Thanks to a few of my reader’s who brought to my attention that Bobbi Brown now has a brand new oil cleanser. Yay for oil cleansers. Nothing gets makeup off my face better than a good oil cleanser. I’m a big lover of Shu Oil Cleanser and many other smaller Asian brands as well so of course I’m quite excited to see Bobbi getting in on the game.
Honestly, not many brands cater to oil cleansers outside of Asia aside from Shu and most recently MAC so it’s great to see Bobbi Brown is making one too.
As requested here’s a review of the new Bobbi Brown Cleansing Oil.
If you haven’t used oil cleanser prior to this I’ll give you a brief break down of how it works. With a face full of make up you’ll take 2-3 pumps of oil and move it in circular motions around your face. This is on your dry face no water involved. As you rub, with the aid of the oil, makeup will begin to break up and away on your skin. Adding a tiny bit of water to your face will emulsify the oil allowing it to further break up foundation, eye makeup, etc….now you’ll rinse…done. You’ll be left with completely clean, soft skin. Although it sounds strange to those that haven’t tried it, the oil, does not leave your skin oily or greasy in anyway it rinses clean away and is ideal for any and all skin types.
Bobbi’s version is 6.7 oz in size and $38 where as Shu’s version is $35 and 5 oz. Although I like Shu very much, it’s likely Bobbi Brown Cleansing Oil will take the place of my Shu one because of price and formula.
The oil is a nice herbal scent and seems thicker compared to others I’ve tried. It glides onto my skin very nicely, breaks up makeup, and rinses clean away. I like the texture and the feel of the oil as it has a richer consistency compared to my normal brands. It removes makeup on contact and leaves my skin soft and smooth.
Overall, if you aren’t used to purchasing high end skincare this could prove an indulgence. Personally, I absolutely love it and will be replacing my current high end brand with this. It’s elegant bottle, bigger size, and incredible ability to remove all traces of makeup make it a winner for me.
Muse Approval for purchase.
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A few months ago I fell in with Kenzo Belle de Jour which is so above my budget but I can’t help it, it’s love people.
After writing my review I got a few e-mails asking me further about Kenzo Belle de Jour and I found a few fellow fans of the moisturizer. It was a relief knowing I wasn’t the only one in love with such an incredible cream, after all it is kinda expensive and I wasn’t sure if anyone out in Internet-land was loving it as much as I was.
Now recently I got a few more e-mails thanking me for recommending Belle de Jour. This warms my heart. It always makes me so terribly excited when someone takes a chance on my recommendation, purchases the product, and ends up loving it. It’s such a joy to hear success stories about people reading my review and enjoying the product as much as I do. Along with these kind words of thanks these fans told me, “But Muse if you loved Belle de Jour why haven’t your brought us a review of Kenzoko Fresh Lotus Water…” I even had two readers telling me they must hear about it from me prior to purchasing it..blush..thanks guys!
Well, here, for your pleasure, is a review of Kenzoki Fresh Lotus Water which indeed, for fans of Belle de Jour, smells just as incredible.
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If you’re not a lover of scented products look away dears, look away. But if you absolutely adore your skin care to have a beautiful scent stay close at hand while I tell you the joys of Fresh Lotus Water.
For a burst of cooling mist with the light, fresh scent of lotus this is your go to product for toning, hydrating, and waking up tired skin. This fresh water mist can be sprayed directly on face to prep skin prior to moisturizer or to end a hard night as a soothing toner.
The mist comes in a can and allows for a very fine cooling mist to be sprayed on skin. It’s refreshing, cooling, and ever so slightly moisturizing. I found it’s the perfect prep prior to applying Belle de Jour as it allows the moisturizer to absorb easily into my skin. Or it’s rather perfect after removing my makeup to tone my face.
The formula key element is dew grass which is used in many Chinese medicine for it’s reconstructing properties to promote and improve hydration in the skin.
I use alot of different mists on my face from Asia most of which are fairly cheap however one of the more expensive ones I lean towards will be replaced by this. It’s price is a tiny bit higher at $28 but I can’t forsake it’s incredible scent and moisturizing benefits.
Overall, Kenzoki Fresh Lotus Water is a fabulous mister for restoring moisture to your face. During the long humid days of Summer I’ll be using this to give my skin the hydration it needs minus my normal moisturizer which can prove to heavy for the heat. It’s a fine mist for getting my face moist, refreshing tired skin, and working as a light moisturizer for Summer wearin’ and tearin’!
Muse Approval for purchase!
Not sure if I got you all pumped about H20+ as of yet but if by chance I have and you’re overwhelmed what to try first, you’ll be happy to hear about the kits they offer. H20+ has several great skincare kits available so you don’t have to choose to test one single large item that you may not like! You can get a selection of 3-4 items in one kit for a low price that allows you to test out a few choice offerings from H20+.
Right now it’s my go to skincare and I’m enjoying the ride fully. I recently placed a haul order which I’ll tell you more about later but for now let me introduce you to the H20+ Sea Results Starter System.
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These kits are available for a variety of skin problems and contain up to four items for a mere $19.50. It’s a great way to introduce yourself to the line and see if you’ll like it. So far I’m having great results with H20+ and I can possibly…gulp…see it replacing my Lush moisturizers.
The H20+ Sea Results Renew Kit contains a variety of items for cleansing and repairing skin. Particularly it concentrates on fine lines and wrinkles. The kit includes four items total in mini form.
H20+ Sea Results Sea Mineral Cleanser
H20+ Marine Toner
H20+ Sea Results Line Mender
H20+ Sea Results Eye Mender Plus
First off the item I loved the most that I’ll will be purchasing a bigger size of would be the H20+ Sea Results Mineral Cleanser. I normally stay clear of cleansers that are of a cream consistency as they don’t seem to work great at removing makeup. The formula of this is a moisturizing, loose, slightly runny cream. I’d probably miss on this if I had known of it’s formula to begin with but I sure am glad I was oblivious as it’s terrific! The formula is very gentle on my face and feels cooling and refreshing. You can literally feel it wipe away makeup and grime while refreshing the skin with a burst of moisturizing hydration. It doesn’t leave me feeling tight or itchy after use and feels like I rinsed with cool water and naught else. Very nice stuff.
Now I wasn’t too impressed with the H20+ Marine Toner. It feels well enough on my face but I didn’t really notice anything particularly exciting about it aside from the fact it was simply a toner without much fanfare. Unexpected as I’ve grown used to great things from H20+ lately.
The other two items in the collection I can’t say I’ve seen results as I’ve yet as it’s only been a week and a half since I’ve used either. I will say the Eye Mender Plus is a great eye cream so far as it’s creamy and very moisturizing. The Line Mender probably isn’t useful as of yet since I don’t have lines on my face that need mending, thank god, but I suppose it’ll make a nice treatment regardless, can never start too early fighting wrinkles, even ones that aren’t there.
Overall, the kit is a great little bang for your buck. H20+ Sea Results are available in any number of options from fine lines, to oil control, and even extra hydration so you don’t have to settle on this particular kit you have options available depending on your skin type.
These are a fine deal and a great way to become neighborly with the brand.
Prior to taking over the world I first want to accomplish one major thing in regards to my almost perfect skin. I want to remove the icky, gross blackheads embedded in my nose without having to head to my dermatologist. I also wish to do this with a mask treatment that won’t remove pieces of skin along with my blackheads.
Biore Nose Strips are an absolute dream come true but I have one or two pesky blackheads on the tip of my nose that hang out there and no manner of plucking will get those buggers out.
My goal was to get them off with something that was inexpensive and easy to find. In steps The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Blackhead Minimizing Mask.
Click ahead for the review.
Believe me when I say I’ve used just about every Asian mask treatment around in hopes it would remove my blackheads without success. Particular attention has been paid to charcoal masks which remove skin but not blackheads….as in they rip the skin right off your nose, umm ouch!
Curiosity led me to The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Blackhead Minimizing Mask which is readily available, doesn’t have to be hunted down from abroad, and is fairly cheap. The mask can be used all over your face or on your nose where pesky little blackheads have been known to play and hide.
The mask is green in color and applies smoothly as it’s a moisturizing cream at first. After dry down it becomes slightly harder and peels gently off hopefully whisking away blackheads and other nasties. I choose to use it as a nose treatment as that’s where I have blackheads but I did go so far as using it all over my face as well since I was curious what sort of results I’d have as it does contain Tea Tree Oil which is great for mattifying skin.
I read a few reviews that said this hurt terribly when peeled off but I either have bulletproof skin or these people are super sensitive. It peels away fairly easy and doesn’t hurt or sting or burn in anyway. At least not for me.
Now the results aren’t so great sadly. As an all over treatment mask it works fairly well at soaking up excess oil but do keep in mind I’m not mega, slippery slidey oily. It mattifies my skin fairly well and my skin feels very nice the day after use so it’s a great night time treatment prior to bed. As for blackheads on my nose it’s a no go. It didn’t clear up those pesky buggers in the least and they are still happily sitting on my nose. Yuk!
Overall, I’d say it’s a fairly nice all over mask as it makes my skin feel quite refreshed and glowy after use and does a decent job of soaking up excess oil. As for a nose treatment I’d say it’s a fail. It’s fairly inexpensive so it won’t break the bank to give a try for yourself. You might have better results than I did but for now I’m going to continue hunting for the cheapest and best way to get rid of those two stubborn blackheads on the tip my nose!
Hey chicas have you heard the good word about the new Sally Hansen HD Nail Color?
HD Hi-Definition Nail Color from Sally Hansen is a collection of eight shades of pure, vivid pigment polish with a patented formula that has real liquid crystals to create a multi-dimensional color and iridescent shine!
In celebration of this exciting launch, Sally Hansen is hosting a sweepstakes on their website (www.sallyhansen.com) from July 8, 2009-September 15, 2009. One grand prize winner will receive a 32inch HD TV, three will receive an iPod Nano, and ten weekly winners will receive a Sally Hansen Gift Bag!
You can enter the sweepstakes by visiting here.
In honor of the Sally Hansen Sweepstakes the Muse is giving away five sets of Sally Hansen HD Nail Color. This is for US residents only due to shipping of liquids, sorry girls.
You can enter the contest by placing your name and e-mail address in the widget below. To double your chances of winning you can follow me on Twitter.
9/8/2009 UPDATE: This post will be updated shortly with the winners for the contest. I had a problem with Contest Machine and was unable.
Update: Winners Alerted.