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Monthly Favorites and Fails, April 2015

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Monthly Favorites April 2015

Monthly Favorites April 2015

It’s time for my April 2015 Monthly Favorites and Fails.  Didn’t I just do one of these?  (haha)  For anyone new to the blog, Monthly Favorites are those products that particularly stood out to me, and ones that I reached for over and over throughout the month.  Fails are products that simply did not work out and I do not recommend, because it is just as important to know what products to avoid as it is to know which ones to get.  April was a horrible month for me.  I was sick for 60-70% of the month.  First I had a monster stomach flu that knocked me out for the first half of the month.  Then, once I recovered from that, my husband got a head cold that he unfortunately passed on to me and my weakened immune system.  I didn’t leave my house that much in April, so I didn’t wear a ton of makeup.  When I was sick as a dog with stomach flu I pretty much ignored my skin care regimen, so the second half of the months was spent trying to repair the damage.  All of this means that my Favorites are a little different than normal.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

The one thing that I did manage to use all month long, even when I was at my sickest, was moisturizer.  The one that I chose First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream.  You can see a full review of the Ultra Repair Cream as well as some other FAB products here.  If you have dry skin, First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream is amazing.  I can put this on at night and wake up with it still on and moisturizing my face almost as well as when freshly applied.  Though it isn’t the best cream for anti-aging, and it doesn’t have a ton of super charged ingredients, it moisturizes like no other and does a great job of healing dry and flaky skin.  I use it on my eyes as well, and my skin feels supple and smooth.  Though First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream isn’t my all-time favorite moisturizer, it was a life saver for me all through April and I do recommend it for those with dry skin issues.

Perfectly Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Perfectly Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum

One I got well enough to start caring about my skin again, I turned to Perfectly Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum.  My biggest skin care issue this month was dry, dull, lifeless skin and this Hyaluronic Acid Serum did the trick to restore it.  Hyaluronic Acid is wonderful for the skin, especially in terms of moisture and younger looking skin.  Hyaluronic Acid is a substance that is naturally found within our bodies.  It is a protein that is found in the deeper layers of our skin.  As we age, our skin’s natural Hyaluronic Acid content can decrease, so the serum helps bring back vibrancy and radiance.  Perfectly Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum is a vegetarian product that is free of things like Parabens, Petroleum, SLS, Artificial Color and Fragrance.  Full transparency: this product was sent to me for free, but regardless, it is a great product.

Derma MD Soy Moisturizer Healing Intense Creme

Derma MD Soy Moisturizer Healing Intense Creme

Not only did my face need some TLC, but so did my body.  I turned to my Derma MD Soy Moisturizer Healing Intense Creme.  I have been taking a break from Derma MD skin care lately, but I have to say that I really like this Soy Moisturizer a lot.  It is so lightweight and dries down so quickly that you wouldn’t think that it would be all that moisturizing.  But oh my gosh, it is so wonderful for the skin.  It really is healing and feels silky soft.  I absolutely recommend using it, especially if you have skin issues like eczema or psoriasis.  But even if you don’t have those specific issues, it is great on elbows and knees, or any other dry spots.  Full transparency: this product was also sent to me for free.  Derma MD can be a little pricey if you order directly from them, but they are frequently featured on sites like Rue La La and Hautelook, so you can get their products for a fraction of the cost.

Jesse's Girl Pure Pigment Eye Dust in Sunlit Cactus

Jesse’s Girl Pure Pigment Eye Dust in Sunlit Cactus

I did have a couple of makeup favorites this month, and one of them is a rediscovered product.  This is Jesse’s Girl Pure Pigment Eye Dust in Sunlit Cactus.  I don’t even remember how long I have had it in my collection.  I don’t know about you, but I tend to get caught up in my palettes (Naked 2, Lorac Pro, Wet n Wild palettes, etc.) and my single shadows get neglected.  But that is a real shame.  Just LOOK at Sunlit cactus.  It is so gorgeous.  It shifts from fiery orange, to vibrant gold, to fairy green.  It is magical.  I know that some Rite-Aids carry Jesse’s Girl Pure Pigment Eye Dust, but if you can’t find it, Sunlit Cactus is available in the Jesse’s Girl website.

Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Honey

Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Honey

And my final Favorite for April is Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Honey.  I wasn’t in the mood to do much of anything with my lips this month, and Honey fit the bill for no fuss no muss.  You all know by now how much I love Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatments.  They are one of my favorite lip products on the market, and the only complaint I have for them is their ridiculous price.  Honey came in a holiday set.  It is a sheer warm nude.  The formula is moisturizing and truly lovely.

Now onto this month’s Fails.  Always keep in mind that my reviews are based on my specific experience with these products, and good or bad, you may have different results.  So, just because I give a product a bad review, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is a bad product.  It just means that it did not work for me.

Perfectly Pure Rose & Witch Hazel Toner

Perfectly Pure Rose & Witch Hazel Toner

Along with the Hyaluronic Acid Serum, I also received  Perfectly Pure Rose & Witch Hazel Toner for free.  Unfortunately, this did not work for me.  The formula isn’t bad, and it is just as natural and free from harmful products as the Hyaluronic Acid Serum, which is great.  But I could not stand the smell.  It smell like roses, and not good roses.  Grandma’s attic roses.  It is so gross.  The smell lingers on the skin, even when I use other products with it, all I can smell is roses and moth balls.  I used the toner three times and then gave up.  I just couldn’t handle it.  Big fail!

Derma MDGlamur LIP Plumpers Trio

Derma MDGlamur LIP Plumpers Trio

The final product that I want to talk about is another Derma MD product.  I should have known that this was going to be a fail before I even tried it.  This is the Derma MD Glamur LIP plumpers Trio in Hot & Sexy.  I don’t like lip plumpers.  I don’t like products with a minty tingle, or any tingle for that matter.  I just got seduced by Derma MD’s excellent skin care, so when they offered to send them to me I thought “why not”.  Well, I’ll tell you why.  Holy crap those things sting!  No.  Nope.  No thank you.  The shades are beautiful and pigmented, but I couldn’t keep them on my lips for more than a minute.  I’m actually a little surprised that Derma MD even offers lip plumpers because they are so bad for your lips.  Anyway, in my book lip plumpers are bad news and total fails.

And that is it for my Favorites and Fails for April.  I hope that you saw something that you liked.  I am hoping that May will bring me much better health.  I will be traveling back to North Carolina next week, so I need to be healthy for my trip.  Which reminds me, posting may be a little spotty next week.  I am hoping to have a couple guest posts up.  Fingers crossed.  I hope that April has treated you well, and that you are enjoying springtime.

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First Aid Beauty Review

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First Aid Beauty

First Aid Beauty

Today I have three products from First Aid Beauty to review for you.  I had heard quite a bit about First Aid Beauty, and wanted to check the brand out for myself.  I had a pretty decent discount code a few months back, so I went ahead and placed an order online.  Here is what First Aid Beauty says about itself, taken from the FAB website: “First Aid Beauty aims to provide highly effective yet luxurious products that treat everyday beauty and skincare challenges. FAB products blend serious therapeutic action with luxurious textures, so individuals with tough skin conditions no longer have to sacrifice luxury nor tolerate greasy creams and bland formulas. FAB products are free of harsh chemicals and known allergens, including parabens, phthalates, alcohol, fragrances and artificial dyes. Select products also boast FDA-approved over-the-counter formulations that target specific skin issues such as eczema and acne. The result is true first aid beauty and a collection of products that may be used safely by even the most sensitive skin types.”  Sounds great, right?  So let’s see if the products lived up to their gloss.

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads

First up are the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads.  According to FAB: “Facial Radiance Pads contain just the right amount of lactic and glycolic acids to make them safe and effective for daily use. Cucumber and Indian gooseberry tone the skin, while lemon peel and licorice root leave the skin bright and glowing. FAB’s facial radiance pads are free of parabens, harsh chemicals and colorants.”  I am a fan of chemical exfoliants, and these pads are designed as an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) exfoliant.  I’m not sure if there isn’t enough glycolic acid, or if my skin simply prefers salicylic acid instead, but the Facial Radiance Pads weren’t as effective for me as I would have liked.  I ended up having to incorporate salicylic acid into my nighttime routine and just use these in the morning or else I would break out.

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads

The Facial Radiance Pads are textured, but not abrasive.  They do tone well, without drying the skin out.  On the contrary, the formula was actually pretty hydrating.  They have a mildly smoky, herbal scent, probably because of the licorice root because there is no added fragrance.  There isn’t necessarily anything wrong with the Facial Radiance Pads, but my skin simply didn’t respond as well to these levels of glycolic acid.  If your skin responds to AHA’s over BHA’s, then you may want to give the Facial Radiance Pads a try.  A tub of 28 pads retail for $14 and 60 pads retail for $30.

First Aid Beauty Anti-Redness Serum

First Aid Beauty Anti-Redness Serum

The next product I tried was the First Aid Beauty Anti-Redness Serum.  Redness is a big problem for me, and the main reason I tried this trio of products in the first place was because they were recommended to treat rosacea.  Here is the description from FAB’s website: “FAB Anti-Redness Serum is packed with caffeine, a natural vasoconstrictor that can help with visible skin redness. By shrinking blood vessels, FAB Anti-Redness Serum improves unsightly redness in the dermis. Colloidal sulfur in the formula works to combat the root cause of facial redness. Aloe soothes while ginger works as a natural, powerful anti-inflammatory. Bisabolol is an exceptionally gentle anti-inflammatory that aids penetration of our formula’s actives. FAB Antioxidant Booster completes the picture by defending the skin against free radical damage.”  I had high hopes for the Anti-Redness Serum, but ultimately it was a let down.  I wanted so badly to love this product, but it just did nothing for me.  I used all three FAB products everyday for two months, so I gave them a good chance to work.  The Anti-Redness Serum has a distinctly smoky scent that I found very off-putting.  It felt fine going on, lightweight and non-greasy, but my skin would immediately flame red.  There was no itchiness or irritation other than the color.  The inclusion of sulfur is controversial, and I do not claim to be an expert on skin care ingredients.  All I know, is that my redness has not gone away or lessened from using the Anti-Redness Serum.  I have read many reviews where people rave about this miracle product, but it had no effect on my skin, so it is a fail in my book.  A 1.7 oz bottle of Anti-Redness Serum retails for $36.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

The last First Aid Beauty product that I tried was the Ultra Repair Cream, which I love.  According to the website: “FAB Ultra Repair Cream is a thick, rich, emollient product that hydrates deep down with exceptional penetration. With the help of colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, soothing eucalyptus oil and ceramides, FAB Ultra Repair Cream provides immediate relief and visible improvement for distressed skin. FAB Antioxidant Booster is there to defend skin from free radical damage. Ultra Repair Cream can be used all over the body and on the face.”  I’m not thrilled with the inclusion of eucalyptus oil in the Ultra Repair Cream, and there aren’t any super power ingredients that are supposed to work miracles on my skin, but I absolutely love the formula.  It is possible that the formula would be too emollient for oily or combo skin, but if you have dry skin, the Ultra Repair Cream is amazing.  I can put this on at night and wake up with it still on and moisturizing my face almost as well as when freshly applied.  I am willing to use other serums to fight wrinkles and keep using the Ultra Repair Cream to moisturize because it feels so good.  Personally, I can recommend the Ultra Repair Cream as a winner.  The Ultra Repair Cream retails at $12 for a 2 oz tube, or $28 for a 6 oz jar.

First Aid Beauty Anti-Redness Serum (L) and Ultra Repair Cream (R)

First Aid Beauty Anti-Redness Serum (L) and Ultra Repair Cream (R)

I don’t know if it helps because they just look like lotion, but here is a picture of both the First Aid Beauty Anti-Redness Serum (on the left) and Ultra Repair Cream (on the right).  This is one pump of Anti-Redness Serum.  The Ultra Repair Cream comes in a jar, so this is a swipe of it.  I’m not sure if you can tell from this picture, but the Anti-Redness Serum has a slightly thinner consistency than the Ultra Repair Cream.  It also sits on top of the skin more so than the Ultra Repair Cream, which immediately digs in and starts to sink and absorb.

All in all, I have mixed feelings about First Aid Beauty.  My love for the Ultra Repair Cream almost makes up for the disappointment of the other two products.  Almost.  I may be willing to try another First Aid Beauty product if it’s on sale, but I won’t go out of my way to buy anything new at this point.  The Ultra Repair Cream is the exception to that, and I have already purchased a replacement jar for when this one runs out.  You can find First Aid Beauty online at firstaidbeauty.com, or at Sephora.  I don’t think I’ve seen it anywhere else.  Have you tried any First Aid Beauty products?  What was your experience?  Let me know in the comments below.

April Favorites 2014

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Monthly Favorites April 2014

Monthly Favorites April 2014

It’s Monthly Favorites time!  For those of you who are new to the blog, Monthly Favorites are those products that particularly stood out to me and ones that I reached for over and over throughout the month.  I was still going pretty easy on the makeup throughout April, and I went for a lot of easy natural looks.  You will notice that there isn’t a whole lot of color in this month’s favorites.  Still, I have been very happy with these products.  Several of them are new, and there are a couple old favorites in there too.  So, let’s get started.

e.l.f. Cruisin' Chic and NYX Moonlit Skinny Dip

e.l.f. Cruisin Chic and NYX Moonlit Skinny Dip

My first favorite is actually two products together.  I’ve been pairing the e.l.f. Essential Smudge Pot in Cruisin Chic and the NYX Love in Rio Eyeshadow Palette in Moonlit Skinny Dip.  I did a review of the e.l.f. Essential Smudge Pots earlier this month.  You can see the full review and swatches here.  I’ve been obsessed with the e.l.f. Essential Smudge Pots.  The formula is so good and they are so affordable.  In essence, I loved them, and Cruisin Chic was my favorite of the bunch.  It is a gorgeous metallic taupe shade with a ton of dimension and life.  It looks beautiful all by itself, but I’ve been combining it with NYX Moonlit Skinny Dip to complete the look.

e.l.f. Cruisin' Chic and NYX Moonlit Skinny Dip

e.l.f. Cruisin Chic and NYX Moonlit Skinny Dip

I’ve been placing e.l.f. Cruisin Chic on the lid, then dipping my brush back and forth between the middle and darkest shades in the NYX Moonlit Skinny Dip trio for my crease color.  I highlight with the lightest shade in Moonlit Skinny Dip.  Combining the metallic taupe with the more subtle matte shades make this simple look so wearable for daytime.  It’s also a better option for those of you who don’t normally do metallic or shimmer.  The matte shades tone it down so you have that pop on the lids without the shimmers overpowering your look or accentuating flaws that you’d rather ignore.  I love the way the two products look together and have been wearing this combo constantly.

e.l.f. Studio Flawless Finish Foundation in (L) Porcelain and (R) Sand

e.l.f. Studio Flawless Finish Foundation in (L) Porcelain and (R) Sand

Another e.l.f. product that I’ve been loving is an oldie but a goody.  I’ve been gravitating toward the e.l.f. Studio Flawless Finish Foundation before the weather gets too warm.  I’ve featured this foundation in a couple favorites posts before.  I tend to forget about the e.l.f. Studio Flawless Finish Foundation, but every time I use it, I am reminded of how much I like it.  It gives my skin a beautiful, smooth, semi-matte finish with pretty good coverage.  It doesn’t dry me out, and my skin looks great several hours into wear with no fading.  I love the packaging.  Check out that glass bottle!  It also has a pump dispenser.  E.l.f. really stepped it up with the packaging for the Flawless Finish Foundation.  It looks expensive, but it is still only $6.00, which is pricey for e.l.f., but lower than anything else you can find in the drugstore.  I recommend checking it out, especially if you have dry skin.  Though I should say that I wouldn’t choose e.l.f. Studio Flawless Finish Foundation during the very warmest months of the year unless you are rarely outside.  The only issue I have with this foundation is the shade selection doesn’t match me perfectly, so I have to mix two shades.  In the summer, when I have some color, I can get away with just using Sand.  However, in the winter months when I’m at my palest, I need to mix Porcelain (which is too light) with Sand (which is too dark) to get a really good match.  For reference, I’m usually the second or third shade in a foundation line.  (I’m 820 in the CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation that everyone and their mother has used.)  E.l.f. foundations often run dark, so keep that in mind if you have very light skin.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

When I reviewed the Benefit Cosmetics skincare products earlier this month, I mentioned that when it came to moisturizers they either need to actually contain ingredients that work hard for me to fight the signs of aging and restore my skin, or they have to have such an awesome formula that they trick me into thinking that they do.  First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream fits that latter category.  There aren’t any super power ingredients that are supposed to work miracles on my skin, but I absolutely love the formula.  This is for people with dry skin for sure.  It would probably be way too emollient for oily or combo skin.  But if you have dry skin, First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream is amazing.  I can put this on at night and wake up with it still on and moisturizing my face almost as well as when freshly applied.  My husband wrinkles his nose at the concept (he hates lotions and moisturizers) but that is a huge selling point or me.  My skin is completely repaired from the long winter, it feels soft and supple.  It doesn’t feel dry anymore at all.  I love the formula, and despite not having any miracle worker ingredients, First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream works really well for me.

Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance

Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance

I have been really into perfumes this month.  I’ve been trying to remember to apply a different scent every day.  I didn’t want to include my entire fragrance collection here in this favorites post, so I will show off my newest scent that I purchased this month.  Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance is dreamy and sophisticated, and a different choice for me.  I have been trying to grow my fragrance collection to include more sophisticated scents than my usual Juicy or Ed Hardy fragrances.  I started with Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia, which is so lovely, but still pretty light.  Midnight Romance is a bit heavier.  Feminine florals (peony, jasmine, and freesia) combine with sexier notes of bergamot and black vanilla.  There is a slight touch of berry that keeps it from going too dark and heavy, but it isn’t a fruity scent.  Midnight Romance is really a beautiful fragrance that is feminine sexy and sophisticated, and I’m so glad that I got it.  I love getting rollerballs or travel sizes of perfumes because they are so much more affordable so that I can get a variety.  I’m not the kind to stick to a signature scent so rollerballs are perfect or me.

That’s it for my April favorites.  I hope that you saw something that you liked.  What were your favorite products from the month of April?  Let me know in the comments below.