Thursday, August 30, 2012

NOTD -- Milani Sail Away + Essie Stroke of Brilliance




Hey everyone! First, let me update you on the Perfectly Posh contest.. Aimee and I will be collaborating this weekend to verify entries and pick a winner. I expect to have one selected by early next week, so stay tuned!

Now onto the nails! Today I was browsing my blog roll and came across this post from my fellow MABB member Harri of TrailerHood Chic. She did some really cute (and simple!) nail art featuring Milani's Sail Away and I was instantly like "OMG I HAVE TO HAVE THAT COLOR ON MY NAILS NOW." Thankfully, I own Sail Away due to my dear friend Steph over at Imperfectly Painted. She keeps me well stocked on all of my Milani lemmings since Atlanta is notoriously horrible at keeping anything Milani stocked... anywhere.


I used one (!) coat of Milani Sail Away, which is a denim/navy polish with a very strong silver shimmer and then topped it with two coats of Essie's Stroke of Brilliance, which is composed of various sizes of navy glitter in a clear base. I received Stroke of Brilliance for free as a Klout perk. :)


I didn't expect the glitters in Stroke of Brilliance to perfectly match the color of Sail Away, but it's kind of awesome that it did! The polishes really blend together seamlessly and my nails look SO sparkly in person. I literally cannot stop staring at them! I topped my look off with a coat of Zoya's Armor and followed that up with a coat of Revlon's Color Stay top coat. I've found that those two top coats together give me a gel-like feel and finish on my manis and I can easily get 7+ days of wear out of them.. if I don't get bored with my polish first, that is!



Sunday, August 26, 2012

Quick Update About the Perfectly Posh Giveaway!


Hey everyone! I was going through and validating entries with Amy earlier today and noticed that many of you have not signed up to follow her blog by email!

This is a MANDATORY entry and anyone who has not completed it will regretfully have their entries removed.

You have until 11:59 PM on Tuesday night (8/29) to follow her by email. If you have any questions about whether you have successfully completed this step or not, please leave a comment below or send me an email at mandyssecretsinquiries@gmail.com.

Thank you to everyone who has entered so far! It's great to see so many of you getting excited about the Perfectly Posh products! I know I can't wait to order more for myself!

If you have NOT entered the giveaway yet, you can do so by clicking here.


Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

REVIEW -- CLEAR SCALP & HAIR BEAUTY THERAPY™ Review

Hey everyone! Today I will be bringing you a series of product reviews for goodies that I received from my most recent Influenster VoxBox!

This is the last one and it is the Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy. I received the Total Care Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner.  They are supposed to nourish your scalp for strong, beautiful hair. The bottles say you will see "stronger, more beautiful hair in 7 days."

Unfortunately, I couldn't even make it through 7 days. I have very oily hair and the Clear shampoo and conditioner left so much build up on my hair that I had to switch back to my regular shampoo and conditioner.

On the plus side, the Clear products smell AMAZING! Like a perfume-y apple kind of? And the scent lingers with your hair all day long!

I plan on giving the Clear Strong Lengths system a try since I'm trying to grow my hair out. Hopefully I won't get build up with those!


CLEAR SCALP & HAIR BEAUTY THERAPY™

The search for strong, beautiful hair is finally over. Introducing CLEAR SCALP & HAIR BEAUTY THERAPY™, a new line of shampoos and conditioners that will change the way women care for their hair. 99% percent of hair’s natural strength and beauty comes from the scalp. For years women have been treating the ends of their hair, rather than the source — the scalp. One small change like feeding scalp* can make a big difference. FEED SCALP* with new CLEAR SCALP & HAIR BEAUTY THERAPY™.

NEW CLEAR SCALP & HAIR BEAUTY THERAPY™ is available in a range of six shampoos and five conditioners to meet different scalp and hair needs. The line is infused with Nutrum 10TM technology, a rich blend of vitamins and nutrients. CLEAR SCALP & HAIR BEAUTY THERAPY™ nourishes the scalp, and creates the right foundation for strong, beautiful hair from root to tip. CLEAR SCALP & HAIR BEAUTY THERAPY™ gives women stronger**, more beautiful hair in just 7 days. For more information, please visit our site.
  

Where to Buy

CLEAR SCALP & HAIR BEAUTY THERAPY™ products are available at mass retailers, select drugstores and supermarkets nationwide.
Suggested retail price: $4.99 – $5.99

*Disclaimer: refers to stratum corneum
**Disclaimer: Less breakage upon combing vs. non conditioning shampoo



REVIEW -- Quaker Soft Baked Banana Nut Bar


Hey everyone! Today I will be bringing you a series of product reviews for goodies that I received from my most recent Influenster VoxBox!

This one is on Quaker's Soft Baked Banana Nut Bar. I'm going to be perfectly honest.. It lasted about 3.5 seconds after it came out of the box. It was probably .19 seconds before it was unwrapped and I was devouring it. Hubby came into the room and I had nuts and crumbs falling out of my mouth and he was like "Nice of you to share, babe.."

"Buah ha tu eewu!"

"WHAT?!"
I chewed, swallowed, and tried again: "But I have to review them!"
He said something to the effect of "That's not fair.." and then I told him he could start his own blog and get his own free food. He declined.. soo... My blog, my food!

The bars are great for on-the go breakfasts (I'm NOT a "breakfast person" but still need something on my stomach to start my day. These are great to grab on my way out the door to work!) or mid-afternoon snacks when you would typically reach for something junky or salty. I've had slight difficulties locating them in my area, but hopefully you will have an easier time!

Quaker Soft Baked Bar - Banana Nut Bread

Made with real bananas and almonds, Quaker Soft Baked Bars Banana Nut Bread flavor has tasty ingredients and key nutrients to help provide fuel to start your day.

-5g Fiber*
-20% daily value of 5 B Vitamins
-6g of Protein
*Contains 3.5g of total fat per serving

Where to Buy

You can find Quaker Soft Baked Bars at most major retailers.
Suggested retail price: $3.29 for a box of 5 bars



REVIEW -- Always & Tampax Always Radiant Collection


Hey everyone! Today I will be bringing you a series of product reviews for goodies that I received from my most recent Influenster VoxBox!

This post is about the new Tampax and Always Radiant Collection of feminine hygiene products. I know that no one really wants to talk about these products, but for many women they are still a monthly fact of life.

I love that the Radiant clutch is super cute and girly. It's perfect to throw in a purse, or even use as a clutch on a night out if you're so inclined! And as for the products, I love the reliable protection that I know Tampax and Always consistently deliver, and how they make disposing of used products clean and discreet.

Stay tuned! Two more reviews to go today! :D



REVIEW -- Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen SPF 30

Hey everyone! Today I will be bringing you a series of product reviews for goodies that I received from my most recent Influenster VoxBox!

First up is the Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen in SPF 30. It combines the unparalleled protection of Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen with luxurious, hydrating silk protein to provide a completely revolutionary experience!

It's light and non-greasy, water resistant for up to 80 minutes, and smells divine! I was out in the sun all day and didn't get the slightest hint of a burn.. plus my skin felt amazing when I was done! I'll definitely be purchasing a full-size bottle for next summer's endeavors!

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen SPF 30

Also available in SPF 12, 30, 50!

With its ultra-luxurious hydrating silk ribbons, Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration™ lotion sunscreen nourishes and pampers skin while providing broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection, and 12-hour moisturization when out in the sun.


Where to Buy

You can find Hawaiian Tropic products at most major retailers.
Suggested retail price: $8.99 for a 6oz bottle










Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Lady Gaga's First Fragance 'Fame' Launches Today!

Happy Wednesday! Y'all, it has been a LONG time since I have been as excited about a fragrance launch.. But I seriously love me some Gaga, and I had been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Fame in our store.

It came sometime last week and we've all been sneaking spritzes of it in the back room like crack. Let me be your inside source in telling you that this fragrance is UH.MAY.ZING. Gaga certainly knows her stuff. Even though everything about it looks suspiciously understated, let me assure you.. this fragrance is just as theatrical as Mother Monster herself!

Looking at the picture above, you would expect the bottle to be black and housing a clear liquid. WRONG! The bottle is clear and the liquid is black, yet it instantly turns clear when it becomes airborne. This is a perfume first and is a "breakthrough in fluid technology." Now for the real question... Is it really clear? The answer: YES. We have tested it on our skin, white fragrance test strips, and one brave coworker even tested it on her solid white shirt! It came out clear each time and left no stain.

"Breakthrough fluid technology" aside... what does it smell like? Well, according to Gaga:
"Tears of Belladonna, crushed heart of tiger orchidea, with a black veil of incense, pulverized apricot, and the combinative essences of saffron and honey drops."
Still not sure what that smells like? Gaga has a handy pointer for you:
"It's black, like the soul of fame." 

And if you still can't figure out what that translates to, let me give you my description of it:
It starts off very grape-y, then mellows down to a soft, light, almost powdery clean scent. It's very delicate, unassuming, and easy to wear. It's completely different than everything I was expecting, and I'm absolutely in love with it. 

I have had no interest in buying fragrance since I started working in beauty retail last year, as I can only wear what we sell while on the clock and I already have an impressive fragrance collection at home.. but mark my words, Fame will be mine!

At Ulta, a 1.0 oz bottle retails for $42 and a 1.7 oz bottle is $55.


What do you think? Are you intrigued by Fame? And if so, more for the scent or the gimmick of the black-to-clear liquid? Either way, I think it's definitely a scent to experience if you get the chance!

Check back later today for the MABB Weekly Beauty Question!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

REVIEW -- Perfectly Posh The Stripper Detox Body Mud


Hey everyone! Happy Tuesday! Man.. This whole past week I've been wondering why I haven't been able to get ANYTHING done.. Finally took me a week, but I figured it out! Hubby and I used to stay up til 3-4 am because he worked overnights and I usually worked 2nd/3rd shifts.. but we've both been working 1st shift since the beginning of August and have been going to bed at like 11pm. Those late nights were when I did most of my blogging. No wonder I feel so behind! I've been losing like 28-35 hours a week! :X

Thankfully I think I have a new blogging schedule that should help alleviate things in the coming weeks. Please bear with me while I try to get myself back on track!

Anyways, if you remember last week.. I shared my review of Perfectly Posh's Sugar Fix Scrub (Check it out! There's a giveaway going on until 08/28/2012 at 11:59 PM EST!!) Aimee was kind enough to send me some samples to share with friends and they happened to include The Stripper, which I was SUPER anxious to try.. so I might have kept one for myself. But hey, now you get to learn about another Posh Product! I figured it was kind of a fair trade. :)

THE PRODUCT
Perfectly Posh's The Stripper Detox Body Mud comes in an 8 oz tub and retails for $22. It uses mud and clay to pull free radicals from your skin to ensure that you get a "pure clean". Once you smooth the creamy, vanilla scented mud all over it will help expel harmful pollution and leave behind youthful, healthy skin.


This sample is 3 grams and I was able to get 2 complete face masks out of it, which I thought was pretty cool because it really doesn't look like much product at all.

MY RESULTS
The mud itself smells very nice and rich.. like vanilla mixed with honey, maybe? Even though it says "Body Mud", I immediately wanted to put it on my face.. because well, I pretty much want to slather everything on my face.. and it was supposed to detoxify my skin. Clear and perfect face? Um, yes please!

I washed my face in the shower, dabbed it dry with a wash cloth and put The Stripper on. I usually leave my masques on while I shower and shave, then rinse them off last. But then my face started burning. And you know, that's fine. I can take a little burn.. but then it started REALLY burning. I mean like holding my face over a bonfire burning. It burned so bad I almost thought I was going to have to stop my shower and wash it of.. but I didn't. And man am I glad that I stuck it out!

Once the burning stopped and I rinsed my face, I was left with the smoothest, softest, most even complexion that I've had in a LONG time. And this is coming from the girl who exfoliates her face twice a day. My skin looked AMAZING. The next day I was able to get away with wearing absolutely no face makeup except for a little bit of concealer under my eyes. No foundation, no tinted moisturizer, and no powder! My skin was THAT flawless!

A few days later, I used the second half of my sample and it burned.. but not nearly as bad. Again, my skin looked and felt amazing. I've also had less acne since using The Stripper, and Aimee says that her daughter does use it to control acne. 

FINAL VERDICT & RATING
If you have very sensitive skin on your face, or you don't like the sensation of "tingle" tanning bed lotions, The Stripper might not be for you. The first application is definitely intense, but I think that the burning might diminish with consistent use? Don't quote me on that.. that's just my hypothesis. I actually kind of like the burn, though. It lets me know that The Stripper is working!

At any rate, I truly cannot wait to purchase my very own Stripper Scrub. I've been dreaming about slathering my face with it again.. only because my skin looks and feels so fantastic afterwards! In my weaker moments, I have even contemplating hoarding the other Stripper samples that Aimee gave me to tide me over until I buy mine, but I don't think that would be very fair to my friends.. so I've been good and left them alone. But ohhhhh it's hard!

Bottom line? This stuff is like miracle mud. I'm a woman obsessed! I would give it 8 out of 5 stars if I could.. but I can't, so 5 out of 5 will just have to do!
RATING: 5 out of 5 STARS


If you have time, please remember to check out Aimee's Perfectly Posh site! She has been so generous to me and my readers and I would LOVE to see us show her some support in return!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

REVIEW -- Perfectly Posh Sugar Fix Scrub + A GIVEAWAY!!!


Hey everyone! Recently I was contacted by Aimee, who is an Independent Consultant for Perfectly Posh. I'd never heard of Perfectly Posh before, but once I checked out the fabulous spa and beauty products that they offer, my interest was definitely piqued!

The company was founded in October of 2011 and currently offers over 80 products, and they also have a new line for teens called Pretty Please that just launched as well!

Perfectly Posh products are:
  • Spa-grade products
  • Paraben and Paraffin-free
  • SLS-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Using essential oils and fine pthalate-free fragrances
  • Natural: full of butters, oils, and other nourishing ingredients
  • Preserved with gentle, effective Vitamin E

Aimee sent me a full-size Sugar Fix scrub to review, along with a lovely (handwritten!) note, a catalog, and some samples to share with friends, which I thought was very sweet. :)


THE PRODUCT
The first thing I thought when I opened my package was "I know that container!" If you are familiar with The Body Shop body butters... Perfectly Posh uses the exact same container in a bigger size, which is awesome because I love those tubs! They are attractive and very well made.

Sugar Fix comes in a 9oz tub and retails for $20. It can be used before or during your shower and the sweet sugar, almond, and honey scrub will brighten, sweeten, and make your skin glow. It's great for all-over exfoliation to reveal soft, smooth skin and it's also non-greasy.

Brand new Sugar Fix!


MY RESULTS
I guess because of the sugar, honey, and almond I was expecting a light smell? Nope. Sugar Fix's smell is actually quite strong, but that's okay! Know why? Because it smells almost identical to Victoria's Secret Heavenly. Seriously.. if VS Heavenly had a sugar scrub, it would smell just like this!

The scrub itself is actually a bit dense, which makes it kind of hard to scoop out in the shower. However, the benefit to it being dense is that if you accidentally drop what you've scooped out onto the shower floor you can easily pick it up.. that way you don't waste any product! (Trust me, I've already tested this more than once.)

I like using a sugar scrub on my legs before I shave to really exfoliate away any dead skin so that I can get the closest shave possible.. since my hair likes to reappear in 12 hours or less. When I've used Sugar Fix before I shave, I've been able to go THREE WHOLE DAYS without shaving! I think that's awesome!

The scrub is easy to work over your body, although it doesn't really stand up to water. I like to work the scrub in and let it stay on my body while I apply it to different parts, but if the water touches me, Sugar Fix is rinsed off almost immediately. Not a big deal, but worth noting.

I have also used Sugar Fix on my entire body several times now, and each time my skin feels so soft and smooth.. and it's a great prequel to layering with my VS Heavenly lotion and perfume. Hubby told me I smelled amazing the other night, so I'll have to take that as a win!

FINAL VERDICT & RATING
Perfectly Posh's Sugar Fix Scrub is awesome! It smells amazing, makes my skin feel so soft, and will last a long time! I think it's a good value for the price. It's more expensive than other sugar scrubs, but I do appreciate that you're supporting an Independent Consultant with your purchase. Sometimes I would rather know that I'm actually contributing to a person rather than just a corporation.

I will likely be purchasing my own Sugar Fix when this one is empty, and I've been stalking the Perfectly Posh website looking for all the other goodies that I just desperately need to try!

I'm thrilled to give the Sugar Fix Scrub 4.5 out of 5 stars!

RATING: 4.5 out of 5.0 STARS


AND NOW IT'S TIME FOR A GIVEAWAY!

Aimee has generously agreed to provide another full-sized Sugar Fix Scrub to one of my readers! All of the details are in the Rafflecopter widget below...

Good luck! And stay tuned.. I have a review of Perfectly Posh's The Stripper coming up later this week!

Friday, August 10, 2012

NOTD -- Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color in Silver Elements


Hey everyone! Happy Saturday! Today I have my Influenster review of Sally Hansen's Magnetic Polish in Silver Elements for you! This polish is actually pretty awesome, so I'm going to just jump right in!

Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color


NEW! Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color is summer’s hottest nail trend that allows you to create a gorgeous 3-D nail art effect in just seconds. This unique formula has been specially developed with metallic particles – just hold the built-in magnet over wet polish to reveal a unique design on the nail. Seal with a topcoat for extra shine! Learn more at www.sallyhansen.com

Easy steps
STEP 1 
Shake and Apply 2 coats
STEP 2
Hold Magnet for 10 seconds over wet nail polish
Instant Attraction!
Let dry and seal with a top coat for extra shine


Where to Buy

Available at chain drug stores, food stores and mass merchandisers nationally.
Suggested Retail Price: $9.99

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Overall, I was SUPER impressed with this polish! I've tried other magnetic polishes that didn't give such impressive results and I love that the magnet has a little curved groove to steady it against your finger.. that really does make application virtually foolproof!

There are 8 shades total. I received Silver Element, which actually separates into silver metallic waves with silver glitter suspended in a black base. The added touch of the microglitter is such an awesome surprise and really makes the polish, in my opinion. My swatch above is 2 coats with no base or top coat.. and look how shiny it is!


One tip for application? Make sure you shake the polish well before you apply the second coat to EACH nail. Otherwise your magnetic waves won't be as crisp as they could be.


FINAL VERDICT & RATING

I definitely need more Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Colors in my life! The blue, green, and purple are all calling my name! I think they are a great product for the price, they are widely available, and (most importantly) very easy to use.

If you've been thinking about trying out the magnetic polish trend, you should totally pick up a bottle of the Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Colors for yourself! :D

RATING: 5.0 out of 5 STARS




I received this product for free as part of the Influenster VoxBox program.

FRIDAY FAVORITES -- BINGO


Happy Friday everyone! Today's Friday Favorite is one that I'm actually a little embarrassed to confess to: BINGO. Yes, I love the Bingo. No, I'm not 80 years old.. lol

I don't know why, I've just always enjoyed it. I always got super excited whenever we played it in school.. and now I can play it on Facebook whenever I want! I usually play 2-4 games a day, but I think now it's just an easy way to relax for a little while, as I usually play at night before I go to bed.

In some ways, I think it's just another way that I'm "older than my years." When my friends are getting off of work and going out on Friday or Saturday nights, I'm getting off of work and coming home to snuggle with my husband and cats.. and play Bingo. Kind of awkward, but it makes me happy. :)


So there's my awkward confession for the week. Do you have any odd or unusual pass times that you enjoy? I'd love to hear what they are!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

BIRCHBOX -- His & Hers: July 2012


Hey everyone! Sorry that our July box post is a bit late this time, but better late than never right?! Let's dive right in!

HIS BOX

July's box was tailored around how sometimes the smallest tweaks can lead to the biggest improvements. Here's what Hubby received:

Oribe | Ultra Gentle Shampoo and Conditioner | $25
A moisturizing shampoo and conditioner for all hair types.

Kiehl's | Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream - White Eagle | $16
Camphor and menthol-infused cream for a calm, cool shave.

Marvis | Classic Mint Toothpase | $10.50
Italian-imported toothpaste with an apothecary-inspired design.

C.O. BIGELOW | My Favorite Lip Balm | $7.50
A moisturizing shield with shea butter and almond oil to heal chapped lips.

Barking Irons | Brando Cut T-Shirt | $46 (for two-pack)
A vintage fit with short, angled sleeves and a subtle jersey hem.

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HIS THOUGHTS...

Favorite Item: "The Barking Irons shirt. Who doesn't love free t-shirts?"

"Leave It" Item: "The lip balm, I guess? I just don't really use it all that much. I'm sure it will end up in the bottom of your purse soon."

And the rest: "It's always nice to have travel sizes of tooth paste, shampoo, and shave gel. I doubt I'll be using them before our next vacation, though."

MY BOX

This time, Birchbox teamed up with Glamour Magazine, so my box was centered around the 5 senses. I thought this was a super cool idea, and Glamour is one of my faves! :D

Alterna | BAMBOO UV+ Color Protection Fade-Proof Fluide | $24
This finishing gloss prevents UV rays from fading color while organic bamboo extracts keep hair soft and strong.

Jouer | Luminizing Moisture Tint | $38
This lightweight award-winner is our daily shortcut to dewy skin that feels natural and looks gorgeous.

Oscar de la Renta | live in love | $25-78
This elegant floral layers notes of hyacinth and orchid over a rich base of sandalwood and cedar.

stila | lip glaze | Set of 3, $12
This sparkly gloss from the limited edition It's Go Time Lip Glaze Trio combines sheer color with mega-watt shine.

LÄRABAR | über | Pack of 5, $12.69
The latest addition to our snack drawer, these healthy and satisfying bars are packed with dried nuts and fruits.

Birchbox Exclusive | Earbuds
We designed these neon headphones just for you. Pair them with your best playlist.

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MY THOUGHTS...

Favorite Item(s): The earbuds! They're adorable. And the Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint. I've sampled it before and really enjoy it, so I'm thrilled to have another one. Oh, and the Stila Lip Glaze. It's full-size!

"Leave It" Item: The LÄRABAR. I opened it and the smell just didn't appeal to me. I let Hubby eat it. He said it was okay.

And the rest: I'm pretty set with my hair routine now, so I probably won't be trying the Alterna for a while. The Oscar de la Renta perfume smells great, but I already have so much. It's another sample for my burgeoning stash!


Monday, August 6, 2012

REVIEW -- St. Ives Scrub-Free Exfoliating Pads


Hey everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend! Ours was awesome. Hubby had his End of Season Tournament for frisbee and they ended up as the champs of their bracket. Which bracket is unimportant, but some of his teammates also helped another team win their bracket championship.. soo... technically, we can say that we're champs in 2 of the 4 brackets. Not a bad way to end the season, right?! :)

Today I have a review of St. Ives Scrub-Free Exfoliating Pads. I saw these at work a while back, and the St. Ives products were all Buy One, Get One 50% Off at the time. I was already purchasing a tub of the Apricot Scrub, so I picked these up to try as well.

THE PRODUCT
The pads come in a 60 count package and retail for $4-5. They are available at drugstores, online, and stores like Ulta and Target.

The Scrub-Free pads are 100% all natural, dermatologist tested, non-comedogenic, and not tested on animals. They are non-abrasive and formulated with a natural AHA Complex to release dull skin and impurities while leaving healthy, fresh skin intact. Fruit extracts and moisturizing Vitamin E help skin feel soft and smooth. After 1 week, skin looks and feels fresher, younger, more radiant.

For best results, you should use them on a cleansed face twice daily or as tolerated.

MY RESULTS
I've used these pads 1-2 times a day for just over 2 weeks now and I usually use them as a follow up to my St. Ives Apricot Scrub.. but my face knows no over-exfoliation.

The pads themselves are very thin and a little hard to separate from each other in the jar. They smell like a light, sweetened cucumber. It's a very refreshing scent. One is enough to do 2 complete passes over my entire face plus my neck and decollete, and they don't leave behind a sticky residue.

One thing that I really like about these pads is that even after I wash my face at night and feel like it's clean.. these pads will remove even more makeup that I didn't know was still lingering. I've added them as part of my nightly ritual just for that reason.

To date, my face looks smoother, and feels much softer than normal. Plus, I feel like my overall complexion is a little brighter and that I look healthier and more vibrant. This could also be attributed to the new vitamins that I'm taking, but hey.. I'm willing to give St. Ives the benefit of the doubt. :)

FINAL VERDICT & RATING
Overall, I really like the St. Ives Scrub-Free Exfoliating Pads. I like that they are a chemical exfoliant, and that I can use them with my St. Ives Exfoliating Apricot Scrub to really get in there and clean out my pores. Sometimes if I use to manual exfoliants back to back (anything gritty), my face can get a little raw.. but I haven't had that problem with this combination!

I also LOVE that these pads really deep clean my face and remove every last trace of makeup at the end of the night. I never knew I had so much left over on my face, even after I washed it or used a makeup remover wipe.

I will definitely be repurchasing the St. Ives Scrub-Free Exfoliating Pads. I like that they are all natural and don't test on animals, and I love the price point. At least a month's worth of pads for under $5 can NOT be beat in my book! I'm not sure how well they would do at exfoliating when used alone, but I do like them as an inexpensive addition to my existing skincare routine.

I'm thrilled to give this product a 4 star rating!
RATING: 4.0 out of 5 STARS