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Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller Review

I’m quite sad over the fact that for the last year or so I wake up with tired, puffy eyes almost every single day. This could be old age creeping up on me or the lack of sleep. The Muse likes to think it’s lack of sleep rather than admit she’s getting old.

I’ve set out a quest for over a year to locate the perfect product to de-puff my tired eyes and wake them up again. Sadly, I’ve yet to find a single product that works and believe you me and tried ‘em all!

For the past few months I’ve been using Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller and I was kinda hopeful for a while that this would be my solution to my woes. I mean think about it…an anti-puffing agent at the local drugstore for a nice price…seems to good to be true right?

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Well fact is that it is too good to be true because it doesn’t work at all. Period. The end. Sad sigh.

Why the Muse was tricked into believing that Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller was the solution to life, the universe, and everything is truly beyond her. I guess the Muse was just feeling hopeful that finally some drugstore brand product was finally released that would wow her but sadly as with all drugstore brands she was in for a sore disappointment.

Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller comes in a nifty little roller ball applicator and is a cooling liquid that contains a high dose of caffeine. As you may know, caffeine is supposedly a miracle agent for de-puffing your eyes. Personally the Muse has tried many caffeine laden products and none have worked. The Muse likes to think it’s a nice marketing strategy for making us all frenzied about how caffeine wakes up so it should likely do the same with our eyes…not.

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Honestly, I should have known the product wouldn’t work from the get go considering that it not only promises to de-puff but also rid my eyes of dark circles. Anything that makes two big promises like that does make me wonder. I decided to try this for a few months before reviewing it so religiously, daily, I’d apply it prior to applying my eye cream. I applied it once in the AM and once in the PM and I almost had myself tricked that I noticed some difference in my eyes…but nope..truly this was a trick of my imagination because honestly the puffiness was still very there.

The product is absolutely ideal as it applies wonderfully well with the applicator. It’s also nice and cooling and has a nice fresh scent. I think the cooling sensation is much of where I got it into my head that the product was actually working however I honestly see absolutely no results in regards to either puffiness or dark circles.

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All in all it’s pretty much well wasted but hey what do you expect from a company who makes haircare products right? I’d say stick with the hair products and leave the skincare to the experts.

This Muse is still trying to locate that perfect product to de-puff her tired eyes and she knows now, after many months of use, Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller isn’t it!

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Skip it! Total trash as far as this Muse is concerned.

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DermaDoctor Ain’t Misbehavin’ Intensive Skin-Correcting Sulfur Mask Review

The Muse is pretty lucky as she rarely gets pimples or acne or spots of any kind. Her skin is nice and clear thankfully with a pimple that pops up on a rare occasion. This could account for the Muse is well past the age to be bothered by acne or it could be Lush skincare that takes good care of her skin. Whatever the case may be it’s pretty rare that I have any problems in regards to acne.

When I decided to try out DermaDoctor Ain’t Misbehavin’ Intensive Skin-Correcting Sulfur Mask I was having a rather good day in regards to my skin so I decided to tuck it away for a day I really needed it. That day happened to come this week when a big fat pimple popped up on the side of my face…actually thinking about it…it’s kinda a crop of pimples…ewww! I’m unsure where these came from but they did decide to take up residence on my face and hang out with me for a bit. Here in lay a perfect excuse to try the mask out!


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First things first I think it deserves to be said that the mask is a tad bit intense or at least I felt like it was so I’m unsure how those with sensitive skin will fair. When I say intense I mean it does have a slightly warm almost burning feeling as it does contain a healthy dose of Benzoyl Peroxide. I have a normal skin type and I wasn’t really bugged over much by the burning however if you’re a bit sensitive this could cause redness or burning so do a spot check prior to doing a complete treatment. The mask also contains 10% Sulfur which is the highest level of sulfur approved to kill blemish-causing bacteria and aid in exfoliation of the skin.

DermaDoctor Ain’t Misbehavin’ Intensive Skin-Correcting Sulfur Mask can be used either as a mask or a spot treatment. I used it as a full mask treatment this week to clear up the crop of pimples that were happily vacationing on my face however if you think your skin is on the sensitive side you can dab a bit on before bed to zap away unwanted pests.

I’ve used masks like this before and have always had one main problem with them….drying…they are terribly, terribly drying. So drying in fact that my skin flakes and peels off! Gross! The good news is that this mask is actually quite gentle and it washes clear off without leaving a dry spot behind! For me that’s pretty amazing as it does contain ingredients that are normally very drying to my skin.

In order to use the mask you’ll simply be applying a thin layer of the product to your face and leave it on for 15 minutes before washing off with cool water. The mask dries fairly quickly and it’ll start to feel quite tight on your face. For the crop of pimples on my face it took two mask treatments to rid myself of the pesky demons. I used the product once in the evening prior to bed, again the next evening, and on the third day I seen that the pimples had disappeared completely. Pretty good results. In regards to heavier acne you may want to try it out for three times a week for a month to see results. I think it’ll do well at clearing up moderate to heavier acne woes but results will vary from person to person. One aspect of the mask that you may find helpful is it’s quite drying for oily skin types so this could help rid yourself of oily skin which sometimes is the root of all evil when it comes to acne.

The formula boasts quite a nice floral scent which I liked very much however once it dries down and you’re washing it off you’ll get a very faint rotten egg smell which is of course the sulfur but honestly it’s not bad at all when compared to some products and for the most part I really loved the floral scent during application….it’s quite fresh and herbal like almost. The packaging is fantastic! It comes in push applicator which allows you to push to release the mask a la Kate Somerville moisturizers and exfoliators which means your fingers aren’t dipping in the product.

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Who should use it?

At $45 USD it’s not cheap so if you rarely get pimples you might not want to indulge in such an expensive product however if you have acne regularly or suffer from it daily it’s probably well worth trying out to see how well it does clearing up your skin. The formula penetrates pores and eliminates and prevents acne blemishes so in conjunction with other DermaDoctor skincare you may successfully be on your way to clearer skin in a month or so.

I actually liked the mask alot and will probably repurchase it in the future since it worked so quickly. It’s a nice item to have in my medicine cabinet on the days when an ugly pimple rears it’s head. Personally I’d buy it again simply because of the lack of unpleasant drying that’s associated with most acne products I’ve tried. This is a key selling point for me because I seriously can’t stand how flaky and dry my skin gets after using simple spot treatment products.

All in all if you’re looking for a quick recovery, a spot treatment, or something for heavier acne woes this is worth checking out. I thought it did a great job of banishing my pimples and getting my skin back to normal minus all the fuss of dry skin!

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Yes to Carrots Pampering Hand & Nail Spa Review: Good-bye Dry Hands!

The Muse’s hands happen to be as soft as a baby’s behind but not in the Winter….ugh they get rough, dry, and I get gross hanging cuticles…all sorts of chaos going on when the colder weather sets in! Terrible! I literally have to stock up on masses of Hello Kitty bandages because I can’t resist the evil temptation of picking my cuticles!

The past few days instead of pouring gobs of moisturizer on my hands I decided to use Yes to Carrots Pampering Hand & Nail Spa. Prior to moisturizing my hands I use this and I’m back to having baby butt smooth hands and nails minus dryness and hang nails! I can even skip moisturizer if I want as the product moisturizes my hands wonderfully well.

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Yes to Carrots Pampering Hand & Nail Spa is a paraben-free scrub made from sea salt, carrot seed oil, carrots, and pumpkin. The formula is oily and filled with large grains of scrubbing salt and resembles just about any body scrub you might be familiar with such as Philosophy scrubs. Honestly, if the title didn’t say hand and nail I’d have thought I could use it on my knees and elbows instead!

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In order to use it you’ll simply scrub a small amount on wet hands and rinse! Presto! Smooth hands! The grains work at exfoliating your skin while the natural oils of the product moisturize your hands and nails. With ingredients such as pumpkin and carrot I was expecting this to smell as such however strangely enough it kind of has a soft floral scent which is interesting.

The Muse is open to just about anything that will relieve her dry skin in the Winter and she totally dug Yes to Carrots Pampering Hand & Nail Spa! The price is quite nice as it’s on sale at Walgreens at the moment for $12.74 USD plus you get a rather large jar. It exfoliates as well as moisturizes while spoiling your hands and nails with good for you ingredients all while keeping it’s formula paraben-free!

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Burt’s Bees Citrus Facial Scrub Review

It’s about that time of the year now that my skin goes on protest and boycotts everything and anything I put on it to ease the tight, dry, flakiness caused by the cold Winter. A majority of the time dry skin just takes residence on my face and sits out the long Winter there and when I try to moisture or exfoliate it away I normally just get the rebel yell from it, “Hell No! We Won’t Go!”

Lucky enough I have found a few select products that do the job or at least aid me in ridding myself of flakes of dry skin. Soooo gross! Ew!

Today I realized I was pretty much down to the last of my Philosophy Microdelivery Wash so tonight when I got home I had absolutely nothing to use to exfoliate…ahhhh! Nightmare! But have no fear, Burt’s Bees Citrus Facial Scrub to the rescue! Yeah well the Muse does so admit that sometimes she has to remind herself that inexpensive skincare is around, alive, and kicking! I can’t recall the last time I used Burt’s Bees Citrus Facial Scrub but that’s a good thing because tonight I got a chance to remind myself how truly good it is.

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Grounded almonds, oats, and pecans are blended with rose petals, orange, and grapefruit oils to create a gorgeous facial scrub for all skin types. The product contains no parabens and many natural ingredients. Looks can be deceiving as the scrub isn’t the prettiest around. It’s poop brown (yes I did say poop you may laugh now!) with little scrubby bits and bobs. The good news is it doesn’t smell like poop…hehe…it’s quite a gorgeous scent of oranges with hints of rose and almond…rather relaxing and herbal like almost. Scoop some out…a small amount will do…and combine with water….slowly scrub around your face avoiding your eyes….rinse…and you’re left with super soft skin and a fresh scent that lingers for a bit! It doesn’t dry my skin out which is a plus as it does contain glycerin which moisturizes and softens my skin as I scrub. It says it’s gentle enough for daily use but I personal limit myself to twice a week as I could easily strip my face using it daily.

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Sadly, it’s not comparable to Philosophy Microdelivery Wash for me as it’s much more harsher. The ground almonds, oats, and other bits and bobs could prove quite nasty to sensitive skin types in my opinion but personally if you’re suffering from dry, tight skin you’ll be thankful for such a good scrub as it’ll strip off the dry layer and leave behind a softer layer of skin.

Honestly, for $8 USD you simply can’t go wrong especially if you’re currently taking a step back and looking to budget your beauty care at the moment. All of Burt’s Bees products are 99% natural so if you’re seeking organic and inexpensive Burt’s Bees Citrus Facial Scrub and anything else from Burt’s has you covered!

I do recommend trying it out for yourself as you may find it’s exactly what you’re looking for this harsh Winter season! The Muse likey! Check out more from Burt’s at www.burtsbees.com

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Lush Tea Tree Toner Tab Review

Pop Pop Fizz Fizz! Oh what a relief it is!

Ok, we are probably all way too young to remember that one but my mum used to randomly sing it to make me laugh when I was little and it came to mind when I whipped out my Lush Tea Tree Toner Tab last night! Hehe!

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I’ve been using Lush toner tabs for a while and I realized, “hey I haven’t reviewed any yet on Musings!” so here the Muse be with a review special for you! Love me much? At the moment Lush has three toner tabs available and I’m reviewing for you today the Tea Tree Toner Tab and later on this week or next I’ll review the other two tablets!

The “tabs” are tiny tablets, about the size of a quarter, that you drop in hot water and steam your face with. You can do this in any number of ways such as dropping one into a large bowl of steaming water or, as the Muse prefers, fill your sink with hot water, drop a tablet in, and cover your head with a towel! Poof! Bob’s your Uncle! You’ll be steaming happily away! They fizz happily away while the dissolve like your favorite bath bomb which brings the Pop Pop Fizz Fizz song to mind! If you totally didn’t get that here’s some simple instructions with graphics from those kind people at Lush:

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Lush Tea Tree Toner Tab is actually for troubled, traumatized skin. So if your skin is sensitive or acne prone this would be the toner you’ll want. My skin is not sensitive nor do I have acne but I’m curious so that accounts for why I purchased this one!

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I’ve heard various complaints about how horrible this tab smells but honestly I didn’t smell much of anything other than the faint scent of salt. Aside from that I really got no smell at all from this but maybe my nose isn’t sensitive enough to pick up exactly what it is that’s so “horrible” smelling. Shrug! Who knows! After steaming my face with this I honestly felt no difference considering I don’t have problem skin however after my steam I dipped a piece of facial muslin in the water and proceeded to wipe my face. Lush recommends using all the lovely water from your steaming to tone your face with so you’re actually getting two products in one! Yay! I loved this idea! One day, in the near future, the Muse will share her beauty secret and tell you all about an amazing product called Rosewater and Glycerin but for now she’ll tell you that Tea Tree Toner Tab actually has about the same consistency as Rosewater and Glycerin. The tab makes the water feel heavenly and full of moisture so while you wipe you’ll notice your skin feeling as if you applied a bit of a light moisturizer to your skin.

The bad news….

As much as I adored the moisturizing feel of the water, I found out later that it seriously created a problem for my skin. I suspect that since this is for problem skin, that would also mean oily skin. Normally Tea Tree Oil, Water, Etc…is used to mattify oily skin which I think caused my problem. Almost as soon as I dried my face off I noticed that my cheeks had dry, itchy patches! Yak! Even after my moisturizer my skin was still feeling somewhat tight and dry so indeed this isn’t the toner tab for me. I’m thinking this would be lovely in the Summer when my skin is feeling slippery but at the moment this definitely isn’t something to reconsider using!

All in all I rather liked the feel of the water after my steam however since my skin isn’t problematic I can’t report on any improvement. It’s worth trying out one for yourself if you have acne or problem areas you’re wanting to address! I trust Lush skincare with my life so I’m sure you’ll see some sort of improvement after a few uses plus the price of $1.50 USD per a tab isn’t too bad at all!

In other news I had heard that one girl took a tab, dropped it in a spray bottle, shook it up, and used it as a toner! That sounds rather interesting and cheaper than purchasing a bottle of Lush Tea Tree Water! I personally won’t try it until Summer though.

All in all this tab doesn’t get my Muse Approval but I do think it’s worth checking out for those with problem skin!

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