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Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Verdict Is In: Proactiv 3-Step System

Hey Ladies & Gents,

This will be the last installment for my Influenster Cosmo VoxBox Series. To see what I thought about the other products in my box, just refer to my previous posts on the Vitabath Body Wash and the Gilette Venus ProSkin MoistureRich razor!

Today I will be giving you my thoughts and opinions on the Proactiv 3-Step System. Proactiv has been around for quite awhile and I always remember seeing commercials on it. From reading various reviews and talking to other ProActiv users, it seems as though this product is a 'hit or miss' with most people. I have very normal skin with occasional sensitivity in my chin and neck area. Here is what I think of it....

1- Renewing Cleanser
2 - Revitalizing Toner
3 - Repairing Treatment


Background
The ProActiv 3-Step System comes with a Renewing Cleanser, Revitalizing Toner, and Repairing Treatment Lotion which are to be used in conjunction with one another. Before I give my verdict, let me say that this is a 30-day kit and I only tested this product out for a week so results may vary if used longer. Please remember that what works for one person's skin may not work for another.

The Renewing Cleanser was not one of my favorites. It is an oil-free cleanser designed for mild to moderate acne-prone skin and contains tiny grains to exfoliate dead skin. It also contains benzoyl peroxide to penetrate pores and help kill bacteria as well as existing acne blemishes. The first few days it seemed to work fine, but then I noticed that it seemed to be a bit harsh on my skin. I don't have acne prone skin so I usually only exfoliate once a week and I prefer for my exfoliant to be seperate for my daily cleanser. I don't like the idea of this cleanser acting as an daily exfoliant. I also wish the cleanser had some type of lathering quality as well as salicylic acid instead of the benzoyl peroxide or maybe even a combination of the two. Because the formulation mainly consists of benzoyl peroxide, it tends to dry the skin which can cause irritation. I can see this working for some one with bad acne because it would dry the acne and bring it to the surface therefore clearing the skin and serving its purpose. For me, however, it is not necessary and therefore the product seemed to complicate and confuse my skin rather than keep it in its current normal state. I would give this product 3 out of 5 stars, meaning that it's an OK product but I don't know if I would invest in it again especially with its price point.

The Revitalizing Toner works very well for me. I love the formula --not too thick and not too runny. It clears my pores and does its job! It contains witch hazel, aloe, chamomile, and allantoin which are all very good for the skin and your pores. I would give this product 4 stars because my face feels refreshed after using it.

The Repairing Treatment is also one of my favorites! It is a very light medicated lotion that leaves my skin feeling firm and soft. For some reason, I get that nice feeling when I put it on --- a bit similar to when you remove a mud mask. A little goes a long way, and I find that even though this product contains mainly benzoyl peroxide like the cleanser, it also contains soothing botanicals which seem to counteract the dryness which occurred from the cleanser. I give this product 4 stars!

Overall
If you have acne-prone skin, I would definitely give this a try and see if it works for you. After all, you can get the 30-day system and then toss it if it doesn't work. It is sold as a 30-day, 3 Step System for $19.95. I thought the complete system was a good concept and it worked out OK, but I just wasn't too fond of the micro beads in the cleanser. I wouldn't use it for an occasional breakout, but I would definitely give it a shot if I had acne-prone skin. I would give the entire system 3 out of 5 stars. You can find out more about this product by visiting: http://www.proactiv.com

Have you tried the ProActiv System and/or are you thinking about trying it? What are your experiences with it if you have? 

Disclaimer: I received this product to test through Influenster's VoxBox program. All opinions expressed in this blog post are of my honest opinion as I believe in 100% honesty and integrity. Thank you.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Verdict Is In: Gillette Venus ProSkin MoistureRich Razor

Hello Ladies & Gents,

If you have been keeping up with my Cosmo VoxBox adventure, you will remember that I unveiled my box over a week ago and have been actively testing everything out. You can view the review and follow-up on the Vitabath Body Wash in my previous posts. This time I'm letting you know what I think about the Gillette Venus ProSkin MoistureRich Razor.

I usually test out products for one week to a month, but I only needed to test this razor once to come up with my conclusion. This review is going to be based on my knowledge of razors and me using it this past weekend.
From Gillette Venus Website: View of Razor in Package and Details of Razor


Background
I have been using razors since high school or maybe even before then. I used to shave pretty frequently and would always purchase the most expensive razors and even remember owning lots of Gillette products. When I go to college, I started using disposables because they worked just as well and were much cheaper. Now that I've graduated from college, I actually find myself shaving less frequently but still find the need to shave because of my continuous hair growth.


From Gillette Venus Website


The Verdict
What makes this razor unique are the "moisture rich" shave gel bars that surround the razor and enable you to have a close, clean shave without using shaving cream. It is also a three-blade razor with refillable cartridges. Not only that, but it comes with a nifty shower hook with allows you to store your razor in a secure place. When I shaved my legs with this razor, my skin was so smooth and the procedure went so much faster than when I use the traditional razor. I also enjoyed the close shave along with the ergonomically friendly handle which allows for an easier and more comfortable shave. I prefer to use shaving cream for extra protection but one can make sure and wet the shave gel bar before shaving if you choose not to use a cream/gel. The one con that I noticed about this razor is how fast the shave gel bars seem to run out. I'm concerned that I may not get much use from each cartridge but I do love how smooth and hairless it leaves my skin. My final verdict would be that this razor works better than the average razor that I've used and I am enjoying it so far!

You can find out more about Gillette Venus and also purchase this razor by visiting their website:
 http://www.gillettevenus.com

Disclaimer: I received this product to test through the Influenster VoxBox program. 

Have you tried this razor? If so, what did you think about it?




Monday, November 14, 2011

Casual OOTD:::Cropped Tee & Skinny Jeans!

Hello Ladies & Gents,

I decided to post a video on a casual outfit of the day since my past few have been strictly business casual. I enjoy wearing jeans and being comfortable from time to time so I hope you enjoy the pictures and the video. I spent a lot of time editing the intro for the video so I know you will love it! I also show you various ways to style an oversized cropped top, so grab your tees and let's have some fun!

What I'm Wearing:
Grey New York Cropped Top & Navy Tank - Rainbow Fashions
Dark Wash Skinny Jeans w/ Silver Embellishments on Back Pockets - Burlington Coat Factory
Earrings & Bangles - Local Beauty Supply Store
Black Ballet Flats - Payless Shoe Source






Very Affordable, Cute, Casual, and Comfy!

On My Face:
Mobile Eyelid - Navy Blue from Sonia Kashuk Palette
Mobile Eyelid - Dark Blue from Wet 'n Wild "I Got Good Jeans" Trio
Tearduct - White from Elf Beauty Book (Smokey Eyes Edition)
Crease Color - Saddle from Elf's Studio Line Single Eyeshadows
Lips - Retro Pink (525D) from Wet 'n Wild
Cheeks - Milani Baked Blush in Rose d'Oro coupled with Wet 'n Wild's Heather Silk

Face of the Day 


Check out the video footage below:


Let me know what you think down below! I love feedback :)

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Vitabath Body Wash Follow-Up & Review:::'Spa Day' Cucumber & White Tea Fragrance

Hey Ladies & Gents!

Vitabath Body Wash in 'Spa Day' Cucumber & White Tea

It's been a whopping 7 days since my last post where I unveiled my Influenster Cosmo VoxBox, and I must say that I am honestly loving everything in the box so far. The only thing I haven't tested yet is the ProActiv SkinCare System. Now back to the body wash...

This 'Spa Day' Cucumber & White Tea Body Wash is definitely a keeper! It not only moisturizes my skin, but smells fantastic. This is one of the only body washes that I've ever tried where the lovely scent still lingers on my body hours later. I used it every morning and some nights and it was beyond refreshing to my skin. The formulation is of a clear blue light gel texture and lathers into a nice sudsy, bubbly shower experience. I'm loving it!

The benefits of this body wash is enough to put the icing on the cake! It contains Vitamins A, B3, B5, C, and E. It is also Sulfate and Paraben-free with lots of rich antioxidants such as Acai, Goji, Noni, Green Tea, and Pomegranate just to name a few! I should also note that it is free of petrochemicals, mineral oils, silicone, and many more.

Give this body wash a try and let me know what you think about it! If you have already tried it, how are you liking it so far?


Pertinent Links--
Vitabath Website: (http://www.myvitabath.com)
More Product Information & Reviews: http://www.influenster.com/Product-Reviews/Vitabath-Fragrance-Collection

Disclaimer: I received this product to test through the Influenster's VoxBox program. This is my honest opinion of the body wash and always write my reviews with the utmost integrity.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Influenster 'Fall Cosmo' VoxBox!

I am so excited to announce that I received my first VoxBox! I received the Fall Cosmo VoxBox which consists of the following:

•       Influenster Postcard (quick breakdown on each product)
•       Proactiv 3-Step Skincare System
•       Proactiv Instructional Sheet
•       Venus ProSkin MoistureRich Razor
•       Vitabath Fragrance Collection Body Wash



About Influenster
Influenster is a community where you can use your "influence" to qualify for complimentary product shipments, rewards, and deals to fit your lifestyle! You can find out more info by visiting their website and social networking links below. 
Web: www.influenster.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Influenster
Twitter: twitter.com/Influenster
YouTube: www.youtube.com/Influenster

Here is a picture of how the box looked when I first opened it up and positioned everything!
When I first opened up the box!

Influenster PostCard
L to R: Venus ProSkin MoistureRich Razor, Proactiv 3-Step System, and Vitabath Fragrance Collection (Spa Day)
I am most excited to test out.....EVERYTHING!!! Continue reading to learn about what I'll be testing out!

The first item is the Refillable Venus ProSkin MoistureRich Razor (with two replacement cartridges). 
Refillable Venus ProSkin MoistureRich Razor (with two replacement cartridges)
Retails: $9.79, four replacement cartridges - $11.29, six replacement cartridges - $16.81

This razor has shave gel bars which are enhanced with a blend of body butters and help to create a layer of protection for your skin. It also features three-blade technology for an extra close shave and its round pivoting head helps with those hard to reach places. The handle is ergonomically friendly for great control in wet and soapy environments.

You can find out more about the Gillette brand here: http://influenster.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=0e1e15e2006264a695ff166d6&id=8d583bd0b0&e=ed48272885

The next item is the Proactiv 3-Step System. I know most of us have heard about this system, but may have never invested in it. I am excited to try this out and see what the hype is about!

Renewing Cleanser, Revitalizing Toner, Repairing Treatment
Retails: $19.95 (30-Day System)


It comes with a Renewing Cleanser which is medicated and made with new, exclusive micro-crystal benzoyl peroxide that are small enough to quickly penetrate your pores to start killing acne-causing bacteria on contact. The exfoliating beads gently remove dirt, oil, and dead skin cells to prevent your skin from clogging.

The Revitalizing Toner is refreshing, alcohol-free and helps remove excess oil and impurities so that your skin looks and feels clean, soft, and refreshed. I love the fact that it says that this particular toner has botanical agents which balance your skin tone!

The Repairing Treatment is a light medicated lotion that gets deep into clogged pores while remaining gentle on the skin. The formula is oil-free and safe for the entire face.

You can find out more about the Proactiv brand here: http://influenster.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=0e1e15e2006264a695ff166d6&id=176c952a14&e=ed48272885

The last item is the Vitabath Fragrance Collection. The scent that I received is called Spa Day. I'm really loving the huge bottle and can't wait to take a shower using this product!

Vitabath Body Wash - Sulfate and Paraben Free in the scent "Spa Day"
Retails for: $9.99

All of the products in Vitabath's newest collection are sulfate and paraben free body washes with a super moisturizing formula that leaves skin clean, vibrant, and refreshed. It also contains Vitamins A, B3, B5, C, E, and various antioxidants. There are four unique fragrances one can get and they are: Spa Day, In Bloom, Fruit Fanatic, or Cupcake Couture. I adore all of the names and the I can't wait to lather up!

You can find out more about the Vitabath brand here: http://influenster.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=0e1e15e2006264a695ff166d6&id=e5078b00c4&e=ed48272885

I truly hoped you enjoyed this long, but very in-depth overview of this amazing program and awesome products! I try to be as thorough as possible. I'll be testing out the products and I'll let you know when my video review is posted. Don't forget to leave a comment about what you thought or what you would like to learn more about/try!

Disclaimer: I received these products to test for free through the Influenster VoxBox program.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Feeling SINFUL?

Oh Yes, You Guessed It!

If you've followed me for awhile, you know of my nail polish obsession...a true polish junkie at its best. I decided that I would start showcasing some of my finds and favorites (polish edition)! For this particular post, I will be featuring Sinful Colors. I enjoy Sinful Colors because they offer high quality products at an affordable price. Their nail polishes feature a variety of colors (over 30) and are very high in pigmentation. They also come in different finishes (cream, matte, metallic, glitter) and can be found at Walgreens and other drugstores. They range in price from $1.99-$2.50 but you can always get them for $0.99 during the Walgreens sales (awesome deal)! Not only that, but you can purchase them in cute holiday and a variety of themed sets that they sometimes come out with. Here are some of my featured polishes from my Sinful Colors Nail Polish Collection.

These were my go-to colors for Spring and Summer 2011!

These are my holiday/fall/winter picks for this season! 
Here is a video haul that I did on my fall picks:

I hope you enjoy this post, and feel free to leave me a comment below -- let me know if you've tried Sinful Colors, if you love it just as much as I do, and/or what your favorite color is! Also, let me know if you would like me to do swatches on any or all of the colors!