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One Day Without Shoes – April 10th

Toms Shoes - Essie Nail Polish

Toms Shoes - Essie Nail Polish

The giveaway that I entered into a couple weeks back. Toms Shoes will give a pair of shoes to a child in need with every pair purchased. They have some really cute shoes for the family!

Toms Shoes and Essie are also participating in the One Day Without Shoes. What is One Day Without Shoes, you ask? Toms Shoes answers with “The day we spread awareness of the impact a pair of shoes can have on a child’s life by taking off our own. Why? Millions of children live without proper footwear, exposing them to injury and disease every day.”

Several big names are backing the cause along with Essie; AOL, Discovery, Flickr, Just Wink, Kiehls, Kind Snacks and The Sims. There are events already forming for the big day, are any of them near you?

One Day Without Shoes

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2012 in Essie, Nail Polish, Pedicures, Toms Shoes

 

I love presents!

I’ve been sick since coming back from my camping trip a couple weeks ago. Earlier this week, I was diagnosed with strep and it’s just gone from bad to worse.

I’m laying here on the couch, feeling overall just yucky when my SO comes in with the mail. There is a small package for me. I have been on a very strict no buy so I wasn’t expecting anything. Imagine my surprise when I opened it up to find a bottle of Essie Barefoot in Blue nail polish!

It’s such a lovely color!

Essie Barefoot in Blue nail polish

Essie Barefoot in Blue nail polish

Apologies for not swatching it, my nails are in horrible condition right now and I am trying to get them back into healthy shape again but yay! New nail polish! What a great way to bring in the new year! This little guy will be going to the salon with me when I go in for my spring pedicure.

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2012 in Essie, Nail Care, Nail Polish

 

P&G Sample Box

I love P&G products. Simply put I think they are some of the best products out there.

So I was filled with glee when my P&G sample box showed up!

Proctor and Gamble Sample Box

Proctor and Gamble Sample Box

In the box are some products I have never even heard of so I was pretty excited.

* Downy UnStopables In Wash Scent Booster – the packet I got was the Fresh scent and since I was in the middle of conquering the monster mountain of laundry, I tossed it in with the next load. I love it, I really do. My clothes smell so nice and I know that it may not be exactly the best thing to put in with my clothes but I don’t care, I love it.

* Crest Complete Multi-Benefit toothpaste – Now that I have kicked the smoking habit and am striving to cut back on the sugars, I am starting to be more concerned with the discoloration of my teeth. I do not want SPARKLING white but I certainly do not want the yellowish tinge I have going on now. After having a discussion with my dental hygienist at my last cleaning, she had some good things to say about the Crest Whitening line.

* Dawn Power Clean – This little product promises the same benefit of a good overnight soak in mere minutes. I’m thinking that lasagna pan that always gets cooked on food and needs multiple soakings and scrubbing. Alas, I cannot speak to the power of this miracle liquid but Mom Maven has tested it and it seems to do as it promises! This could come in very handy.

* Pantene Aqua Light Shampoo – I haven’t had a chance to try these out yet but I plan to soon! An update will be made once I get a test done. Hopefully this weekend. Per the website – The silicone-free formula in new Pantene Aqua Light shampoo contains groundbreaking water-soluble beads that rinse the hair from root to tip in seconds, leaving it feeling as light as a feather and beautifully nourished.

  • Free of silicone and other heavy ingredients
  • Features Clean Rinse technology to rinse hair fast, leaving it feeling fresh, clean and lightweight
  • Nourishes hair from root to tip, leaving it full of health, not residue
  • Removes all trace of residue and prepares hair perfectly for Pantene Aqua Light conditioner

Pantene Aqua Light Conditioner – I haven’t had a chance to try these out yet but I plan to soon! An update will be made once I get a test done. Hopefully this weekend.Per the website – For lightweight, beautifully healthy hair.

Pantene has perfected the science of hair conditioning, with new Aqua Light. Unlike conventional, creamy conditioners, the new formula delivers just the right amount of hair nourishment without weighing it down and leaving it looking heavy. Aqua Light conditioner’s breakthrough Clean Rinse technology is highly water soluble and rinses off fast, leaving hair with no residue and no weight. Notice the difference in your hair after just one use.

  • Nourishes hair without leaving heavy residue
  • Hair is beautifully conditioned, healthy and lifted
  • Features Clean Rinse technology to rinse hair fast, leaving it feeling fresh, clean and lightweight

Scope Dual Blast – I generally do not like mouthwash that has that strong alcoholic burn and this certainly has that. I’ll probably give this to my SO to use as he likes that.

 
 

Moldy Tampon Alert!

Danielle over at Parr For The Course had quite the experience recently with Kotex tampons. If the actual issue wasn’t bad enough, Kotex’s “explanation” of the situation makes it worse for me.

Personally, I’ve never used their product and with this, I think it’s safe to say I never will. It does make me more aware, however and I will be checking my own stock just to make sure this isn’t an issue across the board.

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2012 in Health, Kotex

 

March Sample Society Review

This is my first month with Sample Society. I’ve seen a lot of pros and cons around the sub program and so I have decided to give them a couple month’s to work out the kinks and then re-evaluate.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from them, truth be told, they haven’t made too many outlandish promises and so expectations were pretty low on my end. I am not disappointed in my box but there was one item I didn’t care about. More on that in the details below.

One of the items I got was the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, which I got in my February Birchbox so I will not be including it in this review. I really have come to love it and am overjoyed to have more of it!

Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Peel Mask

Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Peel Mask

Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Peel Mask – A potent bio active peel mask designed to renew the complexion, reduce the appearance of fine lines and dramatically improve skin tone.

* Removes dead skin cells to renew the complexion
* Skin looks brighter, healthier, more radiant
* Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
* Combats congestion, blackheads and blemishes

Sample size: 0.5 fl oz

Ingredients: Polysorbate 60, Glycerin, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Leaf Extract, Lecithin, Lactic Acid, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Passiflora Quadrangularis Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Alcohol Denat., Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Maltodextrin, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Parfum (Fragrance), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Tocopherol.

Directions: Apply to face and neck, avoiding eye area. Leave for 10 min. Wipe off mask with damp cloth. Rinse skin with warm water. Slight tingling ma occur. Use weekly.

Retails from $51.42 to $55 for 1.7 fl oz

My thoughts:

  • Packaging: Comes in a small cardboard box, actual product is a plastic tube with screw lid, feels sturdy
  • Visual Appeal: Very simple design, easy to recognize
  • Texture: Product is very lumpy, almost like applesauce, applies smooth to the skin.
  • Scent: Definitely has a fruit scent, it almost reminds me of apricots but according to the ingredients, there are no apricots in it! Not overpowering and dissipates quickly.
  • Use: This is not an actual peel mask. You will have to wash it off but it washes off clean and with little residue. I loved how my face felt afterwards.

Pass/Fail: Pass

Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Pen

Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Pen

Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Pen – Icelandic relief eye cream’s lightweight yet powerful formula, in a portable pen, delivers immediate relief to delicate under-eye skin that’s most vulnerable to the effects of stress. The look of puffiness and dark circles is minimized while fine lines appear softer. The result? Your eye area is brightened for a refreshed and wide-awake look.

Sample size: 0.14 oz (full size)

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Isocetyl Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Protein, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Stearic Acid, Angelica Archangelica Root Water*, Decyl Oleate, Dimethicone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Buddleja Davidii Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, Menthyl Lactate, Hesperetin Laurate, Polygonum Fagopyrum Seed Extract, Perfluorodecalin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Oleic Acid, Silica, PEG-75 Shea Butter Glycerides, Glycosphingolipids, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Phytonadione, Oxycoccus Palustris (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Rubus Chamaemorus (Cloudberry) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol, Tocotrienols, Carotenoids, PEG-6 Isostearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Propylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA.

Directions: Dab  cream gently on under eye area. A slight cooling sensation is normal.

Retails for $19 to $22.99 for 0.14fl oz

My Thoughts:

  • Packaging: Long white “pen” type container with pull off lid. Solid feel, kind of like an oversize pencil
  • Visual Appeal: Nondescript, easy to recognize within other cosmetics
  • Texture: Very creamy, disappears into the skin quickly
  • Scent: No scent that I could detect

I am not sure if I didn’t  have enough of an issue under my eyes or if this product didn’t work on me but I noticed no visible difference from one eye to the other. I’ll play with it more, I have some late nights coming up so we shall see what some long term testing reveals.

Pass/Fail: Still In Testing

Fekkai Advanced Brilliant Glossing Cream

Fekkai Advanced Brilliant Glossing Cream

Fekkai Advanced Brilliant Glossing Cream – Having the kind of hair that makes heads turn ranks high on your list of must-haves. The kind that is actually as soft, smooth and supple as it looks. With Fekkai Advanced’s Brilliant Glossing Cream and its tress-perfecting properties, you’ll have hair that’s the envy of everyone.

* Shines hair
* Safe for color treated hair.
* Fights frizz

Sample size: 1.6 oz

Ingredients: Not listed

Directions: For best results: Apply “pea size” to damp or dry hair.

Retails for $9 for 1.6 oz to $25 for 4 oz

My Thoughts:

  • Packaging: Greenish yellow color plastic tube with flip lid. Very easy to recognize
  • Visual Appeal: Very clean and simple design
  • Texture: Very thick and very creamy, does not leave a greasy feeling on your hands
  • Scent: Very clean scent, dissipates quickly

I used this on dry hair and when they say pea size, they mean it. I used more like a two pea size and almost had a disaster on my hands. It can very easily weigh down the hair if you use too much, almost giving it a greasy look. Use with care!

Pass/Fail: Pass

Oscar de la Renta Esprit d'Oscar Eau de Parfum Spray

Oscar de la Renta Esprit d'Oscar Eau de Parfum Spray

Oscar de la Renta Esprit d’Oscar Eau de Parfum Spray – 

Esprit d’Oscar is a modern interpretation of Oscar de la Renta’s signature scent. Inspired by the chic and sophisticated women of today, Esprit d’Oscar is the spirit of femininity re-imagined in a timeless floral-oriental fragrance that is exceptionally feminine and sparkling in spirit.

  • Floral-oriental fragrance which is a modern interpretation of Oscar de la Renta’s signature scent
  • Notes of Sicilian lemon, bergamot and citron
  • Inspired by the chic and sophisticated women of today

Especially Suited For: Women

Essential Elements: Top Notes: Sicilian lemon, bergamot and citron. Middle notes: Egyptian jasmine, orange blossom and tuberose. Base notes: musk, heliotrope, tonka and vetiver.

Sample size: .1 fl oz mini roller ball

Ingredients: not listed

Directions: Apply to pulse points

Retails for $20 for 1.6 fl oz and varies

My Thoughts:

  • Packaging: Comes in a small carboard box, bottle is glass with silver plastic lid.
  • Visual Appeal: Unique for a perfume sample
  • Scent:  *HEAVY* on the floral scent, very sweet

There is no other way to put this: I did not like this perfume at all. I normally don’t go for floral scents but recently have been really surprised by some of the samples I got but this was not one of them.

Pass/Fail: Fail

So to sum up, Sample Society wasn’t so bad for its first month. Only one real bad product and that comes down to personal tastes and others I can work with through the next couple months.  Yay Sample Society!

 

TAG! Get To Know Me Post

I was tagged by the very beautiful Chelsey over at The Girly Enthusiast to do the “Get to Know Me” tag. Like her, I’ve never done one of these before so read on if you’re interested on what makes me tick. 🙂

The Rules

1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves on their blog.
2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you plus eleven questions for the people you have tagged to answer.
3. Choose eleven people and link them in your tag.
4. Go to their page and tell them.
5. No tag backs.
6. You legitimately have to tag.

11 Random Facts About Me:

1. In high school, I was in trouble more often than I wasn’t. I was a bit of a wild child.
2. My first job was at Long John Silvers and I still like to eat there occasionally.
3. I underwent a lap band procedure in May 2005 and have lost over 200 pounds.
4. I have been a member of the SCA for over 15 years.
5. I have two tattoos.
6. I love being crafty but mostly focused on historically accurate type clothing from the Tudor era.
7. While I am not much of a drinker, I love brewing cordials and hope to start making my own wine and beers soon.
8. I was a very late bloomer for all things cosmetics. With self image/esteem issues, I didn’t see the point. It was like putting a tutu on a pig.
9. I’ve had grey hair since I was in my 20’s
10. In my mind’s eye, I still see myself at my old weight. It’s been a very difficult obstacle to overcome.
11. I’m seriously considering major reconstructive surgery to fix parts I don’t like as well as fix areas affected by the weight loss.

Answering Chelsey’s Questions:

1. What was the first makeup product you ever used? Probably something by Wet N Wild for a Halloween costume as a teen. It was cheap and easy to get a hold of.

2. If you could live anywhere, where would it be? I have to say exactly where I am, which surprises me but the fact of the matter is I’ve found my chosen family and I’ve grown so much because of them. I couldn’t possibly leave them.

3. What was the last thing that made you laugh so hard you cried? Wow, I don’t remember but it was probably because of my SO. He’s good at making me laugh.

4. What is your shoe size? Size 10 and thanks to the weight loss, no longer a wide width!

5. What food do you find disgusting? Spinach, onions, any kind of peppers, liver, cauliflower, cilantro

6. Favorite song to sing in the shower? This may sound like a cop out but I don’t usually sing in the shower. 🙂

7. Ever punch anyone in the face? Yes.

8. If you had to choose, Twitter or Facebook? Facebook, I prefer how conversations are threaded, similar to Plurk.

9. Single, married, committed? Committed, possibly on the verge of being engaged. 😉

10. Do you have any pets? Yep! 2 cats, Layla and Vincent and one dog, Maggie

11. Why do you blog and what made you start? Something to do in an area that I want to learn more about. It helps me keep a record of items I have tried and why I did or didn’t like them. Also helps me work on my (poor) writing skills.

I Tag:

1. Stephanie – New Beauty Review
2. Stephanie – A Little Bit of Everything
3. Lori Ann – Bat An Eyelash
4. Slagoon – The Beautiful Lagoon
5. Karina – Beautiful You World
6. Emily – Beauty Broadcast
7. Tina – Beauty Snob
8. Pauly – Brush Up on Beauty
9. Briex – Confessions of  a Make Up Fiend
10. Tiffany – Everyday Beautiful
11. April – Glitter, Gloss, Garbage

My Questions to the tagged ladies above:

1) Tickets arrive for a two week all expense paid vacation, where do you go?
2) What is your favorite movie?
3) What is your favorite book?
4) What is the best thing that has ever happened to you?
5) What is your biggest regret?
6) What is your biggest accomplishment?
7) What do you think your weirdest quirk is?
8) What experiences have marked you the most?
9) How superstitious are you?
10) What is the one thing would I ‘not’ know about at the first meeting?
11) Have you ever have a disastrous first/blind date?

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2012 in Randomness

 

March Birchbox Review

My March Birchbox came while I was in Mississippi so I wasn’t able to play the guess what box you are getting that we over at MakeUpTalk play every month. I haven’t decided if this is a good thing or a bad thing though I am leaning towards good since I haven’t allowed myself to see what the other boxes are so there is no disappointment. That being said, I would hope this would have been one of the boxes I would have liked cause I really like it!

There was a wide variety of samples to chose from this month so I’ll start with the hair.

Lulu Organics® Lavender + Clary Sage Hair Powder

Lulu Organics® Lavender + Clary Sage Hair Powder

Lulu Organics® Lavender + Clary Sage Hair Powder – Lulu Organics®’s organic hair powder is the hip younger sister of mainstream dry shampoos: she’s eco-conscious, health-savvy, and has vague plans of packing her bags and moving to Portland. Analogies aside, this winning natural formula revives second day locks by absorbing volume-zapping oil. It has a lovely lavender scent laced with the faintest trace of herbal clary sage. And since it leaves no chalky white residue behind, even dark-haired girls can use it.

Sample size: small envelope, approximately 2 – 3 uses if used as directed

Ingredients: *organic corn starch, white clay, baking soda, *organic rice powder, *organic horsetail powder, *essential oils *USDA Organic & Oregon Tilth Certified Organic

Directions: Sprinkle a quarter-size smount of hair powder into your hands, and rub them together so a thin coat is covering both palms. Work through your roots. For best results, brush your hair immediately afterwards to help evenly distribute the powder.

How it works: Most dry shampoos are made with talc, a controversial ingredient that may have carcinogenic properties (scary, no?). But Lulu Organics®’s version is formulated with organic corn starch, rice powder, white clay, and pure essential oils, so you never have to worry. The sweet-smelling powder helps you achieve the look of just-washed hair no matter how long it’s been since your last shampoo.

Retails from $18 (travel size) to $72 (4.5 oz) (Birchbox retails for $30 for 4 oz)

My thoughts:

  • Packaging: Small brown envelope, sealed very well, the bottom comes to sharp points which while looks cute, becomes an issue once the product is open as it tends to fall over so be careful.
  • Visual Appeal: Very simple design, cute packaging
  • Texture: Fine dry powder feels smooth to the skin, spreads easily
  • Scent: Not a very strong or harsh scent, very soothing and pleasing.
  • Use: I was a little conservative with the product since I had never used this type of product before or dry shampoos so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I haven’t washed my hair in a couple days so I can certainly feel the oil on my scalp. I used a quarter size per the instructions but I don’t really feel much of a difference. I will try one more time later this evening but so far, I am not sold on this product.

Pass/Fail: Still In Testing

One Love Organics® Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm

One Love Organics® Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm

One Love Organics® Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm – This creamy balm is such an incredible multi-tasker, we don’t know how we ever lived without it. A three-in-one makeup remover, cleanser, and head-to-toe moisturizer, it’s the only product you need to keep your skin pure and unbelievably soft. The faint tropical scent comes courtesy of organic oils and other natural ingredients. Bonus: it’s made without a single drop of water, making it ultra-rich and concentrated (look Ma, no fillers!).

Sample size: 0.5 oz

Ingredients: Organic Cocos nucifera (Virgin Coconut) Oil, Organic Glycine Soja (Sweet Soy) seed oil, Organic Beeswax, Mangifera indica (Mango) seed butter, Salvia Hispanica (Chia) Seed Extract, Avena sativa (Oat) Extract, Citrus aurantium dulcis (Orange) peel wax, Organic Vanilla planifolia fruit extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

Directions: To cleanse skin, apply a small amount to face and massage gently. For best results, remove with One Love Organic’s My New Best Friend Skin Shammy and rinse away with lukewarm water. For moisturizing effects, apply a small amount to thirsty skin.

Retails for $68 for 3.5 oz

My Thoughts:

  • Packaging: White plastic jar with screw top lid. Stick on label, easy to reuse once product is finished.
  • Visual Appeal: Very cute, though I will need to add something to the top so when I am looking into my beauty kit, I can identify  it.
  • Texture: Very creamy, initial oily feeling but as it is worked into the skin, it dissipates pretty quickly. The heat of your skin will melt the product pretty rapidly so have a care when taking product out of the jar. I wasn’t expecting it to give as quickly as it did and I got too much product on testing.
  • Scent: There is a myriad of scents that go very well together though the most prominent is orange. Very strong at first and softens pretty quickly
  • Use: Smooths on nicely and works into the skin pretty quickly.

All in all, I liked this little product, I am considering  picking up the little shammy cloth to use for cleansing but even if I don’t, I will have no problem using this solely as a moisturizer.

Pass/Fail: Pass

Harvey Prince Ageless - Pink Grapefruit

Harvey Prince Ageless - Pink Grapefruit

Harvey Prince Ageless – Pink Grapefruit – What started out as a sweet gift idea has turned into a cult fragrance. The brother duo behind Harvey Prince originally created this uncommon blend as a Mother’s Day present for their stylish mom. And they didn’t just design a pretty scent—they used olfactory research to develop a fragrance that’s calibrated to make you smell more youthful. The result, a sophisticated mix of citrus notes and blossomy florals, will appeal to you no matter your age.

Sample size: Small vial

Ingredients: n/a

Directions: Apply the scent to your pulse points — neck, wrists, behind the ears, and inner elbows. You can also spritz a little on to the tips of your hair or any non-delicate clothing..

Retails for $102 – $129 for 3.4 oz

My Thoughts:

  • Packaging: Simple clear bottle with plastic stopper
  • Visual Appeal: Usual vial design
  • Texture: n/a
  • Scent: Very citrus based with a floral undertone
  • Use: Spray on pulse points, I usually just do my wrists.

I usually don’t go for fruity perfumes, I don’t like to smell like food! But this really surprised me. It’s very clean and while it comes out very strong, it mellows pretty quickly. I’m keeping this one.

Pass/Fail: Pass

Supergoop!® Sunscreen Swipes™

Supergoop!® Sunscreen Swipes™

Supergoop!® Sunscreen Swipes™ – If there’s one skincare motto you should commit to memory, it’s this: never, ever skip the sunscreen. Shielding your skin from harmful UV rays is hands down the best way to prevent fine lines and brown spots, yet slathering yourself in lotion isn’t exactly a pleasant task. That’s why we adore these easy breezy SPF 30 swipes. Created by a veteran of the sun protection industry, they’re soaked with a skin-safe formula that provides broad-spectrum, water-resistant protection. Plus, an infusion of green tea soothes even the most sensitive-skin.

Sample size: two individual wrapped wipes

Ingredients: Active Ingredients:
Ensulizole 2%, Homosalate (Sunscreen) 10%, Octocrylene 2.8%, Zinc Oxide 7% Inactive Ingredients:
Water (Aqua), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Diethylhexyl 2,6-Naphthalate (Sunscreen Stabilizer), Acrylates/C12-22 Alkyl Methacrylate Copolymer (Waterproofing), C14-22 Alcohols, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Palmitate), Aminomethyl Propanol, Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin (Plant Derived Preservative), Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Helianthus Annuus (Hybrid Sunflower) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Plant Derived), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Paeonia Albifora Flower (White Tea) Extract, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid (Naturally Derived).

Directions: Remove a swipe from the pouch. Rub the sunscreen into any exposed skin and wait 30 minutes before going outside. If you’re heading to the pool or beach, be sure to reapply every two hours or so for continuous sun protection.

Retails for $5 – $17 for a package of 8, Birchbox $34 for 40

My Thoughts:

  • Packaging: Simple envelopes
  • Visual Appeal: Unique design, easy to read
  • Texture: I haven’t opened them yet since I am set to go on a cruise in a month, I am saving these so I won’t be able to give a complete review until after May.
  • Scent:  Unknown

I don’t usually use sunscreen, I’m not one to burn and even though I should, I simply never have. Since I am going on a cruise in a few weeks, I am saving these to use during the trip.

Pass/Fail: Still In Testing

Color Club Neon Nail Polish - Age of Aquarius

Color Club Neon Nail Polish - Age of Aquarius

Color Club Neon Nail Polish in Age of Aquarius – Maybe we’ve watched too many re-runs of The Brady Bunch, but we’ve always had a soft spot for the 1960s. So it’s no surprise that these ‘60s-inspired polishes are right up our alley. They come in seven neon shades that channel the decade’s exuberant vibe: think mod girls, painted buses, and the advent of color TV.

Sample size: 0.25 fl oz

Ingredients: n/a

Retails from $2 to $14 depending on individual or set

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts:

  • Packaging: Small glass rectangular bottle with black plastic lid
  • Visual Appeal: very cute design, bright color
  • Texture: Applies very well, not to wet. Needs two coats for complete coverage
  • Scent:  Strong nail polish scent

I love this color! At first I will admit, I wasn’t too sure about it but once I got it on, I fell in love. I can’t do a swatch test right now because my nails are destroyed after the camping trip last week and I have no nail polish remover in the house but I should be able to remedy that after this weekend.

Pass/Fail: Pass

Tea Forté® skin-smart™ Teas

Tea Forté® skin-smart™ Teas (L to R - Honey Yuzu, Cherry Marzipan & Cucumber Mint)

Tea Forté® skin-smart™ Teas – Teatime just got a makeover. Not only do these fruity green teas taste amazing, they contain mega-high levels of antioxidants to repair your skin from the inside out. Each flavor addresses a specific concern, from fighting oxidative stress (a major source of wrinkles) to restoring skin’s youthful glow. Certified organic and fair trade, the beautifying blends will help you look as great as you feel—and who can say no to that?

Sample size: 3 individual tea bags

Ingredients:

Cherry Marzipan:
organic green tea, Fair Trade Certified™ organic green tea, organic rooibos, natural cherry flavor, organic raspberry leaves, natural almond flavor, natural flavoring (berry), organic acerola cherry extract, (organic acerola, organic maltodextrin), SKIN SMART LOOSE TEAS CONTAIN, Fair Trade Certified™ organic green tea, natural cherry flavor, organic raspberries, natural almond flavor, other natural flavors

Honey Yuzu:
organic green tea, Fair Trade Certified™ organic green tea, organic orange peel, natural grapefruit flavor, natural honey flavor, organic flower pollen mixture, (organic safflower, organic marigold,organic rose), natural yuzu flavor, natural flavoring (citrus), SKIN SMART LOOSE TEAS CONTAIN, Fair Trade Certified™ organic green tea, organic orange peels, natural honey flavor, natural grapefruit flavor, natural yuzu flavor

Cucumber Mint:
organic green tea, Fair Trade Certified™ organic green tea, organic spearmint leaves, organic marigold flowers, natural blueberry flavor, organic basil leaves, natural cucumber flavor, organic blueberries, SKIN SMART LOOSE TEAS CONTAIN, Fair Trade Certified™ organic green tea, organic spearmint leaves, organic basil leaves, organic marigold flowers, natural blueberry flavor, natural cucumber

Directions: Steep a tea bag in hot water for two to four minutes. Sip and enjoy.

Retails from $6 per box of 16 or $15 per container

My Thoughts:

  • Packaging: Small plastic wrappers, easy to identify logo/print
  • Visual Appeal: very cute design, easy to read
  • Texture: n/a
  • Scent:  I tried the honey yuzu today because of my sore throat and really enjoyed it. The scent was not overpowering and was quite enjoyable

I can very easily see these finding a place in my tea stash.

Pass/Fail: Pass

 
 
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