July 14, 2016

Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel™ (review)

An overnight eye gel that lifts, firms, cools, and de-puffs the delicate eye area while you sleep.

The cooling eye gel instantly soothes and de-puffs the under eye area with cucumber and algae extracts while Ole Henriksen’s ultimate firming complex—a proprietary blend of bio-peptides and hyaluronic acid—helps to lift, firm, and diminish the appearance of crow’s feet and wrinkles. The unique formula works around the entire eye area, from the under eye to the eye lid and upper brow bone for unparalleled results.

Formulated WITHOUT: - Parabens - Sulfates - Phthalates

It is so hot and sunny here in the windy city of Chicago! Even though I am getting crazy sun burns, I am enjoying gardening and just lazying around in my yard. Trying to make the most of this short lived summer happiness!

My skincare regime is definitely changed and all the creams, lotions and potions containing AHA, Kojic Acids and Glycolic acids. They just make skin more sensitive to sun and susceptible to sunburns. Anyways, one of the skincare product that has been changed is my eye cream. I have switched from creamy, rich eye creams to light weight eye gel.

I had this Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel and it came as a part of some kit.

Color: Pale Blue

Texture and Consistency: Light weight, not too dense, slightly sticky gel

Scent: Nothing major detected.

Application: I apply it at night using ring finger and dabbing motion. Barely any product is needed. Few dots is all I use for both eyes. I don't massage it like I usually do with creamy products. The texture makes it difficult to do that. Patting and dabbing is the way to go.

Feel and Effect of the product: This is sticky and that is something I did not enjoy. The product is not completely absorbed and it just sits there on top of the skin. It makes the under eye skin stretch and hence difficult and uncomfortable to read. More like how Aloe Vera gel feels on skin. It never dries completely. It does has slight cooling effect, but not minty cool and the effect does not lasts for long.
As far as de-puffing, I don't have eye bags nor they puff much when I have late nights or wake up too early or late. So it is difficult for me to comment on that.

Packaging: Mine came in a heavy, clear, acrylic jar with simple screw top lid. 

Verdict: This is not my absolute favorite. It is light weight and it does cools and relaxes the eye. The texture though makes it uncomfortable. The product is neither completely absorbed nor completely dried. It stays tacky and sticky, making it little uncomfortable and much pleasant. This does not hydrates much either. I personally am used to heavier, richer creams, so I didn't expect much hydration from this product to begin with. It is an OK product, not very unique or amazing. 

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July 5, 2016

Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 (Review)

An innovative three-in-one mist that sets makeup, helps control oil and shine, and refreshes your defense against photo aging UV rays with an uplifting scent of rosemary and mint. 

The secret to totally sun-safe skin is reapplying your UV defense at least every two hours when in direct sunlight. Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 is the best way to reapply UV protection throughout the day without disturbing your makeup. The formula includes a unique makeup setting ingredient that acts by creating a sheer shield, which dries quickly.

Formulated WITHOUT: - Parabens - Sulfates 
This product is clinically tested, noncomedogenic, non-irritating, and allergen-free. It is formulated without synthetic fragrance and oxybenzone.

I must say I was super impressed when the SA at Sephora told me good things about this product. Also the fact that it is a make up setting spray which is practically colorless and has SPF 50 made me buy this product in full size almost instantly, without waiting for any coupon or Ebates.

Color: Colorless. Clear

Texture and Consistency: Thin, watery and very light weight. It is non sticky to touch, but once on face, it is a different story.

Scent: It has a weird, not so pleasant scent with hint of alcohol 

Application: As per the instruction, the product is to be shaken well and then to be applied after makeup as a setting spray. I did just the same. I maintained a distance of 8-10 inches and tried to spray product as evenly and thinly as possible. It is pretty obvious that one has to close eyes and avoid the product to get in.

Feel and Effect on Skin: Firstly it feels slightly cool on face. It did not leave any burning or itchy sensation on my face nor did it leave any redness. It did not absorb any oil nor gave any matte effect. On the contrary, the face appeared sticky and greasy. There was a residue and it really looked tacky. Also, the packaging of the product is not very good, making it practically impossible to get an even and thin application. 

As far as makeup setting is concerned, I did not try it over full face of makeup, but whatever little and light makeup I had applied, looked very greasy and messy. 

Packaging: This part of the product was disappointing. The packaging though sleek and decent, is not very consistent in performance. The nozzle is supposed to dispense mist of product, but sometimes it just squirts and sprays stream of sunscreen. This just ruins the makeup. Also the pump dispenses uneven amount of product. This leads to blotchy, spotty patches on face after it dries. This being a makeup setting spray, it is important that the dispenser be super fine and dispense only 'mist'. 

Verdict: The concept is good, but the packaging is horrible. If the dispenser and nozzle were better, it would had been more enjoyable to use this product on face. Due to poor dispensing, more product gets deposited on some places, leaving a spotty, patchy mark after drying. Not very flattering. It did not give matte finish to face either. I did like it initially for first couple of uses when the nozzle was working fine, but later on it became a messy affair. I did not enjoy this one on my face, but I did use it up on my arms and back, like normal sunscreen spray, so as to avoid wasting the product. 

Thumbs down!

June 27, 2016

boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel (review)

An antioxidant-packed cleansing oil-gel formulated to remove impurities and makeup while protecting the skin’s moisture barrier, leaving skin smoother and baby-soft. 

This cleansing oil hydrates and replenishes, leaving skin silky smooth. A signature, lightweight botanical blend of tsubaki oil (camellia oil), wakame (Japanese sea kelp), and rice bran oil hydrates, smooths, and protects for the appearance of firm, youthful skin.  

Formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates 
- Phthalates 
Product is preservative, artificial fragrance, color, gluten and ethanol alcohol-free. 

I have had this product for quite sometime now. In fact as I type this, the bottle is ready to go to empties bin. I love the boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil. This cleansing gel, not so much.

Color: It is clear with a slight pink hue to it, which is more visible in the bottle.

Texture and Consistency: Thick, not too dense nor too sticky gel.

Scent: It has rose scent or something that smells like rose. Not very intense and it does not lingers on for ever.

Application: I just use a single pump (approximately dime size product) and apply it all over my wet face. It does not lathers or foams. I massage the product for about 45 seconds and then rinse it off with plain water.

Feel and Effect on Skin: The skin feels clean and not dry at all. There is no residue left, but it feels like the skin gets a layer of moisturizer or oil. The gel is very gentle and it does not rips the skin of its natural oils. The cleansing oil gel did not remove my makeup completely. In fact a lot of it was still left. There is no tingling, minty or cooling sensation of any kind with one.

Packaging: The product comes in a plastic bottle with pump dispenser. The dispenser has a longer spout and it is very well made. There is also a small stopper, that prevents the accidental dispensing of the product, making it a good travel buddy.

Verdict: As a cleanser, it is very gentle and I find it very good for my dry skin. It does not performs great as a makeup remover or as make up removing gel. I prefer to use it as my second cleanse, once I have removed my make up completely. It has no AHA or any enzymes, so I don't have to be too careful applying sunscreen after every wash. This is a good, everyday gentle cleanser, but not a great one. Nothing too phenomenal or unique.

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