Sunday, August 23, 2009

Freebie: Burt's Bees Acne Product Sample

I just saw this while flipping through my current copy of Allure. Burt's Bees acne freebie. It doesn't say exactly what you will receive, but I took from the Allure ad it would be some of the acne serum. White willow bark (salycilic acid) extract. Look in the upper right for the green tab. It will take you to a short Start Sampling survey.

Burt's Bees Freebie

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Review: SUKI Concentrated Balancing Toner

I purchased a bottle of Suki Concentrated Balancing Toner after reading rave reviews about it on several skin boards. It was supposed to really help acne prone skin.

I've been using it for over a month now and can't see any difference in my skin. None at all. I spray it directly on my face, chest, and upper back after my shower in the morning and after I wash up before bed. It has the vague smell of stale lemon juice. The bottle is very nice, thick glass, but not good for spraying at angles.

For me, it certainly isn't the wonder juice everyone raves about. Maybe I take better care of my skin than other people who have tried it, I don't know. After I purchased this, I read about making your own version using apple cider vinegar and crushed aspirin. I may try that after I make it to the bottom. But hey, it's a really nice bottle.

Grade: C (I want to grade it lower than that because it costs so darn much!)
Price: $30
Size: 4 ounces
Pros: Has great reviews from other users, nice bottle
Cons: Had zero effect on my skin, bottle can't be sprayed at angles

Marketing blurb from their website and the ingredients list:

what a super potent anti-inflammatory, bacteria-fighting, vitamin C tincture
who all, especially combination to oily, acneic, rosacea, eczema & dermatitis
key actives standardized white willow bark for active 15% salicylic acid, natural vitamin C polypeptide liposomes & organic roses in our high potency organic botanic concentrate™
solves breakouts, redness, irritation, inflammatory symptoms, oil-balancing issues & bacteria production
benefits reduces inflammation, purifies pores, relieves redness, itchiness & irritation, balances ph, cleanses cuts, soothes sunburns & preps the skin for treatments & moisturizers that follow

Active Ingredients: white willow 15% active salicins + vitamin c polypeptides
Ingredients: organic roses (rosa centifolia) infused in purified, filtered water (agua), organic concentrated aloe vera (aloe barbadensis), organic rose (rosa canina), lavender (lavandula angustifolia), calendula (calendula officinalis) & chamomile (anthemis nobilis) extracts, natural vitamin C polypeptide liposomes, standardized white willow bark extract (salix alba), organic seaweed extract (algae), aroma (pure premium steam distilled essential oil)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

ELF 75% Off Studio Line Products

Edit: In case you are new to this blog, most of the ELF makeup is full of Parabens and MCI/MIT. This includes all of their $1 makeup and the majority of their body products. There are a few items that do not contain highly objectionable ingredients, but may contain talc or bismuth which can be irritating to the sensitive skin.

I'm sitting here trying to make a cranky face for posting another ELF deal, but I can't quite get there. I think their cheaper products are awful and contain everything I warn against, but I really like their Mineral Lipstick. I feel so dirty. Anyway, they currently have 75% off their Studio Line products. These are quite a step above their regular $1 fare. Extra bonus on this deal is that you can get free shipping at a certain $ level and Bing Cashback (formerly Windows Live).

I bought a brush set, several individual brushes, eyelash curler, eyeshadow singles (talc, but acceptable), and threw in one of their blotting papers to get me over the hump. I figured anything I didn't like could go up for trade at Makeup Alley. Avoid anything liquid in the Studio Line. It will contain MCI and MIT. Avoid the blushes and face powders as well. Mineral oil. Yuck.

Deal Code: WWYB75S
Free Shipping: When your total is $18.75 after code (translates to starting total of $75).
Bonus: 10% Cashback if you go through Bing Cashback. People on SlickDeals are reporting they are receiving the 10% o their original total, so $7.50 cashback. You need to go through the ELF store listing on Bing: http://www.bing.com/cashback
2nd Bonus: Maybe. There is a deal on the ELF homepage if you spend $20 to get free Marie Claire OR a rebate back instead. I don't know whether this is before or after code.