First use of the Beekman 1802 Collagen Booster

Recently I tried the Beekman 1802 Quarterly box. It is $65 per quarter and one of the most beautiful subscription boxes I have ever received. However it is a brand box which means that everything in it comes from the brand. I personally like that as it gives me a chance to try a multitude of items from the Beekman 1802 brand. The draw back is that the beautiful subscription box is only worth it if I like the items from the box. The next quarterly box goes out in November so I want to try out as many of the products that came in the box as I can before I have another box arriving.

At this point I have liked enough of the products I’ve tried in the box to be fine with receiving the November box but most of the items I tried were more body care than facial skincare. Aside from the sunscreen, this is the first of the facial skincare items I’ve tried. So what is this Collagen Booster with Electric Daisy and peptide firming serum

cute little dropper

Naturally lift and tighten skin with Collagen Booster. This power packed serum is formulated with a fast-acting trio of peptides, electric daisy, and encapsulated CoQ10 bubbles to boost collagen production and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, revealing a firmer, more youthful complexion. Apply 1-2 drops on clean, dry skin right after cleansing as part of your morning routine. Use it alone or with the moisturizer of your choice.

Okay all of that is something I would love to have happen on my face. I could use fine lines and wrinkles to fade away as much as possible and I would love to have firmer more youthful looking skin. While I will break down ingredients after a month of use, and trust me I will be looking into the electric daisies, this is a first use post. Because lets face it if you try it and don’t like it then you aren’t going to wear it long enough to see any results.

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First of all, this is a really cute bottle. There is just something about all of the softened rounded edges and the frosted glass of the bottle that is aesthetically appealing to me. The serum looks soft and friendly, glowing yellow behind the frosted glass. The rounded bottles also fit well in the hands without slipping which is nice as well. The hand naturally cups the bottle so it feels more stable. The dropper is nice as it takes the drops I need out without exposing the rest of the product to the air. And the tiny cute little dropper does pull up the correct proportion of product with each squeeze.

I was worried that the dropper (while adorable) was not going to be able to reach the product and that there would be issues as the product level dropped. However the bottom is thick glass and the dropper has a slight angle to it so I think that I may be able to get every last drop of product from the bottle. That will be something i will watch as the product level drops. Because adorable should never interfere with product usage. In skincare pretty is nice but use is what counts.

serum applied

So how was my first use. It was interesting. The serum is clear with a few yellow dots in it and it is somewhat viscus. There is no scent to it so if you are scent sensitive then this is not going to trigger anything. I sniffed it as much as possible and while I got serum on my nose, I still didn’t smell anything.

the serum applied easily and smoothly. I did let it dry down before I applied my moisturizer. This is a serum that you need to follow with a moisturizer. It is not a serum you want to wear alone. It makes the skin slightly sticky. A moisturizer over it takes away the stickiness completely. there is no stickiness poking through. As the brand recommends you either add it to a moisturizer or wear it under a moisturizer, I don’t think the stickiness is a problem. I would have issue if it were something you could wear on it’s own, but it clearly isn’t. Just follow with a moisturizer and there is no issue.

Over all I have to say this was a really good first use test for me. There was no scent that I don’t like, or at all really, it felt good against the skin and at this point I am just left hoping that it performs like it says it will. I will keep my fingers crossed and remain hopefully optimistic for the performance of the Collagen Booster from Beekman 1802.

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Thirty Days of the Depology Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Boosting Serum

Depology very kindly gifted this Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Boosting Serum for the purpose of review. As always my thoughts and opinions are my own.

For the past thirty days I have been using the Depology Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Boosting Serum. The initial post for this serum covers a lot of the basics, the feel the look the scent and to be honest, not a lot of that changed. The serum has no scent to it. It is clear, and it is a surprisingly thick liquid. There is a viscosity to it when it comes out of the dropper so it is thicker than water even though it has the appearance of it.

The link above will take you to my previous post detailing the feel of using the serum. the use remained consistent throughout. I had no irritation or problems from the Depology Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Boosting Serum and quite frankly I am not surprised. A look at the full ingredients list has no items on it that would irritate my skin.

Full Ingredients List: Water, Butylene Glycol, Matrixyl 3000, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Codium Tomentosum Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Extract, Polyglyceryl-6 Caprylate, Trehalose, Hydroxyacetophenone, 1 ,2-Hexanediol, Coconut Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Allantoin, Stearic Acid, Xanthan Gum. 

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While ingredients like Aloe coconut oil, and sunflower oil help to soften the skin, items like grapefruit seed extract and cactus help with brightening. Hyaluronic acid helps with plumping the skin and eliminating the fine lines and wrinkles as does the matrixyl 3000 that the Depology Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Boosting Serum is named for. Many of the other ingredients are humectants (helping to dray moisture into the skin) or stabilizers. all in all it is a pretty good list of ingredients.

And it cause me no trouble. I used this Depology Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Boosting Serum twice a day for the past thirty days. It absorbed well and left my skin feeling soft and hydrated. It was best if I dried my skin post face wash because if the skin was damp the serum tended to be a little foamy. The foam was minimal and mostly irrelevant, but it made me think I hadn’t washed all of the soap off of my face, which made me want to rinse my face which would have made applying the serum pointless.

This foamy-ness happens with a lot of serums so it is sort of expected,. I think it is one of the stabilizers just reacting with water. It isn’t anything to worry about. And it is easily avoidable if it bothers you. I washed my face, patted it dry and then brushed my teeth. But the time I was finished brushing my teeth my skin was dry enough not to cause the serum to foam.

the big question of course is how did my skin look after thirty days of use. Let’s zoom in and take a look.

There is a slight reduction in the wrinkles at the corner of my eyes but the change is more noticeable when you look at the under eye. the wrinkles there are not as deeply set as they were at the beginning of the month.

And then we have the line on my forehead. This is the line I refer to as my stress crack. They are slightly different photos and I apologize. when I took the second one I had to zoom in a little closer because the line wasn’t quite as pronounced as it was before the trial, hence the different angles. Hopefully it isn’t too disorienting.

In general it takes thirty days to show any actual results. Today actually marks the thirty days of use and as you can see I am starting to show some definite signs of improvement in the most prominent of my wrinkles. As with all skincare use needs to be continued if the effects are going to last. I feel certain that as there is some improvement at the thirty day mark, continued use of the Depology Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Boosting Serum would show greater effects the longer I used it. Skincare isn’t magic though so to continue to see the results I would have to continuously use the serum. As with all skincare consistency is the biggest key to getting results. and I think a consistent use of the Depology Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Boosting Serum would show some pretty good results.

First use of the Depology Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Boosting Serum

Depology recently sent a box of products to me to try out for the purpose of review including Depology’s Matrixyl Collagen Boosting Serum. while these were gifted to me, as always my opinion is my own. As Depology is a brand that focuses on anti aging skincare I am thrilled to be able to test out some of their products. They are a Korean Skincare brand and according to their mission statement…

Years of experience in the fast-paced Korean beauty industry has made us highly ambitious to be as innovative as possible and continuously discover new ways to contribute to the ever-evolving world of beauty and skincare. Our hope is that we can help people feel comfortable and confident in their skin using effective and non-invasive skincare solutions.

I am all for non-invasive treatments. And since I just finished the serum I was trying, it seemed like the perfect time to roll in the serum they sent me to begin it’s trial. *I’ll be adding in some of the other products as we go on so that I can not only try out the products, but get a feel for the brand itself as these are the first items I have tried from them.

While this is a first use post, it is mostly to record my first impressions and a little bit about the brand. The biggest benefit to the first use posts, especially with things like an anti-aging serum, is that I can put up the photos of my skin before I start testing the product. I find it much easier to not lose the before pictures if they are posted with the first use. I also know that no matter where I save them by the time the month long trial has gone through I will have forgotten where I actually put the photos if I don’t.

So let’s first look at what I should be expecting from the Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Boosting serum, shall we?

A supercharged serum formulated to hydrate the skin, counter the visible signs of aging and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Apply after cleansing and toning the skin every morning and night. Optimal to use before the application of micro-dart patches, to boost effects of the patches.​

Depology’s Matrixyl Collagen Boosting Serum

Now Depology did send over some of the Mirco Dart Patches which I am very much looking forward to trying, but I want to get a feel for the serum on it’s own before I start having it work in conjunction with something else. That way I know what item did what and if they have some sort of Wonder Twins Activate kind of powers.

my bare skin before the start of this trial

As you can see from the photo, the serum is clear. It is slightly thicker than water. It has a certain viscosity to it when dispensed from the dropper. I worried that the viscosity might cause it to be a little sticky. When applied there is a slight stickiness, but as soon as it dries down and is absorbed the stickiness is gone and the skin just feels smooth.

The absorption takes about thirty seconds. So it is really quick. Which I appreciate especially in the morning. This is a twice a day serum, and while I don’t mind taking more time in the evenings, the mornings can get pretty rushed. So no delays to wait while serum absorbs is a good thing.

the lines at the side of my eyes

There is no scent to the serum. I don’t know why I expected there to be, but there isn’t. Which means it doesn’t compete with any of the other products in the skincare line up. Many of which do have scents at this time. In general I don’t mind scent in my skin care, but I prefer to keep them light. Having no scent is actually a bonus sometimes.

the line on my forehead that helps me measure efficacy

So as I move forward with this serum the things I will be looking out for are a reduction of the fine lines and wrinkles. As you can see, there are many on which this serum can work. I will also look at an over all reduction of the signs of aging. For me that means better skin tone, plumper firmer skin and that sort of thing. some of that may show on the photos. I am guessing that a lot of it is going to be something that is more noticeable by touch but there could be some in the photos, which is why I have taken both over all pictures as well as close ups.

The products themselves look really interesting and I can hardly wait to give them a try. While thee is the newness aspect of course, I am really hoping that they show some effect. I always root for any kind of skincare to be effective actually. I hate to see them fail. And this serum has a pretty good ingredients list to get it started.

Water, Butylene Glycol, Matrixyl 3000, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Codium Tomentosum Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Extract, Polyglyceryl-6 Caprylate, Trehalose, Hydroxyacetophenone, 1 ,2-Hexanediol, Coconut Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Allantoin, Stearic Acid, Xanthan Gum. 

Matrixyl 3000 is a considered a “synthetic peptide.” that basically tells the skin to start replacing collagen that is lost. For a more detailed and scientific version this article from MiamiMD can break down all of the details for you in a much more concise way. I just know it is used in some anti-aging skincare items. I came across it with Timeless Skincare a while back and my skin really responded well to it. Thee are some other favorites for me in the ingredient list as well. Aloe is always my friend and you know I love hyaluronic acid. Grapefruit seen extract tends to help brighten the skin and fade age spots so I am pleased to see it here.

I can’t say that I’ve ever had cactus extract in my skincare so i will have to take a deeper look into that as well as see how it works with my skin. Most of what I have found about cactus extract involves preventing hair loss and reducing sebum. I’m guessing it is for it’s sebum reduction properties it is used here. But I suppose if I start sporting a full beard we will know why. I am also pleased to see coconut oil, rosehip oil and sunflower seed oil, all of which my skin has responded to positively in the past.

Over all it is is an ingredients list i can get behind and I can’t wait to see what a month of solid use of Depology’s Matrixyl Collagen Boosting Serum looks like. And once I get a feel for it on my skin, I will start to incorporate the micro dart patches to see how the products work together. So stay tuned and let the testing of the Depology’s Matrixyl Collagen Boosting Serum begin.

First Use Dime Eyelash Boost Serum

I love long silky lashes but I will be honest, I am not a fan of false eye lashes. I have pretty decent eyelashes to start with, but when I try to add in false eye lashes, I inevitably end up ripping out my own eye lashes and then, I don’t have decent lashes of my own any more.

Which sort of defeats the whole point.

The last time I gave in and used false lashes for a while, I love the way they look, hated losing my lashes and tried a lash boost serum. It was the Grande Cosmetics Lash Enhancing serum and it was fantastic. I have also used the Dermelect XL Lash Volumizer, which I think made my lashes really healthy. I thas been a while since I’ve used a lash enhancing serum though. However i am always willing to extend my lashes, as long as I keep them healthy.

This Dime Eyelash Boost Serum came in a recent Boxy Charm. I’ll be honest, I’d never heard of the brand before. According to the brand…

Apply nightly to the base of the upper and lower eyelashes. Continue using to aid the condition and appearance of your lashes.

Apply every other day if a mild tingling sensation occurs. As Eyelash Boost gets low, shake the bottle to ensure the product is on the application wand before use.

Caution: For external use only. Avoid direct contact with the eye. If irritation occurs, rinse with cool water and discontinue use. Consult with your physician if you are pregnant or nursing, being treated for any eye-related disorder, or actively undergoing cancer treatment. Keep out of reach of children.

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I admit when it comes to my eyes I am kind of picky so I went through the ingredients list with a dine toothed comb. I found nothing I was allergic to on the list and then I tested it of night on the inside of my arm. There was no adverse reaction so I decided to go ahead and try it out. (I also made sure to use it in the bathroom near a sink so that if any burning occurred I could rinse out my eyes fast.

I like long lashes, but I’m not going to make myself blind to get them.

bare eyelashes at the start of the trial

The tube is heavy feeling in the hand. I know it is probably a marketing ploy but the heavier tube did feel more luxe in the hand. I also like the sleek black tube with the gold lettering. It is an attractive looking product. The wand is a very fine point brush. There is no real scent to the product. I applied the product on the base of my lashes and then brushed it along the actual lashes themselves, as directed.

There was no stinging or burning sensations. No tingling of any kind. It simply felt wet. I sealed the tube up and then left the bathroom. It took about five minutes for the Dime Serum to dry down on my lashes. I did go a bit heavy handed on this first application since I wanted to see if i would have any problems. For me, since i routinely wear a silk sleep mask to bed, the dry time of the product is important.

wet eyelashes after first application

After five minutes my lashes were dry and felt a bit stiff. I brushed them with my finger and the stiffness faded. I think it was just the consequence of having something dry on the lashes. A quickly brush over the lashes with my finger and the stiffness wasn’t an issue. (and by brush I mostly mean I ran the side of my finger over my lashes by holding my finger in front of my eyes and blinking).

Clearly I am not going to see results in just one use, but i wanted to try the serum out and see how it would effect me before committing to a month long trial. Plus I find that if I post the before and first use pictures here there is less of a likelihood I will accidentally erase them and lose them. Since there were no ill effects then i will be trying the Dime Lash Boosting Serum for the next thirty days. At the end of March I’ll post again and we’ll see what sort of results my lashes show. But for a first use, this product performed pretty well. I’m actually kind of excited about this trial. When I used the Grande Lashes, it was because I had damaged my own lashes and needed to regrow them. Now my lashes are healthy, so it is all about keeping them healthy and seeing how long they can grow. And while repair is sometimes necessary, this is just plain fun.

Dropping the Purple Cabbage

They say that looks aren’t everything. Yet they are often what draws you in. This Serumkind Purple Cabbage Drop Serum is no excerption. Just look at it. The slim glass bottle, squared off instead of simply round, but with the corners rounded off. The purple serum that almost glows in the light. Through the serum you can make out the thin glass dropper.

It is a thing of beauty. And it is clear that someone spent some time thinking about the design. And it is a lovely design. It also matches the other products from the Serumkind line. I went on their website and they have a Youth Glow Serum that looks like orange, yellow and red dots glowing in the tube. All of the serums look sleek and beautiful in the packaging.

But as beautiful as it looks, it is ultimately what is inside that counts. So what is inside this $49 serum? Let’s look at the product page shall we?

“Soothe and replenish with purple cabbage.”

Purple cabbage from Jeju Island contains beta-glucan which helps bring radiance and breathes live into dull and malnourished skin. The high concentration of anthocyanin and lysine provides anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.

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INGREDIENTS: BRASSICA OLERACEA CAPITATA (CABBAGE) LEAF EXTRACT, GLYCERIN, AQUA/WATER/EAU, METHYLPROPANEDIOL, METHYL GLUCETH-20, BETAINE, HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER, C12-14 PARETH-12, COCCINIA INDICA FRUIT EXTRACT, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, ECLIPTA PROSTRATA EXTRACT, TREHALOSE, XANTHAN GUM, MELIA AZADIRACHTA LEAF EXTRACT, MELIA AZADIRACHTA FLOWER EXTRACT, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, SORBITAN ISOSTEARATE, BETA-GLUCAN, ALOE BARBADENSIS FLOWER EXTRACT, SOLANUM MELONGENA (EGGPLANT) FRUIT EXTRACT, OCIMUM SANCTUM LEAF EXTRACT, CORALLINA OFFICINALIS EXTRACT, CURCUMA LONGA (TURMERIC) ROOT EXTRACT, FRAGRANCE/PARFUM

※ Purple Cabbage Drop contains a very small amount (0.04%) of allergen-free fragrance to cover the raw material(Red Cabbage Extract) scent which can be unpleasant to some customers.

First off, I am very pleased to see that the ingredient the serum is named for is actually listed first. That’s right cabbage comes first. There is also a small, and admittedly childish part of me that finds it amusing that they dimmed the cabbage scent with allergen-free fragrance to cover the scent of cabbage. One of my favorite summer time meals is a spring roll salad which has both purple and Napa cabbage in it so I am familiar with the scent. Like most of the brassicas thee can be a somewhat sulfurous scent associated with them that is also associated with breaking wind. It is slight in the uncooked cabbage but I am childishly amused that they saw fit to remove it.

The scent of the purple cabbage drops is that of purple cabbage with the sulfurous bits removed. It is an oddly pleasant and fresh scent. Perhaps some of that is due to the added fragrance though. If so, it still seems like a natural and fresh scent. I was quite pleasantly surprised. The serum is thick and somewhat viscous when dispensed onto the hand. While it absorbed well onto the skin of the face, my hands felt somewhat sticky after applying the serum so I always washed my hands immediately after putting the serum to my face. Since I apply moisturizer over my serums and stickiness left by the serum on my face was neutralized.

In the past month of use the biggest issue I have had with this serum has been the pretty, pretty bottle. Or more precisely the long thin dropper in the pretty, pretty bottle. The thinness of the dropper stem, while delightful to look at, it too thin to adequately get the serum out of the bottle. And it is a problem that grows with each use.

At first the dropper picked up enough serum with each draw from the bottle for one use. This quickly ceased to be the case (as in less than a week). It was then a two or three dip procedure with the dropper to get enough serum out to apply it. The serum is simply too thick for the dropper.

the air bubbles now trapped in the serum

As the product level dropped it became harder to pick up the product. And each use of the serum and dropper combo introduced more air into the serum so that often you are getting more air bubbles than serum. I am concerned that mixing so much air with the serum is going to cause the serum to spoil more rapidly.

One thing I did find is that if you take the dropper out of the bottle completely, pinch the dropper shut making sure that all air is expelled from the dropper, then put it back in the tube, it will draw the product in. But it you squeeze it at all while it is in the bottle of product, it will just push more air into the product.

It is usable, it just requires a bit of thinking. And to be honest, I don’t do my best thinking in the morning. I tend to put on the coffee, then apply my skincare, which means I’m a bit slow. Even after I figured out that I needed to remove the dropper, expel all the air and then reinsert the dropper to get the serum, odds are I would have already stared stupidly at the air bubbles and lack of serum dispensed before I remembered. which just made it somewhat aggravating to use.

It did not help that in the past month I’ve been using this serum, I can’t point to a single beneficial thing on my face that I can attribute to this serum. My dark spots are the same shade. My skin does not look any brighter. The redness that might have been calmed, wasn’t and most of the nourishing seemed to come from the moisturizer I applied after. I tried leaving it off for a few days and thee was no noticeable difference. I wanted to like this serum. Partially i wanted to like it because it just looks stunning on my skincare shelf and because I could easily picture other items from the brand lined up with it. And in part I just like the thought of purple cabbage being used as skincare.

And if it had some impressive results then I would put up with the minor annoyance of the dropper. And the fact that it tries to make me think before I have had my coffee. But the results are minimal and the pretty bottle isn’t enough to triumph over the annoyance. Without distinctive results, to me this serum simply isn’t worth repurchasing. I will use it until it is gone, but I will not repurchase the Purple Cabbage Drops from Serumkind and I will have to think long and hard about whether or not I want to try another serum from the brand. Pretty may draw me in, but it isn’t enough to get me to stay.

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A month of Terravibe CBD Age Defying Eye serum

Good morning my darlings. Can you guess what time it is? That’s right it is time to look at the Terravibe CBD Age Defying Eye Serum with hyaluronic Acid and it’s effects on my skin, most notably the fine lines around my eyes, after a full thirty days of use. To give full disclosure Terravibe did gift this eye serum to me to to try out for the purpose of review. However, all of the thoughts and opinions are my own. This is my skin and my opinions of how this particular serum worked on it.

Before we get into the results and the before and after pictures, let’s talk a little bit about the serum. Age Defying is a pretty broad term. Age defying in an eye serum generally means trying to make those pesky fine lines at the edges of your eyes caused by several decades of smiling look a little less prominent. At least that is how I interpret it.

And if you are going to look at plumping up those fine lines hyaluronic acid is a great place to start. It essentially attracts moisture to the skin and locks it in, the fullness of the hydration tends to plump the skin lessening the appearance of those pesky little fine lines. If you are looking for a more detailed scientific explanation, this article will help you out with all of those details.

I personally like to think about it like a water balloon. When you have just a little water in it, the balloon is a bit saggy and droopy. If you put more water in it then the balloon gets tighter and smoother. Hyaluronic Acid is more or less the funnel by which the water gets into the balloon that is your skin.

This is also why deionized water is the first ingredient on the skincare label for the Terravibe CBD Age Defying Eye Serum. If the Hyaluronic Acid is going to put water into the skin it has to take if from somewhere. So why not have it in the serum. This seems to be fairly standard in Hyaluronic acid based serums, or at least the ones I have tried.

But what about the CBD? Like the Hyaluronic Acid it is listed on the label, and indeed it is listed first on the label. I’ll admit, I know a lot more about hyaluronic acid in skin care than I know about CBD in skincare. Mostly because CBD in skincare is still being researched. Or at least that is what I could find out. Nearly every article I found about CBD use in skincare had the sentence “Research is still ongoing.” Or some form of this sentence. The word “Promising” also appeared a number of times.

What I could find points to CBD as an anti-oxidant that reduces inflammation and the damage done to skin by free-radicals. Like many others, my research is on going. This article was one of the best concise run downs of CBD benefits. Others were more technical, but this was one of the more helpful and easy to understand articles.

So given everything that I found, I was expecting to see a minimization of some of my fine lines as well as a reduction in skin damage.

All things I would like to see.

So, The serum was opened. And used. For a full month.

The serum itself is a fairly thin liquid and the directions indicate that a dime sized amount should be used once each morning on your neck face and upper chest. And so this is what I did. The thin serum absorbed quickly. I could probably have gone in almost immediately with a moisturizer after the serum but I like to give serums a little time to settle in and make themselves comfortable before applying the moisturizer. However, on the mornings when things were a bit hurried, I didn’t have to wait as long. My skin just soaked it in like a sponge and there was no greasy feeling left behind.

Because it is an eye serum, I started my application around the eyes and then worked my way out around the rest of my face and down to my neck and upper chest. I have some sun damage remaining from this summer’s heat wave despite my reliance on sunscreen, and I was hoping to give it a little boost in any way possible. Of course by the time I reached my neck most of the serum was absorbed into my face.

Now you may also see in the picture that although the bottle comes with an eye dropper, it is an eye dropper with a bit of a bend in it. I found this interesting. With the recommended dose and the recommended once daily use, the amount of product lasts about 30 days. I am at this point scraping the bottom of the bottle. This makes the eye dropper a nice addition to the packaging. For the first two weeks, the curved eye dropper worked like any other eye dropper. It picked up product, I dispensed the product into my hand and used the product.

On the third week, the dropper picked up less product and so I had to do two pumps to get my dime sized amount. Odd but not too much of a problem. Then as I entered week four, it suddenly went back to working as it had in the beginning. I think that the curve in the dropper is designed so that you can get all of the last drops of the serum from the bottle even when it is low. The curve lets it suck the product from around the edges more easily.

Admittedly it took me a few minutes to work that out and I stared stupidly at the bottle trying to figure out how more product got into the bottle. I put on my skincare while the coffee is brewing and I am not at my brightest pre-caffeinated. Once I realized the shape was working for me, I was less confused. There was just a week in the middle there where the shape made it less effective, but still easily used and not really an issue. It is just something to note if you are using the eye serum.

But now that we have chatted about it’s use, how did it perform? Well…

Before on the left and after on the right

Personally I would say it performed really well. There is a definite decrease in the lines at the side of my eye. I took the after photo on Friday, January 7th. I had a bit of a cold so there is actually more puffiness under the eyes than there has been. But the deepest line at the side of my eyes is significantly reduced. Quite honestly I was very impressed.

While the results on the lines are really good, what you might not be able to see in the photos is that the texture of my skin is quite improved as well. The CBD Age Defying Eye Serum from Terravibe was designed, as the name says, for the eyes. And that is where it showed the most results. But the serum was spread all over the face and neck and my skin did feel more hydrated, less winter dry and softer all round in texture. I did have some wind burn on my cheeks that has cleared up and my skin just simply feels good. I was very impressed with the Terravibe CBD Age Defying Eye Serum and not only would I use this serum again, I want to try out more from the brand and I want to do more research on CBD products.

If there is one downfall it is that there is not a lot of information on the Terravibe site. I think their website might still be developing and I hope they do put more information up soon. Of course even if they did have the information up, you know I’d go looking for more information. You know how much I love research. Detailed website or not, this CDB Age Defying Eye Serum is certainly one to keep on the list.

First Impressions: TerraVibe CBD Age Defying Eye Serum with Hyaluronic Acid

This product was sent by the brand for the purpose of review. As always the opinions are all my own.

I have a new product rotating into my skincare line up this week. Well actually I have several, but this is not only a new to me product, but a new to me brand. Plus it is an eye serum. With eye serums, as around my eyes tends to be where the bulk of my fine lines live, I really like to measure their effectiveness. So I try to take pictures before I start using the product.

Unfortunately I then often forget to label the photos and have to go back and search for them trying to guess if that was the pre use photo. So I figured that to help myself out, and to share with you, I would post the pre use photos along with my first use and first thoughts on the product. That way there will not only be a record, but I am more likely to remember to label my photos.

So what is the new product? It is the Terravibe CBD Age Defying Eye serum with Hyaluronic acid. There isn’t a lot of information on the website. The official page states…

Ultra Broad Spectrum CBD with added terpenes and CBG, 30ml bottle

The list price for this bottle is usually $59 but it is currently on sale for $53.10. Oh and terravibe gave me a promocode to share with you as well if you are interested it is VGSKINCARE20 in case you want to try this out.

While I would like a little more description on the site, I do like that they have a Certificate of Analysis posted for the product. Which quite frankly makes me more comfortable using it. The Certificate tells me how much CBD is in the product and more importantly it tells me that THC is not in the product. While THC is actually a great night time ingredient that I don’t mind using to help calm my mind and send me off to sleep, I really don’t want to be using it in a day time serum. Also the COA (Certificate of Analysis) matches what is listed on the bottle so I know that everything is accurate.

I am still learning about CBD products and so I’m at the point where I am reading a lot of the documentation just to be certain I am actually using what I think I’m using. I might not need to read as much as I do, but I still read it anyway. This is a first use post and I will keep studying the product while I spend the next month using it, so I’ll have more to say about the details then.

For now the how to use is kind of important. While there isn’t a lot of info on the site, eye serum is pretty easy to figure out. There are directions printed on the bottle. They are actually interesting. It states…

full bare face at the beginning of the trial

Use a dime sized amount each morning. Using circular motions work lotion into your skin until absorbed fully. Use on your neck, face and upper chest. Best results come from daily use.

The serum comes in a white glass bottle. I really like that it is not see through a the ingredients can be protected from the light. The bottle also has a dropper to dispense the product. The product has the consistency of a thin water cream and has absolutely no scent.

While I don’t mind what I like to think of as the CBD Scent, I really like that it is a scentless product.

close up of the side of my eye barefaced before trial starts

In the bottle description I noticed that it isn’t just for around your eyes. Which makes the dime sized amount seem accurate. It it was just going around my eyes then a dime size would be way too much. For the face neck and upper chest, it was exactly the right amount of product to use. So I did.

I have to say my first use was quite positive. I started around my eyes and then sort of expanded out and then down my neck as I worked, mostly because I wanted my eyes and forehead to have the most of the hyaluronic acid benefits since those show my lines more.

There were no instant results as far as lines go, but I wasn’t expecting them really. As a first use this was just an initial reaction. The serum went onto the skin easily and absorbed quite quickly. It also left my skin feeling silky and soft. I was very impressed with it in that first use actually.

While I have used hyaluronic acids before and absolutely adore them for their skin plumping line erasing benefits, terpenes in skincare are new to me. From what I’ve found thus far they are supposed to be anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, and might even help control sebum levels. For me that will be interesting. I am not a terribly oily skinned person, especially in the colder months so I will be watching to make certain that this doesn’t dry me out. Admittedly I am using it right before a day time moisturizer, so that might not even be an issue. It is just something I will be watching as I use the product.

While I did a test on my inner arm and had no sensitivity reaction, I have never really used a product like this on my skin and am very interested in seeing how it performs over time. Today begins the thirty days of testing. This Terravibe CBD Age Defying Eye Serum will be my day time serum for the next month. I’ll keep you updated in my weekly skincare line up (posted Fridays) and when the month is over, we’ll break down the actual results along with my final thoughts. Personally, given how well today’s first use went, I can’t wait.

Reviewing the L’Oreal Paris Midnight Serum

The L’oreal Paris Midnight Serum is a relatively new product. I was sent this bottle from Influenster to try out and review. With influenster I was asked to use the product for two weeks and then post a review on their site around the actual launch date of the product. Which I did. As it is a full sized bottle, I continued using it as part of my skin care. Now I have only a few uses left and will end up finishing the bottle either tonight or in the morning. Since it is such a new to the market product, I am going to post all of it’s details below and then I’ll get into my thoughts.

REVEAL MILLIONS OF NEW CELLS, VISIBLY YOUNGER SKIN. Age Perfect Cell Renewal Midnight Serum sets a new standard for luxury serums. In fact, WOMEN PREFER IT OVER THE #1 LUXURY NIGHT SERUM*. Formulated with an exclusive Antioxidant Recovery Complex, this powerhouse anti-aging serum works at night when skin reaches its peak of cell renewal. Millions of new cells are revealed for visibly smoother, more radiant and younger skin. EFFECTIVE FOR ALL SKIN TYPES & TONES, it is made without parabens or mineral oil, and is allergy tested – suitable for even sensitive skin.

WHAT IS AN ANTIOXIDANT RECOVERY COMPLEX? Our exclusive Antioxidant Recovery Complex helps boost skin’s renewal overnight by combining a powerful, L’Oréal patented antioxidant—derived from bitter orange—and Vitamin E to help reinforce skin’s barrier. This breakthrough serum replenishes skin’s antioxidant levels at night when it is most receptive to repair. Our formula also contains Hyaluronic Acid—a powerful hydrating ingredient that helps lock in moisture.

SMOOTH WRINKLES, FIRMER, MORE RADIANT SKIN: After 1 use, skin is refreshed and feels softer, smoother. In 1 week, skin appears brighter, more luminous and younger. Over time, wrinkles are smoothed, skin looks firmer and more radiant. Effective for all skin tones.

INDULGENT, LUXURIOUS FORMULA: Each drop of this lightweight serum provides intense hydration while leaving skin luxuriously soft to the touch. It absorbs quickly with a non-greasy, non-sticky finish and won’t clog pores.

CUSTOM DESIGNED, GLASS BOTTLE: With its sleek, modern design and gold finishes, this serum bottle was meticulously crafted to become an icon! Its beautifully etched glass provides an elevated look and uses recycled and recyclable glass material.

INGREDIENTS AQUA / WATER / EAU DIMETHICONE GLYCERIN ALCOHOL DENAT. PEG-8 DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL SACCHAROMYCES/XYLINUM/BLACK TEA FERMENT PROPYLENE GLYCOL POLYSILICONE-11 BIS-PEG-18 METHYL ETHER DIMETHYL SILANE TUBER AESTIVUM EXTRACT TUBER MELANOSPORUM EXTRACT ADENOSINE CAPRYLOYL SALICYLIC ACID NEOHESPERIDIN DIHYDROCHALCONE SODIUM HYALURONATE TRISODIUM ETHYLENEDIAMINE DISUCCINATE TOCOPHEROL OCTYLDODECANOL SQUALANE AMMONIUM POLYACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE BIOSACCHARIDE GUM-4 BIOTIN CAPRYLYL GLYCOL CITRIC ACID HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE PEG-20 METHYL GLUCOSE SESQUISTEARATE SODIUM CITRATE XANTHAN GUM BIS-PEG/PPG-16/16 PEG/PPG-16/16 DIMETHICONE CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE BENZYL ALCOHOL HEXYL CINNAMAL HYDROXYCITRONELLAL CI 14700 / RED 4 CI 19140 / YELLOW 5 PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE PHENOXYETHANOL POTASSIUM SORBATE SODIUM BENZOATE SODIUM SALICYLATE PARFUM / FRAGRANCE FIL CODE B264962/1

L’Oreal Paris

This serum retails for $43.99 and is available only at Walmart.

I had a very interesting time with this product. The bottle is lovely to look at and feels very lux. I really like that the bottle has ridges on it so that it doesn’t matter if your hands are still wet from washing your face, it won’t slip. The lines also make the bottle look a little more expensive, but they are also practical.

The colored class protects the product from light. There is a stopper at the top to limit air intrusion as well and the dropper works perfectly with the formula of the serum. In the paperwork that came with the bottle it recommended both morning and night time use for best results, which is what I did. The bottle lasted about two solid months with this sort of use. If only using at night, it would clearly last four months.

Personally I like knowing how much product there is in a container when trying to figure out if it is worth the purchase price. Of course the real factor in determining if a product is worth it’s price (whether it is $5 or $500) is if the product works.

For the first two weeks I used the product and really loved it. The scent was slightly edging into perfumy for me, but it was light and I was willing to ignore it based on how soft my skin felt. If you are sensitive to scent, this might not be for you. While it is a ‘skin care floral clean scent’ it is still a slightly perfume scent. It disappears after you apply it, but it is noticeable in the hand. I found it pleasant, but strong.

I will say that I agreed with the description in that after one use my skin felt softer and after a week, my skin did feel as though it was glowy. I didn’t really see much change in any of my fine lines, however it generally takes a month or so of steady use for a product to show actual results.

Skincare isn’t magic, it takes time to work.

However at the two week mark I had very high hopes. I loves the way my skin felt an looked while using the serum. Midway through week three I noticed a few drier patches on my skin. It wasn’t major drying, just small spots that looked a little dryer. As I applied my moisturizer after letting the serum sink in, the dry patches were quickly addressed.

They didn’t get any bigger, however I also didn’t see any reduction in the appearance of my fine lines. My skin still felt smooth and I attributed the dryness to the changing weather. We have had a rollercoaster of weather for the past few months and I figured that could be part of the cause.

Then I took a look at the ingredients list. Since the product was sent to me for review, I went ahead and tried it without looking over the ingredients because I didn’t want to bias myself. As I have no major allergies I can generally get away with doing that. If you have any sort of allergies, read the label first.

On eht ingredients list Dimethicone is listed pretty high up on the list. It is also listed pretty high up on the list for many of the primers I favor as they too make my skin feel soft. I am guessing that this is where part of the softness that I liked came from. While I clearly put this ingredient on my face a lot when using primers, I’m not so terribly keen to see it so far up on the label.

I’m also not too thrilled with the denatured alcohol featuring in the top ten ingredients either. It tends to dry my skin out the longer I use it. Paired with the salicylic acid that is also on the list, I think I know why I was getting a bit dried out. Murad and Peter Thomas Roth both make excellent cleansers featuring salicylic acid that I use when my skin starts breaking out. I actually have both of those cleansers in my skin care drawer on standby. They work well if I’ve spent too much of a week in a face mask and need to kind of dry out my skin a bit and tame down the break outs. They (pared with the Peace Out Acne Dots) work well, but I can only use them for a short period of time before they dry out my skin too much. So I will use them a day or two and then put them away for later. And that is mostly due to my skin type.

I think that the denatured alcohol which dries my skin out and the salicylic acid, which also dries my skin out were just too much. They hit the parts of my skin that are usually the driest. The moisturizer following right after took care of it though. In truth if the good ingredients like squalane had done wonders for my fine lines, I could have easily worked around the drying factor.

But it didn’t. I saw no real reduction in the fine lines.

I don’t mind paying $43.99 for a good serum. In fact i have spent a lot more on a good serum before and probably will again. There are also several L’Oreal Paris products I adore and in general, I like the brand. But given the dryness and the lack of fine line reduction, I don’t think this will be a repeat purchase for me. If I had oilier skin or even more acne prone skin, I could see this working a little bit better. It just isn’t for me.


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Trying out the Herbal Dynamics Beauty Vitamin C 25% Rejuvenating Serum

I know it feels like forever since I have done a skin care post. There are several reasons actually, the first is that since I was so focused on skincare that I didn’t get to talk about other things and I wanted to talk to you about more than just skin care. The other big reason was that I wanted to slow down my skin care trials and really give products their best chance of working and to do a little more research on them before I posted. I promise there are more skin care posts coming, soon actually as I am now past the thirty day mark on several products I’ve been trying.

Recently Herbal Dynamics Beauty gifted me a package containing several of their products for the purpose of review.  I have been using the Vitamin C 25% Rejuvenating Serum for several weeks now and am ready to let you know my thoughts about it.  I’m sure you know from past posts that I really like Vitamin C for my skin.

Vitamin C has all sorts of wonderful benefits for the skin.  It promotes collagen production and helps to reduce fine lines and it also protects skin from UV light.  All of which helps skin look fresher and more rejuvenated.

I was super excited by the chance to try out this Vitamin C serum not only because of my love of Vitamin C for my skin, but because it also contains Hyaluronic Acid.  I know you must be tired of hearing me rave about Hyaluronic Acid by now because it is in so many of the products I favor. But the truth is it is in a lot of skin care products because it is a good ingredient to help skin retain moisture and look plumper and firmer, thus erasing a lot of fine lines.  Plus, I tend to look for it in my skin care items, therefore there is a very high percentage of them in the skin care I use.

There are several things that I like about Herbal Dynamics Beauty.  First, before I even tried any of their products, I adored their Botanical Blog and spent quite a lot of time reading through their skin care articles.  I highly recommend it.  Their article on layering different skin care ingredients for the best effect is one I repeatedly return to in order to double check certain combinations.

I also like that their products are Sulfate free, cruelty free, paraben Free and phthalate free. Sulfates can often cause irritation and clogged pores. Parabens can cause skin irritations and can increase the risk of cancer and phthalates too have been linked to increased risks for cancer. All of those things are items I’d like to avoid whenever possible.

As someone who likes to read labels, I also appreciate that the Ingredients lists on all of the Herbal Dynamics products are very easy to read and don’t contain a mountain of ingredients.  Let’s look at the ingredients list for the Vitamin C 25% Rejuvenating Serum shall we?

Ingredients: Deionized water, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe vera gel)*, Hyaluronic acid, Ethyl ascorbate ( Vitamin C), Green tea extract*, Vegetable glycerine, Dexpanthenol (Vitamin B5), Centella asiatica (Gotu kola) extract*, Alpine veronica extract, Carrageenan, and Vitis vinifera (Grape) seed extract*.

*Organic 

All natural / paraben free. Not tested on animals. Made in the U.S.A.

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So Ethyl Ascorbate is just a fancy term for the kind of Vitamin C that skin care products tend to uses. We’ve already discussed Hyaluronic acid and we know it is fabulous for the skin.  Both of these ingredients sit really high on the list which makes me happy to see.  Water is the first ingredient, which as the Hyaluronic acid locks water into the surface it needs to have some water to do so and there for it is in the mix.  

Aloe Vera is an ingredient we have seen before and tends to sooth inflammation and skin irritations.  It does so in its natural state which is why I always keep an aloe plant in the house and use it to treat minor burns. It is great on sunburn.

Green tea is known for its antioxidant properties and my guess is that it helps with fighting that UV light. Vegetable Glycerine is something I’ve encountered before and it is used to moisturize and soften skin while Vitamin B5 promotes cellular regeneration.

Gotu Kola extract was a new ingredient for me so I had to do a bit of investigating. According to an article in Forbes Magazine it is an anti-aging ingredient that boosts collagen and helps keep skin from sagging.  It also worked well in fading scars and stretch marks. I think it is an ingredient I will probably be playing around with more in the future. The articles I found all made it sound like something I wanted to try out.

But that is for later.

This leaves us only three ingredients on the list.  The first is Alpine veronica extract. It is also known as Speedwell Flower extract and it contains high levels of free radical-scavenging antioxidants, sooths skin irritation and helps with collagen production.

Carrageenan helps bind waters to the skin without clogging pores and basically locks in all the goodness from the other ingredients while the final Grape seed extract, which is seen in a lot of skin care products, is an excellent antioxidant.

And those are all the ingredients.  Not a terribly long list when you look at it and each in it’s own way is a powerhouse.  Additionally, there is nothing that is really extra.  Everything in the serum has a reason for being there.

The Vitamin C Rejuvenating Serum comes in a pump spray bottle and two pumps of the product is all you really need.  After washing my face I patted the skin dry and then usually brushed my teeth to give it a few extra minutes to dry down a little bit more.  There is no real reason for doing so other than texture.  I found it my skin was wet instead of damp there was a very brief moment where it felt slimy. It faded almost immediately, but I didn’t like that. If I waited a minute longer, there was no slimy feeling.  So I waited. That was really just a personal choice. 

The serum is clear and feels like slightly thick water if that makes sense. It is one of those odd sensations where the serum goes on wet and then you can almost feel it absorb so that the surface of your face feels dry to the touch. Not as though your skin was dried out, but more like you patted it dry with a towel. My skin drank in the formula. Like with the Hyaluronic Acid 62% serum from Herbal Dynamics Beauty, I tested to see how much serum I really needed. One pump was not enough and three pumps was too much.

I’m pretty sure the number of pumps of product you need would be very much skin specific. My skin tends to ride the line most people term ‘normal’. which quite frankly I think is more of a dividing line than a designation, but I didn’t assign names. What that basically means is that my skin’s needs tend to be very seasonally dependent. In the summertime I am normal leaning towards oily and in the winter time I am normal leaning towards dry. Spring and fall tend to be an insane weather related yo-yo time for my skin and my routine changes almost daily until the weather settled back down.

With this serum I suspect that one pump would be all my skin wanted in the summertime. Maybe one and a half. One thing i really like about this style of pump is that if I only push it down halfway, I can actually get half a pump’s worth of product if that is what I need. which I consider very handy. At the moment though two pumps are pretty good for me. Normally for reference photos I go for a front shot so you can see my whole face. Because my fine lines tend to be around my eyes and my largest acnes scar (the one I am always trying to reduce) is on my cheek, I took side views of both before I used the serum and after. It isn’t the most glamorous view, but it does show the area best.

My skin at the beginning of the trial on the left and my skin this morning at the official end of the trial on the right

Over all, I really liked this serum.  It went on easily and regardless of wet or damp skin, it was soon absorbed into the skin and I was able to continue with my routine with no issues.  During use I noticed a little plumping of my skin, predominantly around the lines fanning out from my eyes.  My skin also felt plumper and smoother.  I was pleased with the results and am quite frankly surprised by how quickly I saw results with this serum.

I will certainly continue using the product until it is through and hope for continued improvement.  Now that my trial is over I will be pairing it with the Herbal Dynamics Hyaluronic Acid Serum and using them both.  I noticed that while the 62% Hyaluronic acid serum had a greater effect on my fine lines, this Vitamin C serum had more of an effect on the texture and firmness of my skin. Which from reading the labels shouldn’t be surprising. 

This Vitamin C Rejuvenating Serum has a lot of firming agents working for it while the 62% Hyaluronic acid was more targeted towards fine lines.  I don’t know if you can tell in the photos or not, but in person I have noticed a fading of the scar on my cheek. I find it to be not as prominent as it was and so I’m hoping that continued use will assist in fading it even further. I think given the angle of the photos the changes to my cheek scar don’t show up as well. As I didn’t think there would be any difference with it, I was taking the reference photos predominantly for my eyes. The lightening of the scar even slightly was just a pleasant surprise.

Even though this product was gifted to me, I have to ask the same question that I ask at the end of trying out any skin care item: Would I purchase this again?

Given the results I had with the initial trial I would have to say it is a resounding yes. I expect that as I continue to use this product moe effects will be seen. I was very pleased with the Herbal Dynamics Beauty Vitamin C 25% Serum and would certainly make an effort to replace it when it runs out. The Serum retails for $22 so it isn’t over the top expensive and if I can get a really good product like this for a price that isn’t astronomical, I am definitely all in.

I don’t mind paying more for good skin care, it is one of the few categories in my purchasing where cost is almost always secondary to effectiveness, but I am also very happy when the skincare I like does not cost an arm and a leg. Effective and affordable kind of make up my personal venn diagram sweet spot.

If you ae interested, now might be the perfect time to try out Herbal Dynamics. They have a sale going on, I’ll link the coupon code below.

Get 25% off using code WINTER

This is the third product I’ve tried from them and quite frankly I loved all three. The Intense Detox Cacao and Chamomile clay Clearing Mask was excellent at drawing deeply buried clogged pores to the surface so they could be cleared away, the Hyaluronic Acid 62% Serum was excellent with my fine lines and this Vitamin C 25 % Rejuvenating serum was an excellent addition to my arsenal against the spread of fine lines. I would recommend all three. And for those of you interested in learning more about skincare, I highly recommend their Botanical Blog. It is informative and very easy to read.


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Trying out the Hyaluronic Acid 62% Hydrating Serum from Herbal Dynamics Beauty

Recently I was sent a bottle of Herbal Dynamics Hyaluronic Acid 62% Hydrating Serum.  As anyone who reads my skin care reviews knows, I am a huge fan of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) in my skin care products. My skin reacts really well to it.  

I know I have often gone on at length about the benefits of Hyaluronic acid, but as a quick recap, hyaluronic acid plumps skin and helps to erase fine lines.  For me it has also helped reduce the depth and distinction of the line across my forehead that I usually refer to as The Stress Crack. This year has seen it grow quite a bit and I am using every means at my disposal to reduce it.  I doubt anything that is noninvasive will ever actually erase it, but I can work towards making it look more like a surface crack and less like the grand canyon.

Truthfully, The Stress Crack doesn’t bother me all that much, but I do find it is the place where I see the most change in products.  If they work, then it is going to show there first.  So while I may need several months to see a serums effectiveness on the fine lines around my eyes and mouth, if a product is going to do something I can see the start of results on The Stress Crack in only a few weeks. It makes it the perfect litmus test for line shrinking skincare.

For those of you who have never heard of Herbal Dynamics they are, according to their website: Where nature meets science: Paring the finest botanical ingredients with cutting-edge science. Their products are also sulfate free, paraben free, cruelty free and phthalate free.

I recently tried their Cacao and Chamomile Detoxifying Clay mask and absolutely loved it.  The mask pulled deeply buried clogged pores to the surface that I was pretty sure a vacuum couldn’t touch. The link will take you to my full review of that mask actually, if you are interested. It is going to be one I will use for quite some time to come. So you will be hearing about it anytime my skin needs a detox.

But beyond the products they offer, they have their blog.  Oh my darlings, if you are interested in skincare, finding out more about how your skin works, what sorts of foods to eat for your type of skin’s optimal health or about layering different types of serums, I highly recommend checking out The Botanical Blog. It has some amazing information that will really help you make good choices for your skin.

But back to the Hyaluronic Acid 62% Hydrating Serum. I’m sure many of you are thinking, hydrating serum, hmmm, not just Hyaluronic acid then? Good Catch. This isn’t purely Hyaluronic Acid, but before we look into the ingredients, let’s find out what we should expect from the product.

According to the website…

Powerful, proven ingredients in the HD Beauty Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum are carefully combined to promote plump, youthful-looking skin and minimize fine lines. Hyaluronic acid, aloe and botanical extracts hydrate skin on a cellular level and aid the skin’s natural moisture retention process, promoting a healthy glow and elasticity.

Hydrates and plumps to soften fine lines, Soothes and calms irritation, Antioxidants repair and restore, Fights inflammation and redness and Supports radiant, smooth complexion.

Apply to face and neck after cleansing and toner, before moisturizing. Use morning and night.

Full Ingredients List: Aloe barbadensis (Aloe vera) gel*, Hyaluronic acid, Vegetable glycerin, Fucus vesiculosus (Bladderwrack) extract*, Sodium PCA, Anthemis nobilis (Chamomile) flower seed extract*, and Vitis vinifera (Grape) seed extract*.  

*Organic/ All natural / paraben free. Not tested on animals. Made in the U.S.A.

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Okay so let’s take a deeper look at that ingredient list.  As you can see Hyaluronic acid is the second ingredient listed. I am perfectly fine with that and as we’ve already discussed it is the ingredient that plumps skin and targets fine lines. I’m glad it is so high on the list as it means that it really is included in a high concentration.

So first, up is Aloe Barbadensis or good old Aloe Vera Gel. Aloe Vera and I are long time pals.  Growing up there were always aloe plants around the house and we used them on everything from sunburns to minor skin irritations and even bug bites.  I still keep an aloe plant in my house and have ever since I left home.  Last spring when I got a really bad burn on my legs I used it to slather the burns.  It helped when few other things did. It is a plant that has a boatload of vitamins and minerals and does a fantastic job soothing skin. It is not greasy in the slightest and can generally be used by pretty much all skin types. Clearly if you have an allergy to aloe you can’t use it but anyone else, no matter how sensitive their skin usually can. It is a great plant to have around and a great ingredient to see kick off a skincare product.

Right after the Hyaluronic Acid is listed vegetable glycerin.  As I was not as familiar with it as I am with Aloe I had to look it up.  According to Heathline:

Vegetable glycerin may lead to better skin health by helping soothe skin irritation, protect against infection and promote wound healing. Studies show that applying glycerin-containing products may protect your skin against irritants and microbes, as well as soothe inflamed or wounded skin.

Healthline

I can definitely see the point of having that in this serum

Bladderwrack extract was something I had never even heard of and so I again had to go in search of details. Again I found myself on the Healthline Website.  I’ll be honest it is one of my favorite websites for searches on ingredients.

Early research has shown that the antioxidants in bladderwrack, namely fucoidan, promote collagen synthesis in the skin, which may help improve the look of cellulite, increase skin healing, and delay premature skin aging.

Healthline

Sodium PCA is naturally occurring humectant that boosts the effectiveness of Hyaluronic Acid by pulling in moisture. It actually holds several times its weight in water, and binds moisture to cells. Its kind of like a turbo boost for the hyaluronic acid.

Chamomile flower is something that routinely crops up in skin care as well as my mother’s collection of herbal teas.  At the first sign of a sore throat she broke out the chamomile tea and added a slice of lemon and a drizzle of honey. It was actually quite effective in making a sore throat less sore. It is actually a tie between chamomile and peppermint as the scent of winter in my family house growing up ad both were grown and dried in large batches for use when winter colds hit. While this serum doesn’t use the honey or the lemon, it has chamomile aplenty. Chamomile sooths irritation and calms inflammation and redness. It is what makes it good for both skin and sore throats.

And that brings us to the final ingredient in the list, Vitis vinifera (Grape) seed extract.  Grapeseed extract is another item that crops up in a lot of skincare, especially items designed to target aging. It is a potent antioxidant and is chock a block full of naturally occurring AHAs for a gentle exfoliation and toning.

And that is the ingredients list.  I know, take a second and count it up.  It is only seven ingredients.  However in their own way each of them is quite the powerhouse. It’s like hyaluronic acid joined some sort of skincare gang.  Admittedly, I don’t think it would be a violent gang. It seems like a gang that would encourage a dance off with its rivals and then offer a cleanser and fluffy towels to its opponents at the end of the dance battle.

Leaving skincare gangs aside, I have been using this serum every morning and evening since its arrival which was almost exactly thirty days ago (I think it might be 28).It is an interesting product.

two pumps worth

First, it comes in a clear plastic spray bottle and is a clear liquid serum.  I was surprised that the bottle was clear plastic as I would have thought it needed to be kept away from direct sunlight.  I hid the bottle behind my toner so it wasn’t in direct light.  I have no idea if it needs to be kept away from the light but I will say that I really like that I can see the amount of product left in the bottle. That is usually not the case with serums and they often come in dark colored bottles. 

After a month of twice a day use, I am about a third of the way through the bottle. So one of these small $20 bottles will last for three months. That breaks down to about $6.67 per month of use. It is a spray bottle which I really like as it does keep the air away from the product and it makes it easy to dispense. 

I really like the control this srt of pump gives for dispensing as well as keeping product away from the air.

I generally found that I needed two pumps for my face each time I used the serum.  So four pumps per day. You can, if you want push the pump down slowly and pump a smaller amount of product instead of pumping all the way down.  So if you found you needed one and a half pumps, for example, that is easy to do with this pump.  It sounds silly to say but I really like being able to decide exactly how much product I want to use.

And you know I sniffed the product as soon as it came out of the pump.  It has no discernable scent. So for all those who dislike scent in their skincare, this might be something to try.  There is no scent at all. 

In the hand, the serum feels like Aloe.  If you have ever used an aloe based product, you know the feeling, it is like a gel that quickly melts into liquid.   When applied to the face at first the two pumps feels like too much product.  However it sinks in fast and leaves your face feeling oddly dry.  Not like it has dried out but like your skin got greedy and cleared out the all you can eat buffet. I thought at first that I needed more and I applied a third pump but the third pump just sat on the skin as my skin was full.  I also thought I might get away with less so I tried one pump and it didn’t feel like enough so I then applied the second pump and my skin was happy again. Your skin might be a little different, but my skin wanted exactly two pumps of product.

I will say that in addition to the semi melting gel feeling, this serum has something else in common with aloe. If you have ever rubbed aloe on damp skin then you are familiar with the way it can momentarily look soapy. This serum does the same thing.  I generally wash my face, dowel it dry and then brush my teeth. That way my skin has time to dry completely.  If there was water on my face (or hands) when I applied the serum then my hands or face would get slightly sudsy before the serum meted in.  That is just the action of water meeting aloe and it fades away quickly.

So what was the result of using the serum twice a day for a month?

Start of month long trial left, end of trial right

I have noticed my skin feels pumper and more hydrated.  Since I am still walking outside for much of my exercise, I am constantly getting slapped around by the winter wind and I really think this serum helped to calm the redness from wind burn. As for The Stress Crack, I can see a lessening in its depth.  It is a minor topographical gorge rather than the Grand Canyon.  Is it gone?  No, but it really wasn’t going to be gone, especially not in a month’s time. 

However after a month of continued use, I can see definite improvement in both it and my fine lines.  I appreciate that. Feel free to zoom in if you want a closer look. I also appreciate the improved hydration and the calming of the redness that this product provides as well. Is it a miracle in a bottle? No, but it is a really good product and one I will continue using because I am sure I will see continued improvement in my skins texture the longer I do use the Herbal Dynamics Beauty Hyaluronic Acid 62% hydrating Serum. It may not cause time to go into full retreat, but it is slowly pushing back the line.


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