Skin care emerginC!

I received several emerginC products to test out and review! I hadn’t even requested them, and I love surprise skin care samples!

Here are the samples I received:

From left to right: emerginC’s Scientific Organics’ Kombucha Cleanser, Phytocell Cream, Phytocell Detox Mask

These products come from a skin care company called emerginC. The samples they sent me are from their Scientific Organics line. emerginC is a company that develops skin care products that are paraben-free, free of artificial colours and fragrances, free of animal testing and also animal ingredients. In other words – this company is right up my alley!

Unfortunately, I am not really able to give a full-fledged review on these products, since I was only given small samples. But I will give you a detailed explanation of what I think, and whether the products are something I would purchase or not.

So let’s get started with review, beginning with the Kombucha cleanser!

Kombucha Cleanser

This product is geared towards all skin types. On emerginC’s website, the product is said to be a “gentle, effective, deep cleanser…that helps remove environmental pollutants, excess oil and makeup without drying the skin”.

Here is a link to the full list of ingredients in the product, and here is the active ingredients in the product that are listed on their website:

Kombucha, grape stem cells, algae extract, glycerin, brightening complex with xylose and galactose from palmaria palmata, spirulina, green tea, white tea, aloe vera, maritime pine bark extract.

While I did not notice much of a lather with this cleanser, I loved the feel of it on my skin, and the light citrus scent (which I am sure is the grapefruit peel oil in the product). The scent just refreshes and wakes you up in the morning! It washes off easily, and after I pat my face dry, my skin retains an impressive level of moisture. It hasn’t caused any skin irritation or breakouts, and my skin is so soft after using it! I use it in the morning, so I was unable to try it with makeup removal. If I do (I’ve still got some left!), I will definitely report!

This cleanser runs at $34 (USD I believe?), which is mid-range to expensive cleanser, in my opinion. There really isn’t anything I dislike about this product. Whether a product lathers or not is not a determining factor in my purchasing it.  There are other products I could recommend that are cheaper, but healthy skin is definitely an investment. If you are willing to invest in your skin, then this would be a cleanser that I would recommend. Not to mention all the delicious and good-for-you ingredients they put in it!

Phytocell Cream

While I liked the Kombucha cleanser, I LOVE this cream. It is thick, very moisturizing, does not leave your skin with that dry-ish feeling after applying, and I have had no adverse reaction to it.

This cream has an age-fighting property to it, and contains “concentrated grape stem cells designed to help revitalize, protect, brighten and renew skin”. It is also designed for all skin types. For myself, who has dry and dehydrated skin, I require a moisturizer that is heavy enough to prevent dryness, but not so heavy that my skin feels like an oil slick in the morning.

They claim this cream “fights free-radical damage, hydrates, protects, and improves tone and texture”. While I can’t really comment on long-term benefits, it definitely does hydrate well, and my skin feels so soft after using it! I’ve had less redness around my nose, and less flaky skin around the same area too. I don’t know if that is a result of using this, but I’m sure it can’t hurt!

Here is a link to the full list of ingredients, and the active ingredients as listed on their website are:

Kombucha, grape stem cells, algae extract, glycerin, brightening complex with xylose and galactose from palmaria palmata, green tea, white tea, hydrating complex with glucose and xylitol, food grade seaweed.

This product will cost you $85 as listed on their website. For a moisturizer, this is quite expensive, and I would never be able to afford this (at least at this point in my life). If I had the money, however, I would totally buy it.

And I forgot to mention: it smells amazing. It has the same light citrus scent that the cleanser has. So refreshing and clean. LOVE IT!

Phytocell Detox Mask

Another product that is good for all skin types, this mask is described as a “French-green-clay-based ‘Detox’ mask designed to draw out impurities, nourish, soothe, brighten, fight free-radical damage and improve tone and texture”.

I love a good face mask, and I tried this one today for the first time. I like to do my masks from 1-2 times a week, depending on the mask and what it is designed to do. Doing these treatments on a regular basis can give your skin that extra glow you’ve been looking for.

It is recommended by emerginC to use this mask 1-3 times a week, and expect a result of “bright, healthy and detoxified with a radiant glow”.

I applied a thin layer to my face (after cleansing and steaming my face), and left it on for 15 minutes. Washing the mask off, I felt like my skin had become SO soft. It felt so good afterwards, and I can’t wait to do it again.

Here is the link to the complete list of ingredients in the mask, and here are the active ingredients:

French green clay, kombucha, grape stem cells, algae extract, glycerin, brightening complex with xylose and galactose from palmaria palmata, food grade seaweed.

It’s got the same smell as the previous two products, which I absolutely love.

At $50, it is expensive, but a mask is not something you use every day. With the mask and the cream, you only have to use a very small amount, so it will last you quite awhile – the mask even moreso!

All three of these products have been a delight to test out!

Their website has a “what’s best for MY skin?” section, where you can look up which emerginC products are best for your skin type. The primary active ingredient in their Scientific Organics line is kombucha. Kombucha is a fermented tea that is used to enhance immune system function, increase energy levels, and general well-being.

With regards to the skin, kombucha can help eliminate psoriasis, acne, dry skin, and other skin conditions because of its probiotic nature (similar to yoghurt).

Here is a site that conducted a survey, showing the results of over 600 people’s experiences consuming or using kombucha, and the positive effects it had on their health.

Your skin will drink it up!

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Makeup brushes for $1?! Are you kidding me!?

I was sipping some ginseng green tea with honey out of a new massive mug a friend got for me for my birthday (it came as the base to an edible fruit arrangement), and I thought it was time to get my ass in gear and write about some freakin’ makeup brushes! (Here’s a secret: I was also thinking about how badly these eyebrows need some work) This is what I pulled out of my brain:

So you’re looking for some makeup brushes, and you don’t want to spend $25+ per brush. But at the same time, you’d like brushes with a certain level of quality to them. I am no brush connoisseur, but I do know where you can get brushes at a better-than-you’d-think level of quality for an extremely low price. The great thing about this company’s brushes is, if you feel like upgrading, you can go from their Essential line, to their Studio line, for only an extra $2!

I bet you’re curious as to who this company is, if you don’t know who I’m talking about already. I first heard of them on YouTube amongst the beauty community; a common aside was the “well, everything cost me only $1 each”, and curiosity got the best of me!

Late last summer, I placed my first order with E.L.F., or Eyes Lips Face, and I ordered a modest bundle of goodies, ranging from their All Over Cover Stick, to several different eyeshadow quads(the ones I got were in Butternut and Drama). I also picked up my first few E.L.F. brushes. These were from their Essential line, where EVERY individual brush costs $1 each. If you are new to makeup, these are definitely great to get started with.

In the photo below, here we have four of the brushes from E.L.F.’s Essential Line. From left to right: their Brow Comb & Brush, Foundation Brush, Concealer Brush (which I obviously have not been using for concealer), and their Eye Shadow Brush.

Some of E.L.F.’s Essential line Brushes

I have found the brow comb pretty handy when shaping my insanely out of control eyebrows (I must have some Greek heritage in me), and the eye shadow brush works pretty damn decent considering the price. The bristles on these brushes are soft and feel quite nice on the face. I tried the foundation brush for foundation application, and I wasn’t a fan. It is very soft, but I prefer to apply foundation with my hands, or a stippling-type brush. Personal preference, that’s all! As for the concealer brush, I found it pretty useful when it came to smudging pencil eyeliner or shadow around my lids. I usually use my fingers to apply concealer, so I have never used this brush for the purpose it was designed for.

Now we must proceed onto my second E.L.F. order that I placed, which includes the Studio line of brushes.

After one successful order, I thought it would be fun to try some products from other E.L.F. lines. I ordered five different brushes from their Studio line, after I have heard mostly positive reviews, and I wanted to try them out for myself!

Several brushes from E.L.F’s Studio line!

Here they are on the right! In order from left to right, we’ve got their Kabuki Face Brush (soooo soft!), Powder Brush, Complexion Brush, Eyeshadow “C” Brush, and Small Angled Brush.

When I am not using my old stippling brush for foundation, I use the E.L.F. Studio line’s Powder Brush! It is great for spreading foundation into the crevices around your nose, and blends very well. The Complexion brush is great for blush and bronzer application, or even a mineral veil a la Bare Escentuals. The Kabuki, I also love for blush and bronzer, and it is so damn soft! The Studio line’s Eyeshadow “C” Brush is definitely better than the same brush from the Essential line. It really packs on the colour and blends well. The Small Angled Brush is fun to use for eyeliner, or shadow on the lash line. I prefer using my Quo Angled Eye Liner Brush, because it gives me a more precise application. E.L.F. has one as well, so try it and let me know what you think!

I accidentally forgot to include the one brush I did not like from the Studio line in the above photo. The Contour Brush did not work very well for me. I felt the bristles were extremely sparse and poorly put together (it almost came apart one of my first times using it!). Bottom line was, I just didn’t find a good use for it, and it didn’t contour very well.  Alas, it only cost me $3 (actually, they had a sale of 55% off everything at the time, so I paid less than that – go me!).

I have heard some complaints from people, who say that E.L.F.’s brushes aren’t densely packed enough, and their bristles are more sparse than some higher-end brands. I can agree with this when it comes to the Complexion Brush. It definitely isn’t as dense as the Powder Brush, but I use it for blush and bronzer, and don’t want massive amounts of colour on the brush anyways.

If these brushes cost me what most brushes cost, I would definitely be more harsh. But even some of these brushes compare to the higher-end brushes, with similar quality and performance. Not does E.L.F. indicate which of the Studio line’s brushes are vegan friendly (quite a few), but the entire company is PETA certified and Cruelty-Free! BAZINGA!

Apparently, this is my “I’m all out of tea” face…

If you’re new to makeup, or just don’t have a ton of money to fork over, E.L.F.’s makeup brushes can get you ready for your day or your night out. You don’t have to spend a lot to get good quality brushes that will last. I’ve had my Studio brushes for about 6 months, and I use them almost everyday.

E.L.F. currently has a sale (which they frequently do), on their Mineral line, which is 50% off the entire line! Please go check them out, and tell me about your experience!

Well, my tea is all out! Time to go fix these damned eyebrows and wash my hair! Hope you enjoyed this, and happy Sunday!