Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara Review

Troublemaker is the latest mascara from Urban Decay. It gets that name because, "This mascara is so good it should be illegal." With just a couple of coats, this mascara claims to deliver, "...thicker, impossibly long, perfectly fanned-out lashes" and are also ""sexy, fluttery, intensely black."

That all sounds perfect to me so when I had a chance to snap a free sample of this product, I went for it. Since receiving this mascara a couple of weeks ago, I've been testing out Urban Decay's promise of "13.7x the lash volume" and "an intensity that’s blacker than your darkest thoughts" thanks to "two different types of black pigments."

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Shu Uemura Porefinist Anti-shine Fresh Cleansing Oil Review

Will the third time be the charm when it comes to me using a Shu Uemura cleaning oil? I've previously used the brand's the Fresh Pore Clarifying Gentle cleansing oil, as well as its Anti-oxi Skin Refining cleansing oil, and neither product really did it for me. Would the company's Porefinist Anti-shine Fresh cleansing oil be any different?

According to Shu Uemura, this is an "incredibly lightweight cleansing oil that leaves the skin clean, fresh and refined." With a new formula that contains cinnamon bark extract, it supposedly "regulates sebum secretion day after day."

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment Review

I really, really wanted to love SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment. According to GLAMGLOW, its "most advanced clearing treatment" is my ticket to "super clear super poreless skin." I want that!

And I also want to experience this, "Visibly see your pore congestion pull-out and encapsulate within the mask." I've yet to try one of those crazy Korean peel-off masks and while this technically is a mud mask that you wash off, its product description makes it sound like might produce the same kind of intense results.

In a perfect world you're supposed to use this mask three times a week for five to 20 minutes at a time. I initially doubted I would have enough free time to do that but then I found an even better reason not to: It burns. Now, I have the opposite of sensitive skin and I like to think that I have a fairly high pain tolerance. But despite that, I found this mask to be physically painful to use.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Barefoot Venus Sugar Leaf Green Tea Body Wash Review

I love a highly scented product, assuming of course the smell is one that I find attractive. Scent is one of those areas that is very, very subjective and what works for one person (and her body chemistry) might make someone else queasy (that's why there are so many different perfumes out there). Scent is also a big part of many Barefoot Venus products. Unfortunately for me, its Sugar Leaf Green Tea body wash isn't one of them.

I shouldn't have been surprised; green tea isn't exactly a heavily scented food. Still, I was disappointed when I squeezed some of this product out and found that it had a very light scent. Okay, so that scent possess a sugary note but it wasn't a very strong smell and it disappeared before I stepped out of the shower.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

belif The True Cream - Moisturizing Bomb Review

I really, really wanted to love this moisturizer. Made by Korean skincare company belif, True Cream - Moisturizing Bomb started off with lots of promise. Unfortunately, it didn't quite deliver.

Using Comfrey leaf, "a powerful hydrating agent," this product "...literally wraps the skin with comfort, supplying moisture without dryness and tightness for hours," says belif. The company also calls this a "26-hour moisturizing cream" and points to a clinical trial involving 20 people who found, "...that their hydration retention increased by 13 percent 24 hours after the moisturizing balm was applied." That all sounds wonderful; too bad I didn't experience it.