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

Skin Review: Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunscreen

I’ve been lucky enough to be brought up by a mother who is a bit of a narcissist obsessed with her skin. Even growing up in a one room studio, my mom has always prided herself in looking her best and maintaining a youthful appearance. Now at almost 60 years old, she looks incredible for her age and her fitness routine is out of this world. To be honest with you, when I was in my 20’s I couldn’t even keep up with her at the gym and now fast forward almost 20 years later, I would probably die of exhaustion in one of her aerobic classes.

One thing that my mom has drilled into me, much to my annoyance growing up and being a tomboy, is that your skin is really important. “You only have one and that’s the first thing everyone notices, so you need to take care of it,” was her daily mantra whenever I spoke to her on the phone and in person. I would always roll my eyes at her but secretly knew that what she was telling me was the truth.

The recommendation that she has always followed since day one was Sunscreen. No matter the weather, the temperature or how cloudy it was, she always had sunscreen on. Thankfully I listened to her and my skin looks incredible (besides my cystic/hormonal chin acne), and I walk around to this day having everyone fooled that I am in my 20s.

Now, I know genetics plays a role in some of this but it should not be the determining factor of why you should or should not wear sunscreen. You must always wear it due to the harmful UV ways that we have been taught since we were young. This leads to my quick review on the sunscreen that I use on a daily basis, and sometimes twice a day.

Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunscreen

  • Cost $9.22 for 3.0 Fl. Oz. bottle. That is about a $3.07 per Fl. Oz.
  • 3.0 Fl. Oz is equivalent to 88 ml. That is about a $00.10 per mL.
  • SPF of 55. You should really never buy anything below SPF 50. The higher the SPF, the longer you can stay in the sun without burning. An SPF of 15 allows you to stay in the sun up to 150 minutes, therefore an SPF of 55 will allow you to stay in the sun up to 550 minutes or about 9 hours.
  • Not thick or too thin either, which helps with applying the sunscreen to your face easily.
  • Be sure to allow the sunscreen to dry naturally on your face before you place a moisturizer on top. I actually like to apply some face oil right on top to help absorb the sunscreen onto my skin.
  • When applying the sunscreen, rub face gently from bottom to top. You’re trying to prevent wrinkles, so rubbing from top to bottom is allowing gravity to affect you and thus causing your skin to droop earlier than necessarily.
  • Does not cause breakouts. I have super sensitive skin and if I touch my face, I will break out. This formula is thin enough so it won’t clog my pores but makes my skin nice and shiny. It also helps balance my skin tone and create less blotchiness. I have been currently trying to get my skin to the point where foundation is unnecessary.
  • Lasts a very long time. I estimate that with one bottle and every day use, this can last you about 3 months.

I have been using this particular brand for years now and I absolutely love it. It is my go to face sun screen. I highly recommend purchasing it at Target or on Amazon because the pharmacy retail price (depending on where you live) can vastly differ. If you just want to try it out, then go right ahead and make your purchase.

Remember, you have only one body and that includes the largest organ: the skin, take care of it as best as you can. – 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

Beauty Review: Tea Tree Oil

OMG. I feel like I have in a never ending battle with my chin. If love was a battlefield it would be between me and my acne sprouting up on my chin every damn day. Is this what happens when you reach a certain again and you revert back to being a teenager? Shit, my face was never great to begin with when it comes to acne, but I feel like it has become worse since I have been itching towards the BIG 4-0.

While research what was happening to my face, I discovered that I may be going through hormonal changes in my body (why God, why?) and the area that is most affected is the chin area (zoom closeup please). I researched and researched and determine that Tea Tree ingredient helps with cystic acne. Huh? What? Tea Tree? At this point I really didn’t give a shit what it was, I just wanted something that would work. I am not here to bore you on what it is and what it does but if you want to read about tea tree oil, just click on the highlighted link.

After much frustration I finally opened up my Amazon app and ordered the Tea Tree Essential Oil on August 27th, 2019. I read the reviews and was willing to give it a try.

  • The cost was $14.95 for 1 fl. oz. bottle/30 mL, that is a unit price of $00.50 per mL.
  • The applicator is an eye dropper.
  • Unpleasant odor (as per my husband) but I actually do not mind it.
  • Stings like hell, so do NOT rub it all over your face.
  • Test a tiny drop on her hand before hand. Wait 5 to 10 minutes and you will notice it will sting right away and redness will appear.
  • You can dilute it with water or a moisturizer to decrease the redness. I, however, like it straight up.
  • You only need a tiny amount. I suggest you place a drop on your clean fingertip and dab on the area that needs treatment.
  • Do NOT rub on skin but dab lightly since acne can and will spread to other areas if you rub.
  • Apply at night due to the smell and the redness that can/will occur.
  • Your face will peel if you have sensitive skin. I honestly think it will peel regardless because it is so strong.
  • I am halfway through the bottle (it is October 15, 2019) and I use it daily on my chin and other spots if I feel a pimple may pop up.

Does it work? Yes! But it stings like hell and it has helped to reduce the flareups that I have been getting. I also have a shorter recovery time when a pimple does pop up. Usually, mine would lasts weeks but the most one has last was a week or a few days, depending on how much I do or do not pick at it (lol, I know it’s terrible!). Again, I do not recommend spreading it all over your face. The brand, Pure Body Naturals, has a strong formula in their Tea Tree Essential Oil that will burn your skin and create an overall redness to your skin that you do not want. It is best to use at night and only as a spot treatment!

I hope I have helped anyone experiencing flare ups with their cystic acne. Good luck with combatting these annoying little boogers and let’s all get happy getting old and hormonal! – 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

I want to remind everyone that this is not a bias review and I do not get paid for any of this. I believe in honesty and will always give my best opinion on what works and what doesn’t work for me 🙂

Skin Review: Tree Activ Cystic Acne Spot Treatment

Tree Activ Cystic Acne Spot Treatment

In my never ending quest for a perfect acne miracle cream to eliminate (or even reduce) my cystic acne, I happened upon the company “Tree Activ” and their acne spot treatment to help reduce the acne that is consistently popping up on my chin.

Here are some key facts about the spot treatment:

  • $24.95 for 0.25 Fl. Oz., which approximately equates to $1.00 per 0.01 Fl. Oz or $99.80 for 1 Fl. Oz. container. Pretty hefty price for something so small.
  • $24.95 for 7mL or $3.56 per mL.
  • If you are prone to acne, this little container will probably not last you so long. Maybe a month or two if you are conservative with your application.
  • Creamy thick texture that may not apply smoothly but needs to be rubbed on and that could exacerbate the acne on your skin. If you could, I recommend applying it with a makeup sponge and dab the spot gently to decrease irritation.
  • Highly suggest this being applied at night due to it drying as a clay. It contains bentonite clay, which is grey in color. When dried it will be apparent that you have something on your face, unless you have grey skin.
  • It contains Benzoyl peroxide, which is known to effectively fight acne but it can be irritating. Fortunately, due to the combination of other ingredients it did not irritate my skin.
  • Ingredients: Bentonite Clay, Tea Tree Water, Witch Hazel, Peppermint Water, Spearmint Water, Spearmint Essential Oil, Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil, Lemon Essential Oil, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Aloe, Cycylomethicone, Liquid Germal Plus.

Did this work for me? I tried this for two weeks and I can honestly say it did not. It dried up the area where I was targeting but my pimples were still there living long and strong. I am thinking about going back to it to give it a second chance, because everything needs a second chance, especially if I didn’t give it my all the first time around.

So if you are willing to give this a chance (great reviews on Amazon) and have the money to spend on the Tree Activ Cystic Acne Spot Treatment, I suggest you go for it. What doesn’t work for someone, may perfectly work well for you. Happy Pimple Poppin! – 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

A Beauty Review: Vacuum Pore Cleaner

The latest craze that has been hitting the market these past few years is our obsession with the vacuum pore cleaners. We nitpick at our pores and we squeeze them out on a daily basis. Some of us even obsess over watching a doctor performing the act closeup (gross, lol!). No matter what we do, our pores are always the same size and we end up trying to find anything that will help reduce them, even the so called miracle creams.

After much research reading and obsessing over my face, I have found out (surprise!) you can NOT reduce the size of your pores but you can reduce the APPEARANCE of them. Huh? So basically, you can trick yourself and other people that you have smaller pores using some form of optical illusion, even though you know they are exactly the same size as they were yesterday.

Nevertheless, I wanted to keep my pores clean and reduce breakouts. Anyone else experience acne more often now since you have reached your 40’s? Holy shit! I mean, I have always suffered from acne issues but now I have been getting them all over my chin (again, like I am 12 years old) and that is not a cute look. Especially when I am dropping my daughter off at school and people think I am the hormonal teenager instead of the hormonal adult. Lord help me when I see a mirror and all I want to do is pick at them. Anyways, I digress…

In order to keep my pores clean I researched some vacuum pore cleaners and settled on the Lonove brand. See the image below. This is not a paid advertisement but an honest review on how effective it is.

Let me first describe my skin. I feel people never really give an overview on how their skin is and everyone expects the same results; because as we know not everything works the same way for everyone. My skin is pretty thick and it gets tanned pretty easily (even with a load of sun screen everyday). I have a combination of dry and oily skin. The top layer is oily but if I wipe the oil away, it is extremely dry underneath the layer of oil and you can see my skin peeling quite easily. I have large pores, particularly around my nose, mouth and chin and these areas are prone to breakouts.

So, how effective is this vacuum pore cleaner? It’s actually pretty decent, but I do wish it was stronger. I think it’s because of the texture of my skin being thicker than others. The thinner your skin is, the more effective it will be getting out the hard to reach areas but overall, it works pretty well. And trust the reviews that indicate you must move the cleaner around and not leave in one spot or you will create a red mark that will last a long time! If you bruise easily, you might have a red mark on your face for a week like me. Start with the lowest setting first and then work your way to the highest depending on the area. I always start with my nose because well, the nose is where most of my problem pore areas lie. Then I work my way around my nose and then my chin. I do this for about 5 to 10 minutes. It leaves my face really clean but red. I advise you to never do this in the morning, but right after a nightly shower. Do not apply anything onto your face until after you are done with vacuuming your face (lol). Your pores will be open right after your shower and it is the best time to allow the suction to work really well. Follow that with your normal skin care routine.

Do I recommend this brand? Of course! If you’re obsessed with keeping your acne at bay and feeling and looking youthful like me, I say give it a chance. I can only review on this particular brand but it has not broken down on me as of yet. I have had it for about 3 months now and I use it about 3 times a week. It helps keep my pores clean and it has reduced the “appearance” of my large pores. So happy vacuuming to you all! – Peace and Love

Read my other beauty/skin reviews below:

  1. Eyeliner Review: Stila versus Maybelline