Y’all – I have been saying the name of this product wrong for FOREVER! I’ve been calling it marajuca oil and it’s not called that. It’s maracuja oil. Maracuja. Maracuja. Maracuja. Okay, I think I’ve got it now.
I first discovered the tarte Maracuja Oil in one of my monthly beauty subscription boxes. It also is one of the few products that I’ve liked enough to actually re-purchase from those subscription boxes.
Which skin type is it good for?
Maracuja oil is good for all skin types. My skin tends to be oily and after talking to one of the lovely ladies at Sephora, they let me know that my oily skin actually needs more oil. They said that oily skin will produce more oil if it is not hydrated enough. As it turns out, in my case they were right. I’ve noticed that my skin seems less oily now that I’ve been adding maracuja oil into my daily routine.
What it is:
A vegan face oil for a healthy-looking skin without feeling greasy. It’s made with Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Tocopherol and formulated without parabens or phthalates. It’s great for dryness and dullness.
How to use it:
Apply two to three drops onto clean, dry face. The great thing about this product is you can also mix it with your moisturizer or your favorite liquid foundation to give a dewy finish. I prefer matte so I apply it and allow it some time to soak up into my skin.
I’ve also been using it on my elbows (they are really dry) as well as the ends of my hair. You can use it basically all over as it is hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested.
Considering this is a re-purchase of a product I’ve previously tried, I’ve found that this go around it’s still a great product. It is a bit pricey for an oil, around $48, but I feel it is well worth it.
Have you tried tarte Maracuja Oil or another oil? What are your thoughts?
I jumped on the bandwagon (late) and tried the NIVEA MEN Sensitive Post Shave Balm as a primer and I think for the price, it’s a good deal.
Some have tried it as an alternative to silicone based primers. Others have tried it because of they hype and still others have tried it, like me, because of the price. I wanted to see if it would work for me because it is a product that is easy on the budget.
The product was originally developed for men with sensitive skin. It’s gentle and enriched with Vitamin E, Chamomile and Witch Hazel extracts. It’s lightly fragranced and is formulated with no drying alcohol.
The packaging is a simple blue and white box and the container is a slightly heavy white glass bottle. If traveling, I’d recommending putting some in a lighter, more travel friendly container. The NIVEA MEN Post Shave Balm is a bit runny but it spreads and absorbs easily onto the skin. It feels tacky at first but dries quickly and is light light on the skin, not greasy or heavy.
I think that the balm does help my foundation blend easily and smoothly. It minimizes the look of your pores and is moisturizing. I’d say there is really only one con and that is the packaging. It’s bulky and somewhat heavy but unless you are traveling this won’t be a big issue. There is a slight scent to the product but it is not unpleasant and certainly not overpowering although I’ve heard some say that it smells “manly”.
Overall I do recommend this product as I think it works well and is super affordable. Let me know if you’ve tried it and what you think!
I saw another YouTuber try the 3 Second Brow product and it turned out great so when I was in Walgreens I thought…I’ve got to try it for myself!
I purchased mine for $14.99 from Walgreens but here’s another link for you to purchase it for yourself. I found it on Amazon for $9.99: 3 Second Brow
From what I could tell the product only came in one color that says it “will blend with most hair color and skin tones”.
The applicator is a sponge/foam type thing and it comes in two shapes. One is an arched brow shape and the other is a curved brow shape.
When you put the product on it does take a little to get the product evenly on the applicator. As you can see from the above pic, I didn’t quite get it even. It also comes with a spoolie/angled brush tool so I used that to add some more product to the applicator.
I followed the directions as closely as I could. This product does work but the application part is very tricky.
I was not successful on my first attempt but you can watch the full video here: 3 Second Brow Demo and First Impressions.
I will definitely try this again. The product does stamp well but you have to really be careful in how you place it. I will have to practice some more to perfect my technique.
Let me know what you think and if you’ve tried the product!
I love coming home to find happy mail has arrived from @influenster and @gloskinbeauty. My complimentary products included the Phyto-Active Cream Cleanser and Lipstick in the shade Pillow Talk.
I’ve tried the cleanser for a couple of days now and it leaves my oily skin feeling refreshed, balanced and hydrated without feeling tight after rinsing. The cleansing cream converts to a rich, buildable lather and gently exfoliates with papaya enzymes. I really love how soft my skin feels after using it.
I’ve been looking for the perfect nude pink shade of lipstick and Pillow Talk is it! It’s a creamy, long wear formula that doesn’t feel heavy on the lips and wears well all day. One of my favorite things though is the tube itself. It is magnetic so you don’t have to worry about the lid falling off.
Another wonderful thing about Glo Skin Beauty is they provide the full spectrum of skincare and makeup **AND** they are talc free, paraben free and cruelty free!
I tried both the Schwarzkopf GLISS Hair Repair Ultimate Repair Shampoo and Conditioner. The sample that I received was a generous portion so I was able to wash and condition my hair several times to really be able to test it out.
The shampoo was great. It did not leave my hair feeling dry or anything. It lathers up well and rinses easily. The conditioner felt great too. I felt like my hair was soft and manageable after I rinsed it.
Both products were great and I just started looking into trying the Schwarzkopf GLISS Kur Ultimate Repair Anti-Damage Hair Mask. It would be great to do a deep treatment on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Have you ever tried any of these?
I recently tried a sample of the Charcoal with Citrus Oil Purifying Shampoo and the Charcoal with Citrus Oil Purifying Conditioner. There are several things that I like about the products and one big thing that I don’t.
I have color treated hair so I do like that both products are non-staining and safe for all hair, natural or dyed. The scent is nice, light and citrusy, and not overpowering at all.
This is a purifying shampoo and conditioner that uses a combination of charcoal (derived from coconut shells), lemon and grapefruit oils that is designed to cleanse, clarify and eliminate impurities from your hair and scalp. I like that it’s does that but is gentle enough for daily use and is free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten, drying alcohol and artificial colors.
After all that, what is there not to like?
Glad you asked! I don’t like how my hair feels after using the shampoo. It left it feeling really dry and very tangly. Like super tangly. I’m assuming that it is because the shampoo did it’s job of purifying and clarifying my hair.
I of course thought that the conditioner would correct that but it didn’t help. I did leave it on for several minutes to see if that would help. Good thing that I had my wet brush (that thing is a lifesaver!) to detangle my hair because it felt like a hot mess back there.
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I want to show you how I made a super quick and easy DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner Board. You just need a few things:
* I also created a template to guide me as I glued onto the clipboard
I know that I need to be better at regularly cleaning my brushes but for me it was always so messy and time consuming because I didn’t have a tool to help me. I saw a DIY on Facebook one day and then I watched several videos on YouTube and thought, “I can make that!” So I did!
I glued dots, squiggly lines, spirals and zig zag lines onto the clipboard. I let it thoroughly dry and then cleaned my brushes using baby wash. It worked really well and it was easy to use. A lot less mess than me doing it by hand.
Here’s my video showing you how I did it!
DIY Makeup Brush Cleaning Board
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I received my first ever VoxBox from Influenster and it was full of goodies!
This particular box was called the Bonita VoxBox and it included the following:
- A full-size bottle of Dickinson’s Enhanced Witch Hazel
- A sample and coupon from Revlon
- An individual serving of Fiber One brownies
- A generous sample of Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Dream Come True Wonderful Pre-Wash Protein Treatment and Deep Conditioning Masque
- A full-size bottle of SinfulColors nail polish
I’ve tried the Dickinson’s Enhanced Witch Hazel hydrating toner and it leaves my skin feeling moisturized but not oily. The only thing that I am not happy with is the scent. I can’t describe it but I was expecting a mint scent maybe? Something fresh and light? But this toner is great so I will definitely use the entire product.
Next was the sample from Revlon.
I’ve already tried both colors and they both felt moisturizing but they stayed “wet” feeling and I’m not a super fan of lip gloss. It did come with a coupon so I may buy one of the lipsticks but probably not the lip gloss.
Marvin and I shared this single serving size of Fiber One Brownies. Marvin didn’t care for them. He said that they lacked flavor. I thought they were alright. I mean it’s not like a for real brownie with all it’s fatty goodness.
When we unboxed this in the video I thought it was a face mask and I was like, eh. But it turns out that it is a hair masque and I’m all about trying that!! I will be trying it soon so watch my blog for my thoughts on this.
The last product from the box was this full-size nail polish from SinfulColors. I really liked the color. I have tried this and had it on for almost 4 full days and so far it is holding up well! I’m doing a separate blog post on this as well so stay tuned!
Did any of y’all get this VoxBox? If so, link your blog below so I can check it out!
*I received these products complimentary for testing purposes.
I received this bottle of SinfulColors Limited Time Porcelain Matte nail polish in my recent Bonita VoxBox and so far I am loving it! It’s a great summer color and usually retails for $1.99-$2.99 in stores.
Thursday night I painted my nails. I first started with a base coat of Bonder by Orly. I then applied two coats of the SinfulColors polish in We’re All Matte Here and ended with a topcoat of Essie Gel-setter topcoat and it wore very well!
When the polish dries it has a flat or matte finish, and it is part of the porcelain matte line so that makes sense. When I added the Essie gel-setter top coat it gave it a really great shine and helped my polish to last longer. I haven’t tried the polish without a gloss topcoat yet but when I do, I’m sure I’ll mention it on SnapChat or my IG or something.
Here’s how my nails look after 4 days.
As you will notice there is some wear but overall I think it lasted well. Especially considering a manicure at the salon usually lasts me about 2-3 days before chipping etc. Since it wore so well last night I added another coat of polish and gel-setter topcoat and my nails look fresh and ready to go for a few more days!
Have you tried any nail products that you’d like to share about? Link it in the comments below!
**I received the SinfulColors nail polish complimentary for testing purposes.