Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lotus Cosmetics Haul

Post by Beth

Check out my recent Hautlook haul of Lotus Cosmetics. What we have here is a pressed powder, a primer, two lip glosses, loose eye shadow and mascara.


I haven't tried the Lotus line before, but it's all natural, organic, mineral infused make-up, so I'm excited to give it a go.  The products are made without the use of synthetic preservatives, petrochemicals, parabens, fragrances or FD&C dyes.

Lotus does not test on animals.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Reviva Labs High-Potency Elastin Serum

PR Sample                                                                                                                          Post by Beth

I recently tried Reviva Labs High-Potency Elastin Serum, a formula designed to boost skin elasticity and firmness.  After a few weeks of using this serum I began to see a small improvement in my skin, but I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what it was.  I continued using the serum and soon identified that the improvement I was seeing was a slight “tightening” effect. I had been applying it all over, but I especially noticed the effect under my chin and around my mouth.

This is a substantial serum, but it doesn't feel heavy once it's applied and it absorbs quickly.

This isn’t a serum that will instantly wow you, but rather it is a slow and steady worker.  I think this is one of those products that with consistent use will pay benefits in the future--like the 401k of serums. Just keep on applying it and years into the future your skin will thank you by not being a super saggy mess.

Reviva Labs does not test on animals.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Adovia Exfoliating Facial Salts

I received this product as part of an advertorial.                                                                             Post by Beth

These Adovia Exfoliating Facial Salts are very fine grains Dead Sea salt that can be used as an exfoliating treatment to keep dead skin cells from clogging ones pores. I used this once a week in conjunction with my oil facial cleanser and provided a gentle exfoliation and the oil cleanser left my skin feeling very soft.  I will caution to use just a wee bit of the salt and not to “scrub” your face, otherwise this would be too rough of an exfoliant for the face.  As always, a kindly warning here not to exfoliate more than twice a week or your skin will get mad at you.

Adovia Exfoliating Facial Salts come in a generous 12.3 oz size, providing a lot of product, so I would encourage using it on your body, not just your face. Mixing it with bath or shower gel also works well and you can use more of it.  I like this method for keeping my feet in sandal ready shape. Also, one of the things I like about salt scrubs is that they seem to dissolve in water faster than sugar scrubs, which means they rinse off  cleaner and they are better to use in a bath as they don’t leave you sitting a warm tub of sugar water.

My one complaint with this product is that it was messy to use.  I wish it had come in a different style of container that made it easier to portion out or that it came with a scoop or something.  I kept getting salt all over the place, which was annoying and wasteful.

Adovia Exfoliating Facial Salts can be purchased on Amazon for $19.00.

Adovia does not test on animals.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Adovia Mineral Eye Gel

I received this product as part of an advertorial.                                                                        Post by Beth

I recently had the opportunity to try Adovia Mineral Eye Gel.  This is a lightweight gel that absorbs quickly, is non-greasy and isn’t sticky feeling.  It goes on with a very cooling sensation, which I like, so I use it as my morning eye cream.  The cooling aspect works well to de-puff eyes in the morning. It works very well under make-up as it doesn’t cause any caking, running, or streaking.

I have been using this eye gel for over a month and appreciate the moisturizing effects that come from the many botanic extracts and oils used in the formula, including Chamomile Extract & Algae Extract & Papaya Extract & Aloe Vera Gel, Sweet Almond Oil, Olive Oil, Geranium Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Peach Kernel Oil, Cornflower Extract, Exotic Verbena Oil, and Ginseng Extract.

However, I did not notice any effect on eye crinkles of under eye darkness from using this product. I did not have any adverse reactions to this eye gel.

Adovia does not test on animals.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

1,000 Mascaras No. 20: CK One Mascara

Post by Beth

Do you recognize this CK One mascara?  This is the mascara that Ulta is giving away to Rewards members for their birthday.  Way back in winter, around the time of my birthday, I made a special trip to Ulta to get this mascara, amongst other things.  The check out girl, however, would not give me the mascara because I had forgotten my coupon.  “I do not understand,” I said.  “You have my Rewards account in front of you, and here is my ID saying it’s my birthday.  Why can’t I have the mascara?” I asked.  “Because I am a powerless peon who has had my independent decision making skills killed by the daily toil of my retail job,” or something to this effect, she answered.  I elected not to purchase the $80 worth of other things I brought to register and stormed out, vowing never to darken the doorways of Ulta again.

What can I say? I am weak.  A couple of weeks ago I was there stress shopping when the person ahead of me was having the quintessential Ulta argument with the checkout clerk—that being, “What do mean this coupon doesn’t work?”  Has anyone ever successfully purchased something at Ulta and had the coupon work?  Props to you.  Finally, the more mature clerk who was helping me, took pity on the young clerk and her argumentative customer and was like, here just giver her the $3.00 off already.  Respect.  “Where were you when they wouldn’t give me my birthday mascara?” I asked.  “They didn’t give it to you?  Here,” she said, handing it over. More respect.  I don’t know if it was a true commitment to customer service or a serious don’t give a shit attitude, but I here’s a shout out to Donna at the Bellevue Shores Ulta.

All that to review CK One mascara.  So not worth it.  It has the standard spikey plastic brush, with a twist.  The wand actually twists, there’s a knob at the end that turns it from straight to twisty.  At first I couldn’t get it to stay twisted without holding it, which was rather awkward to use, and then one day it decided to stay twisted.  I didn’t really notice much of a difference between straight and twisty.

Lashes on the left with CK One; lashes on the right with no mascara

Length and volume were average.  Not outstanding, but not horrible either.  My major issue with this mascara is the formula, which was sticky.  It was difficult to get it to adhere to my lashes and then it would make them stick together so I would get this weird lash part I would have to comb out.  That’s too much work.

Bottom Lash Line:  This sticky mascara was not worth the hassle I went through to get it.

CK One tests on animals (sells in China)