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?

Jordana’s Modern Matte Lipsticks

There has been a lot of talk about Jordana’s new Modern Matte lipsticks. I knew from the first post I read about them at Nouveau Cheap’s blog, that I would be getting some of them. And, here are the three I picked up…

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I found the display at Walgreen’s and went for a magenta, red and a mauve. None of them have disappointed me, in the least.

The colors are very pigmented and, with the use of a liner and lip primer, the wear is super long! I was also delighted that these matte lipsticks did not dry out my lips. There’s just a bit of a creamy feel to them…

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With a dozen different shades to pick from, I love these three and have been wearing one or the other every day. Even on days where I don’t do full makeup, just a matte lipstick can give my naked face some ‘oomph’.  I picked mine up for about $2.50.

With my lip swatches, I didn’t use any primer or liner, just pure Jordana Modern Matte lipstick…

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If you are ready to move over to mattes, I highly recommend these.

Do you like matte lipsticks?

Freeman Beauty: Bare Foot Peppermint and Plum Foot Lotion

I took up running about four years ago when I over-strained my shoulder and had to lay off my regular workouts of weights and kickboxing. Me, a runner. I never would have guested! But, one thing that comes with running 3 to 4 times a week is calluses on the feet. Time to bring out the big guns…

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I hadn’t really paid much attention that Freeman Beauty had foot lotions until I found a bunch of these envelope packages accidentally shelved with the Freeman face masks at a Walmart.

Since I love Freeman Beauty’s wide array of facial masks, it was a no-brainer for me to pick up a few of their Bare Foot lotions. And, I was intrigued by a peppermint & plum combination…

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Also, it has tea tree oil in it that promises to soothe my tired feet…

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And, of course, it’s loaded with lots of other good for the skin ingredients too…

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I did a bit of detective work and found that Freeman Beauty Foot Lotions are merchandised at Walmart in the pharmacy area where they sell shoe inserts and other foot products. When I finish up the several packages I got of these foot lotions and, am ready to purchase a larger tube, I know where to look. Also, I am signed up with the Freeman Beauty website and get sales newsletters often for even better deals.

As far as the plum and peppermint fragrance, it wasn’t overly strong yet created a nice olfactory experience to add to my bedtime routine. I like using it as a last bit of pampering before turning in.

As a side note: My goal this year is to run 10 5K races. I have one down and my second one coming up March 22. These foot lotions are a nice way for me to give back to the hard work I’m putting my feet through.

Facial Wipe Wednesday: Lumene Sensitive Touch 3 In 1 Cleansing Wipes

This installment of Facial Wipe Wednesday features Lumene’s Sensitive Touch 3 In 1 Cleansing Wipes…

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I have tried, and reviewed, other Lumene skin care products before and have been quite happy with them. So, when I found these cleansing wipes at Walgreen’s at a clearance price of $3.39, regularly $6.79, I didn’t hesitate to make the purchase.

If you have read my other numerous reviews on facial wipes, you’ll know that one of my pet peeves is packages of items that are used on a daily basis not coming in 30 counts. This package only had 25. But, what it lacked in quantity, it did make up in quality. Quite noticeable is the true sense of these wipes being fragrance-free…

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These had absolutely no odor to them at all. Perfect for those that have fragrance sensitivities. Also, Lumene’s wipes, in my opinion, would be better for those that have sensitive skin than Simple facial wipes. Lumene’s Sensitive Touch wipes felt more gentle to my skin. It didn’t feel drying or harsh. Here are the ingredients…

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This was the first time I have noticed an expiration date on facial cleansing wipes…

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That’s nice to see because, even though these were on the shelf with the regular skin care items at Walgreens, they still were marked clearance. So, I felt better about the purchase knowing that these hadn’t been setting there for years. I wish all wipes had that info!

The packaging states that the wipes are meant for non-waterproof makeup so I didn’t test it on waterproof mascara…

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I felt that Lumene’s wipes were very good at removing my makeup, otherwise. I didn’t have to scrub hard to remove my eye makeup and I didn’t feel the need to rinse my face after using them. I do, normally, use a skin toner afterwards to see if there is any residue or, if the wipes just smear my makeup around my face. No need to worry about that; these wipes did a great job of holding onto the makeup.

It seems that these wipes were just a bit smaller than other wipes that I have used. But, they were very soft…

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Since I haven’t seen these wipes in Walgreen’s since I made this purchase over a month and a half ago, I searched to see if they were still carrying them. I found them on the Walgreen’s website for $4.71. I also found them on the Ulta’s website for $5.94.

If you like to use facial cleansing wipes and also want to use one that is for very sensitive skin, I recommend Lumene’s Sensitive Touch 3 In 1 Cleansing Wipes.

I haven’t been disappointed in any of the Lumene’s products I have tried so far. Have you tried any Lumene’s products?

January’s Toss or Trash Segment

I am challenging myself to finish more products this year and I have been doing, in my opinion, a grand job!

Here are my finishes for January, starting with the top of my head…

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Suave’s Moroccan conditioner for color treated hair. This one is a keeper just for the fragrance! This large bottle runs about $5. It doesn’t strip my hair color as fast as a regular conditioner for dry hair and I use the matching shampoo. I don’t have to be skimpy on using a lot of this conditioner since it is so inexpensive.

I keep at least 3 deodorants in rotation because, it seems, if I use just one all the time, I become resistant to its affects. Degree is one of my favorite brands as it works fairly hard…

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Plus, I love the smell of lilacs. Not that I continually smell my pits after using this. Hee hee! This Degree line doesn’t leave white marks on my darker clothing so it’s a keeper too.

Boy, my poor hands have taken a beating this winter! Thank goodness I stock up on Silk Elements Shea Butter with Olive Oil Hand Cream when Sally’s has it on sale before Christmas…

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This is another product that I love the fragrance. I highly recommend this hand cream and it is my favorite. Extra points for it keeping my elbows soft too.

It seems that over the last 3 months my Toss or Trash segments have the running theme of moisturize. Lush’s Charity Pot lotion was highly recommended to me for being super humectant but, I allowed myself to get side-tracked while I was at the Lush store and got its predecessor, Formulae Known As…

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I did get a little sample of Charity Pot and in retrospect, I should have gone with that because it is must more moisturizing than Formulae Known As. I won’t be replacing this lotion but will be getting Charity Pot next time.

Another product that I never want to be without is Bath & Body Works’ Stress Relief body wash…

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You won’t find me without the partnering lotion of this fragrance either. Not only does this body wash not dry my skin out but, it is like bathing in liquid Valium. Stress Relief has been a staple at the vanity before there even was a vanity!!! If fragrance has an effect on you, let this one melt away all your tension and let it flow right down the shower drain. This wash, along with the lotion, are easy to snag for around $5 on sale at B&BW throughout the year.

How have you been doing with finishing up products?