Beauty & Makeup Product Reviews

Shea Moisture Shave for Women Collection: Honey & Black Seed Skin Healing Elixir

Price: $7.99

Accessibility: You can purchase this from the Shea Moisture website. Or you can purchase it locally from supercenters like Walmart, drug stores, and the like. For a full list of local retailers please visit the Shea Moisture website.

Ingredients: Deionized Water, Witch Hazel, Denatured Alcohol, Butyrosermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Willow Bark Extract, Vegetable Emulsifying Wax, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cascarilla Bark Extract, Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Oil*, Vitamin A, Alpha Bisabolol, Panthenol ( Vitamin B) Willow Bark Extract, Vitamin E, Tea Tree Oil, Honey Black Seed Oil, Peppermint Extract, (Proprietory) Esssential Oil Blend, Japanese honeysuckle Extract *Certified Organic Ingredient.

Scent: Smells like witch hazel (rightfully so as that's the second ingredient in the product...however it has a sweet after note.

Claim to Fame: As the package states: "Naturally soothes irritation from shaving or waxing. Helps prevent razor burn, bumps and ingrowns."

Overall Impression: To me this product served as an antiseptic as open pores are more vulnerable to bacteria after shaving or waxing. Slightly burns/tingles but it's not unbearable. I noticed that sensation more if there are any nicks present. I'm only prone to razor burn if I use a razor that cuts way too close. I shave my arms and legs because I'm contraindicated for waxing services due to eczema. All in all I think it's a great product for post shave product.

Shea Moisture Shave for Women Collection: Coconut & Hibiscus Shave Butter Crème

Price: $7.99
Accessibility: You can purchase this from the Shea Moisture website. Or you can purchase it locally from supercenters like Walmart, drug stores, and the like. For a full list of local retailers please visit the Shea Moisture website.
Ingredients: Deionized Water, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, African Black Soap, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Argan Oil, Calophyllum Inophillum (Tamanu) Oil, Persea Gatissima (Avocado) Butter, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Cascarilla Bark Extract, Vegetable Squalene, jojoba Oil, Sodium Lauroyl Bactylate (Coconut Oil), Myristic Acid (Palm Oil). Hibiscus Sabdariffa Extract, Willow Bark Extract, Vitamin A, Coconut Fatty Acids, Palm Oil Fatty Acids, Vitamin E (Gluten Free), Pomegranate Seed Oil, Vegetable Glycerine, Benzyl PCA, Alpha Bisabolol (Chamomile Extract), Allantoin (Comfrey Root Extract), Black Seed Oil, Juniper Oil, Essential Oil Blend (Proprietary) *Certified Organic Ingredient
Scent: It's hard to describe because it's not fragrance free but it does not have much of a smell.
Packaging: Older packaging was a jar which is easy to scoop out the amount you want. The newer packaging is in a squeeze tube which is much more shower friendly.
Claim to Fame: As the packaging states: "Delivers a luxuriously close, comfortable shave experience."
Overall Impression: Now one thing that is different from traditional shaving products I've used in the past was this doesn't lather up. You don't need tons of it either and it seems best when you work in small sections versus larger sections. The lack of lather assists the razor in getting closer to your skin. It left my skin feeling unbelievably soft, smooth and super moisturized. It applies rich and smooth like a body butter hence the need to rinse your razor more often. All in all if you're looking to treat your skin to a luxurious experience when it comes to the dreaded task of shaving Shea Moisture is where it's at!

Organic Surge Daily Care Comforting Hand & Nail Cream

Price: $5.92

Accessibility: This product is from the United Kingdom so for USA shoppers the easiest way to purchase this product is online from the Organic Surge website. If you happen to be located in the United Kingdom you can also visit their site to find local retailers. There are also several online retailers that carry this product line as well.

Ingredients: Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis*, Glycerin, Isopropyl Myristate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Butyrospermum Parkii*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Tocopherol, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Leaf Oil, Sodium Phytate, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Citral, Citronellol. *naturally-derived ingredient. Naturally occurring within essential oils.

Scent: I received lavender meadows so naturally it smells like lavender but it's subtle. Sometimes lavender can be overwhelming.

Claim to Fame:
* 99% natural hand and nail cream.
* Clinically proven suitable for sensitive and eczema prone skin.
* Enriched with organic lavender and geranium essential oils.
* Intensively moisturizes and nourishes.
* Comforting, quickly absorbed cream.
* Naturally skin conditioning, combats dryness and irritation.
* Animal-friendly, suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
* Not tested on animals.
* Natural actives such as organic Shea butter, lavender essential oil, and organic cocoa butter.
* Certified natural and organic.

Overall Impression: From the very first use I thoroughly enjoyed this Organic Surge product. Absorbs quickly without leaving hands feeling greasy. The fragrance of this product was not over powering which is great since lavender can easily be overwhelming. I like the ingredients, especially the natural actives.The consistency of the product was just right...not too watery and not too thick. I wish I could find it locally. It's always refreshing to know there was no animal testing and I can recommend this product to friends who are vegan.
 Klorane Floral Water Makeup Remover With Soothing Cornflower

Price: $24.00 (13.5 fl oz)

Accessibility: Available at the Klorane website. You can utilize the store locator to find an authorized retailer. It's also available for purchase from authorized online retailers.

Scent: subtle floral essence

Ingredients: Water (Aqua). Butylene Glycol. Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water. Poloxamer 184. PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides. Cetrimonium Bromide.

Claim To Fame:

*Gently remove fave/eye makeup without the use of water.
*Fragrance, alcohol, paraben, and colorant free.
*Ophthalmologist & Dermatologist tested
*Safe for contact wearers, pH similar to tears
*Can serve as a toner as well.
Overall Impression: Gently removes makeup without causing stinging to the eyes. A little pricey for my personal taste. But all in all it delivers its claim to fame.
Ayers Hand Cream

Price: $12.50

Accessibility: Available on the Ayres website.


Scent: Combination of lemongrass and patchouli

Claim to Fame: Paraben free, propylene glycol free, naturally derived, and no animal testing.

Overall Impression: Hands down I really liked this hand cream. It absorbs quickly and moisturizes hands without leaving them feeling greasy. I really enjoyed the subtle mixture of the lemongrass and patchouli which complimented and toned each other down at the same time. I received the Pampas Sunrise version of this hand cream. I searched all over the web and it appears to be exclusively available at their website. A little goes a long way so the price isn't too shabby. My hands are one of the driest parts of my body so Ipsy was right on time with this product. 
 Clark's Botanicals Deep Moisture Mask

Price: $72

Accessibility: Various online retailers, select retailers worldwide. To find a retailer please visit:

Scent: Subtle sweet fragrance

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Saccharide Isomerate, Symphytum Officinale Extract (Comfrey Root), Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate Xylitylglucoside, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract (Japanese Green Tea), PEG-100 Stearate, Anhydroxylitol, Algae Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Xylitol, Coco-Glucoside, Dimethiconol, Phenyltrimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Extract, Laureth-7, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Methylisothiazolinone, Propylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance

Claim to Fame: No animal testing, no gluten, no parabens, no sulfates. This product is recommended for dry, aging, and stressed skin.

Overall Impression: The very first thing I noticed was the thickness of the mask. I turned the container upside down and the product didn't budge. I applied it with soft facial brush. This mask dried rapidly and transparent. I allowed it to stay on for the recommended time of 15 - 20 minutes and removed it with a steamed towel. Product comes off easily and I was loving the way my skin felt afterwards. It left my skin feeling really moist, soft, and supple. My skin really soaked up the hydration provided from using this mask. Price wise is this tad on the pricey side and seems easier to obtain online. The scent was subtle and definitely tolerable. Now I'm going to breakdown what I like about the ingredients in this product. There were a few that stuck out to me:

Saccharide Isomerate- humectant & skin conditioning agent
Symphytum Officinate Extract (Comfrey Root)- contains allantoin which is a botanical extract that is said to have healing, calming, and soothing properties
Glyceryl Stearate- gives a pleasant feel to the skin
Algae Extract- active substance for moisture content; also provides suppleness and firmness
Xylitol- humectant & skin conditioning agent

Phenyl Trimethicone- leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth; has emollient properties
I felt these were key ingredients that made my skin feel marvelous. I also tried it as a moisturizer but I decided I liked it better as a mask. I love trying new masks and this one definitely did not disappoint.
Luxie Beauty Eye Brush 205
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Price: $12.00

Accessibility: exclusively available at the Luxie Beauty site

Packaging: synthetic bristles

Claim to Fame:
• 100% cruelty free
• 100% vegan
• 100% paraben free
• Coated with antibacterial solution

Overall Impression: Hands down I liked this brush from the very first use. It's a great tapered blending brush that's comparable to the MAC 217 or 224 blending brushes. The soft bristles pick up pigment and blends eyeshadow effortlessly. I'm loving the rose gold ferrule. I definitely wouldn't mind trying more brushes from Luxie Beauty. Shoutout to Ipsy for selecting this item for my glam bag.

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Amie Morning Dew Matte Finish Moisturizer
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Price: $7.38

Accessibility: Online orders may be placed at the Amie Skin Care website and the site will automatically convert the currency for you. Also another online USA retailer is You may also check the Amie skin care site to find local UK retailers.

aqua (water), glycerin, cyclopentasiloxane, glyceryl stearate se, myristyl myristate, cyclohexasiloxane, dimethicone, arachidyl alcohol, behenyl alcohol, arachidyl glucoside, dimethicone crosspolymer, nylon-12, parfum (fragrance), inulin lauryl carbamate, sodium polyacrylate, xanthan gum, rosa canina (rosehip) fruit oil, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin e), , vaccinium myrtillus (bilberry) fruit extract, saccharum officinarum (sugar cane) extract, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) fruit extract, citrus medica limonum (lemon) fruit extract, acer saccharinum (sugar maple) extract, phenoxyethanol, biosaccharide gum-1, ethylhexylglycerin, benzophenone-4, benzyl benzoate, benzyl salicylate, hexyl cinnamal, hydroxycitronellal, linalool, butylphenyl methylpropional, limonene, sodium hydroxide, disodium edta, cl 19140 (yellow 5), ci 15510 (orange 4)

Scent: A soft and sweet cotton type fragrance

Claim to Fame:
- 90.8% natural ingredients
- Suitable for vegans and vegetarians
- No animal testing, parabens, mineral oils, sulphates, GM ingredients or petrochemicals
- Dermatogically tested
- Awarded four beauty awards (2008-2011)

Overall Impression: I have combination skin that tends to be on the dry side. So I can't use this product as a daily's more like a ever other day or every few days that I can use it. I liked the soft fragrance of this product. I would recommend this product for someone with that has an oily skin type. The price isn't terribly expensive for a moisturizer. It's not exactly something you will find fact ordering online looks to be the easiest way of purchasing it. So if you have oily skin and you're looking for that matte finish this product may be for you.

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