Thursday, April 20, 2017

5 Beauty Product Reviews- Vitamin C Mask, Micellar Water, Rosewater Spray, Chia Seed Mask and White Clay Deep Cleansing Story


I picked up some goodies for the face this week to try out! Read below to see how I liked them. There is one product in this batch that I think is a must-have now. Can you guess which one before reading? Each product is rated from one star *  to 5 stars *****,  one being the lowest rating and 5 the highest. Products are listed in order from left to right.

Quick Fix Facials Vitamin C Miracle Mask-
   Rating **

The back reads: “Problem skin? Need a quick fix? Here’s the solution-- wonder masks packed with hero ingredients to effortlessly and efficiently banish everyday skin issues. It says it is for “dull and tired skin that needs an energy and moisture boost. It contains Vitamin C and licorice which are both known to help enhance skin radiance and glow. It also contains hyaluronic acid and shea for intense hydration, as well as papaya extract which is rich in omega 6 and 9 essential fatt acids, Vitamins A, C and K.” You are supposed to put a “thick” layer on before going to bed.

Here is why I gave it two stars: Although it has a very pleasant citrus smell and a nice creamy texture, my face felt really greasy when I woke up. After washing my face, I hate to say it, but I did not notice any “glow” per say or other changes to my skin.

Essano Rosehip Gentle Facial Cleansing Micellar Water
- Rating ****

Editor's note: After using this product for a few extra days I have decided to upgrade the rating to 4 stars.

I have been curious about these micellar water products, and finally broke down and bought this one to try. Micellar water is made up of “micelles ”or tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules suspended in soft water. The micelles are supposed to cling to dirt and oil, thus drawing out impurities. The cleansing water is not supposed to be drying, so it can be used as a facial wash, makeup remover and moisturizer. The back of this product reads: “Active Micellar Water molecules latch onto the dirt, makeup and other impurities on your skin, removing them gently and effectively, Essano Micellar Water leaves your face perfectly cleansed and refreshed. No rinsing needed. Scientifically formulated to remove dirt, oil and makeup without rinsing, support the natural pH balance of your skin; and soothe with certified organic Aloe Vera and Rosehip Oil."

Why I give this product four stars:
Because the consistency is really like water, I found it a little hard to work with initially because I'm so used to massaging cleansers into my skin. However, once I got passed that and followed the instructions of using a cotton pad to apply the product, I really liked it.  My skin did feel soft after using it, and not greasy. The convenience factor can't be dismissed, and I can see why makeup artists like this product.  It would be great for camping or boating where you don’t have access to water. By the way, it is also not recommended for removing heavier foundation and mascara.

Reviva Labs Rosewater Facial Spray-
  Rating ****
The product description from Amazon says, “Natural extract of roses makes this facial spray very refreshing and stimulating. Helps moisturizers and night creams have better effects in making skin look better with makeup, or "setting" makeup; you'll find dozens of other uses. For male and female athletes, this mist is a great refresher and cleansing aid.”

Why I gave it 4 stars: I had also read that Rosewater was a natural remedy for red skin and rosacea, and my skin has red undertones so I thought I’d try it. I do like spraying it on my face before using a moisturizer, as it is refreshing and smells great. It allows you to use less moisturizer, plus the spray itself has moisturizing ingredients. Regarding the redness, I haven’t noticed any improvement in that area unfortunately.  I really like the Reviva brand in general and use several of their other products on a regular basis, including the DMAE with peptides cream (an amazing moisturizer by the way.) Their prices are very reasonable and they make good products.

Organik Botanik Chia Seed Face Mask- Rating *****
The product packaging is really cute in a little white and pink cardboard tub.  The package says: “Made with locally sourced ingredients. Get hydrated! Chia Seeds are known for being high in omega-3. Treat yourself with a weekly pampering fix, leaving your skin fresh and happy. Made in Australia. “

Why I gave it 5 stars:
I used it last night while in the bath, and didn’t notice much, but when I took a shower this morning I noticed layers and layers of dead skin coming off of my face when I used my exfoliator. Since I had used a couple of different products last night, I applied more of the chia seed mask to confirm it was that product that was causing this effect, and it was. When I used it again today, it had the same effect after I rinsed it off and used an exfoliator. It almost seemed like similar effects of a peel. Apparently from what I read online,  chia seeds are ultra-hydrating. Other ingredients include sweet almond oil and coumarin. It has a light, sweet smell, and almost like the consistency of yogurt. It feels good on your face.  I loved this mask and highly recommend it. I am also going to purchasing more of it and also look into other products that this company makes!

White Clay Deep Cleansing Foam by Cleansing Story- Rating *

I bought this because I keep seeing promotions online about Korean skincare products, and I was very curious to see what the buzz was all about. This is made in Korea by a company called “Welcos.” It is a white clay deep cleansing foam. According to the maker’s website, “The element of white clay pacifies your sensitive skin and makes your skin elastic and moist by providing skin with moisture. It cleanses skin wastes and make-up to help maintain moisturized and clear skin. As it contains white clay that comforts and moisturizes sensitive skin, it helps keep the skin firm and moist."

Why I gave it one star- On its own, my skin felt dry after using. I did a little more research (after testing this product), and came to realize that the Korean skincare regimen can be as many as 11 or more steps. Preceding this cleanser, normally would have been an oil face wash, which would have probably balanced well with this wash afterward. I don’t think I could ever do an 11-step skincare regimen, but some people do and get great results I guess. Please comment below if you have ever done a Korean skincare regimen, and tell me how it went!

Thanks for reading, and please share any thoughts below!


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