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Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Melting Cleanser- a review

Yes To Coconuts Hydrating Melting Cleanser

 

I  love oil cleansers. They are the easiest way to remove makeup without causing stress on the skin. Plus, they leave residual moisture, unlike most soap based cleansers. My favorite cleanser of all time by The Body Shop (Moisture White) was discontinued and so I have been on the lookout for an new oil cleanser made without mineral oil. 

I found this creamy coconut oil based cleanser at Target and gave it a try. Made with rice bran oil, coconut oil, sunflower seed oil and olive oil, Yes To Coconuts Ultra Hydrating Melting Cleanser (I may get a commission off this link!) is actually a thick gel. You can apply it as is, or mix it with water. Mixing it with water makes for an easier application but it hard to get the right cleanser/water mixture that takes off your makeup in one try. It also seems to leave a residue behind. 

Bottom line, I use it once in a while but it doesn’t work as good as a traditional oil cleanser. I just started using  Simple’s Hydrating Cleansing Oil (I may get a commission off this link) instead. It is made with a majority grapeseed oil and pulls most of the makeup off in one swoop. The Yes To Coconuts cleanser does work well to clean makeup brushes and sponges!

Sweetease hair removal strips – a review

Its been several years since my favorite brow wax kit left the market (Anastasia Beverly Hills). Ever since I have been looking for a replacement for waxing at home. I stumbled across this affordable Sweetease kit and ULTA and it has been working pretty well. 

The kit comes with eight strips, an instruction card and aftercare wipes. I use two strips (brows and upper lips) each time. I also have a little baby oil and cotton swabs on hand to remove wax residue. I cut the strips in half for easier application and if I’m really feeling ambitious, I trace the underside of my brow on the strip with a pen to get a closer fit. The kit isn’t perfect, but for $3.99 its a nice substitute for a $20 salon wax. Find it at ULTA and CVS stores.

The best deals on HGH enhancers for the new year

You’re throwing back some of the last morsels from New Year’s Eve, the diet and gym commercials are in full swing and you’re already mentally cataloging your diet for the next month. One of the best ways to help your body off the rails is by taking a supplement. My favorite of all time is SeroVital, a combination of amino acids that helps you shed fat, increase muscle and reduce wrinkles (Yay!). It doesn’t have Hgh in it, but the amino acid blend helps boost your own natural hgh levels. The only negative is the price – $99 for a 30 day supply. Costco members can get a 40 day supply for $99 and you occasionally catch it on sale at ULTA. Kohl’s also carries it- coupons don’t work but you can earn Kohl’s cash.

But I have a workaround – a similar product called Ageless Foundation UltraMax Gold Powder (I may get a commission from this link). You dissolve it in a glass of water and take it before bed, five days on, two days off. It costs a lot less than SeroVital, around $50 a month. My review is right here. Right now the best price on a 30 day supply of Ageless Foundation Powder is at AllStarHealth.com (affiliate link), $35.99 plus $5.95 for shipping. Go for the basic shipping – I usually get in within a couple days whether I’m in Las Vegas or Maryland.

Dupe alert: NARS Goddess

One of my favorite creamy eyeshadows is NARS’ Velvet Shadow Stick in Goddess. It’s that perfect rose gold color that wears well all by itself or layered with dry shadows. The only thing I don’t like about it is the price: $28 for .05 ounces. I don’t wear it everyday and it still runs out quick. That being said, it has been difficult to replicate the color till now.

theBalm Batter Up Long Wearing Eyeshadow Stick in Moonshot

I was walking around Kohl’s with some Kohl’s cash to spend and I came upon theBalm counter. They have a line of creamy stick eyeshadows called “Batter Up” with a color that almost identically matches NARS Goddess. Batter Up Long Wearing Eyeshadow Stick in “Moonshot” is a dream come true! The price is still $17 for the same amount of product, but still about 40 percent cheaper than the NARS version. Most of the makeup at Kohl’s isn’t eligible for coupons but you can use the Kohl’s cash you earn towards the purchase of makeup and beauty!

 

Sephora holiday haul

It’s that time of the year again. Time to redeem your beauty insider coupons! The amount of your coupon is based on your annual spend, with a minimum of $15 off a purchase of $50. I used mine to try out some new products and grab an old favorite:

Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Intense Wrinkle Sheet Mask, $12

Gold infused masks were a favorite backstage at the VS Fashion Show this year. This sheet mask’s 24K gold and hyaluronic acid plump up skin, reduce inflammation and reduce the appearance of lines. Get them in singles or in a box of five for $68.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, $22

Hourglass has created a collection of finishing powders that mimic different types of light, making your skin look its best in any light. I got Dim Light, a neutral peach beige powder designed to blur imperfections and highlight your radiant undertones. For a limited time get a mini versions priced at $22 instead of $46.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, $12

This cult classic by NARS combines coverage with light diffusion to give skin a radiant glow. The full size ($28)  comes in 16 tones or try it out in two shades, Vanilla or Custard for just $12 each.

Rosebud Salve, $6

This made in Maryland lip balm moisturizes and gives lips that perfect rosy tint. It can also be used to soothe scratches, moisturize dry skin and even quell diaper rash. The little tin will last forever but its nice to have several around the house.

I got all this for $37 (before tax). Make sure you check your email and redeem your coupon before De. 12, 2016!