Monday, September 22, 2014

Fab First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

RATING (out of 5 stars): 4.5 stars

COST: $12 for 2 ounces

THE SKINNY: Holy cow this is a good moisturizer. I tried my sample after a week at the beach, meaning my skin was a little red, a lotta dry and just tired of wind, salt and sun.

Ultra Repair Cream is silky and light with just a hint of a powdery smell. I figured it wasn't going to do much to moisturize my skin, and I was really wrong.

The lotion glides across your skin and absorbs quickly. The next morning, the rough patches on my elbows were smooth and the rest of my skin was soothed and looked healthy.

Ultra Repair Cream uses oatmeal, shea butter and eucalyptus oil to aid dry skin. It's recommended for anyone with rough, flaky patches of dry skin.

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep. I will be buying more of this one.

CHECK IT OUT: Ultra Repair Cream is made without all the usual bad stuff and is safe for people with sensitive skin.

-- Tested by Shay

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Lollia At Last Perfumed Shower Gel

RATING (out of 5 stars): 2.5 stars

COST: $22

THE SKINNY: Lollia At Last Perfumed Shower Gel had a bright fragrance ... or was I just imagining that because of the yellow bottle?

Either way, this shower gel smelled really nice. Summery and light, but without a lingering smell on your skin; so go ahead and wear that perfume.

It had a great bubbly lather and felt super silky -- probably in part because of the shea butter and jojoba oil formula. It was nice, but a little pricey for everyday use.

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep, but I won't buy this one.

CHECK IT OUT: Lollia come in the August POPSugar Must-Have box. (This service is awesome if you love mail and a variety of fun products every month.)

-- Tested by Carrie

Monday, September 8, 2014

Josie Maran Black Oil Mascara

RATING (out of 5 stars): 4 stars

COST: $22

THE SKINNY: This deluxe sample came in a recent Sephora order and I absolutely love it. Mascara that actually feels like it is good for your lashes!

Josie Maran Black Oil Mascara contains the wonder stuff, argan oil, as it conditions and does all the great mascara stuff -- lengthening, volumizing, lifting and curling. Here's what in it, according to the website: "Argan Black Oil Mascara treats your lashes to the nourishing lash-softening effect of 100% Pure Argan Oil mixed with blackest-black iron mineral pigments, and infused with the lash strengthening properties of bamboo—delivered in an innovative 5 ball brush that reaches every lash."

It was easy to apply, lasted all day and did not flake. The brush was a little awkward, but I wonder if part of the problem was the half-size brush in the sample.

It did take two to three coats to get the look I wanted, but it did look exceptionally nice.

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep.

CHECK IT OUT: This only comes in one color -- black -- and is available from Josie Maran or Sephora.

-- Tested by Carrie

Friday, September 5, 2014

Caldrea Rosewater Driftwood Hand Soap

RATING (out of 5 stars): 3.5 stars

COST: $10.50

THE SKINNY: This is a brand I had never heard of but when Caldrea Rosewater Driftwood Hand Soap, I liked the look of it.

The soap looks great on my bathroom counter with a classy plastic pump bottle. The look is much more "me" than some of the recent purchases I have made at other places.

So I was equally happy when the soap both worked well and had a pleasant fragrance. It is light and fresh. I've also been using this for a week or so now and it has not dried out my hands -- another major bonus. The formula is made with aloe vera gel, olive oil and essential oils cleanse and condition.

And the price is comparable to other hand soaps. So there's no real reason not to give it a try.

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep.

CHECK IT OUT: You can find this fragrance (No. 21) and six others on the Caldrea website.

-- Tested by Carrie

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics

RATING (out of 5 stars): 4 stars

COST: $29

THE SKINNY: I almost cried when I had to retire my Naked2 eyeshadow palette a few weeks back. Thank goodness Urban Decay got the smaller Naked2 Basics in stick the same week.

This eyeshadow palette is as good as you would imagine from Urban Decay. The colors are cooler than the Naked Basics palette and every shade has a matte finish (unlike the larger Naked2 counterpart).

The matte shades are fabulous. And they stay all day. The collection includes Skimp (pale nude satin), Stark (nude-pink matte), Frisk (warm gray matte), Cover (muted red-brown matte), Primal (muted brown matte) and Undone (deep, smoky brown matte). 

For me, this is actually a much more usable palette than Naked2. Less glitter and shimmer equals more workday use.

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep.

CHECK IT OUT: Right now the only place you can find this palette is direct from Urban Decay, but I suspect it will be in stores such as Ulta soon.

-- Tested by Carrie