Product Review: Papaya Toner

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As you guys know, I absolutely love the Etsy shop, FacenEarth. So far, the silver colloidal face wash is the only wash that keeps my acne and rosacea at bay. I didn’t really care for its matching toner though so, I bought a rosewater toner from another Etsy shop. I loved the toner, but I just didn’t love paying $10 for such a small bottle. I decided to cruise FacenEarth’s Etsy site for a toner and purchased the papaya toner for its brightening properties. I thought it could give my bio oil some help. Besides, my skin is in major need of a glow boost.

The owner of the shop was nice enough to send me a small bottle of the matching cleanser to go with the toner. Well, papaya apparently does nothing for my skin. I’m having a break out right now (that time again) and switching to use the little sample is not helping, but I’m going to use them up because I paid for them and I don’t like to waste. I know for sure now that I have to stick with the silver cleanser, the little papaya cleanser does not keep my rosacea away. I have that annoying little red rash on my cheek. I can’t wait to use all of the little bottle up.

The cleanser actually smells pretty good, but for some reason I’m not digging the smell of the toner. Not to mention, the main reason I bought it (size issues) seemed to be a waste because the bottle isn’t much bigger from the rosewater toner.

I ended up purchasing another rosewater toner off of Amazon. I just really want to use a rosewater toner after seeing what it did for my skin and this one had rave reviews. This one is very reasonably priced at $8 for 8 ounces! Not to mention, it has multiple uses. I’m also going to test it out as a make up setter and a spray for my curly hair. I think I’ll write multiple reviews for each purpose.

I won’t be testing that toner until I use up the papaya toner. If I don’t like the new rosewater toner, I’ll just go back to the old Etsy one. Since it apparently has multiple uses (Amazon rosewater toner), if it doesn’t work for my skin I could possibly use it for something else.

But just because the papaya toner didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. If you think your skin might benefit from it, give it a try! FacenEarth has amazing products!

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Job Interview #1

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Yay! Things are finally happening! I had my first real job interview today and I think it went well by my standards. Usually my social anxiety takes over and I can’t make eye contact and I stutter, but I gave myself an internal pep talk before the interviewer called me in. I managed to keep my eyes on the interviewers when I spoke and if I did stutter it was only once or twice. I honestly don’t remember stuttering though.

They seemed impressed by some of the work I’ve done in graduate school. So, I have that going for me. The only thing that bothered me was I felt very differently dressed from the other candidates. Granted, most of the other applicants were men, so of course they would be dressed differently. I just felt my look was more “the cute professional” rather than just “professional.”

I wore a dress style top that’s black, but has black and grey plaid on the top of the blouse. I had the the matching tights and some cute black ankle boots. It kind of screams “cute librarian” (especially with my black frame glasses). That’s my thing. I like to look professional, but I still want to wear what I like. I just seemed more cutesy, than the few other ladies. Do you think it was a mistake?

There was a lot of people applying for this position, so the competition is fierce! I will get a call by Thursday if they want me back for a second interview. I also have a pre-interview lined up on Thursday afternoon. That will take place online and from there I will be able to schedule a face to face interview! This is all so exciting!

Now, I’ve been having to tell myself that if none of this works out I can’t just wallow in despair. I just have to keep going. I went for months with no luck and now doors are opening! I probably will get down again, but I’ll find something. I also have a back up gig that might start in August.

I also wanted to say something about my natural skincare series. I know I said I liked the Naturally Rosy toner, but it’s just too little for $10. I wanted something a little more cost effective, so I ordered two more toners. The first is the papaya toner from FacenEarth. Turns out, it’s still pretty small for the price, but I’m still going to review it. The other one is the one I’m really excited about. Rose water has done amazing things for my skin, so I ordered one from Amazon that’s a whopping 8 ounces for $8!

I’ll be testing those out soon, so watch out for the reviews. I’m still trying to navigate through the moisturizers. But we’ll get to the end! I also have some natural make up samples coming in. Very excited about that!

Furthermore, I haven’t stopped doing book reviews. I’m just reading a VERY large book.

Hang in there kids! Lots of exciting things will be happening here at Ruined In All The Right Ways!

Product Reviews: “Naturally Rosy” Rosewater Toner

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I’ve found it, guys. I’ve finally found the holy grail of toners for me. Gosh, I’ve been searching for years. I’ve heard that rosewater can do wonders for your skin and really brighten it up. I was always very eager to try it out. I just had to get rid of other toners I bought first. I noticed a different in my skin’s tone after the first use!

Here are the benefits of rosewater that is listed on the toner’s Etsy page:

Rose water prevents and or reduces eye puffiness. Rosewater helps to maintain your skin’s pH balance.
It helps fight acne, dermatitis and eczema. Rose water helps to hydrate, revitalize, moisturize, and smooth out the skin. It also helps to heal scars, cuts and wounds. Rose water calms the skin to help ease any stress and anxiety. It helps tone the skin, while offering anti-bacterial properties. The antioxidant properties of rose water help to strengthen skin cells along with regenerating skin tissues. It also helps to revitalize aging skin while keeping fine lines and wrinkle at bay.

Another good thing about this toner is that the other ingredients besides rosewater are not only natural, but they also are very good for your skin. The other ingredients include aloe vera, chamomile, green tea, and raw honey.

The only downside I found is that it’s $10 for a 4 oz. bottle, but you must factor in that you are paying for quality ingredients. I just replaced the normal cap with a cap that squirts, so I can control how much I use. Also, the owner is very accommodating. I asked them if I could pay extra for a bigger bottle, but they don’t have one. However, they said they could keep a look out for a recyclable glass bottle. It never hurts to ask! You can find this toner at the Etsy shop NaturallyRosyRiley and here is a direct link to the toner: https://www.etsy.com/listing/227467494/rosewater-toner?ref=shop_home_active_1

Now, let me catch you up to speed on my natural skincare series. Here’s the parts of the routine we have found.

Extras:

  • Bio Oil for Post Acne Marks: You can purchase this at Walmart or look it up online.

This means that we almost to the end of the natural skincare series. It makes me a little sad, but honestly I’m glad I’m finding the right routine for me. Of course, it will never actually really be the end because I’ll always be trying new products. I’ll actually be searching for organic make-up once I get rid of the stuff I already have.

I Feel My Inner Grunge Goddess

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I’m sure you guys have noticed from my blog that I absolutely love the 90s decade and in particular the grunge and alternative scene. Well, I finally got my hands on something razor to go with my babydoll dresses and band shirts. But I’ll save that for the end of this entry.

I told you guys that the lady from FacenEarth was sending me a couple of free sample face scrubs. Well, that’s what I thought. But I actually got a whole box full of samples! Thank you! I gave a few to family, but I tried out the Grapefruit cleanser and it smells great! Unfortunately, it doesn’t keep my rosacea at bay like my normal cleanser does. I also tried out the rosehip moisturizer and my skin was absolutely glowing! So, this moisturizer may be a contender! I’ll see how it goes. I thought the smell was a little too strong, but my fiance loved it so much that he took a big wiff of my face. Which was weird.

Today, I went shopping and I bought the bio oil, so that review will be coming soon. I also bought a new bookshelf for my books. I also stocked up on fruits and healthy snacks, as I am trying to drop the weight. It’s hard to do that when my in-laws love their sugary snacks. So, I decided to combat the temptation with snacks of my own. I’ve already kicked soda out and I drink water with the occasional bit of lemon juice.

I know some of you have been looking forward to the rosewater toner review. It will take a bit longer because a sample toner was in the box and I am trying to use it up. But it won’t take long.

And…as I am listening to 90s alternative on Pandora, I’ll show you guys what I got.

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Black Floral Doc Martens!

Doc Martens usually run for $200 these days, but Journeys was having a sale and I got them for $50. These will be perfect for all my clothes and the fiance and I are discussing a possible grunge wedding theme. My grandma will love that. HA! I’m sorry the quality isn’t so good. I’ll take some more pictures soon.

Product Reviews: Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap Problem Skin Moisturizer

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I finally got around to using the last bit of a moisturizer I wasn’t too fond of and started using the moisturizer that came with the African Black Soap Kit. The results were kind of mixed.

What I Liked: This moisturizer uses the same ingredients that are in the African Black Soap toner. I really liked that toner and the only reason I decided to switch to a rosewater based one is because I heard it could brighten up skin tone and help with post acne marks. The ingredients include tamarind and tea tree oil. I didn’t know what a tamarind was, so I looked it up. Turns out that it is a tree that grows a date-like fruit.

The moisturizer does not feel light and feels a little heavier than most moisturizers advertise. Most might not find this endearing, but I found that the more a moisturizer is advertised as “light,” the greasier it is. Which is funny because light is also advertised with non-greasy. It also gave my face a nice, bright dewy look.

The moisturizer also comes in a very nice sized pot.

What I Didn’t Like: Pew! This stuff stinks! It smells exactly like the facial scrub I told you guys I hated.

Conclusion: Honestly, if I don’t like the white tea moisturizer I bought, I could see myself keeping this one around. It has more pros than cons and the smell fades throughout the day.

What’s Next For the Skin Care Adventure: 

  • Rosewater Toner
  • Sample Face Scrubs from FacenEarth
  • White Tea Moisturizer
  • Bio Oil (for acne marks)

Product Reviews: My New Favorite “Magic in a Bottle” Face Wash

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Okay, before we begin I have to point out that this facial cleanser is not really called “magic in a bottle.” That’s just the nickname I have given it. If we backtrack to the previous installment of my little natural skincare adventure, you’ll remember that I wasn’t too impressed with Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap Kit, but I in fact found a much better cleanser.

Now, if you’ve been following my skincare posts from the very beginning you would know that I’ve actually been searching Etsy for facial products that work for me for well over a year! Now, we’re finally going to talk about a keeper!

This nifty cleanser doesn’t really have a name but instead is listed on Etsy as “Colloidal Silver Anti Bacterial Cleanser with Green Tea, Chamomile & Lavender.” It also promises to help with acne and rosacea. You guys already know that I get the occasional pesky PCOS related acne break out, but I’ve quite recently also noticed that my cheeks sometimes sport a splotchy red rash. I suspect a mild form of rosacea.

I’m sure we’ve all heard of the familiar facial soothing ingredients green tea, chamomile, and lavender. I can even say I’ve tried them all, though not all together. But I’ve never heard of using colloidal silver in all of my acne research. According to the Etsy shop, FacenEarth, colloidal silver has powerful antiseptic, disinfectant and germicidal properties. It has also been shown to promote wound healing. Research on the broad spectrum antimicrobial effect of Colloidal silver has exploded in recent years. Ionic silver is also believed to possess cell renewing properties, which may contribute to its effectiveness against many cases of acne. Colloidal silver has reportedly cleared up other inflammatory skin conditions like rosacea, eczema, dermatitis and a variety of rashes. Colloidal silver works against these conditions whether they are caused by bacteria, viruses or fungi and appears to speed the repair of damaged tissues. Silver is a powerful antimicrobial and kills bacteria on contact.

The cleanser had an ingredient I hadn’t tried, but I actually had been bypassing it for a while due to the price. It is a bit pricey at $15. But after trying the African Black Soap and seeing the acne at bay, but a red, splotchy skin tone, I was totally up for trying it. I would later learn that it was worth every single penny.

I have been using this cleanser for two weeks now and my skin has regained a glow it hasn’t had in a while. I once believed that the glow could now only be achieved with make-up. I also have one single zit that grows smaller and smaller with each passing day.

Other pros of this cleanser include a pleasant herbal scent that I enjoy (but this could be a question of taste). It lathers really well. This is something that the African Black Soap did NOT do. For the price, it actually goes a long way as in a little goes a long way. And of course, you are washing your face with nice, organic ingredients!

So, I have made this cleanser my permanent cleanser. If the lovely owner ever goes out of business she’ll have to teach me how to make it because I’m convinced I can’t live without it. You can check out her Etsy shop at; https://www.etsy.com/people/facenearth

What’s next on my natural skincare adventure? Recently I saw another fellow WordPress blogger write about a facial brush that she likes from the Body Shop. It promises to restore your face’s glow, exfoliate, and make your complexion better. I’m all for that. I actually used to own a Proactiv facial brush and hated it. A Clarisonic is waaay too expensive and I actually think a spinning facial brush may ruin skin. So, after reading her review I hopped onto the Internet and ordered it on overnight shipping! It just arrived! Expect a review on it soon.

Check out her review on the Body Shop Brush here: https://withtinu.wordpress.com/2015/06/16/product-praise-ft-the-body-shop-facial-brush-with-lid/

I have also ordered a rosewater toner and still have moisturizers to try. Once my skin routine is complete I’ll post picture results! Thank you for going on this journey with me.