Reviewing The Celery Green Cream from Volition

Volition Celery Green Cream

A while back Volition sent me three products to use and review.  One by one I feathered them into my skin care regime and have given them each a month long trial to see how I liked them and how my skin reacted to the products. 

Volition is a crowdsourced skincare brand that produces clean, cruelty free, vegan products.  The crowdsourced is something I find very interesting.  (although the clean and cruelty free are also very important too). According to their site anyone who has an idea for a product that they’d like to see created can send in their ideas.  Volition then floats the idea to their community of voting participants (I believe you can sign up to be a member of that quite easily on their website) If the idea gets enough votes, then it is passed on to a team of professionals who turn the idea into an actual product.

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Each of the three products sent to me came with a little card telling me about the innovator who came up with the idea for the product.  Aja came up with the idea for the Prizmatic Luminizing Shield.  Keidy came up with the concept for the Snow Mushroom Water Serum  and Nastia Liukin was the innovator behind the Celery Green Cream that I am reviewing today.  So what is the Celery Green Cream from Volution?

According to the website…

Celery. A classic staple turned modern juicing powerhouse. It’s the superstar ingredient in this oil-free face moisturizer that purifies and minimizes the appearance of pores for healthier-looking skin. This moisturizer hydrates and visibly plumps, helps minimize the appearance of pores and uneven skin texture, and purifies.  It is good for enlarged, clogged pores, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin texture and tone.

Full Ingredients list: Water/Aqua/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cetearyl Olivate, Apium Graveolens (Celery) Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf, Cucumis Melo Cantalupensis Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Lactic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Calcium Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Carbomer, Sorbitan Olivate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Decyl Glucoside, Lauryl Glucoside, Bismuth Oxychloride, Chromium Oxide Greens, Citric Acid, Mica, Potassium Sorbate.

So those are the claims.  Now let’s talk about the product.  As I said, it comes with an innovator card that lets you know a little bit about the person who created the product.  The product itself comes in a nice glass jar with a screw top lid.  The label is sleek and clean and I have to say I like that the label can be peeled off easily so that the jar can be reused.  Because quite frankly, this is the kind of jar that can be easily reused and that I probably will reuse.

But packaging is one thing, product is another.  When you open the jar there is a thin inner plastic lid covering the product. I like the inner lids keeping the product and the outer lid separated. Keeping as much air away from the product as possible is always a good thing.

When this inner lid is pried up, the cream is revealed.  It is a light green, almost celadon color and it smells fresh and clean. 

It actually reminds me of the celery soda we used to get at the deli when I was a kid. Without the bubbles of course. I suppose it is to be expected since it too was made with celery seed.  There is a very light vegetal quality to the clean scent, but it isn’t an added scent, just a natural one and it isn’t overpowering in the slightest.

My baby doll is much more sensitive to scents then I am and when he sniffed it, his reaction was to say it smelled clean not scented.  I don’t think it would bother anyone who is scent sensitive. It is mostly only noticeable when you first open the jar and dissipates quickly.

The consistency is of a thin gel or water cream and I found my skin drank it up quickly. There was no sticky feeling left behind, which I have on occasion had with these types of formulas before. It sat under my makeup beautifully and kept me hydrated throughout the day. 

Prior to transitioning into using this moisturizer, I had several stress related breakouts and have been treating them.  Sometimes the treatment dries out the skin around the problem and sometimes instead of hydrating the skin around the treated area, moisturizers just make things greasy and irritated. 

I did not have that problem with the Celery Green Cream.  It moisturized the dry patches and didn’t irritate the inflamed area.  I don’t normally have overly sensitive skin, but those were my sensitive areas and it handled them beautifully while they were healing. 

I used this moisturizer as my main moisturizer for a month.  I applied it twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening.  While it was beautiful during the day, I found I needed a little something extra at night.  Not every night though.  Instead of using a night cream every night, I found that I could use my night cream once or twice a week as an added boost to my night time moisturizing.  Generally, I found that the boost was needed after I spent large portions of the day outside in the heat. 

I suppose it shouldn’t be terribly surprising as on those days I was also drinking a lot more water.  I think that while working outside in the garden or walking on the walking trail, I just sweated out enough moisture that my entire body simply craved more hydration in every form.  And as I love masks in all forms, especially night masks I can wear while sleeping, I had no problem adding an extra product a couple of times a week.

While I really liked using this moisturizer, for me, I think the consistency of it lends itself to warm weather months.  Once the weather starts to turn cooler, I tend to switch to a transition moisturizer which has a thicker consistency than the gel like moisturizers of summer and then as fall fades to winter I tend to want a thicker, more full bodied cream.  This is, however a fantastic summer cream.

Using it my skin felt hydrated and used in conjunction with the Snow Mushroom Water Serum I actually saw a plumping of the skin and a reduction of the fine lines around the corners of my eyes.  While I doubt anything natural will get rid of the line running across my forehead, I noticed it didn’t get any more pronounced while I used this cream.  I’m calling that a win.

There is about two to three weeks of moisturizer left in my jar of product as I write this. I will be finishing this jar of moisturizer and slowly weaving additional products into my routine in order to give them a fair trial.

While this Celery Green Cream was sent to me by Volition, in the spring, my summer skin care preparation is going to include ordering a new jar of this moisturizer along with the Snow Mushroom Water Serum.  As for the Prismatic Illuminating Shield, the sunscreen designed for those who hate sunscreen, I will be reordering that as soon as the bottle starts to feel too light for comfort. It is not something I want to run out of anytime soon.

Speaking of ordering, the links located throughout this site are for only ships to US and Canada, so if you are located in other countries, you and want to give Volition a try you can go through @cultbeauty, which ships Volition Beauty worldwide, and @meccamaxima / @meccacosmetica which ship to Australia and New Zealand. 

I personally really enjoyed my trial of Volition and will feel very sad when my jar of Celery Green Cream comes to an end.  At least I know, I can always recycle the jar. And as Volition has a skin care test to ask questions regarding all your skin’s needs, I will be going back through and looking at the other products listed. The three I tried, were all recommended on that list and my skin really enjoyed them. It gives my high hopes for the other recommended products.

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Reviewing Lavido skincare

One of the things I love about subscription boxes is that occasionally they send something your way that you have never heard of and wouldn’t mind trying.  Sometimes different boxes from different companies send you products from the same line in the same month. From one box came the Lavido Age away replenishing cream  featuring Grapefruit seed, Melissa and avocado (retail $69) while another box provided Lavido’s 2-in-1 Purifying Facial Mask and Exfoliator (retail $36) featuring pomegranate seed oil, lemon and macadamia.

Since they arrived at the same time, and I was just finishing up a moisturizer trial, I decided to use them together. They arrived in early April and this morning (May 20th) I used the last of each of them.  So they lasted seven and a half weeks for me.  I will admit that one of the reasons I held off reviewing them was that I lost my initial weights (instead of putting it in the notebook where I usually keep things I jotted it down on a scrap of paper and then promptly lost said paper) so I figured I would just see how long they lasted with regular use.

Before I cover what I think of the products, let’s see what they have to say for themselves.  First, the Moisturizer. According to the Lavido website is…

Made with 11 innovative plant actives, this advanced anti-aging solution is clinically proven to diminish the appearance of dryness, wrinkles and rough texture while it deeply nourishes mature and compromised skin. Its rich, ultra-luxurious texture features Summer Snowflake, scientifically proven to strengthen cell integrity, slow the aging process, and stimulate new cellular regeneration. Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid boosts collagen production and imparts an instant volumizing effect for a naturally firmer, radiant, and more rejuvenated complexion.


The scent of the cream is floral.  It isn’t overwhelmingly cloying, but it is a noticeable scent. If you are sensitive to scents that might be something you want to consider.  The cream is also very thick.  A little dab into the hand was all that was needed.  It is designed for dry, mature skin and I think the formula would work really well with dry skin.  My skin is normal leaning towards oily on occasion.  Dry is not generally my skin care concern but fine lines are so I was happy to try it. 

white cast on skin after initial application of moisturizer (look towards the ear)

Because my skin isn’t dry I had some trepidation.  The fear was unfounded.  I needed only a little bit of the cream to cover my entire face and neck.  I will say that because it is so thick and my skin is not an arid desert, I had to spend some time massaging it into the skin.  If you look in the picture you will see a white cast on my skin where I only did a first pass rubbing it in. The benefit is that you sort of get a facial massage twice a day when using this product.  The down side is that it adds a little extra time to your morning and evening routine.

But if a product is worth it, I am willing to take a little extra time.  So is it worth it?

During this trial I used the cream morning and evening as my sole moisturizer.  When the weather was cooler (and the central heat still drying the air out) I really liked the moisturizer.  As the weather warmed, and in my part of the world the humidity rose, I found that while I still liked it as a night cream, I was less enthused by its use in the morning.  My skin was just not dry enough in the morning.  It was an excellent night cream however and I woke with my skin plumped and hydrated. Dare I say it, even glowing.  For my skin type I could use this as a night cream very happily or as a dry winter cream. It is an excellent cream and mature skin or not, I think the dryer your skin happens to be, the more you will enjoy this cream. I would have no problem repurchasing the Age Away Replenishing Cream as a night cream, but I wouldn’t use it as my go to daily moisturizer. Especially not at this time of year.

This moves us on to the 2-in-1 Purifying Facial mask and exfoliator. According to its product page…

This exfoliating and anti-aging multi-mask gently stimulates circulation and new cell regeneration while dried Pomegranate peel and seeds remove dead skin cells, revealing smoother, more radiant skin with fewer pimples, dark spots and wrinkles overtime. Use as an exfoliating cleanser or leave on as a mask to receive it’s full youth-giving benefits.

While I am always leery of any product that threatens to do too much, this isn’t too much of a stretch for a product.  As an exfoliator it is a fairly gentle one.  When applied to the skin it looks more like you have a slightly dirty face than are wearing a full mud mask. It has a slight roughness which you would expect from a physical exfoliator but it isn’t harsh.  I think because the peel is used rather than harder seeds.  I found it could be used every other day to brighten the completion without feeling like you were blasting away too many layers.  Used as an exfoliator it worked really well and I quite enjoyed it.  It has a slightly pomegranate scent to it but it is less present than the floral scent of the moisturizer and smells more fresh and clean than anything else.

While the exfoliator does leave your skin soft and refreshed, leaving the product on mask like actually did increase the benefits of the product.  My skin did feel better if I allowed it to sit for a few minutes.  What I ended up doing was using it as sort of a cross over.  On the nights I used it, I would wash my face, apply the exfoliator and let it sit while I brushed my teeth and then used a lip exfoliator on my lips I’d then wet my hands, massage the mask a little to help with the exfoliation and then wash it off and continue with my routine.  I found this gave me the best the 2-in-1 could provide. 

I have to say I would unequivocally buy this product again.  It is listed as good for all skin types and I have to say my skin loved it.  It was a gentle but effective exfoliator that could also be worn as a mask.  I really enjoyed using it and was very sad to see it now an empty tube.

Until I received these products in subscription boxes, I had never heard of the company or heard anything about them.  I can’t actually say I would have tried them on my own, but I am glad I did and I am certain I will be seeing these products in my bathroom again.

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Two from Tatcha: Worth the Hype?

Tatcha Dewy skin Cream and The Water Cream

For a while now I have seen rave reviews for Tatcha Skin Care.  The primary ‘must try’ seems to be the water cream (although in make-up the primer is the most talked about and duped).  So when IPSY had both the travel size for the Water Cream and the Dewy Skin cream for sale, I snapped them both up to try. My intention was to use them when traveling this summer, but that plan sort of changed and I used them here.

The travel sizes for both are offered for sale on the Tacha website.  Both travel sizes retail for $20 each while the full sized versions are $68 apiece.  The travel size contains 10 ml/0.34 fluid ounces of product while the full size contains 50 ml/1.7 fluid ounces. If you really love the water cream, they also have a Gratitude size offered for sale ($80 for 75 ml/2.54 fluid ounces). It is limited edition and has flowers on the jar. It is quit pretty actually, but then so are their regular jars. I find the packaging of the brand aesthetically pleasing in general. It’s not the reason I buy skin care of course, but it doesn’t hurt.

I like that they sell the travel sizes of the cream as it is a good way to tell if this is the moisturizer for you before you buy a full sized jar.  Skin care can be so subjective and just because someone else raves about it, doesn’t mean that it will be fantastic for you and of course the opposite is also true. Still, all the hype made me want to try it.

Both of these creams had enough product to last two weeks so I started with the Water Cream and when, after two weeks I ran out of product, I started using the Dewy Skin.  So essentially, 10 ml of product will last approximately two weeks. Extrapolating outward I would expect the full size of 50 ml to last ten weeks. So it would be a cost of about $0.98 worth of product used per day.

But the money only matters if you like the product. So since I started with the Water cream, I’ll cover it first. According to the Tatcha product page…

I forgot to take initial pictures so this is what was left on the lid it is a light white cream

This oil-free, anti-aging water cream releases a burst of skin-improving Japanese nutrients, powerful botanicals and optimal hydration for pure, poreless skin.  Provides nutrient-rich, balanced hydration: Unique water-burst cream breaks upon application to deeply deliver treatment benefits, hydrating without leaving skin sticky or greasy. Clarifies and refines skin with pure, powerful Japanese botanicals: Japanese Wild Rose visibly tightens pores and smoothes skin texture. Japanese Leopard Lily helps control excess oil and clarify skin by encouraging natural skin turnover.  Delivers anti-aging Japanese superfoods: Hadasei-3™, an anti-aging trinity of green tea, rice & algae, restores healthy-looking, youthful radiance. Imparts a subtle, shine-free glow with a touch of 23-karat gold.

I will say that in general, especially once the weather warms up, I like water creams and their lightness during the day, even if I use a heavier cream at night. I wasn’t terribly thrilled to see gold listed in the ingredients as it can be an irritant and it really has no actual skin care benefits that I’ve found listed on any sites.  It appears to be there for the ‘Wow, I can put gold on my face’ crowd. I’m not really certain who they are as I am more a part of, ‘does this actually work’ crowd. We hold meetings on alternate Thursdays.

Even if I was drawn in by the hype.

Gold is not listed too high on the ingredients list though.  It comes in at number 8 I believe. Still higher than I prefer as the higher on the list an ingredient falls, the more of it is actually in the product. The general rule of thumb is that it is the first ten ingredients you really have to focus on as those have the concentrations to be effective. At least that is what I was taught.  I’m not  a skin care professional or a chemist by any means, I just love skin care. Percentage wise, that’s what I was taught to look for when reading ingredients lists.

Also low on the ingredients list for the water cream, but still a little concerning are alcohol and added fragrance. I will say that the water cream does smell nice in a lightly floral way, but if you have a sensitivity, you might want to double check your reactions with a sample.  In general, I don’t have a sensitivity to fragrance, but as a warning, the scent does tend to linger after application.  It is not just the scent in the jar that dissipates quickly.

The formula is non-greasy, as it promises, but it does take a little while to sink into your skin, especially if you apply too much, which is easy to do. If you go with a pea sized amount as your usual measurement, make it an early snow pea rather than a garden one. You can always apply more if needed but in this case extra is not your friend. Even then, you need to give it a minute before going on with your morning routine.

It is a decent water cream. It was pleasant to use, but I can’t honestly say I found it all that amazing.  It did a good job moisturizing my skin, which is its job, but it is not spectacular.  I have tried other water creams I actually like a lot better.  The Touch in Sol Pretty Filter comes to mind. I believe I would repurchase that one before buying this one again. Although not a water cream, in this price range if looking for good light weight moisturizer I would lean more towards the Purlisse Blue Lotus Moisturiser before the Tatcha one to be quite honest. Perhaps I didn’t use it long enough to see any of the amazing benefits it is supposed to have, but I did use the entire jar. And while travel sizes are designed for travel, part of their job is also to convince me to buy a full sized jar, which this didn’t. Perhaps, it is a victim of its own hype. The rave reviews and grand claims did set my expectations high and they certainly weren’t met.

I didn’t notice any real pore erasing or skin refining during my trial. The Tatcha Water cream is good, but reviews make it sound like it is amazing, when it is just a decent water cream. With the added fragrance, alcohol, and possibly irritating gold, I’m afraid this does not make my repurchase list.

After I tried the Water cream I moved on to the Dewy Skin Cream from Tatcha.  According to its product page…

the cream is a light lavender color

A rich cream that feeds skin with plumping hydration and antioxidant-packed Japanese purple rice for a dewy, healthy glow. Ideal for dry skin, but can be used on normal skin for those who prefer a richer texture. This cream intensely hydrates and seals in moisture, helping to replenish ceramides for a healthy bounce and instant luminosity. A fermentation of Japanese anti-aging superfoods — green tea, rice, and algae — helps skin to look its most beautiful at any age.

This is a heavier cream, which I don’t mind.  It does absorb well into the skin and I have to say I was pleased to see squalene listed in the ingredients list.  My skin tends to really do well with this ingredient.  I know I first came across it in my Biossance skin care trial and since then I have noticed it has a tendency to appear in many of the things I like. I’m just glad it is now plant derived as once (long, long ago) it was apparently taken from shark’s livers. I am very pleased those days are over and no sharks gave their livers for my products. Viva la plant based squalene!

That being said I am somewhat troubled by the Violet 2 (Ci 60725) that gives this cream its lovely lavender color.  This synthetic colorant has made it to several ingredient watch lists as it can be a carcinogenic.  It is banned from lip and eye products lest it get into the system, so I’m a little disturbed to see it on a face cream that is supposed to absorb into my skin.  It is the very last ingredient listed on the ingredients list so I am not sure how much of the Violet 2 is in the product, but I’m not really happy to see it.  I think it is derived from either coal tar or petroleum, either way, I would prefer it not be in my skin care regardless of the concentration. While I think the lavender color is pretty it is not necessary to the product’s functionality and I can certainly live without it.

There is also added fragrance to this moisturizer and again it is pretty low on the ingredients.  It is lightly floral, but it is a heavier scent than the water cream. Like the water cream, this scent lingers as well. If anything it is much more prevalent.

While I do like heavier creams, I think that this cream needed dryer skin than mine to truly shine. It made me feel a bit greasy and I found myself using less and less of it as I went on.  As a consequence it actually lasted a full three weeks instead of two.  While the Violet 2 and the fragrance are a concern, I really believe that this was just not designed for my skin type. It is built for someone with much dryer skin.  If you have dry skin, perhaps you will find this a better fit. I have normal to combination skin so I get a little oily in the t-zone, but otherwise I’m not super oily. This cream made me feel super oily. For me, the Tatcha Dewy Skin Moisturizer is definitely a hard pass.

I really wish I liked these products better.  I still may try out their primers, but as for the moisturizers, they will not be making a reappearance on my skin care shelf anytime soon. I am glad I tried them so I could determine how I felt about them for myself, but I will not be buying them in any size again.

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Dreamy Youth Day and Night Face Cream Review

Pacifica’s Dreamy Youth Day and Night Face Cream

For the past two weeks I have been using the Dreamy Youth Day & Night Face Cream from Pacifica. It was part of the package gifted to me by the company. This will not affect my review, my review will be an honest one.

As the bathroom where I get ready in the morning and prepare for sleep at night is a small one (our on-suite features only a powder room not a full bathroom)I have limited shelf space for my daily products.  I liked the idea that I could eliminate one of those products by simply having a single cream for both day and night. The fact that the product in question costs $16 and can be purchased both on-line and at Target is also a plus.

Admittedly, the available locally is less of a concern at the moment as anything I can order on-line I am to minimize my time and contact with others. Incidentally If you are looking to order from Pacifica, when I put my last order in to them, they had a relatively quick turnaround (that might be a little off at the moment) and I have a code you can use to get yourself an extra discount.  It is MIMSY15 and I don’t get any sort of compensation from that, it is just to help you guys out.

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Before we get into my thoughts, let’s look at the product.

According to the product page…

Age means nothing when your skin is healthy. Refuse to obey time with this potent formula supported by concentrated peptides, floral stem cells, antioxidants, and advanced extracts that join forces to deeply moisturize and improve skin’s youthful glow.  It is suitable for all skin types.

It’s a pretty simple claim and not too over the top. Oh, and for those unfamiliar with the company, they are 100% vegan and cruelty free.  I am always leery of creams that promise to de-age me by twenty years in a month’s time, so modest claims make me happy.  Oddly, wild claims make me suspects some sort of demonic ritual in an underground laboratory somewhere. But maybe that is just me. 

Instead of looking for demons (or maybe an alternate way of looking for demons) I looked at the ingredients list. The first ingredient is water, which as it is putting moisture back into the skin is actually a good thing.  Following it are some other pretty good ingredients.  Sunflower oil, shea nut oil, grape seed oil and aloe leaf oil are all included in their top ten ingredients.  I know the lower ingredients are also ones to watch out for but the top ten usually have the highest concentrations and therefore are the ones most necessary to pay attention to, but the top ten are really important. 

For those who don’t usually look at ingredients lists, companies are required to list the ingredients from highest to lowest concentration until they get to the one percent mark.  Once an ingredient is in the 1% concentrate or lower they can list them in any order they want.  Generally speaking after about the tenth to twelfth ingredient you start hitting that one percent mark.

Personally, I am pretty happy with seeing sunflower seed oil and grapeseed oil in the top section. My skin does really well with both of them.

As with all full sized face creams that come my way, I weighed the bottle before I started to use it and then again after two full weeks of use.  Newly arrived and unopened the starting weight was 2.75 ounces.  The package contains 1.7 ounces of product inside.  So we know the packaging itself weighs 1.05 ounces.

Incidentally, a word about the packaging.  This cream is packaged into a thin pump top tube.  I really like that the bulk of the product can be kept away from the air while it is used. I am also glad I don’t have to dip my fingers into it.

But to continue with the math, after two weeks of use I reweighed the package and found it now came in at exactly 2.5 ounces. So I know that 1.45 ounces of product still remain inside.  (Incidentally, I love when things come up in nice numbers like fives and zeros so I don’t have long decimal points to work in.  I know I have a calculator but it just looks neater to me somehow).

So in two weeks 0.25 ounces of product was used. That means the product should last another 13.6 weeks. Personally I am not surprised by the length of time as very little of the product was actually needed. One last bit of math before we continue on though.  The product costs $16 which means that  if it lasts a total of 15.6 weeks (2 week trial + 13.6 weeks), then the cost break down is about $0.95 per day to use the product. That is not a bad rate actually.

But cost isn’t everything.  I will use inexpensive products or I will splurge on the expensive ones. With most skin care I am willing to be flexible on price rather than seek the lowest cost. I’m also not a snob about it.  I will use what I feel works.

So about the cream.  It is a white cream with a lightly floral scent, gardenia or rose I believe is the basic tone but it is not strong and fades almost instantly.  I don’t think it would cause too many problems with those of you who have issues with scent as it really doesn’t linger.

When I used it, I used one pump of the cream per use.  More is not needed and in fact, more would just be a waste. In the mornings, I found one pump was a little too much product and used the excess on my neck and upper chest rather than on my face.  At night one pump was exactly enough for my face.  I think that is sort of the curse of the double use product.  One pump is perfect for use as a night cream, but a little much during the day.  For me at least.  I’m in the Normal to Combination range.  If you are on the dry side, I think you would enjoy the amount dispensed for both day and night, if you lean more towards the oily end of the spectrum then you might want to only use about half of the pump on your face and spread the rest out to the neck and chest.  Again that is the curse for going for all skin types. 

Currently the weather where I live is changing.  Each day seems to make its own decision as to what season it wants to be.  I’m pretty sure it’s actually making up some new seasons along the way. You know because the traditional four are just so passé.

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When it lingers on winter and my skin leans more towards dry, this cream really shines.  I think as the seasons turn and humidity rises as spring locks on and leads into summer, I will be less excited about using this cream during the day. For me I think this will be a routine staple of my winter skin care routine, but in the warmer months I will be using it as a night cream rather than both a day and night cream.  The good news is that given how little is actually needed of this cream, if I am only using it at night it will probably last me all the way into fall. I have to say, I am not mad about that.

For anyone following along on my weight loss journey, or who just want to remain fit when gyms are closed and your home becomes your world, I will be posting my first Home Fitness post this afternoon. I have some interesting fitness routines to try with minimal equipment needed and I will let you know how it goes so tune in for an afternoon post.  I’ll be sure to include links to the workouts so any of you working out at home as well can give them a try and see what you think.  See you then.

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111 Skin Cryo Gel Review

Does it live up to it’s interesting concept?

The description of the 111 Skin Cryo Activating Hydra Gel was delightfully intriguing it reads:

The Cryo Activating Hydra Gel is a highly active, waterless gel that works to retexture, plump, protect and balance skin. Instead of water, the base of this product is a soothing combination of Lotus Root and Aloe Vera. The powerful formula works to calm down irritated skin while refining surface texture. Energising ingredients refresh lacklustre skin and energises the complexion for a glowing complexion. This product makes a great base for makeup, and is ideal for those who seek a smooth, flawless finish to their skin.

Fascinating no?  Growing up my mom always kept an aloe plant on hand and bits of it were snapped off to rub onto skin to soothe burns, whether they were gained from touching something too hot in the kitchen or too much time in the sun. So I have to say the thought of aloe in general is a nostalgic one.  The Cryo-Activating bit?  Yeah, that just tweaks my science fiction loving core.

So I decided that despite several other moisturizers in line to try out, this could jump the line a bit and go first. Curiosity and all that.  Normally, I weigh in the jar of cream before I start to use any of it. This time I was curious about what cryogenic-cream looked and smelled like so and if it would in any way resemble the aloe from my childhood or look completely different. So I took a peep first. I unscrewed the lid and looked inside.  Surprisingly, the jar was only a little over half full.

The jar was not as full as it should have been when it arrived

This was surprising and a little disheartening at the same time.  I can say that I weighed the jar before using the cream and it came in at 6.7 ounces.  I can also say that after using the cream for two weeks, I reweighed the jar and found it weighed 6.4 ounces. So in two week’s time I used 0.3 ounces of product. The jar lists the amount of product contained within as 1.52 ounces, which means in theory the jar should hold enough moisturizer to last about ten weeks.

Since the jar wasn’t full, I am not entirely sure how much product was inside therefore my math isn’t terribly helpful.  As it is a substantial jar made of heavy glass, a good portion of the weight is jar and not cream.  I will say there is still a lot of cream left.  I however won’t be able to figure out how much cream there actually was in the jar to begin with and how much was just the jar weight until I use up the entire jar of moisturizer and back track through the numbers.

I know that sounds a little strange but as the jar of cream in question retails for $200, figuring out the amount of moisturizer and how long it will actually last me is somewhat of import. Not being able to do so in this instance is something I find especially annoying.  It is not simply that this is an expensive product, it is frustrating because I really liked this moisturizer. 

The cream itself has very little scent and what it does have is vaguely reminiscent of aloe.  It has a fairly normal cream like consistency despite its futuristic cryo and aloe base claims. Perhaps the cryo part turned the aloe part into a standard cream consistency. I would have thought the consistency would me more gel like because of the aloe base. It was not.

The texture was a slight let down, but once applied to the skin it absorbs well and doesn’t leave the skin greasy.  My skin felt soft and hydrated.  I was able to use this cream as both a day and night cream, although I did apply extra when using it at night than I did in the day.  While it is a very good moisturizer, it is not my absolute favorite and with that $200 price tag, it would need to be in my absolute top tier of products if I was going to order it. Product wise, it didn’t make the cut.

Beyond the product, there is the fact of the half full jar to consider as well. While I received this jar as part of my IPSY subscription, had I paid $200 for the jar and had the jar arrive half full, I would have been very irate, regardless of how well the cream worked.  Actually I would be even more upset if I liked it and was shorted a supply than if I would be if hadn’t liked it. 

Because it came in a subscription box and I did not pay the $200, I am frustrated but not as angry. It does make me incredibly leery of actually ordering anything from this company though. I believe that before I would even be able to consider a purchase of this cream or any other product from this brand, I would need to research their reviews and find out if such mishaps are standard or if this was a one off. In the end my final review must be that using the moisturizer was a positive experience even the science fiction name and aloe base produced something very ordinary, however given there are less expensive products I actually like better and the lack of trust I have due to the half full jar, I have to say that this will not be a product I add to me must haves list.

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KORRES Pomegranate Balancing Cream Gel review

Korres Pomegranate Balancing Cream

I can BREATHE! That’s right my first of the season cold is gone. No more fever, no more chills just sweet, sweet oxygen and a world where not everything tastes like cough drops.

And just in time for traveling too. So no tissue filled sneeze mobile for me as I head down the highway. I suppose I can now remove the biohazard stickers from the side. That’ll probably make my neighbors happy too.

But that is not the point of this post. No this post is of the Korres Pomegranate Balancing Cream Gel and I have to say, this was an interesting trial for me.  I bought the cream, used it for a couple of weeks and then got a different cream in a subscription box.  I did my two week trial of that cream and reported my findings, then went back to using this cream. I repeated that again a second time and then just decided to finish the jar of cream before I reviewed it and I am pleased to say the jar is empty (and has been for a little over a week actually.)

And yes, I scraped that last little bit out.

So first let’s clear away the basics. The jar of Korres Pomegranate Balancing Cream Gel (and it is a frosted pink glass jar with a plastic lid) retails for $34 and contains 1.35 ounces/ 40 ml of product. It is listed as good for either oily or combination skin. I am in the combination category. I used it as both a day and night cream during my use.

So, to the claims on the website.

This pore-minimizing moisturizer delivers immediate and lasting hydration while simultaneously balancing oily to combination complexions and acne-prone skin. The unique, lightweight cream-gel texture is formulated with a blend of 15 percent pomegranate water, pomegranate extract, alpine willowherb, tannins, and polyphenols. These ingredients help reduce the appearance of pores and rejuvenate the look of skin while providing a matte finish. Hyaluronic and salicylic acids combine to offer an immediate moisture boost while conditioning skin for an overall smooth appearance.

This product contains 93.1 percent natural ingredients, and like all KORRES formulations, it is made without petrolatum, mineral oil, silicones, propylene glycol, and ethanolamines. It is dermatologically tested and cruelty-free.

Okay first to duration.  While most of the products I’ve been testing lately end up having around 1.7 ounces of product, they have generally lasted around five weeks. While this has 1.35 ounces of product inside (and was open a bit longer than my use of it) the cream lasted seven weeks and three days with two times of active use per day. So despite the lower product amount, it lasted longer. Also some of that use was when the weather was still hot and some of it was after the temperature changed and autumn made it’s late entrance. (if you’ve been reading this you may recall I used the Purlisse Blue Lotus Balancing Cream during the transition time, there is a review posted for that cream if you are interested, just follow the link).

I had no problem with this cream during either season. When I spent more time in the sun I tended to use a little bit more of the cream then when I was spending  more time indoors, but that was still not a lot of product. And that is the trick with this product.  You do not need to use a lot, so it lasts.

If you break it down then for $34 I received fifty-two days of use from this product which breaks down to about $1.53 per day (and since I used it twice a day instead of once it is about $0.76 per use, which isn’t bad.) which is a good deal for a product that works so well. If your skin is oilier than mine, you might actually use a little less. (I know it’s a strange thing to list out cost break downs about a face cream, but let’s face it, most of us don’t have unlimited funds and work with a budget, this checks the value for money box for me.)

I did find that when I applied what my skin decided was a ‘correct’ amount, the cream/gel formula (which I’ll be honest looks and feels like a cream to me) soaked into my skin well with very little wait time before applying my makeup over it.  My make-up also went on well over the product with no issues. If I used a little too much, my skin just took a little longer to absorb it but had no adverse reactions.  I just felt like I was wasting product, but that is a personal thing. It claims to be matte and to be honest, my skin did not look at all greasy after applying it and letting it sink into the skin.

The cream has a light, pleasant scent, but it is not overpowering.  Since Korres doesn’t add any extra scents beyond what is naturally in the product it is not a punch you in the face smell.  And as much as I like scents, I’m happy extra wasn’t added to my skincare. If scent is an issue for you, I don’t think this will cause you any problems. The scent is more of a ‘that’s a pleasant smell’ when opening the jar and sniffing more than an actual fruity type scent, if you know what I mean.

While I’m not sure of the scientific gauge for pore minimization, I can say this did help reduce the look of my pores, especially along my cheeks (near the nose area) and nose, which is where I have issues. My skin felt hydrated and I had no breakouts at all while using this.  In fact, I didn’t even have any bumpy under the skin blemishes appear while I was using this cream. (Those tend to drive me mad because they never actually erupt and clear out, they just half surface like some sort of strange skin ice burg to make the surface ripple and bump for a few days before slinking away again. Not to rant.  Okay, just the mini rant, I’m done now. And they weren’t an issue here anyway).

So essentially, Korres met all of the claims for its Pomegranate Balancing Cream Gel, even if it didn’t feel like a gel of any sort to me. Would I purchase this again?  Yes.  I would purchase this again.  And I would purchase this at full price instead of waiting for a sale (although really, you know me, I love my sales and currently they do have a sale going on on their site I’ve linked the site above and I think it’s currently at 40% some products at the time of me writing this.) because it is a good value for the money.

As we are edging into December, I am starting to mentally review the products I’ve used throughout the year and compile a list of my favorites. Personally, it is one of those activities I really like where I get to mentally revisit the good, the bad and the ‘oh, no never again’ that I encountered through the year.  At the moment this is actually my front runner for favorite everyday moisturizer. It dethroned the reigning champ.  Will it be able to stay on top? I won’t know until the end of the year, but at the moment, it is definitely a contender.

Normally I would end this here, but thinking about the Korres site sale, I wanted to mention another sale that is currently going on the Alyaka website.  They specialize in clean beauty products. Personally, as I like to try products before I commit to buying the full (and usually pricy) sized version, I pick up some of their trial kits. I haven’t done so in a while because I had a bunch of stuff accrue and I’m trying to clear out things before I purchase more (I know what a strange concept) but I loved their Lilah B test kit (which I think was $30) and there is a Kypris trial set I have my eye on at the moment. 

Anyway, while normally I would just post my affiliate code at the bottom of the page (and yes affiliate code means I do get a referral fee if you actually buy something when you use it, if that bothers you, just go to the site without using my code.) Not only are they having a large seasonal sale, but you can get you fifteen percent off with the posted code, so I’m posting it and actually mentioning it. Hopefully someone out there finds it useful.

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Purlisse Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer Review

Purlisse Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer

It is the time of year where the temperatures change, the air grows cooler outside, the central heating kicks in indoors and my skin begins transitioning from its summer regime to the winter one.  Which means of course that I begin to try out moisturizers.


I’d like to say I have a set summer and winter routine but the truth is, I’ve moved around so much in my life that each place I had to adjust everything to the new locale as well as the changing seasons. Now that it looks like I have finally stopped moving about I have found many products I like, but yet to find one I want to commit to for a season.

But since I like trying out new things, I don’t consider this a problem.

Considering I’ve had pretty good luck with the Purlisse brand, I decided to try another one. This was the Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer. Like the Matcha Green Tea Moisturizer it retails for $45 and contains 1.7 ounces of product in the plastic tube. I’m not a big fan of the plastic tube, mostly because I don’t like how much plastic is in my life, but I will admit, the tube lets you squeeze out a really small amount onto your hand so you don’t waste product. In addition it was lighter to ship than a glass jar.

Beauty products and guilt – forever intermingled.

Anyway, my plan when purchasing it was to compare it to the Matcha Green Tea moisturizer.  If you missed that review a quick summary would be that it was a good product, but it was used up too quickly. I went through the tube in under three weeks’ time. I figured I could use this as a base and since the weather wasn’t changing, then I would have a more or less side by side. 

Then the weather changed.

While I was using the product.

So I decided to keep using it until it was empty.

I know, a somewhat mean trick to play on a moisturizer, testing it during the seasonal change, but it ended up being quite interesting. I should probably also mention that I have normal skin and am neither oily nor dry usually.  Most of my skin care needs seem to be driven by activities and the changes to them rather than my skin type.  If you have a different skin type, your results may vary.

First the product claims from the website:

Blue Lotus extract is a powerhouse antioxidant with anti-inflammatory benefits known to combat against free radical damage. White Tea offers anti-bacterial and skin soothing abilities. Vitamin E prevents premature aging and improves skin texture. French Marine Plants help retain moisture and promote skin radiance.

Not too over the top in terms of promises.

Now, to the bat cave, um…I mean my bathroom, for testing. Not for crime fighting.

That’s in the garage.

As I said before, I used the product up completely. At first, it looked as though it too would be used up in under three weeks as I was using it the same way as the Matcha Green Tea moisturizer. Then, I completed my end of season gardening chores, the weather changed and I found myself spending more time indoors. As a consequence, my use of moisturizer changed.

It was interesting to watch the change in my skin. 

I finished my garden chores and the next day applied my morning moisturizer as usual with no changes.  That evening, when I went to apply my bed time moisturizer, I noticed the usual amount left me feeling a little greasy.  The next morning after washing and toning, I again applied, this time using a little less and I was fine, not greasy at all.  Bedtime again I was a little greasy, but not by much.  The next morning I again reduced the amount of cream and was fine. 

In the end it took about a week for my skin to adjust to the change in spending a lot of time outside in the sun to spending the majority of the day indoors. For a few days, I thought that this was just going to have to be termed a summer moisturizer, but once the adjustment was done, I found I could use a reduced amount.  The reduction in amount of moisture my skin needed let me use less product and made the tube of moisturizer last for six weeks, which is comparable, and possibly a little longer than, many other moisturizers I have tested. This makes me want to retest the Matcha Green Tea moisturizer to see if it too does better when not faced with my summer skin.

As to the claims by the product, while I will have to accept that it does something for free radicals as I am not sure how I’d test that effectiveness at home, I do like the product.  It has a fresh scent that isn’t overpowering, it sinks into the skin well, keeps me hydrated and with the exception of the transition week, is not at all greasy.  My skin feels healthy and smooth and makeup is easily applied over the product with no ill effects.

I think that I would either term this a transitional cream, as it got me through that transition without a single breakout or any clogged pores, or an autumnal cream.  The reason for this designation is not that I don’t think it would work in the summer or winter, I think it most definitely would. The problem is, in the summer the product would be used up faster than I like on my skin due to my outdoor activities.  I believe that once the heater gets cranked up for the winter months and my skin starts on its winter dry spell, I would also use the product up too rapidly to justify the price. Given my skin’s needs I think I would have a hard time justifying spending $45 every three weeks.

However, I will be remembering this cream once winter starts to fade and spring looks as though it is about to appear. The transition from summer to autumn was where this product shined and I suspect it would do the same when winter fades to spring.  Which I am okay with as a designation. We each have our strong points and our weak ones, why shouldn’t moisturizer be the same? 

At the moment I don’t really have any transitional creams, so I am actually thrilled to find one.  The one I tried last spring caused all sorts of problems. So when the first green tips of daffodils and crocus blossoms start appearing on the still cold ground, I think I will make sure to have this product around.

Touch in Sol Pretty Filter Review

Pretty Filter Jar with packaging

Pretty Filter Waterful Cream by Touch in Sol was one of the add ons for IPSY in the month of August and I purchased it at the add on price of $12. The cream itself retails for $38 on the Touch in Sol website.

I have to say I was very much looking forward to trying out this face cream.  I have been hit or miss on water creams, but thus far everything I’ve tried from Touch in Sol has been a good product.  Admittedly, that isn’t a large number and both of them were primers, but they were very good primers, each for a different season and both of which went on my ‘to buy again’ list. I also like the fact that the box was just a box with no filler in it. The company chose a box that fit the jar inside and didn’t try to provide excess packaging. The small card stock bock was easy to break down. I actually added it to my compost in the back and it broke down well. A small thing, I know, but I like it.

So to the facts.

We’ve already covered price, so let’s move on to weight. On the package it lists the amount of cream inside as 1.76 ounces. When the full unopened jar was weighed it came out to exactly 6 ounces. After two weeks of use the jar weighed exactly 5 ounces. Doing simple math, the jar itself weighs 4.24 ounces and I used 0.76 ounces of cream in my two week trial.  By extrapolating out I would guess that this cream would last another two and a half to three weeks (maybe more if the weather actually looks at the calendar and turns to fall and the sun stops trying to dehydrate me like a raisin). 

So at a general estimate the $38 jar of cream will last about five weeks.

This makes the length of time the cream will last about as long as the Sunday Riley Vitamin C cream I tested a while back and much longer than the Purlisse Matcha Green Tea cream.  (Both had the same amount of cream and both reviews are posted on the blog elsewhere so I won’t restate my opinions here.) Product amount and packaging give us a good start.

Now the claims.

According to the website it is a:

…Light weight Moisturizing Cream perfect for all skin types. EWG green formula. Hyaluronic acid helps to instantly provide intense moisture to skin. Hydrolyzed collagen helps restore plumpness and firmness.

So not a lot of claims. Personally I kind of like the face that it is a face cream that says its a face cream and doesn’t promise you eternal youth or a lost city of gold. (Sorry I’ve been reading a lot of ‘Age of Discover’ books lately and fell asleep after reading about El Dorado last night).

I will say it does provide moisture and absorbs well if you give it a little time. You do have to wait a minute or so to let it soak in before applying anything over it and if you apply too much it will just sit on the skin and you will have to wipe it off. If you are in a rush, go light on your application and brush your teeth or something while you wait for it to sink in. You can’t rush it , but doing something else makes you feel less like you are waiting and more like you are running through your morning routine. I didn’t notice any plumpness or firmness increasing. It did keep my skin soft and hydrated though and I really liked the texture.

Interior of the jar showing the jelly like cream

I have tried two other water creams prior to this, one I really liked (Purlisse Watermelon Water Balm) and one I didn’t care too much for (Belif Water bomb).  This is better than the Belif, but not as good as the Purlisse, putting it right in the middle. Compared to other creams in general, it is also a mid-range option for me. It is a good cream. I will use it until it is gone, and I wouldn’t mind using it again (especially since the price is more affordable than other creams I’ve tried and liked).  It is not however going on my ‘must haves’ list, but it does hold a place in my ‘have no problems using again’ list. Across the board, this cream is squarely in the middle. If I had a one to ten rating for each separate evaluation for a face cream, it would have scored fives in every category. I suppose that shows consistency

Purlisse Matcha Green Tea Priming Moisturizer Review

Purlisse Priming Moisturizer

In July one of my beauty boxes (Ipsy Glam Bag Plus) included a full sized tube of the Purlisse MATCHA GREEN TEA Antioxidant Priming Moisturizer.  The retail price according to the Purlisse website of this product is $45.00. It is a lightweight oil free water cream that doubles as a primer.

My initial impressions of the bottle were that it was a pretty green bottle.  However it looked a little small to me.  When the product came in I was still using the Sunday Riley Vitamin C cream and placing this tube next to the pretty glass jar was not a good comparison.  However, after looking at the jar versus tube, I realized that both contained the same amount of product according to the labeling and felt better about the Purlisse size.

The tube contained 1.7 ounces when new and unopened.  I weighed the bottle it came in at 2.25 ounces ounces.  By contrast the Sunday Riley cream had 1.7 ounces of product and weighed 8 ounces.  After I got over the initial surprise of the appearance and remembered appearance isn’t everything, I thought about it.  I like the glass packaging of the Sunday Riley because it is more easily recyclable, but I also like the less packaging of the Purlisse in general. It is also $20 cheaper than the Sunday Riley which is definitely a plus.

So now that I have gotten over the superficial, to the cream. First, the claims. According to the website:

Rejuvenate skin with an antioxidant-packed priming moisturizer! Infused with MATCHA, GREEN TEA and restorative Asian botanicals, this lightweight, oil~free water cream instantly moisturizes & primes skin for makeup.

As always, I am suspicious of some of the multitasking products and their claims.  In general, they tend to only do one thing well, but I like this brand so I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best.

To test this product I used it as my sole moisturizer for two weeks. At the end of two weeks I reweighed the bottle. From the weight I extrapolated outward to see how long the bottle would last. Although, that was a little pointless. At the end of two weeks, there isn’t much left in the tube. I will at best get another three to four days use out of it.

Now I will say, in the last two weeks, I have been spending a lot of time working outside in my garden. It is the time of year where things are starting to ripen daily and the garden needs almost constant tending.  As such I might have needed more moisturizer than at the beginning of the summer.

Admittedly, the case can also be made that in the winter when the heat is cranked my skin dries out and needs more moisture as well so this isn’t just a once a year thing.  It’s sort of seasonal.  And two and a half weeks isn’t all that great a track record for a full sized moisturizer.  That would be about half the time of the Sunday Riley which is listed as having the same amount of cream.

I’m only really comparing the two because it was the most recent jar I went through and it is listed as having the same amount of product. I think the big difference in use is the packaging.  With a jar, I tend to dab my finger in and dot my face before rubbing it in.  While I do the same application with the tube of cream, it is a squeeze and more product may have come out.  Even so, the product was used. What came out of the tube went onto my face with no waste. For me the length of time it lasts more or less negates it’s lower price.

Which is a shame, because it is a really good cream. There is almost no scent to it. It was super lightweight and melted into my skin almost instantly.  It was everything that a water cream is advertised to be.  It absorbs well and quickly, kept my skin moisturized and caused zero break outs. The only other water cream I’ve tried at this point has been the Belif Aqua bomb and this was light years better. At no point did my skin feel greasy or weighed down and I didn’t have to wait forever for it to absorb.

I don’t know if my use of the cream is due to it being a water cream or the tube packaging or a combination of both.  I may have to get another water cream of similar product size to compare usage to figure that one out. I’m still slightly unhappy with the length of time the tube lasted with ratio to the price, but it is a very good cream.

It is however not a good primer. Almost every primer I’ve used has some sort of stickiness to it to grip the makeup.  This had absolutely none. As I said above, it melted completely into the skin.  An excellent trait for a moisturizer, not so good for a primer.

With all of those factors, I have to say I am on the fence about whether I would purchase this product for the retail price.  The product itself is an excellent moisturizer, better in fact than their blue lotus cream which I have used before. In fact, despite all the earlier whinging, I actually like it better than the Sunday Riley Vitamin C cream.

It does not do the double duty as advertised though and it gets used up quickly.  I think that if I were to purchase it, I would limit its use to the spring and fall when my extended time in the sun has either ended or not begun and my skin is not being dried by winter time heating systems.  Which is a shame, as the product seems designed for those dry times. I just know that as I am still knee deep in garden work and I have a little more than a month to go for the sun season, I would need to purchase two more bottles to use before fall.  While $45 isn’t a bad price for a really good cream, $45 X 3 is $135 and that is a little pricey for me when I know I can get a good moisturizer for less than that. It does however encourage me to look into more water bombs and if this product ends up in more beauty boxes or on sale, possibly stockpiling it for later use as a moisturizer, while using a separate primer.

TONYMOLY Panda’s Dream White Sleeping Pack Review

TONY MOLY Panda Sleep Mask

Okay, I’ll admit it.

I got it for the panda.

I was going to start with how I love sleeping masks.  Which,  I do.  Especially in the summer.

During the Summer I tend to go light on my daily moisturizer (mixing a little sunscreen in) and then use more moisturizer at night.  A couple of times a week, I use a sleeping mask (more if I know I’m spending a chunk of the day outside) to help adjust my skin’s moisture levels. It’s an odd system that gets tweaked depending on my day, but it works for me.

During the winter I don’t use the sleeping masks as much.  I’ll use them if I’ve spent the day outside in the wind or the cold or if I’m staying over at someone’s place where the central heat has dried out the air (we tend to keep our house kind of cool in the winter and just wear wool socks and cardigans).

But it is Summer now, so the winter regime is packed away with the wool socks and sweaters (not literally, I actually ran out of product around Easter and won’t repurchase until the fall, just saying.)

And I realized I was running low on my sleeping mask. 

I went poking around on line and came across Beauty Net Korea.  It appeared they were having a sale, but then every time I’ve been to their site it looks like they are having a sale. So I poked around a bit.  I came across a whole section of TonyMoly stuff, which a friend of mine raves about. (She is also really into anime so I thought her review might be packaging related.)

Now, I’ll admit, one of the reasons I didn’t purchase their stuff before was that it looks really cute.  I know, not the way packaging is supposed to work, but in the back of my brain I thought, ‘Sure, for a lip gloss cute is fine, but we are talking actual skin care product here.’

Yup, I judged a book by its cover.

Shame upon me.

But I was still doubtful.  However, the site was offering the oh so cute sleep mask for $4.27.  I decided, to try it.  Even with the tax and the shipping it came to $8.68. As the price is offered at Ulta for $16 and Macy’s for $14.50, I decided even with shipping it would be okay.  I also somehow suspected it was going to be a sample size. 

It was not.  It was full size.

I also suspected it would take forever to reach me. Like months forever.  It took a week and a half.

Since every other expectation was shattered, I began to have hope for the product.

So to the description.  First a warning, while Beauty net Korea has great prices, they do not have great descriptions. They do have sheet masks for twelve cents though so if you are experimenting with products, it is a good place to look into. The description below came from elsewhere (the TONY MOLY site to be exact)

So…Panda’s Dream White Sleeping Pack

While you’re dreaming away, Panda’s Dream sleeping mask works hard to brighten up your skin tone, so you can wake up to healthy and luminous skin! Visibly smoother and softer skin is just a good night’s rest away with our lightweight, brightening mask. This lightweight yet hydrating formula easily absorbs to infuse your skin with lavender, rosemary, bamboo shoot extract and berry extracts to brighten dark spots and help even out your skin tone.

Okay, now we know what to expect. Admittedly, I have to say, I always distrust exclamation marks in product descriptions. It makes me think they are trying too hard. (I know, I am a mass of biases aren’t I?)

First, the cream does come in a really cure plastic panda container. Usually I like glass because it is more easily recyclable, but as it is really sturdy plastic and  I am fairly certain once it is empty it will be turned into a paperclip holder or something else around the house (either mine or a younger family member’s) rather than going to the dump, I am okay with the plastic. And I will admit, I kind of smile when I see the chubby little panda sitting with the more adult looking creams on my bathroom counter.

It’s like a snuggly invasion.

But while packaging is nice, product is king.

If you’ve been reading my posts, you will know that scent is a big thing for me, so once I twisted open the panda and pried up the plastic top, I lifted the jar to my nose. I know it claims lavender, rosemary, bamboo and berry in the description, but I didn’t smell any of that quite honestly.

You know what it smells like?

It smells exactly like the unscented night cream my mother used when I was a kid.

It is face cream scented …face cream.

Yeah, I don’t know how else to word that.

I admit, it has a certain nostalgia to it.  It reminds me of having my wet hair combed out before bed, being tucked in and kissed good night. So, I’m not mad at the smell, I just don’t know what else to call it. And combined with the panda packaging, I feel like I’ve shaved several decades from my age even before I use the product.

Which isn’t a bad thing either.

I can’t say the product does much in the way of whitening. I have a couple of dark spots along my hairline and they don’t appear to have changed. (But then nothing else has changed them either). 

As far as moisturizing goes, this product works really well.  It soaks in well (just give it a few minutes 3-5 between putting it on and going to bed or your pillow case will need changing in the morning) and my skin felt soft and smooth in the morning.  It isn’t a miracle product, but it is a good sleeping mask.  And if I can continue to get it at a lower price, I will certainly add it to my re-purchase list.