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The Final Verdict: Neutrogena

For Neutrogena All-in-1 Acne Control Daily Scrub with 2% Salicyclic Acid

Scrub

What it is: A daily scrub that fades the look of past acne marks, clears present breakouts, and helps prevent future breakouts.

Key Ingredients: Salicyclic acid, water, soy bean extract, cetyl alcohol, polythylene, fragrance

How it feels/smells/looks: It is a white, pearly cream with scrubby beads in it. It smells strongly chemical and not very pleasant. It is moisturizing on the skin, while being a refreshing scrub.

Why I like it: It is a decent cleanser and scrub, but I would not buy it again. The beads in it are polluting the environment, so I cannot recommend this unless they reformulate it with environmentally friendly beads. This is the drugstore version of Lush’s Ocean Salt, but I love Ocean Salt ten times better since it has more immediate benefits for my skin. This scrub is good if you don’t work or don’t want to invest in fancy skin care. I would really suggest Ocean Salt though. The small pot has lasted me a year of use.

With Love,

Selena

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Empties: The February Edit

Heya Aspiring Gurus!

It’s that time again! I only finished up 6 things this month and I was expecting to be finishing so much more. Well, maybe this means that March will be heavy month? Hopefully so. I don’t feel like a proper guru finishing so little product. I haven’t added to my goo collection, so at least I am not adding to it for the time being. So, here are all of the items that I have finished in February and I promise to finish up double the amount in March. That is a vow to myself and to you. I need to do this and not be so attached to “stuff”. I get a bit of anxiety when I am close to finishing a product, because I do not want it to be empty. It’s a problem that I am working on. Baby steps. Does anyone else have this kind of anxiety?

Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Hairspray, 1.5 oz

Hairspray

I really enjoyed this hairspray. For the full review, click HERE.

Mitchell And Peach Luxury Hand Cream, 1.1 fl oz

Hand cream

I did like the texture of this hand cream, but the scent was just too much for me. I’m afraid for the price that these go for, I cannot take the risk of buying it, then hating the way it smelled.It would be a major buying regret.

Walgreens Wal-itin, 30 ct tablets

[Will have to retake this photo. Along with my Feb birchbox, because I took pictures without my sd card in it! Oh, well!]

Serena

I use these for my allergies. They work as well as the big name brands, but at the fraction of the price.

ECRU New York Acacia Protein BB Cream Beauty Calm For Hair, 1 fl oz

Beauty Balm

This was an okay product. Read my full review will be on this site on Wednesday!

Secret Outlast Clear Gel Unscented Antiperspirant/Deodorant, 2.7 oz

deoderent

It was alright for a deodorant. My review for this product will be in two weeks on next Review Wednesday.

Airborne Everyday Immune Support Plus Multivitamin in Berry Chewable Tablets, 2 ct

[Again, no pictures for this one, but I will retake it for the review to come.]

It tasted alright at least. It was a bit strong and bitter though.

Have you tried any of these? Sorry about the pictures, but it wouldn’t be an empties without some “empty” pictures. It always happen where pictures just disappear off of my computer and sd chip. It’s weird.

With Love,

Selena

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Sensationally Sunkissed: July Ipsy

Heya Aspiring Gurus!

I know that I am extremely late with this one, but I promise to be better for the one that I get in August. I have a few surprises for my blog this month, so stay tuned all month long for some special posts.

The Theme:

Sensationally Sunkissed

The card is not as great as last months, but I still feel that the picture goes with the theme of being a bit “sunkissed” from being outside so much during the summer. However, I feel like two items out of my bag do not go with the theme, since they do not contain SPF and do not scream “summer” to me. Three out of five is still really good though and I do like one of the not so summery items.

The Bag:

July Bag

OMG! So girly and bright and PINK. This is not my favorite bag, but I am sure that many girls would be thrilled to have it. That being said I do not hate the bag. I just do not love it. It is not my style or cup of tea.

The Contents:

Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil With Natural Sunscreen SPF 8 Protection, 1.50 USD for 1 fl oz

Tanning Oil

This is my second least favorite product that was sent to me this month. I do not tan and I am not interested to start. I have had two run-ins with skin cancer and I do not want to have to go through it again a third time. Also, is there really a difference with dark tanning oil and regular tanning oil? I will be using this as a moisturizer. It doesn’t smell the greatest, but it is very moisturizing. It also leaves the prettiest sheen. I would not go out and buy this. It is nice to try out though and Ipsy really responds to feedback from their customers. I doubt that they will send us a product like that again.

Befine Food Skin Care Daily Moisturizer With SPF 14 With Rosemary, Pomegrante, & Rice, 22.50 USD for 1.5 fl oz

moisturizer

This is really close to a full sized product, so I was really glad to get this in my Ipsy bag this month. I love trying moisturizers out and this one has SPF, which is really good for the summer. The moisturizer is very light and hydrating. It smells strongly of SPF with underlying scents of rosemary, not so much a pomegrante scent. It leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth. It will last me at least two months of consistent use. I like that this contains antioxidants and that it is all natural. If I fall in love with this, I might be buying more from this line. I like that I can skip the step of adding on SPF, since my skin can be really sensitive to it.

Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Unique Pink, 10.50 USD for 0.06 oz

lip balmSwatch

This is almost a full sized product as well. It is two thirds of the full sized product and I have to say that the stick is really small for being almost the full size. I love how cute the tube is though. I will get plenty of use out of this tube! The pink balm does not tint my lips, which are pretty pigmented naturally. I can say that if you have pale lips, this will leave a pretty pink stain. My hand is stained from the swatch that I did on the back of my hand. The balm is very minty as well, which is very refreshing and breath freshening. I would buy this once I ran out of the rest of my regular balms.

Whet Refined Nail Lacquer in Facetious, 10 USD for 0.3 fl oz

whet polishWhet Polish

Another almost full sized product! Wow! My bag was filled with three almost full sized products this month. One of the best bags yet for that reason! Anyways, with two coats on, this polish is still a bit sheer in places, but I feel with more practice, you could apply it in two to three coats instead of four. I’ve only had this polish on for a day, so I cannot comment on its staying power (It starts to wear on the tips after a day, but starts to chip in four days.). The color, however, is way too dark for the summer. It is a dark indigo blue like an ink pot blue, if you know what I mean.It makes my skin look paler than it is and pale skin is not what I am going for in the summer. It doesn’t contain the big three poisons that are in nail polish though, so that is a big plus. Not a fan of the formula, though.

bareMinerals 5 in 1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow With Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in Divine Wine, 6 USD for 0.03 oz

eye bb cream

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I really love this cream eyeshadow by bareMinerals! It is super creamy and blendable. I love how these neutral shades can be flattering on anyone. This shade makes my eyes look a bit more dramatic with depth, but not overly made up. I favor more natural looks than in your face bright makeup. Divine Wine does not disappoint. It is matte and sets to be smudge-proof for a day of wear. I cannot say enough about it. I would actually buy this cream eyeshadow.

Well, my overall thoughts on this bag is a three out of a five. It wasn’t my favorite, but I still really liked this bag and I have had the subscription for seven months now. I may only keep this until December, because I am accumulating a lot of makeup. I might switch it up with a different box that isn’t makeup based. What are your thoughts?

With Love,

Selena Hannah xoxoxo

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I Heart Drugstore Makeup!

Heya Aspiring Gurus!

I saw this tag on Gracious Luck and since I am still down a camera, I thought that I would continue the tag trend. Tags are also really fun and I enjoy doing them, so if there is a tag that you want to see me do, let me know in the comments section below. She tagged anyone who wanted to do it, so here goes nothing. Jill if you are reading this, have a great vacation and make sure to have some fun in the sun! I hope you return well-rested and you will be missed by me.

1. What is your favorite drugstore makeup brand overall?

I really love Rimmel London, but I really want to try Physicians Formula. Most of my products are Rimmel, though and Maybelline. Honestly, I like my Rimmel products a whole lot better. I have a very small makeup collection right now. I have just gotten into being really passionate about it, so I don’t have that big of a stash yet. I really hope that changes, because I am obsessed and want everything in most stores that I look at. I can never justify spending a lot of money on makeup. Skincare on the other hand is my shopping weakness.

2. What are your favorite face, cheek and lip products?

My favorite face product is actually a compact bronzer by The Body Shop. It is their Honey Bronzer in Light 02. I love using it as a finishing face powder. It gives me the best sun kissed glow without making me look orange or obviously tan. My favorite cheek product would have to be my Maybelline Bouncey Blush in Mauve. It gives my cheeks the best natural looking flush and I am all about being natural. My current favorite lip product is the NYX Butter Gloss in Eclair, because it is freaking amazing! I cannot gush about it enough. If you haven’t tried this product yet, you are totally missing out big time.

3. Least favorite product / product not worth the hype?

I have to agree with Gracious Luck on this one. Baby Lips is absolutely horrible! It dries my lips out and I keep having to reapply it over and over again. Other people must have hardier lips than mine, because this stuff does not work for me.

4. What is the best makeup bargain?

Honestly, ELF is the best bargain for your money. I can buy makeup wipes for 3 USD and blush for a buck! I really find that the products are worth it on a whole, but every brand has those products that you aren’t crazy about as well.

5. What is your favorite underdog product? (Something you love that often gets overlooked?)

I really love my Body Shop Blotting Papers. I feel like not a lot of people remember blotting papers when buying makeup. They make my makeup last longer and keeps the grease to a minimum. I feel like people always forget blotting papers, but they are so essential. I even use them to correct makeup mistakes.

6. A drugstore product that is overpriced?

Foundation is ridiculously overpriced for what it truly is: skin pigmentation. I buy it when it is on sale for a buy on get one half or free, because otherwise, it really isn’t worth the price. I couldn’t imagine buying designer foundation. I think that I would die or have aa heart attack.

7. Show your best drugstore dupe(s)!!

I am really bad at naming dupes! i  don’t have any for you, except that the ELF palliate that comes  with a blush and bronzer is a perfect dupe for the Nars Orgasm. Otherwise than that, I am totally clueless.

Sorry about the short responses, but I am feeling very dizzy due to my current medication. It makes me spell thing wrong as well. Please forgive me. By for now

With Love,

Selena Hannah xoxoxo