Showing posts with label skin care. Show all posts
Showing posts with label skin care. Show all posts

Friday, November 8, 2013

October 2013 Empties

Hey everyone! I've been sitting here for a good 10 minutes trying to think of a creative or witty intro for my empties post, but.. uhh.. yeah, I got nothing. So let's just jump right in, shall we?

SONOMA SPA BUBBLE BATH | Ocean Spa & Vanilla Sugar -- As y'all learned last month, I *love* me some bubble baths. 2 jugs in a month is about average in our household. Love both scents!

BATH & BODY WORKS Shower Gel | Pink Chiffon -- I got this mini for free with a coupon, so that was pretty awesome. Pink Chiffon is a light, sweet, very girly fragrance. I think it's better suited for spring, but I didn't mind using it in fall.

GILETTE Venus & Olay Exfoliating Shaving Cartridge | Sugarberry -- I'm still not sure how it's exactly supposed to exfoliate, but it gives me a smooth shave and I guess that's what matters most.

BIC Razor | ??? -- It's been forever since I've had to use a disposable razor (I'm testing out a new shave gel!) and when I do, I usually just steal one of Chris's. Does anyone else do that?! This is a men's BiC disposable razor, but unfortunately we threw the packaging away so I couldn't tell you what the name of it is.

HAIR OFF Instant Eyebrow Shapers -- I think I've had these things since before Chris and I got married. So.. 4+ years? I keep them around solely for emergencies.. namely when I've decided that I've just absolutely had it with my brows and need to do something about them right that second. They're great for "in a pinch" fixes, but I generally prefer to leave my brow maintenance to the arch experts at my work. 

MURAD Intensive-C Radiance Peel -- I got this sample as a GWP when I purchased some MURAD cleanser and I really liked it! A little goes a long way, and it smells like oranges. Sometimes it gives you a slight tingling sensation, and it made my skin look more refreshed after using it.

MURAD  Acne & Wrinkle Reducer -- I've had this stuff forever. It's more of a general daily treatment than a spot treatment, and I got slack on using it for a long time. Once I saw that it was about to expire, I went ahead and finished it off. I don't think I'd repurchase simply because I don't have enough acne on a daily basis to warrant using it. You can read my original review of the product here.

MURAD Intensive Resurfacing Peel -- My poor little bottle got stained red from a bar of soap that I had floating around in my shower. Bottle discoloration aside, this stuff is so awesome! I originally received these to review back in 2011, and they've been one of my "special treats" for myself ever since! I definitely don't use them as frequently as you're supposed to, but when I do use them my skin looks absolutely radiant afterwards and feels so soft and smooth! Love these, and think they are well worth the investment.

ELF Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths (2 packs) -- Love these things. I say that every month. They're getting harder and harder to find locally, so I think I'm going to have to break down and order multiple packs online just so I have a supply of them.

AVEENO Smart Essentials Daily Detoxifying Scrub -- I originally got this as a sample in one of my Target Beauty Bags, and it's okay. It smells nice, but it seemed like it never really rinsed off of my face completely, I don't know. I just didn't love it.

SONIA KASHUK Makeup Remover -- This stuff has officially reached HG status for me. I will never use another makeup remover as long as I live. Here's my original review of it, which is actually one of my first posts ever! 

REVLON ColorStay Gel Shine Top Coat -- Another HG product, I absolutely love this top coat. 2 coats truly does give me gel-like nails that last several days, which is good enough for me. Between work, housework, and handwashing baby bottles every day, I'm extremely hard on my nails!

BENEFIT BADgal Lash Mascara -- I got this as a free sample from a Birchbox order and I fell in love. It's a fantastic volumizing mascara that also provides good definition to your lashes as well! Since receiving this, I've bought 2 full size tubes and 2 minis. Safe to say I'm obsessed!

MODEL CO Fibre LASHXTEND Mascara -- I got this (full-size!!) mascara from a Birchbox and loved it. The fibers never irritated my eyes, but did make my lashes look amazing. Plus, the tube has a small mirror on the back of it to make touchups quick and easy.

16 products down this month! Not bad! I love being able to throw a big bag of stuff away after finishing my empties posts every month. It's such a small thing, but it feels like such an accomplishment!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

October 2013 Ipsy Bag

Hey everyone! Today is a quick look at my October Ipsy bag! This month's theme was 'The Art of Beauty' and the bag had a cute little saying on it to reflect that.

Sexy Hair Blow Dry Gel. I hadn't tried this before, but I've fallen in love with it! It does wonders for giving my fine, oily hair lift and volume.. without making it sticky or greasy! I will definitely purchase a full-size version of this when my sample runs out!

LA Fresh Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes. At first, I didn't like the smell of these when it was near my face, but the more I used them the more I got used to it. They did remove my makeup well, and they left my face feeling clean and refreshed with no residue. Plus, they didn't make my skin turn into an oil slick by the time I woke up the next morning. I wouldn't actively go out of my way to purchase these (mainly because I have no clue where to buy them) but they weren't bad at all!

Zoya Neve. Described as a "sapphire metallic blue," Neve is a great color for fall and I bet it would look even prettier with a matte top coat over it!

Coastal Scents Medium Shadow Brush BR-C-N02. I haven't tried any of the Coastal Scents brushes before, but I do rather like this one! The bristles are soft and it didn't shed when I washed it before using it. It's good at both packing shadow onto your lid and smudging out your crease. I'd think about purchase more brushes from Coastal Scents the next time I'm in the market for some.

Wet N Wild Fergie CenterStage Collection Photo Op Eyeshadow. Love Wet N Wild shadows, but do NOT love these colors. I know they'd look awesome with my blue eyes since orange and blue are opposites on the color wheel, but I have no problem being honest with myself (and you) and saying that I will never wear these. Like ever. So it's going into the donate pile.

So even though Birchbox was a total bust for me this month, Ipsy still managed to hit it out of the park! This is why I'm glad I keep both subscriptions, because even if (or when) one (read: usually Birchbox) fails me, the other (read: so far always Ipsy) manages to come through and give me some pretty awesome stuff! Even though I won't use the eyeshadow based on the shades I received, I still like the brand so I'm giving Ipsy a perfect score this month! Huzzah! 
RATING: 5 out of 5 STARS

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

October 2013 Birchbox

Hey everyone! Ok seriously.. where did October go? It seems like no sooner did I get my subscription boxes last month than it was already November. That's not okay!

I know I always try to get my box posts up in the actual month, but better late than never amiright?

Here's what I got in Birchbox this month:

Alison Raffaele Reality Base Foundation | $38. I mean.. Well, it would have been nice to actually receive a shade that would match my skintone. I don't know why on earth they would ever think I'm a "Skintone 3" but that's what I was sent. Wearing this would either make me look like an Oompa Loompa or Snooki's skinny, long-lost cousin. Into the donate pile it goes.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser | $21.50. Part of a 2-step process that is supposed to purify and exfoliate your face. The cleanser smells nice, light, and fresh and I always like new face things to try.

Liz Earle Pure Muslin Cloth | 2 cloths, $6. This is the second part of the 2-step process. Honestly, I could care less about the cloth. I'm not going to use it, I think it's silly. I might see if my mom wants it since I can't really donate half of a "kit."

POP Beauty Aqua Lacquer | $14. The shade I received is Flowering Fuschia. It's a sticky, sheer gloss that smells and tastes like peppermint. I've been a fan of other POP lip products, but I can't get behind this one. It literally made all the skin on my lips gunk up and peel off within an hour of putting it on.  And yes, I exfoliated my lips beforehand. Uhhh... No. No. NO.

ChapStick Hydration Lock (Birchbox Find Alert) | No price listed. Every so often, Birchbox does these little random "extras" of regular stuff that they love. I need another lip balm like I need a hole in my head. I could have done without this, although it is better than the Bic pen that I received last time. Not that I minded receiving a pink pen.. but a pen? Really?

Ok, so is it wrong of me to rename Birchbox "Bustbox" this month? Seriously, I'm not impressed. This box gets one star simply because I might like the face cleanser once I get around to trying it after I'm finished reviewing some other face products. Hopefully my November box will be better!

RATING: 1.0 out of 5 STARS

Friday, October 11, 2013

REVIEW -- Yes To Grapefruit Exfoliating Body Wash

Hey everyone! There's going to be a whole lot of YES TO.. goodness coming your way over the next week or so! I've been sitting on these products since I received them in March, and I received so many products that it's taken me forever to test them.. and then you know, I up and had a kid 4 months ago.. so.. even though life comes first, I'm still really embarrassed that I'm just now getting around to sharing these goodies with you.

You'll forgive me, right? (Pretty please?!)

Yes To Grapefruit Exfoliating Body Wash is truly a 4-in-1 product. The pumice in it exfoliates, licorice root soothes and evens your skin's tone, and the Vitamin C and citric acid naturally present in grapefruit help facilitate healthy skin renewal! And if you're keeping count and thinking "Mandy, that's only three things.." you're absolutely right! What's the fourth, you ask? It cleanses while doing all that other stuff too, silly! 

The Body Wash is paraben, petroleum, and SLS free; 95% natural; and comes in a 6 oz tube and retails for $9.99. You can purchase it through the Yes To website, and possibly at the other retailers where Yes To products are sold.
I love using this in the shower! Not only does it smell amazing, but it's great at really making your skin feel clean and silky soft and smooth! I've even noticed that I get a smoother shave on my legs after using the Yes To Grapefruit Exfoliating Body Wash, and I think this would be a great product to prep your skin for self-tanning!
Overall, I really like the product, and love that it is 95% natural! It's nice to know that there are products that work well and smell fantastic that aren't loaded up with chemicals I can't even pronounce. This is definitely something I could see myself purchasing in the future, especially if I go through a self-tanning kick! I'm thrilled to give the Yes To Grapefruit Exfoliating Body Wash a perfect score!

RATING: 5 out of 5 STARS

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

September 2013 Ipsy Bag

Hey everyone! This month's Ipsy Glam Bag is based on the theme of "Classic Beauty." The bag is bright blue with a black, lacy design printed on it. This month's bag also included a fun extra: a look at Michelle Phan's new Em cosmetics line. (Michelle is one of the Ipsy Stylists!)

FREEMAN Facial Paper Masks. I got 3: Brightening Rose, Purifying Star Fruit, and Hydrating Blue Agave. I love masks, and ones that I can literally peel and stick are right up my lazy alley! So far I've used the Blue Agave one and really liked it. The serum in it didn't leave my face sticky afterwards or turn me into an oil slick the next morning! Win win! But then again, I have yet to find a product from Freeman that I don't like. Promo offer: Receive 44% off Feeling Beautiful Sweet 16 Sachet set and receive a free gift at with promo code.

EM COSMETICS The Life Palette Career Life Sample. Full size palette includes 36 shades for eyes, cheeks, and lips and creates 4 curated look for endless possibilities. Looks include: Power Suit, Girl in Charge, Out to Lunch, and Natural Talent. Each look has 6 eye shades, 2 lip shades, and 1 cheek shade. The compact comes with a double ended shadow/liner brush, and the equivalent of a nail art dotting tool to pop shades out of the palette, which is really convenient.

The sample that I received was of 3 shadows and the blush from the Natural Talent quad of the palette. The textures were both awesome! Very soft, silky, and smooth. The blush is a gorgeous soft, rosy pink with gold shimmer. The shadows were okay. The lighter shades weren't exceptionally pigmented, but I also didn't swatch them over primer either. The darker shade was more pigmented, but I think it still needs the help of a primer as well. No promo code was offered for purchases of Em Cosmetics.

CAILYN COSMETICS Tinted Lip Balm. There are 18 shades, but all Glam Bag subscribers received the shade Big Apple. The color is a little 'meh' but I think the built in brush is super convenient, and I am a lip product hoarder so I'll keep this around! Promo offer: 30% off any purchase at with code.

STARLOOKS Obsidian Kohl Eye Pencil. Everyone that got this pencil got the same shade (Obsidian), but there are 11 shades in all. The pencil goes on smoothly, but it takes a few swipes to build up pigmentation. I haven't actually worn it out yet, but no matter how long I let the swatch sit on my hand, I could still smudge it out. Since I only use pencil liners in my water line, that's not really a good thing for me. And one very random complaint: the cap on this pencil feels so flimsy.. almost like I could crush it in half? Promo offer: 20% off purchases of $35 or more at with code.

ELIZABETH MOTT It's So Big Volumizing Mascara. By now you should know that mascara is like my crack (along with lip products, and face scrubs), so naturally I was thrilled to get another new pretty to add to my collection, although I haven't exactly tried it yet.. I'm waiting for my Benefit Bad Gal mini to run out before I start using this one. It looks promising, though! I love the hourglass brush! Promo offer: 50% off any purchase at with code.

NYX Single Eye Shadow. It looks like Ipsy subscribers got a variety of shades with this sample. The one I received is Charcoal, which is a shimmery, silver graphite color. It's pretty, and I absolutely adore the quality of NYX shadows (and products in general), but I need another eye shadow like I need a hole in my head. One of my friends was looking through my Ipsy bag when she came over last weekend, so I sent this home with her. Promo offer: 30% off NYX eye shadow bases and HD eye shadow bases at with code.

I really liked my Ipsy bag this month! Even when I get products that I don't need/won't use, I'm willing to give them a pass as long as they interest me so I'll give this bag 4 out of 5 stars!

RATING 4.0 out of 5 STARS

Friday, September 6, 2013

August Empties!

Hey everyone! I was inspired by my good friend Harri from TrailerHood Chic to start doing a "monthly empties" series.

It seems like I always have a billion products and I never use up ANYTHING. My hubby goes through deodorant, shower gel, and shampoo like no one's business.. and I never seem to throw any bottles away! Sure, I purchase toiletries just about as often as he does, but I have found that I tend to rotate through items and then shove them in our bathroom cabinet versus actually using them up. Keeping up with this series should help me eliminate that bad habit!

Since I decided to do this halfway through the month of August, there were a couple of things that I had already thrown out that didn't make it to this picture. Specifically a PUR Minerals bronzer, and a huge bottle of bubble bath. RIP, beauty goodies. You will be missed!

PUR Minerals Impact + Mascara -- I got this as gratis from my work and it took me forever to start using it, but it's actually really good mascara! It's great for lengthening and defining lashes. I might repurchase it at some point.

ELF Liquid Liner in Black -- This is by far one of my favorite liquid liners.. and it's only $1! You can read my full review of it here.

Sonia Kashuk Makeup Remover -- Ok, this is one thing that I do religiously use up. It's the only eye makeup remover that I use and it's amazing. Here's my original review of it.

Garnier Olia 6.35 -- I actually used 2 boxes of this, but only bothered to save 1. In July I dyed my hair with Garnier Olia 6.3 to try to cover up the blonde highlights in my hair. It didn't take at all, but matched my salon color perfectly. Tried to re-dye in August, but couldn't find shade 6.3 anywhere, so I went with 6.35 instead, thinking that there wouldn't be much of a difference. Wrong. SO wrong. 6.35 turned out way more red than I wanted, and it still didn't cover the blonde at all.. But the dye was extremely gentle on my hair. In the end, I wouldn't repurchase it.

Pond's Exfoliating Renewal Wet Cleansing Towelettes -- I couldn't find my new favorite ELF makeup remover wipes, so I went with these instead. You can read my original review of these wipes here. They're okay.. but seriously just okay.

And there we have it! A few things out of my burgeoning stash, so I'll call this month a success! Let's see if I can get even more products used up during this month. Fingers crossed!

Have you ever used any of these products? If so, what do you think of them? Let me know in the comments!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

August 2013 Ipsy Bag

Hey everyone! Today I'm sharing this month's Ipsy bag with you. Since it's back to school time, this month's bag was "Glamour Academy" themed. The bag is purple and has a repeating pattern of a makeup themed coat of arms with the Ipsy logo and "Glamour Academy" on it.

NOYA Lip Balm. It's vanilla scented, all-natural, and kosher. Cool, but I have about 938 lip balms already. I REALLY wanted the Urban Decay lipstick sample, so receiving this instead bummed me out. Promo offer: 20% off at with code.

MICA BEAUTY Eye Shadow. The shade I received is "bronze." I'm not a fan of loose shadow, so this one will probably go in the donate pile. Promo offer: 25% off at with code.

PIXI BEAUTY Lash Booster Mascara. Black mascara. I love hoarding mascaras (seriously, it's like my 2nd job), so I'm pretty excited about this one.. but I haven't used it yet to see what I think about it. I like the  brush, though. The bristles are very stiff! Promo offer: 20% off at with code.

CHELLA Eye Brow Pencil. The color I received is "Dazzling Dark Brown" which is actually the appropriate color. Way to go, Ipsy! I generally prefer powder over pencils because I already have decently thick eyebrows on my own and pencils tend to make them overpower the rest of my face. Occasionally I use a NYX brow pencil, so I'll give this one a try as well.  Promo offer: 20% off at with code.

MICHAEL TODD TRUE ORGANICS Jojoba Charcoal Exfoliating Facial Scrub. So along with mascaras, I also enjoy hoarding face scrubs and I've been wanting to try one with charcoal. I'm super excited to use this! I can't quite place the smell of it, but it's not unpleasant. This is a good size sample, too: 1 fl oz. Promo offer: 30% off at with code.

Overall, not a bad bag. I am really bummed that I didn't get the Urban Decay lipstick, though. Or the Smashbox PhotoFinish Primer sample. I love me some Smashbox primer, and it would have been nice not to have to go out and buy another mini. Oh well.

I'm giving this bag 4 out of 5 stars. Obviously, the UD would have made it a 5 star bag. And I promise I'll stop whining about the lipstick now, haha.

RATING: 4.0 out of 5 STARS

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

July 2013 Ipsy Bag

Hey everyone! Look at me, posting 2 days in a row! I feel like super woman! Last night I spent a lot of time doing some minor blog overhauling, and it feels so good to finally have things updated like I want them. :)

Today I have my first "Ipsy bag unveiling" post for you. I tried to make this work with my Birchboxes (which the hubby and I still subscribe to, by the way!), but it was like "fetch" in Mean Girls.. It was just not going to happen. Maybe I'll try to resurrect it next month.. Unfortunately this month's Birchbox has already been unboxed and the contents have been scattered between my bathroom and donate pile.. there's no hope of reconciling them now.

Anyways, back to Ipsy! Ipsy very similar to Birchbox: every month you get 5 sample beauty products in the mail for $10 with free shipping. Instead of your products coming in a box, every month they come packaged in a different reusable makeup bag. Ipsy focuses more on makeup samples than skincare samples, which I appreciate. And unlike Birchbox where you can earn site credit to buy full size products, Ipsy offers discount promo codes on the purchasing that month's products through online retailers.

So what did I get? Let's find take a look!

First up, this month's bag is a see-through hot pink plastic pencil case. It's not horrible, but not one of my favorites from them. I can see myself using it with my work purse, since we have to have everything in clear/see-through bags. It's definitely bright and fun, though.. perfect for summer!

BIG SEXY Weather Proof. This is a humidity resistant hair spray that I've used before, and it's too hard of a hold for my liking. Into the "donate" pile it goes! Promo offer: $5 off $25+ on Sexy Hair products at with code.

BH COSMETICS California Collection Eye Shadow Sample. Decent colors, but nothing unique or amazing. I have about 10 dupes of each shade between my other various makeup palettes. Will probably end up getting donated. Promo offer: 10% off the California Collection at with code.

POP BEAUTY Pouty Pop Crayon. I've swatched this at my work and enjoyed the color and texture. I can't wait to try it out on myself! The color I received is called Coral Crush. Definitely a keeper. Promo offer: 20% off at with code.

COOLA Mineral Face SPF 20 Unscented Facial Moisturizer. I get that it's the summer bag and they had to include some type of sunscreen, but I have more than enough skin care/sun care products to last me for a very long time. To the donate pile it goes! Promo offer: 30% off at with code.

DEMETER Salt Air Roll On Perfume. Love perfume samples! I can NEVER have too many.. unless they stink. Thankfully, this one does not. Not quite sure I detect the "salt" note, but it's a light and pleasant aqua scent nonetheless. Promo offer: 20% off at with code.

Even though I'll probably donate more than I'll keep out of this bag, I'm still pleased with it! The products and bag were fun and appropriately summer-themed!

Do you subscribe to Ipsy? If so, what did you get in your bag? If not, and you would like to join.. you can do so by using my referral link. In the interest of full disclosure, if 2 people sign up through me, I get to have my choice of a full size Urban Decay Moondust shadow, BaubleBar O-Ring Stud Wrap bracelet, or Nicole by OPI 'Pretty in Plum' polish added to one of my future Ipsy bags for free. Not the best incentive, I think I'd rather have the option to receive future bags for free or something else.. but hey, a freebie is a freebie, right?

Let's hope I can actually keep this going next month!
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Saturday, May 4, 2013

REVIEW -- Olay Fresh Effects Shine Minimizer Cleanser and Satin Finish Lotion

Hey everyone! Today I have a review of Olay's new Fresh Effects products to share with you! I'll be focusing on the Shine Minimizing Cleanser and the Satin Finish Lotion!

Honestly, I'd never really paid much attention to Olay until they picked up Carrie Underwood as their spokeswoman a couple years back. I guess I'd just always assumed the brand was geared more towards my mom's generation..? But Carrie Underwood is about my age, and I adore her! Yes, I have no shame in falling for a great marketing campaign, haha. :)

As you know, I struggle with oily skin so these products are right up my alley and I was very excited to give them a try. Plus, I love the concept of getting everything (my skin included) "fresh" for Spring! Brightly colored clothes, bright flowers, and radiant skin! What could be better?!

Read on to find out how these products fared for me!

The Olay Fresh Effects skin care line is built to fit seamlessly into your everyday routine, because.. let's face it: We're all busy these days! Why waste your precious time worrying about your skin?! The products work together to deep clean, hydrate, and refresh your skin so that you can always look your absolute best, even if you're just out running errands or spending an afternoon in the gym.


The {SHINE, SHINE GO AWAY!} Shine Minimizing Cleanser is one product that does serious double duty! It deep cleans your pores like a mask, but lathers and rinses clean just like a daily cleanser. The result? No waiting around for a mask to dry, and your skin gets an amazing deep clean! This cleanser is kaolin clay based to really get deep into your pores and remove 2X the dirt, oil, and make-up that a regular cleanser does! Plus, another benefit of the kaolin clay is that it also helps control oil.

This cleanser retails around $7 and is available at most drugstores and supermarkets, as well as online.


The {LONG LIVE MOISTURE!} Satin Finish Lotion is pretty much the best of both worlds as well. It's got all the benefits of a lotion, but with the lightweight feel of a gel! This gives you a quick and refreshing way to get the 24-hour moisture that your skin needs without slathering it with thick and heavy lotions or creams. It's also oil-free and non-comedogenic, so it won't block your freshly deep-cleaned pores!

This moisturizer retails for around $13 and is also available at most drugstores and supermarkets, as well as online.
Let's be real: I'm an extremely busy girl in my mid (late?!) 20's. I'm not quite in that "acne-prone" skin phase anymore, even though I do have occasional breakouts.. and while I do use some anti-aging products, that's not really my main concern either.

All I want is a good skin care regimen that's quick and easy to use and will give me great results. I think the Olay Fresh Effects line does a great job of fulfilling that need. 

The cleanser really gets in and deep cleans my skin. You can even see it removing makeup in the lather that it creates! I mean, how awesome is that?! I love that it contains kaolin clay because lately I've just been too lazy to keep up with doing a full facial routine (masks, etc) like I should. I love knowing that this cleanser is essentially combining both of those steps into one.

And, as an "oily" girl, it took me years to finally come to the realization that I still need to apply a moisturizer to my skin. Even though I know this now, I get hesitant (or lazy) when it comes time to actually do this step every day. Plus, so many moisturizers manage to turn my face into an oil slick by mid-day anyways.. and that's not cute. Especially when you sell makeup and skincare for a living. If we're busy, I might not have time to stop and blot my face at work.. and then I'm sitting there swearing by a product that's supposed to control oil while my face is so shiny it reflects light like a disco ball. Blech.

The satin finish lotion does a great job of keeping my skin hydrated (important for anti-aging!) and shine free, but without being so drastically matte like a mattifying moisturizer does. Like my skin but better, I guess? It's completely light-weight, non-greasy, and absorbs so quickly. One pump is enough for my entire face and neck, and once I rub it in.. it's done. I don't have to worry about being shiny later, I don't have to feel guilty for not moisturizing.. it's awesome!
Overall, I've REALLY enjoyed using both of the Olay Fresh Effects products so far, and I feel like my skin has improved as well! Since the cleanser has been deep-cleaning my pores, I've noticed less overall breakouts, and the moisturizer has made my skin feel much softer and appear more hydrated than when I was "forgetting" (or neglecting) to use one. 

The products smell great, and I think they are a fantastic overhaul of my skincare routine. They're quick and practically effortless to use and keep up with. Both of them will definitely be making it into my hospital bag for baby Carey's delivery in a few weeks! I'm sure that I probably won't feel like doing much in the way of my beauty routine after giving birth, but I know I can manage keeping up with these two super easy steps! 

These are definitely two products that I can see myself purchasing in the future, and I love that they are both affordable and widely available. I'm thrilled to give them both a perfect rating of 5 stars!

RATING: 5 out of 5 STARS

If you would like to learn more about these products, or any other products in the Olay Fresh Effects line, please visit their website!
**DISCLOSURE: Compensation was provided by Olay via AOL Media.
The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Olay.**