GÖTZ Bad Ischl Oxygen Facial Tonic

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I've never really given much thought to facial sprays, tonics, and toners. If I use them at all, it's more of an afterthought. At best, I've used them off and on over the years. This is definitely one area of my skincare routine that could use a little improvement. The GÖTZ Bad Ischl Oxygen Facial Tonic intrigued me so much that I agreed to review it. 

You're probably thinking the same thing I was. What is this exactly?

Product description from company:

Specially formulated for oily or blemished skin, oxygen facial tonic balances excessive oiliness, soothes redness and minimizes the appearance of blemishes, blackheads and enlarged pores. 
The laboratory concept of dr. Josef Götz skincare is a natural act, usage of natural and safe product ingredients to simple and effective solutions are the most important standards and commitments. 
All raw materials are taken from nature, choose the best quality of raw materials worldwide, and manually processed, firmly opposing to using of synthetic harmful chemical ingredients. 
Containing unique Bad Ischl thermal water ( containing oxygen , minerals and trace elements ) combining a certain ratio of Edelweiss, daffodils , grass and other natural plant see month fermentation extraction. 
Double cleanses skin, minimizes pores and restore skin's natural balance, improve blood circulation, enhance skin immunity and natural resilience 
Effectively moisturize, soothe and calm skin, promote wound healing and subsequent absorption of nutrients. 
Continue usage of 28 days, morning and night will result in significant skin resilience, smooth skin complexion, anti-acne and balanced moisturized skin. 
More effective for oily and oily-combination skin. 

How to use:

After cleaning in the morning and evening, spray the facial tonic on cotton pads, and wipe evenly onto the face and neck, then gently press into the skin. 
The most effective way to use is by soaking the pads and leaving them on your face for a few minutes, once they have dried, you can re-spray them. 

My skin has been absolutely mental lately. Between the crazy heat, going on vacation and eating whatever I want, and having a head cold my skin has understandably lost its mind. I've had a lot of breakouts on my chin, and I've had dry, irritated skin around my nose at the same time. A traditional toner or spray with alcohol isn't going to cut it.

This product comes in a 2 oz/60 ml spray bottle. It has an herbal scent because of all of the natural ingredients, but it isn't strong at all. I spray some of this on a cotton pad after I wash my face in the morning and the evening. Then, I tap in what's left on the cotton pad. I let it dry before applying any other skincare. You can also use this like a sheet mask, leaving the cotton pad saturated with the product on your face for several minutes. 

I have been using this for just over a month now, and I love how gently this treats my combination skin. The big breakouts have calmed down, but I still have the occasional small blemish appear. My favorite thing about this is how gentle it is. When I had a cold, my nose was very red and irritated. Almost every skincare product I used on my nose would sting and make it even more irritated, but not this. It does a great job of calming skin irritation and gently reducing oiliness. Many oil control products I have work for me at first but end up causing irritation over time. This is extremely gentle.

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I'm pleasantly surprised with the GÖTZ Bad Ischl Oxygen Facial Tonic. I definitely want to transition to using gentler products on my skin because I've been prone to more irritation lately. I think this is a step in the right direction. The GÖTZ Bad Ischl Oxygen Facial Tonic can be purchased for $35 on Amazon

Have you used anything like this? What are your gentle skincare recommendations? I would love to hear what you use!

I received this product for free for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I no longer want to buy stuff I don't need or want, and I wish the same for you!

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3 Deep Conditioners

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I've always had the odd issue of having an oily scalp and dry hair. If I address the oily scalp, then the length of my hair gets dried out beyond belief. It was really dry when I had super long hair, and I thought it would drastically improve once I cut my hair, but nope, still dry. Thank goodness for strong deep conditioners that can keep the dry hair crunch at bay! Here are three of my favorites.

Joico K-Pak Color Therapy Luster Lock* - This was sent to me in a PR package, but I will buy this when I'm out of it!

  • Price: $19.99 full size; $4.99 travel/trial size (50ml/1.7 oz)
  • For color treated hair
  • Leave on 3-5 minutes as a typical conditioner or use on dry hair as a pre-shampoo treatment. I love it as a conditioner, but I haven't tried it on dry hair.
  • Provides shine and smoothness without weighing down my hair. This is a good choice for fine, thin hair.
  • My hair has way less frizz when I use this.
  • I love that they have a small size available at Ulta. I recommend giving that a try if you're curious!
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist - There's so many versions of this now! They have Moist, Strong, Smooth, Color, and Shine in this product. Remember when there was just one 3 Minute Miracle?

  • Price: $2.69 at Target
  • Deep treatment for damaged hair
  • Leave on for 3 minutes
  • Hair feels softer and more moisturized when I use this.
  • I still notice quite a bit of frizz, so I think I'll get the 3 Minute Miracle Smooth next time!
  • Great product for the price! Recommended for those with hair and money troubles.
Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Conditioner - A hair stylist recommend this to me ten years ago, and I've been using it off and on ever since. 

  • Price: $18 400ml/13.5oz (shown above); $26 1L/33.8oz
  • Also comes in a $5 travel size at Ulta
  • For dry hair
  • Leave on 1-3 minutes
  • This is the most moisturizing and emollient conditioner I've ever used. It will moisturize seriously dry hair, but it can weigh it down a bit because it's so strong. It even says on the bottle that it's recommended for medium to course hair. 
  • This is one to try if nothing seems to moisturize your dry hair.
Do you use deep conditioners? Tell me your favorites below!

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MAKE Skin Illuminator & Gel Eyeliner Pencil + Coupon Code

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MAKE is a brand that is a little new to me. I do know that it's a small brand from New York City, and all of the products are cruelty free and paraben free. I've reviewed small samples from them before (review here), but today I have full size products to discuss. They sent the Skin Illuminator and Gel Eyeliner Pencil for me to review. 

The MAKE Skin Illuminator is a liquid illuminator that comes in click-pen form with a brush at the end to apply. I received the color, Llos, which is described as a soft, pale, gold pearlescent glimmer. It creates a sheen with lots of sparkle. There are glitters that you can see, but they aren't large chunky glitters. Even though it has glitter particles, I don't notice it accentuating any skin texture issues. Llos doesn't provide a lot of color, even on my pale skin, but it creates a lot of glow where it's applied. 

My favorite way to apply this is to place it using the brush on the product and blending it in with a Beauty Blender sponge. Even though it's got a lot of sparkle, it doesn't give an overboard highlight. 

It may not be completely fair to compare this to the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal, but I was curious if the two liquid highlighters would be similar. The MAKE Skin Illuminator has more sparkle, and the Becca is more pigmented with a sheen. These are two different products.

Next, I have the Gel Eyeliner Pencil in Very Black. This is in the pencil form that you sharpen, and it sharpens really well. It's not one of those liner pencils that seems to sharpen into oblivion because the point keeps breaking. Those are the worst, and you can only sharpen them a couple of times before you're out of it! 

The product glides on easily without tugging or needing to go back over anything because of skipping. I don't wear liner on my waterline all that often, but this is soft enough to apply to the waterline. I have a hard time getting most liners to apply to the waterline at all, and I had no problem with this one. It has good staying power too. It's lasted through this insane heat in Texas without running down my face. It won't get all over the place, but if you rub your eyes, it will come off. It will lift off, but it won't smear everywhere.

I swatched this next to a couple of other black pencil eyeliners in my collection, and it's the most comparable to the Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero in terms of color and finish. After all, they are both black pencil liners that have cream finishes. The Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes 0L has a matte finish and doesn't compare side by side.

MAKE currently has a coupon code that is good until 8/15/2016. Use the code, MAKEBEAUTY25, to get 25% off of your order on http://makebeauty.com/

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Glossybox | June and July

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Hi everyone! I am back from my trip! I had a great time exploring NYC, and I actually had some time to relax too. It was the best of both worlds!  Now, I'm trying to easy myself back into blogging. I can't promise that I'll be any better about posting regularly, though. Posting might still be a little slow for now, but I don't plan on going anywhere. 

I have my June and July Glossyboxes today! I got the June box at the end of the month and never posted about it. I wasn't going to because it's so late, but I don't think it hurts to lump it in with the July box. It had a Tony Awards theme, which I absolutely love! 

Sebastian Professional Shaper Fierce Hairspray and sample vial of the Dark Oil - This is a good size hairspray for travel. I don't use hairspray all that often, but I do use it when I curl my hair. This does a good job of holding a curl. I'm glad that included a Dark Oil sample. Maybe this hair oil won't weigh down my hair.

Caolion Premium Hot & Cool Pore Pack Duo - I haven't seen this before, but evidently it's available at Sephora! This is a two part mask. Begin with the Blackhead Steam Pore Pack to clarify and follow with the Premium Pore Original Pack. I haven't tried this yet, but I love purifying and pore tightening masks. This may have to have it's own blog post! 

SinfulColors Kylie Jenner Denim & Bling Collection - After Dark - It was surprising to see this color in the June box because it isn't a summery color at all. After Dark is a dark metallic gray. It's a shade that I would wear, but I don't see myself reaching for it until the fall. 

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LA Splash Lip Lacquer High Pigment Collection - Sugar Rush - This product was created exclusively for Glossybox. I haven't tried anything from LA Splash in a long time. This lip lacquer is extremely pigmented and has good lasting power. Again, this brick red color isn't a color I would expect in a summer box. It is a flattering shade, and I'll reach for it more later on in the year.

Icona Milano Emotion Allowed Mascara - This is a waterproof mascara, and I don't like to wear those. I will be passing this along to someone else.

TanTowel Half Body Classic - I like self tanner, but we all know that it is something you have to devote time and energy to maintaining. Having it in a towelette form does seem easier. I think I'll try this soon.

The June box is pretty good. There's only one item that I know I won't use. The color items were confusing in the shade choices, but I will use them eventually. Now, on to the July box!

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Chihuahua - I got this very same item in my March Glossybox, so I have no idea why it's in the July box. It's a pretty color, but I don't want two of them. I'm passing this along to a friend.

Eyeko Fat Stick in Satin - This is a cream eyeshadow in stick form. I love this type of product, and I appreciate that they sent a wearable taupe shade.

Fango Essenziali Moisturize Treatment Sheet Mask - It's for parched, dry skin, and I used it this morning. I have combination skin, but it was feeling quite dry from my nightly retinol serum. It provided hydration without feeling too heavy or oily. I liked this sheet mask.

Leighton Denny Expert Nails Miracle Mist - This is a speed drying spray for nail polish. I love to do my nails, but I'm not crazy about waiting on my nail polish to dry. I will get a lot of use out of this!

Nuxe Shimmering Huile Prodigieuse - I love Nuxe products, and not only is this a full size, it's the big size! This product has 6 botanical oils, vitamin E, and some shimmer. It's a multi-purpose oil that can be used on face, body, or hair. I sprayed some in my hair, but I think I used too much. It weighed my hair down a bit. I would use this on my body, especially my shoulders and legs, but I don't think I would use this on my face. Maybe if I had dry skin. The large size that came in the box retails for $54, so I was amazed to see it in here!

Glov Quick Treat - At first, I thought this was going to be one of those makeup removing cloths. In a way, it is, but it fits over your finger. I have some other makeup removing cloths, but they don't fit over your hand. It's an interesting concept. I would have liked the full size one that fits over your entire hand, though. I don't think a finger-size cloth is going to remove much. 

Aside from getting the same product that was sent in an earlier box, the July box was really good! The Nuxe oil and the Eyeko eye stick were my favorites. What do you think? 
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YSL Volupté Tint-In-Oil | Peach Me Love

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I don't know what the weather's like where you live, but it's crazy hot in Texas! It's hard to not break a sweat just getting into the car. As for makeup, I've been keeping it to a minimum. There are only a couple of products I have worn consistently, and today, I'm reviewing one of them! The YSL Volupté Tint-In-Oil in 6 Peach Me Love is my most-used lip product of the moment.

As much as I love a dramatic lip, it hasn't been practical for my lifestyle this summer. The YSL Volupté Tint-In-Oil is perfect for low key summer makeup. Originally, I got this to apply over a YSL Glossy Stain (reviews here and here) as it wore off later on in the day, but I've ended up only wearing this on its own. 

The YSL Volupté Tint-In-Oil is an oily gloss that has a hint of color, some of the shades more than others. To me, it feels more like an oil than a gloss, and that might be because it contains a blend of four oils - apricot kernel oil, coriander fruit oil, jojoba seed oil, and possiflora edulis seed oil. I'm not familiar with all of those oils, but at any rate, it feels lightweight and non-sticky on my lips. It has a sweet, candy-like scent to it. I like the way it smells, but I am suspicious of added fragrances lately. They aren't worth adding to products because they can cause a great deal of irritation. 

The applicator is quite unique. If you look at it from above, it's shaped like a pair of lips. From the side you can see how it's curved. I thought this was a bit strange at first, but I do like the way it applies. There's something about the shape that provides control over your application. I've even successfully put this on without a mirror. That's really saying something because I tend to make a mess!

one layer

several layers of product

One swipe leaves a sheer, glossy wash of color. With each added layer, the color gets brighter, and a stain is left behind once the glossy finish wears away.

This is the only lip oil type product that I have, but I would like to try more. A red color would be nice. I would love to try one of these from another brand, preferably a bit less expensive.

What's your take on lip oils? Which ones have you tried? Leave your recommendations in the comments! 

I wanted to add a bit about where I've been. Those of you who follow me on Snapchat know I've had a lot of personal things going on this summer, from the slightly serious to the flat out wacky. (Not a ploy to get more Snapchat followers. I simply like the platform and feel more at ease opening up there.) Believe it or not, I haven't even shared everything on there. Everything is fine or going to be fine. I thought I was dealing with so many unexpected concerns well, but then I had some bad nights of insomnia. That's the main reason why I didn't put a blog post up last week. I didn't mean for that to happen, but it did. Next week, I will be taking a planned week off of blogging and blog reading to go on vacation. I hope to reset and get back into it all when I get back. The posts have been down to once a week this summer, and I would like to start posting more when I return. Thank you to everyone who has noticed my absence. I can't tell you how nice it made me feel to know that I was missed here. It made my day! Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for being such kind friends to me! I'm off to enjoy my vacation, and I'll see you when I get back! 

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Tom Ford Cream and Powder Eye Color | Golden Peach

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As much as I try, I cannot quit luxury makeup products. Nope. Just can't do it. I'll even get a new product home and think, "this can't possibly be any better than my similar items." Then, I end up wearing said new product every day like an addict because I love it that much. Such is the case with the Tom Ford Cream and Powder Eye Color in Golden Peach. 

You have to admit, the packaging on luxury makeup is rather alluring. While packaging alone doesn't make the product any better, it does attract my attention. This product has the powder eyeshadow on top which twists off to reveal the cream underneath. The white lid and gold print is really pretty, but the TF on the top doesn't quite line up when twisted back on to the Tom Ford printed on the side. It's only a minor detail, but it does bother me a little that it doesn't line up. Also, it makes for strange blog pictures, and we cannot have that! 

The cream shadow has a thin consistency but applies opaque. I prefer to apply the cream with my fingers. It is easier to blend out that way, and I can get a more precise application on my lids. The powder eyeshadow is a glitter-topper formula just like the glitter shades included in many of the Tom Ford eyeshadow quads. Having used this type of eyeshadow before, I knew that grabbing an eyeshadow brush and applying it like any other eyeshadow was not going to work. It would get glitter all over my face! My first method of application was to dab it on my lids using my ring finger. It did deposit the color on my eyes, but I still got some glittery bits under my eyes and on my cheeks. Next, I tried using a wet eyeshadow brush. (I like the Sonia Kashuk No. 106 brush for this.) I swiped the damp brush lightly through the eyeshadow and tapped the powder over the cream color on my lids without any fallout this time. I didn't notice any glitter flaking off throughout the day, either.

Swatches top - bottom: cream shadow with powder on top, powder, cream
On my eyes: cream shadow with powder layered on top 

The sales associate told me to not use a primer under the cream shadow. I did try that at first, but there was a bit of creasing at the end of a long and rather hot day. Using a little eyeshadow primer does help it stay in place and not crease by the end of the day. I've been using it with the Tarte Clean Slate eye primer.

So far, I've enjoyed wearing this on it's own, but the cream shadow would make a beautiful base to use with other powder eyeshadows. Of what I have in my own collection, I can see this working really well with the Lorac Unzipped and Unzipped Gold palettes. 

Have you tried any of the Tom Ford eyeshadows?

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Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Color

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Liquid lipsticks are everywhere! It seems like every high-end brand has one, and more drugstore brands are getting in on the action! Influenster kindly sent me a couple of the Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Colors to try. I received Nude Flush and Rebel Red.

The first thing I noticed is the rather long doe-foot applicator. I didn't think it was going to work very well at first, but because it's at a slight angle I was still able to get a precise application without getting it everywhere.

The product is named Vivid Matte, but I have to say that it's not really matte. Neither of the colors are super glossy or shiny, but they never really dry down to a true matte. The Vivid Mattes are opaque and are pigmented, but I would say these are more like a lip cream in terms of finish. They feel comfortable on the lips, and they don't leave your lips feeling dried out like a lot of matte liquid lipsticks. While there aren't any claims to the Vivid Mattes being long-lasting, these last almost all day on me. The lip color will transfer a little onto a glass, but it stays on very well and leaves a stain. 

While I do like these and have worn them like crazy since I got them, I do have a gripe, and it's not a new one with Maybelline lip products. They have a floral smell and taste! Back when I had only been blogging a few months, I got one of the Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Colors and had to return it because I couldn't tolerate the taste. (You can read that review here.) Thankfully, the amount of fragrance in these seems to be dialed in, and I can wear these without gagging. I would prefer if Maybelline stopped adding that awful fragrance to lip products altogether. If you have an intolerance to strong fragrances in your makeup, consider this your warning!

I enjoy wearing both of these shades. Of the two, I have worn Nude Flush the most. It's a pink nude, and it goes with everything. This is a shade that I can apply without having to give much thought. It's a good everyday lip color. I'm a huge fan of red lips, so you know I like Rebel Red. It's a true red; it doesn't pull too orange or pink. If you're looking for an affordable red that will last all day, this is one to try.

Nude Flush                                                               Rebel Red

Find out what's on the rest of my face here!

I was a little leery of these because of my bad experience with the Color Elixir, but luckily, they worked out! What do you think? Have you tried the Maybelline Vivid Mattes, yet?

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