Andalou Naturals Avo Cocoa Skin Food Mask vs Ferrero Nutella

Andalou Naturals — Avo Cocoa Skin Food Mask

I purchased Andalou Naturals Avo Cocoa Skin Food Mask sometime last year after reading some good reviews of the same brand’s Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask. I chose to go with the Avo Cocoa mask instead, since it’s meant for dry skin, unlike the Pumpkin mask for normal/combination skin.

While I liked one of Andalou Naturals’ shampoos, I hadn’t tried any of their skincare before. After using this Avo Cocoa mask intermittently for about six months, I must say that I am really pleased with this product.

Like the shampoo I had success with, this product is also from Andalou’s line of “Fruit Stem Cell Science” products. I don’t believe a bit of the frankly strange claim that plant stem cells will make human skin look younger when applied to the skin, but this product does contain some nice ingredients, anyway.

Andalou Naturals Avo Cocoa Skin Food Mask

From Andalou Naturals:

For Dry & Very Dry Skin

Fruit Stem Cell Complex, organic avocado, Vitamin E, and pure dark cocoa, abundant in antioxidants and amino acids, effectively slow cellular damage and stimulate healthy cell renewal, replenishing moisture balance and dermal structure for soft, smooth skin.

OUR DIFFERENCE: Fruit Stem Cell Science® and 3 Levels of Synergistic Age Defying Innovation in Every Product:

‘Clinically proven advanced plant power harnessed and delivered to where you need it most.’

Fruit Stem Cell Science® renews skin at the cellular level. Award-winning Malus Domestica (Apple) and Solar Vitis (Grape) Stem Cells provide ‘universal’ cells to energize skin cell function for enhanced immunity, longevity and vitality. Fruit Stem Cell Science® accelerates the skin’s own ability to repair and replenish health cells effectively replacing older, weak and damaged cells. These universal cells become activated skin cells and elasticity and resilience are restored.

The ingredient list:

KEY INGREDIENTS:
Resveratrol Q10: Resveratrol combined with Coenzyme Q10; super antioxidant complex that helps to defy wrinkle formation, inhibit cellular damage, stimulate skin-firming collagen and elastin to decrease fine lines and smooth skin.

Cocoa Powder: Antioxidants and amino acids sustain healthy cells and protect against elemental damage.

Green Coffee Extract (caffeine): Perks up the complexion by stimulating blood circulation.

INGREDIENTS:
Aloe Barbadensis Juice*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Powder*^, Vegetable Glycerin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter*, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*^, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) and Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oils*, Cyamopsis Tetragonolobus (Guar) Gum*, Sclerotium Gum, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Juice*, Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Extract*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Resveratrol, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) and Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oils*, Lecithin, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extract*^

Non-GMO verified *Organic ^Fair Trade

First of all, it really does smell like cocoa! And, thankfully, it doesn’t smell like avocado, as well. It’s like a dark chocolate, slightly more liquid-y version of Nutella. Who hasn’t wanted to smear Nutella on their face, right? (No, I didn’t try that!)

Andalou Naturals Avo Cocoa Skin Food Mask vs Ferrero Nutella

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Haulage! Winners (January–February 2016)

Happy March! Another couple of months, another couple of Winners hauls! I would probably spend a lot less money if I didn’t live so close to a Winners.

Color Club 4-pack minis in Desert Valley
Color Club 4-pack minis in Desert Valley
Image: colorclub.com
Color Club 4-pack minis in Seven Deadly Sins
Color Club 4-pack minis in Seven Deadly Sins
Image: colorclub.com

These Color Club packs were marked down to CA$4.99 each! Actually, the next day I went back and saw them red-tagged (clearanced) to even less: $4 each, but I decided not to be obnoxious and return/repurchase for a $1.98 difference. Not all of them were clearanced, as well, so who knows what Winners was up to that day.

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Empties for Fall 2015

I have no makeup empties this quarter! Aaaargh!

Also, I really need to start taking pictures of my products before I use them and they get all grody. Seriously. No one wants to see the mangled Body Shop Body Polish tube I used up!

Here is my list of empties for Fall 2015 (Sept., Oct., and Nov.). All prices are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise specified.

Andalou Naturals Argan & Sweet Orange Moisture Rich Stem Cells Conditioner. I bought this on sale for $7.99 at Well.ca, after I noticed that I was getting a thinning spot on my scalp. Shortly after, I also developed postpartum hair loss, which is just great. (My hair is currently half the thickness it used to be, and I’m anticipating hair growth to return in the form of a mullet.) Now, the Stem Cells claim in this conditioner is pretty much nonsense, because dead fruit stem cells in your hair products aren’t going to make your human hair regrow. That’s ridiculous. I really like the shampoo in this line, but the conditioner is just average. I don’t find that it does anything particularly well or badly, though it does smell nice. One complaint is that it is really, really thick and is hard to squeeze through the small hole in the cap. I wouldn’t repurchase this.

Andalou Naturals Argan & Sweet Orange Moisture Rich Stem Cells Conditioner
Image: iherb.com

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Drugstore Haulage, GOSH, Sally Hansen, Nubar nail polish

Haulage! My Drugstore Purchases for Summer 2015

As we are entering the fall months on this last day of August—though fall doesn’t technically begin here in Canada until September 23—I thought it would be a very responsible idea to enter a low-buy for the upcoming season. After all, you gotta start saving money for those post-holiday deals, right?

Plus, the Canadian dollar is so weak at the moment, and prices are slowly going up. We’re down to 75¢ to the US dollar, guys! It hasn’t been this low since the 90s, I think.

So I have resolved to “shop my stash” and stop buying so much bloody nail polish until December.

To get myself in the mood to do so, here’s a roundup of my drugstore purchases since about June (that’s about three months, but doesn’t include my last Shoppers Optimum Points haul, since that was basically free).

Also, I just want to add that everything here was purchased on sale at either Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall, or Well.ca.

Retail is for suckers, Kramer, Seinfeld
“Retail is for suckers.” —Seinfeld

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Empties for Summer 2015

It’s been a while since I’ve done an empties post—not since the end of spring! So here is my empties post for this past summer. I think it makes more sense for me to do quarterly/seasonal empties rather than monthly empties, since it really does take me a while to go through products.

All prices are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise specified.

Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup in Nude (150). I’ve been using Nearly Naked for a few years now, after I decided that my previous drugstore liquid foundation favorite, L’Oréal True Match, was a little too greasy and possibly breaking me out (I no longer think it was the culprit, though it’s still a bit greasy to me). I can’t tell you how many bottles of Nearly Naked I’ve already gone through: it’s sheer but buildable, gives a nice, semi-matte finish, has SPF 20 with titanium dioxide, and is quite reasonably priced at around $10–12 on sale. The shade I use, Nude (150), is a good match for my NC30-ish skintone, particularly in summer when I’m more tan. It’s perhaps a tad dark in the winter, but a little powder over it tends to correct that. I like to keep a few foundations in rotation, and Revlon Nearly Naked is my drugstore pick.Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup in Nude (150)

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