Beauty, Empties, Evening skincare routine, Morning Skincare Routine, Reviews

Belated Sample Wednesday: Lush

For Lush Tea Tree Water Toner Water

tea tree toner water

What it is: This toner is antibacterial and keeps oiliness in check with juniper and grapefruit.

Key Ingredients: This contains many great ingredients like diluted tea tree oil, grapefruit, juniper berry, and it contains naturally occurring bad ingredients like parabens commonly found in fruit and essential oils. I do not know why it contains perfume. This product could do without it to be healthier for the  face and potentially less irritating. This toner is also vegan friendly.

How It Smells/Feels/Looks: The toner is a clear liquid that smells very strongly of citric acid. You can smell the earthiness of the tea tree and the slightly floral notes of the juniper. The toner feels refreshing and light on the skin.

Why I Like It: I love the tingly, tightening sensation it gives the skin. That being said, I did not notice a difference between this toner and others that I have used before. Well, the only notable difference is that this does not cause any redness, which other ones do cause. I’m still looking for the perfect toner, but I would love receiving this as a gift. I do not think that I would repurchase just because there are so many other products I want o try at Lush next.

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Beauty, Evening skincare routine, Favorites, First Impressions, Morning Skincare Routine

Holy Grail Products

Heya Aspiring Gurus!

I want to share two products with you that I have found that are my holy grail products. I only have discovered two skin care products so far that are perfect for my face. I do not have any makeup products right now that I consider holy grail items, because really, I have never repurchased the same thing twice or totally felt like I couldn’t live without a makeup item before. This could very much change in the future, because I really want to branch out and try new things and get more into makeup than I have been at the moment. I know most people would think that I am crazy for not really being into skin care or makeup earlier in life, but I was far too busy with reading books to really care. Now, though, I am more interested into my appearance because of my boyfriend and going out on dates. I have to perfect my makeup techniques! LOL. I’m getting into applying to jobs, so I know that I need to look professional and makeup can help with that. I have a small amount of makeup at the moment and am slowly building up my collection. I do not plan on buying any new makeup until December. I definitely have enough of it right now to work with and practice. Plus, I want to save to get some Mac products and the Naked palette from Urban Decay. So, now that is out-of-the-way, I will start talking about these two incredible products that I will use forever, until they either stop working for me or the formula gets changed and it’s no longer effective.

Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream
6.99 US DOLLARS
1.7 fl oz

facial moisturizer

I am not going to star this product, until I run out and do my review. You can basically tell that this will be 5 stars for me, since it works so well for me. This gel is perfect for oily skin and does not break me out It gives much-needed moisture without making me look or feel greasy throughout the day. I mean, I still get a bit oily during the day, but that is due to my skin and not the product. It really does feel refreshing on the skin and cooling. It has been very nice for summer. It absorbs in a few minutes with no residue. I feel like my skin really drinks this up, which has never happened to me before. I could go on and on about this product, but I won’t bore you with it. If you have oily skin and haven’t found a product you love, then I would give this a shot. For seven dollars, you really have nothing to lose. The scent is very pleasant and light. It is not unscented, because I can smell the grape seed oil and the aloe in this product that makes the product effective. It is not artificial smelling and the gel is a light green/blue coloring. It has a very spa-like feel to it. I love it and will never buy anything else for a daytime facial moisturizer.

100% Australian Tea Tree Oil
Around 8 US DOLLARS
2 fl oz

Tea Tree OIl

Again, I won’t star it, but you know it has to be 5 stars to be a holy grail product. For me, it doesn’t have to be a certain brand as long as it says that it is pure tea tree oil. I use this mainly to treat my acne by lightly soaking a cotton ball and patting it all over my face to treat it. I have been using tea tree oil off and on this year for my acne, but I have found it to be most effective if used daily. I use it in this way at night after I use a toner. I will be using this as a day time toner in a spray bottle once I run out of my current toner. There will be a DIY post, when I do that. For the past two days, I have been doing this every night and my skin is mostly clear. I still have some bumps left over from that moisturizer that was breaking me out. Tea Tree oil is going a long way in doing its job. It takes around 10 drops of tea tree oil on the cotton ball to do my face. I use a dropper bottle to apply my tea tree oil with it. I have not found it too harsh for my face. This is most likely due to the fact that I have oily skin and tea tree helps to minimize this. I have sensitive skin, but my face isn’t sensitive to pure tea tree oil. I love it and I cannot express that more. Also, making your own toner is less expensive than buying it, which is why I will be making my own.

Thanks for reading my post about my two holy grail products. Do you have any? Let me know in a comment below, so that I can check it out. Like always, feel free to request anything. Until, my next post!

With Love,

Hannahxoxoxo

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Mini Haul: Walmart

Heya Aspiring Gurus!

I am currently working on putting up a new Entertainment Weekly up to make up for the one that got cut off, because of the storm that I was experiencing. I want to wait until Friday to put it up, because Thursday Project Runway airs and I’d rather not review two project runways next week. I am going to try to keep my entertainment weeklies on Fridays only, so it will be every Friday post to tune into. Now that I have told you guys what is going on, it is time to get into my small haul at Walmart. As you can see, I go to Walmart frequently for things that I run out of a lot, but I do like for my makeup and certain things to be high-end. I think that if you can get away with a low nd project that works perfect for your skin, than go with it! It is better than spending way too much money for something that works just as well or not well enough. I actually have some exciting news about my skin care routine, but I am going to post about it tomorrow, because I have no time today. Here’s the haul!

A Wimpy Walmart Haul

The Face Tissues:

hand towels

Kleenex Hand Towels
2.67 US DOLLARS
55 Hand Towels

Yes, I did repurchase these and I will let you all know about the 30 Challenge tomorrow, but as you can see, it has been a success of sorts. I really like how absorbent these towels are and I save the ones that I use on my face to pick up any cat vomit in my room. They dry out nice and are very sturdy for the job. They are very similar to bounty paper towels and I think I want to look into that. I will probably buy a roll and try them, but you cannot keep them as clean like they are in the box. I will contemplate this. When I move into my apartment (still trying to find a job that would pay more to afford this), I might buy them, because I know they will not get dirty if I keep them in a special place. The actual box looks different. It is brightly colored, but I was like how many picture of a paper towel box do I need to upload? You know? It’s a waste of space to show you the same product in different packaging, unless it was really amazing!

The Acne Oil:

Tea Tree OIl

Spring Valley Pharmaceutical Grade 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil
7.96 US DOLLARS
2 fl oz

I really needed to have tea tree oil ready for when I run out, so when I saw this in the vitamin section at Walmart, I knew I had to have it and it was the last one. *sticks tongue out brattily* I like that I know it is 100% and not have to worry about it. I trust this vitamin brand. My family has bought from them for years. When I run out of Vitamin C toner, I can use half of the tea tree oil and fill the rest with water and have a Lush-like toner for half the price. I will use deionized water though, not tap water. When I do this, I will definitely make a DIY post about it. I will use this straight up on acne though. I figure if I’m sensitive to 100%, I’ll reduce to 50%, until I find the right ratio that my skin likes. I’ll let you know what that is, when I start trials.

The Hopefully Milky Facial Cleanser:

milky cleanser

Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Brightening Cleanser With Moisture-Rich Soy Extract
6.47 US DOLLARS
6.7 fl oz

This was surprisingly not that expensive at Walmart. I swear at my local Kmart it is at least 9 if not almost 11 dollars. The last time I bought Alveeno it was almost 10 US DOLLARS. I am hoping that this will be a milky gentle cleanser for the mornings or in the evenings when I do a facial mask or scrub or something. I like the moisture and brightening aspect of this cleanser. I need to balance out the oil production in my face and if I moisturize, my body wont need to compensate and produce oil. I still use certain products to strip the oil and deal skin on my face, but I am looking for moisture rich products to rehydrate the face. I’ll let you know what I think about this product.

That’s my haul! Look out for an empties and favorites post coming soon, because August is almost over, ladies!!! And gents! 🙂 Have you tried these products? What do you think? Have you tried anything similar? What works for you? Let me know in a comment and request anything your hearts desire!

With Love,

Hannahxoxoxo

My Life, Reviews

Glorified Lotion

The Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion
13 US DOLLARS
1 fl oz

3 out of 5 stars

Not Pictured [Serena chewed the pump & bottle.]

1. Usage: I used this interchangably in themorning and at night. I feel like it took me forever to get through this bottle. I’ve had it since Febuary, but I am also trying to go through five other moisturizers. That could very well be way it has lasted me so long. I feel like this woul;d last 3 months of nightly applications or day time. I used it more during the day time, because it kept my face more matte than my other moisturizers. I only needed 5 pea sized amounts for my whole face. One pump of this stuff was a little too much for my entire face. That is why I moisturized section by section. 5 out of 5 stars

2. Packaging: The pump uses up every last drop and I find it makes it more sanitary than a jar where you have to repeatedly dip your finger into the product. I don’t feel like the packaging is wasteful or excessive. 5 out of 5 stars

3. Scent: THe product smells fresh and green, although it is white and creamy. I like the scent of this lotion and do not feel like it is an overpowering scent. It also goes away pretty quickly, so it was never an issue with me. This does smell a bit muisty, almost like a sweet, sickly artifical cotton candy sort of smell laced as an undertone. The smell is something I could do without. 2 out of 5 stars

4. Performance: This did nothing to fade my acne scars or hyperpigmentation left behind by acne. It did help heal my acne, but I noticed that the tea tree oil from the same company did a better job at clearing my acne and it is less money for a little bottle that has just as many uses. The only thing this was to me was a glorified light moisturizer for oily skin. It was overpriced for what it truely was. 1 out of 5 stars

5. Ingredients: The only ingredient that bothers me in this product is the glycerin, because my skin is slightly irritated by it. Otherwise than that, this lotion has many great ingredients in it. 4 out of 5 stars

6. Results: This product did nothing but keep my skin moisturized and lightly dealt with acne. I would not purchase this again, because it is overpriced for a moisturizer. 2 out of 5 stars

Overall, I give this lotion 3.1 out of 5 stars. This was not right for my skin; however, if you are thinking about buying this, do it. You never know what will work for you, if you do not try it. Has anyone else tried this? What do you think? Leave your comments below.

With Love,

Hannahxoxoxo

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Tone What?

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner
12 US DOLLARS
8.4 fl oz

Toner

3 out of 5 stars

FTC Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and I purchased this with my own money.

1. Usage: I shake up this toner really well, so that the corn starch on the bottom will mix up with the rest of the toner. I saturate a cotton pad/ball and lightly drag it across my entire face. I pat the pad/ball on spots that need extra skin clearing power, mainly over spots and blackheads. I found it very inconvenient to always have to vigorously shake up the bottle every im I wanted to use it. I’d rather have less hassle with my beauty products, but if it gave me results, I was willing to give it a shot. I used this toner everyday twice a day, until I used it all up. I gave it a fair chance. It has lasted me almost five months of use, so you definitely get your money’s worth out of this product. 4 out of 5 stars

2. Packaging: The packaging is very simple with a clear plastic bottle, nothing fancy about it. I rather like simple packaging, because you spend money for the product, not the package it comes in. I like that I can recycle this, but there is no recycling program in my town. Many grocery stores have recycling bins though, so I save my stuff and toss it in there. I never knew about this before, but then, I saw one the other day at Wal-Mart. Now, I just keep my things in plastic bags: one for plastic, metal, and glass. Usually, the bin just says recyclable and I just throw the lot in. Some are specific stating only plastic, though. 5 out of 5 stars

3. Scent: This product has a strong earthy, herbal scent. I have been told that tea tree is not supposed to have a scent and that it does have a scent. This isn’t pure tea tree oil, so I cannot state if that is true or not. This product does have a strong scent, but it quickly dissipates into nothing, plus the scent of my lotion and spf would cover it up anyway. This isn’t the best scent in the world, but it doesn’t bother me. You get used to the scent. 3 out of 5 stars

4. Performance: I would not say that this is a miracle product for me by any means and I’m not going to say that it helped my acne either. It performed like a normal toner by clearing the surface of my skin of any extra dirt or cleanser after cleansing. It has a nice tingle sensation that tells you that it is doing “something” to my skin. I expected more from this product, but at least it performed like an average toner in the regards that it cleared the surface of the skin. 2 out of 5 stars

5. Ingredients: This contains alcohol, which is drying for the skin and is something I want to stay away from. My current toner doesn’t contain alcohol. I will be doing a skin care post soon, possibly tomorrow. This also contains castor oil and I am avoiding oil, because it’s not good for only skin and I’ve heard that using oils on your face ages you faster. I’m in my twenties. I want to stay that way for a while. It also contains caramel, which is linked to cancer. I have stopped drinking soda with this additive in it like Coke and Pepsi because of it. Any brown soda has been eliminated from my diet, even though I loved my once a week Coke. It’s now a once a week Mountain Dew or Arizona Tea. Anyways, cancer is bad. I do not want anything linked to cancer on my skin or in my body. Dyes are bad, I know, but in this toner, it is the lesser of all evils. This summer I have become ingredient conscious, but I don’t want to waste money and throw out all of my old stuff. So, I am using it all up and when I buy new ones, I am ingredient conscious and try to make the right decisions for me. I took 30 minutes in the store selecting the right spf. It’s why I choose to research products first before I buy them. I take less time in the store that way. 1 out of 5 stars

6. Results: The reason why this product didn’t work for me is most likely due to all the bad ingredients mixed with a few good ones. It was the wrong combination for my skin. It didn’t do anything for my acne, but it also didn’t make my face physically different as far as I know. My skin had the same amount of acne and nothing changed. At east, it didn’t harm my skin that I know of. I have since gotten my acne under control, but this product didn’t do anything for me. 1 out of 5 stars

Overall, I give this product 2.6 stars out of 5. I cannot recommend this to anyone, because I feel uncomfortable doing so knowing the ingredients. If ingredients do not bother you, I still wouldn’t recommend, because it did nothing for me. You are better off looking for something else. This product was a major miss for me at The Body Shop.