Saturday, January 27, 2018

(review) Serious Skincare C Extreme Results

Serious Skincare is a brand sold on HSN. The "face"/mascot is Jennifer Flavin Stallone (Sylvester's wife) and she's obviously had a lot of plastic surgery... So why should we trust her? LMAO 😂 Hey, I gave this crap a chance, I blindly tested it, and NO! 
DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!!
C Extreme Results is a 2-step exfoliating kit.
Step 1: C Resurface / vitamin c & bicarbonate 
Step 2: C Potion / vitamin c action gel
Step 1 is gently exfoliating, didn't hurt... leave it on 3 minutes and it gets a little irritating...

Step 2 "activates" and dissolves the Step 1- it makes the Step 1 foamy and hurts your face, by 1 minute it feels like you rubbed glass into your face.

After rinsing off my face feels like it's been pounded with a meat tenderizer. No good! 
NEVER USE SODIUM BICARBONATE (BAKING SODA) ON YOUR FACE!!
HOW did this crap get 4 stars on HSN.com?! I think they're deleting bad reviews!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

(review) knock-off dermaroller from TJ Maxx

(SPOILER: THIS IS A GODSEND!!)
4 in 1 Micro Needle Facial Roller by Revive Beauty ($12.99)
Microneedling is supposed to work by forcing your skin into healing-mode. People use it for scars, wrinkles, pigmentation... I guess it increases collagen production, too. This tool will poke holes into my skin, so any serum I put on afterwards will penetrate deeper. Kim Kardashian gets her ugly face Dermarolled ("vampire facial") so it has to be good, right? Haha.
 This roller is kinda painful (and I have a high pain tolerance, so beware...) I used the 1mm roller on my face, up and down all over. Everywhere, over my cystic bumps and pustules*. Afterwards I applied tea tree oil and it stung A LOT! Then before bed I applied Taz. [my normal routine is TTO every night and spot-treat with Taz and Clindamycin as necessary]
The next day my face looked 50% better! All the open sores were scabbed- I picked the scabs off and it's only red skin no more pus! YAY!! (Normally the scab-pus-scab-pus cycle lasts weeks before disappearing) So the tea tree oil penetrated deep enough to get those Demodex mites finally 😂 my skin is smoother and I almost cried.

Day 3: my face is sore, don't think I should microneedle again for a few days lol
Day 4: my skin is dry and starting to peel/flake- probably because of the deeper penetration
Day 5: I went over my cystic bumps again but now with the 0.5mm needles. TTO does not sting this time.
Day 8: my cystic bumps are 80% gone ☺️good!

OK, monthly update: so I've been using this dermaroller 2-3x/week and my face doesn't seem to be getting better than 80%. But my diseases are incurable so if this is the best I can get I'm happy. Sometimes when I roll over the MRSA(staph infection) cysts they bleed or pus lol that's gross.

Final thoughts: I like this tool. Most of all I like how it allowed my skincare products to penetrate cystic bumps. I will definitely use it on cysts in the future and any skin issues that refuse to heal in a timely manner. I will also be trying it out on my stretch marks with retin-a *fingers crossed*

One month update on stretch marks: I think this is helping the Retin-A penetrate and the marks are improving slowly. No change to my cellulite tho. And now my thighs/butt stick to the toilet seat lol tmi! I try to Dermaroll my stretch marks 2-3x/week.
3month update: I'm still hopeful but not much change

WARNING: you must roll at a slow smooth pace and not drag the needles, they will slash your skin like knives!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Oregano Oil BURNED My Face

I should just rename this blog: TASHA IS A DUMBASS!
In case you're new here- I have rosacea subtype 2 which is like pus-oozing "pimples" and cysts constantly. It's caused by a demodex mite infestation. I've had to wipe my face down with tea tree oil every night for the past year to keep my skin looking somewhat-ok (I seriously look like a meth addict on a GOOD day, life is a nightmare). Anyways, I hate tea tree oil. I read online that oregano oil works to kill demodex just like tree tea oil- so I tried it! LOL omg...
WARNING: UNDILUTED OREGANO OIL WILL BURN YOUR FACE OFF!
Stupid me did not dilute the 100% oregano essential oil because I thought I didn't need to. I feel no pain with 60% glycolic acid, and 30% TCA peels are fine lol I'm invincible against a little spaghetti herb, right? NOOOOOOO!!
I've never felt so much burning pain in my life, I must have splashed water on my face 10min straight and it still hurt. The next day my face feels like it's been thru a serious tca peel, it's red and physically warm to the touch.
Day 3: starting to peel/flake
Day 5: finishing peeling

Note: if you ever burn your skin with an oil, the correct dilution method is NOT to rinse with water- you need to slather an oil (like coconut or olive oil) all over!! Water only spreads the problem.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

(review) MUAC 60% Glycolic Acid and 30% TCA Peels

I ordered a couple peels from MakeupArtistsChoice during a 30% off sale (always wait for a sale!)
Shipping: fast but they fill the box with styrofoam cheeto puffs and that crap isn't biodegradable, so yeah... Grrr...
I want to use these peels to help fight wrinkles, mostly on my forehead. I know these peels will not improve my rosacea.
60% Glycolic Acid peel
I think the strongest glycolic face leave-on cream I've ever used was 30% and that left my fave red and sore the next day. Alpha Hydrox 8% glycolic acid cream has been my favorite overnight face product for years, it definitely helped thin out my forehead wrinkles better than anything else (including retin-a).
In the 'before' pic you can see I have some open sores on my face- this is my new reality with rosacea (yay!). You're not supposed to do peels or exfoliate skin with open sores... lol you do you, Boo! My skin's looked like crap the past year, I'm trying the dang peel!!
OK LOL so the peel kinda stings on my sores but annoying/itchy everywhere else. Glycolic acid burned the scab off one sore on my cheek and it bled a little. Overall 60% glycolic acid feels like 10% tca peel on my skin, not bad at all! I'm starting to doubt this "peel" is actually 60%... Worried nothing was happening, I went against the MUAC instructions and left it on until it stopped itching *shrug*

Results immediately my skin felt dry, same feeling after using a benzyl peroxide face wash// 3 days later: My skin never peeled. Not even extra redness or soreness on my sensitive undereye skin, WTF?! My open blemishes dried out, turned into red spots. My skin doesn't look better/smoother/glowy anywhere on my face. I don't think this peel was 60%, nothing happened ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Lame.
TRY #2:before vs. during
A few days later I tried this "60% glycolic acid" again... and again a waste of time and money. MUAC must have mislabeled this bottle, maybe they meant 6% lol I left it on 10min *shrug* No discomfort whatsoever under my eyes and I made sure to soak that area- this really pisses me off. My under eye skin is VERY sensitive but MUAC "60% glycolic acid" has no effect?! I got ripped off.
UPDATE: I tried this on my friend who doesn't really use skincare but does do 20% TCA peels a couple times/year... And she SCREAMED BLOODY MURDER 😂 so I guess my face just is hardcore from using tea tree oil daily? LOL wtf

30% TCA peel
I used a Q-tip and used 30% TCA as spot treatment on my chest freckles. It burned & frosted. It was a quick,intense burn with no lingering pain after 20seconds (weird because with other brands of TCA I've used the pain lingered for minutes). No frosting. My freckles turned dark brown overnight. Slight flaking days later. My freckles look like nothing happened lol. Not the best TCA peel I've ever used but not the worst either.

Final thoughts on MakeUpArtistsChoice: these peels would be good for other women, but they're just not strong enough for my skin.

Monday, July 31, 2017

No Such Thing As "Cruelty Free" in Retail

Here's a map of the world's top 7 beauty companies and the popular brands they own.
Even if you buy a product from these companies marked "cruelty free" with the little bunny symbol - you are giving money to that brand's parent company, who does test on animals. Good intentions but your money still perpetuates the problem 😡
So what can we do? Research & support smaller, independent businesses. Buy raw ingredients and make your own products. Write to the parent companies telling them exactly why you're boycotting them; sign petitions; spread the word!
Look at your beloved pet everyday and remember why you made this choice 😊
I know it's hard, we all have favorite products we need, we refuse to give up- but
business only care about money 💵 --> companies only listen when the moneyflow stops!
So the best strategy I've been doing is using up all the beauty products I own. I am not giving myself permission to buy anything from a known animal-abusing-empire until I've run out of options. Use every eyeliner I own, then research legit cruel-free options, and only as a last resort will I buy from an animal-abusing-beauty-empire 😩  
It's also better to buy items on clearance/discontinued/used if possible.

I can't give up my Acuvue eye contact lenses... but I can give up Raid! I am using tea tree oil as a natural pest repellent. I gave up Mr Clean products and use vinegar instead. Lots of healthy + ethnical alternatives available if we just look 😊
Every dime not spent on evil corporations counts! Let's save lives 🐾
Reference list of cosmetic ingredients made from animals here: https://www.peta.org/living/other/animal-ingredients-list/
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And did you know America's prison system is big busine$$? Yup, looks like there's a loophole on the 13th Amendment and slavery isnt abolished afterall 💀 Here's a list of companies who profit off of prison labor (basically slave labor since inmates do mandatory hard physical labor for as low as 12cents/hour!!):
AT&T, Bank of America, Bayer, Cargill, Caterpillar, Chevron, Chrysler, Costco, John Deere, Eli Lilly and Company, Exxon Mobile, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson and Johnson, K-Mart, Koch Industries, McDonald’s, Merck, Microsoft, Motorola, Nintendo, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, Pepsi, ConAgra Foods, Shell, BP, Starbucks, UPS, Verizon, Victoria's Secret, WalMart, Wendy’s, Whole Foods

Monday, May 22, 2017

(review) Perfumers Apprentice fragrance oils

ISO E Super- does not smell like anything but when I layer it with Dolce&Gabbana "Light Blue" OMG men love it on me! adds a velvety/sensual depth to perfumes apparently- so I bought 2lbs, it came in this huge metal bottle lol Pepsi in the pic for comparison And my google research says men can use it to attract women, too! Isn't that crazy? apparently 2 of my favorite men's colognes have ISO E in them which could explain their popularity: Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce and Christian Dior Fahrenheit.

Lily of the Valley- smells romantic and vintage, not fresh cut flowers. 🌼

Peach (natural w/o acetaldehyde)- smells like a warm peach that's been sliced and rinsed in water. This is not a sweet scent. I think this oil smells better very diluted. 🍑

I bought these animalistic scents to tease my cat & dog,
but they're only barely impressed with the Civet scent. Oh well, haha.
Civet essence- smells like stinky opossum pee 🐾
Tonquitone (musk) essence- strong deer musk
Animalid- deer musk blend, a little feminine, not offensively strong
Ambergris essence- slightly sweet, a little musky, smells more like a rotting flower than animalistic, strange scent

The website also sells flavor oils, good if you want to whip up edibles like lipgloss-
DX Marshmallow flavor oil- this smells really good! one drop is a lot of flavor, mmmm!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

(review) fragrance oils from Exotic Fragrances

Have you ever wished your expensive designer perfumes would last longer on your skin?
Ever been curious about of making your own fragrances? Ever dabbled in aromatherapy?
 
I've been learning about fragrance oils recently. Apparently you can add a few drops of a fragrance oil into a carrier oil* and create your very own perfume oil! How cool is that? Just dab a little on your skin and it will last longer than alcohol-based perfumes on the market. Essential oils are stronger & more expensive than fragrance oils; essential oils are 100% natural but fragrance oils are often manmade.
 
*Carrier oil: good choices are coconut oil and grapeseed oil because they absorb well into the skin without much of their own scent. Other oils can be used (olive, avocado, almond, jojoba, etc) but be warned their scents can affect the overall fragrance of your perfume.

I ordered a few "inspired by designer perfume" fragrance oils from ExoticFragrances.com and here are my thoughts:
-website does not have good fragrance descriptions and some of the abbreviations used for designer dupes are confusing (but you can call for clarification, they're friendly)
-fragrance oils tend to only capture a few of a perfume's most prominent notes so don't expect perfect dupes
-I think this website makes great fruity and floral dupe scents but their heavier, darker scents are... too intense. Dilute with carrier oil or you will get headaches.
-bottles were filled full, thank you! And the spout lids are easy to use, love them!
CLINIQUE/PRESCRIPTIVES Calyx: green leaves, guava, grapefruit, papaya, passionfruit, mango, lily-of-the-valley
Review: heavy on the green notes, slight guava, slight lily-of-valley
COACH Poppy
Review: ❤ !!
COCO CHANEL Coco Mademoiselle: patchouli, orange, rose, bergamot, orange blossom, jasmine, vanilla
Review: this smells comparable to the current watered-down Coco eau de toilette, but lasts longer ha! Not perfect but a good purchase.
DOLCE&GABBANA One Rose: rose, lychee, peony, grapefruit, vanilla, black currant, lily-of-the-valley, orange
Review: very faint rose and grapefruit, nice for summer
DOLCE&GABBANA The One: lychee, vanilla, peach, amber, plum, lily
Review: lychee, plum, vanilla; nice but the original is so much better!
ESCADA Island Kiss: mango, passionfruit, raspberry, white peach, red berries, passion flower, magnolia, orange, hibiscus
Review: I can definitely smell white peach and passion fruit
ESCADA Moon Sparkle: strawberry, raspberry, black currant, red apple, citrus, sweet pea, freesia
Review: smells wonderful!! just like essence of candy ❤ very soft strawberry scent
ESCADA Pacific Paradise: sugarcane, banana, coconut, lime, apple, lemon, sunflower
Review: fruity and good, but does not smell enough like banana so I'm sad
GUCCI Bamboo: lily, bergamot, orange blossom, ylang-ylang, sandalwood, vanilla, amber
Review: lily, pretty but unexciting- stronger than the original but no amber or vanilla
RIHANNA Nude: guava, vanilla orchid, sandalwood, pear, orange
Review: not enough guava, too orange- this is ok but I wouldn't know it's supposed to be Nude if it wasn't labeled. This smells better if I layer it with the Sudanese Coconut scent I also purchased lolwhatever.
THIERRY MUGLER Angel Rose: patchouli, rose, chocolate, caramel
Review: rose and patchouli, maybe slight chocolate, pretty if you like Angel
TOM FORD Velvet Orchid: orchid, rum, honey, vanilla, myrrh, suede, jasmine, sandalwood
Review: I like it okay, but I think since this is an oil it makes the rum-note extra heavy. So dilute with extra carrier oil! lol when I dabbed some straight out of the bottle people commented I smelled like old lady. And it took 3 days of scrubbing to get the scent off my skin lol it's potent!
TOM FORD Jasmin Rouge: jasmine, ylang-ylang, neroli, cinnamon, woods, vanilla, amber, ginger, pepper, bergamot, cardamom, leather
Review: beautiful but strong! jasmine, cinnamon- dilute the hell out of this oil or you'll get a headache
TOM FORD Noir: vanilla, kulfi, amber, sandalwood, mastic, ginger, rose, orange
Review: this isn't too strong, it's really pretty like the original- but kulfi is kind of a weird note so do not blind buy this, smell the original first!
TOM FORD White Patchouli: patchouli, white flowers, coriander, peony, bergamot, ambrette, incense, woods, rose, jasmine
Review: this is a lot of patchouli- but good patchouli not stank weed
VICTORIA'S SECRET Bombshell: passionfruit, grapefruit, peony, pineapple, tangerine, vanilla orchid, strawberry
Review: I love this more than the thing! this smells so much better- and when I sweat in the summer while wearing this, I can smell the oil intensify hiding my B.O., it's just beautiful ❤
VICTORIA'S SECRET Poolside Breeze: water, hyacinth
Review: I haven't smelt the original but this dupe is lackluster.
VIKTOR&ROLF Bonbon: caramel, peach, amber, orange, orange blossom, sandalwood
Review: caramel and orange, not sweet, slight floral. I wish this had more of a peach scent
Sudanese Coconut
Review: almost a toasted coconut, okay but not sweet or creamy
Exotic Cactus Flower
Review: I don't know, this just smells weird to me, like cactus juice and Splenda?
Neroli (Orange Blossom) 10% with Jojoba, ready to use
Review: this didn't smell like I expected, it smells like orange peel and slight blossom. I need to dilute it more to take away some sharpness. Almost like a cleaning product scent.
DIOR Poison
Review: I love Dior Poison, I have a collection of empty bottles I've worn it so much lol but... No No NO! this smells harsh- I diluted the Hell out of this oil but it is still super intense on the incense! and not obvious with any other of Poison's beautiful notes. This is the only oil I strongly do not recommend.

1oz diamond cut atomizer (you have to cut the sprayer tube length to fit the bottle yourself)
1/2oz ball roll-on (these are cute like little nail polish bottles, I like the flip-top cap)
1/3oz swirl glass metal roll-on (these are the BEST!! I prefer these bottles, oil rolls on so easily!)