Thursday, May 28, 2015

Leven Rose Organic Rosehip Oil Review

Rosehip oil is something I have been wanting to try for a while, as I have heard nothing but good things about it. Some of the things that rosehip oil is supposed to be good for include: fading scars and stretch marks, healing minor scrapes and blemishes, hydrating both skin and hair, and smoothing fine lines and wrinkles.

I have been using Leven Rose's Rosehip Oil for about two weeks. I have to say, even after just the first use I was impressed. Obviously for many of the benefits to be seen, continued use over a longer period of time is required. Two week's worth of use for a product like this is more of a “first impressions” type of review. In the two weeks I have been using it, though, I've been happy with it and can definitely see it being a permanent part of my routine.

The oil absorbs well into the skin, and doesn't leave a greasy residue behind. It absorbs fairly quickly, though not as quickly as some other oils and serums. It is very potent, and a little goes a very long way. You only need 1-3 drops, depending on the desired use. For applying to smaller areas, like for blemishes or scars, one drop is typically plenty. If you want to apply it as a moisturizer over your entire face, two or three drops is sufficient.

It took only one application to see a noticeable difference in my skin – a couple blemishes and minor scrapes showed signs of healing faster than they otherwise would have been, and my skin felt softer and more hydrated than it had before application. I have been applying the rosehip oil twice a day – morning and night – on some scars, and have noticed slight improvement in their appearance. This is one area where short-term use isn't necessarily going to offer much insight into how well the product works for this purpose, as something like fading scars takes time. Given the slight improvement in this short time-frame, however, I feel confident that with continued use I will see more improvement in this area. I've also been applying the oil nightly as facial moisutizer on my entire face, and my skin is much softer and smoother than previously, and the dry patches I had have become nicely hydrated.

Overall, I have been very pleased with this rosehip oil! The price is very fair for what you get, and because it is so potent one bottle will last quite a while even with daily use. If you'd like to check out Leven Rose Organic Rosehip Oil,  it is available on Amazon:

I recieved the product(s) featured in this post at a discounted price for review. All opinions are my own based on my experience using the product(s).

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

SensatioNail Barely There

As recently promised,  here are a couple swatch pictures of SensatioNail's shade Barely There.

 Indoors in indirect natural overcast light,  no flash

This is two coats.  It is indeed a barely there shade,  perfect for French manicures! You can't really tell in the pictures but there is the slightest hint of a soft rosy pink.

 Indoors in indirect natural overcast light no flash

I love this color,  it is a nice "breather" shade when you want just a hint of something between bolder manicures.

Here is a picture using flash,  which shows the color a bit more concentrated than it is on the nail so you can have an idea of the hint of color it offers.

This really is a perfect shade for French manicures of all sorts, whether a classic with white tips or something more modern with another color for the tips like black, red,  purple,  pink etc.

What do you think?  Are you a fan of sheer shades like Barely There,  or are you all about colorful polish shades?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Braun SE7681 Silk-épil 7 Wet and Dry Epilator Review

It has taken me quite a while to get to this review,  between technical troubles and having other (sponsored)  posts that had to take priority.  But I promised a review,  and better late than never right?

This epilator was my Christmas gift from my mom and sister.  I had been wanting an epilator for quite a while.  Much as I love my Venus Breeze, the refills have gotten ridiculously expensive.  That and I am a total klutz, when I shave I cut myself.  Guaranteed.  I've been gun shy about shaving since managing to give myself a major cut last year (I will spare you the gory details but it was horror flick worthy,  I assure you). So when my mom sent some Christmas cash and my sister sent an Amazon gift certificate,  I did some research.

I looked at dozens of epilators,  comparing features,  prices,  and reviews.  I finally settled on the Silk-épil 7. I have now been using it regularly for a couple of months,  and I love it!

Reasons I chose this epilator:

Cordless: Let's be real. For an appliance like this a cord is only going to get in the way.  The fact that it is cordless means it is easy to use,  anywhere you want/need to use it.

Rechargeable battery: It has a good rechargeable battery,  so there is no need to constantly buy new batteries for it. The battery holds a charge very well.  I can typically get four or five uses from a single charge.

Wet/Dry use: It can be used either wet or dry.  This means if you so desire you can do your epilating in the shower. I like options.  Supposedly epilating can be more comfortable "wet" than dry.  Can't say I notice a difference in the comfort level either way.

Full Body Use: Not all epilators are designed to be used all over the body - legs,  bikini zone,  under arms,  face. This one is.  Since I planned to use this for all areas,  this was a key feature for me.

Shaver Head Attachment: This model includes a shaver head attachment. I love this because it means not only do you have an epilator,  you also have an electric shaver in one unit.  This is helpful for a couple reasons. 1. If you have waited too long between epilating sessions you will want to trim the hair first.  Having the shaver head for this means going from trimming to epilating can be done quickly and easily without the need for additional appliances.  2. If you have never epilated before but really want to try it,  you may not like it.  Provided you like electric shavers,  your investment in this unit will still be useful for you.  3. Even if you have epilated,  there might be some areas you just can't get used to it.  I,  for example,  just can't get used to epilating my under arms.  I am also still trying to get used to epilating the bikini area,  which oddly enough I find less sensitive to epilating than my under arms.  The shaver head comes in handy for these areas.

My thoughts after a couple months of use: Every so often I will miss a few hairs when using this,  so it doesn't necessarily get *everything*, but darned close.  I do still use a traditional razor for my under arms and bikini area on occasion if I need to get a really smooth shave,  but typically using the shaver head attachment is sufficient for me.  It is relatively quiet,  for the type of appliance it is.  It has two speeds and a handful of caps to use based on your needs and preferences.  It has a bright LED light to help you see to make sure you don't miss any hairs,  though certain areas/angles of use the light doesn't help all the time,  but it definitly comes in handy for the most part.

This also comes with a little brush to help clean the various parts,  and a pack of pre-epilation wipes.  The wipes basically just make sure your skin is clean before you get started,  which is important but the wipes really are not necessary so long as you bathe before epilating.  I do like having the wipes for those times when I spontaneously decide to epilate before going out or something,  when I may not need to shower otherwise and showering just to epilate would be silly. There is also a little drawstring pouch to store everything in.

One question people will have,  especially those who have never used an epilator before,  is "Does it hurt?". I can't say whether you would find it painful or not,  as we all have different levels of pain tolerance. While it certainly is not a pleasant sensation,  I wouldn't really describe it as "painful" either.  All I can really say is that with a couple uses you will probably get used to it,  but the first time you ever epilate yeah it is probably going to be pretty uncomfortable.  The first time I ever used an epilator I got maybe a dozen hairs or so and had to stop.  I really,  really wanted to give up the standard razors,  though,  so I kept at it and now epilating (my legs)  is something that does not faze me in the least.  As I said above I am still getting used to it for other areas of my body,  and honestly am not sure if I will ever get used to it for all over use.  But even if the only continued use is on my legs,  it is worth it to me.

Another note on epilating: You have to make sure that you exfoliate well on a regular basis when you use an epilator (or if you wax!)  to prevent ingrown hairs.  This doesn't have to require any additional products on your part - just use a loofah to wash with when you shower.  As long as you're doing a thorough job of soaping up,  the loofah will be sufficient exfoliation for this purpose.

If you are in the market for an epilator,  I would definitly recommend this one. It is a bit of an investment at roughly $100 (click here for Amazon product page) , but for me it is absolutely worth it!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Caress Forever Body Wash

I first heard about this stuff a couple months ago but it has only hit the store shelves in my area in the last couple of weeks.  I had to try it.  Caress is one of my favorite soap/body wash brands,  and the whole idea just seemed interesting to me.

The product claim is "A touch-activated technology that releases a burst of perfume every time you touch your skin,  all day long." I mean it sounds awesome,  right?  Maybe not if you love your perfume,  but for someone who does not otherwise wear fragrance or scented products every day,  this sounds like a really wonderful way to make sure you smell good all day even on your non-perfume days. If it works,  that is.

This was the only fragrance they had at the store but apparently there are two fragrances in this "collection". Click here to see another blogger's thoughts on both fragrances, if you're curious.

I've been using this body wash for a couple of weeks now and I have to say,  I am far from impressed.

The fragrance,  described as "an irresistible feminine fragrance with floral musk and sparkling pink roses laced in amber" is pleasant.  I like it.  It isn't fabulous,  but it isn't bad.  It is a very soft fragrance,  not overpowering which is good.  The problem is it just doesn't last.  Which naturally leads to the fact that the "touch activated" claims do not actually happen either.

The fragrance fades away within just a couple of hours. I even had a couple folks touch my skin then sniff,  as weird as that is, thinking maybe my nose had simply gotten used to the fragrance but it would be noticeable to someone else.  Nope. They couldn't detect the fragrance either. (And for the record,  I only made this request of people I know well.  I didn't just approach random strangers asking them to smell me.  Cause that would be incredibly weird and inappropriate.  Lol)

While I was hoping this would work,  I didn't really expect it to.  So I am not too disappointed.  But I will not be repurchasing.  There are plenty of other soaps and body washes out there,  from Caress as well as other brands,  that provide longer lasting fragrance.  If you want to check this stuff out I would suggest doing so with low expectations on the staying power of the fragrance,  and knowing the whole touch activated technology thing is marketing gimmick not legitimate product performance.