Beauty Review: cvs brand Facial brush

Brand: CVS

Col­or­ways: White

Retail Price: $19.99 + tax in applicable areas

Uses: Exfoliater, cleaner

Over­all Score: 3/5

 

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to stop using a towel for a sad excuse for exfoliation and purchase a generic brand facial brush from my work. This product was compared to the Olay brand facial brush; compared to the Clarisonic. The price between the three was exponential.  Which made it a decent buy if you’re not interested in dropping $30.00-$200.00 for the Olay or Clarisonic units.

This unit only comes in white. It has two speeds and two directions for maximum exfoliation. It’s pretty gentle, and you can really see the skin and buildup coming off when you rinse the brush. As I used it, I found less and less buildup coming off on the brush. Though if I lapsed, it was right back to pulling off lots. I tend to have lots of build up to begin with due to having large pores on my nose and near my cheeks so if I lapse, it’s like starting all over again. ;71 I did notice some skin tightening after using it. It was like my skin was able to breathe properly and because of the blood stimulation, it was better oxygenated. It alleviated some darkness under my eyes because it also worked like a massage for my face. ;91

The one thing I didn’t really notice was any minimization of my pores. I used a daily cleaner from Clearisol to help reduce oil build on my face (it helps some but I’ve got mixed skin). They clear up really nicely, but I probably should use a pore closer right after to help with clogging.

The unit is battery powered. Taking two AA batteries to power it. If you use it a lot, this will make up its cost in batteries alone. If you’ve purchased rechargeable batteries, then this product will actually need minimal charges and will give you more bang for your buck.

The unit is mostly waterproof and the battery cover has two covers for safety! ;87 (DO not SUBMERSE IN WATER.) The brush heads are small, but nice and soft with enough stiffness to get the job done. They say you have to replace them as soon as they start to indent or wear; I haven’t noticed any indenting but I’m also not grinding the thing into my face either.  ;142

Overall, it’s good for a cheapie. I don’t expect the motor to last long in it because battery motors tend to wear quickly with exchangeable power sources. It does a decent job of removing makeup and day to day grime but, it may be worth the cost to invest into one that has an AC cord. The one thing I do like a lot though is that your replacement brushes are super cheap. :fyeah: I do recommend it for a broke fashionista who wants to keep her skin looking like porcelain.

Featured Outfit: Saint Mephisto

Saint Mephisto

Featured outfit of the day! (Meant to post this a bit earlier but I was caught up doing work.) This features Saint Mephisto, and some items I scooped together using Polyvore. It’s a simple coord with more of a focus on the tinier details of the dress coming out in the accents and accessories!

 

Replica Review: Oo Jia Saint Mephisto Cathedral

Brand: Replica of Alice and the Pirates

Print Name: Saint Mephisto’s Cathedral

Col­or­ways: Black, Iris, Ivory, Pink

Retail Price: Esti­mated $250-$350USD (Non-inclusive)

Rar­ity: (Of the orig­i­nal) Mod­er­ately Rare

Repli­ca­tor: Oo Jia

Price of Replica: $104.50 USD (inclu­sive of ship­ping)

Over­all Score: 4.5/5

 

The purchase of this dress was shortly after Oo Jia featured her Iris colorway of Saint Mephisto. I didn’t particularly like it since it seemed a bit “muddy”, if you will. The color seemed off from the photos, so I settled for the black as it looked pretty close in terms of print quality to the brand. It was purchased April 6th, and I received it May 1st.

The print features actually, minor details that are designed to make you look all over. It’s decorated with little white crosses in the pattern and the border print features religious scripts, crosses and a few (of course) cathedrals outlined by roses. It’s very visually appealing and I have already received many comments on it.

The dress is actually quite beautiful for a replica. The details are beautiful, but there are a couple of things that set this off from the original, which we will get to in a bit. It came out of package with just a head bow this time. I was expecting socks again, but I also didn’t ask for them like I did with Midsummer Night. ;81 So that was probably my fault.

Beautiful, clear print. The fabric, again, not textured as AATP uses, but that’s one of the details that lets you know this is a replica. ;01

No lace on the hem. The original uses a beautiful, almost hand-tatted looking lace lace that’s very soft to the touch. Oo Jia used grosgrain ribbon in place of the lace. It’s a nice touch but it takes away a little bit of the flare of the bottom. I’m going to see about finding some black chiffon trimming to put around the bottom just to give it a little something extra.

Beautiful stitch work. It’s a lot cleaner than Midsummer night’s dream. There were some crooked seams on the inside of Midsummer, but these are pretty straight and very well put together.

Oo Jia used beautiful venetian lace being used in the bust details. It’s not quite like the lace on the original but this lace is quite the eye-catcher. Very soft to the touch and just beautiful. I kind of wish she had hemmed it with this lace but venetian laces cost a bit more. I remember paying $13.50 a yard on some gorgeous venetian lace I found at a fabric shop. Spensive, but damn does it look good on a garment.  ;91

The dress is a dream fit. Last time, the bust was a bit tight, but for some reason, this dress fits quite a bit better.  I ordered with the same measurements. Maybe it was a fluke, but it’s ok. I’m not bothered by it so much.

Eh, I thew the hair and make up together on a quick whim. It doesn’t really suit the look as well as I would like, but it would really suit hime-lolita or maybe gyaru.  :fyeah:

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