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Better & Cheaper Dupe for Philosophy’s Purity!

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You must be thinking I am nuts by the title of this post…I know you are! But for real guys, I have done it! I have found the best dupe for the ultimately loved face wash out there Philosophy’s Purity. If you watch Youtube videos, go to Sephora, or are an avid blog reader…then you know that Purity is one of the most if not the most popular and sought out face wash recently. Although it is talked about, and people swear by it, I am here to tell you the price and quality of the Philosophy Purity face wash is not worth the price and time you spend to purchase it…and I have a better and cheaper alternative; Phisoderm’s Ph Balanced Cleanser.

If you have the cash, and do not have acne prone, oily, or dry skin, then sure go for it, buy the face wash that everyone has! But if you are like me and are on a beauty budget, have acne prone skin, and have combination oily to dry skin, then keep reading loves, momma is going to hook you up! :p

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So here we go! A 1 to 1 non-bias and honest review of the two! Pros + Cons, personal experience, and more!

#1 Purity by Philosophy:

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Personal Experience:

To be honest..I had been using the Phisoderm face wash for years before I tried the Philosophy’s Purity cleanser. Although it was amazing, I wanted to try something new! After getting my ear talked off by beauty gurus on Youtube, about how amazing Purity is, I decided to give in and buy my own bottle. So upon going to Sephora, I found out how darn expensive this face wash really is. I thought to myself why in the heck is face wash, something you put on then wash off, so pricey?! But…I caved in and figured it must be worth the money considering all the hype it has caused. I was too poor at the time to afford the larger bottle for $22, so I figured the 3 oz bottle for $10 would be a good investment to see if I liked it first, before I bought a larger bottle.

When getting home, at the end of the night, I jumped in the shower, and gave my face a good wash. I was certainly not impressed upon first impression. But no product is amazing, with only one try. To be fair, I decided to use most to all the product before formulating any opinions of the face wash. After trying most of the wash in the bottle, I was certain it was not for me…or my wallet. Also, to give it a fair shot I tried it in the shower, out of the shower, with cold & warm water, after exfoliating, and without exfoliating, with a vibrating facial tool, and even just my hands washing my face. Let’s just say I tried it every which way in every condition possible…my opinion has not changed one bit.

Pros:

  • Ph Balanced
  • Creamy not soapy
  • Gentle around eye area
  • Contains mostly natural ingredients
  • Residue free finish
  • Very accessible
  • Well known name brand/reputation
  • Nice packaging Design
  • Descent Smell
  • Good range of sizes (Nice to have a Travel Size)

Cons:

  • Cost (Smallest bottle sz is $10, then 22, then $33, and $41) !!!!
  • It is a pour bottle, not a pump (Unsanitary and messy)
  • Doesn’t behave like a ph balanced cleanser
  • Consistency is almost of water
  • Contains Alcohol
  • Contains Color Dye Yellow
  • Doesn’t claim to be dermatologist recommended

Thoughts: Although the packaging is very eye catching and clean looking, the functionality of the packaging is not great. The bottle would be a lot better if it were a pump, this really annoys me and wish it were changed! Although it claims to be ph balanced, it still leaves my face kind a blotchy, red, and not at all any calmer or clearer and is not dermatologist recommended apparently. It did not help any existing acne, and I felt as if my face became dryer. After washing, it feels like I still had foundation left on my skin, and I needed to wash my face again. This product did not benefit my skin in any single way. It was very expensive, and was not at all worth the cost. Although it is nice in a way that you can buy it almost anywhere, buy a number of sizes, and is natural and eye-friendly, the product contains alcohol and color dye which is pretty bad in my book considering I have very sensitive skin.

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On top: Phisoderm’s nice pump bottle…and the small lonely unscrew to open Purity :p

On bottom: The first pump in the picture is Purity looking weak and running…The Phisoderm is on bottom looking milky and bold 🙂
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 #2 Phisoderm Ph Balanced Facial Cleanser:

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 Personal Experience: I first bought this face wash in 8th grade when my skin was more problematic. Back then I had a lot of cystic and hormonal acne, mostly on my chin and t-zone 😦 Since the 8th grade however, my skin really has come a long way and is mostly cleared up and calm. I definitely attribute that fact to this face wash! Although I stopped using it off and on, I only tried other cleansers because I felt tempted by raved about products and brands. This however is the only product to transform my complexion and not only clear up my acne but control my oily and dry patches.

Each time I would try another type of face wash, or the latest brand, my face would end up irritated, broken out, super dry and flakey, or more oily. After I abused my face each time by trying something new, I would always end up using the Phisoderm wash, to fix and repair my skin! Now, I only use this bad boy, and will never go back. I wash my skin with this every day, and most nights when I remember to :p I exfoliate 3 times a week or whenever needed with my facial vibrating brush as well. This is all I am doing for my skin now, and it has been a fool proof routine for beautiful skin! I pair the cleansing with an occasional toner, and everyday face moisturizer with SPF and I am in love with my skin now! 😀

Pros:

  • The Price! I got mine for $5 for 6 oz. (Double the size of the smallest Purity bottle, and half the cost)
  • Creamy milky wash, not harsh or soapy
  • Leaves my skin calm, glowing, and happy (Acting how a ph balanced cleanser should!)
  • Contains all kinds of natural ingredients exactly the same as the Purity’s: Mineral Oils & Leaf Juice (Plus this one has Chamomile and aloe to sooth skin! Also Flower Extract and Vitamin E wish moisturizes your skin)
  • Dermatologist Recommended
  • After washing, my skin doesn’t feel tight or dried out
  • PUMP BOTTLE! The bottle has a nice and easy to use pump, no mess, spilling, or wasting…and is more sanitary!

Cons:

  • Accessibility…I got mine from Bed Bath and Beyond, you can probably find it at Target or Walmart, but may take some searching
  • Not as well known brand
  • The smell is very soap like smelling
  • Only comes in one size bottle
  • Not fun to have in mouth or eyes! Lol…

Thoughts: As far as a facial wash, this is a 10 out of 10. I love it and will not buy another face wash anymore! This is so worth all the money you spend on it, and when I say that I mean it’s amazing for $5! Even though it should be more expensive than the Purity, for how amazing it works! It is creamy and healthy feeling on my skin, and one wash is all I need. It is gentle, and my go to product. It has made my face clear, calm, and fresh looking. It doesn’t leave my skin dry, but still controls my oil buildup. Apart from being dermatologist recommended, and full of amazing ingredients, it even takes all my foundation, powder, primer, and what not off! Although you can’t find it just anywhere, and it tastes like dirt and stings a bit if you get it in your mouth or eyes…but why am I getting it in those places in the first place?! Only changes I would say is to the outdated packaging design, and smell…but hay it is better than alcohol and dyes being in the formula, and getting it everywhere like the Purity.

A Final Word: Obviously I gave both of these facial cleansers a try. I was not biased and  I tried both, and gave a good length of time to form an opinion and see how my face adjusted. I really did want to love the Purity, and wanted to see what all the hype was about. Although it cleans your skin some what, it falls short in price, handling, and results. It is a waste of your money, and time. I am not being harsh, these are just my completely honest opinions, and I will not buy the Purity cleanser again. There was nothing special about it besides its’ amount of fans. I am not being paid nor sponsored to say anything or promote anything, I just figured I would help you guys out and let you know what’s up with facial washes! :p I love the Phisoderm, and one hundred percent recommend it to anyone whether you have acne prone or clear skin, it works great for my family and I who all have different skin types.

Please give it a try if you are a non believer in the  so called magic of the Purity like me! :p Let me know what you think of either of these products, whether you love one or hate another. Leave me some love in the comment section 🙂 or let me know if you love Purity and think I am just bat sh*t crazy 😀 ha ha…

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My favorite Perfumes! Mhhhh…

I do not know about all of you…But when it comes to perfumes, body sprays, and scents I just can’t get enough! I love sweet candy smells, musky smells, and even sometimes just the scent of my car when I am gassing my Nissan lol So here it is, my list of current favorite perfumes. Some of these are older and newer, and some I just can’t live without even if they are old and forgotten. Please let me know if the comments which perfume is your favorite? Or is you like one from my list! 🙂 Or maybe something I should try out?

#1) Fantasy By Brittany Spears…This is one of those forgotten ones I was talking about. I will always love the sweet smell and it is my boyfriend’s favorite.

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#2) Vera Wang  Rock Princess, smells more of musk, and is sexy 😉

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#3) Gucci Rush 2….They don’t even make this anymore, and I pay extra to get my hands on it! This bottle’s scent smells so classy and divine! I love the square packaging as well!

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#4) Gucci Guilty…Yes another Gucci perfume, but if you buy them off of Ebay, Perfume Mania, or Sephora they aren’t too pricey :0 I received this for my birthday, and it was one of the best gifts ever! It is pretty expensive, so I literally use a spray a month. But oh my gosh do I love the smell. I used to go into Sephora just to spray myself all over and leave lol Amazing!

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Thank you guys so much for reading, and I hoped you enjoyed my favorite perfumes! 🙂 Love always Pearlsnheels ❤

WHAT’S IN THE JULY 2013 IPSY BAG?! Open ME!

Hey Ladies! It is finally here! The moment we all have been waiting for…the Ipsy bag for July 2013! I have been especially excited for this bag, as you could tell from all my sneak peek posts! I was sad to see that I did not get the Benetint, but I am really happy with everything else I received, below I will have a couple pictures showing you guys a makeup look with the eyeshadow palette and the lip crayon, so please keep reading 🙂 I will also list all the items, and pictures of the products I got in my bag this month. As well, I have already tried all of them out and will give a little bit of review on the products! Please comment down below and let me know Thanks so much for reading, and love always Pearlsnheels ❤

Here is the bag all the goodies come in! So adorable, and it can actually fit a lot of makeup! I like how it is also plastic, because it will be so easy to clean!

Here is the bag all the goodies come in! So adorable, and it can actually fit a lot of makeup! I like how it is also plastic, because it will be so easy to clean!

Here is the cute little card inside saying "Beach Beauty" and on the back it describes all the products that came in my bag!

Here is the cute little card inside saying “Beach Beauty” and on the back it describes all the products that came in my bag!

I love getting hair products in the monthly bag! I get so excited to try them out! I tried this out a little on my dry hair, which wasn't very effective, just gave me a little bit of texture. I think the best way to use this is when your hair is wet and you scrunch the product into your hair...If you guys have used this on wet hair, let me know how your experience with it went! This product smells amazing, and seems like an oil based hair serum, I am interested to see how it will come out and if it is a good dupe for the Bumble and Bumble kind!

I love getting hair products in the monthly bag! I get so excited to try them out! I tried this out a little on my dry hair, which wasn’t very effective, just gave me a little bit of texture. I think the best way to use this is when your hair is wet and you scrunch the product into your hair…If you guys have used this on wet hair, let me know how your experience with it went! This product smells amazing, and seems like an oil based hair serum, I am interested to see how it will come out and if it is a good dupe for the Bumble and Bumble kind!

Unfortunately, I did not receive the Benefit Benetint. But instead, I received the Salt Air Roll On Perfume. I would have liked to get the Benetint, because I love Benefit products, but I am happy with this sample too! The sample size is great for a perfume, and it is nice to try out because it is a sent I would not usually pick, but smells pretty good. The smell is light and fresh, but the consistency is a little bit greasy. If you want an airy clean smell this is nice to tab on the wrists and behind your ears.

Unfortunately, I did not receive the Benefit Benetint. But instead, I received the Salt Air Roll On Perfume. I would have liked to get the Benetint, because I love Benefit products, but I am happy with this sample too! The sample size is great for a perfume, and it is nice to try out because it is a sent I would not usually pick, but smells pretty good. The smell is light and fresh, but the consistency is a little bit greasy. If you want an airy clean smell this is nice to tab on the wrists and behind your ears.

The first product I have in my bag is the Coola SPF Mineral Sunscreen. It is a pretty small sample, but at least it is unscented so it does not smell like a gross sunscreen scent. I tried out a little bit on my face, before I applied my foundation. The consistency is creamy and non greasy.

The first product I have in my bag is the Coola SPF Mineral Sunscreen. It is a pretty small sample, but at least it is unscented so it does not smell like a gross sunscreen scent. I tried out a little bit on my face, before I applied my foundation. The consistency is creamy and non greasy.

BH Cosmetics Eyeshadow Palette in California Collection Do they make more collections like this? If so, I will take all of them please!

BH Cosmetics Eyeshadow Palette in California Collection
Do they make more collections like this? If so, I will take all of them please!

Yes! Eyeshadow palette woop woop! I love eyeshadows, and the fact that we got three as one product is amazing, especially since they have counted one little eyeshadow as a whole product before! On top of all that the colors here are amazing! I used the Malibu and San Francisco for a makeup look yesterday on my eyes, as seen in the pictures below! I am excited to use the hollywood, I will probably use it for a pop of color under neath my eyes. They are all really well pigmented and full of shimmer! The gold and metallic brown are beautiful for summer looks, but could easily be used with the purple for a night time as well. What can I say, I am very excited about this product. Well done Ipsters.

Yes! Eyeshadow palette woop woop! I love eyeshadows, and the fact that we got three as one product is amazing, especially since they have counted one little eyeshadow as a whole product before! On top of all that the colors here are amazing! I used the Malibu and San Francisco for a makeup look yesterday on my eyes, as seen in the pictures below! I am excited to use the hollywood, I will probably use it for a pop of color under neath my eyes. They are all really well pigmented and full of shimmer! The gold and metallic brown are beautiful for summer looks, but could easily be used with the purple for a night time as well. What can I say, I am very excited about this product. Well done Ipsters.

I was excited to receive the Pop Lip Crayon in "Coral Crush" I put this on my lips yesterday and fell in love with it! The color is buildable, and feels very smooth on my lips. The texture isn't sticky or greasy it is perfect with a little bit of lip balm under neath it.

I was excited to receive the Pop Lip Crayon in “Coral Crush” I put this on my lips yesterday and fell in love with it! The color is buildable, and feels very smooth on my lips. The texture isn’t sticky or greasy it is perfect with a little bit of lip balm under neath it. I am wearing this on my lips in the makeup look below!

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Ipsy Bag Item #3 Release! July 2013

This is the picture of the third released sneak peek of Ipsy’s July 2013 bag! Some say it is a product by “Coola” and it is an Spf facial product. I am not familiar with the company, but I am really excited that we are receiving a facial lotion product! We will have to see what this ends up being!  So far I am really excited with what, at least I think, we will be getting in this bag! Comment with your ideas on this product and what you think it is going to be! Please stay tuned for the other released products of this bag, and I will upload when I receive the full bag in the mail. Thanks so much for reading, and love always Pearlsnheels ❤ 
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Second Ipsy Bag Item Released! July 2013

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So upon searching the Web, I discovered another leaked image of a possible item for the July 2013 Ipsy bag! This image got me particularly exited, because I absolutely Love lip crayons of any sort and would Love to try out one from the Ipsy bag. Hopefully this will be a product we all get, figures crossed! Check back. I will keep you guys updated if I find out about anymore possible spoilers for the up coming month! Leave a comment down below if this possible item excites you or maybe it doesn’t lol. Let me know, Love always Pearlsnheels

Wet N’ Wild Fergie Highlighter: Better than High end shimmer?

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Want to look dewy? Want to glow like Cinderella on the night of the ball, But you don’t have a rich prince to buy it for you? Here is a great drugstore option you can buy right at Walgreens for $5. I was a bit skeptical at first, I was trying to figure out whether or not to spend the money at Sephora on an expensive highlighter the  like Two Faced Candlelight one. So I decided to give this one a try, after seeing it in the new section for Wet N’ Wild. The shimmer highlight palette comes in three different shades: Carnival In Rio, Rose Golden Goddess, and I got the last one Rose Champagne Glow.

I was really excited to pop home and try it out! After applying my foundation and setting powder I applied this with an angled brush to the party of my face that gets hit by sunlight the most: Middle of my forehead, apples of my cheeks, above my top lip, and down the bride of my nose. Applying a highlight in these areas will have different benefits to the overall look of the face just as a bronzer would. A highlight on the apple of the cheeks give an illusion of higher cheekbones. Shimmer down the bridge of the nose elongates the nose and makes it seem slimmer. A dab of this highlighter above the top lip, give the impression of fuller lips.

To my surprise this budget savvy wonder, looked amazing with my skin tone, and really worked just as great as all the other high end  shimmer products! The formula of this palette is not sparkly, but adds the perfect amount of glow to my face for a healthy dewy look. I have fallen in love with this, and would definitely suggest it to anyone in look of a cheap highlighter that really does the job! Well done Wet N’ Wild, and Ms. Fergie.

Please leave a comment down below with any questions, or if you guys have tried it let me know what you think! Please remember to like this and follow me for some more blog lovin’. Thanks for reading and love always Pearlsnheels ❤ 

My Summer Essentials!

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Love Summer? We all do, it’s the one time we get to slip on our flip flops and drink pink lemonade. If you are  New Englander like I am, you know summer is the pleasant break where there is no shoveling snow and waking up to negative 15 degree weather! lol Where ever you live warm weather is wonderful, so I thought I would create for you my summer essentials and must haves! Shown in the picture above, are my summer needs, and read along if you would like to find out what I need to have on me at all times! If you guys would like a full review post about any of these products in particular, let me know in the comments! 🙂 

#1 Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo for straight/normal hair: I love this product for when I wake up in the morning and the last thing I want to do is get into the shower. So I throw some dry shampoo in and feel refreshed! (From Target For $3)

#2 Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Leave-In Protective Spray: Whether you are curling your hair or just going out for the day, heat damage is never the answer! If you’re like me and are trying to grow out your hair, heat can really damage your hair and cause drying. Using this spray prevents harmful heat from hot tools and the sun! (From Target For $5)

#3 Coppertone Sport Pro Series Duraflex SPF 50+ Spray On Sunscreen: Like your hair your skin is just as important when it comes to protection from harmful heat rays! Being in the sun is wonderful, but too much IS a bad thing. This sunscreen is the best I have found and easiest to apply! With the spray on function and almost odorless finish it makes keeping your skin healthy easy. (From CVS for $4)

#4 Burt’s Bees Miracle Salve: This little tin jar is amazing! This is a little good smelling balm, with a smooth texture that you can apply to your cuticles, elbows, knees, and the ends of your hair! It is pretty much a miracle in a jar. It is filled with a ton of of goodies like pumpkin seed oil and olive oil! This stuff works amazing on my dry heels and elbows! (From Bed Bath and Beyond, For $6)

#5 The Body Shop Mango Body Butter: This stuff smells amazing just like fresh mangos! This stuff is creamy and makes my skin so soft and smell so good. I always keep this mini jar in the bottom of my purse to throw on my hands or legs after shaving! (From a gift, but you can find it at The Body Shop)

#6 EOS Lip balm Egg in Sweet Mint: I love this little blue egg! These lip balms have legit changed my life lol. They are so cute and look like little easter eggs, and make my lips super soft and yummy tasting. (From CVS FOr $4)

#7 My Teal Watch: I got this watch from Target, though I am not sure of the brand, I love it so much. I thing is summer a great thing to have on you is an accent piece! Something that stands out and is a pop of color such as a bubble necklace, or colorful earrings. (From Target For $15)

#8 My Guess Pink Aviators: Eye protection is also important during the summer. Find a pair of cute shades that suit you and rock them! 😉 (From Marshalls For $16.99)

#9 Pixi Flawless & Poreless Face Primer: I love this primer. It is creamy and lays out a smooth canvas for my foundation. In the summer, when the heat flairs up, you need all the help you can get to keep your liquid foundation in place, and this product will definitely due the job. (From My Ipsy Bag, You can buy this one from Target as well)

#10 Elf Facial Mist And Set: A setting spray is an essential for me in summer, because of how well it works to keep my makeup looking good all day long. After applying all my makeup on I spray this all over my face, which leaves my skin feeling refreshed and my skin looking dewy and healthy. (From eyeslipsandface.com For $1)

#11 Revlon Nail Polish in 250 Flirt: I love this shade, it is a cute summery color perfect for June days. I love to pop this on my nails and be looking girly. (From Bed Bath and Beyond For $3)

#12 Sally Hansen VitaSurge Growth Gel: This stuff is totally cool! It is a nail gel filled with little blue beads that burst with vitamins and melts over the top of your nails. This serum is amazing, all you have to do is take a dab out of the bottle and put it on top of your nail and rub it in an instantly your cuticles are moistened and your nails are shiny. This stuff is amazing for when you are trying to grow out your nails, you can apply it before your nail polish and after. (From Cvs For $6)

#13 Beauty Sponge: I picked this cute little purple beauty sponge up from Marshalls: I got this to try out, since I had always wanted one but did not want to spend the money on the original beauty blender from Sephora. I love using this when I don’t want my foundation to be too heavy and just want to apply a light fresh layer with the wetted sponge.  (From Marshalls For $3)

#14 My Old Navy Blue Flip Flops: I love cheep flip flops, they are a must for beach going and camping. There is no sense for me to take my expensive ones with me everywhere, I am too messy, and um 2 for $5 Flip Flops YES PLEASE! (From Old Navy For $2.50)

Let me guys know if you guys liked my post! Please star this, and follow me for some more lovin’ 🙂 Please comment and let me know what your favorite  summer essential products are! I would love to hear what you guys cannot live without on these hot sunny days! Thanks you so much for reading and love always Pearlsnheels ❤