Skincare

Battling Dry Skin: Artistry Essentials Moisture Plus Review

Don’t ask me why I’m purchasing skincare products from Quixtar/Amway because I really won’t have an answer for you.

The good news is even though this particular product I am about to review for you is possibly made by and disturbed by a subdivision of Amway it still really does work.

Unreal right?

Who would have thought skincare from Amway had the potential for greatness!

Gasp!

Anyway what am I going on about?

I purchased a tiny bottle of Artistry Essentials Moisture Plus from Quixtar.com after reading a review about it on another blog (I’d give credit to that blogger but god knows where I read about it! Sorry ’bout that).

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The review raved about how great this was for refreshing dry skin and it couldn’t be more right! It’s pretty darn amazing at making my skin sigh in delight!

What exactly is it?

It’s a moisturizing oil that comes in a tiny bottle with a dropper. You simply take the dropper out and squeeze about 5-10 drops in your hand and pat this gently onto your face. I don’t actually pat. Sounds weird but I give myself a little bit of a facial massage with this rubbing it in nicely. The formula is pretty oily so if you’re skin is oily/combo stay AWAY! If you happen to suffer from dry patchy cheeks or dryness on your forehead this be for you! It virtually cleared up my the dry patchy problem on my cheeks and my forehead is no longer flaking up. Yay!

I must warn you if you’re sensitive this may cause a breakout so beware prior to use. I started out with about 2 drops and I instantly experienced a little bit of a breakout but I gradually introduced my face to it and after a while my skin was loving the added moisture this gave to it.

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This advertises as a product you can use over makeup but they must have been delirious when they wrote that because unless you want to look like a beacher babe tanning with baby oil on Venice beach I’d say don’t attempt applying during the day over your makeup.

I use this as PM treatment ONLY and would not attempt it during the day as a touch up nor as an AM treatment simply because it stays oily and wet a little bit before drying down. Unless you like going around with an oily face I’d avoid using it during your AM skincare regime.

I’m not using this regularly but only when I feel my skin may need a bit of a pick up and feels a size or two tighter due to the cold weather. At the moment Spring is upon us and Summer to come shortly so I’m doubtful I’ll make much use of this but it’s an excellent treatment for the cold Winter weather months!

I’ve been using about 10 drops or so a night after using my regular night cream and I’ve noticed that I wake up with a very beautiful, soft completion!

This is .49oz in size and costs $19.50 USD. The price is a bit off for a size so small but the bottle should last a good long time since you need so very little of the product!

All and all I’m enjoying this for the days my skin is whining about how it needs a bit more moisture to be on it’s best behavior!

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MAC Prep & Prime Review

I had to pick up some MAC lipsticks for a swap a few weeks ago and of course being the junkie I am I couldn’t leave the counter without getting at least one item for myself!

What did I end up with? MAC Prep & Prime.

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Lately I’ve sorta been on the hunt for a good primer. I don’t normally prime prior to foundation aside from the regular toner and moisturizer regime. But after reading some rave reviews about various primers I decided I should incorporate the step into my makeup routine.

What I read that turned me onto primers:

  • They make your foundation last longer.
  • They minimize the appearance of pores (I don’t have this problem as my pores are really tiny) but hey that didn’t stop me from wanting to buy a primer!
  • They are a good base for your foundation and it applies easier and smoother when a primer is used.

All this sounded like I seriously needed to start using a primer. The promise of long wearing foundation and foundation that applied easier and smoother sounded fantastic!

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Who else but MAC would have a great primer right?

Well…

Not really.

I’ve been using Prep & Prime for about two weeks now and I seriously haven’t seen much of a difference in my foundation wear and tear. My foundation fails to last through the day sadly and I have to touch up at least twice with powder or a highlighting pen since I begin to look dull around the 4th hour or so of wear. Sadly, MAC Prep & Prime failed the test of making my foundation last longer.

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Did my foundation go on smoother?

No. Not really.

It felt about the same going on after using Prep & Prime. I’m not sure what I was expecting from it but I thought maybe it would give my face a sort of wet moisturizing feel that would allow my foundation to glide on flawlessly. This it did not do.

The texture is pretty thick and if you look close enough it has tiny particles that pick up and reflect the light but that trick doesn’t apply when it’s on. At least for me it didn’t. Someone had mentioned on MUA that one pump will do it. Well no. I need at least two pumps to do my entire face.

It glides on rather smooth and soft in contrast with it’s thick texture. It feels wonderful really however I don’t feel like it’s moisturizing my face but then again that’s not really what it’s supposed to do anyway.

All in all it just doesn’t appear to work for me. It doesn’t make my foundation last longer and it doesn’t do a brilliant job of prepping my skin for foundation so basically it’s $22 USD of thick cream that doesn’t do much of anything.

Sadly, as much as I love MAC, this one gets a big thumb down!

Have you used it? Love it? Hate it?

Any recs for a good primer?

Tell the Muse!

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NeoCeuticals Problem Dry Skin Gel Review

Tis still a bit Wintery outside my window but Spring is slowly making it’s way across the board!

Come the Winter my skin suffers in a major way! Dry, itchy skin on my elbows, knees, and legs! Ugh I hate it so, so much!

I’ve tried so many moisturizers to relieve it but nothing really works! I find that my dry skin worsens since I shower twice daily and the hard water in New York rough houses my skin and makes it all chalky and yuck! Which also means I am moisturizing double duty!

I was lucky enough to test out some NeoCeutical Dry Skin Gel the past two weeks or so and I must say I’m quite liking it. It’s an interesting little product.

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It’s basically a cooling gel that softens my rough, dry skin. The tube itself promises to hydrate and exfoliate. The exfloliate part confuses me but it does soften my skin beautifully!

The product is slightly sticky and there is a dry down period so don’t expect to slip right into your clothes after using this on say your legs! I found it takes a few minutes to fully sink in and go from wet to dry!

I’ve been using it for about 14 days now and I actually did notice that the skin my elbows is much smoother and less rough then when I use my normal moisturizer!

This retails for $24 USD for a 4oz tube. The price does slightly make me cringe however you only need a small amount so I see it lasting me for a good few months!

This is available now from Ulta.com or Neostrata.

If you suffer from the Dry Skin blues in the Winter (or anytime) this might be something you want to check out!

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Philosophy Purity 32oz Back in Stock @ QVC

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I imagine this isn’t very news worthy but I thought I’d shout out and tell you that the 32oz mega size of Purity is back in stock at QVC.

About a month ago I finished off my mega size that I had purchased last year and I wandered over to QVC for a re-order and was saddened and shocked to see it was unavailable.

Now this mega size is about $40 USD or so after shipping.

I hopped into Sephora and had to pay $32 USD for 16oz…..sheesh………..I could get twice the amount for almost the same price!

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Anyway! For the Purity lovers grab it while the grabbing is good! Item Number A34737.

On to more Philosophy news…..

Have you seen these?

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From Philosophy’s website:

you need this product if…
  • your skin is dehydrated and thirsty for replenishment
  • your skin is dull, devitalized, and in need of extreme hydration
  • your skin has lost its firmness and elasticity
  • you want to minimize the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
  • your skin is stressed due to climate changes, stress, hormones or illness
  • Sounds like I need these as my skin is always thirsty for more moisture! It sounds like a great fix for Winter skin blues!

    What do you think?

    I’ve never tried any capsule treatments from Philosophy (they have booster shots available as well in cap form) so I am vaguely curious!

    Hmmmm!

    Thoughts?

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    Beauty on a Budget: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Rejuvenator Review

    Remember a few weeks ago when I was testing out the Neutrogena Wave? Sheesh forgot already? Click for a refresher!

    I’ve also been testing out the Skin Rejuvenator as well. I actually couldn’t use this for a while as I was broken out for a bit and anything aside from simple oil cleanser was all I could use without further making my skin cry NO!

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    But I’m back!

    And testing resumed recently!

    I have to say that I felt like the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Rejuvenator did a far better job cleaning my skin than the Wave. I really liked the Wave alot prior to testing the Rejuvenator but I now find myself reaching for the Rejuvenator more often!

    Why?

    I feel like the Rejuvenator cleans deeper as it sends off more powerful vibrations then the Wave and the pads that are included foam up better. I’m not only feeling like I get a deeper clean but I also feel like it’s exfloliating my skin as well!

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    The Rejuvenator is actually meant to improve fine lines and wrinkles and promote firmer skin. I have neither problem but it worked perfectly great in to give my skin a softer, cleaner appearance! My moisturizer seemed to really like it too as after using this it sunk in much better than it normally does!

    I guess I’m somewhat on the hunt to find a cheap alternative to shelling out $199 for the Clarisonic Cleaning Brush and the Wave and the Healthy Skin Rejuvenator does a pretty good job of that!

    This particular kit comes with the cleaner, batteries, and 12 cleaning puffs. It works just the same way as the Wave does in that you simply attach a pad to the cleaner, switch on, and begin circling it across your face.

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    After you’re finished you ditch the pad, rinse, and you’re good to go!

    The kit is a bit more expensive then the wave at about $33 USD but I also felt like it did a better job than the Wave which had cost $12 USD.

    You can certainly feel the difference when you switch it on as the pulse and vibration are much stronger!

    The pads are pre-soaked with a cleaning solution and you get a bit of a tingle as you use them which is very cooling and refreshing! They foam up much better than the Wave however I don’t feel I can use this to take off major makeup but I do enjoy using the entire unit in the shower, as it’s waterproof, for a nice deep clean in the morning!

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    The unit also left my face with a beautiful glow and softness that it normally doesn’t always have!

    Overall I’d say it’s definately an improvement over purchasing a unit that could cost $199 or more!

    Definitely worth trying out for yourself, young or old!

    Tried this?

    Love it?

    Want to try it?

    Tell the Muse!

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