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A Little Greasy, But Has Fantastic Ingredients
I am a hand cream addict. There, I said it. I use hand cream every single day, and I own so many tubes and have tried so many hand creams that I could probably start a university course on hand cream with an accompanying museum. While I have a lot of hand creams, I can be very picky, and this is one of the better ones. The only thing that I don't like about it is the greasiness, which is why it's eight stars instead of ten. However, the greasiness from the thickness would make Aveda's Hand Relief a great overnight treatment, especially in the dry winter months. The ingredients in this hand cream are great. There are humectants, which a good for moisture, vitamin A and E antioxidants, plant extracts, and fruit extracts. These ingredients will not only make a difference, it's better than hand creams that are loaded with synthetic chemicals. (The impressive quality of the ingredient list also justifies the slightly pricey tag on this hand cream.) Also, Aveda's Hand Relief has a great scent that will appeal to both men and women. It's Aveda's signature "botanical" scent, only a little fruitier. It's clean, fresh, fruity, and sophisticated (bonus!). The scent isn't so strong that it will compete with perfume or make others gag. Overall, I would definitely buy this again. Not only are the ingredients good, the scent is great. This made my dry hands feel so good and the moisture lasts.
December 27, 2013
Great Overnight Lip Product
My skin goes crazy in the winter with the dry air, so on a particularly chapped night, I used this before going to bed, and I woke up with really soft, plump lips with no chapping, cracking, or discomfort. Vaseline really outdid themselves with this. The packaging looks just like a regular tub of Vaseline, but in a very miniature form, which is so cute! While this is cute, I personally don't like having to use my fingers with lip products, so for me that was a star off. However, that's just my personal preference. The cocoa scent of this stuff is so. Good. It smells like chocolate and sweet sugar cookies that are fresh out of the oven, which is great for winter. I can't say that it tastes like what it smells like, though. The formula itself is really simple and effective. The cocoa butter and the petroleum jelly make my lips really soft and I don't have to keep reapplying every couple of hours. Overall, this is a pretty good product. For about $3, this works better than Chapstick. I do say that I wouldn't wear this in the daytime because it's really, really thick, but it'd be a great overnight solution.
December 25, 2013
Popular, and For a Good Reason
This lotion is amazing and wildly popular. And for good reasons. Besides the adorable packaging (which BBW redesigned to be even more beautiful), the scent is absolutely amazing. It's a floral scent, but without being overly sweet and the floral is also very fresh and clean. The scent is very energizing, happiness-inducing, girly yet sophisticated, and is great all-year round. The smell of this lotion is just fantastic (but it's really hard for me to describe). On me, the scent lasts about three to six hours. The lotion itself is quite moisturizing on my arms and legs, but it won't quite do the trick on especially dry areas like feet or elbows, which is why I gave it nine stars instead of ten. For the price, which was about $12, I think Country Chic lotion by BBW is a good buy because not only is the packaging cute and sturdy, the lotion smells like heaven and has nice moisture. Some people might find that paying $12 for 8 ounces to be pricey, but BBW almost always has promotions, and coupons are really easy to find. Overall, I would definitely buy this again.
December 24, 2013
Gets Annoying After a While
I got this Enchanted Orchid body lotion on BBW's website (because it's discontinued), and just got around to trying it now, and my initial impression was: extremely impressed. The cute, pretty bottle dispensed just the perfect amount, and it almost instantly suck into my skin for a silky, non-greasy feel. Of course, like most BBW scents, Enchanted Orchid smelled amazing, like an exotic, lush, flowery getaway with the sun shining down on a bed of orchids, and a musky breeze wafting around. The price for the 8-ounce bottle was relatively cheap, too, since I only buy BBW products when they are doing the "Buy 3, Get 3 Free" promotion, both online and in-store. So technically, this bottle would normally be around $12, but I got it for around $6. While my initial reaction to this lotion was absolute delight, it got really annoying after a while. While the lotion felt really nice at first, the moisture didn't last long, maybe about an hour. The scent, however, stuck around for way longer. Maybe too long. It's been nearly 20 hours, and I can still smell it on myself. The scent was very nice and intoxicating at first, but now it's just any other old lady floral that's cloying. Overall, while the first few moments of this lotion are amazing, it gets old, annoying, and dry after a while. I don't think I'd be buying this again after finding some way to use up the bottle without knocking myself out with the floral scent.
December 24, 2013
Fixed My Skin
For a stage production, I knew I was going to get some sort of breakout/allergic reaction from the heavy, greasy, used-by-others makeup, but what choice did I really have? But after using the makeup, I didn't think my skin would react THAT badly. I woke up the next morning with a swollen eye; red, bumpy, burning skin all over my cheeks and forehead; and really unpleasant dryness with my lips. The first day, I was absolutely miserable. I was wearing my hair to cover half my face, it was that embarrassing. The second day was better, but that's when my face started peeling like crazy. It was like snowfall from my face. I tried basically every moisturizer in my arsenal, but nothing kept the flaking down. I finally found my jar of Aquaphor in the back of the cabinet and I used it after some gentle exfoliation. I had used Aquaphor before thinking it wasn't anything particularly special, and I thought it would clog my pores like Vaseline (which it didn't), but I had high hopes now. Well, I woke up the next morning and all the flaking was gone, the redness was gone, my skin was the smoothest its ever been, and the stinging was gone. It was astonishing. Aquaphor will definitely be a staple in my beauty routine (especially in the winter) now. I remember buying my 3 and a half ounce jar for about $8-$9, and that 3 and a half ounces will last forever. The ingredients in Aquaphor and simple (I actually know what they are, haha), so I feel safer putting it on my skin. The formula is a little thick and feels initially greasy (obviously), but it gives a nice radiant glow, lasts long, moisturizes like no one's business, and it really does work like it claims. It promotes healing so well, and the moisture is truly unbelievable. It's also extremely comfortable, I barely noticed it was there unless I touched my face. After this experience, I think everyone should have a jar of Aquaphor at home!
December 7, 2013
A Nice Way to End the Day
I got a free pack of this from one of my friends who is (extremely) beauty-savvy, and I must say it is one of the better makeup remover wipes I've tried. First off, the scent is SO heavenly. It's floral, elegant, and light. It's a really refreshing way to start my day or a relaxing way to get my makeup off. These wipes don't leave my dry skin parched like other wipes, they are very gentle and seem to put a bit of moisture back into my skin, and they don't hurt from irritation. The material is very soft. I also feel good about having less chemicals and more natural ingredients on my face. However, just because these Burt's Bees wipes are soft and gentle doesn't make them ineffective. I managed to get a full face of heavy, greasy stage makeup off with one wipe in about four minutes. Also, the price is really reasonable with the full sized packages (not so much with the small ones, little overpriced). I would definitely get these again.
December 6, 2013
I honestly have skin that will go through anything without breaking out and I don't have any allergies, but this is the one thing that will cause it to go berserk. Thank goodness I didn't spend money on this. I got it in the mail as a free sample. As with all other Simple products, this was white and unscented, packaged in the familiar green and white, plain packaging. When I first squeezed this out of the bottle and smoothed in on my face, I was in love. It was lightweight, but it made my face feel so replenished and velvety soft. So I went to bed thinking that I had found my new "it" moisturizer. But when I woke up, I had tiny, bumpy, uneven, and rather painful small bumps all over my face where I had applied the moisturizer the night before. Not. Cool. I have not broken out in about six months, but this finally caused one of the worst breakouts I've had in a long time. Besides the fact that this moisturizer made me break out, the ingredients don't list anything particularly impressive that could seem to deliver on Simple's claims. Overall, this made my insensitive, highly tolerant skin break out like never before, and it doesn't seem to have any particularly unique or effective ingredients. Don't waste money, time, or hopes on this product. I usually like (don't love, but like) Simple's products, but this one is awful.
November 27, 2013
Surprisingly Decent for the Price
I have always been drawn to ELF products because of the simple black packaging and low price tag, but friends of mine have always warned me about the quality. But when I was at the store and saw a 10 piece set of mini ELF nail polishes for $10, I bought it because the colors were all on-trend fall colors, such as dark, cherry red, glittery gold, a mauve-ish nude, a shimmery rose gold, a dark purple, a black with navy shimmer, and others. For the price, I was pleasantly surprised! The colors were gorgeous and true to what I saw in the bottle. The brush was a little short, but of course what I had were mini bottles. The brush quality was okay, though. This polish was a little tricky to get to my standard of nail polish perfection. The first coat is incredibly streaky, but the second coat is usually better. I used a base and top coat to seal in my manicure and make it last. But after I got it right, the polish looked glossy and vibrant on my nails. I got a good 5 days of wear out of each of these mini polishes, which was pretty impressive considering they cost $1 each. Overall, I think this is a decent nail polish with gorgeous colors. It does require a bit of technique tweaking to get just right, but I think I'll buy this in the future if something catches my eye.
November 16, 2013
Long Lasting, but Requires Technique for It to Look Good
I got this from a friend when she was cleaning out her makeup stash. It's a bright pink hue called Infatuation. When I first tried this brush, I really didn't like it. It looked blotchy and overdone, so I put it away and forgot about it for a while. But in hindsight, when I tried it, I was using a cheap drugstore contouring brush. So I whipped out my MAC blush brush, and tried dabbing the blush on my cheeks in layers, and I absolutely loved it. I now use it everyday. Now with new technique and a better brush, the blush feels very silky and both cheeks look even. The color is sheer, so if I want more I build it up in layers. It's this beautiful light pink flush that makes me look like I'm blushing. It looks very dewy, fresh, and innocent. I can now see why it's called Infatuation, like the blowy blush you get when you see your first love. I have gotten so many compliments on my cheeks when I am wearing this! And the best part besides the gorgeous color and good formula is how long it lasts. I put a little pinch of it on in the morning at around 7:00, and it lasts through classes and sweating at the gym, which is until about 7:30. For the price, performance, and color, this blush is worth every penny. Just get a good brush, and dab it on with the brush instead of the usual sweeping moment.
November 16, 2013
Gives My Lips a Lively Flush
My first impression of this was a really, really dark plum purple color. I wasn't sure if I really wanted to put it on my lips from the fear of having it look goth, but after swatching it on my hand and finally trying it on my lips, I was sold. It's now my go-to lip balm/sheer color. I use it all year round because the color is suitable for all the seasons and situations. It's incredibly flattering to my skin tone (what I heard from others is that it is flattering to everyone's skin tone), and it gives my lips this pinkish flush that really wakes my face up and makes me look more alive. Which is really useful on dreary Monday mornings or after an all-nighter when I look like the walking dead. This is also very moisturizing, and the sheer color and moisture last for about 4 hours, so I only have to reapply about twice a day. I know the tube doesn't really look like anything special, and the price point is rather expensive ($16) but after trying it, this is one of the most versatile everyday lip products.
November 16, 2013