Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil Review (with swatches)

I’ve been searching for a worth while concealer for quite some time now and I can happily say I think I found one! After scouring the internet for reviews on a high coverage concealer I came across the Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil and bought it on a whim at a trip to Ulta the following weekend. I’ve been using it everyday to conceal redness and post-acne scars and its been doing a beautiful job at covering them up, which is exactly what I hoped it would do.

A little background on the product..

“Hide dark circles and blemishes with our creamy formula that dries matte and stays put.”, is how Urban Decay describes their creamy concealer pencil.  Because it’s a pencil it’s easy to apply with precision and there are now 5 new shades opposed to only 3  medium/dark colors that were available in 2008 when it was first released (I think it may have been re-formulated too but don’t quote me on that). The concealer is formulated with Vitamin E and a new ingredient called Microsponge that supposedly absorbs extra oil.


Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencils: CIA, DEA, FBI, NSA, ATF, DOD, KGB, MI6

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Octyldodecanol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cyclohexasiloxane, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Ozokerite, Methyl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Stearalkonium Hectorite, Stearoxy Dimethicone, Propylparaben, Propylene Carbonate, Tocopheryl Acetate

And as always Urban Decay does not test on animals :)

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Thayers Alcohol Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner Review (and a bit of toner related rambling)

You know that one sweater (or pair of shoes, item of makeup, you get the idea) you keep in your closet telling yourself you’ll get more use of it, and of course, months, maybe even years if you’re like me (..hoarder??), go by and it’s still in the same spot? Well, I’ve really been on a kick of going through all those types of  things and getting rid of what’s stuck around for way too long. As I was going through my beauty cabinet I re-discovered this lovely toner I bought this summer, and to my surprise can’t get enough of it now.


*Thayers Alcohol Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner (phew, what a name), now a staple in my face care routine, was formulated over 120 years ago and has only gotten better over time. Made with certified organic witch hazel, aloe vera and natural rose extract it cleanses and moisturizes beautifully! In case you aren’t already aware of the amazing benefits of the aforementioned I’ve provided a quick run down at the bottom of this post.

The full ingredient list in simple terms is as follows:

  • Purified Water
  •  Aloe Leaf Juice
  •  Vegetable Glycerin
  • Natural Rose Fragrance
  •  Un-distilled Witch Hazel Extract,
  • Rose Flower Water
  • Citric Acid
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract,
  • Vitamin E Acetate

It is also alcohol and paraben free :)

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Desert Essence Gentle Nourishing Organic Cleanser Review

On my ever lasting quest for gorgeous, glowing skin I’ve slowly been traveling down the organic road in regards to both food and beauty products (more on my internal beauty regimen later). It occurred to me that my face and body probably doesn’t need 600 harsh products being slathered all over it and that doing so is probably doing more harm than good. Since this realization, and the horrible bout of acne I was cursed with over the past few months (thanks to my body adjusting a new birth control), I’ve vowed to baby my skin as much as possible . While I still do use quite a few different products on my face daily (one step at a time for this product junkie) I try to be a bit more ingredient conscious before making a purchase.

Now onto the actual product. I was introduced to the Desert Essence line this past summer by my health crazed friend Morghan who raved about their oh-so popular Thoroughly Clean Face Wash made with tea tree oil and geared towards those with oily, acne-prone skin. However I found that it dried the hell out of my skin. Then one day months later while happily shopping the beauty aisles of Whole Foods I came across this bad boy, which as you may have guessed is the Thoroughly Clean Face Wash’s gentler counterpart.

Desert Essence Gentle Nourishing Organic Cleanser for dry and sensitive skin is a ” pure, organic facial cleanser made especially for dry sensitive skin. Formulated with aloe, chamomile and cucumber extracts to leave skin feeling moisturized.” It contains no sulfates, harsh chemicals, dyes or fragrances just organic, vegan goodness.

In simple, normal human terms this gluten free, biodegradable cleanser contains:

  • Organic Apple Juice
  • Organic Coconut Oil
  • Water
  • Potassium Hydroxide
  • Organic Sunflower Seed Oil
  • Organic Sesame Seed Oil
  • Organic Jojoba Seed Oil
  • Organic Sweet Orange Oil
  • Guar Gum
  • Organic Aloe Leaf Juice
  • Organic Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract
  • Organic Cucumber Extract
  • Organic Watercress extract
Phew that’s a lot of organic..
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Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation Review

Conveniently I was on the search for a new foundation when I stumbled across Lisa Eldridge’s video which is a tutorial on acne covering make up (follow the link to check it out). Among other products she used the Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation, and no more than five minutes later I began to do a little research of my own to see what it really had to offer and what others thought of it. Before I go on I should mention that I did purchase this product to use as a concealer more than a full face foundation (I’m more the powder type girl when it comes to that) but did use it both ways before writing this review.

A little background on the product..

Per the description you should be able to enjoy 12 hours of lightweight flawless wear (16 with the setting powder). The corrective foundation is said to be a total coverage foundation marketed towards those with sensitive, acne prone skinwhich is a category I unfortunately fall under. It’s recommended for minor to moderate imperfections such as redness, acne scars,  and pigmentation issues.

Some of the other pluses are the added SPF 20, the fact that it is dermatologist/ophthalmologist tested, and non-comedogenic. All are attributes I look for in a foundation since I feel a lot of them that aren’t non-comedogenic tend to make my skin look unpleasantly oily after a few hours and/or make me break out. None of which I enjoy. Oh, and I’m all for the SPF, I can’t remember the last time I let my face go without.

Lastly, the color range..or lack there of. Vichy offers four, yes four, measly color options. The lightest is Opal 15, the two “mid-range” colors are Nude 25 & Sand 35, and the darkest is Gold 45. I choose to go with Sand 35 since winter is creeping up quickly and whats left of my summer tan is on it’s way out. Also, I did read a few reviews from women who had purchased the Gold 45 shade and could tell it would be way too dark.

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Urban Decay Naked Palette: Review

If you read my last post about my trip to Sephora you’ll know that I was pretty excited to have finally picked up the Urban Decay Naked Palette. I’ve been using it everyday for about a week now and love that you can create so many gorgeous looks with the shimmering neutrals. You can literally go from a day to dramatic night look in a matter of minutes. Not only do I really enjoy the 12 eye shadows in the palette but the packaging is really convenient as well and I’m definitely enjoying the eyeshadow primer and brush that came along with it.

Here’s a little background info on the palette:


The shadows are stored in a brown velvety mirrored case. Which I’m really glad is sleek and slender,12 x 1.3g to be exact, not bulky at all. Each eye shadow is 0.05oz which is equivalent to a full size Urban Decay Shadow, a pretty good deal I’d say. There is also a slot for a shadow brush, which Urban Decay has so kindly filled with their Good Karma Eyeshadow brush. And in the inital plastic packaging that the palette is placed in you’ll find a nice little 0.13 oz travel sized Eyeshadow Primer Potion.

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Nuance by Salma Hayek Review

After a great weekend it’s back to the hustle n bustle of a new week. My to-do list is growing by the minute, but fortunately I treated myself to some  goodies from Salma Hayek’s Nuance line at CVS yesterday and will be putting them to the test this week. I’ve wanted to test out the some of the line after hearing so many great things about it  but sadly it looked like the makeup selection was pretty picked over so I didn’t have much to choose from but a few things did happen to catch my eye.


Flawless Wear Tinted Moisturizer in Medium/Deep

I’ve been looking for a new tinted moisturizer for a while, and despite the lack of SPF I decided to try it out anyways. To be honest I wasn’t too excited to pay $14 for 1 fl oz of moisturizer, but the formula sold me. It’s is a lightweight gel, non comedogenic, hypoallergenic, paraben and fragrance free, and not tested on animals.

I’ve only used it twice and so far so good. It seems pigmented enough to give you an hint of color and has awesome coverage unlike some which I swear are tinted until you blend it into your skin. I’ll be using this in place of my regular moisturizer for the rest of the week to put it to the real test, and like I said the only real discrepancy I have about it now is the fact that it contains no SPF. I suppose I can always mix it with some though.

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My Favorite Drugstore Facial Masks


This past month or so I found myself cycling through a facial mask obsession phase. I’m notorious for buying them, using them for a few weeks, and then forgetting about them. So after rummaging through my beauty cabinet one night I found a few I never gave a fair chance and decided to stick around for the actual results this time.

The two masks my combination skin seemed to favor most were the Alba Botanica Hawaiian Papaya Enzyme Facial Mask and the classic drugstore beauty buy Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask. I’ve been using both interchangeably and have begun to remember how much I loved these two when I first purchased them. So if you’ve seen one or both around and have been wondering whether or not to try them out read on..

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Foxy Locks Hair Extensions Review

There’s nothing like a day spent at the salon, don’t you agree?  I did exactly that Saturday afternoon, and believe me it was a much needed trip. While I was there I decided it would be a good time to get my Foxy Locks Clip In Extensions layered and cut; which would make for an easy blend with my actual hair. Upon walking out 2 ½ hours later (told you it was much needed) I was feeling pretty fabulous. Lucky for me later that night I was going to be celebrating a friend’s birthday and would be able to show off my new look, but that’s not what this post is about. I’d instead like to share with you my personal feelings about the Foxy Locks Extensions I wore out this weekend and that  I’ve been so in love with for the past 5 months.

I actually came across Foxy Locks via the owner and creator’s (Imogen) YouTube channel while searching for reviews of  different clip in hair extensions. Imogen is a woman with a serious love for thick, voluminous hair, which is exactly what her extensions offer. On her channel you’ll find tons of gorgeous celeb how-to’s, product reviews, and of course a giveaway or two. She also has a blog where you can find even more of the aforementioned.

A Little About Foxy Locks Extensions

  • They offer 120, 160, & 215 gram sets of hair. – I chose the 160 to add extra volume to my fine hair.
  • They come in an array of vibrant, rich colors. — I found Darkest Brown 2 to be my best match.
  • They’re made from 100% Remy human hair. Meaning you can wash, curl, straighten, color, or whatever them just like your own hair. — Therefore, I would advise you to treat it like your own in order to keep the hair in tip top condition.
  • They’re affordable extensions for the quality you get. — I paid $127.21 USD + shipping for my 160g set.

The 160 gram deluxe set includes: One - 8" wide w/ 4 clipsOne - 7" wide w/ 4 clips Two - 6" wide w/ 3 clips Two - 4" wide w/ 2 clips Four - 1" wide w/ 1 clip

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