Review: Chanel Hydra Beauty Creme

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I think a lesser talked about aspect of pale skin is a tendency for your skin to be very dry. I’ve had a hard time finding a face moisturizer that doesn’t just sit on top of my skin, but doesn’t break me out. I thought I was managing it pretty well this winter until I was scolded by a brusque Russian lady at the Origins counter giving me a “free” facial. I love Origin products (and actually have a masque that I use for this same issue from there), but their famous moisturizers focus more on brightening then combating dryness. Since I’m already glowingly pale, I sought out a different brand.

Chanel is a splurge and I was really hesitant about the price (it was $80!). However, I think their hydra creme is worth it, and will absolutely pick it up once this one runs out. For starters, it takes a long time to go through a jar. I’ve had this one for months now and can see it lasting months longer. This has to do with the small amount you need to see a difference in your skin. Just a couple dabs and my face and neck are softer and budding wrinkles settle. Most importantly, it doesn’t aggravate my sensitive skin, either through acne or redness.

The only con with this product for some would be the scent, although faint. It smells like roses which I personally like.

Review: Peter Thomas Roth Masque

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I really wanted my next post to actually feature a makeup product, since that’s really the whole point of this blog. However, I fell in love with this Acne Treatment Masque and needed to share. It’s a 5-10 minute Therapeutic Sulfur Masque that I use to spot treat any bumps as soon as I notice them start to form.

My skin isn’t that bad. I get breakouts, but they’re usually small and isolated. That said, it’s frustrating covering any redness, but especially when you’re trying to make it match almost white skin. Why not make it easier on ourselves?

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A lot of beauty bloggers rave about how they put a product on and their zit disappears overnight. I can’t help but think they’re exaggerating. Anything that can make your acne completely dried out will also dry out your skin, and my skin does not need that in the winter. This speeds the normal process along without making my skin rough or flaky. As a bonus, it gives me something to do whenever I get the urge to pop.

There isn’t much of a smell to it, but if you have a strong aversion to clay based products, you aren’t going to like it. It isn’t a chore to keep it on for the few minutes while it dries. Also, I love the texture of the product. It’s soft and squishy and delightful.

As for the price, I bought it for $42, which isn’t cheap. Given how much comes in a jar though (5 oz) it will take a really long time to use it all up. Cost per use is minute.

Review: Lush Bath Bomb “Love Locket”

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The bf surprised me with this bath bomb a few weeks ago along with some other goodies from lush. Simply put, it is the biggest bath bomb I’ve ever seen. You can either split it up into three parts to use separately, or find the biggest Jacuzzi tub you can, crack it open and throw the whole thing in. Naturally, we chose the second option.

Going our route was pure luxury.

The bath turned bright pink, but it didn’t leave any residue or stain our skin. The cloudy pink color covered up most of the dissolvable tiny hearts, but that wasn’t much of a loss, since they would occasionally bubble up. It added to the fun, confetti feel.

With that much bath bomb, the fragrance was strong, but surprisingly not overpowering. It was a softer, lighter scent than some of their other fragrances and it seems like they took the fact that people would be using varying amounts into account.

Most baths are great, so it’s nice when the aftermath doesn’t undo all that relaxation. I was worried about the heart pieces, but the ones that didn’t disintegrate during the bath swept up easily into a tissue after they dried.

Overall, this is a great product for limited time release, since it’s something special to enjoy rather than a staple for your bathroom.