Samples

Swatches: Performance Colors Bubblegum, Cheekie Monkey, Cool Pink, Hottie, Islander, Mango, Peachy, Rocket, Ruby, South of France, Valentine, Vertigo & Vino

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Let me just start off by saying I’m a bad bad blogger. I received my order from Performance Colors at the end of May 2013. Eek. D: All I can say is a lot(of crap) happened last year and blogging wasn’t a main priority. But I have whipped out my lipsticks to swatch! I also have a few other goodies to swatch and post, but those will be in another post. Also because it’s been so long since I ordered a few of the colors are discontinued, but I had to swatch them anyways, just cause. And next let me say ohmygod. I need Zombie Bride( :GRABBY: ), Badlands and Committed in my life, yesterday. I have been lusting over Zombie Bride since it came out and just discovered Badlands and Committed. Okay now that that is out of the way. Valentine, Vertigo and Vino are semi-matte lipsticks and the rest are the restorative lipstick formula. Also these are all the older formulas and I have a sample and fullsize of mango, but they are different shades since I got one early on when I made an order of cream eyeshadow(which are really awesome by the way) samples in 2012. Swatches!

Official descriptions
Bubblegum is a highly pigmented, baby pink sparkly semi-opaque.
Cheekie Monkey is a super cool wearable flashy lilac, goth by day color.
Cool Pink is a deep rose pink with cool blue shift.
Hottie I couldn’t find the description.
Islander is a deep warm pink color.
Mango is a neon deep peach coral.
Peachy is a highly reflective peach.
Rocket is a red chockful of red sparkles.
Ruby is a deep dark cooler red.
South of France is a medium deep muted raspberry color with hint of apricot bronze.
Valentine is a deep dark and mysterious classic valentine blood red rose color.
Vertigo is a dark violet brown color.
Vino is a deep wine red with purple and burgundy tones.

Ordering options
You will receive cream product in a standard size lip balm tube, packed 5 mL. ounces by volume for $6.00 USD per tube.
You will receive cream product in a 0.05 ounce clamshell, packed 1 gram by volume for $5.00 per 6 clamshells.
There are three listings for Purple, Deep Neutral and Red. You can choose 6 samples for $5.00 USD. There is also a buy 2 get a 3rd lipstick for free for $12.00 USD.

Photos were taken indoors in indirect sunlight.

RESTORATIVE LIP COLOR:
Ingredients: Ricinus communis (castor oil), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Beeswax, Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Sweet Almond Oil, Lanolin (anhydrous), Polyglycerol-3 Beeswax, Vitamin E Tocopherol, Emulsifing Wax, Preservative less than 1%: Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, and Hexylene Glycol. Flavor and Fragrance: Vanilla, Stevia extract infused in Coconut Oil. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Iron Oxides, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Silica, Red 33, Red 30, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Red 27, Red 7, Blue 1, Red 40, Red 6, Red 21, Orange 5.

SEMI MATTE LIP COLOR: (discontinued)
Ingredients: Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Beeswax, Macadamina Nut Oil, Ricinus communis (castor oil), Jojoba oil, Kaolin, Silica, Polyglycerol-3 Beeswax, Lanolin (anhydrous), Vitamin E Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol. Flavor and Fragrance: Vanilla, Stevia extract infused in Coconut Oil. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Tin Oxide, Red 33, Red 30, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Red 27, Red 7, Blue 1, Red 40, Red 6, Red 21, Orange 5.

Hottie, Islander and Rocket are discontinued. All of the other shades are still available. So these are the older formulas and not as pigmented as the newer formulas. They are still pretty! I love Vertigo and Vino. I need to get a full size of Vertigo! While I haven’t tried the new formulas yet, I’ve heard nothing but great things about them, and the old formulas were fantastic, so. Look out for a blog post in the next week or so on the other goodies I have to swatch!

You can find Performance Colors on Etsy here. You can contact Tiffany through Etsy here. Find Performance Colors on Facebook.

Luna

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You Smell Like Burning & That Tastes Like Purple over bare skin under a daylight bulb

Swatches: AFK Cosmetics Aedena and the Saucy Boys, Bronze V, Brotherhood of Steel, Female Titan, The Strip, Tunnel Snakes RULE, That Tastes Like Purple, You Smell Like Burning & The Thorn’s Embrace

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So Dena from AFK Cosmetics made a post over on /r/Indiemakeupandmore/ asking for some people to swatch some of her things for her. I have been wanting to try her shadows for a while, but funds, yeah, so I quickly messaged her! She sent me a lovely package of shadows and a new lip balm to try. So I have swatches for you!

Also I wanted to share this from the Aedena and Saucy Boys listing:

This shadow is a limited edition color to raise money for my team’s contribution to the Extra Life Charity Event on October 25th. 100% of the profit from each shadow sold will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital of our choice, which is located in our home state of Alaska!

This is my team’s 3rd year participating in Extra life, which is a video game marathon to raise money for our charity. Extra life is an amazing charity and 100% of each donation goes to the chosen hospital.

If you would like to make a larger donation (which is appreciated but NOT expected) please go to the link below, you can also find any and all information about extra life on the website.

Official descriptions
Aedena and the Saucy Boys is a beautiful shimmery teal color that tends to lean to the greener side when on the skin.
Bronze V is a deep reddish brown bronze with gold flecks.
Brotherhood of Steel is a dark slightly metallic gunmetal grey with slight sparkles.
Female Titan is a slightly shimmery peach color with a slight golden yellow glint.
The Strip is an earthy, slightly rusty brown with every glitter color imaginable for some glitz and glamor!
Tunnel Snakes RULE is a mostly matte black with loads of green sparkles!
That Tastes Like Purple is a deep and highly sparkly royal purple.
You Smell Like Burning is a deep smokey grey/purple with red and pink flecks!

Lip balm
The Thorn’s Embrace no official description yet.

Ordering options
You will receive loose product in a 5g jar with a sifter, packed 2-2.5g by weight for $5.00 per jar.
You will receive loose product in a baggie, packed ⅛ teaspoon by volume for $1.50 per baggie.

Lip balm
You will receive cream product in a 0.05 ounce clamshell, packed 2 mL. by volume for $1.50 per clamshell.
You will receive cream product in a standard size lip balm tube, packed 0.20-25 ounces by volume for $5.00 USD per tube.

Some photos were taken indoors under a daylight bulb, the rest were taken outdoors in direct sun. Swatched over Detrivore Cosmetics Eye Primer, Glamour Doll Eyes Glitter Fix and bare skin.

Aedena and the Saucy Boys is a jeweled teal with a slight emerald sheen.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Oxide, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Tin Oxide, Silica, Sercite Mica, Carnauba Wax. VEGANnot lip safe

Bronze V is a rusty bronze with gold sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Iron Oxide. VEGANlip safe

Brotherhood of Steel is a slightly metallic gunmetal gray with silver and blue sparks.
Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Sercite Mica, Carnauba Wax, Mica. VEGANlip safe

Female Titan is a shimmery golden peach.
Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Iron Oxide, Caranauba Wax, Mica. VEGANlip safe

The Strip is a brown with a metallic silver sheen and multi-colored sparks.
Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Sercite Mica, Carnauba Wax, Mica, Silica, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate. VEGANlip safe

Tunnel Snakes RULE is a black satin with teal/green sparks.
Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Sercite Mica, Carnauba Wax, Mica. VEGANlip safe

That Tastes Like Purple is a grape royal purple with purple/blue sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Iron Oxide, Carnauba Wax. VEGANnot lip safe

You Smell Like Burning is a blackened, silvery, plum purple with red and pink sparks.
Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Silica, Tin Oxide, Carnauba Wax, Mica. VEGANlip safe

The Thorn’s Embrace is a dark red/brown balm.
Ingredients: I’ll add them when I get them.

Sooo. Can you guess which shades I love? I’ll give you a hint! Aedena and the Saucy Boys, Female Titan, The Strip, That Tastes Like Purple and You Smell Like Burning. They are *all* pretty, but those are my favorites. The balm is awesome. It feels really good, it’s non-drying and the color is lovely. The formula is great. All of the shadows are soft and smooth, nothing is patchy! I want all of her purples and ohmygod have you seen Super Mutant? It’s gorgeous. :GRABBY: Also. Are those labels not the cutest ever? Dena drew them herself!

You can find AFK Cosmetics on Etsy here. You can contact Dena through her Etsy contact here. Find them on Facebook here.

Luna

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Unboxing: Eopenmarket Lucky Box & Lucky Box 2

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Earlier this year I discovered about Eopenmarket’s Lucky Box and Lucky Box 2. So of course I had to try them. This is what I received! Sorry about the camera photos. XD My camera was dead and I got too excited to try stuff, so these were the only photos I got before I started using things. Lucky Box 2 is $12.80 and Lucky Box is $6.80.

Lucky Box 2
Etude House Travel Kit with Moistfull Super Collagen Ampoule Essence, Sun-Prise All Proof, Milky You One Step Cleansing Foam and Hello Raspberry & Cranberry Body Wash.
Secret Key Snail + EGF Repairing Cream x10.
Innisfree It’s Real Cucumber Mask x1.
–Foodaholic Bamboo Natural Essence Mask x1.
Etude House Real Art Cleansing Oil x1.
–Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence x2.
–Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream x2.
Skinfood Royal Honey Mask x2.
Skinfood Black Egg Pore Primer x5.
Skinfood Black Egg Pore Gel Base x1.
Skinfood Good Afternoon Honey Black Tea BB x3.
Skinfood Black Pomegranate Cream x1.
Skinfood Broccoli Cleansing Foam x1.
Skinfood Royal Honey Nutrition Cream x2.
Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint x5.
TonyMoly Aqua Aura Rich Cream x1.
TonyMoly Aqua Aura Moisture Cream x8.
Etude House Moistfull Super Collagen Cream x1.
Skin79 Super Plus Beblesh Balm Triple Function VIP Gold x3.
Skin79 Super Plus Triple Functions Green x3.
Skin79 BB Cleanser x4.
Etude House Precious Mineral BB Blooming Fit x1.
Etude House Silky CC Cream x1.
Etude House Nymph Aura Volumer x1.
TonyMoly Floria Whitening Capsule Essence x2.
Holika Holika Good Cara Mousturization Barier x2.
TonyMoly Pure Aura Luminous CC Cream x2.
Missha For Men Science Activator For Him x1.
TonyMoly Red Appletox Honey Cream x8.
TonyMoly Tomatox Magic Massage Pack x3.

Lucky Box 2 had 2 full size masks, 4 travel size, 5 deluxe samples and 71 sample packs in 24 different samples.

Lucky Box
Skin79 Super Plus Beblesh Balm Triple Function VIP Gold small tube x1.
Etude House Real Art Cleansing Oil x1.
–Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence x2.
–Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream x2.
–Foodaholic Potato Natural Essence Mask x1.
Skin79 BB Cleanser x3.
Skinfood Royal Honey Nutrition Cream x1.
Skinfood Royal Honey Mask x1.
TonyMoly Aqua Aura Rich Cream x1.
TonyMoly Aqua Aura Moisture Cream x4.
Etude House Moistfull Super Collagen Cream x3.
Holika Holika Good Cera Moisturization Barrier x1.
Skin79 Super Plus Beblesh Balm Triple Function VIP Gold x2.
Skin79 Super Plus Triple Functions Green x4.
Missha Time Revolution Night Repair New Science Activator Ampoule x1.
Etude House Baking Powder Pore Cleansing Foam x1.
Missha For Men Science Activator Ampoule x1.
Etude House Precious Mineral BB Blooming Fit x3.
Etude House Fresh Chery Tint x4.
TonyMoly Luminous Pure Aura CC Cream x1.
Etude House Nymph Aura Volumer x2.
Skinfood Good Afternoon Honey Black Tea BB x1.
Skinfood Black Pomegranate Cream x1.
Skinfood Black Pomegranate Emulsion x1.
TonyMoly Red Appletox Honey Cream x1.
It’s Skin Mangowhite Peeling Gel x3.
TonyMoly Tomatox Magic Massage Peel x2.
Skinfood Black Egg Gel Base x2.
Skinfood Black Egg Pore Primer x3.
Mizon Crystal Miracle Face Cream x2.
Secret Key Snail + EGF Repairing Cream x3.

Lucky Box had 1 full size mask, 6 deluxe samples and 52 sample packs in 26 different samples.

For a total of 3 full size sheet masks, 4 travel size, 11 deluxe samples and 123 sample packs.

Overall I was really happy with my purchase and I will probably purchase again in the future. :)

Luna

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weeklypostrecap

Weekly Post Recap 10/21/2014 to 10/27/2014

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Ahmahgahd. Man. My elbows are driving me insane. I need to get a doctors appointment. T.T Last week the day after my doctors appointment(where I got my Depo shot and a flu shot) both of my elbows developed this red splotchy rash. It itches like hell and is horribly painful. There are pin prick sized spots of pain all over that feel like raw nerves. T.T It’s just been getting worse by the day. I was hoping it would get better, but nope. Body, what are you doing?! I have no Mani Monday today. I chopped my nails off over the weekend. They were annoying me. I’ve been out of base coat, cause no money, and they started breaking again. They were all different lengths and it just looked awful. So away they went. I do have swatches for AFK Cosmetics to get up tonight, and I will be hopefully doing swatches of my Performance Colors lipsticks tomorrow and will start the Diavoli collection from Aromaleigh. That shall be an undertaking! I shall be doing swatches over different colored bases in addition to my usual for these.

Our neighbor has a little girl who is in kindergarten, but she’s a little bigger than Fumiko. So this week they gave Fumiko two bags of clothes that don’t fit her anymore. There was some Hello Kitty stuff and most of it was really cute, so Fumiko is just thrilled. Sascha sold a couple of books to his friends and got $25. He’s going to be getting a game from Gamestop, so he’s happy. For now. He won’t be happy, happy until he has ALL THE GAMES. XD Anyways, post recap for the week!

So that was last week! Hopefully I can get some more done this week. I’ve been binge watching Supernatural the last few days. So.Good. I’ll have to figure out what to watch on Netflix after that. I’ve already seen Bones, Criminal Minds and Orange is the New Black. What to watch next? I hope everyone is having a nice week! Also OMG Sascha is going to be a teenager soon. Eek. He’s turning 13 on November 2nd. Holy cow.

Luna

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Performance Peel AP25 Step 1 & Step 2

Review: Exuviance Performance Peel AP25, OptiLight Essential 6 Serum & Evening Restorative Complex

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I was sent some Samples from Exuviance to try! They sent me 3 Performance Peel AP25 peels, a trial size of OptiLight Essential 6 Serum and a trial size of Evening Restorative Complex. I wanted to try out the Exuviance Illumination Duo, but they sent me these.

Company background
The science of skin transformation™ EXUVIANCE® is created by Drs. Van Scott and Yu, widely recognized as leaders in the field of cosmetic dermatology. They discovered the antiaging benefits of Glycolic Acid and created and patented the first Glycolic Peel. Since their ground-breaking discovery, the creators of Exuviance have continued to develop many new patented antiaging ingredients backed by evidence from numerous scientific and clinical studies. Recognized around the world, Exuviance formulas are expertly developed to visibly transform skin by combining their patented innovations with the best, state of the art technologies available in dermatology today.

Official description
Performance Peel AP25
A 25% blend of AHAs and PHAs including Glycolic Acid, Mandelic Acid and Gluconolactone that exfoliates dead, dull surface layers, and stimulates the process of cell renewal among all skin layers, to reveal healthier cells.

OptiLight Essential 6 Serum
An essential serum that concentrates eleven potent brighteners to target six pigment control systems, helping break up and reduce the visible intensity of existing darker pigmented areas, and discourages new spots from forming.

Evening Restorative Complex
A potent complex of anti-aging ingredients and beneficial botanicals in a powerful solution to care for photo-damaged, aging skin as you sleep. This night time treatment cream effectively combats visible signs of aging and is clinically proven to improve overall skin texture, tone and appearance.

Where to buy
Performance Peel AP25
From NeoStrata – $75.00 for 12 peels.

OptiLight Essential 6 Serum
From NeoStrata – $72.00 for a 1 ounce pump bottle.

Evening Restorative Complex
From NeoStrata – $48.00 for a 1.75 ounce pump bottle.

Directions
Performance Peel AP25
First, cleanse the face with a gentle, effective cleanser such as Exuviance Purifying Cleansing Gel.

Step 1. Apply a Step 1 Activator Pad over the entire face, avoiding eye area, lips and any area of sensitivity. Then discard pad. Carefully monitor the skin’s response to the Peel by observing any redness or discomfort, including stinging, burning, itching, tightness, tingling and peeling.

Step 2. Apply a Step 2 Neutralizer Pad to the face after 10 minutes, or sooner if you experience bothersome redness or discomfort. Apply over entire face (avoiding eyes and lips), and then rinse the face thoroughly with water.

You may leave the (Step 1) Activator Solution on your skin for up to, or as long as 10 minutes, and no longer than 10 minutes. Some people may experience some bothersome dryness or stinging during the 10 minute time frame the activator solution in on their face. For those skin types we suggest applying the (Step 2) Neutralizer Solution earlier than 10 minutes, or as soon as you experience the stinging sensation if you find it bothersome. As with all Hydroxy Acid peels, a slight tingling sensation is expected, but if this sensation is too much, we recommend neutralizing the peel sooner than the total 10 minute time.

OptiLight Essential 6 Serum
Using fingertips, gently apply serum to cleansed face. Can be smoothed all over the face and neck or applied to specific areas. Gently massage any remaining excess into the skin. Can be used alone or under treatment and moisturizer. Daily use of a sunscreen is recommended as part of a healthy skincare regimen.

Evening Restorative Complex
Gently smooth over a cleansed face and neck in the evening. Daily use of a sunscreen is recommended as part of a healthy skin care regimen.

Packaging
I received sample packages! The Optilight Essential 6 Serum came in a silvery gray pump with green features. The Evening Restorative Complex came in a white squeeze tube with green features and the peels came in a clear cellophane baggie with an information card. the step 1 peel comes in a teal foil packet with white and pink features and the step 2 came in a silver foil packet with pink and white and teal features. Both pads are textured round cotton pads.

Scent and formula
The pads spell like acid. If you’ve ever smelled the sulfuric acid stuff they use to unclog drains, it smells like a light version of that. It’s not awful, but it doesn’t smell good. The neutralizer pad doesn’t have much of a scent at all. The liquid on the pads is quite this and clear. The Evening Restorative Complex smells lightly of apricots. I quite like the smell of it. It’s a thick cream that has a very faint green tint to it. The OptiLight Essential 6 Serum smells kind of like one of those gel peel masks. Kind of an aloe, cucumber, alcohol mix with a tiny bit of a fruit scent. I’ve smelled it before, I just can’t place it. I don’t like cucumbery scents so it’s not quite a pleasant scent for me, but it doesn’t smell bad. It’s a fresh scent. It’s a clear, thick liquid.

Ingredients
Performance Peel AP25
Activator Pads: Aqua (Water), Mandelic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Gluconolactone, Ammonium Hydroxide, Arginine, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, Sodium Bisulfite.
Neutralizer Pads: Water, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Bicarbonate, Glycine, Benzalkonium Chloride.

OptiLight Essential 6 Serum
Aqua (Water), Alcohol Denat., Butylene Glycol, Acetyl Glucosamine, Polysorbate 80, Dimethicone PEG-7 Phosphate, Glycerin, Oligopeptide-34, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C Ester), Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris (Lady’s Mantle) Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Leaf Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Primula Veris Extract, Veronica Officinalis Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Eucommia Ulmoides Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Elettaria Cardamomum Seed Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Lavandula Angustfolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Hedychium Spicatum Extract, Hibiscus Abelmoschus Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/ Leaf Extract, Plumeria Rubra Flower Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polianthes Tuberosa Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Ammonium Hydroxide, Sodium Bisulfite, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Oleate, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.

Evening Restorative Complex
Aqua (Water), Gluconolactone, Propylene Glycol USP, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glycerin USP, PEG-100 Stearate, Lactobionic Acid, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, C12-15 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glyceryl Sterarate, Ethoxydiglycol, Palmitic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone, Ceteareth-20, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate, Ascorbyl (Vitamin C) Palmitate, Retinyl (Vitamin A) Palmitate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Algae Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Echinacea Purpurea (Coneflower) Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylic/Capric/Stearic Triglyceride, Glycosphingolipids, Phospholipids, Xanthan Gum NF, Steareth-2, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Ammonium Hydroxide, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phosphatidyl Choline, Polyacrylamide, Disodium EDTA, Myristic Acid, Laureth-7, Disteareth-100 IPDI, Methylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Parfum (Fragrance), Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl-3-Cyclohexenecarboxaldehyde, Butyl Phenyl Methylpropional, CI 42090 (Blue #1), CI 19140 (Yellow #5).

So I liked some and didn’t like some! We shall start with what I didn’t like. It took me awhile to get this review up and I shall tell you why! White I really liked the texture, feel and smell of the Evening Restorative Complex, my skin didn’t like it. After a few days of using it I started getting some bad clusters of white heads and acne on my cheeks and chin. I really wanted to like this, it’s a good formula, it felt good on and it has high praise, but I ended up stopping it because the white heads and acne were getting worse not better. I had to let my skin settle and clear up before I started the serum. This is supposed to make your skin smoother, increase skin elasticity, even skin tone and improve fine lines. It’s supposed to overall improve skin texture, tone and appearance. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to test it for very long and I didn’t notice many of these things. It did make my skin feel plump after I applied it. I would need to test it a lot longer than a few days to see any improvements in these(smoothness, even skin tone and skin elasticity). Instead it made my skin angry. It took a couple of weeks but it cleared up and my skin went back to the way it was before I tried the Evening Restorative Complex.

Unfortunately I had the same problem with the serum. :( After just a few days I started getting white head clusters and this time the acne was worse. I still have a couple of big bumps. If you noticed the two giant mountains on my chin in my last FOTDS, those popped up in adition to smaller ones and white heads from this serum. D: So again I stopped using it. I didn’t want to take any chances on anything worse happening. This is supposed to help fade dark spots and discourage new ones from forming, even skin pigment, brighten skin and overall provide a more balanced and luminous complexion. Unfortunately I didn’t notice any of these things. I didn’t use it long enough to start to have any results. I’m not sure what ingredient or ingredients in these two formulas is not agreeing with my skin, but it’s really unfortunate. There are a few things in both formulas that could be causing the white heads and acne break outs. I wanted to love them and I hate having to write a less than stellar review of a product. You can see the CosDNA reports on the Evening Restorative Complex here and the OptiLight Essential 6 Serum here.

Now onto what I love! I love, love, love these pads. This has turned me onto Mandelic Acid. I have used other acids before, but not Mandelic Acid, I think that is the ingredient that my skin really loved with these pads, as I have not had such amazing results with other acid products. The Performance Peel AP25 is a set of cotton pads. Step 1 is the activator pad with Glycolic Acid, Mandelic Acid and Gluconolactone. They work together to exfoliate dead, dull surface layers, and stimulate the process of cell renewal among all skin layers.

Quick run down on Mandelic Acid
Mandelic Acid is an alpha hydroxy acid. Derived from bitter almonds, it has a number of benefits for the skin.

The molecular structure of mandelic acid is larger than better known alpha hydroxy acids such as glycolic acid and lactic acid. This means it takes longer to penetrate the skin’s surface and is much less irritating.

Rapidly exfoliates dead skin cells and surface debris from the skin.
Mandelic acid has antimicrobial/antibacterial properties, making it an excellent choice for all types of acne, including cystic acne.
Loosens blackheads for easy extraction.
Cleans and refines pores.
Refines the tone and texture of the skin, brightens.
Mandelic acid is excellent for clients with darker skin tones. It does not cause the unwanted, lighter skin tone changes that you might experience with other AHA’s.
Mandelic acid inhibits the growth of melanin, the cause of brown patches, freckles, uneven skin tone and other sun-related skin care issues.
Mandelic acid, with continued use, can help repair sun damaged skin.
Mandelic acid reduces lines and wrinkles without the irritation of other AHA’s.
Mandelic is typically an excellent exfoliator for clients suffering from Rosacea.
I also wanted to point out that Mandelic Acid is antibacterial.

Quick run down on Glycolic Acid
Glycolic acid is part of the group of active compounds known as AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids). Derived from cane sugar.

It has the smallest molecules in the group so is able to penetrate skin deeply and easily, making it the most effective for treating fine lines, acne, blackheads, dullness, oiliness etc.

Glycolic acid provides a remarkably even exfoliation of the skin
Glycolic acid releases and dissolves dead skin cells – clearing up blocked pores and blackheads.
Glycolic acid a very effective acne treatment – particulary cystic acne which is caused by deep blockages of dead skin cells and sebum.
Glycolic acid reduces fine lines and signs of premature aging by increasing cell turnover – meaning younger healthier cells are now visible on the skin’s surface.
Acne scars (and other scar lesions) respond well to consistent glycolic acid treatment.
Further products and treatments can penetrate deeper as it removes the ‘barrier’ of dead cells and surface grime.
Glycolic acid minimizes the appearance of pores by keeping them clear and helping the surrounding cells to strengthen and regain elasticity .

Quick run down on Gluconolactone
Gluconolactone is a type of polyhydroxy acid, or PHA, that is called the next generation of alpha-hydroxy-acids by NeoStrata researchers who discovered their benefits. Polyhydroxy acids like gluconolactone have similar benefits to AHAs, but they have some additional benefits as well. The molecules of glucolactone are larger with a chemical structure that attracts and holds more water. This makes them well-suited for dry and sensitive skin.

Gluconolactone is a natural substance derived from gluconic acid. This important chemical is found in the bodies of many mammals. In animals, it is used to break down carbohydrates during digestion, so that their sugars can be used to produce the energy needed to power cellular activity. When gluconolactone is produced for use in products, it is typically derived from gluconic acid that has been manufactured in a laboratory, rather than extracted from a natural source.

Gluconolactone is also an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that helps to protect skin against the harmful effects of free radicals created by sun exposure. Because gluconolactone reduces inflammation, it may be helpful for treating acne and rosacea. One study showed that gluconolactone treated acne as well as benzoyl peroxide with fewer side effects. Like alpha-hydroxy-acids, PHAs like gluconolactone lighten areas of pigmentation over time with regular use.

PHAs like gluconolactone appear to be safe, but using them regularly thins out the outer layer of the skin called the epidermis. This makes skin look brighter and more youthful, but it also makes skin more susceptible to sun damage since the protective epidermal layer is thinner. That is why it is advisable to use a daily sunscreen in conjunction with products containing gluconolactone.

Okay so. This peel is full of acid awesomeness and my skin loved it. First you apply the activator pad. I expected to feel much burning and for my face to turn red, however I felt minimal burning, it was more of a slight warm, tingly sensation and my face didn’t turn red. If you do experience burning and redness you can use the neutralizer pad early, if you don’t then after 10 minutes you use the neutralizer pad. Once I applied the neutralizer pad the warm tingly sensation completely disappeared. Then you rinse your face and carry on with your normal skincare routine. I have used these twice, I still have my 3rd one. I am testing some new skincare products so I’ve waited to use it. But man. These things are miracles. My pores become nearly invisible, my skin looks super clear and any redness I have disappears. It doesn’t dry my skin, but my skin feels supple and plump, soft and normal after. These are supposed to help with fine lines & wrinkles, even out skin tone and texture and create and overall radiance. I don’t have wrinkles, even if I did I would need to use these for longer to see how it works, so I can’t attest to how it works with that, but it did do everything else it claimed! I wish I were rich so I could keep myself well stocked in these. Using it twice a week like it suggests would be amazing. Unfortunately these are way out of my price range(what price range. hahaha). But if you can afford them, seriously, run, don’t walk and buy them. They are amazing. You can find the CosDNA reports for the activator pads here and the neutralizer pads here.

So two of the three things were a miss, but the peel pads more than make up for the other two misses. Have I mentioned I love them? Cause I do. <3 Have you tried any of these products? How did they work for you?

Exuviance Performance Peel AP25, OptiLight Essential 6 Serum & Evening Restorative Complex
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Summary

Pros
Peel improved my skin
Peel reduced pores
Peel evened skin tone
Good Ingredients
Easily available online

Cons

Complex and Serum broke my face out
Expensive

Final thoughts
The complex and serum made my face rage, but the peel was amazing and improved my skin after use.

Buy or not?
I would not purchase the complex or serum, I however would definitely buy the peel if I had the money.

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Sea of Something, Scream Song & Slime Princess over Glitter Fix

Swatches: Femme Fatale Cosmetics The Post-Apocalyptic Collection

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Okay well not the entire collection. I only got samples of most of The Post-Apocalyptic Collection from Femme Fatale Cosmetics! They are so pretty though… I need them in full sizes and now I need the shades I didn’t get, stat. My sweet, sweet, beautiful, lovely shadows.

Official descriptions
Cake is a sparkly ivory with slight golden shimmer.
Cloud Kingdom is a soft baby blue base with pink shimmers.
Crystal Guardian is a pale seafoam green with subtle copper-gold shimmer.
Floating Gems is a muddish green shade with striking violet shimmer.
Perspecto-Illusion is a translucent baby pink with strong aqua shift.
Royal Tarts is a washed out mauve-rose base which can lean grey, and orange shimmer.
Sea of Something is a rich eggplant base with a vibrant blue sheen.
Scream Song is a bold purple with purple shimmers.
Slime Princess is a bright green pigment with subtle reddish shimmer.
Tea Partying is Hard is a pale marshmallow pink with reddish shimmers.
The Art of Peacocking is a murky mid-tone purple base with shimmer the goes green at an angle to the light.
Ultimate Wizards is a navy-almost-purple base with blue to purple shimmer.

Ordering Options
You will receive loose product in a 5g jar without a sifter, packed 1.2-1.5g by volume for $6.44 GST per jar.
You will receive loose product in a 3g jar without a sifter, packed .7-.9g by volume for $3.63 GST per jar.
You will receive loose product in a 3g jar with a sifter, packed .7-.9g by volume for $3.63 GST per jar.

Alternately you can purchase the entire collection which consists of 21 eye shadows and 3 blushes. Mini size with or without sifter is $103.46 GST, full size without sifter is $162.36 GST.

All photos taken outdoors in direct sun. Swatched over Detrivore Cosmetics Eye Primer, Glamour Doll Eyes Glitter Fix and bare skin.

Cake is a rose-gold ivory.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide (77861), Iron Oxide (77499, 77491), Carnauba Wax. VEGANlip safe

Cloud Kingdom is a light blue with a pink sheen.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide (77861), Silica, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorophlogopite, Carnauba Wax. VEGANnot lip safe

Crystal Guardian is a pale sea foam with a coppery-gold sheen.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Pigment Blue 29, Chromium Oxide Green, Tin Oxide (77861), Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Magnesium Stearate, Carnauba Wax. VEGANnot lip safe

Floating Gems is a greenish, grayish, purplely color with blue sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide (77861), Tin Dioxide (77499), Iron Oxide (77491), Ferric Ferrocyanide, Chromium Oxide Green, Silica, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Carnauba Wax. VEGANnot lip safe

Perspecto-Illusion is a light, pale mauve with a glowing aqua sheen.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide (77491), Carmine, Carnauba Wax. NOT VEGANlip safe

Royal Tarts is a dusty rose, mauve with a glowing coppery-orange sheen.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Red 40, Ultramarines, Pigment Blue 29, Tin Oxide (77861), Carnauba Wax. VEGANnot lip safe

Sea of Something is a blackened violet base with vibrant blue sheen and blue sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron oxide (77499), Pigment Violet 16, Carmine, Carnauba Wax. NOT VEGANlip safe

Scream Song is a blackened purpley blue with purple glitter and blue sparks.
Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide, Ultramarines (Pigment Blue 29, Pigment Violet 16), Iron Oxide (77499), Mica, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Tin Oxide (77861), Silica, Magnesium Stearate, Carnauba Wax. VEGANnot lip safe

Slime Princess is a vibrant yellowy green with a slight red sheen.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Yellow #5 Al Lake, Blue #1 Al Lake, Tin Oxide (77861), Silica, Palmitic Acid, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Carnauba Wax. May contain preservatives. VEGANlip safe

Tea Partying is Hard is a pale pink with red shimmer.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide (77861), Pigment Violet 16, Synthetic Fluorophlogopite, Silica, Magnesium Stearate, Carnauba Wax. VEGANlip safe

The Art of Peacocking is a dark dusty purple with a slight green sheen and silver sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Ultramarines, Pigment Violet 16, Tin Oxide (77861), Silica, Iron Oxide (77499), (Glycidoxphenol) Propane/Bisaminomethylnorbornane Copolymer, Carnauba wax. VEGANnot lip safe

Ultimate Wizards is a navy blue with purple and blue sparks.
Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide, Ultramarines (Pigment Blue 29, Pigment Violet 16), Iron Oxide (77499), Ferric Ferrocyanide, Tin Oxide (77861), Mica, Synthetic Fluorophlogopite, Silica, Carnauba Wax. VEGANnot lip safe

So I love these shades. All of them. They are so amazing. I particularly love Slime Princess, Royal Tarts, Tea Partying is Hard and Sea of Something. They are just so pretty. I *need* the other shadows in this collection and the blushes of course. >.> What are your favorites? Have you picked any up yet?

You can find Femme Fatale Cosmetics here. Sophie can be contacted through her contact form here. Find Femme Fatale Cosmetics on Facebook and Twitter. There’s also a Facebook group for Femme Fatale that you can find here! It’s pretty active and the people are really nice. :) You get to see sneak peaks and all sorts of things.

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Thursday Guest Post

I Want to Smell Like Halloween

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Happy Thursday all and welcome to my slightly spooky guest post! I frequent Reddit and that’s where I found out Luna was looking for guest posters. So I jumped at the opportunity and here I am.

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You have to understand right off the bat, I love Halloween. I mean, I love fall in general but I especially love Halloween. Between all the cool weather, the dressing up, and the never ending candy, what’s not to love?

So with October fast approaching I figured I’d review a few spooky scents for you from a couple of my favorite perfumeries.

 Blooddrop Perfumerie: Boo-tiful

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“The perfume of a gorgeous and irresistible spirit; a blend of pink lotus, lily, broom, tea rose, and heliotrope absolutes on a base of creamy marshmallow.”

This one reminds me of a Victorian lady-ghost haunting a dusty, but elegant, house. I love it.

In the bottle it’s sweet, with a lot of light floral scents swirling around together. It’s hard to pick out individual notes, the scent just brings to mind “a butt ton of flowers”. Originally I didn’t think I’d like this one, flowers of any kind are a hit or miss for me because of potential headaches. It’s probably why I stick with foodie perfumes (who doesn’t want to smell like cake or a milkshake?).

Once you put it on those florals don’t stay light, the sweetness is still there but it’s almost overpoweringly floral. Like smushing your face into a bouquet of flowers. I think my skin digs flowers but nose doesn’t most of the time. I’m not entirely sure what pink lotus smells like but I can can pick out very strong notes of lily and rose.

Luckily this mellows out, with a very sweet and very creamy quality coming from the marshmallow. It ties everything together once it dries down into a very smooth, not quite gourmand, floral with a hint of hay. That might be from the broom? There’s also another layer of floral I don’t quite recognize, but I’m guessing it’s the heliotrope (I had to Google that one).

I found that the more it dried the more I liked it, it’s just those first few moments of flower-punch-in-the-face that throws me off. Wear time is great too, I’ve had it last through a whole work day where I catch whiffs of it as I’m typing. 10/10 would recommend, I’ve been wearing this on nights in but will be putting it on more often as soon as the weather figures out it’s supposed to be fall (curse you 90 degree weather).

 

Deepmidnight Perfume: Sleepy Hollow

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“The orange and yellow moon is full and gleams through the trees as round as a jack o lantern. You just want to get through the woods and back home for a peaceful night. The crisp and lush smells of fall leaves and acorns, pumpkins, sweet candy treats, and fragrant spices, haunt your senses and relax you. Wait…was that the sound of horse’s hooves you just heard?”

That first sniff out of the vial it’s all cinnamon, just lots and lots of cinnamon. Luckily, subsequent sniffing (doesn’t that sound weird) lets me pick up hints of pumpkin and spices.

On the skin I get a lot of warm pumpkin with more of the spices coming through; cinnamon and maybe anise. It only briefly reminds me of those pumpkin spice lattes you start finding in coffee shops around this time of year. There’s also a hint of what reminds me of those scented fall candles you find in the store.

There’s also some sweetness to it from the candy and a cozy nuttiness in the back, once again from the spices I think. I was a little on the fence about this scent but after a while the smell of leaves and a bit of dirt start to come into play. It’s also a little sharp, not quite like crisp air, but it reminds me of being outside in the cold air after running between houses trick-or-treating as a kid.

Overall it has good throw and it just hangs around forever on my skin, even after a shower. What puts it into my “I need more of this category” though is the mixture of sweets and earthiness. I guess for some bizarre reason I want to smell like candy and dirt. I’ll probably be picking up a full size of this sometime soon.

sixteen92: Huntsman

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“Smoky Lapsang Souchong tea, dragon’s blood, cedar wood, fir balsam, leather, saffron, chai spice accord”

Right out of the vial there’s a lot of leather, fresh oiled leather. I usually find leather scents kind of overpowering but lucky for me there’s the scent of cedar in there to push it back a bit.It’s not quite a fresh cedar scent either, it reminds me of what it smells like when you’re sawing a cedar tree; a little warm and kind of fuzzy.

There’s a definite smoky note that emerges once you put it on, and it’s not the smell of burning wood either. Reminds me a bit of singed leaves, it’s actually a scent that I’m surprised I like. Normally smoky scents are a little too much for me. There is still a very strong scent of cedar and leather, but it blends really nicely with that earthy burnt leaf note. As for the spices mentioned in the description I caught a little saffron but none of the chai spices. I think the cedar might have overpowered that part a little bit.

I’d actually considering layering it with Sleepy Hollow, just to make it a little sweeter. I think it’d go well the cinnamon and earth notes in it. Huntsman actually strikes me as a more masculine scent but I’ll happily wear this one around regardless. It strikes me as the perfect scent for a cozy night in or when the weather starts getting cold and dreary.

Parting Thoughts

So I’m a really huge fan of Blooddrop perfumes, the packaging is adorable and the scents are always unique. I’m looking forward to a huge haul of decants of their Halloween selection this year.

It wasn’t till recently that I decided to try Deep Midnight Perfumes, I had heard that their specialty was Halloween scents. So I purchased a bunch of samples and loved almost of all of them but I think Sleepy Hollow is my favorite. Candied dirt, mmm.

Lastly, sixteen92 is a new perfume house on the block but all the scents I’ve tried have been very well thought out so far. Huntsman was in the giant fall pack I got and it’s the one I knew right off the bat I had to have it in a full size.

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Anyway, that’s the end folks, hope you enjoyed my little review. Thank you again Luna for letting me do this guest post!

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