Listerine Foot Soak: Hack or Fail?

Pinterest Listerine Foot Soak

I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I have cracked heels. I mean, I live in California where we comfortably wear flip-flops for 9 months out of the year. Who doesn’t have cracked heels, is what I want to know?

Pinterest Listerine Foot Soak

So I saw this post on Pinterest about a Listerine foot soak. I honestly cannot find the original post to link to, but it’s literally everywhere on Pinterest and Facebook. Anyway, since I first pinned it, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the time that Listerine would go on sale and be combined with a coupon. Well that time is here, ladies and gentlemen!

(Thank you, Target!)

So here’s the recipe:

1/2 C. Listerine
1/2 C. vinegar
1 C. warm water

Soak for 10 min.

Before The Soak

The original poster said she likes blue Listerine, but then about a million people tried it and complained of Smurf feet. So get another color, bozos! I got green because the thought of using the plain kind in my mouth brings me back to the burn-y days of my childhood when my Grandad made me use that stuff.

I did some research on other foot soaks, and many said that Apple Cider Vinegar is better. So I used that.

I also added in a few drops of Bergamot and Lavender essential oils for a calming effect.

Okay, so I didn’t follow the recipe at all. I read a bunch of comments on a bunch of posts and came to the conclusion that this mixture is just not going to work. It’s too watered down and it’s not enough liquid to cover your feet. Here’s what my soak looked like:

2 C. HOT water ( I used my Keurig)
1.5 C. Green Listerine
1.5 C Apple Cider Vinegar
5 drops Bergamot
5 drops Lavender

I soaked for 30 min.

I’m not a fool. I know that the skin is not just going to “fall off”. But I’m hoping that it will soften up enough to scrub it off with a pumice stone. I’m totally willing to scrub, as long as I’m not sitting there until my arm falls off and my heels are still cracked.

Basically what I’m saying is that my expectations are low, since viral Pinterest things tend to fail. I’m just hoping this helps. Let’s see how it goes!

After The Soak

The first word of warning is this: Ladies, do not shave your legs right before you do this. Splash zone, ouch!

Secondly, green Listerine turns your feet colors too. After a good scrub with the pumice stone, only my nail beds looked like those of a leprechaun. Oh well. Green nail polish it is.

As for the effect of the soak, I won’t say that my skin “fell off” because it didn’t. I won’t even say that all my cracks are gone, because they aren’t. But my feet are significantly softer and the skin was so much easier to scrub off with a pumice stone.

And, bonus! My feet are tingly (in a good way) and super disinfected.

My next step is to make my feet swim in Eucerin and cover those babies with thick socks before bed. In the morning, hopefully I’ll see an even bigger difference!

The verdict? This foot soak was definitely worth the fuss.

Have you tried this soak? Did you change up the recipe? I’d love to know how it went for you! 

Jennbizzle Reviews: Wee Appetit Reusable Food Pouches

Jennbizzle Reviews: Wee Appetit Reusable Food Pouches

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So far, I’ve used both organic jar food and disposable pouches for Peanut. I’ve also made some fresh baby food and used small tupperware to store it. However, when we are out at dinner or visiting with friends and family, we absolutely need a pouch of food. It’s just so much more convenient than a jar or tupperware of food. We’ve also purchased a reusable spoon that connects to the end of any pouch, and the combination is just amazing.

About the Product

Jennbizzle Reviews: Wee Appetit Reusable Food Pouches Reusable food pouches from Wee Appetit make healthy eating fun, easy, and enjoyable – for babies, toddlers, and people of all ages! An extra-wide opening means these pouches are easy to fill and clean, and a durable double zipper closure ensures there are no messy leaks. Wee Appetit pouches are better for the environment and SAFE for your little one – BPA-free, PVC-free, phthalate-free, lead-free, and FDA certified – because your child deserves the best!

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  • Included: Four (4) 6 fl. oz. refillable pouches with spout and lid.
  • Retail Price: $9.95 with free prime shipping
  • Availability: on Amazon.com

My Review

With these pouches, we can feed Peanut food that we know is great for him (because we made it!) but we can also do so in a convenient way for us. I am also able to add his liquid vitamins to the pouch of food and mix in cereal if needed as well. It’s a win-win!

Jennbizzle Reviews: Wee Appetit Reusable Food PouchesThese pouches are completely open at the top for easy filling. I can fit a large spoonful of food into the opening with no problem. The important thing is NOT TO OVERFILL THEM. There are measurement lines on the back and it clearly says maximum, however I was just “eyeballing it” and went quite a bit over the line. The result was a mess. But I learned my lesson and only fill it to the line. My son doesn’t know the difference between eating with these and eating with the disposable pouches, either. So that makes things easy!

To be honest, feeding from the side opening is a little more uncomfortable than feeding from the top. That’s my only complaint, but I don’t see an easy way around this issue since you need a place to fill the bag! I can’t wait to freeze some of them for cool summer time snacks. I anticipate using these pouches for many years (assuming they last) for full feedings and self-snacking.

  • Likes: The money I’ll be saving by using these instead of always buying disposable pouches, plus the major convenience factor.
  • Dislikes: The side spout is my least favorite thing about these pouches.
  • Would I Purchase? I did and I may purchase more so that I can make large batches of food at a time and freeze them!

What do you think about Wee Appetit Reusable Food Pouches? Have you tried them yet? Love it or leave it?
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Jennbizzle Reviews: Walmart Winter Beauty Box

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Walmart offers a quarterly sample box much like a few other retailers. the thing about Walmart’s box is that it’s completely free. All you have to pay is shipping! Considering most boxes are at least $10, this box is a steal! As you can probably imagine, I had to get in on it. The 2015 Winter Beauty Box was my first box from Walmart. I should be getting the spring box very soon.

About the Product

Jennbizzle Reviews: Walmart Beauty BoxEvery woman has her own unique way of showing the beauty within her. Each new season brings different product needs and a reason to refresh your beauty cabinet. In your Walmart Beauty Box, you’ll find sample beauty products and tips on how to use those and other items sold at Walmart. Receiving your Walmart Beauty Box will be another reason to welcome each new season. Your order will include a selection of trusted Beauty brands and you’ll only pay for shipping & handling, which is always a flat $5 fee.

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  • Included: Selection of beauty samples (varies)
  • Retail Price: Free + $5.00 shipping
  • Availability: from Walmart.com

My Review

Jennbizzle Reviews: Walmart Winter Beauty Box

The Winter beauty box includes:

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Shampoo & Conditioner sample packets ($5.49 each)

This product line, as told by it’s name, should instantly build fullness at the roots and strengthen strands for noticeably thicker hair. This stuff actually isn’t that expensive for John Frieda, I’m surprised! You can snag the full-sized version of these on Amazon for about $5.50 each.

I actually received some sample tubes of this from Influenster around the same time (John Frieda must have been doing a huge push!) and I haven’t tried either samples yet. Usually, I’ll save things like this to use when I’m traveling. I will definitely follow up with a review of my thoughts once I give them a full test.

L’oreal Color Vibrancy Shampoo & Conditioner sample packets ($13.99 for both)

These are part of the L’oreal Advanced Haircare line that’s also getting a big push lately. I’ve been able to score a few full-sized Advanced Haircare products for nearly free thanks to lots of great coupons matched up with Target deals.

I haven’t tried the color vibrancy, though I’m already a fan of some of the other Advanced Haircare products. I don’t know if it would be a great benefit for me to even review the Color Vibrancy line, as I haven’t colored my hair in six months at least.

Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara ($6.76)

This mascara formula claims to make your lashes immediately appear 80% longer, while nutrients work to make your lashes actually grow longer and stronger over time. I received a full-sized version of this mascara and I’m excited to try it. I just hate to open a new tube of mascara only to try it and then let it sit while my other tube is used up! Meanwhile, they’re both expiring. It seems like a waste to me. I promise to try it and report back.

Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Hair Treatment sample tube ($12.35)

This product includes Anatolian Pomegranate Seed Oil which is expected to leave your hair looking nourished and shiny while providing heat-styling protection.

Okay, I’m going to try this, but I need to say that my hair is famously bad with oil treatments. Even dry oil treatments. If I put even a tiny bit of anything resembling grease in my hair, it multiplies fast. And then I’m a flat, greasy mess. (That’s why you never see any of those popular argan oil reviews on my site!) If this product results in anything except that, I’ll be impressed!

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Face Wash sample tube ($7.36)

Yay! I have actually tried this product! As I said before, I like to use these trial sizes for traveling. I still had some shampoo & conditioner trials in my bag, but I needed to open a new face wash trial. This one seemed like the perfect option for a trip to Vegas! My skin needed all the help it could get, ha! I actually really loved it. The scent was fresh and not at all overpowering. It’s a gentle cleanser that leaves my face feeling moisturized but still freshly washed.

For me, I usually find that once I put moisturizer on, that freshly washed feeling goes away. So I was happy that I could still feel both with this product! After I run out of my existing gentle wash, I’ll probably give the full-sized version of this a try.

Hard Candy All Glossed Up Lip Crayon in Red Minx ($9.99)

This is something that I was able to test without worrying about it really going bad before I’d get to use it. Although, I don’t know how much use it will really get. The color I got is red. Like, REALLY RED. And I just don’t look great with bombshell red lips. I’m more of a subtle mauve red kind of girl. I will say this about the product: it feels like chapstick in that it’s really smooth and it is super easy to apply. It also stains evenly (I’ve had problems with other products leaving me blotchy!) and doesn’t smudge. It does, however, rub off on anything you kiss. You’ve been warned!

  • Likes: So I already doubled my money without including the other four samples. I’m really happy with the Neutrogena sample, and I know I’ll get some use out of the mascara. A mascara has to be really terrible for me to stop using it.
  • Dislikes: I wish that lip crayon were in a different color. Otherwise I’m happy with all of the samples. They’re all really popular brands that I’ll actually be able to afford if I fall in love with them.
  • Would I Purchase? I’m going to at least purchase one of these products, so I’m calling it a win!

What do you think about the Walmart Winter Beauty Box? Have you tried it yet? Love it or leave it?
Tell me in the comments below or on twitter @jennbizzle!

Jennbizzle Reviews: e.l.f. Mascara Primer

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Sometime last year, e.l.f. had a huge sale, as they often do, and I scored a massive haul. I scoured beauty blogs to find all of the highly recommended items and snatched them up. Now that I’ve had tons of time to use the items and incorporate them into my daily beauty routine, I’m going to share my unabashed thoughts. I’ll talk about the products that I can’t live without and the ones that I just can’t find a place for in my routine. This post is focused on the e.l.f. Mascara Primer, which I’ll never not use again. It’s one of the best e.l.f. products by far.

About the Product

Jennbizzle Reviews: e.l.f. Mascara PrimerLengthen and volumize eyelashes instantly with this Mascara Primer. Revitalize lashes with Pro-Vitamin B5, Hydrolyzed Wheat and Soy Protein-enriched formula. An excellent conditioning base for mascara. Coat each lash with this nourishing primer for lashes that appear naturally thicker, longer and stronger!

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My Review

I rememeber first trying this primer. First of all, I didn’t really feel like I needed a primer for my eyelashes. And I thought, “Is the beauty industry just trying to capitalize on this primer fad by coming out with primers for EVERYTHING?” But it came highly recommended, so I bought it and tried it.

Putting it on for the first time, I wasn’t exactly sure what I should do. Should I let it dry, or should I apply mascara right away? I ended up applying mascara while it was wet at first. And, I’ll be honest, I didn’t really notice a difference at first.

Jennbizzle Reviews: e.l.f. Mascara Primer

As it turns out, the directions say to let the primer dry fully before applying mascara. So then I tried it that way, too. I found that my mascara looked clumpier and it was harder to apply when letting the primer dry. So I went back to my first instinct.

I used it for about a week and it looked fine, but I was still wondering if I needed the extra step. So I stopped using it. When I did, I realized how different my eyelashes really looked without it. I realized that my mascara came off much easier during the day if  I didn’t use the primer first. And it didn’t go on nearly as smooth, either.

So I started wearing it again and I’ve been wearing it ever since!

  • Likes: It’s such a dramatic improvement to my eye routine that I couldn’t imagine ever not using this mascara primer.
  • Dislikes: The only real negative I can see is that it’s an extra step in my routine, but it’s SO worth it!
  • Would I Purchase? I’m literally scraping the bottom of the tube now. This perfect three dollar product has lasted me more than a year! And I’ll definitely be purchasing more as soon as I spot another e.l.f sale!

What do you think about the e.l.f. Mascara Primer? Have you tried it yet? Love it or leave it?
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5 Things I’d Never Buy at a Drugstore

5 Things I'd Never Buy at a Drugstore

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Bath Pouf

I have bought so many bath poufs at Walmart and Target, it’s ridiculous. And I know you’re only supposed to use it for a couple of months anyways, but most of mine have only lasted a month (if that). They usually rip, or the cord holding the mesh together just tears apart, or something happens and they magically disintegrate. The moral of the story is, they’re cheap. Probably produced for pennies and sold for $2 each.

I’ve found that The Body Shop makes a really good bath pouf. This discovery only came because I received a bath gift set from a friend. It lasted me almost a year before I threw it out because I knew it was time to get a new one.

Pumice Stone

I bet you’d be surprised to learn, as I was, that many low-priced “pumice stones” are actually made from artificial pumice! So that’s why my feet were still cracked even after scrubbing for an hour! And what’s more, the packaging on many drugstore pumice stones are pretty misleading. Since I figured this out, I’ll never buy another pumice stone from a drugstore.

When they’re real, they’re golden for perfect summer feet on a budget!

Primer

If you’ve been reading this blog long, then you know that I’m always on a drugstore budget. I’m a beauty dupe aficionado. But for the life of me, I cannot find a drugstore primer that works as well as the more expensive brands. I’ve tested quite a few, and while I like some products labeled “primer” I’ll still usually use them for a different purpose. For example, the L’Oreal Paris Anti-Redness Primer is really great at balancing my redness. But it doesn’t have lasting wear unless I apply some Smashbox Primer underneath.

On the other hand, it’s so rare that I’ll need all-day staying power that I have been using one sample tube of Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer for over a year now, and it’s not empty yet! Some things are worth the splurge.

Box Hair Dye

I used to be a box dye queen in high school. Every six weeks, I’d buy a box and get to work. It would be super dark (or maybe super brassy, like the time I thought I could go blonde) for a week and quickly fade to somewhere near my natural color. I never had to worry about roots because my hair never grew faster than the color faded, ha!

Somewhere around the time I turned 24, my hair decided it only wanted to accept box dye on portions of my head. So I ended up looking like a leopard. I had to pay a pretty penny to get it fixed and now I only use salon strength color from a beauty supply store or get a professional dye job.

Clarifying Shampoo

Since that color mishap I mentioned above, I have discovered the amazing power of a true clarifying shampoo. A daily clarifier really just dries my hair out and doesn’t strip all the gunk off. Now, once a week or when I’ve used an exceptional amount of product, I treat myself to a fresh head of hair with clarifying shampoo from the beauty supply store.

 

Are you picky about where you buy some of your products? I want to know what they are! Let me know in the comments or on twitter @jennbizzle!

Jennbizzle Reviews: Citrus Lane

Jennbizzle reviews: Citrus Lane

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Jennbizzle reviews: Citrus Lane

Ever since I got pregnant, and (let’s face it) probably before that, I’ve been pining for a Citrus Lane subscription for the little peanut. Well, we got our taxes back and I saw a great deal online, so I snagged a six month subscription. This review is based off my initial impression of the first box that I received.

About the Product

The Citrus Lane subscription box features products geared toward children of all ages. With a subscription, you’ll receive a signature Citrus Lane box each month with four or more products selected especially for the age and stage of your child. You’ll discover new parenting solutions and trusted brands–all delivered right to your door!

Often, we parents turn to other parents for their sage advice and words of wisdom. And that’s why Citrus Lane was created — to help parents discover innovative products, share information, ask questions and find inspiration.

The monthly boxes are care packages to help moms and dads on their parenting journeys. Every product included has been recommended and reviewed by Citrus Lane’s advisory board and community. No marketing gimmicks, no paid placements — just real recommendations from real parents for products that solve real problems.

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  • Included: each box uniquely caters to your child based on age and gender.
  • Retail Price:  $29 per month
  • Discount Code: SAVE40 for 40% off your first box!
  • Availability: on CitrusLane.com

My Review

Jennbizzle reviews: Citrus Lane

My first box was sent in March 2015 for a baby boy, and included the following:

  • Ubbi snack container: I immediately put this away for future use. I love the idea of snack containers, and have already purchased some others that were on clearance, but we’re just not at the stage where he can handle his own snacks yet.
  • Melissa & Doug wooden caterpillar toy: I put this toy in his Easter basket. It’s not his favorite (probably because it doesn’t make noise) but it’s a good size for him to chew on, since every toy has become a teething toy.
  • Baby Bow Tie (customizable option): I also saved this for Easter. I was able to choose which style I wanted, and we picked blue & yellow plaid. He didn’t get dressed in a suit, but I put the bow tie on him with a onesie anyway and everyone thought it was adorable. I just loved that it was magnetic. SUPER EASY to put on and remove despite baby chin rolls.
  • Johnson & Johnson wash and bubble bath: We haven’t used this, and probably won’t until he’s much older. I’m not opposed to using Johnson & Johnson, but his skin is very sensitive right now and I’ve found Aveeno to work much better. I just felt that this was not a great product to include in an exclusive subscription box when I can pick it up for a couple bucks at any store. Not to mention, I probably have two or three J&J gift sets sitting in the nursery from Peanut’s baby shower already.

Ultimately I was happy with my first box because I just love getting mail and I know I’ll get some use out of most of the products, but not impressed. I hope that they are able to include some more useful products in future boxes!

  • Likes: I can’t say that there was one single product in this box that really hit it out of the park for me. They were all just okay, for one reason or another. We aren’t ready for the snack container yet, the bow tie will only be used once or twice, and the caterpillar toy isn’t used much.
  • Dislikes: I wasn’t happy with the inclusion of Johnson & Johnson in the box at all. I wish it were a product I haven’t had the opportunity to try before.
  • Would I Purchase? I’ve got a six month subscription (each box works out to about $23 for me). If after six months I’m still not impressed then I’ll wait until Peanut is older and will appreciate getting his own mail before I try it out again.

What do you think about Citrus Lane? Have you tried it yet? Love it or leave it?
Tell me in the comments below or on twitter @jennbizzle!

Jennbizzle Reviews: TONI&GUY Prep Leave In Conditioner

Jennbizzle Reviews: Toni&Guy Leave in conditioner

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I was able to try this product thanks to my GlossyBox subscription. If it weren’t for the FULL SIZE sample in the beauty box,  I would have never learned about London-based TONI&GUY at all, let alone try their products. I saw that the brand is sold at Target now, woo hoo! That means I can get my hands on more!

About the Product

Jennbizzle Reviews: Toni&Guy Leave in conditionerIdeal for those hot, sticky days, TONI&GUY Prep Leave In Conditioner protects your hair against humidity and helps keep frizz at bay for all-day manageability. To use, dispense a walnut-size amount into your hand and spread evenly through damp hair before styling.

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  • Included: one 4.2 fl oz tube of product
  • Retail Price: $16.99
  • Availability: at Target and on Amazon.com

My Review

I’ve talked about this before with the Redken leave-in treatment, but I am automatically skeptic of all leave-in conditioners. They tend to leave my hair greasy and heavy and, frankly, I’d rather just deal with split ends. So, when this was the full-sized sample in my GlossyBox, I’ve got to say it: I was just sad.

But I tried it anyway, because I had already promised myself that I was going to try each product and write a review, good or bad, for my blog readers. Some of those items did turn out to be duds. But this one? This one is my favorite product from ALL THREE GlossyBoxes that I have received so far.

It smells fantastic: clean, fresh and light. And it makes your hair feel the same way that it smells. It doesn’t feel like there’s any product in there at all. It dries, leaving you with silky smooth hair ready for whatever you’re going to throw at it! I’ve tried it with all sorts of paste and spray and mousse and cream. It plays nicely with any other product I can think of. You can curl or straighten, blowdry or airdry and your result will be the same. Perfect, sweet-smelling locks.

I raved about the Redken treatment, but this is right there fighting for attention in my daily routine. They smell different, so I go with what suits my mood. And they cost the same, too. So, when it comes time to repurchase, I don’t know what I’m going to do!

  • Likes: Everything. Everything, everything. The packaging is clean and chic, the product is fantastic. The smell is divine and the results are exactly what they promise. What more could you ask for?
  • Dislikes: The only negative for me is the price of the product. It’s worth it, don’t get me wrong. I’m in no way trying to short the company of what it’s owed. But my budget doesn’t usually allow items that are so pricey. I may have to ask for it as a gift!
  • Would I Purchase? I will, absolutely, if I can afford it! 

What do you think about Tony & Guy Prep Leave In Conditioner? Have you tried it yet? Love it or leave it?
Tell me in the comments below or on twitter @jennbizzle!

Jennbizzle Reviews: Rituals Foaming Shower Gel

Jennbizzle Reviews: Foaming Shower Gel

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Jennbizzle Reviews: Rituals Foaming Shower Gel

This product was included in the February GlossyBox that my wonderful husband bought for me. Apparently, there were a ton of different options that I could have received in this box, and I really wish I’d received another product instead of this. I loved the previous Rituals product that I received, but this one misses the mark for me.

About the Product

Unique shower foam technology. This gel transforms into a rich, nurturing foam on contact with water. Combines the ancient Ayurvedic ingredients of Sweet Almond Oil and Indian Rose. Complete your showering ritual with Yogi Flow shower foam, Honey Touch body cream or Shanti Chakra body oil to experience the same fragrance sensation.

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  • Included: One 200 ml can of shower gel
  • Retail Price: $15.00
  • Availability: on Rituals.com or Amazon.com

My Review

Rituals Foaming Shower GelI am always interested to try product that are related to the yogi mindset, so when I pulled this full-size product out of my GlossyBox, I was thrilled. I took it right into the shower with me and used it in place of my Olay body wash & loofah.

I squirted some into my hand & let it foam just like the bottle suggested, then I started rubbing it into my skin like shaving cream. It didn’t suds up at all and I really wanted to to be more “soapy”. The first issue that I had was the smell. It smells a bit like an old lady’s perfume. Not appealing to me at all.

I didn’t feel like it really cleaned my body, but it did give me a “squeaky” feeling. I’d rather my skin feel moisturized than squeaky after washing my body. Since the product foamed up like shaving cream, I figured I’d try to use it as such. Well, that was a bust also. I haven’t cut myself while shaving in years, and I usually just use a bar of soap to shave. Needless to say, I cut myself when using this product and I was not thrilled.

When I got out of the shower, I had to use lotion immediately. I prefer to use a cleanser that leaves my skin feeling moisturized, and most of the time I don’t feel the need to put on lotion out of the shower.

  • Likes: The packaging for this product is really nice. I love the red can and don’t mind the foam dispenser. I also like that it’s targeted to yogi-minded individuals.
  • Dislikes: I didn’t like the way the product made my skin feel or the way it smells. I didn’t feel clean, only “squeaky” after using it. 
  • Would I Purchase? I’m not interested in using this product any further. If you want to try it, I’d be happy to pass it along! Just send me an email and we can chat. :)

What do you think about Rituals Foaming Shower Gel? Have you tried it yet? Love it or leave it?
Tell me in the comments below or on twitter @jennbizzle!

Jennbizzle Reviews: Rituals Miracle Scrub

Jennbizzle Reviews: Rituals Miracle Scrub

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Rituals Miracle Scrub

I received this product in the December GlossyBox that my lovely husband bought me for Christmas. I was really surprised to get a full sized product in the box. I was even more surprised to find a product that is so freaking amazing.

About the Product

A hand scrub containing nourishing oils which are easily absorbed, restoring the skin’s elasticity and moisture balance. Enriched with Ginseng revered as a symbol of immortality and Ginkgo Biloba which stands for life and strength.

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My Review

Rituals Miracle Scrub This is a really coarse scrub that looks like cane sugar right out of a tube. I almost want to eat it! It also smells really sweet. I pulled it out of the January GlossyBox and wanted to use it immediately. I seriously love hand and foot scrubs, so I used a generous amount and rubbed it between my fingers, on the tops, bottoms, and sides of my hands for nearly ten minutes. I’d use a scrub until it rubbed my hands raw if I could, it feels THAT good to me.

The best part about this scrub is that the coarse grains did not dissolve before I was done scrubbing. When I was ready to rinse it off, I scrubbed a bit under the water and it dissolved right away. When all of the scrub was gone, my hands were left feeling completely moisturized and almost waterproof. I love the feeling it leaves on my skin. What’s more? The smell is really great, too.

  • Likes: The package design is appealing, the product looks fun, and it feels so great during us and afterwards.
  • Dislikes: There’s really nothing negative that I can say, except that I wish I had more!
  • Would I Purchase? I may purchase, but hand scrubs aren’t something that I use in a regular routine. They’re more of a luxury item in my budget.

What do you think about Rituals Miracle Scrub? Have you tried it yet? Love it or leave it?
Tell me in the comments below or on twitter @jennbizzle!

Jennbizzle Reviews: PURE Dead Sea Mud Mask

PURE Dead Sea Mud Mask

Free Product Review

Pure & Essential Minerals Dead Sea Mud Mask

I received this product complimentary from Pure & Essential Minerals with help from Brandbacker in exchange for a review. I’ve been DYING to try out a new dead sea mud mask ever since I tried one at one of those beauty parties out of someone’s home. It was everything I ever dreamed a spa experience should be, so I was over the moon when I was contacted to do this review.

About the ProductPURE Dead Sea Mud Mask

Dead Sea mud has been renowned for centuries as a natural beauty remedy! Here’s how it works: as this luxurious mud mask gently dries on your face, it draws out excess oils, impurities & grime from your skin. At the same time your skin is infused with ancient Dead Sea minerals and essential oils. This mask leaves your face clean, fresh and blemish free. Used weekly your complexion will gain a new clarity and all-day glow.

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  • Included: One 6 oz jar of dead sea mud enriched with other natural ingredients.
  • Retail Price: $59.99 – on sale for $24.77
  • Availability: on Amazon.com

My Review

I just want to preface this review by saying that pregnancy messed my skin up! I used to have dry skin with occasional minor pimples. Now I have oily, oily skin with blackheads and whiteheads popping up daily. I’m a mess. So I’ll try anything at this point!

I have tried a dead sea mud mask before (not from this company), so I know that it’s supposed to tingle and it doesn’t smell the best. I mean, it’s mud filled with minerals. So it’s not going to smell like flowers, I get that.

Pure Dead Sea Mud MaskI like to do my masks when I get out of the shower. I take hot showers so that the steam can really open up my pores, then I slap that product right on there while the bathroom’s still steamy to give it the best chance. That’s what I did the first time I tried this mask out.

The first thing I noticed is that it smelled bad. Like, worse than any other one I’ve tried. It almost made me gag. I guess that’s the sulfur? Then, it started to burn. I expected this so I wasn’t worried. And honestly, I love a product that can give me a good burn. That’s how you know it’s working amiright?

I left it on until I couldn’t handle the burn anymore, and it was mostly dry. I scrubbed it off and went to bed. My skin was actually dry for about 24 hours before the oil started to come back.

I also love it after I do a mask, because all these really easy to pop pimples come up, and then go away so quick. I feel like I’m cheating the system!

The second time I tried it, I left it on until it was completely dry. The effects were pretty much the same as the first time, so maybe I don’t need to waste that extra ten minutes?

The third – and most recent – time I applied this mask, I decided to get adventurous and added some essential oils in with a portion of it (just in case it didn’t work out, I didn’t want to spoil the whole jar!). The ingredients already list Eucalyptus oil and Sunflower oil, so I added a few drops from my favorite blend: Eucalyptus/Spearmint with Sunflower carrier oil. Guess what?? The smell improved by about a million! And to top it off, I feel more energized, yet calm thanks to my EO blend.

A few small tips: 

1. I noticed that there was a bit of separation once I started diving into the jar to mix in the EO blend. When you use it for the first time, stick your finger all the way to the bottom and give it a good stir!

2. Don’t be afraid of the burn. My eyes literally water. It’s intense. And worth it!

3. Don’t use it right before an event or a date, or really anytime someone else is going to be close to your face. They may be able to smell a hint of the sulfur. If you don’t want to explain, make sure you do the treatment in advance! Or, blend in some essential oils to make that smell disappear!!

  • Likes: The burn, baby! And the way I can tell it’s detoxing my skin. I also love the simplicity of the ingredient list. There’s not one ingredient that I don’t recognize.
  • Dislikes: The smell. I’m a huge smell person. I’ve tested some other products that use essential oils to help ease the sulfur smell a bit and I wish this one did that as well.
  • Would I Purchase? For the price, I’d definitely purchase this product!

What do you think about Pure & Essential Minerals Dead Sea Mud Mask? Have you tried it yet? Love it or leave it?
Tell me in the comments below or on twitter @jennbizzle!