Carol’s Daughter Olive Oil Infusion At-Home Treatment

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After loving the Carol’s Daughter Monoi Hair Mask, I decided to give another one of their hair treatments a try.  This product is a little more work but well worth the results!  For $25.00, this set lasts awhile and delivers excellent results!

As we know from my other posts, my hair is often left feeling dry and damaged from it being color treated, straightened, curled, etc.  So, I like to treat it to treatments from time to time to bring it back to life.

You can use the products together for a mega moisturizing treatment or use them individually depending on how much moisture your hair needs.  I decided to go all out and applied the olive oil and the hair smoothie then slipped the cap over my hair and let it sit for 30 minutes.

When I washed the product out I would describe the results as AMAZING!  My hair has never felt softer!  I could comb through my hair with my fingers in the shower without hitting any knots.  Brushing my hair out after showering was a joy too because I had no tangling which made brushing it out incredibly easy and hassle free.

I let my hair air dry to see the results.  My hair was left soft and shiny and tangle free.  It looked incredibly healthy and as if there was never any damage to it.

Depending on the length of your hair and the amount of product you use/how you use it you can easily get 3-4 uses from this set.  (I have hair midway down my back and can usually get 3-4 uses but I don’t go overboard with the amount of product I use either).

If you have color treated, dry or damaged hair I highly suggest this product!

 

Pro’s:

  • Conditions hair
  • Leaves hair soft and shiny
  • Leaves hair looking super healthy
  • Detangles
  • On average, 3-4 uses per set

Con’s:

  • None :)

 

Sephora Collection Two Tone Portfolio Brush Set

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I was going away on vacation and decided that rather than hauling a ton of individual brushes along with me that a brush set would be practical.  I wasn’t worried about having a top of the line brush set because I was going to be spending a lot of time on the beach so I wasn’t worried about having perfect makeup and also didn’t want to spend a fortune on a brush set.  So I found this set on good ol’ Sephora.com.

It features 6 essential brushes that are perfect for travel and comes with a buckle snap closure black case for $44.00.

Included in this set are the following brushes:

  • Blush brush
  • Powder/complexion brush
  • Eye shadow blending brush
  • Eye shadow detail brush
  • Concealer brush
  • Retractable lip brush

This set of brushes seemed to cover all the basics for me on a simple makeup day.  I was pleased with the set when it arrived.  It’s compact and isn’t too big or bulky.  It snaps shut nicely and doesn’t bulge out so it’s great for travel and is also a great set to toss in your purse for touchups, etc.

The only brush out of this set that I use on a daily basis is the blush brush because I still haven’t gotten around to getting a new one.  I have noticed that with daily use, this brush is starting to show some wear and getting a little worn out.  The bristles are starting to flare out a little and get a frizzy appearance.

The concealer brush was a let down and I was looking forward to using that one.  With each use, I started to notice that the bristles were moving further and further out from the brush.  Then, they started to shed excessively to the point where I was left with next to no bristles and had to toss the brush all together.

Aside from that issue and the blush brush getting worn out from daily wear, the case is still nice for travel.  The other brushes are holding up well and are not shedding.  I would say that this set is good strictly for travel only and doesn’t hold up well for day to day use over a long period of time.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Covers all the basic brush needs
  • Compact
  • Great for travel
  • Nice case

Cons:

  • Not for everyday use
  • Concealer brush didn’t last long at all

Make Up Forever Mist & Fix

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This was another product I purchased from the Sephora chic week sale!  I never really use any type of setting spray for my makeup but figured I would give the smaller size a try.

I’ve used this a couple of times so far and like it.

I like to use this midway through the day when I feel like my makeup starts to wear off or when I have somewhere to be and don’t have time to actually touch up my makeup.  It sets your makeup, therefore, you aren’t going to end up with a dewy/glowy appearance (that’s not the point of this product so if you are looking for something that does that….this isn’t it).  It definitely prolongs the life of my makeup and seems to lock it in place so I don’t have to worry about reapplying it when I don’t have time.

I have also used it in a desperate attempt to wake myself up in the middle of the day at work when I was feeling extra tired by spraying it smack in front of my face hoping to give myself a little jolt….do not do this…do not.  It will wake you up and leave you with a nice oily, greasy splotch wherever you sprayed it on your face.  This product is designed to be sprayed inches from your face…not from an inch away.

I purchased the small 0.84 oz. ($12.00) bottle but there is also a larger 4.22 oz. ($29.00) bottle available as well.  I will stick to buying the smaller one, not because I don’t like the product but because the smaller one fits in my makeup bag or purse perfectly without being too big and getting in the way.

 

Pros:

  • Sets makeup quickly
  • Prolongs life of makeup
  • Great for when you’re in a rush

Cons:

  • Can leave an oily, greasy look IF you spray it too close to your face

 

Ole Henriksen Seven Skincare Sensations

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I’m always on the quest for the latest and greatest skin care products.  I had gotten some Ole samples in the past and liked them so I figured I would give this assortment a try.

The 7 piece set includes (for $55.00):

  • African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser (1.5 oz.)
  • Ultimate Lift Eye Gel (0.25 oz.)
  • Truth Revealed Super Cream SPF 15 (0.5 oz.)
  • Truth Serum Collagen Booster (0.5 oz.)
  • Sheer Transformation (0.5 oz.)
  • Invigorating Night Gel (0.5 oz.)
  • Walnut Complexion Scrub (0.5 oz.)

Overall, I did like this set but I liked some products more than others so I wouldn’t buy the whole kit again.

I liked the African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser.  It was very gentle on my face and it didn’t cause breakouts or upset my skin at all.  This was the largest item in the box and it actually lasted me longer than I thought it would.

I didn’t care for the Ultimate Lift Eye Gel.  I honestly don’t think it really did anything for me.  In my opinion, an eye gel or cream either works or it doesn’t.  In this case, it didn’t.

Truth Revealed Super Cream with SPF 15 was one of the products I liked more.  It was thick and creamy but blended and absorbed into my skin nicely.  It didn’t leave my skin feeling heavy or greasy and didn’t make my pores feel clogged.  I used it over top of the Truth Serum Collagen Booster.

One of my absolute favorites from this kit was the Truth Serum Collagen Booster (with Vitamin C).  This really made a difference on my skin.  I used it daily and over the course of using it my skins appearance definitely improved and looked much brighter over time.  Once I ran out of it, I didn’t purchase anymore and I definitely notice that my skin doesn’t have the same brightness (kind of dull) to it as it did when I was using this product.  I didn’t realize I liked this product as much as I did until I stopped using it.

The Sheer Transformation cream I liked but didn’t love.  There really isn’t anything wrong with it.  It’s a very lightweight cream which is nice, however, I feel like it wasn’t moisturizing enough for me.

The Invigorating Night Gel was another one that I just wasn’t crazy about.  I just don’t think it really did anything for me and I feel like it could be kind of drying.  I know that you can wear a cream over top of it, but, I don’t really want to be loading my face up with layers of product before I go to bed every night.

I loved the Walnut Complexion Scrub.  It was a great exfoliating scrub but it wasn’t overly abrasive on my skin.  It always left me feeling fresh and clean and with a dewy glow.  The smell is wonderful too.  I wish they gave you a much bigger size in this set because this definitely went the quickest for me.

I would only really consider buying the African Tea Foaming Cleanser, Walnut Complexion Scrub, Truth Serum and the Truth Revealed Super cream in full sizes.  The others just didn’t do it for me.

 

Pros:

  • Walnut Complexion Scrub
  • Truth Serum Collagen Booster
  • African Tea Foaming Cleanser
  • Truth Revealed Super Cream

Cons:

  • Ultimate Lift Eye Gel
  • Invigorating Night Gel
  • Sheer Transformation Cream

 

Tarte Clean Slate Deluxe Primer Trio

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I’m a huge fan of this little set….and most Tarte products in general!

This was another purchase I made on a whim while browsing the pages of Sephora.  Even though I really start to like certain products, I am always up for trying new ones and thinking that I may just like them more.  I also love these smaller travel sized sets because they are great for trying out the product before shelling out all the money for the full sized product, they fit perfectly in a makeup bag or purse for touchups and of course for they are great for travel!

The set includes three pieces for $9.00:

Clean Slate Creaseless 12-hr Smoothing Eye Primer 0.09 oz.

Clean Slate Poreless 12-hr Perfecting Primer 0.25 oz.

Clean Slate Flawless 12-hr Brightening Primer 0.25 oz.

I was skeptical of the Poreless Primer when I first tried it only because I never used a primer with a consistency like this.  It’s a thick translucent primer with a waxy-like texture.  Initially, I put way too much on the first time I applied it and was having quite the time trying to get it blended on my face.  I was also put off by the waxy-like feeling as I was blending it (I was used to creamier textured primers) and was concerned that none of my makeup following this was going to apply smoothly or evenly.

I was wrong.  After applying the primer I applied the rest of my makeup and LOVED the final results!  My face was definitely poreless!  I don’t naturally have very large pores but I do have some and this concealed them perfectly.  My makeup went on overtop of this smoothly and evenly and gave me a very airbrushed looking finish.  This is definitely a favorite of mine.

The brightening primer is great too but not my favorite when compared to the poreless primer.  This one has a creamy consistency (one that I was more familiar with) so putting this on was a lot easier for me.  This definitely gave my skin a bright and fresh glow.  My other makeup went on overtop of this primer easily and smoothly.  The results were a very smooth and glowing finish.  (However this one doesn’t have the same airbrushed finish as the poreless one).

The eye primer is great as well!  I put this on before applying shadow and liner (obviously) and it seems to really hold everything in place.  Now I do find that near the end of the day the eye makeup may start to shift a little.  I wouldn’t really say it makes the 12 hour mark like they say it does.  My eye makeup definitely isn’t worn off but it starts to move a little….which I can’t stand.

Overall, I would recommend this product.  If you’ve never tried Tarte or are debating on whether you want to buy any of these products in the full size version (but haven’t tried them yet) I would suggest buying this little trio.  These are small sizes but the product in them lasts a long time and a little definitely goes a long way with these.  (I believe Sephora is all sold out but I’ve seen them elsewhere online.)

 

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Great to try before buying the full sized versions
  • Great for travel or touchups on the go
  • A little goes a long way
  • Poreless primer really does leave skin looking poreless and flawless
  • Brightening primer really does leave skin looking bright and fresh
  • Eye primer extends the length of eye makeup wear

Cons:

  • Doesn’t ever seem to actually last 12 hours