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Dr. Denese Firming Facial Resurfacing Peel Review

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The Muse gets so scared when she sees products that say “firming” on them. Oh please tell me I don’t need any firming action on my face yet! I’m only in my 30′s….I’m scared hold me. I swear the words firming, wrinkle, and age spots just terrify me.

Of course when I got my hands on Dr. Denese Firming Facial Resurfacing Peel I got all kinds of scare.

But have no fear, it’s so much more than a firming peel!

Check it after the review.

What is it?

It’s a creamy orange peel that’s meant to brighten and refresh your complexion. Phew nothing about firming actions yet, looks like I’m safe. It exfoliates to reveal smoother skin plus…here it comes…it firms and tones while improving elasticity. EEP!

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In all seriousness I’m not yet ready to firm, tone, or improve my elasticity yet. So far my elasticity is snapping back like a rubber hand. But that doesn’t prevent me from enjoying this peel.

It’s actually meant for anyone with poor skin texture and uneven skin tone, certain dullness or anyone lacking radiance and glow or even dry, rough, tired skin. Some of this applies to me in a major way.

The general idea is you apply to a clean dry face and leave on for few minutes. Those with sensitive skin may notice a tingling or stinging so do a patch test prior to use. The formula is a rich, gel-like cream that has a bright, sunny orange scent. Once it’s on my face I don’t feel much but than again my skin is bulletproof you could probably throw acid it on it and I wouldn’t notice.

One of the main things I love about it is it resurfaces my entire facial area as I wear it. This basically means those patchy cheeks and flaky areas between my eyes gets eaten up and exfoliated by the mask.

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After I’ve left it on for a few I rinse with lukewarm water. You’ll instantly noticed your face is flushed and looking considerably better than before you started. I use it two to three times a week. I haven’t really noticed a major change in my skin as of yet but I do see a difference right after use and a few hours after use but nothing long term yet. I generally like the idea of having great skin just for a few hours as it seems to make makeup application smoother and makes my skin looks more like it’s glowing. I’ve only used it for a week so I’ll continue on and hope for long term results.

It’s quite an interesting peel and fairly affordable at around $30. Overall, I’d purchase again after I ran out because I do like that it exfoliates at the very least without using scratchy crystals.

Definitely in my likey book! I’ll update you on my progress with it.

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St. Ives Mineral Therapy Collection Review


Winter is around the bloody corner isn’t it? How did that happen so fast. Well, if the Muse is being honest she doesn’t really need cold, harsh weather to feel the dry, itchy, tightness that makes up her skin. My mother gave birth to a little baby crocodile because my elbows and knees are so dry it’s absurd. I have to keep at them constantly by scrubbing away dead skin and moisturizing as much as possible to keep them nice and soft. Miss a single day and it’s back to dry, flaky skin! Yak!

I got the chance to test out a new inexpensive beauty budget collection from St. Ives which is keeping my skin nice and hydrated right now and should keep it so throughout the long winter ahead!

Jump for it!

Considering the Muse is the first to sob at the state of the economy I’ve been keeping an eye out for any and all good budget beauty finds however they are so very few and in between. However, one great score is the new St. Ives Mineral Therapy Collection. Guys, def head into store for a sniff if possible as these smell so very heavenly which gives them a proper A+. Aside from smelling great they are heavily moisturizing and hydrating plus the formula contains no parabens or phytalates. The line includes three brand new products all $6.99 or under so you aren’t breaking the bank by indulging.

St. Ives Moisturizing Mineral Therapy Body Wash ($2.99-$3.99) is a freshly scented moisturizing body wash made with natural ingredients. The formula is not tested on animals nor does it contain animal ingredients plus the bottle is made up of 20% post-consumer recycled material. The body wash is a smooth, creamy blend that lathers up very well and leaves skin silky and smooth. It’s not drying in the least and it feels heavenly to my dry, crocodile skin.


St. Ives Mineral Therapy Body Polish ($6.99) is an exfoliating body scrub that is simply awesome. Muse Approval for this one. The formula is a thick, gooey paste much like shea butter with fine crystals blended in to gently exfoliate skin. It starts off as a moisturizing butter that scrubs away dead skin and later turns into a soft, smooth lather that rinses clean away. It’s a gem, definitely purchase this if nothing else from the line. They have it available in three formulas which are Oatmeal & Shea Butter (gentle polishing made with oatmeal and shea), Collagen Elastin (Collagen and Elastin proteins for younger, smoother skin), and Mineral Therapy (blend of minerals). I tried the Mineral Therapy and it smells just as heavenly as the wash does. The scrub works very gently but still manages to whisk away icky dry flakes while leaving skin super soft and super smooth. Loves it. It’s one of the few scrubs I’ve tried that doesn’t scrub away to the bone….I’m sure you know what I mean. Some scrubs are mega harsh this is ever so gentle and still works at making my skin smooth.


Finally, you can follow up your hydrating experience with St. Ives Replenishing Mineral Therapy Advanced Moisturizer ($4.99). This is a thick, creamy intensely moisturizing body lotion to keep skin soft. If you experience dry, itchy skin in the colder weather this will be a welcome relief to keep your skin healthy and moisturized.


Count the Muse impressed with the St. Ives Mineral Therapy Collection. It’s great, inexpensive way to get smooth skin. If you’re looking for a budget friendly option I recommend these as they are truly good. Worthy of a pick up me thinks.

Muse Approved for purchase.

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What are some of your fav St. Ives products?

I remember loving the St. Ives Apricot Scrub when I was in my teens. I seriously need to rediscover St. Ives as I forget how bleeding great it is.

Visit www.stives.com for further information plus check out the revamped packaging as the entire line is sporting new clothes!

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Korres Pomegranate Cleansing & Make Up Removing Wipes Review


Ahh the joys of being a lazy Muse. It happens on occasion don’t you know? I come home late, I’m tired, I’m trying to wind it down from a stressful day and I’m quite lazy enough that I’m not wanting to deal with my 20 step program to remove makeup, it’s a chore being me. When I’m busy being a lazy little bum I head for makeup wipes to clean my face on the fly so I can head straight to my bed and watch 10 Things I Hate About You on my Tivo Playlist. Gawd, that Ethan Peck is all kinds of cuteness.

My latest discovery for wiping off fast are the new Korres Pomegranate Cleansing & Make Up Removing Wipes. Oh joy they smell so pretties and are terribly cheap too, loves it!

Check it after the review.

If you don’t really like makeup remover wipes I highly suggest grabbing a package of Korres Pomegranate Cleansing & Make Up Removing Wipes just for the sake of sniffing them. You can totally get high off this scent. I guess it’s supposed to be the scent of Pomegranate but it falls into more of a fresh, rosy, floral mysterious scent that my nose can’t identify outside of saying, “oh my god so beautiful!” Excuse me Korres can we get a body spray or something in this scent? Soooo good!


On top of awesome smelling they also do a mighty fine job of a quickie clean up on my face. Sadly, they aren’t going to wipe off heavy duty waterproof mascara but they do a decent job of wiping off the rest of the gunk that needs taking off my face at the end of a long night. The cloths are nice and thick and have a smooth, soft texture. They are good for both combination and oily skin types and won’t dry out your skin and supposedly they even tighten up pores. They aren’t terribly saturated but they do have just enough remover on them to get off much of your makeup on those lazy nights when Ethan Peck is waiting for you on your Tivo.

Overall, if you’re looking for an inexpensive ($12 for 25 wipes), great smelling wipe that’s paraben free and created with good for you ingredients Korres Pomegranate Cleansing & Make Up Removing Wipes is the way to go. They aren’t going to do the job of your normal cleansing routine but they are great for quickie makeup removal on the fly.

All the yak from my face eww!


Likey!

As for this Muse she’s off to smell them some more….!

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H20+ Face Oasis Review


Remember how I was telling you about how irritating it was to chase those little beads around on my face which are part of the wonderful formula that makes up H20+ Face Oasis Ultra Hydrator? Gawd those things are a pain but I was willing to overlook them since I’ve fallen head over heals with Face Oasis as my main moisturizer the past several days.

But guess what? Score! H20+ Face Oasis has none of those annoying spheres, all the same benefits, plus a truly great formula to!

Yay!

Click for the review!

I was reading reviews that said the new Face Oasis I reviewed for you is more moisturizing than the older Face Oasis I’m about review. Personally they feel alot alike to me aside from the small spheres in Face Oasis Ultra Hydrator. One thing I did notice about this Face Oasis is it feels a bit tacky and sticky on my skin but after a minute it abides.

H20+ Face Oasis is an oil free hydrating moisturizing that’s a gel formula and supposedly reduces the appearances of fine lines and wrinkles. I’m only using it today so I can’t speak for long term results. I will say I’m loving this and the Face Oasis Ultra Hydrator so much because of the way it revitalizes my dry skin without making it an oily mess. The formula is so light and absorbs so easily into my skin leaving behind a dewy finish. Fabulous stuff. If you have dry I seriously urge you to see if you can get a sample. I also think the formula is rather ideal for oily skin as well since it’s so light.


Overall, I’m deeply impressed with H20+ lately and I’m thinking this could possibly make me switch from my regular Lush day and night cream.

H20+ Face Oasis gets a Muse Approval for making my dull, dry skin, dewy and fresh again! Feels just like a cup of cold water for my face. Many moisturizers I’ve tried in the pass say they are oil free but I always end up feeling greasy after not the case with this which makes it a gem among moisturizers.

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Likey!

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Villainess Mud Masks Review

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The Muse loves a mud mask. Must stem from her childhood days as a tomboy as playing in the mud was a favorite pass time as I recall it. Some of that branches into adulthood as mud masks are so my thing.

I particularly love ones that promise to detox my skin and make me all fresh faced and glowy again!

I recently introduced you to Villainess Soap. Villainess is known for making fine soaps and scrubs but they are also venturing into the land of skin care as well recently with a makeup remover and now mud masks…humff…who knew!

I ordered a few of the masks for myself several weeks ago and I’ve been fiddling about with them for some time. Jump ahead to finally here what I think!

At $12 per 2 oz jar these are an inexpensive mask as you can get tons of use from the one container. The “muds” come packed in a gorgeous little plastic container with vintage label. These are powdered in formula and need a tablespoon or two of water to get them worked up into a fine paste for your face. There are several muds to choose from that work in different ways and for different skin problems. These can be used on face or body. All three that I tried seemed a bit strong so sensitive skin types do beware as most of these caused a mild stinging while setting on my face but I didn’t mind much as my skin is virtually bulletproof, really takes alot to break me out or upset my skin. The three I purchased were Blush, Dulces En Fuego, and Scintillating.

I want to say that Scintillating is my absolutely favorite mud but sadly it’s not. Scintillating is a fabulous scented soap and scrub from Villainous that I adore. It’s a mix of vanilla and mint which is fresh, crisp, and cooling. I was skeptical about it appearing in a mud form but I was determined to love it. The mask supposedly purges oils, toxins, and buildup from the pores and is a combination of powdered mint leaves and essential oils to encourage healthy blood flow to skin. Sounds incredible right? Problem is I couldn’t bare to leave it on my face for more than a minute because it stung terribly. OUCH! I assume it’s the mint that’s a little too intense for me but this one I can’t really rate because it was just too painful to keep on long enough to see any sort of results. All three masks I tried did have a sting but this one was the worst of the lot.

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Next on my list was Dulces en Fuego which smells like a herbal hot chocolate cocktail. It’s a mix of rhassoul and white kaolin clays which supposedly draws impurities from the skin. This is supposed to brighten dull completions and promote sluggish circulation. The results are quite good. Can’t speak for any impurities being drawn out of my skin but after use twice a week my skin glows in the mornings after use. This one also stings a bit but nothing as intense as Scintillating. I liked this one very much as the results were visble in my glowing skin.

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Lastly my favorite of the lot for is Blush. This is slightly soury sweet smelling mud with a combination of white and pink clays to draw out toxins and marshmallow root to soften skin. Fruit acids help to shed dead cells. The results are also quite visible with this as well. It’s supposed to be very good for cleansing congested pores but for me it did a rather nice job with the flaky patches on my face (chin, between my eyes, etc…) and also gave a fresh, glow to my face. This tingles but doesn’t sting thankfully.

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The masks all start out wet when first applied but quickly dry out and tighten on the face. None dried my face out or caused any other skin havoc during use or after but of course results will vary so use caution when trying. Depending on how you mix the mask and how much water you use versus powder you’ll end up with either a runny or thin paste. Below the photos show only a small amount of powder used with way too much water so you’ll want to use enough powder and water to create more of a paste as it makes application easier when you aren’t working with a runny consistency such as this.


All in all I generally liked these for the price. Two of three worked fairly well and I think I’ll indulge further when I complete the three I do have as they are friendly little masks for getting my skin back in order after a rough day of city air. I don’t highly recommend them as they probably aren’t for everyone since the stinging could present a problem but if you’re an experimental skincare type of person these may appeal.

If you’re like to try them for yourself they can be found at www.villainess.net

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