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Seaweed Powder – InstaNatural’s Seaweed Kelp Powder is an excellent way to improve skin tone and texture while enjoying a luxurious spa treatment in the privacy and comfort of your own home. Our 100% natural and freshly harvested seaweed contains a high concentration of vitamins, minerals and iodine that remove impurities from your skin while relieving aches and pains. Most commonly it can be used for a body wrap treatment to reduce the appearance of cellulite and create a slimming effect. By absorbing excess water and detoxifying the skin, our Seaweed Powder will help to make your body appear more toned, tightened and firmer. When used as a facial mask or scrub, the seaweed will extract toxins and tackle acne and other blemishes, leaving you with a softer and clearer complexion.

Moroccan Rose Water – You cannot make your beauty regime simpler than this. Just add our Rose Water to your daily schedule to get numerous benefits.

InstaNatural’s Moroccan Rose Water is 100% pure and natural made from Rosa Damascena petals. There is no artificial fragrance or any added chemicals or preservatives. The rose water acts as a toner to naturally balance the skin’s pH, making it soft, smooth and radiant. Its unique properties soothe and calm skin irritations while cleansing and hydrating the skin naturally.

  • Suitable for all skin types: normal, oily, dry & sensitive
  • Removes dirt from skin to make it clean and clear
  • Keeps the skin hydrated to make it super soft and glowy
  • The calming properties soothes skin irritations
  • It can help make the hair soft and shiny
  • Can be used as a natural makeup remover
  • Gives a relaxing bath when mixed with water
  • Useful for Aromatherapy
  • NO Chemicals or Preservatives
  • NO Added Fragrance

Argan Oil Hair Treatment – InstaNatural’s Luxurious Argan Oil Hair Treatment & Elixir revitalizes weak, limp and lifeless hair. It quenches dryness to make your hair velvet smooth, tames frizziness and infuses instant long-lasting luminous shine. Our unique formula contains 100% buttery rich plant oils that penetrate the hair fiber and rehydrate the dry scales of hair cuticles to ensure vitality and strength. Panthenol strengthens the hair shafts by filling cracks and Shea butter thickens the hair to add volume.

  • Nourishes and hydrates dry, damaged and brittle hair
  • Increases softness, shine and manageability
  • Strengthens and protects against heat and other external aggressors
  • Great to use before blowing out or curling your hair
  • Can be used to style hair and tame frizziness

Where to buy
Seaweed Powder
From Amazon – You get a 24 ounce tub for $50.00 USD. It’s currently on sale for $21.95 USD.
From InstaNatural – You get a 24 ounce tub for $24.95 USD.

Moroccan Rose Water
From Amazon – You get a 4 fluid ounce bottle for $24.99 USD. It’s currently on sale for $13.97 USD.
From InstaNatural – You get a 4 fluid ounce bottle for $13.97 USD.

Argan Oil Hair Treatment
From Amazon – You get a 4 fluid ounce bottle for $69.95 USD. It’s currently on sale for $17.99 USD.
From InstaNatural – You get a 4 fluid ounce bottle for $17.99 USD.

Directions
Seaweed Powder – Tips:

If the seaweed powder solution is too dry or clumpy, add more water and/or olive oil and mix well as needed.

If the seaweed powder solution is too runny, add more seaweed powder and mix well as needed.

If the seaweed powder solution is too messy, try using a strong, re-sealable storage bag to mix the ingredients together. Simply throw in the required ingredients and kneed until you reach the right consistency.

Moroccan Rose Water

  • Cleansing: Soak a cotton ball in InstaNatural Pure Moroccan Rose Water and wipe your face and neck to remove dirt/grime.
  • Toning: Apply a few drops of rose water with a cotton ball on a clean and dry face. Use upward strokes while applying the rose water. This maintains the pH level of skin and tightens the pores.
  • Moisturizing: Apply rose water directly on your face and neck to hydrate it deeply. You can splash few drops of rose water on skin or use a cotton ball for this. You can also mix InstaNatural’s Rose Water with your face masks to get better results.
  • Hair Care: Mix a few drops of rose water with your shampoo to get shiny and soft hair. You can also mix some drops to the water used for final rinse while washing your hair.
  • Relaxing Bath: Mix a few drops of rose water to the water while bathing. The aroma of rose water has a calming and relaxing effect. It can help to reduce stress.

Other uses:

  • Aftershave: Splash a few drops of rose water to calm and soothe your skin after shaving
  • Sunburn: Apply a few drops of rose water gently on the affected area to soothe sunburns
  • Eyes: Pour a few drops of Rose water on a cotton ball, tightly close your eyes and wipe the area on and around the eyes. This cools the eyes and gives a relaxing effect.

Argan Oil Hair Treatment – Apply this product at any time for a ten-minute, two-hour or overnight hair repair treatment (apply as much as needed). Shampoo after treatment. Rub a drop of it between your palms and smooth or scrunch into hair as a styling aid and healing elixir.

Packaging
The Seaweed Powder comes in a big white tub with a screw on lid. When you first open it there is a seal. It has a green and white label on it with product information, company information and some recipes for use. The Moroccan Rose Water comes in a 4 ounce glass amber bottle with a black screw on cap. It has a red and white label with product and company information. The Argan Oil Hair Treatment comes in a 4 ounce glass amber bottle with a black pump top. It has a green and white label with product and company information.

Scent and formula
The Seaweed Powder is green in color and a very fine powder. It smells fishy like seaweed. The Moroccan Rose Water is clear and watery and has a strong smell of roses. The scent lingers long after absorbing into the skin but is faint. The Argan Oil Hair Treatment is clear and feels oily. The scent is somewhat nutty and disappears once applied to the hair.

Ingredients
Seaweed Powder – Certified Organic, 100% Natural & Kosher Certified Seaweed Powder (Ascophyllum nodosum). Country of Origin: Canada

Moroccan Rose Water – 100% Pure Rose Water (Rosa Damascena).

Argan Oil Hair Treatment – Argan Oil, Coconut Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, Organic Argan Oil, Organic Sunflower Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Shea Butter.

I have more goodies from InstaNatural to share with you! The Seaweed powder has a few different uses. The tub actually has some recipes on the label, for a cellulite scrub, a facial mask, facial scrub and a seaweed body wrap! I have tried using it as a facial mask and I’ve been using it as a facial scrub! I have also actually used it as a bath soak a couple of times when I was having a particularly rough time with my muscles. I’ve noticed that after I use it as a mask or scrub my skin feels super smooth and supple. It’s kind of like it plumps up. The couple of times I used it in the bath for muscle pain it did seem to help some combined with the hot water.

I’ve been using the Moroccan Rose Water daily. It’s been part of my skincare routine for the last few weeks and I really like it. I’ve known about the benefits of rose water for a long time. I’ve always just made my own toner out of rose water and aloe vera juice, but it doesn’t compare to this rose water. The scent is absolutely amazing. It has a strong rose scent which lingers after you use it for a little while. It’s not overpowering though. The rose water is really soothing and my skin feels softer after using it. It also gives my skin a pretty glow. I also use less serums and moisturizer when I use this in my skin routine!

The Argan Oil Hair Treatment has been great. I mix some with my shampoo when I wash my hair so it doesn’t get so stripped. I also use a pump on my hair after I towel dry it to keep it from being so frizzy and dry. I use this on my daughters hair daily as well. I’ve tried straight argan oil on her hair and this and I prefer to use this. I brush her hair with a natural bore brush which makes her hair fly all over the place. This smooths her hair out and gets rid of the flyaways without making it oily or gross. It’s very moisturizing, but not oily at all. It has been really nice for my hair and my daughters as well!

InstaNatural makes organic and natural skincare and hair products! They have a money back guarantee no matter where you buy your product and you can get a refund with no questions asked.

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Rosehips were a remedy used by Egyptians, Mayans and Native Americans for their healing properties. Rich in vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids, rosehip oil is known to correct dark spots and hydrate skin dry, itchy skin, while reducing scars and fine lines.

Fatty Acids – Oleic acid or omega-9 is incorporated in moisturizers to keep your skin soft and hydrated. Essential fatty acids – linoleic (omega-6) and linolenic (omega-3) are important components of cell membranes. They allow nutrients to enter the cells and wastes to exit. The lack of essential fatty acids can cause your skin to suffer from dryness and premature aging.

Vitamin C – This powerful antioxidant protects our skin from free radicals developed due to excess exposure to the sun and environmental pollution that leads to wrinkles. Vitamin C boosts the production of collagen and rejuvenates your skin by restoring its elasticity giving it a youthful and healthy looking glow. It also plays an important role in improving the health of your hair and nails. Vitamin C promotes hair growth and nourishes your nails to prevent breakage.

Vitamin A – The naturally occurring vitamin A in Rosehip Oil helps combat wrinkles, sun damage, minor discoloration, hyper-pigmentation and uneven skin tone. Additionally, this potent vitamin works wonders on treating all kinds of scar tissue and burns. Although vitamin A and vitamin C offer similar skin care benefits, the combination of both on your skin leads to “complexion perfection”.

Revitalize and hydrate your skin with this 100 Natural Anti-Aging Facial Treatment

The various components of our Rosehip Oil bring about a unique combination that is great for the skin. Its antioxidants are effective in reducing and slowing the signs of aging.

  • REDUCES FINE LINES & WRINKLES – powerful Vitamin C and Lycopene antioxidants promote healthy cell development, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and protecting the skin from free radicals which lead to premature aging.
  • REDUCES SCARS & BURNS – the presence of high levels of essential fatty acids, which cannot be naturally reproduced by our bodies, work to heal and speed up cell regeneration to reduce the appearance of scars and burns. Naturally occurring vitamin A in Rosehip Oil helps heal and improve scar tissue left behind by acne, dermatitis and psoriasis scarring.
  • REHYDRATES SKIN – essential fatty acids work to lock in moisture, hydrate the skin and keep it soft and supple. Get ready to improve your complexion and face the elements.
  • EVENS SKIN TONE – repair skin discoloration and damage caused by environmental stresses such as UV damage from overexposure to the sun. Hyper-pigmentation and age spots are dramatically reduced with continued use.
  • STRENGTHENS NAILS & HAIR – replenish dry, brittle and damaged hair with density, instant shine and smoothness. Nourish your nails and cuticles to prevent hangnails and breakage.

Where to buy
From Amazon – You get a 1.18 fluid ounce bottle for $24.44 USD. It’s currently on sale for $13.99 USD.

Directions
Apply 3-4 drops onto the face or body and massage gently. Can be used alone or in combination with other moisturizers to deeply hydrate the skin. For optimum results use each evening.

Packaging
The Rosehip Oil comes in a glass amber bottle with a dropper. The dropper lid is black and the dropper itself is clear glass. The label is white with gold and black accents. It has the company logo, product and company information on it.

Scent and formula
It’s a standard oil consistency. The color is a clear, bright amber and it smells light and almost nutty. The scent disappears when it’s absorbed into the skin.

Ingredients
100% Organic Rosa Canina(Rosehip) Seed oil.

I have been using Valentia Skin Care’s Organic Rosehip Oil on my face for a few weeks now and I’ve come to really like it. I’ve tried their Even Glow Serum in the past and really loved it, so I had high hopes for their Rosehip Oil as well! Rosehip Oil is supposed to help with a lot of stuff including but not limited to improving fine lines and wrinkles, reducing the appearance of scars and burns, reduces sun damage, re-hydrating skin and evening skin tone and it also helps strengthen your hair and nails. I’ve been using this on my face in the evening, just a couple of drops! It moisturizes really well but doesn’t leave my skin oily and it doesn’t clog my pores, I haven’t had any issues with increasing white heads with this. It helps even my skin tone and my skin just looks plump and smooth after I use it. I don’t have any wrinkles or fine lines, so I’m not sure how it works on them. It has however lightened some of the scars on my jawline from the cystic acne I’ve been getting this past year, which is a relief for me. I definitely recommend this, it works wonderfully.

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Our 100% Pure Organic Argan Oil is an exceptional moisturizer rich with Vitamin E and essential fatty acids. We absolutely love this natural oil. A few drops is enough to revitalize your skin, face, hair and nails. Lightweight and fast absorbing, find out for yourself why this natural oil is “liquid gold”.

Where to buy
From Amazon – You get a 2 ounce bottle for $49.97 USD. It’s currently on sale for $13.49 USD.

Directions
For supple skin, dispense 1-3 drops of argan oil onto palms and rub hands together. Reapply on a daily basis, or as needed.
For soft, silky hair cleanse with natural shampoo. Apply 1-3 drops into scalp, or damaged hair. For ultimate conditioning, leave oil in for atleast 30 minutes.
For a radiant glow wash face and apply 1-3 drops, massaging in circular motions. Let oil abosrb 3-5 minutes and apply makeup as usual.
For stronger nails, apply 1-3 drops directly on to cuticles and fingertips.

Packaging
The Argan Oil is bottled in an amber glass bottle with a dropper lid. The dropper has a black lid and a clear glass dropper. The label is red and white with the fox logo and product and company information.

Scent and formula
Okay the scent is weird. It’s hard to describe, it’s a weird fruity smell that smells old. When I lived in California we lived in Yuba City where there is a Sunsweet plant. It smells like the air around the plant after they’ve been processing plums for prunes. It’s weird. It’s a normal oil consistency and has a clear brown color.

Ingredients
Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan Oil) Kernel Oil.

I have been using Foxbrim‘s Argan Oil for a few weeks now and I’m really liking it! What is Argan Oil good for? A whole bunch of things! You can use it for your hair for one. It’s a natural conditioner and can help with the frizzies, split ends and shine. You can also use it on your nails to strengthen your nails and soften your cuticles, it’s also good for dry, cracked hands. You can use it on on you skin to make it supple and soft, it’s especially good on dry skin, like on your elbows. Also it can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks! You can also use it on your face, it’s supposed be good for inflamed skin and last but not least another use is using it as a pre-shave oil!

I didn’t use this on my face, since my face is fickle with straight oils. I did however use this for other things! The cold weather wreaks havoc on my skin, especially my hands and cuticles. I started using this on my cuticles and hands and it worked wonders. My cuticles are no longer dry, inflamed and ragged and well just a plain mess and my hands are soft again. I also like using a few drops in the bathtub, it keeps my body moisturized after and the oil absorbs really well. I’ve also used this off and on in my hair after shampooing as a leave in conditioner, I’ve also used it on my daughters hair. I use a boar brush on her hair when sends her hair flying all over the place. Just a drop smoothes her hair down and gets rid of the flyaways. My hair is wavy to slightly curly and is super dry and frizzy so using this as a leave it keeps it fairly smooth and it doesn’t look or feel so dry. My daughter has curly hair and when I use this on her hair after it’s towel dried it helps her curls stay smooth and curly. I also use a few drops with a heavy duty moisturizer on my feet and it helps the moisturizer absorb a lot better. This is a fantastic Argan Oil. I like that it’s organic and has no fillers or junk in it. It’s on sale right now so the price is fantastic. Foxbrim also has other organic skincare products and they have a money back guarantee with no questions asked!

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Yes it is that time again! I am starting up Indie Interview once again! I shall be asking indie owners serious and silly questions to find out more about them! For our first installment we have Claire from Sixteen92. Maker of awesome smelleries!

Where are you from?
I’m a Texas girl — born and raised in Dallas :)

What made you decide to start making perfume?
There are a few ways I could answer this question, really. In the most general sense, I had been searching for a fulfilling creative outlet that gave me something to *make* with my hands. I am in the creative industry by career, but as an interactive and digital art director it is rare that I have the opportunity to create something tangible, something wearable, something truly personal. I wanted something I could put my whole heart into; fragrance has always been something I connected with on a very personal level, and from my very earliest experiments I knew this was something I needed to explore further.

Why Sixteen92 and how did you come up with the branding?
I’ve always been fascinated with history and lore, and particularly have not shied away from some of the darker periods in early American history. So while the name Sixteen92 is obviously a cultural reference to the 1692 Salem witch trials, I wanted to blend some of these historical references with a modern design aesthetic when working on the brand. Perfumery is an ancient and timeless art that has grown and evolved over the centuries, taking bits and pieces of character from every era. As perfumers we are inspired by Alchemy (the old), guided by Science (the modern), and invigorated by Magic (the creative).

Vial labelHow do you choose the names and quotes for your scents?
Usually I’ll have an idea of a story I’d like to tell with a scent before I begin blending; other times, it’s a little more difficult! There have been a few cases where a finished blend has really surprised me by being nothing like what I’d planned, and I think that’s part of the beauty of perfumery — there is an element of control (and science) involved, but still the blends sometimes seem to want to tell their own stories and go in their own directions ;)

How long does it generally take you to make a batch of a scent?
From initial concept to completion of a production batch may be hours, days, weeks, or, in a few cases, many months. For most concepts, I have a few versions brewing simultaneously, and will narrow down slowly over the course of a week or two until I’ve found the blend that comes closest to what I was trying to achieve. Many blends (and some entire concepts) never quite get there, and there are a few that I’ve been working on for months. Once I have an approved formula and am ready to brew a production batch, though, it goes pretty quickly. I can mix a production batch in under an hour, but they do like a bit of a “rest” before they’re ready to be bottled.

Where do you make your perfumes and other products?
I have taken over about half of the first floor of my house, much to my husband’s displeasure. Goals for 2015 include moving into a dedicated production facility.

What sizes do you offer for your perfumes, lotions and shower gels?
Perfumes are available in 2mL sample vials and 1.5 dram (5.5-6mL) bottles; most general catalogue scents are also available in 10mL roll-on bottles. Lotions are available in 1oz mini and 4oz full size jars. Shower gels are available in 2oz mini and 8oz full size bottles.

Will we see any new products from you in the future?
I hope so! I am currently working with a candlemaker to hopefully translate some of my scents into candles and possibly other room fragrance options. I do not have a timeline for this yet as I am still in the planning stages, but it’s something I’m definitely working on :)
Oooo candles in your scents would be so amazing, room fragrance too!

Is making awesome smelly things your only job?
It is not. I currently own two businesses (the other being a line of screen printed infant and toddler clothing called Mod & Mini) and I work full-time in the advertising industry.
You sound like a busy lady!

What should new customers expect when purchasing from you?
Between my general catalogue and seasonal releases I try to present a fairly broad range of scents, so hopefully everyone should be able to find something that they love! I also put a lot of care into my packaging, and try to make the entire purchase experience as aesthetically pleasing (and great-smelling ;) ) as possible.

LOLITA!What would you recommend for new customers to try?
When trying any new fragrance brand I always recommend starting with samples, as they give you the opportunity to try several different scents to see what works best for you. I recently introduced a Best Sellers sample pack that includes 6 of my most popular fragrances; I think it offers a little something for everyone :)

What would you say is your signature scent from your line?
I certainly have best-sellers (hello, Lolita!), and I also have my personal favorites, but I’m not so sure I would classify any single fragrance as a “signature;” that might be best left up to the wearer ;)

Which scent best represents your company and style?
I would probably say Salem. Not necessarily for the obvious 1692 references, but because I think it represents my overall approach to fragrance design — a bit conceptual, atmospheric and slightly weird, but still wearable.
Salem is one of your scents I really want to try. It sounds amazing!

What are some scents that smell awful on their own?
Haha! There are a few. Civet comes to mind. Yikes. But it’s gorgeous blended at very small (<1%) dilutions with heady florals. Many of the aroma chemicals (Floralozone, Rose Oxide, some of the Aldehydes) are so strong undiluted that they will hurt your nose, and Birch Tar out of dilution smells like barbecue sauce.
I’m kind of curious about Rose Oxide now.

What are your favorite scents to work with?
I try to keep a pretty varied list of favorites, in an effort to remain as objective as possible with new blends. But the scents I am personally drawn to are the Fall and Winter types — the atmospheric, resinous, incense and smoky scents. I find those are often easier for me to blend because they are the scents that I personally wear most often. But, on the other hand, I think it might be more fun blending some of the floral/green Spring or Summer types because those are a bit more challenging for me. I’ve found some unexpected favorite notes while working with heavy florals and aquatics, despite these not being my personal choices for everyday wear. In fact, a few of my personal favorites from my own collections are some of the sweeter, more floral scents. I think I feel more connected to them because I spent so much energy working on them :)

What is your favorite scent from another indie company?
I have a few! BPAL Snake Oil, Aklemia Vamp, Solstice Scents Covered Bridge and Conjure, and 1000 Flowers Reglisse Noir (are they indie? Maybe more niche. Oh well).

Some non-indie favorites include several from Tokyo Milk (Bullet Proof and La Vie La Mort in particular), Comme des Garçons Avignon and Synthetic :d ry Clean, Fresh Cannabis Santal, Prada Eau de Parfum, and my weird guilty pleasure that nobody is allowed to laugh at me for, Britney Spears Curious (i’msosorry).

Now random questions!

What’s your favorite book?
I wish I had more time to read! There are a lot of books on my reading list. For classics, I would have to say Wuthering Heights. I’ve actually been working on a Wuthering Heights collection forever; maybe one day soon it’ll be ready ;)

Do you have any pets?
I have two very opinionated dogs — a Boston Terrier named Maddie and a Siberian Husky named Bruce Wayne. My older daughter has a Bearded Dragon named Steve.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I don’t have much of that, to be honest. If I did, I suppose it would be spent on photography, which is something I enjoy but haven’t had much time for lately.

Do you have any hobbies?
I like cars (driving them, working on them, etc). If I had more time (see above re no free time!), I would love to get a cool old muscle car to restore.

Would you rather be a bat or a crow? And why?
Despite my strongly held belief that both of these animals are badass and awesome, I would have to choose bat by process of elimination, due to the fact that all crows are simply waiting for the first available opportunity to peck my eyes out. True facts.

Thanks so much for answering my questions Claire, I really appreciate it! I learned a lot. :d If you want to get a hold of Claire or try any of her products you can find Sixteen92 on Facebook and Instagram as well as on Etsy!

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Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer – InstaNatural’s Retinol Moisturizer contains a robust formula of handpicked ingredients designed to transform older, damaged skin into a healthier and youthful appearance. Retinol is a powerful antioxidant derived from Vitamin A, one of the strongest and most trusted ingredients for anti-aging skin care. Once absorbed, Retinol is converted into Retinoic Acid, which starts working to help restore skin and diminish the appearance of sun damage and signs of aging, such as wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, hyperpigmentation, rough texture, and more.

Vitamin C – another powerful antioxidant – works synergistically to aid in this process of battling early signs of aging, as well as repairing existing damage to promote healthier skin.

Simultaneously, Hyaluronic Acid, Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter and Green Tea deliver premium nourishment and hydration to keep your skin moisturized. This intensive moisturizing cream is the perfect addition to your regimen to restore and renew firmness, elasticity and thickness of the skin for a flawless and radiant complexion.

Age-Defying Retinol Serum – InstaNatural’s Age-Defying Retinol Serum contains a proprietary blend of antioxidants and nutrients that nourishes your skin to help it look younger and healthier. Retinol (Vitamin A) protects against free-radical damage and is highly effective in reversing the appearance of sun damage and signs of aging, such as wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation and more. Vitamin C works in tandem to aid in repairing damaged skin, while Hyaluronic Acid traps moisture to prevent further loss so you can enjoy a more youthful appearance with firmer, plumper skin.

Where to buy
Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer
From Amazon – You get a 3.4 ounce pump bottle for $49.95 USD, however it’s on sale for $24.75 USD.
From InstaNatural – You get a 3.4 ounce pump bottle for $24.75 USD.

Age-Defying Retinol Serum
From Amazon – You get a 1 ounce bottle for $49.95 USD, it’s on sale for $23.75 USD.
From InstaNatural – You get a 1 ounce bottle for $23.75 USD.

Directions
Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer – Distribute a small amount of cream on face and neck with your fingertips in a circular and upward motion. Let the cream absorb completely into the skin. Can be worn under make up. For sensitive skin, use only at night. Can be used morning & night if you have normal to oily skin. If used during the day, follow up with a sunscreen, as Retinol may make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

Age-Defying Retinol Serum – Wash and pat skin dry. Use toner first (if applicable). Apply a small amount of serum to your hands to distribute to the face and neck. Allow to dry. Can be worn under make up. For sensitive skin, use only at night. Can be used morning & night if you have normal to oily skin. If used during the day, follow up with a sunscreen, as Retinol may make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

Packaging
The Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer comes in a white pump bottle with a white snap on lid. The label is red with white accents. It has the product and company information on it. The Age-Defying Retinol Serum comes in a glass amber bottle with a dropper. The dropper has a black lid and bulb and the dropper itself is clear glass. The label is black and white and has company and product information on it.

Scent and formula
So neither formula has much of a scent. The moisturizer really doesn’t smell like anything to me and the serum has a very, very faint fresh smell. You can’t smell anything at all once absorbed. The moisturizer is thick and creamy and white in color. The serum is very watery and is clear but a little cloudy.

Ingredients
Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer – 2.5% Retinol, Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, Green Tea, Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Sunflower Oil, Retinol, Palm Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate), Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Organic Jojoba Oil, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Shea Butter, Wildcrafted Green Tea, Wildcrafted Propolis, Vitamin E (d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate), Vitamin B5 (Panthenol), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid.

Age-Defying Retinol Serum – 2.5 Retinol, 20% Vitamin C, 10% Hyaluronic Acid, Fruit & Plant Acids, Sandalwood Distillate (Santalum Album), Organic Aloe Vera, Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate), Witch Hazel, Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Retinol, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Glycolic Acid, Jojoba Esters, Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil, Caprylyl Capryl Glucoside, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Salicylic Acid/Willow Bark (Wildcrafted Salix Lucida), Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Gotu Kola, Green Tea (Wildcrafted Camellia Sinensis), Propolis (Wildcrafted Resina Propoli), Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate), Horsetail (Wildcrafted Equisetum Arvense), Dandelion (Wildcrafted Taraxacum Officinale), Wild Geranium (Wildcrafted Geranium Maculatum), Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin.


I apologize for the quality of the photos. t.t These were taken with my moms tablet.

I have from InstaNatural this Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer and Age-Defying Retinol Serum! Retinol has been around for a long time, it’s supposed to reverse the signs of aging and promote healthy skin! I used the moisturizer for a little while but had to stop using it. It was too oily for me and my skin was starting to break out in white heads. It’s supposed to help with wrinkles, sun damage, hyper pigmentation, rough texture and more, but I can’t tell you how it works with those! I have continued use of the serum however! I like the serum very much, it absorbs very quickly and doesn’t feel sticky. I’ve noticed that the dark circles under my eyes appear much better and my skin looks more balanced and clear when I use it. I don’t have any wrinkles or sun spots so I can’t tell you how it works with those, but overall I am pleased with it.

These products are made in the USA and are Cruelty Free. As always InstaNatural provides organic skincare and hair products. They provide a money back guarantee on all of their products no matter where you buy them. You can request a refund without any questions asked!

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Official description
Dead Sea Mud Mask – InstaNatural’s Dead Sea Mud Mask is an all-natural detoxifier and purifier that comes from the renowned and sacred Dead Sea. More than a million visitors each year flock to this extraordinary body of water in the Mediterranean, which contains many minerals beneficial to the skin, such as magnesium, sodium, bromine, potassium and calcium. Once applied, this mud mask treatment starts working to absorb excess oil, dirt and toxins from the skin. It is great to expunge acne, pimples and blackheads. It also helps to restore an even skin tone for a smoother complexion. When used as a body treatment, the mud mask can soothe and relieve muscles aches and pains. Whether used on the face or the body, our Dead Sea Mud Mask is a superb in-home spa treatment that will reveal more vibrant, refined, healthier skin.

Argan Oil Hair Mask – InstaNatural’s Argan Oil Hair Mask is a deep conditioning treatment designed to transform dry and damaged strands into soft, shiny, healthy hair. Its restorative ingredients – such as Argan Oil, Japanese Green Tea, Amino Acid Complex, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil & Vitamin B5 – work together to penetrate hair deep down and deliver ultimate nourishment and hydration to enhance texture and shine. This intensive blend full of organic ingredients also serves to strengthen hair to defend against heat damage and other external aggressors.

  • Deeply conditions, strengthens and restores hair
  • Provides superior hydration and nourishment
  • Can be used daily as a standard conditioner
  • Turns hair from lifeless and damaged to luxurious and voluminous
  • Increases shine, softness and manageability

Where to buy
Dead Sea Mud Mask
From Amazon – You get a 16 ounce jar for $50.00 USD however it’s currently on sale for for $24.97 USD.
From InstaNatural – You get a 16 ounce jar for $25.77 USD.

Argan Oil Hair Mask
From Amazon – You get an 8 ounce jar for $49.95 USD however it’s on sale for $17.95.
From InstaNatural – You get an 8 ounce jar for $17.95 USD.

Directions
Dead Sea Mud Mask Apply a thin layer of mud mask to clean skin. If applying on the face, avoid the eye and lip areas. Leave mask on for 10-15 minutes until dry. Use warm water and circulation motions to gently remove the mud mask from the skin. Pat dry with a clean cloth. Do not use Dead Sea Mud Mask more than once a week.

Argan Oil Hair Mask – Apply hair mask to clean towel-dried damp hair. Use your hands and fingers to evenly distribute a generous amount beginning at the scalp and working towards the ends. Leave treatment in for 5 to 15 minutes and then rinse. Use once or twice a week.

Packaging
Both products come in a white jar. The Dead Sea Mud Mask has a green and blue label with white details. It has the product and company information on it. The Argan Oil Hair Mask has a red label with white details and also has the product and company information. The Dead Sea Mud Mask had a seal inside when I opened it but the Argan Oil Hair Mask did not. The Argan Oil Hair Mask came shrink wrapped however.

Scent and Formula
The Dead Sea Mud Mask has a faint mud smell, it gets stronger when it’s dried. It’s somewhat think looking but it goes on think. It’s a dark green almost black in the tub, but when you apply it it’s very thin. The Argan Oil Hair Mask has a unique smell. It smells like a liniment we used to put on our horses when I was little. The smell is herbal for sure, but I can’t tell you what it smells like. It doesn’t smell bad though. It’s a thick creamy formula that is a dark cream color.

Ingredients
Dead Sea Mud Mask – Pure Dead Sea Mud, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Organic Calendula Oil, Hickory Bark Extract.

Argan Oil Hair Mask – Argan Oil, Amino Acid Complex, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Vitamin B5, Deionized Aqua (Water), Organic Aloe, Organic Argan Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol (Plant Derived), Behentrimonium Chloride, Algae Extract, Japanese Green Tea (Camellia Oleifera) Leaf Extract, Silk Protein Amino Acid Blend (Sodium L-Pyrrolidone Carboxylate, Sodium Lactate, L’Arginine, L-Aspartic Acid, L-Pyrrolidonecarboxylic Acid, Glycine, L-Alanine, L-Serine, L-Valine, L-Proline, L-threonine, L-Isoleucine, L-Histidine, L-Phenylalanine), Palmitoyl Triepeptide-3, Sweet Orange EO, Vanilla Absolute, Organic Jojoba Seed Oil, Organic Seseame Seed Oil, Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Olive Fruit Oil, Organic Evening Primrose Oil, Organic Linseed Seed Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Starflower Seed Oil, Polysorbate-60, Capryl Hydroxamic Acid, Amodimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Palm Oil (Isopropyl Palmitate), Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Organic Gotu Kol, Wildcrafted Horsetail (Equisetum Arvense), Wildcrafted Dandelion, Wild Geranium , Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Colloidal Oatmeal, Citric Acid (Naturally Derived)

I have been using these for awhile and I quite like the Argan Oil Hair Mask. The Dead Sea Mud Mask works well but it tends to dry my face out a lot after I use it, then I have to use extra skincare stuff to get the moisture back in. It does cleanse my face well. I notice that my skin looks a little better after I use it despite being dry. It just looks clearer. The smell is minimal and while it gets tight when it dries, I’ve noticed it’s not as bad as other mud masks I’ve tried.

The Argan Oil Hair Mask is my favorite! The smell reminds me of my childhood when we had horses, but it’s so good with my hair. I use it as a weekly hair mask and also as conditioner when I shampoo my hair. My hair is dead, like super dry, frizzy, bleached, dead. This makes it silky smooth after use, especially after the weekly mask use. It’s quite amazing and I love it. My hair also loves it. I need to get some more of this! Both of these products are from InstaNatural which is an all natural company who sells organic skincare and haircare products! InstaNatural offers a lifetime guarantee on their products no matter where you buy them. If you are unhappy with your product for whatever reason you can contact them for a refund without any questions asked. That’s pretty awesome.

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Hello wonderful people of the interwebs! My name is Kaylee Bee, and I am this weeks guest poster. I just want to thank Luna for the opportunity to do this. I am so very excited and I hope you all enjoy!

Today I will be doing swatches and reviews of my favorite indie brand, Notoriously Morbid. When I first got into indies, about 6 months ago, this was one of the very first brands I tried. It was love at first swatch! So without further ado, I present to you some of my NM collection!

 

Captivated: A metallic olive green with copper sparkles

Captivated

over Darling Girl Primped & Primed

Captivated

bare

top (primped & primed), middle (glitter glue), bottom (pixy epoxy)

top (primped & primed), middle (glitter glue), bottom (pixy epoxy)

 

 

Swatched: Over Darling Girl Primped & Primed. There was no major change over glitter glue and pixie epoxy.

My thoughts: I adore this color to pieces. It’s definitely not one I wear to work, but it’s so much fun to put on for a day out on the weekends! I’m a sucker  for greens, especially olives, so I couldn’t resist this one.

 

 

 

 

Teacher in Tweed:  An olive brown that practically screams librarian.

over DG Primped & Primed

over DG Primped & Primed

bare

bare

 

top (primped & primed), middle (pixy epoxy), (bottom) bare

top (primped & primed), middle (pixy epoxy), (bottom) bare

Swatched: Over Primped & Primed, pixy epoxy, and bare. Being a matte texture, it does not take well over a glitter glue.

My thoughts: This is a really nice matte brown color. It’s much darker in person and looks much different depending on what base you decide to put it over, as shown here. I like that it’s so versatile, and really changes colors over primers. So experiment and find a combination you like! I personally like to pair it with pixy epoxy!

 

 

 

 

 

Bad Juju:  A warm, coraly magenta with an airy lavender duochrome.

Bad Juju

Over glitter glue

bare

bare

Bad Juju Comparison

top (primped & primed) middle (glitter glue) bottom (pixie epoxy)

 

Swatched: Over elf glitter glue. Primped & Primed (top)  and Pixy Epoxy (bottom) also shown for comparison. Glitter glue brings out the lavender duo chrome more.

My throughts: I didn’t think I’d love this color as much as I do. The shift looks a bit more blue in real life, but it’s lovely when it hits the right light. This is subtle and natural enough to wear in a work environment in my opinion.

 

 

 

 

 

Pale Rider: A dusty matte purple

Pale Rider Primed

over Primped & Primed

Pale Rider bare

bare

 

Pale Rider Comparison

top (primped & primed)

 

Swatched: Over Primped & Primed and bared. As with Teacher in Tweed, avoid sticky primers cause it will clump if you’re not too careful.

My thoughts: This is by far my favorite of the lot. These pictures don’t do it justice by any means. It’s hard to capture the true color of this, but it’s exactly as described with grey undertones and it is beautiful.

 

 

 

 

Crimson Horror: A gorgeous deep red with a hint of metallic and a little sparkle that is sure to get you noticed

DG Primped & Primed

over DG Primped & Primed

 

over Fyrinnae Pixy Epoxy

over Fyrinnae Pixy Epoxy

top (primped & primed), middle (glitter glue), bottom (pixy epoxy)

top (primped & primed), middle (glitter glue), bottom (pixy epoxy)

 

Swatched: Over primped and primed, glitter glue, and pixy epoxy.

 

My thoughts: So I am a HUGE red fan. Before the Venus palette (which is awesome but I don’t support Lime Crime), all my friends would make fun of me for the unusual color choice. So when I saw this color I had to have it. Plus Doctor Who. I love to wear it over Pixy Epoxy, as it really brings out the red.  I’m not sure if this is discontinued or out of stock, but as of right now I cannot find it on the site.

 

 

 

Mint To Die For: A matte mint with a tiny amount of glitter for an added twisted classic look.

over primped & primed

bare

bare

 

top (primped & primed), middle (glitter glue), (pixy epoxy)

 

 

Swatched: It shows up pretty much the same over all three primers

My thoughts: This is a really beautiful mint color. As much as I love mint, it just doesn’t work with my skin tone. However, if you can work pastels and love spring, this is definitely a color for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BONUS LIMITED EDITION SWATCHES!

Northman from the Deadlove collection

Northman

over glitter glue

 

 Merlotte from the Deadlove collection

over glitter glue

over glitter glue

 

Carmet & Paesh the Black Friday ’14 GWP

over glitter glue

over glitter glue

 

 

Thanks so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed! This was my first time swatching with tape so I hope I did it right and if you like what you see, feel free to follow me on my brand new blog! It’s still under construction but it should be up and running soon!

 

Kaylee Bee

Hello all! I’m this week’s Thursday guest-blogger, Dana. You may remember me from such blogs as I Smear Pigment on My Face,  or such reddit usernames as /u/danakimberlyy. I know that I’m a little bit late to the party on this one, but today I’ll be talking a little bit about Hello Waffle‘s December Visage subscription box. December’s box was themed after Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and the colors included were meant to be used either in a smoky eye look or a more neutral-toned look. You’ll see more what I’m talking about in a minute.

Dec Visage

Packaging

Here’s what Christine’s (Owner of Hello Waffle) packaging looks like for the Visage box. It’s a lovely presentation and is supposed to be themed along with the colors.

Dec Visage3

 

Listing Information

Here’s the listing that comes along with the package. It lists the colors, gives a brief description, and shows how much everything is worth. Additionally, on the back Christine included a brief synopsis of A Christmas Carol to read, if you’re not familiar with it. This month, Christine provided halflings of the eye colors and contour colors, a full size of the lip color from Tilt/Shift Cosmetis, and a sample of Hello Waffle‘s new finishing powder.

Jars

Jars

Here’s a picture of all the colors in their respective jars (minus the finishing powder, since I decanted it into something else).

Eye Colors

Colors: (Top to Bottom) Bah Humbug; Ghost of Christmas Past; Ghost of Christmas Present; Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come.

Photo: Swatched over Elf Glitter Primer and Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, taken in natural lighting.

My Thoughts: Next up, we have swatches from all of the colors. Sorry if these colors seem a bit out of order, but I like to swatch in alphabetical order just in case I forget what I did.

Bah Humbug

Color: Bah Humbug

Photo: Swatched over Elf Glitter Primer and Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, taken in natural lighting.

My Thoughts: Here’s a close up of Bah! Humbug.  This was meant to be one of the more neutral colors, which would ideally be paired with Ghost of Christmas Present (the golden color). It’s a very light coppery color and applies with a kind of metallic look to it. I really like it. This is probably one of the colors that I would likely use most out of the bunch.

Christmas Past

Color: Ghost of Christmas Past

Photo: Swatched over Elf Glitter Primer and Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, taken in natural lighting.

My Thoughts: This lightish grey color is the next of the bunch, Ghost of Christmas Past. It’s a very light grey color, bordering on almost light. There’s not a TON going on, but it’s great when paired with Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come for a more smoky eye look.

Christmas Present

Color: Ghost of Christmas Present

Photo: Swatched over Elf Glitter Primer and Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, taken in natural lighting.

My Thoughts: Next, this is Ghost of Christmas Present. The color is a very, light golden neutral tone. I really like it, and it reminds me of Shiro Cosmetics‘ Baker’s Boy, just a little more pigmented. It has a little more gold going on here and there’s a gorgeous golden shimmer going on as well. My sister was pretty jelly of this color and wanted to steal it.

Christmas Yet to Come

Color: Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come.

Photo: Swatched over Elf Glitter Primer and Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, taken in natural lighting.

My Thoughts: This was the last shadow color that came in the December Visage box, Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. It is a very dark color that I really, really want to classify as black, but there’s just so much glitter and shimmer going on that I feel like it’s more of a dark, smoky grey. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the color, but it’s not a very pure, dark, black color. If you’re looking for a black color with a bunch of shimmer going on, this is probably what you want (and HW rocks at this, have you seen Edgar Allen Purr?).

Jars2

Shadows

Here’s a close up of the shadow colors in their jars.

Contouring

Colors: (L-R) Scrooge; Marley

Photo: Swatched over bare skin on top and Elf Glitter Primer on bottom; taken in natural lighting.

My Thoughts: Okay, so next up, Christine provided everyone with two contouring powders: the lighter color, Scrooge, is meant as more of a highlight, and the darker one, Marley, is meant as a contour. Both came in halfling sizes and seemed a bit more cool-toned to me. In the above picture, I built up both colors a little and swatched over bare skin on top and Elf Glitter Primer on bottom, so you can see what both colors really looked like.  Scrooge was a very light color. It’s a pure white, bordering on grey kind of color. Marley was more of a dark grey color, bordering almost on brown. I’m not a huge fan of these colors, but I tend to be a bit more of a warmer-toned person, so this could be why.

Galactic

Color: Galactic

Photo: Swatched over Burt’s Bees lipbalm (regular); taken in natural lighting.

My Thoughts: This month’s guest indie product was Galactic from Tilt/Shift Cosmetics. Before this, I hadn’t tried Tilt/Shift, so I was definitely excited about this color, especially since it was so pretty. The color came in a full size jar, which I wasn’t a huge fan of, due to the need for a brush application. I brushed the color on and built it up to a medium opacity to get it to this point, which I was pretty happy with. The color looks like a dark maroon in the jar and brushes on as more of a berry color. It could have definitely been darker if i kept going. I really like the color and would totally consider ordering it if it came in some other form of application device than a jar. I also really liked the scent of the color, which was more of a spearmint. I wear peppermint Burt’s Bees, so this was really nice.

Finishing Powder

Color: Hello Waffle Finishing Powder

Photo: Taken in natural lighting.

My Thoughts: Last up on the docket, we have Hello Waffle‘s new finishing powder product. Christine sent out samples with this month’s box and I decanted mine into another jar that I had. The finishing powder is more white, rather than green tinted, and applies relatively light. I don’t feel much of a difference from the other finishing powder I own, so that was nice to discover. I would definitely recommend trying out this new product when Christine releases it in the near future.

 

Other NotesTo be honest, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the colors in this month’s box. I generally wear more purples and browns, and don’t go out much, so the smoky eye look is a bit lost on me. I did try it out a couple of times, and it looked nice, so if you’re really into the smoky eye look, these colors would be great for you. Additionally, Christine was spectacular about pairing my shipping for this month’s box and my Black Friday order and sending everything to a different address (because I couldn’t wait until I was home). She is always awesome to talk to and provides excellent customer service, should you ever need it. I know that November’s Visage box was awesome, and this month’s looks incredible too, so I would definitely recommend signing up next time slots are put up (the 29th of every month at 9 AM EST). Thanks for reading and allowing me to be your guest poster today, and feel free to visit me at my blog, I Smear Pigment on My Face here: http://danasmakeupjourney.blogspot.com/ .

EDIT: I got an email back from Ritz Camera. They told me to replace my camera body. t.t I tried fixing it but it still doesn’t work.

Thank you to everyone who sent positive thoughts and prayers and whatever else. The manager decided to give us a $75 fee as long as we pay it today. I went to DHS yesterday and the person I met with said she would have my benefits on the card today. If it wasn’t on by 12pm to call her. It’s still not on. I called and left a message. I am getting ready to go in. I have to have it today.

Also I have to go to a workshop tomorrow for TANF. And then Friday I can finally go to Chemawa to get this tooth pulled. Now the infection has spread to a tooth above it and it hurts like a bitch. I’ve been taking massive amounts of Ibuprofen to try to keep the pain down a little. My right eye is all blurry and has a lot of pressure on it. Cannot wait until Friday. And my camera broke on Monday while I was taking photos of Fumiko’s birthday party. I am going to try to fix it today but I don’t know if it will work. t.t

So I just got back from DHS. They didn’t transfer my account to Milwaukie until this morning. So the money won’t be on the card until tomorrow morning. She gave me a letter to give to the manager. *sigh* I am so tired. I don’t even know what to do anymore. Also thank you to the two people who sent me money on paypal. That was so kind of you and I really appreciate it. It will be going to the $75 fee we have to pay. Thank you so much.

I am going to try to fix my camera now. Wish me luck.

Some of you may know that because of circumstances that happened last year the kiddos and I are on TANF. I get $506 a month in money. $500 of that goes to our rent which leaves us in $6 cash. It goes onto my EBT card on the 1st of the month and our SNAP(food) portion goes on it on the 3rd. We share a two bedroom apartment with my mom. The kiddos and I have one room and my mom has the other. Well Saturday we went to get rent money and there was nothing on my card. We rushed home and checked online and nothing. This morning(Monday) I dropped Fumiko off at school at 8am and went to DHS. I found out that my TANF ended in December. I had no letters no phone calls, but in December I received my renewal application for SNAP. So the DHS worker spends about 30 minutes trying to figure out what happened. It turns out that they had my home address listed as our current address, but the mailing address was our old POBOX. I also found out that in May when my DHS worker in Oregon City told me she sent my case to the Milwaukie office where we moved to. She told me she updated my address and everything was fine. It turns out she never sent my case to Milwaukie. >.< And when she updated my address she didn't update the mailing address. So there was nothing they could do about it. But because it was closed I could re-apply at the Mikwaukie office where I was. So I quickly filled it out and handed it back in. Waited an hour for an appointment and they couldn't get me in today. So I have an appointment for 9am. My mom talked to the manager and he told her if we don't have rent in by tomorrow that we will get a 72 hour notice. I have no idea if they'll be able to reinstate it tomorrow. It may take a couple of days. They even said while I was there that it was their fault the application renewal was sent to another address. I asked why they sent my SNAP paperwork to the correct address but sent the TANF paperwork to another address and she couldn't give me an answer. I am beyond devastated. The kids and I were homeless at the beginning of the year and it's not something I ever want to do again. If you could send any prayers, thoughts, positive energy, voodoo magic that would be really awesome. I am hoping and praying that tomorrow they will come through because I don't know what will happen if we can't pay rent tomorrow. I really wish my disability would come through. This has been a huge struggle and I don't need anymore curve balls thrown at me right now. Sorry for the wall of text, I am just very upset and I needed to get this out and need some positive thoughts. It was really hard to keep it together today for Fumiko's birthday part and I am just mentally and physically exhausted. Thank you.

Today is Fumiko’s Birthday Pary! She turned 7 on the 31st. :d This is my face today. Also yay. My moms friend brought a car for us to borrow so I can get to the dentist at Chemawa on Wednesday. Thank goodness.

FACE
Mizon Snail Recovery Repair Gel Cream
Pixi Beauty Flawless & Poreless Primer
Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation in 10 Porcelain Ivory

CHEEKS
Glamour Doll Eyes Blush in Nouveau Riche – blush
Glamour Doll Eyes Blush in Ms. Monroe – highlight

BROWS
Sugarpill Cosmetics ChromaLust Smitten
Sugarpill Cosmetics Tako

EYES
NYX Cosmetics Eye Shadow Base Skin Tone
Glamour Doll Eyes Eyeshadow in Mannequin – all over lid & lower lashline
Sugarpill Cosmetics in Dollipop – middle of lid & lower lashline
Sugarpill Cosmetics in Tako – brow highlight
Glamour Doll Eyes Static Line Gel Liner in Bad Seed – upper liner
Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Retro Glam mascara Black

LIPS
Fyrinnae Lip Lustre in Fanservice

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Official description

  • Design – The Smart Weigh Body Fat Scale features a unique fitness inspired design to motivate you to stay in shape. The tempered glass platform and stainless steel accents contribute to its contemporary look.
  • User Recognition – Help your family stay healthy by using the features this scale has to offer. Through a simple set-up process, the scale can be programmed to automatically recognize up to eight users.
  • Vital Data – It is most empowering to know vital information about yourself. This scale measures body weight, body fat, body water, and muscle and bone mass. This information will help monitor your health status.
  • Convenience – With the Smart Weigh Step-on technology you can just step onto the scale to get a weight reading with no unnecessary tapping entailed to switch the scale on. Features a large negative LCD display.
  • Advanced Technology – This scales uses BIA technology to provide fitness information about yourself with just a few details. This scale comes auto calibrated and uses 2 CR2032 batteries which are included.

Where to buy
From Amazon – It’s currently on sale for $34.95.

Directions
You just need to step on.

Packaging
This comes in a cardboard box with handle on it. It has a bunch of information about the scale and company on the outside. The scale comes with instructions and is inside of a bag inside the box. The scale itself is black and silver. It has a screen on the front with buttons for setting it up and viewing your bmi and bone density. On the back there is a button where you can set the weight measurements and an area for the batteries. It has 4 short legs. It takes 2 CR2032 lithium batteries.

So this scale is pretty cool. It’s very light and sleek and easy to use. It has 8 profiles for you to set your information. There’s a button on the back where you can change the weight measurements from pounds, stones and kilograms. All you have to do is step on it and it starts up and weighs you. The screen is really easy to read as well. It’s recommended though that if you are pregnant you shouldn’t use it because sends a low level electrical current through your body to measure your BMI and bone density! Overall this is a really good scale and I like it a lot. :d And on that note it is able to calculate body fat, body water, muscle mass and bone mass! The current is really mild so you can’t feel it. Contact is made through the stainless steel bars! The scale is also not supposed to be used for kids under the age of 10.

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blacksugar
What I smell
I keep sniffing myself trying to figure out what this smells like. It’s quite interesting. It’s sweet. not cloyingly sweet, but sweet. It smells dark, like there should be dark chocolate in it and whipped cream and berries. But it’s also dirty on my skin. It smells… aged and smokey. Ahhh it’s so pretty. It smells of lace and something old and victorian. I’m bad at describing scents! I’m sorry! I like this, I like it very much. When it dries down it’s sweet and smokey and enchanting. Guys, it smells so good. It smells so different on my skin than it does from the vial. In the vial it smells of dirty sweet ozone and chocolate.

Official description

She says nothing at all, but simply stares upward into the dark sky and watches, with sad eyes, the slow dance of the infinite stars.
– Neil Gaiman

A dark counterpart to Aquolina’s Pink Sugar. Spun brown sugar, red berries, vanilla and tonka bean absolute dance with a sprinkle of dirt, a swirl of cauldron smoke, and a drop of bittersweet cocao absolute.

☾ Notes: ☽
Brown Sugar, Red Berries, Caramel, Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Dirt, Cauldron Smoke, Cocao Absolute

☾ Fragrance Family: ☽
Sweet / Gourmand / Feminine

lolita
What I smell
It’s apple-y and violet-y and rose-y and amazing. When I first sniff it from the bottle I can smell all the apples. It’s reminiscent of when I was little and we had a ranch and had fruit orchards all around us. That’s that it smells like, walking through the orchards picking fresh peaches and apples, but it also smells like fresh blossoms. It brings back a lot of memories. When I put it on it’s just amazing. It smells like my skin but a million times better. It’s fresh and floral and delicious. The Violet really comes out on my skin after it settles. It smells more floral than fruity. It’s just delicate and delicious. I love it. It’s not too floral or too fruity, it’s just… perfect. Perfect yo.

Official description

I talk in a daze, I walk in a maze
I cannot get out, said the starling
– Nabokov

☾ Notes: ☽
Crisp Apple Skins, Tart Peach Candies, Rose Absolute, Sugared Violet

☾ Fragrance Family: ☽
Fruity Floral / Feminine / Candy Gourmand

mexicanhotchocolate
What I smell
When I sniff this from the bottle it smells like cold Mexican Hot Chocolate. It smells delicious and it makes me wanna go get some Mexican Hot chocolate to drink. I think I’ll be getting some when I go to the store. When I put it on it has this odd change on my skin. It smells like Mexican Hot Chocolate, only it has florals to it. I don’t understand at all. When it dries down the floral comes out more and the Mexican hot chocolate dies down. So it smells of chocolate and spices and vanilla… then it smells floral. I don’t even know. It’s quite interesting and I like it. I’m not a foodie person when it comes to scents. So I tend to stay away from scents like this. On my daughter it has no floral scent to it. It just smells of chocolate and spices and some vanilla. She loves wearing and sniffing herself. xd

Official description
MEXICAN Spiced Hot Chocolate :: Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, Mexican vanilla, cinnamon sugar, spicy pink & black pepper, and whipped cream

lolitalotion
What I think
I’m not going to discuss the scent of the lotion cause I gushed about Lolita up there. ^ But the lotion is wonderful. It’s silky and smooth and it doesn’t leave an oily residue on me. It absorbs completely into my skin and I can smell Lolita pretty much all day when I put it on.
It’s fantastic to put on after a shower or bath, it feels so good dude. I need a vat of this stuff. :GRABBY: Normally I use HoG’s pumpkin butters. I love them, but this has become my favorite. I just love the feel. Mmmhmmm. Also when my skin is super dry, which it gets in the winter, ugh. I can put a few drops of Argan oil in a bit of lotion and mix it up and put it on and it’s heaven. Super moisturizing and it stops the stingy, itchy annoying dry skin crap. It’s magical.

Official description
Our hand and body lotion is super luxurious and super moisturizing without leaving your hands sticky or greasy. This is a perfect lightweight lotion for everyday use, and leaves your skin feeling silky soft and nourished, courtesy of Avocado Oil, Jojoba, Shea Butter and Aloe.

Ingredients
Deionized Water, Grape Seed Oil, Avocado Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Emulsifying Wax NF, Glyceryl Stearate, Jojoba Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Stearic Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Silk Amino Acids, Glycerine (Vegetable Origin), Sorbitol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Phenoxyethanol and Caprylyl Glycol (Optiphen®), Methyl Cellulose, Allantoin, Fragrance. NOT VEGAN

Guys. I cannot express my love and amazement of Claire and Sixteen92. She sent me this amazing package. It had a sweet note and candy and spider rings and perfume samples and a lotion sample. It was so awesome. Fumiko quickly stole the rings and the candy. I’ve wanted to try her stuff since she first opened up. I wanted Lolita it sounded amazing and everyone seemed to love it. Dude. It smells fucking awesome. It is so good. And Black Sugar. Never would I have picked it for myself. I don’t like chocolate and it has cocoa in it, but dude it’s awesome. I’m wearing it right now and I smell like I should be in an old Victorian house at a party having a lovely time. It.Is.So.Good. Mexican Hot Chocolate smells just like the real thing, it smells delicious. Fumiko absolutely loves this smell and she is constantly asking me to put it on her. xd I think I need to get her a bottle. Where is a damn money tree when you need one? DX And the lotion. Dudes. It’s so silky and smooth and it’s scent with Lolita so it’s like extra amazing and I wish I had money so I could buy all the things because they are so amazing and I love Claire like so much like this much |______________________________________________________________________________________________| < That much dudes. I need moar lotion and I want to try the shower gel so much and I have perfumes on my wishlist. Guys I need to try these: I Saw Goody Proctor With the Devil, Southern Gothic, Hellebore, Mellifera, Salem, Swarm, Cloven & Toasted Marshmallow. :grabby: Guys. Ugh. Why is she so awesome. Claire I love you. You make amazing smelly and lotiony things and I want to marry you. Also I want to bathe in a tub of Lolita lotion. Don’t judge. :SQUEE: Also. Can I just say how much I love her long sample vials. They are so pretty. I like them much better than the shorter ones. I think I’m done gushing now. I think. OH. ALSO. I’m going to be doing an interview with Claire soon. Just so you know. You know. Be looking forward to that!

I am not very good at describing scents. I want to do more scent posts but I’m not sure. What do you think? Should I do more? I have tons of samples in my perfume box. xd So I have plenty to blog about! P.S. Don’t forget to join me on reddit, /r/makeupmonstrosity/ COME POST WITH ME.

So you can find Sixteen92 here. Shop is currently on vacation though! You can contact Claire through her Etsy contact here. Facebook is here and Instagram is here!

If you like this post do me a favor and like it up there on the top right! :UP:

Luna

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