This Little Cleanser

A few months ago a friend of mine received an invitation for an afternoon of brunch and beauty at Bloomingdales from Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. She invited a few of her gal pals to tag along for mimosas and makeovers and being the beauty junkie that I am, this was an offer I could not refuse!


I was so excited because this was first time trying Bobbi Brown; it was on my must try beauty list and now I finally get to cross it off! Happy, happy, joy, joy!

Just in case you are not familiar with the brand Bobbi Brown, let me give you the beauty 411. Bobbi was a young beauty junkie who idolized her mom while she applied her makeup. When she was old enough to work, she applied for a job in cosmetics where she received formal training. She then went on to earn a B.F.A. in theatrical makeup and went on to become a professional makeup artist. Her first big break was the American Vogue cover, which featured the soon-to-be supermodel Naomi Campbell.

While working as a successful makeup artist, Bobbi found that the cosmetic brands she worked with looked artificial and it was impossible to create a flawless non-makeup natural look. Several years into her career, she had an idea to create a lipstick that didn’t smell, wasn’t dry or greasy. She soon met a chemist and shared her idea. With Bobbi’s specifications, the chemist created a pinky brown-based lip color. Soon after, nine other colors followed and the lipstick line was complete.

In 1991 Bobbi debuted her line of lipsticks to the elite department store Bergdorf Goodman. The line was forecasted to sell 100 in a month but to everyone’s surprise, she sold 100 on the first day! From there she has expanded her brand, appeared on Oprah and created a New York Times bestseller beauty instructional guide.

Now that you know about the brand and its trend-setting creator, let me go back to my makeover experience and the purpose of this review…LOL! Whenever I get a makeover, I usually have something I want to focus on and on this day, it was my brows. I am on a mission to perfect the shape of my brows and I needed a lesson or two to complete my mission.


Even though the makeup artist did an awesome job, it was the cleanser she used to remove my makeup that impressed me the most. So here I am today to give you the Glam it or Slam it and my final grade on the Soothing Cleansing Oil by Bobbi Brown.


The Glam: It lives up to its name of soothing! It feels so luxurious on my skin and leaves it feeling clean. It removes every ounce of makeup without that tight uncomfortable feeling. A little goes a very long way and it removes eye makeup too! It’s perfect for my sensitive skin and it has been a lifesaver on my extremely dry skin during this harsh winter weather.


The Slam: Hmm, let me see. I can’t think of one single issue with this cleanser; it’s just fab!

My final grade for the Soothing Cleansing Oil by Bobbi Brown is 5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH! I am so in love 🙂 If you are interested in purchasing this product, you get in at Bloomingdales,, or any other major department store for $42 (and yes, it’s worth every single penny) Happy Cleansing!

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4 Real Skincare?

A few months ago I was gifted a few products from Big Girl Cosmetics from the new skincare range called 4 Real Women 4 Real Skin 4 real Needs 4 Real Results. I was really intrigued as I am only familiar with the makeup and the spa.

In case you are not as familiar with Big Girl Cosmetics as I am, let me give you the background and 411 on the brand. Big Girl Cosmetics is a local brand based in Chicago. The founder Kiley Russell started out as an Assistant Principal making products in her kitchen and giving them as gifts to her friends and family. She soon realized that her true passion was not teaching; it was beauty.

During her career as a teacher, she was invited to the Oprah show for teacher appreciation day with the car giveaway and you know what happened on that show…everyone received a car! Instead of keeping the car, she decided to sell it and start Big Girl Cosmetics.


Now that you have been fully informed, let me tell you about the product. I have been using the Grapefruit Foaming Face Wash for a few months now and I was a little leery because I am very particular about my face wash and anything that looks like a gel is just too much for my sensitive skin; it usually dries and irritates my skin. But this face wash foams and so I was willing to give it a try and Kiley also talked me into it. LOL.


Here’s the Glam: The Grapefruit Foaming Face Wash is great for combination skin types as it is very gentle and effective. It removes all my extra oil without drying my skin. It helps to nourish my dry areas and it keeps my breakouts to a minimum. A little goes a long way and it smells very refreshing!

IMG_2419Here’s the Slam: Insert crickets here because I really love everything about this cleanser!

In case you have not guessed by now, my final grade for the Grapefruit Foaming Face Wash is 5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH! This cleanser is more than what I expected and I can’t wait to try the other products! If you are interested in tying the Grapefruit Foaming Face Wash by Big Girl Cosmetics, you can purchase it on for $24.00. Happy Cleansing!

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My Guest Post on Rachel O. Beauty: My Summer Lovin’ Facial Cleanser

Today I am going to do something a little different I am going to give you the final grade first and then tell you how and why I came up with this rating (warning…spoiler alert). GIGGLES

As you can see in the title, the Checks and Balances Cleanser by Origins is one of my faves so I give this cleanser… click the link to continue to reading…

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Does 1+1=2??? A Double Duty Cleanser Put to the Test

Hey Beauty Scholars!!! Here is my Report Card Review as a guest post on Rachel O. Beauty. Click the link to see the final grade on if the Clarins 2 in 1 cleanser is really worth it!!!

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