Tuesday, 18 October 2011

HappyMe Overnight Pimple Eliminator review: A spot treatment that works..?

HappyMe Overnight Pimple Eliminator

On another one of my Duane Reade drifts, I came across this interesting little bottle called HappyMe Overnight Pimple Eliminator. Being a romantic, I picked it up for $8.99 as a "gift" for my husband who regularly gets a good batch of a under-the-skin spots from aeroplanes and general stress.

As well as the cute 15ml bottle, this is the product description that initially sold me:

Works Wonders Overnight!

Safer & More Effective than Benzoyl Peroxide
Works Immediately
Sulfate & Paraben Free
Dye Free
No Animal By-Products or Testing - Cruelty Free

With all natural essential oils of lavender, rosemary and tangerine. Natural sulfur and zinc oxide starts to eliminate pimples on contact!

The formula is a soothing, milky substance which is applied using the wand in the cap. The fragrance is faint and smells of the essential oils if anything. Thankfully, it doesn't smell of rotten eggs, which is the more well-known smell of sulfur/sulphur.

HappyMe Overnight Pimple Eliminator applicator

The substance dries to a white, chalky layer within minutes. This is strictly an overnight treatment - there's no way anyone can leave the house with this stuff dotted all over their face! Once dry, it flakes off quite easily on contact (so no touching).

HappyMe Overnight Pimple Eliminator swatch

This stuff really, really works! After just a few hours after application, even angry, raised spots flatten and diminish to barely noticeable light pink dots. It also doesn't seem to dry out the surrounding skin as much as products containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide (not that I would ever recommend using benzoyl peroxide anyway - it's evil and harsh on the skin).

This is one spot treatment I am happy to give my double thumbs up to. I think it's going to be particularly good for under-the-skin and "greasy" spots rather than simply blocked pores and such, but it's definitely a handy bottle to have lying around.

Hare are the box instructions and full list of ingredients of Happy Me Overnight Pimple Eliminator:

HappyMe Overnight Pimple Eliminator box

In the US, HappyMe Skincare products can be bought from the Happy Me online store or from drugstores like Duane Reade and CVS (see their website for a list of stockists). Unfortunately it doesn't look like HappyMe is available internationally yet... sorry!

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Creating tousled waves with Goody Spin Pin

Tousled waves with Goody Spin Pin

Greetings! When I was on holiday in Mexico last week, I found a whole new use for Goody Spin Pins (see my original review here) - creating tousled waves. I was using the pins during the day to keep my hair up but found that after a day of salt and sunshine, my normally stick straight hair was retaining the curl in the evening after taking the pins out.

The above picture was after I had my hair up in two buns (like in the video in my review). I'm now on the lookout for a good surf spray to recreate the curls without having to be on a beach!

As a side note, I also spotted Goody Spin Pin Mini in the shops (in New York anyway) which is a pack of three shorter pins if you find that the original Goody Spin Pins are too big for your hair type, or if you just want to create styles with smaller buns.

Is anyone else using the Goody Spin Pin to create curls? Any recommendations for a good surf spray?

Hope everyone is enjoying the start of autumn. As one of my friends put it, "love autumn in London, it's like summer but wearing the right clothes..."

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

A little Boots Smooth Skin PLUS giveaway!

Just a quick post to say I am doing a Boots Smooth Skin PLUS giveaway on my Facebook page. Come and join the discussion on beauty chores and the beauty gadgets you wish someone would invent. Two winners will each get a Boots Smooth Skin PLUS unit all for themselves. Come by before 14th October 2011 if you want to enter! www.facebook.com/beautyscribbler

Sunday, 2 October 2011

An eyeliner that stays on my waterline: Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eyeliner review

Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eyeliner

The title says it all really - I have finally found an eyeliner that actually stays on my waterline all day. Well done Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eyeliner!

I've always had a problem wearing eyeliner on my waterline (but not on my eyelids) - even Urban Decay 24/7 and Avon SuperShock gel eyeliners vanish or gloop up in the corners of my eyes within ten minutes. My eyes are not at all watery, so I can only imagine I have oily tears which melt even the most industrial eyeliner formulas. Without any exaggeration, Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eyeliner stays put all day, with no glooping or smudging.

The formula glides on smoothly without dragging. The colour is very, very black with a non-shiny finish.

This eyeliner also doesn't irritate or leave my eyes red like the aforementioned Urban Decay and Avon products (which did whenever I tried to use them on the inner rims of my eyes).

Despite the hardwearing formula, it comes off easily when I want it to. I use a face wipe to remove make-up before cleansing with Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish and that's all that's required to remove every trace.

The eyeliner comes in a twist-up, retractable pencil, so no wasteful sharpening is required. It's not in the picture, but there is a lid as well.

The formula contains "skin-balancing" Amazonian clay - perhaps the reason it lasts so long even on my oily waterline...? Other ingredients noted on the packaging are vitamin E, mineral pigments and a "botanical waterproofing agent". Also nice to know is that Tarte cosmetics are formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate and synthetic fragrance.

The full ingredients of Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eyeliner are:

C11-12, isoparaffin, trimethlysiloxysilicate, polyglyceryl-3 stearate, ozokerite, polyethelene, beheneth-5, phenyl trimethicone, tocopherol, synthetic wax, sorbic acid, BHT, silica, kaolin, carmine (CI 75470), mica. (+/-): Black 2 (CI 77266), ferric ferrocyanide (CI 77510), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), manganese violet (CI 77742), titanium dioxide (CI 77891).

The only bummer is that this particular eyeliner is currently exclusive to QVC in the US (find it here) so you can't just pick it up from Sephora. I paid $18 + shipping. As far as I can see, they don't even sell it on the Tarte website. Tarte has a few other eyeliners that I haven't tried so I'm not sure if they're as good as this one.

[Update July 2012: I just noticed that this eyeliner is now on the Tarte website here!]

I bought the Black version, but this eyeliner also comes in Brown and Plum.

Hope this review helps anyone who has the same problems as me keeping eyeliner on the waterline!
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