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Amanda

@fabulush

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General Information

  • Ethnicity: Caucasian/European/White
  • Skin Tone: Medium
  • Skin Type: Dry
  • Hair Thickness: Medium
  • Hair Type: Straight
  • Hair Color: Brown

Personal Information:

  • Beauty Interest: Makeup addict
  • Age Range: 35-44
  • Location: United States
  • Ingredient Preference: Anti-oxidants, Hyaluronic Acid, Peptides, Retinoid, Salicylic Acid, Vitamin C
  • Are you a mommy to be?: Yes

I am always excited to try any product that promises to hydrate my skin - I cannot add enough moisture, ever.  I like the clinical appearance of the packaging - it always makes me feel like it will work better when the packaging looks clinical.  :)  The fit of this mask is good for me, it's made for thinner faces, I think and the eye holes were pretty small.  Overall, I didn't have any challenges with the fit and the mask was soaked in enough essence that it stayed moist on my face for 30 minutes.  There was also left over essence in the package which I like to massage into my neck, chest and shoulders.  The mask was so moist that it felt very cooling while it was on - and it fit well enough that I was able to be up and doing other things while masking.  After removing the mask, my skin definitely appeared more hydrated.  Hyaluronic acid draws water into the skin which gives a plumping effect for several hours.  I used this mask before bed, which was a mistake.  I will buy this mask, but I will buy it for morning use to help keep my face looking fresh all day long!

I was so excited that my local grocery store began carrying the Creme Shop sheet masks!  I bought this one and the penguin "Drink Up, Skin" to start.  I HATE this mask.  There is nothing at all wrong with the mask itself:  the tiger is cute, the fit was fine for me and there was plenty of essence on the mask.  That's the problem.  For whatever reason, this mask has a very, very strong scent of baby powder.  This is not a scent that I have ever enjoyed because it instantly makes me thing of baby butts and poop - but I do know some people like that scent.  I wasn't able to keep the mask on long, maybe 5 minutes before the scent was too much to bear and I removed it...and then immediately washed my face.  Ugh.  Horrible.   BUT...read my review for the penguin!

This was my very first Horse Oil product and I was so excited to try it.  One of my favorite things about Asian beauty products is the unique and interesting ingredients - and horse oil is definitely new to me.  This is also the first product from the brand ESL that  I've tried.  First off - I was very scared that this mask would have an unpleasant scent. I'm not sure what I expected it to smell like (maybe horses!??!) but luckily, there is not a harsh odor with this mask.  The fit was a little off for me, I have a long, skinny face (like a horse!) and this was quite a bit too wide, but that has never stopped me before.  I smoothed it over my face and laid back to relax and watch the magic happen.   THis sheet mask contains oil from Jeju Island that has antiaging benefits.  I loved how hydrating this mask felt after removing it.  My face didn't feel oily at all, but it definitely felt softened and looked smoother and more refined.  I would like to try other masks that contain horse oil so that I can compare them, but I would definitely purchase this mask. 

I have only used this product twice. I usually do not write reviews for products that I haven't really gotten to know well, however, I do not see myself using this product again so my opinion is based only on two uses.   I love overnight masks and sleeping packs because I have really, really dry skin.  I love CosRx products.  I love honey products.  Everything was in line for me to love this product.  But I don't.   First of all, I was surprised that it's not a cream, it's a gel-type product.  It actually looks like pure honey poured into the jar (but it's not sticky!), so that was a surprise and my first sign that this wouldn't work well for me.  It doesn't have a bothersome scent at all, and it didn't irritate my skin.  But, it isn't deeply hydrating, as it's meant to be and the next morning, my skin didn't look any different at all.   I know that others really love this product, so I'm thinking that it might just not be right for me - but I think i will give this to a friend with acne-prone skin and see what her thoughts are!

I completely agree with Kristine's (@chubbylamb) review and honestly can't add much. I think she mentioned the most important point for me which is that so much absorbs so quickly it doesn't seem very effective as a sleeping pack.  I am drawn to sleeping packs that are much more hydrating and honestly, I would rather stick to my pillow than have something absorb so quickly!

Fresh

Rose Face Mask

01/03/2017

I have never used a product from fresh that I like at all - and this is no exception.  This is a brownish colored gel mask that has chunks of brown rose petals in it. It definitely smells like roses which is a fragrance that I like, but this is just too much.  The gel is cooling when you apply it, and I think that's about all that I can say for it.  While rose is supposed to be hydrating, the gel base of this mask detracts from the hydration.  I can't say that I find it too relaxing, as it's too cool on the skin and stays that way until you wash it off.  I find it to be sticky and stinky - and with that, I'm OUT.  Not for me at all.

If I don't call this product an exfoliating mask, I love it.  Here's why:  I love Skin Food and many of their products are among my favorites.  Their Black Sugar Scrub is close to HG status for me.  That might be part of why I'm not so crazy about this one - when I exfoliate, I like the feeling of a deep exfoliation like the Black Sugar scrub and this doesn't feel like it does much in terms of exfoliation.  If I think of this as a soothing and brightening mask, however, I like it a lot.  It's rich and creamy and feels great when you apply it.  I like to place a thick layer of this creamy mask all over my face and let it sit for about 5 or 10 minutes.  Once it is beginning to firm up, I add some water and massage it around for a few more minutes, then rinse it off.  My face instantly looks brighter, and I think the rice is very soothing and calming to my skin which is prone to redness.   It feels quite hydrating as well and my face feels very soft once I rinse it off.  I love those things about it, but as an exfoliating mask, it's far too gentle for me - which would make it ideal for those with sensitive skin.

The packaging of these eye patches is beautiful.  They are perfect little hydrogel yin yangs in a jar and the black and gold iridescence is just so soothing and pretty.  They come with a tiny little spatula to assist with lifting them out of the jar, but I just use my hands.  I would love to keep the jar in my fridge, but I will forget about them, so I just use them in my bathroom.  They are very cooling even without being cold.  I have found that when I first apply them I have to lay still for a bit, but once they have settled and I can get up and move around a bit.  I have been using them every night as they do expire quickly and I do not like wasting, but this jar will last a very long time, even with daily use.  I have definitely noticed an improvement in the skin under my eyes since starting with these and find that my concealer doesn't crease like it did before.  I would definitely repurchase these, however, I think I will try some other brands before I buy another jar of these - but I like these so much that I have a strong feeling I will be back for them!

This is a great peel off mask!  I love Boscia products, and this is no exception.  This is the best peel off mask I have ever used.  If you're like me, you find something really satisfying about peeling off a mask, but get frustrated by the little bits that dont' dry all the way and just stay gooey until you end up washing them off.  This mask doesn't do that - and my favorite thing about it is that each time I have used it I have been able to remove the mask almost completely intact.  I've even taken pictures of it, it's THAT satisfying!  It is a much thicker product than most masks and it can be a bit tricky to get out of the squeeze tube because of that, but it applies to nicely and evenly.  You need to apply a very thick layer over your entire face and then wait for it to dry - which takes at least a full 30 minutes.  Once it's dry, the peeling off part is so easy and like I said, it comes off almost completely whole.  It definitely does wax all the little vellum hairs off your face, so be sure to leave a wide area around your eyes to save your eyebrows!  I do not have a problem with blackheads, but if you do, I guarantee this mask will pull all of those out too!  It leaves your face looking very fresh and bright, even glowy.  I love it.  In fact, I think I'll use it again tonight.  Definitely will repurchase this product.  Definitely.  

These little eye patches are made of a papery substance that I typically like as I find they adhere better than many of the hydrogel patches.  I find these to be quite cheaply made and I don't enjoy the childish packaging.  Having said that, they are cheap and because of that, you could keep several packages in your fridge to use on morning when your eyes are very puffy.  They do have loads of essence on them and they were a bit drippy, but that is better than a product not having enough essence on it, I guess!  I didn't find that they did anything at all in terms of promoting collagen or reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the eye area - but then again, I only used two packages, so I guess I shouldn't really expect miracles.   Overall, I will not repurchase these as I have a brand that I like a great deal better, but I do see a value in having this type that you could just keep on hand for emergency puffy-eye syndrome!  

I will always use a vitamin C serum as part of my routine because I find that it makes a HUGE difference in the appearance of my skin - especially noticable when I don't use a vitamin C serum!  My skin looks ruddy and dull, but as soon as I start back with a C serum, it brightens again giving me a more youthful glow - very important as I am not aging gracefully!  I like this product, but I don't LOVE this product.  I strongly prefer Drunk Elephant's vitamin C serum to this one and this one is pretty expensive.  It works well, I just think there are other options for a vitamin C serum that are just as effective and less expensive.

LOVE LOVE LOVE this product. I'm out and I cannot wait to get more.  The claims of this product are that it boosts your skin's immunity to help fight damage from UV light and free-radicals.  Now, I'm not sure that the skin has it's own immune system, at least not one that is localized to the areas where you would apply this, but I love this treatment serum and feel that it does great things for my dry, aging skin.  It is a creamier serum than most and has no fragrance that I can identify.  Because it is a thicker, creamier texture, I feel that it sits on the skin longer allowing the ingredients to absorb more completely.  I use this as part of my AM routine right after a vitamin C serum and right before moisturising and feel that it helped make my skin appear smoother and more radiant, while helping to plump fine lines and give an overall hydration boost.  It isn't cheap, but I do feel that it's a GREAT product.

In general, I love serums.  I feel that the best results for my skin comes from the regular use of a serum and I love that I can choose serums that target specific skin concerns.  This serum was recommended to me for anti-aging benefits including plumping and firming and the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles.  I'm not sure that it had much of an impact, but I did like the product and used it all over a 2 month period.  It has a very nice, understated flower type scent that fades quickly.  The serum is easy to use and a bit thicker than many serums which I like as I feel that it helps prevent waste and takes a bit longer to absorb which for whatever reason I feel that means it works better :)  The packaging is really pretty - as you can see it's a nice red bottle, and it's glass which I strongly prefer over plastic.  It comes with a dropped inside and a little bit of product goes a long way.  As I mentioned above, the bottle lasted about two months with nightly use. I did use every last drop of it, but I haven't repurchased it.  I think that I probably would, and still may, I'm just trying other products right now to try and find my HG - and I don't necessarily think this is it!

Let's be honest - the only reason anyone (me included) buys this product is because the snail is the cutest thing ever.  I purchased this using Ipsy points and so I have a tiny little snail to decorate my photos with. I actually had to do a web search to find out what the product inside was!  I was very happy to discover the 80% snail mucin as I have found snail to be a very good product for me that produces great results.  I haven't used this particular product enough to discuss long-term results and I won't be able to as my snail is very small, but I can tell you that the cream is very light and it absorbs completely and quickly and it doesn't have a scent of any kind to speak of.  I could use this as a daytime moisturizer in the summer, but it isn't creamy enough to do me much good the rest of the time, certainly not without adding some oils.  Having said that, I'm sure that I will repurchase it due to the seriously cute packaging.  

When I read so many amazing reviews about a product,  then try it, I'm almost always disappointed as my experience doesn't seem to match other people's.  This is one of those products...for so many people, this is such a must-have product and I was so excited to try it because it has all the ingredients that I love and that seem to really work well for my skin.  I also heard that it was very moisturizing, which is wonderful for my dry skin.  I also really like the price point and find that it is a good value.  So, what's wrong?  This is a very, very thick cream.  If you use more than a tiny little amount, you will spend a very long time rubbing it in.  I think that must be why people like it so much - all that rubbing stimulates circulation and your face looks great! Haha.  For me, I found it to never completely absorb and left my skin feeling a little greasy and sticky - and not really clean.  I didn't care much for that.  Overall, I think it's an OK product, but I have used all of mine and have not repurchased it.  I don't think I will, except that one of the other reviews said she used it as a hand cream and I think I would LOVE it as a hand cream and might purchase again just to try that!

In general, I love Dr. Jart products and have been very happy with each one that I have tried.  This one is no exception.  It's a very light moisturizer with a  light and fresh scent.  You need only a small amount of the product to cover your full face, and as you apply it, you understand why it's called Water Drop - it feels more like you are applying a gel-like water rather than a cream.  It definitely does what you want - it hydrates quite nicely and doesn't leave your skin feeling oily at all - it looks plumped, with a nice dewy finish - almost like you've applied a great hydrating mask or a hyaluronic acid product! This would be wonderful moisturizer for those with oily skin.   For my very dry skin I love using it in the daytime before I apply my other products that are hydrating such as a sunscreen and a hydrating primer.  Alone, it's not enough moisture for me.  I received a deluxe sample of this from Sephora recently, and would definitely consider purchasing this again as a daytime moisturizer in the summer.

Please note that I rarely give a review of 5. I like to save that for the products that are really, really special and this one definitely is.  Kate Sommerville is Hollywood's go-to skin care guru (For fun, you might want to google her story - there is some really amazing drama around her and a competitor if you want to read about backstabbing and drama!) and luckily for us, she has packaged some of her go-to products.  Exfolikate comes in a regular and gentle version and if your skin even leans slightly towards sensitive, try the gentle version.  I do not have sensitive skin so I am reviewing the original Exfolikate.  It's a thick, green exfoliant that has a very strong herbal scent.  It's not a soothing, spa-like herbal scent like the Caudalie Beauty Elixir though, it's harsh and bracing - and I'll just be honest about it - it smells terrible.  It is VERY abrasive.  To use, you apply it like you would a mask, leave it on for a few minutes then add water and rub in a circular motion around your face.  When complete, you rinse off the stinky green stuff and what's left behind is skin that is very soft, fresh and absolutely glowing.  I find this to be a pretty harsh product, so I only use it a couple of times a month or before a special occasion, however, it does make your skin beautiful.  I really want to try some of her other products, but just haven't gotten around to them yet!  If you have any recommendations, please message me about them!

I really, really like this face wash as a second step cleanser - but it's not a Korean brand.  Belif, however, is a Korean brand and this cleanser reminds me a LOT of Belif's foaming face wash - and I would purchase that one because they are so similar, and I prefer the fragrance of the Belif cleanser.  Origins makes great products, and this is a very creamy, foaming face wash that leaves your skin feeling clean, but not stripped of natural oils.  It doesn't do a good job removing eye makeup at all, though, so you will need another product to tackle that problem!  It does have a clean, fresh scent and it does produce a lot of frothy bubbles like I prefer.   I would probably purchase this one again, but with all the amazing products on the market, it's definitely not one that I cannot live without.  

This is a beautiful product!  I strongly believe that most skin types should use a peeling product daily as an exfoliant to keep skin looking and feeling fresh and youthful.  Unfortunately, many products that contain alpha hydroxy acids can be quite strong and  difficult to use daily.  This product is an exception and I find it to be extremely gentle and absolutely suitable for daily use.  The package states that you can use it twice daily, but I find that it makes my skin slightly red so I use it as part of my nightly routine only.  It has a light and pleasant fragrance, the packaging is nice and it comes with gauze pads instead of cotton pads.  I have found that the extra exfoliation that you get using the gauze pads is fantastic!  I am very glad that I found this product and have replaced the Benton AHA/BHA product with this one and like it a great deal more!  I will continue using this as a daily peel.

While I generally like Clinique products, this one is a major miss for me.  Before I continue, I will say that my skin is very dry and I think this is meant for people with acne prone, oily skin - so I shouldn't have been using this in the first place.

I think the alcohol or witch hazel concentration here is very high, so it's a drying lotion, not a hydrating toner.  You can smell the alcohol quite strongly.   I don't believe this balances anything if your skin is mostly normal and I think it would be damaging if your skin was sensitive.  

It's a big miss for me - especially at the price!

 

Heimish

All Clean Balm

11/08/2016

I adore this cleanser.  Really, really adore this one.  I use an oil-based cleanser every single night and this is one of my two favorite products.  The balm is a lovely white cream that looks a lot like coconut oil and has a similar texture - but not nearly as oily.  I love taking my time with this cleanser and really massaging it in to my skin.  It is gentle enough that I use it on my eyes and it completely dissolves my eye makeup.  Once I wipe this cleanser off my skin looks and feels so soft, hydrated and clean - it's amazing.  It does not have much of any fragrance and often, I hate to use another water-based cleanser after it because I love the way it makes my skin feel.   I got a small travel size of this product somewhere, and I have it tucked away to take on trips with me - but I constantly have to fight myself to save it for travel and not use it at home!

I really love this product - but I don't think I will purchase it.  My typical nighttime routine involves an oil cleanse, then a water-based cleanser.  After both of those steps, I use a micellar water to remove the remaining eye make-up and make sure my skin is super clean before starting with my toner and other products.  My morning routine simply involves using a micellar water to remove the remaining residue from my nighttime routine.   I used this A-true in place of micellar water - and it acted very similarly.  The product is one of the most beautifully packaged things I have ever seen.  It comes in a plain white box, and the bottle itself is very clean looking and uncluttered. I love that!  A very thorough information card comes with the product and it tells you about all of the wonderful ingredients contained in this product - mainly black tea.  

My experience with this product was very good.  It does a great job of removing makeup, including eye makeup.  There are no harsh smells or other skin irritants.  It does exactly what it says it will do - without causing any harm.  But it's very expensive.  VERY expensive.  I will stick to the Garnier Micellar water in place of this as it works the same, costs much less and lasts much longer.

This is a product that is very popular - but that I really do not like at all.  The fragrance is extremely strong - and I can't quite place it, but I don't like it at all.  On the plus side, this is very much a "dry" oil, and I'm not sure how they manage that!  Once you apply it, it begins to feel almost powdery quite quickly and it absorbs extremely quickly.  I am not sure how people would best like to use this product - the fragrance is WAY too strong for me to apply to my face and it's not hydrating enough to apply to the body in my opinion.   I received a large bottle of this in one of my subscription boxes and immediately gave it away to a friend.  When I gave it to her I told her it was a perfume - that's how strong I find the fragrance!

This is exactly the type of product that I love to use daily.  My biggest skincare concerns are dryness and signs of aging (wrinkles and loss of elasticity) so for me, a retinol moisturizer plus firming sounded perfect and I was excited to try.  I love the packaging of this product - it looks a little bit clinical, which for some reason always makes me feel like a product will work better.  :)  This is a thick and rich cream, but it doesn't feel oil based to me, it feels much more like  a water based moisturizer in the way it absorbs completely and quite quickly.  When I wake the morning after using this, my skin really does look a bit more firm.  I haven't been using this very long, so that might just be my imagination.  Even if it is - I love everything about this product.  There is no noticeable scent that I can detect.  I dislike heavily scented facial products, so I think that is a huge plus.  It is highly moisturizing, but not greasy and it contains products that my skin needs such as Vitamin A (retinol).  For people with normal skin types, I would think that this rich cream would be ample for overnight use or to use like a sleeping pack.  For me, my skin is SO dry that I use this and then add some oils on top of it to give me more moisture.  I will continue to purchase and use this product, I find it to be very soothing and high quality.  

Tony Moly

Delight Tint

11/08/2016

I love lip tints - but I don't know why as I rarely wear them! Haha.  But that is a true statement.  I bought two of these, the red and the pink and I like both a great deal.  The first thing you notice is the cute heart shaped package, every time I pick one up, it makes me a little bit happier.  The tubes are HUGE for the price, and I have a feeling that I will never, ever have to buy another one (which might be bad for Tony Moly, but good for me!).  The second thing you notice right away is the fruity scent that I really enjoy.  It's not extremely synthetic smelling, it's just a nice, fruity scent.  You can apply this as a very light wash of color (one coat) or intensify the color a little bit by applying a second coat after the first has dried.  You still are not going to get an opaque lip look like you would with a lipstick, but it will definitely be more than a light watercolor wash of color.  In general, I like to use lip tints when I want it to look like I'm not wearing makeup - but I'm always wearing makeup.  The red is too striking for that casual, messy hair, bright eyed look, but the other color works quite well for this.  Quite simply, this is just one of those great products to keep in your treasure chest - to use for a little pick me up or a little brightening.  I do find it a bit drying, but I have extremely dry lips under every circumstance!  It's not uncomforable like some liquid matte lipsticks.

This product is just OK.  For great looking brows, I think that gel or cream type products (like Dipbrow) give much better coverage and I think that applying them with an angled brush gives a cleaner line that using pencils.  This pencil is quite hard in texture which means you either have to press hard to apply it, or you are applying it faintly and building up.  Neither of those methods works for me.  :)   I do like the shape of it and I find that the shape does a very good job of creating a natural looking brow and the starting point near your nose, but it is very hard to make the end of your brow look nice with this.  I will not purchase this one.

These lipsticks are very pretty to look at, but simply do not work very well. I have one (the peachy shade) and I was so excited to receive it.  Since I purchased it, I used it one time and wasn't very happy with it.  It does a great job of providing a very light wash of color that is very pretty on younger women.  For me, it didn't have the impact or the moisture I was looking for.  I found the product to be quite dry.  Overall, this is one of those types of products that is a fun gimmick, but doesn't have the power (quality) to stay around forever.  And while it doesn't smell awful, it tastes terrible.  It is a very chemically, plastic, fake taste.  I'm reallly not quite sure why there is all the hype about these lipsticks. 

I like Holika Holika products in general so I was very excited to get this in a subscription box.  The packaging is SO cute and while large pores on my nose are not a huge problem for me, I definitely wanted to try this product!  The only other nose strips I have used in the past are Biore and while they work quite well, I just don't buy them (because this isn't a bad area for me).  The first step in this kit is designed to open the pores on your nose.  It is a very wet strips and it smells great.  There is a slight tingling sensation with it, but it definitely isn't painful. I couldnt' tell from the packaging how long I was supposed to leave it on, so I left it unitl it was mostly dry.  The second step in this kit is the step that is similar to the Biore, but you don't need to wet it first which I was happy for because it's always hard to tell if you have enough water or too much water.  The package stated that this step was to remain in place for 10-15 minutes.  It didn't feel sticky when I placed it on my nose, but with time, it stuck on a little bit.  Removing it was not nearly as bad as removing the Biore strips - those really hurt but this was not that bad.  Of course, I had to examine the strip and there was a small amount of grime on the strip, but again, not a problem area fo rme.  The final step is a moist strip that calms and soothes the skin.  This step felt really good and smelled nice too.  If you had just removed a bunch of sebum and blackheads from your pores, this step would be amazing.  Overall, I really liked this product. I don't think I will buy it again for me, but I will probably buy it for my daughter - and the packaging is just to cute!  Oh yeah, I like how the sections are perforated and you can tear them apart.  Clever mask!

This is a nice mask with a nice fragrance.  It does an OK job of hydrating and the fit is also mostly OK.  Unfortunately, while there is nothing wrong with this mask, there is nothing super right about it either.  It's average.  If you happen to receive one as a gift, you will find it to be a good-enough mask - but it won't stand out in your memory!

This is an amazing product that absorbs into your skin completely and instantly leaves your skin feeling soft and hydrated.  As a nighttime serum, I find that it does a good job of helping other products to absorb as well and when I use it my skin looks quite good in the morning.  Having said that, I will not buy this product because it is extremely expensive and I think there are other products that do as good a job that do not cost as much, but when I get a sample of it, I use it and like it very much!

This is such a great product. I would consider this more of a clinical skincare type product to use when you have specific problems you want to heal, but let me back up.  I had heard so much on social media about Dr. Jart and Ceramidin, that I mostly just wanted to see what all of the fuss was about!  I received this in a Sephora Favorite's package, Soko to Tokyo and was so excited to see it.  I had just had a serious chemical peel, so I was being very selective about what I used.  This cream is very thick.  It takes a bit of time to massage it in to your skin completely - it's that thick!  For me, I LOVE creams that are this thick.  The fragrance is very mild and slightly clinical too.  I'm not sure if it's an herbal scent or something else, but it's not unpleansant at all.   Immediately after you apply it, your skin begins to feel more firm.  After most of my skin had peeled from the peel, I still had a ton of areas that were sensitive, so I used this cream mostly in those areas, but also all over before bed.  After just one night of use, those areas were no longer tender and the redness had gone down quite a lot. I feel as if this cream did a great deal of healing to my skin and I am eager to try the rest of the products in this line.  My husband has very sensitive skin and often has contact reactions to proucts - the next time he does, it's going to be Dr. Jart to the rescue!

I just received this product, so I haven't been using it for very long, but I really love this one.  First of all, the packaging is beautiful.  The color intantly makes you think of water, it's soothing and calming.  The frangrance is a bit strong, but it doesn't bother me...it doesn't smell fake to me, it's a refreshing scent.  The cream is a combinations cream/gel type product, most similar to Belif's Aqua Bomb or Tarte's Rainforest moisturizer.  This is a daytime moisturizer for me (not nearly hydrating enough for nighttime use) but I do love that it absorbs quickly and completely and doesn't leave skin feeling greasy or sticky either.  More than anything, I'm happy to have this pretty jar on my counter and I am excited to keep using it!

Dr G

Pore Mask Peeling

10/31/2016

I am reviewing this based on a deluxe sample that I used three times.   I don't think this product is reallly made for my skintype (dry and aging) but I figured I would share my thoughts anyway!  For those with oily skin, I think that this would be a great product.  It contains clay to help absorb oils and cleanse pores and an exfoliant.  You apply it like you would a mask, and as the product begins to dry you add water and massage.  I love massaging products because they help increase blood flow which always makes skin look better!  As you massage, dead skin and other bad things begin to ball up and you rinse them away.  Your face is left feeling extremely clean (in my case too clean!).  This product reminds me quite a bit of the Skin Inc. peeling mask, but I prefer that one as it doesn't feel as drying. 

I do not usually have a problem with blackheads, but recently noticed that my pores looked very congested.  When I looked in a magnifying mirror, I could see lots of tiny little blackheads trying to start - and it made me sick.  SO, I ran out for this mask pack. I had used other Caolion products in the past and didn't like them, but I love self-heating products and knew I wanted something with charcoal, so this is the one I chose - and I am so glad I did!  The mask isn't sticky at all when you apply it.  It is a very creamy texture.  It heats only a little, and then I just left it on my face for some time.  When I wiped off the mask, my pores were spotless clear and my skin felt amazing - so soft and so clean. I will definitely keep this on hand for use when my pores need attention and love.  This is a great product!

A friend of mine told me about her experience with this mask, and since I already had it, I decided to try it right away to see if my experience was the same as hers - it was exactly the same.  I was so scared this mask was going to smell like tomatoes and that I would have to smell that for 20 minutes.  FOrtunately, it doesn't smell at all like tomatoes.  In fact, it doesn't have much a fragrance at all.  The fit and material are like all the other Nature's Republic masks - sort of thick material and it doesn't fit me very well - but both are fine and nothing to complain about.   Anyway, the mask is supposed to brighten and hydrate.  First things first - if you are going to use this mask, plan to use it at night.  This is definitely not a morning mask.  I didn't notice any brightening.  It might have been hydrating, but I don't really know - it was SOOO sticky, I had to wash it off right away.  There was no way I was going to be able to go about my normal routine with this sticky mess left on my face.  I was afraid I would stick to my pillow!  I think I have another one of these.  If I do, I don't think I will use it.  It's just too sticky.

I bought a large package of Nature Republic sheet masks on Amazon for a great price.  This was one of the included ones.  I find that ALL of the Natures Republic masks fit me about the same - too big in some places, sooo small in others, but it worked well enough and that's not the type of thing I'm likely to complain too much about.  On to the Bamboo mask - it was hydrating, it didn't leave my face sticky and overall worked fine.  Nothing special, nothing terrible - just average. I would definitely use it again, but I don't think I would go far out of my way to buy it again.

If you are looking for a whitening and brightening serum, this one is for you!  It works amazingly well - so well that I had to quit using it because it made my skin too light and none of my foundations were working any more.  :)  I will still use it, maybe once or twice a week - but not every day.  Of course, how often is it that you stop using products because they do exactly what they say they are going to do!!?!?  I do not like the fragrance of this one AT ALL, but to each their own.  I find it to be very flowery - but it does fade quickly. I have tried all of the Laneige products in this line - and I find that they all do exactly what they are supposed to, but this one is my favorite of them all.  You can't go wrong with this serum if you are looking for something to brighten and whiten!

 

 

I love the Benton brand, and I love many of their snail and aloe products - but I'm not sure why I don't like this one.  The cream is rich and hydrating, but it doesn't seem to absorb very well for me - and I have extremely dry skin.  Most products absorb almost the second I put them on, but this one just sits on the top of my skin for a very long time.  If you're looking for a snail mucin moisturizer, I stongly prefer the Mizon All In One cream to this one - although I will continue to buy other Benton products - I love their snail essence gel!

I really, really like this product - for me, it is much better than the BHA product alone.  I have used AHA/BHA for quite some time at least twice a week to help with removing dead skin cells and for their peeling effects. I have tried many different products and was using the Paula's Choice or Peter Thomas Roth product until I found this one.  In my opinion, this product if much more gentle than some other products - I find that it doesn't burn when I spray it on and I have been using it daily instead of only twice a week.  If you have very sensitive skin, i would definitely be careful because these are peeling ingredients.  The spray feels so refreshing and I like to use it at night, right after I have cleansed my skin.  I allow it to sit for a few seconds wet, then gently wipe it away with a cotton to help remove the dead skin cells.  After this, I move on to my toner and the next things that I plan to use...  I really like it and I will definitely continue to use this.  

Please do not post - wrote on incorrect product.

Heimish

All Clean Balm

10/11/2016

There is simply no way I could love this product any more than I do.  It is amazing and I never want to live without it again in my life.  There are other first-step cleansers that I like as well, but this is a great one to start with, especially if you are new to double cleansing and have concerns about using an oil based cleanser.  This product doesn't have much of a scent at all (I consider that a good thing), and applies smoothly to your face.  Massaging it into your skin feels amazing - soft, but not at all oily.  Finally, when you rinse it off, your skin feels SO hydrated and plump, is so soft and feels really, really clean - without leaving a greasy residue at all.  I'm so happy that I received two small sizes of the All Clean Balm in K-beauty subscription boxes so that I can travel with it.   I will keep my small containers to refill over and over again - it's THAT good.  Just thinking about it makes me want to go home and wash my face....

I wanted to try this product after seeing so many YouTube videos about it and how wonderful it looked on people.  I also had tried the lip products from the same line which are fun, but a little gimicky.  I thought this would be the same, but I love when cosmetics work well and are fun to use.  I was a little nervous about pulling out eyebrow hairs with the product, especially since I need the product because my brows are sparse, but the videos made it look very easy and not sticky at all.  Well, I'm not sure what I did wrong that the people in the video did right, but this did not work for me at all.  It did get stuck in my eyebrows - all over the place and didn't peel off neatly like I have seen at all.  In fact, I couldn't get it out, so I had to wash it out of my eyebrows - and also washed off the tint when I did.  I decided that I want to give this to a friend to try - to see if it works better for them than it did for me - but I like all my friends too much to do that to.  Not for me, will not purchase again.  

I agree with most of the other reviews completely.  If you have dry skin, this is not the best choice for you.  It does tend to ball up on my skin.  However, if you have oily skin and very visible pores, this product would probably do a great job of covering those.  I have millions of samples of this product from various subscription boxes, and the only time I use it is when I'm going to be wearing a LOT of makeup (like for a special event or something) and want to fill in some old acne scars.  Basically, I use it like you would use spackle to fill a hole in a wall.  Haha.  It's definitely NOT my go-to primer and while some people live for it, you will find much better options unless you are hoping to fill extremely visible pores.

I am wearing this today - but CC products are not enough coverage for me, so I'm using it sort of as a primer/concealer all in one and hoping that it will improve my skin. :)  This product offers better coverage than many CC creams that I have tried, but it definitely isn't thick at all.  It feels extremely hydrating when you use it and does a great job of evening skin tone and brightening.  For many people, this would probably be more than enough coverage and I do love the way it makes complexion appear dewy and soft.  It smells a tiny bit funny (like old lady) but the scent fades quickly.  If you are looking for a hydrating, brightening product to offer slightly more coverage than a BB cream, this would be a good product for you to try!

I wanted to love this - but it's just so-so.  If you are looking for a very sheer wash of color, and don't need it to be extremely precise, this is a good product for your lips. I couldn't apply this to my cheeks in any way that didn't make me look like a doll (not a cute look on a 40 year old!).  Hard to write a review on this product, because there just isn't that much to say - it works well enough, but it's nothing special. I like Peri's Ink MUCH more.

Peripera

Peri's Ink

10/11/2016

I had wanted to try this particular product for a very long time.  The packaging is great, and for some reason, it just makes me happy.  The lovely ladies at Amabie sent me the product to try.  First of all, the packaging is exactly as cute at the photos.  It's a perfect palm-sized product, and mine is the bright red version.   I love bright red lips - especially when the weather gets cooler, so I was extremely excited to try this.   I expected this to have a similar appearance when applied that other tints and stains do - a very sheer wash of color that is cute and understated.  This is NOT that type of product.  The color is much more saturated than many tints and applies very much full color without any effort at all - the neat thing is that it feels as light as most tints while giving full-color coverage.  My daughter had a dance performance coming up and I decided to use this product on her lips because I hoped it would last longer than other lip colors.  It lasted through three stage performances without budging a bit and about 6 hours before there was any fading at all.  Love it!  Highly recommend. Now I want to try some of the more subtle colors for every day use.

I think this is a fun product to use once or twice, but it's kind of gimmicky and not something that I will continue to buy.  Pros - it does leave a beautiful stain on your lips that is soft-looking and long-lasting.  

Cons - it tastes awful if you accidentally taste it, it's not very easy to use in that you have to be careful as you apply it so that you don't stain your face and your lips and it takes some time to dry.  I also have found that if you touch your lips together while it's wet, it peels off a bit and becomes hard to peel off cleanly.

Fun, not particularly useful.

I love all hydrating mists, but this one is great for sensitive skin because it's nothing but water.  I think it's important that people realize this - it's only water.  It doesn't pretend to be anything else, but sometimes I think people expect miracles from it.  No miracles - just a nice, refreshing hydrating burst of water to hydrate, cool and calm your skin.  I prefer some other hydrating mists that have added things - like Caudalie Beauty Elixir or L'Occitane Perfecting Mist (which smells of roses), but this is a great one for a quick pick-me-up.  

Caudalie

Beauty Elixir

08/12/2016

I love hydrating sprays in general, and this one is my absolute favorite.  I use it when I'm sleepy in the morning as a pick-me-up. I use it throughout the day to freshen up my makeup.  Occasionally, I will use it in the evening as a toner.  Always when I use it, I find that it is a refreshing, energizing mist with a very heavy herbal fragrance.  Like the previous reviewer, I love the scent as it reminds me of a spa, but if you do not care for heavy, herbal fragrances you may not like this one.  I've read lots of reviews from people that dislike the fragrance a great deal.  It's heavy on the rosemary. 

I find this to be a very hydrating, energizing mist that boost my mood and my complexion any time I use it.  

I tried this product with a friend.  She loved it, I hated it.  I think that I must have a sensitivity to something the product contains, because I found that it burned my face quite badly.  I do not have sensitive skin, so this was a surprise and not a reaction I've experienced before!  Like I said though, my friend who used it from the same container at the same time did not experience that and she loved it - said her face felt clean and fresh after she used it.  It's just not for me, but that's why I'm giving it three stars - I think my experience was not the norm.

DHC

Deep Cleansing Oil

08/12/2016

I like this product very much and often use it as the first step in my cleansing.  The oil does a great job of emulsifying make-up and other dirt and then rinses off easily and completely.  It doesn't have a fragrance to speak of and leaves your skin feeling very hydrated, plump and soft.  I do think it's a bit on the expensive side, so I don't buy it all the time (I like the Garnier oil-based cleanser at least as well) but I use this one often and really think it does a great job.

I dislike everything about this cleanser.  First off, it smells like cucumber.  While I know a lot of people find that to be a refreshing scent, I don't care for it.  Secondly, this product does a terrible job at actually cleansing your skin.  It's gentle - so gentle that it leaves all of your make-up behind, almost like you never touched it.  This might be good for someone with very sensitive skin, but i find it to be exactly like the Philosophy Purity face wash.  After using this, cleanse your skin with micellar water on a cotton ball and you will see how much is left behind.  Be prepared to be grossed out!  

Every day, twice a day.

This product is such a fantastic, gentle cleanser. It removes make-up completely while leaving your skin feeling fresh and hydrated, not dried out or tight at all.  At night, I use it after my two-step cleansing to remove any remaining residue before beginning my skincare routine.  In the morning, I usually use only this to remvove the previous night's skincare products without stripping the oils from my face.  I make my daughters use it too - because it makes cleaning your skin so easy.  It comes in two formulas.  The pink cap is the more gentle of the two - but I like them both.  I usually use the blue cap because I wear a LOT of eye make-up and it does a great job of removing that without rubbing or scrubbing.

This is THE BEST sunscreen I have ever used and I will use it every day forever and ever.  This is the one sunscreen I have found that makes it easy to use sunscreen on a daily basis.  It's THAT good.

In a typical morning, I apply a serum, a daytime moisturizer, this sunscreen and then a hydrating primer.  Even with all of that stuff, this product is light enough that it absorbs completely into my skin, does not leave a white residue and doesn't make my skin feel sticky or greasy.  It has a very faint fruity fragrance that disappears quickly and it slightly peach in color which helps prevent that awful white sunscreen face.  

I can't speak highly enough of this product.  Buy it.   Buy two.

I have not been using this very long, but I like the texture of the product a great deal and it absorbs quickly and completely in to my skin.  I love the way my skin feels and looks immediately after use - it's plump, hydrated and dewy - and there isn't a sticky residue after use.  I cannot really comment on the whitening or brightening as I haven't used it long enough yet to say if it's doing that or not, but so far I am very impressed with the product's feel.

The one thing I do not like at all is the fragrance, and that's why I'm giving it a rating of 3.  It smells very much like an old lady - it's perfume-y but sort of musty at the same time.  It's hard to explain, but I don't like it at all.  Now, it's not bad enough that I won't use the rest of the product -  I definitely will - but i probably won't buy it again unless it makes my skin look like I'm 25 again.  :)

This was my first exposure to snail mucin products and I have to admit, I was afraid to begin using it and I did not know what to expect.  I was very plesantly surprised and I continue to use it several times a week.  It's a good moisturizing cream - it's enough to use alone for daytime for me, but I need more hydration than this alone at night.  I have noticed a very visible improvement in fine lines and I think it helps to brighten my skin overall.  This is a product that I will keep using becasue I find that it helps the overall appearance of my skin and the price is great.

You know how everyone you know always talks about how amazing and gentle this cleanser is?  That's becasue it doen't actually clean your skin.  I used this for months and raved about it - then one day, I noticed that a lot of makeup was on my cotton ball after applying my toner.  So I tested it a few times.  This product does a terrible job at cleansing skin and leaves behind TONS of makeup.  If you do a two-step cleansing process, it works OK, but you still need to follow with a Micellar water and you will still be disgusted by how much make-up is left on your skin.  

If I happen to receive some of this in a subscription box, I will use it - but only in the morning when I'm not really trying to remove anything except a little bit of left-over product and/or to freshen up before I apply my day creams.  Don't believe me?  Give it try - wash your face with this product, use lots of it and clean until you think your skin is clean - then use a micellar water cleanser.  Gross.  No way.

This product is so wonderful.  I originally bought a sample because I loved the packaging and now I use it all the time.  I have no idea how a product can be so gentle and clean so deeply at the same time, but this Rice Enzyme Powder does just that.  It is ever so slightly exfoliating too!  Great all around cleanser - I use it as my second step after an oil-based cleanse and it leaves your skin feeling softer, brighter and very clean.  Love it.

I feel so differently about this mask than most of the other reviewers!  It must be me!  :)

I have very dry skin and this is not hydrating enough alone for me.  I like sleeping masks that are really thick, though - and this one is not.  Things I do like - it's lightweight and doesn't clog pores, it absorbs quickly and feels very silky when you apply it.  It definitely improves the appearance of your skin immediately.  Cons - THE FRAGRANCE - oh my gosh, it smells like grandmothers.  Very much and old lady scent - and because of that, I will not be buying it again.

 

I love sheet masks and like to try different ones often, but this is one I will definitely purchase again.  Why? I immediately noticed a very visible brightening effect that lasted and lasted...

The mask fit quite well, although I find that in general, masks made by Asian companies are much better than their American counterparts.  It was packed with lots of essence when I pulled it out of the package (enough that I was able to treat my decolletage and arms as well) and all of the essence absorbed very nicely into my skin leaving behind a firmer - and much brighter - face.  Very happy wtih this one and will definitely repurchase.

I don't know how Cosrx makes these little tiny acne miracle stickers, but they need to make sheet masks out of this stuff!  I have given packets of them to everyone I know with problem skin, and I'll be giving many more away at Christmas time.  Plus, with three kids in the house that are nearing puberty, I'm going to keep a few packets stored away for emergency use.  


They are super easy to use - you simply peel off one sticker appropriately sized for your pimple, and place the patch on top.  The patch blends into your skin tone pretty well, so you could wear it during the day, but I prefer to put them on the blemish before bed.  When you wake in the morning, you simply remove the sticker and your pimple is miraculously gone - and nothing but a tiny red spot remains of the evil acne.  

Be forewarned - the removed sticker contains all the gunk that was once marring your beautiful face - it's equal parts disgusting and amazing.  But the spot is GONE!

I have mixed feelings about this particular product, but I do like Belif products in general.  First of all, this is a gel/cream moisturizer which means it's pretty heavily water based which means it never feels greasy.  Unfortunately, of all the Belif products I have tried, this is probably my least favorite.  Get the eye cream though, it's amazing!

Why?  Well, I have very dry and aging skin.  I have been using this in the mornings, because it's not nearly enough hydration for nighttime for my skin.  Unfortunately, after wondering why I looked older than normal the past couple of days, I think it's because this is the only morning moisturizer that I've been using and it's simply not enough for my skin.  

On the up side, it does absorb quickly and completely and it smells wonderful!  I think if you have oily skin and want a product that hydrates without lots of heavy oils, this would be a dream product for you.  I think this is the same product as Tarte's Rainforest of the Sea H2O.  

I love this exfoliating wash-off mask from Skin Food.  The packaging is great, it's a good sized product for the price, and I love the simple design on the label.  I have to admit, I initially didn't think it would be as good as it is because I'm used to more complex and glossy packaging, but I was wrong.  The product works amazingly well and leaves skin feeling so soft and hydrated.  The exfoliant (the sugar) is pretty serious and it definitely does a good job of exfoliating.  The directions suggest leaving it on for a bit after exfoliating, and it smells so good that it's a pleasure to leave on - but it's a subtle fragrance, a little lemon-y.  The mask washes off very easily and your skin feels amazingly soft and refreshed.  I feel like it makes your other products work better too because you are using them on fresh skin!

 

 

There are no questions about this product.