I recently got a new sample of a relatively new product from Sephora called the Noni Face Glow Oil from Kora Organics. The company was founded by Miranda Kerr, who is famous for being a Victoria’s Secret model. One can certainly admire this woman’s hard work ethic. The product contains 30mL for a total of $68. I did notice immediately after using it that I definitely had a nice glow to my face, which I really liked, and the fine lines on my forehead did diminish quite a bit. It did not break me out. The ingredients are said to be all natural and cruelty free. I thought that it was a really nice face oil, the only major downside is the price point. This is probably because it has Miranda Kerr’s name on it, meaning that more people are willing to buy it at a higher price. The major ingredients in it are rosehip oil, noni fruit extract, pomegranate oil, and sea buckthorn oil, all of which you can buy larger amounts online at a cheaper price. However, to be fair, the product does have a wide variety of other minor ingredients which might make a significant difference. I might be interested in buying this product again, but maybe first I will try my own homemade face oil from these four major ingredients and see how it compares. In addition, I have tried a few skincare products from Pixie, and I have really liked their products so far; they are really cheap. So I wonder how their face oils compare to this one.
A couple of months ago, Tarte launched its Unicorn Makeup collection. I have tried some of its products and liked them fairly well. From that collection I bought the Tarte Unicorn brush set, which contains five brushes: powder brush, a contour brush, a foundation brush, and two eyeshadow brushes, one for blending and one for packing on eyeshadows. The brushes are very soft and are a lot lighter than most other brushes and seems to be made from plastic. The hairs are synthetic and are vegan and cruelty free, as is the entire brand, which certainly is a plus. The foundation brush did not seem very dense so I did not think it was very good for applying foundation. However, I thought the rest of the brushes were good other than the fact that they were very lightweight. The only other thing about the brushes was that I found it hard to clean out the makeup stains from the brushes. Other than that, I liked these brushes a lot, I thought they were very cute. I loved the bright colors, and the fact that the handle was shaped like a unicorn horn. The product cannot be found on the Tarte website, but can still be found on eBay.
For $16 you can buy the Tarte Facial Lip Scrub, and it is one that I would highly recommend. Before I used it, I found that my lipstick applied unevenly because of the dry and dead skin on my lips. The lip scrub successfully exfoliates while moisturizing my lips, and now my lipstick applies much more evenly. This is part of Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea Collection and contains 2.83g. Its primary ingredients are sugar and shea butter, but is also made from algae and “marine flower extracts”. Sometimes I put Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask on top for extra moisture
I personally liked the GrandeLash serum very much. I have tried another lash serum; both made my eyelashes bigger and thicker, but GrandeLash did a better job, and the results were instant. The price is roughly 60 dollars for 2mL but to me it is worth the price, especially since some false eyelashes cost 30 dollars. Why not instead just invest in naturally long lashes? GrandeLashes was created by a company called Grande Cosmetics. I recently visited their website and they look like a very exciting and promising company. Among the things that they are currently selling are: a lip plumping serum, hair growth serum, a laser hair brush that supposedly promotes hair growth, eyebrow serum, and quite a few other items. I look forward to trying out more of their items and would buy their GrandeLash serum again.
The MoroccanOil Treatment is a hair oil made with primarily argan oil that you can put in your hair either damp or dry. This is personally one of my favorite hair oils. As per its primary website, moroccanoil.com, it states that it will give you the “silky, shiny, and healthy hair that you’ve always wanted.” I completely agree with this. It makes your hair very soft, and the hair absorbs the oil really well without feeling greasy or weighed down. It is great for dry hair and cuts down on frizz. There are only two downsides to this product in my opinion. One is the price. For 3.4 fl/oz it is 44 dollars. To me this seems quite expensive. In addition, the bottle spills quite easily; I would prefer that they have a spray pump or something else on top of the bottle to prevent spilling. Overall, these two things would not stop me from buying this product again, and I look forward to trying out more products from the MoroccanOil brand.
Exfoliation can do wonders to the skin, especially with all of the quality products on the markets these days. It can promote cell turnover, promote new collagen formation, decrease fine lines, unclog pores, and give your skin an overall smoother, healthier glow. However, over-exfoliation can lead to skin damage. The harsher the exfoliant, the more it can aggravate the skin, leading to an excess production of sebum, which clogs the pores. An excess amount of high cell turnover can cause skin lesions and make the skin lose its healthy skin cells and natural defenses. As a general rule of thumb, the softer the exfoliant, the more often you can use it. People with dry skin should exfoliate one or two times a week while people with oily skin can get away with exfoliating two or three times a week. Signs that you are over-exfoliating may be that you skin looks shiny, the texture is uneven, your pores look larger, you have an increased amount of acne, your skin is flaky or irritated, or your skin is dry. If you have any of these symptoms it is best to see a dermatologist who can give you the best advice on how to take care of your skin.
Glycolic acid is part of the group of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (also known as AHAs) and is often used in many chemical peels among other skincare products. Its small molecular size makes it capable of dissolving sebum and other particles holding skin cells together. This causes old cells to be removed at a much faster rate; bringing in newer skin cells to replace them. It is effective in helping to clear up acne since it removes sebum (a compound that our skin secretes and which many acne sufferers have an excessive amount of) and also helps to unclog pores. The faster cell regrowth means that one may see a reduction in fine lines and acne scars as well.
Glycolic Acid may be a harsh chemical to use for some people and may lead to irritation of the skin. If this is the case for you, you might want to check how much glycolic acid is contained in your skincare product, replacing it with one with a lower percentage of the compound, or just avoiding it all together if you find that you have really sensitive skin. Be sure to avoid using around the eye area, as skin is much more delicate there. In addition, it is best to wear sunscreen especially when using products with this acid, as it is known to increase skin sensitivity to sunlight.