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Review: Dr Song 50% Lactic Acid Gel Peel

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Official description
For: Age Spots, Freckles, Sun Spots, Skin Lightening, Hyperpigmentation, Wrinkles and Fine Lines

Where to buy
From Amazon – It’s normally $29.99 USD, but right now it’s only $14.99 USD for 1 fluid ounce.

Directions
Skin Patch Test: IMPROPER USE OF CHEMICAL PEELS CAN CAUSE SEVERE BURNS, PLEASE BE CAREFUL! Always test on a small patch of skin before applying.

Sunburn Alert: Peels can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterward.

Step 1: Cleanse the face, neck, and gently pat dry.

Step 2: Apply a small amount with a brush or cotton ball to the area and leave on as needed. Rinse product with water and pat dry after. Leave on for 1 minute for your first peel and slowly increase the time of each peel afterwards by 1-2 minutes as needed. General recommended time is 1-2 weeks between each peel. Your skin may be pink and sensitive for a few days after a peel. Please keep in mind, these are general guidelines, and everyone’s skin is different. Peel times vary from person to person, which can only be learned through experience and patience to avoid any burns. Skin patch tests are the most accurate method and minimize risk.

Precautions:
Keep the peel at least a quarter of an inch away from the eyes and mucus membranes.
If skin irritation occurs remove the product by neutralizing with cool water immediately and consult a physician.
Do not apply the peel more than once in a 7 day period
Do not expose your face to the sun for 24 hours before or after the application of the peel.
Do not apply the peel to the skin that has been waxed or shaved within 24 hours
When using the peel a stinging sensation may occur, this is normal

Packaging
I received a clear frosted glass bottle with a clear glass dropper. The dropper lid is white with a silver rim. The bottle has a silver label on it with the company and product name, ingredients and address.

Scent and formula
It’s a slightly thick clear liquid. It smells… I can’t place the smell. It’s familiar. It smells acidy if that makes sense, like you’d expect it to make your nose hairs sizzle. It doesn’t by the way. xd It doesn’t smell bad, I almost kind of like the smell. It’s odd. OMG WHAT IS THIS SMELL. Now it’s bugging me. lol

Ingredients
Lactic acid, purified water, sodium carboxylmethylcellulose and propylene glycol.

This was my first time using a Lactic Acid peel and it was really interesting! I have only use one other type of acid peel before and it was a combination of acids. So when I got this I was excited to try it. I’ve used this a few times since I received it. I meant to do one this week and take photos, but I got sick and then ended up with a cold sore. Ugh. So not this time!

What is Lactic Acid supposed to do?

  • Exfoliating the surface of your skin
  • Deep cleaning pores
  • Fading dark marks
  • Improving hyperpigmentation
  • Evening out skin tone
  • Brightening and lightening skin
  • Improving the appearance of light wrinkles
  • Stimulating natural collagen production

Each time I’ve used it I only left it on for 1 minute. This stung and tingled and it turned my face red. Once I rinsed it off the sensations went away after a few minutes. The redness lasted a couple of days with each use. I don’t have any visible wrinkles or fine lines or sun spots. So I can’t tell you how it works on that, but what I have noticed since I started using it is that my skin is smoother and my pores aren’t as visible, especially the first few days after I’ve used it. It has also helped lighten the darker areas around my mouth and nose a little. When I did the text on my hand in the photo and rinsed it off you could see how my hand was visibly lighter where the peel had been after a couple of minutes. I totally spaced and didn’t take a picture of that though. Sorry. d= I will update this post later when my cold sore is gone with before and after photos! Stupid cold sores. Overall I really liked the results of using this. The redness and stinging are a little annoying but that’s pretty common with this type of product so it just comes with the territory. It does a really good job of evening my skin tone and making it smooth and reducing the appearance of my pores. My skin glows and is so smooth after using it. The smell is odd but easy to deal with. It’s strong but not overpowering to me! I am hoping Dr Song comes out with a mandelic acid peel! I would be all over that! Hint, hint! This is a lovely product and I would take advantage of the sale going on right now if you plan on picking it up!

Dr Song 50% Lactic Acid Gel Peel
  • Packaging
  • Efficacy
  • Texture
  • Application
  • Ingredients
  • Price

Summary

Pros
Exfoliates well
Minimizes the appearance of pores
Smoothes skin
Evens skin tone
Whitens

Cons
Stings
Turns skin pink/red

Final thoughts
I think the results are worth the slight discomfort and redness. It works very well and the price is decent!

Buy or not
If I were to decide to purchase a lactic acid peel in the future I would most likely go with this since I know it works!

4.5
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Dark Candy, Nashor Clause & Silent Night over Glitter Fix

Swatches: AFK Cosmetics Christmas on the Rift

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Dena from AFK Cosmetics sent me her holiday collection to swatch! It’s been up in the shop, but I’m just now getting around to posting it. xd I’ve had a lot going on between everyone being sick and then there has been a lot going on with Sascha and school. He’s having a hard time this year. =[

Official descriptions
Dark Candy is a semi sheer dusty mauve, with a bright blue sheen.
Nashor Clause is a medium red based purple with a blue green sheen, and green sparkles!
Silent Night is a deep, velvety brick like red with minimal shimmer and just a hint of glitter.
The Earnest Elf is a light and bright green with a subtle blue seen
The Festive Treant is a bright, but still earthy green that is filled with rainbow ‘christmas light’ inspired sparkles!
Winter Wonderland is a very bright cerulean blue, with lots of silver sparkles.

Lip balm
Sleigh Belle is a bright, red based orange with just a hint of gold sparkles.
Tiny Evil Santa is a simple deep blue based red, that borders on a wine like red.

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 standard size lip balm tube, packed 0.20-25 ounces by volume for $5.00 USD per tube.

All photos taken indoors and swatched under a daylight bulb. Swatched over Detrivore Cosmetics Eye Primer, Glamour Doll Eyes Glitter Fix and bare skin.

Dark Candy is a light lavender with a blue sheen and blue sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Iron Oxide, Bismuth Oxycholride, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Silica, Carnauba Wax. VEGANlip safe

Nashor Clause is a deep purple with a greenish sheen and green sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Iron Oxide, Tin Oxide, Silica, Carnauba Wax. VEGANnot lip safe

Silent Night is a satiny dark red.
Ingredients: Mica, Copper Powder, Silicon Dioxide, Red 40, Silica, Carnauba Wax. VEGANlip safe

The Earnest Elf is a bright sea foamy green.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Tin Oxide, Chromium Oxide, Silica, Carnauba Wax. VEGANnot lip safe

The Festive Treant is a bright grassy green with rainbow sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Iron Oxide, Titanium Oxide, Ultramarines, Chromium Oxides, Tin Oxide, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Carnauba Wax. VEGANnot lip safe

Winter Wonderland is a cerulean blue with silver sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Tin Oxide, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Ultramarines, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Carnauba Wax. VEGANnot lip safe

Sleigh Belle is a bright pumpkin orange.
Ingredients: Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera oil), Candellila Wax (Euphorhia Cerifera), Sweet Almond oil (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis), Avocado oil (Persea Gratissima), Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Red 40, Silica,Tin Oxide, Iron Oxide, Carnauba Wax, Vitamin E Oil, Flavor. VEGAN

Tiny Evil Santa is a deep red.
Ingredients: Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera oil), Candellila Wax (Euphorhia Cerifera), Sweet Almond oil(Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis), Red 40, Mica, Iron Oxide, Carnauba Wax, Avocado oil (Persea Gratissima), Vitamin E Oil, Flavor. VEGAN

My favorites are Dark Candy and Sleigh Belle! Dark Candy is just this amaaaazing purple. I love the color shift. Sleigh Belle is the most amazing orange lip color. It’s very opaque as a lip balm and I really love that. What are your favorites? Did you pick any up yet?

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Pretty Matcha

Review: Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder from Kiss Me Organics

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Official description

  • ALL DAY ENERGY & FOCUS: Lift your vitality and concentration with the slow release natural energy from Organic Matcha
  • CALORIE BURNING BOOSTER: Support your weight loss goals with an all-natural way to increase your body’s metabolism
  • LATTES | SMOOTHIES | BAKING: Kiss Me Organics Matcha Green Tea Powder arrives in an easy-to-use airtight health grade packaging allowing for as much or as little use as you need for any occasion. Enjoy a relaxing latte in the morning, bake a dozen cupcakes or simply add a small boost to your morning smoothie
  • 137x ANTIOXIDANTS OF BREWED GREEN TEA: USDA Organic Matcha Green Tea can only be used in a powdered form because, unlike brewed green tea, it contains the entire tea leaf which dramatically increases the nutritional content.
  • LIFETIME GUARANTEE 110% MoneyBack – If for some reason, you are not satisfied with our Organic Matcha we provide a no-hassle no-questions-asked refund. Yes, we are that devoted to your happiness! :)

Where to buy
From Amazon – 4 ounce bag of culinary grade matcha powder for $25.00 USD.

Directions
This has no directions.

Packaging
This comes in a silver foil bag that is re-sealable. It has a green and white design with product information on the package and some pictures of the powder and what you can make with it.

Scent and formula
This smells like green tea powder. I’m not really sure how to describe what green tea smells like! xd It’s a very bright pretty green. The powder is very fine and silky smooth.

Ingredients
Organic Matcha.

This Matcha powder is so awesome! I have used random brands in the past and I liked them okay, but this. This is better. This Matcha powder is organic and is from China. It’s a beautiful, beautiful, bright spring green! It blends really easily and it isn’t bitter like some other Matcha powders I’ve tried. I’ve used it to make several smoothies and green tea latte’s! I am planning on making matcha cupcakes with it. I just haven’t gotten around to it. Oops. xd I have noticed when I use this in my smoothies I feel a little more energetic and less tired with it. I haven’t noticed that using regular green tea. I personally haven’t noticed any improvement in my skin since using it, but I haven’t been using it for long and I think that is something that would occur with longer use. =] Overall though I like this Matcha powder. It tastes good and gives me some energy. Even the kiddos like the smoothies I’ve been making with it. Definitely check it out! I believe this is available exclusively at Amazon.

Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder
  • Packaging
  • Efficacy
  • Flavor
  • Ingredients
  • Price
  • Availability

Summary

Pros
Tastes good
Gives energy
Available online
Organic

Cons
Only available at Amazon
Expensive

Final thoughts
This is a bit pricy, but I think it's worth the cost. It tastes great and boosts energy!

Buy or not
I will definitely purchase this in the future when I am in need of Matcha powder.

4.4
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The makeup bag!

Review: Makeup-Display Sheet Bag

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Official description
The Display Cosmetic Bag makes it easy to find your stored beauty accessories. Open the bag, pull out the Display Sheet (Patent pending), and pour the bag’s contents onto sheet for easy searching. When you’ve found what you need, just pinch the corners and slide the rest of the items back inside!

Sized perfectly to fit in your handbag and useful for traveling. Nylon bag keeps any spills away from your handbag’s contents and material is easily cleaned.

Where to buy
From Display – for $6.99 USD.

Directions
Open the pouch. Pull out the display sheet. Pour the pouches contents onto the sheet. When done, pinch the corners and slide the items back into the pouch!

Packaging
The pouch is a navy blue color made from nylon fabric. It measures 4.5″ diameter x 5.25″ tall closed, or 15″ tall with display sheet fully extended. It has a black nylon cord for closure.

So this bag was pretty cool! It holds a lot of stuff and is easy to use.  I like that it is made out of nylon for easy cleaning. The one thing I would change with this bag would be to have one of those little contraptions on the nylon cord that you can use to keep it securely closed. When it’s super full it tends to open up. This is a small bag, but it actually holds most of the stuff I keep in my every day makeup bag.  So what fit in it?

That’s a lot! It could have fit a lot more small things. If I’d taken out the palette it could have held even more. This is a pretty cool makeup bag and it’s really cheap. I am hoping they add more colors. I’d love a pink or purple nylon bag! This makes doing my makeup a lot easier. I don’t have to hunt through my normal makeup bag for stuff. I’ve found lipsticks with no lids and had stuff leak from rummaging around! Definitely check this puppy out. =d

Makeup-Display Sheet Bag
  • Packaging
  • Efficacy
  • Pricing
  • Availability

Summary

Pros
Inexpensive
Works well
Washable
Available online

Cons
Only available online
Limited colors
Doesn't stay closed when full

Final thoughts
This bag is really awesome. I like it a lot. My only complaint is that it needs something to keep it closed!

Buy or not
If they make these in pink or purple I will definitely be picking one up!

4.5
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Swatches: Aromaleigh Cosmetics Sol Invictus Collection Part 1 Aureum, Io, Saturnalia!, Lord of Misrule & Munera

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I have part 1 of my Sol Invictus swatches from Aromaleigh Cosmetics! This collection is inspired by Saturnalia! It’s an ancient Roman festival in honor of the deity Saturn. =d This collection is gorgeous!

Official descriptions
Aureum is a richly shimmering soft warm gold with color traveling sparkles of gold/green and red/violet.
Io, Saturnalia! is a smooth rich teal blue with prominent gold/copper/red color traveling sparkles.
Lord of Misrule is a gorgeous taupe base with really strong orange-red-violet color traveling iridescence.
Munera is a rich taupe-y shade with brilliant aqua/gold/copper sparkles.

Ordering options
You will receive loose product in a 5g jar with a sifter, packed 1.2g by weight for $6.50 USD per jar.
You will receive loose product in a baggie, packed ⅛ teaspoon by volume for $1.00 USD per baggie.

You can buy the entire collection in full size jars for $78.00 or in sample baggies for $12.00.

All photos taken indoors under a daylight bulb. Swatched over NYX Eye Shadow Base in Skin Tone, Glamour Doll Eyes Glitter Fix, Wet n Wild Fergie On Edge Longwearing Eye Pencil in Ex-Stacey, Violet Femme & HyperSky and bare skin.

Aureum is a burnt gold with red, gold, purple and green sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Ferric Oxide, Synthetic Fluorophylogopite, Carnauba Wax, Silica, Copper/Bronze Powder, Calcium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Blue #1 Al Lake, Yellow #5 Al Lake, Red #40 Al Lake, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Palmitic Acid. VEGANlip safe

Io, Saturnalia! is a blue teal with gold, green, copper and red sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Ferric Oxide, Synthetic Fluorophylogopite, Carnauba Wax, Silica, Copper/Bronze Powder, Calcium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Blue #1 Al Lake, Yellow #5 Al Lake, Red #40 Al Lake, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Palmitic Acid. VEGANlip safe

Lord of Misrule is a dark taupe with a red sheen and purple, red and orange sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Ferric Oxide, Synthetic Fluorophylogopite, Carnauba Wax, Silica, Copper/Bronze Powder, Calcium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Blue #1 Al Lake, Yellow #5 Al Lake, Red #40 Al Lake, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Palmitic Acid. VEGANlip safe

Munera is a sandy leaning taupe with aqua, copper and gold sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Ferric Oxide, Synthetic Fluorophylogopite, Carnauba Wax, Silica, Copper/Bronze Powder, Calcium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Blue #1 Al Lake, Yellow #5 Al Lake, Red #40 Al Lake, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Palmitic Acid. VEGANlip safe

Let me just start off by saying I like this collection so much more than the Diavoli collection, and I really liked Diavoli! I love that it’s inspired by Saturnalia and the colors are amazing! My favorite is Io, Saturnalia! followed by Lord of Misrule. Ugh so pretty. Do you plan on picking any of these shades up? Aromaleigh is currently having a sale so you might want to head on over and check things out! ;)

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Thursday Guest Post

Guest Post from The Lazy Laquerista: Contrary Polish Bright Lights, Small City Swatches & Review

Hello Toxid Lotus readers!

I’ve been lucky enough to have the chance to take over the blog for the day. Today I have a polish from Contrary Polish to show you. Bright Lights, Small City was part of the July 2014 A Box Indied from Llarowe. I managed to snag one for myself a couple weeks ago from a stash sale.

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Bright Lights, Small City features a navy jelly base with a coppery-red shimmer throughout. Don’t freak out when the first coat is super streaky. It does layer up very nicely. It took me three coats to reach opacity but I feel like if I were a bit more careful I could have done it in two. Photos show three coats of Bright Lights, Small City with one coat of CND Super Shiney top coat in daylight spectrum lighting.

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The only thing that left me wanting with this polish was the shimmer. It was a lot more apparent in the bottle than on the nail. I feel like if I did two coats instead of three it would show through more though. A balancing point is the wear time. I’m on my fourth day of wearing this polish and there’s not a chip to be seen. It seems to play very nicely with my base of Duri Rejuvocate and CND Super Sticky base coat. You can’t buy this polish directly anymore but you can still find it floating around in sale and swap groups. You can find Contrary Polish at:

I hope you enjoyed my post today and I’d love for you to come visit me in my natural habitat over at www.thelazylaquerista.com.

Happy polishing,

– Michelle

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