Last Fall Mario Badescu had a great sale on this set for their 50th Anniversary. I was in need of a new cleanser and couldn’t pass up this gift with purchase deal. If my memory serves me right these samples came with a $30 purchase and since I did not need anything else apart from a cleanser I decided to try two.
How cute is the pouch?! I think the design is why I really made the purchase. The deluxe samples are as follows: (1) Super Rich Olive Body Lotion, (2) A.H.A Botanical Body Soap, (3) Enzyme Cleansing Gel, (4) Almond & Honey Face Scrub, (5) Elasto-Seamollient Hand Cream and (6) a sachet of the Buttermilk Moisturizer. Plus a small mirror.
Of the samples I have used the Almond & Honey Face Scrub that is specially formulated to be very gentle. It is made from finely ground almonds and also includes cornmeal to buff away dull, flaky skin. It smells amazing. Other ingredients include sweet almond oil, honey, and oatmeal that leaves the skin feeling soft, smooth, and nourished. The full size of this scrub is 4 oz and retails for $15. I also used the Elasto-Seamollient Hand Cream. This is a thick, rich hand cream that is suited for very dry or frequently washed hands. It contains a unique blend of skin-conditioning ingredients such as Elastin, Vitamin E, and Peanut Oil that combined delivers lasting hydration to soften and nourish dry skin. parched skin feels soft and nourished. This hand cream at 4 oz retails for $8. This was an effective hand cream but the scent of the vitamin E was a bit overpowering.
The two items I actually purchase: Enzyme Cleansing Gel that cleanses, brightens, and gently exfoliates all at once. Ingredients include fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (naturally found in papaya and grapefruit extracts) to dissolve away makeup, oil, and impurities. The skin is left healthy and rejuvenated. This cleanser is suitable for all skin types and retails for $14 for 8 oz and $24 for 16 oz. The Botanical Facial Gel formulated for oily skin that features exfoliating alpha hydroxy acids to rid the skin of excess oil, makeup, and pore-clogging buildup for a balanced, clear, and healthy-looking complexion. Retails for $14 for 8 oz and $24 for 16 oz.
I am a fan of this brand of skin care products and believe that the products do live up to the company’s philosophy of simple, gentle and effective skin care.
I’ve had an interest in this brand for quite awhile now and finally decided to take the plunge and treat myself for my birthday. Who doesn’t love French skincare? I know I do. Biologique Recherche is a spa-grade French skincare line that specializes in high-end personalized care with products that focus on the epidermis to create the ideal surface for youthful, radiant skin. These products have high concentrations of botanical, marine and biological extracts. There are no artificial fragrances so as to preserve the formulaic integrity to minimize or avoid allergic reactions. One key feature of this skincare line is that the original structure of the active ingredients is preserved and most are cold formulations made to be used with cold water.
Lotion P50V is a gentle, balancing, vitamin-rich exfoliator that tones and lightens the skin. It is phenol-free and is recommended for less toned and/or devitalized skin.
How to use: In the first week it is advised to saturate moistened cotton pads (moisten with water) with Lotion P50V and apply to the face, neck, and cleavage. After the first week saturate dry cotton pads with the lotion and apply. The lotion can be applied to the eye area once or twice a week. I got the smallest size (1.7 oz) for $28. The goal of this lotion is to gently exfoliate and balance the epidermis.
I have used up all the samples to date and enjoyed them. I did not have any reactions to any of the products. Lait VIP O2 – This is referred to as the “antipollution” cleanser eliminates impurities, calms the epidermis, brightens and unifies the complexion. It is ideal for people exposed to harsh, dry climates, pollution and is recommended for frequent travelers, stressed, devitalized skin. I was never one for milk cleansers but I did enjoy this one. It is thicker than the usual milk cleanser which has a watery consistency. I have this on my wishlist to get. The smallest size ($1.7 oz) retails for $22.
Crème Dermopurifiante – This purifying cream brightens and mattifies the skin, leaving it glowing and refreshed. It reduces redness caused by acne and regulates sebum secretion. The full size of this cream retails for $94.
Masque Vivant – For seborrheic (eczema), dull, and/or poorly toned skin. It is not recommended for sensitive skin. It claims to brighten, tone and refresh the complexion. Despite the yeasty smell, I enjoyed using this mask and am thinking of getting the full size. Full size retails for $70.
Crème Contour Yeux et Lèvres Biofixine – This is an anti-wrinkle cream created to treat the skin of the eye and lip. It is ideal for skin affected by the signs of aging. This was okay but I am not pressed to add it to my wishlist. The full size of this cream retails for $203.
I picked up a few things for my birthday from Sephora in late March. Mainly to claim the yearly birthday gift before the month ended. I haven’t shopped much at Sephora over the past two years since I discovered Ulta and the Dermstore.
Kiehl’s Since 1851 Mini Mask Sampler Set – I have been eyeing the Kiehls mask individually for quite a while now but didn’t want to spend a lot for such large jars. This sampler set is perfect and each 0.5oz jar provides enough for a few routines. I just bought this last week of March and it is now no longer on the site.
Set includes Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque, Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask, Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask, Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask & Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Mask. The prices do vary from $32 to $54.
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I also claimed a few rewards:
250 pt perk – The Ole Henriksen The Bestsellers -Truth Serum, Sheer Transformation Perfecting Moisturizer, Invigorating Night Transformation Gel and Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser.
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500 pt perk – Fresh Mini Mask Bar – Soy face cleanser, Umbrian clay purifying mask, Lotus youth preserve rescue mask and Rose face mask. Each mask retails for $25 – $58.
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Bite Beauty Bite Lip Set (Birthday Gift)- Mini Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Chai, Mini Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Glacé, Agave Lip Balm and Agave Sugar Lip Scrub.
I cannot remember how I first came across the Dermstorebut I have been hooked ever since. It was either through an ad on Facebook or feeds on Instagram. I love the extensive range of brands, products and price points. Other features I like are the free shipping, PayPal payment option and regular 20% off sales. Plus cashback through Ebates.
They also provide in-depth information on each product. Each product page features product details, ‘how to use’ instructions, an ingredient list, reviews, a link to the brand’s page, highlights on any ‘gift with purchase’ and/or if the item appears in a set or kit somewhere else on the site. The Dermstore is one of the most user/customer friendly skincare sites I have used. They also have their own rewards program as well as a subscription service where one can have products regularly delivered.
Also of note is their blog that covers skincare, makeup, haircare, lifestyle, the latest news, and trends. Here are a few of my favorite posts to date:
DHC Silky Cotton (rival of Shiseido Cotton Pads), DermaE Anti-Wrinkle Cleanser and Toner, La Roche-Posay Serozinc and Avene Thermal Spring Water.
Dermstore was launched in 1999 with the vision of creating a trusted dermatologist-backed online store, carrying the finest cosmetic dermatology products. This online retailer was founded by a board-certified dermatologist, the company became a safe haven where customers could purchase with confidence (description courtesy of dermstore.com)
The Ebates link is the only affiliated one in this post. I am not affiliated with the Dermstore.
Spring is here, well trying to make it’s debut if the weather can make up its mind. Here is a great video on achieving glowing skin from a true skincare connoisseur Gothamista or Renee on YT and IG.
The above routine is ideal for dry sensitive skin but can be applied to other skin types especially during the winter months. Some of the products mentioned in the video are new to me and I have added them to my skincare wishlist such as:
(1) Ren Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk
(2) Tarte Knockout Tingling Treatment – Renee points out that is an affordable alternative to the Biologique Recherche P50, which I have in my routine.
(3) Blithe Vital Treatment Essence for Lifting ( 8 Nourishing Beans ) – a part of the intriguing 7 essence step that I have never heard of but will try with the May Coop Raw Sauce. I think the latter is of a similar consistency to the Blithe Vital.
I already use the Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution and Shiseido Facial Cottons.
This is an excellent video and the routine is simple enough to be incorporated in one’s own regime.
Disclaimer: I am not the owner of the above video and has chosen to utilize the ‘share’ option on YouTube. Credit is given above to the owner.
I have been on a facial mist kick lately and have purchased at least five new ones. Previously, I was not a fan of facial mists but with steady use of the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb and Rosewater fell in love with them. Here are two of my recent purchases from TJMaxx online of two bottles of the Pearlessence Rosewater Hydrating Face Mist. They were on sale for $5.99 each at the time of purchase but are no longer online. It can also be purchased from Amazon where it retails for $19.90.
This pleasantly scented rose mist is described as both refreshing and soothing and is a combination of fragrant herbal and botanical extracts. It is also FREE of Common Allergy Causing Preservatives, Paraben, Lanolin, Topical Antibiotic, MCI/MI, Nickel, Gluten, and Soy.
Directions: Mist can be used after cleansing and/or toning but before moisturizing, or throughout the day over makeup.
My take: I prefer to use this mist as part of my evening routine or when I am up late at night. The scent is a nice rose although at times I think it is a bit too fragrant but not overpowering.
My love for sheet masks continue. You can see my constant sheet mask posts on my Instagram @beausci2010
I have found a few new sheet mask online retailers and purchased masks from a few new brands. Of the masks in this post my favorite brands are the My Beauty Diary (Taiwanese), Maskingdom (Taiwanese), Freeset Doneky Milk (Korean) and Love More (Taiwanese).
Sheet masking is very easy. Here is a quick video from one of the top Korean Beauty experts – Soko Glam. Although this video is focusing on Korean Beauty, a lot of great sheet masks are made in Taiwan too. Hence the tile “Asian Beauty”. I will be sharing my favorite sheet mask brands, types and retailers throughout 2017.
Interested in great skincare especially Korean Skincare. Here are 5 Essential Steps to great skin no matter culture, skin tone or ethnicity. I have incorporated Korean skin care products into my regime for sometime know and as a Woman of Color (WOC), they have done nothing but improved my skin. Even if you are skeptical or unsure, you can find similar Western products that you are comfortable with and incorporate them into your skincare routine. Good, healthy skin is universal. So let’s take noted from the pros.
Whenever I travel for work, I always bring a sufficient number of sheet masks with me. For this particular 5 day work trip I brought along 17 sheet masks and 2 tube masks (1 glycolic acid and 1 mud). The joys of checked luggage – it allows you to pack whatever you want. I used a few and some I left as a small thank you gift (tied with a bow) for the cleaning lady.
Sheet masks are a great way to take of and treat your skin while away especially after a plane ride. The air in the airport and plane usually dries out my skin, so as soon as I check into and get settled in my room, I cleanse, detoxify and mask. Masks specific for restore moisture and boosting hydration are the best after a flight e.g mask with green tea, bamboo, honey, aloe and hyaluronic acid. As the trip progresses with long days, I usually use masks that detoxifies (mud & sheet masks with charcoal), brightens (pearl and rice) and repairs/treats (snail and tea tree).