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Curtain Call: Eclos Skin Prep Cleanser

Hey guys! I’m back with another Curtain Call post. It makes me extremely happy to finish up a product that’s part of my beauty routine. There’s always a LOT of new stuff coming out that I want to try, but I can’t cause I have a ton of those type of products already. I’m just at a stage where I’m trying to use everything up as much as I can and only getting something new cause I need it and don’t have any backups stocked. It will take a while for that to happen unfortunately. But here’s what has been laying empty on the shower floor for a few days now: Eclos Skin Prep Cleanser.

At 6.8 fl oz / 200 ml, this retails for $14.99 at their online store and is similarly priced at various retail and drugstores where it is sold. This entire pump top bottle lasted me for about 4 months. This definitely lasted longer than I thought for using it both in the morning and before I go to bed. Some days during the morning though I do end up using something else I have in the shower. The back of the bottle reads the following:

“This purifying, foaming gel cleanser is perfect for lifting make-up and pore-clogging debris without over-drying skin. Special pH-balanced formula with Chamomile and Cucumber helps soothe, revitalize, and hydrate skin. Skin Prep Cleanser is part of the Eclos™ anti-aging skin care system. Eclos™ products are exclusively formulated with Apple Stem Cell Technology, extracted from a rare Swiss Apple, clinically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve skin texture in 2 weeks.* Antioxidants help tone and revitalize for a fresh, super clean surface.

Directions: Using gentle circular motion, massage a quarter-size amount onto damp skin. Rinse with warm water. User morning and night.

*100% of 20 participants in a clinical study on Apple Stem Cells experienced a decrease in wrinkle depth after 28 days.”

Eclos Skin Prep Cleanser

Verdict? It’s not bad as a cleanser really, but on the pricier side for a drugstore product. It does a good job of cleaning my face well while leaving my skin soft and not drying at all. After getting the hang of how much product it dispenses with one full pump, I adjusted and figured out how much pressure to apply to get the desired amount for washing my face. The smell is fresh like ginger. It’s not bad but I do know some people who dislike scents like this. I can’t say I saw much of a difference with all the good things this Apple Stem Cell Technology brings. I personally think something like that would be more evident in a leave-on product like a facial moisturizer (which I also have and will start using eventually) rather than a wash-off product like this. I’m not saying that their claims aren’t true — everyone’s different and it just didn’t work that way for me. If I didn’t get this as a Klout Perk for free, I wouldn’t have purchased it without it being on a good sale at the very least.

This product can easily be purchased at the online store here or at various retail and drugstores such as Target, ULTA, and Walgreens. It is also available online at various websites that carry beauty and personal care products.


Curtain Call: Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask

Hey guys! I haven’t done a Curtain Call post in a while. I’ve been struggling to finish some items I have open in the shower and my bathroom counter. I’m sure some of you can relate to that. This post is on a product I got from my ipsy May 2014 Glam Bag. Here’s Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask.

At 60 ml / 2.03 fl oz, this retails for $12 at their online store and is similarly priced at various retail and drugstores where it is sold. The entire tube lasted me for almost 3 months. Keep in mind that I have long hair that goes down my back. The back of the tube reads the following:

“The Therapy Session Hair Mask deeply conditions, repairs and strengthens dry and damaged hair. Argan Oil nourishes and revitalizes, while Keravis Protein drastically increases hair’s strength and elasticity. The results are hydrated, soft and manageable hair.”

Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask

Verdict? I love it. I notice the difference more on first use, but it works pretty well until this morning as a deep conditioner I use about once a week. The directions listed on the back instructs you to us this either as a weekly treatment or an everyday conditioner. I use a generous amount enough to coat my hair from the tip to close to the roots but not touching it. I wait for 5 minutes usually and rinse thoroughly after. It kept my hair smooth and soft. The color is a creamy white and the texture is just like what I would expect from a conditioner. In fact, both color and texture reminds me that of John Frieda Luxurious Volume Full Splendor Conditioner with the texture part just a little bit more firm/less viscous compared to that. The scent is more on the warm side for me like what I would think of with sandalwood. My co-worker sister Renix thinks it’s pretty close to sandalwood. It’s a bit pricey, but if you end up really liking it I don’t see a problem dropping the dough for what you get. $12 isn’t too, too bad really for a once a week product that lasts for months. For me, I’ll pick more up if it goes on sale or clearance for a good price.

This product can easily be purchased at the online store here or at various retail and drugstores such as Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters, Kohl’s, ULTA, and Walgreens. It is also available online at various websites that carry beauty and personal care products.


Curtain Call: Victoria’s Secret Love Spell Luxurious Shower Gel

Today’s post marks the end of the life of a beauty product. The packaging has changed over the years, but they still do carry this product. This Curtain Call segment is on Victoria’s Secret Love Spell Luxurious Shower Gel.

At 8.4 fl oz / 250 ml, this is sold under their VS Fantasies brand. I got this in a beauty set during the Holidays a few years ago. It comes in a clear plastic bottle packaging with a screw top lid where you push in to open the top and squeeze out some of the product. The back of the bottle reads the following:

Awaken your senses with
the lush sensuality of our
Luxurious Shower Gel.
A little creates rich lather
leaving skin delicately cleansed,
petal soft, and scented with
lavishly lush Love Spell.

Lather over body with wash-
cloth or sponge, then rinse.

Victoria’s Secret Love Spell Luxurious Shower Gel

Verdict? I’ve always liked the scent Love Spell the most among that line of theirs (I think it used to be called Victoria’s Secret Garden). It’s sweet and reminds me of yummy candy. Light purple or lavender in color, it works just like any other shower gel I’ve tried — it cleans and leaves the skin soft with its scent. This currently retails for $14 a bottle, but you can get this at a great price during their regular deals for this line or with their semi-annual sale that is currently running still. As mentioned, the packaging has changed since then, but this is still available on their website as well as in stores. This also available as part of a gift set occasionally, especially during the Holiday season.


Curtain Call: Aveeno Active Naturals Nourish+Condition Leave-In Treatment

Happy Friday! Today we have another segment of Curtain Call. The product up for evaluation and review this time is Aveeno Active Naturals Nourish+Condition Leave-In Treatment. I managed to get this with my Extra Care Bucks (ECB) from CVS to get more ECB with this purchase about 2 years ago.

At 154 ml / 5.2 fl oz, this retails for $7.49 at CVS and is similarly priced at various retail and drugstores. It goes on sale from time to time (like right now!) and combined with coupons from your weekly Sunday paper or through tearpads in the store, this can essentially comes close to being free. The whole bottle lasted me for almost a year. With my long hair, that’s great. I did use it only when I feel I needed a little conditioning boost. The front text reads “WITH NOURISHING WHEAT COMPLEX” and “deeply replenishes dry, damaged hair”. The back of the bottle reads the following:

“NOURISH+CONDITION LEAVE-IN TREATMENT does much more than nourish and condition – it quenches the thirstiest hair with a fusion of deep conditioners and moisturizers, recharging it with with healthy new life. Hair is instantly revitalized and scientific studies show that just three uses helps repair dry damaged hair.

This exclusive ACTIVE NATURALS formula, infused with Nourishing Wheat Complex, is designed to feed your hair – replenishing moisture as it zeroes in on the weakest part of hair – fortifying the hair shaft with protein where it needs it most.

Developed with a team of experts, including a leading dermatologist and stylist, our ACTIVE NATURALS formula harnesses the power of nature combined with advanced scientific methods, and is shown to give you the beautifully strong, healthy looking hair you desire and deserve.
And because it’s from AVEENO you can trust that it’s gentle on color-treated hair.

DIRECTIONS: Spray all over hair or on concentrated areas as desired. Comb through to distribute evenly. Do not rinse. For best results, use the AVEENO NOURISH+ Shampoo and Conditioner designed to suit your hair texture.”

Aveeno Active Naturals Nourish+Condition Leave-In Treatment

Verdict? I like it a lot. It helps with tangles, so I use it on days that I use shampoo but not conditioner or when I just feel like my hair needed a little extra loving. The scent is that of a typical clean shampoo. I love it. It’s fragrant and nice. I find that my roots don’t need much of it, so I typically just spray for the application from the middle to the tip of my hair strands. I then just follow through with a comb for even distribution. Everyone asks me what I use on my hair cause it looks and smells great. I’m definitely buying this product again now that I’ve just run out of it.

This product can easily be purchased in various retail and drugstores such as Walmart, Target, ULTA, CVS, and Walgreens. It is also available online at various websites that carry beauty and personal care products.


Curtain Call: Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels Halo Angel Touch Lotion

Today’s post is on another product that has breathed its last in my bathroom. This Curtain Call segment is on Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels Halo Angel Touch Lotion.

At 4.2 fl oz / 125 ml, this is sold under their Dream Angels brand. I got this in a beauty set during the Holidays a few years ago. It comes in a frosted white plastic bottle packaging with a screw top lid. The back of the bottle shows the following:

Gentle, hydrating lotion
nourishes and silkens as it
leaves skin celestially scented
with dream angels halo.

Gently smooth over
body for soft, scented,
moisturized skin.

Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels Halo Angel Touch Lotion

Verdict? The lotion has a slightly liquidy formula that spreads evenly onto skin. It has the familiar Dream Angels in Halo scent. My favorite scent in the Dream Angels Collection is Divine followed by Halo. My skin absorbed the lotion immediately after application. The scent is a little bit strong for me, but it lasts all day. Some may find it overpowering though, so take note of that. It leaves my skin hydrated and the bottle size is just perfect for the time I feel like I’m about to switch to something else for a change. The packaging may have changed slightly visually since then, but this is still available on their website. You can get a 8.4 fl oz / 250 ml for $20 or check in stores to see if they carry it in a smaller size or if they currently have some sets (even better, Holiday season usually have sets and if you’re like me…..wait for the after Holiday sale!).


Curtain Call: Philosophy Double Rich Hot Cocoa Ultra Rich 3-in-1 Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath

Happy Friday y’all! I know I’ve been MIA for about a week now, but that’s cause I’ve been busy playing Guild Wars 2. I’m actually worse than some of my fellow hardcore gamers…..staying up ’til the sun is actually up and such. Today’s post is a Curtain Call edition. The product up for review at the end of its life is a discontinued product from the popular brand Philosophy. Here’s Philosophy Double Rich Hot Cocoa Ultra Rich 3-in-1 Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath.

At 118.3 ml / 4 fl oz, this size comes in a set I believe. The full bottle is 180 ml / 6 fl oz. The front of the bottle reads “philosophy: 1.2 c. granulated sugar, 1/3 c. hot water, 1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder, 4 c. milk, 1/8 tsp. salt, 3/4 tsp. vanilla extract. mix cocoa, sugar, water and salt in a saucepan. over medium heat, stir constantly until mixture boils. cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute. stir in the milk and heat, but do not boil. remove from heat and add vanilla. blend well. serve immediately.” and “award winning ultra rich shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath”.

The back of the bottle reads “directions: apply to wet body or scalp. lather, rinse, repeat. if using as a bubble bath, drizzle a generous amount under running water and enjoy.”

The website described it as the following:

“has the winter weather left you chilled to the bone? before you turn up the heat, pour yourself a double rich hot cocoa bubble bath. philosophy’s double rich hot cocoa shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath will allow you to close your eyes, lay your head back, and cozy up into a warm chocolately dream. this is a self-indulgent, relaxing way to satisfy your chocolate craving. oh, and don’t forget the marshmallows!”

Philosophy Double Rich Hot Cocoa Ultra Rich 3-in-1 Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath

Verdict? Yummy! I absolutely love this product. I really wish that it wasn’t discontinued. It smells really good…..almost good enough to eat! Those that don’t like bath and body products that smell like food should avoid this. The scent is quite strong. I used it mostly as a shower gel and the least as a bubble bath. I think I only used it as a bubble bath once. The formula is very rich and creamy. It created a lot of suds for all 3 purposes. Even though Philosophy products are on the more expensive side, it’s a nice luxurious treat to have once in a while.

Since this is sadly discontinued, your best bet to find it is in some discount stores like ROSS or TJMaxx. That’s the only place I’ve seen that carries discontinued Philosophy products at a discounted price.


Curtain Call: got2b Spa Body Sugar Kick

Hey y’all! Today’s Curtain Call is on a product I got a long time ago when I saw it at a Big Lots. This is back when I was still located in the tri-state area (PA, NJ & DE). Here’s got2b Spa Body Sugar Kick.

At 450 ml / 16 oz, I got it for $2.99 before tax. Not bad for that price really. This should be available at various retail and drugstores if the got2b Spa line is still in production. It comes in a screw top round plastic tub. The front text reads “smooth * radiate * polish” and “sweet sugar body scrub”. The back of the container reads the following:

“This sweet sugar body scrub makes anybody a little sweeter. Natural brown sugar plus juicy extracts of mango, apricot and guava gently exfoliate away dull, dry skin cells so a sweeter you can come out and play. So, indulge in this all-over body treat. Guaranteed not to promote cavities.

DIRECTIONS: Scoop out and apply a lavish amount of sugar kick to wet skin. Massage all over body in circular motions to exfoliate away rough, dead skin cells. Use a loofah or cleansing mitt for extra cleansing power. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.”

got2b Spa Body Sugar Kick

Verdict? Another definitely must-have product whether it’s from this brand or another. I love, LOVE, L-O-V-E body scrubs, especially the sugar based ones. This scrub is nice and thick with no greasiness at all. It even produces a decent amount of suds. A little goes a long way and the scent is just so yummy and juicy! I can definitely smell the mango goodness in it. You can’t tell from this picture, but the product is orange in color. I find that shade quite pleasing to the eye in the shower actually. It’s easy to use and the whole tub will last you a while. I find this product much milder than most other body scrubs out there.

I haven’t seen this line of got2b anywhere recently, but I know for sure that I have purchased items from this line at Walmart in their beauty and personal care product aisle.


Curtain Call: Nexxus Salon Hair Care Color Assure Replenishing Color Care Shampoo

Hey guys! Today’s Curtain Call post is on a product I picked up when I was in my crazy drugstore couponing days. I managed to get these with my Extra Care Bucks (ECB) from CVS to get more ECB with this purchase.

At 400 ml / 13.5 fl oz, this retails for $10.79 at CVS and is similarly priced at various retail and drugstores. It goes on sale from time to time and combined with coupons from your weekly Sunday paper or through tearpads in the store, this can essentially comes close to being free. The whole bottle lasted me for about 3 months. Remember, I have long hair that goes down my back. The back of the tube reads the following:

“Experience Nexxus Luxury.
Scientifically Developed.
Salon Proven.

NEXXUS
Replenishing Color Care Hair Care Products
nurture and protect color treated hair, leaving it
ravishingly radiant with a brilliant shine.

Color Assure Replenishing Color Care Shampoo,
now with an enhanced formula, contains a blend of
vitamin B-5 and UV protectors to gently remove
dulling build-up on the hair for a vibrant start.

Fortified with Exclusive
NEXXUSPHERE time released
technology, containing Nutrients,
Antioxidants, and UV Protectors.”

Nexxus Salon Hair Care Color Assure Replenishing Color Care Shampoo

Verdict? It works pretty well as a shampoo, but it’s pretty pricey compared to similar products from other brands. It kept my hair smooth and soft. The scent is pleasant like that of a regular shampoo, a clean scent really. If it goes on sale or clearance for a good price, I won’t hesitate to pick up a few bottles and stock up on them.

This product can easily be purchased in various retail and drugstores such as Walmart, Target, ULTA, CVS, and Walgreens. It is also available online at various websites that carry beauty and personal care products.


Curtain Call: Artistry Replenishing Eye Creme

Hey guys! Today’s Curtain Call post is on a product I’ve used a long time ago. I picked up 2 of these and ended up giving one of them to my mom back home. I find it a bit pricey for what I’m getting, so I never purchased it again. Here’s Artistry Replenishing Eye Creme.

At 15 ml / 14 g / 0.5 fl oz, this retails for $28.40 at their website. It’s a pretty penny for such little product, which led me to have very high hopes for this. The product comes packaged in a small white squeeze tube with a twist cap. The benefits of using this product is listed on their website as the following:

  • Begin to see younger-looking eyes in just 24 hours!
  • Fight the signs of aging and fatigue – by reducing the appearance of fine lines and puffiness with this clinically tested eye creme.
  • Reduce the appearance of fine lines, puffiness, and the appearance of dark circles by 29% in just 16 weeks.
  • Increase and sustain skin’s surface moisture level by an average of 100% after a single application of replenishing eye creme.
  • Fortify delicate skin around your eyes with citrus bioflavonoids.
  • Soothe and refresh skin with linseed, licorice extract, and echinacea.

Artistry Replenishing Eye Creme

Verdict? Not bad, but I’ll pass on this. As an eye creme, it does what it’s supposed to do. But all the other claims? I’m not sure any eye creme can give a noticeable change in just 24 hours. Formula is good and a little goes a long way. I’m not too thrilled about the scent too. It’s a little on the medicine-y side to me. It’s not too strong though and I was able to tolerate it. With all that, I’m keeping my options open to look around for other more worthy eye cremes for a cheaper price probably.

This product can easily be purchased by going through their website or by contacting your local Amway representative.


Curtain Call: got2b Spa Foot Polish

Hey y’all! Today’s post is another segment of Curtain Call. The product up in the spotlight this time is the got2b Spa Foot Polish. I got this a long time back when I saw it at a Big Lots back when I was still located in the tri-state area (PA, NJ & DE).

At 350 g / 13 oz, this is a good price for a refreshing foot scrub of this quality. I got it for $1.99 before tax. This should be available at various retail and drugstores if the got2b Spa line is still in production. It comes in a screw top round plastic tub. The front text reads “sea salt * pumice * essential oils” and “instant smoothing foot scrub”. The back of the container reads the following:

“DIRECTIONS: After soaking feet in got2b foot retreat, scoop out a small amount of foot polish and massage onto wet feet. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and dry feet with a clean, soft towel.”

got2b Spa Foot Polish

Verdict? Definitely a must-have product whether it’s from this brand or another. The scrub is nice and thick with the right proportion of the scrub and oil in the product. The leftover greasiness after a good rinsing off is still s a tad too much for me. My skin feels a little over greased, but not too bad compared to those of other brands that I’ve used. A little goes a long way and the scent is just so refreshing and invigorating! It’s minty, so keep that in mind as well when you’re using it on your skin near sensitive areas. Take note of the fact that this product contains sea salt too. Any cut or scrape with a break in your skin will sting with use of this product. The scrubbing power of this product ranks really high in my book. Some may find it too abrasive though, so keep that in mind as well.

I haven’t seen this line of got2b anywhere recently, but I know for sure that I have purchased items from this line at Walmart in their beauty and personal care product aisle.


Curtain Call: Wild Cactus Soaps Soy Whipped Body Butter

The frustrating part about finding a really good bath and body product is that half the time the company goes out of business or the product gets discontinued. Some of you may know that I’ve dabbled in soapmaking and I’ve come in contact with lots of homemade soapmakers as well as those that branch into bath and body stuff such as body butters, lotions and bath bombs. Today’s Curtain Call post is on a product from a company that I can no longer trace if it has just changed names or what.

I’m not sure how much product is held in this screw top lid container, but it lasted me through a whole winter. Winters in Oklahoma are relatively short, but it still doesn’t exempt me from suffering dry winter skin. I had this in my stash and decided to give it a shot. The front text reads ““Dutch Chocolate” and a little to the left side reads “Smooth over clean dry skin. Re-apply as needed. Avoid contact with eyes.” while the right side states “Soy wax, cocoa butter, fractionated coconut oil, apricot kernel oil & fragrance”.

Wild Cactus Soaps Soy Whipped Body Butter

Verdict? I like it! It provides a lot of moisture and you can tell that the body butter is just so rich when held in between your fingers. It starts to soften and melt with your body temperature, making it very easy to glide and apply over skin. It can feel heavy during the summer, so I definitely consider this a heavy-duty winter body butter. While it can feel a little heavy to some even for winter, it’s not that greasy at all. My skin absorbed this quickly and I didn’t have a problem with dry skin throughout winter. The scent is of light chocolate and very pleasant. I wish I could track down whether the company still exists and had just changed names so that I can keep getting this for my winter to-go moisturizer. But unfortunately for me, I’ll have to find something else for this coming winter.


Curtain Call: John Frieda Frizz-Ease Smooth Start Shampoo

Hey guys! Today’s Curtain Call post is on a product I came upon by pure chance. There were a bunch of these marked down on sale at Walmart once and I figured why not give it a shot? I wish I picked up a couple more of these for my co-worker friends to try being that this is supposed to help with frizz and I have pretty much pin straight long hair.

At 10 fl oz / 295 ml, this retails for $6.49 at CVS and is similarly priced at various retail and drugstores. It goes on sale from time to time (it’s $4.87 right now at CVS!) and combined with coupons from your weekly Sunday paper or through tearpads in the store, this can essentially comes close to being free. The whole tube lasted me for a little over 2 months. Remember, I have long hair that goes down my back. The front text reads “REPAIRING FOR DAMAGED HAIR” and “MENDS & BLOCKS FRIZZ FOR EASY STYLING”. The back of the tube reads the following:

“100% flawless, frizz-free hair,
from start to finish.*

This shampoo starts blocking frizz in the shower for easy styling. With our Frizz-Mending Complex, it smoothes strands, repairs by helping to seal split ends and restores hair’s natural defense against frizz. Leaves distressed tresses soft, shiny and highly manageable. Safe for color-treated hair.

HOW TO: Apply to wet hair, lather, rinse well. Use with FRIZZ-EASE® Smooth Start® Repairing Conditioner and FRIZZ-EASE® Hair Serum® for best results.”

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Smooth Start Shampoo

Verdict? Not bad. While it functions well as a regular shampoo, it’s not the best I’ve tried ever. It cleanses my hair well, but I can’t verify the claim that it helps with frizz. The scent is pleasant like that of a regular shampoo really. If it goes on sale or clearance for a good price, I’ll pick up a couple more just cause it’s a good buy.

This product can easily be purchased in various retail and drugstores such as Walmart, Target, ULTA, CVS, and Walgreens. It is also available online at various websites that carry beauty and personal care products.


Curtain Call: Bath & Body Works Signature Collection Creamy Body Wash

Today’s segment of Curtain Call covers another product Bath & Body Works. It’s just in time too for their semi-annual sale, which is going on right now. Here’s my take on Bath & Body Works Signature Collection Creamy Body Wash.

At 8 fl oz / 236 ml, this retails for $12.50 at Bath & Body Works stores and online. It goes on sale from time to time (like now!) and you can score this for less with coupons they send out occasionally. It’s a good buy especially when they have their semi-annual sales (again, going on now!). That’s when I stock up on these! The whole squeeze tube container lasted me for about 2 months. The back of the tube reads the following:

“Our Signature Creamy Body Wash is one of the world’s best-kept secrets for transforming your everyday shower to a luxurious experience. Enriched with Milk and Oat Proteins to soften, smooth and condition skin, its sensuous, creamy lather leaves you feeling silky smooth and beautifully fragrant.

Enjoy this rich formula and awaken your senses with our exclusive Enchanted Orchid, an exotic floral that recreates the hypnotic moment of tropical sunlight on rare orchids.”

Bath & Body Works Signature Collection Creamy Body Wash

Verdict? I love it. The scent shown is in Enchanted Orchid. While I don’t see this scent in particular offered online, you might be able to still catch it in stores. I’m not sure if this scent is discontinued or not. I think it is. It has a super creamy formula that definitely gives that luxurious feel when you’re using it. For the price, this luxurious treat definitely worth it. The scent is one of my favorites from the brand. If you get this on sale or with their coupons, it sweetens the deal. They also have various other scents available to choose from in case this scent is not right up your alley.

This product can easily be purchased at Bath & Body Works stores and online where available.


Curtain Call: Artistry Time Defiance Nighttime Renewal Creme

Hey guys! Here’s another segment of Curtain Call and I’ll have to keep this one short and sweet. The product up for review at the end of its life is Artistry Time Defiance Nighttime Renewal Creme.

At 50 ml / 50 g / 1.76 oz, I remember the price tag was pretty steep to other facial moisturizers and cremes I’ve purchased. Looking at their website, it seems like they have renamed this to Artistry Time Defiance Night Recovery Creme. It comes in a sturdy white tub container with a gold screw top lid. This is described on their website with the following:

  • Skin “remembers” how to be young again
  • Derma Cell Exchange helps restore skin’s vital communication network
  • Helps repair the visible signs of aging caused by environmental stresses
  • Restores a youthful appearance while you sleep
  • Restores and promotes skin’s firmness and elasticity
  • Advanced antioxidant protection shields skin from free radical damage for up to 10 hours

Artistry Time Defiance Nighttime Renewal Creme

Verdict? Not bad, but I’ll pass. As a facial creme, it does hydrate my skin very well for the night. A little goes a long way. I am not a huge fan though on the grease level, which is why I will reiterate this point again: a little goes a long way. Another things I am not too thrilled about is the scent. Formula is good, but the scent is a little on the medicine-y side to me. It’s not too strong though and I was able to stand it. I don’t really notice any huge changes to my skin in comparing before and after use of this product really. With that said, I’d rather keep my options open and look around for other more worthy facial moisturizers or cremes for a cheaper price probably.

This product can easily be purchased by going through their website or by contacting your local Amway representative.


Curtain Call: Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap

Hey Guys! Another Curtain Call segment for y’all today! Today’s post covers one of the most popular products from Bath & Body Works. Here’s Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap. I usually stock up on these during either their semi-annual sale or their hand soap sales (like right now…get 5 for $15 or 7 for $20!).

At 8.75 fl oz / 259 ml, $5 is pretty decent for the amount and quality you’re getting. They have a lot of scents to choose from varying from fruity to floral. The scent featured in this post is Tropical Passionfruit. I’m not sure if this scent is still in production, but it’s one of my top 5 scents from them. It comes in a plastic pump bottle that’s typical for a foaming hand soap. The front text reads “with Aloe Vera and Vitamin B5” and “with a lightweight foam to gently cleanse hands as it kills germs”. The back of the container reads the following:

“Our soft bursts of lightweight foam gently wash away dirt and germs, while leaving skin soft and lightly scented with the enticing fragrance of Tropical Passionfruit.

OUR SPECIAL INGREDIENTS

  • Aloe Vera soothes skin
  • Pro-Vitamin B5 nourishes skin”

Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap

Verdict? I love it. The foam pump makes it so convenient to use and it smells great! Other scents I’ve used are Country Apple, Sweet Pea and Cherry Blossom. It cleans well without leaving a sticky or heavy residue like some hand soaps can. It doesn’t leave my hands dry at all. I can use this many times during the day and not worry about overdrying my skin due to washing too much. Needless to say, I’ll be picking up more of these in the next few days since I am down to just one backup bottle under my sink (I checked recently).

This product can easily be purchased at Bath & Body Works stores and online where available.


Curtain Call: Bath & Body Works Pleasures Velvet Tuberose Body Cream

Today’s segment of Curtain Call covers another product from one of my favorite brands, Bath & Body Works. Here’s my take on Bath & Body Works Pleasures Body Cream.

At 8 oz / 226 g, this retails for $12.50 at Bath & Body Works stores and online. It goes on sale from time to time (like now!) and you can score this for less with coupons they send out occasionally. It’s a good buy especially when they have their semi-annual sales. That’s when I stock up on these! The whole squeeze tube container lasted me for about 3 months. The back of the tube reads the following:

“Night-blooming white tuberose, diamond orchids and seductive cashmere mush caress skin like velvet. Elegant. Rare. Glamorous.

For Daily Beauty:
Smooth over skin, focusing on dry spots like elbows, heels and knees.

Naturally Pampering Ingredients:
Nourishing Avocado Oil, Smoothing Fruit Enzymes, Conditioning Calendula & Almond Oils”

Bath & Body Works Pleasures Velvet Tuberose Body Cream

Verdict? I love it. The scent shown is Velvet Tuberose. I normally don’t go for muskier scents, but this one gets my vote. Being that this is a body cream instead of just a body lotion, a little goes a long way. The scent lasts much longer too. I always get compliments when using this product. For the price, this luxurious treat is worth it for you to pamper your skin with. If you get this on sale or with their coupons, it sweetens the deal. They also have various other scents available to choose from in case this scent is not right up your alley.

This product can easily be purchased at Bath & Body Works stores and online where available.


Curtain Call: Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub

Hey guys! Here’s another segment of Curtain Call. The product up for review this time is Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub. I’m on a constant search for my holy grail facial scrub. No sure winners yet, but I do have a few close ones on a short list.

At 4.2 fl oz / 125 ml, $6.99 is the going retail for this product. It’s not too bad, but I know other brands have similar items for less or about the same price. Neutrogena has always been a trusted brand that’s popular worldwide, so it’s priced accordingly in my opinion. Product packaging is the common facial cleanser or scrub squeeze tube container with a flip top plastic cap. The front text reads “penetrates to eliminate most blackheads and helps prevent new ones”, “gently exfoliates” and “salicylic acid acne treatment”. The back of the container reads the following:

“Clears blackheads and helps prevent new ones to give you clear, smooth skin. Its powerful combination of blackhead-fighting medicine and microbeads works together to clean pores and help keep them free of blackheads:

  • Salicylic acid penetrates into pores to remove blackhead-causing dirt and oil.
  • Gentle exfoliating beads sweep away dead skin cells.
  • Skin soothing beads deliver conditioners to help prevent skin from overdrying.”

Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub

Verdict? I like it, but it will stay at the bottom of my short list of facial scrubs. Even though I’m on the search for a good one, I regularly rotate through several just so my skin won’t get used to just one scrub. I do that with my shampoo as well. It smells good and I like the microbeads for scrubbing. Note that some may find this facial scrub too abrasive for daily use. I used it almost daily and it didn’t bother me. It cleans well and leaves my face refreshed. However, there is nothing more than just the brand name that stands out for me with this product. My hunt will continue, but I definitely see myself revisiting this particular item in the future just because I do like it overall.

This product can easily be purchased in various retail and drugstores such as Walmart, Target, ULTA, CVS, and Walgreens. It is also available online at various websites that carry beauty and personal care products.


Curtain Call: Bath & Body Works Pleasures Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner

Hey, hey! Curtain Call blog post again here! The product up for evaluation and review today is the Bath & Body Works Pleasures Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner. I got this a while back during one of their semi-annual sale for $3 each. I figured I’d give it a shot, since I’d never really shell out $7 a pop for them.

At 12 fl oz / 355 ml, $3 isn’t too bad for the amount you’re getting. I’m not sure if this line is still currently in production with Bath & Body Works, but I see some bottles of these in the last semi-annual sale. Not sure if they were leftovers or what. The scent up for review is Warm Vanilla Sugar. I know for sure it also comes in Mango Mandarin, but I can’t remember the rest. It comes in a typical flip top plastic bottle. The front text reads “for fine or normal hair”. The back of the container reads the following:

“Experience the seductive fragrance of vanilla steeped in delicious spices.

For Daily Beauty (Shampoo): To add luxurious body and volume to fine or normal hair, massage this gently cleansing shampoo into wet hair. While you lather, weightless moisturizers restore hair’s healthy balance. Rinse thoroughly to reveal hair that is full, radiant and manageable. Follow with warm vanilla sugar volumizing conditioner for ultimate shine and fullness.

For Daily Beauty (Conditioner): Indulge your fine or normal hair with this luxurious, light conditioner that adds body, shine and fullness. After shampooing, squeeze excess water from hair and massage in conditioner, starting at the ends and working up towards the scalp. Formulated to detangle, defrizz and help protect from the elements, this conditioner rinses cleanly away to ensure hair is not weighed down. For maximum body and volume, first wash hair with warm vanilla sugar volumizing shampoo.”

Bath & Body Works Pleasures Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner

Verdict? I like it, but I’ll pass. It smells great if you like the smell of baked goods. I know some people that absolutely hates bath and body products smelling like food items. It does an okay job as a shampoo, although I don’t feel that it cleans very well after a while of consistent use. I needed to use a clarifying shampoo to remove the build up after a while. Conditioner works as expected, but not as well compared to many others I’ve tried. I feel that it does weigh my hair down a bit when using it. This is based completely on my experience with various shampoos and conditioners I’ve used over the years. I do prefer the scent Mango Mandarin better, so I’ll stick to that one instead if I spot these on sale again this year for $3.

This product can easily be purchased at Bath & Body Works stores and online where available.


Curtain Call: Aveeno Active Naturals Nourish+Volumize Shampoo & Conditioner

Here’s another segment of Curtain Call. The product up for evaluation and review this time is Aveeno Active Naturals Nourish+Volumize Shampoo & Conditioner. I managed to get these with my Extra Care Bucks (ECB) from CVS to get more ECB with this purchase.

At 311 ml / 10.5 fl oz, this retails for $7.49 at CVS and is similarly priced at various retail and drugstores. It goes on sale from time to time (like right now!) and combined with coupons from your weekly Sunday paper or through tearpads in the store, this can essentially comes close to being free. The whole bottle lasted me for almost 2 months. With my long hair, that’s only okay. The front text reads “WITH NOURISHING WHEAT COMPLEX AND BLUE LOTUS FLOWER” and “strengthens and adds body to fine or limp hair”. The back of the bottle reads the following:

“NOURISH+VOLUMIZE SHAMPOO/CONDTIONER does much more than nourish and cleanse/condition – it creates abundance/adds body with a fusion of light weight conditioners, giving hair lush, rich life. Scientific studies show that three washes helps repair damage, providing the three key elements that give hair life – strength, softness and shine.

This exclusive ACTIVE NATURALS formula, infused with Nourishing Wheat Complex and Anti-Oxidant Blue Lotus Flower, is designed to feed your hair by replenishing moisture to protect fine, fragile hair. It zeroes in on the weakest part of hair – fortifying the hair shaft with protein where it needs it most.

Developed with a team of experts, including a leading dermatologist and stylist, our ACTIVE NATURALS formula harnesses the power of nature combined with advanced scientific methods, and is shown to give you the beautifully strong, healthy looking hair you desire and deserve.
And because it’s from AVEENO you can trust that it’s gentle on color-treated hair.

DIRECTIONS (shampoo): Apply to wet hair and lather with a gentle massaging motion. Rinse thoroughly and repeat if needed. Follow with AVEENO NOURISH+VOLUMIZE Conditioner.

DIRECTIONS (conditioner): After using AVEENO NOURISHING+VOLUMIZE Shampoo, massage into wet hair and work evenly through to ends. Rinse thoroughly.”

Aveeno Active Naturals Nourish+Volumize Shampoo & Conditioner

Verdict? I like it, but it’s a bit pricey for what you’re getting. I could get the same result from many other different brands. Formula is nice and creamy with the usual consistency of shampoo and conditioner. It cleans hair pretty well. My hair is left soft and smooth after using both shampoo and conditioner. The scent is that of a typical clean shampoo. I avoid applying conditioner to my scalp area to properly balance moisture in my hair. I find that my roots don’t need much of it, so I start application from the tips working my way up to the scalp.

This product can easily be purchased in various retail and drugstores such as Walmart, Target, ULTA, CVS, and Walgreens. It is also available online at various websites that carry beauty and personal care products.


Curtain Call: got2b Spa Body Butta Up

Today’s post is another segment of Curtain Call. The product up for evaluation and review is the got2b Spa Body Butta Up. I got this a long time back when I saw it at Walmart I believe.

At 400 ml / 13.5 fl oz, this is a good buy really since it lasted me a long time. This should be available at various retail and drugstores if the got2b Spa line is still in production. It comes in a screw top round plastic tub. The front text reads “honey almond shea butter” and “nourishing body butter”. The back of the container reads the following:

“Bring dry, thirsty skin to a whole new level of softness with this rich & nourishing treat for your entire body. Skin essential emollients, sweet almond & golden honey are combined with nourishing shea butter to help hydrate, condition & leave skin feeling touchable & delectably soft. Your skin will just drink it up. Smile… this butter treat is no dream!

DIRECTIONS: Massage butta up lavishly over your entire body, paying special attention to extra dry, rough areas like elbows & knees.”

got2b Spa Body Butta Up

Verdict? I love it. While the formula is thick, it spreads out nicely onto my skin when I massage it in. I find it a little too thick for my liking for summer really, but this is perfect for winter months. My skin is definitely not remotely dry at all in the winter with this body butter. A little goes a long way and the scent is just so yummy! If you like the scent of almond, you’ll absolutely love this product. A whole tub lasts me for months (remember, a little goes a looooong way!). A definite thumbs up from me.

I haven’t seen this line of got2b anywhere recently, but I know for sure that I have purchased items from this line at Walmart in their beauty and personal care product aisle.


Curtain Call: Aussie 3 Minute Miracle

Today we have another segment of Curtain Call. The product up for evaluation and review is the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle. I managed to get these with my Extra Care Bucks (ECB) from CVS to get more ECB with this purchase.

At 236 ml / 8 fl oz, this retails for $4.29 at CVS and is similarly priced at various retail and drugstores. It goes on sale from time to time and combined with coupons from your weekly Sunday paper or through tearpads in the store, this can essentially comes close to being free. The whole squeeze tube bottle lasted me for almost 4 months. I don’t use this everyday, maybe about once a week. With my long hair, that’s pretty good. The front text reads “deeeeep conditioner” and “Deeep conditioning for damaged do’s”. The back of the tube reads the following:

“Super deep conditioning for a seriously simple fix to dry, damaged hair. It’s your own little miracle. DIRECTIONS: Work into clean, wet hair. Use the next 2 minutes and 45 seconds to think deep thoughts about your day. Rinse with warm water, then cool water, then go!”

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle

Verdict? I love it. This does the trick in providing the deep conditioning my hair needs about every week. My hair feels so soft and so smooth after using this product. No tangles at all, which I love. The scent is coconut in nature. Take note of that in case you are not a coconut scent fan. A little goes a long way, so this can easily last you past 4 months if you have hair shorter than mine (mine is up to the middle of my back). I find that my roots don’t need much of it, so I start application from the tips working my way up to the scalp.

This product can easily be purchased in various retail and drugstores such as Walmart, Target, ULTA, CVS, and Walgreens. It is also available online at various websites that carry beauty and personal care products.


Curtain Call: Bath & Body Works Signature Collection Body Lotion

Today’s segment of Curtain Call covers a product of one of my favorite scent from Bath & Body Works to date. Here’s my take on Bath & Body Works Signature Collection Body Lotion in Butterfly Flower.

At 8 fl oz / 236 ml, this retailed for $10.50 at Bath & Body Works stores and online. It goes on sale from time to time and you can score this for less with coupons they send out occasionally. It’s a good buy especially when they have their semi-annual sales. That’s when I stock up on these! The whole bottle lasted me for about 3 months. The back of the bottle reads the following:

“Our Signature Body Lotion just got better. Fortified with Aloe Vera, Grape Seed Extract and vitamins C and E, it glides on easily and evenly to condition and hydrate skin. This non-greasy, sheer formula absorbs quickly to leave skin soft, smooth, and beautifully fragrant.

Smooth over body to moisturize and lightly fragrance skin with our exclusive Butterfly Flower, a vibrant fragrance inspired by the natural elegance and playful femininity of a butterfly garden in full bloom.”

Bath & Body Works Signature Collection Body Lotion

Verdict? I love this product a lot. It smells great and moisturizes really well for Spring into Fall. I would switch over to their body butter of the same scent for Winter. A little goes a long way and the scent lasts for hours. I use the body spray in the same scent as well. While it’s pricier than other brands of body lotions you can find in various grocery or drugstores, it’s a nice luxurious treat for your skin. And again, when you get this on sale or with their coupons it’s actually worth it. The sad thing about this is I *think* this scent has been discontinued, which I am very sad about. But there’s always body lotions of various other scents to choose from.

This product can easily be purchased at Bath & Body Works stores and online where available.


Curtain Call: John Frieda Luxurious Volume Full Splendor Shampoo & Conditioner

Here’s another segment of Curtain Call, where I provide an honest review at the end of the life of a product I’ve been using. Today we have shampoo and conditioner from John Frieda. This is their Luxurious Volume Full Splendor Shampoo & Conditioner. I managed to get these with my Extra Care Bucks (ECB) from CVS to get more ECB with this purchase.

At 8.45 fl oz / 250 ml (bonus size of 30% more is 11 fl oz / 325 ml), this retails for $6.99 at CVS and is similarly priced at various retail and drugstores. It goes on sale from time to time and combined with coupons from your weekly Sunday paper or through tearpads in the store, this can essentially comes close to being free. The whole tube lasted me for almost 3 months. With my long hair, that’s pretty good. The front text reads “builds fullness at the roots; strengthens and conditions where needed for silky, full-bodied hair” and “boosts volume in all 3 dimensions“. The back of the tube reads the following:

“Instantly boosts volume in all 3 dimensions: fullness, thickness & lift

Luxurious Volume line builds fullness at the roots. thickens individual strands and increased lift for noticeably thicker, full-bodied hair with up to:

110% MORE FULLNESS*
50% MORE THICKNESS*
90% MORE LIFT*

(Shampoo) Luxurious Volume Full SplendorTM Shampoo strengthens hair from the inside out, plumps up hair and fills in damaged areas for healthy volume that starts at the roots. (Conditioner) Luxurious Volume Full SplendorTM Conditioner targets damaged areas, providing weightless conditioning only where needed for full-bodied style with a soft, silky feel.”

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Full Splendor Shampoo & Conditioner

Verdict? I like it. While I’m not going to rush out and claim that this is my holy grail shampoo and conditioner, it does what it claims to do. It cleanses my hair well and I do feel like I get more volume after using this. The scent is pleasant and refreshing; a typical shampoo scent really. Conditioner works really well. I apply it to my ends first then even it out throughout my hair. I avoid getting conditioner on my scalp just as a preference. My scalp doesn’t need much conditioning really. If I am out and it’s on for a good price, I’ll grab it. Other than that, I’ll still keep my eyes peeled for something new to try that would wow me.

This product can easily be purchased in various retail and drugstores such as Walmart, Target, ULTA, CVS, and Walgreens. It is also available online at various websites that carry beauty and personal care products.


Curtain Call: Body By Victoria Almost Naked Medium Body Hydrator

Another product has breathed its last in my bathroom. Today’s Curtain Call is for Body By Victoria Almost Naked Medium Body Hydrator.

At 3.4 fl oz / 100 ml, this is sold under their Body By Victoria brand. I got this in a beauty set during the Holidays a few years ago. It comes in a peachy pink plastic tube packaging with a flip top lid. The back of the tube shows the following:

Almost Naked
leaves skin smooth,
glowing, and hydrated.

Contains the exclusive
Vitamatrix complex: Vita-
min A to increase skin elasticity;
Vitamins E and C to fight the
signs of aging; and Vitamin
K to smooth and tone.

Use following Body By Victoria
cleanser and exfoliator.

Body By Victoria Almost Naked Medium Body Hydrator

Verdict? It has a light consistency of a lotion with the familiar Body By Victoria scent. My skin absorbed the lotion immediately after applying. The scent is pretty light; not overpowering at all. It does leave my skin well-hydrated, but I found that the whole tube doesn’t last as long as I thought it would. It was good to the last drop for less than a month. I haven’t seen the Body By Victoria line lately though in their stores or on their website, so I’m not sure if this product will even make a reappearance.