Friday, September 30, 2011

Simply Sweet Skin

I had been hearing a lot about Simply Sweet Skin from many of my friends in the makeup and blogging world and decided I wanted to give them a try as well. I finally ended up ordering during her labor day weekend sale when Catina was offering 20% off her new fall products as well as a free matching lip butter with the purchase of a lip scrub. I placed my order on Sept 4 received it on Sept 16. Her stated TAT is 3-10 business days so my order fell well within her stated TAT which of course is always good and always appreciated. =)

My order was shipped to me in a large flat rate bubble mailer. Inside everything was wrapped in green tissue and filled with purple glitter and confetti. I could have done without all the glitter as it was rather messy and ended up everywhere. I really liked that all of my products were shrink wrapped and well sealed so I knew that nothing had been tampered with during shipping.

I had heard really great things about the Sweet Lemon Body Polish so I added it to my order at the last minute. I wasn't really a huge fan of the scent. I had expected a more fruity and bright authentic lemon scent and this to me smelled more like a fake sort of lemon slushie scent. I paid $7.75 for a 4 oz. jar which is a bit on the higher side.

Lemon Body Polish Texture
The texture reminds me of  damp sand on the edge of the beach, a very soft feel with gentle exfoliation. I really love how soft my skin feels after using this! I almost feel like I don't have to use any moisturizer after I rinse off which is awesome! This is something I could see myself ordering all the time. =)

I ordered the Whipped Body Frosting in Toasted Almond Torte. It definitely smells very much like a baked almond dessert. =) It kind of reminds me of the smell of the cupcake dolls I had when I was younger. For some reason, when I opened this right after receiving it in the mail it was very firm, almost hard. Not sure why this was since the weather here has been quite warm but after about an hour or so it softened up to a nice light texture.

Body Frosting texture
My initial impressions upon application was that the frosting was VERY greasy. It almost looks like you put straight up vegetable oil on your skin. It does melt into your skin after about 10-20 seconds or so and leaves your skin lightly scented and super soft! One thing I learned very quickly is that you only really need to use a tiny bit as it goes a loooong way. I ordered the 2 oz. size for $5.25. It might seem pricey for the amount of product you're getting but it actually isn't that bad since even the 2 oz jar is going to last forever because you don't need to use as much of it as you would with a regular lotion.

I think of all the scents I ordered this one is my favorite. Sweet Tooth smells like cherry candy with a hint of almonds...yummy! It leaves a light scent on your skin that dissipates fairly quickly. I paid $6.00 for a 4 oz jar which is about average for this type of product.

Whipped Soap texture
I found this whipped creme soap to be very similar to Anderson Soap Co's Whipped Soap in a Jar. It had a nice soft texture and wasn't hard like some of the other whipped soaps I've tried. It works up to a decent lather, not super bubbley or anything but not completely devoid of bubbles either. It feels almost like a lotion with lather. It's very smooth when applying with no chunks or anything which is really nice. This is probably one of the better whipped soaps I've tried. =)

I absolutely love Creme de Menthe and this did not let me down! It smells like a very sweet and creamy mint! <3 It also tastes fabulous! =P I paid $4.25 for this 10mL jar which is on the pricier side to me since I normally pay $2.99 for a 15mL jar from Brazen Cosmetics. At the present they are listed for $5.00 in the Artfire store.

Texture wise, I generally prefer my lip scrubs to be slightly drier than this one was. It is similar to my favorite lip scrubs from Brazen Cosmetics but a little more oily. The Brazen lip scrubs are fairly dry and the oils in it are kept to a good ratio where none of the oils really leak out of the product. With this one the oils leak out a bit into the jar threads and outside of the jar so the packaging ends up feeling a bit oily. I did like the size of the sugar particles in this scrub. Some companies make it with sugar that's too small so it doesn't exfoliate enough or too large where it feels like little pebbles on your lips but this one is just right. =)

This is my freebie matching lip butter and this is normally $3.50 which is about average for this type of product. It is the same Creme de Menthe flavor as the lip scrub and I love how it makes my lips feel fresh and slightly tingly because of the mint. Texture wise it glides on easily and smoothly and leaves behind a hint of shine which is perfect. I don't like it when lip balms leave you with super shiny gloss lips because if I wanted it to be a gloss I would have bought a gloss. I think my favorite lip balms right now are this one and my Darling Girl Cosmetics lip balm.

Overall I enjoyed the products I purchased from this company. The branding is adorable! In the future I would like to see waterproof labels especially on the soaps and scrubs. Catina has a wide range of bath and body products and definitely has something for everyone. I have my eye on a few more things and will probably be ordering again sometime in the near future. Have you tried Simply Sweet Skin? Tell me what you think!

4.5 out of 5 Glittery Bubbles

**All products were purchased by me with my own money. I was not compensated in any way, shape or form for this review. All opinions are my own.


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