Wet N Wild Color Icon Review

I love how affordable Color Icon Eyeshadows are by Wet N Wild. I had the old formula of “Walking On Egg Shells” when it was just a trio. Now reformulated as a quad Wet N Wild added a matte transition shade which blends well, it practically matches my skin tone.

This is my simple everyday eyeshadow quad for daytime looks. With the exception of the nude transition shade the other 3 (browbone, crease and eye lid shadows) are mostly shimmer. I love how they are labeled which adds a helpful guide to the consumer as to where to apply each color although you can use them however you’d like! I personally like to also use the shimmer shades for highlighting the bridge of my nose, and qupids bow.

Pros

Affordable

Multi purpose

Easily blendable

Cruelty Free

Vegan

Cons

none

Overall Rating: 4.9/5

Considering this is my second time purchasing I would say I am quite the fan and for $2.99 it’s got a great price point, the colors are great for creating a everyday look and easy to take when traveling, no need to pack a big eyeshadow palette. Other than being stoked on the price I also like how easy these apply and blend together.

I am not too sure if this specific eyeshadow quad will accommodate all skin tones however they do have 5 other quads with different shades.

Have you tried any Wet n Wild products? I would love to hear your recommendations!

Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub Review

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Derma E is a skincare company that delivers natural,cruelty-free, eco-friendly products.Derma E is a company striving to lessen the impact on the environment by using wind power which reduces the company’s environmental footprint to sustain clean, renewable energy.
What Is It?

A microdermbrasion scrub with dead sea salt to help retexture the surface of skin.

Product Claims

Immediately improve the appearance of your skin using this gentle yet effective multi-award-winning Microdermabrasion Scrub. This salon-perfect formula uses an exclusive crystal blend including Dead Sea Salt and Volcanic Sand (rich in Silica) to buff away dull surface cells, help diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars, and absorb excess skin oils. Enriched with natural astringents Lime and Lemon Peel plus antioxidants Grapeseed and Vitamin E, this pro-grade treatment retexturizes skin, leaving it soft, smooth and younger-looking. May also be used on your hands, elbows, knees, heels or any part of the body to promote soft, smooth and healthy skin. Ideal if you’re looking for immediate results from a salon-perfect treatment in the privacy of your own home. Please note: The crystal blend used in this product is a large molecular structure and is therefore not bio-available to the body, so there is no possibility of absorption through the skin.

Pros

Effective

Removes dead skin

Softens skin

Salon Quality

All skin-types

Even skin tone

Diminishes the look of blemishes/scars

Vegan

Cons

None

Overall Rating 5/5

The Derma E Microdermabrasion scrub is a must have! If you’re looking for a salon quality exfoliant then look no further. I use this once a week to kick-start my skincare routine because it removes all the dead skin cells that build up and rough patches on my face from healed acne so it resurfaces my skin for a smoother softer texture. I have also used this on stubborn rough patches on my skin like my elbows and it does wonders! personally speaking as someone with sensitive skin I wouldn’t recommend using it everyday but I find using it once a week does the trick. I cannot really comment on the product alone about its claims of diminishing fine-lines as I use other products but perhaps the microdermabrasion scrub coincides with a anti-wrinkle moisturizer. As someone who is in her late 20’s early 30’s I do believe this product is a must-have for people who are looking for a good exfoliant, or if you tend to go to the spa for a microdermabrasion treatment I say you can skip it and do it at home for less than what you would pay based on service. Derma E makes a big range of skincare products and I have used 3 products from the brand all which I am very satisfied with when it comes to down the products performance.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade Product Review

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What Is It?

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade is a smudge free waterproof pomade formula for eyebrows.

Product Claims

This creamy, multitasking product glides on skin and hair smoothly to create clean, defined brows. The standout formula works as a brow primer and provides color, sculpture, and shading. It is ideal for oily skin and in humid climates.

Pros

Creamy texture

Very pigmented

Long-lasting

Can be used as eyeliner

Cons

Can be difficult to work with (beginners)

Dries quickly

Waterproof/smudge-free?

Overall Rating 4.7/5

I like this Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade, but it took me a few tries in the begining to learn how to use it, Allow me to further explain…

I brought the Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade due to the hype of the product. The first time I purchased it the shade was too light, so I exchanged it for a darker shade and not having much experience using it my goodness it can be intimidating! My eyebrows were so dark and bold they literally look like I used a paint brush dipped in black, they were horrendous I remember looking in the mirror and thinking “Eww why do people swear this is the next best thing for brows, and why would Anastasia even put out a product like this” so I closed it up and set it aside to return to the store. At the time I just couldn’t wrap my mind around why this product got such praise so then I went to YouTube and browsed numerous youtubers using the dip brow pomade and a handful also had similar first impressions of the product, so if they could learn to work with it and end up likeing it, whats the harm in trying one more time.

Although I already develop an opinion on the product I gave it one more chance this time using less product and it turned out pretty good!!! I took my time using it learning what techniques worked and didn’t and lets just say I ended up not returning it AND I even use it as eyeliner from time to time. The texture is very creamy and glides on the eyebrows effortlessly but I did notice after 2-3 times of use it tends to dry out however its still useable, I also want to mention that though it states the product is smudge proof, I personally don’t think it is but as I mentioned before I tend to get oily around my forehead/brows. If you use the pomade I recommend being light handed with it, alittle does go a long way.

So if you are a first time buyer, Beware that it will take some time to develop a technique thats suited for your brows but if you have thin eyebrows I personally suggest the Anastasia Brow Wiz, you can read my review here.

 

Dr. Bronner’s Product Reviews

Let me start out by I have been putting off this review for much longer than expected. So without further or due here are 2 of 3 reviews all apart of the Dr. Bronners product line.

What Is It?

Dr. Bronner’s is dedicated to quality ingredients and fair trade, The pure-castle soaps has multi-purpose use making it a great versatile product.

Product Claims

“Our most popular scent – with a peppermint burst so pure it tingles! Scented with organic peppermint oil to cool skin, clear sinuses and sharpen mind. Our Peppermint Pure-Castile Liquid Soap is concentrated, biodegradable, versatile and effective. Made with organic and certified fair trade ingredients, packaged in a 100% post-consumer recycled bottle. All-One!”

Pros

Multi-Purpose Use
Fair Trade
Organic
Good Lather
Long Lasting
Cruelty Free
Highly concentrated
Effective
Effective Makeup Brush Cleaner
Peppermint Scent

Cons

Drying (body wash)

Overall Rating 4.8/5

This is my second bottle of Dr. Bronners Peppermint Pure-Castle Liquid Soap, The first being the lavender pure-castle liquid soap (previously as a body wash) I use it as a body wash up until the changing of the season being that we are in the fall. While this soap has been very effective when it comes to feeling squeaky clean, I do find it to be drying to my skin with pro-long use which is why I couldn’t rate it a perfect 5 out of 5 and as I mentioned in previous post, I rarely apply body moisturizers so I’m unsure if that would’ve made a difference. With that being said, I do like how concentrated the pure-castle liquid soap is,and I use the baby unscented pure-castle soap for cleaning my makeup brushes which does the trick!

 

What Is It? 

Organic shaving soap

Product Claims

“Get a close, comfortable shave with organic ingredients that nourish and cleanse the skin! Like organic shikakai powder from India, used there for centuries on hair and body. And fair trade & organic sugar from Paraguay, giving our Shaving Soaps a delightful caramel color and aroma, moisturizing and soothing naturally. These are blended carefully with our coconut-olive-hemp castile soap base—our soapmaking tradition!”

Pros

Unisex

All Skintypes

Reduces razor burn

Cons

none

Overall Rating 5/5

I no longer use shaving cream, I have replaced it with this Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree Organic Shaving Soap and I don’t plan on using anything else! It’s non irritating and I always get a smooth easy shave on my legs. This is a great alternative to shaving creams.

Apoterra Tulsi Luminous Scrub w/ Lavender+Pink Sea Salt

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What Is It?

The Tulsi Luminous Scrub with Lavender+Pink Sea Salt can be used in the shower or bath to exfoliate and moisturize the skin as well as soothe achey muscles and as a end result leaving you with soft,glowing skin.

Product Claims

“Tulsi, also known as the “Elixir of Life” because of its healing powers, is combined with lavender to create a spiritually nourishing aroma that is balancing and soothing to the mind. Blended with nutrient-rich pink sea salt and deeply moisturizing plant oils, this scrub gently exfoliates and promotes healthy circulation, revealing the glowing, beautiful you.”

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Pros

Exfoliating
Moisturizing
Hydrating
Non-oily
Nonabrasive
Floral Scent
Cruelty Free

Cons
none
Overall Rating 5/5
The Apoterra Skincare Tulsi Luminous Scrub w/ Lavender + Pink Sea Salt is a great product for exfoliating my skin which is an essential step to help promote healthy body circulation, prep for body hair removal, stimulate hair follicles and remove dead skin cells for smooth skin.The pink sea salt grains are gentle enough to work onto the surface skin without having to worry about damaging my skin and as a result my legs and arms always feel silky smooth after use. I also want to mention I often have a habit of forgetting to moisturize my body after I get out of the shower however when I use this product, I am getting benefits of a 2-IN-1 product because not only am I exfoliating but I am also moisturizing my skin with the following hydrating ingredients:  Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil,  shea butter, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) oil,Tulsi essential oil, and Lavender essential oil. After use I notice a healthy glow and I also feel I have given my skin extra pampering and not to mention the pleasant floral scent of the Tulsi Luminous scrub, once again this is another great product by Apoterra Skincare.

Click here to review my Apoterra Herbal Detoxifying Steam with Flowers + Cleansing Herbs

Alchemy Cosmetics Review

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What Is It?

A Brooklyn based cosmetic company which offers cruelty free luxury matte lip color and luminescent lip glosses that provide quality pigments enriched with vitamin E by Alchemy Cosmetics

Product Claims

“The debut line, Alchemy’s Matte Originals features highly pigmented, soft textured, matte lip color. Inspired by the neighborhood in which they live, the colors have playful names, reflecting the streets and landmarks of Bushwick, Brooklyn. Each tube is long lasting and packed with vitamin e, leaving the lips feeling as good as they look. The colors are free of parabens and tested on free.willing humans, never on animals.

The newest line, Alchemy’s Luminescence gloss line features an array of glosses from clear to bright red that can be worn as sheer, soft color, or layered upon themselves or the Matte Originals for intense color pop. The colors are highly moisturizing and never sticky and named for the passionate business owners of some of the best hangouts in Brooklyn.  As always, each tube is free of parabens and tested on humans, never on animals.”

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[Left to Right: Secrets Of Starr Street,J Train Journeys,Knickerbocker Knightmares]

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[Let to Right: Anna, John B]

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Pros

Full coverage (Matte Original lip colors)
Pleasant scent
Smooth application
Intense pigment
Blend-able
non-gooey (Luminescence glosses)
paraben free

Cons

none

Overall Rating 4.9/5

I must admit I think I have a cosmetic crush [admiring a particular cosmetic brand] from the simplistic modern packaging to the luxury quality pigments of  lip sticks and glosses down to the spunky shade names. Alchemy Cosmetics offers a great color range of matte lipsticks, Lets be honest matte lipsticks are all the rage lately but it can be hard to find a matte lipstick that doesn’t dry out my lips, up until now! These lipsticks glide on smooth and don’t dry out my lips.  Personally I love red tone lipsticks for a signature glamour look and knickbocker knightmares has a great deep blue undertone which is more of a deep red. J Train Journeys has a fuchsia-coral infused tone which is suitable for all skintones and great for a spring-summer look and Secrets Of Starr Street is a soft peach shade that I really adore.

As for the Luminescence glosses they have shimmer which at first glance can be intimidating but do not fret! The shimmer is very sheen and is pretty attractive when reflected in lighting. They also have a nice scent to them, not like most glosses that have a strong “chemical smell” and they don’t leave a gooey finish that makes your lips feel like glue or from the wind blowing your hair, nothing is more annoying then thick consistency glosses so the fact that these don’t do that really makes them much more wearable.

Another great thing about Alchemy cosmetics  is the versatility of matte original lip sticks and luminescence glosses. They can be worn either as is or applied over a matte lipstick for a more glossy finish. Each purchase also includes a velour storage bag along with a sincere thank you note as well as a gift of a black tourmaline crystal which known to promote good luck and repel against negative energy.

Overall I am a big fan of the brand and worth adding to my cosmetic collection.

Cover FX Primer Review

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What Is It?

A primer used before makeup application for acne prone/oily skin.

Product Claims

“The secret to Cover FX Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment is its ingredients. Willowbark extract, naturally containing salicylic acid, provides gentle exfoliation to clarify the skin and reduce sebum buildup and support the body’s natural cell renewal process. Ancient African Tree Bark Extract reduces pore size, shine, sebum, and inflammatory acne while a natural fruit acid gently exfoliates and supports the body’s natural cell renewal process to unclog pores. Vitamins F, C, and E protect the skin, soothe inflammation, and reduce redness while protecting against premature skin aging. Ancient African tree bark extract derived from the chamomile plant reduces redness and inflammation. Vitamin F esters, Squalene, and Hyaluronic Acid nourish and moisturize the skin.”

Pros

Minimizes pores 
Light-Weight
Silky texture
Blend-able
Vegan
Evens skintone

Cons

None

Overall Rating 5/5

I looovee this primer! Before making the much needed switch I used the NYX Shine Killer Primer which was just horrible, it didn’t do any justice for my oily skin, this primer however doesn’t show up as oily as the other one did, I love this product!!