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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.


ipsy May 2018 Glam Bag

A little late but better late than never! As I mentioned before I’ve been busy the last 2 months. There was a lot of celebrations and I also made a trip back to Philly to see my cousins and their families. I stayed there for almost a week and it was a blast! My eldest cousin also gave me a bunch of barely worn and new clothes so I’m set. I won’t have to shop for clothes for a long time (she did that the last time I visited too). Anyway, here’s what I got in my ipsy May 2018 Glam Bag.

ipsy May 2018 Glam Bag

Now, this bag speaks to me a lot! I’m a snail mailer and this is perfect to hold some of my snail mail items on the go. 🙂 First item that caught my eye is the Grace & Stella Co. Dead Sea Mud Mask. I love, LOVE, L-O-V-E mud masks and I’m very excited to try this soon! Next item that caught my eye is the Lord & Berry 20100 Maximatte Crayon Lipstick. The shade I got this in is Intimacy. Others got the shade called Spicy. Then we have the Nelson j Beverly Hills Moisture Healing Mask. I’ve been using the Sexy Hair Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave In Conditioner and Dove Hair Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Detangler on my hair faithfully for the past few months (for every few days) that I’m ready for a change. Next we have the tre’StiQue Mini Matte Blur Stick. I find this item very interesting and it’s supposed to minimize the appearance of pores so I’m trying it out soon. Last up is the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum. I’ve used products from this brand before and they’ve ranged from being okay to good. I’m hoping for better things with this one.

Grace & Stella Co. Dead Sea Mud Mask

Lord & Berry 20100 Maximatte Crayon Lipstick

Nelson j Beverly Hills Moisture Healing Mask

tre’StiQue Mini Matte Blur Stick

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum

So not bad at all still! I hope ipsy continues the trend with sending me products that suits my preferences. I’m looking forward to next (this!) month’s bag now!


ipsy April 2018 Glam Bag

I know this is late but I had taken the pictures already so we’ll go ahead with it anyway. Here’s what I got in my ipsy April 2018 Glam Bag.

ipsy April 2018 Glam Bag

I LOVE this bag! It’s quite beautiful really. I saved it to give it to my MIL. It makes me think of mothers for some reason (I think it might be the rose gold and the butterflies?). The first item that caught my eye is the H2O+ BEAUTY Oasis Hydrating Treatment. I’m very much into skincare right now so this is right up my alley. Next is the Purlisse Coconut Oil + Coffee Sugar Body Scrub. I love body scrubs so this went straight into my shower. Then we have the Smashbox Cosmetics Always On Liquid Lipstick. I’m still debating if I want to keep this or not. The shade is called Miss Conduct and I’m not sure if it suits me or not (plus, I have a ton of lip products already). Next we have the Manna Kadar Eye Candy Priming Shadow Stick. The shade I got is called S’more. Last up is a Steve Laurant Blush. TI’ve never heard of this brand before but it seems like it would be a really nice blush. The shade I got this in is called Rosé All Day. The other shade some others got is called I’m Blushing.

H2O+ BEAUTY Oasis Hydrating Treatment

Purlisse Coconut Oil + Coffee Sugar Body Scrub

Smashbox Cosmetics Always On Liquid Lipstick

Manna Kadar Eye Candy Priming Shadow Stick

Steve Laurant Blush

Overall, I’m very pleased with what I got — especially the bag! I hope next month’s bag continues this trend!


ipsy December 2017 Glam Bag

5 more days ’til Christmas! I’ve been off since last week and have finished all holiday related shopping so I’m just spending my time catching up on my recorded shows on the Investigation Discovery channel and have just started watching some Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel. I was out-of-town for 2 nights at a cabin in Clayton Lake State Park (OK) and it was a beautiful stay. The cabin is right by the lake so it was convenient to go fishing there at night. The cabin we stayed at was far from the other cabins so we didn’t really see anyone else there really. Our dog loved every minute of it. He even took a few dips in the cold lake! Now I’m already starting to research which state park we should go to next! I returned to a few things piling up in the mailbox and this is one of them. Here’s what I got in my ipsy December 2017 Glam Bag.

ipsy December 2017 Glam Bag

I would’ve liked the bag more if it was more symmetrical. I don’t know if you can tell but the “height” of the bag on one side is different from the other side. I don’t know if it’s intentional but oh well…it’s still usable. First item that caught my eye is the Smashbox Cosmetics Be Legendary Lipstick. The shade everyone got is called Legendary. It’s a bold red shade that I simply love. Next item that caught my eye is the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser. I’ve actually tried out this product before and have reviewed it here. Then we have the Rodial Glamolash Mascara XXL. The only Rodial product I’ve had the pleasure of trying out left me impressed so I’m looking forward to trying this out. I did not know they have a makeup line! Next we have the NIP+FAB Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Serum. I love facial serums so I’m eager to try this one out ASAP! It’s starting to get cold and dry again this weekend where I’m at so this is simply perfect timing to have received this in my glam bag. Last up is NYX Faux Blacks Eyeliner. The shade I got this in is Onyx.

Smashbox Cosmetics Be Legendary Lipstick

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser

Rodial Glamolash Mascara XXL

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

NYX Faux Blacks Eyeliner

So I was expecting a little bit more wow with the bag itself for Christmas but it’s better than last year’s bag in my opinion — so it’s all good! I think I’ll get to keep most of the items in my glam bag to try for myself, which is pretty rare really so I’m looking forward to it!


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.


ipsy September 2017 Glam Bag

I know, I know…it’s October already! But I already took the pictures a while back and rather have them go to waste I’ll just make a quick post about it. Here’s what I got in my ipsy September 2017 Glam Bag.

ipsy September 2017 Glam Bag

The bag itself is pretty different from what I’ve come to expect from ipsy for years. I like how it’s edgy. First item that caught my eye is the NEOGEN Dermalogy White Truffle Serum in Oil Drop. I love trying out new facial serums. This is on my next to try as soon as I free up a spot for it in my facial care regimen. Next is Ciaté London Wonderwand Mascara. The shade I got this in is called Black Magic. I think this is the only shade this particular product item comes in for now though. Then we have the Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Radiance Primer. I don’t use primer much but I do testing with it to compare how it fares with other primers. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ It’s just a “thing” of mine. Next we have the The Organic Pharmacy Double Rose Rejuvenating Face Cream. I’m finishing up something from Philosophy right now and I’ll make sure this is next or the one after the next face cream I use. Last up is Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics Lip Gloss. The shade I got this in is Nude Beach. I got too many lip stuff open so I’ll add this to my gifting pile. It’s a nice shimmery shade with a gold duochrome flash.

NEOGEN Dermalogy White Truffle Serum in Oil Drop

Ciaté London Wonderwand Mascara

Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Radiance Primer

The Organic Pharmacy Double Rose Rejuvenating Face Cream

Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics Lip Gloss

Overall, pretty good. There’s a lot of stuff I will be using in this month’s bag.


Nourish Organic Pure Hydrating Argan Face Serum

Hey guys! How are y’all doing today? I hope your Mother’s Day celebrations went well. Today’s post is on a product I got from my ipsy October 2015 Glam Bag. Here’s my thoughts on Nourish Organic Pure Hydrating Argan Face Serum.

Nourish Organic Pure Hydrating Argan Face Serum

What I love about this product? I find the scent quite pleasant — it’s what you would come to expect from an Argan oil product with a hint of orange or something. It’s not heavy for an oil serum really. I did have to get used to dispensing the right amount out of the tube as it’s pretty viscous. It’s easy to apply onto the face and while I did have this oil-sitting-on-my-face feeling right after putting it on….it goes away in a short time. It does keep my face moisturized and hydrated. Not sure if it’s the oil “sealing” the moisture in or what but hey, it works.

What I don’t like about this product? Two things really but it’s all based on personal preference. First, I hate that when my hair gets blown around onto my face it sticks to my face because the oil is still on my face. I just happen to not have that feeling of it on my face but it’s still there. Have you ever set something that hair oil or gel on a surface and leave it for a few days? Dust sticks to it. This is the same thing and living in a windy state like mine….no bueno. The other thing I didn’t like was that my face broke out the first time when trying it out. I was only 2 days in with using this and I stopped using it immediately. I tried again a few months later and I didn’t break out like I did the first time. About 2 small pimples cropped up this time so it wasn’t a complete showstopper. I was actually wary in trying it out again that second time as maybe my skin is telling me I should steer clear from it. I will only consider repurchasing it if this product was on sale for a good price as I did like how it performed overall.

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


ipsy September 2016 Glam Bag

I got this in yesterday and am very excited to share it with you guys. Here’s what I got with my ipsy September 2016 Glam Bag.

ipsy September 2016 Glam Bag

The bag is made out of a denim type of material I think. It’s actually very neat looking and has an edgy look for Fall. The first item up is the Onomie Powerful Priming Serum. The shade I got is called Truth. I ran out of the serum I was using a few months ago so I switched my facial skincare regimen a bit. Now I think it’s time to reintroduce it back! 🙂 Next up is the Eva NYC Forget Me Knot Dry Conditioner. This one strikes me both as interesting and gimmicky. I am familiar with dry shampoos but dry conditioner? Really? I’ll definitely be trying this out and reviewing this so keep your eyes peeled for it. Then we have the Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic. This brand is on the higher end of what I usually go for and after using Korean skincare products I am more open to using items such as this tonic. I’ll put this to the test for the added moisture part since I don’t really use makeup and can’t test it to set makeup. Then we have BelláPierre Cosmetics Mineral Blush. The shade I got is in Autumn Glow. I have too many blushes open already that I don’t even use so I’ll be throwing this in as an extra gift come holiday season. Lastly, we have Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme. This caught my eye immediately due to the pretty packaging. I don’t really have any use for this, but I’ve used lip plumpers before so you bet I’m trying this out and will be sharing with y’all my thoughts on it.

Onomie Powerful Priming Serum

Eva NYC Forget Me Knot Dry Conditioner

Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic

BelláPierre Cosmetics Mineral Blush in Autumn Glow

Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme

Overall, not bad. More keepers this time around it seems!


ipsy October 2015 Glam Bag

Hey guys! I was very surprised how fast I got this month’s bag. It was in the mailbox yesterday when my husband checked. Here’s what I got in my ipsy October 2015 Glam Bag.

ipsy October 2015 Glam Bag

First off, while I’m not in love with the bag….I still like it. I love the fact that it’s gold. The other side is in black patent. First item that caught my eye is the Emité Make Up Professional Slant Tweezer. I’ve been due for a new one so this might be a good contender. Next up is Nourish Organic Pure Hydrating Argan Face Serum. I’ve used a product from this brand before so I’m open to trying this one out. I hope the scent isn’t the same as even though the product I did try said it’s unscented….the scent made me gag slightly. Then we have the AURORA Gel Effect Nail Polish. The shade everyone who got this is their bag is Inky Dinky. I’m not sure if I’m keeping this yet but I may just to compare how it fares to other brands. Next is the Beauty Without Cruelty Fragrance Free Hand and Body Lotion. Last thing I need right now is more hand and body lotion since I have a ton from Bath & Body Works. I’ll probably have this as an additional gift to someone eventually. Last item is theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick. The shade that everyone who got this item in their bag is Committed.

Emité Make Up Professional Slant Tweezer

Nourish Organic Pure Hydrating Argan Face Serum

AURORA Gel Effect Nail Polish

Beauty Without Cruelty Fragrance Free Hand and Body Lotion

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick

Overall, I’m most excited about the item from theBalm and I actually laughed at the name of the product (they’re pretty good and cute at naming their stuff!).


Hey Honey Good Morning: Honey Silk Facial Serum

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! I didn’t do much really — just got caught up with all the household chores and went to 2 different Bath & Body Works to get the pocketbacs I wanted. One of my favorites is Hey Honeybun and only of the stores had it so we ended up going to 2 of them. I’m already looking forward to this weekend just to get the regular week chores knocked out of the way so I can relax. Today’s post is a review on something I got from my ipsy April 2015 Glam Bag. It was the perfect size to give it a whirl for a complete review in a few weeks. Here’s Hey Honey Good Morning: Honey Silk Facial Serum.

Hey Honey Good Morning: Honey Silk Facial Serum

What I love about this product? The scent is relatively light and smells pleasant. I do detect the smell of honey but it’s light. There’s something else in it that I can’t quite put my finger on. I know that dogs seem to notice it as they love licking my face when I have this on. This serum is comparable to a slightly more watery face moisturizer to me. It spreads very easily and doesn’t take too long to fully absorb into my skin. The feeling it leaves on my skin is best described as what I feel if I apply makeup primer on. I makes my skin so soft and smooth. I’ve used this for about 3 weeks now and I like it. I use it in the mornings only, but it does recommend to be used both day and night either by itself or under your day or night cream.

What I don’t like about this product? If I have to be extremely picky, the fact that this has no SPF and the price. I think making this with SPF protection would be justified for the price it’s being sold at. $41 for an ounce (description on website says 1.2 oz but the product shot shows 1 oz) seems pricey. You definitely could try justifying it as being both a makeup primer and moisturizer.

This item is available on their online store here.


ipsy April 2015 Glam Bag

Hey guys! This month’s ipsy came when I was away on my honeymooniversary trip. I saw some people I follow post their ipsy for this month and they look good! I was hoping mine was just as good too. Here’s what I got in my ipsy April 2015 Glam Bag.

ipsy April 2015 Glam Bag

This month’s ipsy bag showed some promise but in the end, I’ll be passing most of the items on to someone else that can give it more love than I am willing to give. I just have too much makeup at this point for someone that doesn’t use makeup at all. Let’s start first with the bag. It’s a cute summery basket weave type of material. It’s pretty and I’m debating on keeping it. First item that caught my eye is the Hey Honey Good Morning – Honey Silk Facial Serum. The word honey in a beauty product just has a positive spin to me. I’m eager to try this out and am hoping the scent will be good. Next is the Mullein & Sparrow Mini Lip & Cheek Tint. I typically don’t like combo type of beauty products like this as I like different formulas for my cheeks and my lips. Products with the same type of formula for those will typically be okay for my cheeks but too dry for my lips or very heavy (even greasy) for my cheeks and perfect for my lips. This is a pass for me. The packaging is pretty though. Then we have JulieG Nail Color in the shade Damsel. I own too many nail polishes at this point for me to start with this brand. I’ve used this brand before and thought it was only okay. The color isn’t one I gravitate to immediately so I’ll be passing this on to someone else. The theBalm NUDE Dude Eyeshadow Single I got is in the shade Flirty. I recently reviewed the theBalm NUDE ‘tude® Nude Eyeshadow Palette and the formula is pretty good overall. I expect this to be almost the same. The packaging is quite creative and fun as well. Last item is the Gállány Cosmetics Lipstick. The shade I got is Petal. It’s a very “safe” kind of color in my opinion. The sleek packaging looks nice and sophisticated. Not sure if I’m keeping it as I have too many lip products already.

Hey Honey Good Morning – Honey Silk Facial Serum

Mullein & Sparrow Mini Lip & Cheek Tint

JulieG Nail Color

theBalm NUDE Dude Eyeshadow Single

Gállány Cosmetics Lipstick

Overall, I was excited at first but then when I went through what each product is and if I can use it….meh. It’s only okay in the end. Better luck next month?


Freeman Mystery Bag 2014

Hey guys! I’m sure most of you know about the Freeman Beauty Mystery Bag that went live a few days ago. I got the email and even saw it posted on my IG by a few beauty bloggers I know. I hemmed and hawed but only for a little bit before taking the plunge. This shipped out the same day I placed the order. Upon inspection when I opened everything, I noticed that something seems to be missing so I compared it to what I know someone else has gotten in their shipment as seen on Nouveau Cheap’s site here. Now this is everything that came with mine:

Freeman Mystery Bag 2014

My order comes with an extra travel size dry shampoo cause of the code WELCOME but notice that everything else I got is the same….with the exception that I’m short 8 sachet items. Here is the breakdown of my Mystery Bag:

Pssst! Instant Dry Shampoo Travel Size (not counting this since this is in addition to the Mystery Bag) – FREE
c. Booth Milk Bath & Shower Cleanser – $6.99
Pssst! Instant Dry Shampoo for Wavy or Curly Hair – $6.99
Feeling Beautiful Acai Facial Purifying Clay Mask – $3.99
Feeling Beautiful Chocolate & Strawberry Facial Clay Mask – $3.99
Bare Foot Spa Professional Moisturizing Massage Cream – $5.99
Barefoot Repair Overnight Foot Cream – $6.99
Eclos Plant Stem Cells Super Concentrate Night Booster Fluid (can’t find this anywhere except going for $19.50 on Amazon right now) – $19.50
Eclos Daily Hydra Primer SPF30 – $15.99
Vita-K Professionals Deep Facial Lines – $14.99

Travel size sachets (6 since 1 is my freebie with my order) – $1.99 x 6 = $11.94

TOTAL RETAIL VALUE OF MYSTERY BOX: $97.36

I emailed them to inquire if I am indeed missing some items since I got exactly the same things as what is seen from someone else (less 8 sachets). I just wanted to know since other people might be expecting to get X amount and only got Y amount (like what happened to me). I thought about several different scenarios that could’ve happened such as they mistakenly left 8 travel size sachets out of my order or they somehow mistakenly counted my free travel size dry shampoo offer against my Mystery Bag to everyone simply may just get more or less since their offer is “valued up to $100”. I held off buying another Mystery Bag because I was curious to see what the response was. It’s not a hill to die on whether I get the 8 sachets or not, but I want to know the reason behind it and that says a lot about companies. I just got a response this morning and it points to a scenario I didn’t even think of! Here is what they said:

“Dear K,

Thank you for contacting Freeman Beauty.

Our apologies for any misunderstanding with the offer, as please know that is the “mystery” with this promotion, and as our email blast states towards the bottom of the special:

“Some bags include a mystery treat for feet…will your bag be one of them?”

Thank you for your inquiry and for your patronage, and again our apologies for any misunderstanding with the promotion.

Best Regards,
Freeman Beauty”

So this response leads me to believe that the extra items that someone else got was a mystery treat for feet. Looking back at G’s post of what someone else got, seems to make sense since the missing sachets are mostly for the feet (only 1 of what I got is for the feet…the rectangular sachet). I just made a search online to see if someone else has gotten their Mystery Bag and looks like Beauty Hoard got hers too here and it’s exactly the same as mine (except for my free trial size dry shampoo). And looks like someone else got what I got (again, minus the travel size dry shampoo) and emailed them too receiving the same response. You can see it if you follow this on Reddit here. Now the thing left in question is on their website right now it says “get mystery treat for feet while supplies last!” so does this mean the supply is all gone? Their email response to me states that some bags include it, so it’s different from “while supplies last”. But eh….this is something that will confuse some customers for sure.

So I didn’t get $100 worth of stuff, but it’s close to it. Was it worth it still since last year’s was only $20 and valued at over $90? The % of savings you get definitely went down, so if you look at it that way — no. But I’m about to place another order just to see if I get some other stuff (I’m hoping for more clay masks really). Here’s a look at some of last year’s Mystery Bag breakdown from Hello Pretty Bird! and Zadidoll (and again here since she got 2).


Reviva Labs Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Hey guys! Today’s blog post is on something I usually wait for at least 2 months after using to give honest feedback on the results I get from it. But I couldn’t wait for 2 months and you’ll find out why. Here’s my take on the Reviva Labs Hyaluronic Acid Serum.

Reviva Labs Hyaluronic Acid Serum

This super moisturizing night serum comes in a small glass container with a pump to dispense the product. This is described with the following: “Our highest-potency daily moisture booster! Reviva Labs has now compounded a higher level of premium Hyaluronic Acid into a precious fluid that can help raise skin’s moisture level to fill-in furrows, plump up tissue and tone-down lines.”

The back of the bottle states the following directions: “Apply under creams in the evening or alone to hydrate skin. If also seeking firmness, alternate with our Firming Fluid.”

What I love about this product? It freaking rocks! I haven’t mentioned this before but I’m testing out an 8-peel program as a beauty blogger and this product has helped me out a lot. I’m about to have my 4th at home peel tomorrow and this serum is a lifesaver. The first week went by fine and it was uneventful, but right after the 2nd peel I can tell that I needed lots of moisture ASAP! Enter Reviva Labs Hyaluronic Acid Serum. I was apprehensive at first since this item contains the word “acid”, but I looked it up and it is safe to use after a peel (some websites actually recommend using a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid or ceramides to help with boosting moisture for the skin after a peel). I decided to give it a whirl since I have this on hand and wow…..my skin just soaked it all in and it felt good. I initially was on the last leg of another moisturizer that didn’t give me enough moisture — it left my skin dry and patchy. The next night I used this and I had none of that. One pump is all it takes to apply on my entire face and feathering it into my neck. The formula is very viscous, almost like water (but not quite!). I have been using it ever since and now I’m about to do my 4th peel. There is no other product I’ve used that’s moisturizing enough for my after peel skin except maybe for Reviva Labs Cream Hydratante, but I want to gently apply the product into my skin by patting so I didn’t use that for this purpose (you’ll understand if you read my review on that product to see how I apply that onto my face). All I have to say is it’s simply AMAZING when it comes to giving and retaining moisture! It’s been almost a month since I’ve started using this nightly and I’m not using any other product on my face at night until at least my 8-peel session is done.

What I don’t like about this product? NADA! This is a must-have for me to use nightly, as I mentioned, until my 8-peel session is done. It will work too as a regular night serum or face moisturizer.

This item retails for about $22 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.*


L.A. Christine No3 Berry Face Oil

L.A. Christine No3 Berry Face Oil ($58) is enriched with a cocktail of potent antioxidants and vitamins. It’s a proprietary formula that includes raspberry, Brazilian Açai Berry and Scandinavian Lingonberry, a unique plant that only grows locally in the wild, which Dr. Oz recently called “the new superfruit.” A drop or two goes a long way in enhancing the skin’s elasticity and giving it a youthful glow by keeping it hydrated all day long. Compared to creams, many of which are wax-based and sit on the surface of the skin, this therapeutic oil works with the skin’s natural oils, deeply penetrating to nourish, heal and soothe. The product quickly absorbs without an oily residue, smoothing wrinkles and stretch marks, and helping makeup go on smoother. The oil is great for all weather conditions and skin types (normal, oily, dry) and can also be used on the hands, feet, body, and even as a hair conditioner.

L.A. Christine No3 Berry Face Oil

This unique luxury product is developed through time-tested ways and a philosophy that unites European Scandinavian tradition with California’s healthy active lifestyle. L.A. Christine is committed to developing products that are completely free of parabens, mineral oils and petroleum, and that are cruelty free, with absolutely no animal testing.

Product available on their website and a reader alerted me that it’s also available on Amazon.com!