Youth To The People Minis kit

I recently purchased The Youth Minis Kit since I wanted to try other products in the Youth To The People product line and they don’t disappoint!

To read my previous YTTP post click here.

I am familiar with the Super Food Cleanser, and Adaptogen Moisture Cream (my two personal faves)

The Maqui+Acai Facial Oil absorbs into my skin effortlessly which is one main component when it comes to picking a facial oil.

Superfood Air-Whip moisturizer is a light weight moisturizer and hydrates my skin pretty well before makeup application.

The Super Berry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask works as an overnight treatment with more hydration giving that “morning glow” appearance the next morning. They all have a distinctive “YTTP” fragrance it’s rather clean and pleasant without being too strong or irritating.

The minis kit is great for young adults, or anyone interested in trying the YTTP product line without splurging on full size since it can be a bit pricey. Also use sparingly as alittle goes a long way. The minis are also travel friendly and all of the products work effortlessly in conjunction with one another so you can custom create your own skincare routine like a mock-tail for your skin!

Youth To The People

Now that the cold weather is approaching here in New York it is wreaking havoc on my skin and I’ve noticed dry patches around my chin so adding a good moisturizer is crucial in my winter skincare routine. I really like this Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream by Youth To The People because it quickly absorbs into the skin feeling lightweight making it comfortable to use at night and doesn’t clog my large pores and it could be the ashwaganda herbs calming effect that makes me feel relaxed at the end of the night like I’m pampering my self physically and mentally. I wake up the next morning with my face looking and feeling well hydrated. This moisturizer has become my skincare savior and I already feel the need to purchase another one before this one runs out! 😍

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.

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!! 

Milani Rose Blush Review

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What Is It?

Rose powder blush from Milani

Product Claims

“Now this is a blush that deserves to be seen! Gorgeous in the compact, even prettier on cheeks, this petal soft, natural-finish powder shapes, contours and highlights. Streaks? Never. Easy to use? Always. In ultra-flattering shades that you just can’t live without.”

 

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Pros

Easily blend-able
Builable
Affordable
Long-wearing

Cons

None

Overall Rating 5/5

Okay so here is alittle back story about my product experience in the past with Milani, back in highschool I mostly used drug store cosmetics and Milani was my first brand of instense eye shadows, I remember buying a matte bright blue and the pigment was freaking amazing! It was my staple eyeshadow and afforadble for a teen my age at the time. I love that this brand is cruelty free and also uptains good quality products.

These rose blushes were apart of a limited addition line however due to its popular demand Milani decided to make them permanently a part of their blush line (smart move Milani!) I’m in love with everything from the rose detail to the color choices and intensity, you can apply lighty for a natural look or glow or a more opaque coverage. The Tea Rose is my absolute favorite but I find all 3 colors to be flattering for any skin-tone.

DR. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Review

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What Is It?

A anti-aging facial peel presoaked on towelettes.

Product Claims

“These patented two-step treatment pads deliver visable antiaging results without recovery time.They work to reduce the appearance of fine lines,wrinkles,and pore size while creating a more even skintone and brightening complextion. Recommended for sensitive skin, the pads also work to calm redness and irritation and clear imperfections resulting in a healthy, glowing complextion.”

Pros

Fast results
Even skintone
Smooths out skin texture
Helps  to reduce existing pimples

Cons

Drying
Doesn’t minimize pore size
Pricey

Overall Rating 4/5 

I recieved this sample package with a sephora order and just recently used it. I’m on the third day of use and can already see noticeable changes in my skins texture and probelmatic pimples have greatly reduced. I will say it is quite drying which I wouldn’t recommend for daily use though the product claims it is safe to do so. I did get alittle redness post treatment but it went away within 3 minutes, nothing too irritating. I would love to make this part of my skincare routine but holy moly it is pricey! I am pleased with the results which makes me a believer in this product however its one of those products to rarely splurge on.

GUD Body Wash Review

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What is it?

A body wash by GUD (from the brand Burt’s Bees)

Product Claims

“Indulge tired skin in the scent of vanilla and rice milk. Because nothing looks better than squeaky clean skin. Well, yours anyway.

Luscious foaminess.Exotic, sophisticated scent.No parabens, phthalates or petrolatum.Never ever tested on animals. No way!”

Pros 

-Refreshing scent
-Non-drying
-Sudsy

Cons

-Scent doesnt last as long after use

Overall Rating 3.5/5

I love this brand of body wash! Since shopping cruelty-free this has been the second brand I’ve tried, Dr. Bronner’s being the first one and while at first I liked it, it started to dry out my skin which was tourture during the winter season. But since I’ve switched to GUD my skin hasn’t been as drying, it has a scent but not  over powering, the vanilla flame smells has more of a floral aroma that last about 5 minutes after getting out the shower, which is fine because it doesn’t clash with the scent of my perfume I use.