The classic: Sweet Pea Bath and Body Works.

Sweet Pea Bath and Body WorksProduct Review: Sweet Pea body wash and Sweet Pea body cream

Price retails at $12.50 for body washes and $13 for body cream tubes, can be less with coupons.


In all seriousness, is there anything more that takes me back to the 90’s than Bath and Body Work’s Sweet Pea scent? They recently did a revival of 90’s scents that retired many moons ago (Cucumber Melon is one I remember in particular) but Sweet Pea has been a longtime favorite that has always been around. In fact out of their 200+ labels Sweet Pea is the oldest.

Ironically I go to find it on their website today and there is none. I would be highly surprised if they discontinued it, but even if they did it will more than likely come back.

I received it as a gift for Christmas last year and have been reminiscing on my tween-age years ever since.

As far as a review goes, there’s not much to say. Bath and Body Works has been crafting and perfecting their products since 1990 and are well established as that go-to beauty brand with every visit to the mall.

I am in love with their body washes and will hardly use any other kind. The lather like a dream and turn every shower into an euphoria of good-smelling goodness!

Their lotions have never let me down either. They are creamy, moisturizing, and long-lasting.

These Sweet Pea variations are no exception. The sweet pea smell makes me remember feeling good as a preteen, smelling like flowers all day long.

I often use the coupons Bath and Body Works sends to get a free travel item. On occasion they’ve been known to send me a free full size coupon. If you are fan too, be sure you sign up for these deals. It’s so worth it for me to go in the mall and get one, even if I have no other reason to be there!




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Nail Polish Strips. These are real polish too!

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish StripsProduct Review: Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips

https://www.amazon.com/HANSEN-Effects-Polish-Strips-SHSE530-Aflorable/dp/B008LF8UYY/ref=pd_sim_194_1?ie=UTF8&dpID=41GKkGiJr9L&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&refRID=6HJJZV8QE8AN529EX8V8

$4.34 on Amazon


I am trying to polish my nails more often. I’ve sometimes opted for the nail polish strips that are available from different retailers these days. I absolutely can not do nail art to save my life, so I think it’s neat to be able to buy these prefabricated nail polish strips that already have a design printed on it.

You can buy these from different places, in all different prints. I’m partial to the floral designs. For this review I chose a more spring than summer print from Sally Hansen’s Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips.

One of the things I love about these nail polish strips from Sally Hansen, is that it is actually real nail polish. Sometimes you find some of these that are just stickers basically. You can feel that this is in fact, nail polish.

But these are really easy to apply too. Peel, stick, smooth, peel again, and file off the excess.

However, they lie when they say this stuff comes off easily with nail polish. It comes off, but it is thick and sticky and expect to get it all over your fingers trying. Good news is it comes off skin in one shower.

The removal was a bit of a mess for me, but I found it was still very much so worth it. The polish lasted for an entire week with very minimal chipping and cracking.

If you feel like something more decorative, these strips may be just what you need. I like how they give you the professional manicure look, but can be done yourself in minutes.

Pro Tip: I apply a layer of top coat onto these when I use them and find it extends the life of the polish by a few days.




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O Canada! Naturally Upper Canada Lotion

Naturally Upper Canada LotionProduct Review: Naturally Upper Canada Pressed Olive Avocado Hand & Body Lotion

https://www.amazon.com/Upper-Canada-Soap-Naturally-Pressed/dp/B00CBQG6PY/ref=pd_bxgy_194_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=SM2SPCPYSF6GKKH7CXNQ

32 oz. for 21.99 on Amazon. That’s a ton of lotion!


I love lotion. It gets me through a lot of rough days. I have a mild case of eczema that I get on my hands frequently. It started developing after my teenage years when I was on Accutane. Big mistake. I’ve had all sorts of problems since then including the eczema. Don’t ever get on that stuff people. It kills your skin and hair. There are so many other ways to work on clearing your acne, and this stuff has been found to be absolutely awful with its long term side effects.

But you roll with the punches. The eczema only flares up in extreme heat/cold temperatures, and when I’m voluntarily abusing them by hand washing my dishes.

There’s one lotion I keep on standby close to the sink when a flare up happens after the dishes. It’s called Naturally Upper Canada. I bought it at a Cracker Barrel when the sales lady coerced me into trying and buying it. I’m really happy she did.

I have the Pressed Olive and Avacado scent which from what I understand is one of their popular ones.

It comes in a great pump, which is super handy to have in the kitchen like I have, or set up in your bathroom. Mine is just 12 oz. but it has lasted forever. The pump works like a dream, but as with all pumps, it gets dry and crusty at the end and you have to wipe that off.

The smell is lovely. I’m not someone that likes the smell or taste of avacado but this works.

The texture is great for me too. I hate a runny watery lotion and this one has a thick and whipped consistency. Because of this, it is so good at moisturizing and my dry hands eat it up!

Naturally Upper Canada keeps their products from ever being tested on animals. This one is 97% natural and 100% free of parabens, mineral oil, SLS, and this pure white lotion is free of synthetic dyes.




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Shugar Soapworks Dollar Tree Soap

Shugar Soapworks Dollar Tree SoapProduct Review: Shugar Soapworks Oatmeal & Verbena Soap – 7oz bar for $1 at Dollar Tree

I don’t tend to get my beauty fix at the Dollar Tree. I had intended to get some cheap kitchen serving spoons (which are actually great quality. I love them) and I ended up in the personal care section, wasting some time looking at some really bad looking makeup brushes. I was tempted by a eye shadow palette that looked similar to Urban Decay’s Naked palette, but I decided to try that another time.
However, I did need some soap and much to the dismay of my husband, I did not pick up his favorite Irish Spring. I got distracted instead on this bar of soap from Shugar Soapworks. I’ve never heard of the brand but the fanciful box drew me in. The graphic design got me again. It never fails. But more than that I was intrigued by the weight of the bar and the “Oatmeal and Verbena” scent it supposedly had. I love oatmeal soap. I’ve used plenty in the past and it’s a scent I could bathe in everyday.
So I took it home, unboxed it, and was highly surprised at the size of this dollar bar. It is huge. It’s like holding up a brick with rounded corners.
The back of the box said Shugar Soapworks are free from animal by-products, chemicals and plastics. I’m always okay with that. No colors or parabens are in this soap either.
So on to what happened when I used it.
The soap is so big it is a little cumbersome. I love a good value, but the size made it difficult to use. Also, it was a slippery devil. It is made with essential oils and you can feel it. It feels great on the skin, super moisturizing, but it can be difficult to hold onto too. It’s so silky feeling and left my skin feeling like I’d just put on lotion.
But the smell left me very confused. I bought Oatmeal and Verbena. I detected no Oatmeal at all. Once I Googled Verbena and found out it was a flower I couldn’t really smell any of that either. The one thing I was getting very strongly? Lemon. I’m talking Lemony Pledge smell, and nothing but.
That makes no sense. My only conclusion is that the wrong bar of soap made it’s way into the oatmeal box. Shugar Soapwork’s makes a Lemon Verbena soap as well.
If that’s what happened, then I guess this review is really for their lemon soap, but I can’t be sure. In any case, the soap was super moisturizing and a great deal at only a dollar. I plan on sharing it with the husband. He’ll fuss it’s not Irish Spring. He will just have to deal though, and use this great deal of a soap.




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Estee Lauder Wired Copper Shimmer Lip Gloss

Wired Copper Estee Lauder Lip GlossProduct Review for Estee Lauder Pure Color Lip Gloss in Wired Copper Shimmer

Very hard to find now. Can be found on Ebay for $16.50 – LINK


Last month I reviewed some items from the Estee Lauder Holiday 2015 Blockbuster set. I still have plenty more to talk about from that huge set. But since I am having a grand time talking about lip products lately, I decided to cover the lip gloss. Wired Copper is a shade of the Pure Color collection that I was particularly drawn to. Copper colors look good on me, I think. Where I am so fair skinned I think copper helps warm my skin up. I once had my hair colored to a copper blond and really liked it.Wired Copper Estee Lauder Lip Gloss

This lip gloss seems to be a bit more on the pink side then the orange side, but is still a beautiful shade none the less.

It has plenty of shimmer and really does the job on making the lips shiny and glossy. I love a good lip gloss for that. I really prefer a moist looking lip as opposed to what you get with some dry lipsticks. I’ve noticed a growing trend to make lipsticks more moisturizing these days, and I suspect that is due to women wanting their lips to look more healthy and moist.

This is a sample tube but it is really nice. The gloss applicator slides right up when twisted open. The gloss is a good consistency. It’s not too sticky or runny.

This smells amazing, like candy. But it does not taste like it. It’s not terrible, but not something where you’ll enjoy licking your lips either.

Overall I am pretty impressed with this gloss. I also have a comparable color in Pure Color Praline Paradise Shimmer and can vouch for it on all the same counts, so it seems the formula is consistent across different colors.

Since this product is so hard to find I felt like I needed to keep this review brief, however, most of what I discussed here applies to all Estee Lauder lip glosses.




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Oh Sugar! Yes Please!

Oh Sugar Lip BalmProduct Review: Covergirl Oh Sugar Vitamin Infused Lip Balm

Retails $7.99 in drugstores but they can often be found on sale for less.


Last week I talked about dry as a desert Kat Von D Agatha lipstick. My lips felt seriously parched after that event and were in need of some serious moisture.

I am a graphic designer you all, so when I saw this square tube of goodness in the store with the playful font spelling out “Oh Sugar” on it, I was all in. It really only takes some good design for cosmetics to come home with me.

It’s kind of refreshing to see a lip balm in a standard lipstick-like tube. I think sometimes companies try to hard for something unique in lip balms and forget how timeless the quintessential twist up tube can be. The squared off container makes it a bit different.

Oh Sugar comes in a big selection of colors but the one I chose and used in this review is called “Sprinkle”.

I like the color. It’s a very pronounced deep pink that applies evenly. It feels a little slick and oily, likely due to the grapeseed oil inside. There’s also avacado butter and Vitamins E and C that make this balm vitamin-enriched. It sort of has the same feel of Fresh Sugar, which is likely what they were going for, to make a dupe of that product. Fresh Sugar feels a little better on to me, and lasts a lot longer, however I don’t think their product is as sturdy. I have already broke one of those because it’s so soft. Oh Sugar does not feel like it will have that problem. It feels like a strong stick of balm that won’t break easily.Oh Sugar Lip Balm

Covergirl’s Oh Sugar feels lightweight and adds great shine and color. I’ve started to carry this everywhere with me, and I’m surprised it hasn’t melted when I absentmindedly left in it my hot car for too long. It’s held up great so far on the go.

Oh, and it smells nice too. This one kind of smells like fruit punch to me.

Overall, a good find and a good dupe for Fresh Sugar. If you are wanting something with some color, shine, and softness give this one a try.

Oh Sugar Lip Balm




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I don’t know who Agatha is, but I don’t want her lips

Kat Von D AgathaProduct Review: Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Agatha shade

$21 a tube at Sephora. http://www.sephora.com/studded-kiss-lipstick-P387435?skuId=1621663


Let me go ahead and say this upfront. Kat Von D makes some amazing lip products, and some like this particular shades have been labeled “cult classics”. But I have to be honest, because that’s really all I know how to do, is be brutally honest. This lipstick pains me.

Let’s talk about the pluses first. The case is very good quality! It has a unique studded pattern that is beautiful. The tube closes well so I don’t see any likelihood of it coming open in my purse. The stick twists up and down with easy and feels sturdy. I like the repeat of the logo on the stick itself as an added element of design.

Ok that’s all I’ve got.Kat Von D Agatha Swatch

The shade itself is an interesting matte pale peach color. Straight up, on a pale girl like me, it makes me look dead. Outside of Halloween I don’t typically go for that look. On someone with darker tones it might work, but to be frank I have a hard time imagining it looking good on anyone because of my next complaint.

It is super dry. I’m talking dry as a desert dry. I understand matte might feel a bit dry, but this is crazy feeling. I purse my lips together and it hurts. The color doesn’t spread evenly at all and ends up in patches, without getting into the grooves of the lips. It’s almost painful the way it cracks up on the surface.Kat Von D Agatha

I promise I don’t like to complain. I wish everything I tried out was amazing. But this really fell short for me. I don’t understand the fascination on this one guys. There may be other colors in the Studded Kiss collection that don’t come with the problems in this formula. I hope there are.

I’m keeping this though, believe it or not. For Halloween, it will be great for pulling off the zombie look.

 




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BB Cream from Maybelline

Maybelline Dream Pure BB CreamMaybelline Dream Pure BB Cream

 

Product Review: Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream

$8.99 retail in drug stores. I got it for $6.99 with a coupon


BB Cream. An Asian phenomenon that started in an effort to moisturize, protect and correct the skin. It stands for blemish balm, or sometimes beauty balm. Most of them add some color and can be used in place of foundation. Many find that it feels better on then foundation because it is lightweight and provides some degree of coverage. Plus the antioxidants and SPF inside most BB Creams will help improve your skin.

I was extra intrigued by the Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream because of it’s claim to improve acne as well. It has 2% Salicylic Acid as an acne treatment.

Now I will say that I have only used this a couple times, so I can’t fully vouch for if the acne treatment works. I can tell you I have seen some minimal improvement in my acne since.

Whether it helps or not, I’m going to keep using it. I like all the other features to it. It does feel lightweight, provides enough coverage for me, and is easy to apply and blend. Don’t expect it to provide the same amount of coverage as a heavy foundation, because it can’t do that. Layering it up does a good job though.

Like I said, it does seem to be helping mildly with my acne, and reducing general redness, but it’s hard to tell at this point.

It’s supposed to adjust to your skin tone but I found the lightest shade was just a hair darker than my tone.

I love that a little bit spreads out a long way on my face. It’s very hydrating without feeling too watery. I were to guess, this product will last around 2 months with regular use, at least.

Let’s not forget this product is super inexpensive at around $8.99 retail. With coupons and sales you can find it for less than that. If there’s any chance it can help with my acne for that price, it is well worth it in my book.

One piece of advice, be careful when using products like this. Salicylic Acid can cause some people to get more break outs.

For a drug store BB cream, color me impressed.

 




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Oh Honey Honey! Whole Blends Repairing Mask

 Garnier Whole Blends Honey Mask

Product Review: Garnier Whole Blends Honey Treasures Repairing Mask

Retails for $6.99. I’m pretty sure I got it for $5.99 with a coupon


Anybody else noticed the new Whole Blends products sweeping the personal care section of the store? I’ve noticed because for a while now, Red Plums inserts have been offering coupons for the brand. My guess is to get people to try it that much easier. It worked for me. I picked up this Honey Treasures Repairing Mask since I wasn’t in dire need of any shampoo or conditioner at the moment.

Where I don’t get my hair cut very often, sometimes it can feel damaged and dry, particularly at the ends. So I was pretty excited to try this.
First off wow there’s a lot of product in here for around 6 or 7 bucks! Even though you might need a generous amount like me if you have long hair there is plenty in here to keep a person using it for a long time.
Second off it smells AMAZING. I don’t really know much about the royal jelly that is in this, but the honey smell in this is intoxicating. Best part is, it actually sticks with your hair for way longer than I expected it would. I caught whiffs of honey scent in my hair even after 8 hours.
But what you really want to know is the results right? Well here’s what happened. My hair felt noticeably softer after just one use. The ends were a little less brittle feeling, but my hair overall felt softer, stronger, and did I mention it smelled great?
I don’t know but to me it’s worth it just for that aspect.
Something I really liked about this is it was what I would call an “easy” hair treatment. Just work a glob into your hair, wait 3 minutes, rinse. I like stuff that is no muss, no fuss. Sometimes I get discouraged looking at the directions of hair masks but this one was nice and easy. I will say you need to wait the full 3 minutes. I got in a hurry this morning and didn’t, and my hair isn’t as soft as it was the first time. So really allow the product to set in before you rinse out.
I know sometimes these brands pop up and get discontinued fast. I really hope Garnier holds on to this collection! If you are looking for something to just put a touch of softness and repair your damaged hair a bit (Plus make it smell delicious!) go check this out. I’m happy I did!

Not many coupons this week, but it’s Frugal Friday so we’ll still post them! Red Plum inserts for 05.26.16 have coupons for the following beauty products.

* Save $3.00 on 2 Garnier Fructis Shampoo, Conditioner, treatment or styling product.
* Save $1.00 on Garnier Fructis Shampoo, Conditioner, or Treatment
* Save $1.00 on Garnier Fructis Styling Prooduct
* Save $5 on any 2 Superior Preference or Excellence haircolor products
* Save $2 on any Superior Preference or Excellence haircolor product
* Save $1 on any Loreal Paris Root Cover Up Spray
* Save $3 on any Loreal Paris La Palette
* Save $1 on any Loreal Paris Mascara product
* Save $1 on any Loreal Paris Liner or Brow product




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A Matching Set of Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder Eye Shadow Blush and Shimmer

Product Review: Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Eye shadow, Pure Color Blush, and Pure Color All Over Shimmer

I came across the Holiday 2015 Blockbuster set and never have got a chance to review the items inside yet. There’s all kinds of great products in it, but today I’m just going to talk about two: The Pure Color Envy Sculpting Eye shadow and Blush Palette and All Over Shimmer. The larger palette comes with eye shadows and blush. Let’s talk colors. This particular palette has 12 colors of shadow. I’m not highly impressed by the color choices though. The actually look like just matte and shimmer versions of the same 6 colors. I realize for eye-sculpting you might need a monochromatic color scheme, but these shades of brown (and one sort of purple) are dull to me.
The included shades of shadow in this palette are:Estee Lauder Eye Shadow Blush and Shimmer
1. Pink Mink 1
2. Captivating Cocoa 2
3. Infamous Sky 1
4. Provocative Petal 2
5. Rebel Metal 4
6. Fiery Saffron 2
7. Ivory Power 3
8. Currant Desire 3
9. Defiant Nude 5
10. Defiant Nude 3
11. Ivory Power 4
12. Envious Orchid 4
Take a look at the picture of my arm for swatches and see for yourself. Also take note that none of these colors are real rich in pigment. They seem light in color and are not much darker when I tried to layer them.
I have to say, I’ve experienced these same problems with Estee Lauder eye shadow in the past. I’m all up for a great palette of nudes, but the fact that the colors are so light on my skin deters me.
The two blushes in the palette named Pink Kiss and Peach Passion are okay, but I will say I personally can’t do a thing with itty bitty blush in palettes. I like to get a big chunk to work my brush all over.Estee Lauder Eye Shadow Blush and Shimmer
Which brings me to the saving grace for me: the all-over shimmer. I’m not sure if Estee Lauder is trying to trick me or what. I thought all over shimmer would go on clear, with shimmer and glitter in it. This looks like a blush, feels like a blush, smells like a blush. No I’m just kidding, it actually smells pretty good though.
But don’t go willy nilly spreading this all over your face for just some shimmer because I’m telling you, it’s a blush. It has color to it, and good color at that! Plus look how the design matches the outside. I almost don’t want to mess it up. Almost.
It’s on the lighter side, which is good for my fair skin, and can be layered for a deeper tone. The shimmer is super fine and illuminates well, without being overpowering.
I’m really disappointed that this is “limited edition” and now it is hard to find online outside of ebay.
Estee Lauder has had some hits and misses with me, but when I review the rest of the bag I’ll be able to show you more hits. The eye shadows were the miss for me.
Keep an eye out for future reviews!




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