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Merle Norman Brush Cleansing Bar Review

Wow!  Merle Norman Brush Cleansing Bar is awesome!  My friend gave this to me for my birthday yesterday.  I was so excited to try it, I used it last night. Dang! This is some great stuff!

Here is the description from Merle Norman’s website:

We’ve raised the bar when it comes to cleaning makeup brushes. This simple, fast and convenient alternative to liquid cleansers safely cleans natural and synthetic brushes. Silicone pad provides a deep cleaning surface. Light Papaya and Green Coconut scent. Travel-friendly.

The cost is $18.75 USD for 1.1 ounces.  I couldn’t wait to try it, as I have many make up brushes that I don’t clean as often as I should.  Regular brush cleansing will not only lengthen the life of your brushes, but get rid of bacteria that can cause break outs.

I have used Japonesque Solid brush cleaner in the past, but it pales in comparison to the Merle Norman brush cleaner.   The silicone pad that comes with it makes a huge difference.  You simply wet your brush, swipe on the soap them swipe on the silicone pad, rinse then your are done.

Merle Norman Brush Cleansing Bar 2-11-18

If you are not familiar with Merle Norman Cosmetics, it’s an American cosmetic company that has been around for over 87 years.  Each studio is independently owned and operated. The products are made in the United States and are cruelty free. They have a wide variety of skin care and make up products available. Their “Try before you buy” philosophy has been a calling card since day one. I’ve worked as a beauty advisor at Merle Norman in the past, and can personally vouch for the quality of their products.  You will receive personalized service that is not possible at department stores or other specialty retailers.

I couldn’t believe how much make up came out of my blush brush.  Check out the YouTube video on how to use this great brush cleaner.

I will be purchasing the product again.

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Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream Review

This is an oldie but goody.  I bought this at Target for less than $14 USD for 16 ounces. Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream .  I recently read an article about this favorite for dry sensitive cream on Allure.com.

I use to use this cream years ago, right after my son was born.  Back then you had to ask for it at the pharmacy.  Given that the tub is 16 ounces, it will last you forever.

My skin gets super dry in the winter, and this thick cream works great. It’s free of dyes, fragrance, lanolin, parabens and formaldehyde.

I had some dry patches on my face that I had  used a great peel off mask I reviewed last week.  While this cream is great for really dry skin, it doesn’t have any anti aging benefits.

I recommend this cream to anyone with really dry skin.

Vanicream 2-3-18

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Freeman Feeling Beautiful Renewing Cucumber Peel-Off Gel Mask

Freeman peel off masks have been around since 1976.  I have used them off and on for years.  For me there is something very satisfying about a peel off mask, since you can see what is being pulled out of your skin.

I recently tried Hey Honey Take It Off exfoliating honey peel off mask.  I had received a deluxe sample in an Ipsy or Sephora Play box.  I really liked it and went to their website to place an order. Holy cow!  It was $32 for 1.7 ounces. Um, heck no!

I looked for a dupe and came across Freeman Renewing Cucumber Peel-Off Gel Mask for $4.29 for 6 ounces at Ulta.

Here is the description from Ulta.com:

A super-cooling, skin-quenching mask that gently peels away impurities that can cause skin to be rough and dull. Contains Cucumber Extract and Aloe to soothe while moisturizing, ensuring skin feels soft and silky-smooth after every use. Perfect for normal to combination skin.

Key Ingredients:

  • Cucumber Extract
  • Aloe Vera
  • Vitamin A

My skin is usually normal, but lately I’ve been having some dry patches.  No matter how much I was moisturizing, they just wouldn’t go away.  I’ve been using this Freeman mask  three times a week for the past two weeks, and my dry patches are gone.  I do feel it is just as effective as the Hey Honey mask. And at less than $.72 cents an ounce,  as opposed to $18 an ounce, it’s a way better deal.

Freeman Renewing Cucumber peel off gel mask 1-28-18

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Reflections on 2017, and my best of beauty products!

Happy New Year!  Welcome from the frozen tundra that is the upper Midwest!

My reflections will be brief as 2017 was not the best year for me.  I lost a job I had hoped to retire from, and had two knee surgeries on the same leg.  I want nothing more than to put 2017 behind me. 2017 wasn’t all bad, we went on a fun vacation to New Orleans, and our child graduated from high school.  My husband and child are happy and healthy, and that’s the best I can hope for.

I haven’t done as many product reviews this year because I have cut back on my spending.  The products that were my favorites in 2017 were mostly make up, with some great hygiene products thrown in.

Let’s get started.  Clairol Root Touch up $8 USD.  This is such a great product.  I use to spend so much money having my hair professionally colored. I would get partial highlights and walk out of the salon over $150 poorer (with a generous tip).  My hair looked okay having it professionally done, but it wasn’t like anyone ever noticed or complimented me on my hair color.  I wear my hair up 80% of the time, and I’m only coloring it every six weeks, just the touch up, I might do my whole head once a year.

Clairol Root Touch up 12-31-17

My perfect shade!

Dove Dry Spray invisible 48 hr antiperspirant.  $6 USD.  I used a solid stick for years.  This product is pricey but leaves no white marks on your clothing.  The fact that’s its 48 hour is weird, but whatever.

Dove Dry Spray 12-31-17

No white residue!

Having had two surgeries this year, this Drybar Detox Dry shampoo came in very handy.  It’s pricey at $23 USD, but so worth it.

Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo 12-31-17

Great scent!

Pantene Air Spray with no alcohol $5 USD.  This is a great product, my hair is dry and being alcohol free makes this my go to hair spray.  I don’t think I’ve ever paid full price as I’m a big coupon shopper.

Pantene Air Spray alcohol free hair spray 12-31-17

Who doesn’t want whiter teeth?  I found this Dazzling White whitening pen at Dollar Tree for $1 USD.  I have a lot of crowns, so this works really well for me. I’ve seen these at WalMart for $5 USD.  You can find some great beauty buys at the dollar store.

Dazzling White tooth pen 12-31-17

L’Oreal Age Perfect Eye Balm $20 USD.  2017 has taken a toll on my poor face.  This helps great with under eye circles and wrinkles.

L'Oreal Age Perfect Eye Balm 12-31-17

Touch’N Brow eyebrow shapers $1.79 USD at a beauty supply store in the inner city.  Menopause  and 2017 have not been kind to my face, between hair sprouting out of my nose and covering my face, I would be a mess without these puppies. Shaving your face is also a great exfoliant.  I paid $5 USD at Sally Beauty for the same product.

Touch'N Brow Shavers 12-31-17

Last but not least L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara $10 USD.  This has been a game changer for me.  I wear glasses, and this mascara really makes your lashes stand out.  I use blackest-brown.  It’s easy to remove, and I haven’t paid full price for it yet. I have 6 tubes stashed for the next year or so.

L'Oreal Lash Paradise mascara 12-31-17

Thank you so much for stopping by, and I hope everyone has a great 2018!

November 2017 Ipsy Glam bag review

Hello!  Happy Saturday!  I’ve been MIA for awhile, as I’m recovering from surgery. A bright point this past week was receiving my November Ipsy glam bag.

I liked most everything I got, which usually isn’t the case.  I had a heck of a time finding pricing for everything I received.  Ipsy costs $10 a month.  You get five products, and your selection is based on your personal profile.  I have changed mine several times over the years.  Most of the products are deluxe sample size, but I always get at least one full size product.  This month I got three full size products!  Sweet!

Here is what I got:

Ipsy Nov. 2017 Glam bag 11-15-17

Don’t know why it is sideways, must be the pain meds I’m on. Ha ha!  Ipsy is great about sending make up brushes.  I got a tapered highlight brush from slmissglam.  It’s so cute with it blue handle and blue rhinestones.  Next up is a gorgeous bronze loose eye shadow by Naked Cosmetics in Mother Nature.  It has tiny flecks of green and I can’t wait to try it on my blue eyes.  It retails for $14.99.

I’ve gotten many lip products from Colorpop over the years.  This month I got Ultra Satin Lip color in Calypso.  It’s a pretty pinky nude that retails for $6, this is full size.

I got a lip balm by Skyn Iceland Berry Lip fix, it was a deluxe sample, and just okay.

I also got a deluxe sample of IT Cosmetics CC+ foundation in light.  I have used this before and it offers great full coverage and  also can be used for a concealer.

All in all, I definitely got my money’s worth this month.  Thanks for stopping by.

Ipsy Nov. 2017 Glam bag 11-15-17 swatch

Fix a dent! Holy crapitoly! It’s freaking awesome!

Happy Sunday! I love YouTube!  It’s amazing what kind of stuff you can learn by watching endless beauty videos.  I was binge watching some wig videos recently, and picked up this little gem.

The lady on the video used eye lash glue to fill in a line between her eyes. Hmm, sounds interesting. I have a deep line between my eyes, but most notably I have a dent in my forehead.  I opened my car door on my head about three years ago, and it never filled back in.  My doctor told me that the skin literally moved and will never move back.  I’ve looked in to getting some sort of filler, but that’s expensive and not a permanent fix.  I also have some chicken pox marks on my forehead as well.  Basically a hot mess!

Check me out:

Dented forehead 2-5-15

I did a blog post a few years ago about my dented forehead. I didn’t realize how obvious it was until I was doing a make up post. I’m very self conscious about it.  I try to wear my hair over it for the most part. But my bangs are getting thinner too, so it basically sucks balls.

Well, I tried this eye lash glue trick, and holy crap! I think for my first try, it turned out really well. I put the glue on, let it dry completely.  Next I dabbed on some Wet n Wild Photofocus concealer in light ivory using a mini beauty blender sponge. I then put a very thin layer of Covergirl Simply Powder foundation in ivory. I almost cried when I saw how good it looked.  I also used it on some of my wrinkles and the pox scars. I almost forgot the e.l.f. Natural Lash Kit  that I paid a whopping $2 for.  I already had the other items.  I’m very happy with the results, check me out.

 

Here is everything I used:

Fix a dent 10-15-17 kit

The glue is clear and very easy to use. I don’t have any foundation on the rest of my forehead.

You remove the glue with a warm washcloth. I tried Ardell lash glue first, but it didn’t do anything.

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L’Oreal Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Eye Balm Review

Happy Sunday!  I’ve tried so many eye creams over the years. I’ve thought a few times that I found a holy grail one, but nope, not until now anyway.

Well I’m happy to report I think I may have found the perfect eye cream for mature skin.

It’s L’Oreal Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Eye Balm I purchased this at Ulta.  The regular price is $19.99, but I had a manufacturer’s coupon and store coupon, so I only paid $14.50 for .50 ounces of product.

Here is the description from Ulta’s website:

L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition firming and hydrating eye cream glides smoothly onto skin for incredible comfort. 10 precious oils and pro-calcium blend to intensely re-densify skin around eyes, restoring a radiant glow.

I have a lot of wrinkles under my eyes. I’m 58, so that is to be expected. I wear glasses and blindly think (get it) that you can’t see my lines so well. Wrong! I have dark circles too and have to use a concealer.  Lately it seems like my lines have become pronounced.  I’ve had a rough year, so that may have contributed to my haggard eyes.

I was more than pleasantly surprised by this eye cream.  I’ve only been using it for a few days, but have noticed a big difference.  My under area is moisturized and a bit smoother.  One plus is my concealer looks the same at the end of the day as it does when I apply it in the morning.  That never happens.

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I have minimal make up on, as I was just running out to the grocery store.

L'Oreal Eye Cream 2 9-24-17

I also have on my absolute favorite mascara by L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara 

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