Maybelline Baby Lips Dr Rescue

Confession: I am a lip balm fiend.

I have more of them than I can probably count, ranging from the classic Cherry ChapStick to the L’Oreal Color Riche LeBalm, to the fun EOS balm spheres. When Maybelline was first taking a stab at their Baby Lips line, I was actually invited to a BzzAgent campaign for them. They were decent, but I wasn’t fond of the aftertaste they left. Recently-ish, Maybelline released its medicated Baby Lips Dr Rescue line. I picked one up at Target to check out.

Maybelline Baby Lips Dr Rescue packaging - front

The Baby Lips Dr Rescue is similarly-packed in comparison to its predecessors. It features a longline, clear cap (though the Dr Rescue has a label around the cap that allows the bullet to just peak through). The entire base twists to advance the product up through the tube.

Maybelline Baby Lips Dr Rescue

I meant to get Pink Me Up but accidentally grabbed this shade, called Coral Crave. It is medicated with menthol, which initially turned me off of it – I love minty things, but I am not such a fan of mentholated ones. Fortunately, the menthol smell/taste does not linger more than a couple minutes, so it won its way back into favor.

Maybelline Baby Lips Dr Rescue - cap off

Both on my lips and in the swatch below, the color is very very sheer. I did swatch with a light hand, but I can’t imagine it would be that much more opaque had I used more pressure or applied more coats.

Maybelline Baby Lips Dr Rescue swatch

Here’s the back, as per usual. I actually did not pay attention to the back until I was writing this post – it says to apply not more than 3-4 times per day.
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Maybelline Baby Lips Dr Rescue packaging - back

My lips were not chapped when I tried this product (remember that lip balm fiend part? yeah, they don’t get chapped often), so I am not able to confirm whether or not it helps in that regard – but I’ll update if I can confirm either way. (Also this is completely silly, but the name sounds reminds me of Doctor Girlfriend from the Venture Bros. and it just makes me laugh.)

Have you tried any of the Baby Lips Dr Rescue products?

Urban Decay Nail Polish Update

Here’s an update on how my Urban Decay Nail polish in Vice is wearing. Normal growth and tip wear on both hands. Minor minor chipping on my left thumb.

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Until about three hours ago, when this happened:

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Giant chunk out of my left fore-finger. This has actually been an abnormal week in that I have put even LESS stress on my hands and nails than normal. It has been less than 72 hours since application. Disappoint.

I’ve got to say – although the color is lovely, this polish is overpriced ($15/bottle) considering its mediocre quality. I’d be perfectly content if Urban Decay stuck to what they do best.

BzzAgent: Tone Body Wash

I am going to quickly preface this post – inaddition to being an Influenster, I am also a BzzAgent. The program is similar in that you sign up for free, join campaigns, receive free or discounted product(s) to review and share socially. They approach the process ethically (lying about free products irritates me, and it should irritate you too!), which is why I continue to participate in their campaigns. The BzzAgent network includes, according to their site, over 400 million shoppers and they work with clients such as L’Oreal, Schwartzkopf, Clinique, Proctor & Gamble, amongst others.

In the past I have been a part of Maybelline campaigns (when they first released Great Lash Lots of Lashes and the now-popular Baby Lips balms), Schick Hydro, Dr Scholls Massaging Gel Insoles (I was indeed gellin’), as well as others.

Tone Body Wash - Petal Soft

I was recently invited to join a campaign for Tone body wash. In the same family as Dial soaps, who I understand is also updating their body wash lines, they recently released a new scent and, ostensibly, wanted some feedback. I had only ever tried one other Tone body wash before (the, “Fruit Peel,” variety) so I didn’t have much to go on. I was on my last few uses-worth of body wash, conveniently, so I accepted.

A week or so later, this appeared! (Pardon the smartphone pictures in this post.) Their packing tape is cute – more companies need to get into this custom packing tape game.

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I hastily unboxed it, and transferred some into a pump bottle I use in the shower (because I was out of body wash at this point and was using bar soap). This body wash, Petal Soft, boasts Pink Peony and Rose Oil – it is very, very floral. It does not smell like roses to me, but I can’t speak to the peonies because I have no idea what they actually smell like.

Tone Body Wash - received from BzzAgent

As per usual, the BzzKit (that’s what the box and its contents are called!) included an informational card, and a handful of coupons. Your job is to try the product, talk about it, and distribute coupons to interested parties so they can try it, fall in love/decide they hate it (we’re being honest, remember?)/and share the info, etc.

Tone Body Wash BzzAgent Coupons

Let’s talk about the product itself, now that I’ve actually used it for a week or so. BzzAgent says,

Tone® moisturizing body washes are made with spa-inspired ingredients that transport you beyond your shower with invigorating scents, leaving you with irresistibly soft skin. You’ll fall in love with the naturally smooth feel after the first wash, while you indulge in intoxicating aromas from the whole line [which includes]

  • Petal Soft with Pink Peony & Rose Oil
  • Mango Splash with Cocoa Butter
  • Daily Detox with White Clay & Pink Jasmine
  • Soothing Oatmeal with Shea Butter
  • Ocean Therapy with Deep Sea Extracts & Pearl Essence
  • Fruit Peel® with Alpha-Hydroxy Fruit Acids

I’m going to table the first sentence until the next picture; we’ll come back to it. The thick, pearly pink gel is, like I said before, a very strong floral. I am personally not fond of a lot of strong florals, and I found it a little overwhelming. For someone who tends to choose milder shower scents, this was kind of a slap in the face. My body lotion is unscented so it cannot clash, but I think my perfume would if I applied it right away (I usually shower at night and the scent dissipates by morning and does not usually clash). Here’s a picture to show you what it looks like!

Tone Body Wash packaging - front

I like showing you the back of packaging. The first thing you see is that, “every girl deserves flowers…” Oh? I mean, from whom? Kind of a weird thing to say on a body wash, but alright – I trust you can read, so I’ll let you read it (below), but it goes on about how irresistibly fresh it is. I wouldn’t describe this as fresh – granted, I am biased and am not a fan of strong florals to begin with but frankly it is a bit cloying and heavy. And if I don’t like it, I couldn’t possibly expect my fragrance-sensitive fiance to be a fan – he wasn’t.

Coming back to my tabled point – they suggest this product has spa-like ingredients but nowhere on the label does it list cocoa-butter, white clay, or any alpha-hydroxy acids. These seem to be ingredients of the other varieties (the Fruit Peel variety does have AHA, I tried it!) but there is nothing special about the composition of this one. It is pretty standard as body washes go.

Tone Body Wash packaging - back

While I do feel as though it softened my skin, I don’t think it did any better than anything else I have used recently (Dove or Olay body washes, etc). It is nice enough, but I will not repurchase this variety – instead, I would try something like the Soothing Oatmeal with Shea Butter. Petal Soft just wasn’t a hit with me, I’m afraid. It does perform well enough, and at a nice price-point ($3-4 at mass retailers, drugstores, online, etc) I would recommend the line but not this fragrance (unless I knew you were obsessed with florals).

You can like Tone here on Facebook, follow them on Twitter (though to date nothing has been posted).  I also encourage you to join BzzAgent if you like to try things out and have time to talk about them. Don’t just join for free stuff, you have to be active in order to be considered for campaigns!

Disclosure: This post was not sponsored, but I DID receive the Tone Body Wash in Petal Soft for free because I am a BzzAgent and I participated in the corresponding BzzCampaign. I am not paid or otherwise compensated to share–my thoughts are my own. This post also does contain one affiliate link – this means I may get a very small percentage of the sale if you decide to buy something. I will only tell you something is awesome if I can vouch for it myself.

Urban Decay Nail Polish

Urban Decay Nail Polish

Years ago, cult favorite Urban Decay had nail polish offerings. At some point, they were discontinued to the woe of many fans (and the joy of eBay scalpers). Recently, UD reintroduced the collection and each season new shades are chosen Thanks to an Urban Decay event hosted by my local Sephora (more on that another time), I received a full-sized Urban Decay nail polish for free along with this little PVC TSA-approved (oh buddy!) travel bag. This polish retails for $15 and can be purchased directly from Urban Decay or from Sephora.

Urban Decay Nail Polish in Vice - applied

Swatched here in shabby lighting, all except the ringfinger are topped with Seche Vite and and the ringfinger has the China Glaze matte topcoat. Regarding the polish itself: it is a gorgeous deep purple with almost an amber shimmer (in the bottle) that translates to shimmery purple awesome on the nails. This Urban Decay Nail Polish shade is Vice and is UD through and through.

That said, I am not the biggest fan of the formula. While it was definitely opaque in two coats, it dries too fast – like when you’re making your third stripe down the center of your nail to finish the coat, I had it, “skip” a little where it overlaps the first swipe to the side because it was already tacky from drying too quickly. My attempts to fix it without scrapping it and redoing the whole nail were in vain. Polish that dries fast is usually a blessing, but when it causes you to have to redo two nails, it is a pain. Otherwise, the formula is smooth and of a nice viscosity. On a final note, I am quite fond of the wider brushes that grace OPI and Sally Hansen brushes, so I was a little disappointed by this relatively standard-width brush.

Urban Decay Nail Polish in Vice

I can tell how jealous you are of my excellent lighting that makes my fingers look far cooler-toned than they are. I hope you can see the lettering on the cap – if not, I’ll have nicer pictures in a later post.

Urban Decay Nail Polish in Vice - Cap

Cutesy skull detailing – again, I apologize for the lighting. I was using my ancient camera. The skull has roses for eyes.

Though it is definitely a pretty shade, and though I am a Urban Decay fan, I must admit I would not buy this polish. I have a hard enough time with $10-12 for gel polish. The formula seems pretty typical for a decent polish that I can buy for (at MSRP) $5-8 each, and I just do not wear deep purples enough to make it worth it to me. Glad I got it free! Have you tried any Urban Decay Nail Polishes from the current or from previous collections? How did you like it?

More Info: Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System

Olay Pro-X

Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System - back

I have written about the Olay Pro-X before, and, as promised, wanted to deliver a more-robust review. You will notice that the images depict some slight discoloration at the “seams” of the device – we have hard-ish water, but I assure you it is clean, just well-used. I do not approve of sharing photos of filth. Here is the back of the device, complete with logo on the battery cover. The larger of the two grey buttons is the power button, the smaller is the speed control. The Pro-X has two speeds: normal and gentle. This device does not have a timer like some higher-end devices do, so you are advised by Olay to time yourself for about a minute.

Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System - side

Here’s a profile shot of it to give you an idea of the thickness. The Olay Pro-X is a small, lightweight device – fairly travel friendly. The bristles are bent because I was not careful enough about letting it dry after its last use. They snap back with no complaints after your next use. Though other devices position the buttons on the bristle-side of the brush, it is no more difficult or inconvenient to use, given the device’s small form-factor.

Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System - front

There’s nothing interesting on the “front” side of the device except the brush head itself. Olay currently only offers one brush so far (not counting the sponge thing for their Microdermabrasion stuff – but that is new-new, and I have not tried it), and the bristles are pretty long and soft. I have had no issues with them on either speed – but then again I do not have sensitive skin. If you have, or suspect you have sensitive skin, start on the lower speed juuust in case. While using it, if you apply too much pressure, the bristles are so soft that they have a good bit of “give” to them – so don’t mash it up against your face or you will just make your bristles wonky and you’ll be wasting your time.

Olay Pro-X - brush head removed

Pro-X brush heads are not overly expensive to replace at $7-8 for two. Olay did not include any guidelines on how frequently to replace them, but I wound up doing it every 3-4 months, at the same time I changed my toothbrush’s brush head. Popping the brush head off is easy – hold the device, grab the plastic “back” of the brush head and gentle pull free; it pops right off. Doing so reveals the pentagonal post it sits on that is rotated by the motor and really does all the work of this device.

Olay Pro-X - back of brush head

This is the back of the brush head. Nothing exciting here, really – let’s move along. In fact, let’s move along to the most infuriating, ridiculous part of this contraption: replacing the batteries.

“Hi!” it says. “I’m the Olay Pro-X! I’m a friendly little critter until I start behaving sluggishly and you have to replace my batteries. Then I am a horrible fiend!” It’s okay, friendly reader. I’ve been where you are. I had to look it up, too, because I was about to bash it off the counter because while it obviously has to open somehow, it is not obvious how.

Because I do not have extra arms, I couldn’t really show you ALL of this and take a picture. So I’ll walk you through it and hopefully this picture will help. With the “back” of the device facing you, firmly grasp the body of the device in one hand. With the other, place your forefinger and thumb on the bottom battery cover. I find it easiest to brace my thumb against one side and my finger against the other, kind of how I have shown here. Pull down and to the right (a rocking motion sometimes helps!), and this it will pop open. Be careful until you have the hang of it – you don’t want to apply too much force lest you break it.

Olay Pro-X - how to open

Once you have triumphed, it will look like this. The bottom piece comes off completely, and there ARE battery guides to show you which side should be positive-up, etc. The Olay Pro-X takes AA batteries and comes with a standard pair of alkalines. After they died, I switched to rechargeables. Swap your batteries, and the cover snaps right back in place without problems. This was my only substantial complaint about this device.

This device is waterproof and does have a rubber O-ring to protect areas from water exposure. I stored mine in the shower and had no issues aside from a little discoloration. With daily usage (one time per day), I got about 4-6 months out of a set of batteries – not bad, all things considered. I never felt that it was too harsh on my skin or that I was over-exfoliating (I hear people tend to overdo it with higher-end devices). I’ve used different cleansers with it without issue (though I wouldn’t use this to OCM). Its maintenance is not costly if you go with rechargeable batteries and watch for sales on brush heads. I would caution against using this device on the thin, delicate skin in your eye area; the Olay Pro-X cleans manually via spinning the brush head. The spinning motion could tug a little on the eye area which most now know is inadvisable.

In summation, it is a nice entry-level skincare brush with few bells-and-whistles. A welcome upgrade from a washcloth, it would make a thoughtful gift for someone into skincare, who wears makeup, or someone who perhaps struggles with acne. They are available for $20-30 in most drugstores, mass-retailers (Wal-Mart, Target), and online via retailers like Amazon, drugstore.com, soap.com, and others.

Disclosure: This wasn’t sponsored! That said, some of the links in this post are affiliate links – this means I may get a very small percentage of the sale if you decide to buy something. I will only ever tell you that something is awesome if I tested it myself and believe that.