Tested! Mini Carpet Cleaner

The following is a "life" post and has nothing to do with beauty, but it's something so magical I have to share with all of you!

We have a 10 ft. beautiful rug that sits right below our Cal-King Purple Mattress. It was the biggest single purchase we bought as a married couple- 2 freakin' bills for a rug from Home Depot. 2 BILLS! For. A. RUG. Right? Was I crazy?! I probably was. Jimmy was probably thinking the same thing. Mind you, it said it was "stain-resistant" and for an ivory rug, I told myself "it must be worth it"! 

Well, over the past 6 months, the edging around our bed has gotten a bit worn and dirty. I'm super sensitive to dust and dander, and I noticed I couldn't sit on the rug without itching. It gave me an excuse to try out this little thing I've been eyeing: Bissell's Little Green Carpet Cleaner

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It's pretty self-explanatory: warm water shoots out of the spray nozzle, scrub the area a bit to loosen dirt and grime, then push the nozzle into the carpet, and pull back to suck all the yucky stuff out. 

Steps: 

  1. Assemble the machine and plug it in
  2. Remove the "Fill Tank"
  3. Add in the Bissell Carpet Cleaning Solution to the line and fill the rest with super hot tap water (be sure to only use Bissell Branded Solution for your machine)
  4. Attach the tank back onto the machine
  5. Turn it on (it sounds like a vacuum)
  6. Spray the area. (it should be damp but not soaking)
  7. Scrub as your spray.
  8. Push nozzle down and pull back to suck everything up!
  9. Empty dirty water tank when max line is reached
  10. Refill clean solution/water side as many times as you want to clean
Fill with HOT water and Solution

Fill with HOT water and Solution

Push the nozzle to spray solution and use the red brushes to scrub! 

Push the nozzle to spray solution and use the red brushes to scrub! 

Push nozzle and spray a generous amount

Push nozzle and spray a generous amount

I would recommend working in areas of about 3 ft by 3ft. I ended up pulling the nozzle back in two different directions to get most of the water out, so my carpet would dry quicker.

Remember that whatever you clean will be slightly damp, so give it some time to dry. I didn't purchase the Little Green with the Pro-Heat built in so using steamy-hot water (not boiling) works enough for me. 

Push down and pull to see all the dirty water go away! 

Push down and pull to see all the dirty water go away! 

EWWWW OMG- I died

EWWWW OMG- I died

OMG THIS MACHINE- PURE MAGIC!! My carpet was sooooo clean! You could see a slight color difference from the area under the bed (where nobody walks) to the outskirts of the rug. 

BEFORE

BEFORE

AFTER (HOLY COW!

AFTER (HOLY COW!

I was on a high to clean, so I scrubbed all the seats and floor mats of my car (and my sofa!) EWWWW I could not believe how dirty everything was. The tank was black. But MAN! My seats looked brand new. My car took about 2 rounds of clean water solution (back seat, front seats and floor mats 2x). I cleaned my mats until the solution was on the lighter gray side (I don't think it would have ever been completely cleaned). I would recommend leaving your floor mats in the sun to dry completely so there isn't a "wet" smell to them when you put them back in your car. 

BEFORE- so many water spots and ice cream stains! 

BEFORE- so many water spots and ice cream stains! 

AFTER

AFTER

Verdict: It takes longer to clean an entire carpeted room just because the nozzle isn't very wide. But the results are fantastic!! It makes a huge difference. My carpets feel so clean! Plus, the machine isn't too clunky at all- it's a perfect size! 

I bought the "2x deep clean + protect" solution. It has about 24 rounds in one bottle. I think I used about 5 rounds- not bad for everything I cleaned. 

Would totally recommend this to anyone that has multi rugs/carpets or even pets! 

Price: Little Green on Amazon  $99|  2x Clean and Protect Solution for $18

 

Testing UD's "Sex-Proof" Mascara

 
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Urban Decay released their newest mascara last month. It claims to be "super-fat, super-long, sex-proof mascara". Interesting. I don't know why simple "waterproof" mascara wouldn't be enough for the bedroom stuff- possibly for overnight activities? LOL 

Since we started climbing, I've been needing a mascara that is waterproof considering my favorite mascara from UD is only water resistant. I wanted to see if this new family member lived up to its name (as in "going to the gym and napping" not testing it doing "bedroom stuff" LOL). We kept the testing on the "PG" level. HAHA

Packaging: Wow! This is probably one of the prettiest mascara wands I've owned. It looks almost holographic and has a pretty textured barrel (easier to grip). Even the box is pretty. 

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Wand: This is not your typical fiber-y bristle brush. The brush has bristles made a silicone-like material. The little pokes have larger gaps than traditional wands. The reason behind the wand's weird shape is to separate your lashes so no clumping happens, and it's suppose to give you 13x the lash volume!

Bare lashes. See, I got nothing. 

Bare lashes. See, I got nothing. 

No curling yet- all primer. 

No curling yet- all primer. 

Helllooooo long lashes! 

Helllooooo long lashes! 

Tip: Apply  lash primer  generously to one eye first. While primer is still wet, apply mascara over it. Don't worry the white will disappear. 

Tip: Apply lash primer generously to one eye first. While primer is still wet, apply mascara over it. Don't worry the white will disappear. 

Formula:  This stuff is goes on BLACK. It's really nice to have a very very black mascara. There's fibers built inside the formula to give you extra volume and length without the messy clumping and flakingI used it together with the UD Subversion Lash Primer. I put on about 2 layers- LOVE! It is sticky for about 10 minutes after applying so be careful. You can add some translucent powder to your under eyes to make the inner corners not stick as much. 

Mascara needs to latch onto something that isn't your natural lash to give you more length and more volume- hence YOU MUST USE A LASH PRIMER. Lash primers create the base layers needed for the mascara to "stick on" and "hold" to. Without it, the mascara won't work to it's fullest potential. 

 

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Stay Power: This mascara is pretty amazing! It stayed on all day WITHOUT me needing to add any powder under my eyes. I usually have to conceal and set my under eyes so my mascara doesn't bleed or smear. I put this bad boy on in the AM with nothing else on my face. I went all day and even climbed for 4 hours. No smudging! I even took a nap in it- NOTHING HAPPENED except my lashes got kinda smushed from sleeping on them. LOL 

Removal: I HATE removing waterproof mascara. I always look like a raccoon after- or there's a little left and I end up wiping my eyes on my pretty white towels and staining them. Troublemaker came off super easily in the shower with my Fresh Soy Cleanser with no residue. The other waterproof formula from UD, Cannonball, is harder to get off and I usually have residue left over. This one is a dream! 

Verdict: I really really like this mascara- not only for the aesthetics but for the overall formula.  My lashes look super full and super long! I understand there have been mixed reviews around it. But trust when I say, you must use the lash primer. Would totally recommend this baby! 

9.5/10 (-0.5 for being a bit sticky)

Price: $24 for Troublemaker Mascara Get it here | Subversion Lash Primer $21- Get it here.

Happy Lashing, my beauties!

Dream Away Without The Worry!

*Disclaimer: I was not paid or endorsed to advertise this mascara for Urban Decay. I purchased it on my own and this blog post is my own experience and opinion of it. 

 
After my nap! A little smushed, but still good! 

After my nap! A little smushed, but still good! 

 

Serums to Save Your Skin

Winter's coming; which means a change in weather, which means a change in your skin's appearance. For me, it means death for my skin is coming! What the best way to save it? SERUMS

I was in dire need to get a hold of a couple serums for my face. As you already know, my skin is super dry all the time; I have eczema on my cheeks; I have darker pigmentation around my mouth area.  After doing extensive research cuz there's a MILLION GILLION out there, I landed on two that would give me the results I wanted: pure hyaluronic acid and vitamin c serumPlus these items got over 5000 REVIEWS (what!?!)

It's a clear and a bit runny. Feels like heaven

It's a clear and a bit runny. Feels like heaven

Remember to use in conjunction with a moisturizer! 

Remember to use in conjunction with a moisturizer! 

3 is enough to cover my entire face and neck area too!

3 is enough to cover my entire face and neck area too!

Hyaluronic Acid

Get it here! 

Acid? ACID? No, it's not really "acid". Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in our body, mostly in our eyes and joints. It acts as a lubricant for our joints. It's also found in our skin and is able to attract and hold an extensive amount of moisture

In short, as we age, our cell walls weaken and lose the ability to keep moisture. The more moisture we lose, the more wrinkly we get. That's why babies have supple and soft skin, and elderly people have drier, looser skin. 

So using hyaluronic acid (HA) will help create that suppleness and plumpness we are all missing. It is great for dry skin. Remember that this stuff does not work on its own. You must use it WITH a moisturizer (see my other post about my skin care steps here). 

My favorite winter time moisturizer

My favorite winter time moisturizer

A little goes a loonnnngg way after HA serum

A little goes a loonnnngg way after HA serum

After toning, I drop 3 drops onto my palm and massage it into my face and neck. (It feels like diving into moisture heaven!). The little beads will kinda "pop". Then, I apply a face lotion. I've been favoring the Kate Sommerville Dry Skin Saver. If I feel uber dry, I'll wait for the HA to absorb, and then I'll apply another hydrating serum on my cheeks before I put on the face lotion.

I tried it for a couple of weeks with my nighttime regimen. I found that using this has reduced my eczema by about 75%. My cheeks were less red and irritated. My face felt softer and plumper.  I really really love the results. 

Tip: wait for everything to absorb before you go to sleep and rub it off on your pillow!

 

Very thick compared to HA- you'll need more

Very thick compared to HA- you'll need more

I love that this stuff is all natural! Store in a cool and dry place. 

I love that this stuff is all natural! Store in a cool and dry place. 

5 drops is perfect for my face

5 drops is perfect for my face

Vitamin C Serum

Get it here!

Vitamin C is an amazing thing for the skin. V-C is an antioxidant. Antioxidants protect the skin from free radicals. It's also an ingredient in collagen. Collagen binds cells together in order to give us stronger skin cells and more elasticity- thus, firmer skin. V-C also helps brighten and tone skin tone, while preventing breakouts. 

I added this serum into my morning regimen. After washing my face lightly, I'll use a cotton round to wipe it with witch hazel. Then, I'll drop about 5 drops into my hand and then massage it into my face and neck. I'll follow up with a moisturizer and sunscreen. 

After a couple of weeks of using both of these serums together, I'm really happy with the results. My eczema has been reduced. No more flare-ups. My skin is smoother and softer. The pigmentation around my mouth area has lessen dramatically. My face is almost the same color throughout. And I looove how plump my skin feels after the HA serum. 

Verdict: THIS STUFF IS AMAZING. Both products do exactly what they are suppose to and more! I totally recommend it for anyone needing a boost in their skin care. These products are more natural and more affordable than typical serums out there. 

Price: HA is about $15 for 2 oz and V-C is about $20 for 1 oz. I think it's completely worth it. Get it before winter comes too soon!  

Until next time, my beauties. Stay Golden.