T.J. Maxx Find: Mirth Beauty Vitamin C

I love a bargain. I mean, who doesn’t? Particularly when the bargain ends up with good results. T.J. Maxx is always a great place to find unique items at a discounted price. You just need to know what to look for and where to look or you may end up walking out of that place spending much more than you would have liked.

One section of T.J. Maxx that I am obsessed with, besides their “Home Essential” aisle is the “Beauty Aisle”. Here you can find so many facial, skin, and beauty care products at the fraction of the cost. What better way to try out products while not feeling as guilty as usual?

Knowing how Vitamin C is such an important antioxidant for our skin I was drawn to section where the Vitamin C products were sold. Vitamin C can help in brightening your skin, evening out your skin tone, and help fight against sun damage (there are many other skin benefits).

One product that stood out was “Mirth Beauty’s Antioxidant Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum”.

  • Cost $5.99 for 2 fluid ounce or approximately $3.00 per fluid ounce
  • If purchased on the Mirth Beauty website the cost is $18 for 2 fluid ounces or $9.00 per fluid ounce. That is a increase of 67% in price!
  • Pump applicator
  • One pump is enough for the entire face
  • Dries quickly on the face (approximately 5 seconds)
  • Dries clear
  • Leave skin bright and shiny
  • Slight orange smell

Conclusion:

  • On my third bottle currently
  • Skin feels smooth
  • Skin tone has improved
  • Helps speed up the scaring process (in combination of other products that I use)
  • Skin feels hydrated
  • People have commented that my skin looks “youthful”
  • Great purchase and will continue to purchase from T.J. Maxx for as long as they have it.

Read my other beauty/skin reviews below:

  1. Pore Vacuum Cleaner: Lonove
  2. Stila versus Maybelline Eye Liner
  3. Benetint Lip & Cheek Stain
  4. Tree Activ Cystic Acne Spot Treatment
  5. Tea Tree Oil
  6. Neutrogena Sun Screen
  7. Sio Beauty Patches
  8. Acne Pimple Patch

Skin Review: Acne Pimple Patch

You would think acne would end when you’re pass the puberty years, but apparently life loves to play cruel jokes on us. I guess that is why the acne industry is such a big boom because apparently over 90% of the world’s population suffer from this ghastly imperfection plaguing our faces and bodies on a daily basis.

Since acne has been my best friend since I have remembered, I wanted to find solutions for myself and for others. Today I will review one of the latest craze: Pimple Patches, particularly the Sakura Skin Professional brand.

Sakura Skin Professional Brand Acne Pimple Patch with Natural Drug Free Hydrocolloid Formula

  • Cost: $6.75 for 72 Patches; about $00.10 per patch
  • 2 different size Patches; 1 patch 12 millimeters in size (24 patches) and the other patch is 9 millimeters (48 patches) in size in terms to diameter.
  • Patches are slightly thicker than other acne patches that I have used (will review the other patch at a later time).
  • Hydrocolloid formula is used. Hydrocolloid is a gel used to create moisture allowing the gel to drain the pimple that you have covered the patch with.
  • Ranked a 4.6 out of 5 on the Amazon reviews out of 373 reviews.

Did this work for me? Sadly, it did not. If you’re trying to target a large stubborn pimple, I suggest something stronger. If you’re trying to target a pimple that is super small and just need an added push to get rid of, the patch would work. With it only being $00.10 per patch, I say give it a trial but only order one box before you end up wasting a lot of money. Happy pimple popping! – Peace and Love

Read my other beauty/skin reviews below:

  1. Pore Vacuum Cleaner: Lonove
  2. Stila versus Maybelline Eye Liner
  3. Benetint Lip & Cheek Stain
  4. Tree Activ Cystic Acne Spot Treatment
  5. Tea Tree Oil
  6. Neutrogena Sun Screen
  7. Sio Beauty Patches

Skin Review: Sio Beauty Eye and Smile Lift Anti-Wrinkle Patches

I always take a photo of the product to prove my purchase of it.

Have you ever researched something on your phone and then you literally see the ad pop up in Instagram or Facebook on your newsfeed? I know you have experienced this multiple times and I bet it has creeped you out. Even worse is when you’re literally talking about it and then the advertisement literally shows up on your feed a few minutes later. Maybe it’s time to get off social media. Or maybe it’s time to accept that social media is just another advertising platform in trying to get you to spend money you do not have based on your insecurities.

One of my areas that I have been focusing as of late has been my laugh lines. I haven’t accepted that they are hereditary and after many years of laughing with my friends and smiling due to happiness, they have developed over time. And they have become my latest obsession, unfortunately. I literally need to get over it and just accept who I am but the need for youthful looking skin has created a monster that is throwing money down the drain.

One such product that has been eating up my feed is the “Sio Beauty Eye and Smile Lift Anti-Wrinkle Patches“:

  • 4 patches that cost $29.95, that are supposedly will last 15 uses per patch.
  • 1 patch will cost you approximately $7.49
  • With 15 uses, each patch will cost around $00.50 or $2 for the 4 patches per use
  • Face must be clean with no moisturizer or any products
  • Easy to apply on face
  • Suggested usage at night when going to bed
  • Wash with warm soap and water to clean
  • Air dry completely
  • Made from Silicone

Results:

  • Smoothes out area
  • Short lived smooth surface
  • After an hour, wrinkle will resurface
  • Leaves your face nice and soft
  • Does not stay in place on your face while sleeping
  • Did not last more than 4 uses
  • Do not recommend

Takeaways:

  • I sleep on my side and I have tried to sleep on my back but my body is just programmed to fall asleep in this way. I think this doesn’t help and would probably work best with a back sleeper.
  • Since I couldn’t wear any moisturizer on my face, the other areas that were not covered by the patches became really dried and cracked. So instead of decreasing wrinkles, I might have inherently added more.
  • Also, the patches are supposed to last 15 uses each, but they do not. I followed the steps to a T and they were not able to stick after the 4th night.
  • With the money I spent, I figured it would last as indicated, but it didn’t. There aren’t many reviews regarding this product and the ones that are there, have the same issues that I had.
  • I would definitely not use this brand due to the reasons mentioned.

If you feel you can’t live without giving it a try, by all means try it. I hope you have a better success rate with this than I did. Be happy getting wrinkle free! – Peace and Love

Read my other beauty/skin reviews below:

  1. Pore Vacuum Cleaner: Lonove
  2. Stila versus Maybelline Eye Liner
  3. Benetint Lip & Cheek Stain
  4. Tree Activ Cystic Acne Spot Treatment
  5. Tea Tree Oil
  6. Neutrogena Sun Screen

Beauty Review: Benetint Lip and Cheek Stain

New size on the left versus old size on the right

One thing I love, is easy breezy clean makeup. Sorry all you makeup gurus and artists, but I seriously do not have the time, money to spend, and the skin to put all that stuff on my face.

While watching these tutorials I give up after two minutes because of the amount of time it takes to even put foundation on (and what goes on before)! Also, the amount of money? I don’t have it. Plus, every MUA’s skin looks flawless. How? I put on a smudge of BB cream and my face breaks out. Maybe it’s just me, or maybe I am just like you, who really do not want to walk into the world looking like I stepped out of a halloween show.

On my quest for natural looking makeup that would stay on practically all day I happened upon the Benefit brand. I honestly do not use anything else besides the highlighter and the tint. Here, I will talk about the Benetint Lip and Cheek Stain.

  • Size: 6.0 mL / 0.2 US fl. oz. They used to have a different size (see above) that was larger but cheaper in unit price (10 mL/0.33 US fl.oz. $22: $2.20 per mL) and the applicator was similar to a paint brush.
  • Cost: $18 ($3 per mL). More expensive per unit price.
  • Applicator is similar to a lip gloss applicator.
  • Glides on smoothly but need to brush access tint off into the bottle before applying since you do not need much.
  • Using your fingertips, pat on cheeks, lips, or eye lips. I generally place the stain on my cheeks on a daily basis and I use a makeup sponge since I do not want to taint my skin with the red/pink color.
  • All day wear delivering a natural glow. I may have to reapply after a few hours but it is not necessary.
  • One bottle generally can last me about 2 to 3 months and I use Benetint every day. Remember, you do not need much to create a natural rosy glow.

Overall, I love this tint. It has been my staple for years and I will never wear regular blush without it (I do place blush on top if I am heading out for a night out). Everyday you’ll see me dab a bit on my cheeks and step out the door with my eyeliner. It’s enough to make me feel and look young and refreshed.

My only gripe is the size of the bottle and the new price tag. A difference of 4.0 ML and a price difference of $4 is a 40% difference in size and about 18% difference in price. If you are going to vastly change the size of the bottle, I expect you to charge me less, but as marketing/advertising/and making money goes, those are the brakes. Do I still find it worthwhile? Absolutely! Because the texture has stayed the same and the applicator has also improved the application process, making less tint being wasted and landing on the sink or on my clothes.

I suggest you stock up because you’ll never know when they may change the size and still charge almost the same price! – Peace and Love

Read my other beauty/skin reviews below:

  1. Pore Vacuum Cleaner: Lonove
  2. Stila versus Maybelline Eye Liner

Beauty Review: Stila versus Maybelline Eyeliner

As a reform beauty junkie, I am currently trying to save money and focusing on only the items that truly work for my skin. I am over trying different products and throwing money down the drain hoping to fix some supposedly imperfection that I have. This leads me on my review on the best eye liner so far.

I started wearing makeup in college and I got obsessed with the “cat eye” trend and I am currently still rocking it but with less flare. I am currently 39 years old (turning 40 in December, yay!) and I have finally figured out what best eye liner works best for me and hopefully for you too.

In college I discovered the Maybelline Ultra Liner (waterproof). Used it without fail and has always been relatively inexpensive.

Pros:

  • Inexpensive: $4.99 to $10.99 depending on where you purchase. The link I provided is $4.99.
  • Lasts a long time: Up to 6 to 8 hours on my oily lids
  • Smudge proof
  • Washes off with facial cleanser
  • Does not irritate eyes
  • Can wear while swimming
  • Easy Application with small fine tip
  • Do not have to purchase frequently. With daily use, one 0.25 FL OZ. can last a few months.

Cons:

  • Need to be standing upright in medicine cabinet or will clump.
  • May need to apply after 6 hours
  • Can get clumpy
  • If you”cry it out” you may have to reapply

As I have gotten older, I turned to the idea that “what costs more and what is trendy is better” mentality. So with that idea in mind I was advised that Stila Stay All Day WaterProof Eye Liner was the way to go. This began when I was in my mid 30’s. I liked it for the most part.

Pros:

  • Easily application
  • Can be bought at any Sephora
  • Can be placed flat or standing upright
  • Long lasting wear: up to 6 to 8 hours
  • Can “cry it out” and most of it will still be there

Cons:

  • Expensive: $22 for 0.016 OZ.
  • Lasts up to 2 to 3 months
  • If you have oily skin, you will get raccoon eyes particularly in the summer
  • If you are trying to create a “cat’s eye” look, the ends never stay on if you have oily skin

So which product do I recommend? Well recently I have gone back to the Maybelline Ultra Liner because it has never really failed me. I don’t need an expensive brand to look “hot to trot” and I actually save $$ in the long run. If something works, don’t fix it and why try to find something else when you have something that already works?! So love you Stila brand, but I am gonna go with my pharmacy bought eyeliner. – Peace and Love

Read my other beauty/skin reviews below:

  1. Pore Vacuum Cleaner: Lonove
  2. Benetint Lip & Cheek Stain