In an effort to clear out the stash of skincare and makeup products that I can’t seem to stop accumulating, (GWP and Subscription Box addict here!) I decided to make a rule for myself: I will test out at least 5 new products every week and then either keep it/finish it up, gift it to a friend, or take it to a local women’s shelter with my next donation.
This past week I tested the following:
Rituals Yogi Flow Foaming Shower Gel - The claim: Gel that transforms into a rich foam. Contains Indian Rose and Sweet Almond Oil.
Thoughts: That’s a lot of lather! “Rich foam” indeed! Highly scented and lingers on the skin for more than 20 minutes post shower. (Yes, I was walking around the house sniffing my arm.) It’s not so strong it would interfere with additional fragrance however. This is a keeper.
Cotz Flawless Complexion SPF 50 - The claim: Sheer, lightweight sun protection. Preservative, chemical, and oil free. Suitable for acne prone skin.
Thoughts: I was dubious about the “lightweight” claims on this but ended up being pleasantly surprised. Not the thick, goopy, white paste I’ve come to expect from non-chemical sunscreens, and especially those with a high SPF. This looks and feels almost like a tinted moisturizer. Looked great underneath my foundation and my skin was matte even after nearly 10 hours of wear. Love!
Kate Somerville DermalQuench Liquid Lift - The Claim: Increase firmness, cell turnover, and collagen production. Decrease dark spots and other imperfections.
Thoughts: Obviously I’m not going to see any anti-aging results in just a week. BUT… I had zero irritation and no breakouts. Used with argan oil I didn’t see an increase in dryness either. This one earns a “love” rating for the time being.
Clarins Gentle Eye Makeup Remover - The Claim: Gently remove light to medium eye makeup. Safe for sensitive eyes.
Thoughts: The formula itself is non-irritating. What IS irritating is that I’m counting 5,6,+ swipes with a cotton ball and still seeing makeup on my eyes (and it’s not waterproof makeup either). There are definitely better eye makeup removers out there.
BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation 01 - The Claim: Skin tone correcting foundation and brightening serum in one. “Ultra thin silky texture” and “no makeup look and feel”.
Thoughts: Color was a great match for my skin tone. I was surprised at the thick texture and medium/full coverage… Maybe I have an old bottle? This was definitely not “Ultra thin with a no makeup look.” Since I typically don’t need this much coverage, (other than some redness on my chin) this isn’t one I’ll be reaching for often.