babyganics soap

Hi friend!

I have two words to describe this product: EXTREMELY DRYING!

So, if your baby has eczema then this is not the product you want. I wouldn’t recommend this even if my baby didn’t suffer from eczema. I love that  this soap doesn’t have the harsh chemicals but I wish that they added some type of natural oil or something that moisturizes the skin.

What organic/natural body wash or body soap do you use for your little one?

bloom!

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Hi friend!

Several weeks ago Plum District had a 50% off offer for Bloom. I was able to snag a $50 voucher for about $18. Bloom is like a smaller Sephora. They offer 10% credit back called bloom dollars with every purchase, whereas Sephora offers points for redeeming samples and deluxe kits.  They are currently offering a limited number of beauty brands in their website. I purchased the voucher because I have been eyeing and wanting to try the Ole Henriksen anti-aging eye creme which retails for $45.

Now onto the Bloom website quick review:

1. It took about 2 weeks for my package to arrive.
2. I still have not received my bloom dollars since ordering.
3. I appreciate the effort put into my package. Everything was wrapped in pink tissue paper and the eye creme was bubbled-wrapped.
4. The samples that I picked and received are perfect because they are from the Ole Henriksen range. Perhaps the website is scripted to offer samples of products I viewed or placed in my shopping cart? Perhaps.
5. Shipping is FREE for orders $50 and above. I wish it’s free shippig for any order.
6. Return is free as well, however, unlike Sephora, my order did not come with any invoice and shipping label. This does not make it easy to return products.

Besides the 3 complaints mentioned above, namely points 1,2 and 6, I am quite happy with my purchase. I am planning on purchasing the Clarisonic Mia as I still have another $50 voucher. I probably will not purchase from this website again had I not have another voucher. This is mainly because of the point stated in 6. Sephora just makes it so easy plus I can just go to any store and make a return or exchange.

Here is another picture of the box and the products I purchased:

What eye cream are you currently using?

rite aid trip week 01.08 – 01.14.2012

Hi friend!

i was in desperate need of skincare products, so to rite aid i went.

purchased:
7.99  aveeno foaming cleanser
15.99  aveeno clear complexion daily moisturizer
5.99  aveeno daily moisturizing body lotion
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29.97 (the aveeno was buy 1 get 1 50% off, the body lotion is 11.99)

coupons used:
4.00 (2) $2 aveeno skincare q
1.00 (1) aveeno q
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5.00

total: 24.97 + 2.40  (tax)
oop: 27.37
+up rewards received: $10

so in essence i paid $17.37 for the 3 products which is not bad at all considering the facial moisturizer is $15.99. it’s seldom that aveeno goes on sale and i NEEDED them!

now onto the quick reviews:

aveeno daily moisturizing body lotion – one word: love! leaves my skin soft a lot longer than any other body lotions i’ve tried. it’s not greasy, though it takes just a little extra time to absorb. my skin, mainly my legs, are sensitive and get very itchy most specially during winter months. from my experience, this lotion helps the itchiness as well as prevents it.

aveeno foaming cleanser – cleans without stripping the skin. mr.s likes this too and he’s very picky when it comes to cleansers. my sister has been using this product for 2 years now and swears by it. my brother also uses this product and it has cleared his acne prone skin.

aveeno clear complexion facial moisturizer – it’s a light daily moisturizer that leaves the skin soft. however, it’s not creamy or moisturizing enough for my dry spots (eczema spots on my face). i have to use my aquaphor for that. still, my face is now doing much better than before. we’ll see how it goes in a month or so.

the cleanser and the facial moisturizer claim that they even out skin tone and prevent breakouts. so far i have seen that my skin had evened out a bit and the redness diminished. the key ingredient for both products is salicylic acid. it’s a plant based compound that helps treat acne. i had a cystic pimple on my chin and it lasted for a day! without using these two products, the annoying zits would have lasted for several days or even a week.

What is your skincare routine? What are your favorite products?

review: etsy pauper’s bounty

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i told my husband that i preferred to receive the knot ring and the engraved heart ring for valentine’s day this year instead of flowers and chocolates. no shame right? i know ^.~ unfortunately, the engraved ring was a no go due to the size of the heart; i wanted the initials g+s to be engraved on it. yeh, so adolescent but i thought it was a cute idea. luckily, the knot ring was available!

shipping: package came in a week

packaging: the ring was bubble wrapped and was sent in an envelope.

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product: the ring is very lightweight and delicate. it’s not as shiny as i’d hoped but an easy cleaning and polishing will do the trick. i don’t recommend wearing it if you have small children. i love the dainty and simple look. the overall quality is great.

overall rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 hearts out of 5

i’m very satisfied with the ring and i would definitely purchase from pauper’s bounty again.