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Curtain Call: Onomie Powerful Priming Serum

Hey guys! It’s Fri-YAY! Today’s post is on a product I got from my ipsy May 2018 Glam Bag. I ran out of facial serum one day and looked at my stash to see what I have. Even though I got it a while back, it’s brand new and sealed so I gave it a go. Here’s my thoughts on the Onomie Powerful Priming Serum.

Onomie Powerful Priming Serum

Stated from their website:

    An antioxidant-packed serum and makeup primer in one
    This serum-meets-primer replenishes the skin, boosts radiance, and evens tone and texture, while priming skin for makeup application. Infused with Daisy Flower Extract to brighten and even skin tone, Blackjack Botanical to increase collagen production and Willowbark Extract to encourage cell turnover, our P.P.S. is clinically proven to bring a visible improvement to skin’s tone and texture. Used daily, our Powerful Priming Serum leaves skin healthier – with or without makeup.

What I love about this product? It is both a facial serum and makeup primer. I don’t use makeup primer much or have experience in them really so this review is more on as a facial serum. The 2-in-1 aspect might be a motivating factor to purchase for some. A little goes a long way and I don’t mind the texture of the product. It is slightly more viscous than I thought but that’s no problem as long as the application is seamless with it, which it is. I feel like this does moisturize my skin but it also has fine shimmer in it. I do believe it makes my face look brighter and better due to that so I saved it for use in the facial serum step during the AM only (I used another one for that step during PM). Some might not like the fine shimmer, which is not expected from a facial serum but I think it’s more prevalent in makeup primers. It gives your face an iridescent glow when under light.

What I don’t like about this product? Because that this is a 2-in-1 product, I feel that it falls a bit short as a facial serum. It is not bad, but it’s not great. It’s only okay and that doesn’t warrant any thought of repurchase in my book.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.


Curtain Call: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum

Hey guys! Hope you’re all having a great week so far! Today’s post is on a product I got from my ipsy May 2018 Glam Bag. Here’s my thoughts on the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum

Stated from their website:

    A universal serum that gives skin its daily dose of moisture for soft, smooth, youthful-looking skin. Formulated for all skin types, this hydrating gel instantly infuses skin with essential hydration to help plump and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

    This water-based gel absorbs immediately into the skin leaving behind an invisible shield that helps to seal in hydration. Its lightweight texture makes it perfect for layering under your favorite A.M. and P.M. moisturizers. Hyaluronic Acid—a moisture-locking agent—helps hydrate, plump and nourish. Anti-aging Peptides help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while Collagen helps skin appear more plump and replenished with an improved-looking texture. Colloidal Oatmeal, along with Aloe Leaf Juice, help calm and soothe irritated skin for an all over healthy-looking and feeling complexion.

What I love about this product? The product itself is a clear and transparent in appearance like a gel. It has the looks of being hydrating. I use a small amount of this and patted it gently all over my face with my fingertips. I use this in the facial serum step of the Korean 10-step skin routine I’ve been doing for months now. It absorbs pretty quickly into my skin and while there is a scent to it that’s not too light, it dissipates pretty quickly so it doesn’t bother me at all. It feels to be quite moisturizing. I’ve used this product for over a month and it does the job of a facial serum I would say. Simply put, it works well.

What I don’t like about this product? While I’m not too impressed with this brand’s other products, this is the best product they have that I’ve tried so far. I would consider buying this the next time I’m shopping for a facial serum.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.


Curtain Call: H2O+ BEAUTY Oasis Hydrating Treatment

Hey guys! Hope you’re all having a great weekend so far! Today’s post is on a product I got from my ipsy April 2018 Glam Bag. Here’s my thoughts on the H2O+ BEAUTY Oasis Hydrating Treatment.

H2O+ BEAUTY Oasis Hydrating Treatment

Stated from their website:

    WHAT IT IS:
    This water-gel moisturizer instantly quenches skin and provides ongoing moisture. Clinically proven to more than double skin’s hydration and hydrates skin for 24 hours.

    KEY BENEFITS:
    This innovative lightweight formula absorbs rapidly and is great for dry to oily skin types. It features a high-performance formula powered by dual-hydration technology that combines replenishing actives to add moisture while attracting additional hydration, plus protecting actives that support skin’s barrier to preserve moisture.

What I love about this product? The product itself is a clear blue gel in appearance. It looks to be very hydrating (makes me think of water droplets!) and has a light marine or sea themed scent. I use a generous dollop of this (it is not watery but not thick like a lotion — somewhere in between, like a gel bead droplet almost) and patted it gently all over my face with my fingertips. I use this as my step 4 in the Korean 10-step skin routine I’ve been doing for months now. If you apply too much of it, it will feel sticky on your face so go easy when you’re using it for the first time. It absorbs really quickly into my skin and has a cooling feel to my face. It feels quite refreshing. I’ve used this product for over a month (love how long it lasts) and I love how light it is while keeping my skin supple.

What I don’t like about this product? Nothing really. I have since moved on to trying out several other products for the facial serum step ever since I ran out of this and this is still one of the best I’ve tried.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.


Curtain Call: NEOGEN Dermalogy White Truffle Serum in Oil Drop

Hey guys! Happy Friday! Today’s post is on a product I got from my ipsy September 2017 Glam Bag. Here’s my thoughts on the NEOGEN Dermalogy White Truffle Serum in Oil Drop.

NEOGEN Dermalogy White Truffle Serum in Oil Drop

What I love about this product? It is described with the following on their website: “A unique oil drop texture that combines the hydrating effects of oil and moisturizing effects of an ampoule in a one-of-a-kind formula containing precious white truffle. This serum improves dark dull skin tone while giving a glow to skin. The result? You will see a hydrated, bright, and glowing looking skin. Its hypoallergenic formula is perfect for all skin type including sensitive skin.” The product itself is golden yellow in color and is clear. It has a subtle glowing effect when applied onto my face. The feeling left on my face when applied is not greasy at all. I use a generous drop (or 2!) of this and spread it all over my face with my fingers. I use this as my step 4 in the Korean 10-step skin routine I started a little while ago (my nightly routine is now up to 9 steps every night). It is so light that I keep on layering stuff onto my face with no issues on how my face feels with it. To me, there is a scent to it but it’s so light that I honestly don’t even know how to describe it. My husband sniffed it and said he can’t really smell anything, so this is a definite win in my book! I’ve used this product for at least 2 whole months and I love how light it is while making my face feel so soft and supple.

What I don’t like about this product? Nothing at all! I am now trying another facial serum as I ran out of this a few weeks ago and let me tell you, this is so much better.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.


Curtain Call: Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic

Hey guys! It’s a nice pleasant Saturday in June! It’s not as hot as it usually is so we’ve gone out earlier today to just go see stuff and I also gave our dog Yeager a bath out in the backyard. I’m just doing a few loads of laundry and will settle in for a quiet night finishing up the last season of “The Great British Baking Show” on Netflix. Today’s post is on a product I got from my ipsy September 2016 Glam Bag. Here’s my thoughts on the Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic.

Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic

What I love about this product? It is a “rehydrating and soothing toner” that comes in an easy-to-use spray bottle with straightforward instructions. “Lightly mist onto clean skin and allow to absorb thoroughly. Can be used anytime skin needs a hydrating boost.” The sharp, refreshing scent is light and dissipates quickly once it is absorbed into the skin. I did get a tingling feeling when using this the first few times especially after a PMD treatment. I use this as my step 3 in the Korean 10-step skin routine I started a little while ago (mine is about 8 steps really but you get the point). The first 2 times I used it as is, spritzing it onto my clean face but I disliked getting the product onto my lips even when I tried to hide my lips by smacking them together (best way to describe it at the moment). I then started just spritzing it straight onto the clean palm of my hand and patting it onto my face, using my clean fingers to distribute it evenly by patting all over. It’s absorbed pretty quickly.

What I don’t like about this product? Honestly, nothing really. Since I am out of toner for step 3 of my daily skincare regimen, I am looking to putting in an order for it since it worked really well with everything else I’m using. I can’t seem to find the same exact product available on their website currently, but I do see they have a Dragon’s Blood Essence Mist that works as a toner as well. It doesn’t have the same ingredients so I’ll have to read about it more before I decide to try that.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.


Curtain Call: Briogeo Rosarco Milk™ Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray

Hey guys! It’s almost the end of April. Time sure flies by fast! Easter came and went and so did my birthday and wedding anniversary. April is always a busy month for me filled with celebrations of my own or of my family members and friends. Today’s post is another edition of Curtain Call. I got this product from my ipsy May 2017 Glam Bag. I didn’t get a chance to try it until a little over a month ago. Here’s my take on the Briogeo Rosarco Milk™ Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray.

Briogeo Rosarco Milk™ Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray

Stated from their website:

WHO IT’S FOR:
Those with dry, damaged, and brittle hair.

WHAT IT IS:
An ultra-lightweight leave-in conditioning spray fortified with a unique blend of nourishing rosehip, argan, and coconut oils.

WHAT IT DOES:
Infused with Briogeo’s signature blend of ultra-nourishing rosehip, argan and coconut oils, this milky blend effectively restores hair’s softness, strength, manageability, and moisture levels, while acting as a barrier against heat. Perfect for use on wet or dry hair, this non-greasy formula seals the hair cuticle to lock in moisture, restore luster, and diminish frizz without leaving behind product buildup. SAFE FOR: Color treated, keratin treated, chemically-treated, and relaxed hair.

SAFE FOR:
Color treated, keratin treated, chemically-treated, and relaxed hair.

What I love about this product? It’s easy to use and pretty straightforward. I like how they came up with the name of the brand (ROSehip, ARgan & COconut oils) — very unique and creative! I does seem to help my hair be more manageable and more tangle-free but that’s about it. I used this almost everyday to every 3 days depending on if I have this on hand or one of my other go-to leave-in conditioning sprays. Priced at $20 for a 5 oz / 147 ml bottle, it is pretty affordable.

What I don’t like about this product? I am not a fan of the scent. It’s not putrid or offensive, it just falls into the family of scents I dislike. It’s not floral or what I would describe as a clean scent nor is it a musk or earthy. It’s closest to floral out of the 4 types of scents I mentioned but powdery maybe? There is a sharp note in it that makes me so glad I am at the last few spritzes of it. I don’t find this to be as effective in keeping my hair soft, manageable and tangle-free as the Sexy Hair Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave In Conditioner or even Dove Hair Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Detangler. Plus, I prefer the scent of the other 2 products better.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.


Curtain Call: Hey Honey Come Clean: Propolis & Minerals Facial Scrub

Hey guys! It’s been a while. I caught the flu but am recovering from it finally. I think this might be the first time I’ve ever gotten it in my life! Today’s post is another edition of Curtain Call. I got this product from my ipsy August 2017 Glam Bag. I didn’t get a chance to try it until recently. Here’s my take on the Lierac Paris Mesolift Serum.

Hey Honey Come Clean: Propolis & Minerals Facial Scrub

Stated from their website:

    WHAT IS IT:
    A rich, cleansing and exfoliating scrub that is gentle enough for sensitive skin. Deep cleans the skin, dissolving residue in large pores to make pores less apparent. Leaves the skin clearer, smoother, and brighter.

    WHY USE IT:
    The non-abrasive, crystalline beads help to clear away blackheads and dead skin cells, while the infused Propolis extract works to provide moisture to the skin.

    WHO IS IT FOR:
    All skin types.

    HOW TO USE:
    Gently spread over face and cheeks. Gradually add water with fingertips until all mineral crystals are dissolved. Massage the resulting lotion into the skin for 1 minute. Rinse with cool water.

What I love about this product? I like facial scrubs in general so I was excited to try this one. I followed the instructions the best that I could and sometimes not all of the “mineral crystals” dissolve. And water will start running down my hands and arms when I try to do the adding water to it part onto my face. It did leave my skin soft but I didn’t get that squeaky clean feeling like with some other facial scrubs. It’s good for those that prefer their skin left moisturized after use. It smells really, really good…..like pineapple and whipped cream.

What I don’t like about this product? It’s a personal preference for me, but I like facial scrubs to be more on the cleansing side (leaning more on the squeaky clean rather than moisturizing). Also, it costs at least twice as much as other facial scrubs I’ve used that I like.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.


Curtain Call: Lierac Paris Mesolift Serum

Hey guys! Only 6 more days to Christmas! Have you all finished your holiday shopping yet? I am! I did most of it online this year. It’s just so much more convenient. Anyway, today’s post is another edition of Curtain Call. I got this product from either an Amazon beauty bag or from ULTA. I didn’t get a chance to try it until recently. Here’s my take on the Lierac Paris Mesolift Serum.

Lierac Paris Mesolift Serum

Stated from their website:

    A concentrate of radiance containing 15% mesolift cocktail, enriched with blood-orange extract, for an immediate and universal “pick-me-up” effect: all skin types, all ages, all seasons.

What I love about this product? This is one of the best facial serums I’ve ever used and I say that with using it in such a short time frame too (I typically review a product like this after use of about 2 months to really cover its true effectiveness). It is not sticky at all and absorbs pretty quickly onto my face. It leaves my face nicely plump and soft. I do feel like my skin looks like it’s glowing somewhat with use. I did experience a warming sensation with use but it’s not bothersome to me. Like with other facial products, I take it as “THIS PRODUCT IS WORKING!”. I think it might be the high vitamin C content? Not really sure. This small tube lasted about a week and a half or so. I just apply a few drops of it onto my face after washing it both day and night. I didn’t care for the scent at all though but it doesn’t linger really and it’s quite light to begin with.

What I don’t like about this product? Probably the price. 1 fl oz of this goes for $60 on their website. I’m debating whether to purchase this or not still. I just might with how I feel about this product.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.


Curtain Call: 111SKIN Space Defence Bright Eye Gel

Halloween is right around the corner! I have the decorations up already for over a week and I’m getting a few more just in time for the day of. I hope we get more kids this year as last year it was on a Monday. Most have done their trick or treating over the weekend at some neighborhoods that designate the Friday or Saturday for it or even go to places like the mall for it. We got about 10 – 20 kids. That’s nothing compared to 2 years ago when Halloween fell on a Saturday. We had at least 300 kids come by in our cul-de-sac! Anyway, today’s post is another edition of Curtain Call. I got this product from my ipsy July 2017 Glam Bag. Here’s my take on the 111SKIN Space Defence Bright Eye Gel.

111SKIN Space Defence Bright Eye Gel

Stated from their website:

    The skin around the eyes is the most sensitive area of the face. This soothing Eye Gel reduces the appearance of dark circles, minimises puffiness and softens the appearance of fine lines while keeping the eye area hydrated.

What I love about this product? Directions to use are pretty straightforward — apply to eye area day and night with a light hand. The packaging is pretty attractive I must say. I am loving the cool and sleek color (is it magenta-sh?) against the silver. The eye gel is translucent in appearance and the consistency is what you would expect from an eye gel. There is a scent to this product…it’s like a baby powder kind of scent is how I can best describe it. It’s not really strong and definitely not noticeable after application. I experienced a warming sensation with every use but it’s not bothersome to me. I kinda take it as “THIS PRODUCT IS WORKING!” Haha! I started using it at the same time I started using the Dr. Lili Fan Probiotic Recovery Cream. This tiny thing lasted about a week and a half longer than that. This is an eye gel and you use less of it obviously but I got a decent amount of use from this tiny bottle.

What I don’t like about this product? Probably the accessibility. This is not readily available in retail stores like Sephora or ULTA.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.


Curtain Call: Dr. Lili Fan Probiotic Recovery Cream

Hey there! How are you guys doing? Fall is definitely in the air. Some nights I can feel it in my bones! Brr! I’ve been busy with work and life in general but I decided to make a post today. Today’s post is another edition of Curtain Call. I got this product from my ipsy June 2017 Glam Bag. Here’s my take on the Dr. Lili Fan Probiotic Recovery Cream.

Dr. Lili Fan Probiotic Recovery Cream

Stated from their website:

    Restore smoother, firmer, younger-looking skin with this powerful anti-aging moisturizer that helps firm and hydrate the skin, while treating the signs of aging. Loaded with our patented peptides and natural vitamin C, this combination helps to enhance natural collagen reproduction and brighten complexion to a radiant glow…Infuse deep, rich hydration.

What I love about this product? It’s a simple to use product that comes in simple but nice packaging. The product itself is a white in color and is of the consistency between a facial moisturizer and a face cream. It’s not thick like what you’d think of a face cream and it leans more to the size of being a facial moisturizer. I personally love the scent so it doesn’t bother me that it’s strong if you sniff it directly. The scent is like a minty floral to me and dissipates fairly quickly after application since it is spread out. I get a warming sensation when I use it — definitely more noticeable the first time. I was bracing myself for burning or some other adverse reaction where I’d have to quickly wash my face but it was just a slight warming sensation that dissipates in less than a minute. I actually love that about this product. It makes me think the probiotics are working! Haha! My face feels so soft and smooth after application. I can’t say my skin is better or younger after use really but I love it.

What I don’t like about this product? Probably the price. For $68, you get 50 ml / 1.7 fl oz worth of product. Kinda steep but if it works then it’s worth it, right? I’m waiting for a sale on this. 🙂

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.


Curtain Call: SABON Shower Oil

Hey there! Today’s post is another edition of Curtain Call. I got this product from an Amazon Luxury Box last year. Here’s what I think of SABON Shower Oil.

SABON Shower Oil

Stated from their website:

    Sabon’s shower oil is a gentle and moisturizing daily body cleanser. The shower oil is based on natural oils derived from Olives, Avocado, Jojoba and Wheat Germ all rich in essential Omega-3 as well as vitamin A & D. SLS & PARABEN MINERAL FREE.

What I love about this product? The packaging is simple and nice. The product is transparent and clear with the consistency of most regular shower gels. I’m not quite sure why they are marketing it as a shower oil, as I’ve used many in the past and this is NOT a shower oil. Maybe it just sounds more luxurious. The scent I got this in is called Delicate Jasmine. While it does smell like jasmine, I wouldn’t say this scent is an accurate representation of the lovely flower as you would encounter in nature. There is an artificial tone to it. But it does the job in cleaning well during shower as a shower gel.

What I don’t like about this product? Probably the price. For $23, you get 500 ml worth of product to stay fragrant and squeaky clean.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.


Curtain Call: L’Oréal REVITALIFT Triple Power Deep Acting Moisturizer

Today’s Curtain Call post is on a product that I got from Influenster a few months ago. Here’s what I think of L’Oréal REVITALIFT Triple Power Deep Acting Moisturizer.

L’Oréal REVITALIFT Triple Power Deep Acting Moisturizer

The box it comes in states the following about the product:

    DEEP-ACTING MOISTURIZER
    1. REPAIR WRINKLES
    2. RE-FIRM
    3. REDENSIFY
    PRO-XYLANE + HYALURONIC ACID

And on the back:

1. REPAIR WRINKLES
Revitalift Triple Power with Hyaluronic Acid rapidly penetrates skin to help fight each wrinkle.
2. RE-FIRM SKIN
Revitalift Triple Power with Concentrated Pro-Xylane firms and tightens skin.
3. REDENSIFY SKIN
Revitalift Triple Power with Concentrated Pro-Xylane re-volumizes to strengthen skin.

What I love about this product? The packaging is very nice and sturdy although I do worry about it being made of glass. I did drop it once accidentally onto my bathroom tile floor and ut didn’t break. I considered that dumb luck really. I can see some people finding the scent to be on the strong side. I personally didn’t mind the scent and it dissipates after a while. The scent makes me think of soap for the most part. I find it pleasant. The formula of the product is a little bit thicker than most moisturizers I’ve used. Some consider it a face cream and I can see that. To me, it’s something in between a facial moisturizer and face cream. The product goes on nicely and is absorbed really well into my skin. I don’t find it to be greasy at all, which is a big thing for me in my facial care regimen. It definitely keeps my face well moisturized throughout the entire day and every night. It’s perfect to use after I use my PMD, as that requires intense moisturizing after use. Other than that, I can’t really say anything about their claims of repairing wrinkles, re-firming and “redensifying” skin. My skin does feel soft with use. This entire tub lasted me for about 4 months.

What I don’t like about this product? I tested this product for approximately 4 months and the major con for me is that I believe this facial moisturizer is the cause of the breakouts I encountered in 3 separate occasions. The first time it happened, I was a week into trying this product out and I thought to myself “Nah, it’s could be what I’m eating or some other factors…” so I continued with use to determine that. Well, I’ve never had breakouts happen this much in a period of 4 months in over 10 years. So something in the formulation doesn’t really agree with my skin. I know that I’m not the only one who has noticed this but honestly every person’s skin is different so you might actually not encounter this with use. Because of this, while I was glad I had the opportunity to try it out at no cost — I will not be purchasing this in the future.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.

*Products featured here are received complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program.* #LorealMakeup


Curtain Call: JeNu High Tech Beauty Marine Collagen Mineral Gel

Today’s post is an edition of Curtain Call. It’s on a product that I got from my ipsy March 2017 Glam Bag. Here’s what I think of JeNu High Tech Beauty Marine Collagen Mineral Gel.

JeNu High Tech Beauty Marine Collagen Mineral Gel

What I love about this product? It comes with a nice little dropper that makes me feel this is more sanitary than other forms of packaging. A little goes a long way. I use 2 drops from the dropper to dispense a generous amount of the clear gel to apply all over my face. I use this immediately after washing and drying my face at night for almost 3 weeks. I can see the smell being “marine” but I only acknowledge that after knowing the product name and description. Without knowing it, I would probably go with a clean, natural-ish scent that I may have just chalked it up as lightly herbal…maybe. Now on the effectiveness of this — I do notice my skin to be very hydrated and looking slightly plumper the next morning than when I wasn’t using it. BUT I do get the same effect with several other kinds of products that promises to do the same thing. Hyaluronic acid is the magic ingredient that I look for in a lot of skincare products for the face these days and marine collagen is something new to me but both promises slowing down aging. I only had about 3 weeks worth in this small bottle so my opinions are based on that short of a time frame. I would suggest reading up on other reviews online that have used this for about 2 months or more as many product benefits from various skincare items typically show up completely by then for a better measure of effectiveness in results.

What I don’t like about this product? If I have to be really picky, the price. But honestly it is not that pricey overall when compared to other products that delivers similar results.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.


Curtain Call: Schwarzkopf essence ULTÎME Diamond Color & Radiance Shampoo & Conditioner

Hey, hey! Quick late night post here with an edition of Curtain Call! I recently finished up something I got from the Walmart Summer 2016 Beauty Box. Here’s my take on the Schwarzkopf essence ULTÎME Diamond Color & Radiance Shampoo & Conditioner.

Schwarzkopf essence ULTÎME Diamond Color & Radiance Shampoo & Conditioner

What I love about this product? I didn’t have super high hopes for this product really as it’s just shampoo and conditioner. I did try to look out for things that will make it stand out as the market for this type of products is oversaturated already. The scent surprised me a little — it’s not very feminine at all. It’s not floral, fruity, earthy or clean. It’s slightly more masculine, at least according to my nose. It makes me think of a manly fragrance in a good way but not overpowering at all, especially when my hair is dry. If this is a concern, know that the scent fades away a lot as the day goes on after it’s dry. The formula is what I have come to expect of from a regular shampoo and conditioner really and it does the job — it cleans my hair very well.

What I don’t like about this product? No complaints over here at all. While it doesn’t have any earth-shattering properties that makes it stand out from other shampoos and conditioners, it does the job and it does it well.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.


Curtain Call: Freeman Feeling Beautiful Apricot Creamy Scrub

Short work week? Alright! I’m doing a happy dance inside. While we just had a long weekend, it felt short to me still. Hopefully this weekend I’ll get a chance to really relax and sleep in some. I started using this a few weeks ago as I’m trying out several items from Freeman that I got a few months ago. I finally finished this one up yesterday. Here’s my take on the Freeman Feeling Beautiful Apricot Creamy Scrub.

Freeman Feeling Beautiful Apricot Creamy Scrub

What I love about this product? Again, I enjoy the tube packaging a lot. It’s easy to dispense the product and control how much of it I want to use. I find the formula for this to be really nice. I love body scrubs and this one did not disappoint. It wasn’t watery at all so it had good “body” I would say. The scrubby bits aren’t too abrasive for me. I believe it’s finely ground up walnut shell powder in a creamy base. I just apply a good amount into my hands then rub it onto my damp skin in circular massaging motions. The scent is refreshing and fruity. I find that using my shower mitt also helps me with using less product than I would without it just like the Freeman Feeling Beautiful Guava Salt Body Scrub. Between the two, if I were to just use my bare hands I would definitely prefer the Apricot Creamy Scrub. I feel like this functions better on its own as a scrub than the Guava one. I just rinse off after I’m done and my skin is so soft from the exfoliating treatment!

What I don’t like about this product? Other than I think this is being discontinued, nothing really. It’s very affordable and you can grab this now on their site on clearance. I’m actually going to grab more if I manage to get a full cart together on their site.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here. Products from this brand is carried at other retailers too as seen listed here.


Curtain Call: Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter

Hey guys! Today’s post is on something I’ve just finished up today. Here’s my take on the Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter.

At 59 ml / 2 fl oz, I got this set of 2 at Sephora a little over a year ago. I didn’t get to use it until recently.

The website describes this item with the following:

“It’’s not heavy, it’’s my butter——silky, intensely hydrating body butter that smells subtly yum and gives sweet relief to the driest skin. Packed with luscious oils and whipped to a feather-light texture, it sinks in instantly for velvety soft skin to create an argan oil infused body lotion in a flash. Spread the love and feel the difference.

Why I love it: No matter how many hot baths or red-eye flights I take, this stuff has my back… and my front, and everywhere else. It’’s hard-core enough to quench parched elbows and heels, but never greasy or sticky. And the two fresh, natural scents—, vanilla apricot or sweet citrus—, lightly linger on my skin like an all-day aromatherapy infusion.

What’’s in it: No wonder it feels so good. My Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter is a powerhouse of more than ten plant oils and extracts, plus the star of the show, 100% Pure Argan Oil, with its restorative and antioxidant properties.

What’’s not in it: I don’t clutter my butter with ingredients that are toxic, or unethically tested. That means no parabens or harsh artificial fragrances. And no guinea pigs, unless you count my friends and family.”

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter

Verdict? I love it. It is everything I have come to more or less expect from a good body butter. It is definitely light and absorbs really nice into the skin. What I will say that this isn’t a non-greasy formula. It’s light — I’ll give it that — but it has the lightest touch of greasiness that comes with oil-based body butters. It’s almost not noticeable but it’s there. And when compared to other oil-based body butters — yes, I’d say it’s not greasy at all. It lasts just as long as I expected from these little tubs — more than I can say for the Nspa Coconut Body Butter I’ve reviewed recently. Between Sweet Citrus and Vanilla Apricot, I prefer Sweet Citrus. I feel that the freshness in this scent is pleasant and it’s more true to the name of the scent than Vanilla Apricot.

At $35 for 240 ml / 8 oz, this product is available on their website. Products from this brand is also carried by other retailers such as Sephora.


Curtain Call: Philosophy Pink Almond Candy Body Polishing Scrub

Hey guys! Today’s post is on something I’ve finished up a while back. Here’s my take on the Philosophy Pink Almond Candy Body Polishing Scrub.

At 60 g / 2 oz, this size comes in a set I got on sale year after the previous Holiday season. I don’t think this was ever released at the regular size. The front of the tube has a suggested recipe for the name of the product.

The website described the set this item comes in as the following:

“A trio of must-haves for hair and body infused with a delicious pink almond candy scent. Add a little sugar to your holiday with Sweets For The Stocking Set, featuring a multitasking formula to cleanse and condition skin and hair, a body polish to exfoliate and polish dry skin, and a luxurious body souffle, all enriched with a delectable, mouthwatering pink almond candy scent.”

Philosophy Pink Almond Candy Body Polishing Scrub

Verdict? It’s a very nice scrub. While I’m not a huge fan of the scent, it’s not overpowering and pleasant still. It’s everything I expect to be in a body scrub with no leftover residue or greasiness from it. It even lathers a little! I wouldn’t mind getting more of this product but in a different scent to make the price point worthwhile. And get it on sale while at that too. While Philosophy is a GREAT brand, I have a hard time justifying purchasing this type of item at regular price. Being that this is a smaller sized tube, it only lasted me a few showers.

This fragrance comes out often during the Holidays only I think. You can get information on more products from this brand on their website.


Curtain Call: GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment

Hey guys! How did the weekend go? It’s just catching up on chores for me without a huge rush. It definitely felt too short but I’m going on a short trip soon so hopefully that will tide me over until the upcoming Holiday season. I did manage to get a little bit of shopping done. It’s another segment of Curtain Call for today. Here’s my take on the GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment.

At 1.2 oz / 34 g, this retails for $69 wherever sold. Just like my first impression on the GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment, it’s a pretty high price point for a clay mask in my opinion. I received the 0.5 fl oz / 15 g one from a Sephora face mask sampler months ago. The description on the Sephora website reads the following:

“This formula was clinically developed by GLAMGLOW® dermatological chemists to help fight all common skin concerns including breakouts, discoloration, black and white heads, razor bumps, and in-grown hair. Powerful, skin-clearing mud visibly draws out dirt and congestion while a proprietary six-acid blend dramatically brightens and softens skin. It works to magnetically draw out dirt and pores with Activated-X Charcoal, leaving skin smooth and healthy-looking.”

GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment

Verdict? I actually like the other mask I tried from them better. My skin didn’t tingle with this one but it did have that tightening feeling that’s commonly experienced when using clay or mud face masks. I washed my face and dried it before applying a thin layer onto it. I can feel the skin on my face tightening as it dries. The smell is earthy and minty at the same time but definitely not as strong as the GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment. When it dries, the dark grey color of the mask changes to a light grey, indicating it’s ready to be washed off. It comes off pretty easy and I pat dry with a clean towel before applying face moisturizer. I felt that this mask does have less leaf particles and twigs in it, which is the one thing I disliked about GLAMGLOW mud face masks. In the small tube I got, there was still a decent amount of it. Again, I like clay or mud masks that are smooth in texture or just not have chunky particles in it. This one did not get rid of my stubborn blackhead near my hairline that the other one did. With that said, I won’t be buying this again. If I’m getting a GLAMGLOW face mask it would still be the GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment. You get more product with that one as well so why buy this one then?

This product can easily be purchased on their website here or at various retailers such as Sephora, Lord & Taylor, Neiman Marcus, and Dillard’s.


Curtain Call: Queen Helene Oatmeal ‘n Honey Scrub

Hey guys! Happy Thursday! The product up for review in today’s Curtain Call post is the Queen Helene Oatmeal ‘n Honey Scrub.

At 170 g / 6 oz, $3.99 or so is the retail price for this product. Product packaging is the common facial cleanser or scrub squeeze tube container. This one has a screw on cap instead of a flip top cap. The front text reads “Gently removes the dull surface layers to reveal your healthy complexion”. The back of the tube reads the following:

“A gentle cleansing natural-fiber facial scrub with soothing oatmeal and honey. The extra gentle exfoliating action draws out impurities, unclogs pores and removes dry, dead cells from the surface of your skin. Pure, wholesome honey helps replenish lost moisture and protects your skin from the harsh elements. Your skin will look fresh and healthy and feel soft and smooth. Apply daily or as often as desired. Ideal for use in the shower, too!

DIRECTIONS: Moisten face and neck with warm water. Apply a small amount of facial scrub with wet fingertips and gently massage into skin, avoiding the sensitives areas near your eyes. Rinse well with warm water and pat dry.”

Queen Helene Oatmeal ‘n Honey Scrub

Verdict? I love it! This product is definitely not for everyone as it’s quite scrubby. I personally love scrubby products, even on my face but I know that a lot of people don’t. With that said, I don’t find this to be too abrasive for daily use. I’ve actually used other facial scrubs that are more abrasive than this one. The texture for this is a little bit gritty with dark brown specks in a light brown cream like formula. The scrubbiness can be attributed to walnut shell powder according to the ingredient listing. Now walnut shell powder can be a controversial topic as I know some people classify this is an ingredient that causes damage to the skin and such. But I personally don’t mind it and use products with it. It cleans my face well without drying it and it lathers up quite nicely. I love the scent of this product. I can definitely smell the honey in it and it strikes me as a little chocolate-y. This tube lasted me a very long time as I use this nightly since I keep this by the sink. I wash my face in the morning when I shower so I have a separate facial cleanser there. I will definitely buy this in the future if I need to pick up a facial scrub. I’m trying to finish what I have on hand and trust me when I say I have tons that would last me years (so it will be a while until I grab this).

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: Neosporin Moisture Essentials Daily Body Wash

Hey guys! How are y’all doing? I’m hoping that this week will fly by as fast as last week. I’ve been keeping myself busy with work and some painting classes so far. I actually went to a painting class yesterday and I’m going to another tomorrow. I love tomorrow’s painting so I hope I do a great job on it. Today’s post is another edition of Curtain Call. Here’s my take on the Neosporin Moisture Essentials Daily Body Wash.

At 1.8 fl oz / 53 ml, this little tube lasted me for a few days only. I got this as part of a 3 piece Neosporin trial size pack from Walmart that was on sale a while ago. The front says “gently cleanses even the most dry, sensitive skin”, “formulated with a lipid, humectant, emollient and botanical blend” and “Soap-free | Fragrance-free”. The back of the tube has the following instructions:

DIRECTIONS: Squeeze daily body wash on to hands. Lather, gently apply to skin, rinse and pat dry. Warnings: When using this product, keep out of eyes. Rinse with water to remove.

Neosporin Moisture Essentials Daily Body Wash

Verdict? The body wash is on the more liquidy side. The texture is a bit lotion-y, which gives me the impression that it’s very moisturizing. It has a very neutral scent and lathers well. I find it to be a very gentle body wash. I started using it when I actually got sunburn on my lower back and I didn’t want to use strong soaps on it. I don’t have any other skin concerns really so I can’t rate how well it performs in that aspect but I can tell you for sure that this is probably one of the least drying body washes I’ve ever used. A 10 oz of this bottle retails for around $9.99 or so. I don’t know if they offer this particular product anymore because I’ve read other reviews that state they couldn’t find it anywhere for a few months now! I do see some pop up still when doing an online search for this product. You can check their website for more information on this product or other products in the same line.


Curtain Call: Victoria’s Secret PINK Sugar Scrub

Today’s post is on another product that has bit the dust in my bathroom. This Curtain Call segment is on Victoria’s Secret Victoria’s Secret PINK Sugar Scrub.

At 250 ml / 8.4 fl oz, this is sold under their PINK brand. The scent for this is Cucumber & Water Lily. I got this because I had some coupons to burn and there was a sale on these scrubs. It comes in a tube packaging with a flip top lid. The back of the tube shows the following:

GET FRESH SUGAR SCRUB

Two things that should always be fresh and smooth: your dance moves and your skin. For the latter, we’ve got our Cucumber and Water Lily body scrub. It uses natural sugar crystals to slough away rough, dry patches. It’s also infused with ingredients like soothing Cucumber and Water Lily, plus it’s got a crisp, cool scent. Rub on all over and rinse off to reveal smooth, fresh skin from tip to toes.

Dermatologist tested.
Free of Parabens, Sulfites, Petrolatum, Mineral Oil and Paraffin.

Made with Peace, Love and Happiness.

Victoria’s Secret PINK Sugar Scrub

Verdict? The sugar scrub is on the thick side, which is a very nice change for most sugar scrubs I’ve encountered. Most I’ve tried are quite liquidy and on the thin side that I don’t get to scrub as much as I would like because there’s not much sugar content to massage with. The scent is very nice and on the fresh and crisp side — not fruity at all to me and maybe slightly floral. The sugar crystals provide the nice scrubby power I enjoy in the shower. Because of the consistency, I actually screw the lid off instead of using the flip top as the product doesn’t go through the flip top hole easy. I personally think it’s too small for the glob-like formula so I find myself struggling to get more product out even when I squeezed really hard. Take note that I do find this sugar scrub to be more effective as a scrub, so it might be a little bit too scrubby for those that have sensitive skin. I don’t think they offer this particular product anymore but you can check what other sugar scrubs they offer here on their website.


Curtain Call: derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub

Here’s another edition of Curtain Call. Today’s post is on the derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub. I got this item out of my ipsy May 2014 Glam Bag last year but have used it all up recently.

derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub

What I love about this product? First, it has a clean scent. The formula consists of very fine particles for scrubbiness that are white in color. It’s very, very scrubby. It’s fine for me but I think those with sensitive skin will not be able to use it (or if they do, very sparingly and rarely). It works really, really well for an at-home microdermabrasion. My skin is unbelievably soft and smooth. I have used it as much as every 2-3 days but it works even if you use it every week or few weeks or so.

What I don’t like about this product? The price. $32.50 gets you 2 oz / 56 g. That’s kinda steep for that I think but it does work so if you have the money and are willing to spend on it then go ahead.

This item is available on their online store here as well as at various online and local retailers found on their store locator here.


Curtain Call: Reviva Labs Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream

Happy 4th of July to my readers in the US! I hope you’re all having a good time this weekend. Today’s post is a scheduled one as I am spending time with my cousins in Philly for this short holiday. Here’s another segment of Curtain Call and this time it’s on take on the Reviva Labs Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream.

Reviva Labs Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester &; DMAE Cream

This face cream comes in a small white screw top plastic tub container. I threw away the box already so we’ll just go with the description on the website:

“Reviva Labs now offers a new answer to helping firm, tighten and “lift” skin with DMAE…as Alpha Lipoic Acid and Vitamin C Ester fight free radicals and future skin aging. As a special Reviva boost, this dramatic trio is encased in a soy liposome for deeper, time release action during the night. Allantoin and Aloe Vera are added to soothe and calm stressed skin, contributing to a healthy, vibrant glow. For supple, more youthful looking skin, it’s another major advance in the battle against skin aging. Benefits: helps improve skin tone and glow as its powerful antioxidant action fights free-radical damage. As your body rests during the night, you have hours of uninterrupted replenishing nutrients that help tighten and “lift” skin to treat the effects of time as it helps fight future skin aging.”

It is described on the side of the jar with the following:

“Contains the powerful antioxidant Alpha Lipoic Acid and Vitamin C Ester, also features DMAE for firming action, this multifaceted formula helps tighten, firm and tone facial skin, as it fights future signs of aging. All 3 key ingredients are blended into a special soy liposome for deeper absorption.

A dramatic nutrient complex, this formula helps skin look younger and helps protect against future skin damage.”

The other side of the jar states the following directions: “Use at night. Apply lightly over entire face & throat. (Massage with upward movements)”

What I love about this product? The formula is extremely light. It goes on smoothly and my skin immediately absorbs it. I didn’t get to fully test this product because of a funny story really. I was about 3 weeks in using this face cream when I spent last Christmas over at my in-laws place. Amidst all the presents and such, I thought I must’ve misplaced the face cream I was using cause I couldn’t find it the day I was leaving. It also crossed my mind that maybe my dog took it. Feeling reassured that I must’ve packed it somewhere with all the stuff we were taking back with us, I left and figured I’d find it at home. Fast forward to 2 months ago. My MIL was telling me that the face cream she got for Christmas was awesome. I gave her a few and asked her which one it was and she sent me a picture of it. I laughed when I saw it cause that’s the missing face cream. And boy, she sang high praises for it that I made sure ULTA carries it and told her that so she could get it once it runs out. She loves how it doesn’t feel greasy on her face and she told me she really felt a difference in it and that it’s just a good face cream overall. She ran out of it last time I saw her which is 2 weeks ago. Using it once a day and lasting for a little over 6 months is impressive. I am sold on this because not only I liked it during the short time I got to use it but my MIL loved it as well. I remember the face cream being unscented and that’s another huge plus in my book. The jar it comes in clearly states “PARABEN FREE”.

What I don’t like about this product? Nothing at all! This is one of my favorite face creams from this brand when taking my short experience and my MIL’s full experience into consideration.

This item retails for about $23 and is available on their website as well as on other retailers.

*Products in this review have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Curtain Call: ProfilePRO Customized Shampoo & Conditioner

Here’s another segment of Curtain Call. The product up for evaluation and review this time is ProfilePRO Customized Shampoo & Conditioner. I was sent this for review after answering some basic questions about my hair.

A set of 50 ml / 1.7 fl oz retails for $15 online. The full size set of 300 ml / 10.1 fl oz retails for $38 on auto delivery or $49 one time or if you just want the full size shampoo or conditioner it’s $24 on auto delivery or $29 one time. The trial size set lasted me for 8 days. With my long hair, that’s to be expected really. The front text reads “Kitty’s Shampoo” and “Kitty’s Conditioner” with a custom formula ID printed out along with the custom scent. The label looks very nice. The back of the bottle reads the following:

“Customized for the Hair Type, Hair Texture, Hair Behavior, Scalp Conditioner and Scent specified by

Kitty C

DIRECTIONS (shampoo)
Apply generous amount to wet hair and massage into hair and scalp. Lather and rinse.

DIRECTIONS (conditioner)
Apply to freshly washed hair concentrating mostly on the ends. Leave for 1-2 minutes, then rinse well.”

ProfilePRO Customized Shampoo & Conditioner

Verdict? The biggest difference that I noticed is definitely on the first use. My hair felt squeaky clean without being drying after shampooing. I applied the conditioner and left it in for a few minutes before rinsing it off. My hair felt soft and well conditioned after air drying. It was a mild enough formula that I was able to use it daily (I rarely skip a day due to how greasy my scalp can be especially during the summer months) even when the formula is a little bit on the cleansing side for me. The scent isn’t overpowering and isn’t quite a true jasmine scent to me but very close. It doesn’t smell too artificial in my opinion. The scent does linger a bit but it’s very light. Talking about texture, the shampoo is a little bit more viscous than most shampoos I’ve tried. Not watery at all really…just not as thick in texture. The conditioner is of the typical texture that most conditioners have. I found that the conditioner lasted longer for me than the shampoo by a day (so 9 days for conditioner). The one thing I am disappointed with is at the price point it is selling for — you would think that the labels are waterproof. This is not the case. While the sticker labels remained on the bottles in my shower stall (it lifted on the sides but remained stuck on the bottles), the ink started to run as the days pass by. With all that laid out, I don’t see myself placing an order for this. While the customization is nice, I don’t find it too different from the shampoos I’m using currently to justify what it costs. I would say that there’s no hurt in trying it at least once to see if it works for you. Everyone’s hair is different and someone else’s customized shampoo and conditioner may turn out to be their Holy Grail shampoo and conditioner. You just never know. If you do try it, I hope your results are exponentially better than mine.

This product can easily be purchased on their website here.

*Products in this review have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*