On the heels of the BB (beauty balm) Cream rage now comes along the newest thing: the CC (complexion corrector) Cream. I do not know if there is a DD Cream on the way, but it would not surprise me.
Currently at Sephora, you can have them tell you your exact skin color. The employees wipe off your face with a cotton ball soaked in toner, and press a magical computerized tool to your face. They sweep the tool from side-to-side against your forehead and/or cheeks to get a precise color. Your color is presented to you in a combination of letters and numbers. Mine had a “3″ in it and also a “y” which meant I had more yellow undertones to my skin. I never knew this! After you get your color, they plug this number into their computers and the computer gives you a few colors and brands that Sephora carries that would match your skin tone perfectly. No more testing foundations on the back of your hand! The kind people at Sephora will then give you one sample of one of the foundations the computer says. I chose my sample to be the CC Cream since I had yet to try one.
The Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream comes in 3 different color ranges. Mine is the light to medium range. Many people on the Sephora site said this light to medium range was too orange for them. However, I find the color to be just right and I am pretty pale even in the summer. Perhaps they were putting too much product on. CC Creams are not meant to be full-coverage foundations and a little bit of this CC Cream goes a long way.
I really like this CC Cream (after my sample was gone I went and bought the full-sized product). In fact, I like it better than the Dr. Jart BB Cream. I find that the CC cream “sits” better on my skin. What I mean by that is that the CC Cream doesn’t cake or settle in any fine lines. It seems to stay as fresh as when I put it on throughout the entire day. Another thing I noticed was a “glow” to my skin. Don’t confuse “glow” with “shine.” The best way I can describe the difference is shine is slimy, oily, and reflective while glow is when your face looks bright and flawless. Thankfully my face also did not break out while using this CC Cream which is always a concern when introducing a new facial product. Another added bonus is the sunscreen and anti-aging products built into the cream. Vitamin C is a great collagen stimulator which is plentiful in this cream due to the Camu-Camu Berry. Sunscreen advocates will be pleased to know the sunscreens used are zinc-oxide and titanium dioxide; two wonderful mineral sunscreens.
Since it is summer, I take a break from wearing daily make-up unless I am trying a product out. I can’t wait until fall when I start wearing make-up again daily to see any added benefits from daily use of this CC Cream.
After the Kiwi Face Stuff super-mega fail, I was skeptical of another face scrub that claims to be “non-abrasive” with bits thrown in. Isn’t that the whole point of exfoliation? A little bit of abrasive-ness to get that layer of dead skin off?
Now this has some cornmeal and finely ground almonds within the product so there is some texture/scrubbiness in it. These bits of “scrubbies” stay on the face much better than the kiwi seeds did. Only a few times did I have to stop, recollect the ”scrubbies” that were on my fingers, and reapply them to my face. However the “scrubbies” were too few and far between for me to think my face got a good exfoliation. The honey provides a nice and mellow smell to the scrub, but otherwise I saw no real “plus” to having it in there. My face was soft after use and it did not feel dry so there is a plus.
Maybe I’m just hard to satisfy, but when I want to exfoliate my skin I want to exfoliate it! I want to feel something scrubbing against my face getting the dead skin off. I don’t want to leave the exfoliation to enzymes or honey or whatever. I can’t feel those and I don’t actually know whether or not they are doing anything. If the scrub has grains or whatever I can feel the exfoliation. I know it is doing its job. It’s a personal preference, but I felt it was kind of useless. Not as useless as the Kiwi Scrub, but pretty blah.
Collagen is a protein that allows our skin to stay supple and strong. When we get older, collagen goes bye-bye hence, wrinkles. Also, collagen’s molecular make-up is to big to effectively soak into the skin through topical application. Our skin’s pores and such are too small to allow collagen to “get in;” this is why people get collagen injections. When looking for a collagen product, look for one that says it will stimulate the production of collagen within your skin rather than one that says it will put collagen into your skin.
The moisturizer is formulated for combination and sensitive skins. Upon application, you will find this product very runny. I mean it. This moisturizer has the consistency of water. The good news about this is that you need very little to cover your face. The downside is that I am not sure how much moisturizing it really does.
I used this during the day, obviously as it has an SPF. The freshly moisturized look lasted about 3 hours for me. By the end of the day, my fine lines are back and my face feels dry everywhere except my nose. Plus, the big problem was after 3 days of usage I developed a huge cystic pimple on my chin. Nothing else was changed in my routine but this moisturizer. Perhaps it wasn’t enough moisture and my skin over-produced to make up for the lack of moisture. Maybe it was too much somehow and my skin got clogged. Sadly for me this moisturizer is a no-go!
If you are thinking “Crap on a cracker Buckeye…you must have a “thing” for Mario Badescu products” I would say you are half right. I find their products well crafted, high-end, AND (the most important) light on the pocketbook. Plus I love the fact they send you samples of almost the full beauty regimen they recommend for you to try before you buy. No other company I know of does this and I wish more did! Think of all of the money I would have saved…
Enough with that and onto the review. The Seaweed Cleansing Soap is formulated for all skin types. The product itself is a pretty green with darker green seaweed bits throughout. The very first thing I noticed (besides the color) is the smell. The wonderful smell. I mean it. This soap has a fresh, ocean-like, aquatic scent to it that is captivating to me. I can’t explain it, but it’s amazing. The smell alone is worth a purchase (or at least a free sample).
I never use just a cleanser to remove my makeup (and you shouldn’t either!). I always remove make-up first with my cleansing oil, rinse, then use a cleanser. Therefore, I cannot speak of how well this removes make-up. This cleanser doesn’t foam (yes I know I love foam), BUT it’s green tint and slightly thicker than a gel consistency allows me to see where I have applied the product and where I have not. Therefore, the lack of foam can be forgiven. I do not feel the seaweed does much in terms of exfoliation. Every now and then I can feel a bit doing something, but nothing that would make me not have a separate product for exfoliation. After rinsing, my face feels soft and not too dry. I don’t feel like I have to moisturize right away.
The only negative I can find for this product is that it does include parabens in the ingredient list. For some, this is a major no-no. For me, eh…it’s ok. I’ll deal with it. Also if you have very, very oily and congested skin, I would perhaps shy away from this cleanser as it might be too moisturizing.
I love this cleanser. After just a few nights of usage, my blackheads are clearing up more than what they were with the Botanical Facial Gel (I have changed nothing in my routine but the cleanser). It’s amazing! I wish I could trade in my Botanical Gel on this product! This is definitely on the “buy buy buy” list for my next cleanser.
Yes. I know. An oil? For my face? Again..really? Yes friends. Really. Remember oil made specifically for your skin is different than the oil produced by your oil glands.
The smell is interesting. A glance at the ingredients lists rosehips, tangerine peel, and lemongrass (among other things). These 3 combined create a bright orange highly fragranced oil. I can’t describe the smell exactly; it just smells very “earthy” to me. Also when I say “bright orange” oil, I mean it. Upon application it made me look like I had a slight case of jaundice. The oil does sink into the skin after about 30 minutes. Make sure you have put your pajamas on already as you wouldn’t want your top covered in orange face oil. I used no other moisturizer with this, just the oil. A little goes a long way as one pump covered my entire face and neck.
Down to the nitty gritty. This oil is so-so for me. Did it make my skin look nice? Yeah, but it was pretty average. I didn’t notice anything different or amazing from the use of this oil. My skin looked like it always does in the morning. I didn’t notice any changes in luminosity or visible reduction of fine lines. On the good side, I didn’t notice any new breakouts either with this oil. Did this oil do as the product description said to was going to do? Not for me. Did this moisturize? Yes. Did it cause any breakouts? No. Is it a “game-changer?” For me, no. This is an average facial oil that I will keep in my arsenal and use when I want to change-up my routine a bit.