Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask ($92) – |★★★☆☆| Ninety two dollars, huh? That seems excessive. This is a huuuuge free sample for something with that price tags. Makes sense, as I won’t spend $92 without trying something. The texture is something like melted wax mixed with lotion. The smell is cucumber-y. The feeling is tingly and tight. So, your standard face mask.
Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment SPF15 ($24) – |★★★★☆| – Great chapstick with a hint of color. I don’t love the twist off cap, which is why I docked it a star.
Fresh Sugar Face Polish ($62) – |★★☆☆☆| Yup, 2 stars. I’m surprised, too. I thought Fresh’s face polish was famous or something, but it’s not super exciting. Yes, it smells nice and I’m sure has great ingredients, but the scrubby sugar part melts away too fast to actually polish anything and then you’re just left with an oily cleanser.
Last week, I reported on the make up I bought from Sephora. Now, onto the rest of it!
Bumble and Bumble Repair Blow Dry $14 – A MILLION TIMES BETTER THAN THEIR STRAIGHT BLOW DRY! Seriously. Smells better. Less sticky. Make my hair feel soft, healthy and malleable.
FRESH Seaberry Exfoliating Soap $16.50 – Somehow soap was the most expensive item in this purchase? It smells nice. It’s soap. How special can soap get? I don’t know why I felt the need to buy it – I just wanted to treat myself on my birthday to something I’d usually never spend money on, I guess.
Belif The True Queen Aqua Bomb FREE SAMPLE ($38) – Another moisturizer, but this one is more of a gel. It’s cooling and refreshing and it soaks in quickly. I really like it.
Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser FREE SAMPLE ($28) – Good sample design — it snaps in half and lets out a little bit at a time through the crease, which is good because it’s VERY liquidy. Since it’s the consistency of water AND doesn’t foam at all, it’s hard to tell if I got enough on my hands. Meh. Face feels clean.
The Bumble & Bumble hair stuff was a necessary commodity – nothing special and the soap was only to bring my purchase up to $50 so I could have free shipping (even though I would have spent less, shipping included, if I hadn’t gotten it – but who doesn’t love a fancy soap). So, I guess the makeup items were the stars, but these were fun, too. I love free samples!
I signed up for Ipsy months ago and sat on the wait list forever because I refuse to share promotions on Facebook. 2 weeks ago I noticed a $10 charge on my credit card and realized that I was FINALLY getting my first Ipsy bag!
The bag is cute, but I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do with all these little bags.
Here’s what came in the bag:
Sample size – The Balm Nude Dude eyeshadow in Flirty – it’s sold as part of this palette for $36
Just the two full size products are worth $43 and I only paid $10 for the bag, the samples, and the full size products. That’s pretty damn good.
So far, I’ve used the GlamGlow cleanser and the Clear Start toner. I’ll review the rest of the bag next week!
I didn’t have high hopes for the cleanser, given the last time I reviewed GlamGlow, but this one was pretty awesome. The instructions tell you to rub it on your face dry, then add water to make it foam up. It’s thick, like mud, and feels like a good quality clay mask. It doesn’t exactly foam with water, but does get a smidge sudsy. It left my skin feeling really soft, and fresh, and clean. My pores were truly cleared out.
I haven’t used a toner in years, but I like the Clean Start well enough. It has a lemony citrus smell and feels refreshing. Hopefully it does clear breakouts! If that’s the case, I’ll gladly buy the full size.
Next up on the sample docket is First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser ($20) – “Remove surface oils, make-up, dirt and grime.” First of all, this sample was only big enough to 2 uses, whereas I got 4 uses out of the Tata Harper one…lame. Second of all, I didn’t like it. It was very creamy and definitely removed surface oils and make up. However, it never felt like it really cleaned my skin, just sort of wiped off whatever was on top of it. Maybe because it was too creamy? I don’t know, but I would not use it again.
After that I tried Fresh Soy Face Cleanser ($38), which promises to gently cleanse, remove “all traces of makeup (even mascara!),” and hydrates and soothes. It certainly smells much nicer than the FAB cleanser; like fresh cucumbers and maybe wheatgrass. I think I just made that part up because I’m not sure I’ve ever smelled wheatgrass. Anyway. It’s decent. Smells nice and washes my face. None of these have really targeted acne at all, so I don’t expect them to help with that and, just to confirm, this one is not helping with that, but I still like it.
I didn’t realize how much I like the smell of fresh, natural products (both the Tata Harper and the Fresh cleanser). This was especially surprising because I usually use 10% benzoyl peroxide (a dermatologist recommended for me), which in no way, shape or form is natural smelling or looking. I’m going to try to find a benzoyl peroxide topical cream that works okay under makeup (my current one flakes), so that I can use nice smelling cleanser!