Mask Monday: Forever 21 Snail Mask Sheet

When I saw this at Forever 21, I HAD to give it a try…

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I have read that it’s quite trendy in Korea to use facial products that contain snail slime. Supposedly, it refreshes and rejuvenates the skin….

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Luckily, I don’t have an aversion to snails. Heck, I have even had snails as pets. They are quiet, clean and pretty neat to watch. However, I never let them crawl on my face. Maybe I was missing out all this time!…

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This was an inexpensive risk and, I was game…

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Really, it was only a buck. So, I’ll jump to the ending…I wish I would have picked up several more…

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My biggest worry was that the mask was going to smell terrible or weird. Nope. It didn’t smell at all…

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This was a paper mask that I contoured to my face. I put it on, set my timer on my phone for 20 minutes and, kicked back…

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Yes, it is frightful to look at. But, it felt like any other paper mask. It was cooling, very moisturizing and, I didn’t even feel the need to put on any moisturizer after I took the mask off. I just rubbed in the remaining slime…oh, I mean product onto my skin.

Seriously, this was better than I expected it to be. It is, definitely, something I would do on a weekly basis. If it would have been labeled ‘best collagen mask ever’, you would have never known it had snail slime in it.

Have you tried any product containing snail slime? Would you give it a go?

 

Rue 21: Confetti Crush and Feather Effects Nail Polish

I don’t stop into Rue 21 store as much as I used to. But, I’m sure glad I did a couple of weeks ago. I found these…

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I purchased these 4…

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And, if they have names, the price tag covers it up.

I took photos, at the store, of the ones I didn’t selection to buy…

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I prepped to being nail polish play…

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This needs to be stated, the Power Gel No-Rub Glitter Polish Remover doesn’t work on bit for me. When I follow the directions, it just gets gummy and shreds the paper towel all over my nails. The super-sized chunky glitter was hard enough to remove with my Zoya Polish Remover. I had to file off plenty of pieces.

Here’s a closer look at the 4 polishes I did get…

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If you don’t like big glitter or bar glitter, you won’t care for these at all.

However, I like the way they look. Here’s the one I tried…

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The base color is SinfulColors ‘Mauve’, which doesn’t look Mauve but more lilac.

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And, I wanted to see how all of them looked over black and some new Wet n Wild polishes I’ll blog about later…

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I got a new smart phone and these are photos I played around taking.

Again, as much as I love this glitter polishes, these have to be the most difficult I have ever tried to remove! I believe these polishes are made by Color Club but, I can’t read the label clearly. The Feather Effect polish does say Color Club on the front, though. All of these polishes are super-thick. Great staying power and I only had to give it one coat to get plenty of glitter to transfer to the nail.

While I was at Rue 21, I found these earrings on the clearance rack for a buck…

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Often, I find LA Color makeup at Rue 21 and that’s what I went in hoping to find. I didn’t find any new to me makeup but, I love the polishes even though they are truly a pain to remove. Not too bad for the price of 2 for $5.

Do you shop at Rue 21?

CeraVe Moisturizers and A Long Story On How I Came To Use Them

I have changed up my skincare routine for the past 6 weeks. When I am not reviewing or testing a skincare product, I use Kiehl’s. That’s my very favorite skincare. However, two things happened to detour me; one, after seeing an advertisement online about CeraVe, I went to their site and ending up getting a $3 off coupon. And, two; I have gone from running on the treadmill to running outdoors now that the weather has turned warmer.

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If I step WAY back to the beginning of my introduction to CeraVe, it would be attending a Women’s Show when I lived in Virginia. Walgreen’s had a booth and I received samples for both the AM and PM moisturizing lotions by CeraVe. I didn’t use them right away because I was taken back by the high SPF number and, my past experience was that those types of lotions smelled weird and didn’t absorb well into the skin. Eventually, I tried out the samples and my past prejudices faded.

CeraVe doesn’t have a weird smell, in fact, there’s barely any smell to it at all. And, these lotions truly did moisturize my skin. I used a coupon that I picked up at the Walgreen’s booth and purchased the AM lotion with SPF 30. I moved to Florida and used this whenever I knew I’d be outside for an extended period of time. Then I started running and wanted something that was sweat proof. I purchased the CeraVe Sunscreen with SPF 50.

Jump forward again and, I now live in Colorado. I noticed that the back of my hands were starting to get dark spots. Oh, no!!! I read that folks that do a lot of driving expose their hands to lots of sunlight and the windshield doesn’t give enough protection. Since I had moved on to using Kiehl’s, the CeraVe AM lotion was moved to the console of my car. I applied it to the back of my hands every time for a drive.

Now you’re caught up! I got the new coupon and went to purchase CeraVe’s Sunscreen SPF 50 for outside activities. I couldn’t find it and just figured they had eliminated it so, I picked up the PM lotion instead. As I browsed, I discovered that the CeraVe Sunscreen was in with all the sun products and not inline with the rest of the CeraVe. So, I ended up with both because, it was buy one CeraVe, get the other one 1/2 off and, I had a coupon! Win/win!

This is the AM lotion…

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I’m a little over half way done with this. This moisturizer might be a bit too heavy for those that have super oily skin. However, I’d recommend no less than an SPF 30 for every day use…please! Even if it’s not this brand.

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Since I already had the AM lotion for some time, I don’t have the box with the list of full ingredients…

 

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When I go out for my morning run, I use the SPF 50…

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cerave crop 4This one is oil-free and water (sweat) resistant. I put it on my arms, neck, ears and exposed parts of my chest as well. This product will change your mind about using a zinc lotion; I love it! Best of all, no funky weird smell!! It says light-weight but, I wouldn’t use that description. It does absorbs in easily…

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New to the Vanity fold is CeraVe PM lotion…

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This has a lighter formula than the other two. Nary an odor but my skin feels super smooth using this lotion…

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The AM and PM lotions have a pump dispenser…

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Phew! If you made it this far, I bet you can tell that I love these three CeraVe products. I will admit that I got a couple of pimples when I first started using all three, 6 weeks ago. I don’t know which one would be the cause or, if it was just a fluke. My skin has adjusted just fine, either way.

As I mentioned, I picked these up at Walgreen’s or you can find them at large mass merchandisers and Ulta. CeraVe’s website is currently showing a $2 off coupon and, you can read more about their products as well. I think I’ll get that coupon and try their new eye cream.

 

Which CeraVe product have you used? Did you like it?

 

 

 

 

 

Facial Wipe Wednesday: Wait…These Aren’t For The Face!!

Not the regular Facial Wipe Wednesday this week. This one is going South!!

When I pick up my 5K race bib, I get a swag bag. I look forward to see what goodies I get along with a cool t-shirt. This last time, I got Fresh Feet Wipes by JasmineSeven…
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Each pack as 1 sheet. One Fresh Feet Wipes sheet cleanses both feet. And, you can use it on your hands too. But, my favorite, is to use a wipe after I have finished a long walk or a run. My feet can get hot clocking in the miles! These wipes not only clean my feet, but also, make my feet feel refreshed and cool.

That cool feeling comes from the peppermint and aloe. The soft feeling comes from the Vitamin E. Oh, yes. It makes my feet feel soft and smooth. And, it is totally alcohol free…

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There’s a little story on the back about how these feet wipes came to be…

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A listing of the ingredients…

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The wipe is tightly folded which, might not be something you think about. However, if you have a small backpack or runner’s pack, one of these packets don’t take up hardly any precious room…

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And, the full-size isn’t skimpy. I like the size of this wipe because I am cleansing two feet…

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This sheet is slightly textured however, it doesn’t make much difference for my feet…

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I used the first one right before bed and instantly, I noticed how cooling it felt. I put the other packets with my running shoes to remember to use them after a run. And, that’s what I did. They were awesome! I think I like the Fresh Feet Wipes more for the cooling sensation than just to clean my feet. However, after plodding a few miles, my feet get sweaty. These wipes make it easy to clean up stinky toes!

These are just samples given for signing up for a local race. You can sign up for the races I do and hope you get this in your swag bag. Or, you can purchase these straight from their website, where you can get them in a canister as well as single use packages. I’m excited because they also have lavender scented wipes as well. Now those I’d use a bedtime.

Have you ever used feet wipes? Can you imagine how comforting it would feel to treat your feet to these?

 

Facial Mask Monday: nugg Face Mask

Sunday nights are when I, usually, like to do a facial mask. Something about giving myself a fresh start of the week motivates me.

I purchased the nugg Face Mask at Target almost a year ago. This small package got pushed to the back of my drawer. I’m so glad I dug around in the drawer to find this and share with you my thoughts.

Nugg’s Facial Mask: hydrating comes in what looks like one of those single-serving jelly containers you find in restaurants. It’s only a bit bigger and the consistency of this product is almost the same. Well, the mask is a lot easier to spread…
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I had to take a macro photo of the ingredient list to read them…

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The blurb talking about natural oils and extracts is correct. I see lots of good-for-the-skin ingredients.

This is what the product looks like…

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I could really tell it had silicone as one of it’s main ingredients. There was a lot of slip in the feel. So, if you don’t get along with dimethicone ( silicon-based polymer), you’ll most likely want to skip this one.

Surprisingly, there was hardly any odor to this mask. There was more than enough in this one serving. I thought about saving half for next Sunday but, worried it would dry out in a week’s time…

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It was almost like a foundation primer but, heavier in consistency. I put on as much as my face would hold and went to lie down on the bed for 15 minutes. The nugg mask felt very cool and soft on my skin. About halfway in, I couldn’t feel the mask on my face at all. It was nice to do a mask that wasn’t pulling on my skin and feeling uncomfortable.

I mean, I wasn’t doing this to look good; just make my skin feel soft and moisturized…

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I think I paid around $3 for this one application. Do I feel it was worth it, I do. After I used a dry micro-fiber towel to wipe off the excise, my skin was very soft and felt moist. I didn’t even bother with washing my face afterwards. I went on to brushing my teeth to give me some gauge as to how moist or dry my skin felt right after the mask. Then, I went right on to applying a serum and nightly moisturizer approximately 10 minutes later. I didn’t feel the need to wash my face after the mask at all. I liked that feeling.

Even though I purchased this nugg mask a long time ago, I still see it sold in Target. They have several other masks for skin types.

Have you seen or, tried a nugg facial mask?

Facial Wipe Wednesday: Purederm’s Q-10 Make-Up Remover Cleansing Towelette

You may not know it from looking at me but, I’m a ‘mad scientist’. My day job is concocting mineral makeup colors in my lab. Also, I have a doctorate in naturopath science. That’s the study of herbs, vitamins and nutrition. When I saw this product claiming it contained CoQ-10, I wanted to investigate. My false claim radar went up because CoQ-10 is a particular molecule that wouldn’t normally permeate the skin. It’s too big. That aside, I will mention more about the ingredients further into this review.

Wow, is this not a bright package! It’s even more bright in person. I have seen this brand before but hadn’t given it much regard. But, I have been on the lookout for different facial wipes and I saw this in the impulse aisle at Forever 21…

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Later that same day, I saw the exact same product at Nordstrom’s Rack. It cost just a tab bit more there…

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Right off I saw something I got excited about: This package has a 30 count!!!…

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That’s almost a rarity. And, it also had an expiration date!!!…

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I used these wipes for 3 weeks. I found that the further I got in the package, the more juicy the wipes became. These wipes were about average size…

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And they were soft too, yet with no texture…

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Purderm’s towelettes did an average job of cleansing the makeup off my face. As is the most common complaint, it didn’t do so great with mascara and was worse with waterproof mascara. I had to really scrub my eyes to remove the mascara and, I’d rather not scrub that hard.

The fragrance of these wipes reminded me of Handi-Wipes. A smell that I don’t mind wiping my hands with but, don’t like on my face one bit. That’s the alcohol smell and I’d rather not use that on my face at all.

There are three statements, from their packaging, that I find, in my results, to not be true; they didn’t gently clean my face, they didn’t work on waterproof mascara and, they would not be good for all skin types. Since there is so much alcohol, I’m not sure what skin type it would be good for…

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Last is the ingredient list. I looked this over pretty closely because I was interested in how much CoQ-10 these wipes actually had. What I do see are many natural ingredients…

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However, none of them are CoQ-10. I didn’t know what all these ingredients were so I did Google a few of them. Still, no CoQ-10.

So, my skepticism seems valid. There isn’t a whole lot of independent studies on the effects of CoQ-10 being an effective in rejuvenating the skin. There are plenty of skincare companies giving us THEIR studies but, I stay skeptical of those claims too.

All in all, these wipes are cheap, do a half-way job and would be OK if I was strapped for a makeup removing wipe. They didn’t irritate my skin but, I didn’t feel like they revitalized or enhanced my skin in any way.

Since these come from Korea, and it looks like they have lots of other products they sell in that country. I’m taking it that it is South Korea. Have you tried any other products from Purederm?

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?