Fresh Sugar Face Polish (Review)

An innovative formula made with real brown sugar and strawberries that exfoliates and hydrates all skin types to instantly reveal a softer, smoother, more radiant complexion.

This innovative formula is enriched with revitalizing brown sugar and antioxidant-rich wild strawberries, which work together to gently dissolve dead skin cells and reveal perfectly nourished skin. It also includes hydrating seed oils that leave the skin soft and supple. An invigorating aroma from a natural blend of citrus oils further enhances the experience of using Sugar Face Polish. The formula is recommended for all skin types and will not sting or cause redness.

Formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

Color: Brown 

Texture and Consistency: Thick, grainy, slightly sticky like jam

Scent: Sweet, Citrus'y'

Application: I apply it exactly as suggested. I use a scoop or two and massage it gently in circular motions on clean but slightly damp face. I leave it on for 10 minutes like a mask while I do nothing. Rinse it off with water and pat dry. 

Feel and Effect on Face: The sugar crystals dissolve within initial 20 seconds of scrubbing. The crystals of brown sugar are pretty fine and there is not much exfoliation with this, but the skin does feel very soft. It leaves a greasy residue or a film which is left on as a mask. On rinsing the greasiness is reduced but there is still a film left. It acts as a moisturizer and does not dries out the skin like normal exfoliators do. It did not break me out nor there was any irritation, redness or tingling

Packaging: This comes in a white glass tub. I use a small scoop to take the product out. Not the most hygienic container, but pretty functional.

Verdict: I like this product not as an exfoliator but more as a part of pampering skincare regimen. It is not like the traditional exfoliators as the sugar granules are very fine and gentle. They dissolve very quickly. The face does not feel squeaky clean on using this like other exfoliators do. There is no visible brightening effect seen like I usually see on using more gritty scrubs. In fact this face polish leaves a slight greasy film that does not dries the skin. It leaves a moisturized, hydrated, soft and supple skin. It is a good scrub for someone with dry and extra dry skin. The scrub is very mild and can be used multiple times a week. I prefer using it in bath and leave it as is, if I am at home. Other times I clean my face with a mild face cleanser to get rid of greasy residue. I do not want any residue to interfere with my serum or oil applications. Very little amount of product is needed, so a tub would last for really long time. 

A good product but I find similar results can be achieved with a DIY version of this scrub. I don't know of any exact formula but a simple olive oil and brown sugar mixture gives similar results, though not exactly the same. Adding few drops of essential oil would add to the aromatic experience as well. Oh, and did I mention I did not see any strawberry seeds, though I think it is blended well in the product.

I like the product and I use this in rotation a lot of time. It performs very differently than other scrubs. Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Face Polish, Caudalie Deep Cleansing Exfoliator, Origins Modern Friction™ Nature's Gentle Dermabrasion, CLINIQUE 7 Day Scrub Cream Rinse-Off Formula, Kate Somerville ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment are few amazing exfoliators or scrubs that I use often and I love them all. Some little less, some more. They all perform very differently and I use them in rotation depending on the state of my skin and seasons.

Worth trying once. This also comes in set of three with two other masks as well. Fresh Face Mask Essentials Trio or as part of Holiday Kits that Fresh releases every year.

Available at Sephora, Nordstroms

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MAKE UP FOR EVER – HD CREAM BLUSH - Pink sand 220 (Review/Swatch)

An ultrablendable blush with a natural look and finish made specifically for HD technology. 

Formulated with the perfect balance of oils, waxes, and powders, HD Blush combines the second-skin look of a cream with the ease of a powder. Created for HD technology, this formula blends into skin with no visible texture for a truly natural flush of color. It’s completely weightless and can be worn over or under powder to sculpt and highlight cheeks flawlessly. 


Every summer Cream blushes come back in rotation. I do use cream blushes all year around either on its own or as a base to layer on powder blush, depending on the color. In summer though I find it very easy to travel with cream blushes as they last longer and are easy for touch ups on the go. I have owned this for about a year.

Color: Neutral Pink, slightly cool toned.

Texture and Consistency: Creamy, non-greasy, non-slippery. In fact a little on dry side. 

Application: This is where the drama begins. I applied it using my fingers as well as brush. Found it difficult to blend both ways. I used my fingers to apply the product and it dried down pretty quickly giving very less time to blend the product effectively. The end result was blotchy and patchy. I had to actually rub in the product. It dried down to a natural finish. Not too dewy nor too powdery.

I used it with both synthetic as well as natural bristle brushes. 
On using it with a dense brush like MAC 130 short duo fiber, it was very difficult to pick up any product, let alone apply and blend. On using it with Real Techniques Stippling brush, the application was OK, but not acceptable. Fingers still were better.

Feel and Effect on Skin: It works best on bare skin. On application it dries down fairly quickly, making it almost difficult to blend. It is non slippery, non greasy and after blending the end result is blotchy and patchy. 

Scent: None Detected

Color Payoff and Longevity: The Color Payoff is excellent. The colors are buildable. The staying power is decent too. It lasted around 6 plus hours on my bare skin and when used as a base the blush lasted for good 8 hours. 

Packaging: I love the sleek compact. It comes with a mirror which is tiny but handy. The compact snaps shut tight and can ruin nail polish if not careful while opening. easy to travel with.

Verdict: I am not a huge fan of the texture, just because I find it a little too dry for my liking. It can be blended with fingers, though it is extremely difficult to get an even appearance. The color is buildable. I find it almost impossible to work with a brush. I tried both synthetic and natural bristle brushes. I wish the product were a bit more emollient. Also, the color I chose was not the best match for my olive toned skin. It does show up pretty well, but I do find it a bit too cool toned. 
With all the flaws I could find in this, I love this to use as a base. I find it works best as a neutral base for my other powder blushes and make them last longer in summer months and during outings. 

I still love my MAC Creme blend blush, NARS The Multiple Stick, Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée, LE BLUSH CRÈME DE CHANEL (Chanel Cream Blush) better than the MAKE UP FOR EVER – HD CREAM BLUSH. All for different reasons. Either for color, texture or consistency. 

Available at Sephora

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Beauty Cravings

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact Laura Mercier $38
Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel, Bronzing Makeup Base Chanel $48
Chanel Les Beiges, Healthy Glow Multi-Colour Broad Spectrum Spf 15 Sunscreen Chanel $65
Anastasia Beverly Hills 'Brow Wiz' Mechanical Brow Pencil Anastasia $18.90
Nars Translucent Pressed Powder NARS $36
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Becca $41
HOURGLASS Cosmetics 'Arch' Brow Sculpting Pencil Hourglass $32
Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 Supergoop! $28
Anastasia Beverly Hills Duo Brow Powder Anastasia $20.70

List of few things that I made while browsing through Sephora and Nordstroms website. Usually I tend to get attracted to all the new releases and value kits, but this time around I had a few things on my list that are 'essentials' for me and I want to get these before I go on my summer vacation. Unfortunately there is no Friends and Family sale anytime soon.

I need a cream bronzer, a few brow products and a liquid illuminator that I had tried in tiny set before and I now need it in full size or at least travel size. Also a setting powder that is not in loose form, but in a compact. (Yep! these are essentials in my book. I did throw a few non essentials here and there, but then isn't that normal when you make a list :) :)

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