L'Oreal · Skincare

L’Oreal Pure Sugar Scrub – Review Time

You all want to know the secret to nice skin?

Exfoliate.

Honestly, whenever I look in the mirror and see dull looking skin, it doesn’t matter if I drank a gallon of water or slathered the most expensive moisturizer, nothing other than a nice scrub will give me the instant gratification that I need when I look in the mirror.

Personally, I exfoliate every other day. I don’t use particularly harsh scrubs so I think that with an every other day regimen that works well for me. Lately, I’ve been loving the L’Oréal Pure Sugar Scrub for smooth and glowy skin.

I believe the line comes with three other options, but at 41, it’s all about the J Lo skin because she has set the bar pretty high. Can you believe she is 49??

Anyways, I purchased my jar at Walmart and I believe I paid somewhere around $10 for it. I’ve had it for about 1.5 months and I still have about 1/4 left of product in my 1.7 oz jar. Not bad, in my opinion.

The main reason I like this scrub is because the sugar particles are fine enough to remove the dull skin without feeling like you face planted on concrete. I only have to use about a 1/2 teaspoon of product to work my entire face and neck as there is give to this scrub, probably do to the glycerin. This may not be possible if you decide to make you own scrub using brown sugar and olive oil, which I have done in the past.

Now the jar clearly says Pure Sugar in the front, but when looking at the ingredient list, there are a whole lot of other things listed there, including orange and yellow coloring, so I think it’s not exactly all real brown sugar in there.

It does smell nice and authentic though.

Looks like Self Tanner when you apply. Don’t be afraid it washes away!
This is my most favorite place to exfoliate because I tend to rub that area when writing

The instructions recommend that you apply this product into clean skin with dry fingers, but I do suggest maybe dampen your hands a bit, if you don’t like the scrub to be too harsh. I wouldn’t recommend doing this is the shower or with overly wet hands as too much moisture breaks down the “sugar” particles quickly and you won’t exfoliate anything.

Nice and pink skin!

It also says that you can use this as a lip scrub, but I would skip. It doesn’t taste good. I would recommend any of the Lush lip scrubs if you want to exfoliate your lips. They taste divine!!!

Anyone else try the other scrubs from this line? If so let me know which you suggest.

Till next time, my friends.

Maritza

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Need, Want, Skip

Need It, Want It, Skip It – New Beauty Releases

From time to time, I surf Trendmood or This is Forty on Instagram to check out any upcoming releases that pique my interest. I always save the posts that interest me and I had developed quite a collection of pictures. Now some of them, in hindsight, are definite Skips, but others fall somewhere in the categories of Need and Want.

The Need and Want categories are so hard to differentiate sometimes because why is it a Need and others just a Want? Wouldn’t you want something you need? I think I’m overthinking this, right?

Anyways, without further ado, here are my current Needs, Wants and Skips.

Need

I only see two Needs in my folder at this time and, I will admit, that both of these “Needs” are really because I love the packaging. I swear, I am your prototypical consumer. Slap something pretty on the front of a palette or create something that appeals to my childhood or inner geek and I’m sold.

Such is the case with the Smashbox x VladaMUA collection. I swear, they could literally be selling me fecal matter and I am 99.9% sure I would buy it because I love Rose Gold and the packaging is outrageously GORGEOUS. Now, I’m not saying I would buy the entire collection, but I’m pretty sure I will pick up something.

Same goes for the upcoming Nyx Steampunk inspired collection. These colors can be pure garbage, but I will still buy it because I happen to love everything about this fictional Victorian era subculture filled with machines and metal.

Want

These are items that I will most likely pick up, but I don’t see any real rush in getting them. I will probably wait till some reviews come out or, better yet, maybe even go on sale before I buy anything.

I love Nudestix and even though I don’t own much from them, I like how easy they make applying makeup look. Therefore, these Tinted Blur Sticks are very much drawing me in right now. If they blur any unwanted features (ahem, sinkhole size pores) while providing some coverage, then I am totally in!

I want something from the Kat Von D 10 Year Anniversary Gold Fever collection because it’s most likely going to be limited edition and a collectors item, so I know I shouldn’t wait for any reviews, but I’m hesitating a little. Not sure why it’s not a Need, but maybe I have to trust my gut and wait.

I love a good lip gloss and having never head of Hank & Henry, I was intrigued by these. They don’t look like anything special, but wondering about the overall product. I think I will wait to see how the reviews go before I shell out $17 for a lip topper.

Does anyone else think that both Maybelline and L’Oréal coming out with fruit inspired collections at the same time is kind of weird? Isn’t the fruit theme a little played out already (i.e. Too Faced Peach EVERYTHING)? Regardless, these are cute and with a coupon or sale, I will probably pick one up. They both look pretty similar to me, so I guess it will just depend on who goes on sale first.

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Skip

I MIGHT wait for a coupon or a sale, but chances are higher that I will skip this Neutrogena x Kerry Washington collection. The cheek palette looks absolutely adorable, but I must admit that the eyeshadows are not drawing me in. I know I have all these colors already, therefore, unless you are just starting your makeup collection there is no need to add the Essential Eye palette to my stash.

Same goes for the Wet n’ Wild Midnight Mermaid collection below. I love that more and more brands are coming out with blues, but this is just a tad bit too dark and moody for my taste. I prefer something just a bit brighter.

Anybody feeling a little burnt out by the Kardashians? Seriously, I like them, but I feel like this Kourtney x Kylie collab is just a bit tardy to the party.

Last on the Skip list are highlighters in general. I have come to the conclusion that I don’t need another highlighter and since I tend to stick to the same light golden shade for the most part, there is no need for me to pick up any of the below any time soon. I mean they are pretty, but, whatever! Not feeling highlighters lately for some reason.

To Be Determined

I’m pretty interested in seeing what Becca and Chrissy Teigen come up with, but no details yet other than something is in the works, so will wait and see what they have for us.

Anyone else see something lately that they are Needing, Wanting or Skipping? If so, drop the link in the comments below.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

Drugstore Finds

CVS Sunday …

… and Walgreens too, but CVS Sunday just sounds so much better.

It’s Sunday, so you know what that means? Time to scour the weekly ads to see what deals we can snag. Now, I’m not a big coupon clipper, so I am sure there are some gals and guys out there that can snag an even better deal than me, but I do appreciate saving a few bucks here and there, so I always look forward to Sunday so we can see what our local drugstores are cooking.

In Miami,  the largest drugstore chains are CVS and Walgreens, so we are just going to be reviewing these two chains, but remember, if these are not in your area, you can certainly order online. You can use Ebates on top of the sales, which might make it even more of a steal.

I do also shop in Walmart and Target for beauty products, like Hard Candy and Pixi, that you can’t find at the drugstore, but tend to think that if you wait for just the right time, you can get better savings at the first two places for all other products.

Before we start, make sure you have already signed up with CVS ExtraBucks and Walgreen Bonus Rewards Program. If you haven’t by now, what the heck are you waiting for?

CVS is within walking distance to me, so I always hit them up first and right off the bat, I have a big bull’s-eye on two savings:

 

Full disclaimer: I am not fond of the Katy Kat Matte lipsticks. I find them to be a bit too dry on the lips and they have a very strong waxy smell. However, Sofia loves them. She is a big Katy Perry fan and seeing as her birthday is coming up, I think she would enjoy a few of these, so at $7 a piece, if you buy two, you get $7 back in ExtraBucks, which makes it $3.50/each. Score!

When you get to the cash register, pay $14 and pocket those $7 EBs for next time OR do two separate purchases and buy the L’Oreal Lash Paradise that everyone is raving about and that I personally have been eyeing for quite some time. Pay $9.99 for the Lash Paradise and add one of the L’Oréal Colour Rich Mono Eye Shadow, which I highly recommend as they rich and very pigmented, for $5.99. Use the $7 EBs earned from the KP lipsticks, which brings your total down to $9 and you get $5 back in EB’s to use next time. Total price for L’Oréal: $4.

Total Spent at CVS: $22 –  $5 EB’s = $18

Also, did you know that CVS carries high end products online? You can shop for  La Prairie, Philosophy and Vichy and use your EB’s to get some savings on these pricey products.

After CVS, I head on over to Walgreens. I personally like Walgreens a bit more than CVS as they carry a larger range of beauty products in store, including my new favorite, Soap and Glory.

However, this week, I am not wowed by many sales in store. In fact, the only one that has me slightly excited is the Buy 1 Get 1 50% off Simple Micellar water, which I do like a lot. If you combine that with the $3 off coupon in the Sunday paper, you end of paying $8.68 for both bottles or $4.34/each. This is a great time to stock up!

Simple Micellar Walgreens

 

But, before I decide to completely write off Walgreens this week, I see they are having an online Summer Send Off Sale, which includes Soap and Glory. You save 20% of certain products and if you buy 2 or more you get a XXL Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss mini. I love the Flake Away Body Scrub and Smoothie Body Buttercream, so I stock up on those, as with the 20% off, they come out to $12/piece ($6 savings for both). And let’s not forget Ebates since we are shopping online. Walgreen’s has 7% cashback, so that would make it $11.16/piece.

Total spent at Walgreens: $32.68 – $1.68 Ebates = $31

Not too shabby, my friends. Not too shabby at all.

Any of you score some sweet deals in your area. If so, share in the comments below. I’d love to see what I am missing.

Till next time!

Maritza