Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Review: SPAresource Melon Hand Cream

Along with the SPAresouce Melon Body Butter, SPAresource also sent me a Melon Hand Cream to test out. Just like the body butter, it smelled sweet and wonderful. Their hand creams also come in a variety of scents, and come in bigger and smaller sized tubes. The one I received is the smaller of the two, at 1.7 fl. oz./50 ml, and retails for $2. The bigger size they offer is 500 ml and retails for $6. Again, very reasonably priced products. Unlike body butters, I only use a little bit of the hand cream every time, so I think even with the smaller sized tube, it will last me a while to use up.

I like the idea of matching the same scent for the hand cream and the body butter. I brought both products on my recent trip to San Diego. Because they are both in small sized containers, I appreciated the luggage space they both saved me.

The hand cream comes out as a thick cream, thicker than some of the hand creams I have used in the past. However it melts pretty easily and leaves my hands very moisturized. Even though the product description claims that the product does not leave hand greasy. I still felt that it was a bit greasy for day time use. But also keep in mind, I am the type of person who couldn't bare any trace of greasiness on my finger tips from any beauty products. If I have to apply hand creams during the day, I normally squeeze a little bit onto the backs of my hands and rub the backs together, so that my palm and finger tips never touch the products. That is the only way I can bare to have hand creams on during the day, and I have no problem doing that with this hand cream. But once a day before bed time, I layer on my hand cream thickly and massage well. I loved that it left my hands super moisturized for the entire night and smelled wonderful even after I woke up. I also appreciated the flip top design, which makes it much easier to use compared to a screw-on cap.

I would love to try the SPAresource hand creams in a few more different scents. I would probably prefer to buy the smaller sized ones so I could try out more scents, and the tubes would be small enough to toss into my purse on the go without being too bulky and heavy.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, I received the SPAresrouce Melon Hand Cream to test and review for free. I did not get paid for this post, nor am I affiliated with the company. All opinions expressed are my own honest opinion.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Review: SPAresource Melon Body Butter

Body moisturizer is a must in my daily skincare routine. Fresh out of shower, I always make sure to apply a thick layer of moisturizer all over my body to keep my skin well hydrated. In particular, I love using body butters. Their thicker, more creamy yet super smooth consistency make them extra moisturizing and easy to spread on. Plus they come in a variety of wonderful scents that lingers and put me in a good mood before bedtime. A few of my favorite body butter brands include Korres, Yes to Carrots, and the Victoria's Secret Secret Garden line.

I was contacted by SPAresource to review and test out their body butters. This company is based in Canada and ships out all their products from their warehouse in Ontario, Canada. A quick glance at their body butter page, I already spotted a few scents that I knew I would really enjoy. In particular, the Juicy Peach, Mango, and Melon ones really stood out. I picked Melon scent to try. I have never tried any other brands with a melon scented body butter so I was especially excited about it.

The scent smelled like fresh sweet honeydew and was exactly what I was imaging it to be. The container I received is the smaller size, with 1.7 fl. oz./50 ml of products, and is priced at $2. SPAresource also offers a larger sized container for sale, at $6 you get 6.8 fl. oz./200 ml. Obviously the bigger size is a better deal. But both are so reasonably priced! The small container I received must have been the cutest jar of body butter I've ever seen. It fits in the palms of my hands.

Needless to say, there weren't that much products in this little container and with generous use every night, this jar lasted me about 2 weeks. This would be a perfect size to travel with since the majority of the body butters I have purchased in the past all come in pretty huge jars.

I love all things honeydew melon scented so I loved this body butter scent oh so much. I couldn't help but keep sniffing as I applied it. The texture is thick, yet melts with the heat from the palms of my hands upon using and spread easily on my skin. It is really moisturizing, yet did not seem to leave a heavy greasy film feeling on my skin after wards. 

Because of body butter's thick consistency, they are better suited for the colder weathers. I also noticed they offer a range of Body Butter Lite, with a lighter, whipped texture that would be perfect for warmer days.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, I received the SPAresrouce Melon Body Butter to test and review for free. I did not get paid for this post, nor am I affiliated with the company. All opinions expressed are my own honest opinion.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Finished Products in February

February was one of those months where a lot of bottles just decided to run out on me (yay for replacing them with new products to use)! So we have a lot to cover today! Let's get started :)
Image from lushusa.com
✔LUSH Buffy the Backside Slayer Body Butter -- It is really a body butter and scrub in one. It is a really moisturizing scrub that you use after shower, while your skin is still wet. Then I'd like to lightly rinse my body to get rid of all the scrubby bits left by the bar, and then pat dry. When I use this scrub, I don't even need to use a body lotion afterwards because my skin would feel really moisturized already. It is expensive, but it comes in a huge bar that lasts a long time as long as you be careful not to get it wet. I like to either turn my shower head away or turn the water off when I use it so the bar itself doesn't get in contact with running water (it melts!).

✔Thayers Alcohol-Free Toner -- Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera -- This must have been my 3rd bottle of Thayers rose toner. It is very inexpensive, but does the job well! I love that it is non-irritating, alcohol free, and contains ingredients good for the skin. I also dump some of this in a sprayer bottle to use as a facial spray. You could even use this toner to soak cotton pads in and apply on face as a mask.

✔AmLactin Moisturizing Body Cream -- I used this mainly on my heels before bedtime. I at first tried it on my body but it stung a little bit. On my feet it is absolutely wonderful at keeping my heels soft. According to reviews, this cream is also good for those that have Keratosis Pilaris, or those little goosebumps like things on arms/legs.

✔Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Oil Skin Formula -- My second bottle already. It is gentle on the skin, fragrance free, and foams up nicely. I appreciate the pump bottle design that dispenses just the right amount of product for my whole face each time. I will keep using this face wash and repurchase whenever there is a Clinique GWP at department stores :)

✔E.L.F. Makeup Remover Cleansing Clothes -- Used up two packs of these in February. I use this daily to remove face makeup before Clarisonic. I also use it whenever my face feels greasy or gross, or wipe my hands clean when I am playing and swatching makeup on the back of my hands.

✔CHI Infra Treatment Thermal Protective Treatment -- Took me forever to finish this bottle. It has somewhat of a thick consistency, so you only need a little bit every time. I also don't apply this product (I use it like a conditioner for my hair) anywhere near my scalp, but just at the roots because I noticed it tends to make my hair very oily and weighed down. It makes my hair smooth and helps to detangle. It also serves as a heat protectant to protect the hair from blow dryer damage (or flat iron/curler if you use those) after shower.
✔PERT Happy Medium 2 in 1 Shampoo Plus Conditioner -- I had this bottle near my tube so I only use this shampoo to wash my hair whenever I bath. So it has been sitting there for a long time now and I am glad I finally finished it! (yay for bathing). To me it is just a normal shampoo, nothing special. I still use a conditioner afterwards because the it doesn't provide my hair with enough conditioning when used alone.

✔LUSH Snow Fairy Shower Gel -- This is a small bottle of Snow Fairy that I kept next to my tube to use for bubble baths. I squeeze a pretty good amount of this under running water when I bath. It makes a ton of bubbles, and makes my bath smell so good, I love it!

✔LUSH Vanilla Dee-Lite Hand and Body Cream -- I mentioned this cream in my January Favorites post. It is a light textured cream that is not greasy, and gives skin a light moisturizing effects. I think it would actually be a great product to use for the summer when the weather gets warm and applying heavy greasy body lotion feels yucky. The smell is great too, very rich vanilla scent, reminds me of ice cream.

✔Physique 2 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner -- Mom left this in my shower when she was visiting. I just wanted to use it up. Don't have much to say about this product, not really a big fan hehe. My mom loves to use 2 in 1 products it seems (she buys me drugstore shampoos/body lotions/wash and brings them over when she visits, which is awesome of her so I don't have to waste time purchasing these necessities, because I always have backups in the house!).

✔Clarins Multi-Active Night Youth Recovery Comfort Cream -- Even though this is just a deluxe sample tube, but I still want to mention it here, plus it lasted me quite a while to finish despite how small the tube looked. I love this night cream and I love how smooth and radiant my skin looks and feels the next morning, so I will definitely be purchasing a full sized product soon!

✔Kose Clear Turn White Essence Mask -- This sheet mask are not individually packed, but 28 of them come in this plastic tube with a resealable opening on top. Unlike individually wrapped sheet masks, these do not contain as much essence and are suppose to be a quick 5 minute daily mask for a quick pick-me-up. Since they are not soaked with too much essence, they dry out on the face pretty quickly (especially along the edges) and start to fall off, which can become annoying. I use a sheet right after I come out of shower, and then apply body lotion in the meanwhile, which usually takes 2 to 3 minutes. And then by the time I am done, I can take off the mask and proceed with my night time face skincare routine. So it is a good way to keep my face moisturized until I apply face products, but is it a necessity? Probably not. I normally apply face products right out of shower anyway.

✔Bath and Body Works Twisted Peppermint Body Cream -- This is a BBW scent that comes out every holiday season. I love the smell of it, it's like the peppermint bark without the calories, and is just heavenly when I go to sleep with this smell on hehe. Another good thing about this body cream is how cooling and tingly (in a good way) my skin feels after this minty cream is applies. I used this when my skin suffered from itchy rashes caused by the LUSH Sugar Scrub, and it greatly helped to reduce the itchiness after wards so I can go to sleep without scratching myself to death.

✔The Body Shop Carrot Moisture Cream --This cream is an orange colored moisturizer that smells...pretty awful! Luckily it really goes away quickly after you apply it into your skin. Other than the scent, the cream itself moisturizes pretty well, it has a thick consistency and I am sure it will be a wonderful product for super dry skin. I tried it on my face, on my neck, and even on my elbows. It didn't cause me to breakout on my face despite the thick texture. But I probably won't repurchase again because I didn't like the scent very much.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

♥ February Favorites ♥

♥ First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Therapy -- Skin Protectant w/ Fab Antioxidant Booster
February weather in the Bay Area was cold and nasty. As a result, my skin felt dry and itchy. To make matters worse, I was immensely bugged by the itchy skin rash caused by the unfortunate incident from using the LUSH Sugar Scrub (see my previous review post), so I was on the hunt for a more effective skin cream. After some research, I decided to pick this one up from Sephora. Many reviewers said that this cream made their itch stop fast, and I really needed something fast acting like this.
It claims to "hydrate dry, parched skin. Relieve minor irritation and itching due to eczema and other conditions". It could also be used for the face, which was a plus. I was suffering from a terrible cold/fever in the latter part of February. You know when you blow your nose excessively, the skin around your upper lip area and your nostrils become raw and peely? This cream helped to soothe that and did not cause any breakouts on my face. When used on my body, I do feel that it is very soothing, and helped to relieve itchiness. It also made my skin feel smooth.
I love that it is fragrance free. The texture feels light and almost whipped, so it's really easy to spread and sinks in quickly.

♥ Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil
I've heard so many good reviews about Moroccan argan oil and how beneficial they are to help maintain healthy hair. I got this Organix one from CVS for $7.99 a bottle, which is a lot cheaper than similar Moroccan oil products offered at Sephora.
After I wash my hair every night and towel dry, I squeeze a few drops of this product onto my palms, rub my palms together a few times to evenly distribute the product, then apply onto my hair, concentrate on the roots. This product is suppose to help protect styling heat (such as blow drying after wards) and UV damage while helping to make hair healthier and soft. What I love about it is how fast my hair soaks the product up. I used to use BioSilk Silk Therapy prior to this, which is also a oil based product. But I always felt that it was a bit greasy, like my palms would be left greasy after applying BioSilk. But not so much for this Moroccan oil. It also leaves my hand feeling soft after, so I know it is definitely doing good things to my hair. The product comes out clear and has a nice refreshing smell.

♥ Sephora x Hello Kitty Sweet Gloss -- Peachy (see review here)
I've been using this almost every single day since I purchased it from Sephora around Christmas time last year. It gives just a little bit of nice tint to my lips, yet feels moisturizing like a lip balm. It's slim design allows me to apply this wherever and whenever without the help of a mirror. I might need a backup of this soon (perhaps a different color?) because what you see in the picture is all that I have left, and when I started it was almost twice as much.

♥ Victoria's Secret Eye Flash Liquid Brightening Pen -- Spotlight
I spotted this product while browsing through Victoria's Secret a few weekends ago. It is suppose to be an undereye brightener/highlighter that helps to diminish the looks of dark circles, or it could also be used as a highlight for the cheeks, around the nose or anywhere that you need a little bit of concealing/brightening up. It comes in a clicky pen brush packaging, which reminded me of the YSL Touche Eclat that I have been lemming for a long time. I have been using this product mainly under my eyes to help with my dark circles, and it works great. It doesn't crease on me either (primer applied underneath). I hope to purchase a YSL Touche Eclat soon so I can compare the two.
In the pictures below, the bottom left showing its coloring, and the bottom right image is how it looks lightly spread out. There is a little bit of shimmer, but not too noticeable once completely blended out.

♥ Philosophy The Supernatural Superglossy SPF15 Lip Gloss -- Bare Your Soul
Love the texture of this lip gloss. It is not sticky at all, doesn't settle in fine lines, and makes my lips feel moisturized and smooth. There is no shimmer at all, so no gritty texture either. It has a light minty scent, and feels refreshing on the lips. The SPF is an added plus. This lip gloss comes with a doe foot applicator.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Review: LUSH Sugar Scrub

Image from LUSH
I am sorry, but LUSH Sugar Scrub, I really really didn't like you! I am normally a big fan of LUSH products, and I have tried numerous products from them that I loved and repurchased over and over again, sometimes even recommended to my friends and family. But this is the first LUSH product that I had to toss away.

LUSH described this product as: "Our Sugar Scrub is hard, but a bit of a sweetie. Its no nonsense stance stimulates activity and tackles cellulite with fennel and ginger. Calming lavender has a balancing effect and encourages healthier skin."

To use: "Wet your skin in the shower or bath and rub a sugary scrub all over your body, then rinse. Do not get the scrub wet under running water or it will melt before it has had a chance to health and smooth your skin. As you rub on your body feel the scrub work its sugary magic, leaving you with bright, smooth and healthy glowing skin"

Um, excuse me? Smooth, healthy glowing skin? After I used the sugar scrub, it left little scratches on my arms and legs, and then a day later, a ton of itchy, rough raised bumps that took forever to heal! I am not new to scrubs and I use a body scrub at least once a week in my shower to exfoliate and help get rid of dead skin cells. But this was my first time using the LUSH Sugar Scrub, and the result was so disappointing. It felt so rough on my skin, so I had to use an extra light hand. Even so, it damaged my skin. I feel like the only area you can safely use this scrub on are your heels, but that's what my pumice stone is for.

The only thing I liked about the scrub is its scent. It's sweet and flowery. But other than that, I disliked how it melted and left a pile of green mess in my shower after using it, and I strongly disliked how it was so rough on my skin and made me feel miserable for days while my rashes healed.

At first I thought I had been using this all wrong -- even though this has always been how I use a scrub! You take it and rub it on your body! I still wanted to do research and checked out its review on makeupalley.com. It turns out I wasn't the only victim who got scratches and rashes from using this product. Some people suggested crushing it first and use the crumbles, which is less abrasive. I tried breaking it apart but it was solid as rock! I suppose I could take a bag and break it inside w/ a hammer or something, but honestly it was too much hassle for me to use a product.

In conclusion, LUSH Sugar Scrub was a completely disappointment to me. If you have sensitive skin, take my advice and do not try it! If you want something really powerful against callused skin, perhaps this has enough power for you. For me, I will never use this again!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Nail Polishes of the Month -- February 2011

All polishes are applied with 2 coats unless otherwise indicated. Left is taken with either natural light or room light, right is taken with flash.

Chinese New Year Nail:
Base color: Zoya -- America
Yellow stripes:  L.A. Colors Art Deco Nail Art -- Yellow
Gold sparkles: Winmax New York Pedicure Nail Enamel

Revlon Scented Parfume -- Peach Smoothie

OPI -- Black Shatter (on top of Revlon Peach Smoothie)

Tarina Tarantino -- Meteor Night

Zoya -- Helen

Valentine's Day Nail:
Base color: China Glaze -- Mr. & Mrs. (1 coat)
Heart accents: Maybelline Express Finish -- Clearly in Love

Paul & Joe Nail Enamel -- 23

Zoya -- Summer

Hello Kitty X Sephora -- Blueberry

Paul & Joe Nail Enamel -- 15

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure -- Choco-Latte