I’ll admit, when the M. Greengrass Dry Oil Spray (retail $36) came in my BoxyCharm Subscription box this month, I wasn’t quite sure what it was or how to use it. In my defense the description ‘multi-purpose dry oil spray’ didn’t give a lot of direction, it just implied multiple uses. I don’t know, maybe I’m thick. Luckily, the back of the bottle was much more descriptive and came with basic instructions citing use for both skin and in the hair.
As for the claims, according to the website:
This fast absorbing dry oil spray is formulated with a blend of high quality oils that quickly penetrate delivering superior moisture leaving skin soft and luminous without feeling greasy.
Notes: Bergamot, Citrus, White Jasmine, Brazilian Soft Woods, Heliotrope, and Musk.
Free of parabens, PEGs, artificial colors, petrolatum, gluten, phthalates and mineral oil. No animal testing ever!!!
I very much liked the free of list, especially as it is intended to more or less cover me from head to toe and some things I really don’t want on my body. Since I don’t believe gluten can be absorbed through the skin and I don’t really feel like drinking the product, the gluten free is a bit superfluous, but I appreciate the lack of petroleum and mineral oil. Those seem like more practical exclusions, at least to me. I’m sure there are plenty who disagree. which is fine, personal differences make the world a more interesting place.
And we all know I’d hate to be bored.
In addition, all of the scents included are ones I like and when I spritzed the oil I really liked the way it smelled. I can sort of see why the scent is named ‘Beach Air’ as it does sort of have a scent reminiscent of the beach, or at least it brings thoughts of the beach to me. All it really lacks is a kind of briny back scent for the full beach impact.
It has a very light aroma with a slight earthiness which I’m guessing is from the musk. It is not as floral as I would expect from the Bergamot, White Jasmine and Heliotrope, which I also appreciate as if it was I think it might be too cloying without the earthy back note. I think the citrus and musk help balance the floral scents well.
As much as I like the scent, it is not billed as a perfume, so I set off to test it as a body oil first. When sprayed onto dry skin, the oil soaks in well and does not leave a greasy residue on either body or face. While the scent lingers for several hours afterwards, I was not leaving greasy fingerprints behind me which I (as well as those around me) appreciate.
I also tried it on wet skin, spraying my body after getting out of the shower instead of using my more customary body lotion.
My fresh from the shower skin absorbed the oil more readily, which isn’t a big shock as damp skin usually absorbs product more readily. I found my skin softer than when I used the oil on dry skin but oddly enough there was less of a scent remaining afterwards.
On dry skin, the scent remained almost like a perfume. With the wet skin, the scent was absorbed more and didn’t linger. I will say though that throughout the rest of the day I did catch faint whiffs of scent, but it was very faint and no where as pronounced as when I used the spray on dry skin. With using the spray on wet skin I still could use a perfume should I so choose, when I used it on dry skin any perfume I wore fought with the scent of the oil.
After trying it on the skin, I used the oil on my hair. I found there to be no real value in using it on damp hair, but when used on dry hair, it helped with fly always and gave me the same powerful scent that it gave on dry skin. I also found that when I used the dry oil spray in my hair I could not wear perfume for fear of clashing scents. It did however not cause my hair to be greasy in any way. My hair did not feel weighed down and the scent and softness remained throughout the day.
As I found the scent quite nice, I think that I might use it on hair and dry skin on days where I am wearing no other perfume, but for the most part, I plan on keeping it in the bathroom for use on my skin just after the shower in lieu of body lotion. I think it is more effective that way and I like the little teasers of scent that I get throughout the day without having it clash with any other perfume or scented product I may be using that day. In addition I really like the spray bottle. Not only is it an attractively packaged product, but the spray is a sturdy one that sprays an even, fine mist. It is also easy to use with wet hands, making it a really nice addition to my post-shower routine.
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To be honest, when I picked this up, I wasn’t entirely sure which side I was going to try first. I suspected it would be the Be Pure though as I am always looking to clean out my pores and remove environmental nasties, but I surprised myself and went with the Be Dewy side. I think it might be because today is a dreary blah sort of day with rain clouds looming and the temperatures hovering just high enough to ensure that the water falling from the sky will remain rain mixed with a little ice instead of actually being snow. It is not the most inspiring weather, but it did make the rosy pink of the Be Dewy mask look much more appealing.
So while the Bare Minerals site product page has a description of both and recommends usages for both sides so you can customize your mask to your skin, the Be Dewy side claims to…
Help hydrate, calm and reduce the appearance of redness with Be Dewy, a pink clay mask infused with acai berry and black currant extracts. Apply to areas that need a little more hydration, such as the cheeks and jawline. Skin is left feeling and looking smoother and more radiant.
It is supposed to hydrate the skin, reduce redness, smooth skin and make you feel more fresh and radiant.
I could use all of that, especially on a day like today. So now that I have picked a side and know what I am supposed to expect, it is time for my application and twenty minutes of relaxation time.
My first thoughts on this product have to be that the packaging is pretty enough to display on my dressing table. It is a frosted glass jar with one side white and one pink. The plastic lid has a rose gold insert and it just looks fancy sitting on my dressing table. When opening the jar, I have to say that the dividing lid feels sturdy too. Not only is it a solid piece of plastic, but the line in the center is a indented to fit snugly on the divide between the two products and keeps them completely separate.
I also like that it comes with a little plastic spatula so I don’t have to dig my fingers into the bulk of the product.
The mask has an oddly playdoh type scent to it which I find a little strange. It feels like cool clay as it is applied to the skin, which from the name of the product I did expect. As the texture was what I was expecting, I felt better about the mask and lay back to enjoy my twenty minutes of head clearing time. I tried starting without my headphones in but for some reason I can not explain I had Elton John’s Crocodile Rock stuck in my head. I don’t recall hearing the song anytime in the past few months let alone in the last week, yet somehow my brain coughed it up and looped it.
So I put on the headphones for the remainder of my mask time.
So much for silent contemplation.
During my masking time there was no tingling or warmth or anything. It just sat on my skin and the goodness was absorbed. Personally I always like a little tingling so that I know it’s doing something, but that is just my brain. I’m sure it works without the tingling.
When my twenty minutes ended I returned to the bathroom to wash my face. As is customary with clay based masks, it dried into a hard shell. I was of course the candy center. While I normally don’t use a brush on my face because I find the bristles too harsh, I do keep a soft bristled one around solely to loosen up masks. I run it under hot water and then lightly trace it over the mask until it softens up enough for me to rinse off without a lot of harsh scrubbing.
I will say that once I was free of my not quite candy shell, my skin felt very soft and hydrated. I had a small red spot that might possibly have looked a little less red, but not really. As it came from yesterday’s windburn I can say that it felt a little less raw, if not any less red. It was soothed rather than irritated by the mak which was a good thing.
And I will say that I did have a bit of a dewy sheen to my skin that didn’t look like out of control oil. That is always my fear when faced with anything claiming dewiness, that it will just look greasy and oily. This did not and I was pleased with it. I still find the playdoh scent a little odd, but I did like the mask and will use it again. I am now looking forward to trying the Be Pure side sometime in the future. Hopefully it will be just as good and with luck I can keep from losing the little plastic spatula that came with the jar.
Although I am not really counting on that.
So refreshed and relaxed, I am going in to finish the rest of my day so I can check off the remaining tasks on my list and enjoy the weekend. I hope you have a great one as well.
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Surprisingly, this tiny little jar of the Superfood Air-whip Moisture Cream from Youth to the People lasted fifteen days, which gave me just a little more time to try it out than I needed for a two week trial. While I would like to pick up a full sized jar in the future, I did get enough use out of the trial size to get a good feel for the cream.
This cream came in a little glass jar that was packed full to the brim. There was only a tiny little divot in the surface to show where the machine injected it into the jar. As the jar was adorably Lilliputian, the fact that it was entirely full helped.
Since this was a trial sized version, we are going to start with extrapolation math.
Feeling somewhat silly as I didn’t expect the jar to last the full two weeks, I weighed it in when it arrived. The glass jar came in at exactly 1 ounce and claimed to contain 0.25 ounces of product. I used the cream in both the morning and the evening and it lasted exactly fifteen days. While I don’t know the weight of the full sized jar, it does contain 2.0 ounces of product according to the website. So the full sized jar contains exactly eight times more product. Simple math says 15 multiplied by eight gives you 0ne hundred and twenty. That means that in theory the full jar of cream should last seventeen weeks.
I put that number down with a bit of trepidation on my part. Not because my math is wrong. It is simple math and the numbers are accurate, but I suspect that when faced with the tiny jar, I might have unknowingly lessened the amount of product I used. Normally I put a small dab of cream on my hand, rub my hands together and then apply it to my face. Given that there was such a small jar, I dipped my finger in, then dotted the cream on my face, then rubbed it in. This may account for the length of time I am currently estimating the jar to last. When faced with a larger jar, I may just through typical application, use more than when faced with the tiny jar.
I will also say that going by the product information 2.0 ounces is a little larger than most of the other creams I have used as well. Most moisturizers tend to fall in the 1.7 ounce range. Because of the fact that I cannot be entirely certain of the use I won’t break it down to a cost per day estimate, but I will mention the full sized jar retails for $48 on their website.
Speaking of their website, the product page has a rather straightforward claim for the product. It reads:
Get ready for some leafy green moisture with this lightweight, air-whipped moisture cream. All the antioxidant-packed superfoods you love combine forces with Hyaluronic Acid, creating a moisturizer that instantly restores, balances and conditions. Friendly for all skin types, best for combo/oily.
Hyaluronic Acid helps reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles retaining moisture to the skin, creating a plumping effect. There have been many studies on it and the Healthline website has some more information in the tested health benefits of it should you wish to read more.
I will say it is a light cream that feels airy to the touch. It also smells rather vegetal. As it has Kale + Spinach written on the jar, that really shouldn’t come as a surprise. I am a little on the fence about the scent actually. In the morning I rather like it. It has a fresh wake-me-up sort of smell to it. I am less thrilled by the scent at night. I know that sounds rather petty but it is what it is and I think that if I were just using the cream rather than using it for review, I would only use the cream in the morning and switch to something else at night. The scent doesn’t linger, and that is only a personal preference.
I will say that it is a very nice cream. The light texture lets it sink into the skin well and almost instantly so there is no delay with moving to your make-up. This is not a cream you wait around for. It seems almost designed for someone in a morning rush. This oddly makes me feel better about wanting to only use it in the morning actually.
It moisturizes well and clearly, you do not need to use a whole lot of the product to moisturize the face. I am all for using less product to do the work and thus extending the lift of the jar on my shelf. While not my absolute favorite moisturizer, it is an excellent cream. I would use it as a day cream rather than a night cream, but again that is just personal preference due to scent. In the end, I liked it enough to make me want to buy a full sized jar to try out. Which means I suppose that the trial sized jar actually did what it was designed to do in the world of marketing. I suppose that means the tiny little jar has been vindicated and instead of Lilliputian I should say mini but mighty.
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Earlier this week I finished the last of my Christmas shopping. And now as I arm myself with scissors, tape and wrapping paper, I wonder, what exactly is it about this festive season that turns otherwise ordinary people into such utter savages?
When I reached the end of my list, I took a second to do a double check before checking out at the last store to make sure nothing was forgotten. I lifted the hand containing the list up so I could read it and got elbowed fiercely in the spine by someone seeking the product display behind me.
Now I understand the day before rush when you realize you inadvertently left someone off the list. I also understand the last item remaining scenario. But this was the first week of December and there was an entire wall of the item she grabbed. In addition, I don’t think she actually noticed me. She shoved, she snatched and she ran.
Still, after checking my list and determining no one was forgotten, I decided to treat myself to a little something. One of my favorite little indulgences is my weekly face mask. While there are sleep masks that can be done nightly and other such things during the week, my indulgence is the Friday Face Mask.
That’s right. I have made it through the week. I have completed all of my workouts and met my deadlines and or endured unspeakable horrors the likes of which should never be discussed (depending on the week). And so on Fridays I like to take just a little bit of down time, apply a face mask and spend just a few minutes just to be. No planning, not plotting no scheming. Occasionally I re arrange scheduling, because I can’t help myself, but no e-mailing or texting. I like to put the mask on, put my headphones in and just take a few minutes to clear out my brain.
Then of course I wash it off and get back to work.
But those few minutes each week are mine.
Some weeks they are a reward, and some weeks they are a commiseration.
Other times they are a simple moment of sanity.
This week’s mask, picked up when my spine was still sore, was hard to put aside and wait for. I tried justifying its early use, but my will was strong and I waited. The mask is the Pomegranate AHAS & enzymes Resurfacing mask from Korres. I chose it for two reasons, well three if you count soothing my annoyance at other shoppers.
The first reason was that I recently finished a jar of the Pomegranate moisturizer from Korres and absolutely loved it. It made me very eager to try another product from this line. The second is that it is a five minute mask rather than a twenty minute one.
While I still need my few minutes of mental clarity, I am still trying to settle my schedule from the time off for the Thanksgiving Vacation. I’m not as stressed as I am some weeks so I didn’t need the twenty minutes of mental silence, but there is a long list of things to check off before I can head into the weekend.
So five minutes plus rinse time worked for me.
First a little bit about this product. It retails for $34 and is designed for oily to combination skin. It is meant to be worn for five minutes (less if you are sensitive, I am not, at least skin wise. I have been known to get teary at anything involving a dog going to extraordinary lengths to get home, but if you don’t at least get misty at that you are probably a monster. no judgement, I’m just pointing it out.) and then rinsed off. It has glycolic acid and pomegranate seeds. It is also formulated without all of the things you don’t want in your skin care and you can use it up to three times a week.
So to the bottle. It is a squeeze tube and when the lid comes off the scent is surprisingly pomegranate-y scented. I know I shouldn’t be surprised that something labeled pomegranate actually smells like pomegranate, but honestly, I wasn’t really expecting that as the moisturizer had very little scent.
It is a pleasant scent and I really like it, so that doesn’t bother me. In fact it was a nice addition to the face mask especially since they don’t really add anything to create scent, it is just sort of what the product smells like naturally. The mask has a slightly gritty texture, but it is a very soft grit, if that makes sense. It is not like the products with the more sandy textures or with the harder bits included for exfoliation, it is more that it is just not a smooth cream, it has bumps.
I’m pretty sure the bumps are the pomegranate seeds.
As per directions, I applied it to my face, rubbed it around gently and then let it sit for five minutes before rinsing it off. I did notice that the bumpy bits softened as it sat so I really do think they are seeds. After the initial application there was a moment where my skin warmed slightly, but that went away quickly and I sat through the full five minutes with it on before washing it off.
For the most part the mask rinsed off well. It didn’t harden into a shell that needed to be chipped off. I had to do one extra splash to make sure all of the seed particles were gone, but there was no real residue left on the skin. In addition my skin felt silky smooth and well hydrated. As it is designed for oily to combination skin and I am on the combination end of that spectrum, I was slightly worried about my skin feeling stripped, but that was not an issue.
The product page on this mask claims that it is supposed to improve skin texture, tone and smoothness. I have to say it met all three of those claims.
I absolutely adore this mask. While I will still use other products on Fridays, because I like trying new things and its really no fun for anyone if I review the same mask every week, I will more than likely be using this at least once a week as I really enjoyed the mask and the way it made my skin feel. Of course now I need to look into the rest of the Pomegranate line and see what other products they have that I might like. So far they are two for two. I’ll have to look into that and get back to you.
Whether you use a face mask or simply take a moment of silence between meetings, I hope that you manage to take a little time for yourself as well, and if you are looking for a face mask, this is definitely one I would recommend trying out. It has certainly earned a spot on my shelf. Have a good weekend and I’ll see you next week, with another mask to try out.
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This month I have been using two products from Juice Beauty and as they are both from the same product line (Stem Cellular Anti-wrinkle) I thought I would not only use them together, but review them together. The two products I have been using are the Stem Cellular Anti-wrinkle Booster Serum and the Stem Cellular Anti-wrinkle Eye Treatment. As those are both really long names I will probably just call one Serum and the other Eye cream throughout this post.
My trial of both of these products ran twenty-two days instead of my standard two week trial. At the start of the trial the Serum weighed in at 4.47 ounces. The package contains 1 ounce of product so 3.47 ounces of that is packaging. The eye cream which has 0.5 ounces of product weighed in at 1.82 ounces with a package weight of 1.32 ounces.
The packaging is interesting. The containers do well in keeping the product from the light and air which I really like as it lessens the chance that they will spoil before I can use them up. I don’t like the fact that you can’t tell how much product is left in the containers though. Once I start getting low on a product, especially when it is skin care related, I like to make sure I have a replacement ready to go. I’m not entirely sure how you would fix that though. The same feature that I like for the fact that it keeps out the air and light is also what keeps me from seeing how much is left. It’s just sort of shrug it off and do the math for estimates sort of situation.
When I got the serum I was worried about the relatively small nozzle getting clogged. I have to say that has not been an issue at all. It has worked perfectly. With the eye cream I was intrigued by the applicator. I like the pump to release the cream and I like that I can apply it with the applicator, but the plastic is simply too hard for use on the skin under my eyes. It works great on the fine lines on the side of my eyes, I just don’t like it on the under eye area. Otherwise it too is a nice feature. It dispenses just enough product so there is little waste and remained operational without jamming or having other malfunctions. Overall I am happy with the packaging and I liked not having to dip my fingers into the jar of eye cream.
At the end of my trial I weighed the products again to see how much remained. In this case it was actually a necessity as I had no idea how much product was left in the jar and could do no estimations based on sight. At the end of the trial the serum container weighed 3.5 ounces. Given that the packaging weighed 3.47 ounces only 0.03 ounces of product remain in the container. This isn’t much of a surprise as this morning when I went to apply it, the product squirted out in a not so steady stream, sputtering as it went from bottle to hand. I am pretty sure it will soon be empty. As yesterday was day twenty-two and I’m pretty sure I will have enough for tonight but not much past, I will say this product lasts about twenty-three days for me. So a little less than a month. With an $80 retail price tag that makes it $3.47 per day.
I also weighed the eye cream in at the end of the trial and it now weighs 1.5 ounces. Subtracting the package weight of 1.32 ounces and there is 0.18 ounces left of the eye cream. Given the math, I have about twelve days left of use in this product so it should last about 34 days in total. As it has a retail price of $50, that ends up being about $1.47 per day for this eye cream.
But it is not all about packaging, volume, duration and pricing. The most important part is the product itself. After all a product is only worth it if it lives up to it’s claims. So first the Serum.
Reduce the appearance of wrinkles with this ultra-light gel serum. Power packed with an optimum dose of our proprietary blend of fruit stem cells infused into a Vitamin C, resveratrol-rich grapeseed formula to help boost and enhance skin tone and texture. Juice Beauty’s STEM CELLULAR™ Anti-Wrinkle Booster Serum is ideal for all skin types and especially beneficial for skin showing the signs of aging.
Formulated to maximize the performance of the STEM CELLULAR™ Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizers by preparing the skin to absorb rich antioxidants. A proprietary blend of fruit stem cells and Vitamin C infused into organic resveratrol-rich juices can improve the appearance of skin tone and luminosity. Hydrates and moisturizes skin with organic antioxidant-rich jojoba and shea. Provides essential fatty acid emollients and powerful antioxidant action with evening primrose, linseed & borage seed. Plant-derived hyaluronic acid provides plumping moisture to skin.
I will say it is an ultra-light gel consistency. While I don’t mind that, it does take a little while for it to absorb into the skin. I generally found that I had to apply it and then postpone the rest of my morning routine while I went to make coffee and do a couple of other things. While I know you are supposed to let serums sink in before putting moisturizer on over them, this one did seem to take an extra little while to settle. It isn’t a deal breaker but it is something to watch if you are trying to get out of the house in a hurry in the morning.
I like that it has vitamin C in it as my skin usually reacts well to it and I appreciate that it is cruelty free and free of a whole slate of things I don’t really like. I wouldn’t say it made my skin luminous but it did make my skin feel soft and smooth. It is a good serum and if it came my way, I would use it again, however I will not actively seek it out. There are a couple of products that I sort of stalk and as soon as they are offered on sale, I pounce like a bargain seeking Ninja. This is not one of them. I like it, but it is not in my top tier of products. Perhaps I would feel better about it if I hadn’t just used a really good serum, but I still found it to be just okay. I will use it until it is gone though (which will probably be tomorrow morning).
A proprietary blend of fruit stem cells and Vitamin C infused into certified organic, antioxidant-rich botanical juices works to reduce the appearance of fine lines around the eyes and minimize the appearance of dark circles. Juice Beauty’s STEM CELLULAR™ Anti-Wrinkle Eye Treatment is designed for all skin types and especially beneficial for skin showing the signs of aging. It delivers rich hydration around the eye area with organic antioxidant-rich jojoba and shea. Visibly reduces the appearance of under eye dark circles with organic essential fatty acids of evening primrose, borage & linseed. Delivers nutrients and vitamins around the eye area with Vitamins C, E & B5.
It too is cruelty free and without a bunch of ingredients I don’t like. And I am starting to get those fine lines around my eyes. While dark circles aren’t really one of my problems, I have to say I did like this eye cream. While it didn’t erase the lines (which I think is an impossibility and not something I should expect) the formula of the cream worked well with my skin. It sunk in quickly and made my skin feel soft and hydrated. Even though it has a very similar product list to the serum, it is a ream rather than a gel consistency and I think that might be why I had less of an issue with absorption.
While I have no way to test whether I absorbed vitamins with the cream, I did enjoy using it and will finish the bottle. I may have to set it to the side while I run a trial on the QMS eye cream but I will return and use the remaining product. In addition I think I will put this on my ‘to stalk’ list as it is one of the better eye creams I have come across lately. I would not only use it again if I came across it, I would actually go out and purchase it. And truth be told, I might not actually wait for a sale to do so. It gets two thumbs up and a claim that it is in fact worth the price.
So there you have it. My take on two products from Juice Beauty. Both are good, but only one would I actively try to re purchase.
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This Thanksgiving, my travel bag contained a tube of Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser. I remember trying this product before and the only thing I could remember was that I didn’t hate it. So I was happy to put it into my travel kit, not only because I was pretty sure I didn’t hate it, but because it gave me a chance to try it out again and decide why it is that I don’t hate it.
It turns out, that I kind of like it.
First of all, the basics.
The cleanser comes in a plastic squeeze tube and a five ounce tube retails for $23. According to their website the Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser should be used twice daily (morning and night). On the product information page:
Detoxify and exfoliate skin with our deep pore facial cleanser. Formulated with ingredients sourced from the mouth of the Amazon River, this daily exfoliating face wash helps remove dirt and oil while visibly minimizing pores. Gentle and non-stripping, our deep cleanser for pores leaves skin soft, fresh and healthy-looking. Gently removes oil, dirt and toxins while helping to minimize pores, Exfoliates and softens with a non-stripping foaming formula, Formulated with Amazonian White Clay, sourced from the mouth of the Amazon River, For oily skin and normal skin.
The product does not have any added scents to it, which I like in a cleanser, and when you take off the cap it smells like clay. It has the same clay scent that most clay infused face masks have and truthfully, that is what it looks like when you squeeze it into your hand. It reminds me more of a mask than a cleanser. It also feels a bit like a mask when you apply it to your skin. I had to keep reminding myself that this wasn’t actually a face mask.
The product is slightly cool and somewhat gritty to the touch. It does have particles included in the product that are designed for exfoliation. While it is noticeably gritty, it is not overly harsh on the skin. I did not feel like I was doing a massive exfoliation when I used this product. That was the part I was most nervous about actually as cleansers are meant to be used twice a day. If it were a harsh exfoliator that would do some real damage. This is actually just enough.
I did not use it to take off my make-up, I used a cleansing balm for that, partially because of habit and partially because I didn’t want to use it on my eyes and to scrub off mascara. The cleansing balm takes the make-up away and then the regular cleanser removes whatever is left behind. Since this doesn’t claim to remove make-up I didn’t feel I needed to test it for that purpose. I will say though that it did take off all of the residue left behind and made my skin feel super clean and polished.
Did it match their claims?
Gentle exfoliation? Yes.
Minimizing pores? Not really, at least not that I could tell in the length of time I used the product.
Removes oil, dirt and toxins? Yes. I could tell that my face was getting a really good clean. I had a couple of spots coming out because I tend to break out when I travel (regardless of products used or not used) and I have to say this cleanser gently scrubbed the oil away and kind of dried the pimples out so they disappeared faster.
Did it strip my skin? No.
Over all it is a really good product. I don’t think that I would continue to use it every day, but I think I will keep it for days when I am on the oiler side or am feeling pimples under the skin waiting to erupt. I think that is when this product really shines. I just don’t think my skin is oily enough to use this product daily. When they claim that it is for normal to oily skin, they are being flat out honest. I think that if you have dry skin you should avoid it and that the oilier you are, the more you will like it. Because it goes on like a mask, I might actually consider using it in combination with another cleanser. This could be used on my oily t-zone and then another product on the rest of my face. Because of its mask like consistency, I think you can actually get away with using it that way since it is clearly not going to run, it is thick enough to stay in place.
So my final review is that it is a good product, and one I might consider buying again but not one I will use every day, just on my acne prone ones or when I need a light exfoliation. Because of its effectiveness though, it has earned a spot on my skin care shelf.
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I can BREATHE! That’s right my first of the season cold is gone. No more fever, no more chills just sweet, sweet oxygen and a world where not everything tastes like cough drops.
And just in time for traveling too. So no tissue filled
sneeze mobile for me as I head down the highway. I suppose I can now remove the
biohazard stickers from the side. That’ll probably make my neighbors happy too.
But that is not the point of this post. No this post is of the Korres Pomegranate Balancing Cream Gel and I have to say, this was an interesting trial for me. I bought the cream, used it for a couple of weeks and then got a different cream in a subscription box. I did my two week trial of that cream and reported my findings, then went back to using this cream. I repeated that again a second time and then just decided to finish the jar of cream before I reviewed it and I am pleased to say the jar is empty (and has been for a little over a week actually.)
So first let’s clear away the basics. The jar of Korres
Pomegranate Balancing Cream Gel (and it is a frosted pink glass jar with a
plastic lid) retails for $34 and contains 1.35 ounces/ 40 ml of product. It is
listed as good for either oily or combination skin. I am in the combination
category. I used it as both a day and night cream during my use.
So, to the claims on the website.
This pore-minimizing moisturizer delivers immediate and lasting hydration while simultaneously balancing oily to combination complexions and acne-prone skin. The unique, lightweight cream-gel texture is formulated with a blend of 15 percent pomegranate water, pomegranate extract, alpine willowherb, tannins, and polyphenols. These ingredients help reduce the appearance of pores and rejuvenate the look of skin while providing a matte finish. Hyaluronic and salicylic acids combine to offer an immediate moisture boost while conditioning skin for an overall smooth appearance.
This product contains 93.1 percent natural ingredients, and like all KORRES formulations, it is made without petrolatum, mineral oil, silicones, propylene glycol, and ethanolamines. It is dermatologically tested and cruelty-free.
Okay first to duration. While most of the products I’ve been testing lately end up having around 1.7 ounces of product, they have generally lasted around five weeks. While this has 1.35 ounces of product inside (and was open a bit longer than my use of it) the cream lasted seven weeks and three days with two times of active use per day. So despite the lower product amount, it lasted longer. Also some of that use was when the weather was still hot and some of it was after the temperature changed and autumn made it’s late entrance. (if you’ve been reading this you may recall I used the Purlisse Blue Lotus Balancing Cream during the transition time, there is a review posted for that cream if you are interested, just follow the link).
I had no problem with this cream during either season. When I spent more time in the sun I tended to use a little bit more of the cream then when I was spending more time indoors, but that was still not a lot of product. And that is the trick with this product. You do not need to use a lot, so it lasts.
If you break it down then for $34 I received fifty-two days of use from this product which breaks down to about $1.53 per day (and since I used it twice a day instead of once it is about $0.76 per use, which isn’t bad.) which is a good deal for a product that works so well. If your skin is oilier than mine, you might actually use a little less. (I know it’s a strange thing to list out cost break downs about a face cream, but let’s face it, most of us don’t have unlimited funds and work with a budget, this checks the value for money box for me.)
I did find that when I applied what my skin decided was a ‘correct’ amount, the cream/gel formula (which I’ll be honest looks and feels like a cream to me) soaked into my skin well with very little wait time before applying my makeup over it. My make-up also went on well over the product with no issues. If I used a little too much, my skin just took a little longer to absorb it but had no adverse reactions. I just felt like I was wasting product, but that is a personal thing. It claims to be matte and to be honest, my skin did not look at all greasy after applying it and letting it sink into the skin.
The cream has a light, pleasant scent, but it is not overpowering. Since Korres doesn’t add any extra scents beyond what is naturally in the product it is not a punch you in the face smell. And as much as I like scents, I’m happy extra wasn’t added to my skincare. If scent is an issue for you, I don’t think this will cause you any problems. The scent is more of a ‘that’s a pleasant smell’ when opening the jar and sniffing more than an actual fruity type scent, if you know what I mean.
While I’m not sure of the scientific gauge for pore minimization, I can say this did help reduce the look of my pores, especially along my cheeks (near the nose area) and nose, which is where I have issues. My skin felt hydrated and I had no breakouts at all while using this. In fact, I didn’t even have any bumpy under the skin blemishes appear while I was using this cream. (Those tend to drive me mad because they never actually erupt and clear out, they just half surface like some sort of strange skin ice burg to make the surface ripple and bump for a few days before slinking away again. Not to rant. Okay, just the mini rant, I’m done now. And they weren’t an issue here anyway).
So essentially, Korres met all of the claims for its Pomegranate Balancing Cream Gel, even if it didn’t feel like a gel of any sort to me. Would I purchase this again? Yes. I would purchase this again. And I would purchase this at full price instead of waiting for a sale (although really, you know me, I love my sales and currently they do have a sale going on on their site I’ve linked the site above and I think it’s currently at 40% some products at the time of me writing this.) because it is a good value for the money.
As we are edging into December, I am starting to mentally review the products I’ve used throughout the year and compile a list of my favorites. Personally, it is one of those activities I really like where I get to mentally revisit the good, the bad and the ‘oh, no never again’ that I encountered through the year. At the moment this is actually my front runner for favorite everyday moisturizer. It dethroned the reigning champ. Will it be able to stay on top? I won’t know until the end of the year, but at the moment, it is definitely a contender.
Normally I would end this here, but thinking about the Korres site sale, I wanted to mention another sale that is currently going on the Alyaka website. They specialize in clean beauty products. Personally, as I like to try products before I commit to buying the full (and usually pricy) sized version, I pick up some of their trial kits. I haven’t done so in a while because I had a bunch of stuff accrue and I’m trying to clear out things before I purchase more (I know what a strange concept) but I loved their Lilah B test kit (which I think was $30) and there is a Kypris trial set I have my eye on at the moment.
Anyway, while normally I would just post my affiliate code at the bottom of the page (and yes affiliate code means I do get a referral fee if you actually buy something when you use it, if that bothers you, just go to the site without using my code.) Not only are they having a large seasonal sale, but you can get you fifteen percent off with the posted code, so I’m posting it and actually mentioning it. Hopefully someone out there finds it useful.
In a recent Boxy Charm Box I received a bottle of Kopari Coconut Rose Toner. This is one of those products I’d seen lurking on many You Tube Videos and on a few bathroom counters, but never got around to trying. It’s been on my list for a while now and I was very happy to see it arrive and to get the chance to test it.
The package is very nice. It is a mostly metal can with a rubberized feeling bottom half (the part below the pink wavy line). I really like this addition, not only because it looks nice and feels good in the hand, but as I keep toner on the shelf in my bathroom it means that I won’t end up with any metal rust rings on the shelf if water happens to get on the shelf.
Sometimes, I just can’t resist splashing.
The size of the can is also nice. It fits in the hand well and isn’t too heavy to hold and maneuver with one hand. The spray nozzle works well. It is not an overly fine mist but as it is a toner and not a setting spray that is fine. I spray my face and then pat the toner in with my hands before moving onto my moisturizer. I also curl my lips into my mouth before I spray because quite frankly I don’t like the taste on my lips. I know, skin care isn’t meant to be eaten, but if you spray your lips, chances are you are going to taste it. That’s just life. I don’t like the taste, so I get my lips out of range before spraying.
I have to say I like that I can pat it on with my fingers though and therefore skip the need for the little cotton rounds I usually use with toners. Less waste is always a good thing in my book.
But enough about packaging (and taste), let’s talk product.
Once you spray it out, the first thing you notice is the
scent. As both Coconut and Rose can be strong scents on their own I was worried
about combining them. They actually pair
pretty well. In my opinion it reminds me
of the confection known as Turkish Delight. As I always thought Turkish Delight
smelled a little perfume-y, the scent doesn’t bother me. Occasionally if something reminds me of
desert then I have a hard time using it on my skin. One recent example would be the Glow Recipe
Pineapple Serum. The pineapple smelled
too candy sweet for me to feel comfortable using. This didn’t have that problem.
Admittedly I did find myself wanting to re-read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis again and wondering why you would betray your siblings for a lifetime supply of Turkish delight when after a piece or two you are generally done with the box for a while. Or at least I am. It is a good confection, but it isn’t one I can eat a lot of in one sitting. Admittedly growing up there were times I would have traded my little brother in for less of a reward than a lifetime supply of Turkish Delight, but I’m pretty sure that’s just standard for anyone who grew up with siblings. You love them, but there are moments…
But I digress.
We were discussing toner. Specifically the Kopari Coconut
Rose Toner. According to their website this product is meant to:
Revitalize and rebalance skin with our antioxidant-rich toner that helps to minimize the appearance of pores, even skin tone and leaves skin looking hydrated and healthy. Dermatologist-Tested, Non-irritating, Non-Allergenic, Safe for Sensitive Skin, Non-Comedogenic, pH-balanced, cruelty-free, phthalate-free, non-GMO & vegan.
This alcohol-free toner uses naturally astringent witch hazel to help ward off blemishes, refreshing rose and lavender extracts help fight off acne causing bacteria, reduce redness, and calm skin and uses Hyaluronic Acid which provides the ultimate skin hydration by helping to retain moisture in the skin.
The three most touted ingredients are Witch Hazel, Rose
Extract and Hyaluronic Acid. Now I have gone on at length about my past with
witch hazel in my last toner evaluation and I am pleased to see it
reappear. It seems my childhood friend
has come to stay in skin care, it just flaunts a multitude of scents rather
than the witch hazel scent it wore in my childhood medicine cabinet.
But I suppose anyone can reinvent themselves these days, why
should this be any different, after all look at Kale. Once it was just the weird
not quite lettuce that cupped the ice cream scoop shape of chicken salad in
diners and was thrown away before the plate was washed and now it is a dietary
As it is excellent at cleaning out my pores and is not as damaging as alcohol on the skin, I am happy to welcome witch hazel back to my shelf in any form it feels like taking.
I have used rose oil in the past to calm redness, so I was fine with seeing rose extract here. I was surprised to see they didn’t list out coconut and make claims for it on their website as the scent is clearly indicating a presence, but perhaps it is included more for scent than any other reason. Personally, I’d like to see more of a reason than just scent to include something, especially if it is going to be so prominent.
The Hyaluronic Acid is something that has been cropping up more and more in skin care lately. It seems to be everyone’s darling. (not as darling as kale, I know, but it is nipping at that rockstar’s heels.)
I know it is a humectant which means it draws moisture to the skin and I know that when something is a humectant and you put it on the skin you need to then put on a moisturizer so the moisture it pulls into the skin isn’t just from your skin and it has an outside source to work with. At least that’s what I remember about humectants from a long ago class.
There is some debate about the benefits of hyaluronic acid in skin care as well now that everyone is using it. After poking around a while I found this article that covers the topic in much more depth than I will. It is interesting reading and basically points out that if you inject it (as with a needle) beneath the skin it helps with wrinkles, but not so much when applied topically, although it still helps with the moisture (remember, humectant.).
Whatever the science stuff, I really liked using this toner. It didn’t break me out and as I had a dry red patch that it did help calm down and soothe. The scent does make me pull a set of old books from the shelf, but there is nothing wrong with that. The scent doesn’t linger too long and I don’t mind additional bedtime reading. While this doesn’t actually beat my current top toner, it is up there in the likeable range and I would not have a problem buying this again (outside of a subscription box). I will just definitely remember the moisturizer right after using. And as the moisturizer I am currently using does include kale on this list of ingredients perhaps Kale and Witch Hazel can have a confab with hyaluronic acid about their past present and future incarnations and plans for world domination.
Once again I found myself running low on cleanser and made a foray into Target. I was both pleased and sad to find that there was a 20% off Soap and Glory Products sale going on. Pleased because I decided to try out a few more things from their line which I will review at some other point in time, and sad to find that my go to cleanser Peaches and Clean, was out of stock.
Time for something new I suppose. So what shall we try
Wandering, I soon found myself in the E.L.F section. In the past I have had good luck with elf products, but they have been predominantly in the make-up category. I like their eyeshadow and I’m in love with their putty primer. I never looked at skin care from E.L.F so I decided now was the time. I picked up several things to try and one of those was the Bounce Back Jelly Cleanser (retail $6). I figured for the price, I could try it out with few regrets.
And of course I looked it up when I got home. According to the website:
Meet the creme de la cleanse: a coconut-infused cleansing jelly. This gentle, non-foaming gel conditions the skin and removes makeup for skin that’s clean without feeling stripped. Cleanse and pamper your face with this gentle, skin-loving cleanser.
Ingredients we love: Coconut Fruit Juice, Sugar Maple Extract, Aloe Vera, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Vitamin B5
Not too bad. It isn’t over the top with its claims and I like coconut.
When it came time to wash my face I was excited. Even though I love my standby, I love trying new products. So into my hand a little bit of product went. It is a really interesting jelly texture. I know, from the name I should have been expecting that, and I was, I think I just expected a looser jelly, if that makes sense. I did like it though.
The scent is not delicate. It is in your face coconut. If you have a problem with scents, this might not be the product for you. I don’t have a problem with scents usually, but there is something oddly sweet about the coconut scent. I think maybe it is the sugar maple mixed in, but to me it smells like a coconut cream pie. When you combine the scent with the texture you get (or at least I get) the odd feeling that you are smearing coconut cream pie on your face instead of cleanser. I was able to get mostly past that, but it was still a little strange. I could have done without the sweetener.
It is a very gentle cleanser and it doesn’t strip your skin. I can say this with the utmost confidence because it doesn’t actually take off your makeup, so your skin is still safe behind the makeup barrier. If you use a makeup wipe or some other make up remover and then cleanse with this, it is fine. The product does wash away any residue from the make-up remover and leaves your skin feeling soft and clean.
Your face feels clean, but not stripped bare. There is even a moisturized feel to the skin as well which I like. It is just not going to get your make up off. It is a step in the routine, not a one and done. It is great in the morning when all you need to wash off are the remnants of a sleep mask, but it is not a cleanser I reach for at night.
I will say it is very good during the day as well. While I do my normal morning and evening skin care routines, as I am spending a lot of time trying to sweat off weight, my face sometimes feels like it needs an extra rinse. A tiny dab of cleanser applied then rinsed off before I apply my makeup for the day makes me feel like my skin is at least clean when I start without leaving me feeling that I am over washing my skin. I’ve been using the product for the past few weeks in this capacity and have had no problems whatsoever. Also since you use such a small amount it feels like the product will last forever.
Speaking of lasting, the package contains 3.38 fluid ounces of product and weighed in at 3.56 ounces when I put the package on the scale. After two weeks of use it weighs exactly 3 ounces. Normally I would do some simple math to deduce approximately how long the product would last, but the truth is I switched uses midway through my test. The first couple of days I used it as my primary cleanser, but since I was trying to use it to take off my make-up as suggested I had to use the make up remover after a first use then use it to wash off the remnants of the remover. Which meant I was using a lot more of the product than I planned. So I switched to just using it in the morning and the post workout rinse. which used significantly less. After this I will be keeping it solely for the post work out, which requires a slightly smaller than pea sized amount of product with each use, dropping the amount of product used in a day significantly.
All of which makes my numbers fairly useless on this review.
Just so you know.
While I probably will not use this cleanser in my regular
routine, I think it will end up being something I keep in my gym bag for use
after workouts when I just need something gentle to wash the salty sweat away
so I feel clean again.
For the Month of November, Boxy Charm allowed Charmers to pick between the Juicy Eye cream and the Kyprus serum to have in their boxes. While it was a difficult choice for me, in my box I went with the eye cream since it is not usually a product offered and at the time I was running low on my eye cream. I was sad that I wouldn’t get to try the Kypris though as it is an expensive product ($90 per bottle) and not one I would pick up on a whim. However, Boxy Charm then had the Kypris Antioxidant Dew Quench and Glow Serum offered in their add ons and I found I could purchase it separately for $12 which I did.
This was my first experience with Boxy Charm Add-ons and I
have to say it was an all-round positive one.
I liked that I could order the product I didn’t chose for my box, which
made me very happy. I was not charged
for shipping either which is always a plus in my book. It also surprised me a
bit as it ships separately instead of in a box.
Add ons were chosen on October 7th and my package arrived
safe and sound at my mailbox October 21st. As I thought they would ship
November first when everything else shipped, I have to say that was a pleasant
surprise as well. The product was mailed in a plain yellow mailer and wrapped
in bubble wrap inside. I found it
amusing that Boxy Charm has its own bubble wrap imprinted not only with its own
logo but a flurry of pressed hearts as well.
I don’t know why that amuses me, but it does.
But on to the product.
First the math.
The glass container with an eyedropper contains 1.59 fluid
ounces of product according to the packaging. When weighed, the entire product
weighed in at exactly 4 ounces. So the package itself weighs 2.41 ounces. After
15 days of use the weight of the full product is 3.5 ounces, meaning that in
two weeks of regular use 0.5 ounces of product was used. Extrapolating outward means the product
should last a little more than six weeks. If you paid $90 for the product then
you spent approximately $15 per week on serum.
But knowing how much is used and whether it is worth using
are two different things. So let’s start off with what the product claims to
do. According to the website it has a:
Featherweight texture with intense hydration. Antioxidant Dew lavishes skin with quenching encapsulated antioxidants, nurturing amino acids, and an array of soothing botanicals. Use as a lightweight hydrator or as a layering piece in your skin care wardrobe. For best results, use in combination with your favorite KYPRIS Beauty Elixir.
There are: 26 Active Natural Ingredients, Antioxidants Galore Phospholipid encapsulated Vitamins C & E and Superoxide Dismutase with Ferulic Acid and herb-derived antioxidants. Sea Algae Extracts studied for their impressive ability to hydrate, Waltheria indica A botanical gem from the Mallow family known to soothe skin’s appearance, and DPHP – Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline is a botanically derived amino acid that smoothes skin’s appearance to enhance luminosity.
And here is where it gets a little hinky.
Given that the product has twenty six active natural ingredients, the ingredients label is quite long. In addition, the ingredients list given on the website for the full $90 bottle of serum do not match the ingredients list on the package that came in the mail. While most of the ingredients are the same, they are given in a different order.
As ingredients are listed in the order of quantity contained within the product, with the highest concentration (and thus most active) of ingredients being listed first and decreasing in quantity as the list continues, this means that even though most of the ingredients are the same, they are featured in different quantities. Which essentially makes it a different product from the serum sold on the website.
In addition, there are a few ingredients missing from the BoxyCharm version. The sea algae extract they specifically mention in their website description is missing as is the Reed extract. At the end of this post I will put the ingredients list for comparison purposes. I am neither a chemist, nor a dermatologist (just a skin care enthusiast) so I am not certain what the changes between the two labels actually means in terms of product efficacy. I just know they don’t match which makes them different products.
All that was said to basically say that I am essentially reviewing the Boxycharm version rather than the official one. I know long winded, right?
That kind of bothers me a bit. Economic and ethical arguments aside, since I can only review the version of the product made specifically for BoxyCharm unless you purchase the BoxyCharm version then you are essentially buying a different product and this review is not really helpful. Or it may be, I don’t know. without testing the original, I can’t compare.
Which is a real shame, because I really liked this product.
Actually I need to add another really in there.
I really, really liked this product.
It comes in a dark blue glass bottle. The glass makes me happy because of recycling reasons and the dark color protects the product from light, which can wreak havoc on a lot of skin care products. The scent of the product is slightly medicinal in an herbal kind of way. It reminds me of the health food stores my mom used to take me too when I was a kid. I like the smell and truthfully it is not a terribly strong one. It dissipates rather quickly. The serum comes with a dropper and three drops of the product is all you really need. I put the drops in my hand, rubbed my hands together then applied the serum to my face.
The serum is milky and slightly viscus. It sinks into the skin rapidly and made my skin feel soft and hydrated. It is not greasy in the slightest and soothed the slight irritation I had on my skin from a nasty wind I spent too much time in. I really liked the way it made my skin look and feel. It gave me a kind of healthy glow and for the last two weeks I liked my skin enough to leave off my foundation and just used a dusting of powder on my skin.
Like all serums, it needed a few minutes to do its thing before moisturizer could be applied so after I put it on my skin I brushed my teeth and moved on to other tasks before applying the moisturizer and continuing with my morning routine. Even though I for the most part went without foundation for the last few weeks, I did try it under my make-up, foundation included and had absolutely no problems with it.
The serum sits well under the moisturizer and caused no problems at all. And like I said I really liked the way it made my skin look and feel. I looked up the ingredients contained in the serum and unsurprisingly they are designed to soothe irritated skin, help you retain moisture and elasticity. Growing up we always had an aloe plant in the house and anytime we had a burn, whether stove top or sun related, my mom would snap off a part of the plant and run the gel from the snapped plant part on the burn, so it is unsurprising that a serum including aloe soothes the skin well.
In fact, I like the ingredients list for both products, I just wish they were the same so that I could have gotten a more accurate feel for what the official product was so that if I go to repurchase it I know I am getting a comparable product. I am not entirely sure it would be the same if I ordered it. A part of me wants to order it just to see if it performs the same or better, but that $90 price tag is a hefty gamble. It is something I have to think about.
I do keep a list of splurge products. These are things that I might have a hard time convincing myself to pay for on the regular, but that I have tried and really like. These are products that I will pick up if they go on sale or if I feel the need to splurge on something extra as a treat (hence the title splurge list). If the ingredients list were the same for both products I would not hesitate to put this serum on the splurge list. Then as soon as my bottle ran out I would stalk the site spending time debating a purchase with myself as I used other products hoping o find something I liked just as well.
But, because they are different, I am hesitant.
Its like they don’t want me to stalk them.
While I am not one hundred percent certain about a repurchase, I do know that I will be using every last drop of this product up. I may set it aside while I test something else (I know I have a serum coming in this month’s Ipsy), but after testing another, I will be going right back to this until it is all gone. After that, who knows? Perhaps I will convince myself to splurge and test the direct from the company version of the Kypris Serum. If so, you’ll be the first to know my reactions and comparisons.
Listed below are the two ingredients lists. As you can see the order is different for many of the ingredients meaning they are present in different concentrations in each product. In addition there are a few differences in the listed ingredients, with some being present in one bottle and not the other in each version. I have marked the ingredients that differ from the two bottles (they are the ingredients in all caps, bold and underlined) so you can make your own judgement call.
Ingredients in the Kypris Serum according to the website: