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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.

Rodial Bee Venom Moisturiser

Hey guys! How y’all doing? I’ve been gone the past few days cause I went on a short vacation to Vegas! It was a really nice break that I enjoyed a lot. Anyway, back to regular blog posting, today I have another Curtain Call post. Here’s my take on the Rodial Bee Venom Moisturiser.

At 1.76 oz / 50 g, this retails for $190 when sold as is (AKA not in a set). It’s a very high price point for me. It’s also not something widely offered here unlike similar products from other competitor brands. You can get this in a set with the Bee Venom Super Serum and Bee Venom Eye for a better value. This product is described as the following:

“The revolutionary bee venom moisturiser is an advanced formula that revitalises and renews for naturally younger looking skin. 72% of trial volunteers felt the cream left their complexion looking firmer. Working in synergy with complex plant extracts to visibly improve skin tone and elasticity, bee venom helps to smooth and plump out fine lines and wrinkles by controlling muscle contractions in the face and helps increase blood circulation in treated areas. Also contains Cyclopeptide-5, a next generation skincare peptide that restores and increases skin elasticity and firmness, to help prevent signs of ageing. Juvinity encourages ageing cells to behave younger by reactivating the production of collagen making this the premium anti-ageing cream.”

Rodial Bee Venom Moisturiser

Verdict? I have a sample size tube of this product that I got from an ULTA freebie bag with purchase. I started using this the week before I left for my trip to Vegas and then took it with me for continued use. I figured that if it’s a great product that I’d get great results from — what better time to use it than for my vacation? The tube lasted about ten days in total with daily use at night. The product is white in color and the texture is just what I would expect from a face moisturizer. The scent is very pleasant and familiar — I just can’t quite pinpoint what it is. My first thought is it’s some scent I smelled before from Bath & Body Works but that’s a very vague description. The best way I can describe it is it’s a cross or a blend of soap and baby powder. I just squeeze a small amount onto my fingertip and gently spread it all over my face. It absorbs really quick into my skin and then I can apply sunscreen over it easily. As for the claims….I can’t really comment on that as I can’t really say I’ve used it long enough to see any real results.

This product can easily be purchased on their website here or at other retailers such as ULTA.

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.