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Skin Care Sunday – More Serums!

I use a lot of serums and essences – my skin responds to layering. I usually apply an essence (or wear a sheet mask), and use a vitamin c serum and a hydrating serum minimum.

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I bought this based on really good reviews from other bloggers and vloggers and I didn’t really look as carefully at the ingredients as I usually do. When I opened it to start using it, I was smacked in the face with the smell of alcohol. It smelled and felt exactly like using Purell on my face. I didn’t notice any excessive drying so I used it all up, but this has gone on my “nope!” list.

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I purchased this in a kit last year that cost just as much as this sized bottle alone. It was expensive. But it was my birthday, dammit, and what’s the point of adulting if you can’t splurge once in a while? This took forever to get through. Long enough that, if you really like the product, it’s a good deal. For me, it was just okay. I liked the watery texture. I almost put it in a spray bottle more than once. (I don’t know what stopped me except for guilt at not following directions.) In four months I didn’t notice any change, positive or negative, in my skin. While I don’t precisely regret this purchase, I’m still on the hunt for my holy grail essence.

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Ipkn New York is  K-beauty brand that hits Haute Look once in a while. I actually enjoyed this serum, which works best when mixed into other products. But I hated the packaging with the burning passion of a thousand suns. The serum was very thick and someone at Ipkn decided the best delivery system for a thick gel was a dropper in a long bottle. The dropper didn’t work for long. After a few days, I got desperate enough to open the bottle and try to shake some out. None of my beauty spoons worked. I gave up. I would totally buy this again if they changed the packaging to a pump or even a pot. But this experience made me wary of Ipkn in general.

And now for a quick montage of repurchases I’ve finished and will probably repurchase again!

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Sample Saturday – All of the things!

I have been traveling!

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We were freezing at that O's game, but it was worth it when Manny hit that grand slam! Also, crabcakes, giant wire mosquitos, and random hot air balloon launches all are what Maryland is about. Mostly.

I used a crap-ton of samples while I was gone, so this will be at least two parts.

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I get really dry when I’m traveling. Especially in the winter and spring. I used this on dryer parts of my face and mixed it in with an eye cream that just wasn’t doing the job. I really liked it, but I’m not convinced that it did more than other less expensive oils I’ve used.

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I tried out a packet of Josie Maran’s Pure Argan Milk a few Sample Saturdays ago, and suspected that I might like it despite the separation of the product. I was right! I used it as a hydrating serum for a couple of weeks. This larger sample allowed me to shake it up. It sunk in right away, didn’t feel heavy or sticky, and wasn’t too much under moisturizer. This may be a good one to pick up for fall and winter next year.

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I haven’t had huge success with Fresh, but this serum wasn’t too bad. It didn’t burn or do anything weird to my skin. It seemed to work well with other serums as well. I didn’t hate it, but I wasn’t over the moon with it either. Meh?

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Fresh is on a roll! This also wasn’t terrible. I used it as a day moisturizer. It wasn’t super hydrating, but the SPF I use is so this didn’t have to pull all the weight. I don’t think I’d purchase, but it wasn’t bad!

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The Tartiest Lash Paint mascara was very good. I got some good length and a little volume, but I didn’t like it quite as much as my favorite Lights, Camera, Lashes. The tube of the sample didn’t unscrew, but snapped together. I didn’t keep it open for very long because I was afraid that this construction would make it easier for air and bacteria to get in there.

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I really enjoyed the Agave Lip Mask. I used it at night and woke up with most of it still on. The red one had enough of a tint to it that I felt really silly wearing it to bed, so I didn’t finish that one.

I think we’ll stop here for now and pick this up next Saturday!

Mask Monday – Berries, Lace, and Me as a Bear

I’ve done a little masking!

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This is a cream one. It smelled of strawberry. There was a slight cooling, tingling sensation. I rinsed it off in the shower, and afterward, my skin felt very soft. Not awesome, not terrible.

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I just want to take a minute to appreciate that Hey! Pinko Girl has the most adorable packaging ever. I feel like I need to say something positive about it because I’m about to…not.

I think this might work for someone who has a smaller everything than I do. It’s a relatively thick cloth mask that’s literally lacy so there are lots of open air spaces. The mask has two sets of ear loops – one that holds the mask to your face, and one that holds the neck strap on. That’s a lot of stuff behind the ears. I couldn’t wear my glasses and, even though I felt like I could have used a silicone mask cover on top to keep the essence from evaporating due to the lacy texture, there’s no way I could have fit one on with the ear loops I was already wearing. I felt like this was fairly ineffective because of the actual construction of the sheet. I have a few more to use, but won’t buy more.

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This one was lovely! My skin likes fruit essences and acids. The sheet itself was a medium thickness and was wide enough for my large face. It smelled like berries. There was a very pleasant tingle. It wasn’t drippy and didn’t dry out my face. Win!

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And then there’s this guy. He’s cute, don’t get me wrong! The sheet was very rigid and difficult to mold to the face. It smelled very medicinal – very much like the Montagne Jeunesse sheet masks, which I didn’t like. It performed like them too. There was some burning on the tops of my cheeks – my usual trouble spots – so I took it off early. It was, however, adorable to look at before I put it on.  Afterward, however…

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Skin(and hair!)care Sunday

I finished some bath products recently!

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I got this little shower gel from Urban Dollkiss in my Beauteque bag. It’s a little adorable and, I think, designed to be stackable because there’s a cap-sized divet in the bottom of the bottle.

It was fine. This particular one was very minty, so I had to be careful where I used it.

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Yes, I’ve talked about this guy before. I found it last year, fell in lust with the scent, and bought lots of backups. I have two left after this one. If you want to smell cake in the shower (which, honestly, I always want to smell cake), this is one to go for if you can find it on sale.

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My old standby. I finished this one and three-isn bottles of the conditioner. I keep thinking I’ll find something I’ll like better but I never do.

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Not even Living Proof. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the way this made my hair feel. Hydrated, silky, full of my natural wave. But the scent is a bit off-putting for me. And the price. My hair is almost thigh-length now. I used this bottle and a shampoo mini about 4 times and it was gone. I may treat myself again, but this is not something I’ll buy on the regular.

Sample Saturday

I kind of like the worst-to-best organization to my last post or two, so I’m going to keep doing it that way!

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I got these little guys in a Beauteque bag. (They’re the Ladykin Affinitic Snail Cream.) I like snail essence in skin care, but the formulas on these weren’t for me. One was a cream meant for hydration. The other more of a gel for brightening. They both balled up on me right after application. I don’t know if it was the serum I used or if my skin just said, “Nope!” Nice to try, but not for me.

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I don’t often use hair masks. Most of them are silicone-laden or too expensive to use on very long hair. Normally coconut oil does the trick. But I had this and decided to try it out. It was a thick, solidified cream that was difficult to spread throughout the hair. Surprisingly, there was enough. The instructions said to leave it in for at least five minutes. By the time I got everything done in the shower that I needed to do, it was about ten. The next three days were a struggle. My hair tangled if you so much as looked at it funny! I finally just braided and bunned it and left it up until the next washing day. I wouldn’t recommend this one for very long, fine, wavy hair like mine.

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This was just average for me. It wasn’t super moisturizing, but I used it under an SPF, so it didn’t really need to be. I probably won’t purchase it, though.

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This one intrigued me. Josie Maran has been an all around hit brand for me this year. I think this product separated in the packet, but i used it anyway. It was so moisturizing, I didn’t need anything else on top. I ended up with a deluxe sample of this in a bottle I can shake up, so we’ll see!

Those are all the samples for this week!

Skin Care Sunday – Lots of Simple and a New Contraption

I have finished a ton of skincare lately. Too much for one post. I’m separating the serums out and will do those in the next week or two.

I tried out a new kind of Simple wipe!

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I figured if I like the micellar water, and I like the wipes since they don’t burn my face like other kinds do, then I would love the two smooshed together. And I really did. They were slightly more moisturizing than the normal wipes. Just a teensy bit more gentle. I’ll give these a try again!

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I really, really like Mad Hippie’s vitamin c serum, so when I ordered my last bottle, I sprung for the eye cream too. It was just okay. It wasn’t hydrating enough for me, but it did help with smoothing and de-puffing and it didn’t exacerbate the puffiness like a lot of creams can.

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Hi, bathroom clutter!

For Christmas this year, my Mom gave me Neutrogena’s Microdermabraision system. Obviously I love skincare and I’m a fan of gadgets, so it was a perfect choice. Is a battery-powered vibrating handset that has a rough plastic cap on it to which you attach a disposable solution-soaked pad. (It works a bit like Velcro.)

I started using it as directed, 2-3 times a week and then reduced. I found the solution to be way too strong for my face. What I like to use it for now is my neck and chest in lieu of a scrub.

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I finally finished my tub of of Express the Truth moisturizer. I purchased this before I decided to avoid silicone in my nighttime skin care. I started using it in the morning and didn’t really think much of it. It smelled citrusy and wan’t too thick or too thin. I used it every day for months and now I really miss it. If I see it at T.J. Maxx again, I’ll definitely pick it up!

And finally, a montage of things I regularly use that I’ve already wrote about at length!

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Not brought to you by Simple. I just like the stuff!

Sample Saturday – So Many Cleansers!

I blew through some samples when we went up to visit my family a couple weeks back!

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I want to end on a positive note, so I’m going to start with the stuff I didn’t like. First Aid Beauty and I don’t get along. I used this one morning and afterward my mother stopped in her tracks as she walked by and said, “What’s wrong with your face? It looks like you’ve been sunburned!” I stayed that red all day.

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This one is frothy right out of the package and, obviously, suds up well. It did make me feel dry and tight, but with all the skincare layering I do at night, it wasn’t too bad.

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This one was pretty average for me. It did the job. Like with most cleansers it left my skin feeling tight but not as bad as the Origins.

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I have loved everything I’ve tries from Josie Maran so far. The other three cleansers I used with my Clarisonic. This one I didn’t need to. It’s a powder that turns into a cleansing scrub. Its particles are very fine, and it left me feeling clean but not dehydrated. I was using some skin care that balled up and flaked off overnight and this was adequate to get that all off of my face in the morning.