Replace or Reject: The March Edition, Part 2

This is part 2 of the monthly Replace or Reject segment. If you missed part 1, click here.

The two-tone green is Maybelline’s Eye Studio. The two below that are cream eyeshadows that I do not recall what brand…

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The Eye Studio is a two-tone powder green shadow called Ivy Icon. I didn’t find the colors to be saturated enough for my taste. And, I just didn’t reach for it. I wouldn’t replace it…

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The two cream shadows were crease city. Even if I could remember where I got these, I wouldn’t replace them or recommend them…

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Two Milani Color Play eyeliners that are colors I don’t use…

 

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I tried them out and love the precision points on these liners. It’s just the colors are not for me.

I already made mention in part 1 that I’m over Chapstick balms. I haven’t even opened the Pumpkin Pie one…

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This is an assortment of 2 empties and one reject. First, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner. I love this! This is the toner I use after using the facial wipes I review. I don’t use it every time but, during the first week of the 3 or more I test a wipe, I use the toner to see how much residue is left behind.  Kiehl’s is always a replace. This is my 2nd bottle since discovering Kiehl’s and I have already replaced this one.

 

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My beloved eyebrow pencil!! How I loved this as it was the perfect color for me…

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Definitely, well used and, used up. I can’t get the pencil into the sharpener any more. I am not even certain of the brand. I know it did come from the Dollar Tree and I picked it up on a whim. The tweezers were OK but, I have a favorite pair I prefer better. The pencil was the perfect blend of color and wax to fix and tame my brows. I’m sorry to let it go. It would be replaced without hesitation if I could find another.

This NYX lippie wasn’t a color I reach for. It’s pretty but I like my lipstick colors bolder. Also, the staying power was weak on this shade…

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I also found this Prestige lipstick that I don’t use. I actually did a review on it a very long time ago! This one had better staying power, it’s just not a color I love…

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So, there you have it. There are a few empties and lot of rejects. It feels really good to clear out things I don’t use. In fact, I finished up several paperback books and recycled them to the library at the retirement home where my Mother lives. I love books way too much to throw them away!

How have you been doing with clearing out your unused makeup?

Freeman Beauty: Facial Moisturizing Cleaner with Kiwi and Yogurt

I have reviewed many Freeman Beauty products in the past and, I have yet to come across one that I don’t like. The Facial Moisturizing Cleanser with Kiwi and Yogurt has proven to be no exception…

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Not only are Freeman Beauty products good quality, you also get your money’s worth. This tube is 6 ounces and, the cost, on the Freeman website is $4.29. That’s close to what you’ll find at the drugstores too.

The cleanser is gentle and luxurious to my skin. I consider my skin to be normal to dry so, I work towards keeping it as moist as possible and, not over-drying it. Since a large portion of my face cleansing schedule is to use makeup remover wipes for my Facial Wipe Wednesday segments, using Freeman Beauty’s creamy lotion remover was a pleasant diversion.

I found the list of ingredients rather interesting…

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Lots of healthy things like fruit extracts. However, if you look closely, the back verbiage states that it is a ‘non-dairy yogurt…

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Yet, in the ingredients, it lists yogurt…

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Anything that I could find states that hydrolyzed yogurt protein comes from yogurt. Yogurt is considered a dairy product. Vegans do not use any products derived from animals. So, if you avoid products that contain animal-derived ingredients, you might want to investigate further. As for me, I’m just confused but OK in using this product.

This cleanser does, indeed, smell like kiwis. And, I love kiwis! The cleanser did awesome with removing all types of makeup and did so easily. It rinsed off without leaving any type of residue behind. What did leave behind was baby-soft skin…

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Freeman Beauty is made in the USA and, is cruelty-free…

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If you have normal to dry skin, I highly recommend Freeman Beauty’s Facial Cleanser with Kiwi and Yogurt. It will leave your skin feeling quite pampered.

Have you tried this cleanser from Freeman?

Facial Wipe Wednesday: Dickinson’s Refreshingly Clean Cleansing Cloths

This installment of Facial Wipe Wednesday spotlights Dickinson’s Refreshingly Clean Cleansing Cloths…

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I have read that witch hazel is better for the skin than rubbing alcohol. I wouldn’t use straight rubbing alcohol on my skin, much less my face. Yet, witch hazel as a long history as being very good to the skin.

This is a list of what witch hazel can do for the skin, taken directly from the Dickinson’s website:

Cosmetic Benefits:

  • Excellent for sensitive skin
  • Removes excess oil and sebum
  • Controls oil production
  • Reduces skin blemishes
  • Cleanses and conditions skin
  • Tones and tightens pores
  • Soothes redness
  • Refreshes and cools skin
  • Does not over dry
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Dermatologist tested

In an effort to expand the variety of wipes to review, I was very much looking forward to testing these wipes. Of course, to my chagrin, this package has 25 wipes rather than 30. But, after using these wipes, I can almost totally forgive that faux pas.

The packaging states that it can do quite a bit…

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And, I found all of these to be true. Only mascara was a bit stubborn to remove. I did need to go over my lashes several times to get all the flakes off. The wipes were very moist and yes, it actually did feel refreshing to use. I can see how this product would be soothing to puffy skin, especially to the under eye area.

In the several years that I have been doing these wipe reviews, I think this is the shortest list of ingredients I have yet to see…

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Two more pluses for Dickinson’s are that they are made in the US and, they do not test on animals. You’ll notice that this product still has alcohol in it. This is used to help the product dissolve the dirt and activate the witch hazel. I didn’t find that it dried my skin out but, I always follow up with a moisturizer regardless.

I was completely impressed with the size of the wipes…

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I had to pull the wipe down to my wrist to show the complete, full size of it. This size was plenty to cleanse my entire face and eye area. And, right from the beginning, Dickinson’s Cleansing Cloths were very moist, just how I like it.

I liked that the wipe had a texture to it…

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This is the first time I have ever used a witch hazel product. I was concerned it would be too drying for my skin. But, my concern was unfounded even with my slightly dry skin. These cleansing clothes sell for around $7 at Walgreen’s. I know I picked mine up on sale, however I don’t recall what I paid for them.

For those with sensitive skin, their website claims that these are good for even the most sensitive. I think that’s pretty bold yet, with the short list of ingredients, it would seem there is less of a chance for disrupting the skin.

If you happen to visit their website, you’ll find it full of information on witch hazel. If you are considering using these wipes, which I can easily recommend, you’ll discover quite a bit there.

Have you ever used witch hazel?

Elsa’s Snow and Ice Beauty Book

When I saw the exclusive Frozen-themed items at Walgreen’s, I purchased the elf nine shadow palette, which I reviewed here, and I also purchased the Beauty Book too…

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I must admit, I have not seen the movie, as I am not a fan of cartoon movies nor musicals. However, it’s easy to say that I love the color-scheme and the makeup that this collection has.

The beauty book is just like the other elf books that have come before…

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Along with a mirror, there is a two-look tutorial underneath that…

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With a shadow brush and eight shadows, there is a face highlighter, two eyeliner pencils and a lip gloss…

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The brush isn’t my favorite but, it can get the job done. I like to use it if I’m just going to wear one or two shadows. For a more intense look, I use other higher-end brushes for precision application and better blending.

The shadows are neither chalky nor crumbly. I found them to blend amazingly well and the colors tie into each other nicely…

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Elsa Book Swatches

The eye pencils are both black. However, one is a flat black and the other has silver sparkles. I found that once I had them on, I couldn’t much tell the difference…

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The lip gloss is the scene-stealer of the book. It is highly-pigmented, not a bit tacky and it is super bold…

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I didn’t use a primer with any of these swatches. I would, however, recommend using a lip liner with this gloss as it migrated on me rather quickly. I feel a liner would have corralled it and kept it from bleeding.

The highlighter was adorable with its embossing…

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However, it is just an overspray. This is what happened when I swatched it…

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Nevertheless, for my fair complexion, this highlighter looked nice applied to the top of the apples of my cheeks. I don’t do highlighters much but, with a light application, this one didn’t make me look overly made-up or shiny.

Overall, I find this elf beauty book to be absolutely adorable. For a makeup junkie, I think it’s fun and I can easily recommend it for any age.

Have you spotted the Frozen movie products in your Walgreen’s? Which ones did you get?

 

 

Replace or Reject: The March Edition, Part 1

The Toss or Trash segment has been a tradition at the Vanity for over 3-1/2 years. I am changing the name to Replace or Reject to more clearly reflect the final outcome of my empties or, in some instances, a flat out rejection of a product. I’m not holding back either!

For March, I did very well with finishing up products. For this review, I picked these three to start off…

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First, on the left, is a lip balm from Bath and Body Works…DSCF0002 DSCF0003

Let me say that this balm never smelled like honey or apples and it turned bad, anyway, since I never reached for it, in the first place. It’s a hard balm too. After discovering Soft Lips balms, reviewed here, I decided I don’t have to put up with hard lip balms anymore. And, since I turned my family members onto Soft Lips, as well, I can’t pass this Bath and Body Works stick off onto them.

This did have a slight tint to it. I had to make sure I didn’t color outside of the lines with stick!

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Next, I tried the Simple Ultra-Light Gel Moisturizer. I used up almost all of this product in hopes that it would work for me. There was about 2/5 left when I decided that it wasn’t going to happen and deemed it a reject.

Now, the product is very good but, just not for my skin type which is normal to dry. I need more moisturizing properties than this Simple product provides. I would recommend it for those that have oily skin. I did find the gel texture to be too sticky for my preference.

Last is the Instant Youth Potion. I reviewed this as part of the ZMask set here. Since I have dedicated this year to using up or, purging products, I started using the Instant Youth Potion every day. I did use it for my morning routine as it has some skin-tightening properties. I liked how it smoothed out my fine lines almost instantly. This potion isn’t truly a Reject, as I wouldn’t mind using it again. However, since there are so many other products I have to use up and, Instant Youth Potion isn’t easily purchased at a store, I have no plans on replacing it.

Have you been doing good with purging at your own Vanity? Which of these products have you used?

Lumene’s Time Freeze Anti-Age CC Cream

The Vanity has had the pleasure of reviewing Lumene skincare products a few times. I have loved them all. When I found their Time Freeze Anti-Age CC Cream, I was eager to give it a try…

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I picked this up at Walgreens. They only have Light and Medium Shades, however. Those are the only shades it comes in. I got Light and, I found it just a tad darker than my own skin tone. I can’t say I’m too pleased with it not quite being a match for me. I like to match my one color rather than have it too light or too dark.

What I do like is that the CC Cream has an SPF 20. I don’t go outside with anything less. Lumene states that this cream is long-wearing and, I did find that to be true. This cream isn’t what I would call ‘air-light’ but, it is heavy enough, if layered correctly, to cover up the few dark spots I have…

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I tried Lumene’s CC Cream under my regular mineral foundation, as well as just on its own. It did hold up on its own, for me, very well. I didn’t get shiny throughout the day. Nor did my skin feel tight. What made a difference for me, in the application, was to use a blender sponge rather than use my fingers. When I used just my fingers to apply the cream, I found that it accentuated my pores. That’s a no-go for me. But, a very slightly damp blender sponge made a world of difference.

Lumene products, originating out of Finland, praise the use of natural ingredients from the Arctic region. This cream uses the Wild Arctic Lingonberry. I also like that this product doesn’t have mineral oil in it…

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There are other ingredients known for their healthy virtues on skin, as well…

 

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Two things I noticed in this list: one is that it does have silicone (dimethicone). Silicone allows the product to have ‘slip’ so it applies smoothly. However, some folks have an allergy to silicone so, be alert to that. Also, water is listed as the last ingredient. I hardly ever see water (aqua) listed as last rather than first or second ingredient.

This rating system doesn’t seem to useful, to me, as all the Lumene products have the same thing…

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I wouldn’t wear this CC Cream in lieu of a sunblock to prevent a sunburn however, it would be something I could wear over my regular sunblock when I want color coverage…

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The delivery system is easy to dispense…

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And, it has a very creamy consistency and, a matte type finish…

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As much as the color blends into the back of my hand, my face is more fair than my hand. I liked using the CC Cream in a lighter application, as I mentioned before, it tended to make my pores more obvious. However, it did build up easily if I wanted more coverage.

This tube cost $15 at Walgreens, for 1 ounce of product. I also have Lumene’s BB Cream (which I have discovered I have not reviewed yet!) and, it is the same price but, has 1.7 ounces of product. CC Cream on the left; BB Cream on the right…

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For the record, I like the BB Cream better than the CC Cream only because it is lighter and I don’t have to work to make sure my pores are not accentuated. Yet, the BB Cream does not have a listed SPF rating.

The CC Cream is meant to give SPF and color coverage to even out the skin tone as well as to provide anti-aging properties. It doesn’t have a fragrance to it. I will continue to keep it on the Vanity and use it from time to time when I want color and SPF coverage.

Have you tried Lumene’s CC Cream? Did you find that the color you picked matched for you?

Facial Wipe Wednesday: Sephora’s Express Eye Makeup Remover Wipes

I’m sure you have heard the saying ‘If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.’ Well, that isn’t going to apply with this installment of Facial Wipe Wednesday. My review of Sephora’s Express Eye Makeup Remover Wipes is not a positive one.

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I will start off with what I liked about the product. I was drawn to try these because each wipe is individually wrapped. That would mean no reopening a package each time I used a wipe and, not worrying about making sure the top, or flap, is sealed down tight. No worries about dried up wipes…

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The wipes were not very moist to begin with, however. I would have liked them to be a little more juicy, if you know what I mean. And yes, this is where the rest of the review goes downhill.

For $9, the box only contains 20 wipes. As you have read in my previous installments on Facial Wipe Wednesday, I have bemoaned the fact that a lot of facial wipes have dropped from a 30 count to a 25 count. So, I’m not happy at all getting just 20 wipes.

Next is the size of the wipe, itself…

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Usually, wipes will cover my entire hand and even drape over the sides. Sephora’s facial wipe didn’t even cover my entire open palm/hand. Even using these, they felt extremely skimpy and too small to use on my entire face.

Next, these were the worst facial/makeup removal wipes I have ever used. I know, that’s a huge declaration to make. Considering the information given on the package…

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I couldn’t even get these wipes to remove mineral foundation, much less regular mascara. I didn’t even attempt to experiment with these wipes on water-proof mascara because I had to work extremely hard to remove regular mascara, pencil eyeliner and shadow. Each time I used these wipes to remove makeup, I needing to use another cleanser to completely remove my eye and face makeup. This wipe wasn’t even large enough for me to clean my face sufficiently, much less work on removing eye makeup.

After my attempt to use the Sephora wipes, I felt my eyes stinging. I do not know what was causing this, actually and, it could have been that I was getting the product into my eyes from scrubbing them so hard but, it wasn’t pleasant for me, at all…

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Normally, I use the facial wipes for 21 days before I write my review on them. These wipes didn’t get past 5 days. They were so ineffective that I stopped using them. On the fifth day, I used them to clean a no-makeup face. However, if they couldn’t even partially remove the makeup on the previous days, I didn’t have high hopes that my skin was actually clean with no makeup to remove! I was compelled to go ahead and get another face cleanser and cloth and re-wash my face.

Based on my experience with Sephora’s Express Eye Makeup Remover Wipes, I cannot recommend them to anyone.

Have you tried these wipes and, what was your experience?

Pure Ice: Gold Peppermint with Cult Nails: Let’s Get Dirty

After a February holiday full of pink and red polishes then, a March holiday overflowing with green polishes, I wanted to pick something totally different.

One of my most recent Pure Ice polish purchases was ‘Gold Peppermints’…

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I thought these two would make a good pair…

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I used two coats of Cult Nails  ‘Let’s Get Dirty’ and then two coats of ‘Gold Peppermints’…

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I have had this manicure on for over 4 days and it’s still looking great. I wanted something with a bit of gold in it for motivation. I ran a 5K Sunday and it had lots of downward slopes going out, which means, upward slopes coming back. I think I told myself to ‘dig deep’ a billion times.

I enjoy creating combos likes this. Do you find it enjoyable too?

Freeman Beauty: Anti-Stress Dead Sea Minerals Mask

Using a facial mask and kicking back for a few minutes is about as close as I can get to feeling like I’m at a spa while at home. I make the simple threat request to be left alone for a few minutes while I enjoy a moment resting and letting the facial mask do its thing. It’s a good time to do some meditating.

One particular mask I have enjoyed using has been Freeman Beauty’s Anti-Stress Dead Sea Minerals Mask…

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This Dead Sea Mineral mask doesn’t really have any anti-stress in it, though. I had to ‘add’ that ingredient myself! Nevertheless, I enjoyed using this mask and love the effects afterwards. Plus, as I have found with all Freeman Beauty products I have tried, there are good ingredients already in the product…

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When I see the following ingredients listed, I KNOW this is a mask that is going to do some serious work on my pores: Bentonite (clay), Kaolin and Algae Extract. These guys help pull out the impurities, aka blackheads and stuff, right out of the pores. This mask is going to get hard and feel tight or, like it is pulling on your skin. But, only in the nicest of ways!

There’s also a touch of lavender and forms of menthol that make this mask smell relaxing (there’s the anti-stress ingredients, for real!) and cool to the skin…

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Also a plus, Freeman Beauty doesn’t test on animals and is made in the USA…

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So, I can start off feeling a bit stressed, frazzled or irritated…

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And, after laying down on the bed for 10 to 15 minutes, letting the Anti-Stress Dead Sea Minerals mask do its work, thinking happy and peaceful thoughts…

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When I give my face a good wash and rinse, afterwards, I can easily wind down my evening knowing that my face is clean and ready to take on tomorrow.

I purchased this product from the Freeman Beauty website.

Can you believe how teal this mask is!! Which do you prefer, clay masks or the moist kind?

elf: Frozen Palette

Walgreen’s has quite a collection of Disney’s Frozen-themed makeup, hair accessories and makeup bags. The bright colors drew me right in. elf has a Frozen-themed palette that I picked up immediately…

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Nine shadows make up this palette…

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They are quite a pretty assortment. I think most of them are on the warm side, however I don’t let that hold me back! I love mixing and playing with a wide-spectrum of colors…

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Poor babies have no names, alas. Yet, they do give the feel of the Frozen movie theme…

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As you can see from the swatches I did, not all of the shadows are strikingly vivid. The last three on the right are very light but, I feel that makes them work for highlighting the best, like in the inside corner of the eyelid. The first two shadows on the left gave me some fall-out yet, I found none of them to be crumbly.

I was surprised that the price was just a bit under $7 as elf is known for having a low price point. I imagine the licensing fee may have bumped up the price.

Have you seen this palette as your Walgreen’s?