Sunday, August 3, 2014

Recent Skincare Products I've Tried, Tested With Quick Reviews!

Some old, new, and new to me skincare that I've been testing out recently with some brief reviews!

Avene Thermal Spring Water ($12- $18; - Let's start with the best first! I love this stuff. Its not new to me, but I just thought I'll mention it anyways since I've never talked much about it here. This is great for summer and for my sensitive skin. I spritz it every time my face feels troubled or when there's a bit of redness. Its so much better than any other fancy mists I've tried, like the Caudalie Beauty Elixir for example, which was fine for a while, but stated breaking me out a bit overtime. Avene can be a bit hard to find, I get mine from a local beauty store, but I've seen it on amazon and too.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream ($12 - $28; - Another one of my favorite, no frills moisturizer, highly recommended for sensitive skin. It absorbs fast, keeps skin feeling comfortable and has no added fragrance. Its great for the hands, cuticles and just about anywhere on the body too.

Dr.Andrew Weil for Origins Mega Mushroom Skincare ($30 - $71; - Origins has re-formulated their Mega Mushroom skincare with a new cocktail of ingredients and the newer formula claims to calm and soothe sensitive skin by adding a good dose of moisture and evening skin out. Origins sent me the Face Cleanser ($30), Soothing Treatment Lotion ($31), Face Mask ($38) and the Soothing Face Lotion ($63) to try out. My favorites are the Soothing Face Lotion and the Face Mask. The Face Lotion is a lightweight lotion that is great for my sensitive skin, although I might need something more richer during the winter. Its great for under makeup too and takes care of redness to an extent. The Face Mask is like a quick moisture boost that I leave on for about 10-15 minutes and wash off. Its very nice for drier skin types. While not the most effective at calming skin, it does leave skin looking very healthy, bright and plump. The Face Wash is a mild cleanser that doesn't foam up much, but is good for no-makeup days and the Soothing Treatment is a mild, non-drying toner that is to be used before moisturizer. All products from the Mega Mushroom range smell great - its a light, herbal scent that isn't too bothersome.

The Cucumber and Sage Face Towelettes ($5.99 ; are a new addition to the range of natural Facial Cleansing towelettes from Burt's Bees. These aren't very saturated, but good for removing a very light layer of makeup (not waterproof). I don't use face wipes as my primary cleansing method ever, but they are good to toss into your bag during travel. The only problem though is that this one has a very strong scent that lingers around for the longest time. The Dark Spot Corrector With Daisy Extract ($20; is 99% natural and claims to diminish spots and discoloration with skin soothing ingredients. I did have a couple of dark spots around my chin which seem to have faded, but the formula takes a long time to work and lightening of those spots was quite subtle. On the plus side, it definitely doesn't dry skin out.

Bare Minerals Biolucent Mineral Brightening Treatment ($55; - Since I was trying a few other serums (which I'll talk about soon), I tried this one on and off for a bit and decided it works better as a primer than anything else. There's a slight iridescence to the product that adds a dewy glow to the skin, so I've been using it as a makeup base. It absorbs quickly and doesn't leave a white cast. The formula seems gentle and hasn't broken me out so far.

Nude Skincare Advanced Renewal Eye Complex ($58; is an all in one, eye brightening, line smoothing formula for under the eyes. The packaging is rather nice and I use only about half a pump for both my eyes. I'm not a fan of the scent, but the product itself is really nice. It does a great job of keeping the under eye area smooth and moisturized and absorbs super quickly. I've used it under makeup too without any problems. I haven't seen much of a difference to my dark circles, but its a great product to try if you are looking for a quick absorbing, light weight, yet moisturizing eye cream!

*Some products mentioned are press samples sent for consideration.

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