Vanity Planet Spin Brush Unboxing 

Hello all!

It’s been a while, but I’m back here with a new product!

There are two things that, aside from mental well being and maintaining a personal ongoing state of zen, I treat with the utmost care: my skin and my nutrition. As you can tell from the title, this is not a nutrition post (since you won’t consume a spin brush), so I’m coming at you with a product that I think would make a great addition to anyone’s skin care routine.

We all witnessed the surge of the spin brush in the skin care world starting back in the 2000’s when the Clarisonic/Clarisonic Mia hit the market. Since then, they have gone on to produce a plethora of other products, and additions to their family. While these brushes bolster great reviews, there is one thing that may turn most away – the price tags.

This is where other products stepped in like the Revlon Face Brush, and more. For some reason, none of these dupes ever gained as much traction as the Clarisonic whether it was due to longevity, power, or versatility. The ones that rose past these roadblocks tended to (and still tend to) err on the more expensive side.

But, out of the ashes of failed affordable spin brush searches, there came the Vanity Planet Spin Brush for Perfect Skin. Now, you may be thinking “it’s just another one of those crappy products being pushed on us by YouTube” (because I sure did). I decided to go for it anyway since it was on sale for $30 as opposed to its regular $100, so there wasn’t too much to lose.

Ordered Sunday April 17th, delivered and received on Monday April 25th (I’m used to 2-day shipping – Amazon Prime has spoiled me – so this was long to me). But not actually. Less than 10 days!

It was originally $100, but with a discount (they still have a Spring sale going on so you can get it for $30), I was able to snag it for $30, bringing the grand total to $34.37 after tax or shipping.


Comes in a cute little box that has the spin brush body, a larger brush for the body, one cleansing brush for the face, and one exfoliating the face, and a pumice stone. It also comes with two sheets of paper, one with a coupon code, and one with a description of each of the components of the package. The device doesn’t come with batteries, but it just uses 4 standard AA batteries, so it isn’t hard to get it going.


Used: cleansing and exfoliating brush  (pictured on the bottom of the package – the exfoliating brush has the darker base).  I had to use my hands to get first bit of makeup off (I wash face with raw African black soap), since I felt it would be more annoying and ineffective to keep swirling dirty makeup soap around on my face, rinsing, and continuing that. So after getting the initial layer off, I followed with the cleansing brush to get any residual bits off, which is what I am most concerned about. Following this, I decided to use the exfoliating brush since I hadn’t exfoliated my skin in a couple weeks (yikes).

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I am not sure how well you can see, but I believe I overdid it in my cheek area (and after this, the top of my mouth). The bristles of both the cleansing and exfoliating brushes are very soft, but I tend to be heavy handed with many objects, and pressed the brush into my skin which probably made things more abrasive than needed. I would like to remind those of you using these brushes to remember NOT to press the brushes into your skin, the circular motions of the brush are enough to take everything off, even if it doesn’t seem like it.

I must say, I really like the results I get after washing my face with this, as my skin is literally squeaky clean. All traces of my makeup are gone, and my skin is ready for moisturizing afterward. I would recommend this to lazy face washers out there, because it is easy to just use while you’re taking a shower (since it’s waterproof).

Final verdict: 8.5/10, lost points just because if you’re not careful you can break your skin if you press too hard. Other than that, no complaints.

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Until next time,

Court

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How to Prepare Your Skin for Summer by Gabriella Diesendorf

Hey there everyone! Doing things a little differently here today 🙂 Today, I have a lovely guest post written by Gabriella Diesendorf.  She is a full time working mom, and fellow beauty and fashion lover. She does freelance writing for several beauty blogs, and was kind enough to reach out to me. She is a talented blogger, and is able to touch on so many different topics. I hope you all thoroughly enjoy this post! I know I did 🙂 


So, your summer clothes are ready, holiday has been paid for, your suitcase is just waiting to be picked up, but what about your skin? More than any other aspect, you need to take care of it in order to have a healthy glow in the summer. Your skin reflects everything you eat or drink and if you exercise it can be easily spotted too, so be sure to provide maximum skin care while anticipating the summer of 2016.

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Water water everywhere

First of all, you need to stay hydrated not only during the summer, but the entire year ahead. Not only does your body need the water to survive, it needs it to get a glowing skin. This heavenly potion detoxifies your body and leaves skin free of all imperfections that may have incurred due to lack of hydration. You should have an extra glass of water every day, and carry a bottle of it everywhere you go.

Dieting

All unhealthy choices that you made have left a trace on your skin. Yes, cellulite, we are talking about you. However, in order to attack your worst enemy and to get rid off poor dieting habits, try to consume more fruit and vegetables. Leafy green salad is an excellent choice for obtaining high levels of vitamins. Also, eat fruit and vegetables with a large proportion of water in them, like cucumber and watermelon. In no time you will get a tight healthy skin.

Hair removal

Instead of shaving your legs, go for waxing. Hair will grow slower and thinner, you already know it. But, in addition to that, waxing is great because it exfoliates your skin. Dead skin is easily removed, and you instantly get smooth skin. However, bear in mind not to do it the very day you are about to go sunbathing or swimming in the sun, as you might get itchy red patches of your skin that has recently been treated. Do this on a regular basis a couple of months ahead of summer.

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Sunglasses and sunscreen, please

You know how delicate the skin around your eyes is and you invest a lot in creams protecting it. But, is there anything more you can do? Of course, there is a stylish solution that you will really enjoy. Pick up your favourite sunglasses and protect those pretty eyes to avoid getting wrinkles. Aviators are a must this summer season.

Moreover, go for sunscreen. Protect the only skin you have by often applying SPF 15 or higher every day and you will not worry about UVB and UVA rays.

Acne – no more

You have done it all, but still nothing helps the awful acne you hate from the bottom of your heart. Even though you drink a large amount of water every day, workout and eat healthy, still those horrible marks on your face seem unwilling to leave. Make those unwanted tenants disappear completely by choosing a treatment that removes acne permanently, and make this spring the last one you had to think about them. Consider getting an acne treatment in Sydney, the one that is famous for its miraculous effects.

Exercise

In order to get a tight skin you need to grab some weights and exercise. You will not get better-looking arms and legs by hoping to be struck by a miracle. A couple of months before the summer you need to exercise every day for twenty minutes and you are ready to go. If you have a 20 minute cardio exercise and walk at least half an hour every day, you will get a killer of legs.

In order to get a healthy and glowing skin before the summer of 2016, you need to consider drinking more water and changing your diet into a healthier one, exercising, exfoliating your skin and protecting it from the sun, but if you have a skin condition you need to have it treated before exposing to the summer heat.

Lancôme Energie de Vie Water-Infused Cream First Impression

  

 

I haven’t had a face cream for a couple weeks, and really needed one. I was using the Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial ($48 at Sephora or on Sephora.com). I really liked that one, and think that over the course of its usage, it did really help to brighten up my skin and fade dark spots. 

So why then do I have this new one, that is more expensive? The truth: I didn’t purchase this one because I didn’t like the Korres one. I actually really liked that one, and I think it helped out my skin tremendously.

What happened was…I couldn’t find the Korres display at the Sephora I was at, and I didn’t want to ask the people on the floor where it was. This is especially since the last time I went there I couldn’t find it either…so I was also frustrated and didn’t want to annoy myself again. No harm no foul though, because…

 

First Impression

  • Nice jar packaging, nice looking
  • Fragranced, but very slightly. In comparison to the Korres Wild Rose Night Cream, this fragrance is extremely light. That one was heavily fragranced. Smelled like elderly floral perfume. 
  • Very light, and spreads easily across the face – a little goes a long way
  • Absorbs into the skin very quickly. This point is usually a problem for me with other moisturizers. I have (or had?) oily skin, so I hate when moisturizers take a long time to absorb into the face, especially before I put my makeup on. 
  • $55 – bigger price tag than I’m used to. The cream I was using previously, the Korres Wild Rose cost $48 I believe, and lasted me maybe 3-3.5 months. I’ll have to see how long I can stretch this one out for

Waking up in the morning:

  • Face didn’t have that weird film of oil and sebum or whatever it is. So, I guess that means that this is really light does in fact absorb well into the skin. See below…my face, bare naked and exposed
  • Doesn’t feel oily under my makeup

  
What moisturizers work best for your skin? Any long time favourites? Ones you’d never buy again?

-Court

Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector Review

 
The Becva Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector…say that three times fast.

Anyway, this is the only product I’ve kept around that I’ve finished recently. This is pretty interesting to me considering I basically use the same products every day, but that’s a different story. 

Sans the price tag, this primer has done great things for me and my makeup, and I don’t think there’s any turning back now. Let me try to break down the claims and such and address each point as it relates to me. Soooooo:

  
This is true. This primer will suck up every bit of moisture from your face, so careful in your use. When I first got this, I erred more on the liberal side when applying, but quickly found this was a horrible idea. Like I said, it really mattifies and gives you a matte blank canvas. It also leaves a white cast on the face once it dries. But, the effects of the primer do last for a very long time. I usually have my makeup on from around 10-11 AM – 12-1 AM the next day to give some reference.

  

Again, this primer really does target oil. A little too well haha. It’s not invincible, as I will start getting oily on my cheeks and sides of my nose after some time. Like I said in the previous section, it doesn’t break down or anything, but oil does peak through. I personally wouldn’t use this alone just because no matter what amount I use, it leaves a white cast. Then I moisturizer under it anyhow, so to out more over it would be repetitive…I could be wrong. I use it before makeup, and that has worked. I’ll have to try applying it over my foundation and maybe one day throughout the day if needed. I probably wouldn’t use it for the latter very often due to the price tag ($36).

  
The ingredients: I’m not stating these things to say that they’re lying or anything, merely that I can feel/smell that they’re true? If that makes sense. Anyway, it doesn’t feel like a silicone primer (having that slippery kind of consistency), I don’t have any sheen after (of course since its a matte primer), it doesn’t dry the skin in the way that products with alcohol do, nor is there any smell of any in the product, and there is no fragrance at all. I haven’t worn this in very hot weather yet, so I can’t speak to the humidity-proof/sweat-proof claims as yet. 

With all of that being said, I think that this is going to be a staple purchase for me. It’s done nothing but good for my makeup routine (when used properly), and I haven’t found a cheaper alternative. 

Hopefully this was of some help!

-Court

Scents You’re Here: Paddywax Library Mark Twain Candle Review


See what I did there?

There are those who collect, and those who burn. I burn….candles that is.

I think, well I know I get the love of burning candles from my dad. He is not one to let candles sit around for decor. If it has a scent, it’s getting burnt. I am the same way! I love candles. They’re extremely relaxing, and there is nothing better than walking into a room that has been enveloped in the scent of a candle for hours. When you walk in and the subtle warmth the flame gives off, and the power of the scent hit you, it is an amazing feeling.

Candles add a certain element of coziness to any space. I may or may not burn them in my dorm to help hypothetically wind down when I’m stressed (since burning candles is not allowed), or when I want (in theory) for my room to smell nice.

For the past few months, one of my favourite scents has been the Paddywax Library Collection: Mark Twain candle. I got mine from the Blackbird Attic thrift store in Beacon, but you can purchase them here on the Paddywax website. They retail for $21 for the 6.5 oz size, and I usually don’t splurge on things like this (since I’m broke and in college), but it’s completely worth it in my opinion. They are made with soy wax which I think burns cleaner, and has a cotton wick.


The Mark Twain candle is the scent Tobacco flower and Vanilla. I have a bias toward anything vanilla scented, so I naturally gravitated toward this one. The other ones in the collection are: Edgar Allan Poe (Cardamom, Absinthe, and Sandalwood), Oscar Wilde (Cedarwood, Thyme, and Basil), Leo Tolstoy (Black Plum, Persimmon, and Oakmoss), Jane Austen (Gardenia, Tuberose, and Jasmine), Charles Dickens (Tangerine, Juniper, and Clove), Ralph Waldo Emerson (Cedar and Wild Fern), and John Steinbeck (Smoked Birch and Amber).

I purchased the tin of the Mark Twain candle first to see if I liked it, but I let it burn all day 🙄  So, I had to purchase the bigger one.

All in all, I highly recommend this line of candle, and this scent in particular.

What are some of your favourite candles?

-Court

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Get Tested

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I won’t sit here and preach about abstinence or protected sex, because I’m 20, and I know it doesn’t happen 100% of the time if we’re gonna be real with each other (not saying it shouldn’t, or that you should just say f*ck it to condoms, but I’m just acknowledging that it doesn’t always happen for whatever reasons it may).

With that being said, it’s important for you to keep up on your sexual well-being, and to always know what’s up when it comes to your status. Most STD’s are asymptomatic, so you may be walking around with one for weeks (or longer) and not even know.

I know there are obstacles, both practical and personal that may stop you from taking the plunge, but I’m here to talk about them, and possible solutions:

Fear: The thought of having something, whether it is due to stigma, or because it is something that is incurable is horrifying. Sometimes, people avoid getting tested for fear of finding out they they are positive for something. Even though it is scary, knowing is better than not knowing, because once you know, there is a clear course of action that cn be taken.

Insurance: I have been in postions where I didn’t have insurance to cover the cost of testing, but there are ways around that as well! Free clinics! Walk in clinics, Planned Parenthood! These places will work with you to try to have something done (especially Planned Parenthood, where they can work with you to at least try to get you your own insurance). There are places that do this because of its importance for free, you just need to look. Some organizations only run tests for one type of infection, others may do a full battery test, it all depends.

Naïveté: “I don’t feel anything so I’m fine.” NAH BOY!! Like I said above, most STDs don’t show symptoms, so it’s more important in that case, especially if you’ve had unprotected sex, to check yourself. Your partner may not know he or she has anything and may inadvertently pass it onto you, and you may pass one onto other partners.

Pride/Shame: I know it might feel embarrassing walking in somewhere and asking to get tested, but at least after the fact you have receipts on hand and can say you’re clean. That’s what’s most important.

Here are a few facts just in case all of that isn’t clear (all courtesy of the CDC via fact sheets):

Chlamydia (via CDC.gov)

  • Chlamydia is the most frequently reported bacterial sexually transmitted infection in the United States
    • A large number of cases are not reported because most people with chlamydia are asymptomatic and do not seek testing
    • Almost two-thirds of new chlamydia infections occur among youth aged 15-24 years
  • Chlamydia is transmitted through sexual contact with the penis, vagina, mouth, or anus of an infected partner. Ejaculation does not have to occur for chlamydia to be transmitted or acquired
    • Known as a ‘silent’ infection because most infected people are asymptomatic and lack abnormal physical examination findings
  • In women, the bacteria initially infect the cervix, where the infection may cause signs and symptoms of cervicitis, and sometimes the urethra, which may result in signs and symptoms of urethritis.
  • Men who are symptomatic typically have urethritis, with a mucoid or watery urethral discharge and dysuria
  • The initial damage that chlamydia causes often goes unnoticed. However, chlamydial infections can lead to serious health problems with both short- and long-term consequence:
    • In women, untreated chlamydia can spread into the uterus or fallopian tubes and cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Both acute and subclinical PID can cause permanent damage to the fallopian tubes, uterus, and surrounding tissues. The damage can lead to chronic pelvic pain, tubal factor infertility, and potentially fatal ectopic pregnancy.

Genital Herpes (via CDC.gov)

  • Genital herpes infection is common in the United States. CDC estimates that, annually, 776,000 people in the United States get new herpes infections – Nationwide, 15.5 % of persons aged 14 to 49 years have HSV-2 infection
  • HSV-2 infection is more common among women than among men (20.3% versus 10.6% in 14 to 49 year olds)
    • Infection is more easily transmitted from men to women than from women to men
  • Infections are transmitted through contact with lesions, mucosal surfaces, genital secretions, or oral secretions. HSV-1 and HSV-2 can also be shed from skin that looks normal
    • Transmission most commonly occurs from an infected partner who does not have visible sores and who may not know that he or she is infected.
  • Most individuals infected with HSV-1 or HSV-2 are asymptomatic or have very mild symptoms that go unnoticed or are mistaken for another skin condition. As a result, 87.4% of infected individuals remain unaware of their infection
    • When symptoms do occur, they typically appear as one or more vesicles on or around the genitals, rectum or mouth.
    • The average incubation period after exposure is 4 days (range, 2 to 12).
    • The vesicles break and leave painful ulcers that may take two to four weeks to heal.
  • Genital herpes may cause painful genital ulcers that can be severe and persistent in persons with suppressed immune systems, such as HIV-infected persons
  • Both HSV-1 and HSV-2 can also cause rare but serious complications such as blindness, encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), and aseptic meningitis (inflammation of the linings of the brain)
  • There is no cure for herpes. Antiviral medications can, however, prevent or shorten outbreaks during the period of time the person takes the medication

Gonorrhea (via CDC.gov)

  • Gonorrhea is transmitted through sexual contact with the penis, vagina, mouth, or anus of an infected partner – ejaculation does not have to occur for gonorrhea to be transmitted or acquired
  • Many men with gonorrhea are asymptomatic
    • When present, signs and symptoms of urethral infection in men include dysuria or a white, yellow, or green urethral discharge that usually appears one to fourteen days after infection
    • In cases where urethral infection is complicated by epididymitis, men with gonorrhea may also complain of testicular or scrotal pain.
  • Most women with gonorrhea are asymptomatic
    • Even when a woman has symptoms, they are often so mild and nonspecific that they are mistaken for a bladder or vaginal infection
    • Initial symptoms and signs in women include dysuria, increased vaginal discharge, or vaginal bleeding between periods
  • In women, gonorrhea can spread into the uterus or fallopian tubes and cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
  • In men, gonorrhea may be complicated by epididymitis. In rare cases, this may lead to infertility
  • If left untreated, gonorrhea can also spread to the blood and cause disseminated gonococcal infection (DGI). DGI is usually characterized by arthritis, tenosynovitis, and/or dermatitis –> life threatening 

Go get yourself tested! 

-Court