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Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara

Hey guys, have I mentioned Influenster yet? It’s another word-of-mouth marketing program that I’ve joined, and I recently got my first VoxBox, a box with a selection of different products – all free! Pretty neat, huh? Leave me a comment if you’re interested, and I can send you an invite!

One of my favorite items in the box was Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara. This mascara, which hit the shelves last month, is designed to give you that doe-eyed, retro look. Right up my alley. I love to do a slightly upturned cat-eye with a thick black liner and a heavy black lash. This mascara did a great job with both lengthening and thickening my lashes – almost like I was wearing falsies!

The brush is sort of hourglass-shaped, and pretty big. My one problem with it is that with a big rounded end, it’s hard to get the tiny lashes in the corner of my eyes without accidentally getting my skin, too. Other than that, it worked really well, and even with three coats, none of my lashes clumped up!

All in all, I would recommend this product and I will continue to use it!



Garnier Oil-Free B.B. Cream

I’ve been itching to see if BB creams live up to all the hype I’ve been hearing for the last year or two. What better way to try out a product you’re not sure of than trying it free? I received a full-size tube of Garnier Oil-Free B.B. Cream in Light/Medium free  through

A little about my skin before I get to the review: I am really pale, and my skin tends toward the oily side. I have darkish areas below my eyes (stupid allergies), large pores, and some reddish areas.

Ok, so first impressions of the BB Cream? It’s not so much of a cream. It’s pretty runny, and if you lay the tube down, you run the risk of the product coming right out. A bottle that stands on end might be a better choice of packaging. That said, the thinness of the “cream” allows the product to cover a large area of skin with a small amount.

I wish there were more color options available. The Light/Medium was a bit too dark for me and led to a little bit of a “mask” look. Once we get into summer, it will probably be a good match, and I’ve found that using a little less of the product made the color difference less obvious.

BB Creams contain sunscreen (SOOOOO important for me – I burn in 10 minutes in the sun!) but I’m not convinced that I would use enough of this product to actually protect my skin. However, I have worn it outside several times this spring and have yet to get a sunburn, so it appears to be effective. They also contain moisturizers and this one in particular contains minerals (including Perlite – which I use in my garden to retain moisture in the soil) that absorb oil and leave a matte finish. Garnier claims that this will last all day, which I haven’t found to be the case, but it does last for at least half the day.

This product has been gentle on my face, and hasn’t caused any breakouts or other undesirable effects. It does a good job of evening out my skin tone and making my dark eye circles less obvious. It doesn’t necessarily minimize my pores like it claims, but honestly, that’s not a huge concern of mine anyway. This is an excellent product for downsizing my morning beauty routine. Before, I would mix my foundation with a little moisturizer with an SPF 15, and follow up with concealer, and maybe a translucent powder. Now, I can replace all that with one product (though sometimes additional concealer is necessary.)

Overall, I am pleased with this product and will continue to use it!

Garnier Skin Renew Clinical Dark Spot Overnight Peel

Well, I may be officially the worst in the world at taking care of my skin. I do not have a set routine. I wash my face in the shower, and sometimes at night I’ll put on an overnight cream. I try to use a lotion with SPF during the day. I forget a lot. Needless to say, if I’m going to work a new skin care product into my “routine,” it had better be easy.

Let’s back up a bit, first. I joined the BzzCampaign for Garnier Skin Renew Clinical Dark Spot Overnight Peel through I got a free full-size bottle out of the deal. To be honest, my first thought was “Eek!” I’ve never used a peel, at home or otherwise, and assumed it would burn, or irritate my skin, or something equally bad. The first time I used it, hesitantly, I was pleasantly surprised. It was no different than using any other leave-on face product. Garnier suggests that you use it at night, and you can put your regular moisturizer right on top of it. You don’t need to wash it off.

Now here’s the problem. Like I said, I’m horrible at remembering to use stuff. I’m really going to try with this one, because I do have some small red spots and scars I wouldn’t mind vanishing. But I really can’t speak for the efficacy of this product right now, because I have only used it a handful of times. So what is it supposed to do? Well, straight from the Garnier website:

Skin Renew Clinical Dark Spot Overnight Peel is powered by Glycolic Vitamin C Complex. The glycolic acid effectively exfoliates and smooths skin, while Vitamin C addresses dark spots. Glycerin and a special acid buffer ensure that the Dark Spot Overnight Peel is gentle on skin to reveal a new radiance.

So, I’m going to keep trying it out. Will update at a later time if I see results!

Schick Hydro Silk® Razor

Oh, hello there skirt season, you snuck up on me!  One of the best things about winter is that I can really slack off on shaving my legs because they are nearly always covered. Well, spring is just around the corner so it’s time to bust out the razor again. Right now I’m trying the Schick Hydro Silk razor for free through BzzAgent. So what do I think?

I’m not one to splurge on a million blades, so the Hydro Silk is a bit of an extravagance for me, with five blades. I’ve been using the Venus Breeze handle with some cheap 3-blade cartridge for as long as I can remember. Honestly? I can’t really tell much of a difference. Shaving with the Hydro Silk might be a little bit faster. I shaved one leg with my old razor and one with my new, and now, a few hours later, they feel the same to me. Both had nice, close shaves, and neither one left me with razor burn.

The design of the Hydro Silk handle is nice – it’s weighted just right and has a soft, rubberized grip to ensure that it stays safely in my hand. I can’t say as much for the included hanger. It attaches with a suction cup that will NOT stay on my shower wall. It’s not textured or anything, so I don’t know why, but it falls off at least once a week, scaring my dog and making her bark in the middle of the night, which makes my husband think someone broke into our house. So I’m literally losing sleep over this.

I like the “Water-Activated Moisturizing Serum” strips, but I have to wonder what the point is, if you still need to use shaving gel while you shave. (Pro tip: Do you have some conditioner lying around that didn’t work out for you? It makes a great shave lotion!) That said, I did shave my legs only with soap, and I have no irritation afterward.

All in all, do I like the Hydro Silk? Yes. Do I like my old razor? Yes. It’s really a wash – I’ll probably  just buy the cartridges for whichever one is cheapest at the moment.

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula® Hand Cream

My family and I recently spent a few days at a huge indoor waterpark. Waterslides in Ohio in January, pretty nice, isn’t it? The only problem is combining days of swimming in super-chlorinated water, frequent showers, and incredibly dry winter air leads to really flaky, cracking, painful skin. Luckily, I had just received a whole slew of Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream (seriously, a full-size tube as well as a ton of mini samples) for free in the BzzKit from this BzzAgent campaign. A little goes a long way, so this was a really generous amount of product.

The best about this hand cream (beside the price, which is a totally reasonable $4.99 for around 200 applications) is that it really reverses the damage to your skin in one use. My skin feels so smooth after applying, and it lasts for hours. I used to work in a dental office, and with the constant hand-washing, we always kept an ultra-expensive hand cream around – I wish I had known about this product back then! It works as well, if not better, than other really pricey options. The packaging suggests you can use it on your lips, too. I haven’t tried that yet, but if it heals them like it does my hands, this is definitely going to become a winter staple in my house. It’s available in unscented too, so it won’t clash with your perfume.

COVERGIRL blastflipstick

While I’m more of an eye girl myself, I like to experiment with different looks on occasion. I was looking forward to trying the Covergirl BlastFlipstick campaign – after all, who doesn’t love getting three free fullsize lipsticks (and two colors each – 6 new colors!) and a SLEW of coupons? Thanks BzzAgent! Well, they send me these things so I can tell you about them – so here goes.

Out of the three lipsticks I got, only one of them really worked for me. Covergirl has a neat colormatch quiz that helps suggest colors according to your personal coloring. I’m very pale with dark hair and rosy undertones to my skin. The “Vixen” shade is very similar to what I currently wear – a rose pink with a lighter pink shimmer. That one was suggested to me on their website, as well as “Stunner,” an orangey-red with gold shimmer. That one felt too bright for me, although it was a little better after blending with the shimmery side. “Minx” is an intense brownish-berry color with a gold shimmer, and made me look like a silent movie starlet. It’s an interesting look, but not one I’d really feel comfortable braving the public with.

I have very dry lips and ALWAYS need to use a lip balm before lipstick. Unfortunately, BlastFlipstick isn’t really doing wonders for the delicate skin of my lips. It feels very grainy going on, even the “creamy” matte color. It is difficult to blend with the shimmery side. That said, it doesn’t seem to dry my lips out much WORSE, but it isn’t really helping them.

I think the idea of this product is fantastic. I like that you can change the placement of the shimmer for different effect. (PROTIP: Use a dab of the shimmer side in the very center of your lower and upper lip for an instantly plump pout!) I also think the shade selection is good. I’d like to try one of the more neutral shades in the future.

Burt’s Bees® Intense Hydration

The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database is down, so I’ve got no safety data on these products. Therefore, this review will be based solely on my experiences.

As part of this BzzCampaign, I got an awesomely stuffed box full of goodies, all for FREE! Included were full-size containers of: Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Treatment MaskCream Cleanser, and Night Cream, as well as tons of small samples of the night cream and Day Lotion with coupons. Whoa! This all retails for almost $50. Winter is coming (eek! I let my Game of Thrones geekiness peek through for a second) and with it comes dry skin, so my face is going to LOVE this.

In a previous BzzCampaign, I tried Burt’s Bees Sensitive Skin line, and while I thought it was okay, I wasn’t super impressed. I do still use the lotion from that campaign from time to time, but it doesn’t have a SPF, and I’m really fair skinned, so that’s almost a must for me. The Intense Hydration line doesn’t either (boo!) but it’s got plenty of redeeming characteristics to make up for that!

The first item I tried was the cream cleanser. I LOVE the scent. It’s sort of citrus-y, like sweet grapefruit, and it really wakes you up. My skin felt clean but not tight afterward, and I had no sign of irritation.

I tried the night cream after cleansing soon after. It’s really thick (as you would imagine) and a little goes a long way. It absorbed fairly quickly and didn’t really feel very greasy. The most important thing was that it hydrated my skin really well, and it felt firm and supple the entire next day, but it didn’t clog my pores or cause any breakouts (which is often a problem for me.)

The third night I tried the treatment mask after cleansing. I really slathered it on since the directions say to apply a thick layer. It was a little on the greasy side, as you might expect from something so moisturizing, but after waiting 5 minutes and removing it, my skin felt great. Two days later, I still feel the effects. The mask doesn’t have any color added, so you don’t look like a green-faced weirdo while you use it, and it stays soft while you wear it (no trying to talk without moving your mouth.)

I’m almost 32 years old, and while I don’t think I have problems with fine lines right now (that may be wishful thinking/denial, but I’m sticking to it!), I can see how these products would be super beneficial if you did. My main problem is oily skin, and while more hydration may seem counter-intuitive, sometimes it’s exactly what your skin needs! Your body will produce less oil if your skin doesn’t need it. This line of products is working for me right now, and if those fine lines ever show up (if! IF!!) I think I might have the solution.