Since I have been on a small make up diet, I had begun to seek current items in my collection as almost brand new items again. Like finding an old treasure. Going through items I already posses makes me review why I ever stopped using an item.
I have a short review today on things I have re found - some being better than I remembered, and others that are now definite fails after several attempts to make it work.
1. Burt's Bees Wax Lip Balm
Burt's Bees in recent years have started to become more streamline and is a now recognized drug store + brand among most. I bought this balm when I first saw BB in college. When I first bought it, I hated it...it was damn hard in the tin and when I applied it on my lips I thought it stung! Bee's!!! get it?
I have never been the biggest fan of peppermint.
Lately due to the season my lips have become quite chapped. I normally use Rosebud Salve but it was just not doing the job. I whipped this out while rummaging and applied.
This stuff WORKS! I apply this at night before bed and when I wake up my lips are still moist from the balm. Also super soft. Extremely long lasting, apply in the morning and night and you will have soft, supple lips.
Still not a fan of the tin texture, so when I finish this ( looks like soon ) I will try the stick formulation in pomegranate or green tea.
The best lip balm I have found yet for winter.
2.The Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion
This stuff sucks. Smells bad ( younger version of tiger balm smell... if this reference makes sense) takes long to absorb, and doesn't fade anything....save your money.
Tried it every night for 4 months before running out and throwing it out.
3.The Body Shop Mineral Kabuki (small size)
I've wanted to try this for a long time but I thought the price was a little too hefty. At 50% off I grabbed it and never looked back!
I love this brush, I use it everyday for my powder foundation, super soft and dense. I highly recommend, as opposed to the last item, this Body Shop piece is a winner!
4. L'occitane en Provence Hand Cream
This is a constant in my purse. I have a few variations of the L'occitane hand creams and love them. I have noticed with constant use of this product not only does it absorb and smell like lavender and Shea, it has visibly improved the appearance of my hands, which is hard to do now as NYC is damn cold.
With constant use I have noticed my hands become smoother, even paler, and more translucent. I am loving the effects!
Unfortunately, if I do not use this on a daily basis I notice my hands lose these improvements quickly and become painfully chapped. I am almost out of the mini size of this, and will be purchasing the larger version as a winter staple.
5. Vitacreme B12
If this has not been reviewed on over 100+ blogs already. Here is my addition.
I use this creme as a night moisturizer. It absorbs well and I give it a good minute or two for it to fully absorb in my skin. The creme is pink and the smell is not unpleasant to me but I have heard some bad reviews about it. To me it is lightly faint of roses and baby powder but I have heard from many it smells reminiscent of their grandmothers, of which I can see their point.
After a month of continual use I originally did not see any results but constant use shows after 30+ days?
The very fine lines beneath my eyes and laugh lines have faded, and I see my skin in the morning as very bright. Even after a night of horrible sleep, this cream seems to give my face a more lifting and lively appearance.
The packaging is not the best, but for the price of about $35? ( I bought this in Hong Kong for about 30 US) I believe it delivers results and for people who are relatively young and wrinkles are only a small issue at the moment, this can really help.
I hope these reviews were helpful!