Using the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads

Until this year the last time I used pre-moistened toner pads was back in middle and high school where they were acne fighting toner pads.  Then I picked up the Elemis exfoliating tone pads and I thought, Wow, what have I been missing?  I really liked them, so I was thrilled when another set of toner pads, the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Toner Pads came my way via a subscription box.  I had other products to work through and since I know they tend to start drying out once you open them, I held off for a while before opening to give this a try. 

Recently I had a very good experience with the Coconut Water gel cream from First Aid Beauty.  I tried a sample and instantly wished it was a full sized version.  It is high on my list of full sizes to pick up in the near future.  So because of both my recent positive experiences with both toner pads and First Aid Beauty, I was excited to try these out.  But first, let’s see what the product is supposed to do.

A daily treatment pad that contains just the right amount of Lactic and Glycolic Acids to safely and effectively exfoliate, tone, and brighten all skin types, including sensitive. Facial Radiance Pads are safe for daily use by all skin types—even sensitive. Cucumber and Indian Gooseberry help tone skin while Lemon Peel and Licorice Root leave the complexion looking bright and glowing. Regular use of these pads will smooth the skin’s texture—providing the perfect canvas for flawless makeup application.

FULL INGREDIENTS: Water/Aqua/Eau, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Chrysanthemum Parthenium Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 20, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Citrus Nobilis Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon Peel Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, EDTA, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

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Okay, so I broke the seal holding all the moisture into the toner pads and committed to using them until they were gone.

Thin but slight textured for light exfoliation

First, the scent.  They smell vaguely like soap but other wise, I could detect no real scent to them. The toner pads themselves are a little thin and have the tendency to roll up on themselves when you swipe across the face, but this isn’t a major issue and easily fixed when it happens. They are textured which provides a nice light exfoliation, helping to sweep away the dirt and makeup.

The pads themselves are a little wetter than I would like and they do leave a fair amount of serum on the skin. I found myself patting my face dry after using them because the serum used in the product isn’t one that absorbs well into the skin. At least not my skin.  I think it is a serum designed to exfoliate, not really absorb.

I will say my skin did look good while using these toner pads.  The Facial Radiance Pads from FAB are safe to use daily.  On my skin there was no problem using them daily, and they did help with texture issues.  Most of my texture is caused by clogged pores creating bumps under the skin. The serum in these pads did a very good job clearing out those clogged pores and giving the skin a much smoother appearance.

However, the serum left my skin feeling sticky.  I have looked over the ingredients list multiple times, but I cannot identify the culprit.  But whatever it is, my skin felt sticky.  What I found myself doing with these pads the longer I used them was to use a cleansing oil or balm to remove my makeup, then use the Facial Radiance Pads, then I would wait a little while, leaving the bathroom to do other things before bed, and then coming back washing my face with my regular cleanser, then toning and following with serum and moisturizer.  I just could not leave the serum from these toner pads on my skin without feeling like I needed to wash it.  So I gave it a little time to work it’s magic and then washed it off to continue with my routine.

Used this way, the Facial Radiance Pads were extremely effective.  It required a little thinking and planning to use them to their full advantage, but they were effective.  They are kind of like the prima donna of the skin care routine.  You have to schedule them and give them their space.  Then they will perform.

This leaves me with divided thoughts on this product as I finally finish the last Facial Radiance Pad in my little jar.  Do they work? Yes.  Would I mind keeping them around? No, not at all.  I think they would be nice to keep around.  I just wouldn’t use them everyday.  And there is the issue.  Because  pre-moistened toner pads start to dry out as soon as you open them and so you have to pretty much commit to using them every day once you open the product or you risk wasting them as they dry out.  That is just their nature. 

Now there is a compromise.

The full sized version of this product contains 60 toner pads.  The smaller size (which I have) is 28 toner pads. While for me, the large would just be too many, I could see getting the smaller 28 ct jar ad using it the month before a big event.  I could see opening it a month before my skin needed to look it’s best and then adjusting my skin care routine around just for that month.  It means that all of the pads could be used before they dry out and I wouldn’t have to commit to a two month ritual.  While the 60 ct jar is $34, the $28 ct jar is only $17.  I could very much see myself adding this to my pre even prep a month before the event, especially at that price. I just know I wouldn’t use them on a daily basis.


Peter Thomas Roth has two sales starting today that you might want to take advantage of. The first is BOGO Masks (buy 1 mask get one 30% off). This deal runs through 10/31 and you will need to use the coupon code  BOGOMASK at checkout. I highly recommend the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask as it is one of my favorites. It smells fabulous and works fantastically.

The second sale is the Fall Back Sale 20% off Sitewide. It starts today and runs through november 1st. You would use the Coupon Code: FALLBACK for this one. In addition to the Pumpkin Enzyme mask I would recommend the PTR Skin to Die For Primer and the Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral Rich Moisturizer. All three are on my to be purchased list. I am also thinking of the mask set (pictured below as a christmas gift this year for a cousin who loves skin care as much as I do (and in fact recommended the Pumpkin Enzyme mask to me in the first place)

The Friday Face Mask with Rodial

Welcome once again my darlings to Face Mask Friday.  Today was an interesting masking experience.  First, if you see the white turban like structure on my head it is because I decided to wash my hair before applying the mask and to add the ESPA 20 minute scalp mask on to it. I figured letting the mask sit in my hair while I sat with a face mask was a good idea.

From my collection of sheet masks I pulled the Rodial vit c energizing Brighten and Renew face mask. I know it came in one of my subscription boxes.  I think it was a Glossy Box, but I’m not 100% on that. I know they currently have a limited edition Rodial box for sale (but it focuses on the Dragon’s blood line). Either way, it was the sheet mask I decided to try today. 

Usually sheet masks fall into two categories for me.  Category 1: Nice to use but not something I would go out and pick up multiples of and Category 2: Nice and must keep multiples of on hand.

This mask was something different.

We’ll start with the positives.  The serum in the mask was fantastic.  I really liked the way it felt on my skin.  My skin absorbed it well and felt fabulously energized just as the mask descriptor would lead me to believe.  I really liked the serum of this mask. And actually when I went to look this mask up, I found that Rodial sells this mask in a jar as a gel mask. I bet that is fantastic because the product in the mask was fantastic.

You know what I didn’t like? The actual mask the serum was on.

Thick mask material

I’ve had masks where part of the mask wouldn’t stick down onto my face because of sizing issues.  This was something else.  I think the difficulty was that the paper of the mask was so thick that it didn’t want to conform to my face.  It was folded into a square in the package and saw absolutely no reason why it should not retain its crease lines regardless of the contours of my face. 

That picture of me with the mask on is actually the best I could get it to conform to my face. And while I don’t need to have an exactly perfect fit on my mask, I do need it to lay against my skin, if only so that my skin could absorb the wonderful serum.

But the paper of the mask was too thick.  I lay down to wear the mask and kept having to reach up and try and press the mask back down onto my face.  I could actually feel it lifting. It was a distinctly unrelaxing masking experience.  There was no floating off into a moment of zen, there was not even a sing along to my music.  I didn’t actually put on my music as I was so fixated on the mask and what it was doing.

Would I wear this mask again?  No, most definitely not. However I will look up Rodial and see if they sell the serum for this mask as it is a serum I really would like to use for longer periods.  The sections of my skin that got the serum loved it.  And when I went to the bathroom to remove the mask, I squeezed out any remaining serum and smoothed it over the rest of my face to ensure that my whole face received the serum-y goodness. 

Then I let it sit for another five minutes before rinsing the mask out of my hair out so that my skin had time to absorb the serum and that it didn’t go down the drain with the hair mask. Incidentally the ESPA Scalp mask performed excellently this way.

I will not purchase this mask, but as the serum in the mask was excellent and Rodial does sell a jarred gel mask with the exact same name, I would consider purchasing that. I know there is such a thing as a qualified success.  I think I found it’s opposite, the qualified failure. And now face soothed, and hair gloriously treated, it is back to work for me for the rest of the afternoon. I hope everyone out there has a fantastic weekend.

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The Make Up Bag: October 23rd, 2020

The Make Up Bag used the week of October 17th – 23rd

We had some highs and lows this week let me tell you.  The Kosas Tinted Face oil was a high.  It was a beautiful foundation that I am happy to have around.  I really enjoyed using it and will definately be repurchasing it.

The low of course was the very frustrating Illuminati X ISA shadow palette.  Oh, it gave me such angst.  The best over all description I can give is patchy.  No, actually that has to be capitalized because it was so bad it needs to be yelled. It was PATCHY.

Sorry for raising my voice, but I wanted to make sure those of you in the back row heard me. For details you can click on the link to read the full break out review.  As this palette caused me to waste a lot of time this week, I am not going to talk about it any more.

The primer I used this week was the Yensa Tone Up Primer Essential Glow.  I love this primer.  I think this is either the second or third tube of this I have purchased and at the moment I think I have about a week or two’s worth of product left in the current tube.  I might keep it around a second week and see if I can use it up. 

It is sort of bittersweet to use this one up.  Because I have quite a few open primers at the moment (I adore primers, as most of you well know.) I am trying not to just automatically repurchase products when I empty them. So even though this has been a staple for a while, and I will put it on my list of products to buy again, I am going to have to wait a bit before it makes an appearance in my dressing table again.

This week I added the Maybelline Instant Age rewind to my make up bag, but didn’t actually use it as concealler.  I slept tolerably well this week and my allergies are gone because the ragweed has finally withered away so I didn’t feel that I needed it.  Plus, the Kosas foundation was excellent. But it is a good concealer.  This week it was also used as an eyeshadow primer.  Admittedly so was every other primer and concealer I had in my collection as I tried to get the eyeshadow palette to work. But I do like the Age rewind concealer and will no doubt be using it again.

My bronzer this week was the Too Faced Chocolate Soliel.  I like the bronzer and the packaging is fantastic.  What can I say, I am a sucker for a good compact.

Speaking of which I also used the Zeesea pressed powder this week. It is a decent powder, works well and does what it is supposed to.  It isn’t a spectacular product, but the packaging is really nice.  I love their British Museum Collection and will probably end up picking up more from them at some point. 

They also just released an Alice in Wonderland Themed set. It looks absolutely stunning.  Zeesea is one of those brands where the product is good, but not excellent but the packaging is collectable. It is also interesting as to what they have up on their website ant any given time. sometimes you can find what you want and other times entire collections disappear only to reappear a few months later. right now they are all about Halloween so very few of their collections are available. Which is kind of a bummer as they have a sale going on. To be honest, once this powder runs out, I’m going to pry out the empty pan, find another product that fits and just keep reusing the compact. 

This week I had two Natasha Denona products in my makeup bag. I intended to have only one.  The one I planned to use was the Bloom Blush and Glow Palette. I love the darker cream blush. I thought I could use the cream blushes and the Glow section as a highlighter. While I loved using the blushes and in fact forgot how much I actually liked using cream blush in general (Note to self: I really need to pick up more cream blush) I was not terribly enthused by the glow section of the palette.  I think part of that may be my skin tone.  When I applied it, the product just sort of blended into nothing on my skin. I think if I was lighter or darker it might work better.  As it is, the glow did not get me. 

However, I have a Glow powder from Natasha Denona.  I never reach for it because I don’t really do much in the way of body shimmer.  Admittedly, that could make my work out gear more spectacular. So I tend to forget that it is in my make up drawer.  This week I pulled it out and used it as my highlighter.  It is a nice subtle glow that really worked well for me this week.  I absolutely loved it. And I need to remember to reach for it more often.

Wet ‘n Wild remained in my makeup bag this week with the Brow Kit and the eyeliner.  The liquid liner is almost completely out now and I am keeping it in this coming week to finish it out. 

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I will be grabbing a second eyeliner in addition to the wet ‘n wild though as I think there are only a couple of days worth of product left in the tube. 

I added a brown eyeliner to the bag this week.  It was from Pretty Vulgar and has a gel like consistency.  It is one of those liners that lasts all day without smudging or fading and won’t budge unless you use a makeup remover.  It was excellent.  (FYI Pretty Vulgar is still having a sale featuring one of my favorite mascaras, the Feathers, if you are looking to stock up. It runs through the end of the month).

Pretty Vulgar Cosmetics

My loose setting powder was the Pacifica Cherry Velvet loose translucent powder.  I went through an entire one of these and picked up a replacement.  I decided this week was the week I wanted to break out the replacement. I enjoyed using it just as much as I did the first container. I have the feeling it will be used and then repurchased again and again.

Also something that will be used and repurchased, the setting spray, Timeless Skincare HA Spray to be exact.  Still using and still love. What more needs to be said?

The mascara was new this week.  I cleared out a lot of my older opened mascara so I was able to open one of the never been tried before ones.  This is the Lengthening Organic Mascara from Harvest that came in a Petit Vour box. 

Petit Vour

I’ll be honest, it isn’t my favorite mascara.  It has an odd smell to it that I can’t identify. I know it is some sort of oil and that it is supposed to smell like that, the product hasn’t gone bad. I just don’t like it. And to be fair it does a good job of lengthening the lashes.  But it tends to flake and by mid afternoon it looked as though I hadn’t applied any mascara at all.  I was not a fan.  I’m glad it is only a travel size because I don’t think I will be keeping it around.

Finally we reach the lips.  I kept the TreStique jar out this week but to be honest, after fighting with the shadow I ended up just reaching for the Elf Sheer Slick in Black Cherry. It was quick, easy and I didn’t have to think too much about it.  The Trestique lips and the lip liners I pulled languished this week.  Next week perhaps, there will be more concentration on the lips. This week, the eyes were just the problem child needing attention.

So that was my makeup bag this week.  The good the bad, the always keep around and the never again. It was quite the mix this week.

And as this is a Makeup bag post, I think it only fair to post about a make up bag sale. Kusshi has a sale going on right now. Friday through Sunday, they are giving away a FREE brush organizer ($39) with every purchase of a Signature or Vacationer bag. With the holidays around the corner, this is the perfect gift for all your friends and family! The Sale starts Friday at 7am EST and ends Sunday at 11:59 PST. Add brush organizer to cart for discount to applied. Their brush organizers are really nice as are their bags, I purchased on of the brush organizers for my Mom last christmas and she is absolutely in love with it. Clicking on the banner below will take you to their site if you are interested in more details. Happy shopping.

Illuminati X ISA Glam Palette

Oh my darlings, this palette took me on quite the ride this week. I’ll admit, I had never heard of Isabel Beddya or Illuminati before this Illuminati X ISA Glam Palette arrived in a Boxy Charm subscription box.  So I have no stake in the creator. From the images I saw on spoilers, I can’t say that I was very enthused about it.  Then it arrived, I opened it and saw the colors in person and thought, Not bad.  I can work with this.

And then I tried to work with it. Normally, I break it down by mattes and shimmers but this week I am going by rows. Mostly because that is what makes the most sense when dealing with this palette.

The top row swatches (L to R)

So row one. This row hit the three P’s for me: Powdery, Patchy and a Pain in the patootie to work with. I had high hopes for Purple Dream. I don’t really have a good purple shimmer in my collection. And after trying this, i still don’t have a good purple shimmer in my collection. It is a glitter that may in certain lights have a purple cast to it. The Purple dream was worthless when applied with a brush, but did okay when applied with a finger (mostly because I wasn’t packing on the glitter and just using it as a slight accent).  The trick to dealing with it was that you couldn’t blend it.  You touched your finger to the lid and that’s where the shadow stayed.  If you wanted more, you dip your finger back into the pan and apply a second dot.  Blending will just make it get streaky and disappear.  Still it was the best of the top row.

the second row – swatched L to R

The middle row was better and gave me great hope.  Bby Girl was the rock star of this row (second swatch). It was a little patchy, but could be applied on the outer edge of the eye and blended in for a one and done look.  I actually really liked the color. It got patchier the further away you went from where the brush initially met the eyelid, but it was the best of the lot. Addy was a lot patchier (and I think because of my skin tone more noticeable in it’s patchiness). Rose was really patchy and Azul was a major disappointment. In the pan it is beautiful, on the lid patchy and pastel. even the swatch on my arm looked better than it did on the eye. June 1st had the same issues as Purple Dream.  It could be applied using the finger method but blending is not going to be your friend.

Third ro – swatched L to R

And now we come to the third row.  Rich applied the same as Purple Dream and June 1st.  Izzy was similar except for more glitter. Although as a warning, using Izzy means you are going to have glitter for days, just not always on your eye. It has a large fall out rate, but once it falls out, it decides to stay where it fell. I found glitter three days after using it and had to wash my Make-up Eraser separately so that the glitter did not appear on my clothing. Trying to use the rest of the row was an exercise in frustration. They were patchy and a pain.

The image below took a surprisingly long time to pull off and still looked patchy in the end, you can see there were just parts of the eyelid the powder just wasn’t adhering to. And this is with the lid primed. I tried my concealer to prime it and then finally broke out the Uncaged Pretty Vulgar Lid primer which is like velcro for eyeshadow. The below image was still the best I could get out of these shadows.

Patchy

As an overall note, this was not the easiest palette to work with.  It took extra time and by noon, most of the shadows faded into one muddy ghost.  After about the third day, I just swiped Bbygirl across my lids and called it done.  That worked really well for me, even if it did take longer than any other single shadow swipe and to be honest, I would keep this for that shade. 

Don’t get me wrong I will look for that shade elsewhere and if I find it happily remove this palette from my collection.  For now it remains because of the few colors I could work with.  It will not be a palette I reach for to use for the week.  It is one I would reach for to do the one and done shadow of Bby girl (maybe) or to use Izzy, or Purple Dream to complete a look done with different shadows.  Rich and June 1st are shades I have in better formulas in different palettes. I might use them it it is out, but I wouldn’t reach for them.

This palette retails for $48.  It looks like it should cost about $20.  Given the trouble it is to use, if you are looking to spend your money on a palette, I’d suggest passing this one up completely.  It is overpriced in general and a pain to work with.  Quite frankly, it is just not worth it.


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Kosas Tinted Face Oil

I’ll admit, the Kosas Tinted Face Oil is one of those foundations that I have been eyeing for a while.  I was actually on the verge of ordering it when it came in my BoxyCharm Premium.  It made me very happy to see.  I think I was so attracted to this product because it was a face oil which is a type of foundation formula I haven’t played around with, and it is one of those clean beauty brands that people rave over.

So of course I wanted to give it a try. 

According to the product page it is…

Comfy makeup, active skincare.
A clean, light-coverage skin tint and nourishing skin elixir with a velvety finish that still looks like your skin — just way more even, healthy and balanced. 

In case you are wondering, the shade I am using is the 3.5 described as fair-light with neutral undertones. There are three shades lighter than me on the scale and 12 darker. The tone suits my skin color now, which means I could probably use it both in the summer and most of the winter and then just adjust powders and bronzer to fit the shade to my skin. The fact that I could probably get away with keeping only one shade of this foundation in my dressing table is something I find really appealing.

So the first thing you have to do with this foundation is give it a shake.  While there are many foundations that suggest you shake them before using this is the first I’ve ever used that sounded like a can of spray paint when I shook it.  It was suprizing, but at least I know that it was in fact mixed.  I’m guessing it has something to do with the fact that it is n oil based product.

As you can tell from the picture of the product on my hand, it is a thinner product (hello, oil) so it does tend to drip when put on the hand.  For me I always put the product on my hand and then put it on my face. If I go straight to my face then there is the tendency to apply too much, at least or me.  I’d rather wipe the excess product off of my hand than deal with it on my face. Normally I then dot the product on and use my favorite foundation brush (the 999 master blender) to blend it in.  then I go back with a make up sponge to reach the corners the brush might have missed.

This time because of the consistency, I added stripes to my face and then blended with my brush.  It blended in like a dream. Or like oil I suppose.  Which shouldn’t really surprise me.  I used my brush but there were no streaks of product or missing bits that required the use of the makeup sponge.  It was really quick and easy to apply and blend. 

Bare face on the Left and just the foundation on the right

The first time I used it, I used it without a primer.  As it is an oil, it did nothing in the way of pore filling.  It melded with my skin like an oil would.  While it covered blemishes and dark spots, it did nothing for my pores.  When I added a primer this issue was immediately corrected and there were no issues with the way the product looked over a primer. I really liked the way it looked actually.

Start of the day

My big issue is that it is a slight bit on the shiny side.  There is after all only so much mattifying an oil can do.  I know there are those out there that love the dewy look. I am not one of them.  I have watched a number of videos where people go for that look and my final thoughts are always, ‘Yeah, you need to powder that down.’

I know it is a look, just like adding a stripe of highlighter down the center of the nose and on the tip is a look.  But the highlighter thing just makes my brain sing Christmas carols about Rudolph despite there being no red and the dewy look makes me want to hand you powder.

end of the day

So having said that, even without powder, the slight shine isn’t a dewy look. It is just a slight shine. If you are matte inclined, use powder (although not a lot, very little will work) and keep your compact handy for the afternoon. If you are anything like me, you will need to touch up the t-zone a bit. Again, this foundation needs very little powder to knock off the slight shine. Despite the shine, it oddly enough isn’t greasy looking.  There were a couple of days where I didn’t touch up mid-day and it was fine.  A little shiny in the t-zone but not unbearably so, even for me.

And the Kosas Tinted Face Oil wore beautifully. There were no spots where the foundation wore off, crinkled, wrinkled or settled into lines.  It stayed exactly where it was applied and it stayed all day.  And it did live up to its very simple description.  It had a very natural finish to it.  I really enjoyed wearing this foundation this week. I will definitely be keeping it around and more than likely picking a fresh bottle up once this one is empty. If anything else it makes me want to pick up the Alyaka Sampler Kit for the brand even more. Just remember to shake well before opening, and check your t-zone around noon.


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Calm and Clean

In the September Boxy Luxe I received the Cuccio Somatology Yogahhh! Calm and Clean Epsom Salt Hand and body wash with Lavender oil. I know, that is quite a name. And to be honest, i wasn’t certain about using the same product on my hands as my body.

I know. it is all skin, but the skin of my hands sees a bit more activity than some of my other parts and needs a slightly different product. But I am always game to try something new.

So, I looked the product up on the website…

CALM + CLEAN EPSOM SALT HAND + BODY WASH gently cleanses without dehydrating the skin.  Using the finest ingredients, Epsom Salt helps muscles feel reinvigorated and reenergized after the most intense of workouts.  The combination of Pro-Vitamin B5 + Shea Butter help keep your skin feeling moisturized post-shower.  Enjoy the soothing essential oil blend of Lavender Oil to help wash away stress and worry from the day, leaving the mind, body and spirit completely calm, renewed + restored.

I like epsom salts. When I was little we kept a jar of them in the house. Anytime you had a skin irritation such as poison ivy, you rinsed off any remaining oils from the plant (so they didn’t spread elsewhere) and then got to spend a large chunk of time soaking in a bath heavily laden with epsom salts. Because that is the trick with them. The longer you soaked, the better they worked. But you have to soak to get the benefits.

clear product in hand

I’m sure there are some benefits to putting them in a soap that you use and rinse off quickly, but given my past experience with epsom salts, I am not completely sold on this. However I’m guessing that the calm part of the title relates more towards the lavender oil.

And boy does this have some lavender oil in it. The only reason I am certain it is not pure lavender oil in the bottle is that it does foam slightly when you use it. Otherwise, it smells like lavender oil. Very strong lavender oil.

I like lavender but this was just a bit much for me scent wise. Still I figured the water would dilute it and so I put it to the test. I started with the shower. Here I used it like body wash. The hot water helped bring out the scent of the lavender before washing it away, which I didn’t particularly care for, but I managed. As a body wash, I didn’t particularly care for it.

It lathers slightly but not a lot. When rinsed, my skin did feel softer but it also felt like a little oily film was left behind. Combined with the scent, this was not a bath time product I enjoyed. While I don’t require massive amounts of foam from my products, I do want them to rinse off cleanly.

But there are two uses listed on the bottle. Hand and body, remember?

So I tried it on the hands.

the foaming action

The lavender scent was a bit much, but as I was only using it on my hands, the scent was not too overpowering. Because of so much hand washing and hand sanitizer, the oil aspect of this hand soap was appreciated. The skin of my hands really appreciated it. It didn’t dry my skin like my usual antibacterial soap. I still use my antibacterial soap when touching anything that came from out of the house, but it is nice to have a milder soap around for just normal handwashing, like if you just spilled honey onto your fingers when you made tea. So for those purposes it was nice to have around and I will certainly keep it around until it is used up.

It is however a product that retails for $39.95. As a body wash I didn’t care for it and while it is nice to have as a hand soap. I could just as easily use regular soap and then apply hand cream. For me to spend nearly $40 on this product it would have needed to be amazing. It did not come in as amazing, it came in as tolerable. So I will use it, and quite possibly reuse the bottle because it is a nice blue pump bottle (in fact the bottle is kind of my favorite part of the product), but I will not be purchasing a replacement.


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Treating my tootsies with e-cooking’s overnight Foot Cream

e-cooking’s overnight foot cream in its natural habitat – the night stand

I will be the first to admit that I put my feet through a lot. Not only do they support me through every activity, but I walk them nearly to death in my quest to lose weight. My main exercise, especially since I stopped going to the gym, has been walking. although truth be told even regular exercise inside the house, whether it is a work out video, wii fit or even just stripping down the beds so the sheets can be washed, my feet carry me through.

And I often forget this.

Usually a blister of some sort causes me to take notice of my feet and at that point I realize that I have very badly neglected them and begin a routine designed to make it up to them. (Then of course I slack off until I realize that I’m going to be wearing shoes that display my feet or another blister appears and the process begins again).

Because so many body creams are simply not designed for feet, I generally find one product that works and keep buying it. Quite a few years ago I picked up a Soap & Glory Foot cream that worked well and so I kept buying it. It is also what I use to compare newer products that I have tried. Thus far, nothing has displaced it as my go to foot cream.

inner lid

However when the e-cooking Overnight Foot Cream came in my October Look Fantastic Beauty Box, I was cautiously excited. I’ve tried other e-cooking products and found them to be really good. They seem to be one of those brands no one really talks about, but very quietly, competently and consistently puts out really good products. They are like the range of products you either know about and look for, or they float past your radar without making a blip on the screen.

At least that has been my experience. Maybe someone else gets bombarded with ads for them, but it sure isn’t me. Although my metrics for internet searches is kind of messed up. I do a lot of research for fiction writing. A couple of months ago I was researching a few things for a murder mystery and the computer just kept sending me boatloads of ads for criminal lawyers.

I think it was trying to help me.

But that is beside the point.

Foot cream is the point.

the product (after 2 weeks of use)

So, to the foot cream. The sample of the Overnight Foot Cream comes in a lovely glass jar with a nice simple label. I find it quite attractive actually. I really like that it has the inner lid on it as well. But as attractive as it is, it is what is inside that counts. So according to the product page…

It doesn’t matter how beautiful your sandals are if your feet aren’t well-cared-for. This is why we have developed a night cream that removes hard skin and moisturises the skin at the same time. The Overnight Foot Cream has a cooling antibacterial effect that protects against infections and has a lovely, fresh aroma of natural Eucalyptus.

The Overnight Foot Cream is created to work its magic whilst you sleep.

Ecooking’s Overnight Foot Cream also contains:

  • 15% Natural Carbamide (urea) improves hydration and treats dryness. It also has an anti-microbial effect.
  • Natural Lactic Acid – from the AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) family – exfoliates and removes dead skin cells whilst boosting collagen production.
  • Eucalyptus Globulus Essential Oil increases blood circulation, leaving a fresh aroma and slight cooling sensation on the skin.
  • Natural Sodium PCA to improve the skin’s ability to absorb moisture.
  • Natural Menthol cools the skin.
  • Organic Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil moisturises the skin.
  • Natural Panthenol improves hydration.
  • Dermasoft Decalact acts as an active anti-microbial.
  • Organic Almond Oil softens and nourishes the skin.
  • Organic Glycerin keeps the skin moist.

Vegan and dermatologically tested.

Okay that’s a lot, but essentially it means that the cream is supposed to provide intense moisture to dry and calloused feet as well as killing microbes. I can get behind that. I would also like to say that while I like the little jar and think it is very lovely, the one issue I had with it was scooping the cream out as I tended to get too much in one sitting. The full sized version? Yeah, it has a pump so it isn’t a problem.

The product it semf smells of menthol. I am not a huge fan of the scent, but it goes on my feet, then I put socks on so after application, there is no issue with scent from me. And to be fair, because I associate mentol with Vicks Vapor Rub it felt like I was giving my fet something medicinal.

After one night, I could see a softening of the calluses and moisture returning to the dry spots. It wasn;t a miracle cream, but there was moisture overnight. After a week of steady use, there was no dryness in general and my calluses were much softened. While my feet will never be fabulously lovely and baby bottom smooth, after all the abuse I heaped on them this summer, they needed some care before the winter dryness set in.

Because that is their real enemy.

The calluses I can deal with and I can even live with the few dry patches, however once the winter sets in, dry callus tends to crack and crack painfully if something isn’t done about it. hile not an overnight miracle worker, with consistent use, this is a really good product. To be honest, it works as well, if not better than, the Soap & Glory Cream which is my standard for comparison. In addition, the ingredients are ones I feel more comfortable with putting on my skin. It is a more expensive cream at $38 per bottle, but as the trial sized 30 mL jar is still more than half full after two weeks of use, I think the 100 mL full sized bottle would get me completely through the winter. It is a good product, with good ingredients and I would have no problem repurchasing this Overnight Foot Cream from e-cooking.


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Sampling Coconut Water Cream from First Aid Beauty

I’ll be honest, I let this First Aid Beauty Coconut Water Cream moisturizer linger in the drawer.  Each time I reached in to try out a new product, my hand would pass over it.  I passed on it only for the sake of the word coconut. 

I know it is foolish, but there were so many coconut scented products in my world this summer that I felt a little coconutty myself.  It was the scent of the summer.  Admittedly, this summer was the Summer of 2020 so I’m not sure it really wants that association.

But most of the coconut scented products have been taken out of my skin care drawer and to be honest I have very few trial sized moisturizers left in the drawer.  I have an entire box full of serums to test out, but I am getting down to the larger moisturizers so soon I will be going back into the one month long trials and leaving these short tests behind.

It was time to bring the First Aid Beauty Coconut Water Cream out of the drawer and give it a try. So what should I expect?

Oil-free refreshingly light water cream moisturizer infused with skin nourishing Coconut Water hydrocharges your skin with a burst of electrolyte-rich moisture for softer, smoother, healthier-looking skin. Rich in electrolytes, amino acids, enzymes, antioxidants and phytonutrients, Coconut Water is known as nature’s perfect hydrator. This non-comedogenic formula absorbs immediately into skin while hydrocharging, to make it appear softer, smoother and more plumped. The oil-free formula is boosted by a combination of Sodium Hyaluronate and Alteromonas Ferment Filtrate to help reinforce skin’s moisture, protect against exposure to the elements and leave skin appearing smooth, soft and plumped.

Ingredients: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice, Glucose, Maltodextrin, Aqua (Water, Eau), Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Cocos Nu-cifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Alteromonas Ferment Filtrate, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sea Salt (Maris Sal, Sal Marin), Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Dip-teryx Odorata Seed Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Dimethicone Cross-polymer, Dipropylene Glycol, Cetyl Diglyceryl Tris(Trimethylsiloxy)silylethyl Dimethicone, Phe-noxyethanol, Laureth-8.

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Okay first off, I don’t see anything in the ingredients list that cause me any concern which I am very happy about.  And so we open the little tube of product.  As you can see from the photo the cream is a clearish jelly like consistency.

To my utter delight it did not smell like coconut.

I have to admit, I did a little happy dance.  I was committed to trying the product regardless, but the fact that there was no coconut scent made me happy.  (while I do actually like coconut, I just got buried in the scent this summer. I actually do like the scent of coconut I just don’t want EVERYTHING to smell like coconut or months on end.)

It actually smells vaguely candy like.  Actually, you know those candy necklaces and bracelets you could get as a kid?  That’s the kind of candy it smells like.

So happy with the scent, I applied it to my face.  Let me tell you, I am in love.  It blended into my skin like a dream.  My skin was soft and hydrated and not sticky or greasy at all. The sample tube only had enough product for about a week and a half of use, and trust me, I used it all. Which is why the tube in the top photo loos very squished.

While this trial wasn’t enough to determine any actual effects on the skin long term, it was enough to let me know I want a full sized tub of it to try out.  I also want to apologize for not trying this sooner and I will be adding the $34 full size to my full skin care trial as soon as I am able. 

I may have other moisturizers to test out and work through, but I will be circling back to this Coconut Water Cream by FAB.  I actually enjoyed using this sample more than I have enjoyed some of the more higher priced moisturizers I have tried. 

I also think it was helped out by the time of year.  It is my skin’s traditional transitioning time.  This provided the kind of light weight moisture that is definitely appropriate for this time of year. I still have summer oily spots and a few dry spots brought out by the turning on of the central heat. It is the bane of skin that is balanced on that thin line they call ‘normal’. In the summer I am normal leaning to oily, in the winter I am normal leaning towards dry, which means spring and fall I flip flop between dry and oily depending on the weather of the day. This past week we had rain and sun, high and low humidity and temperatures ranging from the mid-fifties to the upper seventies. This moisturizer handled it all beautifully.  So oh yeah, this is going on my list for a full sized trial.




Allure Beauty Box October 2020 Unboxing

The October 2020 Allure Beauty Box

Okay my darlings, buckle up this is going to be an interesting unboxing. The highly anticipated October Allure box has arrived. As you can see above, the box itself has changed. No longer is it the reusable box of yore but a cardboard mailer.

This was the first month of the NEW Allure Beauty Box if you will remember.  Originally It was a $15 subscription box which put it into competition with both Birchbox ($15)  and the Regular IPSY Glam Bag ($12). In October the price of the Allure Beauty Box went up to $23 per month.  With the price increase you are guaranteed six or more products valued at $100 or more (previously 5 products with a $70+ value) and at least three full sized items (previously 2).

While both Boxy Charm and IPSY have $25 boxes, those boxes are all full sized items (5 full sized items).  By contrast, Look Fantastic ($19/ month) has a mix of full and deluxe sample sized items as does GlossyBox ($21/ month).  Since I get BoxyCharm Premium and IPSY Ultimate instead of the regular boxes (and because of the sample and full sized mix) I am going to be comparing the new Allure Box to this month’s Look Fantastic and Glossy Box as they are its closest competitors. Just remember they are both slightly less in cost.

So let’s talk about what arrived this month.

Item number one is the The Nue Co Topical C (full size) (Retail $70). It is a vitamin C powder that you add to a moisturizer or mix with a little water.  According to the little write up in the magazine the powder is supposed to help prevent it from being too heavy on the skin. 

I can’t say I’ve ever had issues with serums being too heavy.  Moisturizers and occasionally oils, yes, but not really serums, but I can see the logic.  If you add it to your moisturizer, it is like you are only layering one product (sort of) onto your skin. I’m game to try it as I do like Vitamin C serums and I have never tried it in powder form. I am just going to have to look it up on the brands website to get more information when I do.  The Allure booklet tells you only what one of their beauty editors thought of it and doesn’t give you a lot of product information.

The next item in the box is the Verso Super Eye Serum (full size) (retail $65).  I like Verso products in general.  I’ve used several before and find it to be a really good brand. I pick them up now and again from Alyaka when they have sales. As far as eye cream goes, it is a good size and one that would take me quite a while to get through.  I have no complaints about that. Speaking of Alyaka, they too have an Advent Calendar out (and I forgot to add it to my advent post yesterday. I knew as soon as I posted I would find more, anyway you can click on the link to see it. It looks kind of amazing and Alyaka specializes in vegan and cruelty free beauty products. The advert with the photo of products is posted at the bottom of this post if you want to get a look at the goodies offered)

Alyaka Beauty Advent Calendar Luxe 2020

The third full sized item is the Static Nails Liquid Glass Lacquer in Irene (full size) (retail $16). It looks to be a nice color and one I will use.  I like nail polishes. As I recently purged several no longer usable nail polishes from my collection I have plenty of space for it. 

However, it does not look full sized.  It may be full sized, but if it is I would take issue with Static Nails.  Since it is hard to get a visual on it by itself, I put it with two other nail polishes.  The Smith and Cult which retails for $18 and which came in a $15 Birch Box and a Nails Inc which came in a Glossy Box. It may be a pretty color, but it does not look full sized. Of course I haven’t tried it. It could be the best nail polish I’ve ever tried where one coat performs unexpected feats of magic. I don’t know and won’t until I try it. Yhis is however an unboxing. I sometimes forget to report back about nail polishes, but this one, I will be remembering to review. As you can tell in some of thes photos, I really need to take off my old polish and repaint them so a review may be coming fairly soon.

Moving on we come to the La Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm AP + Body Cream. It’s a sample so there is no price given for it, but the full 400 mL size is $19.99 and the sample is 15 mL so basic math gives us a value of $0.75. 

Now, I like La Roche-Posay products.  Their sunscreen is really good and very lightweight on the face and their cleanser is amazing for anyone with sensitive skin.  Well, it is good in general, even if you don’t have sensitive skin. (Incidentally their 20% off sale starts tomorrow, I’ll post reminders, but on 10/21 use the code EXCLUSIVE20, on 10/22-23 use code HURRY, and on 10/24 use the code SURPRISE to get 20% plus two deluxe samples.)

Enjoy 4 deluxe samples of your choice on orders $65+ Bonus! Free makeup pouch with orders $95+. Valid: 10/15-10/20.

Since you can now pick up an array of the brand’s products in Walgreens I tend to run out and pick it up when I find myself low on cleansers and don’t have another one lined up.  It is consistently good. I have even used this moisturizer before. 

This exact same size was given out as a free sample from Walgreens when the brand first started being sold there. It is a good moisturizer.  I prefer it on my body rather than my face as I find it a little heavy on the face, but it is a good product. As Allure claims that they are the box that sends products you can’t find anywhere else,  I can’t say I am wowed by its presence.

in this box

The same goes for the Dr Jartt Ceramidin Cream sample (again basic math $48 for full sized 50 ml Tube, sample size is10 mL with a value of $9.60) .  It’s a nice cream.  I’ve tried it before.  I’ve even had a sample of it from Allure before.

compared to previous sample

Admittedly the previous sample was a bit smaller in size.  But I have had so many samples of this cream from so many different sources that I have lost count of the number of times I’ve used or passed on these tubes of cream. Because it has been repeated so many times by so many different boxes, it doesn’t feel all that special.  And quite frankly it is an okay cream that I will probably not be picking up in the full sized versions any time soon. As this was their first higher priced box, I would have expected them to try to make it a little more special.

I will say that the Sigma Liquid Lipstick in Venom did feel special (full size $20, sample $4).  It is a beautiful color and I can not wait to try out the formula. I’m okay with it being a sample size. 

Would I have preferred the full size?  Of course.  If given the chance I would have made the lippie a full sized and the nail polish a travel sized.  As the nail polish already looks travel sized it probably would have looked ridiculous any smaller though.

My next items was the Wilma Schumann Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads (1 pair)($18 for 5 sets, 1 pair is $3.60).  I like eye masks and I am always willing to have another pair to try.  I have no complaints about this product. I look forward to using it and hope it turns out to be something I enjoy using.

The Rusk PUREMIX Native Fig Replenishing Shampoo & Conditioner I sort of have an issue with (at Ulta it is $26 for the set – here the math gets fun, 12 ounces is 354.882 mL the shampoo and conditioner are both 12 ounces so combined for $26 you get 709.762 mL. There is 10 Ml of shampoo and another 10 of conditioner in the foil packet which means the foil packet is valued at $0.73).

Again this is nothing against the brand.  I have used many Rusk Products before and I enjoy almost anything fig so that’s not the problem.  The problem is that it is a foil packet. 

First, of all I hate foil packets of shampoo and conditioner in general.  For me there is no middle line with that. There is no ‘well it is a really pricey product and this is a cost effective way to try it.’ No, I’ll let you get away with that for serums and well most any other product really, just not shampoo and conditioner.

I don’t care how good the dotted line is, opening them in the shower with wet hands is always a pain so if you don’t remember to cut them open before you get in the shower it just becomes a struggle.  And you have to separate the shampoo and conditioner first, otherwise you end up squirting both into your hand at the same time.  However, when you separate them, sometimes the packets tear weirdly and you end up with shampoo dribbling out of the side of the packet.  And then you have too much product to use in one sitting and if you try to keep it for your next shower so you don’t waste it then sometimes the edges dry out and get nasty so you just throw it away, or someone else uses the shower, ends up setting their shampoo on top of your semi flat foil packet thinking you just accidentally left the empty in the shower, thus causing a spluge of product on the wall.

No, no shampoo and conditioner foil packets.

I can tolerate foil packets for other products, but absolutely hate them for shampoo and conditioner.

But pet peeve aside, when you get a foil packet, it always feels like an extra.  Something they threw in as a bonus item. Now, it is the eight product in the box and technically could be considered as an addition.  It is listed as an item on the site and advertised as such not as a bonus.  It is even listed as a sponsored item. 

While the value is there, the included products having a value of $169.68, and there were more than the six promised items and technically three were full sized, it still felt like a $15 box and not a $23 one. 

By contrast Look Fantastic had six items this month and Glossy Box had five. These links will take you to my reviews of the boxes if you want to do a more indepth comparison of items. The value of the $21 Glossy Box was $91.44 and the $19 Look Fantastic Box had a value of $76.11. Despite this, both Glossy Box and Look Fantastic felt far more lux than this upgraded $23 box.

It isn’t one major thing, but a lot of little things that make me feel this way.  To be honest, once I received the box, I went ahead and called to cancel before the next box.  They did offer me a deal.  For the next two months I would get the old price.  So November and December I would receive the same box for $15 instead of the upgraded fee.  I suppose they are planning to get better and hope to convince me to stay when the deal is over.

I accepted the terms and they charged November’s box right away so I have prepaid ($15) for November.  I will then pay December regularly (still at $15).  That will give me two more boxes to decide if it is worth keeping around. As I was planning to reassess my subscriptions in December/January, I am fine with that. If they step up in the next two months, I may keep the subscription, if they don’t then I may cancel.

However, an interesting thing happened shortly after I had my conversation with Allure about my subscription.  I received an e-mail saying that the new price of $23 will take effect December 1st.  I don’t know if this means that enough people cancelled that they had to rethink the box or what.  I know that anyone else I talked to about their box this month was not happy so I imagine there was a lot of push back.

Personally, if I was increasing the price of a subscription I would make sure to knock it out of the park the first few months so people would get comfortable with the new price increase. Mostly because there are a lot of people who can justify a $15 box but who might be skeptical of something over $20.  This was not an out of the park hit.  There was no home run. And I will spend the next two months with a very critical eye to the box to see if it will be worth the price increase or if this box will not be following me into the new year.

Alyaka Beauty Advent Calendar Luxe 2020

Sunny side up with 20% Vitamin C + E Ferulic Acid Serum from Timeless Skincare

A while back Timeless Skincare graciously gifted me with several of their products to try and I have been putting them to the test.  I slowly rotated each one into my skin care routine, so as not to bombard my skin with all new ingredients.  The fourth and final product from my Timeless Skin Care trial was the 20% Vitamin C + E and F Acid (retail . $25.95). I have been using it for one month straight. 

But before we get into how I felt about the serum, let’s look at what it claims on the product page…

Give your skin a mega dose of Vitamin C. Our 20% Vitamin C + E + Ferulic Acid serum brightens skin, builds collagen and evens out tone. Enhanced with Vitamin E & Ferulic Acid, this serum is a great pick me up for dull, discolored and stressed skin, while providing 24/7 protection against environmental pollutants. Recommended For: All skin types. As always Timeless Skincare is Paraben Free, Fragrance and Dye Free, Cruelty Free, has More actives, less chemicals and is Made in the USA.

Ingredients: Water, Ethoxydiglycol, L-Ascorbic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Alpha Tocopherol, Polysorbate 80, Panthenol, Ferulic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Benzylalcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid.

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the pump top

One thing I love about the Timeless skincare products I have tried is that their ingredients lists are not a mile long.  Admittedly this one has some tongue twister words so lets take a moment to break them down.  (As a reminder I am not a medical professional of any kind and I am certainly not a dermatologist, I am just a skin care enthusiast who really likes to try and understand what it is I am putting on my face.  At the end of this post I’ll like a few articles for those who want to look into more professional assessments of the ingredients I am breaking down. )

So first up there is water.  I am always happy to see that.  While many ingredients can lock down moisture, they need moisture to lock down, otherwise they are just sort of sealing in what you have and not adding anything.

the product in hand

Next up is the Ethoxydiglycol.  While a mouthful of syllables its purpose is to dissolve ingredients, increase the efficacy of the other active ingredients in the serum.  One of the ingredients it is increasing the efficacy of is the L-Ascorbic Acid which is a form of vitamin C very often used in skin care because it is a potent antioxidant and skin-soothing agent that can improve the appearance of signs of aging.

The Propylene Glycol acts as a humectant which means it secures the water and takes it to the outer layer of your skin.

Alpha Tocopherol is the Vitamin E listed in the name of the product and it also acts as an antioxidant  while Polysorbate 80 attracts and suspends oils, dirt, and other impurities that have accumulated on the skin and wash them away.  So essentially, if my understanding is correct the Vitamin E helps pull the bad things in your skin to the surface and the Polysorbate 80 acts as the bouncer who kicks them out of Club Dermatitis.

Full face before the trial (L) at the end of one month (R).

Panthenol softens and sooths the skin and helps it build up a barrier against water loss.

Ferulic Acid, the F mentioned on the product label, is an antioxidant that works to boost the effects of other antioxidants and  Sodium Hyaluronate helps to restore the skin’s moisture, promoting a more revitalized and youthful complexion. 

And finally we get to Benzylalcohol, whose chief function in cosmetics is as a preservative, and it’s among the least sensitizing preservatives in use and  Dehydroacetic Acid a non-toxic ingredient used to keep the product from spoiling and acts as a fungicide and bactericide .  Not very sexy ingredients to end the list with but very necessary.  After all there is nothing good about expired skin care.

While those are some very scientific words, the end result is that the ingredients are used to lock in moisture, while sending in a team of antioxidants and promoting healthy youthful looking skin.

While youthful looking skin may be a judgment call, I can say that my skin feels hydrated and soft.  I had no issues with clogged pores or redness with the sun as can sometimes happen with Vitamin C based products (at least it has happened to me a couple of times).

The scarring and sun damage on my cheek before the trial (L) after one month (R)

The product is in a yellow colored plastic dispenser.  The color of the container keeps the sunlight away from the product, which I appreciate, but it also prevents me from knowing how much product remains.  Foolishly I forgot to weigh it before I started my trial.  Unlike the other serums and oils, I’ve tried from Timeless Skincare, it does not come with a dropper, but has a pump that you press to dispense the serum.  I’m guessing it is to keep as much air out of the product as possible. 

One pump is all that I needed to cover my face.  The product absorbed into my skin quickly and easily.  As you can see in the photo it is clear and despite the fact that Panthenol often has a floral scent to it, this serum has almost no scent to it at all.  If you stick your nose right down into it, you might smell something, but then you have to be close enough that you risk inhaling the serum.  I do not recommend inhaling the serum.

I don’t think anyone recommends inhaling any serum actually.

But it means that for those of you sensitive to scent, there will be no problem.  I will say the photos aren’t as dramatic as with the Hyaluronic Acid serum.  In the front facing before and after photos you can see that some of the sun discoloration on my forehead has been reduced and in the side photo showing the scarring on my cheek, you can see a little fading as well.  There is more fading in the sun damage than in the scaring, but there is some noticeable fading. You have to remember that with skin care thirty days of use is generally when you start to see results.  I think that if I continue using this product, over time I would see more fading of the damage as the active ingredients went to work on my skin.  It is less dramatic than its HA counterpart, but still a very nice serum.  And to the touch my skin feels softer and more hydrated, which doesn’t show up as clearly in the photos. 

So will I continue to use this serum?  Yes.  I will be using it up completely.  Will I place this on my to be ordered list? Yes I think I will.  I have other serums in my skin care drawer I want to try, some of them Vitamin C based, but thus far this 20% Vitamin C + E and Ferulic serum has worked really well with my skin and is in the top five of the vitamin C products I have tried before. I am very happy that I got a chance to try this product out and share my thoughts on it. For those of you interested in more scientific break downs of some of the ingredients I listed out, you might want to look into healthline.com and the Derm Review.


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