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Review: ISA Professional XANADU Serum

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Official description

XANADU 24K Gold Serum by ISA Professional is designed to be the Best Serum for your face. Can also be used as a Makeup Foundation Primer that is weightless and helps makeup last longer.

Formulated with a combination of Botanical Ingredients, High Tech science, and 24K Real Gold. This serum will moisturize, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, even skin tone, repair sun damage, and give you a golden youthful glow.

From Nature
* 24K Gold.
* Vitamin C – pH balanced and highly absorbable. Brightens skin, combats wrinkles and dark spots.
* Vitamin E moisturizes and heals.
* Rose Extract soothes the skin and gives the Xanadu serum a delightful natural scent.
* P-anisic from the spice anise.

Supporting what’s already in your skin
* Hyaluronic Acid captures and holds up to 1000 times its volume in moisture to your skin.
* Collagen to support your skin’s own collagen.
* Creatine supplies energy to your cells.
* Beta-Glucan boosts the immune system.

From High Tech science
* Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (Matrixyl-3000) is a peptide that specifically stimulates collagen synthesis and skin repair.
* Epidermal Growth Factor stimulates new cell growth.

The Perfect serum for your face, made from the best botanical extracts and leading-edge technology.

Important Safety Notice: For topical use only. Not for use on mucous membranes. Do not ingest. Do not apply in, on, or around eye area. Irritation may result. If you do accidentally get some product in your eye, rinse with cool water.

Where to buy
From ISA Professional – You get a 1 fluid ounce bottle for $199.00 USD. It’s currently on sale for $59.00 USD.
From Amazon – You get a 1 fluid ounce bottle for $199.00 USD. It’s currently on sale for $69.00 USD.

Directions
Apply twice a day, once in the morning and once at night, on freshly cleansed skin. Avoid eyes and mouth. For speedy application, pump the bottle top twice into the palm of one hand, rub palms together, then apply to face. For luxurious application, place one pump on each cheek (where your dimples would be) and smooth onto face with your finger tips in a circular upward motion. WARNING: The second method may leave tiny flecks of gold intact on your face for your friends to envy!

Packaging
This came in a lovely cardboard box with product and company information on it. The bottle is clear glass with a silver screw on top that has a clear frosted pump top and a clear acrylic snap on cap. The bottle has company and product name and the size on it.

Scent and formula
It has a slightly floral/oriental/spicy scent. It’s not overpowering and fades away a couple of minutes after it’s absorbed. It’s a clear serum with gold flakes in it. It has a fairly normal serum consistency and you can’t feel the gold flakes. It completely absorbs leaving no residue.

Ingredients
24K Gold, Deionized water, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Collagen, Rose Extract, Hyaluronic acid, Creatine, Beta-Glucan, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (Matrixyl-3000), Epidermal Growth Factor, P-anisic acid. CosDNA results.

So I’m going to be honest, I’ve seen other serums with gold in them and I didn’t expect much, I kind of expected bullshit. But this serum is pretty damn nice. It’s made in Canada and is not tested on animals. The smell of this serum is kind of wonderful, it’s not the traditional floral scent. It’s a little oriental and spicy and I like it. Once it’s absorbed into the skin the scent fades after a couple of minutes. I expected the gold in it to be annoying, I expected to find little bumps of gold specks all over my face. I can’t feel it at all. They are super fine and it’s like they aren’t there. Some flecks do show up on the skin, but they’re very small and you don’t notice them unless you shove your face into a mirror and actually look for them. The serum itself feels wonderful, it absorbs completely and makes your skin feel incredibly soft. I find it cooling and soothing.

I also find that it helps with acne scars. I don’t get acne a lot, but when I do they turn into horrible purple mountains and leave giant purple discolorations on my face. I got a couple of pretty bad ones this month and last and I’ve noticed that after I started using this serum they became a little lighter. This also makes my skin super smooth and it has a natural glow. It also helps with redness. I ran out of a product I normally use a couple of months ago and my skin started getting red again, but once I started using this the redness has been greatly reduced. I have been using this every night after I wash my face and it’s been wonderful. I only need to use 2 pumps. The bottle is gorgeous and so was the box it came in. My only complaint with the packaging was that the plastic cap was a pain to get off. For that reason, I uh tossed it out. Other than that it’s super easy to use and lovely to look at. I thought I’d have an issue with the pump clogging up because of the gold, but so far I haven’t had any issues with that at all. I’ve been using it for a month now and the bottle looks practically brand new. Overall I was pleasantly surprised and pleased with this serum. It’s quite nice. It’s also very expensive. This is by far the most expensive skin care product I’ve ever owned. If I were rich I’d buy a bunch of backups. I will have to save up for more of this!

ISA Professional XANADU Serum
  • Packaging
  • Efficacy
  • Texture
  • Ingredients
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Summary

Pros
Smells good
Soothing
Cooling
Reduces Redness
Reduces acne scars
Smooths skin
Improves skin tone
Improves skin texture

Cons
Expensive

Final thoughts
I love this serum, it's been wonderful for my skin and smells wonderful.

Buy or not
Yes! If I had the money I'd buy a million bottles

4.5
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ISA Professional XANADU Serum
  • Packaging
  • Efficacy
  • Texture
  • Ingredients
  • Price

Summary

Pros
Smells good
Soothing
Cooling
Reduces Redness
Reduces acne scars
Smooths skin
Improves skin tone
Improves skin texture

Cons
Expensive

Final thoughts
I love this serum, it's been wonderful for my skin and smells wonderful.

Buy or not
Yes! If I had the money I'd buy a million bottles

4.5
User Rating: 0.0 (0 votes)
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FOTD: Vintage Imogen vs. The Walrus & The Carpenter

I put on a face today! I managed to get a full size jar of The Walrus & The Carpenter from someone on Reddit and it showed up today. Yessssss! I am also reviewing a Maybelline foundation and a Neutrogena powder and you know you kind of have to put them on to do that. xd I really liked the look and decided to finish it off with Fyrinnae‘s Kitten. It’s such a pretty matte lipstick. Also, Fyrinnae‘s highlighter Confidence is perfect. Perfect people, perfect. We ended up going to Winco for water and the clerk managing the self checkout told me she love, love, loved my brows. Then told me she finds it really hard to get her brows to look that nice. I thanked her and thought to myself she should see some of the people I know online. Their brows are a million times better. xd Also will be reviewing these glasses from Firmoo soon! And yes… I need to do my hair. >.>

FACE
Maybelline New York Superstay Better Skin Foundation in 10 Porcelain
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends Translucent Oil-Control Powder in #10 Clean

CHEEKS
My Pretty Zombie Drugs Like Me Blush in THC – blush
My Pretty Zombie Drugs Like Me Blush in LSD – contour
Fyrinnae Highlighter in Confidence – highlight

BROWS
Sugarpill Cosmetics in Tako
Sugarpill Cosmetics Chromalust in Smitten

EYES
Lunatick Cosmetic Labs Lunatick Primer
Tilt/Shift Cosmetics in The Walrus & The Carpenter – inner 1/2 of lid, lower lash line and crease
Blackbird Cosmetics Pressed Shadow in Imogen – outer 1/3 of lid, outer lower lash line
Blackbird Cosmetics Pressed Shadow in Vintage – crease
Fyrinnae Pressed Shadow in Unicorn – brow highlight
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper – upper lash line
Fairydrops Volume Burst Mascara in black

LIPS
Fyrinnae Liquid Matte Lipstick in Kitten

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Review: Ebook The NightShade Forensic Files: Under Dark Skies by A.J. Scudiere

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Official description
In NightShade, nothing is as it seems . . .

Eleri Eams didn’t think she’d ever be allowed to work for the FBI again, so the special FBI division of NightShade seems like an amazing opportunity. But all too soon, her chance to start over starts to disturb her.

When the FBI offers Donovan a chance to leave his job as a medical examiner and try his hand at something new, he takes a chance on the NightShade division. Somehow, he has to try to escape from his shadows, but can he trust Eleri with the truth?

Thrown together on their first case, Eleri and Donovan must deal with a charismatic cult leader and his true-believers. The cult is mixed up with several decade-old kidnapping cases and the missing daughter of a prominent FBI Agent. As Eleri and Donovan dig deeper, they discover that NightShade’s mysteries aren’t coincidence.

Their secrets will save them . . . or destroy them.

Where to buy
From Ajscudiere.com – You get a PDF for $2.99 USD.
From Amazon – You get an Ebook for $3.99 USD.

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I have to admit I loved this book. I read it in less than two days. It’s an amazing shapeshifter story and I couldn’t put it down. This is the first book I’ve read by A.J. Scrudiere and I can tell you that I’ll be picking up more. The writing is amazing and the story keeps you entranced. This was not a predictable or boring story and I can’t wait to read the next book.

Just a note, I have a migraine so I’ll be editing this and adding more in the next day or two.

The NightShade Forensic Files: Under Dark Skies by A.J. Scudiere
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  • Price

Summary

Pros
Great story
Interesting read
Captures your attention

Cons
None

Final thoughts
Amazing story, highly recommend this book and author!

Buy or not
Yes!

5
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Swatches: AFK Cosmetics The Round Table Collection

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I forgot to add… In case you haven’t figured it out… It’s a collection based on Monty Python. That is all.

Official descriptions
Airspeed Velocity of an Unladen Swallow is a simple dark orange based brown in a lovely satin matte. Over a sticky primer the brown is at the forefront of this shadow, but over bare skin the color leans a burnt orange/brown that is begging for fall weather.
Black Beast of Arrghhhh! is a deep satiny blackened teal. Works well over any type of primer primer and holds promise of fantastic smokey eye look for evenings out.
Bring Out Your Dead is a dusty grey-taupe with a silvery sheen when applied over a sticky base. An excellent all over lid color.
Ni! is a lovely forest green with just a hint of silvery blue glitter. Perfect for walks in the woods, shubbery picking, or cutting trees down with herring.
That Rabbits Dynamite! is a gentle and unassuming as an innocent little bunny, this shadow is a pearly soft white with a touch of pink. Especially suited for inner eye highlighting!
……Tim? is a lovely golden, earthen brown with red and golden flecks and a satin finish.

Blush
Your Father Smelt of Elderberries is a soft, but fun light magenta blush that blends out into a gorgeous berry pink with a satin finish. Ideal for taunting people in French accents.

Highlighter
Holy Hand Grenade is a gorgeously shimmery gold highlighter with the ever so slightest hint of silvery glitter. Perfect for evening questing.

Lip gloss
Tis But a Scratch is a dramatic, sultry, and almost earthy blue based red gloss with excellent build ability.
Witches are Made of Wood is a gorgeous dusty rose gloss with hints of golden flecks. Can be applied in thin layers for a natural look, or built up for some added drama.

Ordering options
You will receive loose product in a 5g jar with a sifter, packed 2-2.5g by weight for $6.00 USD per jar.
You will receive loose product in a baggie, packed ¼ teaspoon by volume for $1.50 USD per baggie.

Blush & Highlighter
You will receive loose product in a 10g jar with a sifter, packed 4-5.5g by weight for $8.50 USD per jar.
You will receive loose product in a baggie, packed ¼ teaspoon by volume for $1.50 USD per baggie.

Lip Gloss
You will receive liquid product in a 8mL tube with doe foot applicator, packed 4-5.5g by volume for $8.00 USD per jar.
You will receive liquid product in a clamshell, packed 1.5mL by volume for $2.00 USD per clamshell.

You can purchase the entire set in full size for $62.00 USD or sample size for $14.00 USD.

Taken indoors under a daylight bulb. Swatched over Lunatick Cosmetic Labs Lunatick Primer, Darling Girl Cosmetics Glitter Glue and bare skin.

Airspeed Velocity of an Unladen Swallow is a satin chestnut brown.
Ingredients: Mica, Iron Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Magnesium Stearate, Carnauba Wax. VEGANlip safe

Black Beast of Arrghhhh! is a metallic blackened teal.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Tin Oxide, Magnesium Stearate, Carnauba Wax. VEGANlip safe

Bring Out Your Dead is a satin taupe with a silver sheen with silver sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Bismuth Oxychloride, Kaolin Clay, Magnesium Stearate, Carnauba Wax. VEGANlip safe

Ni! is a metallic forest green with silver and green sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Chromium Oxide Green, Aluminum Powder, Silica, Magnesium Stearate, Carnauba Wax. VEGANnot lip safe

That Rabbits Dynamite! is a pearly white with a pink sheen and pink sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Tin Oxide, Silica, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Magnesium Stearate, Carnauba Wax. VEGANlip safe

……Tim? is an earthy brown with a gold sheen and gold and red sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Tin Oxide, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica, Carnaba Wax, Magnesium Stearate. VEGANnot lip safe

Your Father Smelt of Elderberries is a satin berry blush.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Tin Oxide, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Red #33, Kaolin Clay, Bismuth Oxychloride, Magnesium Stearate, Carnauba Wax. VEGANnot lip safeNot Eye Safe

Holy Hand Grenade is a silvery gold highlighter.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Tin Oxide, Magnesium Stearate, Carnauba Wax. VEGANlip safeEye Safe

Tis But a Scratch is a deep wine red with red shimmer.
Ingredients: Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Mango Butter, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Glycerine, Mica, Iron Oxide, Red 33, Red 40, Vitamin E. VEGANlip safe

Witches are Made of Wood is a dusty rose with gold shimmer.
Ingredients: Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Mango Butter, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Glycerine, Mica, Iron Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Vitamin E. VEGANlip safe

Miss Dena sent these out before she went out of town for a wedding and I got them swatched a couple of days after I got them. I’m gonna need full sizes of the blush and highlighter, they are SO freaking pretty. I thought I love Mawwage, but Holy Hand Grenade is even prettier guys. t.t SO pretty. Also I love That Rabbits Dynamite, Bring Out Your Dead and Black Beast of Aughhhh! Also Witches Made of Wood is an amazing gloss. It’s gorgeous. This is a beautiful Autumn collection and you kind of need it. Such pretty rich colors! This collection will be released on August 31st and is a seasonal collection, so it’ll be around through November each year. Also one of the glosses was missing the little insert that wipes off the excess gloss, so that’s why one of the wands was gloopy. I let Dena know and asked if she could send me one when I get some Paladin Primer for my giveaway, so no worries if you order gloss, it will look like the other wand! xd

You can find AFK Cosmetics online here. You can contact Dena through the contact email afkcustomerservice@outlook.com. You can find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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I've Been Carded! Black Soap Facial

Review: Desired Diva I’ve Been Carded! Black Soap Facial

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Official description
I’ve Been Carded! Black Soap Facial Treatment
Rewind the clock with this youth-renewing black soap facial treatment. Made with powerful African ingredients, this natural treatment deeply nourishes each pore, leaving you soft, toned, and fresh. 2 oz. DD-104

How I’ve Been Carded Black Soap Treatment Works:

  • African black soap is bursting with antioxidants that protect the skin from free radical damage, which is the main cause of premature skin aging, wrinkles and facial lines.
  • Black soap also helps to even out and fade age spots and discoloration.
  • Black soap is rich in Vitamins A and E. Vitamin A helps promote collagen production which makes your skin softer and more youthful, filling in lines and wrinkles. Vitamin E helps to heal tissue structure and improves the texture and tone of the skin.
  • Shea butter works to soften and smooth skin while firming up skin that has gotten looser with age. It also works to heal scarring!
  • African coffee exfoliates your skin while the antioxidants in coffee help to cleanse and nourish. The caffeine in coffee is also known to tone and tighten the skin while increasing circulation.

Where to buy
From Desired Diva – You get a 2 ounce jar for $15.90 USD.
From Amazon – You get a 2 ounce jar for $15.90 USD.

Packaging
This comes in a clear glass jar with a gold screw on lid. The label has product information.

Scent and formula
This is a dark brown almost waxy formula. It has black bits of coffee in it. It smells… I don’t know how to describe the smell, it’s a bit waxy/musty/musky/lemony smelling.

Ingredients
African black soap, shea butter, African coffee, fragrance.

I have to talk about the scent first. This smells funky. Like very funky. It smells weird at first then it gets a hint of lemon but still smells weird. I still haven’t gotten use to it. With that said, this cleanses well. It rinses clean and doesn’t leave my face feeling dry. The bits and pieces in it don’t seem to scratch or irritate my face. It leaves my face a little glowy and really clean. Unfortunately this is on the higher pH and is an 8. Too high for me to be comfortable using. The skin has a pH of 5.5. The jar itself is really nice, but the label came off after a couple of weeks of use.

Desired Diva I've Been Carded! Black Soap Facial
  • Packaging
  • Efficacy
  • Texture
  • Ingredients
  • Price

Summary

Pros
Cleanses well
Rinses clean
Non-drying
Brightens skin

Cons
Smells awful
High pH

Final thoughts
This cleanses well, but the pH is too high for me to comfortably use.

Buy or not
No.

4.1
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