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ELF Nourishing Oil to Foam Cleanser Review

I’ve got a quick review on the ELF Oil to Foam cleanser today, and I’m really excited to fill you guys in on it because I actually really really REALLY don’t like this product.


I ordered this on ELF’s website, and the whole experience was honestly not very great. All of my products were just rolling around in a brown cardboard box with my crinkled sales receipt thrown on top. I wish they would add some bubble wrap or some packing peanuts or something to keep everything in the box, and I really wish that they would have added in a little card or pamphlet to give it a more personalized touch. But I get that it’s ELF and it’s cheap makeup, so I guess I shouldn’t have been expecting too much.

This was $10 from the ELF website, and this is honestly such a pricey product!! My Simple Moisturizing cleanser that I absolutely love from the drugstore comes with the same amount of product for just over $5, so this is literally two times the price of the cleanser I usually buy. On the up side, I absolutely love the packaging of this product! It is so sleek and minimal and I love the blue-green tint of the bottle. It definitely reminds me of the Clinique face wash both in the packaging and the scent of the product. Unfortunately, that’s about the only positive I have to mention today.


The ELF website lists this as the description for this product, “Infused with shea butter, jojoba, mango, and olive oil, this Nourishing Oil to Foam Cleanser nurtures the skin as it gently removes dirt, pollutants, and makeup. Get refreshed and healthy skin with every use.” I’ve used this product first thing when I step in the shower on a dry face to remove my makeup, as stated in the directions of the product. I’ve tried both applying the oil straight to my face and rubbing it around to lather as well as lathering the oil in my hands and then applying it to my face that way.

Since this says right in the description that this is for removing makeup, that’s the main purpose I purchased this for. However, this is HORRIBLE at removing makeup. Every single time I have used this to remove my makeup, I’ve had mascara smudges all over my eyes and nose and I’ve had leftover foundation and concealer on my under-eyes and chin. Even when I wash my face TWO TIMES back to back with this product, I still have makeup remnants all over my face when I get out of the shower. I always have to follow up with another product after I use this.

I wish that was the end of it, but we’re just getting started.

The actual application of this product is really difficult to work with. This comes out as a super liquidy water-like oil, and it runs right off my hand while trying to get my hand to my face to lather it up. I end up wasting a lot of product every time I use this because it’s just so liquidy. 

I also find that this leaves my skin feelig SUPER tight after I cleanse with it. I definitely have to follow up with a heavy duty moisturizer.

This does make my skin feel like I have a light film on my face. I really do feel like my skin is slightly tacky and sticky right after I wash my face with this.

So basically, this is the worst cleanser I’ve ever used. I love the packaging, but everything else about this is pretty terrible in my book. I wish I had a better review for this because I really was super excited to try this out, but now I’m stuck with a bottle of $10 cleanser that I’m never going to use again.

 

Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you next time!

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My Winter Skincare Routine

I’ve finally gotten my skincare down to a routine! I’ve been using the same products over and over for a couple of months now, and my skin has been reacting really well to everything I’ve been putting on it. I’ve noticed that I have completely smooth skin where I used to have texture. My pores are looking teeny, and whenever I get the occasional hormonal pimple, it’s gone within a day or two. I’m so excited to talk about the products I’ve been using, and hopefully help a few of you out with some new recommendations! 


For cleanser, I’ve been obsessed with my Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash. I’ve mentioned this in so many blog posts, and I really do love that it has simple ingredients and no harsh chemicals. It’s gentle and fragrance free, and I like that it’s nothing too fancy for my skin. 


Moisturizer is extremely important this time of year. I got a sample of the Tarte Maracuja Oil in my ipsy bag, and I’ve been using two drops every single night all over my face. This has been really helping the dry skin that I get on and around my nose this time of year. 


I’ve never used any kind of eye treatment or eye cream before, but I’ve been testing out this Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Cream for a couple of months now. I can’t say that I really see much of a difference in the way my skin looks, but it definitely adds some extra moisture to my under eyes, and more moisture never hurts during the winter time. 


The Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment has been a holy grail of mine for YEARS. This dries out any blemish without messing with the skin around it (which is something I’ve had problems with in the past). This reduces redness and puffiness as well, so the swelling and size of the pimple will be dramatically reduced over night. 

What are your favorite skincare products? Let me know in a comment down below! Thank you so much for stopping by! 

Products I Used Up – Massive October Empties! 

It’s time for another monthly empties!!! I don’t quite know how I managed to use up so many things during the month of October, but I have a huge empties post today. These monthly empties posts keep me so motivated to use up products throughout the month, and I’m honestly shocked at how many things I’ve used since starting this series on my blog. 

Enough chitchat, let’s get into my trash for the month. 😉

Makeup 


My first empty this month is my Chapstick Total Hydration Vanilla lip balm. I noticed that this had a weird exfoliating texture, almost like sugar granules. I don’t know if it’s formulated that way, or if I just got a dud. Would I repurchase? I hated the exfoliating rough texture, so no I’m not going to buy this again. 


Next is my Clinique Advanced Concealer in the shade “01 Matte Light”. This is seriously the most pigmented concealer ever (even more so than the Kay Von D concealer!). This stuff could cover the biggest, reddest, nastiest zit in the world with no problem. Will I repurchase this? Although I loved this stuff back in high school, I don’t think I’ll buy it again just because of the oxidization that it has. But if you need serious coverage, this is your guy. 


If you follow me on Instagram (which if you don’t, what the heck are you doing?! It’s at DisneyWifeBlog, go follow right now!) you’ll have seen that I finished my Revlon Colorstay foundation a couple weeks ago. Will I repurchase? I’m definitely planning on picking this stuff up again, it’s one of my faves! 


I mentioned this L’oreal Miss Manga mascara in my September favorites post, and I already went out and got a new tube of it because I used it so much during September and October. I’m loving this mascara so much right now! 


I finally decided to toss my L’oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara. I’ve had this tube for way longer than I should, and it’s finally starting to dry out on me. Will I repurchase? I’m definitely picking this up on my next makeup shopping trip, this is my holy grail drugstore mascara. 

Skincare 


I’m mentioning these two products together super quickly because I used these exact two skincare items up last month, and I featured them in September’s empties post. Birchbox sent me a leaked box during September, so I received a replacement box which means I’ve now used up two of these same samples. If you want to hear my thoughts and whether I’d purchase these, go read my September empties so that I’m not repeating myself here! 


Next I have this Naked Advanced Aloe Cream, and I used this to moisturize my face (even though I think it’s meant for your body, oops!). Would I buy the full size? This actually smelled pretty rank, so I definitely wouldn’t buy it. Also, I’m getting really sick of moisturizer samples. I feel like they’re all I talk about! Lol 🙄


Lastly for skincare, I have a clay cleanser from Borghese. I actually really loved this stuff, and I stretched this little tube out for as long as I possibly could. Would I buy the full size? Yes I absolutely would! This cleanser smells amazing and left my skin feeling super clean and soft. 

Haircare 


My first haircare item is a foil packet I’ve been holding onto for an embarrassingly long amount of time. I finally used this Giovanni Ultra-Sleek Touch-Up hair towelette. While the keratin and argan oil left my hair soft and shiny (and smelled amazing), I actually had to spray some dry shampoo on top of this because it made my hair look greasy. Would I buy this? I think this would be a great night time hair mask, but I wouldn’t use this as a touch up product during the daytime. 


Next up is my Aussie 3 Minute Miracle deep conditioner. This smells like coconuts and left my hair super soft, but I honestly don’t think it’s any better than their normal Moist conditioner. Would I repurchase this? I’ll probably just buy their normal conditioner next time.  

Fragrance 


I’m so proud to say that I actually finished up a couple of lotions! First up I have this Mary Kay lotion, and this scent reminds me so much of Christmas! Would I repurchase? I like the Bath & Body Works lotion formula a lot better, so no I probably wouldnt. 


Speaking of B&BW, I loved this Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte lotion. I got this as a freebie, and I would totally buy the full size next year. 

Misc.  


We finished our massive bag of cotton balls this month. Would I repurchase? I’m actually preferring cotton rounds to cotton balls lately, so no I won’t buy these again for a while. 


This was another one of those samples that I held onto forever and finally used this month! This is called Hiker’s Foot Healer, and it’s basically an extremely thick foot cream. Would I buy the full size? While I loved the peppermint lemon scent and this felt really good on my feet, I don’t really need such an intense moisturizer. 


I used up this 100 point perk from Sephora; the Beauty Blender liquid cleanser. I hated this stuff! I didn’t feel like it cleaned my brushes or Beauty Blender any better than my normal brush cleaning routine, and I can’t believe this costs so much money for what it is! Would I buy this? Absolutely not! 

Candles 


I’m shocked that I finished 3 candles this month!!! The first one was a freebie from Bath & Body Works, and it was this cute mini Purrfect Pumpkin candle. This was your basic cinnamon pumpkin scent, and it lasted me about 4 hours of burning. Would I buy this? I already purchased a full size pumpkin scent from B&BW this year. (Can we take a second to acknowledge the fact that this teeny candle is $4.50 and you can spend like a buck more than that for a huge jar Candle from Walmart?!?! Crazy!!) 


I didn’t quite get to finish this candle, but the wick tipped over before I could burn it all the way down. This is the Vanilla candle from Mainstays (Walmart’s brand) and I actually loved this candle! (I even featured it in last month’s favorites). Will I buy this again? I’m planning on picking up 2 or 3 of these the next time I go to Walmart! 


Last but not least for this crazy long empties, I have this awesome woodwick candle in the scent “Vanilla Cedarwood”. This smelled exactly like Marshmallow Fireside (my all time fave) from B&BW, but it had the crackle sound of a woodwick. So basically it was the best candle ever. Will I buy this again? I’m planning on grabbing another one of these asap. (I found mine at Smith’s, so check your local Smith’s or Kroger for this brand if you’re interested. I got mine for $6 and it lasted weeks of non-stop burning!) 

That’s all for my October empties! I hope you enjoyed! What was your favorite thing you used up during the month of October? Let me know in a comment. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!! 

Birchbox vs. Ipsy: July 2016 

We have a super exciting (and super late) new post today! We are starting a battle of the subscription services series! We are taking July’s Birchbox and Ipsy and putting them head to head.

Both are monthly beauty subscription services for $10 a month including 5 deluxe samples and a collectible box/bag  I like to rate mine on two different point scales.

First impression points: Each item has a potential to get 1 point including the box/bag that everything comes in. These points are awarded to products I’m keeping, anything I’d be willing to toss doesn’t get a point. Total of 6 points possible for the month.
Product breakdown stars: Each item (and the bag/box) can get 1-5 stars depending on how impressed I am with the quality of the items after trying them out several times. Total of 30 stars possible for the month.

Let’s get right on into it!

Ipsy


Here’s an overview of this month’s bag and I do need to mention that I’m missing one of my samples here. My dumb self decluttered the makeup brush that came in this month’s bag before I got around to taking pictures of everything. Oops. It was a flat synthetic eyeshadow brush from Vasanti Cosmetics. No first impression point because it was nothing special (and I didn’t keep it) and 1 star. 

This month’s bag is a silver hologram with cute little umbrellas. Very summery, but I do have to admit, I’d like it a lot more if it didn’t have the massive Ipsy logo splattered across the front. I’ll give it the first impression point because it’s not the worst they’ve ever had. 2 stars. 


I wasn’t too thrilled to receive this right after getting it in my Birchbox last month (this photo is actually of the Birchbox one that I’ve been using, the one that came in the bag is still nice and plastic sealed with a cap). How much spray water can one person really use? No first impression point because I’m probably going to declutter it and 2 stars.


Where do I even begin with this lotion? It smells like heaven (or more specifically, lemon cream), it’s non-greasy, and has shea butter, coconut oil, and aloe vera in it. I can’t stop using it. This has rightfully earned its first impression point and 5 stars because I can’t give it 6. 


I love it when subscriptions include high-end brands. This Too Faced primer is more of a lotion than a silicone primer, and it smells like coconut. It’s absolutely lovely. This definitely gets a first impression point and 5 stars. 


Last but not least, we have an eyeshadow sample from The Balm. I appreciate that it’s a neutral color, but I personally don’t like how warm toned and red this brown shade is. It gets a first impression point for being a more well-known brand, but it only gets 3 stars from me.

Ipsy monthly totals:

4/6 first impression points 

18/30 stars


Birchbox

Birchbox has made a lot of changes this month that have made a lot of people really angry. To sum it up: their point system used to be one of the best out there. Every product you reviewed gave you 10 points, and when you saved up 100 points it was equal to $10 to spend at their online store. You could save your points up to $30 before they started to expire, and tons of people were getting free high end makeup this way. They decided that starting in July, they were only going to let subscribers review 5 products A YEAR for a grand total of $5 annually in their store. Yippie. They’ve lost tons of subscribers recently because of this change, and for good reason. It’s not a good idea to piss off the people that are bringing in the money. Anyway, all that aside, let’s get into the July box.


Here’s an overview of my box. I’ve got to say, I’m not too impressed.


The box itself is…fine. To me, it kind of looks like fingerprinting on the top, but it’s not one I’d necessarily get rid of. 1 first impression point, 1 star. 


Unfortunately, they’re actually count in this as two samples. Umm…what gives? This is the MINU shampoo sample. 1 first impression point, 3 stars because it smells alright and it’s a large shampoo bottle. As far as the two conditioner foil packets, that is a cheap rip off if you ask me. No first impression point, 1 star. Step it up Birchbox.


Next up is the sample that I chose this month. This is the Marcelle curling and lengthening mascara. From the pictures I’ve seen online, it has a nice curved want. 1 first impression point, 4 stars (I haven’t tried it yet because I have a bunch of mascaras opened right now, but I’m giving it 4 stars because I love trying new mascara).


Next up we have the Dr. Brandt Pore Perfecting Exfoliator. I know this is supposed to do all kinds of stuff for your pores, but to me, it’s just another face wash (and I have half a billion face wash samples from Birchbox, not really looking for another one.) No first impression point, 1 star. 


And finally, we have a blush/bronzer duo from Cargo in the shade “Catalina and medium”. The bronzer is glittery, the blush is Barbie pink, and it arrived broken. No first impression point, 1 star. This guy is going straight in the trash.

Birchbox monthly totals:

3/6 first impression points

11/30 stars. 


As you an probably guess, Ipsy is this month’s winner! Birchbox is usually a clear favorite for me, but man this month really sucked for them! I’m hoping that their sample quality won’t go down now that they’ve lost a bunch of subscriber money, but the change to their point system could really cause them to crash and burn.

I’m so excited to continue this series next month with August’s Birchbox and Ipsy! Until then

TF