Perfectly Posh Review

Hey guys! Today I’m going to talk about a few products from Perfectly Posh. This company was brought to my attention by one of their independent consultants. As it was explained to me, Perfectly Posh is a naturally based pampering product company. All of their products are under $25, made in the USA & cruelty free. I received a few samples to try out and I’m going to share my thoughts on each one.

First up is the Complexion Perfection Face Wash. This is a daily face wash that gently exfoliates & deep cleans. It has grapefruit, peppermint, & walnut-shell powder. I’m not one to use an exfoliating face wash everyday but I really liked this. It smells good & left my face feeling smooth & clean. I also liked the consistency of it, it’s not super thick and it spreads out over your face easily with just a small amount.20160603_153619.png

Next up is the Cackle Spackle Detoxifying Face Mask. I loved this face mask! First off it smells amazing! It has charcoal powder, volcanic ash, kaolin clay and spearmint. As soon as you open it all you smell is the spearmint. I had a little trouble when applying it because it was really thick & kind of hard so it wasn’t spreading easily but once I got it going it only took a small amount to cover my face. I left it on for about 10 minutes. It rinses off easily and it left my face with that refreshing tingling feeling. I noticed that it kind of minimized my pores. It makes no claim to that in the description, it’s just what I noticed after using it. wp-1464982745735.jpg

Moving on to the Moisturize 911 Caffeinated Face Cream. This tightens, brightens & moisturizes with aloe, citrus & caffeine. Unfortunately it did not work for my skin. I’ve mentioned before that I’ve gone from having combination skin to now having oily skin and each time I used this my skin ended up being extremely oily to the point where I had to go back & wash my face again to get it off because even blotting papers & my holy grail…the Prep+Prime Skin Refined Zone from MAC didn’t help. I tried using a smaller amount,  I tried using a different face wash from the first time I used it and I even tried it after using the Complexion Perfection Face Wash. I’m not saying it’s a bad moisturizer or that it’s not worth trying, I just think it’s probably not ideal for oily skin. It smells good though!20160603_154023.png

Next on the list is Never Grow Up, the Anti-aging Fine Line Fixer Serum. With aloe vera, caffeine & vitamin B3 this serum is supposed to tighten the skin, even the skin tone, stimulate the production of collagen & diminish the appearance of lines around the eyes and mouth. I’m all for serums, I think everyone especially older chicks like myself should include some type of serum into their skin care routine. That being said, finding a good anti-aging serum that is actually going to work & do what it’s supposed to do can be tricky. You have to check what’s in it…or what’s not. Caffeine & Vitamin B3 are the two ingredients in this product that stood out to me because caffeine combats free radicals which cause things like wrinkles & sagging skin. Vitamin B3 is good for skin discoloration, reducing redness & helping skin to retain moisture. So, while it may take some time to actually see the benefits/effects of an anti-aging serum, I think this one is decent & worth a shot. 20160603_154220.png

That brings me to the Never Grow Up Face Cream, an Anti-Aging Deep Moisturizer. This is supposed to be used in combination with the Never Grow Up Serum. It contains shea butter & botanical extracts. I had the same issue with this as I did with the Moisture 911 Caffeinated Cream. Maybe it’s just entirely too many moisturizing properties for my oily skin lol! I used it in combination with & without the serum & still got the same results. I think this is probably good for someone with normal to dry skin & possibly even combination skin. 20160603_154427.png

Moving right along to the Whole Lava Love Volcanic Ash Facial Exfoliator…this is supposed to help prevent fine lines & promote healthier, younger looking skin. I pretty much noticed the same results with this as with the Cackle Spackle Detoxifying Mask. My skin was softer afterwards & it seemed as if it had minimized the appearance of my pores. And, it smells soooo good!wp-1464983195683.jpg

Next, the Under Wonder Matte Pore Primer. I used this stuff everyday until it was gone! I loved it! Anything that keeps my skin matte for a decent amount of time, with or without makeup is a winner in my book! It’s so smooth, it feels like velvet on your skin & for me it lasted all day. This is a must have!20160603_153313.png

Finally we have the Bahama Berry, Strawberry & Orange Lip Scrub. This contains shea butter along with strawberry & orange exfoliate. So, it smells good, tastes good and left my lips soft, smooth & moisturized. wp-1464983293710.jpg

Alright, so that was everything. I went ahead and ordered a couple of things after going through the catalog. I ordered the Poshymallow scented Coconut Oil, the Black Cherry Attack Kit which includes the body wash, the body whip and a Detox Face Mask, the Strawberry Fields Forever (chunk) Soap & of course the Under Wonder Primer. They have so many different products for all kind of skin care needs, all for under $25. Also, they have a reward program where you earn points that can be used to get more products.

 ***Now through June 30th you can get a 15% rebate on any purchase!! Go to www.perfectlypettijohn.com, add products to your cart then select “Makeup & Curls Readers” as your party at checkout.(%15 of your total will be refunded to your card before the charge is final)

 

 

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e.l.f. Night Cream/Eye Cream Review

Hey guys, I’m back with a review of two of e.l.f.’s new skin care products.  I’m always on the hunt for new products so when I saw that e.l.f. had come out with this line of skin care products I knew I had to check it out!  I found it in Wal-Mart and decided to just start off with the Nourishing Night Cream which is infused with purified water and Jojoba.  It claims to rehydrate and refresh your skin overnight and I also got the Illuminating Eye Cream.  It is also infused with purified water and vitamin E.  It’s supposed to help hydrate and minimize the appearance of dark circles and puffiness.

I have combination skin which has been more oily lately, so I have to mix and match my products accordingly and balance everything out between the oil free products and the ones that aren’t.  Because the facial cleanser I’m currently using is oil free, I was o.k with the fact that these particular products from e.l.f. didn’t state that they were.

So first off, the packaging is super cute….I mean it caught my attention right away.  The price is pretty decent but of course, all of their products are.  I paid $12.25 for the night cream and $10.00 for the eye cream.  Now, I didn’t actually expect the eye cream to do anything about the dark circles under my eyes, but I thought it could possibly be good for moisturizing…which it is.  As for the night cream, I was fine the first week but after that my forehead started breaking out.  It wasn’t anything major but it was noticeable especially since I never break out(thankfully).  What was totally noticeable was how oily my skin was in the morning and throughout the whole day….I mean my entire face!!  Usually if a product isn’t compatible with my skin and causes excess oil it’ll only be on my forehead and nose.  I stopped using it immediately.  My MAC Prep+Prime skin refined zone wasn’t even helping to control the shine and I swear by that stuff!!  So yeah, that just wasn’t going to work out for my life lol!  I don’t think I’ll be purchasing any of the other products and honestly, I probably won’t even buy the eye cream again.  It’s good especially for the price but still…I’ve used better.  If you don’t have a problem with oily skin these products might be good for you.

You can go on their website and see the complete line of skin care products.  The only other products I saw in Wal-Mart was the Daily Hydration Moisturizer for $9.25 and the Soothing Serum for $11.75.

I hope you all enjoy your weekend and thanks for reading!

NYX, Honey Dew Me Up primer

NYX Honey Dew Me Up Review

I just wanted to share my thoughts on this Honey Dew Me Up skin serum+primer by NYX.  I had been wanting to try it for a while but I could never find it. It says that it’s infused with honey, gold and collagen and it’s supposed to neutralize the appearance of discoloration/redness while creating a luminous look that lasts all day.  I’ve tried it twice and I’m not loving it.  It made my face extremely oily and I don’t really like the smell.  It’s also ridiculously sticky because of the honey.  I’m taking into consideration that your skin changes with the weather so I’ll probably try it again in the fall/winter and see if that makes a difference.  It’s not terribly expensive, then again none of the products by NYX are.  Ulta has it on sale now for $10.19.  Even if it does well the next time I use it, I probably won’t buy it again.

NYX Honey Dew Me Up skin serum+primer

NYX Honey Dew Me Up skin serum+primer

My recent make up purchases

Hey guys!!  It’s been a minute since I’ve posted anything.  I’ve been reading everyone else’s blogs, I just haven’t had time to do anything with my own.  But, I’m back now and I wanted to share some of the products that I’ve bought over the past 2 weeks.

I’ll start with bh cosmetics.  I absolutely love them.  They have great products at affordable prices.  First is the bombshell illuminating baked blush.  The original price is $10.50 but they’re on sale now for just $6.00!  The shade I bought is sunkissed.  The other six colors they have are: Harmony, Delightful, Elegant, Daring, Flourish and Vivacious.  I haven’t worn it yet but I’ll post pics/do a review as soon as I do. I also bought their automatic eyebrow pencil in the color Dark Brunette.  Right now it’s on sale for $4.00 and the original price is $6.00.  I’ve been using an eyebrow kit from e.l.f since forever but I just wanted to try something new. The last thing I got from them was the 15 pc Rose Gold Brush Set. I was in desperate need of new brushes. They were $25.00 but they’re currently out of stock.  You seriously can’t beat these prices and they always have the best sales!

bh cosmetics bombshell illuminating baked blush

bh cosmetics bombshell illuminating baked blush: Sunkissed

bh cosmetics automatic eyebrow pencil: Dark Brunette

bh cosmetics automatic eyebrow pencil: Dark Brunette

bh cosmetics 15 pc Rose Gold Brush Set

bh cosmetics 15 pc Rose Gold Brush Set

I saved the best for last…MAC!!!  I love love love EVERYTHING that I got from there!  First, their new and limited edition scented Prep+Prime Fix+.  There are five scents: Romantic Rose, Calming Lavender, Energizing Yuzu, Cooling Cucumber and Creamy Coconut.  They were selling really fast.  Cucumber and Rose were the only kind they had left when I got there.  The cucumber smelled ok but I liked the rose better so I grabbed two of those…one for myself and one for my bestie.  I’ve been using it every day.  You spritz it on before and after applying your make up or you can wear it alone just to hydrate your skin.  It’s amazing!!  The next thing I got was the Pro Longwear nourishing waterproof foundation.  I also bought the Pro Longwear concealer.  To control any oily spots I went ahead and bought the Prep+Prime Skin Refined Zone Treatment.  It’s mattifying, minimizes pores and controls oil.  It can also be worn without make up.  It works wonders,  I absolutely love it!!  Finally…the lipsticks!  I’m convinced that MAC has the best lipsticks in the history of ever!!  The three shades I got are Persistence which is matte, Odyssey which has a frost finish and Syrup which has a lustre finish.  They go on so smooth and creamy…they’re absolutely beautiful.  Oh, and the fact that they smell like candy doesn’t hurt!  I’ve been wearing them every day.  I also picked up the shade Stone for my bff.  The best part for me was that they were only $13.50 a piece.  I went to the MAC store on base and almost everything is a little cheaper there.  The actual price is around $16.00.  I’m sure most of you know that MAC products are not cheap, but if you feel like splurging a little and treating yourself, I promise it’s worth it!

Lipstick from left to right: Persistence, Syrup, Stone, Odyssey

Lipstick from left to right: Persistence, Syrup, Stone, Odyssey

That’s it for now, thanks for reading!!

Kisses, Melissa

Aphogee Moisture Rich Leave in conditioner Review

Before I get into the negative review of this product, let me just say that there are a few other Aphogee products that I like and use such as the Curlific Textured Wash, the Curlific Curl Definer and the Keratin Green Tea Restructurizer. They work very well for my hair, especially the restructurizer. I’ve been using that for about a month and I’ve really seen a difference in my hair. Now back to the leave in…this has got to be the worst leave in conditioner I have ever used. It dries my hair out so bad and leaves my curls looking frizzy and lifeless. My hair just ends up being a big dry poof.

It doesn’t matter what other products I use with it or in what order. I’ve even used it with just the other products I mentioned earlier, I figured they’re all from the same line so maybe that would make a difference. Nope, same result. I’ve used it several times just to be sure before writing it off, I’m sure. This stuff is no good for my hair and I will not be using it anymore.

I gave it to my son to try out and he said it works just fine for him. Well he can have it honey! I will however continue to use the other products and I saw a couple more at Sally Beauty supply that I want to try, but since my hair care products are fully stocked I guess I’ll hold off on buying anything new.

If any of you use or have tried Aphogee products let me know what you think. And for all my naturals and curly girls, what products work best for you?

Aphogee moisture rich leave in

Aphogee moisture rich leave in

These products actually work for me.

These products actually work for me.