Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel | Sample Series

*I can only attest to results from the amount of time that the sample size allowed.”

Price: $52 on Sephora.com


“What it is:

An ultra-hydrating vitamin B5 gel that replenishes nutrients while delivering hydration throughout the day to improve the look of skin texture and tone.

Solutions for:

– Dullness and uneven skin tone

– Dryness

– Uneven skintone

If you want to know more…

B-Hydra™ is a cool glass of water for your thirsty skin. Uniquely formulated with pro-vitamin B5 and pineapple ceramide, B-Hydra attracts and holds moisture to the skin, helping skin to look healthy and illuminated. A watermelon rind/apple/lentil complex provides up to 24 hours of continuous skin hydration, and visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines while increasing moisture retention. Barberry extract adds soothing properties. Sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer soaks in to provide unsurpassed hydration and acts as a free radical scavenger. Drabness, dryness, uneven texture, and fine lines will appear diminished and skin will look brighter and more youthful with every application. 

What it is formulated WITHOUT:

– Parabens

– Sulfates

– Phthalates

What else you need to know:

Formulated with molecular size in mind, this lightweight, hard-hitting gel has a pH level of 5.5, and is ideal for all skin types. Drunk Elephant’s formulations are bioavailable or, in other words, able to easily penetrate your skin, without disrupting its balance.

Drunk Elephant only uses clean ingredients that either directly benefit the skin’s health or support the integrity and effectiveness of our formulations. They never take into account an ingredient’s synthetic or natural status, but instead choose based on its safety and bio-compatibility. You won’t find silicones, chemical sunscreens, sensitizing dyes, perfumes, or fragrant essential oils of any kind in any of their products, making them appropriate for every skin type. This is Drunk Elephant’s commitment to you.

Drunk Elephant is a supporter of IEF (International Elephant Foundation) and is cruelty-free.

This product is vegan and gluten-free. 

Research results:

In an independent consumer testing panel of 50 women age 25 to 55:

– 96% found skin looked healthier and felt nourished

– 94% found skin had a healthy glow 

– 92% found skin looked radiant and no longer appeared drab or dry

– 90% found skin was quenched and visibly brighter

– 86% found skin felt hydrated”


“-Pro-Vitamin B5: Attracts and holds hydration to the skin; helps to improve skin’s barrier function.

-Pineapple Ceramide: Helps boost luminosity and improve the appearance of skin texture and tone.

-Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer: Delivers intense hydration to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and promote firmness.

-Watermelon Rind/Apple/Lentil Complex: Provides up to 24 hours of skin hydration, improves moisture retention, and reduces the appearance of fine lines.

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Berberis Vulgaris Root Extract, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Coconut Alkanes, Panthenol, Sodium PCA, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Sodium Lactate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Cyclodextrin, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citric Acid, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

My Thoughts:

The gel is clear, thin, and has no discernible scent; which, surprises me a bit after reading the ingredients- a lot of fruit product in it! 

I found the product extremely easy to run in, it was nice. But, I don’t think it is anywhere near worth $52. I have a product the Mel from Mel’s candles makes that gives me the same results and it is only $4.50! Unfortunately, I can not find it on her website. 

I am giving this product 🐘🐘🐘 out of five elephants. It’s a good product, but not worth the price and I will not be purchasing it.

Thank you so much for reading! 

Have you tried the B-Hydra Gel? What is your fave Drunk Elephant product? Comment below!

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Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment | Sample Series


*I had this product in a one time use sample, so can not speak for long term use just first impressions.*

GlamGlow is a skin care brand, that became pretty popular, due to instagram and youtube beauty gurus. It consists of a multitude of super expensive masks and mask sets.

The full-size of this specific mask costs $69.

From the site:

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal
✔ Oily
✔ Combination

What it is:
A skin care mask designed to visibly clear the complexion.

Solutions for:
– Pores
– Acne and blemishes
– Oiliness

If you want to know more…
The SUPERMUD® Clearing Treatment was clinically developed to address common skin concerns, which include blemishes, redness, scars, razor bumps, and in-grown hair. The potent mud formula supports skin’s natural oil balance, while a proprietary blend of six acids works to dramatically brighten and soften the complexion. Activated-X charcoal lifts away dirt and other skin congestions, resulting in a refined, healthy-looking complexion.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

Research results:
In a consumer study on a number of participants, after 1 day:
– 94% felt their skin looked renewed
– 91% saw an improvement in skin clarity
– 94% felt the product gently cleared their skin

After 3 uses over 7 days:
– 98% reported their skin looked renewed
– 97% saw an improvement in skin clarity
– 97% felt the mask gently cleared their skin “

My experience:

I hate the smell. It smells like black licorice, which I really dislike. So that is a big mark off itself sense I have to set around for 15 minuets with it on my face. As time wearing it drug on, my face started to burn. At the time of use my face was severely broken out, so I was hoping that this mask would improve my condition. Preferably with out pain.

10 minuets after washing the mask off my face, I took a look into the mirror. This mask works! The first time! The nasites on my face were sucked dry. I am incredibly impressed. If you can deal with the smell and pain, this mask is 100% worth what is costs.

However, I can not deal with the smell. The pain, whatever beauty is pain, but the sent is too much. It sounds like such a small down fall, but it is sitting there, on your face, for an extended period of time. The scent doesn’t go away either after rinsing off the mask. I just can not do it.

What Glam Glow masks do you like? What scent can you not stand? Comment below! I hope you enjoyed this little sample review, you can find more on Instagram and Snapchat manda_janette

XoXo Manda

*Birch Box Sample Review* (Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser


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I have decided to start centering the talk wall portions of my post. In my eyes it looks more professional. What do you think?

I got a sample of this product in my April BirchBox, and if you remember, I didn’t like this product from my first impression. Now, after a few weeks, I am going to tell you what my opinion on this product is!

BirchBox Break Down:

“This triple-threat cleanser from (MALIN + GOETZ) dissolves dirt and oil, clears acne, and balances skin’s pH. The amino acid-based foaming gel taps naturally antibacterial grapefruit to prevent blemishes and exfoliate, while hydrating glycerin and sodium pca leave your complexion soft, not taut. It’s gentle enough for sensitive skin, and rinses away completely—no need for toner. (So…quintuple-threat?)”

Sample in general:

In general, this was a pretty good sized sample. (This is prevalent because it attributes to BirchBox’s worth.) I got quite a few uses out of it. It was the perfect size to allow me to make a firm opinion on the product.

Thoughts on its properties: (scent, feel, etc..)

I am not fond of the grape fruit scent. I am STILL not fond of it. The scent made it kind of hard to use on my face, because the scent lingered. But, on a positive note I love that it is a gel instead of a cream. It also has an amazing texture. It is so smooth when you are rubbing it in to your skin.

How did it affect my skin:

I  have very dry sensitive skin. It is pretty hard to find facial cleansers that I actually enjoy. This product however made my face SO soft, it was kind of amazing! It also didn’t cause any type of break out or rash, which sort of surprised me because it has a fragrance.

Would I purchase:

This product is $32. You can get it here!

If this product comes in different scents it is something I really want to purchase. It works great and my skin has shown a lot of improvement since I have been using it. The only thing holding me back is the scent. I can’t stand it. I am sure I am one of the few people on earth who hate the popular fresh grape fruit scent, but I just cannot handle it.Other than that though, I am very glad I got to try this product and hope I can get my hands on a different scent ( or non-fragrance version).

What is your favorite face wash? Have you tried this one? DO YOU LIKE GRAPE FRUIT!?

XoXo Manda

*Birch Box Sample Review* WEI Golden Root Purifying Mask


As you may have read, I received this product in my MY FIRST BIRCHBOX! April 2016. This is a small sample of the WEI Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask. You can purchase it for $42. It comes with 8 pods and a brush to apply the mask.

I want to point out that my little sample said that it was a one time use pod, resulting in no way to close the sample. But, when I applied a thin layer like instructed there was quite a bit of product left, I really hope it doesn’t just go to waste. I also am not sure if the pods in the full-sized set are like this as well.

BirchBox Break Down:

“Most mud masks feel like paper-mâché creations once they dry on our faces. Not so with this super-soft mask from WEI™. It purges all kinds of debris from your skin—from excess oil to environmental pollutants—leaving your pores nearly invisible. We love how the single-use pods come equipped with a handy brush to help you apply the mask evenly. The formula works for all skin types, even the most sensitive.”


on my birchbox card it says to “apply a thin layer, wait 10 mins, the rinse off with warm water.”

My Thoughts:

I love the smell of this mask. It smells a bit floral like and just the smell made me feel like my skin was cleaner already! I really enjoyed how easily the product applied and came off, usually masks are a huge fuss and I hate it. My skin has never felt so soft or smooth before, it kind of blew my mind. I feel like I will no longer like the masks I already own because of this product. My only complaint really is the packaging.

Would I Buy?

No, probably not. Just because of the packaging. Seems like a lot of money to potentially waste quite a bit of product.

Have you tried this mask? What is your favorite face mask??

XoXo Manda