One month of the Embryolisse Lait Creme Sensitive

Embryolisse has been around for a long time. Their iconic multi-use moisturizer has been around since the 1940s and growing up I remember both my grandmother and mother using it. So when Embryolisse sent three moisturizers from the Lait Creme line for me to try out and review I was thrilled. I was familiar with only the original Lait creme Concentre so I started with that and am now working my way through the other two and comparing them to the original.

The second Embryoliss moisturizer I have been testing out has been the Lait Creme Sensitive. According to the product page…

The Lait Crème Sensitive is ideal for the sensitive and reactive skin of adults, children and babies alike. It was specifically formulated to soothe, nourish and moisturize easily damaged skin which reacts to the tiniest trigger, and needs the most tender care. This type of fragile skin is steadily increasing in all industrialized countries. The creamy milk texture leaves a comfortable, non-greasy, silky veil over the face and body.

The Lait Crème Sensitive has a creamy formula that moisturizes, nourishes and protects even the most reactive skin. The cream shares the very same properties as the Embryolisse cult favorite Lait Crème Concentré, in a new hypoallergenic formula developed for sensitive skin! The multi-function skincare is suitable for all the family and gathers all the benefits of the Lait Crème Concentré in a formula that is: Fragrance-free*, Sulfate-free, Phthalate-free

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While using it I found this cream to preform as a moisturizer in almost exactly the same way as the lait creme concentre. It moisturized well, absorbed well and was an all round good moisturizer. There were however a few differences between it and the concentre.

no white caste even when freshly applied

If I had to choose a word to describe the Lait-creme sensitive from Embryolisse it would be light. There is a slight scent to the cream that is reminiscent of the concentre, but it is significantly lighter. The creme looks exactly the same in the palm of the hand, but again when applied it feels a little bit lighter. In fact in every aspect you can say it is is like the Lait creme concentre but lighter.

Which is not a bad thing. It is the sensitive version so lighter scent and a hypoallergenic formula are very good things. It has the same moisturizing properties and it works well as a pre makeup base, but again the byword is lighter.

In this it is also not a bad thing. My skin is what tends to be classified as ‘normal’ which I always find amusing. In reality what that means is that while my skin isn’t technically overly dry or oily, its needs are very seasonally based. In the winter when i spend time indoors with the indoor heating on, my skin dries out more so that it is normal to dry. In the summer when the weather heats up I shift to normal to oily.

In the winter the Lait Creme Concentre was perfect. However now that spring has sprung, the concentre is a bit too much for my skin. Which made spring the perfect time for the Lait-creme Sensitive. As I mentioned before it was in all ways a lighter moisturizer. In the winter I think I might have to roll in a night mask once or twice a week if I used it when my skin is the driest, however at this time of year, this moisturizer was the perfect weight.

There is of course a third cream in the Lait-creme line to try and that is the Lait Creme Fluid. I have yet to open it and give it a try but soon I will shift the Sensitive to the makeup drawer to take the place of the almost empty Lait creme concentre as my pre makeup base and I will begin testing the third in the lait Creme line. It comes in a pump bottle and I am hoping it will be the perfect summer weight moisturizer. However that I will only learn in time.

As for the Lait Creme Sensitive. I really enjoyed the hypo-allergenic formula and the ease with which it absorbed into the skin. It worked well for me and it is a moisturizer I would certainly use again.

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First use of the Embryolisse Lait Creme Sensitive

Recently Embryolisse sent to me three of the moisturizers from their Lait Creme Line. As I was familiar with the Concentre (and knew it was the most deeply moisturizing of the line) I tried it first. Not only was it a fantastic moisturizer but it has become a standard in my makeup line up as a pre makeup base.

When I moved it to my makeup drawer I rolled in this Lait Creme Sensitive into my skincare line up to try it out. (In time I will try it out as a pre makeup base as well, but for now I am sticking with using it as a moisturizer.) The tube looks nearly identical to the original Lait-creme Concentre. It has the same style of tube, the same inner seal that requires the pointy side of the cap to break through. However once you open it, you are aware that it is indeed a different cream.

The word for this Lait Creme Sensitive, is light. Especially in comparison to the original. The scent is nearly identical to the first, but much lighter and dissipates more quickly. while the white blob of cream in my hand looks the same as the white blob of cream from the original, it looks and feels just a little bit lighter as well.

When the original was dispensed and applied, it left white streaks on the skin until the cream warmed up and then melted in beautifully. This Sensitive version, does not need to warm up time. It absorbed into the skin without any white streaks whatsoever. It was highly moisturizing, but absorbed a little faster. It is also a slightly lighter moisturizer as well. For me that is a really good thing. The Original was perfect at night and great as my skin was winter dry. As the temperatures and humidity levels rise where I am, the lighter cream is a very good thing.

It isn’t all that much lighter, but just enough that it seems quite perfect for early spring time use. I suspect it will work well as a pre makeup base as well, but I haven’t tried it out yet. The key thing is that this is just like the original only lighter all around (scent, moisturizing, etc).

no white streaks

The application is the same. I find that I am using twice as much at night as I do in the day time, which isn’t unusual for me where moisturizers are concerned. I like letting the moisture sink in overnight so I often look a little like a glazed doughnut before bedtime. Over all if you like the original, but are just a little more sensitive to scents or want a slightly lower level of moisture, this is a great alternative to the original. I will be using the Lait Creme Sensitive from Embryolisse as my sole moisturizer for the next thirty days and I have high hopes that it will perform just as well as the original.

Lait-Crème Concentré

Thirty Days of Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

It has been thirty days since I opened this Embryloisse Lait-Creme Concentre. Embryolisse was kind enough to send not only this cream to test out and review but two other creames from the Lait- Creme Line. (The other two were the Sensitive and the Fluid) I started with the Lait-Creme Concentre because it was the standard and I have used it before.

It has been around since 1950 and even though I have not been around nearly that long it was something I grew up with my mother and Grandmother both using and it was the first moisturizer i ever tried out. It had been quite some time since I tried it so I began my test of the Lair Creme line with the one I had tried before. It has been a very interesting thirty days.

I know it is a multi tasker, but we will start with the product being used as a moisturizer. A little about my skin. I have skin that falls into the moisture level of ‘normal’. I have friends with oily skin and friends with dry skin, both of whom think I am lucky. I might be but when choosing products it can be difficult. There are normal to oily products that lean heavy towards helping out those who are oily and there are normal to dry products that lean into helping out those with drier skin. They may or may not be good for me.

It actually depends on the year. My skin is very seasonal. The more time I spend inside, especially in the winter, the more I lean towards products favored by the dry skin folks. When the humidity and heat rise, I lean into the oily skin products. There are some products that I can only use at certain times of the year. In the three Products sent to me by the brand I thought this would be the most hydrating and so I chose to test it out when my skin was at it’s driest. I like to give product’s their best chance. I never actively want a product to perform badly so I do my best with timing.

So we have been in the driest section of time for my skin. I was concerned that if the weather turned it might become a bit too heavy and I would have to use it only a a night cream, but that never happened. Even though the temperatures and humidity are on the rise, I have not had an issue with this moisturizer. During the day I use half of the amount I use at night. At night it is the last thing I applied to my skin. I know it seems more logical to cover the day first but as that is where the multi tasking comes in, I am going to start at night.

So after I have finished with my cleansing and serum-ing, I apply the moisturizer. It is a white cream that is slightly thicker than a water or gel cream but not by much. It is not a cream that you dispense and say ‘Wow that is a thick cream’. It is one that needs to warm up before it absorbs in. Personally I found it easiest to just dispense it into my hand and rub my hands together to warm the cream up and then apply it to my skin. It cut down on the white cast of the cream.

The cream only leaves a white cast until it warms and then it absorbs. For a few minutes after you will have a bit of a shiny glazed look to your skin but after five minutes you can lay down without risking the moisturizer sticking your pillow case to your face like velcro. Just give it five minutes to settle in and you are good. Fresh hydrated skin in the morning.

And if you warm it in your hands there is less rubbing, plus your hands get really soft.

In the day time I generally wake up, use the facilities, put on the coffee pot and while the coffee is brewing I attend to my skincare. By the time my skincare is complete I have a pot of coffee and can begin my morning. There is generally an hour or two between the first cup of coffee and my makeup application. No one wants to see me apply makeup before the caffeine hits my system. (Or maybe they do in a train wreck sort of way.) Hence the time difference.

after first application 30 days ago

So in my morning moisture application I went through the same application process as I used at night, was less glazed looking and only used about half of the amount of moisturizer I used at night. It worked fabulously well and despite the fluctuating temperatures and humidity levels (seriously this past month started with 78 degrees, rolled into four inches of snow and then came out with tornados and wildfires). I never felt like it was too much moisture for my skin’s needs.

However Then I saw the multi tasking on the label. And recalled seeing that while the Embryolisse was created by dermatologists it was recommended by makeup artists. so I did some reading and found it used as a pre makeup base.

You know I had to try it.

now in the makeup drawer

I started out with about half of the moisturizer that I use in the morning (so a quarter of what I use at night). I applied it ten (or so) minutes before I applied my makeup (essentially, I wet my makeup sponge, applied the Lait- Creme Concentre and then gathered the rest of the makeup. If I was testing a specific eyeshadow palette I would debate my color choices, if not then I would go through the shadow selection process. Depending on the day it would either be ten to twenty minutes before i sat down to apply the makeup. (Some days picking colors takes longer and requires a scheduled meetings check).

For most days the amount used was correct. If it was humid and I was not using a usually drying foundation, then I used a little less of the Embryolisse, but not much less. (As I am now moving the tube into my makeup drawer it will be interesting to see how that progresses over the summer. I’ll have to do an end of summer update on this actually. But for right now the amount differences were negligible.)

After thirty days of use

I adore this as a makeup base. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed using it as a moisturizer and it works really well. But I ADORE it as a pre makeup base. Especially with a foundation that can be a little but drying and tended to flake a bit towards the end of the day. the added moisture underneath kept the drying foundation from drying out and flaking off. I did make sure to concentrate my application of the Embryolisse in the areas where they foundation tended to kind of dry out and flake away.

It was fantastic. It was not only great for my skin but it took a lot of howevers out of my makeup products. You know the howevers…”I love this shade, however it looks a little powdery come mid afternoon. “I love the look of this foundation, however by three o’clock in the afternoon it is flaking a little around my nose.

Using this as a pre makeup base took a lot of those howevers away. It simply provided moisture that the products could use when they thought about drying up. Like a moisture reserve for times of drought.

Like I said, I did enjoy it as a moisturizer and would happily just use it as a moisturizer, but i was surprisingly impressed with it’s use as a makeup base. After thirty days there is plenty of product left in this tube. Normally I would switch it to night time use as I opened up the Sensitive version and began trying it out and comparing it to the original. And while i will do that on the first couple of days, if nothing goes amiss, I will speedily locate this Lait Creme concentre to my makeup collection and use the rest of the tube there, ceding the moisturizer field to the next product to be testing. (Since it too is a multi tasker it will get a trial run with the pre makeup application test and I am hoping it works just as well).

After thirty days of use, I love the way my skin looks. I love the hydration level it provided. It was perfect to ride out this tumultuous weather system we have been having. It was a rockstar in the makeup bag and that is where it will live, the remaining product being used before may makeup is applied. I may have to make an effort not to use it on days I am testing out first time product uses so it isn’t giving them a helping hand, bit otherwise it is a standard for daily wear and a product I will be replacing as soon as it is empty. I am starting the trial of the Sensitive version from the Lait-creme line and I have high hopes that it will perform up to the high level this Lait Creme Concentre has set for the brand. I will also do a recap at the end of the summer to let you know how this Embryolisse performed as a makeup base through the hot, sweaty summer months. But only time will tell us that. For now, let the thirty days of Sensitive Lait-Creme commence!

Lait-Crème Concentré

First Use Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate

Embryolisse recently sent three of their products for me to try out and review. They are the Lait-Creme Concentrate (which is the main point of this post), the Lait-Creme Fluid and the Lait Creme Sensitive. I chose the Concentre to try first because I believe it is the most hydrating of the three and this is the time of year when my skin is the most dry.

the three product sent

Some of you may look at the name and not recognize it, some of you probably do. And to be honest, I recognize both the bottle and the scent and tend to forget the name. And I think that is because this cream has been around my world (and the world at large) for a long time.

This moisturizer was originally created in the 1950s. According to their website…

In 1950, a dermatologist specialized in skin pathologies created the Lait-Crème Concentré. The skincare quickly became a make-up artists’ favorite after Dr. Aron-Brunetiere, head of the Dermatology Department of the Rothschild Foundation, prescribed the LCC to the Barons de Rothschild and the stars of the time, who spoke to their make-up artists about it. Since then, the popularity of the cream naturally spread in the pro community through word of mouth.

The Lait Crème Concentré has been used and recommended by professional make-up artists, actresses and top models for decades. They swear by this multi-functional product to take care of their fragile skin and keep it beautiful. Its winning formula includes a blend of essential ingredients from natural origin. Rich in fatty acids and vitamins, it delivers nutrients to the skin, retains moisture and protects it from external aggressions. Well-moisturized, nourished skin regains comfort and balance, making it the ideal make-up base.

Embryolisse

This is actually the moisturizer that my mother and grandmother both used when I was a child. For me it is the scent of bedtime kisses’ and story time before sleep. So my scent descriptions are a bit more nostalgic when i think about it, but i will try. It is a lightly floral scent. It is a creamy moisturizer scent that smells a little like aloe and a little bit like shea butter. Honestly the first thought that comes to mind when I smell it is ‘Mom’s night cream’. As I know none of you grew up in my household I apologize but it is just a really strong scent memory for me.

unopened

It is also the first moisturizer I ever used. Like, ever ever. It has however been a really long time since I picked up a bottle. And while the scent memory remains, the details of the creme have long since faded.

For this first use I used it not only as a day cream but as a night cream so technically it is two uses. The Lait Creme Concentre comes in a metal tube. The top of the screw on cap has a point used to puncture the safety seal in the top of the tube. I really like this. First off it lets me know the tube is sealed. Secondly Even though I know I should open new products before i start applying my skincare, sometimes (most times actually) I forget and then have to pull off those tiny little metal seals with wet or greasy fingers. Usually I end up punching through them with a set of tweezers. This type of seal is ideal for me so I was happy. I knw the cream was sealed and I could get into it.

cream

I also really like the metal tubes as I can flatten them like a toothpaste tube as I use them and know exactly how much product is left.

It is a bit too easy to squeeze out more than you intend. So go cautiously at first. The cream is a thinner cream, not quite a water cream but not as thick as a heavy white moisturizer. It is a formula that needs to warm up to your skin in order to absorb. I think it is the addition of the shea butter actually. If you dispense the product and put it cold on your skin it will leave a white cast until it warms up and absorbs in. It takes very little time, just a few circles of the hand and the white fades. I tend to dispense into the palm rub the hands together to warm it and then apply my hands and the cream to my face. The white is not an issue and the cream absorbs faster.

applied without warming first

This was especially useful this morning. I used less product in the morning than I did in the evening, about half actually. which is something I will need to remember as i continue. As you may recall I apply my morning skincare before coffee and I am not at my brightest before my coffee.

literally two swipes of the hand and less than ten seconds later, the creame is absorbed

This first use turned out really well. My skin absorbed the Lait Creme Concentrate from Embryolisse well and I really like the feel of my skin. It seems well moisturized, but not overly so. I am looking forward to giving this moisturizer a good trial over the next month asn then comparing it to the other two moisturizers in the Lait Creme Line. Overall, Embryolisse is off to a really good start. This is going to be a fun (and quite nostalgic) skin care trial. But don’t worry, it will be the product and not the nostalgia that makes the review.

Lait-Crème Concentré

Using the Bloom Effects Royal Tulip Nectar

For a little over a month I have been using Bloom Effects Royal Tulip Nectar in my skincare line up. (currently it is on sale on the Skinstore Website, if you are interested in it, they have a massive 4th of July sale going on right now as well for other Skincare related items – I’ll link it below.)

As you can see the jar is simply lovely to look at.  It is heavy glass and feels very luxe in the hand and looks great on the skincare shelf.  I received this product in a Boxy Charm box a while back and when I did I just received the jar.  In looking at the site page for the product, it shows that the company does include a spoon/utensil with the product.

While I didn’t receive one with mine, I appropriated a small spoon from the kitchen because this product needs one in order to use.  The consistency of the product is not the sort where you can really dip it out with your fingers. 

In general I don’t like dipping fingers into skincare products because of possible contamination. I like using s clean spoon or spatula to get the product out and then after use I wash the spoon or spatula.  I just find it better than contaminating the whole jar with other serums or cleansers or anything else that may be on my hands at the time.

With this product, the spoon is less optional and more of a necessity.  The consistency is more like marmalade than a cream or a gel and because of the jar shape, were I to use my fingers by the time I used the nectar down to the half way point  in the jar I would have a hard time reaching it.  The mouth of the jar is narrow so a spoon is the way to go. 

That is not a complaint.  I actually like that the jar is shaped in such a way as to protect the product and that its shape and consistency force you to use the spoon rather than forget and use our fingers.

But the jar is hardly the point, as lovely as it is.  So let’s look at the product. According to the website…

A healing ointment-to-serum, quench-it-all hydrator that soothes, nourishes and helps repair the skin’s barrier.  Powered by our Proprietary Dutch Tulip Complex and a bouquet of earth-sourced botanicals, apply it anywhere your skin needs extra love. Try it as a moisturizing sleep mask—you’ll wake up with skin fit for a queen. NO Parabens, NO Sulfates, NO Phthalates, NO Fragrance, NO Synthetic Dyes

Skin type: dry, combination, sensitive

Skin concerns: dryness, dullness

INGREDIENTS: Glycerin, Propanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Water/Aqua, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Caprylyl Glycol, Phospholipids, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Silk Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Verbascum Thapsus Flower, Marrubium Vulgare Meristem Cell Culture, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Isosorbide Dicaprylate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Panthenol, Tulipa Hybrid Meristem Cell Extract, Sodium Gluconate, Sodium Lactate, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, Butylene Glycol, Rumex Occidentalis Extract, Citric Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Tocopherol, Phenethyl Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Xanthan Gum, Dextran, Nonapeptide-1

Bloomeffects

Okay the first thing you need to realize is that no fragrance does not mean that this product does not have a scent. It does.  A rather strong one actually. It is just a natural scent.  It smells a bit like tulips, but to be honest, the scent I get from the nectar is vaguely cinnamon-y. I really like the scent. It smells vaguely desert like without being sweet. There is no accompanying sweet scent that makes the word sticky spring to mind.

As you can see from the ingredients list, there is no cinnamon listed.  There is a lot of good stuff listed as well, like sunflower Seed oil, Silk Amino acids, hyaluronic acid and Vitamin C. All very good.  There is also a proprietary tulip complex in there that is supposed to help moisturize.  Moisturizing and brightening are this product’s main goals. 

And it does them very well. 

I had an interesting journey with this Nectar though.  The first week I used this Nectar every night and it worked well.  The second week, I found that every night was too much and that I need to drop it to every other night.  By the third week I found that once a week and additionally on nights when I spent too much time out in the sun, was when I needed to use this product.  In the fourth week the trend held steady. 

I think that this is one of those products that is too much moisture for my skin to take on a day to day basis.  I think that when I first started using this product, my skin was just coming out of a dry season and getting used to being in the sun again and so the extra moisture was a fabulous addition.  As my skin recovered I needed less and less of it.  I like this nectar on my skin and found that I had no adverse reactions to any of the ingredients, however I think for me, it is a post sun or once a week mask in the summer time.  I think in the winter I would use it more often, maybe a couple of times a week.

My skin falls into the middle range generally referred to as Normal.  Occasionally I can fall into a Combination category.  What that means for me is that my skincare tends to be seasonal.  I am dry in the winter and oily in the summer and Spring and Autumn can vary by the day. This is very much a dry skin product. 

However, I have found that after too much sun it does work well in my personal recovery pairing.  Lately I have been reaching for the Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha to put on my face after too much sun. I’ve found the Artemisia or Mugwort really helps sooth the skin.  After soothing, a little bit of this Bloomeffects Royal Tulip Nectar on top of the absorbed essence really helps with post sun recovery. 

If you have dry skin, I think you would really like the moisturizing effect of this product.  If you have oily skin, you might want to avoid it.  It is defiantly a moisture bomb.  When I use I at night it is the last step of my skin care routine and I have to apply it at least twenty minutes before laying down.  The twenty minutes gives it enough time to at least partially absorb so that it isn’t smearing off all over your pillow.  Some probably will go on the pillow, but if you apply it early it will be more absorbed into your skin than your pillow case.

All in all I did enjoy using the Bloom Effects Royal Tulip Nectar, however I think I am going to adjust my usage to a once a week or post sun treatment rather than attempting to use it as part of my daily skin care regimen.  My skin simply doesn’t need that level of moisture.


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Let’s talk First Aid Beauty…

I’ll be honest, I know a lot of people look to First Aid Beauty as one of those Ride or Die Brands. I have Friends who have used them for years, love them and would never consider using anything else. I have tried a few products from them and generally put them in the ‘I’ll use it if it comes in a subscription box, but I won’t go out and buy it.’ The products seemed okay, but easily forgettable.

Until now.

And I have to say, I absolutely love it. For the past month i have been using the Ultra Repair Oil Control Moisturizer from First Aid Beauty. The jar I have is 1.7 fl oz (I think that is a deluxe sample size, but I’m not certain. It might actually be the full size. They have several sizes available on their website.). After about a month of use, I am about half way through the jar.

My skin is in the ultra weird category most brands call Normal. A fact that always amuses me. What it boils down to is that how my skin acts depends more or less on the seasons. I can get away with using the same products in spring and autumn but summer and winter are entirely different. In winter I lean towards dryer skin and in the summer I lean towards oily.

Half gone after a month of use

This moisturizer from First Aid Beauty has the thinner consistency I like with my summer weight moisturizers. I simply couldn’t use this in the winter time. It is slightly thicker than a water cream but not as thick as a gel cream. With oil control products, even in the summer time, I have to be careful because many of them are designed for skin much more oily than I become.

In the product description First Aid Beauty Claims

This oil-free cream instantly mattifies and delivers weightless hydration without clogging pores.

This ultra-light formula provides optimal hydration for oily skin without leaving a greasy after feel. Oil-controlling ingredients deliver a powder soft finish, help minimize the appearance of pores and keep skin shine-free all day.

In the first week, it applied well, absorbed fast and didn’t make me feel greasy. Generally the first week with an oil control product is fine. It is the second week where issues start cropping up. So I kept an eye out. I looked for overly dry spots, flaking and redness. None occurred. I continued using it and after a month, it is still performing well.

It absorbs into the skin but doesn’t overly dry me out. There is no real scent to the skin so if you have issues with fragrances in your skincare you should be fine with this. I have to say that after using this First Aid Beauty Oil Control Moisturizer for a month, it actually meets and eve exceeds everyone if its listed claims. This is one First Aid Beauty Product that is going on my repurchase list. It will only go on my summertime skincare list though. While I do like the hyaluronic acid in the list as well as the oat and licorice root, I only really need oil control products in the summer and this would simply be too lightweight for me to use once the seasons turn. For now though, it works and it works well. I will happily continue using it for a second month thus finishing out the moisturizer. While our summer heat won’t have faded by then, hopefully the moisturizer that follows will prove just as summertime worthy.

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Trying out the Pearl Brightening Sleeping Mask from LAPCOS

Recently I have been using the Pearl Brightening Sleeping mask from LAPCOS as my final touch at night.  Make no mistake, it is not a night cream.  Night creams tend to have a thicker consistency so that they can slowly soak into the skin overnight.  This sleeping mask has a much thinner consistency to it.  It is a light cream that oddly reminds me of a water cream as far as texture goes.

According to the Lapcos website…

Our Pearl Sleeping Cream features a 2-in-1 formula with a convenient spout that makes it so that you can enjoy the brightening, skin tone evening efficacies at home or on the go. For an even and energized appearance, this balancing formula revitalizes dull, lackluster complexions come morning. Pearl Extract & Glycolic Acid both lightly exfoliate to clarify skin and reveal a glowing complexion. Bilberries contain both strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to even and resurface the skin tone, and defend against spot-causing environmental aggressors. 

How to use:  After face cream, apply the cream evenly across face (avoiding the eye area) as the last step of your nighttime skincare routine. Cleanse in the morning with warm water. Use two times per week or when needed.

Now, I am currently using a moisturizer that is a day cream. I do have an actual night cream on hand as well. I have about half a tube of the Grown Alchemist Night cream left.  It is a good cream and I need to write a full review of it, but basically I like it, but needed a break from the heavy floral scent of it. I can only take the scent for so long before I have to put the cream away. However, for this I can rotate it into use if needed since I know it works well.

Here is the thing with this sleeping mask. If I used the sleeping mask as the last step over the day cream that I am currently using (111Skin’s Y Theorem Day Cream) then I had to use it every night because the day cream really isn’t enough of a moisturizer for night time use. If I tried using the sleeping mask over a night cream (Grown Alchemist) then is never really absorbed.  The night cream basically had it covered and the services of the sleeping mask were not needed. 

And so the mask sat on my skin.

Well, actually the mask absorbed into my pillow case and now my pillow case has a grease spot from the side of my face. I’m hoping it washes out when I do laundry this evening.

I tried the sleeping mask on its own without the day cream as sort of a replacement night cream, but I just didn’t like it.  The sleeping mask absorbed almost all the way, unlike when I paired it with any other product, but it didn’t feel like my skin was getting the correct level of moisture. 

For me the trick with this mask was finding the right balance.  It couldn’t be used in conjunction with a night cream and it couldn’t really be used on its own.  So I had to use it after my day cream absorbed in simply because my day cream wasn’t providing enough moisture for the night. 

I really wanted to like this mask.  I would love to have an affordable sleeping mask that I could just have on hand.  This one is very affordable, but I’m afraid it just isn’t for me. Perhaps if I had much drier skin I would be able to combine it with a night cream and be happy, but even when my skin is at its driest, it isn’t dry enough for this sleeping mask.

This is a sleeping mask for people with really dry skin.

I would much rather just get a good night cream and skip the sleeping mask.  It would have been a lot less trouble. I am all for adding a variety of products to my list.  I don’t mind having a long and detailed arrangement of skin care products.  when it comes to skincare I am not a minimalist.  However, if an item is on my list, then there is a clear benefit. Sleeping masks have a benefit.  I have tried several that I really like.  This just isn’t one of them.


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First Impressions: A trio of Moisturizers

First impressions of Kiehl’s Calendula serum infused water cream, Shiseido Essential Energy Gel Cream and IT cosmetics Confidence in a Gel Lotion

Because it takes at least thirty days to actually see any visible effects of skin care on the skin, I’ve decided to break down sample sizes into a first impressions sort of post. While these sample sized moisturizers didn’t last long enough to show results, they did last long enough to let me know if I wanted to give the full sized version a full trial.

Today we have three moisturizers: Kiehl’s Calendula Serum Infused Water Cream, It Cosmetics Confidence in a Gel Lotion, and Shiseido Essential Energy Moisturizing Gel Cream

Let’s start with IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Gel Cream. This was the shortest of my trials as the product only lasted a little over a week.  As the name suggested it is a gel cream.  It has a light fresh scent and it absorbed well into the skin in a reasonable amount of time. During my week using this gel cream it felt like a gel cream. 

IT Cosmetics product

There was nothing wrong with it, but it didn’t wow me. There was really nothing that made it stand out over other gel creams. It was also only of use to me as a day cream.  It simply wasn’t moisturizing enough for night time use. 

This isn’t an automatic deal breaker for me as I don’t mind a separate night cream, but it is something to keep in mind. Using this, you may need to get a second night cream. Would I mind using it again? No, I wouldn’t mind at all.  Would I go out of my way to pick up a full size of the product for a full trial? No.  It was good, but not a stand out.

Next up we have the Kiehl’s Calendula Serum Infused Water Cream.  I recently tried a mask from Kiehl’s Calendula line and really enjoyed using it (the link will take you to the full review), so I had high hopes for this moisturizer.  When you open the jar, you can tell it is a water cream.  It is a much thinner consistency than the gel creams.  I don’t mind the consistency, as long as it absorbs well in a reasonable amount of time.  This water cream has a somewhat floral, yet oddly lemony scent to it. 

I rather enjoyed the scent to be honest.  In fact, it was my favorite part of the cream. While I like that this cream only needs a little to work, it does take a while to absorb into the skin. If you are in a rush in the mornings, this probably isn’t for you. It is the sort of moisturizer you put on and then leave the bathroom to attend to other things before coming back and applying your makeup.

Also despite the time it takes to absorb, on me it was only a day cream.  It wasn’t moisturizing enough to let me set aside my night creams. While I did like the scent, I think for me this was a pass.  I will certainly be returning to the Calendula Petal Infused mask, but I will not be purchasing the water cream.

And this leaves us with the Shiseido Essential energy Moisturizing Gel Cream. I have to say this is not my first time with a sample from Shiseido.  I generally like their products, but with Shiseido it always comes down to scent.  Everything I have ever tried from Shiseido is highly fragranced.

This cream is as well.  It is a lightly sweet floral scent.  While the scent is not cloyingly floral and has an almost fruity scent mixed in, it is very much present.  I happen to like the scent, but if you are thinking about picking this moisturizer up, you really need to take into account your own sensitivity to scent.  Because it is such a strong and present scent, I would recommend trying a sample before purchasing.  The floral notes are not rose based, or at least they don’t seem so to me.  They seem more in the lily family to me, with maybe a hint of plum. 

Shiseido Cream

The cream itself is a typical gel cream consistency.  The scent that is so strong in the jar fades almost immediately upon contact and the cream absorbs well and quickly into the skin.  Only a very little of the cream is needed and in fact this sample size lasted a hair over three weeks. 

I really enjoyed it on my skin.  In addition, I found that when using it I didn’t need a separate night cream every night.  I found I could use a night cream or sleeping mask twice a week and this cream the rest of the time and be perfectly hydrated.  This is a cream I am adding to my list of products to try in the full size.  I very much enjoyed my short time using it and look forwards to doing a more extensive trial with it in the future.

For now, all three containers are empty and are making their way to the empties bin. The Shiseido will definitely return, the Kiehl’s definitely won’t and the It Cosmetics is a maybe. 


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Trying out the Rodial Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel

The full package with lid in place

A while ago I picked up two mystery boxes from the Glossy Box annual mystery box sale.  At least, they’ve done the sale a couple of years running and I am really hoping it remains an annual sale. Regardless of sale frequency, my premium mystery box ended up being the Limited Edition Rodial box that was released earlier in the year. 

When the box was released, it interested me, but it came out when I was concentrating on my holiday shopping so I put off my personal interests while I conducted my holiday gift buying and by the time I finished shopping for others, it was gone. So I was quite pleased to have it reappear as a mystery box. 

without the lid: the entire red part at the top depressess and product is dispensed through the hole in the top

The reason I was so interested in this box is because I have tried a couple of sheet masks from the brand and always came away with mixed reviews. Essentially the sheet masks had excellent serum, but the material from which the masks were made was too stiff to adhere well to the face.  I was hoping that by trying more products I would get a better feel for the brand.

In my mystery box was a mascara, a bottle of cleansing water, two sets of under eye gel patches, two sets of lip masks and this Sculpting gel, all from the Rodial’s Dragon’s Blood line. The mascara I will be opening soon and the cleansing water makes it Mimsy Skincare Shelf Debut this evening as I emptied a micellar cleansing water this morning, so I will have to get back to you on those.  The under eye gel patches were okay, but not my favorite and the lip masks were similar to the sheet masks; great formula, horrible execution.

This leaves us with the subject of today’s review: the Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t know what a sculpting gel was when the item arrived.  I thought it might actually be a hair styling product and thought it strange that it actually came in what looked like a skin care container.  So I looked it up.

Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel is an innovative sculpting gel that helps to define facial contours and add volume to sagging skin. Dragon’s Blood forms a second skin-like protective film, renowned to protect against external aggressions, reducing redness and inflammation.

Gently massage onto a cleansed face and neck and allow to absorb thoroughly. Use morning and evening.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Butylene Glycol, Polysilicone-11, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Laureth-4, Polyacrylamide, Phenoxyethanol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Benzyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Laureth-7, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Croton Lechleri Resin Extract, Lupinus Albus (White Lupin) Extract, Parfum (Fragrance), Propylene Glycol, Limonene, Dehydroacetic Acid, Commiphora Mukul Resin Extract, Geraniol, Potassium Sorbate, Linalool, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Extract, Sorbic Acid, Tocopherol, Anemarrhena Asphodeloides Root Extract.

Rodial Product page

What it breaks down into is that it is sort of like a creamy serum.  You apply it before your moisturizer, let it sit and then apply your moisturizer on top.

Okay, so knowing what to expect, I took the container into the bathroom to add to my skin care shelf and try it out. 

I will say right off that the lid drove me crazy during my use of this product, but I loved the design of the rest of the package.  The lid is just a clear plastic cap with no intents, no ridges, nothing to actually grip and it just pulls off and pushes back on.  It is super simple. 

Until you have anything whatsoever on your hands, from water to other product. Then you become a monkey trying to get an acorn out of a bottle when it won’t fit through the bottleneck. As I wash my face and used other products before reaching for the sculpting gel, it was a morning issue. In the end, I just started taking the lid off before starting anything so it was ready to go, which solved the issue.  I only really mention it because it was the only minor annoyance with the packaging.  The rest of the package was great.

the three parts, the pump mechanism to the left, the main jar in the center and the plastic lid to the right

It was one of those push top pumps where you press down and the product is dispensed on the top of the plastic.  Then you just swipe your finger across, gather the product and apply it to the skin.  There is no contamination of the product and it stays safe from the air.  The only packaging I have seen like this is with the Drunk Elephant Products.

While it is a fantastic design, it does take up space which meant there was less product than I thought there was going to be, which made me a little sad. This is a travel size and it lasted me three weeks. 

I know, I have been trying to list sample sizes that last under a month in the first impressions category instead of giving them a full review and only breaking out full sizes that last at least a month so I could see results, but quite frankly I couldn’t resist talking about this.  While thus far I have been sort of on the fence about how I feel about the Rodial masks, there is nothing on the fence about this Sculpting gel.

It is fantastic.

The scent of the product is slightly citric and quite frankly reminds me of a pack of smarties (the American Kind, I’ve added a picture in case you are confused). The scent is faint and fades almost immediately.

Smarties, and yes that is my skull cookie jar where I keep candy hidden

The texture of the sculpting gel is like a light gel cream, which sort of goes along with its name.  It absorbs rapidly into the skin and makes the skin feel amazingly smooth. I thought that as it sort of looked like a gel cream that moisturizer would feel like too much when placed over it.

It was not. 

Moisturizer went over it well and when using this sculpting gel I found that I liked the moisturizer I was using better.  I used this sculpting gel with a couple of trial sized moisturizers.  There was one I didn’t particularly care for, but when I used the Rodial first, I liked it a lot better. Which more or less just means I liked the Rodial Sculpting gel.  It is one of the reasons I kept having to pause my use of the Rodial.  I needed to get a feel for how other products worked without it along. 

All the cream that was left for the picture

The same applied to the products I used before the sculpting gel.  While the Rodial Sculpting gel may have gone on before my moisturizer, it went on after my serums, toners and other pre moisturizing products. 

And I have to say I really liked using it in conjunction with them as well. The sculpting gel worked well with every product I tried. There were no interaction reactions that I noticed.  While the product did not last long enough for me to see lasting results, during the time I used it, my skin felt absolutely fantastic.

In case you are wondering why my photographs aren’t as illustrative as they usually are, I did not realize the mechanism from the pump took up so much space so I thought there was more product inside then there actually was.  So in using it I thought, ‘Oh I still have time to take product pictures’ and then I ran out of product. It was most upsetting.  There were only 0.3 fl oz listed as being inside the jar so it was a true sample size. The full size contains 1.7 oz of product and costs $108.

Rodial is a pretty pricey brand and I have to say, this is the only product from them that I can see justifying it’s price.  The sheet masks, under eye gels, and lip masks are all pricey for their category and I would give them a pass.  This Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel I would purchase in a full size.  It is actually going on my “Ideal” list.

For most products, skincare, haircare, makeup and so forth, I generally classify products by answering the question: would I buy again or in a full size or would I pass on using this product again?  A few products not only make the repurchase list but make the “Ideal” List.  This is the list of the products that would go into my Ideal Skin Care (or makeup or haircare) bag.

Sometimes a product stays on there for years.  Other times it makes the cut and then is eventually replaced. Partially, it is replaced because of new products that I try and how I feel about them, but sometimes due to my skin’s changing needs.  Occasionally, it is because the product is discontinued. 

I may not always stock my ideal products (because skin care goes bad and I like to try new things) but in my mind the products on the Ideal list are the products I compare other products I try to. With this, it is almost a cheat because I don’t know of any other products specifically in this category.  I know that my skin felt softer and more nourished and there was a slight tightening of the looser skin around my jaw line.

So perhaps the category is broader than I think and encompases more premoisturizing creams. Because quite frankly that was one of the bonus points for this cream. It not only worked well with my skin, but it went over serums and under moisturizers, causing no trouble and enhancing both. 

I do know that if I do come across something similar, the Rodial Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel is what I will compare it to. I also know that Look Fantastic tends to put different high end skin care brands on sale throughout the year.  Rodial is usually one of them.  While I would definitely purchase this product, given the high price, I will probably wait for the sales. Sale or not, I do know that I definitely want to see this product return to my skincare line up.


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Trying out the Kopari Coconut Face Cream

I started using the Kopari Coconut Face Cream back in December and I have to say this is one of the hardest reviews I’ve had to write.  I used the product for a month and then sat down to write the review. 

My mind was a blank.

I set it to the side and tried out other sample sized moisturizers while I tried to figure out what to say about it. Then I came back to it, used it a few days and sat down to write up my review, again.

But before I get into that, let’s see what it has to say for itself…

A rich facial moisturizer packed with fatty acids to help nourish, hydrate, and strengthen the skin’s protective barrier for a more youthful appearance

Locks in moisture, soothes inflammation, and protects skin from environmental stressors

Helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, promote collagen production, and restores elasticity

Lives up to Kopari standards: Dermatologist-Tested. Non-Irritating. Non-Allergenic. Cruelty-free. Phthalate-free. Sulfate-free. Paraben-free. Safe for Sensitive Skin. Non-Comedogenic.

Water (Aqua), Cocos Nucifera (ORGANIC Coconut) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (ORGANIC Sunflower) Seed Oil, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Glycerin, Propanediol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, Jojoba Esters, Phenoxyethanol, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Behenyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Carbomer, Tocopherol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrolyzed Soybean Fiber, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Flower/Leaf (ORGANIC Chamomile) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (ORGANIC Green Tea) Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel (ORGANIC) Argan Oil, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Leaf/Seed Extract, Butter Extract, Santalum Album (Sandalwood/Iliahi) Wood Extract, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Melo Cantalupensis (Melon) Fruit Extract, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla Bean) Fruit Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (ORGANIC) Aloe Vera Leaf Juice

Kopari Website

Now if you look at that long list of ingredients there are quite a few good ones listed on there.  Coconut, Camomile, Green Tea and Argan oil are all quite familiar in skin care products and all quite nice to see.  I tend to prefer argan oil in my hair products than in my face products, but I don’t mind it in a moisturizer. I was somewhat excited to see the list when I first started testing out the face cream.

Then I tried it.

The Kopari Coconut Face cream isn’t bad.  If it were bad it wouldn’t be hard to talk about at all.  I’d feel bad for breaking it down, but I would be able to do it. 

the cream on the hand

Likewise if it was a good product I would be able to extol its virtues and obsess about its ingredients.

The problem is that it is neither good nor bad.  It is so very middle of the road that it is kind of hard to talk about.  It is like the skin care equivalent of a Playmobile vegetable.  You look at them and you know what it is because it looks like a three dimensional illustration of a vegetable, but it is neither good nor bad, just representational of what you could expect a vegetable to look like in real life.

That’s what this cream is.  It smells kind of like vanilla infused playdoh to be honest. But while it isn’t a scent that attracts me, it isn’t a scent I find repellant. It is a lightweight texture that is slightly thicker than a gel moisturizer, but not quite a thick cream moisturizer. It absorbs relatively quickly into the skin and it moisturizes without being greasy as long as you apply it in moderation. Too much and it just sits on the skin. I did like that it came in a tube so that I could squeeze out as much product as I needed without contaminating the rest of the product. when traveling I do prefer the moisturizer in tubes as I don’t worry about them shattering so if I were traveling that would be a plus.

massaged into the hand

I can’t tell if it protects from environmental stressors, but when I did have inflammation on my skin, it didn’t really do any soothing. My red spots stayed red.  It didn’t irritate them though.  It didn’t do any noticeable plumping to create a youthful looking texture.  It did work well as a hydrating day cream.  It wasn’t substantial enough for me to use as a night cream, but in the day it was fine.

And in the end that is all you can say about it.  It was fine. It is a moisturizer that moisturized.  It caused no damage to my skin, but it also had no real noticeable benefits beyond moisturizing.

Would I get this moisturizer again? 

No.  While it was fine, I have come to expect more from my moisturizers.  I have tried so many that have been better than this moisturizer. In all fairness I have tried many that have been much worse as well. And while I didn’t find the playdoh like scent of the product too objectionable to use, it isn’t one that I would seek out in my skincare.

Do the final review is that the Kopari Coconut Face Cream was fine, but not for me.