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#SampleSunday | Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Nightly Brightening Pads

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Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Nightly Brightening Pads

August is here?! I swear, the older I get, the more the year flies by. Amirite?¬†ūüėȬ†Anywho, let’s get to sampling, shall we? You know how you go to Ulta and there’s the aisle of doom, but there’s also a kiosk section with travel sizes? At least mine does… Anyways, I was on the hunt for a specific product, couldn’t find it, so I picked up the¬†Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Nightly Brightening Pads.* I had not seen this around and I was looking for a toner pad to take with me on a trip, so I thought “why not?” Right?

So what are the¬†Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Nightly Brightening Pads? According to Juice Beauty, the Green Apple Peel Nightly Brightening Pads, “help brighten, smooth and tone while reducing the appearance of dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles.” Juice Beauty also states, “these luxurious, eco-friendly bamboo pads are saturated with antioxidant-rich organic fruit acids to brighten while extracts of algae, Vitamin B3 and plant-derived sodium hyaluronate reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as dark spots and discoloration, for optimum age-defying results.” In addition, the brand says these pads are good for almost all skin types, minus those with sensitive or rosacea skin, and for those in their 20’s and up.

Other bits to know, the¬†Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Nightly Brightening Pads is formulated without¬†parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. I haven’t mentioned yet, but Juice Beauty is also cruelty-free. I’ve given my thoughts on parabens in the past, but if the exclusion of such an ingredient means something to you, keep that in mind.

Knowing all of that, let’s take a brief look at the ingredients and then my thoughts on the product! Below are the ingredients (as listed on CosDNA): Read more…

August 13, 2017
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#TheBreakdown | My Holy Grail Vitamin C Serum [40 Carrots Carrot+C Vitamin Serum]

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40 Carrots Carrot+C Vitamin Serum

You ever love a product so much, but never hear anything about it? That’s how I feel about the¬†40 Carrots Carrot+C Vitamin Serum!* I’ve been using this product for years and it has been pretty much the only Vitamin C Serum that I’ve been faithful to. It was a discount find at Marshalls, so when I do see it, I buy it in bulk. And if I don’t see it at my local Marshalls, I peruse the nearby stores and hope to get lucky.

But what is it about the 40 Carrots Carrot+C Vitamin Serum that gets me going? I’ve always wondered myself. I mean, I feel like it works… But does it? Today I’m going to do a little breakdown of the product and ¬†see if it really is doing all the wonders a Vitamin C serums should be doing or if I should quit the fantasy and look for a big girl product.

Before we look at look deeper at the 40 Carrots Carrot+C Vitamin Serum, let’s talk about Vitamin C serums in general. What’s all the rage about them? Vitamin C serums are known for their anti-aging and brightening benefits. Basically, it can make your skin look firm and plump while helping fade those pesky post-acne dark spots. I’ve even read of Vitamin C serums increasing the effectiveness of sunscreen, however I’m not too sure about that claim, but I generally never skip some sort of Vitamin C in my daily morning routine, so perhaps it is working in my favor.^ With that in mind, let’s take a deeper look at what is going here with the 40 Carrots Carrot+C Vitamin Serum.

Starting with ingredients, below is what is in the 40 Carrots Carrot+C Vitamin Serum (as listed on CosDNA): Read more…

August 9, 2017
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#TheBreakdown | Thoughts on the #10Products10Days Challenge

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#10Products10Days Challenge

Despite being such a big skincare junkie, I have a pretty basic routine. My husband may seem to insist otherwise, but I really do stick to the bare bones of a routine. One morning I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and stumbled upon the below ‘gram. I instantly wanted to join. I mean, how hard could it be?¬†#10Products10Days? Easy peasy!

My already minimal routines surely would get me through this. My AM routine typically consists of a cleanse or rinse, toner, a Vitamin C serum, a moisturizer (albeit oil or cream) and then SPF. My PM routine isn’t much different; a first cleanse to remove makeup, a second cleanse to remove leftovers, toner, a serum or form of Retinol and a night cream. I sometimes add things in for eye care, by my under eye area isn’t particularly dry, therefore it tends to get left out. With this in mind, let’s take a look at the ten products I chose,¬†reasons for said products and thoughts on the whole experiment. Read more…

July 26, 2017
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#SampleSunday | Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm

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Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm

I don’t know if you’re like me, but chances are that if you’re a skincare fanatic, you are. I change up routine depending on the general season as opposed to the day. My skin typically stays the same, unless I’m travelling to a different climate or the weather goes nuts. With that in mind, the hotter the months, the less I want to use creams, balms or oils to remove my makeup due to the fact that I’m wearing less makeup in general. However, this time around, I decided to try a balm. And by now, you know that balm is the¬†Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm.*

Farmacy is a brand I’ve been wanting to try for quite some time. I love the idea of their products. They’re like K-beauty meets green beauty and we all know I’m a fan of both. According to the brand, this “…nourishing cleansing balm that gently melts away makeup and impurities caused by pollution, leaving the skin hydrated and silky smooth.” Additionally, the¬†Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm features sunflower oil, ginger root oil, moringa and papaya extracts and whole list of other natural ingredients that are leave the skin glowing and promotes complexion toning. Farmacy also claims this product is good for all skin types.

So what’s the deal with the¬†Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm? Is this a great makeup remover? Let’s take a look at the ingredients and then talk about my experience.

Below are the ingredients (as listed on CosDNA): Read more…

July 23, 2017
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#SampleSunday | Honest Beauty Refreshingly Clean Gel Cleanser

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Honest Beauty Refreshingly Clean Gel Cleanser

It’s Sunday and that means I have a sample review for you! Today I’ll be taking a closer look at the¬†Honest Beauty Refreshingly Clean Gel Cleanser.* I bought this, maybe? I really have no clue how this got into my collection. I thought I saw it in the check-out aisle bins at Ulta.¬†ūüėÖ

For those who don’t know, Honest Beauty is a part of The Honest Co., which is co-owned by Jessica Alba. Honest Beauty is a brand that’s all about eco-friendly, clean products that are cruelty-free as well. Getting into the details of the cleanser, Honest Beauty states that the Refreshingly Clean Gel Cleanser is made… “with a botanical blend of Chamomile, Calendula, Yucca Root extract and Saponaria, this luxurious formula delivers a fresh, foamy experience that removes dirt and makeup without over-drying skin.” Additionally, Honest Beauty did a study of 325 women who claimed that after four (4) weeks of use, “95% agreed skin felt refreshed and clean after use,¬†94% agreed skin showed no signs of makeup after use and¬†85% agreed skin did not feel dry after use.” On top of that, Dermstore also states the product is ideal for those with all skin types ranging from hypersensitive/sensitive to mature skin and everything in-between. And lastly, the product is also free of sulfates, parabens and synthetic fragrances and dyes.

So, is this amazing? Does it leave your skin feeling refreshingly clean as the product line indicates? Let’s first take a look at the ingredients and then talk about my experience with the product. Read more…

July 16, 2017
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