February 7, 2014

Hi everyone!

Earlier this month, Zoya ran a promotion for 3 polishes free with $12 shipping. But since Zoya provides free shipping over $25...I decided to stock up on their nail polish remover.

I have been lusting after Zoya Dream for a long time and I finally got it! It was on backorder for so long that it took a month for the package to arrive. But it doesn't matter! It's so worth it!

And that's it! Were you able to take advantage of Zoya's promotions? What are your must have Zoya colors?

Until next time,
~ RxBeautyChic

February 5, 2014

Hi everyone!

Today's post is about the men in our lives! Well, it's really about shaving. With products for men, but...hey, we shave too! 

Introducing a newer company out on the market called HYD For Men. They currently have 3 products, all in sleek black and silver packaging! The products have a fresh citrus scent that is not overwhelming. 

Product: [3.7/4.0]   ||    Packaging: [3.8/4.0]
Application: [3.7/4.0]   ||   Texture & Formulation: [3.8/4.0]   ||   Results: [3.6/4.0]

HYD Shave Cream ($12.99 USD / 150mL / 5.07 fl.oz.) is suppose to moisturize the skin along with an even shave. The cream felt more like a lotion than a foamy cream, but a little does go a long way! It does provide a close shave and the razor glides across the skin. 

HYD Buffer Stick ($24.99 USD / 60g / 2 fl.oz.) is an exfoliator, moisturizer, and helps prevent ingrown hairs. I wish there were products like this for ladies! It's so convenient to use. It's like using a body It felt a bit rough for me, but for a man's facial hair, the grittiness is a good thing! It is not recommended to use more than 3x per week, so those with sensitive skin, don't over exfoliate. 

HYD Razer Shield ($17.99 USD / 50mL / 0.5 fl.oz.) features natural ingredients to protect your razor blades and extending the blade's life. The pump packaging is quite nice, but do be careful. Only a couple drops is needed to coat the blade. Use this after you have shaved to protect the razor. The next time you use it though, the oil is still there, providing a pre-shaving cream base...that actually still can glide across the skin fairly well! It keeps the hair from being stuck on the blade too. A side note that this product is not for electric razors. 

If a man in your life (fathers, brothers, uncles, boyfriends, husbands, etc) shaves and likes a no frill system, this set might not be bad to splurge on for a special occasion. 



Shave Cream: Aqua (Deionized Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe Vera Gel) Juice,Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine,Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Leaf Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Mineral Oil, Hydrolyzed Wheat Proteins, Hydrolyzed Wheat Proteins, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin-E), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea) Extract, Dimethicone, Sodium Stearate, Citrus Aurantium (Orange) Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Carbomer, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Aceteyl Hexapeptide-8, Titanium Dioxide, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin

Buffer Stick: Propylene Glycol, Aluminum Oxide, Nonyl Nonoxynol-150, Water, Sodium Stearate, Dipropylene Glycol, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Ferocactus Wislizenii (Cactus) Extract, Orchis Maculata Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi (Bearberry) Leaf Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Caffeine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, PVP, Trihydroxystearin, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol

Razor Shield: Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe Vera Gel) Juice, Petrolatum, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Isopropyl Palmitate, BHT, Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Australian Tea Tree Oil)

Bottom Line: A fancier set of shaving products that smells great, but for some, may not be worth the price point with the performance. The love it or hate it really will depend on the user. The shaving cream gives a close shave and leaves the skin soft.The buffer stick works well as an exfoliator. The razor shield keeps the blade from rusting, and acts as a pre-shave shaving cream. Overall not bad! 

Price: $12.99 / Shave Cream; $24.99 / Buffer Stick; $17.99 / Razor Shield; $55.97 USD for all 3

Where to buy: HYD online; code SAVE20 gets 20% off purchase!

And that's it! What do you think about shaving products? High end or low end?

Until next time,
~ RxBeautyChic

February 3, 2014

Hi everyone!

The January ipsy bag features "19 Reasons 2014 Will Be Amazing." I am assuming that the 19 brands listed on the card are official ipsy partners? 

A bright blue bag that I'm not sure how I feel about. Perhaps I was expecting something more...festive? Then again, last year's January bag did not have a super festive design either.

Coastal Scents - Small Foundation Brush
#1. Coastal Scents - Small Foundation Brush
The Coastal Scents Classic Small Foundation Brush is the ideal size for creating a smooth, even finish giving you full control when applying and blending liquid and cream based foundation. May also be used to apply any cream-based cosmetic.
More Coastal Scents brushes to add to my stock! This brush works better for cream products than liquid for me.

Yaby - Liquid Foundation in Buff
#2. yaby - Liquid Foundation
The yaby Liquid Foundation leaves an unbelievably natural, super smooth texture and is extremely easy to apply. Mimics the skin's natural sheen to create the most realistic flawless skin. Oil-free. 
I'm surprised at how well this foundation matched my skin tone. The picture came out more yellow than the product actually is. It's very easy to apply and doesn't feel thick.

MicaBeauty - Tinted Lip Balm in Fiesta
#3. MicaBeauty Tinted Lip Balm in Fiesta
MicaBeauty's 24 hour Tinted Lip Balm conditions your lips without smudge while delivering sophisticated finish. For a sheer wash of color, one swipe is all you need. For a bolder pout, simply apply another swipe and this lip balm will create lips every woman covets. Kiss-proof and smudge-proof! 
Super pretty color, but unfortunately made my lips drier. I've been putting a lip balm on top to try to seal in some moisture.

Apothederm - Bright Skin Serum
#4. Apothederm - Bright Skin Serum
Apothederm® Bright Skin Serum helps refine, brighten and hydrate for a more even complexion. Our SmartPeptide® technology specifically targets impurities to refine blotchy, discolorations and imperfections. Helps to reduce blemishes and minimize pore size. Your skin will look and feel rejuvenated, radiant. 
With this little tube almost gone, I'm not quite noticing any results. Maybe it's because I've been sick, stressed, and sleep-deprived? That it's almost neutralizing the effects? It's a nice serum, not moisturizing really, but it does absorb fast!

Absolute! - Makeup Cleansing Tissue
#5. Absolute! - Makeup Cleansing Tissue
Pre-moistened, refreshingly fragranced, water-based cloths designed to instantly remove even waterproof makeup without irritation. Infused with natural extracts and botanicals, Absolute! Makeup Cleansing Tissues are formulated to reawaken and soften skin, while helping to reduce puffiness. Made of delicate spun lace, our convenient, effortless 1-step tissues are gentle enough for use on sensitive skin and around the eye area.  
My least favorite item of this month. It not only stung my face when I used it, I immediately had red bumps over my face. Then there is the scent of this product; it is super strong! You know when you sniff perfume at the store and accidentally get too much in your nose? It's like that. 

And that's it! Hoping for a better February bag! Do you have a monthly subscription? What did you receive? 

Until next time,
~ RxBeautyChic

February 2, 2014

Crown Brush HD Set with Mirror and Tweezer

Happy Lunar New Year and happy groundhog day! I apologize for MIA for the past month. This semester of school has proven itself quite challenging! But as I am getting used to my schedule, I hope to post more! :) 

Crown Brush HD Set with Mirror and Tweezer set ($69.99, $27.95, on sale $19.57 USD) is a new 6 piece makeup brush set containing a powder brush, blush brush, contour brush, crease blender brush, chisel shadow brush, liner brush, tweezers, and a case with a large mirror. The set has 4 different color options, purple, orange, blue, or red.

Product: [3.7/4.0]   ||    Packaging: [3.8/4.0]   ||    Application: [3.6/4.0]   ||   Texture & Material: [3.5/4.0]

Pro Powder Brush is a large paddle, dome shaped brush. It is soft when applied with sweeping strokes and stippling. My favorite brush of the bunch!

Tapered Blush Brush is a medium paddle, dome shaped, dense brush. It is soft with sweeping strokes and stippling motions as well. Be careful, the denseness of this brush can definitely pack on some strong color.

Deluxe Contour Brush is a small round dome brush. It fits perfectly into the hollows of the cheeks for a contour line. It is also incredibly soft.

Crease Blender Brush is a medium round crease brush. The bristles are a bit stiffer but is fluffly. It does blend shadows nicely, but it is a bit crease brush for those of smaller eyes.

Chisel Shadow Brush is a medium dome shaped flat brush. Soft and dense, it can pack on the color. Just like the crease brush, it is big for smaller eyes.

Detail Liner Brush is a small pencil brush that frays out a bit at the edges. Because of its thickness, it can be used to draw on a thick line. The bristles are very flexible making it harder to apply gel liner. This is a small detailed brush that could be used as a...small lip brush.

Tweezer is not anything out of the ordinary. It does a good job of plucking stray hairs and I do generally like it.

Case zippers all around, holds the mirror snugly, and is easy to wipe clean when it gets dirty. The slim packaging is lightweight and slim, making it great for travel!

- High grade synthetic fiber
- Vegan friendly

Crown Brush HD Set with Mirror and Tweezer

Crown Brush HD Set with Mirror and Tweezer

Crown Brush HD Set with Mirror and Tweezer
Pro Powder Brush

Crown Brush HD Set with Mirror and Tweezer
Tapered Blush Brush

Crown Brush HD Set with Mirror and Tweezer
Deluxe Contour Brush

Crown Brush HD Set with Mirror and Tweezer
Crease Blender Brush

Crown Brush HD Set with Mirror and Tweezer
Chisel Shadow Brush

Crown Brush HD Set with Mirror and Tweezer
Detail Liner Brush

Crown Brush HD Set with Mirror and Tweezer

Crown Brush HD Set with Mirror and Tweezer
Size Comparison to iphone 5

Bottom Line: A pretty travel friendly set with good quality brushes. The face brushes are great, the eye brushes are more fit for bigger eyes, and the liner brush may be a better fit as a lip brush instead. 

Price: on sale $19.57 USD

Where to buy: Crown Brush onlines, IMATS

And that's it! Do you own any Crown Brushes? 

Until next time,
~ RxBeautyChic

January 9, 2014

First Aid Beauty - Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask

It's still quite chilly here in Chicago and it's a perfect time to introduce one of my favorite products of 2013!

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask ($22 USD / 2.0 oz / 56.7g) is a hydration mask for normal and dry skin. FAB describes this as:
HYDRATE, CALM AND NOURISH IN 10 MINUTESFAB Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask is the perfect antidote to dry or distressed skin. With this 10 minute fix, skin is rehydrated and soothed. The result: soft, smooth, supple skin. The formula blends a duo of protective oats (Colloidal Oatmeal and Avena Sativa Oat Bran) with botanical antioxidants and skin nourishing ingredients to repair and revive the skin. 
WHO SHOULD USE IT?FAB Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask is ideal for all skin types. 

BENEFITSCalms, nourishes and soothes distressed skin. Rehydrates and smoothes parched, rough skin. Combats free radicals. 
Product: [3.7/4.0]

The best part about this mask is that it is so soothing. Even if you leave it on for longer than the suggested 10 minutes, the product doesn't dry your skin out.

Packaging: [3.7/4.0]   ||    Application: [3.7/4.0]   ||   Texture & Formulation: [4.0/4.0]   ||   Longevity: [3.5/4.0] 

The mask comes in an easy to use tube, also great for hygienic reasons. At first I thought the tube was quite small, but this little tube can definitely last for awhile. The gentle soothing formulation is great for any rashes or allergic reactions too!

The formulation is thick with little chunks of oatmeal in it. It didn't tingle or irritate my skin, and wasn't hard to remove even though it is a thick mask. The scent is not overwhelming either. My skin felt smooth and supple after washing this product off! I like to gently rub in the product as I wash it off to some gentle exfoliation. This little guy has definitely found its way into my skincare routines!

If you have dry, sensitive, or irritated skin, I definitely recommend you try this! Also, if you've always like to play with your food, please try this product. It's like smearing breakfast all over your face! :)

- No Parabens, Harsh Chemicals or Colorants. 
- Safe for Sensitive Skin.

First Aid Beauty - Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask

First Aid Beauty - Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask

First Aid Beauty - Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask

Colloidal Oatmeal: Relieves itching and soothes irritated skin. 
Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract (Sea Buckthorn): Helps heal the skin and combats free radicals. 
Shea Butter: Helps moisturize and nourish the skin. 
FAB Antioxidant Booster (comprised of Licorice Root, Feverfew, and White Tea): Combats free radicals. 

Water, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric/Succinic Triglyceride, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran, Colloidal Oatmeal, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Octyldodecanol, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Decyl Glucoside, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Polysorbate 60, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Vanillin, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Butylene Glycol, Bisabolol, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Pentylene Glycol 1, 2-Hexanediol, Tetrasodium EDTA.

Final Grade! A

Bottom Line: A yummy mask that boosts moisture and relieves dry patches! Great for sensitive skin as well. Just...don't eat it.

Price: $22 USD

Where to buy: Sephora stores and onlines, First Aid Beauty online

And that's it! What are some of your favorite face treatments?

Until next time,
~ RxBeautyChic

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