Friday, September 30, 2011

Splurge vs. Steal: Battle of the Orange Cleanser

Hello lovelies,
I've been a loyal fan of Neutrogena's Oil Free Acne Face Wash since high school, but recently I was given a large sample of Peter Thomas Roth's Anti-Aging cleanser to use and wanted to share my thoughts.

 VS

Price: PTR's cleanser retails for $35 for 8oz vs. Neutrogena which you can find on sale for $5 for the same size

Active Ingredients: PTR's cleanser contains 1% Glycolic acid and 1% Salicylic acid vs. Neutrogena which contains 2% Salicylic acid

Odor: I found they both smelled the same, kind of a slight chemical smell with some very faint orange notes

Effectiveness: They both remove make-up and leave skin feeling clean and refreshed. Neutrogena contains a higher percentage of Salicylic acid which is a proven acne fighting ingredient, so if you're looking to clear up your skin, this is the product for you! PTR's cleanser contains a smaller amount of Salicylic acid, but it also contains Glycolic acid which is a chemical exfoliator. However, since you don't leave the cleanser on your skin for longer than a minute on average while washing your face, I'm not sure how much exfoliation actually takes place. Therefore, I don't think PTR's cleanser can do much in terms of resurfacing your skin.

Verdict: The winner of this challenge is Neutrogena! You can't beat the price, and the Salicylic acid content is comparable to that found in more expensive cleansers. PTR's cleanser is also very good, but I don't feel that it's worth the $35 price tag for the job that it does.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Book review: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Hello lovelies,
Looking for a good read? If you like suspense, action, nail-biting, page-turning anticipation, then this is the book for you!

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo follows journalist Mikael Blomkivist as he attempts to unravel a missing person case with the help of a computer hacker named Lisabeth Salander. Along the way, they encounter a host of unsavory characters as well as accidentally uncovering the work of a serial killer.
I seriously couldn't put this book down! Its almost 800 pages and I finished it in a few days! I lost a lot of sleep reading this book and it was worth it! I highly recommend it to anyone who likes suspenseful novels and the "who dunnit" genre. I'm almost done reading the second book in the series, The Girl who Played with Fire so expect a review on that one soon.
Also, this book has been made into a movie starring Daniel Craig which comes out this December. I hope it does the book justice!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

FOTN: Smoke it out

Hello lovelies,
I went out with a few friends last weekend and wanted to share my smoky eye with all of you. I almost never wear such a dramatic eye look, but I was feeling adventurous. I also wore my hair up (which is something else I almost never do), but it was my only option since my hair was a little on the greasy side LOL
To create the smoky eye, I used the Wet n Wild "Blue Had me at Hello" palette and used all of the darker colors as well as the lightest one as a highlight.



Face:
*Nars Sheer Glow in Barcelona
*MAC blot powder in Dark
*MAC blush in Blush Baby

Eyes:
*Wet n Wild palette in Blue had me at Hello
*MAC Fluidline in Black Track
*L'Oreal Voluminous mascara
*Covergirl Lashblast mascara

Lips:
*Mac Amplified lipstick in Half n Half
*Mac Plushglass in Nice Buzz

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Random Haul (Pic heavy)

Hello lovelies,
Just thought I'd share some of the things I picked up while my parents were in town over the long weekend. I always get spoiled when they come to visit!
 The winters in Chicago are no joke, and Sorel makes the BEST winter boots! These boots keep your toes warm in -32 degree weather! I know it's only September, but these boots usually sell out as soon as they hit the shelves.
 I got the top pair of earrings from Charlotte Russe as part of a 3/$10 deal (my mom got a couple of rings). The bottom pair I picked up at Forever 21 for $1.50. Aren't they adorable?!
 The gold bangle set I picked up at Charlotte Russe for FREE!! They were having some kind of special where if you buy 3 items, the 4th was free. YAY! The bracelet on the right I picked up at JC Penny. I got a duplicate for my sister which she loved.
 The big pendant necklace was a gift from my mom. She bought it from a friends daughter so was selling them to raise money for school. I love the colors in the pendant! The other three necklaces were purchased at Forever 21 for only $1.50 each. I love a good deal!
 This cute little headband was a gift from my sister. I love feathers (but hate feather extensions) so this is a great way to wear them. It looks so nice when my hair is straightened.
 These little clips are amazing! I picked them up at the dollar store and they turn any bra into a racerback style. Its so perfect to wear under tanks so your bra straps don't show from the back. It also gives the girls a little extra "oomph"
 I picked up this really baggy sweater at JC Penny. I'm a sucker for a good animal print! Plus, it was on sale for $13 (down from $66!)
This jersey is technically my brothers, he ordered it online and had it shipped to me. But the Blue Jays are playing the White Sox at the end of the month, so I think I might have to borrow it before I mail it home to him. haha!

Friday, September 9, 2011

FOTD & OOTD

Hello lovelies,
My parents came to visit over the long weekend and I had the best time showing them the city and hanging out with them. You don't truly appreciate your family until you're far away from them. Spending time with them is the best feeling in the world and it always feels like their visits are too short, no matter how long they stay!
 Top: Winners
Pants: H&M

Face
NARS Sheer Glow in Barcelona
MAC Blot powder in Dark
ELF bronzer & blush duo

Eyes:
UD Primer Potion
 UD Naked Palette
 MAC Fluidline
L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes
Cover Girl Lash Blast

Lips:
NYX Round Lip Gloss in Pumpkin Pie

My parents are the cutest!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Small Bath & Body Works Haul

Hello lovelies,
Just got back from a quick trip to Bath & Body Works and thought I'd share what I scooped up. I had a coupon where if I spend $10, I could get a signature item of my choice for free. So of course, I couldn't pass up this deal!

I ended up purchasing 3 small candles for $5 and a tin of the C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve for $5.50. The candles smell AMAZING! And they last for a really long time! I think each one gives about 15 hours of burning time which is really good considering its size. I picked up Hot Chocolate, Creamy Pumpkin Latte and Cinnammon Sugared Donut. I love candles that smell like baked goods.
The rose salve is one of my fave products from B&BW. It gives your lips a rosy glow and it can be used on any dry areas of your body like your cuticles or even your elbows.
The free item I scored was the Twilight Woods body cream. This stuff smells incredible. It has a musky, sandalwood smell with hints of vanilla. I always get stopped and complimented when I'm wearing this scent. One patient even told me I smelled "seductive"! LOL
Has anyone tried any of these products?
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