skincare

Derma E Purifying Daily Detox Scrub Review

There are very few skincare products I feel strongly about and Derma E definitely has a few that I would never stop using. The product I’ll be reviewing today is their Purifying Daily Detox Scrub. I received this product a few weeks ago from Derma E themselves and I am so so thankful because I found a new line of products I absolutely love!

Here is a little information about the scrub I pulled from Derma E’s website:
Gentle enough for daily use, this detox scrub lifts away micropollutants and impurities while promoting oxygenation for a fresh, healthy radiance. Doctor developed and clinically tested, this revitalizing formula contains some of the most powerful minerals and natural toxin fighters from the earth and from the sea. Kimarine® Wakame is a potassium-rich, magnesium-rich seaweed that is clinically proven to protect skin against environmental pollutants (exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke, heavy metals). Bladderwrack is an antioxidant-rich, mineral-rich seaweed known for its water-binding properties, supporting healthy skin hydration and nourishment. Activated Charcoal, known for absorbing 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities, helps remove toxins from the skin’s surface. Apricot Seed Powder gently exfoliates away micropollutants, and Green Tea delivers potent antioxidant defense. Ideal for oily, active or urban skin types, even safe for reactive skin (minimal ingredients and allergy-tested), this formula boosts skin purity for a refreshed, glowing complexion. 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten free, GMO-free.

Ingredients:

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cetyl Alcohol, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Seed Powder, Glycerin, Coco-Caprylate, Charcoal Powder, Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack) Extract, Undaria Pinnatifida (Wakame, Kimarine®) Extract, Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract* (.1%), Menthol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Xanthan Gum, Diheptyl Succinate, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Menthyl Lactate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Iron Oxide, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.
The cost of this scrub is $15.50 for a full size – 4 ounces. 
Here is what the scrub looks like:
I had no idea what to expect the first time I tried this but I didn’t expect a metallic silver color! I think it’s super neat and a nice change from standard colors of scrubs I’m used to. 
This particular scrub is meant for normal to oily skin. My skin is a combination + sensitive and I tend to use this anywhere from 5-7 times a week, typically in the mornings because it provides my skin feeling completely fresh with a cool, minty sensation. The scrub is very gentle yet powerful enough to remove impurities and leaves my skin feeling smooth. I am a fan of the apricot seed scrubs for this very reason because I feel that it really takes off all the oil, dirt, and dead skin cells on my skin without irritating it. Moreover, this scrub doesn’t dry out  my skin at all even though I use it so frequently! 
I’m crazy obsessed with this scrub and have already purchased another tube from Ulta since I’m just about done with this one. I really adore Derma E because they provide great ingredients at a lower price range than what I usually shop for. 
If you’re interested in checking out or purchasing Derma E’s Purifying Daily Detox Scrub, you can do so on their website here or from Ulta here!
Feel free to also check out my review on two other Derma E products I love – their Scar Gel and Microdermabrasion Scrub here and here!

My Scar Gel Story

Hey hey HEY!

I reviewed Derma E’s Scar Gel and Microdermabrasion Scrub yesterday and wanted to make a quick little post about my scar gel story.

This Scar Gel can be used for any types of scars but I primarily use it for my acne scars. 
I’ve had acne troubles since I was a teenager always picked my pimples..in fact, I still do pick on them sometimes. I seriously need to stop! Anywho ~ my acne scars were so bad, they covered my whole face. It was really embarrassing and definitely took a toll on my self esteem and confidence. I remember how people would always point my scars out and a few folks even made fun of me. It sucked but I got over it. 
I used Proactive in my teenage years to get rid of my acne and it worked for a bit but my face broke out like crazy once I stopped using it. I turned to aloe vera plants, retinol cream, and tea tree oil for the longest time and it definitely helped a ton! It soothed my skin and diminished my scars a little but it took months before I noticed results. 
I don’t break out as much as I did back then but I still have some hormonal acne issues..especially from January-March of this year, it was horrible! Those breakouts led to a whole new batch of scars and I was desperate to find a way to make them go away. That’s when one of my close friends told me about Derma e’s Scar Gel! She said it worked for her and I was curious to try it out! 
The information card in the box says results can be seen in just about four weeks and to be honest, I was pretty skeptical about this. However, I’ve been using the Scar Gel 3-4 times a day for 5 weeks now and can already see that my newer/lighter scars have almost completely diminished and my darker/older scars are fading as well! 
I am really impressed with how this Scar Gel is working on my skin! I definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for a product to fade scars. You can purchase this via their website, on Birchbox, or use this to find a location near you! 

What are your thoughts on this product? Have you used this Scar Gel before? Let me know in the comments below!

March 2015 Birchbox Review

I say this every month but this month’s box is G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!
Birchbox is totally on point with their box designs – if you’re a subscriber, don’t forget to keep all of your boxes, they’re planning something fun at the end of the year!
For those who don’t know, Birchbox is a monthly beauty sampling subscription service that costs $10/month!

Birchbox is one of my favorite subscription services because I find myself actually using and loving everything (or almost everything) I receive! I’ve discovered many new brands from this sub!
Another reason I love Birchbox is their INCREDIBLE point system! For every item in your box you review, you receive 10 Birchbox points, which is equal to $1 in theBirchbox store. Something new they started this year is if you share your Birchbox on FB or Twitter you will get an additional 10 points! These points add up super fast since you can get $6 or more worth of store credit each month!
Plus they have some fun opportunities for bloggers/youtubers each month, like the Birchbox Book Club! I was able to read all of Gillian Flynn’s novels – Gone Girl, Dark Places, and Sharp Objects a few months ago and  I actually just got an email a few minutes ago saying I will be receiving this month’s book, Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin!
So now for this month’s box!

image
This month’s theme was creativity:
Get inspired with this month’s picks. Expressing yourself hasn’t been this fun since finger painting.

image
Being the dummy I am, I forgot to take a photo of the back of my information card and now I can’t seem to find it anywhere.

image
Harvey Prince Sincerely Perfume Sampler – .05 oz $1.65
Mirenesse Glossy Kiss in 04 Angel Kiss – .05 oz $11.00
Argh! The dreaded perfume samples! At least it’s Harvey Prince and a larger vial than I usually get! I’ll stick this in my purse for emergencies but there’s a 99% chance I won’t use it. It doesn’t smell horrible but it’s not a scent I would purchase for myself, I think it’s great for the Spring though! I’m horrible at describing scents but the inside of the card says it’s spicy, sweet, and calming.
I was super excited  to see this lip crayon, the shade is perfect for me ! I think it’s cool that they sent us a sample that’s half of a full size, this should last me for a long time!

image
Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle – 1 oz $2.75
Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter Highlighter – FULL SIZE! $12.75
Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre (24 Hour Miracle Cream – .17 oz $1.87
I’ve always heard people raving about the Protect & Detangle so I’m excited to try it out! It’s supposed to lock in hair color, protect from heat damage, and add silkiness.
I don’t incorporate a highlighter into my makeup routine but I probably will now that I have this little guy! I honestly thought it was a nail polish at first glance haha!
I found the miracle cream interesting because it’s a moisturizer, primer, and makeup remover all in one! You apply it as a primer/moisturizer or use a little on a cotton ball to remove makeup!
This box has a value of a few cents over $30! I’ll for sure be using 4/5 of the products and I’m super excited about the lip crayon and protect & detangle! I’m also happy that they included a full sized product and decent sized samples for me this month!
March’s Birchbox is a win for me, if you’re interested in subscribing you can do so here!
If you’re already a subscriber, what did you think of March’s box, was it a hit or a miss?

This post may contain affiliate links.

March 2015 Beauteque BB Bag Review

Beauteque is one of my favorite websites to shop at when I’m looking for beauty and skincare products from the Eastern side of the world! They have an AMAZING variety of products – I’m particularly addicted to their sheet masks!

The BB Bag is their monthly subscription beauty bag. Each month Beauteque will send you a bag full of 7-8 full sized beauty, skincare, fashion, and lifestyle products but I’ve noticed they have a larger focus on skincare. Each bag also has a few products where subscribers can choose a specific scent, shade, etc. Options will be emailed in a survey format on the 15th of each month and if you don’t choose by the 20th, the Beauteque team will choose for you.
Here’s a breakdown of the different plans and prices:

  • $24 + shipping for 1 month.
  • $24 + shipping for 3 months 
  • #23 + shipping for 6 months 
  • $22 + shipping for 12 months 
  • Shipping fees are 3.95 for the US, $5.95 for Canada, and $8.95 for Europe.
  • If you subscribe by the 5th of the month, you will receive the BB Bag of that month, if you subscribe after the 5th, you will receive the BB Bag for the next month.
  • Subscribers will be billed on the 15th of each month if they choose the month to month option and bags will begin to be shipped on the 15th as well

Before I get to the products I have to mention how great Beauteque’s bags are! I love the diverse styles, patterns, and material they use and I think they’re the perfect size for me! This month’s bag has a really pretty lip pattern on it and it’s definitely going into my school bag for sure!
This month’s theme is “Our Lips are Sealed” and the bag was curated to give the best of the best.
Each bag comes with a card detailing the products sent

image
Onto the products!

image
TonyMoly Mini Bling Pocket Hair Mask – $3.00
A’Pieu Take My Hands Nail Sheet Mask – $5.00
I never used a hair pack like this before so I’m really excited to try it out! It’s a leave in hair treatment for the ends of damaged hair. You’re supposed to leave it on for 15-30 minutes and remove it. It looks pretty simple to put on, you basically put the pack on your hand like a glove and wrap it on your hair like a pony tail – that probably sounds confusing but the picture instructions look simple!
The Nail Sheet Mask was customizable, I chose the Avocado while the other option was Berry. This nail pack nourishes nails and cuticles, you wear it for 15 minutes and massage the remaining essence into your skin!

image
The Face Shop Rice Toner – $14.00
Mizon Modeling Cup Pack – $8.00
The Face Shop Massage Cream in Cucumber – $12.00
I’m still using the toner I got from the Head to Toe Milk Bag but I opened this one anyways because it’s supposed to be super moisturizing. I’ve only been using this for 2 days but I love the way it feels and it does help moisturize my skin more than other toners have!
I’m glad Beauteque put the Mizon Pack in a ziploc bag because some of it did spill but I’m glad the cup itself didn’t break! For this product, you use a 1:3 proportion with water and powder and then mix it together. Leave it on your face for 15-20 minutes and then rinse!
Subscribers were able to choose between Cucumber and Mugwort massage creams. The cream has Vitamin B to refresh and revitalize skin, you massage it on your face for 3-5 minutes and then rinse it off with a cleanser – use 1-2 times a week. I used this about an hour ago and have to say I’m impressed! The cucumber scent was pretty strong when I opened it – I don’t like the smell of cucumber at all – but I’m happy to say the scent was minimal when I applied it to my face and massaged it in, it felt so creamy and moisturizing! My skin was left super refreshed and soft after washing it off!

image
Etude House Look At My Eyes in #503 – $9.50
Beauteque Pore Control Blackhead Brush – $15
I was really happy seeing an eyeshadow in this bag! I’ve never used one from Etude House is one of my favorite brands so fingers crossed I love this shadow as much as their other products!
I honestly had no idea brushes like this existed, I’m intrigued and I’ll be testing it soon! I loved Beauteque’s foundation brush from one of their BB Bags last year so I do have high hopes for this one. I’m glad they have a string at the end so I can hang it off the rack in the shower!
Here’s a swatch of the Etude House eyeshadow


I like the pigmentation and it’s not chalky at all, I know I’ll get tons of use out of this!
This month’s bag retailed for $69.50 according to the prices listed on the card but I noticed some prices are inflated, I found cheaper prices of some of the products on other websites. That being said, from the calculations I did, the value of this bag is still higher than the price!
My favorite products from this bag are the toner, massage cream, eyeshadow, brush, and the bag itself! This actually might be my favorite BB Bag yet!
If you want March’s BB Bag, be sure to subscribe by the 5th! You can subscribe here! If you subscribe after the 5th, you will get April’s BB Bag.
This post may contain affiliate links. I received this item in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion. All opinions expressed are my own and I would not promote an item if I did not think it would spark interest to my readers.

Beauteque February 2015 Head to Toe Pink Bag Review

Beauteque is by far my favorite website to shop at when it comes to Asian beauty products, I’m particularly addicted to the various sheet masks they sell! Along with their monthly BB Bag, Beauteque also released a new Head to Toe Bag! This bag is not a subscription bag, it is a one time purchase and is only available until the end of February – I was kindly send this for review purposes.
The Head to Toe Bag costs $26 plus $4.95 shipping in the US, $6.95 in Canada, and $8.95 in Europe and contains 7-8 full sized products.
Some items are customizable and three of the items were shown in a sneak peek while the other items remained a mystery. I tried not to peek at all of the contents of Head to Toe Bag but I couldn’t help but check out reviews from other bloggers since the crazy weather delayed the mail!
February’s Head to Toe Bag had a theme of “Pink”, and is said to include a variety of beauty products perfect for an afternoon with friends or a night out with that special someone!
I saw many other gals raving about the actual bag this month and I can’t say I disagree! It’s completely different from the other bags they sent and I love the material and design! Plus the color is perfect for February!
Each bag comes with an information card detailing the products inside

image
Onto the products

image
Hada Senka by Shiseido Moisturizing Lotion – $15.95
Femme Couture Highlighting Luminizer in Pink Sparkle – $11.50
I know Shiseido is a highly respected brand so I was excited that Beauteque included one of their products in this bag! I tried this out and it feels great on my skin – it’s lightweight and moisturizing. I think it’s perfect for right now since I get a few dry patches in the cold weather.
I’ve never used a luminizer before since I prefer a matte finish. It can be used on its own or be mixed in with a foundation. I was curious to try this out but I made a HUGE mess with this product! I didn’t know it was going to be super liquidy/runny! I got it all over my hand and clothes. It does give a subtle glow but it settled into my lines so I’ll probably find someone to give this to. I really wish the packaging was different!

image
It’s Skin Todak Todak Wash Off Mask in Pomegranite – $2.50 each
Etude House Sleeping Spoon Cream in Rosehip – $3.95
Yay for masks! I’ve never tried these wash off masks before but I’m excited to use them. These are one time use but I’ll probably get 2 uses out of each pod. These are specifically for moisturizing and elasticity! You apply the mask and leave it on for 10-15 minutes and then wash it off with warm water.
I was really interested by the spoon cream since I never saw a product like it before. This cream is supposed to moisturize and brighten skin. You snap the handle and use it to mix the cream and apply it on your face overnight! I love Etude House so I’m really excited to try this out!

image
Lameila Compact Puff – $15.95
Tony Moly Automatic Lip Liner in 02 – $7.25
Tony Moly Circle Lens Volumizing Mascara – $6.50
The compact puff was in the sneak preview so I was really really excited to try it out! I LOVE my beauty blender but they’re pricey so I’m trying to find a nice dupe to purchase. Although the card says it’s nearly $16 I found this compact for $3 on a different website.
I have an addiction to lip liners at the moment so I was really happy seeing this in the bag! The shade is a gorgeous pink color and I know I’ll be using it often! It wasn’t super creamy but wasn’t rough when applying either, I may purchase a few other color! I also like how there’s a brush at the other end!
This mascara is supposed to give a long and defined look and isn’t supposed to clump. I’ll probably pass this over to someone since I don’t use mascara often. I do like how affordable it is but again, I found both of these Tony Moly products for a slightly lower price than listed on the card.
Another look at the lip liner + a swatch

imageimage
The overall value with the prices listed on the card come to be around $66 so I think they had a misprint when they wrote the retail value was $80. However, some of the products do seem to have inflated prices and with my research over the web, the value I came out was near $50. I still think that’s a great value for the price of the bag! Plus I’m in love with all of the products – except the luminizer. I think my favorite are the Tony Moly Lip Liner and Etude House Sleeping Spoon Cream! I’m most excited to try the compact puff to see how it compares to the beauty blender!
I think Beauteque was successful in incorporating the products to the theme of “Pink”! I was intrigued on how they would do that and I am definitely going to stick the bag into my purse soon since pink is my favorite color!
I’m super excited to see what they come up with in March! If you’re interested in purchasing the Head to Toe Pink Bag, you can do so here! They’re available until the end of February or until supplies last.
This post may contain affiliate links. I received this item in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion. All opinions expressed are my own and I would not promote an item if I did not think it would spark interest to my readers.

EOS Berry Blossom Hand Lotion Review

Hey everyone! Classes are cancelled for today so I thought I’d finally post a short review on this hand lotion many of you were asking me about!
I got this EOS Hand Lotion in a birthday swap back in November but didn’t get around to using it until about a week ago.
A little info on the lotion itself:
The EOS Hand Lotions cost $1.99 and can be found in various places such as Target and Ulta. It’s paraben free, is made up of shea butter, oats, and aloe, has a light, floral scent, and lastly, it’s supposed to have a 24 hour moisturizing effect.
My thoughts:
I wasn’t expecting much from this since I wasn’t too fond of the EOS balms but I have to say that the packaging is super cute! It’s sleek and I love how it fits perfectly into my palms! I thought it would become harder to squeeze out the lotion as time went on but surprisingly I’ve had no issues at all so far!


That being said, I’m not in love with this lotion itself, it doesn’t moisturize my skin well – I had to constantly reapply it BUT it is winter so that was expected. However, most of my other lotions are more moisturizing than this one so I’ll probably just keep this in my car or something and keep another lotion in my purse. I’m not saying this is terrible, but it’s not the best for ME – I’m positive others might be in love with this!


Would I buy this product in the future?
The answer is yes…I know it’s strange but I’m in love with the packaging and although it’s not my favorite lotion, maybe it’ll work better once winter is over!
But let’s be real, I’ll be buying it just for the packing.

February 2015 Birchbox Review

I wasn’t expecting my Birchbox since I didn’t get an email for tracking but I’m glad it randomly showed up in my mailbox a few days ago!
For those who don’t know, Birchbox is a monthly beauty sampling subscription service that costs $10/month!
Birchbox is one of my favorite subscription services because I find myself actually using and loving everything (or almost everything) I receive! I’ve discovered many new brands from this sub!
Another reason I love Birchbox is their INCREDIBLE point system! For every item in your box you review, you receive 10 Birchbox points, which is equal to $1 in the Birchbox store. Something new they started this year is if you share your Birchbox on FB or Twitter you will get an additional 10 points! These points add up super fast since you can get $6 or more worth of store credit each month!

image
I am in love with February’s box! This month’s theme is Friendship – This month’s box is dedicated to the people who cheer us on, calm us down, and make us laugh so hard we cry.
Birchbox sent out a new coupon code, “BENEFITGIFT”, where you can get a free Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional Primer Deluxe Mini with any Full Size Benefit Purchase from 2/9-2/26!
Each box comes with a card detailing the products sent to you

image
I was hoping for a Beauty Blender this month but no luck this time..hopefully they sample those again soon!

image
Marcelle Gentle Make-up Remover for Sensitive Eyes: 50 mL – $5.00
The Balm Read My Lips Lip Gloss in BAM!: .08 oz – $4.00
The Marcelle was my sample choice for this month since I never used a liquid makeup remover before – I’m always used face wipes and honestly prefer those better. I’ve been using this since I got it and I’m happy to say it didn’t irritate my eyes! I don’t see myself reaching for it often unless I run out of my face wipes – but who knows, maybe this will grow on me!
I’ve always wanted to try The Balm and I do like this lip gloss but the shade isn’t for me, I wish they sent out something a tiny bit darker! The formula is a little sticky but not the point where it bothers me. I’ll probably find someone to send this off to!

image
BeeKind Conditioner: 1 oz – $1.88
Derma E Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A Glycolic Scrub: 1 oz – $3.19
Proper Bar Soap: 1 oz – $2.40
The BeeKind conditioner is made from honey and organic calendula, and it’s supposed to soften hair and add shine. I’m going to pass on this sample because it’s barely enough for one use – I’ll probably pass it along to someone else who’s interested in it. One thing I like is that it’s paraben and phthalates free!
I’m super excited to try the Derma E because one of my friends loves this brand and had nothing but great things to say about it! Plus I will never say no to an exfoliator, this one is an all natural cleanser that fades dark spots, cleans pores, and takes off dead skin. I’m glad they sent a nice sample size of this, I’ll be able to use it plenty of times to see how it works with my skin!
The last item I got is the soap – it’s a French-milled soap that hydrates skin and is made with shea and olive oils. I wasn’t excited about this product but I do want to try it and see why a one bar costs $12!
The total value of my box this month is $16.47 – not bad considering this only cost $10. I wasn’t impressed with the contents of my box this month but I can never get super upset with Birchbox since I’ll get $6.00 in store credit for reviewing my products and sharing my box on Twitter or Facebook!
What are your thoughts on February’s Birchbox? If you would like to subscribe, you can so here!
This post may contain affiliate links.