February 19, 2017

Caudalie Lip Conditioner (review)

Caudalie Lip Conditioner

An antioxidant-rich, moisturizing lip conditioner that provides soft lips and lasting comfort.
Concentrated with moisturizing active ingredients plus antioxidant grape polyphenols and repairing apricot oil, this balm leaves lips soft, repaired, and protected.

This product is formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates and does not contain animal ingredients nor is not tested on animals.

Color: Creamy white 

Texture and Consistency: Light weight, non sticky, non waxy balm in a stick

Scent: I don't like the scent. It smells rancid. I am not sure, if this is the case with my tube or the product itself smells strange.

Application: I like to use a thin layer of this on my lips directly from the tube. Not the most sanitary way in my opinion. I prefer lip balms in tube. The product itself is light weight and hence a swipe or two is enough to coat the full lips.

Feel and Effect on Lips: This does not feel heavy on the lips. The light weight texture makes it easy to spread the product and the natural oils are well absorbed. The lips feel well hydrated and nourished. It smooths out fine lines and makes the lips soft. It is difficult to apply lipstick on top of it, due to the slip, but it does prepare lips for smoother application of lipstick if applied an hour before.

Packaging: I am not a huge fan of the packaging. The tube is made of very cheap plastic. It is like lipstick where the product comes out on twisting. The design is not the most sanitary one. Also the product is prone to melting in warm weather, making a huge goopy mess!

Caudalie Lip Conditioner (review)

Verdict: I have noticed that many lip balms tend to peel my lips, especially the ones that contain SPF. Also, if the over apply or layer the lip balm multiple times during day, my lips dry. This does not peel my lips nor make them dry in longer run. It keeps them soft and nourished. This is probably the major reason I am OK with design flaw and crappy scent. One last note, this won't work on sore, blistered lips caused by severe weather.

A few other Lip balms that I have tried in the past
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February 17, 2017

Sol de Janeiro Samba 2-Step Foot Fetish Care (review)

Sol de Janeiro Samba 2-Step Foot Fetish Care

A two-step dry foot care system with a Foot Smoothing Board and a fast-absorbing, non-slip Foot Fetish Cream to keep feet looking and feeling incredibly soft. The Foot Fetish Cream contains Cupuaçu butter—the Brazilian super fruit favorite and moisturizes with soluble super nutrients.

Color: White

Texture and Consistency: Soft, smooth, non sticky, non-greasy cream

Scent: It smells clean, fresh and mildly citrus'y' 

Application: It is a foot cream and there are not many ways to apply it. I use it after scrubbing the heels and toes of my feet well with the foot file provided. The foot file is sturdy and grainy enough to exfoliate well. The  The cream spreads easily and sinks in almost instantly.

Feel and Effect on Foot: The cream is completely absorbed by the skin. The heels feel super soft and well moisturized. There is absolute no greasiness or stickiness. The feet feels smooth but not slippery at all, making it easy to wear sandals immediately after applying the cream.

Packaging: It comes in a soft squeeze tube, with flip top cap. The hole dispenses adequate amount of product. There is a foot file that comes in the package too. It is sturdy and exfoliates well. There is a drawstring pouch to securely hold the foot file. 

Verdict: I love this product. My foot is dry, but my heels are not terribly cracked and I don't have calluses, but they do tend to get messy, if I ignore my daily foot care regime. I find this particular product working fantastic as a day foot cream because of its not slippery and fast absorbing nature. I can just slip on my sandals, without having to wait for the product to actually dry. If you suffer from really dry, cracked feet, a more heavy duty foot cream like the Gehwol 'Lipidro' Foot Cream or Exuviance Heel & Elbow Dry skin repair would work better for initial over night treatment. 
I love my Amope Pedi Perfect Electric foot file, but the foot file that comes in this kit is a good one for quick exfoliation. I find that the file works better on dry heels than on wet ones. 

Over all Sol de Janeiro Samba Foot Fetish Care is a wonderful product to have, especially if the feet are in not worst shape and do not need heavy treatments. Also, it smells wonderful!!!

Few other foot creams and foot files that I love

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February 14, 2017

May Coop Raw Sauce (review)

May Coop Raw Sauce

A hydrating, nourishing essence featuring a silky formula that's highly concentrated in maple tree sap to create a stronger skin environment, helping prep the skin to better absorb products to follow and boosting their effectiveness.

The innovative formulation is packed with nourishing botanical complexes, along with ingredients possessing antioxidant properties, which neutralize free radicals and support natural skin cell regeneration. It is enriched with unique, botanical, herbal, and floral complexes to intensely hydrate and promote a radiant complexion. 

This product is cruelty-free.

Color: Clear, Colorless

Texture and Consistency: Silky smooth, not too thick nor too watery thin, non-sticky fluid. It is a cross between gel and liquid (more liquid, less gel)

Scent: It smells clean and fresh

Application: I apply is after washing my face, just in place of toner. It is a toner and essence rolled in one.  More like a hydrating toner. I use my fingers to tap the product in, as I find using cotton pad wastes a lot of product.

Feel and Effect on the skin: On application, it feels little tacky initially for 30 seconds, but is soon completely absorbed by the skin, leaving a soft, silky and smooth finish. The face feels hydrated and helps in better absorption of serums that I apply later on. It does not gives that stretched feel on the skin. There is no tingling sensation at all. It is very soothing and calming. 

Packaging: This comes in a heavy, frosted glass bottle with a hole on top for dispensing. There is no pump or any of that stuff.

Verdict: I love this product. Everything from the refreshing clean scent to the amount of hydration it provides. It contains Acer Maple water and Glycerine as main ingredients. Glycerine is a natural humectant keeping the skin moisture locked in. The maple sap particles are smaller than water and thus helps the formula to easily absorb deep into the skin. The essence intensively hydrates and provides nourishment to skin. The skin looks healthy and glows from within. It helps in preparing the skin to absorb other skincare products, making them more effective. It makes the skin appear more supple and healthy. A good, gentle product for the skin. Big thumbs up!

Few other toner and essence that I enjoy using

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