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Curtain Call: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel

Hey guys! August sure flew right on by! Today’s Curtain Call post is on a product I got from my ipsy July 2017 Glam Bag. Here are my thoughts on the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea™ Deep Dive Cleansing Gel

What I love about this product? It comes in an attractive bottle and is hypoallergenic. It’s easy to use and smells pretty good. The scent makes me think of a spa, kinda like the scent I think of when I think of the brand Aveda. The scent is primarily lavender. The cleansing gel is clear and has the consistency slightly thicker than most shampoo formulas. A little bit is all you need and it lathers up quite nicely. This small-sized bottle lasted me almost 2 weeks just by using it at night. It’s the perfect size to take with you when you’re traveling somewhere for a few days. While it does clean off the oil and grime of the day, this is definitely nothing like a deep cleanser or anything like that. My skin is left hydrated and none of that super tight feeling I get with some deep facial cleansers. At the most, it felt like a thin layer is not getting washed off my face but nothing like the feeling of washing of soap with hard water. That slippery feeling drives me nuts!

What I don’t like about this product? If I had to be very picky, the price. There’s a lot of facial cleansers out there in a cheaper price range that does the job or even better depending on what you’re looking for. But if you like the brand, the scent and this product…..it’s not priced like highway robbery.

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

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ipsy July 2017 Glam Bag

Hey guys! I’m so excited about this month’s bag! I get this excited when the bag itself is something I’m in love with. Here’s my take on the ipsy July 2017 Glam Bag.

ipsy July 2017 Glam Bag

Eeeeeeeeeeeee! It’s so freaking cute!!! I’ve always liked Sanrio stuff and some characters more than others. I would be lying if I said I didn’t know who this little guy is. I’ve seen him become quite popular in the last year or so. Now onto the products! First up is 111SKIN Space Defence Bright Eye Gel. Quite a unique product name and I’m curious to see how it performs. Stay tuned in a few months to see what my thoughts are on this. Next up is Trifle Cosmetics Raspberry Ripple Ombré Radiance Blush Palette. The shades look promising and I’m actually tempted to use this but I think I will pass this on to one of my nieces. The theme and packaging are really cute and nice. Then we have the Ciaté Wonderwand Gel-Kohl Hybrid Liner. The shade I got this in is black. This seems to be in the formula that I like most for eyeliners where it’s a pencil but with some moisture to it that you can make sharp lines. Next we have the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea™ Deep Dive Cleansing Gel. This is good to use for waterproof makeup so I’m quite eager to put it to the test. Last up is Beau Gâchis Illuminator Brush. I made sure I did the review on ipsy for this month as I mentioned before when I retook the quiz that I don’t want any more makeup brushes. The only ones I use (if at all) are big fluffly ones like my IT Cosmetic ones.

111SKIN Space Defence Bright Eye Gel

Trifle Cosmetics Raspberry Ripple Ombré Radiance Blush Palette

Ciaté Wonderwand Gel-Kohl Hybrid Liner

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea™ Deep Dive Cleansing Gel

Beau Gâchis Illuminator Brush

Bag aside, I do like most of what I got this month. I already gave myself the expectation that next month’s bag will be nothing compared to this one due to my excitement over Gudetama! Haha!


Freeman Feeling Beautiful Kiwi & Yogurt Moisturizing Cleanser

Today’s review is on something that fell short of my expectations. I try hard not to have any expectations when trying a new product but I’ve tried so, so many already from the Freeman brand that I expected it to perform well at the very least. Here’s my take on the Freeman Feeling Beautiful Kiwi & Yogurt Moisturizing Cleanser.

Freeman Feeling Beautiful Kiwi & Yogurt Moisturizing Cleanser

What I love about this product? It comes in the typical tube packaging with flip top cap so I can squeeze out how much I want to use very easily. The texture of this is a little more viscous than I’d prefer it to be. It is opaque in appearance with the palest mint green tint in color. It kinda does look like yogurt when I see it in the palm of my hand. The scent is fruity but I can’t really tell if it’s of kiwi or not. I like the fruit and eat it but when I smelled this product my brain didn’t go “Hey! This totally smells like kiwi!”. It is very gentle on the skin and not drying at all as there is no scrubby bits to it and it produces no lather. I find it a little weird as I’m not used to cleansers that don’t scrub or lather but it does clean the skin without being drying at all.

What I don’t like about this product? There is zero lather and it doesn’t strip off as much as I’d like it to, which is a personal preference. Because of this, I feel like my face is not clean enough. It’s the feel or sensation that I get when after using this.

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.


Elizabeth Grant Green Power C Hydrating Cleanser

Hey guys! I’m finally off from this point onwards until next year! I couldn’t carry over a ton of my vacation days so I’m using them up now. I’ve been busy at work just wrapping up stuff as I won’t be there for 3 entire weeks and I spent this past Sunday baking at least over 400 cookies to bring to work (I do this every other year or so). I also made 3 Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf Breads (they’re actually cakes but without the icing, it’s more like a sweet and tasty bread!) but those were for specific individuals. I ran out of flour at the end of the night! I made 8 batches of cookies in total, I think. There were regular old chocolate chip, white and milk chocolate chip, reeses pieces and mostly white chocolate chip, snickerdoodles and peanut butter cookies. They were all gone by early this morning! But while I’ve been away from the beauty blogging world, I haven’t stopped testing stuff every single day. And so, here’s my take on something I got from the ipsy October 2016 Glam Bag — Elizabeth Grant Green Power C Hydrating Cleanser.

Elizabeth Grant Green Power C Hydrating Cleanser

What I love about this product? While I can’t quite nail down what the scent reminds me of….I love it. It’s light and fresh. It makes me think of green, crisp apples or clear glycerin soap that I come into contact with in Melt & Pour soapmaking. It doesn’t smell like crisp apples though. It’s just that the freshness of the light scent made me think of that. It is ever-so-slightly tinted with green in color. It’s a clear, viscous gel formula-wise. It lathers easily and removes oil and grime nicely without being harsh or drying. And trust me when I emphasize on the fact that I don’t find it drying as it’s really cold and dry right now. None of my regular hand lotions works on my frequently washed hands. It started cracking! I had to fix that with the ever-so-reliable Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream stat! It’s my go-to hand lotion when all fails. It doesn’t take a lot of the cleanser to get the job done right and it’s definitely something I’m considering adding to my daily skincare regimen.

What I don’t like about this product? It’s a little pricey at $25 for 200 ml / 6.7 fl oz but it’s definitely better than a lot of regular facial cleansers out there. Plus, I do feel that there is a luxurious feel to this product.

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


DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

Happy Tuesday! What did you guys do for Halloween? Did you dress up? I did decorate and hoped we get lots of kids this year but it was not meant to be! Some speculated that a lot of the Halloween festivities happened already over the weekend and that it’s a Monday night so we got a small turnout. I was a little bit disappointed cause WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH ALL THIS CANDY?! I have a TON of candy leftover and I can’t return any of them as I opened all of them to give the kids a variety. Haha! I’ll be using some of them during baking but that’s pretty much it I think. Anyway, today’s post is on something I’ve been trying for a while now. Here’s my take on the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

What I love about this product? I love that it doesn’t smell strongly of olive oil. The scent is there but it is not overpowering at all. I love that it washes off really nicely — definitely something I was worried about being that I hate the feel of oil on my skin in general. I was afraid that removal would be hard as it leaves this oily residue or film but NOPE! None of that. It washes off nicely, leaving my face clean and not dry at all. I find it also good to use as a makeup remover. Any makeup that removes easily with an oil-based makeup remover just comes off with minimal effort. It’s not the best as a makeup remover, but I don’t have to use a different one to remove my makeup and then wash my face with. It’s basically a 2-in-one product. With that said, I tried really hard to love this and I’m just not feeling it even after at least 2 months of daily use. The next section explains why.

What I don’t like about this product? I hate the feel of oil on my skin, especially my face, and this gives me that feeling. Even if it stays on my face only for a little while during my facial cleansing routing….I still hated it. In fact, I hated every minute that it’s on my face. So it doesn’t make my experience enjoyable and I find myself rushing through it just to get it over with. It’s not the facial cleansing experience I would like to have. Before this, my facial cleansing routine has always been a refreshing and relaxing experience. Now before you think I didn’t try….I did. I tried to overlook that aspect of it. In fact, I’ve been using it everyday for more than 2 months in hopes that I will get used to the feeling but no…..still no love from me — sorry! I was also concerned about this product causing breakouts with daily use but I’m chalking the minimal skin issues I have to other stuff instead of this. I will need to use this for a much longer time to really come to that kind of conclusion for me. I’m still using it but I won’t be repurchasing it after I run out.

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