal makes some pretty nice products for you hair, with a drugstore price, so I find myself reaching for them a lot.

Both the conditioner and oil essence are infused with 6 flower oils to keep your hair looking rich, smooth and soft.  I love how lightweight they are and my ends just soak up the products entirely.

They definitely have been working well, and a little does go a long way.



Thursday, August 7, 2014

Juice Beauty

After hearing about Juice Beauty and seeing their products in my local Ulta store, I have been wanting to test out their skin care line for a few months now.  For some reason my skin has really been acting up during this warm season, so I thought this would be the best time to try out their blemish line.

Juice Beauty focuses on organic products that not only treat your skin, but that's also natural.  This really makes it a great brand for people worried about exposing their skin to parabens or other unnatural formulas.  For me, I am not too strict on the ingredients on my skin, however this is a huge plus that the line is organic.

I picked two items: Green Apple Blemish Peel and Blemish Clearing Cleanser

At first I was a little put off my the consistency of the two products.  It's definitely a little more liquidy and runny compared to my other peels and cleansers.  But because it is an all natural line I can see why that it.

I use the Blemish Clearing Cleanser with my Clarisonic every night before bed when I have active breakouts (I currently have hormonal breakouts around my chin).  A few pumps of this onto my clarisonic does wonders.  It really calms down my active breakouts and I can see results within a day or two.  As for the smell, most people may not like it at all.  But I think it just smells like apple syrup, which I don't mind at all because it doesn't linger.

The Green Apple Blemish Peel is a medium strength blemish peel that works well to fight against stubborn breakouts.  I apply this on my face once (or twice) a week and wash it off after 10 minutes.  It doesn't irritate my sensitive skin, and I can see my deep breakouts disappear within the week.  Again, it smells exactly like the Blemish Clearing Cleanser.

My final thoughts? I absolutely love the concept and results these two products have given me the past few months.  I have had both products for a while now and a little does go a long way, especially with the Blemish Peel.  It looks like I have barely broken into it.  Definitely would recommend this product to anyone looking for a natural skin care line.



Tuesday, August 5, 2014

IT Cosmetics CC+ Veil

Summer is all about natural complexions.  And in scorching heat and high humidity, you definitely gotta keep things light and simple.

CC creams have really made an impact this year, and this summer CC Compacts have hit the market like a storm.  First introduced by Asian brands, Western make up brands have dabbed into the trend and created their own versions of the CC compact.

Because I have fallen in love with the IT Cosmetics brand, I thought trying out their version of the compact would be fun.  The IT Cosmetics CC+ Veil has stunning packaging, and their formula really amazes me.

Not many, if any, CC or BB cream had enough coverage to cover my spots and redness around the cheeks.  However, the IT Cosmetics CC+ Veil did the job while still being extremely light weight and simple.  Buff a bit of this around the center of your face and blend outwards and your ready to be out and about without feeling like you have any foundation on.

Definitely summer perfection.



Macadamia Rejuvenating Shampoo

I am obsessed with travel sized versions of beauty products, especially when it comes to hair care.  With my hair, I am pretty open minded and love rotating new brands into my routine.  And by using travel sized, mini versions of these products I can really test them out without dishing out the full price.  They also come in handy while traveling.

My latest tester is the Macadamia Rejuvenating Shampoo, which has had many great reviews online.  I saw the travel sized bottle at Ulta and just couldn't resist.  I thought it would work well during my trip to Vegas because I would exposing my ends to lots of sunshine and heat.

First of all, they were very generous with this travel bottle.  My girl friend and I got many washes out of this before even running out (definitely got our moneys worth).  As for the results, my hair was left feeling soft and looking healthy throughout the trip.  My hair definitely took to the product well, even without the accompanying conditioner.

I am definitely looking into keeping a full sized bottle of this available in my shower.