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Burt’s Bees Sensitive Skin Cleanser & Moisturizer

November 5, 2011

As a BzzAgent I received the Burt’s Bees Sensitive Skin Cleanser and Moisturizer. I have used Burt’s Bees products in the past but honestly it has really been a long time. The line has really changed since I was first introduced to it, it seems more modern and up to date and willing to take on the more popular skincare brands.  I don’t necessarily care if my skin care products are “modern” or whatever as long as they work, but when I see a company changing with the times, it gives me a bit of confidence that if I find something from the line I really like, there’s a good chance it might still be around in a couple of years which is important… because

Anyways, I have skin that really tends to react with a lot of different things. It is really a pain for me to find cleansers, moisturizers, foundations…. well anything really that has direct prolonged contact with my skin.  Silicones?  Oh heck no.  Mineral oil?  I know it isn’t supposed to clog pores, but my skin does not like it.  Glycerin?  Found out the hard way that my skin doesn’t even much care for that (and that is gonna come into play here shortly but for now…).

Face anything.The Sensitive Skin Cleanser was really the big hit for me. It might just be the best sensitive skin based cleanser I have ever used. Period. That’s pretty amazing. It is free of fragrances and dyes, comes in a squeeze tube which I like b/c it is easy to dispense the product and none goes to waste, it is not foaming or lathering so it doesn’t strip skin of moisture and yet it manages to remove makeup and oil very well without leaving skin feeling dry or stripped. Heck, if I hadn’t tried it and was reading what I’m writing here I wouldn’t even believe it myself lol
What I’m not impressed with is the price.  Yes I received it free to try through BzzAgent however if I was going to purchase it for myself $10 seems a little steep for a tube of it.  I’m kind of cheap when it comes to cleansers, but it works so well without being irritating that it is probably actually worth that 10 bucks, especially if you have crazy sensitive skin.

Ingredients: aqua (water, eau), helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, glycerin, cetyl alcohol, cera alba (beeswax, cire d’abeille), sucrose stearate, cetearyl alcohol, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, gossypium herbaceum (cotton) flower extract, oryza sativa (rice) extract, beta vulgaris (beet, extrait de racine de betterave) root extract, quillaja saponaria bark extract, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, yucca schidigera leaf/root/stem extract, artemisia umbelliformis extract, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, yucca schidigera leaf/root/stem extract, artemisia umbelliformis extract, euphrasia officinalis extract, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) water, saccharum officinarum (sugar cane, extrait de canne à sucre) extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, silica, sucrose, fructose, glucose, coco-glucoside, inositol, maltodextrin, citric acid, benzoic acid, trehalose, xanthan gum, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, CI 77947 (zinc oxide), alcohol denat., phenoxyethanol

I even gave it a little test. I generally use a mixture of sugar and olive oil as a facial scrub. Well in the shower one morning I used a bit more olive oil than I do and was left with a film of it on my face, which is good for moisturizing but is a bit more than I wanted. I thought that this would be a good time to really put the cleanser to the test. Sure enough the cleanser removed a good part of the excess olive oil and did it without feeling harsh and stripping. Absolutely fabulous stuff!

More moisture. Less sensitive.Now for the moisturizer. I was a bit leery going into using this because it does contain natural oils and I wondered if it would be too much for my skin. It also contains glycerin pretty high up on the ingredient list… something I again would usually attempt to avoid but for the sake of trying the product, I went through with it.   The pump type container was nice but left me wondering how much product would go to waste when the pump decided the product was empty. I would puch prefer a squeeze tube or something.

The moisturizers texture was nice. It was thick and moisturizing but not heavy or greasy feeling. It was also free of dyes or fragrance. I used this moisturizers for a couple weeks but didn’t really feel like I was seeing any difference in my skin. Then it started to happen that I noticed my skin was looking greasier and I was starting to get more clogged pores and pimples when I hadn’t changed anything else. I went back to my old moisturizer and my skin started to clear up, leaving me to deduce that this was more than likely the culprit. A shame really because I was excited at the prospect of finding a new natural based moisturizer.


 aqua (water, eau), helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, glycerin, cetyl alcohol, CI 77947 (zinc oxide), zea mays (corn) starch, gossypium herbaceum (cotton) flower extract, oryza sativa (rice) extract, beta vulgaris (beet, extrait de racine de betterave) root extract, artemisia umbelliformis extract, euphrasia officinalis extract, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, saccharum officinarum (sugar cane, extrait de canne a sucre) extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, jojoba esters, hydrolyzed jojoba esters, kaolin, lecithin, sucrose, fructose, glucose, inositol, citric acid, benzoic acid, trehalose, xanthan gum, glyceryl laurate, potassium sorbate, sucrose stearate, sucrose polystearate, sodium benzoate, sodium stearoyl lactylate, sodium PCA, alcohol denat., phenoxyethanol

Investigating the price of this product is a bit of a turn off as well for me.  $15.  Now I guess had I had a fabulous experience with this moisturizer as I did the cleanser, $15 wouldn’t feel bad at all to pay for a moisturizer that made my skin look crazy good.

Overall I would say definitely check out the cleanser if you have sensitive skin… and if you are open to trying to the moisturizer, give it a go. If your skin tolerates it, I do think it is a really nice natural based moisturizer for every day.  This line really does manage to be very gentle to sensitive skin, it’s available pretty much everywhere, and it is still affordable when you consider what department stores are charging for skin care.  The line also includes a Sensitive Eye Cream and a Sensitive Night Cream.

Check out Burt’s Bees here for a $2 off coupon on the Sensitive Skin Care Line

I received these products free to try as a BzzAgent.


Hey guys…

October 25, 2011

There probably won’t be another post until next week sometime, I am not sure at this point, but it shouldn’t be any later than that.  My grandfather passed away this past Friday so I’ve been dealing with all that and then I have a ton of school work to get caught up on so I really need to focus on family and school right now.  When I get a chance to make a post, I’ll try to make a few to throw into the queue.  Thanks for understanding!

Payless sells… makeup?

October 18, 2011

I was reading Instyle’s Prettiest Fall Finds Under $15 (and I’m sorry Instyle… but I’m LOL’ing that the price listed under your first pick is $16) and they had these listed:


Brash Lip Stains


And then $5…

What?  They sell makeup at Payless!  Like these cute little lip stains?  I definitely need to stop by and see what this is all about!

A Festive Glitter Gradient

October 17, 2011

So I previously described the type of look I was going for when I reviewed that random glitter Jack O Lantern Polish a couple weeks back. I got around to giving it a go finally and created a look I really like.

I used the pumpkin multi-glitter polish on my tips and dragged bits of it down to the center of my nails.  I then used Wet N Wild’s Fast Dry Party of Five Glitters and dragged it up from the base of my nails.  I was initially not happy with the way it looked and then figured out why… I needed to drag more of the large glitter into the small glitter to make it all look cohesive.  I ended up really liking it then.

My only issue is the pumpkin polish has a yellow/gold cast to it and I feel it makes my tips looks like they are stained underneath in certain lighting.  I feel like you can really see that yellowish cast in the photos.




Wet N Wild Dream Weavers Eye Shadow Trios

October 16, 2011

In the land of makeup releases, these are already old news.  I found them at Meijer sometime around the end of August/beginning of September.  Just as quickly the display was sold out.  I ended up buying all but 1 trio, mostly thanks to a wonderfully timed BOGO free sale that happened the same time Meijer put out the shadows.


We're Blasting Off

We’re Blasting Off, as you can see I’ve given some considerable use to the last shade there.

We're Blasting Off swatches

It’s kind hard to tell seeing I took all but one of these pictures during good old Golden Hour… but the first shade swatched is the one I have used the most and it is slightly purplish…dare I say…mauvey.  It is my favorite of the trio though.  The middle shade is a shimmery brown plum.  The top shade is a complete disappointment, a chalky bubble gum pink with little color payoff.

Dancing in the Clouds

Dancing in the Clouds is another one that has a favorite shade in there… the top one I’ve given a lot of use.

Dancing in the Clouds swatches

The bottom bronze shade of this trio is pretty but a little too warm for me so I have to be careful how I apply it.  The middle purple is another complete let down.  So little color pay off and chalky.  The top shade is a nice light taupe shimmery neutral that is very user friendly.

Fly Me to the Moon

Fly Me to the Moon swatches

Fly Me to the Moon isn’t a collection of shades I’d typically wear, but having them all grouped together drew me in I guess.  I liked how the bright blue looked with the shimmery white and black.  The white is a bit more flakey in texture than I had hoped, and the blue a little less ‘electric’.

Bright Idea

Bright Idea swatches

Another one that just looked fun to play around with, and yet upon swatching Bright Idea I was disappointed to see the colors come off less bright than they look in their pans.  These are all softer and more ‘candy-ish’ than I hoped they would be.  It isn’t that the pigment is bad on these… they are just softer shades than they look.

Enter a New Realm

Enter a New Realm swatches

I didn’t really need Enter a New Realm since I already have the Night Elf palette, but it was just too pretty not to have.  I’m a sucker for anything ‘different’, especially at the drugstore so if it contains red eyeshadow… I’m probably gonna buy it.  All the shades are nicely pigmented.  I like that the red isn’t orange based.  I always find myself wondering though…hmmm what else does one pair with red beside black and silver type shades.  Suggestions for great looks incorporating red eyeshadow, feel free to share!

To sum it up, these trios are nice but I still don’t think they compare with the older Wet N Wild trios.  Every since they started stamping “browbone, crease and eyelid” on the shadows themselves I have felt like the formulas are a little different.  Not as silky, sometimes not as pigmented.  I feel like most of these trios had just one standout shade, but that is also how it tends to go for me and trios anyways so buying them in bulk might not always be the wisest decision.  On the plus side, with all these colors I can certainly combine them to create different than looks.

Orly Stone Cold

October 13, 2011

Orly’s Mineral Fx collection is ahhh-mazing.  As much as I wish I could have bought them all, I had to go with the one that for now, stood out to me the most and that was definitely Stone Cold.  There is something about really bright,  strong bold glitters that stand out to me and Orly did it again with Stone Cold.

I love that the particles in this aren’t so much glitter… but almost flakes.  It makes for a different finish than your regular old glitter polish.

This color is crazy sparkly and probably the happiest blue I have ever seen.

Revlon Starry Pink

October 12, 2011

Revlon Starry Pink from Revlon's Impressionists Collection Fall '11


Upon seeing Starry Pink I had decided that it could go one of two ways… either wonderfully right or horribly wrong.  I couldn’t see it being one of those “ehh I like it okay” colors.  Walgreens has Revlon 40% off this week (so you should go and get your Revlon on) so I thought for like $2 I could see what happens with it.

So I changed my polish last night and put this one on… the verdict is in…..

I freaking love it.

I might actually like Starry Pink better than Facets of Fuchsia, if only because Starry Pink really looks good with everything since it isn’t as bold as Facets of Fuchsia.  It’s understated…and yet it is not because it is so interesting!

My concern with this color was how milky the pink looked in the bottle.  I really didn’t think that was going to translate well on nails with all the silver glitter.  Goes to show what I know!   The truth is it translate extremely well and how it looks in the bottle does not justice to how it actually looks on nails.  I did 3 coats, and despite being a pale Revlon shade, had no issues with dry time or chaulkiness.  It’s kind of a milky jelly… not completely opaque at 3 coats and not really meant to be opaque it seems.  The pink reminds me of pale strawberry milk.  The glitter is lovely, tons of silver glitter and then of course the silver hexagon glitter.  It sandwiches in with the color becoming part of the color.





Revlon did a really great job with these Deborah Lippmann-esque glitters.  I keep hoping beyond hope that Revlon or another affordable line will do a Candy Shop-ish knock off.  Facets of Fuchsia and Starry Pink made me love glitter again.  It’s like a new way of discovering glitter, by giving them different colored bases rather than clear.

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