Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Sephora Mini Haul

It was 19 degrees in NYC today, just painful-colder than a pimp's heart. I showed up early for a meeting and had to find something to do for 45 minutes so I wandered into Sephora with a gift card burning a hole in my pocket. Quite dangerous in my opinion as I like to already have a purchase list going in so I do not make foolish decisions because I get giddy around all of that color and glossiness. Whole Foods has the same effect on me, as if I've never seen food.

I replenished my MUFE HD Foundation stash, I purchased a travel sized They're Real Mascara from Benefit because I am tired of hearing how wonderful and amazing it is, I will try it for myself and report back to you. I also purchased 2 YSL lip glosses which I will review after I have worn them for a minute. I believe I showed some restraint and actually put products back on the shelf after making the big girl decision that they weren't in my budget this shopping trip. While I was at it, I did pick up a sample of Buxom Show Some Skin Weightless Foundation. What is with all the ridiculous long names of products? Shorten it up people. 

I will wear these for a bit and then tell you my thoughts. Thanks to my Sephora visit, I now have my eye on Ardency Inn Monster Smooth Ride Super Charged Eyeliner (the names) in a really gorgeous deep purple color, Kat Von D's Lock It Tattoo Concealer, MUFE HD Invisible Cover Concealer and MUFE cream blush in a pump, I don't know the proper name but I am sure it is a mile long. 

You guys probably will not hear from me the rest of the week. I will be in Boston for a business trip. I am quite excited about that because I've never been.

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Rodin+Fields Product Review

Through some good old fashioned networking on Linked In, I connected with a woman who works for Rodan + Fields, the doctors who created Proactiv. She invited me to a function for Rodan+Fields, which I am almost positive was a recruiting session to hire sales people. She offered to send me some samples,  I told her I had no interest in selling any products but I would be interested in trying the products so I could review them and who doesn't like trying out new products? So just for integrity's sake, I did not pay for these products. I received them as a sample from Rodan+Fields and as always, I will give my honest review of them.

I have never tried Proactiv or any Rodan+Fields products. I never had that much interest in Proactiv but I was interested to try these products as Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields are well respected doctors and they obviously know what they are doing. 

So this is going to be a first impression review, as I only received single use samples which I attempted to spread out over two days. The samples came packaged in a cute little mesh bag with some marketing material about R+F and a little instructional card with directions on how to use the products. The directions were written out in a cute little poem, until the last line when they seemed to have a problem rhyming the word  "spread". Also, it doesn't tell you exactly what you are trying. The only thing that was labeled was the Enhancements Microdermabrasion Paste so we will start with that. 

The Microdermabrasion Paste ($78) is a sugar and salt scrub with Vitamin C and E. According to the directions on the package, you are supposed to scrub your face using the whole packet of paste, without water. If you prefer a more gentle exfoliation, you can add water. I was a little skeptical about this because I feel sugar and salt would be a little harsh for your face. I do not like manual exfoliates and prefer the more gentle chemical kind and I was right, this was a little too harsh for me. I saved half the packet and will use it in the shower as a body scrub. I did notice how slick this feels on your skin, the description says it glides over your skin and it certainly does. It does contain fragrance (which makes me mental in face products) and some color additives. 

Next up is the Night Renewing Serum ($90) which I had to do a little research to figure out what I was using because the instructions refers to it only as the "blue capsule". According to the website:

Each REDEFINE Night Renewing Serum capsule contains a potent, proprietary blend of peptides and retinol to visibly improve skin texture and firmness and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Retinol, favored by dermatologists for decades, improves skin texture and minimizes the appearance of pores. Patented time-release technology increases skin’s receptivity throughout the night while reducing potential irritancy. 

I had high hopes for this product, the ingredients list is not long which I do like and there is no fragrance.  This does not feel like a serum, this is pretty silicon heavy and it feels and wears exactly like a primer. It's really just ok for me. I don't know what the long term effects of this product would be on my skin but first impression is eh.

The last product was the best out of the three. The Redefine Lip Renewing Serum ($54) was a homerun for me. It has been in the single digits here on the East coast and my central heating system has been working over time trying to keep me toasty. My skin is feeling the effects of the dry forced air but my lips are getting the brunt of it. Dry, cracked, peeling lips. Sexiness at it's finest. This serum was like a delicious drink of moisture drenching water for my lips. This is a true serum and feels like a dream, also it stays hydrating all night. I usually wake up at some point during the night and need to reapply my Alba Unpetroleum. Not with this stuff! I would wake up to lips that were still slick and hydrated. They are also packaged in these little grey capsules which sucks because I would want to carry this around with me. They should package this in a Lip Smackers roll top gloss tube, that would be awesome!

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So these products were just ok for me. I really loved the lip serum but everything else fell short. I also feel they are a bit on the pricy side for what you get. I am thankful that I did get to try them but this will be a pass for me.

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