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Beauty Test Drive: Fresh’s Umbrian Clay Treatment

One note before we begin: The picture above is not exactly the product I used. I used a loose umbrian clay powder from Fresh that can be mixed with water and used as a face mask. I believe the face treatment is exactly the same thing, but in a slightly different–and way more convenient–form. Umbrian clay is supposedly great for its purifying abilities. And ladies, my skin needed to be purified. Even though I am well beyond my teenage years, I still get zits like a high school goth working at Hot Topic. Last night, I tried my umbrian clay mix, patting my face with warm water and putting the powder mix on my face. I let it dry and harden for 10 minutes. When I washed the mask off, my skin felt soft, and most importantly, my pimply spots had noticeably decreased in redness and irritation. So yes, this umbrian clay will definitely help you feel less like a pimply teen and more like a lovely lady. [$48, Fresh] Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Kate Walsh’s Boyfriend Fragrance

I know what you’re thinking: “Does the world really need another celebrity fragrance?” I have to admit I thought the same thing when I was invited to the launch of Kate Walsh‘s Boyfriend fragrance at Sephora. But instead of paying attention to the celebrity behind the new scent and the packaging that looks way too much like Marc Jacobs, I decided to judge Boyfriend on its own. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: The Body Deli Dark Chocolate Truffle Body Scrub

I love eating chocolate. I love smelling chocolate. And now, after using The Body Deli’s dark chocolate truffle body scrub, I love bathing in it, too. The dark chocolate truffle body scrub (exclusively available in Feb.), sloughs off skin just as vigorously as their pumpkin body scrub. The African shea, organic cocoa and organic virgin coconut butter leaves softer parts of my body, like my belly and my butt, feeling touchable and smooth. But I really love how my dry and scaly feet feel almost instantly prettier! My mother thought the dark chocolate smell was too pungently like “food,” but that wasn’t a problem for me. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

It might seem counter-productive to clean your face with oil, especially if you have oily skin like me. But I tried DHC Deep Cleansing Oil with fingers crossed that I wouldn’t end up with a huge zit on my nose. The oil contains a blend of moisturizing olive oil and vitamin E that breaks down makeup, dirt, and impurities. I massaged the Deep Cleansing Oil on my dry face with dry hands. I was still skeptical about the cleaning properties, but had to admit the oil felt wonderful on my face. I wasn’t sure it would rinse off easily with water because I know oil and water don’t mix. But surprisingly and amazingly, the oil rinsed off well and easily with warm water. And afterwards, my skin felt clean without any residue. It also felt soft and supple. I still like the cleansing properties of my benzoyl peroxide face wash, but plan to use the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil on the days my skin feels dry or particularly stressed. If you’re not willing to purchase the Deep Cleansing Oil on a whim, the DHC catalog often contains samples of it and other products. [$12.50, DHC] Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: LiQWD Hair Products

My hair has become quite dry since I’ve switched to an extra-strength dandruff shampoo, so I’ve been on the hunt for hair products that would restore my hair’s moisture after I used the dandruff shampoo. Since my locs are more “three-dimensional,” if you will, than the average non-kinky or fine hair, I’ve found that most hydrating shampoos and conditioners don’t work because they only coat my hair. So I tried the LiQWD Hydrating Shampoo, LiQWDITY Intensive Hair Repair, and LiQWD Professional Smoothing Catalyst expecting it to have the same results as other hair products I’ve tried. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: June Jacobs Spa Radiant Refining Exfoliating Powder

I go to a lot events where I’m given goodie bags full of free stuff. Sometimes the swag is really great, other times it’s crap. I recently went to an event hosted by a blogger friend of mine, and her goodie bag was all good, especially the June Jacobs Spa New Radiant Refining Exfoliating Powder. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Dior Holiday Collection Eyeshadow Quad

I’m not the type of woman who spends her money on one high-quality product — no, I’m a lots-of-little-cheaper-things, Forever 21-type of shopper. But when it comes to spending a little more money on much better quality makeup, Dior‘s Holiday Collection Makeup Palette For The Eyes will convert me. At $44, it’s a little pricey. But as a devoted smoky eye fan, it is hands-down the best smoky-eye color palette, as well as the highest quality eyeshadow, I’ve ever used. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: emerginC Scientific Organics Phytocell Detox Mask

I don’t deviate too far from my daily skin care regime of washing with a benzoyl peroxide face cleanser and applying a prescribed MetroGel. I’ve found what works for me and I intend to stick with it until it no longer works for a while. But like most women obsessed with skin care, I know the benefits of a good face mask and recently tried the emerginC Scientific Organics Phytocell Detox Mask. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: O.P.I. Avoplex High-Intensity Hand & Nail Cream

As the temperature drops, so does the moisture in my hands. This happens every year, but instead of complaining about my dry, cracked hands in January and trying too late to find a cure, I’m going to be proactive. I’m loving O.P.I. Avoplex High-Intensity Hand & Nail Cream and think it will be a long-term solution to keeping my hands moist, smooth, and pain-free all winter long. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: MAC Eye Brows Tool

Despite being able to grow thick hair really fast on my head, I can’t seem to grow in my eyebrows regardless of how long I wait between threading sessions. The hair always grows where I don’t want it and remains sparse where I do. So I’ve been filling in my brows with pencils and powders for almost a decade. And I think I’ve finally found the best one. Keep reading »

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