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Hi my name is Zoraida, I've been a MUA for 15 yrs. I've done freelance work mostly bridal. And, worked in retail for Sephora and Ulta to name a few. You can trust my expertise and honest opinions.
15 years of experience
I wanted to like the Stripped Beauty Neptune face cream. But, sadly it just didn’t work out for me. I haven’t broken out in pimples or whiteheads in the longest. The the very next day of using it, I broke out. It’s extremely thick I had no idea as I piled on a lot. So you need the tiniest amount and it’s fragrance free. The packaging is minimalist nothing fancy to reduce their carbon footprint. It’s Vegan, cruelty and gluten free. You can use it day or night suitable for all skin types. I use it during the day and was putting in a Vitabrid C12 Vitamin C powder to mix . But, due to the thickness I stopped adding the powder. It contains antioxidants, squalene, Shea butter and Sea kelp. I’d li[Read more]
Sholayered Fragrance body sprays give you the option of layering. They’re unisex, refillable and made with natural ingredients. You can mix 2- 3 to cocktail between your body and outerwear or by itself. These scents are soft, portable ( 3.4 size too) and layering them is fun and an interesting method. The only downside is that they didn’t last long on my skin. Everyone’s body chemistry is different so, it might be a different case for you. You can also mix with other fragrances you may have in your home. My favorite scents to cocktail were: Sugar Lychee + Orange Blossom = Sweet
Mysterious Mix + Champagne = Powdery
I use to work in fragrances and know that if you add a shower gel or body l[Read more]
I have two words to describe the Acca Kappa hair brush “chef’s kiss” The first time I tried it I found it a bit harsh on my head. I was not used to this type of brush as it has two types of bristles. The black ones are shorter and softer. Now the white ones are longer and spikier. This brush is handmade in Italy, the bristles provide a scalp massage. The boar bristles will not pull hair. Brushing your hair 2x a day will help distribute hair oils. I notice when I brush some static followed by the sleekest hair I’ve ever had. I’ve never owned any hair brushes of this caliber before. I’m happy that Beautytap sent me this hair brush to try complimentary. I love the look and feel of this brush i[Read more]
The Soakness Hydrogen Peroxide Bath is a first for me. I loved the smell of Eucalyptus I kept smelling the bag. (laughs) I just wish it would have filled the entire bathroom air with it. I wanted to use half of the bag but, it’s not enough.You have to use the entire bag which is 4oz to get the full experience. The Hydrogen Peroxide will detoxify and oxiginate your skin while balancing your PH. Dead Sea and Epson salts, clay and colloidal oatmeal are all amazing ingredients. I relaxed in this bath for about 20 minutes.(safe on my face did not irritate) It left me feeling relaxed and refreshed. There are many benefits to taking Hydrogen Peroxide baths. I’ll be adding this to my self care routi[Read more]
As a Make up Artist I get to buy and try many brushes. So, grateful that I was sent this exquisite Pro Blending Brush to try by Varenti Beauty. Thank you Beautytap! This brush has a sturdy handle and nice dense bristles. I love the all black esthetic. It’s comparable to other expensive brands I’ve used on clients in the past. This brush is Vegan, cruelty free and the bristles are hypoallergenic. It’s made in Italy where the best make-up brushes are produced. I like to use it to buff out my liquid foundation, to blend out creme/powder contour. It blends everything like a dream no streaking and it’s so soft. I love it! It’s my favorite complexion brush that I own so far. I also love that wi[Read more]
I’m a lip balm junkie, I cannot get enough of them. I always have backups I’ve tried high end and affordable brands. So I was super excited to try Balm Bae by Stripped Beauty. I love the packaging it’s sleek and the smell is a bit fruity. I was expecting it to be more of a balm texture. Instead it’s very lightweight like a lipgloss which I don’t like as much. But, overall it is a great lip balm. Super hydrating I like to apply it before bed. And, in the morning my lips are still moisturized. That’s because it’s packed with Argan, Avocado, Coconut, Jojoba and Shea Butter (all organic) I would recommend this even as a lipgloss over a lipstick. We’re still wearing masks so it’s the reason I wea[Read more]
I get a few muscle pains in my upper thigh due to a very bad fall last year. Thanks 2020! I got the Dragonfly CBD Muscle Gel complimentary to try via Beautytap. Upon the first application I felt it working immediately providing a cooling sensation. Since it is a gel it quickly absorbs right into the skin. You can smell the Menthol but, it’s very soft goes away quickly. I use a scoop to keep it sanitary. ( This is optional) Everytime I’ve used it, it has provided me with relief from discomfort.
It’s highly regarded as a favorite among athletes and I can see why. Use it if you have pain, inflammation or muscle soreness. The only negative thing for me, would be the glass jar it comes in. Oth[Read more]
So, I recently got my second Covid shot and got really sick with body aches. I poured the Dragonfly CBD soaking salts into a running bath water hoping to get some relief. I love the way it smelled like coconut and cake batter. These salts are not chunky and dissolved quicky. I felt relaxed and my skin felt soft. The package says you can get 2 uses per pack. But, that probably depends on the size of the bath for me it would be about 3 uses. You can even use it as a foot soak if desired too. It has great ingredients like coconut, lavender, magnolia, vanilla and vitamin E. Use it you have inflammation, muscle soreness, stress relief or simply want to relax. It was my first time using a CBD [Read more]
I love this Sugar and Kush CBD Whipped Body Butter! It smells to me like Bubble gum and the velvety texture. Pure yumminess you’ll want to eat it. I like to massage it in post shower. You don’t need much it’s very rich. I thought I was not going to like it because it left an oily film on my skin. But, it quickly absorbs leaving your skin with a light sprakly sheen. And, super hydrated and soft too. It’s a bit of a splurge compared to other brands out there. This product is vegan, silicone, cruelty, gluten and parabens free. I love that it promotes collagen synthesis for anti aging. It’s packed with ingredients like shea butter, anti-inflammatory pomegranate and probiotics. Pair it with th[Read more]
I’ve been blessed to try so many new and exciting CBD products lately. Here is my review on Moon Mother Hemp Glow Skin Serum. This serum is USDA Certified Organic and environmentally friendly. Helps with moisturizing, inflammation, redness and antioxidants benefits to your skin. It can be used on face and neck and you can mix it in with your foundation too. I like apply about 2 pumps in the morning and then put my moisturizer right after. If you have oilier skin they recommend using it at night
Thee only thing I don’t like is the way it smells but, other then that I enjoy the experience. No fillers like corn, soy or gluten or animal testing which is amazing! The packaging is cute and t[Read more]
So the Vitabrid C12 Hair Tonic was an interesting product to try out. Almost like when you mix a bottle of hair color. Pour the Vitamin C powder into the tonic shake to mix. (this way it’s fresh stays fresh) I haven’t seen any results yet as these vary by individual. But, upon shaking the bottle before each use I spray it close to my roots scalp midline. I massage it into my scalp for better absorption. It tingles a bit and feels icy fresh due to Menthol. I noticed the next day that the area looked whitish or powder almost like dry shampoo. I didn’t not like that at all. This product hydrates, aliviates itchy scalp, strengths hair follicle and reduces hair loss or thinning. You can use it 2x[Read more]
The Vitabrid C12 Face Brightening powder can be easily mixed with water or skin care products. You get 12 hours of time released Vitamin C, that I really like! ( It won’t oxidize as fast as a topical Vitamin C would) I use it in the morning and mix a tiny amount into my moisturizer onto the palm of my hand. It feels nice I’m not sure about the results. Because I use Retinol at night. But, I have noticed that incorporating both regimes for day and night. My skin is starting to clear up. Having Vitamin C in a powder form keeps it more stabilized it won’t oxidize as fast. So you get the maximum delivery of benefits of brightening, firming, lines and wrinkles. It’s dermatologist tested and s[Read more]
Another great product by HanBee to keep me germ free during these times. This one is the HanBee Hand Sanitizer Moisturizing Serum great for the whole family. It contains Ethyl alcohol 62% and Royal Jelly. Feels nice and hydrating leaves my hands soft. It comes in a easy to dispense pump no messes. I love textures so this was different for me. I’ve never seen a hand sanitizer in a serum before. This is a K beauty brand there’s always something new on the market to play with. There is also a Hand Sanitizer Spray to accompany this serum. The ingredients are pretty awesome like Royal Jelly, macadamia oil, Shea Butter for softness. It smells like honey but, not overpowering. I love it it feels[Read more]
I’m so glad to have gotten this amazing HanBee Hand Sanitizer Spray! It was complimentary via Beautytap. It comes at a good time where keeping your hands sanitized is a must. I love that is sprays in a fine mist. It’s smells delicious like honey and does contain 70% Ethyl alcohol. Formulated with amazing ingredients such as Royal Jelly, healing Bee Propolis, macadamia oil and Shea butter. I like that it does not dry out my hands or leave them sticky. And, its not messy since it’s a spray. I feel fancy when I whip this hand sanitizer. Its vegan, no dyes, parabens and cruelty free. I’ve tried a lot of hand sanitizers but, this is my favorite one so far. This is also a K beauty brand if your [Read more]
I really like the Myaderm Ultimate Calming cream. It’s lightweight and has somewhat of a citrus smell to it. It leaves my skin with this beautiful youthful glow. I got this product complimentary to review via Beautytap. I sometimes get itchy, red and scaly skin due to using Retinol. So, I’m glad to incorporate this into my routine. Not only is this cream going to calm your skin but, it also helps to control oil. All skin types can benefit from it and it’s alcohol free. Use it in the morning with an SPF or at night. It is rich in antioxidants that have anti-aging benefits like Grape seed extract. I also liked that it felt cooling too. That’s also going to help your skin feel calm. The bott[Read more]
The Naternal Rescue CBD Muscle Cream 100 % works. I’ve been having some minor pains going up and down my arm for a while. I’m thinking pre- arthritis possibly. The minute I put this cream on I felt it working. And the pain has not come back since. I got this product complimentary to try thru Beautytap. I’m very pleased with it and will continue to use as often as needed. I could feel the cooling sensation from the Menthol and Arnica helps with inflammation. I was so pleased with it that, I ordered a bottle for my mom. ( Mother’s day) She suffers from arthritis and although this is not intended to cure. It can help alleviate some of her discomfort. I like that it doesn’t have that li[Read more]
I really did not enjoy the Naternal Rest CBD + CBN oil. I didn’t enjoy the way it smells or tastes either. It would send me straight to get a glass of water to flush the aftertaste. The first day I tried it I seemed a bit relaxed but, that was it. I get better results just by taking my regular melatonin pills. This contains Vanilla & Lavender to soothe. Take an entire dropper at 1.0 ML serving. If you are alergic to tree nuts ( coconut) I would not recommend. It’s recommend you start at a low dose in the beginning. I did the entire recommend dosage from the beginning. I was excited to see how it would perform. But, It just didn’t work out for me.
The Ultimate Hydration Gel Cream Facial moisturizer by Myaderm contains Hyaluronic Acid. This is a key ingredient in keeping skin plump and moisturized. It can hold it’s weight a 1000 x in water!
So many benefits in one cream : CBD, moisturizer and anti aging all in one. It also helps with dark spots, unevenness and irritation. You can use it morning and night. It’s very lightweight and absorbs immediately. It feels great on my skin and gives it a nice glow. I also like the price point at only $24.99. Gel creams are great for oily skin too. The convenient pump and 1.7 oz makes it great for travel. No spills or messes to worry about. I will continue to use to update even further on my pers[Read more]
It’s my first time trying anything CBD. But, not my first time experimenting with Retinol products. I was on a high percentage Retinol by a luxury brand. And, it was very harsh on my skin. I’m glad I got the chance to try Myaderm Ultimate Wrinkle Repair Night Cream it’s amazing. It’s gentle on my skin, no redness, no peeling and no itchiness. All of what I was experiencing before. I like that you get two benefits in one cream. You also, get a fragrance free formula with antioxidants like A, C & E. I’ll be updating this review in the future regarding lines and wrinkles. As with all Pro-Retinol ingredients these are best used at night. In the morning protect with an SPF of 30 [Read more]