Where did my January go?!?!?! =O
Time passes by way too fast, I wish I could play more but there’s so much work needs to be done. In any case, time to do a little speed review of samples/minis that I’ve used up but am not interested in going into details for. With the dry skin fiasco, it’s mostly moisturizers:
L’occitane Ultra Rich Face Cream – it’s a thick cream with almost no scent, very faint hint of floral. It’s a thick cream, very rich and leaves the skin feeling velvety smooth. The nourishing effect and thickness are probably due to shea butter being the 2nd ingredient. It is wonderful for very dry or irritated skin, full of wonderful ingredients and won’t interfere with whatever serum/other treatment you decide to use before it. However, I would not recommend it for oily or acne prone skin due to how thick it is.
Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture – it is also a thick cream, not as thick as L’occitane Ultra Rich and is easier to spread (with shea butter being much lower in the ingredients list). It have absolutely no scent and leaves the skin hydrated and smooth. While I would not recommend it for oily skin, it works for combination skin to very dry skin and I think should be fine for acne prone skin also when applied sparingly.
Kate Somerville Nourish Daily Moisturizer – oh how I love the transluscent light green jar, and the applicator pump that limits exposure to the air, thus keeping it more sanitary and help to preserve the shelf life. I thought it might be a thick cream from the word Nourish, but is surprised to find it being a light liquidy cream with a sweet fruity scent. If you hate fragrance or is allergic to lavender then avoid this. Otherwise it did not cause any reaction when applied to my irritated skin despite the significant fragrance. I would say this is good for all skin types except the very dry and very oily.
Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation – it have no scent and is a medium weight cream. I like OH mostly because they print the expiration date on the product. While it claims to be oil-free, I can feel the silicone in the cream (which I’m ok with but may cause breakout for skin more prone to clogged pores or bad with silicone). On the other hand, the silicone helps with smoothing the skin (thus main ingredients in lots of primer) and makes this a nice cream to layer under sunscreen/makeup during the day. This is good for combination/dry skin.
Givenchy Hydra Sparkling Luminescence Moisturizing Eye-Reviver Gel – I’m not sure if it helps with dark circle as it claims, but I like how this gel is lightweight, sinks in quickly leaving no sticky residue, thus perfect even for slightly oily eyelid or under makeup. Yet it is hydrating enough for combination skin. It have no scent and does not irritate even when I apply it to my chapped eyelid/lashline. It is currently $49, not bad considering the other eye gel I like as much is the AmorePacific one for $125, speaking of which……
Mini LuluLun face mask (pink, pack of 7) – I’m not a big fan of this mask. The serum is nice enough, scent-less and liquidy so it sinks in easily. However, the pack of 7 are all folded inside the same ziploc, and the sheet is so thin you kind of have to take out all of them to peel off one….and as you smooth it on the face, the sheet tears easily. It’s a very basic mask and I suppose convinient if you are having a cheap mask party. The ingredients are basic enough it should be fine for all skin types. It is $10 for 7, which works out to $1.43 per mask, but you can get much better mask at comparable price from Etude House, Face Shop, Nature Republic etc.
AmorePacific Moisture Bound Intensive Vitalizing Eye Complex – it is a scentless lightweight gel that sinks in and hydrate well with no sticky residue. It is a tad more hydrating than Givenchy Eye-Reviver Gel but otherwise feels the same and makes the same claim. I like using it under makeup, but not enough to shell out $125 for it.
Jurlique Herbal Recovery Night Cream – a mediumweight water-based cream with a rose/floral scent. It feels refreshing and sinks into the skin very fast, leaving it soft and hydrated. Despite the light texture, which is good for oily skin, it is still quite hydrating, which is also good for dry skin. It would probably be appropriate for dehydrated oily skin, normal skin and slightly dry skin.
TokyoMilk Dark Lip Elixir in Salted Caramel – o.m.g this smell so good! There is a strong scent of milky caramel, so real I feel as if I can eat it. The balm is vaseline consistency but thicker, much thicker than rose salve etc. I would recommend it for normal to dry lips. The tin is a bit difficult to pry open, but I usually just put in small chunks in smaller sample jars so it’s easier to use and less exposure to air means the scent last longer.