Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser Review

Ponds cold cream cleanser

The first time I was introduced to this product was at my in-laws. You could imagine the look on my face as I watched my mother-in-law rub this cream all over her made-up face. I had the most concerned look. I grew up using a regular liquid cleanser and had NEVER heard of a cream cleanser. She explained to me what it was and that her mother had used it and so do my sisters-in-law. So naturally my interest was piqued. Which leads me to this review today.

I have been using this product for quite a while and I really enjoy it. Mainly because at the end of the day (especially a work day) I am so exhausted and the thought of washing my face just does not sound appealing. And it never has. Typically, I just remove my makeup with the Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes and immediately follow-up with either their alcohol-free toner or their exfoliating toner (which is AMAZING btw, has both AHAs and BHAs). But now I use the cold cream cleanser after the towelettes in order to remove every ounce of makeup – including the pesky Double Wear. I simply wash my hands for sanitary reasons and then take some cream out of the jar. I massage the cream into my face for 15 seconds or so then wipe it off. My skin doesn’t feel stripped of oil or moisture and feels so soft. The cleanser does have a strong perfume-y scent so if that bothers you, you will not enjoy this product. I personally like the scent but thought it was worth a mention. So next time you are walking through the aisles of your grocery store or drugstore, try it out!

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Guerlain Maxi Lash So Volume Mascara Review

Guerlain Mascara

I first received a sample size of this mascara from Sephora and fell in love with it when I was in New York (simple travel tip – bring sample/deluxe sizes of beauty products). It was AMAZING! Everyday I literally went up to my husband and exclaimed “Look at my lashes!!” After ooooh-ing and ahhhh-ing about this mascara, he sneakily went out and bought me the full size of it…at $32 a tube! Which is why I really hate to say it but do not spend your money on this mascara 😦

For some reason, the full size version of this mascara is no where as good as the sample size. The sample mascara created AMAZING length and volume, fantastic separation, and was easy to apply. The full size is so incredibly dry and clumpy. And I mean clumpy!! If you apply a second coat too early, your lashes look like you did not add any additional product. And a second too late you get dry, flaky lashes. Additionally, for reasons I do not understand, the lashes on my right eye never look as “good” as the ones on my left. For $32 a tube (when I normally spend $7-ish) I expect a much better product. Hate to say it y’all but this is not HG material. If there is another high end mascara you think IS worth the price tag, let me know. I am always up for trying a luxury mascara at least once.

How to {Cheaply} Darken Foundation

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I stumbled upon this beauty trick after a product ‘fail’. As I am sure you have noticed by now if you follow me on Instagram, I am obsessed with anything bronze-y or that enhances a tan. I bought the Maybelline Dream Bronze BB in hopes that I would get a beautiful summer glow when using it. Well it didn’t. And I don’t really like it for its intended purpose. But when used as a means to darken your winter foundation shades, it’s amazing.

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You can see here that Estee Lauder Double Wear in 1N1 is my winter shade. And because I do not want to have a billion foundation bottles sitting on my vanity, I use the Bronze BB to darken the shade to suit my current skin color. Another added benefit to the BB product is that it sheers out the Double Wear a little bit, which is what I want in the spring and summer. Hope this quick tip helps save some money and let me know if you have any other foundation tricks.