Facial Wipe Wednesday: Wet N Wild Under The Sheets

This edition of Facial Wipe Wednesday covers Wet N Wild’s Facial Wipes called Under The Sheets. I have been wanting to try these for some time but, I continued to select other brands before them. This time when I saw them in the store, I went for it…

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The packaging is the standard plastic one with a resealable plastic flap. I am disappointed to find that the package only contains 25 towelettes…

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But, I am happy to purchase a product made in the USA. Although Wet N Wild states that these are for sensitive skin, I’m starting to feel that statement just doesn’t hold water with me or, with my readers. I implore you to read the ingredient list rather than believe that blanket and, somewhat useless nondescript statement. Here are the ingredients…

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Here’s a bit more about the product from the package…

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I found these sheets to be soft but not supremely soft. As long as the wipes aren’t scratchy or irritating, I’m OK. What these wipes did do was remove…wait for it….WATERPROOF MASCARA. Yes, it’s actually true. I have three different brands I experimented with and, I tested it over and over because I was sure I had done something wrong. There was a bit of scrubbing needed but, I didn’t feel I needed to use my ‘sanding a piece of wood’ mode.

The towelette is regular size, if not a wee bit smaller than most…

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And there isn’t much of a texture to it, however, it is soft. Just not ‘baby soft’…

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There is a very slight fragrance to it. The smell reminds me of a nice aerosol hairspray. I would guess that is the alcohol. It wasn’t unpleasant one bit. And, the fragrance didn’t linger much.

As with all Wet N Wild products, these wipes are cruelty-free…

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There are directions on how to use the wipes. Don’t flush these either. (Now I wonder what the difference is between facial wipes that shouldn’t be flushed and personal wipes that CAN be flushed. I smell research and a blog post.)…

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I picked these up at Target for $3. That makes me more forgiving about there only being 25 sheets to a package. And, although they are inexpensive, they do their job and, they do it well. I did still get some residue with following up with a toner. But, I didn’t need an extra product to remove waterproof mascara and that’s the win.

I know lots of readers love Wet N Wild brand. Have you tried their wipes? What’s your opinion on them?

Replace or Reject: The Very Late April Edition

Quick, before folks from the Hoarders Show come to my house, I want to get rid of these products. Never mind the stuff I have bought since and have taken these products’ place.

Moving along…This is a Flower Beauty shadow I got from Walmart, where it is an exclusive. I got one to try out but, I found all the shade selections to be very pretty. Here, is Orchid-ing Around…

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While it is a very pretty color, this type of shadow creases like nobody’s business on me. If you have ever tried L’Oreal’s Infallible shadows, this is just like it. Maybe a bit creamier. I tried an Infallible shadow and promptly returned it. I remember it distinctly because it was the very first time I had ever returned a beauty product.

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Along with the Flower shadow, I found another Chapstick that has to go. There are way too many other softer (SoftLips) balms out there. And, here’s a Replace: Reviva Labs 5% Glycolic Acid Cream. I did a review on this product here. It is all that, seriously. I can’t wait to replace it.

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You can see how serious I am about Reviva Labs Cream. I took a Q-tip to swab out every last bit of this awesome cream…

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Along with the Glycolic Acid Cream, I also used Reviva Labs Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Not only did I fall in love with this one, but my husband got on the band wagon with me. When it was gone, he asked me where can we get some more of this. I will be getting a replacement of this one too…

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You know, I sure in the heck have a lot of ChapStick brand of balms to get rid of in my house. Seriously. I thought I’d like Cake Batter but I did not. I thought it smelled weird.

The Argan Oil Styling Cream is a replace because this stuff made my hair feel healthy. And, this IS one product that smelled good. I can’t say that this styling cream helped to style my hair but it make my curls less frizzy without weighing down my locks.

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I have a huge makeup artist case that I have fun going through once in a while. Actually, I have been going through it looking for things to remove to make room for newer, more loved products. The EyeStudio in Ivy Icon, by Maybelline, is a reject. I thought it was pretty at the time I bought it. But, the color fell flat when applied. I didn’t bother to try and make it work though. It just wasn’t pretty when I put it on.

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The two shadows below the EyeStudio shadow are from Jesse’s Girl…

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Cream shadows and I do not get along most of the time. Sadly, that is what happened with these two. Crease City. I have tons of eye primers. I like to have an assortment of them. In fact, the makeup company I own has a great eye shadow primer. But, these cream shadows just don’t work for me.

I feel relieved, even freer, to blog about these April Rejects/Replacements. I could tell you that May’s edition is forthcoming. But, I worry that the moving crew from Hoarders may beat me to it.

Have you had more rejects than replacements lately?

Mask Monday: Sephora’s Ginseng Mask

If you have every been to a Sephora makeup store, you know how much time you can spend in there. Also, how much money you’ll spend too. It’s not hard to rack up a huge haul with a bill that’s even bigger. So, when I go to Sephora I want to make sure every single one of my purchases give me the best that can be offered.

When I picked up Sephora’s Ginseng Mask for toning & Revitalizing, it had some big shoes to fill…

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Kinda cute how the picture of the lady applying that ‘fiber mask’ is doing it oh, so smoothly. Aaand, moving on…

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I love the bright yellow packaging the mask came in but, I didn’t like the white lettering for the instructions. You might say, ‘Hey, Kimberly…what? Are you new?’ However, I think it’s important to make the directions clear for everyone. There is always a first time and, I wanted to know exactly how long it was going to take to get revitalized.

This single-use mask cost $6. I have to tell you that right up front because all the other single-use paper masks I have purchased are not even close to that cost. Thus, my expectations were extremely high. I was impressed with the packaging…

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I had to take this photo and enlarge it a lot to be able to read the ingredients. It sure as heck didn’t happen when I was at the store. I felt the need for extremely thick readers to see this…

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For touting Ginseng as the headliner, I found that it was listed high in the ingredients. And, if you squint really hard, you can see that there are several other natural/herbal type of items in there too.

The package that contained the mask was hard to tear open. I’m OK with that because there’s less chance for the mask to dry up. When I did get it opened, this mask was juicy…

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Of course, I was kidding earlier when I mentioned the drawing of the lady applying the mask since these masks never quite mold to my face. Or, anyone else’s for that matter. I don’t fuss about it too much. This one was so juicy that I knew my entire face was going to get some product on it.

Now the good part; kicking back and chillin’ for 15 minutes while the Ginseng mask does its thing. While the product itself was very cooling, there was not any odor at all. Not even a hint of the aloe vera. But, that juiciness was mostly from the aloe and, surelycreating the cooling sensation.

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When the fifteen minutes was done, I took a photo of my revitalized self, got a good chuckle and then removed the mask. I rubbed in the remaining juice and enjoyed very soft skin. Do I feel revitalized? Yes, I do. Do I feel toned as well? I would say so as my skin felt slightly plumbed after using this mask.

The entire experience was a very good one. I feel I got my money’s worth, my skin felt great and I enjoyed using Sephora’s Ginseng mask. I would love to use this one again.

Sephora has several different types of single-use facial masks. Have you tried any of them?

Mask Monday: Studio 35 Beauty Warming Mask

This Mask Monday edition hosts a warming mask from Studio 35 Beauty, Walgreen’s own beauty line…

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I picked this one up when Walgreen’s had them on sale for about $2.50. They usually run around $3.50.

Walgreen’s has a 100% satisfaction guarantee on their home brand products. That’s a great reason for me to recommend these to you. If you don’t dig it, take it back. It was interesting to see that after all the Baroness paper masks I have been reviewing that even this one is from Korea, as well…

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The Studio 35 Beauty mask is a liquid mask, however. It’s a semi-thick cream that has an off-orange color to it…

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When I squeezed out the entire package to apply to my face, most of the cream was the opaque cream rather than the clear liquid. I made sure to emulsify the rest of the cream in the envelope in case it all needed to blend together to create the warming effect.

And, mentioned the warming effect, it is slight yet, still noticeable. But, only upon application. I didn’t really feel the warmth after 3 minutes of applying it.

The fragrance is very light. I was expecting it to have more of a citrus odor to it but it wasn’t even leaning towards an orange smell. I found it to be pleasant and didn’t interfere one bit with the great experience of using the warming mask.

Although the instructions state to leave the mask on until it dries, I found it didn’t completely dry on me. It did get slightly tacky but, it didn’t become dry or tight…

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The exfoliating part is very subtle. I can’t say I noticed it at all. I just trust that the mask was breaking down the dirt and dead skin layer and was washed away when I was finished. It wasn’t on purpose but, some of the mask got on my lips. It actually felt nice and so I left it on. There wasn’t any itchy, burning or otherwise unpleasant sensation so I went with it.

The list of ingredients are as follows…

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Along with a very long list of herbal and natural extracts are some chemical components I wasn’t familiar with. I picked one to research as I love to learn about these things.

The fifth listed ingredient is Sodium Silcoaluminate. Just on a guess, I figured it was some sort of salt, silicon and aluminum mixture. What I discovered is that it is a rather common ingredient used in eye shadows, mascaras and foundations. It has a very slight SPF but nothing worth touting about. It does have some anti-aging benefits and can be found in those types of products as well. You can also find Sodium Silcoaluminate in laundry detergent and Biscuits. Why, may you ask, would this ingredient be in those items? It is also an anti-caking agent, and is often used as a food additive. It is abrasive and helps increase the volume in items. Quite commonly known as a bulking ingredient.

As I concluded by the name, it is made up of sodium, aluminum and silicate. There is no known toxicity to the environment or to humans. This ingredient isn’t a known allergen and isn’t known to interfere with the human immune system.

After researching Sodium Silcoaluminate, better than 20 minutes had passed. (I had the mask on while I did the research.) I checked and found the mask, as I mentioned, to be tacky but not drying. I must mention that there is more than enough product for my face and my neck so, I got the idea to use it on the back of my hands as well. I washed it all off with a warm wash cloth. The mask washed off very easily. After I pat-dried my skin, it felt squeaky clean. Not extra soft but I wasn’t expecting that. My skin was very clean-feeling. And, I’m quite happy with that. It was prepped and ready for my regular skin routine.

Walgreen’s warming mask is one that I feel I could recommend to all skin types. Unless you see something in particular that you know you are allergic to from the ingredient list, I think it would be OK for those with sensitive skin.

Have you tried any of Walgreen’s Studio 35 Beauty items?

 

Facial Wipe Wednesday: Pacifica Coco Pure Makeup Removing Wipes

This installment of Facial Wipe Wednesday is a heart-breaker. Keep reading and you’ll see why.

I purchased Pacifica”s Coco Wipes at Target, for around $6, specifically after reading a positive review on another beauty blog. Previously, I have purchased a couple of Pacifica lotions and LOVED the fragrances. If you like Summery-coconut fragrances, I recommend you check Pacifica out.

With no hesitation, I purchased the Pacifica Coco Pure Making Removing Wipes…

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Pretty packaging and just look at all the good things mentioned on the front of the package…

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And, a favorite of mine to see; a 30 count. Here is what the back of the package shows…

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The wipes were a good size…

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They were incredibly soft too…

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Another plus is the plastic opening to remove the wipes. I feel these can keep the wipes fresher and seal in moisture…

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And, I was thrilled that the wonderful fragrance I have come to associate with Pacifica was a part of these facial wipes too.

So, what went wrong? These babies stung my skin. Especially, right under my eyes and the top of the apples of my cheeks. It felt like it was burning. I ended up using Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner or, Vichy’s Calming Cleansing Micellar Solution right away to tame down the burn. Normally, I wait about 10 to 15 minutes after using a facial wipe to see how dried out my skin feels. I couldn’t wait this time.

I noticed that the burning was more intense when I was removing full-on makeup. It still burned when I was makeup-free but, not as intensely as with removing makeup. Maybe I was scrubbing extra hard to remove my makeup since these wipes didn’t work on waterproof mascara at all. Even regular mascara gave these wipes a challenge. In fact, I used two wipes when I had full makeup on because one wasn’t removing everything. I still had makeup coming off with the toner and micellar water.

The possible conclusion I have come to on why my skin felt like it was burning could be the citric acid in the wipes. However, I have used Vitamin C in lots of products before and never had a reaction. Maybe my skin doesn’t like coconut ingredients like my tongue does. Irregardless, I am very disappointed that the Pacifica Coco Pure wipes didn’t agree with me.

Have you tried any Pacifica products? How about the facial wipes?

Mask Monday: Forever 21 Pearl Mask Sheet

The last Baroness paper mask I have to share with you is the Pearl Mask Sheet…

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I picked this paper mask up at Forever 21 along with the tomato mask and the snail masks. All three are from Korea and the brand is Baroness.

Like the two before, the pearl mask had no odor. That’s nice since I kick back and leave it on my face for 20 minutes. This mask felt cool on my skin. After my 20 minutes were up, I removed the mask and rubbed in the remaining residue. It was soft and creamy and left my skin feeling smooth. I didn’t feel the need to add any other skin product on my face after using this mask. However, right before bedtime, I did use my Kiehl’s Midnight Repair Concentrate.

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In my opinion, for $1, I got a very nice experience and feel my skin benefited from using these masks. Forever 21 has a huge turn over of their inventory. I haven’t seen these again since I purchased them. I have, however, picked up a foot mask that I will be reviewing. I have learned that when I see something like this, and the financial investment is small, I need to go ahead and stock up. I wish I would have with these Baroness paper masks.

One thing that I did notice with the ingredient list on all of the Baroness masks; the headlining ingredient, as the pearl is with this mask, is practically insignificant. As you can see here, the Pearl Powder is the last ingredient and only .01% at that…

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Actually, I purchased these on a whim rather than buying them for the healing or anti-aging or any other reason of the purported title. It was a pleasant experience and a lesson that just because a product says that it is a ‘pearl’ mask doesn’t mean that it has a lot of that ingredient in it.

No scary photo of me wearing the pearl paper mask, this time. It looked just like the other two. And also, I forgot to snap a photo. Regardless, I would recommend these masks because it gave me a reason to lie down and just be for 20 minutes. No cell phone, no TV, just me and my own thoughts. The masks are a tool, if you will, to mentally check in with myself. Even though I usually post this series on Monday, I actually use the masks on Sunday evening. It’s a ritual that I enjoy to end my weekend and begin to move towards the start of a new week. And hopefully, my skin gets a little joy out of it as well.

Have you ever used any beauty product that has pearl powder in it?

Pure Ice Nail Polishes

(These polishes were provided to me for my honest review.)

Sometimes, when you just need a little pick-me-up, a simple pleasure in purchasing an inexpensive nail polish can do just the trick. Plus, it’s calorie free.

I have several Pure Ice polishes that were sent to me to try out. They are all pretty and, the selection was a wide range of colors and types.

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After Hours is a warm pink shade. It’s a great shade for Summer. I have applied 3 coats, as I did with all swatches here…

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Next is Viva Las Vegas. Again, three coats of this rockin’ bronze polish…

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Sea Glass is my favorite of the ones I got to sample. This is a very sweet, fun and not in your face shade. Even though it’s green, this polish goes with just about everything because it is demure…

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This is Ballet Slippers and, if you are looking for a wedding polish or, one for a very young miss, I highly recommend this shade…

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I applied a coat of Sea Glass over one nail for an accent…

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This is Private Show and what a stunner. Seriously, just three coats to awesomeness…

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Wide Awake is a sheer, glittery brilliant blue…

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I wanted to work on accenting Wide Awake with a coat of black polish underneath. I love the multi-dimensional look it made…

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Pure Ice is found, exclusively, at WalMart. The line has a multitude of shades from cremes, to metallics and fun glitters. They cost only $1.99 and that, my friends, is cheaper than a therapy session.

Which of these 6 is your favorite?

 

Products were provided to me for my honest review and opinion. 

 

 

Mask Monday: Baroness Tomato Mask Sheet

I bring you another facial mask sheet review. Again, this one is one I picked up at Forever 21. This time the featured ingredient is the tomato…

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I am not a huge fan of eating tomatoes however, I was ready to take on the tomato mask…

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Well, the masks from Baroness all say the same tag line as you see above. That’s OK with me. I want those things too.

I was really interested in two things. One, how much tomato was in this mask…

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As you can see, it only says .1%. Negligible. But it does have an ingredient that I do like to eat and that’s Kiwi.

The other burning question I had was, is the mask tomato red…

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Alas, it wasn’t. It was the same milky white sheet that any of the Baroness masks I have tried from this line. (Check here for my review on the Baroness snail mask.) I think that may be a good thing. If it was red, it could have stained my skin. That wouldn’t work.

The tomato mask left my skin so smooth and soft. You bet I smelled the sheet and, I did find that it had the very faintest odor of something that reminded me of a garden. I can’t truly say it was that of a tomato however, it was so faint that I really could say that it was practically odor-free.

After relaxing for 20 minutes, I removed the mask and massaged in the leftover lotion on my skin. I let it soak in and my face felt so smooth, I had my husband stroke my skin to make sure I wasn’t just making it up. I wasn’t and he was as amazed as I was. In fact, I was delighted. And then, sad that I didn’t purchase more than just tomato mask. For a dollar, it’s a wonderful treat for my face…

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Purchasing the Baroness masks at Forever 21 has been one of the best new skincare purchases I have made this year. What some of us won’t do for beauty…

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Have you tried any of these masks yet?

Facial Wipe Wednesday: Puffs Fresh Faces Wipes

This segment of Facial Wipe Wednesday is a product that you might not expect. This is a facial wipe from the makers of the Puffs facial tissues, called Puffs Fresh Faces…

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As you can see, it’s a decorative box made to leave out on the vanity. My various photos in today’s post show two different color boxes. The photos above have a truer color, a pink shade, than the others I took in sunlight. I’m OK with either color, actually.

This pretty box came free with a three-pack of Puff tissues. I couldn’t find a count on this box however,upon research online, I found the count to be 45. I like that the opening is plastic to keep the wipes from drying out…

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At first glance, you make think these wipes are personal wipes. However, they are called Puffs Fresh Faces. Even though I could use them as personal wipes, they are not meant to be flushed down the toilet. Puffs Fresh Faces is made in the USA…

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The promotional ingredient in these wipes is Saline. Saline has a pretty stable pH balance close to what skin is. Once other ingredients are added, however, that pH can change. The premises of this wipe is to keep the skin moist while removing makeup and dirt…

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Here’s what I do know: these wipes smell exactly like toilet paper. Or, Puffs tissues. I find that a pleasant fragrance and it doesn’t stick around long after I have used a wipe on my face. It didn’t sting or even bother my eyes. I found that these wipes weren’t too effective on waterproof or regular mascara. But, I did find that the wipes made my face feel super clean when I used it on a bare face, for example, on days I wore no makeup at all.

The wipes are standard size and I didn’t edit this photo on purpose because Libby was up on the Vanity inspecting my work. You can see her tail at the far left…

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There’s just the wee bit of texture to the wipe…

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And, this material is thinner than most, as you can see my hand through it. But, in use, it didn’t feel thin at all. It was very sturdy all the way through.

I was not able to find these wipes on the Puffs website so, I’m thinking they came and went already. However, I did find some for sale on the Amazon website.

Puffs Fresh Faces wipes are a hit as a freshen up facial wipe. And, if you don’t have any mascara on, it makes quick work of getting off all other makeup. I love the fragrance and even my husband found using them for a fresher face to be enjoyable.

Have you seen Puffs Fresh Faces? Would you mind using a facial wipe if it smelled like toilet paper?

M Steves Skin Care Products

It was planned to put these products in the monthlyReject or Repurchase post. However, I felt that these two can stand alone in their own review.

These are two products that I was sent by M Steves. I received them late, last Summer. However, once you read through my review, you’ll see why I never got around to using them up…at least, right away.

I received the Multi-Benefit Moisturizer and the Ultra-Nourishing Boost…

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I’ll start with the Ultra-Nourishing Boost. That this the product on the right in the above photo. It is made from rose-hip seed oil. Rose-hip seed oil doesn’t smell like roses, that’s for sure. I knew that even before I received these products. Rose-hip seed oil is the foundation of these products. And, per my conversation with the creator, M Steves, this is what she created to heal her cystic acne when everything else failed.

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Granted, I do not have acne but, she said that it was nourishing for all skin types. When I received it, naturally, I tested it out immediately on the back of my hand. Then I smelled it. That’s where the love left me. I found this difficult to put on my face as the smell reminded me of the linseed oil I used to clean my oil paint brushes. Even though I tried to use it several times on my face, the smell didn’t dissipate. I figured that a skincare product would never smell like that and, surely, I got a bad one.

I called Ms. Steves to tell her. She told me that it isn’t supposed to smell like roses and that some folks do find the smell to be on the strong side. But, she said it was possible that I received one that could have sat on a shipping truck in the heat. So, she sent me another one. Unfortunately, it smelled the same as the first one.

I set the Ultra-Nourishing Boost to the side and never used it again. There’s no way I can get past the repugnant odor. And, it didn’t go away after hours of being on my skin.

There is a recommended way of using the Ultra-Nourishing Boost along with the Multi-Benefit Moisturizer. But, I skipped doing that after day 2 and went straight to using the moisturizer.

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This product didn’t have quite enough moisturizing elements to make my skin feel hydrated. This would be a product I’d recommend for someone with slightly to mostly oily skin. I have normal to dry skin. Luckily, this product had a pleasant, light orange fragrance.

I wash my face first thing in the morning and then put on a moisturizer. I used the Multi-Benefit Moisturizer because, after I have a cup of tea, I workout. Then I take a shower. After that, that is when I use my complete skin care routine. In other words, I use that first moisturizer of the day to get me through until I shower. It isn’t one that needs to get me through the entire day.

Thus, after several months, I finally did use up the moisturizer…

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The Ultra-Nourishing Boost costs $68. The Multi-Benefit Moisturizer sells for $48.

Setting aside the fact that I found the Ultra-Nourishing Boost to smell terrible, these products would be better suited for someone with oily to oily/normal skin. As for my opinion, these two items are not for me and, I can’t recommend the Ultra-Nourishing Boost as I feel most users would be highly put off by the odor.

Have you tried this brand? Have you used rose hip seed oil?