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Review: La Lune Naturals Black Charcoal Konjac Sponge

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Official description

  • GENTLE EXFOLIATION: The La Lune Naturals Konjac Sponge gently exfoliates your skin and reveals a smoother texture and brighter looking skin.
  • 100% NATURAL KONJAC: The konjac sponge is made from the sustainable konjac plant, and is free of chemicals, paragons, sulphates and is biodegradable. Our sponge is cruelty-free and vegan.
  • PREVENT BREAKOUTS AND BLACKHEADS! Brighter, smoother looking skin begins with our gentle exfoliating sponge that contains the essential minerals. When using our sponge you’ll see fewer blackheads and breakouts. REMOVES TOXINS AND IMPURITIES: The natural konjac fibers massage away impurities and toxins in your skin
  • FREE eBook INCLUDED! FREE eBook, The Ultimate All-Natural Skin Care Guide includes a simple 5-Step Skin care system recommended by dermatologists PLUS tons of free mask, scrub and wrap recipes for your skin!
  • 2 SPONGES FOR THE PRICE OF ONE & FREE SUCTION HOOK: Hang dry your konjac sponge with our easy-to-use suction hook! This is a must have convenience to keep your konjac sponge fresh and ready to use.

Where to buy
From Amazon – Two sponges with suction hook & ebook for $12.99 USD.
From La Lune Naturals – Two sponges & suction hook for $14.99 USD.

Directions

  1. Rinse or soak the sponge in warm water. If it has dried out, allow it to fully absorb water before using
  2. Squeeze excess water out gently between your two hands (don’t wring it)
  3. Massage your face with the sponge in a circular motion to gently cleanse your skin.
  4. After use, rinse your sponge and squeeze water out before hanging to dry

Packaging
The sponges come sealed in clear plastic packaging in their soft condition. They come in a a cardboard box that has a printed paper wrap on it. It has directions and product information as well as company information. It also comes with a coupon that has their other products on the other side. The paper wrap has a picture printed on it and is detailed in blacks and greens and white.

Scent and formula
It has no scent wet or dry. When it’s wet it feels like a sponge that is slightly jelly feeling. When it’s dry it feels like paper that had been wet, but it also feels like it could be sharp, if that makes any sense. It’s a weird feeling when it’s dry. The sponges are a dark gray almost black in color and have a white string through them so they can be hung up.

Ingredients
Natural konjac powder made from konjac potato, and it has the addition of bamboo charcoal extract.


I’ve been using this Konjac sponge from La Lune once a day for a few weeks now. It exfoliates well, but it’s gentle. My face is smoother and feels squeaky clean after using it. I don’t know if it’s helped prevent breakouts because I don’t get that many so it’s just hard to tell. My blackheads to appear to look smaller though.
La Lune recommends replacing your konjac sponge every 2-3 months and sanitizing it in the microwave every 2-3 weeks. =] You can sanitize it by microwaving it for one minute. Overall these sponges are great, they exfoliate really well and my face does feel more clean when I use it with my cleanser versus when I use my cleanser alone. The quality is great and the price is wonderful.

La Lune also makes other natural and organic products such as sea weed powder, indian healing clay and more!

La Lune Naturals Black Charcoal Konjac Sponge
  • Packaging
  • Efficacy
  • Ingredients
  • Price

Summary

Pros
Cruelty free
Vegan
100% Biodegradable
Exfoliates
Cleanses
Reduces blackheads
Gentle

Cons
None

Final thoughts
These sponges work really well. They exfoliate and cleanse but are gentle and the price is great.

Buy or not
Definitely

3.6
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pH Dips

Review: pH Dips

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Official description

  • pH Dips are super fast and give you results – they display complex chemistry with a beautiful colorful matrix – these strips get it done.
  • Each test strip can indicate the pH of a liquid or gel, even solutions with light color. Each box contains 100 test strips and each strip may be used one time.
  • Each of four colored pads on the business end of the strip will reliably change color depending upon the pH of the liquid. Comparing to the color chart is fun and easy.
  • This is a simple clean method for determining the pH quickly and accurately; as well, the box is a perfect size.
  • The instructions are helpful and informative; these strips have so many applications, they are truly universal, testing from 0 to 14.

Where to buy
From Amazon – 100 strips for $8.97 USD.

Directions
Grip a single test strip from the plastic box, hold the end away from colored pads. Careflly dip strip into any liquid or gel, allow all four pads to get wet and remove – colors will change almost immediately. This test is fast and simple. Compare the colors of the test strip to the colors on the box. Match the closest pH.

Packaging
Test strips come in a clear plastic box. It has an insert which has the different pH colors and instructions. The strips are white plastic and have 4 colored pads on one end.

I’ve been using these test strips for a little while now. They are Ph Dips from Kruzco. I’ve used a few different types and I’ve come to really like these. They are easy to use and easy to read the results. I find these to be the most accurate that I’ve used. I use these to test the pH of my skincare products. They make it super easy. I get results within seconds. These can be used to test the pH of all sorts of liquid products! These are fairly inexpensive and are really great. I definitely recommend themm.

pH Dips
  • Packaging
  • Efficacy
  • Price

Summary

Pros
Easy to use
Easy to read results
Inexpensive
Available online

Cons
None

Final thoughts
These are super easy to use and the results are easy to read!

Buy or not
I will be buying these when I run out.

4.3
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Thursday Guest Post!

Ways to Wear Red Eyeshadow (Guest Post by Wakenda)

Hey! My name’s Wakenda, and I love colorful indie eyeshadows. If your like me, you probably have a few colors in your stash that you’re not quite sure what to do with. Sure, swatches are gorgeous on your arm, but how do you use them on your face?

Wakenda's Red Shadows

Red eyeshadow is one of those colors that can be totally intimidating. When I first got into indies I had no idea what I would ever do with it. But as I’ve branched out, it’s developed into one of my favorite colors to wear, in part because it’s bolder and more out there than the neutrals and purples I used to stick to. So today I’d like to share some ideas on how to use the red eyeshadows sitting in your stash.

Wakenda's Peachy Red Look
Look 1: Subtle Peachy Look with Red in the Outer V, using Hello Waffle’s Cortexiphan, Fey and 23

This is pretty much the first look that I ever did with red eyeshadow, and it’s a great place to start if you’r new to the color, because it’s simple and pretty and the red’s there, but not too bold. It reminds me of the patch of red on a delicious fresh peach!

Wakenda's Peachy Red Shadows

For this peachy look, I used Hello Waffle’s Cortexiphan, Fey and 23. I primed my lids and then applied Fey, a gorgeous peachy rosy gold, all over my lid, concentrating on the inner portion. 23, a pinky gold, goes on the outer third to half of the lid.  Then I used a very fine tapered brush to carefully apply a line of Cortexiphan, a warm red with a satin finish, directly into the outer half of my crease. I angled another line of red up and out from my outer corner to meet the first line in a V. Then I used a clean, fluffy blending blush to blend, blend, blend! The goal is for the original line of red to be entirely diffused. When all the harshness of the red is blended out, you can stop blending, add some winged liner and mascara and call it done!

Wakenda's Smoky Red Look
Look 2: Matte Red and Black Smoky Eye, using Notoriously Morbid’s Boca Del Infierno, Bloody Awful Poet and Gypsy Curse

This one is a pretty classic smoky eye look, with red added to the lid. With my more hooded eyelids, the red stays pretty subtle when my eyes are open. I feel very gothic, but that’s appropriate for a look that uses shadows named after two vampires and the hellmouth on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Wakenda's Smoky Red Shadows

For this smoky eye, I used three colors from Notoriously Morbid‘s Slay Me collection, Boca Del Infierno, Bloody Awful Poet and Gypsy Curse. As always, I primed my lids before I began with the shadows. I pressed Boca del Infierno, a matte burgundy red, all over my lid, making sure the coverage was rich and even. Then I used a q-tip dipped in some facial lotion to tidy up the edges and made sure the shape was flattering to my face and even on both sides. This left crisp edges to be blended out later. Then I used a flat brush to press Bloody Awful Poet, a matte black, into my upper lashes and on top of the outer corner of the red, like I was tracing over the bottom edge of the shape I’d drawn with the red shadow. I blended the two together. Next I took a round blending brush and used Gypsy Curse, a matte taupe/grey, to blend out the entire top edge of the red shadow, eliminating any harsh edges. I lined my upper lashes and lower waterline with black pencil liner, and then smudged some more red below the outer third of my lower lashes. I finished with curled lashes and a heavy coat of mascara.

Wakenda's Red White and Blue Look
Look 3: Red, White and Blue with Sparkly Red Liner, using Shiro’s Unforgettable, Glowstick of Destiny and Cake!

I wanted to pair red liner with a contrasting color. As I was looking through my stash, Shiro’s Glowstick of Destiny caught my eye, so I decided to go with a patriotic red, white and blue look. I love how sparkly and fun this look is, and will probably wind up wearing something similar when the Fourth of July finally rolls around.

Wakenda's Red, White and Blue Shadows

For my Fourth of July-inspired look, I used Shiro’s Unforgettable, Glowstick of Destiny and Cake! I primed my entire eye area and then carefully patted Fyrinnae‘s Pixie Epoxy, a glitter fixative, onto my mobile lid. I waited 20 seconds for it to set and then patted plenty of Glowstick of Destiny, a pale blue with a strong gold duochrome, on top. I used my highlighting brush to sweep Cake!, a white with a reddish sheen, from my crease up to my brow. Then I applied black liquid liner along my upper lashes, winging it out at the outer corners. I mixed Unforgettable, a sparkly red, with Darling Girl’s Superstar Serum and used a liner brush to trace the mixture along the upper edge of the black liner. I also mixed some Superstar Serum with Cake and applied it on the lower waterline. I finished the look with a coat of black mascara.

Wakenda's Red Looks for Toxid Lotus

So there you have it. Three ways to actually wear your red eyeshadows, from the mattes to the sparklebombs. Are any of these looks you’d consider? I think the third one’s my favorite, which definitely surprised me. It just feels fresh and fun. If none of these looks are your style but you have reds you’d like to find a way to wear, check out my blog. I have a bunch more red eyeshadow looks over there. Thanks for reading, and thanks for having me, Luna!

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Review: Firmoo Glasses #F02 White

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Official description
These great eyeglasses are consisted of retro style front frame and metal alloy arms. Plastic covered tips ensure comfortable fit.Don’t never miss these terrific conbination of vintage and modern! computer glasses,fashion eyeglasses

Where to buy
From Firmoo – They are normally $39.00 USD but are currently on sale for $19.00 USD for the next 6 days! The price also includes their standard 1.50 lenses.

Packaging
The glasses come in a sturdy eyeglass case that has a map pattern on it. They come with a black pouch, a cleaning cloth(I got yellow this time) and a mini screwdriver on a keychain!

Size

Specs!
Specs!

Firmoo is an online shop where you can get prescription or non-prescription glasses and sunglasses! They are very inexpensive and the glasses are really durable and high quality. A rep from Firmoo contacted me and asked if I’d like to review another pair of glasses and I of course said yes. This is my second pair of glasses from them. I love them so very much! The design is just sleek and awesome. When I first put them on I had to take them off to make sure they had lenses. They are so light and so clear. They also have a scratch resistant coating on them. They are super comfortable as well. I have been wanting white frames for a long time, but hadn’t been able to find a design I liked. When I saw these I had to have them. I’ve actually been stopped a couple of times by strangers asking where I got them. xd They are awesome! It took less than 2 weeks for my glasses to arrive once I’d ordered them. Their shipping seems to be faster than other companies I’ve gotten glasses from. Also at Firmoo you can get regular, bi-focal, progressive or free form progressive lens! You can also select the tint for your glasses or sunglasses if you like. Their anti-scratch coating is always free, but they also offer Anti-Reflective/Anti-radiation, UV coating, Super Hydrophobic Water Resistant A/R coating and Oleophobic Fingerprint Resistant A/R Coating.

Firmoo makes buying glasses easy. They have a couple of great features to help you out. For one you can upload a picture of yourself and try on glasses. This allows you to see how they’ll look on you, so you know for sure what you’re getting. They also have a favorites list so you can add all the frames you’re considering to it to keep track of them. They also allow you to save your prescriptions so it’s easy for you to go back later and pick up a new pair!

Also if you remember from my last review, Firmoo offers free frames for your first order! They update the free frames page regularly also. They almost always have some cute frames up. All you have to do is pay for shipping which is $6.95 USD and the lenses. Their cheapest lenses are their 1.57 lenses which are only $9.95 USD. Simply use code FREEFIRMOO for your free frames!

Firmoo Glasses #F02 White
  • Packaging
  • Quality
  • Durability
  • Style
  • Customer Service

Summary

Pros
Inexpensive
High quality
Durable
Comfortable
Stylish
Great customer service
Easy to use website

Cons
None

Final thoughts
Ugh I love these frames so much. I hope they are around when I get a new prescription. Firmoo is a really great company and easy to work with.

Buy or not
Oh yes!

4.8

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Thursday Guest Post!

Favorite Inner Corner Highlights

Hello everyone! I’m Carissa and I run The Indie Makeup Blog. Luna was nice enough to allow me a spot as her guest poster today.

You know how people say that adding mascara ties a whole look together? Well for me it’s a nice bright eyeshadow placed in the inner corner. Even when I just wear liner, I still add an inner corner highlight. It makes you look more awake and I love the effect it gives. Although there are plenty of eye-brightening shades out there, I have a few in my regular rotation that are my tried and trues. I applied these without primer or a glitter fixative because I wanted you to be able to get a better idea of how it would look worn in the inner corner.

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Fyrinnae Sled Puppies is a white gold shimmer with subtle blue sparkles. This is my #1 shadow that I reach for to highlight. Pigmented, smooth, and the white gold shimmer seems to complement nearly any look. I’ve also used this as a cheek highlight and it’s very pretty worn that way.

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Hello Waffle Sweetie is a shimmery off-white with blue iridescence. The blue shimmer is more apparent in person. This eyeshadow was part of the limited edition Kitty Kingdom collection. For those who don’t know, The Kitty Kingdom collection was inspired by the pet’s of members from Hello Waffle’s Facebook fan page. A portion of the proceeds were given to a local pet shelter in Christine’s area. I like this shade a lot because of the blue sheen. I use this all the time with other blue eyeshadows such as Femme Fatale Dreamstate and Hello Waffle The Great Catsby.

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Fyrinnae Crimson Ghost is a soft white with a prominent pink shift. The shift can look red or pink depending on the lighting and this one is pretty pigmented. It is easily one of my favorite shades from Fyrinnae and I highly recommend picking it up. One of my go-to looks is Fyrinnae Repunzel Has Extensions on the lid, Fyrinnae It Beautifies! in the crease, and Crimson Ghost on the inner corner.

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Femme Fatale Perspect-Illusion is a soft pink with a strong blue shift. The blue shift is so intense that it often appears blue instead of pink. Femme Fatale is known as one the best makers of duochromes in the market, and I absolutely agree. This shade is stunning. I like to pair it with Femme Fatale Prismo.

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Hello Waffle Snow Bees is an off white with subtle creamsicle shimmer. I wish I had more sunlight the day I swatched these so you could see the shimmer more, but trust me it’s there in person. I tend to use this one with orange shadows such as Hello Waffle Fauxlivia. 

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Shiro Moon Prism Power a white gold with a green shift. This is part of Shiro’s High Scores collection and is pretty loved in the indie world. Plus, Sailor Moon. How can you go wrong? This and Femme Fatale Planeshift make the most beautiful combination!

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Femme Fatale Bone Dust is a greyed out lilac matte base with pink shimmer. Hello long description! But seriously, this color is so cool. Femme Fatale has a few shadows in the matte base + shimmer formula and I really like them. I don’t have anything like this in my collection and it’s light enough to wear in the inner corner or on the lid.

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Aromaleigh 100 Years of Winter is a sheer grey with heavy silver sparkle and a subtle pink shift. This color was actually made to be used as a multipurpose highlighter so I wear it both as an inner corner shade and as a cheek highlight. It was part of the first Aromaleigh Ephemera Subscription box.

That wraps up my most used highlight shades! Hope you guys enjoyed. Thanks again Luna for allowing me to be your guest poster today :)

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Reese's Spreads

Review: Reese’s Spreads VoxBox

Official description

Reese’s Spreads Peanut Butter Chocolate Spread is rich, delicious Reese’s Peanut Butter and chocolate in a creamy spread to be used in many ways such as spreading on bread, fruits, wafer cookies, pretzels and crackers. Fine pieces of peanutsdeliver the favorite flavor and texture of the peanut butter centers of the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Reese’s Spreads Peanut Butter Chocolate Spread:

  • Transform a snack into a treat
  • The product contains the same exact peanut butter centers that make up the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Perfect for sharing with your family
  • Kosher

Where to buy
From Walmart – 13 ounces for $3.38 USD.

Packaging
The Reese’s Spread comes in a clear plastic jar with a an orange screw on lid. The label has product and company information on it and is orange with black, white and yellow details.

Scent and formula
It smells like peanut butter and chocolate, like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. It’s very gritty and waxy feeling and thick. It is brown in color.

Ingredients
Sugar, Peanuts, Vegetable Oil (Sunflower And Palm Oil), Dextrose, Nonfat Milk, Contains 2% Or Less of: Cocoa Processed With Alkali, Cocoa, Salt, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Palm And Canola Oil), Soy Lecithin, Natural Vanilla Flavor, Tbhq (Preservative), Citric Acid. Allergen Information Statement: Contains Peanuts. Manufactured On The Same Equipment That Processes Almonds And Hazelnuts.

I really, really wanted to like this. I do like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups so I thought this would be fantastic. Unfortunately I don’t like it. It gave me a stomach ache both times I tried it. It does taste very similar to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, but it’s very, very, very sweet and it feels waxy. It’s also extremely gritty. The texture is not like crushed peanuts, it’s just gritty and weird. Fumiko didn’t like it either, but Sascha however likes it. So he’s been eating it. He likes it on toast and waffles. I’m glad that it won’t go to waste. But this isn’t for me!

Reese's Spreads
  • Packaging
  • Taste
  • Texture
  • Ingredients
  • Price

Summary

Pros
Decent price
Available online
Tastes like Peanut Butter & Chocolate

Cons
Waxy
Gritty
Too sweet

Final thoughts
Bottom line is this was too sweet and the texture was awful.

Buy or not
Definitely not.

3
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Miss sicky pants!

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First Happy Friday the 13th! Second, Fumiko got sick at her dads last Saturday and when she came home Sunday she had a fever and a sore throat. d= I ran to the store and got some OTC fever and cough medicine and started giving it to her. Her fever hovered between 100 and 101 for most of the week. Monday I kept her home because she was just too ill to go to school. Tuesday she looked better so she went back to school. Thursday after school she looked worn out and tired. She had dark circles under her eyes which she often gets when she’s sick, but these were worse than usual.

When we got home I gave her her ADHD medication and a dose of the fever/cough medicine then I called NARA to see if I could get her in that day or Friday and our doctor had nothing available nor did anyone else. So I checked her temperature and it was over 103. I think it was 103.2. It was too high. She was freezing under a blanket on the couch. I got her shoes on her and put her robe on her, got her bottle of tea(the only thing she’d been willing to drink all week and barely that), got my moms kindle and we went to the ER. They got us right into a triage room and started getting her info. Then the nurse took her temperature and she told me it was over 104. t.t It only took us maybe 10 minutes to get to the ER. So they took her straight into a room.

After a couple of minutes a nurse came in and put a cool wet cloth over her forehead and I turned cartoons on for her. The doctor came in not long after and looked at her throat. He said she had a bad case of strep throat. He said “I’m not even going to bother doing a culture, she has big white spots on the back of her throat, she has strep and it looks bad”. So he prescribed her amoxicillin. The nurse gave her some fluids and a dose of motrin/tylenlol and a popsicle. I was told to give her the amoxicillin three times a day for ten days and to get some motrin and tylenol to give her. So home we went. I dropped her off and went to get her Rx and the tylenol/motrin. I have been sick all week and not feeling well and this morning I woke up with a sore throat. Ugh, ugh, ugh. Sascha was coughing all night long and I was afraid I was going to have to take him to the ER. Luckily he doesn’t have a store throat just feels nauseated and has a slight fever. Here’s to hoping he and I don’t get it.

Fumiko is doing better today. Her fever is going up and down between 99 and 100 but that is a whole lot better than 104. Her throat still hurts and she doesn’t feel good but she’s drinking and eating a little more and doesn’t look so pale and ill. I am tired and I want to sleep for a week. But instead I made dinner and am doing laundry. And later I have more pictures to take. Always more pictures!

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