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Sunday, February 3, 2013
January Random Sampler & Empties
The Mario Badescu super rich olive body lotion came in the beauty bag I ordered from Hautelook on Thanksgiving weekend. It was nice and thick without being greasy and without much fragrance. I did like it and would recommend it for anyone with dry skin woes. As for the AHAVA velvet body lotion, this was the first time I had tried honeysuckle & lavender. I normally get the hibiscus & fig but HSN.com had this scent in a full size lotion and body wash set priced at $29.50 so I couldn't resist. I love honeysuckle but hate lavender so this was a risky purchase. Fortunately, I loved it. I don't love it more than the hibiscus & fig, but I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again. If you're interested, at this moment, HSN.com has both scent sets priced at $29.50. That's a steal because the full size lotion individually will run you $26 at Ulta or AHAVA.com. Shipping is $6.21. Both of these brands are cruelty free.
The Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes were a part of the $10 sets Sephora was offering on Black Friday. The makeup wipes came with nail polish remover pads (which I'm not really loving or using). As I've mentioned before, I really want to love Josie Maran products because the company supports some great charities like the NRDC Polar Bear SOS Initiative. And of course, they are cruelty free. But- but- These makeup wipes have a clean, fresh scent and are a nice, thick cloth. But I didn't find that they did an awesome job removing my foundation. For those of you who don't use a primer (why would you not?!?), full coverage foundation, setting powder and setting spray, they might work better. And I did like how they didn't make my skin feel dry or tight.
The boscia purifying cleansing gel also came in a $10 kit from Sephora. I am considering this as my cleanser of choice because it's pretty gentle and seems to work well without irritating or drying out my skin. The Sibu Beauty sea buckthorn nourishing facial cream came in the Hautelook beauty bag. I've come to realize that sea buckthorn is not for me. It feels greasy on my skin and quite frankly, I think it stinks. If you like it, check out SibuBeauty.com because they have a range of skin care products made with sea buckthorn and are entirely vegan and Leaping Bunny certified. boscia is also PETA certified as cruelty free.
Lather included this avocado mint hair repair sample with my last order. I love Lather products so much. The avocado mint moisture therapy was a bit thick and heavy for my thin hair so I wouldn't use it on a regular basis. But if you're looking for a dry hair solution that is awesome, smells minty (not at all like guacamole) and is cruelty free, I'd recommend this one. The Living Proof thickening cream came from....I don't know. Heaven? No, really, I think I got this from Sephora but cannot recall. I love the full products from Living Proof because they add volume and body to my hair. I just wish Living Proof was certified cruelty free. They say they do not test on animals, but without approval from Leaping Bunny or PETA, that could mean just about anything. If they ever get certified, this thickening cream will be stocked in my bathroom, no question.
Per-fekt skin perfecting gel came from Sephora I think. And I hated it. Ugh. First of all, this sample packaging is ridiculous. It's really difficult to get out any of the product using your finger if you have longer nails, and I refuse to use my nails to scoop out stuff. And the directions say to use just a little, and pat it into the skin. Stop. I do not have that kind of time. Bottom line: it did nothing for me but I may not have even gotten enough on my face. I gave up and I'm tossing what is left. It's a shame because Per-fekt is Leaping Bunny certified and I'm always looking for new cruelty free products to love. The Jouer matte moisture tint was a sample purchase from Birchbox using my points. I got it prior to going to the dermatologist so I still had ugly, oily skin. Now, I can't use it because it's way too drying. If you're looking for a good mattifying, tinted moisturizer, consider Jouer. Jouer has stated that neither they nor their manufactures test on animals; however, they are not certified by Leaping Bunny or PETA.