Friday, October 31, 2014

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate

RATING (out of 5 stars): 1.5 stars

COST: $85 for 2 ounces

THE SKINNY: What I did not expect from Kate Somerville's ExfoliKate scrub would be that it was a seaweed green color in the packet.

I also did not expect it to have a strong organic, yet medicinal smell.

Combined, I was not at all impressed.

 It did seem to exfoliate pretty nicely although the formula was a bit too harsh for my sensitive skin. (It was a bit red afterward, but the label warned to use the "gentle" formula on sensitive skin.

But the color and mostly smell, were just hard to overcome. And for something that costs a small fortune, I'll pass on future use.

KEEP OR TOSS: Toss.

CHECK IT OUT: It's pricey but well liked with more than 10,000 loves at Sephora.com.

-- Tested by Carrie

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bvlgari Conditioner

RATING (out of 5 stars): 3.5 stars

COST: $45 for 6.76 ounces

THE SKINNY: I love a conditioner that smells great and fights tangles. Bvlgari's conditioner does both.

But I just can't see myself ever paying $45 for it.

The scent is light and fresh -- what you would expect if you have ever used a Bvlgari fragrance -- and does not "stick" in hair too long. It smells great in the shower but is not overpowering after you style hair, so it won't compete with other scents that you might be using.

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep.

CHECK IT OUT: You can find this conditioner at department stores or get it direct from Bvlgari. There's also a matching shampoo.

-- Tested by Carrie

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sephora Green Tea Mask

RATING (out of 5 stars): 1 star

COST: $6 for 1

THE SKINNY: So I quickly decided that paper masks gross me out. Applying this thing is like laying a wet paper towel on your face.

And then leaving it there for 15 minutes.

While it tries to peel off and slide around.

It was in no way soothing or relaxing. It might have done something nice for my skin, but I was too disgusted to notice. No more paper masks for me. I will stick to mud or peel-offs.

KEEP OR TOSS: Toss.

CHECK IT OUT: Sephora has a whole line of individual paper masks in different formulas, including this one.

-- Tested by Carrie

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fresh Hesperides Grapefruit Bath and Shower Gel

RATING (out of 5 stars): 4 stars

COST: $18.50 for 300ml

THE SKINNY: I confess. I am a sucker for a citrus bath product.

So you can probably guess that I absolutely love Fresh Hesperides Grapefruit Bath and Shower Gel. The super citrus scent is relaxing and refreshing in the bath (which is how I have been using it). The product as doubles as a shower gel.

Fresh is one of my favorite brands as well and this moisturizing power of this product was exactly what I had hoped for. Plus the great smell sticks to skin for a light and refreshing feel for hours.

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep.

CHECK IT OUT: Learn more about the super citrus combination in this item and buy direct from Fresh.

-- Tested by Carrie

Monday, October 27, 2014

Nailed Kit (Halloween)

RATING (out of 5 stars): 4 stars

COST: $8

THE SKINNY: I've never really had a lot of luck with nail decals. They always come off after a day or feel too thick and I just pick at them. Or I just make a mess trying to get them to stick in the first place.

Nailed Kit's Halloween Decals are by far the easiest I have used to apply and days later they are still in place. (And I have not picked them off at all.) Plus, the little Jack'o Lantern's are quite cute for this time of year.

The decals come on a small sheet. You have to cut them out to apply. (Make sure to cut them as close as possible.) Then press on to nails and hold with a damp cloth. Cover with a topcoat. And you are done!

The only downside is that there are six of each decal design in the package. So if you want to do all 10 fingers (or toes) with the same design, you will need two packs.

These decals come in a ton of designs and Nailed Kit even has a monthly club.

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep.

CHECK IT OUT: The Nailed Kit decals came in a recent PopSugar Must Have box. (I love this monthly box of goodies. This months box also included a pair of Happy Socks, buton London eye pencil (look for that review soon), Isaac Jacobs ohoto frame, Mine Design chalkboard candle, Dean & DeLuca pumpkin spice malt balls and K. Hall Designs olive oil bar soap. You can learn more about Nailed Kit online.

-- Tested by Carrie