Today I have a review on some eye makeup remover by Alba Botanica.
It is the Advanced Even Natural Sea Elements eye makeup remover (4oz). I found this in the Target clearance section, and the clearance price on this was cheaper than the regular price of the eye makeup remover I normally buy. I saw that the regular price of this was somewhere near $9.00, which is no where near what I'd spend on eye makeup remover, so I purchased it. I read really good reviews about it online when I got home and was anxious to try it out.
Here's a quirky little tidbit about me: I LOVE to read labels of products. Sometimes I even make my husband read them to me if I just bought something at a store and I'm the one driving home. Weird I know, but anywho. Upon reading the label of this eye makeup remover, it claims to be non-greasy, as well as tough on waterproof makeup ("with one swipe" I believe it says). I was excited to see that it was not tested on animals (YAY!) and also made with 100% vegetable ingredients. It does make it a point to advise the consumer to shake it before each use.
I have been using it for more than a month now and really liked it... at first. It did a great job. I did however find it to be very greasy (contrary to what the label says), which is okay with me. Once I take my makeup off at the end of the day, I hop in the shower anyway, so no big deal. Here is my main beef with this product: Just last week I started using a new *waterproof* mascara and this eye makeup remover barely does a thing as far as removing it. In order to get it moderately off, I have to use multiple cotton squares and continuously add more and more remover and my lashes are still full of mascara. (Note: I do shake it before each use as directed). I feel like it isn't good to have to rub my eyes that much each night just to use this product. I don't know if this is a bi-layer product like some other removers that separate and that's why you have to shake it, but this does not do the job. One of the bi-layer removers I refer to is Lancome Bi-Facil eye makeup remover. I have a little travel size bottle of that and tried that after the Alba Botanica didn't work. The Lancome was easy breezy, so I have stopped using the Alba Botanica and switched to the Lancome. (Note: I received the Lancome Bi-Facil as part of a gift and it is about $27 for the full size bottle, which is even more than I'm willing to pay. I have found that Neutrogena's Oil-Free makeup remover is comparable and a lot more affordable).
I am certainly glad I did not pay full price for this eye makeup remover. While I did like it at first when I wasn't using waterproof mascara, now that I am, it is pretty much useless to me. I still like it's "green" properties, but I since the product doesn't serve its purpose, it's not enough for me to give it a positive review. Sorry y'all.
To see my YouTube video review of this product, please click here.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Monday, September 3, 2012
Today I have a review for you on the Emjoi Emagine Epilator. One of my good friends thought I was reverting to some archaic period in time when she heard I was purchasing an epilator. I don't consider myself to be a hairy girl, but I am very fair skinned, so when I shave, the fast regrowth is pretty noticeable. I have spent the majority of my hair removal days shaving, but have waxed on occasion too. I just found waxing to be too pricey, and I'm not really skilled enough to do it myself and do a good job. I did a LOT of research on epilators before I decided on the Emjoi Emagine. The Emjoi Emagine is one of the larger models; it has 72 tweezer heads that rotate to pick up and pluck out hair from the root. I purchased it from Amazon.com for close to $70.00. While I find that expensive, I figured that once I bought several packs of replacement razors or a few trips to the salon for waxing, this thing pretty much paid for itself and would inevitably save me money. I read so many good reviews and did research on how to prepare your skin for epilation (by exfoliating!). I thought this was going to be the end all be all to my hair removal needs.
I was super psyched when I received it and waited until after I showered and exfoliated to try it out. I was apprehensive about the pain because in general, many people said it was quite painful. Having had two tattoos and recently given birth, I figured it would be a walk in the park. I was surprised at how it really was painful. Nowhere near childbirth on my pain scale, but it made my eyes water and it wasn't something I ever really got used to. I used the epilator on my legs, underarms and bikini line. Holy Toledo, my first run at my underarms was AWFUL. It hurt so bad, and the ache/sting didn't go away when I was done. It was a good 24-48 hours before my pits felt back to normal. But they were smooth! To my amazement, my bikini line was the least painful area I epilated. While I didn't expect to have 100% hair removal (I was prepared after reading reviews), I was fairly satisfied with the results. Plus I figured it would get better the more I did it. I did a touch-ups every couple of days and had little to no regrowth for about a week. I have been exfoliating nearly every day during my shower to prevent ingrown hairs. However, within the last few days the hair on my legs has started to come back with a vengeance. My legs LOOK and FEEL terrible. They are itchy, red, bumpy, and irritated. I can see little black dots where the hair is trying to grow back. Between the redness, bumps, and black, my legs look even worse than they did when I was shaving. I am now concerned that it will take my legs a LONG time to get back to 'normal' if they do at all. I am extremely disappointed with the results from the Emjoi Emagine Epilator. When I did research prior to purchasing this, I did see a handful of reviewers who noted a similar [bad] experience like mine, but I figured I wouldn't end up being one of those, but naturally I did. I have followed the instructions to a T and even taken great care in exfoliating and keeping my legs moisturized. I can't say I did anything wrong, it just did not work for me. Unfortunately I will be returning this item and going back to shaving with my razor. While I won't get smooth legs for a week at a time, at least I won't have unsightly and painful legs for days on end.
To see my YouTube video review of this item, please go here.
|A picture of the irritation on my leg. It really doesn't do it justice.|